One would think that these well-educated young Muslims would see through the jihadist hijacking of Islam, and would turn away jihadist recruiters with strong affirmations that Islam teaches peace and tolerance.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Now, why is that?
“Terror cells recruit West Bank students,” from UPI, August 10 (thanks to James):
…The report cited 17 examples of students affiliated with terror organizations including Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who were arrested by Israeli security forces since the beginning of 2009.
In April security forces arrested Amir Hotari, 24, a student at al-Najah University in Nablus, who confessed to perpetrating a roadside bomb attack and planning a suicide bomb attack with a friend in Tel Aviv. The report said Hotari told investigators he was recruited in 2004 by Kutla al-Islammiya, a cell affiliated with Hamas, the report said.
Also in April two other suspects who studied at Open Universities in Qalqilya and Tul Karem, both in the West Bank, admitted involvement in weapons trading and recruiting other students to the cause, the report said.
Salem Sultan, 23, an electronics student at Hebron’s Polytechnic arrested by Israeli security forces in February, was recruited by Hamas and considered a bomb expert, the report said. Tayin Tayun, 21, a student at Abu Dis university, was arrested along with his brother and two others in May and admitted to the 2006 kidnapping and killing of Dr. Daniel Yacobi, the report said.
Terror organizations operating in the West Bank consider Palestinian students ideal candidates, mainly because of their strong political awareness, their young age and high motivation, the report said.