Thursday, March 01, 2007


"Even So Is This Matter"

My latest posting on the Israel National News "Back to Sanity" blog (11 Adar 5767, 3/1/2007):

" when a man riseth against his neighbor, and slayeth him, even so is this matter." (Deuteronomy 22:26, in reference to rape)

A six-member Arab Bedouin gang was recently arraigned on charges of systematically kidnapping and raping at least four Jewish girls in the Galilee. Three more suspects were arrested Wednesday.

One of the rape victims was only 13 years old (!); another was 16. A third was serving in the IDF at the time and a fourth was a 25-year-old woman kidnapped from a bus stop. Police suspect that there are more victims of this terrorist cell out there, as yet unidentified.

Yes, a terrorist cell. At least one of the mongrels involved told police that the rapes were the perpetrators' way of "taking revenge" against the Jewish state. His confession confirms the statement one of the victims gave police about how she was taunted during the attack.

The violent acts of that kidnap-rape terrorist cell carry an additional layer of meaning, considering the Bedouin identity of the attackers. As it was expressed by an elder of the village in which the terrorists live, Bir Al-Maksur, in the Bedouin culture rape is "worse than murder." It is considered an offense against honor, a humiliation - not of the woman, but of the family and tribe to which she belongs. From this perspective, the rape of Jewish women was, for the terrorists, a step beyond shooting and blowing up the enemy.

It was also part of Islamic jihad from its earliest days.

Mohammad himself took female sex slaves from among Jewish and non-Jewish tribes his followers massacred as Islam was gaining power and spreading in Arabia. But listen to this, from one of the most authoritative collections of ahadith (statements and stories of Muhammad's life and preaching):
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: We got female captives in the war booty and we used to do coitus interruptus with them. So we asked Allah's Apostle [Mohammad] about it and he said, "Do you really do that?" repeating the question thrice, "There is no soul that is destined to exist but will come into existence, until the Day of Resurrection." (Sahih Bukari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 137)
This hadith appears alongside several others discussing the general acceptability of the practice of coitus interruptus. Get it? Mohammad was troubled by the jihadists' coitus interruptus - not by his followers repeatedly raping women prisoners.

This is no surprise, as the Koran itself says (book 33, known as Al-Ahzab, section 50):
O Prophet! We [Allah] have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated (from Makka) with thee; and any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her - this, only for thee, and not for the believers (at large); We know what We have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess - in order that there should be no difficulty for thee.
So, by doing as they wished to Jewish women, the Muslim Bedouin attackers were essentially declaring that they see the Jews as their slaves, those which their "right hand possesses." The rapists' immediate targets may have been Jewish women, but it is undeniable that they felt they were actually expressing contempt for the entire Jewish people.

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