Thursday, November 21, 2019

The letter Jerusalem Post did not publish

(Sent Nov 15, 2019) 

[Regarding all the articles on the two no-work, no-school days in the south.]

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) launched 450 rockets in two days at Israeli civilians as a reaction to Israel assassinating their leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata. Palestinian Islamic Jihad was mentioned hundreds of times in the media and the Jerusalem Post, yet not a single journalist found it necessary to write about what the word Jihad in the organization’s name, which advertises its motives, actually meant.

In the Dictionary of Islam (1885), Thomas Patrick Hughes, offers this definition of Jihad:  “Lit. “An effort, or a striving”. A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. It is an incumbent religious duty established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and of repelling evil from Muslims”.  

Mladen Andrijasevic
Be’er Sheva