An open letter from a Muslim woman

My mom sent me this and it is high time that I share it with the world.

While millions of children got out of bed on the morning of June 30, 2016, excited for summer vacation, one child did not. A young Israeli girl, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel, was brutally murdered in her own bed by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist. He broke into her house and stabbed her to death. Another life lost to senseless violence. Another poor soul taken too early from this world. But few Muslims in this world will be mourning her death, because Hallel was an Israeli Jew.

I am a Muslim, and I know that when it comes to Palestinian terrorism, too many Muslims are hypocrites. I have seen firsthand the casual, destructive anti-Semitism that plagues the Muslim community. I have heard it from the mouths of our religious leaders, from our politicians, and even from our otherwise peaceful, liberal Muslim activists. I have witnessed in horror the desperate attempts to justify Palestinian terrorism from people who I once respected. Why? Why do we decry all other types of terrorism, but bend over backwards to legitimize violence against Israeli Jews?

We blame it on “Zionism.” We blame it on “occupation.” We blame it on “apartheid.” We lap up the tired, anti-Semitic lies fed to us by Al-Jazeera: “Israelis cut off the water supply!” “Israelis are going to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque!” We’re not even willing to admit that Israel is a country. We call it “Palestine.” We refuse to call violence against Israelis “terrorism,” and we hypocritically scream, “Resistance is not a crime!”

Let me tell you something. Stabbing pregnant women in the stomach is not “resistance.” Shooting people at a café is not “resistance.” Driving your car into pedestrians is not “resistance.” Bombing a bus is not “resistance.” Breaking into a woman’s home and murdering her in front of her children is not “resistance.” And stabbing a little girl to death in the one place where she was supposed to be safe is certainly not “resistance.” Terrorism is not resistance. Terrorism is an unjustifiable crime.

Muslims around the world are constantly decrying ISIS and most terrorism in the name of Islam. I know Muslims who are interfaith activists, peace advocates, doctors, gay rights activists, and more. We sincerely hate ISIS and terrorism with a passion. We’ll stand up against the persecution of Christians, atheists, Hindus, Shias, Ahmadis, and anyone else who is persecuted. We will sob to the heavens if a Palestinian is killed, but when it comes to Palestinian terrorism against Jews, we either turn a blind eye to it, or we twist the story to make the terrorists into the victims. This is unacceptable.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “If you say… ‘Violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter’ – then you too are part of the problem.” He is absolutely right. Terror is terror, even when it’s against Israelis. Do not try to justify or make excuses for the terrorism that happens much too often in Israel. Innocent people are being killed. Their lives are just as important as those killed in Paris, Brussels, Nigeria, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan, Indonesia, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, or Syria. Their deaths are no more deserved.

Of course we must condemn instances where injustices are committed by the Israeli government or any other government or authority of any sort. Of course we must affirm the right to life of Palestinians, but one life is not worth more than another. An Israeli life lost is equal to that of a Palestinian. Tragedy is not a competition. We must mourn for both, and fight to prevent the loss of both. We must decry all terrorism committed. We must not bend over backwards to try to justify it. We must not blame innocent people for being slaughtered, or justify the actions of the terrorists who slaughter them. If we justify acts of terrorism, it is an indication that we do no really believe in peace.

When you make excuses for terrorists, you support terrorism. Period. Until we stand against terrorism in all its forms, against terrorists from every background, we Muslims are hypocrites. Allah does not love hypocrites.

The world lost a beautiful little girl on Thursday. We must not let Hallel’s death be ignored. We must fight anti-Semitism in all its forms, and that includes fighting against Palestinian terrorism. This was a terrible tragedy, and we must work to prevent it from happening to someone else’s child. In the words of my friend Afshine Emrani, an Iranian-American, “Dear God. Help us. We are not supposed to say Kaddish for a bat mitzvah girl.”

How many more people must die before the world can live in peace? Is that even possible, for war to be a thing of the past? How do we stop these things from happening? One answer is to join the Israeli Defense Force, the IDF, but that is not the best solution. Besides, not all of us would survive training; I wouldn’t. Another answer is to go into the field of law and work things out politically, but people break the law all the time and there is not guarantee of a positive difference. So what are we going to do about this? Do you have any ideas, dear reader, about how to solve this crisis across the world? Where should we begin?

14 thoughts on “An open letter from a Muslim woman

  1. Just after leaving your site, I opened an email from Israel365. One of today’s features is a video from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danny Danon, who explains just what I did. He glosses over Jordan’s declaration of independence (but you can see the physical split via the drawings). The resolutions of the world bodies were made to ratify previous de-facto occurences, not to suddenly establish yet new parameters and perimeters. Land is ours. They already have a state (illegal). Here’s the link: (Got the deleted answer from clp1967, by the way)


  2. To me the main point to remember is that we should not put everyone on the same bag. There are bad Muslims as well as food Muslims, good Jews and bad news, good Christians and bad ones, you get the point. The worse thing we can do is stereotype . Just like Hitler did when describing Jews as rats, not humans, need to be exterminate. We need to think and act beyond stereotyping. A hard thing to do !


  3. Her words are appreciated (except for the dissing of the Israeli government). So are the words of her friend — they made me cry. But more than my misting eyes happens when the Arabs keep doing this to us. It’s apparent they cannot live with us in peace, because they cannot even let us live. We need to show them the exit door.


    • What do you mean by the exit door? If we, as Jews, try to murder them as some of them do to us, then we are no better than them. The Arabs who do this to us will learn eventually, but they will not stop killing us if we kill them too. Who is the better man, so to speak?


      • The “exit door” out of Israel. Our peace, theirs and ours, will come when they respect the rights of Jewish people to LIVE in our sovereign land and stop killing us, as well as Christians and all other “Infidels” for whom they have not one iota of respect for the value of others’ lives. Look at which group is making the Middle East wars (hint: it’s not Israel) and the terrorist attacks (hint: it’s not Jews) around the world. Read the Koran and hadith commentaries and see for yourself that the such behavior is proscribed against non-Muslims that won’t convert or pay blackmail “jizya” tax for proteczia.


        • I agree with what you have said, but maybe only certain types of Muslims should be applied to your ideas. I am am a conservative Jew, but there are also reform and orthodox Jews. Not all Muslims are bad. Remember that.


          • As this woman so pointedly reminds us, she is one of few who will say anything against the terrorism, much less do anything. I have direct, personal unpleasant experience with this issue. You remember this: the civilian Germans and the European and Scandinavian countries could have stood up to the Nazis; they didn’t because they agreed with the philosophy. Their silence meant complicity with evil, even if they didn’t agree. Muslims must change themselves.


            • But we can help them change. I can help them change by opening up my mind so they can see that I am not a bad person (in general I hope).
              If someone were to come to you with a completely twisted philosophy of the Jewish people and asked you if it was true, would you take the time to explain, or would you turn them away because they believe in the “Jews are all rich and thieves” type of stories? I would teach. Therefore, I would try to teach the Muslim person who realizes that something in their beliefs are wrong.


              • It’s a nice thought, but the 1,400-year trajectory along the same path toward a worldwide Caliphate where everybody is Muslim hasn’t changed. The warring aspects precede Islam, and you can’t delete what’s been written in the Koran and its commentaries, and so you will not change fundamentalist ideologists committed to its theology.


        • Aren’t the Palestinians doing more harm right now than the Arab populace in Israel? Palestinians may need to leave if they can not live in peace with the fact that Israel gained land in the 6 day war. Muslims in general in Israel are not too much of a problem in comparison. I might be wrong though.


          • The land was ours to begin with. The ROMANS who conquered us (as a vassal state) renamed it after a pretty much vanquished people (seeming to be Greek-based, across the Meditteranean Sea) of Falastin (Phillistines), who were our enemies. You haven’t heard a peep in the last several thousands of years about them, because they no longer exist, or were absorbed or fled. The Arabs, of all different origins (which they admit to), suddenly appropriate for themselves a name of an ancient people from our book, and appropriate our history in Israel/Judah/Zion/House of David, etc., as well. They pretend to be us. The Koran also appropriates our Bible stories: instead of Moses taking Isaac to be sacrificed, they claim in the Koran that it is Ishmael who was taken. The 1917 Balfour Declaration intended that all of Palestine be rightly acknowledged as sovereign Jewish, without prejudicing Arabs who reside there, of course. But, instead, treacherous individuals then lopped two eastern portions off of it at different times and gave them to the Arabs in two transfers (which were illegal). So, Arabs already live side by side with the Jews in a state of their own in “Palestine”. Jordan declared independence prior to Israel. This places their state to the East of the Jordan River (although their declaration is irrelevant to their illegal land grab, anyways), with Israel’s ” borders” to the West (ALL of “Palestine” is Israel). When they attacked us offensively in 1948, they gained “east” Jerusalem and the Old City, etc (land gained offensively in war is not legal). Their moves of war in 1967 engendered our victorious response. The ILLEGAL 19-year occupation of Israrl by the Arabs was ended. The 19-year loss of our land was regained. This is our land, again regained, from that which Arabs stole from us. Talk about textbook erasures; our entire American library
            systembhas purged these events and all favorable books about the Jews and replaced them with the garbage lies that you pick up on. It’s not your fault. But, they finished what the Nazis missed of our books and history. And, by the way, stop the Stockholm Syndrome of identifying as the bad guy, when the violent, murderous terrorists are the evil ones. Think about it. You’re victimizing the violent terrorists, and castigating the victims.


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