The multiple massacres perpetrated in Mumbai by jihadist terrorists that resulted in the killing of at least 188 people, including at least 31 foreign nationals, and the wounding and maiming of 293 more, were significant not only for their absolute horror and barbarity. There was also something else of terrible significance: although the jihadists targeted non-Muslims in general, it is quite clear that they made a special effort to locate, torture and murder Jews simply because they were Jews.
The terrorists deviated from their otherwise consistent pattern of assault on mass-casualty public venues like hotels and railway stations in order to locate a small Jewish institution, a Chabad House, where they tortured and murdered Rabbi Holtzberg, his pregnant wife and other Jews who were there at the time. One of the examining doctors later stated that, “Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks.”
Terrorists are ultimately responsible for their deeds, but there is also a secondary responsibility for the terrorism committed in Mumbai. It is to be found in the organs of the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the League of Arab States and other international bodies that tolerate, promote, disseminate and institutionalize demonization of Jews and
If multinational (especially Arab and Muslim) organizations devote the lion’s share of their time, personnel, committee work and resolutions to maligning
Mumbai had nothing to do with global poverty, economic hardship, the absence of a Palestinian state or any of the other reasons that are routinely adduced to explain the barbarism of Islamist jihadists. In any case, to the extent that Palestinians come into the picture at all, it is not the absence a Palestinian state that galvanizes jihadists it is the presence of a Jewish state, embodying a demonized people.
Under interrogation, the only captured terrorist, Ajmal Kamal, confessed that he and the other Islamist terrorists were specifically ordered to target the Jews they murdered. We also know that Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terror network that dispatched the Mumbai terrorists, has the following view of Islamist priorities: “At this time our contest is
Accordingly, the foolish and irresponsible claims made by people like Deepak Chopra on Larry King Live that these acts are the “collateral damage” from the U.S.-led war on Islamism, or by
Equally appalling were the efforts of much of the international media attempted to escape into euphemisms about the Islamist terrorists like the Al Jazeera, which called them “gunmen,” and
It is also appalling that the
There is a terrible history behind this type of evasion. The
Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and Dr. Daniel Mandel is the Director of the ZOA’s Center for Middle East Policy.