Harriet Sherwood’s report on ordinary Palestinians seeking statehood includes profile of Abu Ahmed: Profession, Terrorist

You really can’t make this stuff up.

Harriet Sherwood’s latest post, Sept. 17, is titled “Palestinians: profile of a people in search of statehood“.

Her profile of the Palestinian “man on the street” includes the following:

For those unaware, the al-Quds Brigade is the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an Islamist group designated by the U.S., the EU, the UK, Japan, Canada, and Australia as a terrorist movement.

Their goal is the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist state. While PIJ is primarily interested in a Jihad for destroying Israel, it also opposes “moderate” Arab governments, whom they see as being insufficiently Islamic and too Western.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad

PIJ was formed in 1979 by Islamic fundamentalists who had split from the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza whom they deemed too moderate.

PIJ is believed to have been responsible for 25% of all suicide bombings during the 2nd Intifada.

Here is Sherwood’s profile of Abu Ahmed, which, we are told, is not his real name.

His family came to Gaza City in 1948 as refugees from Beit Jirja, a village that has now been absorbed into the Israeli town of Sderot, a town just across the border at which his fellow militants regularly fire rockets.

Get it? Ahmed’s fellow militants‘ firing of rockets at Israeli civilians in Sderot (and, we are to believe, only at Sderot) is a perfectly reasonable response to the fact that 63 years ago Israel took control of the city. 

He joined the Islamic Jihad movement when he was at high school, but it was only during the second intifada that he became active in the group’s militant wing, al-Quds Brigade.

Yes, we all remember our high school days, don’t we? Some people joined the chess team, others played sports, but Ahmed instead decided on the “political wing” of a terrorist group committed to the destruction of the Jewish state.  Who are we to judge?


“I believe military action [is] the only way to liberate our land,” he explains. “I saw we had two choices, victory or martyrdom.”

Yes, because, either way, he wins!

Continues Sherwood:

Ahmed keeps a low profile for fear of being targeted by the Israeli Defence Forces in retaliation for the regular rocket attacks on civilians in southern Israel. But even as a father, personal safety is a sacrifice he’s happy to make.

There is no conflict between being a militant and a father,” he says. “We are ready to sacrifice even our family. My eldest son is 13 now, but I would prefer him to be educated and go to university first. The educated militant is better than the uneducated militant.

Ahmed clearly loves his family so much he’s even willing to sacrifice his sons’ lives to give his people a world without Israel.  And, of course, an educated Shahid is naturally always preferable to an ignorant Shahid.

Sherwood concludes by quoting Ahmed, thusly:

“I think if we united our nation’s efforts, the people of Israel would flee. And when there is no Israel, there will be peace all over the world. Jews are trouble-makers.”

So, Abu Ahmed is living proof that you actually don’t need to read the Guardian to understand that Jews are trouble makers and that Israel’s destruction would bring world peace and harmony.

Who knew?

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