Terror Attacks Show Stark Contrasts in Judaism and Islam

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- On Friday morning, Israelis buried family members who were killed in Thursday morning's terror attacks.

Some were shot dead by Palestinian Arab terrorists; others died defending their countrymen against neighbors who seek to annihilate them.

Among the dead were two sisters and their husbands who died when Arabs ambushed their car. The four -- who lived in Kfar Saba near Hevron -- were en route to Eilat for a weekend getaway.

Both sisters were elementary school teachers. One couple was looking forward to the birth of their first grandchild. The other already had two grandchildren.

In a similar attack on a couple driving home to Holon, outside Tel Aviv, from Eilat, Palestinians sprayed their vehicle with bullets, killing the husband. The wife, who had been hit in the chest, survived by playing dead for an hour and a half until she was able to call one of her children for help.

Israel Defense Forces Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali, 22, a resident of Ofra, 25 miles north of Jerusalem in Samaria, was killed in a firefight with terrorists near Eilat.

Like other mothers whose children have died defending the country, Naftali's parents were proud of their son. "He did everything with dedication and perseverance," his mother said after learning of his death.

At his funeral Friday morning at Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, his grandfather told friends he just "wanted to kiss him," The Jerusalem Post reported.

Islam's Perspective

Muslim mothers, on the other hand, often express pride when their sons or daughters die killing Israelis, thought of as interlopers in a land Arabs have been taught belongs to them. Islam calls people who die for their faith, such as suicide bombers, shahids or martyrs.

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Palestinian Authority television is featuring a program called "The Best Mothers," the Palestinian Media Watch reported.

One mother featured on the program spoke of her son Yusuf, who builds bombs for the al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades -- Fatah's "military" wing. Fatah is the party of P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel's alleged peace partner.

Yusef's mother explained that her son wanted to marry the "70," referring to the 72 dark-eyed virgins waiting in paradise for those who martyr themselves.

Another mother on the program quoted her bomb-making son saying he wouldn't "rest" until he had 70 wives.

The mother of a female suicide bomber said she wanted to sing to her daughter, the bride, before she detonated the explosives belt strapped to her waist. "It's the night before your wedding, Darin," her mother said, "and we won't see you anymore, my daughter…I want to sing, Darin is a bride."

The contrast between Judaism, which celebrates life, and Islam, which celebrates death, is stark.

This evening at sunset, Israeli mothers -- some younger, some older -- will kindle the Sabbath candles with heavy hearts. Little did they know the lives of their loved ones would be snuffed out yesterday by neighboring Arabs who have been taught that Israelis are their enemies and killing them is honorable.

After all, if they die in the process, they'll be greeted by 72 beautiful virgins in paradise.

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