After the news of the six terrorists’ escape from Gilboa Prison on the eve of Rosh Hashanah hit the airwaves, social networks in the Arab world and especially among the Palestinians have been abuzz. Though Israel’s new peace partners in the Gulf states have not shown any interest at all in the prison break.
But naturally those countries along our borders and neighboring peoples around us are still celebrating what they call “victory over the Zionists” because of a teaspoon that helped six murderous terrorists dig a tunnel that led them out of prison. Arabs, thirsty for victory against Israel, have taken this escape to a whole other dimension and completely blown the entire affair out of proportion.
It is well known that the Arab peoples tend to exaggerate their victories. To this day the Arabs do not forget the victory of Saladin, the great commander who defeated the Crusaders and liberated Jerusalem in the Battle of Hattin in 1187. They are not bothered that Saladin was not an Arab at all, but rather Kurdish. Even today the terrorist organization Hamas has adopted the figure of Izz al-Din al-Qassam as their hero and name their battalions and rockets after him, though he was Syrian and not Palestinian.
In any case, the Arabs are very fond of remembering past victories as they yearn for a modern victory in their wars against Israel. As you may recall, the Arabs lost in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, then in the Six Day War in 1967 and again the Yom Kippur War of 1973 (all of which are nevertheless remembered as “victories” in Arab nations). Of course, Israel has never lost a war, for if it did it would be the end of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.
Euphoria in the Arab world
The escape of the six terrorists was indeed a failure and I am not trying to minimize the severity of the incident. But what the Arabs are celebrating, that this event was a victory for the entire Islamic nation as though they managed to liberate “Palestine” and throw the Jews into the sea, is revealing. Sure, it is embarrassing, and a failure, but certainly does not constitute anything like a military defeat for the IDF or the Jewish State.
— أهل الهمة – الجامعة الأردنية (@hemmehJU) September 6, 2021
— حسن اصليح | Hassan (@hassaneslayeh) September 6, 2021
Hundreds of cartoons and videos simulating the escape of the six terrorists were posted on social media within hours. Their purpose is to glorify the achievements of bloodthirsty terrorist, who the Palestinians call “prisoners.”
In Israel, they are called “terrorists” or “security prisoners.” It should be remembered that all six of the escapees were serving life sentences for murdering Jews. These are not freedom fighters or those who fought against the IDF. These are terrorists who helped blow up a bus or sent a suicide bomber to blow himself up among innocent men, women and children.
For Palestinians, the issue of prisoners held by Israel burns in their hearts. These terrorists are the glorious fulfillment of their nationalist hopes and dreams, sacrificing their lives for the establishment of a Palestinian state and the overturning of what they call “the occupation.” Hundreds and even thousands are in Israeli prisons, and in the eyes of our enemies they are not only perfectly innocent, but they are also heroes.
Here are the main caricatures that made an appearance on social networks this week. Several were clearly inspired by a film titled Walls of Hope .
— Sara Qahwaji (kahveci) (@SaraQahwaji) September 6, 2021
— Dr. Raghda (@DrRaghdasamh) September 6, 2021
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— Bensafi Fatima Zohra (@zora_bensafi) September 6, 2021
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— חוסין מורתדה حسين مرتضى – بالعبري (@HoseinMortadaH) September 7, 2021
— #الفارس || #האביר (@1WAY2Freedom) September 7, 2021
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— وكالة شهاب للأنباء (@ShehabAgency) September 6, 2021
— Fatimahadi#وفتحٌ_قريب (@FatimahadiY) September 6, 2021