How would you define ‘murder for hire’? Would it be called ‘contract killing’? Would it be called ‘pay for slay’? According to the online dictionary, Murder for hire can be defined as: ‘the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another’, or more precisely, ‘to kill (someone) unlawfully with premeditation or during the commission of a crime’.
Who of us is not abhorred at the thought of someone killing someone else for money? Yet such stories are on television every night as evidenced by the “true crime” programs. It is always intriguing to see the amount of investigation that goes into solving the crime, forensics, it is called. With all the intrigue and disgust one might experience as the details of the crime come forth, none is quite so alarming as to find out it was done for money, whether it be for an insurance pay out, or simply because there is a vendetta, an inheritance and someone hired another to commit the crime. Rarely is it gotten away with once the crime detectives get involved.
That is, all but in Israel. In the last four years – 2013 to the current date – 79 Jewish lives have been lost at the hands of terrorists in Israel. That averages to 20 a year. The type of murder has ranged from car and/or truck ramming to knife or machete attacks in and out of private homes, in the public square, in restaurants. Wherever there is a Jew in Israel there is a target.
Fanned by hatred. Incited to violence by Muslim loud speakers and Waqfs (preachers), Muslims of all ages – but particularly youth – are arming themselves with knives, machetes, screw drivers – whatever they can find and head out to fight for Al Aqsa or whatever the cause of the moment is. It doesn’t matter that the victim is in a private home, quietly celebrating Shabbat with their families. Nor does it matter that the victim is asleep in their own beds. Nor does it matter that the victim is quietly walking down the street, or standing at a bus stop, or shopping at a local market, or ordering pizza in a pizzeria – wherever there is a Jew there is a Muslim waiting to kill him/her.
It isn’t important whether or not the attacker survives. It is all about being a martyr for the cause – whatever that cause is. It doesn’t matter whether the attacker is injured, or sent to prison, or disappears, the attacker is considered a hero in their local community as well as in the Muslim world. Muslim mammas are proud of their little boys that commit such heinous acts; they often say they wish they had more children to sacrifice for the cause.
One has to wonder, just what is the cause? Is it because the Muslim Palestinian Authority stands back with money in hand to pay the family of their martyred murderer? Is that the cause? Is it that these badly directed terrorists are achieving hero status at their own hands by earning a living for their otherwise poor families? With the price of a dead Jew’s hide being worth $401 a month to $3,435 per month, depending on the length of time the murderer serves in prison – if they survive – and the size of the family they leave at home.
Some say this murderous rage is because of the Al Aksa mosque, or the “illegal occupation” of Palestine, or whatever the cause of the moment is that is spewed from the loud speakers of the Muslim Waqf. It doesn’t really matter. They hate the Jews and they will only rest when the last Jew is dead or in the sea swimming for their lives.
What then? What would happen to these adorable little Muslim martyrs then? Will they have some of those lovely Jewish homes? Will they have jobs? Will they have educations? Probably not. All one has to do is to look at what happened to Gaza after the Disengagement (removal of all Jews from that section of land in August 2005). Nothing left but dust, destruction and hatred. The PA has done nothing to provide better homes, better jobs, better lives for those who were made jobless when the Jews moved out of Gaza for the promise of peace, which didn’t happen. What did happen was HAMAS (Harakat al-Muq wamah al- Isl miyyah Islamic Resistance Movement – a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organization) moved in, lock, stock, gun barrels, bombs and all. Oh, don’t forget the rockets.
Once HAMAS moved in the reign of terror increased. Inciting to riot has been on an upswing accompanied by almost daily rockets lobbed into Israel from the once peaceful Gaza Strip. HAMAS has, for all intents and purposes, taken over the Palestinian Authority, doling out money to the murdering terrorists and their families, applauding the murderous actions, declaring them to be martyrs for the cause, and, if the deed was noble enough – meaning they killed Jews – then city squares and streets, and sometimes even schools, are named for the murderous martyr.
No matter what you call it and what reason you give it, this is nothing short of murder for hire. Kill a Jew and get paid, for life! Kill more than one Jew and get paid even more, for life. And, if you don’t survive then you’ll have all this amazing glory for allah and your family will be ‘well taken care of.’ The pay is higher than they would realize on welfare and, in some cases, is even higher than a well-paid Gazan would get through a civil service job. So why not do it? Why not kill a Jew and make a grand living for yourself and your family! Isn’t that what the world wants – all of the Jews gone? Heil Hitler!