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Why are Jewish dead flown to Israel for burials?
The coffins containing the bodies of the victims of the French shooting arrive at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport.
March 21st, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Why are Jewish dead flown to Israel for burials?

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) – The four victims of Monday’s shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, were buried Wednesday morning – not in their home community but, after an overnight flight from Paris, in Jerusalem.

Though two of the young victims were born in Israel, the Consistory of Paris, which represents Jewish communities, told CNN that all the victims were being buried there for reasons of faith, not nationality. Being laid to rest in Israel, the birthplace of Judaism, ensures that their remains will not be tampered with, the group said. It also added that 40% of practicing French Jews are buried in Israel.

French religious Jews aren’t alone in wanting this, and the reasons run deep.

“It goes all the way back to the Bible, when Jacob passed away,” explains Rabbi Shaul Ginsberg, who oversees Shomrei Hachomos, an Orthodox funeral chapel in Brooklyn – which he says is one of three Orthodox funeral homes in New York state.

Before Jacob passed away, Ginsberg says, “One of the things he said to Joseph is, ‘Don’t leave me in Egypt.’”

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He wanted to join those who had died before him, including his grandfather, Abraham, who received the first Jewish burial, Ginsberg says.

In the Hebrew Bible, Genesis 47:28-30 reads:

And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were a hundred forty and seven years.

And the time drew near that Israel [Jacob] must die; and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him: "If now I have found favour in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt.

But when I sleep with my fathers, thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying-place." And he said: "I will do as thou hast said."

Jacob would be buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs, known by Muslims as the Sanctuary of Abraham, in what’s now the West Bank city of Hebron.

Another incentive to be buried in Israel extends beyond the Bible - and beyond concerns, for some, about grave desecration. It’s rooted in the belief that when the Messiah comes, those buried in Jerusalem will be resurrected first.

Jews do believe that a figure will emerge to restore peace, save the righteous and judge those who've done wrong. But the Jewish concept of a Messiah is very different from Christianity's view. Christians believe the Messiah already came, in the divine form of Jesus Christ. Jews do not believe this. In fact, they don't believe that the Messiah will be divine - since God, from their perspective, cannot become human.

When the Messiah comes, Judaism teaches, he will shepherd in what's referred to as the "World to Come." There will be peace, no more evil and the reinstatement of the Temple in Jerusalem. And, apropos of this story, all Jews will return to Israel.

The significance of being buried in Israel is one Ginsberg both respects and anticipates for himself. He purchased his plot in Jerusalem years ago and says 60% of those he serves are being flown to Israel for burial.

That choice doesn’t come cheap.

When Ginsberg bought his plot in 2000, it cost him $4,500. But lack of land, demand and simple economics have changed things. The plot next to his, he says, recently sold for $25,000.

Granted, one can choose to be buried outside of Jerusalem at better rates. But once the cost for the flight over is factored in, the price is still steep.

For the majority of Jews outside Israel (and even within Israel) who are not ultra-religious, burial considerations are likely not driven by what Jacob said to Joseph or by thoughts of a potential Messiah. These motivations, in fact, are probably foreign to many of them.

Even so, for very observant Jews, and even for some others who are not Orthodox, the expense of an Israel burial – if they can afford it – may be worth it, says David Zinner, the executive director of K’vod v’Nichum, an organization that provides education and resources about traditional Jewish funerals and burials.

One page on the organization's website is dedicated to burial in Israel, offering tips, links to articles and cemetery options.

Yet Zinner, who works with Jews of all denominations, also points to passages in the Talmud where Rabban Gamliel, a first century authority, argued against expensive burials. Zinner says Gamliel feared high prices deterred people from upholding traditions. To this day, Jews are traditionally not buried in fancy caskets.

By extension, Zinner says, there are many who argue that splurging for a burial in Israel makes little sense.

“Money is to help the living, to give to charity,” Zinner says, summarizing that school of thought.

As for those who are buried outside of Israel, Ginsberg says, the resurrection, when it comes, will not be lost on them. The process will just be more arduous and definitely less comfortable.

Tunnels will be created underground leading to Israel, he says, “and their bones will roll into Israel.”

Those already buried there “will save themselves that pain.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Israel • Jerusalem • Judaism

soundoff (396 Responses)
  1. Mike

    The jews are a tight lot and they hate the GOYIM! Don't kid yourself.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • AGuest9

      Agreed. I'm sure few have ever been to Joisy to see it live.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • cdk

      no bigotry here, right Mike?

      March 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  2. Chris Bonne

    Because Israel has to turn everything into propaganda to benefit from it.

    Jews continue their state terrorism against civilians, they kill children and then say that they were used as shields and such. In the civilized western world, children are protected no matter what, no decent race would bomb an area even if one child is existent and they would let the terrorists go if it comes to that. There lies the difference. Jews are brainwashed beyond recovery, it's impossible to argue with them, they are filthy propagandists who think everything they do is right. The entire world is outraged and against them and condemns them, yet they think the entire human race is wrong but Jews are right. They are pathetic at their attempts to justify their extreme violence. They make an excuse out of the few rockets that are thrown to Israel that don't end up killing anyone, then go kill scores of civilians by throwing phosphoric bombs over cities. Jews created the clash of religions to benefit from it, they want the status-quo to continue, otherwise the billions of dollars of US taxpayers' money would stop pouring into Israel along with military aid every year. They need to keep fooling the US public with their propaganda so that they keep sympathizing with them to let it happen. Wake up America!

    March 22, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Joe

      I would say that your name is "Chris Bonne" like my name is Jessica Alba....(your name is probably starting with "Mo"...)
      And what you are doing is the real propaganda.
      When we pays to Israel, the money is spent ONLY in the US, and also, Israel is giving back technology, intelligence and Israel is also a true friend of the US. What are we getting back when we spent Billions on Palastinias, Egypt and other... mainly burned US flags and in some cases plans into our buildings.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Jay

      Hey Chris. How old are you?

      March 22, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Frankel

      Chris I agree with you on your call "Wake up America".

      It is time to learn from the hard lessons that Europe is experiencing, time to understand what that muzzies really stand for. Yeah right-that religion of peace.

      Beware of the Trojan Horse that is infiltrating our lands and is a real threat to Peace.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Thinker23

      If the Palestinians did not like the current arrangement they would NEGOTIATE a better deal long ago. They had plenty of opportunities. Peace and a sovereign independent state was offered to Palesinian Arabs in 1948, 1967, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009 and they"ve REJECTED it every single time declaring that NOTHING short of destruction of the Jewish State would satisfy them. It's unfortunate but as long as te Palestinians are willing the war to continue it will continue and more Palestinians will be killed. When te number of dead Palestinians will satisfy those still alive they will ask for peace.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • laurent

      Chris How do you really feel ?? Do your parents and friends know what a bigoted idiot you are ?? You should be the keynote speaker at the next Durban Conference

      March 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • R

      You should leave your taught prejudice & hatred in your home. Nobody wants to read your spewing of venom.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Leo

      Chris, You don't have a clue as to the truth with your claims. Tell me how many arab women can get a degree in an arab country? They can't even drive in Saudi Arabia? Just a few rockets? Why don't you travel to Israel and then travel to the Arab countries that surround them and come back and tell us all how safe you felt in each one.

      The truth Israel is the ONLY truly safe country in the entire middle east!! In Israel the Arab woman has no limitations to what she can achieve!! You don't have a clue!!

      March 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • OldJohn45

      OK Adolph Mohamad Bigot. You have successfully demonstrated your ignorance. Now go get educated.

      March 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  3. gdicm

    notice the article says Jews do not believe that Christ is the Messiah. No, Christ himself said they would not, but it did not matter at the time, because he will come again and then they will know. His purpose was to extend the Jewish faith to the gentiles (Christians as we are) and make us 'as Jews' also. Christ is the Messiah, and whether Jews believe that or not is of no consequence, and I as a Christian will not hold this against them. They are Jews anyway, and God's chosen people. As are Christians now, through the Jewish Bible and the Messiah, Yeshua Christ. "No man is above his master, but we can all strive to be his equal." St. Paul on the same subject.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Qualia

      Wherever there is space, a Xhristian will fill it with proselytization.

      March 22, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Thinker23

      According to the Jewish religion, the Messiah has to PROVE that He is indeed the Messiah. Obviously, Jesus failed to do it the first time. If and when He'll succeed the second time the Jews will gladly accept Him as the Messiah.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Holy Quran testified that Jesus was the Messiah and that is enough for us Muslims...

      March 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      Up to date we Arab Muslims call the Christians in Arabic as The Messiah (Messihies) and do not call them Christians, the word Christians only is used when it is told in English language.

      March 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Muneef

      As well Up to date we Arab Muslims call the Jews in Arabic as (Yahood) and do not call them Jewish the word Jewish only is used when it is told in English language.

      March 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Muneef

      Sorry forgot to add that we Arab Muslims as well call the Christians as (Nasara) which is as referred to in the Quran as well and it is told that this name was made because Jesus was born in Nazareth..

      why the christians were called nasara  

      http://www.theholybook.org/content/view/6400/2/

      March 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Why were called Nazarath

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazareth

      March 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  4. MEME

    here in philippines we have a BLACK JESUS, its called the black nazarene.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  5. RM

    Important innacuracy

    Your article only applies to ultra-religious Jews, who are a minority.

    The big majority of the Jews in the diaspora are burried in the country the live in.

    Only 22% of the Israeli population are ultra-religious that believe in all the reincarnation crap and willing to spend all their money on a Jerusalem burrial.

    Most people are secular, and are'nt even aware of the Torah quotations you put in the article.

    All these missing facts are important, since the article shows Jews as primitive, tribal people. (Some actually are, but don't any country have it's own irrational population?)

    March 22, 2012 at 7:10 am |
    • Jessica Ravitz

      RM, I absolutely see where you're coming from... I tried to emphasize that this was prominent in the Orthodox community –which it is, as I learned when I spoke to the funeral chapel administrator in Brooklyn. And I refer to the expense being deemed worthwhile for the "very religious."

      The fact that 40% of French Jews and 60% of Jews served by an Orthodox funeral home in Brooklyn are buried in Israel was certainly news to me and interesting, which is why I thought this was worth writing about and exploring.

      But, again, I see your point and concern and will think about what I can do. Thank you!

      March 22, 2012 at 7:33 am |
  6. Awekining

    It's obvious why Jews were persecuted in almost all countries in Europe. They are not loyal citizens of the country they live in. Therefore doubt arises on questions of spying, on questions of alliegance. I just hope US the Christians wake up and realise we have to side with the Muslims and find a solution where Christians and Muslims will live side by side in peace.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Fari

      That's very true Jews are only loyal to their community;if some jew is murdered by a guy (who is already proven a criminal) they right way put jihade or Pakistani label on him without knowing anything. It's a conspiracy of Jews to end the Muslims and the route cause is only that they lost the prophet hood which they considered only their right and none of a single jew can deny it; from that day they have decided to finish the Muslim community and its recent example is Palestine. Why they wont moan when no of families and children are martyred at Afghanistan/Iraq/Palestine and other Muslim countries. Now they think IRAN as a threat. I think the biggest threats are Americans and Jews who are side by side and are great terrorist why they invade in other countries any answer? when u interfere in someone's country he ll definitely resist and this thing hurts USA/Jews. That day is not far when these both countries will struck by God's wrath.....

      March 22, 2012 at 7:06 am |
  7. Frank

    Tunnels will be created underground leading to Israel, he says, “and their bones will roll into Israel.” And these fairy tale believers are the one controlling our foreign policy. God save America from religious fanatics.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Shayna

      Fortunately, they are not the decision makers. They don't work & pray all day which renders them virtually harmless...not to mention stupid.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  8. Michael

    3 of the victims were dual French-Israeli citizens. Crucial info omitted from the article.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:24 am |
    • See N.N.

      "Several studies have found Sweden to be one of the most atheist countries in the world." (Wikipedia on "demographics of atheism") I should immediately let everyone I know how unhealthy they are because they don't believe in an invisible man in the sky... :-) Wait a minute here... Swedish people have a life expectancy exceeding that of Americans. Oh well, maybe the devil has manipulated the statistics – or do Swedes live long but unhappy lives? Kind of hard to measure, but I found something called "Satisfaction with Life index", on which the United States rank 23 and Sweden rank 7. What about suicide rates? The suicide rate in the U.S. is 11.8 while 12.7 in Sweden – less than, say, France (16.2), or only a fraction of that in Lithuania (34.1) or South Korea (31.2).

      Prayer IS good, not because there really IS an invisible man in the sky, but because meditation and self-reflection is healthy. Religious ceremonies and Church membership provides structure, social interaction, a sense of belonging to a group, etc., probably healthy as well.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:11 am |
    • Jesus

      ~You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!~~

      March 22, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  10. rams112

    Assuming that a Muslim Paletinian dies in the US violently and must be recalled to be burried in Gaza Strip, will Israel agree?

    March 22, 2012 at 4:19 am |
    • An inconvenient truth

      A Muslim Palestinian is not a native of the Gaza strip.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • ofer

      No , cuase gaza or jerusalim dosent holy to muslims like it holy to the jewish

      March 22, 2012 at 4:50 am |
    • RealityCheck

      If a Muslim dies violently in the U.S. then my guess would be the other person was defending him/herself from a terrorist act. Doesn't that make sense?

      March 22, 2012 at 5:59 am |
    • Frank

      No, because the Jews do not consider the Palestinians to be human, much like the Nazis did not consider the Jews to be human. Ironic, isn't it.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:21 am |
  11. LogicalJew

    They are all fairy tales anyway...there may well be Gods but the sense of being treated as an individual after death is absurd. Humans are selfish creatures who long to hold on to the sense of individuality after death. Our spirits (if they survive) are collective – there will be no individual rewards.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:12 am |
  12. Markiel

    in Judaism death is merely a waiting period to be awaken again so we call it sleeping

    March 22, 2012 at 3:58 am |
    • Elie

      That's Chuck Norris

      March 22, 2012 at 6:19 am |
  13. John

    this article in meant to mislead people. Because when you read.
    "He wanted to join those who had died before him, including his grandfather, Abraham, who received the first Jewish burial, Ginsberg says."

    Abraham was not jewish. Judaism started with moses who came after Abraham.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • Joe

      Dear Mr. John,
      Technically speaking, Avraham is considered the first Jew since the "Covenant of the pieces" (You can look it up in Wikihedia).
      Yours,

      March 22, 2012 at 5:18 am |
    • SNS

      John, what are you talking about? Of course Abraham was the first Jew. The Jews were slaves in Egypt because they were Jews. How could Moses have been the first Jew if he was the one to take all of the Jews out of Egypt?

      It is unbelievable the amount of ignorant anti semitism that people are writing here. Just read the Bible (first Testamen)t if you want to know who was the first Jew.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:32 am |
  14. Amjad

    No words can explain this in human tragedy.An Innocent is an innocent , no matter what age/group/caste/creed they belong to
    May the souls of the innocent rest in peace. Amin

    March 22, 2012 at 2:36 am |
  15. Russell Travers

    May they rest in peace and those that loved them find peace also. As I write this the terrorist that killed them is holding out in Tolouse, France, espousing his hateful doctrine, punctuated by shots and explosions. I am certain he will die this day and his soul shall wander around, lost, for eternity, his memory hated.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  16. ahmed

    i believe in god

    March 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Ridiculous

      Too bad.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Saif

      Ibraham was neither Jewis or Christian because his time was befor them, but he was a Muslim. Muslim means he was believing in Allah "God" as the creator of all, and the only deserving to be warshiped. the biggest mis-uderstanding between human is this. Islam free all the humanity from warshiping unworthy creatures such as, man, animals, stars and, buddahs, which created by man himself.

      READ THIS WITH OPEN HART AND INVESTIGATE THE TRUTH.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Frank

      Buddha is not as you say, unworthy, and was practicing his philosophy hundreds of years before Muhammad walked the Earth. Do your research before you open your ignorant mouth. Buddhist not hold holy wars like the Muslims. Go figure.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:25 am |
  17. Starr

    Politics and religion aside, wouldn't it be better to feed and provide urgent care to the starving children in this world than to fly a dead body to another country for burial in an outrageously priced plot? It seems rather selfish to me...but then again I was not indoctrinated in Judaism.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Patrick

      Huh? Sure, its usually better to care for the living than the dead. However, funeral homes still do brisk business. I'm not quite sure what Judaism has to do with it. Except in this case we're talking about murdered Jewish children. Not sure why their burial costs are more of an issue than anyone else's. From the looks of it, they probably saved in the casket cost. Does that help ease your worry – or do you now just need some other way to express your callous anti-Semitism?

      March 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • SNS

      To Saif,

      Wow, that was an amazing distortion of history. Abraham is the first Jew whether or not your religion choses to recognize that.

      To Starr,

      Three children and a father were brutally murdered and all you have to say is that Jews who chose to be buried in Israel are selfish? Do you know how much money Jews give to charity – not just Jewish or Israeli charities? I think that your quote "I was not indoctrinated in Judaism" kind of says it all. To indoctrinated means "to be learn uncritically, to be brainwashed". I am a religiously observant Jew. I have not been "indoctinated". I can chose to do what I want with my money without being selfish. Ho much do you give to charity? What are you doing for the starving children of the world?

      To Chumbucket – The same goes to you. Your statements are classically antisemetic – that Jews are not loyal to their citizen state (of course, being buried in Israel has nothing whatsoever to do with loyalty. And you like Starr speak of Jews being "trained to worship Israel" as if we have no free will, free thinking abilities. Just because something is beyond your ability to understand that does not mean it is beyong others ability to make an intelligent decision.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:14 am |
  18. AgrippaMT

    This really has little to do with religion. It's just more evidence of the utterly racist nature of the state of Israel and its jewish inhabitants today.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • RealityCheck

      Sorry, Agrippa, this is an American website and most Americans these days are becoming less and less fond of Muslims, especially the ones who live here in America. Not only the ones who make obnoxious, evil remarks such as yourself, but the rest of the ones who say NOTHING when it comes to condoning terrorist acts committed by Muslim extremists. And that's because the ONES WHO SAY NOTHING ENDORSE the TERRORISTS. These's only one Muslim commentator, a woman, who I've seen on t.v. who has the courage to say this. She lives somewhere in Europe and of course fears her life could possibly be taken....BY MUSLIM TERRORISTS.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:04 am |
  19. Yidi

    The word "HYPOCRITES" was created especially for the Jews. They like to say "we are the chosen people" as though that's the only thing said about them by God. Jews hate most Muslims for that they cant be fooled by them as they've fooled self-called christians (which by the way is no divine religion, not named by God) into believing all sorts of lies. I swore nobody can't tell from the beginning of time up to now that Muslims killed Jews (in fact they were protected under Islam). WW1, WW2, or the holocaust (if it's true) were no acts of Islam or Muslims (I wonder if those people had heard about the word Islam, or Muslims). Tell one truth, the children of your children will have no issue understanding and grabbing it. However, a lie need a billion examples, explanations, theories, as well as hypocrisies.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Ridiculous

      Anybody proclaiming themselves 'chosen' need a swift kick in the a$$.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Ade

      Not convinced islam is a divine religion. Judging by what I see and read about islam and all I see moslems do in my country in the name of Allah? It will take changing water to steel for me to believe such falsehood.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • RealityCheck

      Yidi, you're either mentally-challenged, illiterate, off your meds, or impaires.....none of what you say makes any sense at all.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:07 am |
    • Muneef

      They are the chosen people and the rest of races nothing but filth on earth? Just wonder chosen for what exactly ?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  20. Sam

    It is confusing to the Palestinians when such burials take place in Israel to people who never been born or lived there and at the same time, Palestinians who were born in what is now Israel are not allowed to go back home when they are alive, let alone dead. This also calls into question the loyalty and citizenship. If you just want to live in one place where your heart is really in another, then legitimate questions about patriotism and loyalty should be asked.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Peter

      idiot

      March 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Peter

      terrorist symphatizer

      March 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • JenA

      Right on, Sam! Tell it like it is. Palestinians are being left out of the equation here, and they shouldn't be.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Chumbucket

      I agree with you Sam. I find the practice of burying overseas when you have no loyalty to that country ridiculous. However, I think many Jews are "trained" to practically worship Israel, which is what makes their diaspora so strong. Really, the strongest string of people in one religion are the Jews–they cover one another's backs like no other. Are you surprised they bury in Israel without an Israeli citizenship? Apparently being a Jew is stronger than being a citizen of the land you're buried in...!

      March 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Asaf

      Little children were murder and this is what's important hah?
      I suggest you shout your mouth and criticize your own nation.
      Israel belongs to the JEWISH NATION, first of all.
      When your ancestors were hanging on sycamore (and the Palestinians on coca trees), thousands years before, the Bible was written in Israel by JEWISH. Get lost you and you're anti-Semite thoughts. Israel and the Jews will stand still.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • RealityCheck

      When the entire Palestinian community (citizens, government, etc) finally choose to accept Israel's right to exist and that the Jews aren't going anywhere, when they remove government that promotes the genocide of Jews in Israel, when they start to crack down on their own terrorist pigs living in Gaza...and Ramallah....and Hebron....and wherever. And when they accept that Jerusalem will never be theirs (although they can choose to come and worship just like everyone else) and it will be designated as the capitol of the State of Israel, THEN THEY CAN BE PART OF THE EQUATION, BECAUSE THAT WOULD GIVE WAY TO LAND GRABS AND A TWO-STATE SOLUTION.

      And they're not going to go there because Palestinians HATRED of jews surpasses THEIR LOVE FOR THEIR OWN CHILDREN. A true culture of violent and antisocial pathologies.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:14 am |
    • Muneef

      Well said Sam...

      March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
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