According to a report in the Times of Israel, the French city of St. Denis yesterday hosted a ceremony to honor a number of Palestinian terrorists. The event was organized by the National Collective for Just and Viable Peace between Palestinians and Israelis, a group known by its French acronym, CNPJDPI.
Among those being honored was Allam Kaabi, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Kaabi was instrumental in planning and carrying out the 2001 assassination of Israel’s tourism minister, Rehavam Ze’evi. Kaabi was released as part of the prisoner exchange that freed captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Kaabi and the other speakers were described as “recently released prisoners” in the promotional material for the event.
The fact that such an event could even be held in a Western country that is nominally a friend of Israel is shocking—and a revelation of just how alone the Jewish state is in the world today. Those who honor and celebrate terrorist murderers are really little more than accomplices after the fact. And there is no doubt that men like Allam Kaabi will strike again if they get the chance.
This week we received a shocking reminder here in America of what the Jewish People in Israel and around the world live with on a daily basis—the knowledge that death could strike suddenly and without warning at any moment. There is a very real, life-and-death struggle going on around the world between those who wish to kill everyone who does not conform to their view of the world and those who wish to be left in peace.
Our prayers are vitally needed right now. And we must never forget that God’s promise to bless those who bless the Jewish People is still in full force. If we want God’s hand of blessing and protection on our land, we need to continue to pray for and support the nation of Israel.