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Mister Rajoub’s Neighborhood By: Steven Plaut
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, September 02, 2003


The whole world is suddenly having little happy puppy yelps because Arafat has appointed a new “security official,” supposedly to rein in the Palestinian Islamist terrorists and their leaders. In fact, of course, much of the current terror is being perpetrated by the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and the Tanzim, militias under the direct personal command and control of Arafat himself. Expecting Arafat to arrest the terrorists is a bit like expecting Bill Clinton to run a commission of inquiry into whether there has ever been any hanky panky in the White House. 

And to carry out Arafat’s terrorist wishes, his “new” security chief is none other than Jibril Rajoub.  Rajoub has been among Arafat’s right-hand terrorists for many years. He spent 1968-1985 in Israeli prisons for terrorist activities. After being released in a May 1985 prisoner exchange, he was soon behind bars again from 1985-1986, because of his continued involvement with terrorists. As a result of his role in the mass violence that began in 1987, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin expelled Rajoub to Lebanon. He later was allowed settled in Palestinian Authority-controlled territory in 1994.  Rajoub has a long track record of praising Hamas suicide bombers and other mass murderers, and ordered the torture of Palestinian journalists who criticized the PLO.

Rajoub has been Arafat’s button man for years, and he will start arresting Hamas bombers as soon as pigs become kosher and Gary Coleman is Governor of California. With the Bash-Israel media's advocacy of Rajoub, he may one day be considered a hero for Palestinian children -- and he could teach them some fascinating lessons. With that in mind, let's step inside:

Mister Rajoub's Neighborhood

In celebration of the era of peace that has broken out since the signing of the Oslo Accords, Palestinian television will now broadcast a new educational program based on the world-famous children's program Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Starring the head of the Palestinian Authority's security forces, Mr. Jibril Rajoub, it will be called "Mister Rajoub's Neighborhood." In the pilot show, in walks Mister Rajoub, singing:

          "It's a wonderful day in this neighborhood,

           A wonderful day for a neighbor,

           Won't you be mine, won't you be mine."

Mister Rajoub then hangs up his sweater and puts on his slippers.

There is a knock at the door and in comes Mister Postman.  Mister Rajoub strikes up a conversation with Mister Postman, and asks him to show the children watching how to make letter bombs to mail to the neighbors across the Green Line and nefarious Palestinian "collaborators."  After Mister Postman leaves, Handyman Haigerry comes by, always willing to explain how gadgets, gizmos and other things are made. Today Mister Rajoub asks Handyman to demonstrate how to construct a car bomb in which the Neighbors can visit some of the other neighborhoods, like Haifa and Jerusalem. Handyman Haigerry makes an especially interesting presentation.   "Thank you ever so much, Handyman," says Mister Rajoub when it is time for him to leave.  "Oh, just call me The Engineer," replies Handyman.

But, hey, what time is it now, boys and girls? Yes, it is storybook puppet time! Mister Rajoub takes all the children in the neighborhood for a ride on Mister Trolley to go see Good King Friday,

King of the State of Palestine, who got his name because of his sermons calling for "peace through genocide" in the mosques every Friday. Today Good King Friday will be explaining to the children of the neighborhood how to wage jihad. He is joined by his friend Lady Ebilene, who is sporting a new royal gown laced with TNT and detonators, just right for traveling to other neighborhoods on Israeli buses.

Together Mister Rajoub, King Friday, and all their friends break out into song, "Oh you are special, yes so special, everyone is special, in their special way." Mister Rajoub plays the triangle in accompaniment.Alas, it is time to go and say goodbye to the neighborhood.  But we can all come back and visit with Mr. Rajoub again tomorrow. 

Well, most of us.


Steven Plaut is a professor at the Graduate School of the Business Administration at the University of Haifa and is a columnist for the Jewish Press. A collection of his commentaries on the current events in Israel can be found on his "blog" at www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.


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