The use of children in the Intifada
For many of us, it has been an horrifying sight to see young
children, night by night, throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in turn
shoot back in their direction.
A sensible article entitled, Muslim Criticism of the Use
of Children in the Intifada, was sent to me, and I quote as follows:
"The London based daily Al-Hayat published a letter by S'ud
Ibn Muhammad Al-'Aqili, from the King Fahd National Library in Saudi Arabia,
which condemned the Palestinian Authority's use of children in the Intifada.
Following are excerpts from the letter:
'.... Today,.... we see the Intifada, children who are less
than the age of maturity, thrown unarmed and undefended to be targets for the
Jews who are armed from head to toe so that they can hit these children as they
wish. The Prophet even forbade the use of animals as targets. So what is there
left to say about the Palestinian people who have turned their children into
If all the Arabs together have not succeeded in defeating
Israel in past wars it will certainly not be defeated through the Intifada.
There are those who justify the Intifada by saying that it exhausts Israel but
the consequences today are in Israel's favor. The PA's (Palestinian
Authority's) infrastructure has been destroyed, its leadership devastated, its
people killed and the settlements have been enlarged. If previous wars did not
effect Israel economically and it managed to recover from all of the wars and
surpass the Arab and Muslim states technologically it will certainly not be
affected today by this Intifada which will only bring more troubles on the
To those of us who are Bible believers, it is important that
it be stated that the God of Israel does not believe in the Hegelian Dialectic.
There is no THESIS, ANTITHESIS resulting in SYNTHESIS in the mind of our God.
When God speaks, He speaks as THESIS.
Anybody, who doesn't agree with Him, would be best not to
argue as our God is the Potter and we are merely the pots. It would be very easy
for the Potter to put out His hand and smash any pot that argues with Him. And
it is for that reason that He is known in some circles as their Divine
In the book of Genesis 17:18-21, we see where the Arabs, the
children of Ishmael fit into God's picture: "And Abraham said unto God, O
that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear
thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my
covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after
him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will
make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he
beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish
with Isaac,..." (emphasis added).
The prophet Ezekiel in tells us that all the
tribes of Israel will be united again when the King comes back. Carefully read
Ezekiel 37:20-22, and notice at this point that Jesus Christ, the Lord, is the
King spoken of in the prophecy here.
A beautiful prophecy should then be read in the book of
Isaiah 19:23-25. This gives us a clear picture of God's plans to bless the
Arab nations along with Israel, in the day when the King, our Lord Jesus Christ,
is established in the throne room in Jerusalem:
"In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to
Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria,
and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be
the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of
the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my
people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance."