#MakeLove — Anti-Israel Poisoning Begins Young

Published on May 24, 2016

My father Richard Lakin a 76-year-old retired elementary school principal from Connecticut, was on a bus in Jerusalem last October, when two young Palestinian men entered and began shooting and stabbing passengers indiscriminately two passengers were killed that terrible day and 16 injured, including my father. Despite the efforts of paramedics and nurses and doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, my father died two weeks later. He was shot in the head and stabbed several times in the head, face, chest and abdomen.

Over the last seven months I spent a lot of time trying to understand what caused two Palestinian educated men in their early 20s to board the bus and the group butcher innocent civilians, many of them elderly. I’m sorry to report that the Palestinian reaction to the attack led me to believe that the “peace process” is one-sided than ever.

My father grew fighter for civil rights in America. He took these values with him in 1984, when he emigrated to Jerusalem, where he taught English for Arabs and Jews. He was a kind, gentle heart of a man who dedicated his life to education and the promotion of peaceful coexistence.

Nevertheless, the Palestinian newspaper praised Baha Alyan, one of the terrorists who murdered my father, as a “martyr and intellectual.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with the families of attackers and praised them as “martyrs.” Palestinian scout leader said Baha Alyan, who was shot by guards before he could kill more innocent passengers, was “an example for each Scout.”

Mohamed Alyan, father Baha Alyan, was invited to speak at Palestinian schools and universities about his son “martyr.” He recently spoke to children at the elementary school Jabel Mukaber in east Jerusalem, about half a mile from where my father lived. It is tragic that many Palestinian children, perhaps most, are still taught to revere the terrorists and fight for the destruction of Israel.

All heartbroken my father. In 2007 he published a book titled “Teaching as an act of love,” sums up his life’s work and educational philosophy. News of his book is that every child is a miracle that should be nurtured with love. After Baha Alyan father visited Jabel Mukaber elementary school, I asked school officials if I could come and share my father’s message of peace and coexistence. My offer was rejected.

Until Palestinian leaders to cultivate a culture of hatred, encouraging school children to go out and kill more violence is inevitable. Incitement to hatred, the distance of each of us from the love and faith in peaceful coexistence, for which my father stood.

my father’s books begins with a quote from William Penn : “I expect to pass through life but once. So if there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow creature, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. “

My father lived by those words. If only his killers had as well.

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