Now, I want you to read something-read the whole article.
Why Do They Slaughter? (Scroll down the IMRA link.)
I've actually cut and pasted the content here because it took me a while to find this article. I read it a while ago and I've heard Dr. Keidar speak and he is absolutely an expert. I think it is a very important background article to the 'slaughter' mentality.
While normal, civilized people have an aversion to blood-that is not the case in all cultures.
In fact, something interesting that I just learned about Jewish shechita-is that women cannot be ritual slaughterers for one reason only: Jewish women are commanded to give life, and not take a life.
Not all cultures are created equally. Some choose life, and some clearly choose death.
Why Do They Slaughter? By Dr. Mordechai Keidar
"What is common to Daniel Perl, Nick Berg, the Jews of Hebron in 1929 and the Fogel family? They were butchered. They were not simply stabbed to death,
but were killed by an act designed to decapitate them or to cause fatalbleeding by severing their carotid artery. Another common denominator: all
were slaughtered by Moslems.
An endless list of Moslem girls and women can
be added to them, those who were similarly slaughtered by their brothers,
fathers or other relatives for “violating the family honor”.
that arises automatically is where does this Moslem tendency to this kind of
slaughter come from?
The answer is simple: Slaughter is a routine, widespread practice among
many Moslem families. Many children see how their fathers slaughter sheep
when celebrating an important event, and the whole family is present at the
sacrificial slaughter during Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, when
the slaughter is part of the holiday ritual.
In modern societies, the slaughter of animals for meat consumption takes
place in slaughterhouses, far from the eyes of the public and children, who
generally get their meat free of blood and hair and ready for cooking or
This sterile arrangement spares the public the sight of the
slaughter, the blood and the accompanying cries. In the West, many of those
who witnessed animal slaughter become vegetarian.
In many Islamic societies, slaughter generally occurs at home, in front of
the children, and is part of the routine of life. They are immunized
against the sight of slaughter, are not moved by the blood dripping from the
animal’s neck and are not frightened by its snorts and struggles.
cases, the children hold the legs of the lamb in order to immobilize it
during slaughter; they sense very well its frantic reactions as the knife so painfully slices through its neck. The presence and participation of the
children in the act of slaughter immunizes them emotionally against its
influence; when they are older they perform the custom of sacrifice with
their own hands and knives, and in front of their own children.The emotional immunity to the act of slaughter allows a Moslem to utilize it
whenever he feels he must employ radical methods to rid himself of someone.
The slaughter of sheep during the Festival of Sacrifice is accompanied by
the recitation of “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful”,
and the butchering of girls who do not behave properly is conducted as a
kind of execution ceremony.
The slaughterer feels that he is doing
something important and worthy, acting in a way to which he is inured since
In western societies, slaughter seems barbaric, while members of Moslem
societies view it as proper and commendable when carried out within the
Therefore, slaughtering a Jew, a Christian or anyone seen
as an enemy is not considered unusual in traditional Islamic societies.
This is what professional jargon calls a “cultural difference”."
The article was published in the framework of the Center for the Study of Middle East and Islam (under formation), Bar Ilan University, Israel.
Translated by Nachama Kanner