I received the following from someone who really knows about this stuff. It’s important, so I am passing it on without any comments of my own.
The biggest problem with the word Jihad, is what the fanatic Muslims have done with it. Jihad (or holy war) is a very important part of the Muslim faith, just as Reconciliation is to us Catholics.
Jihad is the struggle to purify yourself. Most Muslim theologians will tell you that this should be an inner struggle, to make yourself pure for God, but Fanatics have distorted this teaching to mean, Kill everything and everyone who is not a crazy fanatic.
I wish that the west would not use this word to identify as the fanatics, it only helps to justify their quest for so-called Jihad. It frustrates me that we use their words, because we then identify that word with something bad instead of something that is actually in true sense of the word, a very good and holy thing.
I absolutely support Israel, and I understand what the ad meant to say, but they should have stuck to terrorism, that’s a good word to define the Muslim fanatics and how they have distorted God’s teachings into something sick and disgusting.