Thursday, March 22, 2012

22-Mar-12: Other than about cynical hypocrisy, do the reactions to the deliberate murders of French children teach us something?

Four of the murderer's innocent victims: From left: Rabbi
Jonathan Sandler, 30, a teacher; his two sons, Arye, 6, and Gabriel, 3;
and Miriam Monsonego, 8, the daughter of the school’s principal
No sane or rational human can be unmoved by the events of the past few days ["Gunman dead as French siege ends"] in Toulouse, France. It's disturbing to see how the media coverage of the siege and the endless re-showing of the murderer's face and antics have overshadowed the narrative of unfathomable loss on the part of the shattered Jewish families. But we understand that; it's the way of the world. 

What we completely reject, however, is the bald-faced, cynical hypocrisy of the official Palestinian Arab "moderate" "leadership". There are many instances but let's focus on the most "moderate" of the "moderates" and a comment he made yesterday:
The Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad has condemned the attack on the Jewish school: "It is time for these criminals to stop marketing their terrorist acts in the name of Palestine and to stop pretending to stand up for the rights of Palestinian children who only ask for a decent life" [Source: BBC]
And today they have the same Fayyad on the Bethlehem-based Maan News expressing similar warm and humane sentiments:
"This terrorist crime is condemned in the strongest terms by the Palestinian people and our children" [Source: Maan]
The reality is different. When the BBC and the others are looking the other way, Fayyad and his more foaming-at-the-mouth colleagues sing a very different song, and yes, it is a song - a song of triumph and of racist hatred. They don't condemn. They honour the murderers and terrorists who kill Jewish children. They make them heroes. They place them on pedestals paid for, created and exploited by the very government which pays them their salaries and which they front. A deeper form of dishonesty is hard to imagine.

You doubt this? Let's take a look. 

Some years ago, a Palestinian Arab woman, a terrorist, called Dalal Mughrabi killed 12 Israeli children and 25 Israeli adults. While her name is not so familiar to people in the circles in which we move, she's a certified giant, a figure to be emulated, in the hate-based culture manufactured and marketed by the Palestinian Arab government in Ramallah, the one headed by the other "moderate", Mahmoud Abbas. 

Palestinian Media Watch, which survey their public pronouncements and their TV, radio and web presence leaves no doubt about the real, non-BBC-targeted views of Abbas, Fayyad and their amoral colleagues. A handful of examples from among many:
  • "Dalal is my mysterious young woman, my revolutionary Jihadi inspiration.... my eternal love. I loved her but knew only her name, Dalal Mughrabi."[Statement of a Fatah official via Facebook - accessed March 22, 2012]
  • "The bride of the coast, Dalal Mughrabi, and other female fighters have roles of honor in the national struggle." [The Palestinian Authority's officially appointed governor of Ramallah and of El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, March 17, 2012]
  • "Dalal was a model of a fighting Palestinian woman... who fulfilled her obligation towards her land and homeland." [PA Civil Defense Commissioner Abu Al-Sheikh, March 7, 2012]
  • "We have days of heroism that were recorded by women... martyrs like Dalal Mughrabi and others." [Women's rights activist, Zaynab Al-Ghanimi, March 7, 2012]
So is the murderer of Jewish children a figure to be condemned, as Fayyad, Abbas and others say today while this week's gunman's still-warm dead body is still sprawled on the ground in Toulouse? Or is the murderer a hero, a model for Palestinian Arab children to dream of becoming, a noble fighter? The answer is: both. But we need to know that one is a deliberate, outright lie and the other is a central plank in the educational platform of yet another generation of Palestinian children.

Or as we heard someone say in Jerusalem today: Understand Fayyad this way: Let's stick to attacking Israeli Jews because we don't get the same bad press that an attack overseas produces.

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