With an election due in the West Bank on 8th November 2016, political parties have commenced their campaign messages.
While in the UK we are used to parties promising to “lower taxes”, “create more jobs” and “save the NHS” in order for us to vote for them, the same does not appear to be true of the Palestinian political parties.
Last week the West Bank’s ruling Fatah party, and the so called ‘moderate’ Palestinian group, gave their reasons for why Palestinians should vote for them.
Here is the list of items they stated, translated from Arabic by Palestinian Media Watch:
“To those who argue [with Fatah], to the boors, and to those who do not know history:
- Fatah has killed 11,000 Israelis
- Fatah has sacrificed 170,000 Martyrs (Shahids)…
- Fatah was the first to carry out operations (i.e., terror attacks) during the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian violence and terror against Israel, 1988-1993), and it was the first Palestinian faction to reach the nuclear reactor in Dimona (i.e., 1988 terrorist attack that killed 3 Israeli working mothers on a bus enroute to the reactor) [See below for full description]
- Fatah was the first to fight in the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) (Baha Al-Sa’id, an officer in the Preventive Security Forces, infiltrated an Israeli settlement on the border with Gaza) [See below for full description]
- Fatah was the first to defeat the Zionist enemy (Battle of El-Karameh) [See below for full description]
- Fatah led the Palestinian attack on Israel in the UN.“
[Official Fatah Facebook, Aug. 2, 2016]
While this post has now been deleted from Facebook, it is good to see that these shocking claims have caused news agencies around the world to take note.
The New York Times has reported on it, and they also pointed out the contradictions of Palestinian leaders of the past. One such incident was when Yasir Arafat, in the early 2000s, at the height of the second Intifada led crowds in the West Bank city of Ramallah in a chant of, “To Jerusalem, we are going, martyrs in the millions!” He lead these chants just days after writing an Op-Ed article in The New York Times about the Palestinian vision of peace.
It seems that to the West, Palestinian leaders will say one thing while to their own people say another. It is just shocking that the media rarely picks up on these things and instead continues to blame Israel.
Another example of the Palestinians saying one thing to the West and another to their own people happened this year, on the day the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas gave a libel filled speech to the European Parliament. He declared that he is committed to peace while accusing Israel of carrying out and inciting violence. For this libel filled speech (where he quoted falsehoods and later apologised for them) he received a standing ovation from hundreds of EU leaders.
Abbas’ Libel Filled Speech at the European ParliamentOn the day that the UK voted to leave the EU the European Parliament gave a standing ovation to Mahmoud Abbas for a libel filled speech.
Here are some of the libel, lies and exaggerations made by the leader of the Palestinian Authority.
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The reality is that Mahmoud Abbas said to his people, “Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They (the Jews) have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet.”
He also said that “Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it’s for the sake of Allah. Every shahid (martyr) will be in heaven and every wounded person will be rewarded, by Allah’s will.”
These are not the words of someone who wants peace. While Fatah is labelled by Western media outlets as “moderate” compared to Hamas, it is clear that this has never really been the case.
This hypocrisy has to end and the world needs to stop ignoring the hatred of Fatah as well as Hamas.
These are the clarifications of some of the incidents Fatah has boasted about (As per PMW):
Mothers’ Bus attack – On March 7, 1988, 3 Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus carrying workers to the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, and murdered 3 civilians – Miriam Ben-Yair, Rina Shiratky and Victor Ram. The attack is referred to as the Mothers’ Bus attack because many of the passengers were working mothers. The terrorists were all killed by an Israel Police counter-terrorism unit that stormed the bus.
Baha Sa’id – was a terrorist active in the Popular Resistance Committees. On Nov. 18, 2000, he infiltrated the community of Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip, and killed two Israeli soldiers, Snir Flum and Sharon Shitoubi. Shitoubi shot the terrorist, who later died of his wounds.
The Karameh battle, or Al-Karameh – In 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the Al-Karameh village in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists were launching attacks on Israel. Although Israel prevailed militarily, Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.