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The Palestinian Authority’s Inconvenient Truths

Western journalists, donors and decision-makers need to know that many Palestinian-related truths are being ignored or hidden from them.

Dozens of Christian families from east Jerusalem have moved to Jewish neighborhoods in the the city because they too no longer feel comfortable living among Muslims.

Dozens of Christian families from east Jerusalem have moved to Jewish neighborhoods in the the city because they too no longer feel comfortable living among Muslims.
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The truth sometimes hurts; that is why the Palestinian Authority has been working hard to prevent the outside world from hearing about many occurrences that reflect negatively on its leaders or people.

In recent years, the Palestinian Authority leadership, often with the help of the mainstream media in the US and EU, has been successful in its effort to divert all attention only toward Israel.

Following are examples of some of the inconvenient truths that the Palestinian leadership in Judea and Samaria do not want others to know about:

- Over 100 senior PLO and Fatah officials hold Israeli-issued VIP cards that grant them various privileges denied to most Palestinians. Among these privileges is the freedom to enter Israel and travel abroad at any time they wish. This privilege system has existed since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO in 1993.

- Out of the 600 Christians from the Gaza Strip who arrived in Judea and Samaria in the past two weeks to celebrate Christmas, dozens have asked to move to Israel because they no longer feel comfortable living under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

- Dozens of Christian families from east Jerusalem have moved to Jewish neighborhoods in the the city because they too no longer feel comfortable living among Muslims.

- Palestinian Authority security forces in Judea and Samaria continue to summon and arrest political opponents, journalists and bloggers who dare to criticize the Palestinian leadership.

- The Palestinian Authority government, which has been complaining about a severe financial crisis for the past few months, just cancelled outstanding electricity debts for Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. Palestinians pay their bills to the Arab Jerusalem Electric Company, which buys electricity from the Israeli Electric Company; the Palestinians have not been paying their electricity bills and many have been stealing electricity from their Arab company.

- Tens of thousands of Palestinian Authority civil servants in the Gaza Strip receive salaries to stay at home and not work. The practice has been in effect since Hamas seized control over the Gaza Strip in 2007. According to Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf, the Palestinian Authority, which is funded mostly by American and European taxpayer money, spends around $120 million each month on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

- Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction has allocated more than one million dollars for celebrations marking the 48th anniversary of the “launching of the revolution” — a reference to the first armed attack carried out by Fatah against Israel.

- Despite the calls for an economic boycott of Israel, more than 40,000 Palestinians have received permits to work in Israel. Moreover, another 15,000 Palestinians continue to work in Jewish settlements in spite of an official ban.

- Top PLO and Fatah officials continue to do their shopping in Israeli-owned businesses both in Judea and Samaria and Israel proper. Last week, for example, a member of the PLO Executive Committee and his family were spotted shopping in Jerusalem’s Malha mall. Of course, the PLO official did not forget to bring along his private driver and maid.

- The wife of a senior PLO official recently spent $20,000 for dental treatment in Tel Aviv at a time when there is no shortage of renowned Palestinian dentists in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablus.

These are only some of the inconvenient truths that the Palestinian Authority does not want the outside world to know. Palestinian journalists often avoid reporting about such issues out of concern for their safety or for “ideological” reasons. These journalists have been taught that it is forbidden to hang out the dirty laundry.

Western journalists, donors and decision-makers who deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict need to know that there are many truths being completely ignored or hidden from their eyes and ears.

Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

About the Author: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades.


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4 Responses to “The Palestinian Authority’s Inconvenient Truths”

  1. Roc Diaz says:

    I don't think that we should allow the christians to live amongst us either. they are the biggest hippocrites in the world and why should we forget what they did to jews during the middle and dark ages with their diporas and inquisitions? we had better not forget the forced conversions and meaningless tortures for blood libels of innocent women, children and men of all ages young and old and if they had it their way they would still be doing it today. Hashem should kick them out of israel, all the way out! we are not with them on the "brotherly love" crap that they wish us to believe.

  2. Roc Diaz says:

    we should not tolorate the christians living side by side with us at all. they are all the worlds biggest hippocrites. should we forget how they tortured our people during the dispora, the inquisitions, blood libels and forced conversions? they allowed us absolutely no rest or peace whatsoever, how they tortured and displaced1000's of families regardless of age, young and old alike, and without any mercy whatsoever? how dare they think that they can appease us with brothery love and think that we will be accepting of them when theyve been slaughtering us in the name of their MAMZER savior for centuries. let them dwell with the arabs and get a taste of their own crap garbage that theyve been dishing out to us for yrs, then completely dismiss them from OUR land.

  3. Kim Pate Messina says:

    If were all Gods children then shouldn't we all act like him and learn to forgive like our savior forgives us.

  4. Kim Pate Messina says:

    If were all Gods children, shouldn't we act more like our savior and learn to forgive like he has, and does for us.

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