JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority continues to demonize Israel, libeling it as behaving like the Nazis in its treatment of Palestinians.
The Palestinian media Watch (PMW) has exposed op-eds that have appeared recently in the Hayat Al-Jadida, the official PA daily, in which Israel was accused of “enthusiastically imitating everything the Nazis did to them” and Zionism was said to be based on “racism,” “arrogance” and the “Masada Complex.” One article also stated that Israel built its security fence not in response to Palestinian terror attacks, but because of Israel’s “Jewish ghetto worldview.”
Regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Yahya Rabah wrote on April 14th that:
“The Palestinian people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has been enduring suffering on a daily basis – [suffering] which has reached the level of torture, ethnic cleansing and constant aggression on the part of the Israeli occupation – an occupation that is abnormal, strange, and worse than all [other] experiences of occupation in human history. This is because the Israeli occupiers, who ‘worship the gods (i.e., imitate the ways) of their enemies,’ are testing everything they experienced from those who persecuted them [in the past] on the Palestinian people – [only] ten times worse. They enthusiastically imitate everything the Nazis did to them and everything others did to them… and carry this out with hatred, racism, and in an indiscriminate way against the Palestinians!”
Rabah’s conclusion is that the proper response to such unimaginable atrocities is: “the bare minimum the Palestinian leadership can do is sign the international conventions and agreements,” referring to the 15 international conventions PA head Abbas began to join as a move to generate further leverage in the failed talks with Israel.
Dr. As’ad Abd Al-Rahman, also regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on April 14th that:
“The leaders of the Zionist state, from their first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, to the present day, from the right to the left, agree that historical Palestine is ‘Israel’s homeland’… All this points to an Israeli fortress mentality, which is faithful to the Zionist heritage, which is based on racism, arrogance and the lie of ‘the chosen people’, and based on the ‘Masada complex’. Israel and peace are opposites. This [Israel] is a state that surrounds itself with physical and psychological concrete walls that are ingrained in the Jewish mentality, which is based on rejection and fear of the other, and which sees the solution in expanding the construction of the fortress walls. Even the racist separation fence, in addition to being a kind of ‘apartheid’, recalls the tradition of the Jewish ghetto in Europe. Therefore, one can say that Israel’s recourse to building the fence stems from reasons connected to the internal psychological structure of the Israeli character, which was formed in the shadow of the Jewish ghetto worldview.”
PMW further reported that senior PA official Jibril Rajoub recently referred to Israel as “this criminal, fascist, Nazi occupation ” on official PA TV, and he subsequently stated that Hitler “could have learned” from Israel “about the concentration camps, the extermination camps.”
Asked about the current situation, Rajoub stated: “What’s worse? Do you think we are living in Sweden and have something to lose? We are living under a racist and fascist occupation. I’m telling you, if Hitler had come [here], he would have learned from them how to oppress humans and learned from them about concentration camps, extermination camps.”
Rajoub is considered as a possible successor to current PA head Abbas.
About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.
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