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Salam Fayyad, ‘The Moderate’?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Salam Fayyad government has just punished a school principal for allowing his pupils to dance with Israelis during a trip to the beach in Jaffa.

Because of his “crime,” Mohammed Abu Samra, principle of the Al-Slama [peace] Secondary School in the West Bank city of Kalkilya, was reassigned to a remote school.

Fayyad’s ministry of education decided on the move after the principle organized a picnic for 45 Palestinian pupils to the beach. “My pupils were attracted to the music and I could not say no to them,” Abu Samra told the Gulf News newspaper. “My pupils started dancing and I also joined them.” He said that at one point some Israeli men and women joined the dance.

It is hard to imagine, however, that the measure against the school principle was taken without Fayyad’s knowledge or approval. This is the same government that continues to combat all forms of “normalization” with Israel. Many Palestinian groups and political factions in the West Bank have banned their members from participating in meetings with Israelis and the Fayyad government seems to have endorsed this policy.

The most recent “anti-normalization” decision was taken by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, which operates under the jurisdiction of the Fayyad government in the West Bank. The syndicate issued a warning to all its members against holding any form of contact with their Israeli counterparts, and threatened punitive measures against those who violate the ban.

The Fayyad government has also banned Palestinians from dealing directly with Israeli “liaison” offices in the West Bank. These offices, belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration, were created, among other reasons, to assist Palestinians in obtaining permits to work and receive medical treatment in Israel.

Fayyad was one of the first Palestinian officials to lead a campaign to boycott products of Israeli settlements. His office even invited journalists to cover an event where Fayyad personally set fire to settler products that were confiscated by his police forces in the West Bank. The Fayyad government is also responsible for the continued crackdown on Palestinian journalists and bloggers in the West Bank. In recent weeks, more than 15 journalists and bloggers were imprisoned or summoned for interrogation for exposing corruption scandals or posting critical comments on Facebook. The crackdown was ordered by Fayyad’s attorney-general, Ahmed al-Mughni.

Fayyad’s TV and radio stations in Ramallah continue to glorify terrorists and suicide bombers, referring to them as heroes and martyrs and dedicating songs and poems in their honor.

In addition, the Fayyad government continues to hold dozens of Palestinians in prison without detention and is refusing to carry out court orders to release some of the detainees. As one PLO official said, “The judiciary system in Palestine has become a joke under Salam Fayyad and President Mahmoud Abbas.”

Fayyad supporters have defended him by blaming Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction for human rights violations and the clampdown on journalists and bloggers. They claim that Fayyad has no real powers over the various security forces or the Palestinian Authority media. Nor, they say, does Fayyad have control over the decisions of the attorney-general.

So if Fayyad is not responsible for anything that goes wrong in the Palestinian Authority, why hasn’t he, for example spoken out against the violations perpetrated by Abbas and his lieutenants? Or, if he is opposed to the arrest of journalists and the closure of news websites, why hasn’t he resigned?

Fayyad often comes across in the international community as a “moderate” man who believes in peace and coexistence with Israel; but his actions in the past few years reveal that the Palestinian prime minister is anything but liberal or moderate, even if he did receive a doctorate at the University of Texas.

By punishing the school principle for allowing his pupils to dance with Israelis on the beach, Fayyad’s government is telling Palestinians that their children must not have any contact with Israelis, even if it is intended for entertainment.

If Fayyad does not want Palestinian children to mix with Israelis, why does he continue to live in an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem that is under Israeli sovereignty? And why does he continue to meet with Israelis on different occasions? If, as his aides say, he despises Mahmoud Abbas and believes that he is leading the Palestinians toward the abyss, why doesn’t he tell this to the president in his face? Or is it possible that Fayyad and Abbas are playing the good cop and bad cop?
Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Salam Fayyad’s Hypocrisy

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The Palestinian Authority government of Salam Fayyad, announcing this week the launching of the 2012 Award for Press Freedom, invited Palestinian journalists to submit their candidacy for the prestigious award, the first if its kind in the Palestinian territories.

The award is intended to encourage freedom of media and speech in the Palestinian territories, where local journalists have long been facing a campaign of intimidation and harassment by the two Palestinian governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Ironically, the news about the launching of the new award coincided with the arrest of Youssef Shayeb, a Palestinian journalist from Ramallah, on charges of “slander and defamation.”

Fayyad’s security forces in the West Bank arrested Shayeb after he published a report in a Jordanian newspaper exposing corruption in the Palestinian diplomatic mission in France. He was first detained for 48 hours, after which a Palestinian court extended his detention for an additional two weeks.

The arrest of Shayeb exposes Fayyad’s double standards when it comes to freedom of expression. In public, Fayyad is telling his people and the rest of the world how much he cares about freedom of expression. To back up his claim, he has gone as far as announcing an annual award for press freedoms that would conferred upon a Palestinian journalist, chosen by a special panel of experts.

Behind the scenes, however, Fayyad’s security officers are busy arresting and intimidating any journalist who exposes corruption or voices criticism of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah.

To avoid responsibility for any wrongdoing, Fayyad’s aides claim that their boss has no real control over the Palestinian security forces and point to President Mahmoud Abbas as the man to blame for the clampdown on journalists.

If Fayyad has no control over the security forces, then why does his government continue to pay salaries to tens of thousands of Palestinian policemen and security personnel?

Moreover, what is preventing Fayyad from speaking out against the Palestinian security forces if he is not happy with some of the things they are doing?

How can Fayyad distance himself from the Palestinian security forces one day and take credit for restoring law and order in the West Bank another day?

And how can Fayyad argue that he is serious about fighting corruption in Palestinian Authority institutions and, at the same time, arrest a journalist for exposing a corruption scandal in a diplomatic mission?

Even if Fayyad does not have direct control over the various branches of the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank — as he claims — his job as prime minister necessitates that he be fully responsible for what happens in territories that are under his jurisdiction.

Fayyad is mistaken if he thinks that he can fool Palestinian journalists through double-talk. The arrest of the Palestinian journalist this week by his security forces has drawn strong condemnations from a large number of Palestinians.

A prime minister who orders his security officers to arrest a journalist because of an article is not a “reformist”. Nor is he someone who deserves the respect of the international community for supposedly being “liberal” and “open-minded”.

Many Palestinians were pinning high hopes on Fayyad mainly because he is not affiliated with Fatah or Hamas.

But there is a saying in the Arab world that if you live 40 days among any people, you become part of them. Fayyad has been living with Fatah and Hamas for too long; that is why he has begun to act and speak like them.

 

Originally published by Gatestone Institute www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Toulouse and NPR, Ideology and Fayyad

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The murderous rampage of Mohammed Merah has been weighing on my mind. It has been widely reported that Merah, the young Islamist terrorist who killed three French soldiers two weeks ago, and four Jews (including three children) at the Otzar HaTorah school in Toulouse this week, murdered Jews “to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children.”

But NPR went one even better, reporting — in the words of “All Things Considered” host Robert Siegel — that “the gunman told officials that he killed his victims in part to avenge slain Palestinian children.”

As far as I can tell, there is no direct quotation available from the terrorist (not ‘gunman’), or even a second-hand report that included an equivalent statement. NPR’s correspondent on the scene, Eleanor Beardsley, said (in the same segment) that:

He’s been speaking to police and he told police that he’s angry about children in Palestine, he’s angry at France being in Afghanistan, he’s obviously angry at Jews, he’s angry at fellow Muslims who would wear the French uniform…

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant, who should know what Merah told the police, said that he “wanted to avenge Palestinian children and take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions.”

Some time after the attack and 24 hours before the police raid in which he was killed, Merah called the newsroom of French TV station France 24, where he spoke to News Editor Ebba Kalondo (video in English here). He gave his reasons for his actions, a litany of Muslim complaints against France, particularly the ban on Islamic veils. With regard to the Otzar HaTorah murders, she said:

“As for the attack on the Jewish School, he was adamant that it was revenge, for the killings of what he termed ‘my little brothers and sisters, in Palestine.’”

In the absence of a direct quotation from Merah, NPR host Siegel could have quoted Kalondo or Gueant — or used a more neutral paraphrase. The phrase “slain Palestinian children” is more than journalistic exuberance – it implies that there is an equivalent, deliberate and vicious, action on the Israeli side to avenge. It suggests the narrative that “both sides are engaged in tit-for-tat violence” that NPR is always at pains to promote.

Although it is a staple of anti-Israel propaganda that Israel deliberately kills Arab children, the proposition is a blood libel and a case of reality inversion, given the long list of Israeli children targeted by Palestinian Arab terrorists. NPR shouldn’t help it along.

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Of course, there is also the incredible craziness of the idea of ‘avenging’ the actions of France or Israel by grabbing an 8-year old girl by the hair and shooting her through the temple. The various news reports seem to accept this as expected in the world of Islamist terrorism.

The Obama administration seems to think that only al-Qaeda shares the ideology that works this way. But what is the ideology behind the random launching of rockets into Israel, a staple of Hamas, Hizballah, and other Arab terror groups? What was the ideology of the terrorists that slaughtered the Fogel family, including 4-month old Hadas?

If we are not already numb, there’s this:

Merah, born in Toulouse of Algerian parents, told police negotiators he had murdered three small Jewish children, and a teacher, outside a school on Monday to “revenge Palestinian children.” However, he also, chillingly, told police that he had attacked the school in a random act of frustration after he failed to locate a soldier to continue his series of street killings of off-duty paratroopers.

So we have an ideology in which it makes sense to murder little children to ‘avenge’ actions by other people with whom they share an ethnicity, and the selection of Jews as the default murder victims when the preferred ones are not at hand.

Think about being the default murder victims when you wonder if the government of Israel is paranoid about Iran, for example.

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Finally, there is the technocratic Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, so moderate that Hamas would not have him in a unity government, who made this statement on the murders:

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.

Either he is a hypocrite or entirely non-representative of his movement, because the official media of his own Palestinian authority this very month found it appropriate to honor terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who murdered 37 Israelis, including 13 children.

PA-Hamas unity deadlocked

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Despite PA President Abbas’s claim of no differences anymore between Hamas and Fatah following a reconciliation meeting this week, it appears that Abbas overstated his position. The PA and Hamas face a deadlock as they haven’t agreed on the makeup of the new unity government, without which elections are impossible. Abbas is still demanding that Salam Fayyad remain prime minister, while Hamas is insisting that Fayyad goes.

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama’s Chicago church published an open letter from a Palestinian activist that labels Israel as a “racist” and “apartheid” country and claims the Jewish state worked on an “ethnic bomb” that kills “blacks and Arabs.” The letter, discovered by the Sweetness and Light blog, was published on the “Pastor’s Page” of the Trinity United Church of Christ newsletter reserved for Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., whose anti-American, anti-Israel remarks landed Obama in hot water, prompting the presidential candidate to deliver a major race speech last week.

“I must tell you that Israel was the closest ally to the white supremacists of South Africa. In fact, South Africa allowed Israel to test its nuclear weapons in the ocean off South Africa. The Israelis were given a blank check: they could test whenever they desired and did not even have to ask permission. Both worked on an ethnic bomb that kills Blacks and Arabs,” wrote the letter’s author, Ali Baghdadi.

The June 10, 2007, newsletter, which is still available on Obama’s church’s website, identifies Baghdadi as an Arab-American activist, writer, and columnist who “acted as a Middle East advisor to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, as well as Minister Louis Farrakhan.”

The piece is titled “An open letter to Oprah,” referring to the talk show giant Oprah Winfrey, who last year accepted an invitation to visit Israel offered to her by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Winfrey had been a member of Obama’s church but left in 1986.

Referring to Israel, Baghdadi writes, “Arabs have always supported the dismantling of this racist government” and states that Palestinians face “genocide and ethnic cleansing . . . every hour of the day.”

Baghdadi states, “For many centuries, Jews escaped the discrimination and death they were subjected to in Europe, and found safety and refuge among us.”

He doesn’t mention the more than 800,000 Jews who were expelled or left Arab countries under threat of violence after Israel was founded in 1948.

Dollars for Terrorists

Just days after it was announced that the U.S. would transfer $150 million directly to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s government, members of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the declared military wing of Abbas’s Fatah party, were told they would receive cash grants, WorldNetDaily has learned.

According to Palestinian militant sources familiar with the issue, earlier this month 20 members of the Brigades leadership in Ramallah complained to PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad that they did not have enough money to pay their bills, including, for many of them, rent for their apartments.

Last week, according to the sources, Fayyad told the complaining Brigades leaders he would provide them with a one-time grant of $3,000 each, or $60,000 to the Ramallah-based Brigades leadership.

The sources said that after Brigades leaders in other West Bank cities, including Hebron and Nablus, heard of the grants, they also demanded pay increases.

The sources estimate that at least $350,000 in grants to Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades leaders were pledged by Fayyad since last week. Some of the Brigades leaders serve in Fatah security forces while others only work in the Brigades.

Fayyad’s purported grants to the Brigades came after the U.S. announced that it would transfer $150 million directly to accounts controlled by Fayyad, marking the first time in eight months America has transferred money directly to the PA rather than to nongovernmental agencies.

Revenge Feared

Israeli security officials fear the possibility of a massive revenge attack in Israel, abroad or both, following the assassination last month of Hizbullah’s arch-terrorist, Imad Mughniyah.

The terror leader was at the top of Israel’s most wanted list and was responsible for a series of deadly attacks against the U.S. and Israel, including involvement in the 1983 bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied that Israel was involved in the assassination, but Hizbullah has directly blamed the Jewish state and threatened retaliation.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the recently published book “Schmoozing with Terrorists.”

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