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What the Guardian won’t report: Palestinian PM Honors terrorist bombers, then condemns terror bombing


This report, by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik at Palestinian Media Watch, about a Palestinian leadership which often condemns attacks on Israelis while speaking in English to the Western media, but routinely glorifies such terrorist violence when speaking to their own citizens in Arabic, is among the most important political dynamics feeding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, yet is virtually ignored by The Guardian and most of the MSM.

Palestinians in Al-Bireh, abutting Ramallah, decorating a town square with a poster depicting terrorist Dalal al-Mughrabi, March 13, 2011.

On Wednesday afternoon, Palestinian Authority Prime Minster Salam Fayyad condemned as “terror” the bomb at a Jerusalem bus stop that killed one woman.

On Wednesday morning, Fayyad honored Palestinian women terrorists, including two who drove suicide bombers to terror attacks killing five. He also honored a terrorist who placed a bomb in a bus station, an action identical to the one he condemned just a few hours later.

Fayyad condemned Jerusalem bombing Wednesday afternoon:

“I condemn this terror operation in the harshest terms, no matter who stands behind it.”

Fayyad praised Palestinian terrorists Wednesday morning:

“I will not fail to mention with honor and admiration the resolve of the female prisoners, the fighters, and of all the prisoners of freedom who are imprisoned in the Israeli prisons, experiencing indescribable suffering. This requires that all of us intensify the effort to ensure their liberation from the occupation’s chains and from the abuse of its [Israel’s] executioners.”

In a radio speech, Fayyad then specifically named the following terrorists:

  • Qahira Al-Sa’adi, who drove suicide bomber to attack killing 3 in Jerusalem in 2002.
  • Irena Sarahneh, who drove suicide bomber to attack killing 2 and injuring dozens, in Israeli city Rishon LeZion in 2002.
  • Iman Ghazawi, who in 2001 placed a bomb at the central bus station in Tel Aviv that was discovered before it exploded.
  • Latifa Abu Zara’a, who in 2003 smuggled a bomb into Israel for suicide terror attack that was uncovered before it was implemented.

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  1. I know I am repeating an earlier comment, but don’t you all think that Ben-Yosef St. in Tel-Aviv should be renamed ?

    “Shlomo Ben-Yosef was a noted (and controversial) member of the Revisionist Zionist underground Irgun. He is most noted for his participation in an April 21, 1938 attack on a bus carrying Arab civilians….. Ben-Yosef is revered in the highest terms by right-wing Zionist groups such as Betar, Irgun, Jewish Defense League and the Kach movement.”

  2. 1. Not one of the passengers of the bus was killed.

    2. This attack came after the following:

    ב-29 במרץ 1938 ירו ערבים על מונית שהסיעה יהודים ליד צפת. בהתקפה נרצחו שישה מנוסעי המונית, בהם ילד ושלוש נשים, אחת מהן אף בותרה באכזריות.

    http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A9%D7%9C%D7%9E%D7%94_%D7%91%D7%9F_%D7%99%D7%95%D7%A1%D7%A3

    Naturally, in WIkipedia in English this doesn’t appear.

    3. As usual, you’re comparing the uncomparable. How many Arab children were killed DELIBERATELY by the IDF, or any of the other pre-state militias? And how many Jewish children were killed?
    Of course, you’re probably aware of the ratio (somewhere around 1:10000000). Still, you manage to find the needle in the haystack. Well done. Israel’s delegitimizers thank you from the heart of their bottom!

  3. So we are honouring Ben-Yosef because he was an incompetent ?
    And now you are playing the numbers game that so popular amongst the Zionist-bashers (1400 Palestinians killed in Gaza compared to 11 Israelis, etc etc). You condemn them when they claim that morality is a function of statistics so why do you do the same ?

  4. SHLOMO BEN-YOSEF

    On March 28, 1938, a private vehicle travelling from Haifa to Safed was attacked on the Acre-Safed road. Four Jewish passengers, including a child and two women, were shot dead. The driver and a woman passenger managed to escape, but their bodies were later found not far from the site of the attack. About two weeks later, a car was ambushed on the Hanita-Nahariya road. Three Jews were shot and killed, including David Ben-Gaon, graduate of the Betar battalion at Rosh Pina. These murders caused a storm of outrage among members of the Labor Battalion at Rosh Pina and three members of the battalion – Avraham Shein, Shalom Jurabin and Shlomo Ben-Yosef (Tabachnik) – decided to retaliate. Without receiving permission from their commanding officer, they set out for the Safed – Rosh Pina road, where they fired on an Arab bus. They missed their target, harming no-one, and then fled to a nearby abandoned building. Spotted as they ran to their hide-out, they were arrested shortly afterwards. All were tried by a military tribunal in Haifa and charged with illegal possession of weapons and with “intention to kill or cause other harm to a large number of people”. Under the Emergency Regulations, each of the charges was considered a capital crime. The Betar leaders hired lawyers Philip Joseph and Aharon Hoter-Yishay for the defence. The lawyers suggested that an attempt be made to have Jurabin pronounced mentally unstable, and that a document be obtained for Shein confirming that he was a minor. The three defendants rejected this line of defence and announced that they intended to use the trial as a political platform, from which they would proclaim their convictions openly.

    The trial did in fact end with Jurabin being pronounced mentally unstable and sentenced to incarceration in a mental hospital “at the discretion of the High Commissioner”. Shein and Ben-Yosef were sentenced to “be hung by the neck”. The two accepted the sentence with exceptional stoicism, and proceeded to sing the national anthem, Hatikva. The British commander-in-chief confirmed Shlomo Ben-Yosef’s sentence, but later commuted Shein’s sentence to life imprisonment on account of his youth.

    More on the page:
    http://www.etzel.org.il/english/ac03.htm

  5. Perhaps this sentence should be emphasised:

    Under the Emergency Regulations, each of the charges was considered a capital crime.

  6. 1. When they play the “numbers game”, I tell them what you chose to ignore:
    Who targets kids DELIBERATELY?????

  7. 2. There’s another sentence you chose to ignore, about Ben Yosef, from what Ariadne wrote:

    “Without receiving permission from their commanding officer”

    3. Again, you choose to focus on the ant, while ignoring the elephant.

  8. 4. You are free to complain about a street named Ben Yosef. I’m sure that many people would support you. The problem that you stubbornly ignore is that right now Israel is fighting against attempts to delegitimize its existence. Just one example, from the latest facebook campaign:

    “A post on the “March of Return 2011” page by Allord Alis (who, it should be noted, is not the page administrator) ordered all Jews to evacuate Palestine: “All the families of Jewish settlers in the Galilee area, including in the areas of Safed, Tiberias, and all the way down to Acre, must proceed to the port of Haifa and board ships back to their countries of origin in Europe, before March 13, 2011. The Jewish families that have settled in the villages and cities of the Palestinian coast, all the way down to the border with the Gaza Strip, must go to the port of Tel Aviv, and take ships back to their European countries of origin, before March 13, 2011… The droves of [Jewish] settlers in the capital of Jerusalem and in the central area, up to the border with Jordan, must proceed immediately to the ports of Haifa or Tel Aviv… and the families of Jewish settlers in the south must proceed immediately to the port of Eilat.” The message also warned that anyone trying to take “archeological artifacts [or anything belonging] to the Palestinian heritage, even a single ball of falafel, will be pursued and arrested by Interpol in his new place of residence…

    from:
    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5142.htm

    Go ahead, keep on searching for needles in the haystack, while ignoring the Palestinian double-speak. Once again:

    Israel’s delegitimizers thank you from the heart of their bottom!

    Now hurry up, you have a ship to catch from the port of Haifa…

  9. Oh come on, Ariadne…🙂 how can you waste your time on minor things like that, there’s a street in Tel-Aviv, the name of which has to be changed, right now, while our partners for peace are busy honoring the holy memory of:

    Qahira Al-Sa’adi, who drove suicide bomber to attack killing 3 in Jerusalem in 2002.
    Irena Sarahneh, who drove suicide bomber to attack killing 2 and injuring dozens, in Israeli city Rishon LeZion in 2002.
    Iman Ghazawi, who in 2001 placed a bomb at the central bus station in Tel Aviv that was discovered before it exploded.
    Latifa Abu Zara’a, who in 2003 smuggled a bomb into Israel for suicide terror attack that was uncovered before it was implemented.

  10. al-gharqad, does that include the burns victim caught on the way to the hospital where she had been treated to murder staff and patients?

    What a noble person.

  11. MTC, returning this discussion to where it started, would you agree that Palestinian glorification of terrorists represents a serious impediment to peace? If not, please explain.

  12. “Zionist groups such as Betar, Irgun, Jewish Defense League and the Kach movemen”

    Zionist militant groups are anaglous to the American patriots, partisan fighters in occupied Europe (many Irgun leaders were veterans in those wars).

    The PLO history on the hand was true terrorism, based on irrational goals. but, for the most part – for money, greed, and power.

    the irgun (etzel) fought tyranny and these groups were founded in a time where the whole world was slaughtering jews. the british didn’t care. the arabs didnt care. the europeans didnt care. even after israel was founded britain had yet to recognize israel as a state, although they had no issue recognizing the arab nations.

    and while palestinians continue to be pandered the as the world’s most suffering refugees, the 1+ million jews, many of whom emigrated to israel, have been ignored. their plight forgotten because unlike the pals they assimilated.

    in any case, the british committed grave acts of terror against arab and jewish civilians. the arabs feared the british more than the zionists. the zionist militants had one goal – a jewish state. the arab nationalists had one goal – the elimination of jewish rights. not the creation of a palestinian nation.

    such an ideal did not exist at that time.

  13. From the article by Alex Margolin:

    Facebook administrators shut down the group early Tuesday morning in response to enormous pressure from pro-Israel activists. All links to the group now go to users personal Facebook profile.

  14. Adam:

    “MTC, returning this discussion to where it started, would you agree that Palestinian glorification of terrorists represents a serious impediment to peace? If not, please explain.”

    I think that my intention could only be misunderstood on this site. If we are upset about these events in the PA then we should examine whether we have done the same. We have the moral right to make demands of the PA only if we haven’t.

    Another problem is that the people who trumpet these items are usually those who don’t want to make peace (i.e. concessions) under any circumstances. They love situations like these because it gives them an excuse; if the PA were to rename these sites tomorrow they would immediately find a different way to “prove” that the Palestinians aren’t serious.

    One would think that Israel doesn’t create any “serious impediments to peace” ! Many Jews and Israel’s friends around the world are fed up with the tactics of the current government, whose response to univeral criticism is either to stick its head in the sand or label everyone an antisemite.

    Cifwatch would have far more credibility if it would address the real issues in the conflict rather than ones like this. After all, this is a problem that can be resolved in 5 minutes simply by changing a street sign.

    The comments justifying an attack on civilians if it is “retaliation” are both ludicrous and pathetic. I suggest that in the future you post questions of this type to those regulars who have the same moral standards as a fried egg.

  15. MTC,

    “If we are upset about these events in the PA then we should examine whether we have done the same. We have the moral right to make demands of the PA only if we haven’t.”

    Again, 1:10000000000. But go on, keep looking for the needle in the haystack.

    ” They love situations like these because it gives them an excuse; if the PA were to rename these sites tomorrow they would immediately find a different way to “prove” that the Palestinians aren’t serious.”

    The Palestinians themselves are proving that they are not serious, that idiotic facebook campaign being the last example.
    BTW, if you are inside Israel: have you bought your ticket back to Europe?
    Or are you just preaching from far away?

    “Cifwatch would have far more credibility if it would address the real issues in the conflict rather than ones like this.”

    Recommended reading for you:
    http://cifwatch.com/about/

    “After all, this is a problem that can be resolved in 5 minutes simply by changing a street sign.”

    Well, then why don’t you go to the West Bank, and ask our “partners for peace” to change them?

    “The comments justifying an attack on civilians if it is “retaliation” are both ludicrous and pathetic”

    Now which comment would that be?

    “I suggest that in the future you post questions of this type to those regulars who have the same moral standards as a fried egg.”

    The question that Adam posted was meant for you. As with most other relevant points, you choose to ignore it.

    In short: ignoring all the Palestinian incitement but whining about one street sign in Israel (once again, bravo for the needle in the haystack) shows that you have the moral standards of… well, less than a fried egg.

  16. “I think Adam is capable of replying himself if he disagrees with my comment.”

    I’m sure.

    But that’s not exactly an answer to my comment(s)…

  17. Why should I continue to debate anyone who thinks that morality is a function of statistics? That’s the philosophy of all of the CiF Zionist-bashers.

    And if you actually read my comment you would see that I answered Adam’s question.

  18. al-gharqad, mtc can’t answer you. That’s why he’s deflecting. He knows full well that, given Abbas’ endorsement of terrorism no-one would take him seriously on the West Bank, assuming that is, they didn’t lynch him for making the request. One to you.

  19. Snigger,

    “al-gharqad, mtc can’t answer you”

    Yes, it is a waste of time arguing with him. I’ll get back to work, and he can go back to searching for some more needles in the haystack.

  20. You honor a terrorist in the United States… every time you get out cash at the ATM. i.e. Andrew Jackson is on the 20-dollar bill. Yes, this argument goes for people outside the US because no one complains about that.

    People who make sacrifices or accomplish great things for their reference group (read: nation) tend to be glorified regardless of the corpses they produced on the way. That’s why Hitler, who nearly took Germany with him, is almost universally detested while Stalin has a large share of support in Russia. And America’s respectable institutions pretend all those massacred by our great presidents never existed. I don’t doubt had Hitler won WWII, not only would Germany forgive his extermination of the Jews, Romani, Slavs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, et. al, so would US public education, since he would have destroyed the Bolshevik threat (Of course he’d have to not antagonize Britain, France and the US for this to work).

    You hold the Palestinians to a moral highground you couldn’t reach with a highchair.

  21. andrew racist, Remember, May 7th, the anniversary of the UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER of your fellow nazi filth to the US, UK and SU (SHITlers former partners until SHITler renegged on the non-aggression pact).

    You hold islamofascists to a standard that SHITler could have goose-stepped over.

  22. BTW andy racist, not only do we in the US honor Andrew Jackson, we honor George Washington who defeated the imperial British army which retreated back to their country in the North Atlantic.

    Israel also convinced the imperial British to retreat.

    And remember, neither the Americans or the Israels ever bombed London as your nazi filth did in the 1940s or your islamofascist filth did on 7/7/05.

    Happy Nakkba andy!