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August 2, 2015 10:21 am

European Nations Silent as Senior Palestinian Official Honors Murderers

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A street in Ramallah. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A street in Ramallah. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Germany, Switzerland, and Holland last week issued another harsh denunciation of Israel — just three days after a Palestinian Authority leader publicly honored terrorists who murdered German, Swiss, and Dutch citizens.

This latest illustration of craven European hypocrisy began on July 17, when the District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Dr. Laila Ghannam, celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr by laying wreaths at the graves of the Palestinian terrorists who carried out the 1975 Savoy Hotel attack, whose victims included a number of Europeans.

Ramallah is the capital of the Palestinian Authority, so Dr. Ghannam is no minor figure. She’s the approximate equivalent of the mayor of Washington, D.C. and the governor of Virginia, combined.

On her “Friends of Laila Ghannam” Facebook page, Ghannam boasted about how she honored the “martyrs of the Savoy operation” and “recited [the Koranic section of] Al-Fatiha for their pure souls.”

That “operation” consisted of Abu Jihad’s PLO terrorists landing by boat at a Tel Aviv beach, storming a hotel, taking civilians hostage, and then murdering eight of them during the Israeli rescue operation.

Among the victims were Swiss citizens Maria Krahenbel and Anders Lamron, German citizen Hans Gassen, and 15 year-old Asher Feldman, a citizen of Holland. His father, Karol, was seriously wounded.

One might think that the German, Swiss, and Dutch governments would be outraged at a PA official honoring a terrorist murderer of their own citizens. You might think they would demand a public apology, or even threaten to reduce their annual aid to the Palestinian Authority. But, no. They were completely silent.

Instead they suddenly found their voices, three days later, when an opportunity arose to condemn Israel. Together with their EU partners, these governments issued a statement loaded with all the usual finger-wagging and name-calling, accusing Israel of “evictions,” “confiscations,” “demolitions,” “restrictions,” and “forced transfer of population.” The statement also demanded that Israel drop all restrictions on the import of materials into Gaza–meaning that materials for terrorist purposes would be allowed; and called for the immediate creation of a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria–meaning a duplication of the terror nightmare of Gaza. All this in the name of “peace”! Oh yes, and Jerusalem should be made the capital of “Palestine,” the EU added.

Perhaps we should not be surprised. As Palestinian Media Watch points out, this is not the first time that the PA has publicly praised the Savoy Hotel murderers of German, Swiss, and Dutch citizens.

This past February 17, the main Facebook page of Fatah — the main PLO faction, which is headed by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas — praised the Savoy killer as “Fatah’s heroic self-sacrificing fighters.” And a month before that, Fatah’s Facebook page featured photos of the individual Savoy terrorists (posing with guns), flanked by descriptions of them as “heroes” and “martyrs.”

In fact, when Israel transferred the bodies of the Savoy terrorists to the PA as a goodwill gesture in 2012, the Ramallah Municipality quickly allocated funds to build a “Mausoleum for Martyrs of the Savoy Operations” –which is where Governor Ghannam brought her wreaths last week.

But there are no memorials for Maria Krahenbel, Anders Lamron, Hans Gassen, or Asher Feldman. Their governments are too craven to address real terrorism and would rather make baseless accusations against Israel, the true protector in this troubled region of the moral values Europeans hold dear.

Or do they?

Mr. Korn, the former executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Miami Jewish Tribune, is chairman of the Philadelphia Religious Zionists.

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  • Paolo Maggi

    I agree with article , I do not agree with some comments. European have been wrong in the past and they will be wrong in the future but we cannot forget who died trying to protect the Jews from the wrong people and condemn everybody tout court.
    Then we can give the same comment back and say again that the Jews killed Jesus .
    Some Jews killed Jesus and some did not
    Some European killed Jews and some died for them
    This short and full of rage comments are not helping anybody. Even in the bible we have been saved from the G.d wrath because among the full umanity only one man was right. Do not forget that

  • steven L

    This is hypocrisy AND antisemitism. The US left is no different from the European left. Slowly but surely, with another democrat as President, the worst is to be expected for the US.

  • Nina Hardoff

    The Germans, Swiss and Dutch leaders don’t care that these terrorists are being honored by the Palestinians because their citizens who were killed were Jews. Nothing has changed since the Holocaust. In fact, World anti semitism is even worse now.

  • HaroldT38

    Nothing has changed in these three anti-Semitic countries, and in fact all the EU, since the 1930’s 1940’s.

  • erik keller

    what a hypocrisy! You are worshiping the murderer Baruch Goldstein as a folk hero.

    • Linda Golden

      Not true…he was roundly condemned by Jews and Jewish organizations everywhere. Unfortunately, there are lunatics everywhere, but there is a huge difference between those that condem and those that praise the actions of extremists.

    • steven L

      You are an ignorant, a fool or both. But you are a lucky guy in the land of blissfulness.

  • martin

    great Germany killed over 6 million jews Switzerland dealt with hitler as a jewish partisan fighting the germans once said that they spent more time fighting the local population than the germans for all I care Europe can go down the drain England get out of the eu
    Israel does not need the eu they have plenty of trading partners and I think its time all jews leave europe

  • mervyn

    The European leaders are a bunch of Atheists. They worship money and power and their religion is greed. They are traitors to their own people and part of a Satanic Globalist NWO Nazi plan to enslave humanity.

  • Tell us something we didn’t know about the Europeans.

    • European

      We think that all people uses generalisations are a-holes.