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November 18, 2015 8:13 am

Societal Sickness: Official Palestinian Press Pins Paris Attacks on Israel

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The day after the Paris attacks. Photo: Wikipedia.

The day after the Paris attacks. Photo: Wikipedia.

The fact that the official Palestinian Authority newspaper has published an article accusing Israel of carrying out the Paris terror attacks is not just some curiosity. It speaks volumes about the mindset of the people whom some call Israel’s “partners for peace.”

The article, published in the PA newspaper Al Hayat Al-Jadida, declared that:

It is not a coincidence that human blood was exploded in Paris at the same time that certain European sanctions are beginning to be implemented against settlement products…The wise and correct thing is to look for who benefits. In short: They need to search the last place reached by the octopus arms of the Mossad… It is clear that its ‘Mossad’ will burn Beirut and Paris in order to achieve [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s goals. He, who challenged the master of the White House, hides in his soul enough evil to burn the world. (Translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch)

Two cartoons on the official website of Fatah — the PLO faction headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas — presented the same theme. One showed Netanyahu helping an ISIS terrorist aim his gun at the Eiffel Tower. The other portrayed a stereotypical bearded Jew, with a Star of David, as the head of a match, next to a match with ISIS as its head, in a matchbox labeled “Terrorism.”

Those who follow Palestinian affairs will recall the poll, earlier this year, which found that the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Arabs believe that Israel carried out the massacres of 11 people at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and four more at the Hyper Casher kosher grocery store in Paris on January 7-8 of this year.

The poll, conducted by the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, and published in Al-Hayat al-Jadida, found 84% of Palestinians believe that the Paris attacks were “suspicious, and that Israel may be behind it.” Just 9% of Palestinians acknowledged that the Paris massacres were the work of Islamist terrorists.

PA officials, including Abbas, regularly spout all kinds of crazy conspiracy theories, most recently the allegation that Israel is plotting to destroy the mosques on the Temple Mount. Those lies have helped incite the current wave of stabbings and car-rammings against Israeli Jews.

In recent years, senior PA officials have publicly claimed that Israel distributes chocolates laced with mad cow disease in Palestinian areas (the PA’s Consumer Protection Agency director made that accusation); that Israel infects Palestinian children with AIDS (according to the PA’s representative to the UN in Geneva); that Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks (PA Radio); that Israel murders Palestinian children in order to harvest their organs (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida); or that Israel uses naked women to lure “intifada youth” into police ambushes (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida again). Abbas himself wrote a Ph.D. dissertation and a book claiming that only one million Jews died in the Holocaust, and that it was all part of a conspiracy between Zionist leaders and the Nazis.

Why are these attitudes significant? Because they speak volumes about what a Palestinian state would look like. “Palestine” would not be run by reasonable, rational people. Palestinian tanks and planes — just a few miles from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem — would be in the hands of people who, by an overwhelming majority, sincerely believe crazy things, whether about 9/11 or the Holocaust or a dozen other issues.

You won’t read about Palestinian conspiracy theories in the pages of The New York Times or the J Street Newsletter. Professional “peace processors” like Martin Indyk won’t talk about Palestinian conspiracies — because that would interfere with their agenda of creating a Palestinian state. And who, after all, who would support giving them a state if it’s clear that they’re crazy?

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

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  • K. Stone

    When you think about it, what do the palestinians have to lose by publishing such lies? Absolutely nothing. Nobody pays attention to them except potential terrorists.
    And what does ISrael have to lose? Quite a lot. By not aggressively following up such stories, by letting such stories go unchallenged and muting the Israeli response, gradually public opinion has been building up against and condemns Israel. The Israeli PR is dismal, and instead of Israel engage the Jews abroad to defend her in the social media, she ignores them. The silence of the Jewish diaspora should be deafening ISrael,but in reality she cares less and the attacks on Jews, and rise of antisemitism are going unchallenged in the media. THe media is free to shape the public opinion that is quite hostile to Israel and antisemitic.

  • Peter Joffe

    IT is staggering that the weak minded can believe this rubbish. Anything anti Israel is taken as Gospel by the Jew haters. This article is the height of stupidity as there is obviously no benefit for Israel to accept responsibility for Muslim atrocities.

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    The best solution is NOT to give the so-called “Palestinians” a state,but to make life as uncomfortable and difficult for them UNTIL they renounce terrorism and accept Israel as a Jewish State.There are about 57 Islamic states and the majority of them have constitutions which clearly state that they are “Islamic”.These countries have organised themselves into something called the “Organisation of Islamic Cooperation” and this sinister body holds regular meetings where they no doubt discuss the best way to destroy Israel and undermine the West.A book can be written about them which could be called “The Protocols of the Elders of Islam”!Yet the Muslim world cannot abide one Jewish State!The dream (nightmare?)of many radical Muslims is of a Caliphate stretching from the Iberian Peninsula to China – a great Islamic Empire – and little Israel stands in the way and must be done away with.As an afterthought : Perhaps the Palestinians were the master-minds behind the Paris bombings;in fact a Palestinian was apparently one of the suicide bombers involved in the deadly Beirut attack of 12 November and both bombings were claimed by IS.Who knows?

  • Tony Trenton

    The Muslim ‘fake’ PA. Have to Go. Israel must use this opportunity to ‘Clean House’ These fake PA that the Egyptian Terrorist Arafat invented 50 years ago. Are so very obviously NOT ‘Partners for Peace’.

    They are usurpers in the Jewish Land of Israel.

    These followers of the genocidal Cult of Islam Must be eliminated. If there is ever to be a real peace in the world !!!

    There are NO moderate Muslims!!!

    A Muslim, is a Muslim, is a Muslim.

    The Koran is a random collection of verses without any Historical or other sequence.

    This allows the Imam. Or whoever, to cherry pick verses for their own purposes and to say they are the word of Allah as written in the Koran.

    The Jihadists ARE indeed following the Koranic instructions.

    For other Muslims to say they are not representing Islam is a total Lie. A ‘Taquiyya’

    The Jihadists are representing the very nature of Islam !!!

  • Riana

    Well this kind of rubbish they are worshiping is because in Quran is saying that you can lie for their god (That must be satan for sure) who else is so deceiving?Of course not all of us are those kind of retarded to believe such a nonsense.

  • Mike Holloway

    Just got email that Youtube is banning Palwatch. It seems that Google needs some education. They can, and have, been persuaded to change their minds about accusations.