Palestinian Authority Instructs Schools Not to Meet with Pro-Peace Bahrainis
From The Times of Israel:
A delegation of religious figures from the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain arrived in Israel this week “in order to send a message of peace,” in an extremely rare instance of representatives from an Arab country without diplomatic relations visiting the Jewish state.
The trip seemed to signal a further warming of ties between Israel and Bahrain, which a report earlier this year said are on a path to normalizing diplomatic relations.
The delegation, which is made up of 24 members of the “This is Bahrain” group — which on its website heralds a commitment to a vision of “religious freedom and peaceful co-existence where we all live together in harmony in the spirit of mutual respect and love” — is in Israel for a four-day visit meant to send a message of religious tolerance and coexistence.
“The king sent us with a message of peace to the whole world,” a Shiite cleric on the trip told Hadashot TV news, which aired a report on Saturday about the group.
That’s a big story by itself.
But just as big is that the Palestinian Authority is so anti-peace that it is arranging protests against the Bahrainis.
The Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced its “absolute refusal to receive the Bahraini delegation coming from the Zionist entity in any of its schools and institutions of higher education affiliated with it” — and instructed all schools under its control, as well as UNRWA schools, to snub any attempts by the Bahraini group to meet with them.
Palestinians gathered at the Erez crossing into Gaza, prepared to throw shoes and eggs at the delegation, after rumors that they were going to visit there.
This was all reported approvingly on the Fatah Facebook page.
Reports also indicate that the delegation was blocked from visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by its guards.
This is how Palestinians treat fellow Arabs who make it clear that they simply want peace. And it’s as clear an indication as you can find as to which side actually wants peace — and which side wants to use the word “peace” as a synonym for never-ending conflict.