So-called “popular resistance units” from Beita, located south of Nablus, have terrorized Jewish communities in the West Bank for over 150 days. Between May and August 2021, violent rioters reportedly burned over 80,000 tires, seriously damaging the environment and posing a grave health threat to residents — Arabs and Jews alike.
The resulting toxic smoke clouds, in addition to the deployment of so-called “night confusion” tactics first developed by terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, were aimed at driving out the local Jewish population.
The rioters on at least three separate occasions burned makeshift swastikas embedded within Jewish Stars of David.
“You [Israelis] are worse than Hitler and the Nazis,” the organizers of the Beita riots have said. “Yes, we want to burn you alive. That is all we are working for,” the Yasser Arafat Foundation prize winners previously asserted.
In line with their publicly stated goal, they have set ablaze a model of an Israeli village and an effigy of an Orthodox Jew.
But in the words of the Yasser Arafat Foundation’s Ola Awad, who also heads the PA’s Central Bureau of Statistics, Beita’s residents “wrote the epics of heroism in defending [their] land and rights.”
Indeed, Fatah-connected residents of the town received a check for $25,000 from Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, who presides over the foundation’s board of trustees.
In July, Shtayyeh’s government had already allocated $950,000 to support “the steadfastness of the citizens” in Beita. Ironically, the Associated Press ran an article a few days earlier in which Shtayyeh accused Israel of rejecting peace.
The financial support is just one of many examples of official PA-backed violence.
HonestReporting’s exclusive research revealed that Ramallah is actively backing Beita’s extremists. In fact, a senior Palestinian official praised them just hours after they had set alight a swastika. Two days later, members of Fatah’s legislative body held a meeting in Beita to “support the popular resistance.”
At last Wednesday’s gala, the Yasser Arafat Foundation also praised The Nation’s “Palestine Correspondent” Mohammed El-Kurd, a longtime apologist for terrorists.
HonestReporting has exposed Mohammed El-Kurd as a Jew-hater.
As the Palestinian Authority continues its policy of rewarding terrorism — perhaps striving to fulfill Arafat’s pledge to make the Jews “flee from Palestine [sic] like mice fleeing from a sinking ship” — too many media outlets are devoted to doubling down on their fake narrative that Israel is the root of all problems, even if those problems are demonstrably caused by Palestinian rejectionism and support for terrorism.
The author is a writer-researcher for HonestReporting, a Jerusalem-based media watchdog with a focus on antisemitism and anti-Israel bias, where a version of this article first appeared.