Thursday, January 14, 2016

Is There a Question? We Must Impose Sanctions on the Palestinian Authority - by Judith Bergman

...The idea of putting hard sanctions on the PA may sound unpalatable to some, especially on the ‎Israeli Left, but then they might consider that being murdered every day simply for living and ‎breathing as Jews in Israel should be even more unpalatable.‎

Judith Bergman..
The Algemeiner..
13 January '16..

Keeping a registry of “martyrs” who have earned that title while murdering Jews may ‎not be the first thing that springs to mind when you consider the tasks of a health ministry. But ‎welcome to the Health Ministry of the Palestinian Authority, where good “health” includes paying ‎tribute to Jew-killers.‎

Nashat Milhem, the Israeli Arab terrorist who perpetrated a terror attack in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1 ‎was added to the Palestinian Health Ministry’s register of “martyrs” within two hours of his death, ‎but was subsequently removed. According to Palestinian Affairs expert Khaled Abu Toameh, ‎speaking to The Algemeiner on Sunday, “Someone must have told the PA that having Milhem ‎deemed a ‘martyr’ might not be such a wise move, due to the way it would be perceived in Israel ‎and abroad, so it suddenly disappeared.” ‎

However, Palestinian Arab social media exploded in a frenzy against the PA for having removed ‎the name. The PA issued the following as a response to the criticism, as posted and translated by ‎MEMRI:‎

‎”The Palestinian Ministry of Health stressed that the recording of martyrs’ names is defined as one ‎of its official functions and its areas of responsibility in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, ‎and in the Gaza Strip [but not elsewhere]. The ministry added, in a press statement issued today, ‎Saturday[Jan. 9], that the non-inclusion of the martyr Nashat Milhem’s name in its ‎register [of martyrs] does not indicate that the title [of martyr] has been denied him. On the ‎contrary, he is one of the most valued martyrs, and his name is inscribed in his pure blood that ‎watered the soil of our free homeland. [The ministry] noted that the non-inclusion of the martyr ‎Nashat Milhem’s name [in the register] stems from the fact that, as part of its activity, the ‎ministry is in charge of recording patients, diseases, martyrs and the wounded [in the West Bank ‎and Gaza only]. The non-inclusion of Milhem in its register does not indicate that he is ‎not [considered] a martyr. On the contrary, he is like any other Palestinian martyr anywhere in the ‎world.‎

‎”The ministry clarified in its statement that the exploiting of this small detail by a number of ‎people, and the leveling of accusations of treason at ministry employees, [are acts that] have ‎nothing to do with patriotism, since we did not hear any of those people expressing any criticism ‎of Israel’s crimes against our people. Had [those people, instead of] investing their energy in ‎maligning the ministry, invested it in exposing the crimes of the occupation, their efforts would ‎have been written in letters of gold.‎

‎ “The ministry said: We are proud of our Palestinian people in the ’48 territories, and are proud of ‎their sacrifices that have gone down in history and of their accomplishments in every domain — ‎ideological, academic and national. Their profound affiliation with their motherland, Palestine, ‎cannot be denied under any circumstances.”‎

Pay close attention not only to the high praise of a terrorist who set out in cold blood to mass-‎murder Jews, but the reference to Tel Aviv as “the soil of our free homeland” and the reference to “‎‎our Palestinian people in the ’48 territories.”‎

Anyone left with any illusions of the official intentions of the PA after reading the above is truly ‎delusional. Not only are the murders of Jews praised — in accordance with the ‎intense incitement against Jews and the State of Israel for decades on PA TV, in ‎schools and kindergartens, mosques and on the streets — but it is evident beyond any doubt that ‎the PA considers all of Israel “Palestine.”‎

The PA is a cunning and unceasing enemy with no intentions of ever giving up its terrorist war ‎against Israel. The fact that two-thirds of the inhabitants in the PA support the ‎current onslaught against Israeli civilians as a result of the PA’s ceaseless incitement ‎should convince any doubters.‎

The question remains what to do. Demanding that the PA stop the incitement is clearly not ‎working, since the PA continues to incite and instigate around the clock. ‎We have let them do this for decades, thus helping create an entire generation of youngsters who ‎wish to see our demise. Surely, more of the same is not going to change the predicament that we ‎find ourselves in now. In the long term, it does not matter how many terrorists we shoot in self-‎defense, since the PA only keeps sending more our way. ‎

Since talk clearly is not working, it is time for action. We could start by putting in place effective ‎sanctions on the PA. After all, Israel supplies the PA with everything that it needs. It seems only ‎reasonable to impose sanctions as long as the declared goal of the PA is to “water the soil” of our ‎country with their “pure blood” while shooting, car ramming and stabbing Israelis to further our ‎demise.‎

The idea of putting hard sanctions on the PA may sound unpalatable to some, especially on the ‎Israeli Left, but then they might consider that being murdered every day simply for living and ‎breathing as Jews in Israel should be even more unpalatable.‎

You cannot wage war against Israel with one hand and enjoy the benefits of Israeli cooperation on ‎the other. We need to stop acting as if we live in Chelm. If we want to end this, we need to treat ‎the PA as the thing it really is: our enemy.‎


Judith Bergman is a writer and political analyst living in Israel.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.

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