Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mahmoud Abbas evidently has a problem with women - by Stephen M. Flatow

...Little things reveal a lot. Palestinian women candidates who ran for office in the last PA municipal elections were prevented by the PA from putting their own names on the ballots. The PA authorities listed them only as “sister of” or “the wife of.” If that happened under any other government in the world, Jewish “progressives”—including J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace and all the rest—would be screaming in protest. Instead, they are silent. So yes, Mahmoud Abbas has a problem with women—and Abbas’s Jewish cheerleaders have a problem of their own: they’re in denial.

Stephen M. Flatow..
17 January '18..

Why is it that every time a female U.S. government official says something that the Palestinian Authority (PA) doesn’t like, PA leaders respond by making a disparaging remark related to the fact that she is a woman?

In his bizarre two-hour rant before the Palestinian Central Council on Jan. 14, PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley “wears high heels not for elegance but to use to hit anyone who attacks Israel.”

When Condoleeza Rice was secretary of state, an official PA newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, called her (on June 23, 2002) “the dark complexioned lady,” “the Black Lady” and “this pitiful woman.” On Nov. 3 of that year, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida railed against Rice for “her loose way of sitting, when she puts one leg on top of the other.” The writer then alluded to Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Another official PA newspaper, Al-Ayyam, referred to Rice (on June 22, 2003) as a “black widow,” a “single black lady” and a “black raven,” and patronizingly compared her to African-American supermodel Naomi Campbell.

The PA’s problem with women is not limited to Republicans.

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