Thursday, March 14, 2019

Keeping Up the Palestine Cause 'Narrative’ - by Judith Bergman

With all the financial, political and emotional capital already invested in the cause of ‘Palestine’, it is vital to keep up a certain ‘narrative’ with which facts must never be allowed to interfere.

Judith Bergman..
10 March '19..

The official Palestinian Authority (PA) daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, recently published an op-ed, claiming, “Anyone who follows the prattle of Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s envoy in the matter of the deal of the century, sees that his condition is very similar to Down Syndrome… Anyone who looks at the American envoy [Greenblatt] discovers that he has external and inner characteristics similar to those suffering from Down Syndrome: He is short, his eyes are similar to Mongoloid eyes, he prattles unrestrainedly, and is politically retarded.”

As reported by Palestinian Media Watch, the author, Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a regular columnist for the official PA daily and once the advisor to former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on national affairs, went on to add, ”The ill Greenblatt is not the only one who has Down Syndrome, for it strikes all the components of the American administration. Anyone who examines the general genes of the components of the Trump administration sees that it is a politically crippled creature.”

The PA does and publishes much that is outrageous, but it rarely meets with much, if any, external consternation. This time was only slightly different, as the op-ed did elicit some criticism in the US: According to Palestinian Media Watch, US Congressman Ted Deutch (Dem.) said, “It is an outrageously offensive attack to level on anyone, anywhere” and AIPAC stated: “This is an outrageous personal attack on a distinguished U.S. official and an insult to basic human dignity.” A week prior to al-Ghoul’s op-ed, Fatah, of which Mahmoud Abbas has been chairman since 2009, published a statement on its official Facebook page, that Jews “deserved to be killed” during the Holocaust “because of who they are”. The statement did not produce any reactions anywhere.

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