Netanyahu condemns hate attack on Palestinians
There is a proper way and an improper way for leaders to respond to acts of violence perpetrated against members of a group based solely upon their race, religion, nationality or other such characteristics. I present today’s case study:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday strongly condemned a brutal hate attack on young Palestinians last week in Jerusalem, describing it as a combination of “racism and violence.”
“In the state of Israel we will not tolerate racism nor the combination of racism and violence,” he said in remarks relayed by his office.
The attack in Jerusalem’s central Zion Square, a busy late-night meeting place in the heart of the city’s bar and entertainment district, took place early on Friday.
Dozens of Israelis targeted four cousins from Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem. Press reports said hundreds of onlookers failed to intervene.
One victim, Jamal Julani, 17, remained in a serious condition in hospital on Tuesday.
Netanyahu spoke to the director of the hospital to ask about “the victims of this terrible incident in Jerusalem,” his office said.
“This is something that we cannot accept — not as Jews, not as Israelis. This is not our way,” he said, pledging to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly.
The premier noted that “the entire state and all of its leaders come out together against such phenomena.”
By contrast, here is how the Palestinian Authority reacts to hatred fueled violence aimed at Israelis:
PA Names Boy Scout Group After Female Terrorist Mastermind
Two years after a Ramallah square was named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, the PA continues to view her as a role model
Two years after a Ramallah square was named after female terrorist mastermind Dalal Mughrabi, the Palestinian Authority continues to view her as a role model.
Itamar Marcus, director of the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) research institute, told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday that the PA recently established a number of schools as well as a scout group, all of which were named after Mughrabi.
Dalal Mughrabi led a group of terrorists who in 1978 sailed from Lebanon to Israel to carry out a terror attack in which 37 Israeli civilians were killed.
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‘These are their heroes, those who murdered Israelis. And she killed the most Israelis,’ said Marcus. ‘To name a Boy Scout group after her and launch two summer camps named after her, sponsored by [PA Prime Minister] Salam Fayyad and also named after Abu Iyad, one of the founders of Fatah and the head of the Black September terrorist organization, is horrifying.’
He added that two schools were recently named after Mughrabi and noted, ‘It is all done under the auspices of [PA Chairman] Abbas. All the PA’s universities have groups of female members of Fatah. And those groups are named Dalal’s Sisters; she is presented as a role model.’
Not that the facts will be allowed to stand in the way of the meme that Abbas is the moderate and Netanyahu the extremist.