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March 22, 2012

Palestinian PM denounces terrorist claims to act for Palestine

I found this buried in accounts of the Toulouse shootings.  It is stronger than some of the stuff coming out of western governments:

RAMALLAH, March 21 (Xinhua)—Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Wednesday refused justifications by Toulouse school murderer that he killed the four Jews to show support for Palestinians.

“This terrorist crime is strongly condemned by the Palestinian people and their children… It’s time for those criminals to stop trading their terrorist acts with the name of Palestine or its children’s rights.”


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Words are cheap.  Words in spoken English by Palestinian politicians have no value at all.  The Palestinians can condemn whatever they like.  I will believe it when their words become actions that are sustained over time.


[1] Posted by carl on 3-22-2012 at 10:34 PM · [top]

I’m with carl, although I don’t think Tim’s point is that this is necessarily good, but that the western response has been so horrible. Hard to take seriously the condemnations of a man whose thugs lob rockets into Israel every single day.

[2] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-22-2012 at 11:11 PM · [top]

On the other hand, he didn’t try to make a moral parity case about how “There shouldn’t be done to our enemies what they are doing to us.” 

And cold as it might sound, I think there’s a difference between Palestinians using violence for Palestinian ends and Al Qaeda or Tehran cynically invoking “the Palestinian children” to justify terrorism in the service of some loony global Caliphate or Islamic zombie apocalypse or whatever. 

The Palestinians had pretty much secured the favor of western elites and were well on the way to public opinion victory when a bunch of rich Saudis pulled 9/11.  Al Qaeda threw the Palestinians under the bus while claiming to fight for them - Palestine, in public opinion, went back to being just another bunch of “Arab terrorists.”  So I wouldn’t be surprised if Fayyad’s comments are sincere.  Global Islamic terror does the Palestinians no good - in fact, its impact is a big negative for them politically.

[3] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-23-2012 at 05:54 AM · [top]

Timothy Fountain

The only difference between Al Qaeda terrorism and Palestinian terrorism is the scale of the goal in view.  In both cases, it is a carefully calibrated act of violence in service of a political cause that is designed to instill fear without provoking a lethal counter-reaction.  The killer in France may have had Al Qaeda connections, but I doubt this was anything more that a private act by an individual.

The Palestinians have a long history of saying one thing in English and another thing in Arabic.  I don’t believe a word they say.  Let the Plestinian gov’t suppress the terrorists that attack Israel.  Then I will believe them.  That would mean civil war, however, and the Palestinian ‘gov’t’ would likely lose.  But at least we would see clearly the true heart of the Palestinian towards Israel. 


[4] Posted by carl on 3-23-2012 at 07:32 AM · [top]

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