Why Palestinians Celebrate the Murder of Jews

(Gatestone Institute) Khaled Abu Toameh - Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza to cheer, dance, hand out sweets, and chant slogans in support of the terrorists to celebrate the recent terror attacks in Israel, another sign of the growing radicalization among the Palestinians and their refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist. The expressions of joy are reminiscent of the celebrations that took place when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein fired missiles at Israel in 1991, or when Hamas, Fatah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad carried out suicide bombing attacks during the Second Intifada, which erupted in 2000. Apart from demonstrating the Palestinians' disrespect for human life and support for terrorism, the celebrations prove that a Palestinian who murders a Jew is a hero, whereas one who seeks peace with Israel is a traitor. Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said on April 9, "These recurring heroic operations prove a clear fact - that there is no future for the Jews on our Palestinian land." A recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed that most Palestinians (58%) are opposed to the two-state solution. Why? They do not believe in Israel's right to exist. These Palestinians want peace without Israel, not peace with Israel. That is why most Palestinians continue to support Hamas, whose charter openly calls for the elimination of Israel. Palestinians are told by their leaders that the terrorism aims to stop Israel from "committing crimes" against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This, of course, is completely false because since the beginning of Ramadan, tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers have been freely and safely accessing the mosque for prayers. Continuing to pretend that the Palestinian Authority is a reliable partner for peace will only lead to further violence and bloodshed. It is time for the Biden administration to start banging on the table and demanding an end to the poisonous campaign to delegitimize Israel and demonize Jews.

2022-04-14 00:00:00

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