Two-faced: Palestinian Authority hid anti-Israel statue during Obama visit

Before Obama went to Bethlehem, the Palestinians removed a monument consisting of a map of 'Palestine' that replaced the State of Israel

by The Commentator on 25 March 2013 00:44

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Evidence has shown that the Palestinian Authority (PA) knowingly and intentionally hid a statue that erases the whole of Israel from Obama's route to Bethlehem last week.

Obama, who has previously stated that he would "not compromise on Israel's security... when there are maps across the Middle East that don't even acknowledge Israel's existence" was duped en route to the ancient holy town, when a statue showing the whole of Israel as "Palestine" was replaced with a statue of a dove.

Evidence shows that the official maps of the Palestinian Authority erase the entire State of Israel and replace it with "Palestine." These maps appear in the offices of PA officials, in schools and on monuments, just to name a few examples. Before his first election, US President Obama criticized such maps that anticipate a world without Israel, calling them a threat to Israel's security:

"I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security... Not when there are terrorist groups and political leaders committed to Israel's destruction. Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don't even acknowledge Israel's existence." 

However, after the UN vote in November 2012, the PA built a monument in a central square in Bethlehem called "The State Monument," which shows the "State of Palestine." The model of includes all of Israel, thereby erasing it completely. The monument celebrates the UN vote on statehood as well as the first PLO/Fatah terror attack against Israel in 1965, which is seen as the beginning of the Palestinian "revolution" and Fatah's anniversary date. The words on the map-shaped monument are:

"Birth certificate of the State of Palestine - Nov. 29, 2012,

The outbreak of the glorious revolution - Jan. 1, 1965"

The monument was on President Obama's route in Bethlehem, and in order to prevent him from seeing it, the PA had the monument removed before he arrived, as was reported by an official PA news outlet.. This, it has been reported, outraged the local Palestinians who witnessed its removal:

"In the city, there are those who not only welcome the visit of the American President, but are willing to go even further... Residents were surprised to find that a model of the map of Palestine engraved with details about the Nakba ("Catastrophe" i.e., Israel's creation) and an olive tree were removed from the Al-Karkafa Square, to be replaced by a model of what was described as a peace dove. This enraged many people who gathered there."

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA hides its ideology, activities and goals from the US and European donors in order to receive political support and funding. Just last week the European Union pledged millions more euros to the Palestinian Authority at the same time as Obama was in the region.

In response to the popular anger that the PA daily had reported, the PA then tried to deceive its own people as to the reason for the removal of the monument. Two days after the first story appeared, the paper reported on a press conference held by the Bethlehem District Governor with the Mayor of Bethlehem, at which they claimed that the monument was removed in order to be "redone" and expanded. The fact that it was immediately before Obama's visit was coincidental, according to the PA. In the words of the District Governor: "Everyone knows that Americans do not dictate any Palestinian decisions."

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