Palestinian Authority praises shooting attack on 9 year old Jewish girl

Israeli Cabinet forms policy on Palestinian civilian attacks. This is not an unusual case. But, analysts say, it is instructive on how Israel sees the conflict [No, the BBC will never report this]

by the commentator on 6 October 2013 14:35


It is being reported out of Israel that the Israeli Cabinet is increasingly concerned about Palestinian incitement, especially as it concerns attacks on Jewish children.

Watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch reported today that Fatah, the leading force inside the Palestinian Authority, had put up the following message on its Facebook page about a sniper attack on a 9 year old Jewish girl:

"The sniper of Palestine was here. He saluted Hebron, and rested in El-Bireh. He left the signature of [real] men in different parts of the homeland. He saluted and left, and moved on to a different place, with a new signature, as he tells the stories of those who love the homeland."

While child abuse is a major issue these days in Western countries, the slaughter of a little girl has passed without comment across the Western media.

However, Israel's Cabinet views the incident and others like it as a major obstacale to any peace agreement brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry. According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, a Cabinet statement read:

"We do not content ourselves with the fact that our staunch security policies have made this the most quiet year in a decade in terms of terrorist attacks. First of all, we detect an increase in terror attacks recently, and I must say that as long as incitement continues in the Palestinian media, the [Palestinian] Authority cannot evade responsibility for these incidents."

Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the issue, analysts say it remains important to understand the Israeli approach to the Palestinian Authority.

The girl was shot in the Israeli West Bank town of Psagot. Israel supportive groups suggest that if an Israeli soldier had shot a 9 year old Palestinian girl it would be headline news across the Western world.

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