PA Leadership Abuse Israel During Virus Crisis

As Israel assists the Palestinian Ministry of Health to overcome the virus problem in territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority, the PA does what it always does. Bitch to the United Nations, this time claiming that the Jews are exporting the virus into their territory.

This has their supporters jumping up and down shouting how Israel is oppressing the Palestinians by infecting them with the virus.

We are being falsely accused of exploiting the virus to build new settlements as Magen David Adom put up first aid tents to accommodate virus patients. The PA also accuse our soldiers of spitting on Palestinians cars and on houses, as if they had nothing better to do as part of their service to the health and medical workers in the territories.

When Israel tried to enforce the normal quarantine to protect Arabs in east Jerusalem, the PA complained to the UN of the Jewish State breaching international law.

This as Israel supplies the Palestinian Arabs with a wide range of equipment and medical needs, including protective clothing and masks, from our own limited stocks, and assists in the transfer of equipment from abroad.

A new agreement has been reached whereby Israel will receive medical cargo from Turkey which will also be transferred to the PA.

Israel is also helping the Palestinian Health Ministry with logistics, medical and economic experts.

You won’t hear it from the unappreciative Palestinian Authority, but Israel has transferred 120 million shekels to assist them through the crisis.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said that the PA have reached a new height with their lies that, while there is an international crisis, the Palestinians receive Israeli help with one hand while sending unfounded complaints to the UN with the other.

Danon is sending a list of the assistance that Israel has provided the PA to the UN Security Council so that the international community can judge the truth of what is going on on the ground.

Throughout the crisis, the PA squanders vast amounts of money to their imprisoned terrorists and the families as part of their “Pay to Slay” policy.

According to Maurice Hirsch, the legal analyst at Palestinian Media Watch, the monthly amount could have provided their people with 387,143 test kits or 465 ventilators instead.

Ashraf Jabari is a former officer in the Palestinian Authority security forces and co-chair of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce – an NGO that promotes Israeli-Palestinian commercial partnerships.

He said of the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, who has accused Israel of intentionally infecting Palestinians with the virus and rejects cooperation with Israel, “He is an arrogant person who thinks that the PA can overpower COVID-19 on its own, which is political and medical stupidity.”

Bassem Eid, a Jerusalem based human rights advocate on Palestinian affairs, said, “There is a huge level of cooperation between the PA and Israel with regard to combating the virus. No one can deny that. So how can the PA accuse Israel of spreading it? The PA must stop using the virus to incite against Israel.”

Meanwhile, in Gaza, Hamas is arresting Gazan peace activists on treason charges for reaching out to their Israeli contacts.

The Hamas Interior Ministry sent out a statement saying, “Holding any activity or contact with the Israeli occupation under any cover is a crime punishable by law and is a betrayal for the Palestinian people and their sacrifice.”

The question to all anti-Israel activists is simple.

Who is oppressing the Palestinians during the current virus crisis? Israel, or the corrupt, divided, and failed Palestinian leadership?

About the Author
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,' '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel, 'BDS for IDIOTS,' and his latest work 'A Tale of Love and Destiny,' the dramatic life of a Jewish heroine.
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