The moderate Abu Mazen’s extremist lies

The PLO’s “Negotiation Affairs Department” now has issued the “full translation of Abu Mazen’s speech”, which is actually a patch on Abu Mazen’s lie, too big to be sustainable. In the ‘milder’ English version, Abu Mazen mentions “the Israeli are shooting our children in cold blood as they did with the child Ahmed Manasrah”.

But in his original speech made, in Arabic, to a population enflamed with Islamist passion to the point of stabbing, Abu Mazen not only remained faithful to his own false statements that the Al Aqsa Mosque is threatened, but also invented an exaggerated propagandistic lie.

In a setting in which he specifically avoided asking his people to stop the homicidal violence, he reiterated the social media that continue repeating, together with the Palestinian TV and newspapers, that the young stabbers are actually very good boys that the police and the army are chasing in order to kill them, and mentioned one name: Ahmed Manasrah. About this 13-year-old he said that “there have been executions of children such as Ahmad Manasrah”.

Too bad that a video shows Ahmad holding a long knife: at Pisgaat Zeev, in Jerusalem, he stabbed a Jewish boy who is now in critical condition. The young terrorist has been arrested but not at all killed: he is now recovering at the Hadassa hospital.

Abu Mazen should have at least sought information about the boy’s actual condition before declaring him ‘executed’. But the cliché of the child cruelly killed by the Israeli has always been a favourite propaganda issue.

Leading figures such as the Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah repeat that the “children are being killed in cold blood”. Abu Mazen, embarrassed in front of the great Islamist wave to which he himself has contributed, has applied the taqiyya, the dispensation to lie given by Islamic law in order to achieve a greater good. This has happened many times before.

A poignant example of this is the very powerful myth of Mohammed Al Dura, the child shown to the whole world dying in the arms of his father: various investigations (German, French, etc.) have shown that the child was not shot by the Israeli and perhaps is still alive.

Many will remember the stretchers piled with fake dead who jump down at an airplane noise, or the claim that the Israeli killed Palestinians to harvest and sell their organs. In addition to the lies, international prejudice pitilessly attacks Israel: the US State spokesman John Kirby has perpetuated the mantra by now stating Israel’s “excessive use of force”.

Exactly, what is “excessive force” against a terrorist armed with a knife in search of victims? Certainly no one in France is criticising the elimination of the Charlie Hebdo terrorists, and it is difficult to imagine that in the USA a police officer would not shoot an armed terrorist.

But in Israel, while thousands of people are being killed beyond its borders and no one says a word about it, there is always a special kind of sensitivity. Could it be anti-Semitism?

This article originally appeared in slightly different form in Italian in Il Giornale (October 16, 2015)

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Fiamma Nirenstein is a journalist, author, former Deputy President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and member of the Italian delegation at the Council of Europe.
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