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Nothing new in Ramallah

Ruthie Blum  |

The Palestinians have been busy for the past week demonstrating in word and deed that U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” will be dead on arrival.

In an op-ed on Sunday in the official, Palestinian Authority-controlled daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, who served as national affairs adviser to former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, launched an assault on the White House. While he was at it, he offended all people with special needs.

As Palestinian Media Watch reported, Al-Ghoul wrote, “Anyone who looks at [Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt] discovers that he has external and inner characteristics similar to those suffering from Down syndrome: He is short, his eyes are similar to Mongoloid eyes, he prattles unrestrainedly, and is politically retarded.”

Al-Ghoul continued: “The ill Greenblatt is not the only one who has Down syndrome, for it strikes all the components of the American administration. Anyone who examines the general genes of the components of the Trump administration sees that it is a politically crippled creature. … Mongoloid Greenblatt, together with President Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Zionist [U.S.] Ambassador [to Israel David] Friedman can prattle on as much as they wish about the ominous deal. However, they should know for certain that without the signature of PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas no deal will pass, and their foolish steps and policy will continue to be pointless.”

Four days earlier, as PMW also revealed, Abbas’ Fatah faction posted an anti-Semitic diatribe on its official Facebook page. Along with three World War II photos, Fatah distorted a story from the memoirs of a Russian prisoner, claiming that he said that Jews eagerly responded to a Nazi order to bury Russian civilians alive. According to the Fatah account, after the Jews began to throw dirt on the Russians in a pit, the German commander stopped them from completing the task and shouted to the victims, “I just wanted you to know who the Jews are and why we are killing them!”


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