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PA official compares Israel and breast cancer

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

The Palestinian Authority uses every opportunity to spread hatred of Israel. Here's one striking example. At the opening of Pink October 2019 - the Breast Cancer Awareness Month - PA official Laila Ghannam, who is the PA District Governor of Ramallah, addressed the audience with a message full of hate against Israel: Since Palestinian women have the experience of dealing with Israel - which is “the greatest cancer” - they will also be able “to defy the illnesses,” i.e., defeat cancer:

“During the opening of the events of Pink October 2019 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the participation of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam... Ghannam... explained that our people, which is dealing with the greatest cancer - the occupation - is able to defy the illnesses and deal with them through early examinations."

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 2, 2019]

This is a repeating message by Ghannam to Palestinian women. In 2018, for International Early Breast Cancer Discovery Awareness Day, Ghannam encouraged women to get checked for early discovery of breast cancer, and then also stressed that since they manage to “deal” with “the largest and most dangerous cancer in the world” - Israel - they will be able to beat any other cancer too:

“The Palestinian women - who are capable of dealing with the occupation, which is the largest and most dangerous cancer in the world - will be able to completely overcome any other cancer.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2018]

Significantly, the PA doesn’t prioritize fighting cancer over demonizing Israel. Palestinian Media Watch reported that the PA suspended the successful but not complete cancer treatment of a 7-year-old Palestinian boy in an Israeli hospital in order to keep paying salaries to terrorists

The following are longer excerpts of the reports on the PA official’s statements about Israel being “a cancer”:

Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Health launches the Pink October events to raise awareness about breast cancer"

"[PA] Minister of Health Dr. Mai Al-Kaila emphasized yesterday [Oct. 1, 2019] that the ministry is endeavoring to strengthen the war on breast cancer...

This was during the opening of the events of Pink October 2019 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the participation of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam...

Ghannam noted that the Israeli occupation is continuing to harm the sick prisoners, especially in light of the installation of reception jammers in the prisons and the dangers arising from them. She demanded that the free world intervene in order to save them from the death that the occupation is spreading in its isolation cells.

She also explained that our people, which is dealing with the greatest cancer - the occupation - is able to defy the illnesses and deal with them through early examinations."

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 2, 2019]

“District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam and a delegation from the district visited the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem...

For International Early Breast Cancer Discovery Awareness Day, Ghannam sent a message to the Palestinian women. She urged them to get checked for early discovery [of breast cancer], and emphasized that the Palestinian women - who are capable of dealing with the occupation, which is the largest and most dangerous cancer in the world - will be able to completely overcome any other cancer.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2018]

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