Slandering the US - PA demonizes its largest donor
PA daily: "US is the biggest settlement country
established on the ruins of the original inhabitants,
wiped out millions of them, enslaved millions of Blacks,
and today enslaves millions of Hispanics"
by Itamar Marcus
The Palestinian Authority continues to demonize anyone who has an opinion different than their own. Even the United States, the largest donor to the PA, is subject to verbal attacks by PA leaders and its official media. Any statement or activity that the PA disagrees with can be used as the hook to insult even its biggest financial supporter.
When US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee visited Israel recently, he expressed support for Israel's right to the Land of Israel. He spoke about Jewish history in the land going back thousands of years. As Palestinian Media Watch has documented, the PA denies Jewish history in the Land of Israel and Jerusalem in order to deny Israel's right to exist.
Presidential candidate Huckabee's statements in support of the Jewish right to Israel were used by former editor-in-chief of the PA official daily, and now regular columnist, Hafez Al-Barghouti to demonize the US and its policies since America's founding:
"It is possible that the US is the biggest settlement country, since it was established on the ruins of the original inhabitants, wiped out millions of them, enslaved millions of Blacks, and today enslaves millions of Hispanics in the same manner."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2015]
In the same article, Huckabee is likewise demonized as "inane creature... jellylike... wicked, despicable man... carry[ing] the genes of settlement and racism." Another presidential candidate, Donald Trump, was also demeaned as "aged teenager, the swindler and realtor... rabid."
Historically, the PA has promoted hatred of the US regardless of the president's political party, ignoring the the hundreds of millions of dollars that the US gives yearly to the PA.
The following is longer text of the op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, former editor-in-chief, now regular columnist for official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
"The contenders for the leadership of the parties in the American presidential race seem as though they are in a bull run, and they are trampling values and principles, ramming rights, and trying to tear the Palestinian people to shreds in order to win the votes of the supporters of wars and bloodshed, and the settlers. After the statements of the aged teenager, the swindler and realtor, the billionaire, the rabid [Donald] Trump, in which he called to transfer the Palestinian people from the [West] Bank to Puerto Rico, another Republican candidate, Mike Huckabee, made a pilgrimage to Israel to emphasize his support for settlement in the West Bank. This inane creature thinks he is the only one who understands politics, as he revealed his political shallowness when he said that it is not possible to push the peace process as long as there is incitement in Palestinian schools. This jellylike man ignores the burning of children, as if those who burned them, the settlers, learned the foundations of good ethics and human dignity, and did not imbibe violence in the school of settlement, occupation, and the transformation of the land and blood of others to worthlessness. This wicked, despicable man [Huckabee] came to protect them and their settlements, as if to provide them with matches to practice their hobby of burning, blocking roads, chopping down trees, and harassment of the rooted Canaanite Palestinian, who carved its letters in the stones of this land before any religion.
Huckabee is also a settler, and it is possible that the US is the biggest settlement country, since it was established on the ruins of the original inhabitants, wiped out millions of them, enslaved millions of Blacks, and today enslaves millions of Hispanics in the same manner. It could be that Trump and Huckabee carry the genes of settlement and racism, and haven't yet gotten rid of them... and the fate of these political jugglers is oblivion."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2015]