Last month, Israeli diplomats fumed as the head of B’Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, went in front of the UN Security Council to demonize the State of Israel.
El-Ad described Gaza as an “open air prison” and hurled other accusations against Israel.
“You’re a wretched collaborator,” Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon responded, as well as “You are a citizen of the State of Israel who is serving our enemies. They are using you against us. IDF soldiers guard you, and you came here to defame them. Shame on you.”
Now, El-Ad and B’Tselem are whining that they took such risks for their Palestinian friends, and they didn’t get anything in return.
B’Tselem spokesperson Karim Gibran bitterly criticized Palestinian media for not highlighting the Israeli anger at El-Ad. In a radio interview for an Arab station, Gibran asked, “Why is this an ignored subject? Shouldn’t we get support from the Palestinian media when we are attacked so fiercely from the right?”
Gibran said he is ashamed of the topic being disregarded in Palestinian media. Bizarrely, Gibran said “I don’t know what I will tell Hagai when he asks about it.”
B’Tselem’s complaints included no coverage from Palestine TV and no official statements from the PA on El-Ad’s speech.
The complaints imply that B’Tselem knows that Palestinian media is controlled by the PA and is not truly free. But why should a human rights organization care about that?
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