Palestinian Arabs are experts at hurting themselves, both literally and figuratively, and then blaming Israel for their pain.
A literal example comes from yesterday, when two PFLP terrorists blew themselves up, but Arabic media claimed that Israel killed them. This has happened too many times to count – errant Hamas rockets killing Gaza children have been blamed on Israel by major news media and human rights organizations without any attempt to uncover the facts.
A figurative example of Palestinians knowingly hurting themselves in a way that they can blame Israel comes from this story today.
The “Supreme Fatwa Council in Palestine” issued a fatwa today prohibiting the participation of any Arab candidate in the upcoming Jerusalem municipal elections.
For Jerusalem Arabs, this means that they would have less influence and power within the Jerusalem political scene to push their (valid) agendas of improving infrastructure, educational resources and services to the Arab sections of the city.
They would be relying on Jewish politicians to push to provide services to their fellow Arabs.
And then, when politicians do what they normally do and work on behalf of their constituents (since there are not unlimited funds), the Arabs can point to the Jerusalem municipality for not doing enough for the Arab sector.
Newspapers will write articles and NGOs will write white papers about how Israel is treating the Arabs of Jerusalem unfairly – without mentioning this fatwa and similar calls by the Palestinian leadership that helps push this narrative.
Once again, the Palestinian leadership is willing to throw its people to the dogs, because one day it might result in some pressure on Israel.
Taking care of their own people has never been a priority for Mahmoud Abbas or his predecessor Yasir Arafat. It has always been about attacking Israel, and the real victims are the Arabs who cannot even speak up for themselves out of fear of retribution from the self-proclaimed leaders that have controlled their lives since 1920.
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