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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The real 'Palestinian' naqba

Two weeks ago, on May 15, the 'Palestinians' celebrated their naqba (catastrophe). They observe 'Naqba Day' on the date of Israel's declaration of independence on the Gregorian calendar. But that's not the real 'Palestinian' catastrophe.

Hat Tip: Nathan in Teaneck, New Jersey
In the early morning of May 15, Hamas used mortars, missiles and machine guns to attack a Presidential Guard contingent belonging to Fatah that was stationed near the Karni border crossing with Israel. Hamas then hit a jeep carrying Fatah reinforcements, and ensured their targets were dead by shooting them in the head at close range.

When the shooting was over, 10 Fatah members were dead, with a similar number wounded.

Suddenly aware that their unprovoked massacre may have gone too far, Hamas claimed it was Israel who had actually killed the Fatah people and threatened any journalist who dared report otherwise.

Then, in a truly perverse twist, Hamas launched more than 20 rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot "to take revenge" for the massacre they themselves had committed.

Given the overwhelming evidence and eyewitness accounts of those who were there, it was clear to most Palestinians that Hamas had committed the massacre. Still, when trying to explain the cause of the current infighting, several Palestinians, including Musa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, insisted that Israel was somehow to blame.

This is the real Palestinian Naqba, the disaster at the root of Palestinian suffering since even before 1948.

Instead of taking responsibility for their role in shaping their destiny, on virtually every occasion, the Palestinians have twisted their worldview to put the blame solely on Israel.

There is no self-awareness, not to mention self-criticism. No sense of accountability.
Read it all.


At 9:27 PM, Blogger Yoel.Ben-Avraham said...

An Arab acquaintance of mine, when I lived in Hebron in the 70's tried to explain Arab mentality to me in these words: "If you can imagine it, it is real!"

There was a humorous story to illustrate the lesson, but again and again over the decades I've seen this demonstrated. Facts have no hold over popular imagination, especially in a culture where honor and self perception are everything.


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