A 'Palestinian' rips Hollande for inviting Abu Mazen
An anonymous 'Palestinian' has written a letter to French President Francois Hollande criticizing Hollande for inviting 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
to participate in this past Sunday's Paris unity march
Second, I want to apologize to Your Excellency for not revealing my
true identity. After you read my letter, you will realize why people
like me are afraid to reveal their real identity.
I decided to write to you this letter after hearing my president, Mahmoud Abbas, declare that you had invited him to attend the anti-terror rally in Paris earlier this week.
Like many Palestinians, I see President Abbas's participation
in a rally against terrorism and assaults on freedom of speech as an
act of hypocrisy -- a condition that is not alien to Palestinian
In fact, many Palestinians nearly fell off their chairs upon seeing
their president march in the front row of a rally in your capital, in
protest against terrorism and assaults on freedom of the media.
President Abbas's participation in the rally is an insult to the
victims of the terror attacks. It is also an insult to Western values,
including freedom of expression and democracy.
Your Excellency, myself and other journalists living under the rule
of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank were the first to be
offended by the invitation you extended to President Abbas to attend the
Undoubtedly, you are unaware of the fact that Abbas is personally
responsible for punishing Palestinian journalists who dare to criticize
him or express their views in public. Of course, Your Excellency, we
cannot blame you for being unaware of this assault on public freedoms
because the mainstream media, including French newspapers and magazines,
deliberately turn a blind eye to these practices. Every day we see that
the Western media does not care about such violations unless they are
committed by Israel.
That is why, Your Excellency, you are probably unaware of the cases
of several Palestinian journalists who have been arrested and
intimidated by President Abbas's security forces over the past few
years. Yes, this is the same Abbas who came to Paris to express his
condolences over the brutal killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists.
The most recent example of Abbas's crackdown on Palestinian
journalists occurred shortly before Your Excellency phoned President
Abbas to invite him to Paris. The case involves my female colleague, Majdolin Hassouneh, who was detained for "extending her tongue," or insulting, President Abbas.
Your Excellency, please allow me to tell you that you are completely
mistaken if you ever thought that President Abbas and his Palestinian
Authority are tolerant toward satire or any form of criticism. And of
course, you haven't heard of the Palestinian Authority's decision to cancel the only popular satirical show on Palestine TV, Watan ala Watar (Country on a String).
The show was forced off the air in 2011 because President Abbas
believed it had "crossed a line" by mocking his top officials in
Ramallah. This is the same Abbas who came to Paris to protest the
massacre at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Undoubtedly, now Palestinians like me will now pay a heavier price
because President Abbas has been emboldened by his participation in the
Paris rally. President Abbas will now step up his assaults on public
freedoms because he knows that the international community will only see
photos of him marching together with Your Excellency and other world
leaders in defense of freedom of expression.
By extending the invitation to President Abbas, you have caused
damage to Palestinians like me who have been hoping that someone --
maybe even a leader like you -- would finally expose the dictatorship of
the Palestinian Authority for what it is. President Abbas's
participation in the Paris rally is a severe blow to people like me who
are genuinely opposed to terrorism and suppression of free speech.
Your Excellency, now that the damage has already been done, all that
is left for people like me is to beg you to take all what I have said
into account in your future dealings with President Abbas. Please do not
hesitate to raise these issues with President Abbas the next time he
requests your support for the creation of an independent Palestinian
state. Otherwise, France will be helping to establish another corrupt
and repressive Arab dictatorship -- one that glorifies and rewards
terrorists no different from those who carried out the Paris attacks.
Finally, Your Excellency, I hope that by now you understand the reason why I am too scared to reveal my identity.
A Palestinian Journalist with No Name or Voice
Read the whole thing
. If only the West would listen....
Labels: Abu Mazen, Charlie Hebdo, France, Francois Hollande, freedom of the press, human rights, Islamic terrorism, Palestinian Authority, Paris