State Department Pushes Israelis Towards "Peace Process" While The PA Glorifies Terror Bomber Who Murdered 8 Students

March 10, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - - As detailed by Palestinian Media Watch, while the Bush administration and Condi Rice's State Department continue to strong-arm the Israeli government into negotiating with the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority, even after last week's murderous Hamas attack, the Abbas government's official daily newspaper is glorifying Alaa Abu D'heim, the perpetrator of the suicide bombing as a "martyr."

Unbelievably, as the PMW piece notes, there is currently a bill before Congress asking for $150 million in aid to the PA, despite the fact that according to the 2008 Foreign Operations Bill Sec. 657.B - C.1, the U.S. must:

"...terminate assistance to any individual, entity... which she has determined to be involved in or advocating terrorist activity..."

It's hard to understand how the PA's "paper of record" honoring D'heim's act by placing his image on its front page does not constitute "advocating terrorist activity."

The PA's actions in this manner, though reprehensible, are not isolated. As we observed on March 5 in Rice Bamboozled - Palestinian Authority Leadership Still Preaching Jihad Mahmoud Abbas and the leadership of his Fatah party are still overtly encouraging acts of terror against Israel and coalition forces in the Middle East:

"Just a week before U.S. Secretary of State Rice's most recent meeting with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, Mahmoud Ismail, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee [Director of Labor and Popular Organizations] and an influential voice in Abbas' [aka Abu Mazen] Fatah party, was quoted in an appearance on the Palestinian Authority television network as being in support of the al-Qaeda led, Iraqi "resistance."

An extended excerpt of Ismail's address, as translated by PWM:

"I want to cite the actions and future actions of President [Abbas], from the starting point that the Palestine cause is the essential and central cause of the Arab Nation. It's not surprising that [to] certain journalists of the current despicable American era, our [Arab nationalist] language of the 50s and 60s is outdated, when we talk about the nature of the struggle between the Arab Nation and its enemies: the Imperialists and Zionists, who attack and occupy our territories inside Palestine and outside, in Iraq, in the remains of South Lebanon and the Golan...We [however,] take pride in this [Arab nationalist] language because we are the authentic Arabs who believe in our Arabism, our faith, our cause, our Nation, in our right to struggle and to resistance [euphemism for terror] in all possible ways in all the occupied lands, in Palestine, Lebanon, the Golan and Iraq..."

During the same week Abbas found himself quoted in a PA television interview, as advocating continued violence and bragging about how Fatah trained Hezbollah:

"I was honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet in 1965, and having taught resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is beneficial and when it is not... we had the honor of leading the resistance. We taught everyone what resistance is, including the Hezbollah, who were trained in our [terrorist PLO] camps."

It seems clear that unless or until the Bush administration abandons the State Department's disastrous policy of forcing the Israeli government to negotiate with a terrorist entity, the Palestinian Authority, all those involved will continue to be locked into the constant cycle of violence that we are witnessing.

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