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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sabrien Amrov and Alaa Tartir, "Subcontracting Repression in the West Bank and Gaza": Thanksgiving Israel-Bashing From The New York Times

In yet another Israel-bashing New York Times op-ed entitled "Subcontracting Repression in the West Bank and Gaza," Sabrien Amrov and Alaa Tartir write:

"Palestinians under Israeli occupation need a police force to maintain internal law and order, but one that is accountable to the people themselves, not to Israel or the donor community."

Their conclusion:

"There can be no security for Israel if Palestinians do not have their basic rights."

The Palestinian police must be "accountable to the people themselves, not to Israel or the donor community"? Palestinians must "have their basic rights"? Fascinating. And just what do the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza want?

As reported by the Pew Research Center in April 2013:

  • 89 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories "favor making sharia the official law in their country."
  • Among Muslims in the Palestinian territories who say sharia should be the law of the land, 84 percent "favor stoning as a punishment for adultery."
  • Among Muslims in the Palestinian territories who say sharia should be the law of the land, 66 percent "favor the death penalty for converts."
  • 40 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories "say suicide bombing in defense of Islam is often/sometimes justified."
  • 89 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories say that homosexual behavior is "morally wrong."
  • 44 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories say that "honor killings" are "never justified" when a "female committed the offense."
  • 87 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories "completely or mostly agree that a wife must always obey her husband."
  • 33 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories "say a wife should be able to divorce her husband."
  • 89 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories say that "Islam alone" leads to heaven.
  • 82 percent of Muslims in the Palestinian territories say that "converting others is a religious duty."

"There can be no security for Israel if Palestinians do not have their basic rights"? Given the findings of the Pew Research Center, perhaps Amrov and Tartir should have delineated just what those basic rights are. They obviously don't apply to women or homosexuals, and a majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza believe that suicide bombing is often/sometimes justified, even if it deprives others of their "basic rights."

But heck, this isn't what New York Times readers want to know while gobbling their turkey and stuffing.

1 comment:

  1. just ask any Kurd what they think of the Iraqi palestinian "refugees" now also claiming to be refugees seeking shelter from ISIS. UNHCR v UNRWA in Erbil!

    (best comment thread ever, at Rudaw from Oct 6)

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