Palestinians: Always on the Wrong Side, with the Terrorists
Thursday, January 04, 2018
The Palestinians have an old and nasty habit of placing themselves on
the wrong side of history and aligning themselves with tyrannical
leaders and regimes. Every time the Palestinians make the wrong choice,
they end up paying a heavy price. Yet, they do not seem to learn from
The latest example of Palestinian misjudgments surfaced last week
when the Palestinian Authority "ambassador" to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali,
shared a stage with UN-designated terrorist and Jamat-ul-Dawa leader
Hafiz Saeed.The two men appeared together at a rally that was held to protest US
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Thousands attended the
rally in Rawalpindi, which was organized by the Defense of Pakistan
Council, an alliance of religious parties dominated by Saeed's group.
Jamat-ul-Dawa has been blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which
killed 166 people. Saeed is wanted by the US, which has offered a $10
million reward for his arrest. Pakistan, however, has turned down
extradition requests and allows the terrorist to operate freely.The appearance of the Palestinian Authority ambassador alongside
Saeed drew sharp criticism from many Pakistanis and Indians alike.
Tarek Fatah, a Canadian-Indian writer and liberal activist who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, tweeted:
"Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, joins
wanted jihadi terrorist Hafiz Seed on stage. Was the Palestinian
Authority aware that Hafiz Saeed is the man who ordered the 2008 Mumbai
attacks? Did the Palestinian Authority authorize this validation of
India's enemy No. 1?"
Thousands took to social media to express their outrage over the
joint appearance of the PA envoy and the wanted terrorist. Many Indians
criticized their government for voting against US President Donald
Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the UN
General Assembly. They also called on the Indian government to correct
its mistake by strengthening its ties with Israel. Anil Kumar Sharma wrote:
"Palestinians have slapped across the face the Indian
government, which has recently betrayed Israel by voting in favor of the
Palestinians (at the UN General Assembly). Hope this would jolt the
Indian government to see the ground realities and formulate a totally
pro-Israeli West Asia policy and follow US and move our embassy to
Amitava Sarker commented:
"India should have a strong practical policy on the Middle East. Again,
we should know that progressive Israel is our friend and not
fundamental Muslim countries."
Arvind Singh tweeted: "This is the proof that Palestinians support terrorism. We support them instead of supporting our friend, Israel."
"India sides with Palestine as recently as the UN vote while the
Palestinian Authority sides with a global terrorist. India should review
its policy towards Palestine."
"Huge embarrassment for Indians individually and for India as a nation.
India votes for Palestine, and they (Palestinians) join Hafiz Saeed.
Foreign policy disaster!!!"
"The Indian government must support Jerusalem as Israel's capital in
response to this ugly brotherhood of Palestine and Hafiz Saeed the
"Palestinians are Islamic supremacists who seek Islamic hegemony in the
Middle East in the same way Islamic terrorists seek Islamic hegemony in
South Asia. If one puts an end to Palestinianism, the rest of the
radical Islamists will fall by the wayside."
Alarmed by the strong reactions, the Palestinian Authority, in an
unprecedented move, announced that it was recalling its ambassador to
Pakistan. A statement
issued by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah said that the
Palestinians were committed to preserving their good relations with
India. "Palestine is keen on supporting India's war against terrorism,"
the statement read. "Palestine and India are true partners in the war on
terrorism." The Palestinian Authority claimed that the participation of
its ambassador in the rally alongside Hafiz Saeed was an "unintentional
and inexcusable error."