There sat Palestinian Authority chieftain Mahmoud Abbas in the front pew of the
Church of the Nativity, reverently observing the Christmas midnight mass. He
appeared so meek – the model of admirable moderation, good manners and high
TV anchors and scribblers worldwide fell for his consummate act
and expressed solemn appreciation for the affectation. Critical appraisal was
Abbas – the on-and-off and now on-again political
ally of Hamas and Islamic Jihad – took great pains to quasi-usurp Christmas from
Christendom and impart the impression that Christmas is intrinsically also a
Muslim celebration, “a Palestinian holiday” from which bogeymen Jews alone
Significantly this aroused no protests – the
subjugation of Christians in Muslim societies, and foremost in Bethlehem,
This supposed Christian-Muslim front comprised the gist
of the homily delivered by the Mideast’s most senior Roman Catholic, Patriarch
of Jerusalem Fuad al-Tuwal, a Jordanian Arab.
He effusively welcomed
Abbas, congratulating him for “his unfaltering efforts to achieve a just peace
in the Middle East, a main thrust of which is the creation of a Palestinian
State.” The patriarch commiserated with the Palestinians, who “recently turned
to the UN in the hope of finding a just solution.”
According to his
monologue, “they were asked to reengage in a failed peace process,” which “has
left a bitter taste of broken promises and of mistrust.”
And guess who
embittered the pitiable Palestinians? Guess who cast a dark, sinister shadow
over their Muslim Christmas? Those Jews, of course. Who else?
LIVING UP to the
ecclesiastical hype, Abbas wished the worshipers “love and peace” and,
presumably in that spirit, proceeded to slam Jewish settlements as “immoral and
“I wish for the Palestinian people that next year will be
the year that peace will be implemented in the occupied Palestinian lands,” he
said. “We, my brothers, believe in peace and are working to implement
Had any further elucidation been needed about his concept of
peace, Abbas furnished it pre-Christmas when traveling to Ankara to shower
affection upon the convicted terrorists deported to Turkey as part of the Gilad
Outstanding among them was Amna Muna – tangible proof that
evil can come in attractive guises. Abbas hugged her warmly and sat down for a
chummy chat, not to mention his hefty financial reward.
Muna was actually
supposed to be released into Gaza, but refused, citing her secularism as
problematic in the Hamas fiefdom. In actual fact, though, she feared
This insolently unrepentant and most aggressive despot of
the women’s prison security wing tortured noncompliant fellow inmates by, among
other means, pouring boiling oil and wax on them.
understandably her preferred destination. She now plies the school-lecture
circuit there, vowing to return to active “combat against the Zionists” and
exhorting pupils to become shahids (martyrs).
Muna – for those who forgot
– is the fetching Fatah operative who via Internet contact lured 16-year-old
Ofir Rahum to a cruel death on January 17, 2001. In a way, her atrocity is even
more gruesome than the more common forms of Arab-inspired carnage. She might not
have claimed as many lives as some of her compatriots, but what she did was
spine-chillingly up-front and personal.
She schemed to get her hands on a
Jewish kid, chose her victim with coldblooded deliberation, falsely befriended
him and lured him in a premeditated hunting expedition that began long before 20
AK-47 bullets riddled Ofir’s young body.
The homicide was meticulously
and maliciously plotted and executed painstakingly over months, in scrupulously
calculated phases, to wrest an unsuspecting boy from his protective environment
and trick him into a rendezvous with a hail of bullets.
Ofir yearned to
make love not war. He embodied the shared Israeli dream of peace and bliss. With
stars in his eyes, he was enticed. He wanted to believe the pretty decoy who
flirted with him, the sly impostor who posed as “Sally.”
seductress arranged to meet the smitten schoolboy. He traveled from Ashkelon to
Jerusalem; she picked him up at the bus stop and drove him away. Eventually her
accomplices shot his kneecaps and she, as per her own crowing account, stood
there, taunting him and cackling mirthfully as he screamed in pain before being
put to death. She still often derisively mimics his last cries.
expect that Abbas, feted abroad as the prince of moderation, would at least wash
his hands of murderous Muna and condemn her unequivocally. Instead, this
supposed man of peace has made Muna his Ramallah regime’s poster-child – the
object of reverence and compassion, and a model for emulation.
speaks volumes, because the lionized icon’s underlying moral code inevitably
characterizes the collective that sponsors and supports her.
get-together wasn’t Abbas’s first public embrace for Muna. It wasn’t
inadvertent, nor was it an isolated, inconsequential political gesture. It was
preceded by accolades aplenty.
In 2008, for instance, Abbas handpicked
five female recipients for the PLO’s highest medal of heroism – the Quds Mark of
Honor. All the women he named were then behind Israeli bars.
touted as “a humanitarian gesture,” geared to highlight their “sacrifice and
suffering as Israel’s captives, to raise their morale and pay tribute to
The five included Ahlam Tamimi, pivotal in the August 9, 2001,
atrocity at Jerusalem’s Sbarro Pizzeria. She escorted the suicide bomber to the
eatery where he killed 15 persons, including seven children and five members of
a single family. Muna, too, starred among Abbas’s designated
Predictably the international community made no fuss about
Neither did Israel’s own left wing.
when chronic peaceniks have nobody to appoint as their interlocutor, they
pretend that the hypothetical lesser evil is humanity’s great hope for the
Yet by paying lavish homage to child-slayers, Abbas endorses
terror and escalates Palestinian psychological warfare, which – in order to
manipulatively tug at the heartstrings of progressive do-gooders – camouflages
mass-murderers as prisoners of conscience, persecuted altruists and vindictively
incarcerated political philosophers.
Abbas cunningly postures as Israel’s
hapless victim, as a saint on the side of the angels, indeed as a victim of
terrorism rather than its devious promoter.
His heart is artlessly in the
He seeks to do the right thing – which he would sincerely
do, were it not for those obstructionist Israelis.
Doesn’t Abbas, after
all, respectfully promise on every occasion to quell incitement within his
latifundia? Seemingly in the enlightened vanguard of the global good-guy
brigade, Abbas convinces willingly gullible saps of what they’re anyway
predisposed to imbibe. The watching world voluntarily laps up his fabrications
and encouragingly promotes the PA figurehead’s deception.
inescapable subtext of glorifying Muna is that her crime is Abbas’s true ideal –
his prescription for all Israelis. In a better world, this truth wouldn’t be
eclipsed by the sanctimonious chatter of the charming charlatan, seemingly
spellbound by Christmas in the Church of the Nativity.
Muna is the
benchmark of popular Palestinian intentions toward all Israelis.
why Abbas acclaims her malevolence instead of denouncing it, instead of beating
his own breast for sanctioning and commissioning her