Wednesday, January 23, 2013

HuffPost "Mothers" the Palestinians

People continue to die in the thousands in Syria. Civilians are being bombed in Mali right now. North Korea is making noises again, and of course Israel had an election. So what better time for some shameless Palestinian propaganda, courtesy of the Huffington Post? Cherie Fathy and Batoul Abuharb are back again with their second Huffington Post article. Their first, as you may recall, was a puff piece about UNRWA, so clearly the Huffington Post has hired them solely for their ability to churn out pro-Palestinian material. I guess there just wasn't enough of that.

The article is very insipid, and tells the stories of two Palestinian women. Why we should care about these two Palestinian mothers and not the thousands of people dying in Syria or the millions of mothers in far worse circumstances than these two, I don't know and the authors don't care to say. However, I will do you a favor and summarize the stories so you don't have to read them for yourself:

Aida is a mother who lives in Gaza, didn't pick any fights with Israelis, and got a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is also working on building a home and getting a master's degree. I understand that this was also something people did in Dachau. Anyway the authors can't help but make a political statement at the end:
"Aida believes that Gaza has more opportunities for women because the culture believes that a woman's success reflects on her family's success. She says that she was lucky to have a supportive family that helped her make her dreams a reality."
I'll let you read this article and decide for yourself how much the Gazan culture believes in women's success. Apparently an objective point of view is just way too much to ask from the Huffington Post. Anyway, here's the other story:

Ayat is a Palestinian who lives in Jordan. She doesn't have citizenship and can't leave the refugee camp, and the authors can't be bothered to share with us why that is. In fact, they even praise Jordan's apartheid policy of keeping Palestinians in refugee camps:
"Some people often see the camps as part of the lowest social strata and as a "place of crime," but Ayat recalls her time there as her most memorable time in Jordan. She looks back on her experience quite fondly: "I really enjoyed life in the camp more. [It] was so social: people share food and take care of each other... [like] one big family. I miss that very much.""
Why do I have a feeling that if we were talking about a refugee camp in the West Bank Ms. Fathy and Abuharb would be singing a very different tune? Anyway, so Ayat recently went to the US to get a PhD  in social work and isn't she just the greatest. Once their stories are told, the authors decided to take one last shot at Israel:
"By nixing the status quo and choosing to create their own destiny, Aida and Ayat chose the more difficult path lined with roadblocks. By committing to their dreams, ideals, and ambitions to improve their communities, they inspired their families, friends and us to create meaning in our lives by giving back."
How ironic, considering your two examples don't have to deal with roadblocks at all. Except the ones imposed on them by their own leaders.

With that out of the way, here are some stories of Palestinian mothers that you won't find on the Huffington Post:
"Fatma Yunes Hassan Zak, 39, a resident of Gaza, mother of eight children and pregnant with her ninth, had been responsible for an Islamic Jihad Gaza women's labor office for four years. She had been in contact with Islamic Jihad terrorists and coordinated contacts on their behalf with women who had volunteered to be suicide bombers. Approximately three months ago, her niece, Ruda Ibrahim Yunes Haviv, 30, a resident of Gaza and mother of four children, sought her assistance in perpetrating a suicide attack. Zak, who decided to participate in the attack as well, contacted her Islamic Jihad liaison, who aided the two women in putting their plan into operation." 

"The Facebook page for Fatah in Lebanon has posted this picture of a mother dressing her young son with a suicide belt. Palestinian Media Watch has documented the ongoingglorification of violence and Martyrdom by the PA. This picture was posted on the Fatah Facebook page together with an imaginary conversation between the son who is being sent to his death and the mother encouraging it. "Why me and not you?" the child innocently asks his mother, who answers that she will continue to have more children "for the sake of Palestine": 


"On the occasion of Ramadan, Palestinian Authority TV launched a new program calledThe Best Mothers. Every day, the edited 10-minute program shows a different Palestinian mother in her home, talking about her children. Last week, PA TV chose to visit the mother of Darin Abu Aisheh, a suicide bomber who blew herself up at a roadblock in 2002, wounding three Israelis."
 "In a special broadcast of the Hamas TV children's program "Tomorrow's Pioneers," the two young children of female suicide terrorist Reem Riyashi were invited to the TV studio to watch a video re-enactment of their mother's suicide bombing in 2004, which killed four Israelis."
One more:

I think that's enough for you. But this is some truth you won't be finding on the Huffington Post.

1 comment:

  1. Seems as if HuffPo isn't really letting comments through, in which case,
    why don't they just close the comments?

    That website gets more ridiculous by the day. Lately I find myself almost unable to stomach it at all.
    Maybe that is their goal, to get all pro-Israel voices to the point where they get so fed up they go away?


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