The Palestinian Authority had its own way of commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day this year.
They chose that occasion to have official Fatah-run Palestinian TV glorify the murderers of the Fogel family.
You might remember the Fogels.
They were a young family living in the Jewish community of Itamar who were at home, relaxing after the Sabbath. On March 11, 2011, two Arabs affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine(PFLP) Hakim Awad and Amjad Muhammad Fawzi Awad carried out an assault they had planned in advance, cutting through a security fence, breaking into the Fogel's home and murdering the five members of the family pictured above, including a 3-month-old baby. They butchered them without even the regard a slaughterer usually gives to an animal.
The two were captured by the Shin Bet, tried in Israeli courts and sentenced to consecutive life terms since Israel has no capital punishment. Neither ever expressed the slightest remorse.
Last week,official 'Palestinian' TV broadcast greetings to the two murderers on a show called 'For You', dedicated to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
Hakim Awad's mother was an honored guest, praising the two killers as 'heroes' and referring to Hakim as her “dear son.”
Hakim's aunt also participated, also calling the two murderers “heroes,” and calling Awad “the hero, the legend” with the enthusiastic approval from show's host.
The producers of the program and its host knew in advance that the callers were relatives of the Fogel murderers and introduced them to the audience while text with the names of the callers appeared at the bottom of the screen: “Prisoner Hakim Awad’s family / Awarta – Nablus.”
Not one western leader condemned it.
Upon doing a little further research through one of my sources in a direct position to know, I found out that both Awads are on the list of those 'Palestinian' terrorists whose families receive an official monthly salary directly from the Palestinian Authority while they're in prison.
Now, it shouldn't be any great shock to anyone that the 'Palestinian Authority' and Mahmoud Abbas consider murdering Jews and Jewish children in particular to be praiseworthy and something to be rewarded financially. Nor should it surprise anyone that those whom murder Jews are held up as role models and heroes. Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah, after all, are the same folks who made child murderer Sami Kuntar an honorary 'Palestinian' citizen and gave him a hero's welcome after he was released in a prisoner swap, the same people who name public buildings and streets after murderers and teach their children about the virtues of killing Jews in their mosques and schools.
My quarrel here isn't with them because I expect nothing else. Based on what they teach their children and the sort of people they make heroes out of, they are whom and what they are, and one doesn't blame a mad dog when he bites someone - you simply deal with the situation so he doesn't bite anyone again.
But I am quite sick to death of another entirely different group of people.
As I mentioned, the program in question aired right around what is supposedly an international day of recognition and remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.From all over the EU, various politicians issued statements about the horrors of the Holocaust and voiced their resolve that it should never happen again, some of them quite eloquently. The Norwegians, one of the most anti-Semitic nations in Europe surprised everyone by finally admitting that yes, we did help the Nazis round up our Jews and deport them, and we were pretty enthusiastic about it too. Sorry about that! It only took them until 1998, close to 60 years to get around to finally compensating those survivors who were still alive for property that was seized from them way back in 1942. I suppose this latest apology pretty much cleans the slate for the Norwegians are as far as they're concerned.
Our own president weighed in with his signature baritone, saying that United States would “pledge to speak truth to those who deny the Holocaust.”
“As we celebrate the strength and resilience of survivors, we pledge to stand strong against all those who would commit atrocities, against the resurgence of anti-Semitism, and against hatred in all its forms.”
Admirable sentiments, all worthy of applause.
Until it hits you.
Where's Fatah getting the money every month to pay the Awads and all the other genocidal killers in Israeli prisons? Where do the funds the PA passes on to to Hamas come from? Where did they get the cash to build a girl's school named after Dalal Mughrabi, whose claim to fame was leading a band of 'Palestinian' killers in the hijack of a bus and the murder of 13 children, some of them Americans? How do the salaries of Fatah's al-Aksa Martyr's Brigade get paid, and how are the schools, media and mosques that teach genocide as heroism and 'martyrdom' funded?
They're funded by the very same people that made such pious and stirring declarations on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, including our president. The money comes from the EU, by UNRWA, by USAid, and by the IMF.
Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called repeatedly for genocide against Israel and a second Holocaust.In one of his sermons, he asked God "to kill the Jewish Zionists, every last one of them."
In another sermon on al-Jazeera he said "Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler. G-d willing, this time it will be the believers."
Yet President Obama's Deputy Secretary of State Nicholas Burns has had cordial meetings with Brotherhood leaders in Egypt to discuss relations with the US, and Qaradiwi himself is actually employed by our State Department as I write this as an intermediary with the Taliban. And the EU nations are even less shy about meeting with Hamas and Brotherhood officials than our State Department.
Iran has repeatedly called for genocide against 'the Zionist entity' and is currently working on a program to obtain nuclear weapons. Has any of the nations whose leaders uttered all those well meant, moving pledges of never again done anything significant to stop them?
In looking at all this, it's impossible to avoid a simple conclusion. The same nations lighting candles, attending ceremonies and making pious speeches about the Holocaust are more than happy to aid and abet the equivalent of today's Nazis when the mainstreaming of genocide in the name of Allah is involved.
For all the fuss over dead Jews, avoiding a repeat performance today with live Jews seems to have a very different priority for a lot of them.
The 'international community' is hell bent on using every subterfuge, pressure and threat to try to bully Israel into retreating to the indefensible borders Israeli statesman Abba Eban appropriately called 'the Auschwitz lines'.
They cheerfully fund the 'Palestinians', give them legitimacy and ignore their goal of murdering every Jew in Israel, just as the Fogels were murdered. They're happy to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood regardless of the Brotherhood's call to drive every Jew out of the Middle East by force. And irony of ironies,Germany,who just gifted Israel's Holocaust museum Yad Vashem with a 10 million euro grant is Iran's largest trading partner in Europe.
It's impossible not to get a certain message out of this...one that carries a certain, long standing stench about it, an echo from a not-so-distant past.
Odd, isn't it? In almost all western countries, Holocaust denial is decried as the idiocy it is, and it's even criminalized in most of Europe. Yet Mahmoud Abbas, who wrote his university thesis in Moscow denying the Holocaust and later published most of it in a book, al-Wajh al-Akhar: al-'Alaqat as-Sirriya bayna an-Naziya wa's-Sihyuniya that is still a standard text in the 'Palestinian' school curriculum is welcomed with open arms...and wallets. And even though Article Two of the UN charter forbids threatening genocide or aggression against a fellow member, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an invited guest at the UN and Iran remains a member in good standing.
For my part, I'm tired of listening to these hypocritical sentiments. I'm beyond tired...I'm sick to death of it, almost to the point of nausea. Too many of these western leaders move their mouths about their 'commitments to Israel's security' and the horrors of the Holocaust, while at the same time aiding and abetting the jihad against the Jews at worst, or ignoring it at best.
This is exactly why a strong, powerful Israel is a necessity. Because a lot of the people outside Israel who solemnly intone "Never Again" on Holocaust Remembrance Day aren't prepared to take any action whatsoever to back it up...to their shame.
Instead, they glorify evil.