Itamar Marcus and the folks at Palestinian Media Watch do what every single diplomat and foreign ministry engaging or funding the Palestinian Authority (PA) should: Watch Palestinian television to see what the PA is saying. Today, they release two shockers.
First, this, showing what European Union cash sponsors:
PA TV program for youth, Speak Up, glorified the 91 terrorists saying they were: “More honored than all of us… They are the greatest role models for us.” The TV program is co-produced by PA TV and PYALARA, an NGO for youth funded by the EU, Save the Children and other international donors.
Of course, the United Nations is not far behind:
A Palestinian NGO, the Burj Luq-Luq Social Center Society organization, performed a puppet show for children in East Jerusalem to promote non-smoking. The educational message delivered by the puppets instructed children to replace cigarettes with machine guns:
Puppet: “I, and many other youth like me, think that cigarettes will help us to grow, to turn into men. Jerusalem doesn’t need men who hold cigarettes. It needs men who hold machine guns, not cigarettes.”
One of Burj Luq-Luq’s funders is UNESCO which the Obama administration funded despite U.S. law after UNESCO unilaterally recognized Palestine as a full member.
Outside funding should never be an entitlement. Sometimes, the best accountability mechanism is simply to withdraw funding. If the European Union, UNESCO, and other European and international funders choose the path of least resistance and do nothing, the Palestinian Authority can rightly conclude they actually agree with the message.