At times, it seems for those who wish to blame Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East, there is nothing the Palestinians could do to reassess their thinking. But surely even the most dedicated finder of fault with Israel would have to be shocked by the latest outrage promoted by the official television station of the Palestinian Authority. PA TV runs a show titled “For You,” which is dedicated to stories about Arab prisoners being held in Israeli jails. But last week’s edition broke new ground when it comes to promoting contempt for the value of Jewish life among Palestinians.
The show, which was broadcast twice last week, featured Hakim Awad, a Palestinian who was sentenced to five life sentences last summer for taking part in the cold-blooded murder of a Jewish family in the settlement of Itamar. Hakim and his cousin Amjad Awad stabbed to death Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children: 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad, and Hadas, a four-month-old baby. But the official television station of the U.S.-funded PA treated Awad as a “hero” and a “legend.”