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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Certain double-standards applied to the Palestinians are so flagrant and systematic that nobody even notices them anymore. Here is a perfect example: A New York Times piece on the state of the Fatah Party and the Palestinian Authority airs a threat to resume terrorism that it is published without the slightest of eyebrow-raising:

Many of the younger activists say that the men around Mr. Abbas are mistaken to take armed struggle off the table, especially after Israel’s attack on Gaza in January. At the same time, they say that if a deal were struck, they are the ones who could sell it to the street and make it stick.

“The current leadership doesn’t keep armed struggle as an option,” said Dimitri Y. Diliani, the Fatah spokesman for the Jerusalem area. “For us on the ground, we are in favor of political discourse to pursue national goals. But in case it doesn’t work in a certain time frame we should resort to other options, including armed resistance.”

And these are members of Fatah, the good Palestinians — the ones who receive millions of dollars in U.S. money!



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