There can be little doubt that common Palestinians are living a life of suffering, tragedy, and limited opportunity. Their territories are occupied by the Jews, and real Arab support for Palestinian people is limited. Of course, organizations like Hamas receive millions of dollars annually from various Muslim "charities", but it comes as little surprise that very little funding trickles down to every day needs, like education, infrastructure, and health care.
So while it's easy to sympathize with the common Palestinian, and it's easy to condemn terrorists in Hamas, where can we draw the line between innocence and guilt? How pervasive are anti-Semitism and terrorist ideals in Palestinian culture? Most importantly, can we bundle the Palestinian Authority with the common Palestinian, or with the likes of Hamas? For answers, let's turn to the Palestinian Media Watch which makes its living monitoring official media and propaganda of the Palestinian Authority. Take a look at the summary of their latest report, Kill a Jew, Go to Heaven, and you'll see that the Palestinian Authority is no friend of peace.
For a sneak peak, here's a quote from a Muslim scholar which was broadcast on Palestinian Authority TV last month:
“…and the rock and the tree will say: Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!”
Here is another quote from September, 2004:
“We are waging this cruel war with the brothers of the monkeys and pigs, the Jews and the sons of Zion.”
Let's hope and pray that Mahmoud Abbas will address the pervasive anti-Zionist propaganda being fed to all Palestinians by their government. Otherwise, worldwide efforts towards bringing peace and stability to the Middle East will remain a futile waste of time and money.