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Palestinian News Site Features Op-Ed Encouraging Terror

Ma’an News Agency has an article by Ramzy Baroud that is upset that there are not more terror attacks against Jews.

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The article, entitled “Why is a popular uprising yet to take off?” expresses frustration that there aren’t more knifings and shootings and car rammings, because this is just what is needed. He mostly blames the current Palestinian leadership for suppressing the natural violence that he wants to see:

This is a generation that is the most educated, yet; most politically savvy and, thanks to the huge leaps in digital media technology, is the most connected and informed of the world around it. The ambitions of these youth are huge, but their opportunities are so limited; their earth has shrunk to the size of a single-file queue before an Israeli military checkpoint, where they are corralled on their way to school, to work and back home. And, like the Israelis who shot at anyone who dared to protest, Abbas imprisons those who attempted to do so.

It is a generation that simply cannot breathe.

The current Intifada is an expression of that dichotomy, of a generation that is so eager to break free, to define itself, to liberate its land, yet resisted by an Old Guard unremittingly holding on so tight to the few perks and dollars they receive in the form of allotments every month.

History must remain in constant motion, and the last six months have been the attempt of an entire generation to move the wheels of history forward, despite a hundred obstacles and a thousand checkpoints.

This might be the most difficult Intifada yet; for never before did Palestinians find themselves so leaderless, yet so ready to break free. The outcome of this tension, will not only define this whole generation, as it defined my generation of the 1987 Intifada, but it will define the future of Palestine altogether.

It is all nonsense meant for a Western audience (it is not published in the Ma’an Arabic edition), ignoring that the terror spree was actually sparked by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA claiming that Jews are attacking al-Aqsa Mosque, and not about “occupation.” It is the story that English-speaking Palestinians tell gullible Westerners.

Baroud is frustrated that the current terror had not yet morphed into a much larger terror spree.

Ramzy Baroud has always explicitly supported violence, and Ma’an has given him a platform for his incitement many times over the years. But the European Union-funded newspaper places a disclaimer on the bottom saying that “The views expressed in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect Ma’an News Agency’s editorial policy.”

So it is OK to publish an op-ed that advocates the murder of Jews, then – it’s freedom of speech!

Of course, Ma’an would never publish an op-ed calling for Abbas to negotiate with Israel without conditions. Some topics are too controversial, after all, for the EU-funded news site to tackle.

“Elder of Ziyon” has been blogging about Israel and the Middle East since 2004. This post was originally published on his website.