By Ziva Dahl, Originally published in Independent Journalism Review
After learning that Palestinian terrorists slaughtered four Israeli Jews and maimed 16 others in Tel Aviv earlier this month, Palestinians celebrated the barbarous act by marching, distributing candies and exploding fireworks. They tweeted “#We broke the fast killing them,” referring to the two gunmen who ended their Ramadan Fast by killing Israelis. Such macabre behavior is reminiscent of Palestinians rejoicing after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing. Theirs is a culture that revels in violence and celebrates death.
The official Facebook page for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party referred to the Israeli victims gunned down in Tel Aviv as “settlers.” Referring to a video of the shooting, Fatah’s comment read: “Video shoot at the moment of performing the process ofkilling 3 settlers.”
In honor of the March stabbing attack in southern Tel Aviv, Fatah’s official Facebook page posted a drawing of a knife held over a map of “Palestine” that included all of Israel, the disputed territories, and Jerusalem. Note the official PA TV’s description of the victims: “A complex operation was carried out in Jaffa…by the Martyr Bashar Masalha…in which 12 settlers were hurt.”
So why is it that these Tel Aviv victims are called “settlers?” It’s obvious that Palestinians view all Jewish Israelis and any other non-Arabs living in Israel as “settlers” who are stealing land that the Palestinians claim as their own.