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2 articles from Honestreporting on the effect that Israeli condemnations of the Duma firebombing had on Palestinians

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Aug. 4, 2015

1) Fatah official Jibril Rajoub: Israeli condemnations of the Duma firebombing didn’t fallen on deaf ears. PA leaders meeting to discuss a response to the terror attack were influenced by the outpouring of Israeli sentiments, he told YNet.

Rajoub told Ynet that the outrage expressed in Israel over the murder and wounding of the Dawabshe family changed the spirit of those in attendance. “We said we must reach the right conclusion from this exceptional event in Israeli society, and understand that there are rational people with whom we can build ties in order to overcome the lack of a diplomatic process. The majority of the meeting’s attendees spoke against incitement for revenge. I think that the reaction in Israel had influence (on the decision).”

Fatah official Jibril Rajoub: Israeli condemnations of the Duma firebombing didn’t fallen on deaf ears. PA leaders meeting to discuss a response to the terror attack were influenced by the outpouring of Israeli sentiments, he told YNet.

Rajoub told Ynet that the outrage expressed in Israel over the murder and wounding of the Dawabshe family changed the spirit of those in attendance. “We said we must reach the right conclusion from this exceptional event in Israeli society, and understand that there are rational people with whom we can build ties in order to overcome the lack of a diplomatic process. The majority of the meeting’s attendees spoke against incitement for revenge. I think that the reaction in Israel had influence (on the decision).”

2) Palestinian scholar Bassam Tawil draws a stunningly frank conclusion from Israeli condemnations of last week’s fatal firebombing in Duma:

The strong response of the Israeli public and leaders to the arson attack is, truthfully, somewhat comforting. The wall-to-wall Israeli condemnation of this crime has left me and other Palestinians not only ashamed, but also embarrassed — because this is not how we Palestinians have been reacting to terror attacks against Jews — even the despicable murder of Jewish children.

 

Our response has, in fact, brought feelings of disgrace and dishonor. While the Israeli prime minister, president and other officials were quick strongly to condemn the murder of Dawabsha, our leaders rarely denounce terror attacks against Jews. And when a Palestinian leader such as Mahmoud Abbas does issue a condemnation, it is often vague and equivocal . . .

 

We have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we continue to condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the whole world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians. We have reached a point where many of us are either afraid to speak out against terrorism or simply accept it when it claims the lives of Jews.

 

The Israeli president has good reason to be ashamed for the murder of the baby. But when will we Palestinians ever have a sense of shame over the way we are reacting to the murder of Jews?

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