Jan. 8, 2016
- How Not to Help Palestinian Children – Andrew Percy
I have a knitted children’s doll of a masked Palestinian with a rock in his raised hand, sitting on my desk. Last month, Israel intercepted four thousand of these dolls in Haifa port, bound for the Palestinian Authority. The dolls encourage Palestinian children to throw rocks at Israelis. Incitement to violence is commonplace in the Palestinian territories and amounts to psychological abuse of children.
Quite perversely, the PA nurtures an environment where children learn that attacking Israelis is somehow a noble cause. Palestinian youths grow up in streets bearing the names of Palestinian killers, and attend football stadia named after terrorist murderers. As many as 25 schools have been named after Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israeli civilians.
Those who ignore these issues are not helping Palestinian children. These children will continue to be subjected to a poisonous stream of incitement and hate that manifests itself in 13- and 15-year-old Palestinians walking the streets of Jerusalem with knives intent on stabbing innocent Israelis. This is an ideology that teaches children that if they die trying to killing innocent Israelis then they will be heroes, and possibly honored with a school in their name.The writer is a British Member of Parliament from the Conservative Party.(Times of Israel)