Mar. 1, 2016
- Apparently Najat Abu Bakr forgot that she is a member of the Palestinian parliament and not the Israeli one. She and her colleagues have no right to criticize President Abbas or any senior official in Ramallah. Such criticism is considered an “insult” to top officials and even an act of treason.
- And so we have two legislators. One is forced to seek shelter within her own parliament for fear of being arrested by the Palestinian security forces. The other receives all the rights and privileges enjoyed by her fellow Arabs inside Israel — in spite of her immensely provocative behavior.
- That is the difference between a law-abiding country and the Palestinian Authority, which has been functioning for many years as a mafia.
- Najat Abu Bakr and many Palestinians dream of the day they too will have a Knesset, a true parliament, where leaders are held accountable.
What do Haneen Zoabi and Najat Abu Bakr have in common?
Both women are outspoken members of parliament — Zoabi in Israel and Abu Bakr in the Palestinian territories.