Arafat’s dead, but the tongue-baths and whitewashing live on. Wow, what a nifty-keen profile of the Yasser Arafat museum in the AP! Why, if you read this profile, you would hardly know that the biggest mass-murderer of Jews since Adolf Hitler was, well, a mass-murderer of Jews who was almost solely responsible for the wave of suicide attacks that now threaten the entire world. Yes, it was he who popularized them, though it was Hamas and PIJ that performed most of them. The AP’s take on Arafat?
In his four decades as Palestinian leader, Arafat was a complex and often divisive figure – branded by some as an arch-terrorist and celebrated by others as the father of the Palestinian national movement. His nomadic lifestyle, penchant for late-night meetings and flair for dramatic gestures fanned a fascination that has outlived him.
Yeah. “Some.” Arafat was the father of modern terrorism. He founded Fatah in 1959, while the West Bank and Gaza were under Jordanian and Egyptian control. He took over the PLO in 1964.
In Syria, however, he managed to recruit members by offering them higher incomes to enable his armed attacks against Israel. Fatah’s manpower was incremented further after Arafat decided to offer much higher salaries to members of the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), the regular military force of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which was created by the Arab League in the summer of 1964. On December 31 of that same year, a squad from al-Assifa, the armed branch of Fatah at the time, attempted to infiltrate Israel, but they were intercepted and detained by Lebanese security forces. Several other raids with Fatah’s poorly trained and badly equipped fighters followed this incident. Some were successful, others failed in their missions. Arafat often led these incursions personally.
He killed Jews long before Israel controlled “Palestinian” lands. And then there was Black September, where the PLO sought to take over Jordan, and thousands of Palestinians were killed by the Jordanian army. That’s all on him. It’s not mentioned at all in the article. Because of course, Arabs killing Arabs gets a pass. As did his years of terrorism, which the AP boiled down to this:
In the 1970s, Arafat’s name became a household word after Palestinians launched a series of hijackings and attacks to publicize their struggle. In 1974, he famously addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, entering the chamber wearing a holster and carrying an olive branch.
The AP also did not cover things that Arafat said that utterly belied his cover of seeking peace:
Our basic aim is to liberate the land from the Mediterranean Seas to the Jordan River. We are not concerned with what took place in June 1967 or in eliminating the the consequences of the June war. The Palestinian revolution’s basic concern is the uprooting of the Zionist entity from our land and liberating it.
There is also the confession from Hamas that Arafat directed them to commit terror attacks during the height of peace negotiations with Israel.
And last, but not least, they repeat the lie that Israel poisoned Arafat, adding “balance” by saying that the claimants have no proof.
Yasser Arafat is dead, but his PR department lives on.