The Palestinian Authority’s word and the media’s
By : Sean Durns
Outlet: Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority (PA) has admitted that it will not honor any agreements
that violate Sharia (Islamic law). And the press, it seems, has declared
that it won’t cover the Authority’s admission. The Authority’s decision
illustrates the value of its word. And the media’s decision to ignore it
illustrates its own value, as well.
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh recently said, “The government adheres to
Palestinian values and principles, and does not violate the Sharia.
…Our religious and national values are above everything else, and this
is in keeping with the decision of the Constitutional Court’s decision, and as
a protection of our (women’s) honor, the unity of our society and the rule of
law [emphasis added].”
Constitutional Court’s decision, according to an Al-Monitor report, was
for “international agreements” to “prevail over local laws, provided these
are consistent with the Palestinian religious and cultural legacy.” That
ruling was prompted by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) signing the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
as the blogger Elder of Ziyon noted,
the PLO did so “without
any real intention of implementing it, but to make it look like they are a
liberal modern state so they can use that impression to attack Israel at the ICC
signing of CEDAW prompted a backlash, particularly among several Palestinian
Arab clans in Hebron, as Al-Monitor noted in a Jan. 5, 2020 dispatch.
However, as Elder of Ziyon highlighted, this “goes way beyond CEDAW and
women’s rights. This goes to the fundamental issue that the PLO and the
Palestinian Authority will happily sign agreements they have no intention of
keeping. They will tell the West that they signed the agreement, yet will
privately ignore the agreement – just as they have with CEDAW.”
“means that even if the PLO would sign a peace agreement with Israel, the
agreement would be literally worthless if it violates Sharia law. If it is
against Islamic law to make a permanent peace agreement with Jews, or to allow
non-Muslims to control any land that is considered an Islamic waqf (endowment
for a religious cause) – and I am fairly certain that both of those are
against Islamic law – then Sharia would outweigh any agreement with Israel.”
other words, the PA, an entity that was created, backed and funded by the U.S.
and its allies for the purpose of making peace with the Jewish state, has
implicitly acknowledged that it will never do so. The PA has stated that its
interpretation of religious law and its national values “are above everything
else.” One only need look at what PA clerics say for an indication of what
these values are.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has documented, PA religious officials have called
for murdering Jews, beating
wives, and prosecuting those
who eat during religious fasting. On other occasions, including in the official
PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, PA clerics asserted:
that includes within it Jerusalem, is waqf (i.e., an inalienable
religious endowment in Islamic law) land [and] it is forbidden by Shari’ah law
to relinquish it or ease the transfer of ownership of it to enemies, because it
is part of the Islamic public property. Granting ownership over Islamic
territory or part of it to enemies is invalid and constitutes treason.”
conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has attracted considerable, indeed
disproportionate, media coverage throughout the years. The so-called “peace
process” itself, and the lack of a Palestinian state, have been the subject of
countless reports—many of them deeply
flawed as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis
(CAMERA) has documented.
not a single major Western news outlet has covered the PA’s admission that it
will never make peace with Israel. Regrettably, this is part of a long-standing
CAMERA frequently highlights,
Palestinian leaders have on numerous occasions refused U.S. and Israeli offers
for a Palestinian state, including in 2000 at Camp David, 2001 at Taba and 2008
after the Annapolis Conference. In 2014 and 2016, the U.S. again proposed talks
based on the 2008 proposal for statehood and peace. Israel was open to
negotiations, but the PA—directly violating the Oslo Accords that call for
resolving outstanding issues in bilateral negotiations—rejected
them out of hand.
press has largely failed to note this recent history of Palestinian rejectionism.
Indeed, when the PA’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said in a Feb. 15, 2016 press
conference “We will never go back and sit again in a direct
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” not a single major U.S. news outlet
the PA’s agenda is quite clear, even if the reporting isn’t.
Jan. 18, 2020, an opinion piece in the official Palestinian newspaper called
for carrying out murders in Jerusalem to halt an upcoming diplomatic event
marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
provided a translation of the article in a press release. And The Jerusalem
it. Yet, not a single major Western news outlet has done so.
PA’s mouthpiece calls for murdering Jews at a Holocaust commemoration ceremony
and the press is nowhere to be found. And when Palestinian leaders admit that
their words and signed agreements aren’t binding, the media is similarly
press seems to have selective hearing.