Det Palestina som nu söker erkännande av FN påstås vara fredsälskande och demokratiskt. Det sa Mahmoud Abbas bland annat i sin New York Times-artikel.
Evelyn Gordon i Commentary Magazine skriver kritiskt om Palestinas påstått demokratiska och fredsälskande natur:
With regard to democracy, consider just a few of the events of the last three months: The PA once again proved itself incapable of holding even local elections, canceling a scheduled vote for the fourth time in two years; on the national level, PA President Mahmoud Abbas is now in the 81st month of a 48-month term.
It banned journalists from reporting the human rights abuses documented by an official PA body, the Independent Commission for Human Rights, which found that both the PA and Hamas (which govern the West Bank and Gaza, respectively) were guilty of torture and arbitrary detentions.
It arrested a Palestinian professor who publicly criticized his university for failure to comply with a court order. It pulled a popular satirical television show from its state-owned TV channel because the show lampooned the PA’s security forces and civil service. (Don’t satirical TV shows usually lampoon their own governments?)
Its official media blacklisted Palestinian union leaders who accused the PA of refusing to clamp down on corruption. It’s not exactly a shining picture of freedom of expression, regular elections and other pillars of the democratic order, is it?
Palestinska områdena är klassade som “not free” av Freedom House. Inte demokratiskt alltså – men är det en fredlig stat?
As for the PA’s peacefulness, consider a few more events of the last three months: A Palestinian cabinet minister accused Israel of being the world’s “major harvesting and trading center” for organs, and specifically of harvesting organs from “the bodies of dead Palestinian martyrs”; the PA government neither denounced nor dissociated itself from this classic blood libel. A leading member of Abbas’s “moderate” Fatah party, one of Abbas’s close associates, declared that Fatah never has and never will recognize Israel.
The state-run television channel repeatedly glorified suicide bombers who murdered Israeli civilians (here and here, for instance). A PA community center run by a senior member of Abbas’s party taught schoolchildren that pre-1967 Israel is stolen Palestinian land, and their mission is to reclaim it someday; Abbas himself declared pre-1967 Israel to be occupied Palestinian territory just this week.
State-run television vowed the Palestinians would bulldoze the Western Wall plaza – where thousands of Jews from all over the world pray daily – if and when they gain control of East Jerusalem. It’s not exactly a shining picture of readiness to live alongside Israel in peace and security, is it?
Nu verkar det trots allt som att Sverige inte kommer stödja den palestinska staten. Men hursomhelst, vi är en mycket stor givare av bistånd till Palestinska myndigheten.