The Right Coast

January 08, 2004
Palestinian Terror and its Apologists
By Michael Rappaport

The Washington Times reports that: “Palestinian organizations are refusing to accept U.S. foreign aid this year, rather than sign a pledge promising that the money will not be used to support terrorism.” The pledge is required by an executive order issued by President Bush “requiring all recipients of U.S. aid to guarantee that their organization does not support terrorism.”

It is interesting that the Palestinians have taken the pledge issue seriously. One might have thought that they would just sign and use the money for terror anyway. Perhaps, in another foreign policy triumph, Secretary Powell can persuade them to do this, just as he persuaded Iran to consider taking American assistance after the earthquake.

As usual, the apologists for Palestinian terror are hard at work. Consider the following:
    James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, said that the refusal to sign the pledge should not be seen as support for terrorism, rather that in Palestinian society it is politically expedient to reject the funds than endure the tremendous political pressure they will face for signing the pledge.
    "This is not clearly understood in the United States," said Mr. Zogby. "The idea of providing no 'material support' is such a broad brush stroke, it compromises the ability of the humanitarian organizations to function."
Once again, the United States is just not being sensitive enough to the plight of the Palestinians.