PALESTINIAN Minister for Education Dr Sabri Saidam recently criticised a senior Australian delegation for posing “very explosive and very challenging” questions during a meeting in the West Bank.
The Australian team included senior Liberals Christopher Pyne and Bronwyn Bishop, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson and Labor’s Tim Watts and Glenn Sterle.
The “challenging” questions put to the Education Minister are understood to have related to the Palestinian Authority’s practice of naming schools in honour of Palestinian terrorists.
This is not a recent phenomenon, nor is it confined to an isolated incident. Inculcating the Palestinian youth with fables of the glory and heroism of those who have killed civilians is standard practice in Palestinian society.
There are three Palestinian schools named in honour of Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, a bus hijacking that slaughtered 37 civilians (including 12 children). Three more schools in territory under Palestinian control are named in honour of the mastermind of the Munich Olympics terror attack in which 11 Israeli athletes were tortured and killed by Palestinian terrorists.
It was recently revealed that one of the athletes was castrated and shot before being left to bleed to death in front of his teammates.
A girls’ school in the Palestinian town of Tulkarem bears the name of Hamas suicide bombmaker Nash’at Abu Jabara, no doubt revered for his mastery of electrical engineering.
Students attending the Artas High School for Girls pass underneath the image of 18-year-old female suicide bomber Ayat Al-Akhras, described as “the heroic martyr”.
Al-Akhras murdered 17-year-old Rachel Levy and Haim Smadar outside a Jerusalem supermarket.
No attempt is made to disguise the motivation behind officially naming schools in honour of these mass killers.
Since September this year, Palestinians have carried out 92 stabbings, 34 shootings and 17 car rammings, all aimed at Jewish Israelis.
In a recent attack, a Palestinian armed with an axe deliberately rammed commuters waiting at a bus stop in Jerusalem. Doctors could not save the leg of a 15-month-old baby struck by the terrorist.
The contrived outrage shown by the Palestinians in response to legitimate questions is consistent with a long history of projected victim-hood.
Their intention is once again to cast the Palestinian people as blameless victims bearing no responsibility for their own actions.
The Palestinian leadership schizophrenically portrays itself as powerless and without agency, while at the same time asserting its apparent readiness to govern as a sovereign state.
The Education Minister exhibited a similar duplicity, at once asserting his dominion over the naming of schools yet refusing to be held accountable for deeds that are solely his.
His discomfort in response to blunt and honest questions revealed a man badly caught out.
Alex Ryvchin is the public affairs director at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry
First published at the Daily Telegraph