The Biden administration’s effort to promote “deescalation” between Israel and Hamas will now include sending Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr to the region on Wednesday. Amr, however, has taken a stance against U.S.-ally Israel on the conflict even before he stepped foot in the administration and before he is to land in Israel for his latest trip.
Amr, who was born in Beirut, has also been actively working on the Biden administration’s plan to restore U.S. funding to the Palestinians. In a March 1 memo, “The US Palestinian Reset and the Path Forward,” he wrote that “State and USAID are working towards a restart of US assistance to the Palestinians in late March or early April.”
He also indicated that the U.S. would restore contact with the Palestinian Authority, which ceased under former President Donald Trump over continued payments to terrorists and their families.
As the national coordinator of the anti-Israel Middle East Justice Network, Amr once reportedly wrote a year after the September 11 terror attacks that he “was inspired by the Palestinian intifada.” Moreover, Amr previously accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”
In 2002, after the head of Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades was killed in an Israeli airstrike, Amr reportedly wrote in a column that has since been scrubbed from the internet, “I have news for every Israeli,” warning that Arabs “now have televisions, and they will never, never forget what the Israeli people, the Israeli military and Israeli democracy have done to Palestinian children. And there will be thousands who will seek to avenge these brutal murders of innocents.”
Amr also worked with the Brookings Institution to found their Doha Center. Qatar funded the think tank to the tune of $14.8 million and its Prime Minister and members of its royal family sit on the Brookings advisory board. Qatar is one of the largest sponsors of global terrorism and one of its beneficiaries is Hamas.
In Doha, while working for Brookings, Amr once urged, “Muslim Brotherhood organizations across the Muslim World should be engaged.”
The State Department and the White House didn’t respond to this reporter’s requests for comment. The story will be updated if and when a response is given.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Wednesday that Amr will be the U.S. official to advocate for the Biden administration’s position on the issue as Hamas continues firing hundreds of rockets into Israel.
“I’ve asked Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr to go to the region immediately to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders,” Blinken said. “He will bring to bear his decades of experience and in particular he will urge on my behalf and on behalf of President Biden deescalation of violence. We are very focused on this.”
He continued, “The United States remains committed to a two-state solution. This violence takes us further away from that goal. We fully support Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself. We’ve condemned and I condemn again the rocket attacks in the strongest possible terms. We believe Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live with safety and security and we’ll continue to engage with Israelis, Palestinians, and. other regional partners to urge deescalation and to bring calm.”
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PA President Abbas pushes ‘institutionalized anti-Semitism’ against Jews
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while in Germany and standing next to German chancellor Olaf Scholz, accused Israel of committing “50 holocausts” against the Palestinians. This follows a long tradition of Abbas’ anti-Semitic statements on the Holocaust. In 2018, Abbas accused Jews of being “subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years…not because of their religion, but rather their social behavior related to usury and banks.” In 2015, Abbas also stated that “[i]f they [Jews] say they made sacrifices in World War II, and we respect what they say, they should not treat us the way they were treated [by the Nazis].” And in his 1984 book, The Other Side: The Secret Relationship between Nazism and Zionism, Abbas stated that “We find that Zionists believe in the purity of the Jewish race, as Hitler believed in the purity of the Aryan race.”
Such anti-Semitism runs rampant in the Palestinian Authority (PA). PA political figures and press have consistently defamed Israel by comparing it to Nazi Germany to brainwash the Palestinian population against reconciliation and normalization with the Jewish state. Since 2021 alone, there have been ample examples of the PA using such drivel in their propaganda machine. This is part of a much larger, institutionalized anti-Semitism embedded in Palestinian nationalism itself.
Claim #1: Israel, Israelis are Nazi Germany, Nazis
PA media and political figures liken Israel to Nazi Germany, and Israelis to Nazis. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub called “Zionism and this racist fascist occupation” “the ugly face of Nazism,” and called Israelis “the new Nazis who are working to eliminate the Palestinian people.” The Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida has accused Israel of “carrying out the Hitleresque holocaust anew against the Palestinian Arab people and the peoples of the Arab world.” Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also stated that, regarding Jewish violence against Arabs in the May 2021 riots in Israel, that “Israel has repeated Kristallnacht.” [The reality was that Jewish violence against Arabs was widely condemned in Israel and paled in comparison to Arab violence against Jews during that same time.] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also stated that “Israel is becoming a state most similar to Nazi Germany.”
Claim #2: Israel’s Leadership are Nazis
PA media and political figures also liken Israel’s leaders to Nazis. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub calledNetanyahu “the ugly face of Mussolini and Hitler.” A political cartoon on the website of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture portrays Benjamin Netanyahu dressed as Hitler giving a Nazi-salute with a blood-drenched hand with the caption “Adolf Netanyahu.” A host on PA TV stated that “What Eichmann did to the Jews in Austria, they’re doing- [Israeli Parliament Member] Naftali Bennett is doing to us, exactly. They have copied the experience.”
Claim #3: Israel’s Prisons Are Nazi Death Camps
Lastly, PA media and political figures also liken Israel’s prison system to the Nazi death camps and crematoria. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub called Israeli prisons “an identical copy of Auschwitz and the death camps.” PA Shari’ah Judge Nasser Al-Qirem referred to Israel’s prisons as the “Nazi occupation’s bastilles.” The Official PA dailyAl-Hayat Al-Jadida accused Israel of carrying out crimes against Palestinian civilians similar to “Hitler’s Nazi detention camps,” and earlier had stated that Israel’s “detention camps have become most similar to the Nazi crematoriums.”
Abbas’ statement that Israel has committed “50 holocausts” against the Palestinian people should not be surprising, given that Abbas has made similar anti-Semitic statements for years. The Palestinian Authority in turn, through various political figures and its press propagate similar statements. Coupled with other anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, and even jihadi comments, the Biden administration should not further accommodate the PA, nor seek to join it in the Abraham Accords.
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