WaPo reports on Palestinian 'peaceful' resistance

Leo Rennert
In a dispatch appearing on the Washington Post's May 15 website and slated for publication in the Sunday, May 16 print edition, Jerusalem correspondent Janine Zacharia writes that Palestinians under Mahmoud Abbas are switching to non-violent resistance as a more effective way of advancing their statehood agenda ("Palestinians turn to boycott in West Bank.")

The way Zacharia sees it, Palestinians -- at least those on the West Bank -- have decided to rely on an economic boycott of goods from Jewish settlements and an upcoming Palestinian Authority decree forbidding Palestinians from taking jobs in settlements as their new anti-Israel strategy


She calls the boycott a "success" and writes that it is "roughly modeled on South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle." Having tried negotiations for two decades and "two major waves of mass revolt" (Zacharia's Orwellian euphemism for two terror campaign that killed more than 1,000 Israelis), West Bank Palestinians are taking a leaf from Gandhi's playbook. Or so might Post readers conclude from reading Zacharia's story.


Except that in pursuit of her pro-Palestinian agenda, Zacharia blinds herself to a renewed wave of Arab violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem that occured at the same time that she was looking only for a few successful boycott examples..


Here is what Zacharia does not report:


_-On Friday, May 14, two Israelis sustained shrapnel wounds when Palestinians opened fire at their vehicle north of Ramallah. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the terrorist wing of Fatah, the political party of Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibly for the shooting as a protest against the start of indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Israeli officials gave notice to the Palestinian Authority that they view this incident -- not exactly an example of peaceful resistance -- "gravely."


--On Thursday, May 13, a car carrying Israeli passengers was pelted with stones in another part of the West Bank.


--On Wednesday, May 12, members of a Jewish family reported that they were "nearly lynched" near Silwan in East Jerusalem by Palestinians who pelted them with rocks and that they just barely managed to escape.


--Also on Wednesday, May 12, north of Jerusalem, a group of residents of Shilo was pelted with stones, prompting one of them to fire warning shots while waiting for the eventual arrival of Israeli security forces, who finally rescued them.


None of these violent incidents figures in Zacharia's article. What she fails to point out to Washington Post readers is that the Palestinian boycott of West Bank settlements is intended as a supplement to continued violent tactics -- not as a substitute for them.


LEO RENNERT.



In a dispatch appearing on the Washington Post's May 15 website and slated for publication in the Sunday, May 16 print edition, Jerusalem correspondent Janine Zacharia writes that Palestinians under Mahmoud Abbas are switching to non-violent resistance as a more effective way of advancing their statehood agenda ("Palestinians turn to boycott in West Bank.")

The way Zacharia sees it, Palestinians -- at least those on the West Bank -- have decided to rely on an economic boycott of goods from Jewish settlements and an upcoming Palestinian Authority decree forbidding Palestinians from taking jobs in settlements as their new anti-Israel strategy


She calls the boycott a "success" and writes that it is "roughly modeled on South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle." Having tried negotiations for two decades and "two major waves of mass revolt" (Zacharia's Orwellian euphemism for two terror campaign that killed more than 1,000 Israelis), West Bank Palestinians are taking a leaf from Gandhi's playbook. Or so might Post readers conclude from reading Zacharia's story.


Except that in pursuit of her pro-Palestinian agenda, Zacharia blinds herself to a renewed wave of Arab violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem that occured at the same time that she was looking only for a few successful boycott examples..


Here is what Zacharia does not report:


_-On Friday, May 14, two Israelis sustained shrapnel wounds when Palestinians opened fire at their vehicle north of Ramallah. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the terrorist wing of Fatah, the political party of Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibly for the shooting as a protest against the start of indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Israeli officials gave notice to the Palestinian Authority that they view this incident -- not exactly an example of peaceful resistance -- "gravely."


--On Thursday, May 13, a car carrying Israeli passengers was pelted with stones in another part of the West Bank.


--On Wednesday, May 12, members of a Jewish family reported that they were "nearly lynched" near Silwan in East Jerusalem by Palestinians who pelted them with rocks and that they just barely managed to escape.


--Also on Wednesday, May 12, north of Jerusalem, a group of residents of Shilo was pelted with stones, prompting one of them to fire warning shots while waiting for the eventual arrival of Israeli security forces, who finally rescued them.


None of these violent incidents figures in Zacharia's article. What she fails to point out to Washington Post readers is that the Palestinian boycott of West Bank settlements is intended as a supplement to continued violent tactics -- not as a substitute for them.


LEO RENNERT.