Palestinian culture is one of terrorism, and at its heart is the killing of Israelis. That was the message given out by the Palestinian Authority itself recently, when it chose to start its “Arab Culture Week” with an exhibition featuring the names and pictures of terrorists and “Martyrs”.
While Jews revere Bethlehem as the final resting place of the matriarch Rachel, and Christians honor the city at the birthplace of Jesus, the Palestinian Authority routinely uses the city to revere terrorism.
That was the case with the Bethlehem: Capital of Arab Culture 2020-2021 Week held in early October. Visitors to Bethlehem were able to view a mocked up “prisoners cell” with mannequins dressed as prisoners, and behind it, a wall featuring dozens of images of terrorist prisoners and “Martyrs.”
Among them: Many terrorists serving life sentences for murder; the six prisoners who recently escaped from Gilboa Prison; Marwan Barghouti, a member of the PA Parliament who is currently serving five life sentences for organizing three shooting attacks in which five Israelis lost their lives..
Abu Jihad, a founder of Fatah who headed the PLO terror organization’s military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s – 1980’s was also featured. The attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history – the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Another poster lauded Ahmad Sa’adat, who is currently serving a 30-year sentence for heading the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization. A song at a PFLP event praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze’evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.
Joining the PA Ministry of culture in preparing this exhibit was the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs. According to its Facebook page, “The commission participated with works of art made by the prisoners and literary works, along with the presentation of exhibitions that reflect the prisoners’ situation of bullying and torture inside the occupation’s prisons. Pictures were also displayed of all the prisoners who were given long sentences. The prisoners’ cell was very unique – many of those present visited it, and they signed their fingerprints on the petition demanding to provide the prisoners with international protection.”
Bethlehem was chosen as the site of the exhibition as it is the current Capital of Arab Culture, an honor conferred on the city by the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) in April for one year.
Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch, commented: “It is a very significant statement about the PA’s self-image, its chosen values, and its revering of terrorists that it launches “Arab Culture Week” by honoring mass murderers as its expression of Palestinian culture.”