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From MIFTAH "apology" for article promoting Passover Blood Libel
After staunchly defending their right to post an article promoting the Passover Blood Libel, Hanan Ashrawi and MIFTAH did an abrupt about face and apologized, claiming that actually it was all a mistake and that in reality the blood libel article was "accidentally" posted by a junior staff member.
Their first reaction, however, was to remove the page without comment after its existence was first revealed by Elder of Ziyon.
Now we see that Ashrawi and MIFTAH have more to hide, after they now removed a page from their site praising terrorism.
NGO Monitor posted yesterday that MIFTAH's Funders Share Responsibility for Antisemitism and Incitement:
...Background on MIFTAHThat article by Baker has now been removed.
Official Mission Statement: “MIFTAH seeks to promote the principles of democracy and good governance within various components of Palestinian society; it further seeks to engage local and international public opinion and official circles on the Palestinian cause.” The first of MIFTAH’s Strategic Objectives is “to disseminate the Palestinian narrative and discourse globally to both official and popular bodies and decision-makers.”
MIFTAH has a history of extremist rhetoric. Its website includes numerous accusations against Israel of “massacre,” “cultural genocide,” “war crimes,” and “apartheid.”
MIFTAH’s website also includes the glorification of terrorism in an article by Johorah Baker titled “Palestinian Women and the Intifada” (July 5, 2006). Under the sub-heading “Fighting Back,” Baker describes how Palestinian women “also decided to join the ranks of the resistance movement.” The article cites suicide bomber Wafa Idrees as “the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause.” Idrees detonated herself on January 27, 2002, killing 81 year-old Pinhas Takatli and wounding another 150 Israeli civilians. The article also highlights Hanadi Jaradat who murdered 21 people, including four children, when she exploded herself on October 4, 2003 in the Maxim restaurant in Haifa.
Here is what MIFTAH had to say about female terrorists Wafa Idrees and Hanadi Jaradat in the original article:
...Fighting BackA tribute to female Palestinian terrorists who arbitrarily murder civilians -- brought to you by Hanan Ashrawi and MIFTAH.
Palestinian women have also participated in the resistance. As the conflict grew more intense and young men were recruited to carry out military operations against Israeli targets, several young women also decided to join the ranks of the resistance movement. In January 2002, 28-year-old nurse Wafa Idrees, detonated a bomb in Jerusalem’s Jaffa Street, killing one Israeli and injuring 150 others. She was also killed in the blast.
This marked the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause. Over the next two years, seven other women carried out similar operations, the most deadly of which was carried out by Hanadi Jaradat, a 29-year-old attorney from Jenin. Hanadi detonated explosives strapped to her body in a busy Haifa restaurant, killing 19 Israelis and injuring 50 others.
The article is from July 5, 2006 -- so its sudden removal after all this time raises the question as to why.
This article, which has been on the MIFTAH site for 7 years gives the lie to the claim by Hanan Ashrawi and MIFTAH that their goal is to "promote the principles of democracy and good governance within various components of Palestinian society."
Perhaps they found that in trying to "to engage local and international public opinion and official circles on the Palestinian cause" Ashrawi and MIFTAH had again been too revealing about what they are really all about.
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