To this day, jihad and martyrdom are exalted. Palestinian schoolchildren are taught not just to hate Jews, but to kill them. Grooming young children to become human bombs is a means to an end--the end of Israel.
The Palestinian textbooks make no bones about the real goal of the intifada. Of all the maps in the materials examined by CMIP, not one had a country labeled “Israel”--the entire region is called “Palestine.”
Which gets to the core of the problem: the current PA leadership will never accept Israel. And the Arab and European nations that have been funding Yasser Arafat and his long-running jihad are equally complicit.
For further proof, look at the UN Human Rights Commission. The Jewish state is facing the body this week over its alleged human rights abuses, a favorite topic of the international organization. One-third of all UN human rights resolutions condemn Israel, the lone democracy in the region.
Israel, it must be noted, is not perfect. It does sometimes use heavy-handed tactics in the Palestinian territories--but they are in no way morally equivalent to the intentional murder of innocents by Palestinian terrorists. Actually, the UN doesn’t see Palestinian terrorism as morally equal: it turns a blind eye to the slaughter of Jews.
On the human rights panel sits Cuba, whose tyrannical dictator has terrorized his population for more than four decades. And chairing the hearing is a representative of Moammar Gadhafi, the man behind the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. And just as before, the European members will mostly side with the terrorists, not the democracy whose citizens--even its Arab ones--breathe freedom.
Regardless of Israel’s improvements, the UN--which is one of the overseers of the “roadmap”--has maintained the same stance over the years. The real problem, though, is not Israel’s actions, but Israel’s existence.
The UN will not stop condemning Israel until there is no Israel, or at least not a Jewish state of Israel. And it will continue condoning Palestinian terrorism until that happens.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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