Tuesday, February 04, 2020

It was a REALLY bad day for Palestinian leaders, with news from Uganda to Sudan to a video of Palestinian girls dancing with IDF soldiers (updated)

Monday was a really bad day for Palestinian leaders.

Not only did Netanyahu meet with Ugandan leaders and it appears that Israel and Uganda will establish diplomatic relations, Uganda's president said he would consider opening up his embassy in Jerusalem if/when it happens.

Saeb Erekat denounced the idea of a Jerusalem embassy.

Then, Bibi met with the president of Sudan, which is a huge shift for Sudan.

Erekat said the meeting was a "stab in the back" for Palestinians. Fatah's Jibril Rajoub condemned the meeting.

Then there was news that Israel is trying to strike a deal to establish diplomatic relations with Morocco.

But perhaps the worst was this event.

Edy Cohen, an Israeli journalist, upset many Arabs by posting a video of what he said was Palestinian girls dancing with IDF soldiers.

His tweet, in Arabic, said, "What makes me laugh the most is that the Palestinians dance with us in bars at night, and in the day they fool the (rest of the) Arabs, saying “You sold (out) the (Palestinian) cause, where are the millions (of Arabs coming to aid the Palestinians)?”

The song being played (probably overdubbed) includes lyrics like, "“Where are the Arab people?”, “Where are the millions?”, “Where is the Arab anger?”, “Where is the Arab honor?”“The sons of whores are relaxing while millions are miserable, there is a submachine gun in my heart that asks ‘Where are my (Arab) brothers’?” It is a song accusing Arabs of leaving the Palestinians in the lurch.

Among the people upset over this video was Prince Abdul Rahman bin Mosaed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who said it wasn't funny, adding "The question of the Palestinians is our cause and you are an occupier of the state of Palestine and our position will not change from your insults or obscene scenes from some misleaders or haters of Palestinians."

It is one thing for Palestinians to see Arab countries act in their own self-interest and align themselves with Israel. But to see their own daughters dance with the hated IDF?

That must really sting.

(h/t Ibn Boutros)

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