Wednesday, April 04, 2007

PA upset over Merkel's pro-Israel stance

Jerusalem Post reported Palestinian Authority officials have accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of "offending the Palestinians' feelings" during her visit earlier this week to Ramallah, where she met with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Why those poor babies. See picture to the right.
The accusations, the first of their kind against a European leader, were made by top PA officials only hours after Merkel and her entourage left Ramallah on Monday. "She did everything to provoke the Palestinians during her visit," said one official.
Is it something she did, or just things she would not do?
"She showed no understanding for the plight of our people. On the other hand, she appeared to be very biased toward Israel."
Israel does not fire rockets unprovoked into neighboring countries. No Israeli has put on a bomb vest and blown himself up in order to kill Arabs.
The official claimed that while Merkel refused to meet with families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, she focused during her talks with Abbas on the need to release kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit, who has been held in the Gaza Strip since last June. In addition, he noted, Merkel met with the families of missing IDF soldiers during her visit to Jerusalem.
The missing IDF soldiers were kidnapped when they were in Israel, doing their jobs. The Palestinians held prisoners in Israel were caught killing or trying to kill people in Israel.
At the joint press conference with Abbas, Merkel refused to answer a question about the Palestinian prisoners in Israel, the official added. "She appeared to be obsessed with the case of Gilad Schalit," he said. "But she refused to even acknowledge the fact that we have more than 10,000 prisoners in Israel."
If you would stop sending people in to try to kill Jews, they would not take them prisoner.
Another PA official described Merkel's visit to Ramallah as "extremely negative and a total disappointment." He revealed that Abbas had originally requested that the meeting take place in Bethlehem, where Christians are celebrating Holy Week.
She probably heard how most of the Christians have been driven out of Bethlehem.
"We were hoping to show her the wall that Israel built around Bethlehem, but she refused to go there," he said. "President Abbas was hoping to draw parallels between Israel's wall and the Berlin Wall. He wanted to remind Merkel of the days when she lived in East Berlin."
Israel's wall was built to keep out Palestinians that want to kill Jews. The Russians built the Berlin Wall to keep East Germans from leaving East Germany and escaping to the west.
Merkel, according to the official, also turned down a request to meet with church leaders and representatives of Palestinian civil societies. "Almost all the European leaders meet with Christian leaders and representatives of civil societies," he pointed out. "But Merkel refused to do so.
Maybe she does not think Palestinians have a civil society.
She did not offer any explanation and that's why we are very disappointed with her and the German government. This behavior is completely unacceptable." The Palestinians are also angry with Merkel for visiting the Hebrew University, where she received an honorary doctorate on Sunday, while refusing to tour the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
Were the Arab neighborhoods offerring her an honorary doctorate?
PA officials were hoping to escort Merkel on a tour of the Arab neighborhoods to show her how Israel was "changing the Arab and Muslim character" of the city.
It is a Jewish City; the capital of the Jewish State.

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