It’s time for me to start telling the world what I see. I live on the border of Gaza. I live surrounded by miles and miles of residential farmland. There are NO Israeli military bases or targets anywhere near where I live. Yet my family has been living under missile fire of Hamas and other Gaza-based Palestinian terror groups for about 8 years now.
My government has failed to fully protect me. The world has failed to understand the predicament faced by me, my family, my children, and my local Jewish neighbors.
And the world has failed to understand the plight of my Palestinian neighbors.
The first thing I always communicate with a pro-Palestinian advocate, is that I am fiercely pro-Palestinian, too. I have travelled Gaza’s streets personally and have seen the poverty of some areas of Gaza (yes, there are wealthy areas, too) with my own eyes. I truly dream and pray for my Arab cousins to know better days.
The second thing I communicate is that being truly pro-Palestinian requires a much closer understanding of the Palestinian crisis than anyone can possibly glean from the news across the ocean.
The Palestinians are largely hostage to a government that cares firstly about itself, its power, its money and greed, and its survival. Only then, do some of the Palestinian leaders begin to consider the needs of their people and prioritize them.
The levels of corruption and embezzlement of the Palestinian leadership is simply sickening. And it is funded to a large portion by the United Nations, which in turn is funded to about 40% of its budget by US taxpayers.
Beyond the literal BILLIONS of dollars that have been embezzled by Palestinian leaders, while their people are lacking the most basic living amenities (and these daily deprivations are much more humiliating than Israeli Army checkpoints), these US taxpayer>UN monies go to funding hate-indoctrinating children’s public television programs and school textbooks.
Tell me, please: What chance do young Palestinians have for a future if they are indoctrinated with values of hate, martyrdom, death, and intolerance from nursery-age? Oslo was signed in 1994 – 20 years ago. So Palestinians between the ages of 20-30 have lived their entire lives being fed this IV-tube of hate.
Leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority can sign any political or peace document the US and Europe dream of. But the damage of 20 years of hate-education cannot be undone with politician’s signatures.
We have destroyed a generation of Palestinians. They never had a chance or a choice.
US taxpayers fund 40% of the UN monies that have made this crime possible, and it is still ongoing today.
If you support the Palestinian cause, as I do, abandon the vilification of Israel; this is not the Palestinian people’s greatest problem, humiliation, or enemy.
Their enemy are the leaders who steal their funds for personal greed; use humanitarian building supplies to build tunnels of murder and war, rather than schools and bomb-shelters; and publish TV and textbooks to poison young minds into worshiping death and hatred.
Screaming against Israeli policies at protests on a college campus or in front of a local US government office will do very little to help the Palestinian Future. But demanding that the US stop transferring funds to the United Nations unless mechanisms for absolute transparency in the use of those funds are put in place can save the minds and spirits of todays Palestinian youngsters (and tomorrows adults). And it can see that the billions of dollars sent over to better the lives of the Palestinian public reach the needy people the funds are intended for, and not their corrupt leadership’s Swiss bank accounts.