The Corner

Doubling Down on Hate

Three weeks ago we gave Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government a $250 million economic stimulus package, and this week we decided to double-down in our national support for anti-Semites by giving the Palestinian Authority its own $500 million bonus. Never mind that this is the same Palestinian Authority that late last year directly defied the U.S. and violated the Oslo Agreements by pursuing non-member observer state status at the U.N. Never mind that this is the same Palestinian Authority that as recently as last month continued its unity talks with Hamas. Never mind that this is the same Palestinian Authority that pays millions to imprisoned terrorists and honors suicide bombers.  

It is beyond strange how a Western elite so carefully attuned to racism or even racial insensitivity allows itself to not just turn a blind eye to the avalanche of anti-Semitic hate pouring out of the Muslim world, but then denigrates its critics as “Islamophobes” and subsidizes some of the worst offenders.

The frenzy of hatred against Jews has to be seen to be believed, but it passes with only the most perfunctory of Western critiques. I’m reminded of the scene from the movie adaptation of The Two Towers when King Theoden observes the approaching army of Saruman and asks, “What can men do against such reckless hate?”  

Apparently the American answer is, “Give it lots of money.”

David French — David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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