Here’s a dog-bites-man story. It turns out that influential Palestinian institutions — like the Palestinian Bar Association — honor terrorists:
The Palestinian Bar Association, whose heads are Fatah members and which receives funding from the European Union and the United Nations, announced yesterday that it would award an honorary law degree to Muhannad Al-Halabi, a Palestinian law student who was killed after he stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 4, 2015. The association’s announcement said: “The Palestinian Bar Association decided in its meeting today [October 10] to award an honorary law degree to the martyred hero Muhannad Al-Halabi and to hold its next [bar] swearing-in ceremony in [his] honor.” The announcement also noted that “the martyred hero Al-Halabi was an outstanding student at the faculty of law,” and that the head of the association and members of its board had visited his family to convey their condolences and inform them of their decisions.
Palestinian society — like much of the rest of the Middle East — is so thoroughly infused with bigotry that rage can no longer be called “radical.” Hate is mainstream in much of the Middle East, and anyone who tells you it’s confined to a “few extremists” is either ignorant or deceptive.
As for the Palestinian Bar, it’s handsomely compensated for its intolerance:
The Palestinian Bar Association receives substantial funds from the EU, as stated on the former’s website. For example, in 2010, the EU allocated €4.7 million for developing the association and supporting the Palestinian judiciary and general prosecution; in 2012 it allocated €1.4 million to support the association and train attorneys in the PA territories, and recently it allocated another €1 million to the association. The Palestinian Bar Association also receives funding from other bodies, such as the UNDP, UN Women and others.
We’re 70 years past the Holocaust, and Europe still loves anti-Semites.