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Palestine’s Foreign Ministry pushes back on prisoner story, says occupiers are the terrorists

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A copy of a letter distributed by the Palestinian

embassy in Santiago, Chile.(photo:Haaretz)

Here’s an interesting development. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has distributed a letter to its embassies around the world ahead of the release of Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday pushing back on the hasbara meme that Palestinian prisoners are terrorists.

The Palestinian ministry says it’s Israelis who are the terrorists; Barak Ravid reporting in Haaretz: Palestinian Foreign Ministry: Israeli ministers are the terrorists, not the prisoners

“A terrorist is someone who forcefully occupies the other’s land, expels him and comes to live in his place,” the letter read, “…not the Palestinian political prisoner, the freedom fighter.”

The letter from embassies around the world also criticized senior Israeli officials for defining prisoners as terrorists. For example, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett is quoted as saying that terrorists should be eliminated, not put in prison. After his comments from the cabinet meeting were made public, Bennett clarified that he did not mean the prisoners should be killed after their arrest.

“The [Palestinian] Foreign Ministry strongly condemns the Israeli statements and positions and sees them as a diversion attempt aimed at drawing attention from the accusation against the true Israeli criminals,” the letter says. “They distort the image of the Palestinian freedom fighter, who struggles against the occupation and fights in accordance to international law.”

Ravid opens his article characterizing the letters as the Palestinian Authority conducting a “PR campaign” on the issue. Interesting, when Ravid reported yesterday of another (more permanent) PR campaign being waged out of Israel accusing Palestinians of incitement (see here here here here), he didn’t use that term. It’s rare we hear of Israeli hasbara efforts as “PR campaigns”.

In a war of words, barbs, and tit for tats it’s touche for Palestine doubling down with an injection of truth today. More from Ravid on the Palestinian’s embassy letter:

The letter also says that “the Israelis are hiding the face of the Israeli terrorist, who forcefully occupies the land of the other people, expels them, destroys what makes up their everyday life and replaces them with foreign settlers. The international definition of terrorism completely befits some Israeli politicians, who distort the image of the freedom-fighting Palestinian prisoner, especially [the image] of those sitting in Israeli prisoners from before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.”

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  1. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich on August 12, 2013, 6:26 pm

    Hi Annie,

    In the grand scheme of life POETRY FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE might be of interest.

  2. just
    just on August 13, 2013, 4:53 am

    Ah hah! Super!

    On to the ICC!

    • miriam6
      miriam6 on August 13, 2013, 10:41 pm

      On to the ICC!

      America to go first.

      Let’s begin with the My Lai massacre…

  3. miriam6
    miriam6 on August 13, 2013, 10:35 am

    The Palestinians evidently need yet more pro Palestinian propaganda/ pushback urgently by Annie Robbins or whoever to explain THIS little priceless little nugget away..

    Fatah official: Israel will have no right to unilaterally detain Palestinians after state create

    Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA So here is what our “peace partners” say about what Israel can do in the event of a terror attack if and when a sovereign Palestinian state is created:

    “It is indisputable that …Israel will have no right to detain citizens of a neighboring state without consultation and coordination with the new sovereign authorities.”

    Fateh official Mahmoud Labadi on the official Fateh website 6 August 2013 INTERIM AGREEMENT…. OR PERMANENT SETTLEMENT

    More on those brave freedom fighters (sic)
    A few of those so called freedom fighters set for release , murdered an Israeli national who believed in cooperation with the Palestinians..
    Another Palestinian prisoner set for release , bravely axed to death an old man sitting on a park bench..

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