Why Does PA Honor Passover Terrorist?

AJC On Air: David Harris show

Summary: The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary. LISTEN. The full text of this week舗s commentary follows: What舗s at the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Sometimes one story pretty much captures it all. In the run-up this month to Passover, a Palestinian Authority cabinet member visited a West Bank family. It wasn舗t just any family. It was the family of a Palestinian suicide bomber, who nine years ago blew himself up as Jews gathered for a festive Passover Seder. Thirty people, mostly elderly, were killed. Dozens more were wounded. The attack took place in Netanya, a seaside town that舗s been part of Israel since the state舗s founding. Why the visit by the Palestinian official? To honor the memory of the suicide bomber. His family was given a plaque to mark the deeds of the mass murderer. Peace in the region is a strategic objective. But if Palestinian officials glorify those who kill elderly Jews celebrating Passover in their homeland, then chances for peace, tragically, become all too slim. Visit ajc.org. This is David Harris of AJC.