Blaming victim for the crime

By Joseph Farah

Many Westerners are confused about the real problems of the Middle East, because they simply don’t understand the nature of evil.

They don’t comprehend that there are truly evil people in the world who would not only perpetrate acts of unimaginable violence on innocents, but they would go a step further – blaming the victims for the crime.

It doesn’t happen occasionally. It happens over and over again. It is the modus operandi of mass-murdering haters like Yasser Arafat and his cohorts in the Palestinian Authority.

Let me give you a recent example: Last week, Arafat “condemned” a bombing attack in Tel Aviv that killed one and injured some 20 others. Whenever Arafat “condemns” an act of terrorist violence against innocent Jewish civilians you know there has to be a catch. And, true to form, there was a catch this time – a big one.

Arafat suggested the attack was actually an act of provocation carried out by Israelis.

So, while Arafat was in effect condemning the attack, he was in fact blaming the victims.

Meanwhile, however, a terrorist organization founded by Arafat, commanded by Arafat, sustained by Arafat and fully supported by Arafat – the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade – claimed responsibility for the attack. Years ago, when Arafat began using the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade to launch terrorist attacks while giving himself plausible deniability, I exposed the fact that Arafat created the group, paid for the attacks and directed their operations.

Lately, I’ve noticed other news organizations reporting that Al-Aqsa is “linked” with Arafat. Yes, linked – like the Japanese were “linked” with Pearl Harbor, like Adolf Hitler was “linked” with the Holocaust, like al-Qaida was “linked” with Sept. 11.

The propaganda success of the Arab leaders – whether it’s Arafat or the dictators of existing Middle East states – has been built on this foundation of lies. It’s bad enough these thugs murder innocent people and get away with it. The devilish miracle of Middle East propaganda is the Arabs’ ability to blame the victims for the crime – over and over and over again.

Here’s another example.

The Arabs contend Israel oppresses them – that the Jewish state doesn’t respect their human rights. Yet it is in the Arab states that Arabs have no rights. Israel represents the only state in the Middle East that protects the rights of Arabs to vote, to speak out, to publish newspapers, to protest government policies, etc. The Arabs of the Palestinian Authority, however, maintain an official policy that excludes any Jews from living within the territory or future state. It’s an official policy of ethnic cleansing. It’s an official policy of genocide. Again, the words the Arabs use are simply a kind of verbal camouflage to hide their own murderous activities.

Here’s another example – maybe the worst of all.

The Arabs say Israel created a refugee crisis. This is revisionist history, because it’s certainly not what most Arabs believed in 1948. It was the Arab leaders who urged the Arabs to leave upon their declaration of war. It was the Arab leaders who whipped up a frenzy of fear in the Arab populace. It was the Arab leaders who promised they would quickly “liberate” the Jewish state. And, most importantly, it has been the Arab leaders who have kept the Arab refugees in perpetual squalor ever since – so they could be used as a political bargaining chip, a scapegoat to keep the minds of the Arab people off the corruption of their governments.

There was no Jewish conspiracy to chase Arabs out of their homes in 1948. It never happened. There are, instead, plenty of historical records showing the Jews pleading with their Arab neighbors to stay and live in peace and harmony.

The truth is that 68 percent of the Arab Palestinians who left in 1948 – perhaps 300,000 to 400,000 of them – never saw an Israeli soldier.

But, once again, the very roots of this conflict have been so distorted – turned upside down and inside-out. The guilty get a free ride and the innocent are blamed for the crime.

So, it should surprise no one that Arafat is now blaming Israel for attacking itself with terror bombs. This has been the way the history of the Middle East has been twisted since 1948.

Never underestimate the capacity of an evil mind.