Hanan Ashrawi almost certainly lies under oath
One of the most recognized participants in Mideast peace process, Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi testified that she met with the late Yasser Arafat “hundreds of times” during the wave of violence known as the Second Intifada.
They spoke often those days about trying to stop the terrorist attacks that the Palestinian Authority stands accused of perpetrating, Ashrawi told a New York jury on Tuesday.
…Several family members of the victims of these attacks, represented the Israeli legal organization Shurat Ha’Din – which has been involved in several similar lawsuits – allege that the more mainstream Palestinian governing bodies encouraged the violence through personnel, payments and propaganda.
They submitted internal Palestinian Authority records appearing to link employees to bombings, pictures of Arafat and his successor embracing militant leaders, and financial papers of so-called “martyr payments” to incarcerated attackers and their families.
Providing a starkly different view, Ashrawi told the jury that she “tried to appeal to everyone to stop the violence” as “morally abhorrent,” in town meetings and public statements.
…On cross-examination, Yalowitz emphasized – and Ashrawi agreed – that none of these events excused killing innocent civilians.
In a steady stream of questions, Yalowitz asked whether harboring, paying, glorifying and providing safe harbor to terrorists was “morally unacceptable.”
Ashrawi answered each time that it was.
Ashrawi is on the record as justifying terror.
In 2000, she said “In a sense, the army of occupation and the settlers have become legitimate and select targets of Palestinian resistance.”
Ashrawi’s NGO, Miftah, has praised female terrorists as shining examples of Palestinian Arab feminism – and it still has articles on its site that praise female terrorists such as Dalal Mughrabi as recently as 2013. Other articles justify suicide bombings of Israeli civilians.
The idea that Ashrawi discussed with Arafat how to stop the suicide attacks that he ordered is absurd..
But lying is not new for Ashrawi. For example, she has said that the Israeli soldiers who were lynched in Ramallah in 2000 were really part of “death squads” and that the PA policemen who were involved in lynching them were really trying to protect them.