Symbols are Important
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday October 25, 2005
I'e Been Thinking:
Some societies are just not ready for change.
The Palestinian people may have publicly voted in a democratic election, they may be mouthing conciliatory phrases in Washington, but when nobody is watching, their actions belie their words.
Last week the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the PFLP, dedicated a monument in tribute to four cold blooded terrorist murderers.
At a site in the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza tribute was paid to the men who assassinated Rehavam Zeevi, affectionately known as Ghandi. The minister of tourism was gunned down at the Jerusalem Hyatt Hotel in October 2002.
Where are the four honorees now? They are being feted in a Palestinian prison in Jericho. They have their own cell phones and order take out food. They even entertain. In fact, included on their guest list are Saeb Erekat and Prime Minister Ahmed Qaeira.
How can any society allow such a monument?