What happened to Ziad Abu Ein? Who was Ziad Abu Ein? These questions have been asked repeatedly in the past couple days, but I feel that they have been unsatisfactorily answered.
Surely he was murdered by Israel, right? That is what Fatah tells us (they would never slander Israel, after all).
Actually, no. Not at all (those of you who futilely seek to deny this simple fact can cease reading here and throw your hands up in the air).
Despite the BBC’s faulty reporting (excellently taken apart here), the facts make it clear that Ziad’s death is far from Israel’s fault.
For some context into the actual events, watch this video of the encounter.
Before discussing the events after his death, it is important to go over some facts of Ziad’s life that the media has conveniently decided to completely ignore (in addition to his hiding a terrorist…in his own home).
At the time of his death, he was the head of the Palestinian Authority’s Committee Against the Separation Wall and Settlements. Of course, this title is already laughably misleading. Remember that this “wall” is in fact 95% fence. Only when it comes to Israel is there such a pathetic desire to distort facts that a fence becomes a wall (the 5% that is a wall is in areas where it is necessary to prevent terrorists from shooting Israelis). Before this, he was the Deputy Minister of Prisoner’s Affairs, the agency that is directly responsible for paying salaries to…terrorists in prison. They are on record, on official Palestinian Authority, calling these terrorists “heroes.”
Abu Ein is also on record discussing plans to “dupe” Western governments by making them believe that payments to terrorists have ceased.
He also made the claim that, despite what released terrorists said, Israeli prisons are “worse than the Auschwitzes of the Nazis.”
Another fact that is conveniently left out of the reports is that Abu Ein was previously serving a life sentence (because in “barbaric” Israel, there is no death penalty for even the most brutal terrorists, whereas in many of its neighbors, you can be executed for the “crime” of being gay) for murdering two Israelis. He was released just three years later in the Jibril Agreement (in which Israel released 1,150 prisoners [among them several terrorists serving life sentences] in return for three Israelis).
Surely Abu Ein became an advocate for peace after this, right? After all, he did support the Oslo Accords.
These quotes are just a few of the reasons that explain why he supported the agreement:
“The Oslo Accords are not the dream of the Palestinian people. However, there would never have been [violent] resistance in Palestine without Oslo.”
“Oslo is the effective and potent greenhouse which embraced the Palestinian resistance. Without Oslo, there would never have been [violent] resistance.”
“In all the occupied territories, we could not move a single pistol from place to place. Without Oslo, and being armed through Oslo, and without the Palestinian Authority’s “A” areas, without the training, the camps, the protection afforded by Oslo, and without the freeing of thousands of Palestinian prisoners through Oslo – we and this Palestinian resistance would not have been able to create this great Palestinian Intifada.”
As for how he died, a joint autopsy concluded that he suffered a heart attack (80% of the blood vessels in his heart were, after all, blocked by plaque). and that an Israeli medic attempted to perform CPR.
The Palestinians surrounding Abu Ein refused to let the medic treat him, and instead whisked him away (this is according to a British reporter).
Despite attempts to portray Israel as the reason for Abu Ein’s death, the facts (including the Palestinian-led pathology report) say otherwise.
I will conclude with a tweet I posted (I strongly recommend reading the subsequent “debate” where the other person simply refuses to respond to my basic point) on Human Rights Day. If this story, including Israel’s attempts to save a man responsible for murdering Israelis and funding terrorists, proves anything, it is that my words are as true today as they were when I tweeted them.