Saeb Erekat And a Crisis of Faith


The destruction of Jericho

Once again, the PA’s chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, claims the Palestinians descended from Canaanites:

I am a proud son of the Canaanites who were there 5,500 years before Joshua bin Nun burned down the town of Jericho” he said in Munich last week.

That contradicts Maen Rashid Areikat, who wrote that the Palestinians lived under Canaanite occupation. It should also bode ill for Mahmoud Abbas, who last Christmas asserted that Jesus was a Palestinian.

But who thinks about these kinds of things? Certainly not the Western media, which never presses Erekat on his deceitful demonization, his Jenin blood libel, or his other outright lies. Reporters shrug their shoulders at most, then dutifully record the whopper, making sure they spell his name right.

That’s Erekat with an E.

How tall a tale does the man have to spin before the press corps has a crisis of faith in Erekat’s credibility?

Featured image: CC BY Foreign and Commonwealth Office via flickr

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