Since Fri­day, Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists in Gaza have fired over 200 rock­ets at cities, towns, and farm­ing regions in south­ern Israel, yet the best EU For­eign Pol­icy Chief Cather­ine Ash­ton can cough up is con­cern over the esca­la­tion of vio­lence that “left 14 Pales­tini­ans dead.” State­ments like this serve as a u-turn on human rights and a dras­tic depar­ture from the sup­port an ally should muster to any nation-state defend­ing its cit­i­zens and sov­er­eignty. Ashton’s bla­tant dis­re­gard for the lives of Israelis is pal­pa­ble and issu­ing state­ments that cod­dle Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism only serves to pro­mote jihad and pro­pel Pales­tin­ian pro­pa­ganda into main­stream media.

The ter­ror­ist fac­tions claim­ing respon­si­bil­ity for the bar­rage of rock­ets include the Pop­u­lar Resis­tance Com­mit­tees, con­sid­ered a ter­ror­ist group by the US and Israel. The PRC was founded in Sep­tem­ber 2000, and like Hamas they refuse any type of peace with Israel. Act­ing as a sub-contractor for Iran­ian ele­ments in Lebanon and within the Hezbol­lah, the PRC car­ries out ter­ror attacks against Israelis in exchange for funds.

Many don’t real­ize that Hamas, the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion con­trol­ling Gaza, directly funds and sup­ports the PRC. Hamas no longer looks like the axis of evil by allow­ing the PRC to act as an inde­pen­dent proxy and carry out ter­ror­ist attacks against Israelis all while declar­ing their offi­cial stance of “restraint”. Besides allo­cat­ing funds, Hamas also pro­vides the PRC with weapons and com­bat training.

The other group claim­ing respon­si­bil­ity for attacks is the Al-Quds Brigade, the mil­i­tary wing of Islamic Jihad, con­sid­ered a ter­ror­ist group by the United States, the Euro­pean Union, the United King­dom, Japan, Canada, Aus­tralia and Israel.

Nei­ther of these groups strike me as bea­cons of peace that Ash­ton would want to will­ingly asso­ciate her name with. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the blind­ing and never-ending brouhaha of hypocrisy from Arab states. The Arab League has already con­demned the vio­lence in Gaza call­ing the attacks a “mas­sacre,” and a group of Arab states have already met in Cairo ask­ing the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity to inter­vene and hold Israel respon­si­ble for the violence.

Let’s be hon­est about this pro­pa­ganda. When Pales­tini­ans post 3-year old pho­tos and pro­mote Israel’s Iron Dome as fir­ing rock­ets at Gaza when it’s inter­cept­ing rock­ets, this is pro­pa­ganda. When the Arab League says a “mas­sacre” is under­way in Gaza but over­looks the real mas­sacre of over 7,000 Syr­i­ans mur­dered in cold blood, this is pro­pa­ganda. When Israel launches attacks at Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists plot­ting to harm Israelis, this is self-defense. And when Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists launch over 200 rock­ets at Israeli cities this can­not be couched as “resis­tance,” its terrorism.

Politi­cians who report inci­dents erro­neously so jihadists gain pub­lic sym­pa­thy and good PR are in effect vet­ting heinous crimes. Every politi­cian has the abil­ity to get indexed on the right side of his­tory. Surely Ash­ton wants to be remem­bered for some­thing greater than her cur­rent sta­tus: the poster child for Pales­tin­ian terrorists.

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