Call this the Facebook Jihad. If you mock President Abbas in the Palestinian Authority, be prepared to go to jail for it, and the jail and justice system will be largely paid for with American taxpayer money.
First there was the case of the mildly sarcastic comment.
A court in the northern West Bank city of Nablus sent Anas Said Awad, 26, from the nearby village of Awarta, to jail over a caption he posted next to a picture of Abbas kicking a football saying “a new striker for Real Madrid.
Now we have the case of a journalist being locked up for comparing Abbas to a villain and Abbas proving him right.
Hamamreh, who works for the Palestinian Al-Quds TV station, was found guilty of sharing a photo on Facebook that compared Abbas with a villain who played the role of a French spy in a popular Syrian TV series.
A PA court in Bethlehem found the journalist guilty of publishing a photo “harming His Excellency the President, disseminating lies, libel and slander and publishing material that spreads seeds of hatred.”
Calling Hamamreh a journalist might be stretching things, considering that Al-Quds TV is a terrorist outlet, but then again calling Abbas a politician is stretching things as he is a terrorist leader.
The real message is that if this is how the Palestinian Authority treats its own people, how does anyone expect it to treat Israelis any better?