What would life be like for Palestinians if they had a state of their very own, free from cruel Israeli oppression? The Associated Press gives us a clue:
Shooting into the air, dozens of masked gunmen cut short a rock concert by a popular Palestinian singer in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday night.Of course, the AP takes pains to make clear the gunplay was not the logical effect of Palestinian society's poisonous cocktail of death-worship and militant Islam. No, when Palestinian gunmen threaten Palestinians, it's the fault of you guessed it Israel:
Defying the burning tires and chants against him, the singer, Ammar Hassan, was whisked onto stage 45 minutes late. He opened his show with a song about "Holy Jerusalem" in an apparent effort to appease the gunmen. Less than an hour later, however, guards ushered him off stage.
The concert was the opening of a festival meant to bring normalcy to the largest city in the West Bank, hard hit by Israeli army operations and curfews in more than 4 1/2 years of Palestinian-Israeli violence.So, what were these guys so riled up about, anyway?
"This is the not time to have parties like this in Nablus," said one of the masked gunmen, who would not give his name. "We lost a lot of martyrs and lost a lot of friends, and this is not appropriate for Nablus."The irony, of course, is that if they had staged more rock concerts and fewer terrorist attacks, they wouldn't have so many "martyrs" to get all snippy about.