"Palestinianitis"

"Palestinianitis" is the latest neurological disease to hit the world stage. Its main cause is "Palestinian Plight-hood" ? a widely disseminated fairytale concocted to replace historical fact. It usually affects narrow-minded, biased individuals, who are seemingly unable to use both sides of their brain to distinguish truth from fiction, right from wrong, and good from evil.

Angela Bertz

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"Palestinianitis" is the latest neurological disease to hit the world stage. Its main cause is "Palestinian Plight-hood" ? a widely disseminated fairytale concocted to replace historical fact. It usually affects narrow-minded, biased individuals, who are seemingly unable to use both sides of their brain to distinguish truth from fiction, right from wrong, and good from evil.

The latest victim of "Palestinianitis" was a classic case as shown on Sky News today. The scene opens with our sufferer, who is a school teacher called Nick from the U.K., racing through the streets of Nablus, armed, we are told, with nothing more than some suntan lotion against the baking heat. With a very loud voice, which is usually a very typical symptom of this syndrome, he rants, raves and shrieks about "Palestinian Plight-hood". We later discover that Nick has succumbed to a very early sign of the disease, by gallantly giving up part of his summer holiday to join the very dubious ISM - International Solidarity Movement. Nick makes every minute of his five minutes of fame count, as he so eloquently tells Sky News that the world must be made aware of Palestinian Plight-hood.

We watch, all the while praying for a miracle cure, but Nick has already passed on to the next stage of the disease, as he refers with venom to the ?Army of Occupation?. Unfortunately, as the plot unfolds, it seems that Nick is by now in the final stages of this chronic disorder, as we catch up with him at a checkpoint, whining and bleeping in a disgusted manner. He seems to have lost control of his arms as he waves and flaps them in an almost incoherent way, while stamping his feet. Nick?s fury is vented on the ?Army of Occupation?, who are taking hours to allow people to pass into Israel. We sadly already know at this point that Nick is undoubtedly in the incurable stage of this illness, as nothing it seems can dissuade him from his bigoted and biased opinions.

No-one seems to have come to give Nick the much needed antidote to "Palestinianitis", which would simply be a visit to any of the hundreds of families in Israel who will never see their children/parents/friends again, or to the people who will have to have years of painful surgery and rehabilitation, as the innocent victims of Palestinian terrorism. These terrorists have often been smuggled into Israel through just such a checkpoint, loaded with suicide belts strapped with nails and shrapnel. Nick seems totally unaware of this fact; in fact, he never even mentions it and seems blissfully - except for ranting against the delay - unaware of it.

Maybe next year Nick will be able to reconcile himself to the very severe treatment of being forced to see that there are always two sides to any conflict. And that the Palestinians, however ?plighted?, have only themselves to blame, by refusing their own state, not once but twice. One can only hope that Nick will take his suntan lotion to the more appropriate surroundings of Costa Brava in Spain, where he will pass quickly and smoothly through the checkpoint and have no reoccurrence of that very deadly and inhumane disease "Palestinianitis".
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Angela Bertz, originally from London, England, lives in Tel Aviv and has a background in Human Resources.




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