Palestinians Insult US Envoy by Saying He Has Down Syndrome
Incredibly insensitive column in official Palestinian Authority newspaper elicits sharp response from US
In a particularly insensitive swipe at the Trump Administration over the weekend, the official Palestinian Authority newspaper wrote that US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt's ineptitude must be the result of him suffering from Down syndrome.
"Anyone who follows the prattle of Jason Greenblatt… sees that his condition is very similar to Down syndrome," wrote columnist Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul in the Sunday edition of the PA-controlled daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
Al-Ghoul went on to explain his conclusion that Greenblatt is literally mentally disabled: "Anyone who looks at the American envoy discovers that he has external and inner characteristics similar to those suffering from Down syndrome: He is short, his eyes are similar to Mongoloid eyes, he prattles unrestrainedly, and is politically retarded."
The incredibly callous piece was written to again emphasize the Palestinian Authority's absolute rejection of any and all peace initiatives coming out of the “crippled” Trump Administration.
It elicited immediate condemnation from US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who tweeted: "I am disgusted — not for Jason (he’s got broad shoulders) — but by this utter disregard for the value of every human life."
In today’s issue of Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the official daily of the PA, Jason Greenblatt is criticized as a “Mongoloid” & acting as if he has Downs Syndrome. I am disgusted —not for Jason (he’s got broad shoulders) — but by this utter disregard for the value of every human life.
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) March 3, 2019
PHOTO: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meeting in Ramalllah with US envoy Jason Greenblatt, whom he apparently considers mentally-incapable of conducting political negotiations. (Flash90)