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The Small Minority Fallacy

Ma’an News reports on a large show of support for the 4 terrorists who are now fertilizing the soil.

About 50,000 Palestinians converged on Manger Square in the center of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday for the funeral of four Palestinian fighters who were assassinated by undercover Israeli forces on Wednesday night.

Mourners carried the bodies of the four men, Mohammad Shahada, Issa Marzouq, Imad Al-Kamel, and Ahmad Bilboul on their shoulders to the homes families of the dead to the central square, and then into the adjacent Omar Bin Al Khattab mosque.

Their bodies were wrapped in Hizbullah flags, in an apparent show of allegiance with the Lebanese resistance movement and political party.

Schools, shops, restaurants and other businesses shuttered their doors in observance of a general strike across the city. Bethlehem’s normally bustling downtown streets were largely empty.

Kamil Hamid from the Fatah movement called for collaborators and spies who aid the Israeli occupation to be apprehended.

Across the square from the mosque, the Nativity Church sounded funeral bells.

Leaving aside the inflammatory statement by the Fatah representative (I have already provided many proofs of Mahmoud Abbas and gang’s terror involvement), what really interests me is something you may not have picked up on.

To put it into perspective for you, the population of the Bethlehem area according to the palestinian Bureau of Statistics was around 180,000 in 2006. Assuming the population did not grow exponentially since then, almost 30% of the population converged on Manger Square and showed support for brutal terrorists.

And here’s another indication that it is not a small minority of palestinians who support terrorism: In a recent poll (based on a random sample of 1220 palestinians over 18 and representing “the various demographic specimens in palestinian society in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip”), 40.1 % were of the opinion that suicide bombings are of benefit, while another 10.8% declined to answer. In other words, a majority of the palestinians polled did not oppose suicide bombings. And even then, the other 49.1% were “in favor of their halt at present“, and not necessarily for all time.

No wonder the terrorists never have any problems finding willing human shields.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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