Did you hear the one about the City Councilwoman who's invited to meet and greet a visiting dignitary, she does, gives her a "citation of honor" — and later learns the dignitary supports and praises terrorists?
The visiting dignitary was Laila Ghannam, the Palestinian District Governor of Ramallah, on the West Bank. The Councilwoman was Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who arrived at a mosque in her district in late January packing a Liberty Bell and the citation (which comes from her office and not from the city).
Sanchez tweeted out Ghannam was the first woman governor of Ramallah, "Women making moves."
She also posted something on her Facebook account, later taken down.
Why? After the event, first reported by Palestinian Media Watch, Sanchez learned to her surprise and that Ghannam is on record, and video, praising terrorists who had killed Israeli civilians.
Ghannam was appointed to the job by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who also has a penchant for naming public squares and streets after "martyrs" who have murdered Israeli civilians.
Yes, yes, I know some say one person's "terrorist" is another person's "freedom fighter," which is why some in the media have lost moral clarity and avoid the word. To me, when a "freedom fighter" targets civilians — gets on a bus and blows himself up, walks into a restaurant and blows herself up, slits the throat opf a 3-year-old — that "freedom fighter" is a "terrorist" and we should say so.
Ghannum was in Philadelphia visiting a mosque in Sanchez's district, which has a concentration of Palestinian immigrants.
Although an enabler, Ghannum herself is not a terrorist, and Sanchez had every right to visit the mosque, her constitutents and meet with Ghannum.
However, instead of handing her a Liberty Bell — given that the Palestinian Authority is no one's idea of a democracy — and a citation, Sanchez might have urged her to seek peace and to stop celebrating murderers.
Here's Sanchez's response:
"I was invited to attend this event to meet the first woman elected governor in the Palestinian Authority, and whose work was described to me as humanitarian in nature and centered on furthering the rights of women and girls. My office honored her for these reasons.
"I fully and unequivocally denounce the sentiments attributed to Governor Ghannam in this video, and have consistently condemned terrorist violence."
Well, that's good to hear.
Her statement also said, "I strongly support interfaith efforts to build understanding across cultural and ethnic barriers."
As do I, but that's hard to do with people who make heroes out of killers and create a cult of death around their cause.