Op-ed in official PA daily calls US peace envoy a ‘mongoloid’

An opinion piece published in the Palestinian Authority’s official newspaper called US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace envoy a “mongoloid,” a pejorative term for someone who has Down syndrome, drawing a sharp rebuke from the American ambassador to Israel.

The column by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, which appeared in Sunday’s edition of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, railed against the White House’s yet-to-be-published plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace and the Trump administration officials behind it, among them Jason Greenblatt.

“Anyone who follows the prattle of Jason Greenblatt… sees that his condition is very similar to Down syndrome,” al-Ghoul wrote, according to a translation of the article by Palestinian Media Watch.

“Anyone who looks at the American envoy [Greenblatt] 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 columnist continued.

Al-Ghoul claimed it was not only Greeenblatt who appeared to suffer from Down syndrome but the entire Trump administration, calling it a “politically crippled creature.” He also said despite the “prattle” by Trump, Greenblatt, US Envoy to Israel David Friedman and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, the deal would fail, due to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s opposition.

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