It already is; under Palestinian Authority laws, it’s a criminal offense to sell “Palestinian land” to a Jew—a criminal offense that can be punished by death, despite the fact that there’s been no agreement on the final borders between Israel and what will become the new Arab state, whatever they choose to call it.
The hypocrisy necessary to demand that the new Arab state be entirely “Jew-free” while demanding that Israel accept a potential influx of hundreds of thousands, perhaps even more than a million “Palestinian” Arabs is something that not even George Orwell or Franz Kafka could have dreamed up. This same hypocrisy denies the right of Jews to the homes they were expelled from in 1948 Israel/Palestine while demanding that Arabs be allowed to return to their 1948 homes.
Am I the only one who sees the double standard and hypocrisy in this?
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Beware Palestinian Apartheid
Palestinian leader Abbas seeks to adopt racist policy based on ethnic cleansing of Jews
Jonathan Dahoah Halevi
[Note that the official PLO logo shows all the land west of the Jordan River as Palestine, confirming the Palestinian intent of “living in peace without an Israel”.]
The Palestinian Authority is under heavy international pressure, mostly American, aimed at facilitating the transition from proximity talks to direct negotiations with Israel.
The written message recently sent by President Obama to Palestinian Chairman Mahmud Abbas indicated that the American administration is not content, to say the least, with the Palestinian foot-dragging in the peace process, or with what is perceived to be a lack of appreciation for American pressure on Israel (which led PM Netanyahu to accept the two-state solution and to temporarily freeze settlement activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem.)
However, there is no obvious fundamental change in the Palestinian stance. The PA hesitates and refrains from explicit commitment to direct negotiations without any pre-conditions. Instead, it tries to weather the American demands by raising a new proposal to convene a three-way meeting of Palestine, Israel, and America to discuss the agenda of the negotiations, its legitimacy, and the settlement cessation.
While briefing the Egyptian media in Cairo, Abbas divulged last week his version of the failure of the peace talks with former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and his positions regarding the political settlement of the conflict. Abbas noted that he almost reached an agreement with Olmert, but the negotiations failed at the final stretch because of disagreement on the discussed land swap.
Olmert proposed 6.5% but Abbas accepted to no more than 1.9%. Abbas said that he demanded to divide Jerusalem, with the city’s eastern section handed over to the Palestinians and the western part remaining in Israeli hands, and insisted that the refugee problem must be settled in accordance with an Arab peace initiative from March 2002, and UN resolution 194. He also stressed that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
“I’m willing to agree to a third party that would supervise the agreement, such as NATO forces, but I would not agree to having Jews among the NATO forces, or that there will live among us even a single Israeli on Palestinian land,” he was quoted by Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.
A state without Jews
The Palestinians intend to demand the implementation of the UN resolution regarding refugees, from a Palestinian perspective, which gives the 5.5 million refugees and their descendants the right of return and to settle in the State of Israel. In his briefing to the Egyptian media, Abbas presented this strategy and denied the Jewish character of Israel. He maintains that Israel should, in fact, become a bi-national state, but on the other hand that Palestine must become a state “clean” of Jews.
The term “Israeli” used by Abbas means “Jew,” as the PA sees Israeli Arabs, Muslims and Christians alike as an integral part of the Palestinian people. The future State of Palestine, according Abbas, must resist any Jewish presence in its territory. In other words, the PA embraces a racist policy – Palestinian apartheid – directed at Jews, based on denial of Jewish history and the cultural and religious linkage of the Jewish people to the land.
The anti-Semitism embodied in Abbas’ words refers also to his position towards the NATO observers’ force that may be deployed in the West Bank to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement with Israel. He is opposed to Jews being included in this force; meaning, he will ask Germany and all other partner countries in NATO to use their own forces in the West Bank, in an effort to the exclude any Jewish soldiers.
He didn’t explain how these countries would determine who is a Jew, whether according to orthodox Jewish laws or just if one of the parents or grandparents was a Jew. But even Saudi Arabia didn’t dare oppose the deployment of American Jewish soldiers on its land during operation Desert Storm (1990-1), and no one in Israel ever demanded to disqualify Muslim soldiers from serving in the international observers’ forces in Lebanon, the Golan Heights and Sinai.
The racist language used by Abbas is particularly despicable as it doubts the loyalty of the Jews to their country. It is for this reason that his comments call for a firm Israeli and European response.
Jonathan Dahoah Halevi is a senior researcher and fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Director of Research at the Orient Research Group.
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Many people, including some posters on this forum, use the phrase “Israel is an Apartheid state” like a mantra without ever admitting that the proposed Palestinian state is specifically designed to be one.
I’d like someone to explain the twisted logic whereby one country that allows minorities to become Members of Parliament, judges, ambassadors, consuls, senior police and army officers, get a university education at subsidized rates and be eligible for all the same social benefits as the majority can be branded an “Apartheid state”, while its neighbor, where even the sale of land to a Jew is a capital offense, is not considered an “Apartheid state”.
Somehow, just the idea of a Jewish state seems to raise the hackles of a lot of people—but the same people are quite all right with the fact that there are 57 self-declared “Islamic states” in the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the United Nations—some of them total theocracies, like Iran or Saudi Arabia.
Would anyone take exception to calling most European or North, Central and South American countries “Christian states”? Would Europeans or Americans from all over the Americas be insulted if you called them that? They are preponderantly Christian, at least for now, and their laws reflect the “Christian ethic”, whatever that may be.
Mahmoud Abbas’ demands for a “Jew-free” Palestinian state while demanding the right to flood Israel with “returning [third- and fourth-generation] refugees”—thereby also washing his hands of his own government’s responsibility for them and dumping it on Israel, is a pretty cynical move, to say the least.
When Israel absorbed around 650,000 of the Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries in the 1950s, it almost broke the economy—which was at least partly the aim of the Arab governments. Refugee camps, tent cities, food rationing, unemployment and job freezes (where you couldn’t resign from a job you held) were the order of the day. The distance to economic collapse was never far away, but the country managed to house, feed, educate, employ and provide healthcare and social welfare. Not one Jewish refugee starved or died from exposure, despite the fact that no external aid was received except for private donations and Jewish charities. The UN never aided with a single penny or a single aid worker. Although Israel’s population is seven times larger and its economy is far more robust now than it was then, absorbing a million or more new residents almost overnight would stretch a lot of the systems to or beyond their breaking point.
The healthcare, welfare, employment, education and infrastructure systems would be the first to collapse at the addition of so many new arrivals at once.
Is this the hidden agenda of the adamant Palestinian adherence to the “right of return”?
Now remember, Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority is the “moderate” Palestinian sector…