“Palestine” is a fantasy-land. That is why we head this category “Palestine?” “Palestinians” are simply Arabs like Jordanians, Syrians, etc. In 2006, the “Palestinians” voted into power, as their leaders, the violent terror group known as Hamas. They ousted the slightly more moderate group Fatah, currently headed by Mahmoud Abbas. But how much more moderate is Fatah? Abbas earned his PhD with a paper on the fiction of the Holocaust. Neither side will recognize Israel’s existence, yet the Western world insists Israel make “peace” with both parties. “Palestine” and the “Palestinian” cause only came about in the mid 1960s when Yaser Arafat put the movement on the map.
Originally posted in December 2007
The following is chapter from David Meir-Levi's new book, History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression. The Terrorism Awareness Project previous printed his history of the "right-wing" influence on Islamic extremism, "The Nazi Roots of Palestinian Nationalism and Islamic Jihad." Taken together (with his entire book), these chapters show that Islamofascism is a political, not merely a religious force; and the potent and deadly offspring of the totalitarian ideologies of the past. -- The Editors.
Originally posted in December 2007
Lavishing funds on Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to achieve peace has been a mainstay of Western, including Israeli, policy since Hamas seized Gaza in June. But this open spigot has counterproductive results and urgently must be stopped.
Some background: Paul Morro of the Congressional Research Service reports that, in 2006, the European Union and its member states gave US$815 million to the Palestinian Authority, while the United States sent it $468 million. When other donors are included, the total receipts come to about $1.5 billion.
Originally posted in March 2008
The welfare of Palestinian children has always stood at the center of the Middle East conflict. Whether in debates, in photographs or in casualty figures they are the substance of the local news.
In the early days of the Second Intifada, Israeli Brigadier General Benjamin Gantz (now Israel's military attache in the US) appeared on the popular American television program, Sixty Minutes, hosted by Bob Simon, in a segment entitled "To Be Continued..."
Predictably, the discussion turned to Palestinian children. With candor and prescience rarely encountered nowadays, Gantz tackled the issue head on. He asserted that Palestinians often deliberately place their children at the front lines of the clashes where they are killed, adding: "When they are sending their kids forward and they are firing at us and then the kids are in the killing zone so unfortunately, really unfortunately, those things happen."
Originally posted in April 2008
"He admitted that Ahad Ha'am was his mentor, and he also admitted that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is nothing but a wicked Jewish conspiracy to control the world. Weizmann unequivocally described this conspiracy as wicked.
"This book, which Al-'Aqqad described as 'hellish' in his introduction to the Mahmoud Khalifa Al-Tunisi translation - The Jews deny this book exists, but Weizmann admits it."
The Evil of the Jews That We See Around the World is Based on the First Protocol
Originally posted in May 2008
As Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary, there are voices raised accusing Israel of victimizing the Palestinian Arabs and "running them out" of the Jewish state. Ironically, some 1,300,000 Arab-Israeli citizens live and work in Israel. They worship freely in mosques from Haifa to Gaza and from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Arab-Israeli citizens enjoy full civil rights, study at Israeli universities, serve in the Knesset, every department of the Israeli government and even in the armed forces. Meanwhile, the 4,000,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and in refugee camps in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are largely victims of their own making.
Originally posted in June 2008
It is difficult to find a more neglected story than the relative satisfaction of Palestinian Arabs living in Israel as is revealed from a recent Harvard Study. (Palestinians Arabs (including those living in greater Jerusalem) constitute 20% of the population). Aware of inconvenient polls which reveal that Palestinian living in Israel are vehemently opposed to becoming citizens of Palestine, the researchers did their best to lower the satisfaction number by phrasing the question so as to receive the most negative number. They asked Palestinian Arab if they would rather live in Israel or in any other country in the world.
Let yourselves go, dream away, they researchers seemed to be say. Fantasize. How about living in Dubai, in Britain or the US?
What a disappointment. Israel's Arab citizens refused to play along. The vast majority of them insisted that like Israel best.
Originally posted in July 2008
I've written about the world's collective amnesia" when it comes to the so-called "root causes of the Middle East crisis."
The conventional wisdom today suggests the new state of Israel in 1948 was to blame for the creation of the Arab refugee problem.
The mantra is repeated endlessly by U.S. State Department apparatchiks, Israel's enemies around the globe and even by well-meaning, guilt-ridden Jews.
The entire Middle East peace process is based on this notion - that repatriation of Arab Palestinians in a new homeland of their own will solve the conflict.
Originally posted in August 2008
Across the Gaza Strip, Palestinian children signed in to summer camps this month not to swim, play and learn about nature, but rather to be indoctrinated with hatred for the Jewish people and to be instructed in the methods of terrorist warfare.
Ynet reported that between Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the groups are hosting around 50,000 Palestinian children at some 400 camps throughout the small coastal territory.
Children participating in the camps are required to memorize passages from Koran, and are then taken outside to train with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and Kassam rocket launchers.
Originally posted in September 2008
"We support the vision of two democratic states living in peace and security: Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, and Palestine. For that to become a reality, the Palestinian people must support leaders who reject terror, embrace the institutions and ethos of democracy, and respect the rule of law. We call on Arab governments throughout the region to help advance that goal."
Back in 2004 President Bush had those words introduced into the GOP platform. A source informs me that this year one delegate proposed striking those words from the platform, but the attempt got nowhere.
Hollywood, too, has contributed to the fiction. Director Paul Haggis anti-war film, In the Valley of Elah, locates the contest of David and Goliath in Palestine, when no such entity existed. Haggis may have been ignorant of his biblical history, but his well-known leftish inclinations suggest a specific design at work.
It is highly appropriate that In the Valley of Elah was filmed in Hollywood, an illusion factory that is about as real as Palestine. It is no exaggeration to suggest that the concept of Palestine, the simulacrum of the Palestinian, is, when all is said and done, not much more than a Tinseltown movie, an empty fabrication the historical grounding is absent and the sense of a cohesive national identity has been artificially generated by a political cabal working in tandem with the international media. The fact of the matter is, to adapt a current catch phrase, that the Palestinians are all keffiyeh and no sheep.