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PA Arab-American ‘Wins’ Jail Term for Stolen Lottery Ticket

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

A New York court sentenced on Tuesday Palestinian Authority Arab-American Andy Ashkar up to 25 years in jail for stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket from its rightful owner, Robert Miles.

Miles, in 2006,  took the scratch-off to a convenience store operated by Ashkar’s parents in Syracuse, New York. When he showed the ticket for scanning, Ashkar told him it was worth only $4,000 and that he would give him $4,000 for it immediately, taking the rest as a “commission.”

Miles said he knew Ahskar was lying but that he ran away with the ticket and then waited six years before cashing it.

The New York State Lottery was suspicious, and posted a news release concerning the six-year-old ticket. A policeman who had heard about Miles’ ticket tracked down Ashkar, who is appealing his sentence. Officials says they are close to determining that Miles can received the money for the ticket.

Obama Promises Arab-American Leaders He Is Committed to PA State

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

President Barack Obama told Arab-American leaders that his trip to Israel and the Palestinian areas would demonstrate U.S. commitment to partnering with the Palestinian Authority to bring about a state.

“The President noted that the trip is not dedicated to resolving a specific policy issue, but is rather a chance to consult with Jordanian, Israeli, and Palestinian Authority officials about a broad range of issues,” a White House official said after Monday’s meeting with an array of Arab-American organizational leaders.

“He underscored that the trip is an opportunity for him to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the Palestinian people – in the West Bank and Gaza – and to partnering with the Palestinian Authority as it continues building institutions that will be necessary to bring about a truly independent Palestinian state.”

The official also re-emphasized the Israel focus of the trip, as outlined last week in a similar meeting with Jewish organizational officials.

“He also noted that the trip is an opportunity for him to reiterate America’s commitment to Israel’s security, and to speak directly to the Israeli people about the history, interests, and values that we share,” said the official.

Ziad Asali, the president of the American Task Force for Palestine, told JTA that the White House meeting lasted about an hour, and that much of it was in the form of questions and answers. He said there were about a dozen participants.

Asali said he stressed in the meeting the importance of renewing Israeli-Palestinian talks. “Over the last period there has been a lot of deterioration, and the tide has to be stemmed,” Asali said.

James Zogby, the Arab American Institute president, said he noted that Obama would address Israelis and would not have the opportunity to deliver a similar speech to Palestinians, but counseled means of sending a direct message to the Palestinians.

“There are ways to speak to the people directly,” Zogby told JTA. “There are things to say to the people to help restore the sense of confidence they have in the future.”

Losing The Debate

Wednesday, September 10th, 2003

Recently, a weekly television program that focuses on Israel featured a debate between a young woman from an Arab-American organization and the show’s host, who in real life is a prominent attorney and real estate developer. A second guest, a reporter from a local Jewish newspaper, joined the host in attempting to rebut the young woman’s pro-Palestinian arguments.

It was a rout: the woman won hands down.

She won because she spelled out her positions in an articulate, methodical fashion, while the two men were defensive, short on facts, and generally reduced to raising their eyebrows or shaking their heads. When the woman stated that Israel has no constitution, the host insisted, repeatedly and wrongly, that Israel does have one. When the woman contended that Palestinians have deep historical ties to their ‘homeland,’ neither fellow offered a rejoinder.

The program, far from being an anomaly, was only the latest instance of an increasingly common phenomenon: scrupulously polite, inexplicably passive pro-Israel debaters coming off second-best in a public forum. And it’s not as if the facts backing Israel aren’t accessible on countless websites and in books such Mitchell G. Bard’s remarkably comprehensive Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israel Conflict (the entire text of which can be found online at
www.JewishVirtualLibrary.org).

Here is how Bard, in a few cogent paragraphs, dispatches the myth that ‘Palestine was always an Arab country’:

“No independent Arab or Palestinian state ever existed in Palestine. When the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Prof. Philip Hitti, testified against partition before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history, absolutely not.”

“Prior to partition, Palestinian Arabs did not view themselves as having a separate identity. When the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to choose Palestinian representatives for the Paris Peace Conference, the following resolution was adopted: “We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.”

“In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine: “There is no such country [as Palestine]! -Palestine” is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.”

“The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said “Palestine was part of the Province of Syria” and that, “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.”

“A few years later, Ahmed Shuqeiri, later the chairman of the PLO, [said]: “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.””

But one need not limit oneself to compilations of quotes by admittedly subjective parties in order to penetrate the fog of Arab deception. Just the other day, while sorting through some dusty volumes on a long-neglected bookshelf, the Monitor came upon a collection of interviews conducted by the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci which included a 1972 session with Yasir Arafat. This is all one needs know to grasp the sea change in Palestinian propaganda:

Fallaci: “But what does Palestine mean”…The Turks were here, before the British Mandate and Israel. So what are the geographical borders of Palestine””

Arafat: “….From an Arab point of view, one doesn’t speak of borders; Palestine is a small dot in the great Arabic ocean. And our nation is the Arab one, it is a nation extending from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and beyond….”

Later in the interview, when Fallaci again brought up the matter of borders, Arafat reiterated: “I repeat that borders have no importance. Arab unity is important, that’s all.”

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

ADL Challenges Arab-American Indifference

Friday, May 9th, 2003

This past week, the Anti Defamation League went public with a criticism of “mainline” Arab-American groups for failing to speak out against anti-Semitism and terrorist acts committed
against Jews by Palestinians and other Arabs. The ADL point that such failure only tends to
legitimatize and ultimately to encourage such behavior is surely a valid one.

However, we would take it a step further. Perhaps the mainliners are silent because they support the terror and not because of timidity or inadvertence. Certainly the continuing revelations of illegal fund-rasing by Arab groups here in America and the funneling of the proceeds to terrorist groups provides some food for thought.

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