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Incitement Underscores Palestinian Unwillingness To Make Peace

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

When Barack Obama entered the White House, he promised to make Israeli/Palestinian peacemaking his priority from “day one.” And, indeed, in his own way he did. He pressured Israel into freezing Jewish construction in the West Bank for ten months in a bid to entice the Palestinians to negotiate.

Yet Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority refused negotiations except for a few days near the end of the 10-month period and has not negotiated substantively since.

On its face, this is puzzling. If Abbas and the PA were eager for statehood alongside Israel – as they claim in their official speeches in international forums – nothing would be easier than to agree to negotiations that would lead in that direction, under an American president who has been strongly pushing for this.

But they don’t.

The reason? Lacking a state is less intolerable for the Palestinian movement than accepting the right of Jews to have a state of their own. And indeed, Palestinians turned down statehood on the four occasions detailed plans were proposed to create one – 1937, 1947, 2000 and 2008.

The common denominator to these rejections was that these plans all encompassed a Jewish state living alongside it. The leitmotif of Palestinian politics has been the rejection of precisely this proposition.

There are mountains of evidence to establish this proposition, but let’s confine ourselves to merely a recent six-week period.

Demonization of Jews: The PA TV children’s program “The Best Home” that aired on April 22 and again on May 8 featured a child reciting a poem which included the following words: “Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail.”

Terrorists glorified: On April 16, the PA publicly mourned the anniversary of the death of PLO arch-terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad). The PA held six sporting events in his honor and broadcast TV programs celebrating him and his career of terror attacks. WAFA, the official PA news agency, glorified his killing of Israelis and enumerated in detail and with approbation his attacks on Israeli civilian targets in an article that also appeared in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

An old Wazir speech was exhumed from the archives and rebroadcast, a section of which included the following, “On one street, for example, we will hold 500 people [hostage]…at any moment, he can blow up everyone; blow up their building, or the whole thing, no matter how many people are there.… We want to turn the Tel Aviv day black. We want to turn the Tel Aviv day into destruction, Allah willing.”

On May 31, ninety-one Palestinian terrorists, including many suicide bombers whose corpses were recently handed over by Israel to the PA as a goodwill gesture, were given a military funeral for heroes by the PA. Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other PA dignitaries were in attendance. All the returned terrorists were categorized as shahids (martyrs), thus conferring on them the status of national and religious heroes.

The secretary general of Abbas’s office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, declared, “We ask Allah to gather you in the uppermost heaven, along with the prophets, the righteous,” while the Mufti of the PA, Muhammad Hussein, said, “By Allah’s will, we still have elite groups of martyrs like these among us.… The souls of the noble martyrs envelop us, and their souls tell us to follow in their path.”

Compromise repudiated: The day before Israel Independence Day, PA TV broadcast a political statement that included the following: ” Let all religions know that I do not make truces, let every person know that I do not compromise.… Let Jaffa [an Israeli city] know that I will return to it.” Clearly, such is the political program and message the PA wishes to transmit to its people.

Muslim supremacism: On May 11, PA TV featured a children’s program in which a young Palestinian girl was asked to recite a poem that includes insults to Christians and Jews (“They are remnants of the [Christian] crusaders and Khaibar [Jews]“; are “inferior and smaller, more cowardly and despised” and the “enemies of destiny”).

These salient themes in the Palestinian public square inform us that Palestinian incitement is a symptom of rejection of Jewish sovereignty, not the absence of peace. In these circumstances, peacemaking is not so much premature as it is foredoomed.

Palestinians Refuse To Accept Israel Within Any Borders

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

A recent news item shed piercing light on the reason for the intractability of the Arab war on Israel. The well-known 1970s disco group Boney M, invited by the Palestine International Festival to give a concert in Palestinian Authority-controlled Ramallah, was pressured to drop performing one of its signature hit songs, “Rivers of Babylon.”

This is revealing because since its inception in 1994, the PA has sought to deny and erase all Jewish connection with the land of Israel. This in turn reflects the fact that the PA and Palestinian society in general – as confirmed by many polls – reject Israel’s existence as a Jewish state, whose validity stems from the Jewish people’s religious and historical connection to the country.

Thus the demand that Boney M not perform “Rivers of Babylon,” the lyrics of which come straight from the famous passage in the Book of Psalms describing the longing of exiled Jews to return to their biblical homeland – “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion.”

Though little-reported, Palestinian officials over the years have been emphatic and repetitive in their denial of Jewish rights and connection to the country. Instead, they substitute an exclusive Muslim claim, often resorting to falsification of history that is mind-boggling to educated Westerners:

● Tayseer Tamimi, PA chief religious official: “I know of Muslim and Christian holy sites in [Jerusalem]. I don’t know of any Jewish holy sites in it . Israel has been excavating since 1967 in search of remains of their Temple or their fictitious Jewish history” (PA TV, June 9, 2009).

● Adnan Husseini, adviser to PA president Mamhoud Abbas: “[The Western Wall] is part of Islamic heritage that cannot be given up, and it must be under Muslim control” (Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 11, 2007).

● Jarar al Qidwa, former adviser to PA leader Yasir Arafat: “Solomon’s Temple, I believe, was built by the Canaanites who were the neighbors of the Israelites. In any case, when our nation or our Canaanite forefathers came to Palestine, they built the Temple . The issue of the Temple is a Zionist innovation” (PA TV, Aug. 2, 2004).

● Yasir Arafat, PA president: “[The Israelis] found not a single stone proving that the Temple of Solomon was there, because historically the Temple was not in Palestine [at all]. They found only remnants of a shrine of the Roman Herod” (Al-Hayat, Oct. 5, 2002).

● ‘Ikrima Sabri, PA-appointed Mufti of Jerusalem: “There is not [even] the smallest indication of the existence of a Jewish Temple on this place in the past. In the whole city, there is not even a single stone indicating Jewish history” (Die Welt, January 17, 2001).

These claims not only contradict well-recorded history, but even statements previously made by Muslim religious authorities themselves. For example, publications during the 1920s and 1930s of the Jerusalem waqf (Supreme Muslim Council), spoke plainly of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, upon which the mosques are built, as the historical site of Jewry’s Temple.

Today, however, the PA seeks to obliterate every indication or affirmation of Jewish history: thus the archeological vandalism beneath the Temple Mount practiced over the years by the Jerusalem waqf. Underground construction and trench digging has involved destroying walls, carved stones and artifacts – as well as removing and dumping hundreds of truckloads of archeologically rich soil. This occurred with neither the standard care practiced at other archeological sites nor due supervision by the Israel Antiquities Authority or indeed any other archeological experts.

The reason for this historical counterfeiting and archeological vandalism is obvious. Palestinian replacement ideology demands that Jewish history be utterly erased in order to facilitate demonizing Israel as an illegal interloper.

This carries important ramifications. Palestinian demonization of Israel is not merely a tactical wartime maneuver that can be ended with peace but rather the result of the non-acceptance of Israel that lies behind the absence of peace. It is also a major contributor to the fostering of conditions that make for continued war. Accordingly, further U.S. aid to the PA should be conditional on its termination.

Unfortunately, with the Obama administration showing a complete lack of interest in Palestinian incitement, its chances of promoting a genuine peace are non-existent.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/palestinians-refuse-to-accept-israel-within-any-borders/2010/08/11/

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