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Analysis: Bernie and ‘Palestine’ — a Tale of Inconsistency and Confusion

Monday, April 25th, 2016

On Saturday, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders compared poverty in Baltimore, MD, among other places, to “the West Bank in Palestine.” He said, according to the quote in Real Politics (Bernie spoke in a huge auditorium with terrible acoustics), “Two [neighborhoods in Baltimore] have a higher infant mortality rate than the West Bank in Palestine…”

It was a curious choice of words on many levels: first, just judging by the coverage of the Israeli-Arab conflict in recent years, there’s no doubt the folks in “the West Bank in Palestine” are faring much better than their brethren under the Hamas independent government in Gaza, where the choice to build down (terror tunnels) rather than up (restore collapsed apartment buildings) has made everyday life a living hell. Second, the phrase “the West Bank in Palestine” is dubious. Is it the west bank of a larger political body that’s named Palestine? Then where would Israel be on Bernie’s map? And if the candidate meant to say, “the West bank of Palestine,” once again, where would all the other parts of “Palestine” be on his map?

The solution to this puzzle is, of course, that Bernie Sanders was using “West Bank” the way he does “North Korea,” a place of great poverty and oppression, something akin to India a few decades ago, when American children who didn’t finish their vegetables were asked to think about “all the children in India.”

The fact that Sanders is using “West Bank of Palestine” as a casual reference, one that requires no deliberation or proof, the proverbial place of poor people, suggests that the greatly inaccurate comparison between Black poverty in Baltimore and Arab poverty in Judea and Samaria is a well ingrained worldview of the Senator, rather than a fact-based observation.

The fact is that the Palestinian Authority’s economy depends on four sources: Arab donations and investments, European and American donations, taxation and fees of PA citizens via Israel, and employment by Israeli companies. In recent years, Arab and world support has slowed down significantly and the PA has been almost completely depended on Israel’s economy. And so each time there’s a lull in the security tension between Arabs and Jews prosperity rises in the PA, and when Arab violence erupts — there goes the prosperity. Workers’ entry permits are revoked, the PA debt grows, and poverty sets in.

Indeed, unlike the Black people of Baltimore, the Arabs of the PA can control their poverty: when they don’t try to stab, firebomb, shoot and run over Jewish civilians — they get prosperity. Unlike the Black people of Baltimore, the PA Arabs are not kept down by a racist system but by a security system dedicated to keeping them from killing Jews.

Sanders, like many on the left, simply does not care for a fact-based discussion of the needless suffering of Arabs in both Gaza and the PA. And as president there’s no reason to expect his initial attitude to change. An examination of his voting record supports this assumption.

Sanders is a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of the Oslo Accords. In fact, to his record, in his Utah speech in March, which he delivered with the AIPAC conference in mind, Sanders said it was “unacceptable for President Abbas to call for the abrogation of the Oslo Agreement when the goal should be the ending of violence.” His website declares that he “has long supported a two-state solution that recognizes Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, and the Palestinians’ right to a homeland in which they control their political and economic future.” The statement also says the “Palestinians must unequivocally recognize Israel’s right to exist, and hold accountable those who have committed terrorist acts. The Israelis must end the blockade of Gaza, and cease developing settlements on Palestinian land.” In that vein, Sanders has also opposed the PLO’s plans to declare independence unilaterally.


Abbas: ‘Palestinian Authority No Longer Exists’ – We Are a ‘State’

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas proclaimed Monday at a news conference in Athens that the entity formed under the internationally recognized Oslo Accords — the Palestinian Authority — no longer exists; it has officially been replaced by the “State of Palestine.”

Following his meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Abbas said:

“Regarding this issue of a passport under the name Palestine State, we are about to proceed to the passport replacement and the issuance of a new passport within one year or even less.

“We have already changed all documents issued by ministries and public services and they now bear the name ‘State of Palestine,’ he said.

“We no longer accept from anyone to use the name ‘Palestinian Authority.’”

The declaration made by Abbas — if taken seriously — could have some unique ramifications for those who live within PA-controlled territories and are “citizens” of those areas.

Israeli security personnel quietly support the entity in some delicate situations and basic energy infrastructure such as electricity, water and gas is provided through Israeli cooperation. Tax monies are also collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and transferred to the entity on a monthly basis, with a great hue and a cry if there is any delay.

If in fact Abbas now runs an entirely new nation, clearly there is no longer any need for any of this: all Israeli services can and may be cut off, possibly instantaneously.

Any aggression against Israel emanating from its territory could be construed as an act of war, perhaps justifying a “proportionate response.” How soon then might it be until Israel really invaded and re-occupied the territory that Arab instigators whine about as “occupied” ?

Meanwhile, although the Greek parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a resolution recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a new independent Arab country, the vote does not bind its government in any way.

There will be no formal recognition by Greece, according to a statement released by the Greek foreign ministry, so as “not to disturb good relations with Israel.”

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently met with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, in addition to his meeting with Abbas in Ramallah. The meeting between Tsipras and Netanyahu ended with both in good spirits.

“We must underline the imperative need to begin a substantial, a credible peace process, but with a clear political target,” Tsipras told reporters Monday after meeting with Abbas.

“A process that will give again hope to the Palestinian people, but also to the Israeli people, for a better future, for a peaceful coexistence of two peoples in the same region.”

More than half of PA citizens (60 percent) polled in September (1,397 adults) by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, however, clearly support stabbing attacks and a violent intifada. Moreover, 66 percent believe an uptick in violence will serve them well.

In addition, more than half (54 percent) expressed outright opposition to the so-called “two-state solution” that has been consistently forced on both Israel and the Palestinian Authority by the United States and the European Union for decades. Even more – 70 percent – are opposed to a single-state “solution” in which Arabs and Jews will coexist with equal rights.

The bottom line: Palestinian Authority Arab citizens have not wavered one iota from their original belief in 1948 that the State of Israel must be annihilated and the Jews either exterminated or otherwise somehow removed from the region. The only question in their minds is how best to accomplish that goal.

For anyone outside of this region to delude themselves into thinking otherwise, and to form any foreign policy involving Israel’s interests based on such an error would be foolhardy and utterly dangerous for all Israeli citizens, be they Jews, Christians or Muslims.

Jewish Press Staff

Greek Parliament Votes Unanimously to Recognize PA ‘State’

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

The Greek parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a resolution recognizing the Palestinian Authority as an independent Arab country.

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas was present in the chamber during the vote, which has no binding effect on the government.

“And the winner is the poor & innocent victim of a vicious conspiracy by the Eurozone elites” tweeted Aljazeera English journalist and “Eurozone analyst” Yannis Koutsomitis.

Abbas — who at last has revealed his true intent to eliminate the State of Israel altogether — later addressed the parliament.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decline to respond to questions from journalists who asked when Greece might adopt the resolution.

For the time being, the vote remains just that: a resolution to recognize the Palestinian Authority as an independent Arab country, with no legal impact and no further power.

Hana Levi Julian

Mahmoud Abbas in Greece, Waiting for PA Recognition as New Nation

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas arrived Sunday in Athens for a two-day official visit to Greece.

Abbas is set to meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday, Associated Press reported.

On Tuesday he is scheduled to address the Greek Parliament, where the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee unanimously called on the government to recognize the PA as an independent sovereign Arab nation.

This comes in the wake of a meeting between Tsipras and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that left both in good spirits. Tsipras, whose party has long been a supporter of the Palestinian Authority, also met with Abbas in Ramallah during that visit.

The Greek government followed that meeting with a decision to ignore the recent European Union directive to its members to remove the “Made in Israel” label all products imported from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Other countries ignoring the anti-Israel directive include Hungary and most recently, the Czech Republic.

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: German Store Sells ‘Made in Israeli’ Goods from Settlements

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Galeria Kaufhof, one of Germany’s largest department store chains, says it will continue to sell Israeli “settlement” products even if they do not have the new required label “Made in Settlements.”

The store reiterated a statement last week that it is the importers’ responsibility to follow the new European Union requirement that all products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria be labeled without indicating that they are made in Israel.

Product from the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement)’ or ‘Product from West Bank (Israeli settlement).’

An earlier report carried here quoted Channel 10 as saying that Galeria Kaufhof, which operates more than 100 stores in Germany, is removing “settlement” products from its shelves. The company vehemently denied the report, which also quoted a store manager as saying:

The EU is waging a religious war against Israel. It is one big political madness.

Galeria Kaufhof firmly stated today, as reported by Globes:

Our company has not removed any of those products from the shelves. We import the goods via European importers who are responsible for correct declaration. We do not get involved in politics with our assortment. Our core customer’s demands set the standards for the products we sell.

The company stand is directly opposite that of the large KaDeWe supermarket chain that yanked Golan Heights wines, Ahava cosmetics and other goods from its shelves.

KaDeWe later said the merchandise would be returned after being labeled according to the new EU regulations.

Under the new rules, products are from Arab areas will carry labels declaring: “Product from West Bank (product from Palestine), “Product from West Bank (Palestinian product),” “Product from Gaza (Palestinian product)” or “(product from Palestine).”

However, the EU says the labeling is not intended to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a country.


Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Abbas Wipes Out ‘Two States’ and Laments ‘Occupation of 67 Years’ [video]

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Palestinian Authority chairman exposed  the “two-state- policy at the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva and said the “occupation” has continued for 67 years, since the re-establishment of the State of Israel.

The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported his remarks as broadcast on official Palestinian Authority television last week.

Abbas said in Arabic:

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, haven’t you wondered: For how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? After 67 years (i.e., Israel’s creation), how long? Do you think it can last, and that it benefits the Palestinian people?

[The] holy sites which have been desecrated every other second again and again for seven decades now under an occupation that does not quit killing, torturing, looting and imprisoning…

PMW pointed out that the official Palestinian Authority WAFA website deleted his “67 years” phrase from its published a transcript of his remarks.

PA institutions provide plenty of evidence that the Abbas regime considers all of Israel as “occupied.”

Besides promoting maps of Israel as “Palestine,” the Palestinian Authority national Security Forces posted on Facebook  on different days last week text, as translated and reported by PMW:

Good morning, the beach of occupied Ashkelon.”

Good evening, occupied city of Haifa.

Good morning, occupied Acre (Akko).


Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

En Route to Tel Aviv, No Mention of Israel: Iberia Airlines Says ‘Welcome to Palestine’

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Iberian Airways infuriated Israeli passengers yesterday on an approach to Ben Gurion International Airport with an announcement welcoming people to “Palestine.”

The Iberian Airways pilot announced upon his approach to the airport Wednesday, in Spanish and then in English, the flight “would be landing shortly in Palestine.” The country “Israel” was never mentioned, according to passengers quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 TV.

According to one passenger interviewed by the news program, the omission was intentional. “He didn’t absentmindedly say it in English – it was intentional, and even more so in this tense time,” he said, noting there was no mention of the State of Israel throughout the flight.

It was “unacceptable, we all noticed it,” another passenger told the news program. A complaint has been filed with Iberia.

Hana Levi Julian

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