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May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar, 5776

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Reality Goes Missing in Anti-Israel Hill Op-Ed

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

{Originally posted to the CAMERA website}

Sylvia Schwarz (“Stop the tax-deductible status of the Jewish National Fund,”) misleads readers with an Op-Ed published in The Hill. Hers is essentially an omission-ridden anti-Israel slander.

Schwarz falsely claimed that Israel is “ethnically cleansing” the land of Arabs. Which land, Israel or the West Bank and Gaza Strip? In both the Arab population has grown. In Israel, it prospered.

On the same day Schwarz’s fact-free article appeared, Gamil Hakroosh, an Israeli Arab, was appointed as the country’s deputy police commissioner (“Amid Violence, Israel Promotes Arab Police Officer,” Associated Press). Israeli Arabs serve on Israel’s Supreme Court, have command ranks in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and have their own political list in Israel’s legislature, the Knesset. Israeli Arabs, including the Muslim majority, enjoy much greater democratic participation and representation than their brethren in most Arab states. Their income, upward mobility, life span and basic rights, including that of free speech, are superior to those of Arabs living under the Palestinian Authority (PA) that rules the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

By contrast, the Palestinian Legislative Council has not met for nearly a decade and refuses to hold elections. PA President Mahmoud Abbas is in the eleventh year of his four-year term. There is no independent judiciary in PA and Hamas-ruled areas, where as Israeli Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh has noted, Facebook posts critical of Palestinian officials can result in imprisonment. In those prisons, “torture happens” as Rami Hamdallah, the PA’s prime minister, admitted in a March 16, 2016 interview with German media outlet Deutsche Welle.

“Ethnic cleansing” was, however, the goal of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Syrian-born founding father of the Palestinian Arab national movement and a collaborator of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. As testimony at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal revealed, al-Husseini—who called himself the “Fuhrer of the Middle East”—was intimately involved in helping Hitler and his henchmen plot potential genocide of the hundreds of thousands of Jews who had lived in the Middle East for centuries, including in what would become Israel in 1948. After World War II, al-Husseini was wanted as a war criminal by Yugoslavia for recruiting SS divisions made up of Bosnian Muslims to murder Jews, Serbs and others in eastern Europe.

Al-Husseini’s role in fostering anti-Jewish violence predates his partnership with Hitler: Britain, the ruling Mandatory power in pre-state Israel, held him responsible for Arab attacks against Jewish Palestinians in 1920 and 1921. Al-Husseini also orchestrated terrorist attacks against Jews in 1929 and from 1936-1939—the latter resulting in Britain closing the doors of its Palestine Mandate, established by the League of Nations to enable restoration of the Jewish national home. This trapped millions of Jews in Europe as Nazi power expanded.

PA President Abbas praised al-Husseini in a January 2013 ceremony as a “pioneer” and a hero. He remains a revered figure by many Palestinian Arabs as German scholar Matthias Kuntzel, among others, has noted.
Why Palestinian Officials Plant Trees 

Meanwhile, “ethnic cleansing” of Jews remains the stated goal of Hamas, which calls for the genocide of Jews in its charter. For its part, the PA celebrates the murders of Israelis and Americans, like U.S. veteran Taylor Force, killed in the “stabbing intifada” on March 8, 2016, in its official media. That media exists in part thanks to U.S. aid to the authority. None of this is mentioned by Schwarz.

Also omitted: Palestinian leaders’ rejection of U.S. and Israeli offers for a “two-state solution” in exchange for peace with Israel in 2000 at Camp David, 2001 at Taba and 2008 after the Annapolis conference. Similarly, PA officials rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2014 “roadmap” to restart negotiations and Vice President Joe Biden’s March 2016 proposal. In none of these instances did Palestinian officials so much as submit a counteroffer.

Unable to deal in facts, Schwarz claims that Jews in Israel are “colonial” occupiers who have stolen land. Not only does this echo claims and justification for violence made by Hamas, the PA and others, it ignores the historical and continuous Jewish presence that stretches back thousands of years, long before Arabs came to what is today Israel.

Schwarz, still beating her “ethnic cleansing” drum, claims that the 1948 Arab-Israeli War had the goal of ridding the “land of non-Jews” in an “ethnic cleansing campaign.” She omits that the war was initiated by the Arab states after they rejected the U.N.’s 1947 partition plan: a “two-state solution” that the Jews had accepted. As historian Benny Morris has noted in his book The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (Cambridge Press 2004), in many instances, such as in the city of Haifa, Jews encouraged Arabs not to flee. The Arab states and Palestinian Arab forces under al-Husseini did the opposite, using the estimated 420,00 to 650,000 refugees as political pawns.

Also unmentioned by Schwarz are the more than 800,000 Jews who fled or were forced from their homes in Arab lands during and after the 1948 war, nearly 600,000 of whom settled in Israel.

Given her chain of omissions, it is not surprising then that in an article ostensibly using the topic of trees planted by the Jewish National Fund (JNF)—the world’s most successful reforestation effort—to bash the Jewish state, Schwarz doesn’t mention trees planted by the Palestinian Authority. In October 2015, the PA Ministry of Education announced that it would plant olive trees and place signs with the names of terrorists who have died murdering Israelis. One of these terrorists, Muhannad Shafeq Halabi killed two Israelis and stabbed a two-year old child in an Oct. 8, 2015 terror attack in Jerusalem. For his actions, Halabi was posthumously awarded an honorary law degree by the PA Bar Association. The National Lawyers Guild, which as Schwarz noted, “filed a legal memo to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)” requesting that the JNF “be investigated,” routinely partners with the PA Bar Association.

This too, Schwarz fails to mention. JNF doesn’t have a tax deductibility problem; Sylvia Schwarz has a reality issue.

 

CAMERA

Palestinians: Peace Starts with Facing the Harsh Reality of Hate

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

As an Arab, the situation of the Palestinians breaks my heart, as does the situation of Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, and even those living in relative peace under dictatorships. But the Palestinian situation bothers me most because no realistic solution is ever seriously considered.

While Palestinian refugees are scattered over several countries and given few rights by their Arab hosts, and while they live in various states of dependence in Gaza and the West Bank, resolution of their status is delayed decade after decade, with occasional lip service paid to a negotiated two-state solution — the magic solution that would supposedly cure everything!

Who should be blamed for this? Most of the world is quick to blame Israel. I do not blame Israel for one second. The Jews accepted the UN partition plan of 1947 which would have given the Palestinians a state more viable than what was given to the Jews, but the Arab states convinced the Palestinians that it was a bad deal, and the Palestinians have been rejecting all opportunities for a state ever since.

The Arab states, many Europeans and the so-called “pro-Palestinian” movement have been using the same tactic since 1948 – keep the Palestinians in poverty, victimhood, and dependence so that Israel can be blamed, with the hope that Israel would lose legitimacy and its Jewish residents would be thrown into the sea or they would pack up and leave. Obviously it has not worked and it never will, but it has created what seems a carefully-planned hate culture for the Palestinians. This hate culture started from traditional Arab anti-Semitism, was combined with European anti-Semitism and has evolved into the most notorious and possibly the worst culture of hate on earth today. Less than a week ago, in the official Friday sermon on official Palestinian Authority (PA) television — not Hamas — the PA preacher was praying for genocide:

“Allah, punish Your enemies, the enemies of religion, count their numbers and kill them to the last one, and bring them a black day. Allah, punish the wicked Jews, and those among the atheists who help them. Allah, we ask that You bestow upon us respect and honor by enabling us to repel them, and we ask You to save us from their evil.”

All attempts by the U.S. to facilitate a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians have failed. Has any reasonable person really expected those attempts to succeed?

A society whose leaders campaign for a convicted terrorist to be given the Nobel Peace Prize, a society that teaches its children hatred and violence as part of its standard curriculum, a society that unabashedly teaches anti-Semitism through all means available, a society that puts suicide belts on children during political celebrations, a society that honors, glorifies and funds terrorists, a society that uses a hateful version of religion to poison the minds of its children, a society that engages in widespread jubilation when Jews are victims of terrorist attacks, is not a healthy society that can develop peace of any kind.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claims that he wants a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank, yet he refused it when it was offered to him because he knows that he cannot sell any reasonable solution to his people. He knows that Palestinians have been taught for generations to believe that the only solution is the end of the Jewish state, and he and his predecessor Yasser Arafat hold a huge part of responsibility in that brainwashing.

Peace cannot be achieved as if by magic. Teach the Palestinians the values that bring peace (acceptance of differences, religious tolerance, and non-violent conflict resolution) rather than the lies that bring hate. Stop the anti-Israel incitement and maybe in a generation or two, the Palestinians will be ready for peace. These are the values taught all over the liberal democratic world, including Israel, but somehow, when it comes to Arabs, all expectations of socialized behavior are thrown out the window.

That peace requires — first — the end of the Palestinian culture of hate is obvious; yet this point is rarely made except by Israel and its supporters. Somehow, people expect to resolve a conflict without neutralizing the root cause of that conflict: teaching hate. Apparently, no one wants to face the reality that fighting hate is far harder than fighting warplanes, armored vehicles, missiles, or armies. But far more important.

When well-meaning but naïve (or disingenuous) people talk about how “both sides” in the conflict are at fault, I get nauseated. While it is technically true that both sides have faults, the imbalance is so great that the analogy is not only meaningless, but, more importantly, dangerous. It papers over the most fundamental issue in this conflict — the need to resolve the huge moral failure on the Arab side, its anti-Semitic hatred.

Resolving the hatred would finally allow Palestinians to look after their own interests rather than be obsessed and distracted with damaging the interests of Israel. They would find that their interests are quite consistent with those of Israel, and that peace would bring them huge dividends. They would be able to see these facts because they would no longer be blinded by hate.

Teach Peace: This is the solution that Western politicians urgently need to talk about when they meet Palestinian officials. It should be at the start, at the middle, and at the end of every meeting and every speech, and all funding should be made contingent on it and strictly linked to it.

Until this approach is adopted, there is really no point in talking about a negotiated two-state solution.

 

Fred Maroun

Ethiopia-Born Model Wins Israel’s ‘Big Brother’

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

An Ethiopia-born model won the fifth season of Israel’s “Big Brother” reality show.

Tahunia Rubel, 25, won the 1 million shekel prize, worth about $274,000, becoming the second woman to win on the show.

Many conflicts surrounded Rubel, including some dealing with race and ethnic identity. Some of the racial conflict reportedly caused two other contestants, a father and son, to be disqualified.

Earlier this year, an Ethiopian immigrant to Israel, Yityish Titi Aynam, 21, was crowned Miss Israel.

JTA

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