Skip to comments.The Palestinian KEY:The Symbol of PA Rejection of "Geneva" and Rejection of Israel's Right to Exist
Posted on 12/03/2003 12:40:39 PM PST by SJackson
PA celebrates "Geneva Agreement" while rejecting their only concession
by Itamar Marcus, Dec. 2, 2003
The Palestinian Authority has been publicly praising the Geneva Agreement, signed yesterday between its representatives and representatives of Israel's extreme left, while clearly telling its own people that it rejects the one clause that obligates the PA to make concessions. The Palestinian Authority sees the Geneva Agreement as a major achievement, since prominent Israelis have agreed to 100% of the Palestinian territorial demands. These Israeli concessions are all clear and explicitly worded. A clear map is included with the agreement.
The only Palestinian concession -- that they give up their demand to have "refugees" settle in Israel -- was worded ambiguously. While the agreement validates UN resolution 194, seen by the Palestinians as giving them the 'right' to settle in Israel, Israel would determine the final number allowed to settle, based on various undefined formulas.
The explicitness of Israel's concessions juxtaposed against the ambiguity of the Palestinian concession has enabled the Palestinian Authority to truly celebrate: Israel is obligated; they are not.
This dual message has been stated repeatedly to the PA population. Today's PA daily had no problem hailing the agreement while simultaneously rejecting the Israeli interpretation regarding refugees. The paper included two full pages of reports on all the Palestinian demonstrations against the agreement's clause to limit "the right of return," and included three explicit statements by PA leaders rejecting the idea of relinquishing "refugees' rights."
The following statements are all from today's official daily, Al Hayat Al-Jadida:
"The Minister of Foreign Affaires, Dr. Nebil Shaath, emphasized that the Palestinians will never give up the right to return to their houses, and will negotiate only about the procedures of returning. . . "
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2 2003]
"The Chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Rafiq Al-Natshah, emphasized that the Palestinian problem started with the refugees and will not be solved unless the refugees return to their homes. He mentioned that the sacrifices and the struggle of our people will not allow anyone to forsake nor to concede any of our peoples rights. He added: Anyone who imagines that our people want peace at the expense of its rights, is wrong and if the peace initiatives come at the expense of the right of our people, let all the peace initiatives go to hell.."
[Al Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2003]
"The President [Arafat] blesses the conference of peace forces in Geneva... and them immediately followed with: "...adhering to the legitimate international decisions which include: [UN decision] 194."
[Al Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2003]
In summary, the Palestinian interpretation of the Geneva Agreement is that Israel is obligated to hand over all the land and the refugee issue has to still be decided. This is why the Palestinians are celebrating.
The Palestinian KEY:The Symbol of PA Rejection of "Geneva" and Rejection of Israel's Right to Exist
by Itamar Marcus
1. Illustration: The 2 daggers named "Geneva" and "Roadmap" cannot weaken the fist holding the "KEY" - the symbol of "ownership" of Israel claimed by Palestinians.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2003]
Numerous world leaders continue to present the Geneva "Accords" as a breakthrough, because those Israeli participants gave up Israel's claim to its land and because the Palestinian representatives seem to have given up their demand to have millions of "refugees" settle in Israel. However, as explained in yesterday's bulletin the Palestinian Authority [PA] while accepting Israel's concessions has totally rejected any concessions on its part and continues attacks against any Palestinian who would give up what they call the "right of return" to Israel. The Mufti went so far as to issue a Religious ruling prohibiting the acceptance of compensation for land claimed in Israel. [See text of Mufti .]
One of the means of visual expression of this message is the Palestinian use of the symbol of the KEY - which to them means "ownership" - of all the land of Israel and their "houses" they claim they left there in 1948. In the last few days the KEY symbol has appeared repeatedly in PA controlled media, including these four examples [see above and below]
2: Illustration:The KEY paired with the MAP of Israel - as a backdrop at an "anti Geneva" gathering - is a common set, symbolizing the Palestinian rejection of Israel's right to exist in any borders- claiming they have the KEY or "ownership" of all Israel.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec.3, 2003]
3: Illustration:The burial of the KEY in "Geneva" - the burial of the man is in "Jenin." 4: Illustration:The masses have the ownership.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2003] [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2003]
The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian lands, Sheik Ikrama Sabri: "The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian lands, Sheik Ikrama Sabri, publicized by telegram an Islamic Religious Ruling, in which he emphasizes, that accepting compensation for Palestinian land [land claimed within Israel] is equal to selling it and it is utterly forbidden under religious law. He said: To the receiver of compensation applies the religious ruling, that was given in the 1930's. This law utterly forbids the receiving of compensations because the Palestinian land is not merchandise to be sold and bought but blessed and holy Islamic land." [Dec.12, 2003, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida]
Translated from Arabic by an Israeli source.
Two of the most important symbols in the PA are the Map of Palestine which incorporates all of Israel, and the Key expressing ownership over the Land of Israel. The key is also used to symbolize homes in Israel claimed by refugees. The two symbols appear together regularly, symbolizing the Palestinian claim of ownership over all of Israel and /or their goal of conquering all of Israel. The following are examples:
I added this one because of its utter obscenity and insanity.
Will our government ever realize than when the Arabs conduct negotiations they lie as a matter of course?