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Palestine an obsession of radical West, not Arabs
The Ausralian ^ | Brendan O'Neill

Posted on 02/17/2011 8:59:59 AM PST by ventanax5

"UNTIL the Palestinians are given back their rights we're going to have instability throughout the Middle East," declared John Pilger on ABC1's Q & A last night. "That is central to everything."

Yet, one of the most striking things about the uprising in Egypt was the lack of pro-Palestine placards. As Egypt-watcher Amr Hamzawy put it, in Tahrir Square and elsewhere there were no signs saying "death to Israel, America and global imperialism" or "together to free Palestine". Instead, this revolt was about Egyptian people's own freedom and living conditions.

Yet on the pro-Egypt demonstration in London on Saturday, there was a sea of Palestine placards. "Free Palestine", they said, and "End the Israeli occupation". The speakers had trouble getting the audience excited about events in Egypt, having to say on more than one occasion: "Come on London, you can shout louder than that!" Yet every mention of the word Palestine induced a kind of Pavlovian excitability among the attendees. They cheered when the P-word was uttered, chanting: "Free, free Palestine!"

This reveals something important about the Palestine issue. In recent years it has moved from the realm of Arab radicalism, where Egyptians and other peoples frequently demanded the creation of a Palestinian state, and has instead become almost the exclusive property of Western middle-class radicals, such as Pilger.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: israel; leftism; leftwing; palestinians; westernradicals

1 posted on 02/17/2011 9:00:05 AM PST by ventanax5
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To: ventanax5
Non Palestinian Arabs view Palestinians the way that the Japanese view Koreans: as dogs.

Which is why there are still “refugee” camps in Lebanon and Syria 60 years after the creation of Israel. Nobody wants the Palestinians. Heck, even Palestinians don't like each other.

2 posted on 02/17/2011 9:03:51 AM PST by PhilosopherStone1000 (
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The Palistinians matter to arabs only as a prybar against the Israelis.

3 posted on 02/17/2011 9:11:50 AM PST by skeeter
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To: PhilosopherStone1000
Heck, even Palestinians don't like each other.

Technically, Jordan is actually the "homeland" of the so-called palestinians. However, as a group, they're both feared and hated by the rest of the arab and muslim world, and as a result, unwelcome anywhere, including their own "homeland." When they tried to overthrow the Hashemite royal family of Jordan, the Jordanians began what later became known as "Black September." This is the Jordanian action that the terrorist group later took as their name. During that time, as many as 25,000 so-called palestinians were killed by the Jordanian military.

And a reason that they're both hated and feared by the rest of the arab and muslim world is that the world saw what they did to Lebanon.


4 posted on 02/17/2011 10:16:46 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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5 posted on 02/18/2011 5:26:08 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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