Skip to comments.Arab League condemns Gingrich's remarks on Palestinians
Posted on 12/12/2011 5:22:08 AM PST by KyGeezer
The Arab League has condemned the Republican US presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, for calling Palestinians an "invented" people and "terrorists".
Mohammed Sobeih, who handles Palestinian affairs for the regional organisation, said the claims were racist and a cheap stunt to get votes.
Mr Gingrich made the comments in a television interview on Friday and in a candidates' debate on Saturday.
Israel's government has said the claims are a matter of internal US politics.
However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who leads a right-wing coalition government, has recognised the Palestinian people.
'Vulgar, hurtful and ridiculous'
Mr Gingrich, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination and a former speaker of the US House of Representatives, first set out his position on the Palestinian people in an interview with the Jewish Channel.
"Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman empire," he said.
"I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it's tragic," he added.
He also said President Barack Obama's Middle East policy was "out of touch", and the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank, and Hamas, which governs Gaza, had "an enormous desire to destroy Israel".
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Gingrich scores another point.
>>Mohammed Sobeih, who handles Palestinian affairs for the regional organisation, said the claims were racist and a cheap stunt to get votes.
Funny, I didn’t know Palestine was a race.
Maybe it’s just people are fed up with your s***, Mr. Sobeih.
I honestly don’t care what the Arab League likes or dislikes, but the Israeli position for quite a few years has been based on a two state solution with Israel living within secure borders. Now along comes a Gingrich Administration saying, “Palestinians? What Palestinians?” That would tend to undercut Israel’s position and remove any part the U.S. might have been able to play in helping negotiate a solution. Except for platitudes about how we stand behind them and tossing money to them, a President Gingrich would, in effect, cut Israel lose to fend for themselves.
A genocidal arab complaining about racism.. what a joke.
Well then Mr. Gingrich's remarks must have been true and accurate.
Mr. Gingrich was dead right.
It’s time someone said it like it is.
I only hope he doesn’t apologise.
Are the palis now a race?
Is every disagreement racist?
Newt needs Secret Service protection ASAP.
It’s going to be nice seeing the Arabs squirm over this. Implementing a PC agenda is quite different from re-writing history and historical facts, much of which the general public is about to be schooled in....
Please note that none of the Arabs condemning Newt has made any attempt to refute him.
the two state solution is also a matter of international agreement going back to the UN Partition.
The original OWS of the Middle East.
Saddam Husein gave Kuwait to the Palestinians. It became the Palestinian Promised land so to speak.
Palis came and for a brief interval occupied the seats of power and bureaucracy . They were subsequently tossed.
Generally, the Gulf Arabs loathe the Palis.
So does Israel continue to pursue a two state solution with a people Gingrich says doesn't exist? Or do they pack it in and continue retaining the land populated with several million people who want them dead?
Noot was wrong: They're all terrorists.
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