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Palestinian state would expel Jews
Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Steve Huntley

Posted on 12/27/2011 2:46:09 PM PST by James C. Bennett

Buried in news stories about the conviction on a former president of Israel on rape charges was a telling insight into the Jewish state: The three-judge panel that convicted Moshe Katsav and the three-judge tribunal that rejected his appeal each had a justice who is an Israeli Arab.

Arabs make up 20 percent of the population of Israel, and, as the Katsav story indicates, they are able to play prominent roles in the country’s governmental life, including service in the Knesset.

Hundreds of thousands of Jews live in communities in the disputed West Bank territories. To Israelis, the West Bank is known as Judea and Samaria, reflecting its crucial role in the ancient and modern history of the Jewish people. If a peace settlement is ever reached — a big if given the history of Palestinian intransigence — could some Jews living in the West Bank choose to opt to remain and pursue their lives under a new Palestinian state?

No, according to Maen Rashid Areikat, the representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United States. In a recent meeting with the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board, he condemned the Jewish residents of the West Bank — he put the number at 550,000 — as unlawful settlers and declared that all of them must leave as part of any Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

Areikat did acknowledge that a settlement would involve “minor” land swaps that could incorporate some of the communities in Israel. And he did say that at some point in the future, Jews might live in a new Palestinian state.

But a settlement would require Jews living in the Palestinian-governed West Bank to leave. In other words, a peace deal will be followed by ethnic cleansing of the West Bank, where Jewish history is measured in millennia and where Jews had lived before being expelled in the Arab world’s 1948 war to destroy Israel. An Israeli victory in the 1967 war returned Jews to Judea and Samaria, and to eastern Jerusalem where they could again pray at the Western Wall, forbidden by Jordan during the Arab occupation after 1948.

Areikat painted a glowing picture of the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank, as accepting Israel’s right to exist. After he several times insisted the Palestinian Authority, as opposed to Hamas, the terrorists ruling the Gaza Strip, had accepted Israel, I referred to him a recent article in the Palestinian Authority newspaper by the authority’s ambassador to India. Adli Sadeq wrote that Israelis “have a common mistake, or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah [the PLO’s main political party] accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist.”

The translation came from the Palestinian Media Watch. Areikat made vague comments about the ambassador’s writing, dismissed PMW founder Itamar Marcus as a biased settler, and offered to provide extreme statements from Israelis. Suggesting a mistranslation, he said he would get back to me about the article. It’s been several weeks, I haven’t heard from him.

Areikat made other suspect statements. He said the source of Israeli distrust of the Palestinians was not decades of Palestinian terrorism but the history of Western anti-Semitism. He said the “golden age” of Jews in the Holy Land was the medieval time of Islamic rule under Saladin. I think Jews might cite the time of King David or another Biblical era in their history.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; islam; israel; jews; palestine; palestinianstate

1 posted on 12/27/2011 2:46:16 PM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett
Eh? Shirley this cannot be. Liberals wrong again?

Let Carter tell these people "Peace, not Apartheid" now, and see how far he gets.
2 posted on 12/27/2011 2:49:13 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: James C. Bennett
..all of them must leave...

The Helen Thomas's of the world direct Jews as to where they must go when they "leave"...


3 posted on 12/27/2011 3:00:04 PM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: James C. Bennett
Gee, if this was any other group of people, there would be screaming about "apartheid" and "ethnic cleansing."

The tragic thing is that much like Nazi Germany, they're wanting to rid themselves of the best people. They're a bunch of savages, raised for one and only reason: To hate and kill Jews. And once the Jews are gone, the palis will turn on each themselves, since they'll never be allowed into any arab or muslim country.

Mark

4 posted on 12/27/2011 3:00:37 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: James C. Bennett

No surprise here however, in liberal fantasy land it’s a different scenario.


5 posted on 12/27/2011 3:02:28 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland
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To: C210N
The Helen Thomas's of the world direct Jews as to where they must go when they "leave"...

This is how they would prefer them to "leave"


6 posted on 12/27/2011 3:03:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: C210N

I propose the end of the Muslim Arab occupation of Judea and samaria. As to Gaza, push the palesimians into the sea!


7 posted on 12/27/2011 3:34:18 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks James C. Bennett.
Maen Rashid Areikat, the representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United States... condemned the Jewish residents of the West Bank... and declared that all of them must leave as part of any Israeli-Palestinian settlement... Areikat did acknowledge that a settlement would involve "minor" land swaps...
He's lying about the land swaps, but that's not surprising -- he's a Muzzie.


8 posted on 12/27/2011 6:35:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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