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Who is Responsible for the Suffering of the Palestinians?
Townhall ^ | Apr 11, 2014 | Michael Brown

Posted on 04/12/2014 6:48:40 PM PDT by lasereye

And so, the five surrounding Arab nations attacked Israel and were defeated in a war that was costly and difficult for everyone, resulting in about 800,000 Jewish refugees who fled from the neighboring Muslim countries and about 600,000 Arab refugees who fled from the war on Israel.

What happened to those refugees? Most of the Jewish refugees were absorbed by the fledgling State of Israel; the Arab refugees were not absorbed by their neighboring countries.

Why? Because they were used as human pawns against Israel, to the point that in 1959, the Arab League passed Resolution 1457: “The Arab countries will not grant citizenship to applicants of Palestinian origin in order to prevent their assimilation into the host countries.”

That’s why, until this very day, there are hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in refugee camps in countries like Lebanon and Syria, never integrated into the larger population or absorbed as citizens with full rights.

How dare the anti-Zionists blame Israel for this atrocious treatment of the Palestinians. The fault lies with their own leaders who have betrayed them in their hatred of Israel. (This is why historian Efraim Karsh entitled his very important book Palestine Betrayed, where much more relevant information can be found.)

As recently as 2004, Hisham Youssef, spokesman for the 22-nation Arab League, stated that, “Palestinians live in very bad conditions. That official policy is meant to preserve their Palestinian identity. If every Palestinian who sought refuge in a certain country was integrated and accommodated into that country, there won’t be any reason for them to return to Palestine.”

Do these leaders really care about their suffering brothers and sisters, or is their opposition to Israel, fueled by the theology of radical Islam, more important to them?

In 2012, the Palestinian Mufti, one of the senior Islamic leaders, repeated a well-known Muslim Hadith (authoritative tradition): “The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: ‘Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”

More recently, in a recent program on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, Hamas cleric and parliamentary member Yunis Al-Astal cited the Quran in guiding Muslims to “massacre” the Jews. (See Palwatch.org for more details.)

With statements like this, which are seconded by many Palestinian leaders, does Israel really have a peace partner among the Palestinian leadership?

As journalist Caroline Glick wrote, “Nearly every day a Palestinian leader announces that the Palestinians will not make peace with Israel under any circumstances. These statements are part of the public record, and all are published to great approval in the Arabic media. Palestinian children regularly appear on PA-controlled television children’s programs, calling for the annihilation of Israel and demonizing Jews as subhuman. Summer camps are named after terrorists.”

And as Israel has released thousands of Palestinian prisoners as a gesture of peace, even though many of these prisoners have the blood of Israeli men, women, and children on their hands, they are hailed as heroes when they return home. This is a terribly painful slap in Israel’s face, and yet another stumblingblock to peace.

As for the billions of dollars of support that pours into Hamas and the Palestinian Authority from America and Europe, only a small portion of it finds its ways into the hands of the people, instead being used to pad the bank accounts of the leaders and to further their war on Israel.

Of course, as followers of Jesus we should care for both Palestinians and Israelis, and we should give ourselves wholeheartedly to bring justice to the victims and relief to the suffering, whoever they may be.

But let us not forget where the ultimate blame lies for the suffering of the Palestinian people: It lies at the feet of their leadership, and shifting the blame to Israel will do these suffering Palestinians no good at all.

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, including Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message, and he hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; israel; palestinians

1 posted on 04/12/2014 6:48:40 PM PDT by lasereye
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To: lasereye

The Palestinians.


2 posted on 04/12/2014 6:49:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, the short answer is the Palestinians (who aren’t a country to begin with).


3 posted on 04/12/2014 6:51:47 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: cripplecreek

And the Arab governments.


4 posted on 04/12/2014 6:52:26 PM PDT by lasereye
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To: lasereye

Their fellow Jordanians and other Araqbs.

It was they who turned them away at their borders in 1947 — knowing that their population would grow in numbers and viciousness after decades in refugee camps.


5 posted on 04/12/2014 6:54:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Who are these “Palestinians”? There’s no country of palestine?


6 posted on 04/12/2014 6:56:06 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: lasereye

What culture has parents straps bombs to their own kids back and teaches then to blow themselves up?


7 posted on 04/12/2014 6:57:09 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: lasereye

Are you kidding me? That’s an EASY one....

Why, of course, it is the fault of the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!

/sarc


8 posted on 04/12/2014 6:57:25 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: lasereye

Hamas....Hezbollah [ and Herzbollah ]


9 posted on 04/12/2014 7:01:21 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ..We WIll Remember Bunkerville!)
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To: lasereye

No such country as Palestine. Having said that, if any people attack Israel, they are asking for whatever they get.


10 posted on 04/12/2014 7:02:19 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: cripplecreek

Palestinians are Arabs, nothing more, nothing less....plenty of Arab states for them to go to.


11 posted on 04/12/2014 7:03:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lasereye

no one cares about the pali’s,
they are leaches


12 posted on 04/12/2014 7:04:41 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: lasereye

Meh, blame the British, it works for most things.


13 posted on 04/12/2014 7:05:24 PM PDT by jameslalor
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To: lasereye

The Palestinians - duh


14 posted on 04/12/2014 7:15:01 PM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: lasereye
BUSH'S FAULT
15 posted on 04/12/2014 7:21:20 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

Amazing! It took 15 posts before the truth was stated!


16 posted on 04/12/2014 7:26:45 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: lasereye

Rhetorical question but, the Arabs are responsible for their own putrid lives.

No such thing as a Palestinian anyway....


17 posted on 04/12/2014 7:27:56 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> As for the billions of dollars of support that pours into Hamas and the Palestinian Authority from America and Europe, only a small portion of it finds its ways into the hands of the people, instead being used to pad the bank accounts of the leaders...

And they do their banking in Europe...

Thanks lasereye.


18 posted on 04/12/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: lasereye

They don’t want a state and four times they turned one down. Israel owes them nothing.

And the mood is in Israel is to dig in and wait them out. Israel can afford to and the 20 year conversation about the Arabs has been exhausted.

There is not more Israel can do.


19 posted on 04/12/2014 7:38:39 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Here is the solution. Give the Palis Sinai. The governments of the world can work through the UN to create the society that they envision the world to become.

Use all the green technologies, down to vehicles that don’t operate on gasoline. They can use solar, hydroelectric and wind to power the country. Build desalination plants for water. They can farm, raise animals and become an exporter of products.

Here is the funny thing. If every Israeli left tomorrow and went to Sinai and the Palis were given Israel,, in ten years Sinai would be a paradise, Israel would be a sewer and the Palis would still want to destroy the Israelis.


20 posted on 04/12/2014 7:54:00 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: lasereye

It is the will of Allah.


21 posted on 04/12/2014 8:03:34 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama - "I will stand with the Muslims")
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

bingo


22 posted on 04/12/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: cripplecreek
Good evening.

The Palestinians.

Only took one post, excellent.

And if it hadn't been for the Romans, the name "Palestine," would not have entered the lexicon.

5.56mm

23 posted on 04/12/2014 8:09:09 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: lasereye

Bttt.


24 posted on 04/12/2014 8:20:00 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Bulwyf

The last thing the Jihadi’s want is to see the Palestinians content-so long as the Palestinians are suffering, they’ll be willing to send their children to Jerusalem wearing bombs. Saddam Hussein would pay a Palestinian family $15,000 to send a child suicide bomber to Israel, but gave not a penny to improve their lot or feed them. This perspective summarizes the Arab world’s view of Palestine.


25 posted on 04/12/2014 8:20:01 PM PDT by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: sickoflibs
What culture has parents straps bombs to their own kids back and teaches then to blow themselves up?

Same culture that in Iran sent children with plastic keys (keys to Paradise) into the minefields, during the war with Iraq, to clear a path for the tanks. In other words: Islam!

26 posted on 04/12/2014 8:21:00 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: cripplecreek

Don’t know.

Don’t care.

Bring John Kerry home now before he starts WWIII.


27 posted on 04/12/2014 8:21:05 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: cripplecreek

Correct answer in the first reply.


28 posted on 04/12/2014 8:26:30 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: lasereye

answer: 1st - The leadership of the “Palestinian” movements such as the PLO, HAMAS and their variants, along with, collectively, many leaders of many Middle East nations who have preferred to see the crisis unresolved as a diversion from their own national failures, and have instead aided, abetted and supported “Palestinian” intransigence. 2nd - Western leaders who have transferred the first order responsibility to resolve the crisis from the Palestinians to the western leaders themselves.


29 posted on 04/12/2014 8:34:28 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: lasereye

It’s an Arab tribal thing that existed prior to 1948.

There has never been a factual place with established borders as “Palestine”, according to the 1948 UN-agreed formations of former British-controlled middle East territories.


30 posted on 04/12/2014 8:40:14 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: lasereye

31 posted on 04/12/2014 8:43:47 PM PDT by RichInOC ("In the name of Allah, The Inexorable, The Irresistible...")
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To: Spok

Yes, that’s well said. Heck, that pretty much sums up Islam in general.


32 posted on 04/12/2014 9:00:19 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: JudyinCanada

“No such country as Palestine.”


Well JudyinCanada, I could just hug you. You are one of the ONLY individuals that I have encountered that knows the REAL TRUTH. Bless You. For so long I’ve been trying to help people understand what is REALLY going on in Israel, but so many are imbued with lies...so they don’t know the truth has been extirpated from history and replaced with LIES....like SO MANY THING in the history of this planet.

God’s Word, explains everything. Including Him “laying waste” to Israel’s enemies. To those who harm her, and those who do not come to her aid shall be inclusive of the “laying of waste” by the Powerful, Just, and Vengeful Wrath of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The world has been forewarned by God concerning Israel, but does not harken herself to listen.


33 posted on 04/12/2014 10:55:18 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: SunkenCiv

OH, BOO HOO! Those poor, starving, oppressed, no longer occupied Arabs of Gaza
Regular BNI readers have seen these stories/photos before. Now, the folks at ‘The Religion of Peace’ have kindly put them all together in a concise overview of what life is really like for the people of Gaza. Pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel activitists: PAY ATTENTION

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/04/15/oh-boo-hoo-those-poor-starving-oppressed-no-longer-occupied-arabs-of-gaza/


34 posted on 04/12/2014 11:30:01 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks

When the Jews turned over Gaza there was a thriving greenhouse industry that produced flowers and other things worth millions of dollars.
The Pals quickly destroyed it because the Joooooooooow built it. I have no sympathy for them as they are exiles from arab lands not Israel.


35 posted on 04/12/2014 11:45:30 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08 (SEND BITCOIN 1CYfujvffxKKPHKvrQvLP3CDb3Z5Lu7LwM)
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To: lasereye
Ummm, lemme think.... The Palestinians and their Arab brothers who have been using them as pawns since 1948.
36 posted on 04/13/2014 12:51:48 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: M Kehoe

I can’t remember where I heard it (probably from Christians for Israel Canada) but wasn’t the word “Palestine” chosen because it was just a little twist from the “Philistines”, enemies of Israel.


37 posted on 04/13/2014 3:53:51 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: lasereye

Noah - if he had only omitted the pair of Palestinians from the gathering process, this would not be an issue.


38 posted on 04/13/2014 4:35:39 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: ourworldawry

Hug received lol.

I think, however, many, if not most, Freepers know that Palestine is a made-up name.

God bless Israel and all those who defend her.


39 posted on 04/13/2014 5:34:14 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: bicyclerepair

Palestine is a geographical region, like North America.


40 posted on 04/13/2014 6:02:34 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: BenLurkin

The Palis have indeed long since turned into a pack of vicious murderers who receive nurturing in hatred along with their mothers’ milk. They are death cultists in a religion that already worships violence against “infidels”.

As such not even their fellow Arab Muslims want them. Palis are regarded as a plague & a curse by the governments of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and anywhere else they attempt to settle. Keep ‘em in the camps, the Arab League has said since 1948, and when handling them point them away from you and at the Israelis like the mad dogs they are.

Palis are a dangerous but still useful weapon against the hated Jews, and that’s all they’re really good for.


41 posted on 04/13/2014 6:58:37 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Bulwyf

The Fakestinians should have gone back to the countries they originated from. They still should.


42 posted on 04/13/2014 8:46:13 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: lasereye

The Animalstinians and their liberal enablers


43 posted on 04/13/2014 11:24:56 AM PDT by GoldwaterCountry (Viva Reagan Revolucion!)
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To: dfwgator
Palestinians are Arabs, nothing more, nothing less....plenty of Arab states for them to go to.
Except the Arab states won't take them. Which is what the article was pointing out.
44 posted on 04/13/2014 11:59:11 AM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: JudyinCanada

“I think, however, many, if not most, Freepers know that Palestine is a made-up name.

God bless Israel and all those who defend her.”


I have no doubt that there are multitudes of smart, awakened individuals in here....which is why I love being here with mostly like-minded good people.

Another topic I’d love to touch on, is the fact of the dark entity that occupies the midst of the Temple. You know...Satan’s arrogant take-over of God’s holy place, and Jesus’ territory. No one seems to talk about THAT atrocity too much.


45 posted on 04/13/2014 7:15:09 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: ourworldawry

Well, I confess I don’t know a whole lot about the Temple Mount. I am baffled as to how this was given over to the muslims. An atrocity for sure.

I am guessing it’s just a matter of time. I read a bit about the planning of the third temple, and I understand that mosque is located on a fault. Until God decides it’s time, I don’t think there’s much can be done. God will make all things right.


46 posted on 04/14/2014 5:02:45 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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