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The Suffering Palestinians
Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2003 | Mona Charen

Posted on 05/20/2003 1:38:15 AM PDT by WaterDragon

In 1867, Mark Twain visited the Holy Land and was dismayed at what he found, "a desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds -- a silent, mournful expanse. . . . A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action. . . . We never saw a human being on the whole route. . . . There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of the worthless soil, had almost deserted the country." (From The Innocents Abroad.)

The land to which Jews began to return in large numbers during the final two decades of the 19th century -- the land they transformed from desert to orange groves, cities and kibbutzim -- was largely empty, not the thriving "nation of Palestine," as the current myth has it.

One thinks of this because today's news brings fresh reports of the pitiless persecution of the Palestinians -- not by Jews, but by their fellow Arabs -- which is the true story of Palestinian oppression.

The Lebanese government, the New York Times reports, is considering revoking the citizenship it awarded to about 25,000 Palestinians in 1994, a move that will cost many of them their jobs, schools, homes and access to health care.

"They are not welcomed," writes reporter Daniel J. Wakin, "by a government that declares its allegiance to the struggle for a Palestinian right to a homeland."

Lebanon, like Israel's other Arab neighbors, refused to absorb Arab refugees in 1948, placing them in camps instead.

(Israel, by contrast, absorbed and made citizens of the 500,000 Jews who fled Arab lands at the same time.)...(SNIP)

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: expelled; lebanon; monacharen; palestinians; pawn; rejected; weaponagainstisrael

1 posted on 05/20/2003 1:38:15 AM PDT by WaterDragon
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To: WaterDragon
Arabs, like blacks, are harshest on their brothers.
2 posted on 05/20/2003 1:40:55 AM PDT by Claire Voyant ((visualize whirled peas))
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To: WaterDragon
Kuwait deported thousands after they supported the Iraqi invasion.
Iraq will deport thousands more because supported Sadaam's regime.
4 posted on 05/20/2003 3:54:08 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: WaterDragon
Lebanon, like Israel's other Arab neighbors, refused to absorb Arab refugees in 1948, placing them in camps instead.

Where today they had a nice machine gun fight and RPG fest to celebrate the roadmap and killed 24 of each other. The Lebanonese police do not even dare go into the camps. No wonder they want to revoke their citizenship. That is the problem with Palestinians, they are like uranium, the more you pile together, the more likely they will explode on ya.

5 posted on 05/20/2003 5:04:30 AM PDT by American in Israel (Right beats wrong)
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To: WaterDragon

They get what they deserve!
6 posted on 05/20/2003 5:04:57 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: American in Israel
There was a time when the Palestinians were like the Lebanese, I think, with a reputation for good business sense, energetic entrepreneurship, etc. The camps and the UN welfare, along with the dictatorship of Arafat have completely destroyed these people. Even if somehow they were pacified, it will take generations to overcome this garbage now engrained in them.

There are quite a few Palestinians who hate how they live, want to stop the hate against Israel, but they dare never to speak of this.
7 posted on 05/20/2003 5:23:41 AM PDT by WaterDragon (Only America has the moral authority and the resolve to lead the world in the 21st Century.)
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To: WaterDragon
Palestinians are only useful as a club with which to beat Israel. It is disgusting that the Arabs are willing to do this to their own cousins, and equally dismaying that world opinion endorses it.

This sums it up in a nutshell.

8 posted on 05/20/2003 5:45:40 AM PDT by Alouette (Why is it called "International Law" if only Israel and the United States are expected to keep it?)
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To: Alouette
I agree, and I'm tired of the pretending that it is otherwise.
9 posted on 05/20/2003 7:07:03 AM PDT by WaterDragon (Only America has the moral authority and the resolve to lead the world in the 21st Century.)
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To: WaterDragon
Thank you for posting this edifying article. I didn't know what Palestine was like before the Israelis.

The obvious truth is that the reviled 'white' man in America, Israel and parts of Western Europe have, through great effort and courage, developed societies into which those who disdain him always wish to run.
10 posted on 05/20/2003 7:54:53 AM PDT by Risa
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To: WaterDragon; WarSlut
bttt
11 posted on 05/20/2003 8:26:07 AM PDT by cgk (It is liberal dogma that human life is an accident - Linda Bowles (r.i.p.))
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To: WaterDragon
Let me know when Pali-whaki's are extinct, then I would be interested.
12 posted on 05/20/2003 9:13:13 AM PDT by RasterMaster
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To: WaterDragon
bttt
13 posted on 05/20/2003 1:01:05 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: WaterDragon
The "Palestinians" technically did not exist before 1963 when they founded that political party as the PLO. So their history is very short. But if you go back to the original term, Arabs of Palestine, they have a long history of being the dregs of the Arabic Nations, the thieves, murderers who were run out of the surrounding better off Arabic areas. A friend of mine an an airport once said to an Arab who stepped out of his way, "shucron" the Palestinian pronunciation of the Arabic word for thanks. The Arab get all huffy and said "I am a Persian Arab, not a Palestinian, the Palestinians are the Jews of the Arab world." The guy was quite insulted. Can you imagine him using the J word in public? -gasp-

The Arabs of Palestine have a long history of violence, no matter who their hosts are, they try to kill them. (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait) That is why they are kept in camps in the Arab countries; the Arabs of those countries are just trying to protect themselves, as they know their history far too well.

They feel the same way about the Palestinians you would if a biker gang moved into your housing tract.

14 posted on 05/21/2003 12:07:54 AM PDT by American in Israel (Right beats wrong)
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To: American in Israel
I don't doubt what you are saying. But I think not all Palestinians were like that. Some of them have had a similar reputation to that of the Lebanese. Why else call them Arab "Jews?"

There were few Arabs in the Holy Land til after the Jews began their resettlement and grew the fabulous gardens and built industry. Then Arabs all around started moving into Israel for the job opportunities.

There surely is a Palestinian dialect of Arabic; I don't doubt you know what you're talking about. But it's also true that Arabs of many Arabic lands have continued to move into the Palestinian camps for the UN and French welfare.

It's a mess, isn't it?
15 posted on 05/21/2003 12:16:42 AM PDT by WaterDragon (Only America has the moral authority and the resolve to lead the world in the 21st Century.)
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