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They are the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians: The Counterfeit Arabs

They are the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians.

They are indistinguishable from those Arabs who live in the surrounding artificial states such as Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia or the other entities throughout the Middle East created by the colonial powers, France and Britain. Both powers were victorious after the Ottoman Turkish Empire lay defeated at the end of World War I.

Both of these European powers carved artificial borders across the corpse of what had been Turkey’s empire in the Middle East, and both France and Britain have left a resulting legacy of war and violence ever since. One such territory, previously occupied by Ottoman Turkey for 400 years, was the geographical entity known sometimes as Palestine.

But there is no such thing as a Palestinian people; no such thing as a Palestinian history; and no Palestinian language exists. There has never been any independent, sovereign Palestinian state in all of recorded history — let alone an Arab independent state of Palestine.

You will search in vain for Palestinian Arab coinage or Palestinian Arab archaeological artefacts specifically related to any Palestinian Arab king or ancient leader. But what you will find are coins, pottery, ancient scrolls, all providing conclusive, empirical and millennial evidence of Jewish civilization dotting the land known correctly as Israel — not Palestine.

The present-day so-called “Palestinians” are an Arab people sharing an overwhelmingly Muslim Arab culture, ethnicity and language identical to their fellow Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, with few if any distinctions.

Yasser Arafat, the arch-terrorist, who imposed himself undemocratically upon the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, was fond of creating the absurd myth that Palestinian Arabs were descended from the Canaanites and the Philistines. As we know, the bigger the lie the bigger the number of people will believe it. And so Arafat twisted history in order to disinherit the indigenous native people of the land: the Jews.

Canaanites, without doubt, were the first known inhabitants of the Land of Israel before the first Hebrews, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives, settled there, and before Moses brought their descendants back to the Promised Land during the Exodus from Egypt.

The Canaanites lived both along the coastal plain and in the mountain regions, which run like a spine down the biblical territory of Samaria and Judea. Their language was similar to Hebrew and their territory stretched north into present day Lebanon and included the present day Golan Heights.

The Canaanites were finally subdued during the reign of King David. Most Canaanites were gradually assimilated into the Jewish people and were no longer a distinguishable people.

After the 8th century BC, the Canaanites no longer existed and the only people, therefore, who can trace back an historic link to ancient Canaan are the Jews, not the Palestinian Arabs. So much for Arafat’s nonsense and for the on-going attempts by today’s Palestinian Arabs, financed by vast Arab oil wealth, to hoodwink the world.

The term “Philistines” provides the source from which the term “Palestinians” is derived. Like the Arabs who gave themselves the concocted name “Palestinian,” the Philistines were alien peoples who entered the land from other lands, mostly from the Mediterranean island of Crete. That is why they were also known as the Sea People.

The modern “Palestinian Arabs” are primarily the descendants of those itinerant Arabs who illegally flooded British Mandatory Palestine from Arab territories as far away as Sudan, Egypt, Syria and what was Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). They were attracted during the early decades of the 20th century by new employment opportunities provided by the Jewish pioneers, whose heroic efforts were turning the desert green again and restoring centuries of neglect that the land had endured under a succession of alien occupiers.

Britain, during its Mandate over the territory, turned a blind eye to the flood of illegal Arab aliens entering, while at the same time often arbitrarily limiting Jewish immigration into their ancient, biblical and ancestral homeland. This was a betrayal of the Mandate given to Britain to facilitate a Jewish Homeland in the geographical territory known as Palestine.

The Philistines were non-Semitic peoples who had entered the land from their homes throughout the Aegean Islands in general and from Crete in particular. These ancient Cretans arrived in Southern Canaan and along the Egyptian coastline and were known as “Pelestim and Keretim” by the Hebrew tribes. It appears that their first settlement may have been Gaza. Later they settled in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gat and Ekron: the Pentapolis.

Their territory was primarily along the coastal Mediterranean; interestingly, a territory not dissimilar to the present day Gaza Strip. They attempted at different times to invade Judah but were turned back by the various Jewish biblical heroes and finally defeated by King David. From that time onwards they were diminished as a threat and as a separate people, finally disappearing from history and any “Palestinian” Arab attempt to claim a lineage with them is as absurd as that of links with the early Canaanites.

Moving fast forward to 73 AD, the first attempt of the Jews to reclaim their independence from the repressive yoke of Roman occupation ended when Jewish warriors and their families fled to the fortress of Masada from Jerusalem. The Romans had destroyed the Jewish capital city along with the Second Jewish Temple.

Historically documented and universally recognized, Masada, which rises to great height overlooking the Dead Sea, is where the heroic last stand took place and where the surviving warriors and their families took their own lives rather than be sent as slaves throughout the mighty Roman Empire. The Land where these stirring and epochal events took place was in the province known as Judæa. There is absolutely no mention of any place called “Palestine” before that time.

After the suppression of the Second Jewish Revolt in 135 AD against the Roman occupation, the Emperor Hadrian replaced the name of Judea (Yehuda in Hebrew from where the name Yehudim, Jews, originates) to Syria-Palæstina after the “Philistines” who were the ancient enemies of the Israelites. Hadrian did so with the explicit purpose of effacing any trace of Jewish history.

Ancient Romans, as well as so-called Palestinian Arabs, have fulfilled the Hebrew Scriptural prophecy that declares: “They lay crafty plans against Your People… they say: ‘come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more’.” — Tehilim 83:3-4 (Psalm 83:3-4). They failed, as Israel is reconstituted as a modern Jewish state in its ancestral and biblical homeland.

No such name as Palestine occurs in any ancient document. It is not written in the Bible, neither in the Hebrew Scriptures nor in the Christian Testament, not even in Assyrian, Persian, Macedonian, Ptolemaic, Seleucian or other Greek sources. There is no “Palestinian” people ever mentioned, not even by the Romans that invented the term.

If “Palestinians” allegedly are the historic inhabitants of the Holy Land, why did they not fight for independence from Roman occupation as Jews did? How is it possible that not a single “Palestinian” leader revolted against the Roman invaders or is mentioned in any historic record?

Why is there no Palestinian rebel group mentioned, as for example the Jewish Zealots? Why does every historic document mention the Jews as the native and aboriginal inhabitants, and the Greeks, Romans and others as foreigners dwelling in Judea; but no “Palestinian” people, neither as native or as foreigner? What is more, there is no reference to any “Palestinian” people in the Koran, although Muslims claim that their prophet was once in al-Aksa (meaning the farthest place) which Muslims, for political purposes, chose to be Jerusalem — an event not even mentioned in the Koran.

Saladin, a Kurd, knew the Jews and invited them to resettle in Jerusalem. He had no trouble in recognizing Jerusalem as their eternal capital city and the territory as their rightful Homeland. But he did not know any so-called Palestinians and to claim otherwise that Palestinians are the original people of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, is not only counter to secular history but also is opposed to Islamic history.

The so-called “Palestinians” who claim Jerusalem want it so that they can take it away from the Jews for whom Jerusalem, known also as Zion, is the eternal, 3,000 year old Jewish capital.

Perhaps what links the modern day Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians” with the ancient Philistines is that both are invaders. The Philistines wanted to take from the Israelites the Holy Ark of the Covenant, while today’s so-called “Palestinian Arabs” want to take from the Jewish people the Holy City of the Covenant — Jerusalem.

A wealth of information about this and related subjects may be found at the following website. I encourage all to read it: www.think-israel.org/archives

So let me close, beginning with the words of a Christian Arab, Joseph Farah, who has made his home here in America and who knows of what he writes:

  • “There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 per cent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of one per cent of the landmass. But that’s too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today… No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.”

    Joseph Farah, “Myths of the Middle East”

Let us hear what other Arabs have said:

  • “There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it”. (*) Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937

    “There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not”. (*) Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946

    “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria”. (*) Representative of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956

Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:

  • “The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 AD hardly lasted, as such, 22 years.”

The preceding declarations by Arab politicians were issued before 1967 as they had not the slightest knowledge of the existence of any Palestinian people. How and when did they change their mind and decide that such people existed? When the State of Israel was reborn in 1948 the Arabs had still not discovered that “ancient” people. They were too busy attempting to annihilate the reconstituted sovereign State of Israel, and did not intend to create any Palestinian entity, but only to distribute the seized Jewish lands among the already existing Arab states.

The Arab armies were miraculously defeated by a tiny handful of Jewish defenders. The Arabs attempted again to destroy Israel in 1967, and were humiliated in only six days, in which they lost the lands that they had previously stolen and usurped in 1948. Those lands included Judea and Samaria, which comprise the biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland, tracing its history back some 4,000 years.

Now the world forgets such empirical history and prefers to name the ancestral Jewish territory the “West Bank”, which was illegally occupied by the Jordanian Arabs for 19 years from 1948 until its liberation in 1967.

In all those years, when Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria and Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip, neither of them created a “Palestinian” state, since the still non-existing Palestinians would have never claimed their alleged right to have their own state.

Paradoxically, during the British Mandate, which lasted from 1920 to 1948, it was not any Arab group but the Jews that were known as Palestinians!

But read what other Arabs declared after the Six-Day War:

  • “There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity… yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel”. (*) Zuhair Muhsin, military commander of the PLO and member of the PLO Executive Council

    “Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people”. (*) Syrian dictator Hafez Assad to the PLO leader Yasser Arafat

    “As I lived in Palestine, everyone I knew could trace their heritage back to the original country their great grandparents came from. Everyone knew their origin was not from the Canaanites, but ironically, this is the kind of stuff our education in the Middle East included. The fact is that today’s Palestinians are immigrants from the surrounding nations! I grew up well knowing the history and origins of today’s Palestinians as being from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Christians from Greece, Muslim Sherkas from Russia, Muslims from Bosnia, and the Jordanians next door. My grandfather, who was a dignitary in Bethlehem, almost lost his life by Abdul Qader Al-Husseni (the leader of the Palestinian revolution) after being accused of selling land to Jews. He used to tell us that his village Beit Sahur (The Shepherds Fields) in Bethlehem County was empty before his father settled in the area with six other families. The town has now grown to 30,000 inhabitants”. (*) Walid Shoebat

During the long years of alien occupation of the Land of Israel, though Jews were always living in the Land in whatever numbers they could sustain, visitors were always struck at how the land had become a barren waste with malarial swamps and a remarkably sparse population. The following reports from travellers to the desolate landscape that had become a mournful waste are quite telling:

  • “There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilee); not for thirty miles in either direction… One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee… Nazareth is forlorn… Jericho lies a mouldering ruin… Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation… untenanted by any living creature… A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent, mournful expanse… a desolation… We never saw a human being on the whole route… Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country… Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… desolate and unlovely…” (*) Mark Twain, “The Innocents Abroad”, 1867

One wonders, therefore, where were the “Palestinians” hiding so that Mark Twain could not see them? Where was that so-called “ancient” people in the mid nineteenth century? Of course, Arab politicians now attempt to discredit Mark Twain, retreating into that realm of all scoundrels by calling him a racist.

  • “In 1590 a ‘simple English visitor’ to Jerusalem wrote: ‘Nothing there is to be seen but a little of the old walls, which is yet remaining and all the rest is grass, moss and weeds much like to a piece of rank or moist ground’.” (*) Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund

    “The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil”. (*) British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s

    “Palestine is a ruined and desolate land”. (*) Count Constantine François Volney, XVIII century French author and historian

    “The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it”.(*) Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s

    “The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population”. (*) James Finn, British Consul in 1857

    “The area was under populated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880′s, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained “The Holy Land” in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants — both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts… Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen… The plows used were of wood… The yields were very poor… Schools did not exist… The rate of infant mortality was very high… The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert… Many ruins were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants”. (*) The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913

Far too many otherwise decent people have come to accept Arab oil financed falsehoods masquerading as history about the origins of the so-called Palestinian Arabs. These lies now permeate the mainstream media, schools, colleges, and universities and are perpetrated by the tenured leftist professors and the colleges who all too eagerly accept Saudi blood money.

The historical facts given above may be of help to those who have otherwise fallen hook, line and sinker for duplicitous Arab propaganda and what constitutes one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated upon the world.

Victor Sharpe, The writer is a freelancer and author of several books including a collection of short stories called The Blue Hour and Volumes One, Two and Three of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state. 

Also published in The Jerusalem Connection Report

1 in 4 Palestinians Support ISIS

 

Daniel Greenfield// If there’s any group out there most likely to support ISIS, it’s bound to be the people who made terrorism into an ethnic group. The fake nationality set up by terrorist groups known as “the Palestinians”. The term is a misnomer for a collection of regional Arabic tribes, some of whose branches colonize Israel while displacing and oppressing the indigenous Jewish population.

Ever since then the remnants of the colonists have built up an identity based around terrorism. So they’re perfect for ISIS.

Palestinians have the most positive view of ISIS among all Arab groups, with 24% approving vs. an average of 15% in Arab countries.

The real numbers are higher because supporting ISIS is even more illegal in Israel, Jordan or Lebanon than it is in the US.

ISIS also has the lowest ‘hard negatives’ among Pallies of any other group. In Tunisia, which dispatched a large number of fighters to ISIS, the hard negative is still at 71 percent. Among the pallies the soft negative and hard negatives are split at 36 percent each.

ISIS has its strongest base of support among Palestinian Muslims.

Let’s give these people a state. There’s no chance it’ll end up an Islamic State… is there?

Palestinian Statehood – Separating Fact from Fantasy

 

The NY Times recently reported that the Vatican has concluded a treaty recognizing Palestinian statehood. During Israel’s recent election, however, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented that if re-elected, he would oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. He has good reason to oppose it.

Security Council Resolution 242 (November 22, 1967) speaks of withdrawal by Israel from lands occupied in the Six-Day War provided that Israel’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force are recognized.

The response of the Palestinians and the Arab world was simple and unequivocal – The Khartoum Declaration – “No recognition, no negotiation, no peace” – and despite generous offers by Israeli Prime Ministers Barak and Olmert, it is clear that no Palestinian leader then or now is prepared to accept Israel’s right to exist in any borders whatsoever despite all the rhetoric to the contrary.

This became clear on May 10th, 1994, in the wake of Arafat’s signing the Oslo Accords, when he travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa and compared his signing of the Accords with Mohammed’s deceptive signing of a 10-year peace treaty at Hudaybiyyah with the Quraish tribe of Mecca. Two years later, Mohammed broke the Treaty, attacked the Quraish, slaughtered them and conquered Mecca. In other words, the 10-year Treaty was a deception designed to allow Mohammed time to build his forces until they were powerful enough to conquer the Quraish. Arafat stated unequivocally that he viewed the Oslo Accords in the same light as Hudaybiyyah.


In the same month, Israel and the PLO signed the Cairo Agreement under which Israel withdrew from Jericho and more than half of Gaza , all of which was turned over to Palestinian control. The Agreement was based on the formula of “land for peace” whereby Israel relinquished strategic territory and the Palestinians promised to prevent violence and combat terrorist attacks against Israel.

The Cairo Agreement had the exact reverse effect. It unleashed a wave of unprecedented Palestinian terrorism, which included suicide bombings that shook Israel to its core. “Land for peace” quickly devolved into “land for terrorism.” Subsequent deals, such as the Oslo II Accord of September 1995, the January 1997 Hevron protocol, and the October 1998 Wye River Agreement were all based upon the same principle. In each case, Israel handed territory over to the Palestinians in exchange for promises of peace, and, in each instance, without fail, Israel’s gestures were reciprocated with terrorist attacks against its citizens and its country.

And for those who maintain that a more “moderate” Palestinian leadership is now in power, perhaps they should consider the comments of Ahmed Bahar, deputy speaker of the PA parliament, who, on May 14th, confirmed that the Palestinian parliament continues to reject any Jewish right to the land of “Palestine” (meaning the State of Israel) which it defined as “an Islamic endowment to which Jews have no right to even a single inch.” It also confirmed that the Palestinians will never agree to the settlement of the so-called “Palestinian refugees” outside the territory of “Palestine” (meaning the State of Israel), nor will they ever agree to recognize Israel.

The Palestinians have broken every promise they made in the Oslo Accords and continue to seek recognition from world bodies such as the UN and the ICC so as to avoid any negotiations (as required by the Accords) or compromise that would require their recognition of the State of Israel.

Critics of Netanyahu’s position fail to note that, in furtherance of this goal, Palestinian suicide bombers were sent into Israel during the Second Intifada solely for the purpose of killing Jews in marketplaces, restaurants and discoteques because they believed that by doing so, they would secure their “martyrdom”.

The irony is that there never was a “peace process” except in the minds of the Western media and most Western leaders who have bought into all these lies and deceptions. The intention, rather, was to use international diplomatic pressure to force Israel into making strategic concessions that would ultimately lead to its destruction ….. as Arafat openly admitted in Johannesburg over twenty years ago.

Critics should note as well that the Palestinian educational system includes Palestinian poetry, schoolbooks, crossword puzzles and children’s music videos that teach Palestinian children that “Jews are the descendants of pigs and monkeys” and must be killed, and Palestinian leaders have openly declared that any future Palestinian state would be “Jew-free”. They are also using US and European foreign aid dollars to pay Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons as well as the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, and they continue to name marketplaces, town squares, tournaments, and cinemas after these suicide bombers whom they hail as “heroes” and “martyrs”. Nor is mention ever made of Hamas’s founding Charter that openly calls for the murder of Jews wherever they are, and for the destruction of their State.

The sad truth is that the Palestinians want a state not beside Israel, but in place of it. If critics would take the time to read what the Palestinians are saying to each other in Arabic (as translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute and Palestine Media Watch) as opposed to what they are saying to Western leaders and the Western media in English, they would understand the Islamic concept of taqqiyah (deception) and discover the real truth behind the Arab-Israeli conflict – not Israel’s refusal to accept a State of Palestine, but the Arab refusal to accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state on what they consider to be Islamic lands.

Netanyahu’s new government needs to reject any such pressure to recognize a Palestinian state under current circumstances as should all Western leaders. To give up further lands in exchange for a deceitful peace is something that Israel tried in the 1990s with tragic results. It should not be repeated again.

 

Mark Silverberg

The writer is a foreign policy analyst for the Ariel Center for Policy Research (Israel). He is a former member of the Canadian Justice Department, a past Director of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Western Office), a member of Hadassah’s National Academic Advisory Board and a Contributing Editor for Family Security Matters and Intellectual Conservative. He served as a Consultant to the Secretary General of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem during the first Palestinian intifada. His book “The Quartermasters of Terror: Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Jihad” and articles are archived at http://www.acpr.org.il andwww.marksilverbeg.com.

So, Just What is a “Palestinian,” Anyways?

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The Philistines, of course, were a seafaring people of the Aegean islands.

They were one of the rivals for regional dominance competing with the ancient Israelites along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea over one thousand years before Jesus of Nazareth walked the land.

They were, needless to say, not a people from the Arabian peninsula and were in no way the forebears of those who conquered the Land of Israel in the seventh century.

This is to say that the ancient enemy of the Jews, the Philistines, are in no way related to the contemporary Arabs who have, for some reason, taken a Latin name that refers to a Greek people.

Furthermore, Palestinian-Arab authorities sometimes claim to be either descendants of the Philistines or descendants of the ancient Canaanites or descendants of the little known ancient Jebusites.

The areas of Judea and Samaria, and all the Land of Israel, was renamed Syria-Palestina by the Roman Emperor Hadrian around the year 135 CE for the explicit purpose of erasing Jewish history on the land of the defeated indigenous Jewish population upon the failure of the Bar Kochba Rebellion.

From that day to this the traditional homeland of the Jewish people was generally referred to as either “Palestine” or the “Holy Land” or “Eretz Israel,” depending upon among who, when, and where the conversation was taking place.

By the time that the Zionist project was well under way in the early part of the twentieth-century the terms “Palestine,” to refer to the region, and “Palestinian,” to refer to the Jews of the region, were commonplace in the west.

Throughout the first half of the twentieth-century a “Palestinian” was generally considered a Jew or, in official British terms during the period of the mandate, anyone, without regard to race or religion, who resided within the mandate, itself.  This definition, in my opinion, is probably the only one that actually makes sense from a liberal perspective.

As is often remarked, the Jerusalem Post was originally dubbed the “Palestine Post.”  It was not until after the Jews relinquished the designation of “Palestinian” that the local Arabs picked it up. This is why Golda Meir could famously tell the the Sunday Times in the summer of 1969:

There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.

This is because “Palestine” was a regional, not a national designation.  The above quote is sometimes employed by the hard-left to suggest that Meir was racist, but the hard-left considers Israel to be a racist country, in any case, and all of its leaders from the past, including Golda, herself, to be fascistic.

The idea of “Palestinian” to refer specifically to the local Arabs only gained significant credence among Arabs, themselves, during the 1960s with the rise of Arafat and the PLO and with it, for the very first time in human history, an allegedly distinct ethnicity emerged for the specific purpose of robbing another people of sovereignty and self-defense on their own land.

For the Jewish people, therefore, the keffiyah resonates in a manner similar to a Klansmen’s hood.

In a certain kind of way, this answers the question of just what is a “Palestinian,” anyway?  You could accurately answer like this:

A “Palestinian” is an Arab residing on Jewish land whose cultural identity is largely dependent upon the effort to eliminate Jewish sovereignty and self-defense in Eretz Israel directly after the Holocaust

This definition, however, only makes sense if the Palestinian-Arabs do, in fact, represent a distinct national group.  While I understand about Benedict Anderson’s criticisms of nations as “imagined communities,” nonetheless for a distinct national group to be a distinct national group there must be significant cultural distinctions between that group and the larger related communities.

In the case of those whom we call “Palestinian” the distinctions are virtually non-existent. This is not the case between, for example, the Japanese and the Chinese because even non-Asians can readily observe the many cultural distinctions between these neighboring far east Asian peoples.  The “Palestinians,” however, share the same cuisine with other Arabs. They share the same religion with other Arabs. They share the same language with other Arabs. They share similar honor / shame codes.  Customs.   Culture.   Language.   Food.   Traditions.

All more or less the same.

The reason for this is because Palestinian-Arab nationalism was merely a recent response to the fact that the Jews had finally released ourselves from dhimmitude and we would simply no longer allow ourselves to be forced into second and third-class non-citizenship under Arab-Muslim domination.

Thirteen centuries was more than enough, thank you very much.

So, if “Palestinian” does not represent a distinct nation or ethnicity then just what is a “Palestinian”?

The truth of the matter, of course, is that “Palestine” is simply another name for the Land of Israel, but one foisted upon it by a malicious Roman conqueror.  Just as Jewish people have no moral obligation to recognize a “Palestinian” people who came into existence, as an allegedly distinct people, within recent decades for the specific purpose of doing Jewish people harm, so we have no compelling reason to resurrect the Greco-Roman name “Palestine” to refer to our homeland.

If the Arabs want to take a big bite out of Israel in order to create a criminal-terrorist entity on Jewish land, we’ve certainly given them every opportunity, but as Abba Eban famously said after the Geneva peace talks of 1973, the Palestinian-Arabs “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

“Palestine,” it must furthermore be understood, refers to a region, not a nation.  Just as “Saharan” is not an ethnicity and “Californian” is not an ethnicity, so “Palestinian” is not an ethnicity. Everyone who lives in California is a “Californian.”  If you are resident of the state of California then, whatever else you may be, you are very definitely a Californian.

The same is true for everyone who lives in the Land of Israel.  They are all “Palestinian” in the sense that they all live in what was the British Mandate of Palestine.

A “Palestinian” might be an Arab and he or she might be a Muslim, but there are all sorts of “Palestinians” who are not Arab. The Palestinian Authority is willing to accept the idea of an “Arab Christian” as “Palestinian,” but that is where the door shuts closed. All others, despite residing in the region for perhaps generations, can never be considered “Palestinian” in the hard-right racist manner that the PA determines such things.

At the end of the day, however, everyone who lives in Eretz Israel is a “Palestinian,” if we need to even use such terminology, just as every citizen of the State of Israel is an Israeli, without regard to ethnicity or religion.   There are Arab-Israelis and Jewish-Israelis and Rosicrucian-Israelis and, presumably even, Chinese-Buddhist-Israelis, just as there are Arab-Palestinians and Jewish-Palestinians and Rosicrucian-Palestinians and, presumably even, Chinese-Buddhist-Palestinians.

The Arabs may represent a significant portion of what was once the British Mandate of Palestine, but they obviously never represented all of it.  The Jews were always willing to share, just as the Arabs were always determined to prevail in a zero-sum contest against their formerly persecuted subjects.

But if one is an all-or-nothing kind of person and if you cannot grab it all, you very often get nothing.

This is something that Mahmoud Abbas might well keep in mind.

http://blog.eretzyisrael.org/post/116919864662/so-just-what-is-a-palestinian-anyways

Palestinians and the Art of the Possible

Bismarck once said, “Politics is the art of the possible.” So it is with the Mideast, as much as it was in the Europe of Bismarck. The pro-Western, and pro-Zionist side is failing to take this insight to heart, preferring legal theory to practical wisdom.

The Jewish writer Yehudit Shier Weisberg is quick to cite San Remo as the authorization for Jewish settlement wherever in Judea and Samaria that Jews build communities. She has noted:

The present United Nations Charter recognizes its obligation to uphold the commitments of the League of Nation[s]. Article 80 of the UN Charter states that a right gained through a Mandate will not expire as a result of the expiration of a Mandate — Yehudit Shier Weisberg

Mrs. Weisberg further builds her case:

… [R]ights once granted or recognized under a treaty or other legal instrument do not expire with the expiration of the treaty or instrument is now codified in article 70(1)(b) of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties … — Yehudit Shier Weisberg

This leads to the conclusion:

So according to international law valid to this day, Jews are allowed to settle anywhere west of the Jordan River — Yehudit Shier Weisberg

With such a forceful legal insight, Mrs. Weisberg correctly asserts the Jewish right to build in Judea and Samaria under International Law.

However, the inconvenient flip side of San Remo, is that Arabs in Judea and Samaria are also to have full civil rights, which were also forcefully guaranteed by the Palestinian Mandate, and which also do not expire. If the Mandates obligations to the Jews are valid, so also are the obligations to the Arabs.

The same Mandate guaranteed:

…safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion. — Article 2, of final draft of the League of Nations San Remo Mandate

We know that these rights included the right to vote, as the British Mandate offered voting rights to the Arabs.

As I have told my Jewish friends, from time to time, San Remo is a two-edged sword, and one cannot assert one’s rights under San Remo, while ignoring the aforementioned rights of the Arabs. The Arabs were to be treated equitably, which requires voting and building permits.

If San Remo is to be the basis for Israel’s claims to Judea and Samaria, then extending full civil rights, including voting rights, to the Arabs must follow. This is precisely why Israel has offered the voting franchise to the Arabs in the Golan Heights and the eastern side of Jerusalem. If those local Arabs are foolish enough to  not avail themselves of the offer — and most are so foolish — their rights still do not expire, as Mrs. Weisberg has so forcefully demonstrated.

Where those rights are not tendered to the Arabs, the Jewish rights, it might be argued, are in abeyance, since the rights are connected. Yet, today the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, when prosecuted by Israel, are tried in military, not civil, courts with a consequent abridgment of legal protections. They have no say, by voting, in the Israeli government which controls their borders, a right guaranteed by San Remo, which, as noted, does not expire.

Sadly, San Remo was weak. Britain was quick to riddle the document with escape clauses; and duplicitous enough to avoid declaring a Jewish precedence in rights over the Arab, except in the right of setting up national homeland. Britain talked out of both sides of her mouth; and left a time bomb of a problem.

To be sure, I am not so crazy as to advocate that Israel immediately extend the franchise to 2 million increasingly radicalized Arabs in Judea and Samaria; but that is the flip side of any claim to the land based on San Remo. If Jewish rights do not expire, then neither do Arab rights. That is the rub; and that is why I am not so benighted as to build a case for Israel based on a flawed San Remo.

Therefore, let us remove the problem from sovereignty by virtue of a sorely duplicitous San Remo instrument and apply the principle of Bismarck. Let us aim for what is possible, with an eye to saving Israel apart from the suicidal obligations of San Remo to the Arabs.

Concentrating on what is possible, we find that young Arabs are willing to immigrate out of Judea and Samaria.

44% of young Palestinians are willing to [e]migrate if given the opportunity. — Dr. Martin Sherman, citing a Bir Zeit University Poll, as quoted by JPOST, 2006

That is an amazing statistic. At once we see that almost half of the future Palestinian demographic in Judea and Samaria could disappear, if we dispensed with blaming one side or the other, and worked to implementing a practical solution.

The Arab elite are so terrified of this statistic that they have issued fatwas against emigration.

No doubt, once the 44% have left, the remaining 56% might soften their hardline stance, and more could be persuaded to leave.

So the question remains: if 44% of Arab youth in Judea and Samaria are willing to emigrate. How can we help them? The answer, of course, is by financial compensation.

Arrangements can be made to offer visas to a third country, along with monetary packages, tended to the youth upon arrival in that country. The money should be sufficient to set the youth, or young family, up in a self-sustaining basis in the new land. Low-balling compensation, to lower costs, would only defeat the purpose. Moreover, the Palestinians should come in with enough capital that the receiving nations would welcome them as assets, rather than burdens. No nation will take in poor Palestinians.

$100,000 per adult, with $50,000 for children under 14, would prove more than sufficient to set up Palestinians for life in many countries, offering them enough to purchase a house and a business.

For this to work requires a willingness to forego some justice. Many Israelis want no part of reimbursing the violent Palestinians, but while such a view might have merit, the end result will be a continued low-grade war. Bismarck’s wisdom is in order here.

For a precedent to this view, one might cite the American Civil War. Prewar abolitionists were horrified when the plan to purchase and manumit slaves was considered. It was ungodly to reward the slave owner with profit for his crime. However, the Civil War cost far more than the contemplated purchased manumission would have, with the horrific result that 600,000 of America’s finest stock died. The Constitution would not have been distorted from a prewar extreme of state’s rights to the postwar extreme of Federal control, and a happier balance would have obtained. Sometimes, the most moral thing to do is to forego human justice; and leave it up to God.

Assuming we have such money available, what countries would take them in?

Sadly, we must rule out all the Arab countries. The Arabs have determinedly refused to naturalize Palestinians for decades, under the aegis of the Casablanca Protocol of 1965. Though neutrality stated, the Protocol is exercised to deny rights to any Palestinian. The Arabs, who otherwise disagree on everything else, have shown a remarkable cohesion on this. Some nations, like Saudi Arabia, have a Palestinian naturalization exclusion written into their laws.

Pressure could be put on non-Arab Muslim nations to take their brethren; though by extension, we can probably safely assume that Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia will exhibit that very same Muslim solidarity against naturalization. Should that be proven wrong, and Palestinians be welcomed, these countries would prove wonderful destinations, where the Palestinians could be set up in a prosperous condition for a reasonable cost.

The cost of setting up the Palestinians in Europe and America would be prohibitive. Moreover, given Arab anger at the West — which is blamed for its part in creating Israel — it would probably not be so safe to take too many Palestinians in.

But, as I previously noted in AT, there is a place in the world where Arabs are welcomed, where they often become elites, and almost always assimilate well: South America. While most Arab immigrants to South America were Christian, not all were — and the descendants of those Muslims who did arrive are often Christian. Moreover, South America is a place where $100,000 per adult would be sufficient to set up the Palestinians for life.

So let’s crunch some numbers, shall we?

Uruguay allows anyone who can show a $6,000 a year income to immigrate in. A young Palestinian couple coming in with $200,000 would easily meet that requirement — with any future children becoming Uruguayan rather than potential mujahideen in Judea and Samaria.

Uruguay, right now, has a population of 3.3 Million, with less than 400 being Muslim.

The Muslim population lives primarily near the border with Brazil. An Islamic cultural representative estimated 300 to 400 Muslims in the country but noted that the majority were minimally observant. – U.S. State Department, 2007

Were Uruguay to accept 25,000 Muslims, they en toto would only constitute 0.75% of Uruguay’s population.

Uruguay is probably South America’s most secular republic. A civil war was fought over this principle, and Uruguay ruthlessly secularized, removing crucifixes from classrooms, and God from oaths. Such a secular people will not so easily tolerate Islamic extremism. The new Palestinian arrivals, if dispersed, will assimilate, and eventually Christianize and/or secularize over time.

We in America know fully well the power of Hispanic culture, which is why our legal, voting, and tax forms are now bilingual. Hispanic culture, formed out of the Reconquista, will not so easily yield to multicultural tolerance of Islamic shenanigans; but will eventually overpower it. Once young Palestinian females catch a glance of Uruguay’s lusty national dance, the Candombe, sharia will collapse rather quickly.

This is no mere exercise in thought. Obama and Kerry offered a $4 billion dollar package to the Palestinians trying to wring out a peace deal in 2013. For that same amount of money, they could have moved 40,000 young Palestinian women to South America, which would have been a real move for peace.

If Uruguay could easily take 25,000 Palestinians, how about Chile?

Chile has 18 Million people. Less than 4,000, or 0.025% are Muslim. Moreover Chile is in the midst of an Evangelical Revival, which would sweep up many new arrivals. If 100,000 Palestinians were sent to Chile — at an overall cost of $10 billion dollars — $100,000 per adult — they would still constitute only about 0.6% of the population. Already, Chile has shown a willingness to absorb even Muslim Palestinians at lower numbers. Chile has a large 500,000 strong, economically settled, assimilated, intermarried, and elite Palestinian Christian community, which is rather sympathetic to many of the Muslims in Judea and Samaria. These Palestinian Christians would outnumber the new Muslim arrivals around 5 to 1. The rest of Christian non-Palestinian Chileans would outnumber the Muslims almost 175 to 1.  A few new mosques might be built; but in the end, assimilation is inevitable, and the mosques would eventually be sold to strip malls for construction.

One has to merely make sure that the new arrivals are not concentrated in Muslim ghettos, and one can readily see that in one generation, most will convert either by intermarriage with Christians, or by choice. One could further recommend that individual families be located near Evangelical Pentecostal Churches, and the outcome would be all but certain.

Peru has 30 Million people with only 5,000 Muslims. If 150,000 Palestinians were sent to Peru, they would constitute less than 0.5% of the population. Like, Chile, Peru has strong Evangelical communities, some of which even send missionaries to the Muslim world.

Brazil, with 200 Million people, could take more. São Paulo has a large Christian Arab community which would welcome them, and even has an Arab Evangelical Church.

Likewise with Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, etc. in proportion to their population, and economic capacity for absorption, with preference being given to those countries with stronger proselytizing Evangelical communities.

In all these countries, families coming in with $100,000 per adult, and $50,000 per child under 14, could easily buy a house, a car, and set up a business in South America. The arrivals would be readily welcomed by large Christian Arab communities, already prosperous and settled for generations, who would ease the immigrants’ introduction, and hasten their assimilation, while toning down their Islamic ardor, and probably completing the arrangement with intermarriage unto conversion, something which is quite common as evinced by this Muslim-Argentine with a Christian daughter.

A non-practicing Muslim, [Tamara] married an Argentine Christian and allowed her two daughters to choose their own religion. “One is a Christian, the other one is still thinking about it”, Tamara says. — Buenos Aires Herald

Though most Zionists are eager to point out that Islamic rage is independent of the return of the Jews to their land — in order to avoid the blame game — it cannot be denied that, though the Jews are right in their return, that return has been a red flag in the face of the Islamic bull.

We cannot accept that Palestine will become Jewish. — Osama Bin Laden

A festering Palestinian problem only aggravates an already crazed Islamic street. Moving the Palestinians out of Palestinian will not make the Muslim street any saner, but it will refocus their rage internally, rather than at the West, whom they blame for supporting Zionism.

But how can this be done? No Arab group will agree to sell out Palestine.

Precisely! But who says we have to go through Arab agencies? I suggest that the deal be discretely offered to individuals. Dr. Martin Sherman had referred to this as atomization. It does not require corporate Arab agreement.

An effort could be made, especially to young Arab women — the ones who have yet to start childbearing — that they could be offered an escape from sharia. They could be offered $100,000 and a visa to a South American republic. The key is the visa. Without an escape, they would never take the money. Women, in particular, being less violent, would be more readily acceptable to Latin countries. There is no reason that an offer could not be made, and the woman flown out in a few hours, before retaliation is even possible.

Would it work? To some extent. Every little bit helps. It will start off slowly, but as more settle into South America, social networks will be created to help the remaining arrivals. It will accelerate over time. Landed Arabs will never agree, but they are a minority. Landless — and by extension, rootless — youth would have nothing to lose. Concentrate on getting the women out, for they hold the key to stopping the demographic growth of Arabs. Removing men would do nothing in a polygamous society, where the remaining men would merely double up on the wives. As the number of women decrease, testosterone will force men to leave, many at their own expense.

Who should pay?

Some Christian churches, the Evangelical Right, should be asked to contribute. If Arab countries can be persuaded to contribute, I have no problem; but I doubt any Arab country will subsidize an Arab flight from “Palestine.” Don’t hold your breath.

Much of this will have to be subsidized by the Jewish community worldwide. If that irks some Jews, and it will, remind them of the Abolitionist error during the Civil War. Impress dissenters that by subsidizing the relocation, they are not rewarding the Arab, but rather indirectly paying a third-party country to take the problem off of Israel’s back. No payments means the Israelis are stuck with the problem. In the end, this will be cheaper than a Mideast Conflagration.

The EU should be persuaded — by legal action, if necessary — to stop contributing to Arab building projects. The millions spent on building solar-powered camps for Bedouins could easily pay for Palestinians to be relocated. It matters not whether the Arab construction is illegal, or whether Israel is illegally withholding permits from the Arabs. Avoid the legal wrangling altogether, and do what is practicable.

But does this sound crazy?

Au contraire! In fact, in 2008, Condoleezza Rice suggestion a Palestinian relocation to a province in Argentina.

The United States proposed giving Palestinian refugees land in South America as a radical solution to a problem that has haunted Middle East peace talks for decades. — The Guardian

Secretary Rice’s solution was just a variation of what is being suggested here, except that in this plan no one South American country would have to provide the whole solution by ceding a province, and the Palestinians would not be concentrated, encouraging a growth in Islam; but rather spread far and wide with an eye to assimilation.

Conclusion: Rather than arguing about the rights granted to the Jewish people under San Remo — which conversely require rights also be tendered to the Arabs as well — a better solution can be found in applying a common-sense policy of relocation, using the wisdom of Bismarck that “politics is the art of the possible.”

Forget the legalese, which can swing both ways, and concentrate on merely moving the Arabs out.

Recognize that whether morally just or not, Jews will have to pay much of the expense. Christian Zionists should also be encouraged to put their money where their mouth is. The EU and the State Department should be required to stop subsidizing a continuance of the Arab problem, and refocus their monies on a solution. Cut subsidies to UNRWA and use the money to relocate the Arabs. Cut subsidies to the Palestinian Authority and use the money to send Arab women out to a life of freedom. The monies spent on tent cities built in Area C — which sooner or later, rightly or wrongly, will be bulldozed by the Israelis — should be used to relocate the Arabs instead.

The key here is to make sure that the incoming Arabs are not concentrated. The arrivals should be kept under 1% of the population of whatever country takes them in. South Africa, where Muslims are only 1.5% of the population, but very powerful, has shown that 1% is about the tipping point for social issues. Under 1% and Islam dies out, which is the historical South American experience. Caution should therefore be exercised in the number of immigrations sent to Argentina, which is near that 1% Muslim tipping point already. With 400 million in South America, the addition of 2 Million Palestinians from Judea and Samaria to the continent would constitute only 0.5% of the continental population, well under our cutoff.

Gaza is another matter and may be a lost cause; but since Jews are not presently settling in Gaza, it can be kept under blockade. Judea and Samaria is the pressing situation. Concentrate there.

Europe and the USA should inform Arab countries that no Arab immigration will be tolerated until the Arabs start naturalizing Palestinians in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, etc. Those who will not naturalize Palestinians should not expect us to naturalize them.

The UN should be told that funding to maintain the problem will not be subsidized. Rather only funding to relocate will be considered. Had all the money spent on a two-state solution been spent on relocation, Judea and Samaria would be Jewish by now.

Finally, stop nay-saying. This is doable, if people would forego their pride, concentrate less on who is right or wrong, and just work toward ending the problem. Politics is the art of the possible.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who is neither Jewish, Latin, nor Arab. He runs a website, http://latinarabia.com, where he discusses the subculture of Arabs in Latin America. He wishes his Spanish were better.

World Silent as ISIS Slaughters Palestinians

Yarmouk, once a relatively stable haven for as many as 100,000 Palestinian refugees located in the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, has become a living hell for those refugees left behind whom have managed to survive years of starvation, disease or relentless attacks from the Syrian government and its adversaries.  Now, Yarmouk has become the latest front in the jihad launched by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), which reportedly occupies about 90% of the camp and has been busy killing Palestinian residents. More than 100 civilians may have been either killed or kidnapped by ISIS and al Nusra fighters since last week, according to one report. Another report put the figure of Palestinians killed during this time period considerably higher.

As many as 18,000 Palestinians are reportedly still trapped in Yarmouk, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Many of them are children. Tens of thousands of other refugees have been able to escape the camp during the years of civil war in Syria, some even to Gaza of all places where they thought they could have a better life. A few hundred have fled in the last few days as the Islamic State invaded and began its massacres, although UNRWA is unable to confirm the precise numbers.

ISIS, with the support of al Nusra, is exacerbating an already grim day-to-day reality that the Palestinians trapped in Yarmouk have been enduring for years. Even before ISIS’s killing spree, more than 1000 Palestinians from Yarmouk had already lost their lives since the start of the Syrian regime’s siege of the camp. Geneva-based Friends of Humanity estimated that 166 children were amongst the fatalities.

As described by the Guardian in an article dated March 5, 2015 – before the latest ISIS attacks – Yarmouk is “a refugee camp designed as a safe haven for the Palestinian diaspora that had become the worst place on earth.  No electricity for months. No piped water. No access for food.”

The Guardian article then noted how the plight of Yarmouk residents was worse than the much ballyhooed situation in Gaza “because the siege was more comprehensive; Yarmouk was a prison from which there was no escape. Unlike in Gaza, where UNRWA has several offices, the organisation cannot enter Yarmouk at all.”

Every month the United Nations Security Council hears reports of alleged Israeli human rights violations supposedly committed against Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. Yet it took the ISIS massacres in Yarmouk for the Security Council to finally take notice of the plight of Palestinian civilians in Syria not under Israeli “occupation.” The Security Council scheduled an urgent meeting on April 6 to receive a briefing from Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner General of UNRWA, on the dire conditions in what has remained of the Yarmouk refugee camp.

“What the civilians in Yarmouk are most concerned about right now is bare survival. It’s as simple and straightforward as that,” Krahenbuhl told reporters after his closed-door briefing. He described the situation in Yarmouk as “completely catastrophic.”

UNRWA currently has no access to the camp to provide any humanitarian relief.

All the Security Council members could agree to collectively after the briefing was the issuance of what is called “Elements to the Press,” its weakest form of a statement of substance on any issue it is considering. “Elements to the Press” connote only a general non-binding agreement on certain principles.

In their “Elements to the Press,” the Council members called for “for the protection of civilians in the camp, for ensuring humanitarian access to the area including by providing life-saving assistance, and ensure safe passage and evacuation of the civilians.”  The Council members expressed their support for the work of UNRWA in trying to reach the besieged Palestinian refugees. They were able to muster enough agreement to condemn both ISIS and al Nusra for the “grave crimes” they have committed “against 18,000 civilians in the camp” and to declare their wish that “such crimes do not go unpunished.”

However, nothing was said specifically about the long-standing siege instituted by the Syrian regime itself – which is backed by Iran and Russia – against the Palestinians in Yarmouk. This siege prevented even the most basic of humanitarian aid such as food, water and medicines to reach the trapped Palestinians for years before ISIS came onto the scene.

In her own separate statement released on April 7, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Samantha Power took on the Syrian regime directly as well as the Islamic State:

The United States strongly condemns ISIL’s advance on the besieged Palestinian community in Yarmouk, southern Damascus…Those living inside Yarmouk have already suffered from the regime’s violence and have lived under regime siege for nearly two years, deprived of desperately needed essentials, including food, potable water, and medical relief. Bombardment by the Syrian regime now creates an even more desperate situation, as ISIL reportedly controls Yarmouk’s only functioning medical facilities.

Residents of Yarmouk have expressed keen disappointment in the lack of concern that Palestinian leaders and activists for the cause of an independent Palestinian state have shown regarding the suffering of the Palestinians trapped in Yarmouk.

For example, a local aid worker with a Palestinian non-profit living in Yarmouk was quoted by Mondoweiss last February as saying that the residents “felt abandoned by the Palestinians outside Syria.” He added: “All I would say to the Palestinians outside and to the whole world is that we are alone. We in Yarmouk are alone.”

A former Palestinian resident of the camp told Middle East Eye last January that “Palestinians of Yarmouk face three layers of censorship: the international media, groups who claim to be supportive of Palestine, and Palestinian officials and activists who hardly mention us.”

This indifference goes to the very top of the Palestinian leadership.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is always ready to condemn Israel at the drop of a hat for alleged crimes against humanity and is seeking to take Israel to the International Criminal Court, has said little of any consequence about the situation in Yarmouk.  “We urge those wanting to drag us in the conflicts to keep us away as we have been suffering and anguishing from many wars everywhere,” Abbas said last Sunday.  “We announced more than four years ago that we have not interfered in the internal affairs of any Arab country and therefore we reject any interference in our affairs. We have no relations with what is going on in Syria.” Abbas made no effort to assign any specific blame in his bland remarks.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) on Monday simply called for ending the “tragedy” of Yarmouk – a bit late for the killed, dying and displaced residents. Even a Palestinian human rights group decried the PLO’s passivity and failure to carry out its minimum obligations to protect the interests of all Palestinians, including the refugees wherever they resided.  “It did not even condemn openly the parties of the conflict and siege, which has been lasting since two years,” the group said.

Hamas, which had reportedly infiltrated Yarmouk and recruited some residents to their cause, has condemned the ISIS attacks. However, Hamas is doing so for tactical reasons to hold onto whatever influence it had managed to gain in Yarmouk and to align itself closer with its patron Iran, which is fighting ISIS in Iraq.  Hamas leaders also may want to exact revenge for the reported killing and beheading of a senior Hamas operative in the camp, Sheikh Abu Salah Taha. Aknaf Beit al-Madqis, an anti-government militia in Yarmouk aligned with Hamas, is reportedly trying to push out ISIS.

The Arab world has kept mainly silent on the latest developments in Yarmouk, so much so that Ahmed Tibi, a member of the Arab Joint List party in the Israeli parliament, has condemned the Arab world for its silence.

The Left, as usual, ignores real crimes against humanity being conducted against innocent Palestinian civilians if they cannot blame Israel or, alternatively, they blame Israel anyway. Gideon Levy, a prominent left-wing columnist for the left-wing newspaper Haaretz wrote a column in 2014 which he said that “the moral responsibility” for Yarmouk “lies on Israel, the introduction of which has led to the existence of these refugees and exiles.” He added that Israel “has the historical responsibility for the fate of the camp’s residents – native Palestinians of Israel who were forced to flee as well as their descendants.”

In the morally confused cobwebs of the leftist mind, the very existence of the Jewish state is reason enough to place the ultimate responsibility on Israel for the slaughter and starvation committed by the Syrian regime, the Islamic State and other jihadists against the Palestinians trapped in Yarmouk.

It may not be long before the anti-Israel United Nations Human Rights Council blames Israel for the Yarmouk catastrophe and calls for a verdict first, evidence later investigation.

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