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Palestinian apologists need to rethink their solidarity to a toxic cause

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The Mideast conflict over a nation the size of New Jersey has raged unabated since Israel’s creation 66 years ago, but its solution depends on the state that champions anarchy, not the one that promotes peace.

The abduction and murder last month of three Israeli teens and the revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager garnered the usual rounds of sympathy for Palestinians and scorn for Israelis. Yet even a cursory examination of the Palestinian cause shows it seeks the destruction of Israel over self-government.

Palestinians could have established a Palestinian state anytime during the 20 years leading up to the Six-Day War in 1967. Arabs controlled the entire West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and half of Jerusalem at the time, but there was no Palestinian nationalism to speak of at the time.

That notion is a modern gimmick born out of bitter jealousy over Israeli triumphs against the odds, not stirring patriotism. After all, how dare the Jews make Israel — a barren wasteland at the nation’s formation in 1948 — into a wellspring of innovation and technology with breakthroughs in health care, agriculture, and the environment. How dare Israeli acumen engineer the most startups and the third-highest number of patents per capita in the world. How dare the Israelis give the world computer processors, the cellphone, God’s particle, and numerous other life-altering inventions under the duress of daily terror from a relentless adversary. How dare Jews continue to thrive, despite a Palestinian siren allowing them mere seconds to seek shelter before exploding a rocket from the sky, showering them with lethal shrapnel. Day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade.

Palestinian apathy is represented in the volatile political parties that fail to represent Palestinian interests. Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, is a U.S.-designated foreign terror group. Fatah, which leads the West Bank, traces its roots to master terrorist Yasser Arafat. Their leadership is a curse, according to the next generation.

“We wanted anything outside Gaza, even if it’s a jail, there is no life here,” Gaza teen Abu Huzayen told the Al-Monitor website last year before hot-footing it with pals to progressive Israel.

They’re no fools. More than a dozen Arabs hold seats in the Israeli Knesset, and Muslim, Christian, and Druze populations enjoy equal voting rights, as do Arab women in a rare regional right.

The Israeli way of life is also a just one. In 2011, an Arab judge in Israel’s Supreme Court convicted former President Moshe Katsav — a Jew — of rape and sentenced him to seven years behind bars. Where else in the Arab world would a Jew mete out such impartial justice to a Muslim?

Palestinians have been successful in demanding concessions through violence. Just days before the United Nations granted Palestinians non-member observer status, brazen Palestinian terrorists launched a rocket in Gaza, killing Cpl. Yosef Fartuk, 18, and Alayaan Salem al-Nabari, an Israeli bedouin.

There is no moral equivalency between democrats and tyrants. Palestinian apologists and bottom feeders need to rethink their solidarity with a toxic cause that makes people career underdogs instead of architects of their own fate.!/BritShavana

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Ed Stein from Brighton Beach says:
Not only was there "no Palestinian nationalism to speak of at the time" - there was never a people or nation called Palestine.

Throughout the 50s, the Arabs of the region used the term Palestinian as an epithet against the Israeli Jews.

The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) was founded in 1964. At the time, 100% of Gaza and the West Bank were Egyptian and Jordian and all Jews were killed or had been forced out.

Even the other day at the latest anti-Israel demonstration in NY the demonstrators held signs stating "Free Palestine Fron the Jordan River to the Mediterranian Sea". Meaning "Wipe Israel off the map."

They do not want peace. They want exactly what they (pro)claim: to turn Israel into the 24th Arab_Muslim state with no Jews and a only few, subjugated, Christians.

The world ignored hijackings because the hijackers targeted only Israel. Now the world has hijacking and plane travel is one long TSA and "Homeland Security" snafu.

The world ignored Islamic terror because they only terrorized the Jews. Now the world has Islamic terror all over.

Wait. The Iranians are about to get the Bomb. Not to worry - they only want it to use it against the Israelis (the Jews). But it won't stop there, will it??
July 13, 2014, 8:17 am
Ed Stein from BB says:
From the *Introduction* to the Hamas Charter (it actually gets worse as it continues). As is self proclaimed - they are not against *Israel* per se; they are against *Jews* in general and declare their intent to destroy all Jews. It does not matter that some are in Israel and some elsewhere. The Israeli Jews are closer is all. The rest is rhetoric.

This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), clarifies its picture, reveals its identity, outlines its stand, explains its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption and joining its ranks.

Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious.

It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps.

The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until

the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised.
July 22, 2014, 8:16 am

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