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Who’s to Blame? In Media, Palestinians Avoid Responsibility

January 2nd, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Every day, there are verbal attacks on Israel as well. Israel is only offered real peace as a propaganda measure:

The promised Palestinian state will be nothing but a shadow entity completely ruled by Israel.

Remember that if the Gaza Strip is being included in the 22 percent allegedly offered to the Palestinians, Gaza is not controlled by the PA. Therefore the PA has no authority to be negotiating about Gaza. Hamas is not ready to accept Israel under any conditions.

An op-ed by Ahmad Tibi in The Hill – a publication widely read by Congressional staff — claims that in the negotiations on a two-state solution, Israel is subjecting Palestinians to “‘Jim Crow’ treatment.” Tibi’s claim is that the problem is not one of conflict between two national groups, but of systematic racism in which Palestinians are always the victim. Yet since 1994, Palestinians have had self-government and have voted to determine who would rule in the West Bank and Gaza.

After two decades of Palestinian self-rule, including its own armed forces and economy, and after having received billions of dollars in aid, the Palestinians, Tibi is arguing, have not been responsible for ruling themselves.

In a recent poll, two-thirds of Jewish Israelis agreed that they would hear the Palestinian narrative in school. Can you imagine the opposite? Of course not. Some years ago, I actually lectured at a Palestinian university, and my affiliation was omitted from the syllabus.

Despite 50 years of cross-border terrorist attacks against Israel, missiles fired at Israel, attempts to boycott Israel, and failure to pay Israel for providing electricity to the Palestinian territories, the New York Times article claims:

The Authority’s financial insolvency is creating more problems for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, especially the young.

If a PA government that has existed for two decades wants a situation in which stability is impossible, how can the virtual state of war be blamed on Israelis? Note that when Israel withdrew from the settlements in 2005, the equipment that was left was either stolen or destroyed by Palestinians, not used for prosperity. And who started the rocket wars?

For 50 years, Palestinian attacks and victims have been boasted about.

The basic construction of the argument is this: We fought and attacked Israelis, and yet throughout the years, only the Israelis were responsible for our suffering.

If the PA cannot credit Israel with any good act, how can the PA make peace with Israel? How credible can it be?

After two decades of self-rule, Palestinian public figures can say that Israelis don’t want peace, and that Jews subject Palestinian to Jim Crow treatment. Israelis and Jews say nothing of the kind. Yet are condemned as horrible oppressors and racists. What a pathetic presentation by the Palestinian side.

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Note that the Arabs called "Palestinians" have taken the term which always meant "Jew" from the time that the Roman Emperor Hadrian, after defeating the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba in 135 A.D., changed the name of Judea to Palestina, to forever eradicate all memory of Judea. (He also outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name.)
From that time on, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews," and "Palestinian" with "Jew." That is why Great Britain after World War I was given the "Palestine Mandate" to be "the homeland of the Jews."
Calling Arab haters of Jews "Palestinian" is the consequence of Soviet propaganda. In 1964 in Cairo, Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union founded the "Palestine Liberation Organization," (P.L.O.) whose very name shows its Soviet origins. This group came to public fame when it massacred the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. Since then, these Arab enemies of the Jews have been called "Palestinians." They are not and they deserve nothing.
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In Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel "Dune," a 15 yr. old boy is given a horrid test to determine whether he is fully human in terms of a philosophical and intellectual space.

The great flaw in societies with no regard for human rights, almost all of them in the Third World, is that they are cultures with no access to internal traditions of tools of self-criticism. In reading rhetoric about the struggle between Arab and Jew in the post-British Mandate since 1948, what leaps out is how often one sees forms of self-doubt, self-critique and the accompanying presentation of a multi-perspective view of that struggle on the Israeli side, and how little you see that on the Arab side.

You don't have to be a genius to see how Jews would fare were the tables turned.

As a culture, it would seem that Muslims are simply never wrong. That is the fatal flaw of Islamic culture and why they cannot or will not enter an era of law, fair play and human rights, except to exploit such concerns to benefit themselves.

What Palestinians call an "occupation" is actually a war they indulged in with open eyes, lost, and have refused to acknowledge having lost. What Palestinians call a search for a nation or two-state solution circumvented by Jews was also mysteriously circumvented when Muslims controlled the West Bank 1948-67.

To be fully human today would mean to stop being so clever about ways to fail and start figuring out equally clever ways to succeed, among which would be to stop selling hatred, blame, self-pity, and complaint. The PA and their allies held the much higher numerical hand in 1947-48 and lost. Deal with it. Israel will ultimately have little interest in or ability to control the "borders, skies and natural resources" of a peaceful nation.

There cannot be only one side to this story. As long as there is there will be only a story of a nation rather than an actual nation.
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Since when have the Palestinians ever needed a cogent or factually correct argument ? Every slander they have ever hurled at Israel and the Jews has been gleefully picked up and spread by a self indulgent media and hatemongers. As seen last century, the left and antisemites will never let the facts/reality get in the way of their narrative/ideology.
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Mr Rubin, can you explain why the palestinian narrative is so easily accepted by the israeli left and center ( from Avoda to Yesh Atid ) - I do not enter the leftist suicidal appeal - ? Why the israeli left clings to Oslo logic ( withdrawal for nothing ) despite 20 years of failure ? I am puzzled at the israeli public gullibility . How could this narrative be neutralized ? Should the oslo agreements be nullified by a knesset vote ?
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The Palestinians will not make peace with Israel and will never accept a two state solution because the primary goal of all Islamic terrorists is restoration of the Caliphate. The Caliphate was formally abolished in 1924, a date that will live infamy for Islamists, but the institution had been on life support since the 1850s, when the Tzar of Russia called it "the Sick man of Europe."

Reconstituting the Ottoman Empire......has kind of a ring to it, doesn't it? Hilariously, I saw a pro-Caliphate website complete drawings showing the glory of the restored Islamic monarchy, including what a Caliphate fighter plane would look like all dazzled up in Caliphate markings. It looked for all the world like an F-4 Phantom, which are so obsolete, the US and Israel has used all theirs up as target practice.

It is hard to even know where to start with such an idea........Should the Whig party be reformed in the US? Will the reconstituted Caliphate reconstitute the Janisarries? Do they want Spain back too? Are they demanding the return of the Baghdad library from the Mongol hordes?

You can't truly understand the Islamist dream until you delve into its primitive, atavistic history.
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The narrative is a mirror of the leftist argument slandering America.

It's from the same play book.

Permanent victim status is a zero sum disease. There is no cure because the disease isn't real. It's fabricated. How can you cure an imaginary disease...by donating blood?

This fraud has gone on long enough. There is no two state solution. Dividing Israel and giving away pieces, making Jerusalem a "world city", allowing Hamas easy access to Israel's interior underbelly...will not placate a hungry beast.

They hyenas don't stop gorging on the just the internal organs, they grind the bone into pulp.

So, let's stop pretending that Palestinians have a "victim's" sick bed and that Hamas wants peace and that hyenas have table manners. Or that leftists have any interest in the truth.

Every one of those is a dangerous lie.
15 weeks ago
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Note that the Arabs called "Palestinians" have taken the term which always meant "Jew" from the time that the Roman Emperor Hadrian, after defeating the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba in 135 A.D., changed the name of Judea to Palestina, to forever eradicate all memory of Judea. (He also outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," "Aelius" being his gens name.)
From that time on, "Palestine" was synonymous with "land of the Jews," and "Palestinian" with "Jew." That is why Great Britain after World War I was given the "Palestine Mandate" to be "the homeland of the Jews."
Calling Arab haters of Jews "Palestinian" is the consequence of Soviet propaganda. In 1964 in Cairo, Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union founded the "Palestine Liberation Organization," (P.L.O.) whose very name shows its Soviet origins. This group came to public fame when it massacred the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. Since then, these Arab enemies of the Jews have been called "Palestinians." They are not and they deserve nothing.
15 weeks ago
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None of that ultimately matters. What matters is that no nations as we today define the term had existed within that area in long centuries, if ever. There is no way to illegally occupy land that had been an amorphous and vaguely defined part of the Ottoman Empire since the early 1500s. Right of arms had determined such things in that area since antiquity. Suddenly there's a Palestinian nation where none existed? On what legal grounds? That Britain and France made other nations there? Well, by that standard, they didn't make one for the Palestinian Arabs. So there's your precedent. Islam continues to occupy land it has, by modern standards, illegally colonized since the 7th century. Bereft of one tiny slice, they cry like babies. Without swords, suddenly they're all lawyers.
15 weeks ago
15 weeks ago Link To Comment
In Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel "Dune," a 15 yr. old boy is given a horrid test to determine whether he is fully human in terms of a philosophical and intellectual space.

The great flaw in societies with no regard for human rights, almost all of them in the Third World, is that they are cultures with no access to internal traditions of tools of self-criticism. In reading rhetoric about the struggle between Arab and Jew in the post-British Mandate since 1948, what leaps out is how often one sees forms of self-doubt, self-critique and the accompanying presentation of a multi-perspective view of that struggle on the Israeli side, and how little you see that on the Arab side.

You don't have to be a genius to see how Jews would fare were the tables turned.

As a culture, it would seem that Muslims are simply never wrong. That is the fatal flaw of Islamic culture and why they cannot or will not enter an era of law, fair play and human rights, except to exploit such concerns to benefit themselves.

What Palestinians call an "occupation" is actually a war they indulged in with open eyes, lost, and have refused to acknowledge having lost. What Palestinians call a search for a nation or two-state solution circumvented by Jews was also mysteriously circumvented when Muslims controlled the West Bank 1948-67.

To be fully human today would mean to stop being so clever about ways to fail and start figuring out equally clever ways to succeed, among which would be to stop selling hatred, blame, self-pity, and complaint. The PA and their allies held the much higher numerical hand in 1947-48 and lost. Deal with it. Israel will ultimately have little interest in or ability to control the "borders, skies and natural resources" of a peaceful nation.

There cannot be only one side to this story. As long as there is there will be only a story of a nation rather than an actual nation.
15 weeks ago
15 weeks ago Link To Comment
Since when have the Palestinians ever needed a cogent or factually correct argument ? Every slander they have ever hurled at Israel and the Jews has been gleefully picked up and spread by a self indulgent media and hatemongers. As seen last century, the left and antisemites will never let the facts/reality get in the way of their narrative/ideology.
15 weeks ago
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