Monday, July 10, 2017

Partners for Peace and Justice

"Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary of a martyr or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the martyrs, the injured, the expelled, and the uprooted."
Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestinian Authority: Fatah Facebook

"I salute all of the martyrs' families. I emphasize to them that their rights are protected, and we will continue our diligent work with the relevant PLO institutions to fulfill our basic, humanitarian and national obligations towards them."
"We remember the sacrifices and struggle of the pure martyrs, guardians of the land and identify who have turned our people's cause into a historical epic of struggle and resolve."
Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority
YouTube screenshot shows young Palestinian walking through heaven after successfully carrying out an attack on Israeli soldiers and dying in the process, thus becoming a martyr (YouTube screen capture)
YouTube screenshot shows young Palestinian walking through heaven after successfully carrying out an attack on Israeli soldiers and dying in the process, thus becoming a martyr (YouTube screen capture)
"The final status agreement should be an end to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. To achieve that, the conditions must be right. It is not reasonable to think there can be peace with concessions only from Israel; the Palestinians must end their incitement to hatred and violence."
"They also need a strong leader that can bring them to a historical compromise. Two-states is a misleading formula and I oppose the idea. The Palestinians already have three states -- one in Gaza, an autonomous entity in the West Bank and another state with a Palestinian majority in Jordan."
"Even if Israel withdrew to the 1967 lines -- which I am opposed to -- the Palestinians would not be able to form a viable economic state. It would be too small, have no access, not have control of its borders or airspace. It would not have the rights or ability of a normal state."
"I think we need to look at different ideas. The logical solution is to connect the Palestinian entity with Jordan, where most of its population is Palestinian."
Gideon Saar, former Israeli government Minister, Likud Party
The Western world doesn't seem to hear, read or see, much less recognize the possibility that there is something awry when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks of the need to ensure no filthy Jewish feet trample the sacred soil of the Noble Sanctuary. That the Noble Sanctuary represents to Judaism its most sacred site, the Temple Mount, where the two Temples of Solomon once sat is of little moment to the Palestinians who deny that ancient Israel ever occupied the site that a much later Islam built upon.

Archaeologists can keep uncovering and recovering and revealing any number of ancient artefacts attesting to the authenticity of Israel's command of the city of Jerusalem and the geographic area the Palestinians whose whimsical claims of having existed millennia ago are not upheld by historical fact, as affirming time and again Israel's connection to the land and its ongoing residence from antiquity to the present, despite Assyrian, Persian, Roman and Arab efforts to disperse the Jews and disassociate them from the land historically.

With the active connivance of the Organization of Islamic cooperation and the Non-Aligned Bloc in the United Nations, the integrity and spirit of UNESCO has been suborned to ensure that it is prepared to rewrite and reinterpret history in favour of Palestinian claims and demands that it be recognized as the inheritor of ancient Judaic Biblical sites singular to Judaism and representing its ancient heritage.

It's difficult to weigh which of the campaigns undertaken by the Palestinians with the assistance of sympathetic supporters is more injurious to veracity and reality, this successful effort at disinheriting Israel of its past, or inciting Palestinians to 'struggle' against the rightful inheritors of their own inheritance on land from antiquity to the present, in Jewish hands. Islam's way is that of violent conquest, from its bloody inception to the present day. And it is the blood of 'martyrs' that Mahmoud Abbas calls upon to dedicate themselves to the task at hand of mayhem and murder.

The rewards are many; from being memorialized as a heroic martyr, and having institutes, public squares and streets named in their honour, to joining an honoured list of admired and celebrated heroes of the resistance against Israeli imperialism. That Palestinians live as law-protected equals in Israel, sit on the Supreme Court and in the Knesset, teach in universities and join society at every level of equality is of little value to the Palestinian Authority which envisions as in the original Fatah-PLO charter that Israel must be destroyed and the entire area revert to Palestinian rule.

A banner with pictures of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, President Mahmoud Abbas and killer Mohammed Tarayrah, July 9, 2016 (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
A banner with pictures of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, President Mahmoud Abbas and killer Mohammed Tarayrah, July 9, 2016 (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

So salaries are paid out to the families of the 'martyrs' and to the families of imprisoned terrorists. It is clearly laid out in the 2016 budget for the Palestinian Authority that relatives of martyrs were given the equivalent of $183- million annually while families of those imprisoned as terrorists received $135-million in stipends honouring the sacrifice of the near and dear. In total, the last four years has seen $1.12-billion disbursed by the PA to worthy families. And all of it, every last penny, is derived entirely from the generosity of foreign nations supplementing Palestinian Authority income.

This practise is vital to the Palestinian Authority, citing the process for its connection with the "Palestinian historical narrative", since the prisoners and the martyrs "represent our Palestinian people's struggle", according to Jamal Muhaisen, a member of Fatah's central committee. It should be understood, he emphasizes, the issue is not one of simply money, not at all, but support for the resistance. These targeted payments in recognition of those Palestinians, from teens attacking Jews as they walk along a street with a pair of scissors or a knife to score a hit and receive recognition, to those who steal into a kibbutz to enter a home stabbing a teen-age girl to death, are payments due.

Reproduction photo, courtesy of the family, of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who was stabbed and killed in a terror attack in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the West Bank on June 30, 2016 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Reproduction photo, courtesy of the family, of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who was stabbed and killed in a terror attack in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the West Bank on June 30, 2016 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

These are well-earned salaries and Palestinian leaders make it abundantly clear how vital they are to the 'narrative' of the 'oppressed'. The families of the martyrs are secure in the knowledge of the PA commitment to their financial support as an indication of the appreciation of the entire Palestinian community to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to favour the collective's will. The leadership has no intention of submitting "to the American and Israeli pressures in any attempt to harm the salaries of the families of the martyrs. It is a political, national and moral issue" intones PLO official Ahmed Majdaiani.

Nasser Tarayrah, center, and his wife Raeda, second right, parents of Palestinian terrorist Muhammad Tarayrah, who murdered Hallel Ariel on June 30, 2016 as she slept in her home in Kiryat Arba, pose for a picture with some of their children, in the West Bank village of Bani Na'im, near Hebron, July 9, 2016 (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Nasser Tarayrah, center, and his wife Raeda, second right, parents of Palestinian terrorist Muhammad Tarayrah, who murdered Hallel Ariel on June 30, 2016 as she slept in her home in Kiryat Arba, pose for a picture with some of their children, in the West Bank village of Bani Na'im, near Hebron, July 9, 2016 (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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