A revelation of Palestinian diplomatic tactics came to light recently in the form of a diplomatic response to an article that opposed the formal acceptance of a Palestinian state, at least at this time.
In an important article last July, titled “The Case against Recognition of Palestine,” the Director of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre, Professor Alan Johnson, argued that the Australian Labour Party’s proposal to recognize the so-called State of Palestine would be a grave error that would harm the ALP itself. Johnson made a reasoned and informed plea for ALP members to reject the motion, reminding the public that Israel has always been open-handed in its offers of peace, unlike the Palestinians, who have consistently refused to accept even the most generous proposals. It is important to note that Johnson, an authoritative writer and speaker, with a longstanding reputation as a political theorist, is a moderate left-winger and British Labour Party member, a former Trotskyite. In other words, he would seem to be the last person to argue Israel’s case and oppose Palestinian statehood.
Rather than respond to Johnson’s scholarly arguments by issuing a serious piece by a pro-Palestinian academic of similar stature, the journal published just one week later a diatribe by a Palestinian diplomat named Ali Kazak, titled “Justice, not Deceit, will achieve Peace.”
Kazak is probably the leading Palestinian lobbyist in Australia, (where he moved in 1970, after being raised in Syria). He set up the Palestine Information Office (later the General Palestinian Delegation), recognized by the Australian government, and has gone on to obtain recognition in New Zealand. He is treated as the Palestinian ambassador in several Pacific states such as Vanuatu. He writes copiously for the Australian press in English and Arabic, and for Arabic-language papers across the globe.
Kazak may be little known outside his region, but his response to Alan Johnson is not a presentation of one man’s opinions; it is an official document that one may take as a formal statement of Palestinian views. As such, it merits close analysis.
The rumor mill has once again sounded the warning that France will be presenting a motion to the Security Council condemning Israel as an occupier of the lands which were liberated from Jordanian occupation in the Six Day War in June of 1967. The formation of the homeland for the Jewish people came in three easy to understand steps. The first step was the proposal for the lands to be divided into one state for the Jews and a second Arab Palestinian state complimenting the already existing Arab Palestinian state cut from the British Mandate lands called Jordan, originally Transjordan. The San Remo Conference put forth that the lands turned over to British control under the title of British Mandate Lands was for the formation of the Jewish state. This meant that all of the Mandate lands under British control were to form the Jewish state. While the British were…
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The “bombshell” that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas threatened he was going to drop on the United Nations during his speech did not materialize.
This bombshell turned out to be a planned announcement of a Palestinian state “under Israeli occupation.”
If one person can stand at the podium of the UN and unilaterally declare a state, then I advise the leader of the Kurds, the Catalans, the Druze and any other ethnic groups that feel entitled to have their independence to make their way to the building and do so.
Apparently the U.S. Administration advised Abbas against the announcement, and Abbas backed down.
A pro-Israel media watchdog says CNN changed the headline to a story about Palestinian arson at a West Bank holy site on Friday after it was contacted by the group.
The original headline, shown in the image below, stated that Joseph’s tomb had caught fire.j
CAMERA responded incredulously. “OK. So Joseph’s Tomb just ‘caught fire.’ Really? How? Was it an ‘electrical fire?’ like the one that the Palestinian Authority says took place at Charbel Monastery in Bethlehem a while back?” the group asked, referring to the fire at a Bethlehem monastery last month that Church leaders blamed on Palestinian Islamists.
The nonprofit said it reached out to CNN to change the headline, which was later on Friday changed to reflect an attack.
“No, Joseph’s Tomb did not ‘catch fire.’ Palestinians set it on fire. They torched it. They set it ablaze. They initiated its combustion. It did not ‘catch’ fire. It did not spontaneously combust,” CAMERA continued, saying CNN’s reporting of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has held Israel to a “disgusting and dishonest double standard.”
You’ve been getting the arithmetic of war all wrong: The bloody battle unfurling in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and Ra’anana and elsewhere in Israel involves three sides, not two.
One consists of people like Isra Abed. She’s 30, an Israeli-Arab divorcee with a young child living with her parents in Nazareth. Not too long ago, Abed graduated from the Technion, one of the world’s finest institutions of higher learning. She could have followed in the path of another recent Israeli-Arab Technion grad from Nazareth, one not much older than Abed, and focus on discovering ways to cure cancer. She could’ve enjoyed the privileges associated with her prestigious degree and joined her fellow alums in the Israeli workforce, where a Technion grad’s average monthly salary is approximately $6,558, much higher than the average wage in the local economy. Instead, she took a large knife, traveled to the central bus station in the northern town of Afula, and tried to stab Jews. Soldiers arriving on the scene just in time shot and wounded her.
What motivated Abed to put down her baccalaureate and pick up the knife? If you get your wisdom from the mainstream American—and, often, Israeli—press, the answer, naturally, is the Occupation, which breeds despair, which, in turn, begets violence. After all, what other way does a citizen of a democratic country with a priceless education and endless economic opportunity have of expressing her frustration with the pace of regional politics but through seeking to slash the arteries of three or four of her neighbors?
My wife Miriam and I were sitting on the patio of Roladin coffee shop on Ahuza Street in Ra’anana at 9 AM on Tuesday, October 13, when the sudden sirens of police cars racing by broke our relaxed conversation. People sitting near us shared the news from their smartphones: a terrorist attack was in progress three blocks up on Ahuza Street.
The news reported that a 22-year-old terrorist from eastern Jerusalem pulled out a knife and stabbed a 32-year-old man who was waiting at the bus stop in front of the Mizrachi-Tefachot Bank — our bank. Brave unarmed men standing at the bus stop disarmed the terrorist, and the bleeding victim and beaten terrorist were taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Miriam and I had been at the scene of the terrorist attack exactly one day earlier, taking cash out of the ATM machine on the street next to the bus stop. We would have returned to the bank the morning of the attack – but we were late for our Tai Chi class.