Just what do the Palestinian-Arabs Want?
This week’s CAEF Bulletin primarily focuses on bringing information to our readers’ attention that is rarely shared on Jewish websites and newsletters and is definitely not shared by the mass media or by antisemitic, anti-Israel dis-information disseminators. The latter includes both left and right wing extremists. However, as CAEF and CILR, our educational partner, provide accurate information about Israel, and encourage all Jews to know the history and legal rights of the Jewish people to Israel, we must also be in a position to denounce the lies, the myths and the atrocious false narrative that is propagated by the pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel Arab Muslim world and their true agenda.
This is NOT a claim that all Muslims are antiZionist or antisemitic, nor are all Arabs. We are proud of the many Arab Muslim Zionists that are loyal citizens of Israel and even serve in the IDF. CAEF is a proud partner with Muslims Facing Tomorrow and supports the Progressive Muslims Institute Canada and the Muslim Committee Against Antisemitism which are Canadian-based organizations that support Muslim reformers who oppose antisemitism and support liberal democracy in Canada and Israel.
However, many “social justice” and “human rights” activists are increasingly criticizing Israel, denigrating her and circulating falsehoods, while also pushing Israel to make more compromises, ignoring history and the Israeli experience. It is irresponsible to turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed on Israel’s doorstep and to pretend there is a partner for peace IF ONLY Israel would negotiate. So, let’s examine this position by actually citing what Palestinian Arab activists themselves are saying, what their leadership is doing, what their intent really is.
A good starting point will be to identify the players, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian National Authority (PA), Fatah, and Hamas. Just what are these various entities and what are their goals?
The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
“Founded in 1964 the organization's initial goals were to unite various Arab groups and create a liberated Palestine in Israel. Over time, the PLO has embraced a broader role, claiming to represent all Palestinians while running the Palestinian National Authority (PA).” Updated on Wikipedia May 7, 2018
An excerpt from Encyclopedia.com (updated May 2020) states: “The 1968 charter radicalized the instruments of political action to be employed for the liberation of Palestine. Armed struggle is posited as the "sole road" to liberation (Article 9), and the concept recurs thirteen times in an emphatic, declaratory tone. Armed struggle, however, does not exclude conventional warfare as Article 10 suggests, since the Arab countries are considered partners in the battle for liberation. In this formula, the role of commando action was given primacy and regarded as the "nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war" (Article 10).
“The principles of the charter were superseded by the Declaration of Principles concluded between Israel and the PLO in September 1993. The Palestinian National Council voted in April 1996 to cancel the portions of the charter calling for the destruction of the State of Israel and to draft a new charter within six months.” The changes to the original PLO goals were incorporated in a letter from then PM Yassir Arafat to PM Yitzak Rabin, and are referred to here with explicit reference to security and fighting terrorism here.
However, despite committing publicly to end violence and recognize Israel after the first Intifada (Palestinian uprising) which began in December 1987 and ended in September 1993 and had resulted in significant loss of life on both sides and continuous terror within Israeli society, the PLO and its political partner, the PA, launched a second intifada in September 2000 which only ended in 2005. It is a fact that after signing the Oslo Accords, which is what the letter and peace guidelines refer to, the PLO launched a second intifada and killed 1,000 Israelis, all under the watch of the Palestinian Authority.
These so-called peaceful protests terrorized the nation, and then another Wave of Terror followed in 2015-16 with car rammings, knifings, stone throwing and mortar fire. So, one must ask, what was gained by the agreement in the Declaration of Principles?
From Wikipedia we learn that Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. It has been the de facto governing authority of the Gaza Strip since its takeover of that area in 2007.
“Hamas was founded in 1987, soon after the First Intifada broke out, as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which in its Gaza branch had previously been non-confrontational towards Israel and hostile to the PLO. Co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated in 1987, and the Hamas Charter affirmed in 1988, that Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine, including modern-day Israel, from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The group has stated that it may accept a 10-year truce if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders and allows Palestinian refugees from 1948, including their descendants, to return to what is now Israel, although clarifying that this does not mean recognition of Israel or the end of the conflict. Hamas's military wing objected to the truce offer."
"The 2017 charter accepted for the first time the idea of a Palestinian state within the borders that existed before 1967 and rejects recognition of Israel which it terms as the 'Zionist enemy'. It advocates such a state as transitional but also advocates 'liberation of all of Palestine'. The new document also states that the group doesn't seek war with the Jewish people but only against Zionism which it holds responsible for 'occupation of Palestine.'”
The above are mere excerpts from the public information that is readily available. Here is the introductory statement about Hamas by Hamas. Note the word “resistance” as further in their charter they state that armed struggle is fair means. Note the word “occupation” because the message supplied is that it applies to all of Israel.
Hamas is a national Palestinian movement that works with the rest of the Palestinian people and with all national and Islamic factions and bodies and people of conscience all over the world on resisting the Israeli occupation as well as liberating the Palestinian land, Jerusalem, and Islamic and Christian holy places, securing the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland and establishing a sovereign Palestinian State.
Not so ironically, this terrorist organization, states that it will accept temporary peace, as a step towards reclaiming all of Israel, which it will do inch by inch. They superfluously state they are democratic and open to all faiths, but facts on the ground: they were elected in 2006 and have held no further elections since that date. They have murdered Christian Arabs and as we know, pushed the evacuation of all Jews from all of Gaza, and even after the government of Israel forcibly evacuated 8000 Jews from Gaza, the government of Hamas only used the area for rocket launching not peace making.
Now here is a very interesting story, not told by the mainstream media but revealed just last month. The Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyah, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, lends no illusion to their stated goal, the destruction of Israel. Hear his statement of July 26, 2020 as revealed by CAMERA UK here.
Check out the Hamas charter here, source of its Islamic foundation and ultimate goal of destruction.
Founded in the late 1950s by Yassir Arafat and Khalil al-Wazir, Fatah is the acronym for the Palestine National Liberation Movement. It is a political and military organization with the aim of “wrestling Palestine from Israeli control by waging low intensity guerilla warfare.” We are led to believe that Fatah is merely a political party, of which the defacto President is Mahmoud Abbas. Since there have been no elections in the Palestinian Arab controlled territories for over 15 years it would not be incorrect to consider Abbas as the dictator for life. Wikipedia states that "Fatah is a Palestinian nationalist social democratic political party and the largest faction of the confederated multi-party Palestine Liberation Organization and the second-largest party in the Palestinian Legislative Council. The President of the Palestinian Authority is a member of Fatah."
Fatah is generally considered to have had a strong involvement in revolutionary struggle in the past and has maintained a number of militant groups. Since Arafat's death, factionalism within the ideologically diverse movement has become more apparent.” One of the factions was Black September, a breakaway militant group founded in 1971 to seek retribution against Jordan’s military and assassinate Jordan’s King Hussein after they forcefully confronted the PLO during an attempt to seize power from the monarch in 1920. The faction also participated in attacks against Israeli and Western targets worldwide including the massacre of members of Israel’s summer Olympic team in 1972.
NOTE: Fatah is the “second largest party in the Palestine Liberation Council” so which is the largest? It is Hamas, which was elected in 2006 but not been enabled to take control due to the factional fighting within these Arab parties. The result has been that Hamas controls Gaza and Fatah controls the Arab areas in the disputed territories. It is likely that Abbas fears another election in which Hamas might gain a majority and hence full control over all the PA controlled areas. That would also be a serious threat to Israel.
IN AMERICA - WHAT DO THE PALESTINIAN ARABS WANT?
For starters here is the unabridged statement from 120 “eminent” Palestinian Americans on what they want of American Presidential and all other electoral candidates. As these 13 principles are built on lies and disinformation, one has to wonder how so many signatories claim to have college level education or higher. Signatories signed as individuals not organizations but the list of affiliations includes explicitly anti-Israel organizations and some groups which are covers for the Muslim Brotherhood. While we didn’t verify the (irrelevant) credentials of signatories, we can verify the lies and deceits in these 13 principles. See CAEF response in italics.
CAEF SUPPORTS HONEST REPORTING’S CALL FOR ADOPTION OF IHRA
The normalization of hate speech is a result of hate on social networks being improperly defined, Emily Schrader told the Knesset last week.
That’s why HonestReporting is applying pressure to social media platforms to adopt the world’s most-widely accepted definition of anti-Jewish hate: The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.
CAEF Web Talk with Christine Douglass Williams, August 6th, 2020
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