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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Arab states' responsibility

Most of you already know about Hamas' responsibility for the 'misery' suffered by Gazans (in some cases, it's even misery without the scare quotes). Some of you may even blame Israel (not if you've been reading this blog for any period of time). But some of you may not know that the real responsibility for that misery belongs to the Arab states: To Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and yes, 'our friends the Saudis' (and others). Nonie Darwish, who grew up in Gaza, explains.
The media tend to attribute Gaza's decline solely to Israeli military and economic actions against Hamas. But such a myopic analysis ignores the problem's root cause: 60 years of Arab policy aimed at cementing the Palestinian people's status as stateless refugees in order to use their suffering as a weapon against Israel.

As a child in Gaza in the 1950s, I experienced the early results of this policy. Egypt, which then controlled the territory, conducted guerrilla-style operations against Israel from Gaza. My father commanded these operations, carried out by Palestinian fedayeen, Arabic for "self-sacrifice." Back then, Gaza was already the front line of the Arab jihad against Israel. My father was assassinated by Israeli forces in 1956.

It was in those years that the Arab League started its Palestinian refugee policy. Arab countries implemented special laws designed to make it impossible to integrate the Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Arab war against Israel. Even descendants of Palestinian refugees who are born in another Arab country and live there their entire lives can never gain that country's passport. Even if they marry a citizen of an Arab country, they cannot become citizens of their spouse's country. They must remain "Palestinian" even though they may have never set foot in the West Bank or Gaza.

This policy of forcing a Palestinian identity on these people for eternity and condemning them to a miserable life in a refugee camp was designed to perpetuate and exacerbate the Palestinian refugee crisis.

So was the Arab policy of overpopulating Gaza. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, whose main political support comes from Arab countries, encourages high birth rates by rewarding families with many children. Yasser Arafat said the Palestinian woman's womb was his best weapon.

Arab countries always push for classifying as many Palestinians as possible as "refugees." As a result, about one-third of the Palestinians in Gaza still live in refugee camps. For 60 years, Palestinians have been used and abused by Arab regimes and Palestinian terrorists in their fight against Israel.
We all know why the Arab states behave this way. What is more difficult to explain is why the West continues to play along. No, it's not just about oil. Think about it.


At 9:29 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yep. Its interesting the West has given more to the Palestinians than their Arab brethren have. And I don't think it is because they care about the Palestinians. They pay no attention to the Arab contribution to the phenomenon because of course, they seek to stick it to the Jews!

At 5:25 AM, Blogger Dan said...

When I was severing in the US armed service, i was "stationed" in Kuwait. There was a contempt for the Palestinians living in Kuwait...they were and still are treated like dogs, doing their master's biding (the Arabs). and yet, they (the Palestinians) are quick to call on their "brothers" (the Arab nations) to help them fight against Israel (God's chosen people). the rest of the world will turn a blind eye to the Arabs mistreatment of the Palestinians but if Israel stands up for her survival and attacks the terrorist encamped in Gaza, shame on them?! what hypocrisy! The world needs to see for themselves the conditions that the Arabs (and the Palestinians as well) have set for these people.


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