‘Palestine’: The Real Apartheid State
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, now serving the tenth year of his four-year term, recently defamed Israel’s “apartheid government.” Speaking in Cairo last weekend at an emergency session of the Arab League, he announced: “We will never recognize the Jewishness of the state of Israel.”
Abbas seemed especially riled by the “Jewish state” bill currently under Knesset consideration. Proposed by Prime Minister Netanyahu, it would appropriately identify Israel as “the Nation-State of the Jewish people.” Israel, Netanyahu asserted, is “a Jewish democratic state. . . . Both principles are equal and must be given equal consideration.” National rights for Jews, he emphasized, embrace equal rights for every citizen – Muslims, Christians, Druze and Bedouin alike, who collectively comprise more than 20% of the Israeli population.
No Middle Eastern Arab nation would even imagine, no less implement, such sweeping guarantees of equality for all its citizens within such a multi-religious, multi-cultural nation. By now, to be sure, there would be no need even to include Jews, nearly all of whom were cruelly driven out of their homes and deprived of their livelihoods and assets many decades ago by raging Arab mobs and their oppressively anti-Semitic rulers.
Indeed, Abbas is hardly qualified to identify an apartheid regime until he is prepared to scrutinize his own Palestinian Authority in a mirror. His published Ph.D. thesis notoriously asserted that Zionists were the “basic partner in crime” with Nazi Germany. He has played duplicitous word games with the Holocaust. Ostensibly labeling it a “heinous crime,” he nonetheless blamed Zionists for helping to perpetrate the deaths of (merely) one million – not six million – Jews. On more than one occasion the Palestinian leader has proclaimed his determination that not a single Jew would ever be permitted to inhabit the (blatantly racist) Palestinian state that he yearns to establish. He still avidly embraces the notorious United Nations canard (1975) that Zionism is “racism,” which even that morally compromised body revoked sixteen years later.
Perhaps it is time to finally abort the charade of peace-loving Palestinians. Mahmoud Abbas is inspired by such stellar exemplars of co-existence as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (who fled to his promised land of Nazi Germany and the warm embrace of Adolph Hitler); and Yasser Arafat, who refined terrorist attacks against innocent civilians into an art form of horror. Abbas is their worthy successor, explicitly yearning for an apartheid state of Palestine that is judenrein. Unlike his predecessors, because he is politically and personally weaker than both, Abbas knows how to present the soft face of Palestinian terrorism. But he surfs on the rising tide of anti-Semitism, masquerading as anti-Zionism, that is propelled by radical Islamists and their beguiled fellow travelers worldwide. Politicians, journalists and professors – and legions of gullible students – employ every despicable trope of anti-Semitism to support their zealous determination to delegitimize the world’s solitary Jewish state.
If Israeli politicians were not so ambivalent about asserting legitimate Zionist claims to the biblical homeland of the Jewish people, such Abbasian nonsense could at least be challenged, if not quashed. Under the original international Mandate for Palestine, the Jewish National Home was to be reconstituted in what now comprises Israel, Jordan and its former West Bank. But to provide a kingdom for the Hashemite Prince Abdullah, British Secretary of State for the Colonies Winston Churchill unilaterally lopped off the land east of the Jordan River for Britain’s wartime ally. But Jews were guaranteed the right of “close settlement” between the Jordan and Mediterranean. That right has never been rescinded under international law.
At the very least, the Israeli government should challenge wildly falsified Palestinian “refugee” claims that provide UNRWA with its phony life support system. The actual number of refugees in 1947-48 (including those urged by their own leaders to depart) was between 590,000-625,000. But because all descendants of Palestinian refugees, now numbering close to 5 million, are also identified as “refugees” that number will continue to increase exponentially. UNRWA, after all, wants to stay in business, nurture hatred of Israel, and provide jobs for Palestinians. Best estimates indicate that between 30,000-50,000 actual Palestinian refugees are still alive. They could easily be absorbed by Israel. Presto! Palestinian “refugee” problem solved.
Not so fast. Mahmoud Abbas knows the perfect charade to flaunt before a world audience avid to demonize the democratic nation state of the Jewish people. Sadly, whether Israeli leaders can get their own act together to assert the rightful historical and moral claims of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland remains uncertain.
Jerold S. Auerbach is a frequent contributor to The Algemeiner