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January 27, 2016 7:48 am

The State Department’s Anti-Palestinian Racism

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Headquarters of the U.S. Department of State. Many State Department officials "look down their noses at the Palestinians (and other Arabs)," according to Stephen Flatow. Photo: wiki commons.

Headquarters of the US Department of State. Photo: wiki commons. – The US State Department has been so pro-Palestinian for so long that it might seem startling to suggest that there is a current of anti-Palestinian racism at Foggy Bottom.

But just consider: The official Palestinian Authority (PA) daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, published an article on Jan. 21 suggesting that the US carried out the 9/11 attacks in order to have a pretext for causing “creative anarchy” in the Arab world.

The article, by regular columnist Dr. Osama Al-Fara, claimed that there are “many questions” about 9/11 “that place the US in the defendant’s seat, as was exposed later in a series of facts and reports.” As part of a secret plot to “distance Arab states from each other,” the US “created an imaginary enemy called ‘terror’” and “supervised” the emergence of Islamic State, Al-Fara claimed.

Thanks to Palestinian Media Watch, we know that the official PA news media frequently publish such screeds. But if you ask anybody in the State Department about these kinds of Palestinian conspiracy theories, they will invariably say that we should not take it seriously, because “that’s just how the Palestinians talk,” or “yes, that’s what Palestinians believe, it’s no big deal.”

Such rationalizations of Palestinian extremism can only be described as “the soft bigotry of low expectations,” (a phrase coined by former presidential speechwriter Michael Gerson. They’re saying that the Palestinians are inherently incapable of being rational and reasonable. If that’s not racism, what is?

We recently had fresh and blatant evidence that such attitudes are rife in the State Department. In the latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails, there was a remarkable policy proposal from Thomas Pickering to the then-secretary of state.

In his day, Pickering was not some ordinary policy wonk. He was Mr. State Department. He was an aide to secretaries of state William Rogers and Henry Kissinger; assistant secretary of state for environmental issues; ambassador to the United Nations and various countries (including Russia, Jordan, and Israel); and, most recently, under secretary of state for political affairs, the number-three position at the State Department.

In 2011, Pickering was one of several ex-State Department officials who continued to provide Clinton with policy advice. In a Dec. 18 email, he proposed that the US should persuade NGOs to stir up Palestinian demonstrations against Israel, in order to pressure the Israelis to make more concessions.

Mrs. Clinton was so interested that she asked one of her assistants to print out Pickering’s email for her.

The racism part comes in with Pickering’s explanation as to why he prefers that the protesters be women. If Palestinian men take part, he explained, they might turn violent and then the Israeli soldiers would respond with force, which would spoil Pickering’s whole plan of garnering world sympathy for the Palestinian cause.

Why was he so sure that Palestinian men would use violence? “On the Palestinian side, the male culture is to use force,” he wrote. “Palestinian men will not for long patiently demonstrate — they will be inclined over time and much too soon to be frustrated and use force. Their male culture comes close to requiring it.”

The “culture” among “Palestinian males” is “to use force.” So says one of the most prominent and longest-serving officials in the US State Department. Imagine if an Israeli official or an American Jewish leader asserted that Palestinian culture is inherently violent. Surely he would be denounced as a racist, ostracized from polite society, and forced to publicly apologize.

Many State Department officials, like many advocates of the Palestinian cause, look down their noses at the Palestinians (and other Arabs). They consider them savages and thugs. They would never invite Palestinians to their cocktail parties, and they sure don’t want their daughters marrying them.

They may champion the Palestinian cause, but they do not love Palestinians. In fact, they don’t even like them very much. Rather, they’re scared of them. They’re afraid of Palestinian terrorists hijacking their airplanes, or machine-gunning their children’s school buses, or pressuring Arab regimes to cut off oil shipments to the US.

That’s why Pickering and other State Department types try to bully Israel into allowing the creation of a Palestinian state — in the desperate hope that doing so will get the Palestinians to leave us alone. And, incredibly, they have the gall to accuse Israel of being “racist” for not going along.

Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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  • Reform School

    “Many State Department officials, like many advocates of the Palestinian cause, look down their noses at the Palestinians (and other Arabs). They consider them savages and thugs. They would never invite Palestinians to their cocktail parties, and they sure don’t want their daughters marrying them.”

    THAT explains John Kerry selling his own daughter to Iran?

    • Iranians are not Arabs, though an extremely small percentage of Arabs live there.


    When will the world wake up and support Israel against any PA state?
    Why dont they look at history?
    Between 1947/8, they had every opportunity to create a PA state where Jordan occupied parts of Israel.

    There was never any talk about Palestinians,but only Arabs.

    The name “Palestinians” was invented by the arch terrorist, Arafat.

    So the Palestinians “want” parts of Israel, to build their own state.

    They have no right to want anything.

    Time for Israel to send Abbas and his murderous gangsters out of Israel.

    They WANT East Jeruslame as their capitol.That was never a part of so called Palestine. It was occupied by Jordan, and during that occupation, Jews were not allowed o visit and pray ar Judaims holiest site. Jordan destroyed 56 synagogues, used Jewish tomb stoned as stepping stones to the latrins.

    The 6 day was was a miracle, which was guided by GOD to retake all of Israel from the Muslims.

    If GOD forbid, there is ever a PA state, then Israel will be in a noose. Jordan on the east, Saudi Arabo in the south, Lebanon in the north, Syria etc in the north east.Iraq and Iran in the east. Iran supplying Hezballa and Hamas with weapons to destoy Israel.
    They would put the rope very tightly against the Jews, who would have no help from USA< Britain,France, Russia

    Thanks to Obama and his idiot Sec State, Kerry,they have worked hard to help the Arabs destroy Israel.

    The whole problem, is that the Muslims and Arabs find Israel is a sore thumb in their expantion quest to conquore the entire world

    The idea of a PA state, is the destruction of the Jewish state and the murder of millions of Jews


  • Sydell Gross

    The State Dept might have followed Pickerings advice when for a short period awhile back both Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta issued statements to the media that there was inequality in Israel towards women. They indicated it was the government rather than the culture of the orthodox Jew

  • Peter Joffe

    If the rhetoric is anti Islam, its Islamophobia or racism. The fact that it is usually true is irrelevant. Call cancer what it is, A Dread Disease not a phobia about a Dread Disease. Call Islam what it is, A Dread Disease not a phobia about a Dread Disease. The middle east and more and more of Europe need an antidote to the disease called Islam that is not a religion at all. It is method of world domination led by narrow minded, bearded bigots from a time long gone.

  • stevenl

    The SD appearance of pro-Palestinian stand really is based on the deep antisemitism of the Anglo-Saxon orientalists. They are losers who are hiding behind thick walls in W DC, London and Paris. The same trio support the UNRWA against Israel and not really to help Palestinians. They don’t give a Sh…t of the Pal!

  • Dorothy Seidel Wigod

    Thank you, Mr. Flatow, for this exposition of the State Department’s prejudices, and, particularly, of Mr. Pickering’s proposals.
    And, as always, our hearts go out to you.

  • Mr. Pickering and the U.S. State Department want to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict by creating an Arab nation that never existed before. However, the root cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict is the refusal of Arab nations to genuinely recognize the Jewish State of Israel. Until Arabs accept the historical facts of Israel and the Jewish people, the conflict will continue.

  • Golum

    Soooo When the original terrorists took credit for 911…they were actually lying????…
    is that what this idiot was saying???