Sign the Petition to: Stop Funding the Palestinian Authority

Sign the Petition to: Stop Funding the Palestinian Authority

URGENT CALL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, US CONGRESS, EU

We, the undersigned, stand united in demanding that the United States and the European Union discontinue funding the Palestinian Authority. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the PA has been an active participant in campaigns to demonize Israel, incite against Israeli citizens and glorify acts of terror.

From a young age, children in PA-administered schools are taught that Jews are the enemy and must leave “Palestinian” land (Palestinians claim all of Israel belongs to them) or be killed. It is plainly obvious, especially as we find ourselves in the midst of a wave of Palestinian terror attacks, that peaceful co-existence with Israel is not on the agenda of the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian support for the war waged against Israel in 2014, during which more than 4400 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians, is well documented. The Palestinians’ sophisticated network of terror tunnels was designed to enable infiltrations into Israeli towns for the sole purpose of murdering innocent Jews.

PA President Abbas has confirmed that, of the pledged $440 million in foreign aid that the PA will receive from the United States, an estimated $46 million will be allocated to support prisoners released from Israeli jails. Many of these “prisoners” are actually terrorists with blood on their hands, murderers of innocent civilians. It is an outrage that US tax dollars are funding terror..

Funding the Palestinian Authority is Against US Law

“The Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act”, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006, prohibits American support for the PA until it agrees to “recognize Israel, renounce violence and disarm.”

In a most blatant act of supporting terror, the PA formed a unity government with Hamas, an internationally-designated terror organization whose stated goal is the destruction of the State of Israel, and by extension the Jewish people. The current wave of terror against Israel makes this crystal clear. The United States, by recognizing this unity government and cooperating with it, has crossed a red line. Not only is this morally repugnant, but it is in violation of US law.

If the PA does break its allegiance with Hamas, this would only be a tactical, political move to gain world support. The PA’s ongoing incitement and support of terrorism long preceded the unity deal with Hamas and will continue regardless of political machinations.

We urge President Obama and the US Congress to suspend assistance to the PA unless it takes specific steps to renounce and eradicate terror, and to guarantee that no more US taxpayer dollars be sent to support them until they do. We urge the EU and world leaders to recognize the PA as a supporter of terror and cease all funding immediately.

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Het historische verraad van de Palestijnen

door Bassam Tawil
13 April 2016


  • Waarom zijn gedurende de geschiedenis de Palestijnen slachtoffer geweest van zoveel onverantwoordelijke leiders die schade toebrengen aan hun eigen kiezers?
  • Historisch gezien hebben de Palestijnse “bevrijdingsorganisaties” geen ideologie of motivatie dan alleen de vernietiging van de staat Israël. Ze zijn slechts proxies van de landen die dit financieren, in plaats van op te treden voor de authentieke nationale belangen van het Palestijnse volk.
  • In plaats van banen, water en beter onderwijs – zoals ze beloofden vóór de verkiezingen – geven ze hun mensen in de krantenkoppen een paar kruimels.Ze papegaaien de denkpatronen na van de Iraanse lijn zonder rekening te houden met de behoeften van de mensen die op hen hebben gestemd. Iran wil gewoon zijn voet tussen de deur krijgen.
  • Met de royale “hulp” van onze Palestijnse leiders – en vooral met de “hulp” van de verraderlijke Europeanen die hen in stand houden – zal echte hulp voor de Palestijnen, en daarmee de top van onze berg, verder weg lijken dan ooit.

Wij Palestijnen, als een nieuw volk op het toneel van de geschiedenis, hebben nog niets geleerd van de ervaringen van degenen die ons voorafgingen. Wij lijken altijd te worden gemotiveerd door factoren die tegen ons werken. En we laten ons manipuleren door vreemde landen, die gebruik van ons maken als proxy’s ter bevordering van hun eigen belangen.

Wij maken die fouten steeds opnieuw, achter elkaar. We brengen schade toe aan de Palestijnse nationale belangen. En in plaats daarvan onszelf daaraan te onttrekken, duwen we onszelf daarin terug. Wij werken tegen onze eigen belangen in door voortdurend te liegen. We weten bijvoorbeeld allemaal, dat er geen waarheid zit in de bewering dat Jezus een Palestijn was of is, waarmee we willen zeggen dat de Joden geen historische banden hebben met Jeruzalem. Wij maken onszelf gewoon belachelijk. Wie dergelijke aanspraken doet, valt niet alleen het christendom aan, maar presenteert het hele Palestijnse verhaal als een schaamteloze leugen.

Het Palestijnse leiderschap blijft elke kans vernietigen die de Palestijnen hebben om een echte, internationaal erkende natie te zijn, door maar aan te dringen op eisen waarvan ze weten dat de Israëli’s daar nooit aan zullen voldoen. Het gaat hierbij om het recht op terugkeer voor meer dan11 miljoen Palestijnen naar een land van acht miljoen mensen, evenals het weigeren om Israël te erkennen als een Joodse staat. De Israëli’s begrijpen heel goed dat beide eisen miet een verlangen is naar een Palestijnse staat, maar een wens om Israëls staat te bezitten. Die indruk wordt alleen maar bevestigd, elke keer als iemand kijkt naar een kaart van Palestina: natuurlijk, door puur toeval is die identiek aan de kaart van Israël, alleen de namen verschillen.

In 1948 hadden wij gemakkelijk een Palestijnse staat kunnen vestigen in de grote gebieden die werden aangeboden door de Verenigde Naties. In plaats daarvan trokken vijf gezamenlijke Arabische legers op in een poging Israël te vernietigen en Palestina in plaats daarvan op te richten.

Tussen 1949 en 1967 hadden we weer een Palestijnse staat kunnen vestigen op de Westelijke Jordaanoever, dat toen nog steeds onder Jordaanse controle stond, evenals in de Gazastrook wat door Egypte werd geregeerd.

Tijdens de jaren 1970 probeerde Yasser Arafat met de PLO – in plaats van koning Hussein van Jordanië te bedanken voor het opnemen van de Palestijnse vluchtelingen – om hem omver te werpen. Het resultaat was een burgeroorlog en werd het Palestijnse leiderschap vanuit Jordanië naar Libanon verdreven.

Toen we in Libanon zaten, probeerden we een terroristische staat binnen-de-staat op de zetten, vastbesloten om de Libanese soevereiniteit te ondermijnen en Israël aan te vallen. De Israëli’s kwamen dus Zuid-Libanon binnen, en met de steun van de Shi’iten werden we opnieuw verdreven, ditmaal naar Tunesië.

Onder invloed van de Palestijnen werd Tunesië een broeinest van misdaad en internationale samenzwering, waarmee opnieuw met onze gastheren in gevaar gebracht werden.

Nu volgen wij hetzelfde patroon in Syrië. Het Palestijnse leiderschap verraadde eerst het Syrië onder President Hafez Assad in 1982, toen elementen van de PLO, samen met de rebellen, tegen het regime in Homs en Hama vochten. En nu strijden in de Syrische burgeroorlog sommige Palestijnse bewegingen, vooral die in het Yarmouk-vluchtelingenkamp, samen met de rebellen tegen President Bashar Assad.

De domme ondersteuning van Yasser Arafat bij de invasie Saddam Hussein in Koeweit was een keuze die leidde tot het verdrijven van 400.000 Palestijnse werknemers en arbeiders uit dit gebied, wat onnoemelijke schade deed aan de Palestijnse zaak. Toen Saddam Hussein werd verslagen, en de Irakezen zich terugtrokken uit Koeweit, bleek de omvang van Arafats fout. De Golfstaten beschouwden de Palestijnen nu als verraders. En zelfs tot op de dag van vandaag vervreemdden ze zich openlijk van de Palestijnse zaak voor een lange tijd, en ook heimelijk – met uitzondering van Qatar.

Hetzelfde patroon van ondankbaarheid en hardnekkigheid werd ook herhaald door Hamas, de Palestijnse terroristische organisatie die de Gazastrook regeert. Terwijl het totaal geen rekening houdt met wat Egypte opgeofferd heeft voor de Palestijnse zaak in haar vele oorlogen tegen Israël, werken de topambtenaren van de Hamas nu aan het ondermijnen van Egypte en haar president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, door wapens en opleiding te verstrekken aan de Islamitische Staat in het Sinaï-schiereiland.

Hamas is samengesteld uit soennitische moslims en is ook de bereid om het werktuig te worden van het Shiitische Iran. Hamas werkt daarvoor openlijk samen met de aartsvijand van het soennitische Saudi-Arabië en andere soennitische Golfstaten. Iran heeft Hamas wapens en geld beloofd voor een poging de Palestijnse Autoriteit (PA) omver te werpen. De Iraniërs proberen ook de leden van Hamas, en uiteindelijk alle Palestijnen, te bekeren tot de sjiitische islam.

Onlangs heeft een hoge ambtenaar van het Centraal Comité van Fatah, Abbas Zaki, zich uitgesproken ten gunste van dit Iraanse plan. Zijn opmerkingen zullen niet alleen Hamas helpen in zijn pogingen de Palestijnse Autoriteit omver te werpen, maar kan ook het einde betekenen van de sten van Saoedi-Arabië en andere soennitische-Arabische Golfstaten voor de Palestijnse zaak. Op 11 maart brandmerkten alle 22 leden van de Arabische Liga officieel Hezbollah als een Iraanse proxy – dus als een terroristische organisatie – omdat het samenwerkt met het Syrische regime in het afslachten van soennieten, en omdat het vechtende terroristische cellen in Bahrein en Saoedi-Arabië heeft, en vecht in de gelederen van de Houthi Shiieten van Jemen, die rebelleren tegen Saoedi-Arabië en andere Soennitische landen.

Het is pijnlijk duidelijk geworden dat, ongeacht de politieke voorkeur, het Palestijnse leiderschap alleen gemotiveerd wordt door hebzucht – zonder enige gedachte aan de belangen van het Palestijnse volk.

Palestijnen bemoeiden zich niet met de Arabische politici in de Israëlische Knesset, die tot de ergste overtreders behoren. Zodra de Arabische Liga gestemd had om Hezbollah aan te wijzen als een terroristische organisatie, veroordeelden de drie Arabische Israëlische parlementsleden, die gekozen zijn om de Arabieren in Israël te vertegenwoordigen, dit besluit. In komische taal, wat klonk alsof het rechtstreeks uit de koude oorlog met het Kremlin kwam, zeiden zij dat Hezbollah te verklaren tot terreurgroep, de belangen van “de reactionaire Arabische Staten diende, die trouw zijn aan Israël en de Verenigde Staten.” De doelstelling, zo beweerden zij, was om Hezbollah te neutraliseren en om schade toe te brengen aan de veiligheid van de “Arabische natie”, en de oorlog om te keren naar de vernietiging van Libanon, en zich te ontdoen van alles wat Amerika en Israël kan stoppen in hun imperialistische plannen voor het Midden-Oosten in het algemeen en met name Palestina.

Alleen kan men zich afvragen waarom wij, de soennitische Palestijnen, de sjiitische Hezbollah moeten steunen, dat soennitische moslims in Syrië afslacht, en Arabische Staten ondermijnt, en Irans verlangen steunt dat de Syrische Assad aan de macht wil houden. Wat denken deze drie Arabische leden van de Israëlische Knesset dat ze gemeen hebben met Hezbollah?

Waarom zijn gedurende de geschiedenis de Palestijnen slachtoffer geweest van zoveel onverantwoordelijke leiders die schade toebrengen aan hun eigen kiezers? Wat maakt de radicalen van Hezbollah zoveel aantrekkelijker voor sommige Arabische Israëlische parlementsleden dan de radicalen van ISIS? Begrijpen de geëerde Arabische Knessetleden niet de schade die zij aan de Palestijnse zaak toebrengen door het uitdagen van de soennitische Arabische Staten, die zoveel aan ons hebben bijgedragen – zowel politiek en economisch – door de jaren heen?

Historisch gezien hebben de Palestijnse “bevrijdingsorganisaties” geen ideologie of motivatie dan alleen de vernietiging van de staat Israël. Ze zijn slechts proxies van de landen die dit financieren, in plaats van op te treden voor de authentieke nationale belangen van het Palestijnse volk. In het geval van de drie Arabische Israëlische parlementsleden volgen ze blijkbaar de instructies van de Iraniërs. In plaats van banen, water en beter onderwijs – zoals ze beloofden vóór de verkiezingen – geven ze hun mensen in de krantenkoppen een paar kruimels. Ze papegaaien de denkpatronen na van de Iraanse lijn zonder rekening te houden met de behoeften van de mensen die op hen hebben gestemd. Zij exploiteren op cynische wijze hun parlementaire onschendbaarheid en de verdediging die hun wordt aangeboden door het land dat ze hun aartsvijand noemen, teneinde Hezbollah en Iran te ondersteunen, die hen zo gemakkelijk aan het manipuleren zijn.

Iran wil gewoon zijn voet tussen de deur krijgen. Dat is de reden dat het Iraanse regime zo hardnekkig de Palestijnse Islamitische Jihad en Hamas het hof maakt, deze beide Sunni-organisaties (samen met zijn eigen Gaza proxygroep, de Al-Sabireen), die soennieten afslachten in Syrië en Irak, en hun agenten daar plaatsen voor de omverwerping van de soennitische regeringen van Bahrein, Jemen, Saoedi-Arabië en de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten.

Kan het Iraanse plan misschien een geheim zijn van de Israëlische Arabische Knesset leden, wier steun voor Hezbollah de belangen van de Arabieren in Israël schaadt? Zijn deze drie leden van de Knesset de duizenden raketten vergeten die Hezbollah afvuurde naar Galilea, waar zoveel Israëlische Arabieren wonen? Begrijpen zij niet dat als Hezbollah-leider Hassan Nasrallah zijn bedreiging uitvoert van het bombarderen van een ammoniak-installatie in het gebied van Haifa, duizenden Israëlische Arabieren zullen worden gedood? Met de royale “hulp” van onze Palestijnse leiders – en vooral met de “hulp” van de verraderlijke Europeanen die hen in stand houden – zal echte hulp voor de Palestijnen, en daarmee de top van onze berg, verder weg lijken dan ooit.

Hezbollah-leider Hassan Nasrallah dreigde onlangs raketten te lanceren op een ammoniak-installatie in Noord-Israël, die tienduizenden burgers – met inbegrip van duizenden van de Israëlische Arabieren kan doden.

Bassam Tawil is een geleerde, gevestigd in het Midden-Oosten.

Bron: http://www.nl.gatestoneinstitute.org

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“Palestinians” – The Big Lie!

April 11, 2016  |  Eli E. Hertz

Eli E. Hertz | 11 April 2016

True peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs cannot be based on a lie: There has never been ‘a cycle of violence’. Resorting to such neutral terminology requires the United States to acquiesce to and perpetuate a gross misrepresentation of reality. Putting Israel and its neighbors on the same footing totally ignores the asymmetry of the history of the conflict and something as fundamental as ‘cause and effect’.

The truth is – one side has been the aggressor time and again. The Arabs have been the initiators of more than five major wars, political and economic boycotts and unbridled incitement. The Palestinians have launched wave after wave of terrorism against Israelis and other Jews and made hate the fuel that directs and runs their society. All this began before there was a State of Israel, before there was an ‘occupation’ and it continues unabated to this day.

Illegal Arab aggression against the territorial integrity and political independence of Israel cannot and should note be rewarded

MandateN2 – 10-29-07-English

The planned ‘Palestinian’ invasion of the university

INVASION

The university campus is becoming ever more increasingly hostile to both Jews and Israel.  From what I have witnessed and experienced, I believe it is no side effect, but rather part of a deliberate and well planned strategy.  We are witnessing an entryist operation.

In March, in the period around ‘Israeli Apartheid week’, I attended an impressive one-day conferenceat the London School of Economics. It was jointly organised by ‘Olive’, ‘FOSIS’, and ‘Friends of Al Aqsa’. The event, was titled ‘from Johannesburg to Jerusalem’. One of the speakers at the event was Max Blumenthal, who apparently got on stage to create conspiracy theories, compare Israel to ISIS and to praise Hamas.

The university pull factor

During the day, there were two workshops. One that was of particular interest to me, went about explaining how to create and promote BDS campaigns on campus. The strategy was broken down into 7 parts. The most important was persuading your university to create a scholarship for Palestinians. This is what was said:

“The Best people to lead a group or society on campus are Palestinians. There is no one that can articulate better to you the realities of occupation and who can make that argument better than Palestinians. To get Palestinians on campus, from the Gaza Strip, from the West Bank and from Israel what you need is to convince your university in setting up scholarships. Right, and that requires lobbying, and that requires organising and actually that can also come in the form of fundraising every year.

At Sheffield we get a fee waiver ever year on a Palestinian student. Right, and then we have to fundraise for accommodation and living. Although actually now the university pay for that as well, but originally we had to. But what that actually meant was you could build up long relationships with academics who pay standing orders and other things and you build up a network of individuals for contributing towards your scholarship”

You can listen to the instruction here:

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So that is the ‘pull’ factor. I am sure that when they lobby the university for the scholarship, they plead humanitarian concern. They push the necessity of saving the student from the ‘oppressive and brutal occupation’. In reality they are lobbying to persuade the university to finance their political cause. Whichever way you consider this, people on this side are actively seeking new recruits from ‘Palestine’ to promote BDS. Then asking the university to pay for it.

The university push factor

But I wondered at the time about the ‘push’. Who are these students? A Palestinian student from Gaza who makes the application, is he merely a lucky applicant who is given a life changing opportunity?  Or is there a ‘push’ factor, where Palestinian movements have created a network carefully selecting potential candidates, assisting them in their application and training them prior to their departure?

It would be an astonishing miss if this is not the reality. The Palestinian cause on this side is desperate to lobby for the scholarship. They have a specific goal in mind. Are they going to do all this work, go to all this trouble, only to find they end up with a Palestinian who isn’t capable of presenting their case? Consider Gaza, given Hamas has control over the propaganda there. Are Hamas selecting or filtering the applicants? Are our university funds being used to further the Hamas cause?

Meet ‘Hazem Alzatma’. Hazem wants to study at Swansea University. Hazem is from Rafah in Gaza and he has apparently applied for a scholarship at Swansea.

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If you hyphenate his surname and replace the ‘A’ with an ‘E’, you find out Hazem is also a freelance translator. You also find he is an online activist. Sometimes he just drops the ‘Al’ and the hyphen altogether. This is Hazem Zatma’s Google page. Hazem raised £170 using online crowdfunding towards his Swansea University education under the captivating title of “Send Refugee to University For Masters”.  According to a site called ‘translator scammers‘ Hazem tends to change his name quite frequently.

The problem however, is far larger than one name-changing translator from Rafah.

Rawan Yaghi was a student at Gaza’s Islamic University, she won a scholarship to Oxford University to study linguistics and Italian. The BBC ran a story about how ‘students at Oxford’s Jesus College will pay some of the cost of Rawan’s studies’. Mondeweiss also ran a story about how Rawan was a Mondeweiss contributor. Rawan also ran a blog called ‘weresist‘.  You can also see her in a video promoting #BDS. No surprise then, that in a recent interview Rawan suggested “she is planning to be involved in the BDS campaign.” The person who organised the campaign to assist in Rawan’s scholarship funding was activist Emily Dreyfus. Both Daphne Anson and BBC Watch picked up this story at the time.

We clearly have an example here of an activist in the UK, bringing over an activist Palestinian, who then furthers the ‘Palestinian cause’ once her position her was secured. This was described as a deliberate strategy in the workshop at the LSE, but is it systemic?

Full circle

Meet Malaka Mohammed in 2013. Malaka, from Gaza, has been given a scholarship by Sheffield University. Malaka raised almost £5,000 towards additional expenses. Whilst still at university in Gaza Malaka successfully implemented the first BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaign. Clearly an activist, she is now on her way to Sheffield. The same university of course specifically mentioned in the workshop I participated in. The one that was persuaded to provide a scholarship to Palestinians to promote BDS.

Now meet Malaka in 2014, just one year later. There is a workshop called ‘Confronting Israeli Apartheid: Building the Student Movement for Palestine’ taking place at the University of Sheffield. Like the one I attended, this is about spreading BDS on campus. Malaka, who is now ‘Education Officer at Sheffield University Students’ Union’, is one of the speakers. Her topic includes ‘Palestine scholarship campaigns’. Malaka has come full circle.

Standing next to Malaka on the platform was Goldsmiths’ then education officer Sarah El-alfy, best remembered for leading the campaign to reject a holocaust memorial day. Another on the platform was Juman Asmail, a Palestinian student activist from the university of Southampton. Juman co-founded Southampton Students for Palestine. She was also instrumental in breeding discomfort across the UK Jewish community as one of the driving forces behind the failed anti-Israel conference at Southampton.

Not just Sheffield

The university of Durham has a page dedicated to the ‘Durham Palestine Educational Trust’. It lists those students granted scholarships in recent years. Diana Alzeer was there until 2013. Prior to her arrival Diana was already an activist and co-produced a video diary called Sleepless in Gaza and Jerusalem.  In 2013 she appeared in a Palestine Solidarity Campaign event at SOAS. Nada Nabris is from the same year group, and along with Alzeer promoted Palestinian activism on campus and raised money to pay forfurther scholarships. Others such as Tahani Abu Shaban, also raised money for the same cause, whilst Tahani’s Twitter page leaves no doubt about her sentiments:

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Tahani worked with Hamas infested UNRWA in Gaza, but what is suspicious is that her Twitter feedbecame active on the subject of the conflict, in English, just a few months before she arrived in the UK. This provides some indication that some of the students may be being primed in Gaza *before* they leave. And just so Durham class of 2014 isn’t left out, the entire group, Basma Al Hadad, Saba Fadda and Reem Jodeh can be seen protesting the conflict and pushing BDS on their local high street:

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All over the country

I spent much of February going to events that demonised Israel and pushed BDS. In *all* of these events there were Palestinian students, many of them over here on scholarships. Many of these students are now doing the job that they were expected to do. Furthering the cause, creating a case so that even more Palestinian scholarships can be created. This isn’t about one or two universities anymore. At St Andrews they began a scholarship program for Palestinians called STEPS. They welcomed their first student in about 2012, and by 2013 they were cancelling pro-Israeli events because of protests. There are scores of universities that receive indirect funding through outlets such as the ‘Said Foundation‘ – Birmingham, Cambridge, East Anglia, Essex, Exeter, Glasgow, Goldsmiths, Kings, UCL, Leeds, Leicester, LSE, Loughborough, Nottingham, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Holloway, SOAS, Southampton, Sussex and Warwick. There are also the HESPAL Scholarships, 22 each year, spread across the UK. The list is almost endless.

Kings, the university now remembered for the violent protest against a meeting about Jewish peace initiatives, has KCL Action Palestine, who like good BDS activists, “succesfully achieved a scholarship system for a Palestinian student in 2008“. Or take Amal Nazzal at Exeter. She arrived on a HESPAL scholarship. Now she teaches at Exeter and includes BDS examples in a lecture during a marketing module. This particularly unethical method of subliminal conditioning is widespread. Whilst I was at Birkbeck, the Lecturer in Law, a BDS activist, used Gaza protests as one of the examples we needed to study in the section on police powers. Nazzal also writes on the conflict at outlets such as Middle East Monitor She writes of ‘Israeli colonisation and apartheid’ and is now free to lecture a whole generation of British students. A clear victory for the BDS strategy.

This isn’t an exercise in careful selection. I could have expanded this research from days into weeks. Uncovering more and more evidence under almost every single stone. This is blatant BDS strategy that they openly advertise and propagate. Consider this, almost every NGO contacted in the exercise about the safety in ‘Palestine’, instructed the volunteers how to behave when they returned home. There are information booklets given to ex-volunteers about how to become an activist. Does anyone really believe, that those Palestinians awarded scholarships do not undergo similar instruction. Or taking it to a level higher, that those best suited for international activism are not actually pushed towards scholarships? These students are highly politicised and many come as soldiers on a mission. They walk into a university campus that is simply not prepared or capable of dealing with them. There is no comparable ‘opposing army’.

This is a strategic infiltration of our academic space. Why is there so much money being invested in one specific nationality, when clearly, there are far more deserving cases worldwide? Worse still, these scholarships, if utilised by activists *contribute to a worsening and deepening of the conflict*. Is it a coincidence that so many of these scholarships are being awarded to students who were already activists before they came? These students most certainly contribute to a deteriorating situation within the UK. How many, just how many, of the Palestinian students standing up on campus, pushing propaganda, alienating the British Jewish students and demonising the only free state in the entire Middle East, are here on scholarships? How many? And this isn’t just in the UK. If this is BDS strategy, it is happening everywhere.

The government has a duty to act

I have nothing against the students or scholarships set up to further student education and opportunity. However, the government has clearly stated it believes there is a connection between BDS activity and antisemitism on campus and that BDS ‘undermines good community relations‘. We can now see there is a deliberate and intricate network that intends to bring foreign students over to the UK with the intent to create such an atmosphere on campus and strengthen BDS.  We also know that they chase university funding under the flag of humanitarian concern. These scholarships are funding antisemitism.

These students are not British, and they are being imported with the specific aim of increasing the strain on community relations. Their actions fuel the rise in antisemitism against UK Jewry. The government has a clear duty to act quickly to protect its own citizens. Therefore, this practice has to be stopped. The government has to intervene to ensure that it does. If humanitarian concern is the primary purpose behind these scholarships, then simply suggest that whilst they are here they should refrain from political activity that unsettles UK citizens, such as BDS. Make it a condition of their sponsorship. After all, if education is really the primary goal, why would anyone object to such a proposal?

Bron: http://www.david-collier.com

 

The Historic Betrayal of the Palestinians

by Bassam Tawil
April 5, 2016 at 6:00 am


  • Why, throughout its history, have the Palestinians been the victims of so many irresponsible leaders who harm their own constituents?
  • Historically, the Palestinian “liberation organizations” have had no ideology or motivation beyond the destruction of the State of Israel. They are proxies of the countries funding them, instead of acting in the authentic national interests of the Palestinian people.
  • Instead of bringing jobs, water and better education — as they promise when they stand for election — some Arab Israeli legislators sell out their people for a few crumbs of headline attention. They parrot the Iranian line, with no regard for the needs of their voters. Iran just wants to get its foot in the door.
  • With the generous “help” of our Palestinian leaders — and especially with the “help” of the treacherous Europeans who keep on enabling them — any real help for the Palestinians looks more distant than ever.

 

We Palestinians, as a new people on the stage of history, have not yet learned from the experience of those who preceded us. We always seem to be motivated by factors working against us, and let ourselves be manipulated by foreign countries who use us as proxies to further their own interests.

We are making mistakes again, one after another. We do damage to the Palestinian national interest and instead of propelling ourselves forward, we push ourselves back. We work against our own best interests by constantly lying. We all know, for instance, that there is no truth to the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian, or when we say that the Jews have no historic links to Jerusalem. We just make ourselves look ridiculous. Whoever makes such claims not only attacks Christianity but also represents the entire Palestinian narrative as a blatant lie.

The Palestinian leadership continues to destroy every chance the Palestinians might have of becoming a genuine, internationally recognized nation by insisting on demands they know the Israelis will never meet. These include the right of return for more than 11 million Palestinians to a country of eight million, and refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The Israelis correctly understand both demands not as a desire to have a Palestinian state, but as a desire to have Israel’s state. That impression can only be confirmed every time anyone looks at a map of Palestine: by pure coincidence, of course, it is identical to the map of Israel, only the names are different

In 1948, when we could easily have established a Palestinian state in the large territories offered by the UN, and instead joined with five Arab armies in an attempt to destroy Israel and erect Palestine in its place.

Between 1949 and 1967, we could have established a Palestinian state in the West Bank while it was still under Jordanian control, and in the Gaza Strip governed by Egypt.

During the 1970s, instead of thanking Jordan’s King Hussein for taking in Palestinian refugees, Yasser Arafat and the PLO tried to overthrow him. The result was a civil war and the expulsion of the Palestinian leadership from Jordan to Lebanon.

Once in Lebanon, we set about creating a terrorist state-within-a-state, bent on subverting Lebanese sovereignty and attacking Israel. The Israelis consequently entered south Lebanon, and with the support of the Shi’ites there, we were expelled once again, this time to Tunisia.

Under Palestinian influence, Tunisia then became a hotbed of crime and international conspiracies, again endangering our hosts.

We are now following the same pattern in Syria. The Palestinian leadership first betrayed Syria’s then President Hafez Assad in 1982, when elements of the PLO fought, together with the rebels, against the regime in Homs and Hama. Now, in the Syrian civil war, some Palestinian movements, mainly in the Yarmouk refugee camp, are fighting together with the rebels against President Bashar Assad.

Yasser Arafat stupidly supported Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, a choice that led to the expulsion from the area of 400,000 Palestinian white- and blue-collar workers, and doing untold damage to the Palestinian cause. When Saddam Hussein was defeated and the Iraqis withdrew from Kuwait, the extent of Arafat’s mistake became evident. The Gulf States came to regard Palestinians as traitors and alienated themselves from the Palestinian cause, overtly for a long time and covertly — with the exception of Qatar — to this day.

The same pattern of ingratitude and thick-headedness is also being repeated by Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. While totally disregarding what Egypt sacrificed for the sake of the Palestinian cause in its many wars against Israel, senior Hamas officials are now working to undermine Egypt and its president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, by supplying the Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula with arms and training.

Hamas, composed of Sunni Muslims, has also become the willing dupe of the Iran, which is Shi’ite. Hamas is therefore openly collaborating with the arch-enemy of Sunni Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Gulf States. Iran has promised Hamas arms and money to circumvent the Palestinian Authority (PA), in an attempt to topple it. The Iranians are also trying to trying to convert members of Hamas, and eventually all Palestinians, to Shi’ite Islam.

Recently, a senior official of the Fatah’s Central Committee, Abbas Zaki, spoke out in favor of Iran’s plot. His remarks will not only help Hamas in its attempts to overthrow the Palestinian Authority, but could mean the end of Saudi Arabian and other Sunni-Arab Gulf States’ support for the Palestinian cause. On March 11, all 22 members of the Arab League officially branded Hezbollah — Iran’s proxy — a terrorist organization because it collaborates with the Syrian regime in slaughtering Sunnis, has terrorist cells in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and fights in the ranks of Yemen’s Houthi Shi’ite rebels against Saudi Arabia and other Sunni countries.

It has become painfully clear that, regardless of political affiliation, the Palestinian leadership is motivated only by greed — with no thought to the interests of the Palestinian people.

Palestinians did not bypass the Arab politicians in the Israeli Knesset, who are among the worst offenders, as well. As soon as the Arab League voted to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization, three Arab Israeli parliamentarians, who were elected to represent Arabs inside Israel, condemned the decision. In comical language that sounded as if it had come straight out of the Cold War Kremlin, they said that declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group served the interests of “the reactionary Arab states loyal to Israel and the United States.” The objective, they claimed, was to neutralize Hezbollah in order to damage the security of the “Arab nation;” turn the war towards the destruction of Lebanon, and get rid of anything that could stop America and Israel’s imperialistic plans for the Middle East in general and Palestine in particular.

One can only ask why we, Sunni Palestinians, should support the Shi’ite Hezbollah, which slaughters Sunni Muslims in Syria and subverts Arab states while serving Iran’s desire to keep Syria’s Assad in power. What do these three Arab members of Israel’s Knesset think they have in common with Hezbollah?

Why, throughout its history, have the Palestinians been the victims of so many irresponsible leaders who harm their own constituents? What makes the radicals of Hezbollah more appealing to some Arab Israeli legislators than the radicals of ISIS? Do those honorable Arab Knesset members not understand the damage they do to the Palestinian cause by challenging the Sunni Arab states, which have contributed so much to us — both politically and economically — over the years?

Historically, the Palestinian “liberation organizations” have had no ideology or motivation beyond the destruction of the State of Israel. They are all proxies of the countries funding them, instead of acting in accordance with the authentic national interests of the Palestinian people. In the instance of the three Arab Israeli legislators, they evidently followed instructions from the Iranians. Instead of bringing jobs, water and better education — as they promise when they stand for election — they sell out their people for a few crumbs of headline attention. They self-importantly parrot the Iranian line with no regard for the needs of the people who voted for them. They cynically exploit their parliamentary immunity and the defense provided them by a country they call their sworn enemy, in order to support Hezbollah and Iran, which are comfortably manipulating them.

Iran just wants to get its foot in the door. That is the reason the Iranian regime is so persistent in courting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas, both Sunni organizations (as well as its own Gaza proxy group, Al-Sabireen), while it slaughters Sunnis in Syria and Iraq, and puts agents in place to overturn the Sunni governments of Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Can Iran’s plot possibly be a secret from the Israeli Arab Knesset members, whose support of Hezbollah harms the interests of the Arabs inside Israel? Have these three members of Knesset forgotten the thousands of missiles Hezbollah fired into the Galilee, where so many Israeli Arabs live? Do they not understand that if Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah carries out his threat to bomb an ammonia installation in the Haifa area, thousands of Israeli Arabs will be killed? With the generous “help” of our Palestinian leaders — and especially with the “help” of the treacherous Europeans who keep on enabling them — any real help for the Palestinians, and the top of our mountain, look more distant than ever.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently threatened to launch missiles at an ammonia installation in northern Israel, which could kill tens of thousands of civilians — including thousands of Israeli Arabs.

Bassam Tawil is a scholar based in the Middle East.

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