Monday, September 26, 2011

Areikat - Phony? Or JJ Goldberg?

JJ Goldberg, someone I know for over 40 years - he in Habonim and I in Betar - has an opinion about the reported statement by a PLO official that no Jews will be allowed to live in the maybe-state of Palestine:

the phony blow-up over the statement by the Washington representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Maen Areikat, in which he’s supposed to have called for a “Jew-free” Palestinian state.

Why phony?

It fits with previous statements from Abbas on down (and here and also here).

It fits with the ethnic cleansing policy of the Arabs during the Mandate period.

It fits with the behavior of the Arabs of the Mandate during the War for Israel's Independence in Gush Etzion, Jerusalem's Old City, Atarot and Neveh Yaakov and other places.

It fits with the Hadassah Convoy results.

It fits with PLO ideology, as Efraim Karsh notes:

The PLO’s hallowed National Covenant envisages the permanent departure of most Jews from Israel.

And, as he further writes, there's more:

In June, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas told the Arab League that the future Palestinian state should be free of Israelis (that is Jews, since virtually no other Israelis live in the West Bank). He reiterated this vision of a Judenrein Palestine last month, telling a delegation of visiting members of Congress that “I am seeking a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with Jerusalem as its capital, empty of settlements.”

There's a pattern here. A MO.

ChallahHuAkbar did research:

In 2010, in an interview with Tablet Magazine the following interaction took place.

[TABLET]: When you imagine a future Palestinian state, do you imagine it being a place where Jews, if they wish to become Palestinian citizens, could own property, vote in elections, and practice their religion freely?
[AREIKAT]: I remember in the mid-’90s, the late [PLO official] Faisal Husseini said repeatedly “OK, if Israelis choose to stay in a future Palestinian state, they are more than welcome to do that. But under one condition: They have to respect and obey Palestinian laws, they cannot be living as Israelis. They have to respect Palestinian laws and abide by them.” When Faisal Husseini died, basically no Palestinian leader has publicly supported the notion that they can stay.
What we are saying is the following: We need to separate. We have to separate. We are in a forced marriage. We need to divorce. After we divorce, and everybody takes a period of time to recoup, rebound, whatever you want to call it, we may consider dating again.
[TABLET]: So, you think it would be necessary to first transfer and remove every Jew—
[AREIKAT]: Absolutely. No, I’m not saying to transfer every Jew, I’m saying transfer Jews who, after an agreement with Israel, fall under the jurisdiction of a Palestinian state.
[TABLET]: Any Jew who is inside the borders of Palestine will have to leave? [AREIKAT]: Absolutely. I think this is a very necessary step, before we can allow the two states to somehow develop their separate national identities, and then maybe open up the doors for all kinds of cultural, social, political, economic exchanges, that freedom of movement of both citizens of Israelis and Palestinians from one area to another. You know you have to think of the day after.

It is explicit in this sequence of statements that Areikat was calling for a Jew-Free State of Palestine..

JJ, can I ask you to review this material, do your own research and then report back if you've perhaps changed your mind - or not.



Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...
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Bill said...

It also fits with the policy of the first Palestinian state, Jordan, which in 1921 expelled the small Jewish population and adopted a no-Jew policy.

YMedad said...

I do not permit use of the N-word in the comments. If done again I will take measures.

Eliyahu M'Tzion said...

in my not so humble opinion, jj goldberg is pro-fascist, since I regard the PLO/Fatah, as well as Hamas, PFLP, PDFLP, etc. as fascists or worse. There were a lot of Nazi sympathizers in Britain and France before WW2. Their main self-justification was that they wanted "peace," peace with Hitler of course. Those pre-Vichyite peacemongers helped bring on WW2 and the Holocaust.

Maybe "pre-Vichyite" would be a more fitting name for jj and his ilk. By the way, I too ran into jj back in the not so good old days around 1965-1970. I was not favorably impressed.