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Monday, May 26, 2003

"Until last spring, I held what people call a pro-Palestinian position"
Francis J. Gil-White, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at Arutz Sheva that he was wrong in believing the following about the Middle East:

1) That the media (at least the American media) has a uniformly pro-Israel bias;
2) That Arafat's Fatah is a secular nationalist organization trying to combat the fundamentalist influences of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Islamist terrorists;
3) That Palestinian terrorism is not anti-Semitic, but aims at national liberation;
4) That the Palestinian leadership has attempted to implement the Oslo accords in good faith, but the Israelis have sabotaged the process;
5) That Israel is a state overwhelmingly made up of European and American Jews who moved into Palestine and displaced Middle Eastern natives;
6) That historically, Jews were well-treated in the Arab world, and that current Arab hostility therefore stems from the current conflict.

Gil-White points readers to the official website of the Palestinian Authority as of 8 January 2003, which graphically portrays the sought-after state of "Palestine." Believe it or not, Israel simply does not exist on this map, but is replaced in its entirety (G-d forbid) by the state of "Palestine."