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Thursday, October 23, 2003

"Sydney's peace prize hijacked"

Piers Akerman slams Ashrawi in the Daily Telegraph - Kol hakavod!
The selection of long-time PLO advocate and Arafat ally Hanan Ashrawi for the Sydney Peace Prize makes a mockery of the award.

Dr Ashrawi doesn't meet the key criteria nominated by those behind the prize – a commitment to the principles and philosophy of non-violence.

Commitment to non-violence means a total rejection of armed struggle and Dr Ashrawi has not done this. Mahatma Gandhi must be spinning in his hand-spun dhoti.

She doesn't fulfil the other major element either – having made no significant contributions to global peace.

In fact the selection of Hanan Ashrawi by the Sydney Peace Foundation (SPF), itself a creature of Sydney University's rabidly left-wing Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), is a ploy by pro-Palestinian elements to radically politicise what should be a universally accepted decision.

Dr Ashrawi, whom I met during a trip to the Middle East sponsored by the Jewish Board of Deputies two years ago, has long been put forward by the PLO and later the Palestinian Authority as the acceptable face of terror.

A former English professor, she is articulate and polished, as anxious to hide her chain-smokers' habit as she is to disguise her vile views.

Her apologists, among them Premier Bob Carr, should review her record. She supported the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, she also backed the attempted military coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991.

As the popular face of Palestine on Western television, she used her position to vehemently deny that Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza had celebrated the suicide hijackers' attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.

Nazi propAgandist Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of her steadfast denials in the face of the video footage showing wild and cheering crowds firing their AK-47s into the night sky.

As the Palestine Authority's Minister for Higher Education, she voted against the Oslo Treaty's amendment to remove clauses nominating "armed struggle [that is, terrorism] as the only way to liberate Palestine" from the Palestine National Covenant.

She has declared that Israeli civilians are legitimate targets for Palestinian terrorists.

She says she doesn't think of Hamas as a terrorist group.

She doesn't believe a two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian problem is a moral solution, a rejection of Israel's legitimacy.

She's also declared that former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak's peace offer – the most generous ever – was a sham and indicated that she regards all of Israel as Palestinian territory.

Given her study of the English language, her clumsy attempts to evade confronting Holocaust deniers make for pathetic reading.

She is a serial abuser of the truth, whether it's to justify the lynching of Israeli soldiers, Palestinian terrorism, the recruitment of children as suicide bombers, or the deceits of her old friend and sometime adversary Yasser Arafat, the corrupt father of Middle Eastern terrorism. All this, and opposition to the recent US-backed road map to peace.