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Thursday, July 29, 2004

And the beat goes on . . .

A Dreadful Letter in today's paper - Israel has ignored her (1967) border,
"pushing settlements further and further into Palestinian territory, slicing and dicing villages and farmlands with a network of {gasp} concrete roads and checkpoints . . . "
It's the old "Zionist aggression" routine - those evil settlers, how dare they live where Arabs don't want them? 

I heard an interview once with a lady "settler" (how often does that happen?) in which the reporter asked, "Why do you want to be here, where you're not wanted?" 

She replied, "We're not wanted anywhere." 

Good point.

What I don't understand, for the life of me,  is what Jews living in the terror-tories has to do with borders.  Why does everyone seem to accept from the get-go that whatever land is or becomes "Palestinian" land - has to be Jew-free?   Does no one else see that as, well, racist?

It is verboten, not to mention politically incorrect, to mention the possibility that Palestinian Arabs might limit themselves to living in Arab countries.  Jordan, after all,  was created from 76% of the original British Mandate for Palestine, from which the "national Jewish homeland" was to be created. 

Arabs can live wherever they want to in the world; Jews cannot.  That doesn't bother  pro-Palestinian activists like Juliet Wittman.  At the very least, they are inconsistent; at worst, antisemitic.

And speaking of such things as antisemitism and borders, check out this map, appearing in a new Palestinian textbook. Titled "The Arab countries neighboring Palestine,"  it fails to mention Israel.

PA textbooks: Israel is Palestine

by Margot Dudkevitch, in the Jerusalem Post 

Palestinian schoolbooks for the first time delineate the borders of the West Bank and Gaza Strip on maps but the entire territory encompassed by Israel, the West Bank and Gaza is referred to as Palestine, according to an Israeli government report.

These are the two most significant changes in textbooks published by the Palestinian Authority's Education Ministry for the 2003-2004 school year. The PA textbooks continue to deny Israel's right to exist and claim that the only solution to the current conflict is violence, according to a report by the coordinator of government activities in the territories.

The report, which was obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post, says Palestine, not Israel, appears on all of the books' maps and all the village, cities, and towns located in Israel are referred to by their Arabic names.

The PA does not teach pupils about co-existence or peace and the overall policy "appears to be one of delegitimization of the State of Israel and Zionists," the document stated.

While Israel is not formally recognized, it is mentioned as a party to peace agreements and Camp David Accords. Jews and Judaism are portrayed negatively, but martyrdom is depicted as a positive national trend, according to the report.

The Israeli document is based on a study of 26 textbooks ranging from history, geography, economics, civic studies, and language books currently used by grade 4 and junior high students in Palestinian schools. The PA Education Ministry has been gradually replacing antiquated textbooks since the Oslo Accords came into effect in the 1990s.

Certain maps and topics refer to "Historical Palestine" and later as Palestine where the map of Israel and the West Bank and Gaza appear.  Other maps portray the defined borders of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip under the heading of the Palestinian Authority.

Read it all - and if you'd like to respond to Wittman's outrage over Jewish "slicing and dicing" of the Land of Professional Refugees, then write to OpenForum@DailyCamera.com