Ed Kass is entitled to his opinion, but as the late New York United States Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, said — he is not entitled to his facts. (“Saving Israel From Herself,” May 27, 2021). For 73 years Israel has faced an existential situation in which the Palestinian Arabs refuse to accept the existence of Jews. On November 30, 1947 the Arabs of Mandatory Palestine REJECTED an independent state of Palestine when it was offered on that proverbial silver platter by the United Nations General Assembly. Their leader, Nazi war criminal the Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini, when he rejected Palestine simultaneously issued his infamous seven word genocidal command: “Murder the Jews. Murder all of them.” Since then the Arabs have — in the Grand Mufti’s terminology– murdered 26,000 Jews. Among those Jewish murder victims are 79 doctors, nurses and medical students roasted alive at Sheikh Jarrah on April 13, 1948.
In 1964 when Israel existed within the 1949 Armistice Lines the Palestine Liberation Organization was formed. The original PLO Charter renounced any claim to the West Bank which was illegally occupied by a foreign power, Jordan, but did mandate the annihilation of every Jew in Israel. Those annihilation clauses have never been revoked as per Article 33 of the PLO Charter. The enabling document of the Palestinian Authority is is the PLO Charter with its unrevoked annihilation of the Jews of Israel clauses. When Israel raided Yasir Arafat’s lair it found millions of dollars of receipts for payments by the Palestinian Authority directly or indirectly to those Arab murderers responsible for the Second Intifada in which over 1,000 Jews were blown up at Passover Seders, restaurants, pizza parlors, discos, on buses and shopping centers…..and thousands more maimed for life. Of course Article 7 of the Hamas Charter which has never been revoked requires every member and supporter of Hamas which includes every member of SJP to murder every Jew on earth. Israel is not mentioned in Article 7. In the context of this existential firestorm that Israel has miraculously survived, it must not be forgotten that Article 80 of the United Nations Charter which is an international treaty declares all of what is Israel including the West Bank to be the reconstituted homeland of the Jewish people and therefore sovereign Jewish territory. All 193 members of the United Nations are required to obey its Charter including Article 80. Finally Mr. Kass might want to consider the words and wisdom of Zahir Mushein, a former member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Zahir Mushein declared “the Palestinian people” to be a propaganda invention.
In a 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper “Trouw”, Mr. Muhsein acknowledged that “the Palestinian people” were a propaganda invention:
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.
“For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we claim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
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