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Palestinian Human Rights?

16 May 2006

by Yisrael Ne’eman

The Hamas swept to parliamentary power in the Palestinian Authority four month ago in democratic elections. The Palestinian Islamists ran on a double platform advocating the replacement of the corrupt secular PLO-Fatah regime and the destruction of the State of Israel. “The People” voted and now “The People” must be responsible for the outcome. Over the past months weapons smuggling by land and sea continue and have even increased. Kassam, Grad and katuysha rockets are being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel and on any given day there are approximately 80 terror warnings. Although the Hamas says it is holding to a “hudna” (Islamic cease-fire), by definition it means PM Ismail Haniya’s Islamic government is using the time out to strengthen itself to destroy the Jewish State.

In all fairness to the PLO-Fatah and other secular factions, they too polled tens of percentages and now sit in opposition to the Hamas. The PLO Covenant was never amended (Yes, this was supposed to have been done after the December 1998 Clinton visit but as we know, these things take time) and continues to call for Israel’s destruction. Here too, “The People” voted, only their votes went to the loyal opposition, whose leader incidentally is President Mahmoud Abbas, or Abu Mazen who personally may be in favor of a peace agreement and two-state solution, but whose organization officially still favors the liquidation Israel.

With Western aid halted and Arab banks not willing to pass on monies for fear of retaliation by western financial institutions, the Palestinian Authority is bankrupt and not able to pay its tens of thousands of workers. Furthermore, taxes collected by Israel in the name of the PA from the remaining Palestinians allowed to work in Israel are also being held up. After all, both the West and Israel recognize the Hamas as a terrorist organization. Elected democratically, one must honor the will of the Palestinian People who may have wanted to halt PLO corruption while at the same time voting for a party demanding Israel’s destruction.

The PA and Palestinian people are facing a humanitarian crisis in health services and possibly in nutrition (nobody is starving). Israel and the West are being blamed despite the fact that the Palestinian People voted knowingly for their own fate. Due to their plight some Europeans are considering a transfer of funds but do not want them to fall into terrorist hands. To relieve the civilian suffering funds are not needed, but rather a direct transfer of medicine, medical equipment and foodstuffs. The whole money transfer issue is just so much stupidity.

As second newsworthy issue this week involves an Israeli Supreme Court case where a law not recognizing the right to Israeli citizenship for Palestinian spouses of Israeli Arabs was upheld by a vote of 6 to 5. The basis of the original argument in favor of the law was one of security as one-fifth or terrorist actions were committed by Palestinian Arabs who obtained Israeli citizenship and now had all the rights to move around freely in the Jewish State. Civil and human rights groups who filed the challenge claim the law is “racist.”

The law has nothing to do with “race” or “genetics” but rather with the national conflict between Jewish nationalism as represented by the state of Israel and Palestinian nationalism as represented by the now Hamas dominated Palestinian Authority. As long as the PA entity or future Palestinian State is dominated by freely elected officials who demand Israel’s extermination any question of allowing Palestinians citizenship in Israel under virtually any circumstances should be forbidden. The Palestinian entity is an enemy entity, at least at the moment.

In addition, what could not be won on the battlefield or through terror attacks should not be allowed to become victorious through the civil system of obtaining citizenship. The five dissenting judges assumed that any Palestinian with no previous terror record who married an Israeli should be considered completely innocent. On a personal level this may be (or not) true but most terrorists and certainly suicide bombers had to start somewhere and logically the best time to start would be after getting Israeli citizenship. And in adding up representation in the PA the odds are excellent that they either support the Hamas or the PLO-Fatah. So why should Israel commit suicide?

Justice Minister Haim Ramon is proposing a new citizenship law, the basic premise being that a foreign national from a country or entity at war with Israel will not have the right to gain Israeli citizenship. Stupidity may finally have met its match.