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Palestinians Deserve Better Than Their ‘Defenders’

Anti-Israel protesters take part in a demonstration hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America, IfNotNow Movement, and Jewish Voice for Peace that turned violent in Washington, DC, Nov. 15, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis

JNS.org – The marchers in the streets chanting “Free Palestine” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” are not pro-Palestinian. They are anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-Western civilization. Palestinians are pawns in their political agenda, and they deserve better. These marchers, whether they are leftists, Palestinian nationalists or extreme right-wing Neturei Karta members, will fight Israel until the last Palestinian is dead, and then they will move on to the next weapon in their arsenal.

The Arabs living in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip have gotten a raw deal for the past 75 years. The surrounding Arab nations promised them that the “Zionist entity” and the Jews would be eradicated quickly. They believed those promises, even after Israel survived its 1948 War of Independence. After 1948, Palestinian Arabs were told to sit tight and wait by the Arab nations and the world. The U.N. even created an organization, UNRWA, whose sole purpose is to keep Palestinians angry and in permanent refugee status, so they can be used as a weapon against Israel.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was created in 1964 while Judea and Samaria were annexed parts of Jordan and the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian military governance. It was created by the Arab League, which put Egyptian-born Yasser Arafat at its head. Its purpose was to be a centralized mouthpiece for the Arab world, using the Palestinian people’s pain and suffering caused by that world itself.

The people who are currently referred to as “Palestinians” were always seen as human weapons against the Jews by the Arab world, nothing more. During the 1937 Peel Commission hearings, Arab leader Auni Bey Abdul-Hadii said, “There is no such country [as Palestine]! Palestine is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country is part of Syria.” This was echoed 10 years later by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, representative of the Arab Higher Committee and ally of Adolf Hitler. “Palestine was part of the province of Syria,” he said. “Politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.”

This mentality continued into the PLO. PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein was quoted in a Dutch newspaper in March of 1977 saying, “The Palestinian people do 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.” Muhsein continued, “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.”

This attitude towards the civilians of the areas under Palestinian Authority and Hamas control is ingrained. These entities do not care about their people. That is why Gaza is now in ruins instead of being a beacon of Palestinian ingenuity and resilience. When Israel left Gaza in 2005, it took all of the Palestinians’ excuses with it.

The world gave Gaza hundreds of billions of dollars, and the people the Gazans voted for and supported in large numbers took that money and used it to fight a war they lost generations ago. To this day, aid is being brought into Gaza and stolen. Eylon Levy of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said, “The IDF inspects the aid where it then enters Gaza, and international agencies are responsible for its distribution.” That international agency is UNRWA, which has more loyalty to Hamas than to Palestinian civilians.

It’s no wonder that Hamas steals aid from Palestinian civilians. They view it as a necessary contribution to the war effort, because they, their parents, their grandparents and their great-grandparents were promised that the Jews are just one battle away from being gone forever. This was and is a lie. Israel is not going anywhere.

This diseased mentality has spread throughout the West. A recent Harvard-Harris poll indicated how broken our educational system is. Of the 18–24-year-olds polled, 60% claim that the Oct. 7 attack, which they admit was genocidal, “Can be justified by the grievance of Palestinians.” 50% support Hamas over Israel. 53% believe that students should be told by universities that they are “free to call for genocide” of Jews. 67% believe that “Jews as a class are oppressors and should be treated as oppressors.” 67% also favor an “unconditional ceasefire that would leave everyone in place” as opposed to a ceasefire that “should happen only after the release of all hostages and Hamas being removed from power.”

The scariest response from 18-24-year-olds was from the 51% who said they want “Israel to be ended and given to Hamas and the Palestinians.” This is the influence of the “from the river to the sea” chants and decades of academic corruption. America’s Gen Z wants to see what the Arab world tried to do in 1948—a second Holocaust. Just as the Arab world has failed to do right by its youth, it is our failure that so many American youths are indoctrinated in lies and propaganda.

There can never be Palestinian prosperity as long as this mentality continues. Jewish people know better than anyone else when it is time to accept the reality of a situation. Just as millions of Jewish grandchildren of Holocaust victims have no right to Poland or Hungary, Palestinian grandchildren of the genocidists of the 1948 war have no right to Tel Aviv. To tell those grandchildren otherwise is to teach despair and hatred. Palestinians deserve better than that. Any true pro-Palestinian activist would be marching for the denazification of the Palestinian Authority. That is the only way the people they claim to be supporting can prosper.

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Israeli Official: ‘Important Operation’ in Yemen Sends Strong Message to Shiite Axis

Drones are seen at a site at an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout image obtained on April 20, 2023. Photo: Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS

i24 NewsA senior Israeli security official spoke to i24NEWS on Saturday on condition of the retaliatory strike carried out by the Israel Air Force against the Houthi jihadists in Yemen.

“This is an important operation which signals that there’s room for further escalation, and sends a very strong message to the entire Shiite axis.”

“We understood there is a high probability of counter attacks, but if we do not respond, the meaning is even worse. Israel has updated the US prior to the operation.”

The strike on Hodeida came after long-range Iranian-made drone hit a building in central Tel Aviv, killing one man and wounded several others.

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IDF Confirms Striking ‘Terrorist Houthi Regime’ in Yemen’s Hodeida

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi addresses followers via a video link at the al-Shaab Mosque, formerly al-Saleh Mosque, in Sanaa, Yemen, Feb. 6, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

i24 NewsThe Israeli military on Saturday confirmed striking a port in Yemen controlled by the Houthi jihadists, a day after the Iranian proxy group perpetrated a deadly drone attack on Tel Aviv.

“A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck military targets of the Houthi terrorist regime in the area of the Al Hudaydah Port in Yemen in response to the hundreds of attacks carried out against the State of Israel in recent months.”

After Houthi drone attack on Tel Aviv, reports and footage out of Yemen of air strikes hitting Hodeida

— Video used in accordance with clause 27A of Israeli copyright law pic.twitter.com/d2uE16ZzQ1

— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) July 20, 2024

Yoav Gallant, the defense minister, issued a statement saying “The fire that is currently burning in Hodeidah, is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear. The Houthis attacked us over 200 times. The first time that they harmed an Israeli citizen, we struck them. And we will do this in any place where it may be required.”

“The blood of Israeli citizens has a price,” Gallant added. “This has been made clear in Lebanon, in Gaza, in Yemen, and in other places – if they will dare to attack us, the result will be identical.”

Gallant: ‘The fire currently burning in Hodeida is seen across the region and the significance is clear… The blood of Israeli citizens has a price, as has been made clear in Lebanon, in Gaza, in Yemen and in other places – if they dare attack us, the result will be identical.’ pic.twitter.com/DmHjwfHtPV

— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) July 20, 2024

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One Part of Cyprus Mourns, the Other Rejoices 50 Years After Split

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves after attending a military parade to mark the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus in response to a short-lived Greek-inspired coup, in the Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus, in the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus July 20, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Greek Cypriots mourned and Turkish Cypriots rejoiced on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of part of the island after a brief Greek inspired coup, with the chances of reconciliation as elusive as ever.

The ethnically split island is a persistent source of tension between Greece and Turkey, which are both partners in NATO but are at odds over numerous issues.

Their differences were laid bare on Saturday, with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attending a celebratory military parade in north Nicosia to mark the day in 1974 when Turkish forces launched an offensive that they call a “peace operation.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due later on Saturday to attend an event in the south of the Nicosia to commemorate what Greeks commonly refer to as the “barbaric Turkish invasion.” Air raid sirens sounded across the area at dawn.

Mitsotakis posted an image of a blood-stained map of Cyprus on his LinkedIn page with the words “Half a century since the national tragedy of Cyprus.”

There was jubilation in the north.

“The Cyprus Peace Operation saved Turkish Cypriots from cruelty and brought them to freedom,” Erdogan told crowds who gathered to watch the parade despite stifling midday heat, criticizing the south for having a “spoiled mentality” and seeing itself as the sole ruler of Cyprus.

Peace talks are stalled at two seemingly irreconcilable concepts – Greek Cypriots want reunification as a federation. Turkish Cypriots want a two-state settlement.

Erdogan left open a window to dialogue although he said a federal solution, advocated by Greek Cypriots and backed by most in the international community, was “not possible.”

“We are ready for negotiations, to meet, and to establish long-term peace and resolution in Cyprus,” he said.

Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960, but a shared administration between Greek and Turkish Cypriots quickly fell apart in violence that saw Turkish Cypriots withdraw into enclaves and led to the dispatch of a U.N. peacekeeping force.

The crisis left Greek Cypriots running the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004 with the potential to derail Turkey’s own decades-long aspirations of joining the bloc.

It also complicates any attempts to unlock energy potential in the eastern Mediterranean because of overlapping claims. The region has seen major discoveries of hydrocarbons in recent years.

REMEMBERING THE DEAD

Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides, whose office represents the Greek Cypriot community in the reunification dialogue, said the anniversary was a somber occasion for reflection and for remembering the dead.

“Our mission is liberation, reunification and solving the Cyprus problem,” he said. “If we really want to send a message on this tragic anniversary … it is to do anything possible to reunite Cyprus.”

Turkey, he said, continued to be responsible for violating human rights and international law over Cyprus.

Across the south, church services were held to remember the more than 3,000 people who died in the Turkish invasion.

“It was a betrayal of Cyprus and so many kids were lost. It wasn’t just my son, it was many,” said Loukas Alexandrou, 90, as he tended the grave of his son at a military cemetery.

In Turkey, state television focused on violence against Turkish Cypriots prior to the invasion, particularly on bloodshed in 1963-64 and in 1967.

Turkey’s invasion took more than a third of the island and expelled more than 160,000 Greek Cypriots to the south.

Reunification talks collapsed in 2017 and have been at a stalemate since. Northern Cyprus is a breakaway state recognized only by Turkey, and its Turkish Cypriot leadership wants international recognition.

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