THE ARAFAT APOLOGISTS
By Marti Stapp Linder
Iraq is now offering twenty-five thousand dollars to any family willing to sacrifice a kid to be a suicidal bomber. Where is the equation between military personnel (on meager salaries) trying to interdict terrorism in their country and suicidal maniacs who think they are going to get 72 virgins for murdering Jews? The apologists can call them proponents of a Jihad or even "freedom fighters" if they wish. I shall call them exactly what they are and describe exactly what they are doing. The Palestinian terrorists are murderers of innocent civilians, and they are perpetrating a reign of terror in Israel--a reign of terror perpetrated by terrorists bent on driving every Jew in Israel into the sea.
Never mind that these cockroaches were offered ninety-five to ninety-seven percent of their "wish list" and they turned down the offer. Their public protestations are lies. They obviously do not want what they tell the world they want, and anyone who subscribes to their propaganda is incredibly naive. According to portions of Arafat's biography (in an online report by Good Morning America), this is the real Yasser Arafat, the leader of the militant Palestinians:
Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Council:
Yasser Arafat came before the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 with an olive branch and a gun. The symbolic juxtaposition of peace and violence defines Arafat's political life.
Arafat was born in 1929 to a successful merchant father and a religiously devoted mother. His birth name was Mohammed, but he was quickly nicknamed "Yasser," which means "easy." Arafat's mother died when he was four years old, and his father sent him to live with a married uncle in Jerusamem. As a teenager in the 1940s, Arafat became involved in the Palestinian cause. Before the Arabs were defeated by Israel in 1948, Arafat was a leader in the Palestinian effort to smuggle arms into the territory.
After the 1948 Israeli military victory, Arafat studied civil engineering at the University of Cairo. He headed the Palestinian Students League and, by the time he graduated, he was committed to forming a group that would free Palestine from Israeli occupation. In 1956, he founded Al Fatah, an underground terrorist organization. At first, Al Fatah was ignored by larger Arab nations such as Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, which had formed their own group, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). It wasn't until the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, when the Arabs lost the Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and West Bank, that Arab nations turned to Arafat. In 1968, he became the leader of the PLO.
For two decades, the PLO launched bloody attacks on Israel, and Arafat gained a reputation as a ruthless terrorist. But by 1988, when he told the United Nations that the PLO would recognize Israel as a sovereign state, Arafat had warmed to diplomacy. Then in 1993, the unthinkable happened. The terrorist leader, who had rarely been seen without his signature ghutra and scruffy beard, met with his avowed enemies. The secret peace talks in Norway led to the Oslo Peace Accords with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin. The agreement granted limited Palestinian self-rule and earned Arafat, Rabin, and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Shimon Peres the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.
"For our part, we will honor our commitments. Our participation in the great peace process means that we are betting everything on the future," said Arafat, on the signing of an accord in September, 1995, to extend Palestinian rule in the West Bank.
"I don't know of anyone who has as much civilian Jewish blood on his hands as Arafat since the Nazis' time," said former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon in October, 1995.
In January, 1996, Arafat was elected the first president on the Palestinian Council, which was to govern the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
For those who fall for Arafat's propaganda and believe the leopard has changed his spots and that he is not the architect of the current terrorist attacks in Israel, let me quote an excerpt from an essay written by Rabbi Meir Kahanes--an essay written in 1988, only a couple of years before the murder of Rabbi Kahane by an Arab terrorist, Egyptian-born El Sayyid Nosair, who not only was convicted of the murder but also of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Rabbi Meir Kahane
"Dear World, why did the Arabs--the Palestinians--massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women, and children slaughtered in Arab riots from 1936 to 1939? Was it because of Arab upset over 1967? And when you, World, proposed a United Nations Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a Palestinian State alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews, was that upset stomach caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way, deal World, why did we not hear your cry of upset then?
"The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who, when they had all the territories they now demand be given them for their state, attempted to drive the Jewish State into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of 'idbah-al-yahud' ('Slaughter the Jews!') that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people and the same dream--destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of accomplishing today. But we should not "repress" them.
"Dear World, you stood by the Holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven Arab states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Egyptian dictator and pan-Arab nationalist Gamul Abdul Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the Palestinians and other Arabs daily dream of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear World, well, think of how many times in the past you bothered us. In any event, dear World, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less."
The slaughter of innocent Jewish civilians continues, while Arafat apologists in the U.S.A. urge the Israeli government to show restraint or even "back down." I think the Jews in Israel have suffered enough and I, for one, don't give a hoot if they deny every Palestinian entrance into their country. Deprive the terrorists and all their sympathizers, relatives, and offspring of any "right to work," any shelter, and any sustenance. And, while they're at it, all Jews should insist that the Nobel committee members who awarded Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize should be extradited to Israel and forced to live with the murder and terror that Arafat and his minions are inflicting upon the tiny and beleaguered nation of Israel.
It is past time for Israel to take the measures necessary to halt terrorism in their own country. The price of doing anything less may be the death of the nation of Israel. Survival as a nation is the only option for the Jews and to blazes with what the rest of the world thinks.
Remember the Jordanian response to Palestinian terrorism? They made no apologies to the world for their war on the nasty, murderous Palestinian cockroaches. The Jordanians had it right, and it is time for Israel to emulate them.
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