3Trump includes Fake Refugees in list of Fake News
David Singer is an Australian lawyer who is active in Zionist community organizations in that country. He founded the "Jordan is Palestine" Committee in 1979.
President Trump cancelled more than $US 200 million in aid to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) this week - following his earlier decisions:
·reducing America’s contribution to the UN Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA) by about $US300 million &
·recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital & moving the US Embassy there.
An infuriated PLO has responded by making the following false claims concerning Jerusalem & aid to refugees in the 'West Bank' & Gaza – which have been uncritically & unquestioningly reported as news:
PLO executive committee member Ahmed Tamimi exclaimed:
"Jerusalem is at the heart of the Palestinian, Arab & Islamic peoples"
This claim contravenes Article 1 of the Palestinian National Charter – which declares:
“Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, & the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation...."
Claiming the “Palestinian people” is a separate & distinct people from the “Arab people” - is deceptive & misleading.
Meanwhile - Husam Zomlot - head of the Palestinian General Delegation to the US
“After Jerusalem & UNRWA, this (cutting of aid to the PLO) is another confirmation of abandoning the two-state solution & fully embracing Netanyahu’s anti-peace agenda.”
Negotiations to conclude the“2-state solution” – the creation of a 22nd Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital - in addition to the Arab state of Jordan created in 78% of former Palestine in 1946 – ended in April 2014 after unsuccessful negotiations spanning 20 years.
Other solutions now need to be explored involving Jordan & possibly Egypt negotiating with Israel to return to these 2 existing Arab states territory once occupied by them in Judea & Samaria (aka the ‘West Bank’), E. Jerusalem & Gaza between 1948 & 1967.
Cutting US financial aid to refugees in the 'West Bank' & Gaza
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi declared: "The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale. There is no glory in constantly bullying & punishing a people under occupation. The U.S. administration has already demonstrated meanness of spirit in its collusion with the Israeli occupation & its theft of land & resources; now it is exercising economic meanness by punishing the Palestinian victims of this occupation."
Ashrawi ignored the following facts:
·The 'West Bank' currently has 775,000 registered “refugees” (up to 4 generations of perpetual refugeeism) - around a ¼ of whom live in 19 refugee camps - all of which have been under full PLO administrative control since 1993 as designated by the Oslo Accords.
·Many of these camps & inhabitants date back to 1949. Severe overcrowding problems, high rates of unemployment, personal safety & poor infrastructure are common.
The PLO & Hamas have maintained this discriminatory 2-tiered refugee segregation system in both Gaza & the 'West Bank' for the last ten years.
The failure to close these camps & integrate their residents into the general local Arab populations is a damning indictment of Hamas & the PLO.
Expecting Trump to pick up the tab whilst the PLO continues these inhumane practices for crass political purposes - & financial ones - is arrogant & unwarranted.
Trump has made it clear these funds will go to relieving genuine refugee distress in other parts of the world.
The PLO’s outright refusal to negotiate with Israel on Trump’s long-awaited peace plan - inflamed by these latest false claims – only ensures the PLO’s increasingly-rapid slide into political irrelevance. Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political & social commentators – whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli & international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog
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