Why I Am Less Than Enthusiastic About The Palestinian “Cause”

Over the weekend I had the great misfortune of getting into an exchange with several pro-Palestinian advocates on Twitter. The cause of their outrage was a tweet of mine to the effect that it was disgusting that the IOC lets the “fake country of Palestine” compete while refusing to honor the victims of the Palestine Liberation Organization attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich games.

As with most Twitter spats, it quickly degenerated into name calling and taunts. The issues are complex and important and deserve a more thoughtful exploration than Twitter allows for. So the following is simply my thoughts on the Palestinians and why I (and I think many Americans) are hostile to their cause. This is not meant as a complete examination of a very old and complex matter (which is far beyond my competency in any event) but simply an explanation of my thoughts on the matter.

First, the reality is that at the moment there is no nation of “Palestine”. This is simply a fact that the fervent wishes of many can not change.

Second, my problem with letting “Palestine” compete is not simply a case of collective guilt or punishment, it’s that the Palestinian Authority, is the direct successor to the organization that committed an attack not just on Israel  but on the Olympics themselves.

Another direct connection between the attack of 72 and today is the current head of the PA, Mahmoud Abbas. He was involved in the funding of the attack and praised the man who masterminded it. That the people who chose him as their leader should be allowed to compete in the Olympics is a disgrace.

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As was pointed out many early leaders of Israel were members of Jewish independence movements that engaged in armed attacks. Again, I am not going to get into the whose hands are clean and whose aren’t argument but for the purpose of this discussion (“Palestine” and the Olympics) I will simply note, no current or former leader of Israel, nor the state of Israel itself has ever been involved in a military attack on the Olympics. The Palestinians simply can not say that.

To the broader question as to why I have very little sympathy with or for the Palestinian cause I lay the blame at the feet of the Palestinians themselves. This is a sentiment most Americans seem to share.

Why the disparity? For me and I think many others, it’s simply the nature of Palestinian society that we find abhorrent. Now, are there decent Palestinians who want nothing more than to have a country of their own that lives in peace and prosperity? I’m sure there are. The issue however is the majority who don’t (at least as expressed through their elective support for the likes of Abbas and the Hamas led “government” in (the non-occupied) Gaza Strip.

Again, Palestinian defenders will no doubt say that they have a lack of choices. Be that as it may, that’s not our problem or fault (or Israel’s). These are the people they have selected to represent them and they are being judged accordingly. If you want the world to have greater respect for you, get your own house in order.

That brings me to another issue…the culture of violence. Palestinians will say they are fighting an occupation but that does not excuse despicable attacks on civilians nor explain the high esteem in which blood thirsty monsters are celebrated.

The other night on Twitter I pointed one of my Palestinian interlocutors to the horrific image of Azia Salha gleefully showing off his bloody hands after ripping apart Israelis.

Television showed one of the attackers run to the second floor window and make a victory sign and then return to the fray. In the background, several men were seen pounding on something or someone on the floor. The crowd erupted into cheers. The attackers tossed one of the men out of the window, another out the door. One of the soldiers was seen dangling upside down, apparently attached to a rope. The crowd stood below, waving fists and cheering.

The body was dropped into the compound, where the mob stamped on the corpse and beat it with the broken bars of a window grille. The Israelis said the third soldier was dead.

My new Twitter friend replied with a link to Timothy McVeigh’s Wikipedia page. I suppose the point was every society has monsters. This is true. The difference? McVeigh is a figure of evil in the eyes of the vast majority of Americans. In fact, he was arrested, tried and executed for his crimes against the people of the United States by their government.

Salha? He was among over 1,000 various thugs, murderers and terrorists the Palestinians demanded Israel release in exchange for a single captured soldier.

Palestinians have also named squares after terrorists who have killed Americans and glorified many other killers. Their  education system simply refuses to acknowledge the existence of Israel. Why is it that it’s impossible for Jews to live in Palestinian controlled areas but Palestinians can and do live in Israel?

I could go on and on with examples like this. No doubt supporters of the Palestinian cause would cite what they say are Israeli atrocities and defend their actions as a part of the war they are involved in. They are welcome to do that but they should not be surprised when most Americans reject their excuses.

This is not simply an image problem, it’s a substance problem. You can learn a lot about a society by what it values and honors.

The major problem I have with people who want to promote the Palestinian cause is what exactly have they done beyond a decades long campaign of violence and incitement to bring their state into existence? What hard choices have they demanded their leaders make? What compromises have they put on the table that even remotely approach what Benjamin Natenyahu offered at Wye River or Ehud Barack agreed to at Sharm El-Sheik, Camp David and Taba? Why would they expect any sympathy when their reaction to unprecedented Israeli offer after offer is a Second Intifada

Palestinians have chosen time and time again a maximalist strategy that looks like a one state (Palestine) solution. They are simply reaping the results of those choices.

At the height of the American colonies rejection of the British Crown, we laid out our complaints with the British but also the vision and values our nation would stand for. In word and in deeds we have been living by them (albeit unevenly at times) ever since.

What would a nation called”Palestine” look like? What would its founding and guiding principles be? What contribution would it make to the world? So far the well earned image of the Palestinian people as a whole (again, allowing for the realty of individual differences) is one of destroyers and killers. I’d like to think that’s not all an independent state of Palestine (if it ever exists) will be but in the absence of such words and deeds, what principle beyond an opposition to Israel am I and others supposed to embrace?

Palestinians will conduct their “resistance” how they wish but unless or until they offer a positive vision of what their nation will look like, don’t be surprised when others look at how you conduct yourselves now and say, “no thanks”.

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Posted on July 30, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Simon Oliver Lockwood

    A one-sentence summary of Palestinian culture could be: People who hide behind their own children in order to shoot at other people’s children.

  2. The Palis are pariahs in the rest of the Arab world for good reason. They earned that status through their actions.

  3. WTG, DrewM.
    Palestine *is* a fake country, contrived out of a hatred for Israel.

  4. Rip VanBullwinkle

    No country dominated by islamic faith should be allowed to compete in the Olympic games & the IOOC is nothing but a bunch of hypocrites for allowing them. The games are based upon putting aside differences in the spirit of athletic competition. Nearly every time a muslim has to face an Israeli opponent the muslim refuses to participate. That can mean either the muslim is afraid of being defeated by an Israeli or the muslim has failed to put aside his / her differences as participation in the games require. Just tell the muslims to go home and come back in 800 or so years when they’ve grown up.

  5. Let’s see, dancing in the streets and handing out candy on 9/11…
    Yeah, Americans are going to love you for that too, “palestine”.

  6. ‎”If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.” – Benjamin Netanyahu

    That’s an understatement. If Israel laid down its arms, there would be a massacre. Arab and Palestinian leaders have said it many times. The want to kill Israelis “from the Jordan to the sea.” The sad fact is that many Palestinians would rather kill Jews than live in peace in their own country.

  7. My well of sympathy for the Palestinians dried up a long time ago. Their situation is dreadful, but fact is they’ve brought all of their misfortune down upon themselves. They have had dozens of opportunities to make a better life for themselves and their children, and have spurned every one. They still have that opportunity. They complain about their poverty, but it could be changed in a year.

    If, and only if, they give up their hope of pushing Israel back into the sea. If they truly, really, actually genuinely gave up their struggle and instead concentrated on making a better life for their kids, it would start improving almost immediately.

    Golda Meier once said that the war would end when the Palestinians loved their children more than they hated the Jews. It hasn’t happened yet, and that’s why their children live in poverty.

    And I don’t expect to live to see it.

  8. You miss one of the most overlooked problems with the “Palestinian” cause, they already have a country- Jordan. The entire initial partition plan was Jordan for the Arabs, and Israel for the Jews, with certain areas (such as Jerusalem) to be decided upon later. The current Palestinians are those who chose to bet on Arab victory in the Arab-Israeli War and stayed behind, and those who backed Arafat when he attempted a coup in Jordan and were expelled.

  9. Yeah, it’s all Israel’s fault.

    “International donors had purchased the greenhouses from evacuated Gush Katif settlers for the benefit of the Palestinians.

    According to Palestinian and international sources involved in running the greenhouses, the armed robbers belonged to two militias, the Assistance Committees and the Popular Army, affiliated with former Palestinian ruling party Fatah. These militias had been hired by the Palestinian Authority to guard both the ruins of the former settlements and the greenhouses, which were all under cultivation. But instead of guarding the greenhouses, the guards decided to rob them.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/palestinian-militants-ransack-former-gush-katif-greenhouses-1.179788

  10. Howard, you are absolutely right. Additionally, large numbers of “palestinians” originally were migrant workers from Egypt, Syria and other Arab states. Yassir Arafat was in fact an Egyptian as well as being a murderous barbarian. Ironically, the term “palestinian” is a derivatve of an old Hebrew term meaning alien or foreigner. So when they refer to themselves as “palestinians” they are essentially calling themselves foreigners in the land.

  11. Rip VanBullwinkle

    Allah must like the Jooooos better. He always lets them win. But that tiny little fact seems to be lost upon the members of the death cult.

  12. I’ve pointed out and collected examples before… If support for Palestine is all about peace, then why are supporters of Palestine so unpeaceful? http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/pro-hamas-is-pro-peace-the-violence-of-hamas-supporting-protestors-worldwide/

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