Friday, April 26, 2002

Peaceful Non-Existence Watch (chapter three)

For those who think that peace in the Middle East will flourish if only the Israeli Defense Forces would withdraw from Ramallah, or from the West Bank, or from Ramallah, the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip are kidding themselves. The Palestinians want nothing less than full Israeli withdrawal from the planet Earth. Heck, it’s their official policy!

The presumption of the Peaceful Non-Existence Watch is that the true aim of the Palestinian cause and its attendant rock throwing and keening over oppression and occupation is not so much the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state as it is the destruction of the sovereign Israeli state. Evidence of this is laughably abundant on the web. But having worked with computers, I know how confusing they can be. That’s why, as a service to those who have still not figured it out yet I include links to the fucking obvious.

Today’s exhibit is the Palestinian National Charter itself as posted on the website of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations.


Article 1. Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the greater Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation.

Article 2: Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit.

Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase.

Article 15: The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national (qawmi) duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine

Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947, and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time,

So for those of you joining us late, let us review. Far from seeking self-determination in order to live in peaceful equality with its Israeli neighbor, the Palestinian leadership has set as its goal the total elimination of Israel through violence. Indeed, armed struggle is the only way to go. Negotiating the peaceful annihilation of Israel just won’t do. (see article 9 above) They want scorched earth and body bags.

In this light, there is no such thing as a peace process. Only a war process leading to peace.

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