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Submitted by Peter J. Herz (Taiwan), Dec 21, 2004 at 23:58

The USA not only needs to make recognition of Israel's right to exist a precondition of aid given to the PA, but also cleaning up the textbooks the schoolchildren read. The sole advantage of a controlled media and publishing industry is that the things published give a clear and unambiguous picture of what the powers-that-be in that society think. The USA owes it to itself to note that it has subsidized people who hate it and urge its destruction long enough. Indeed, aid to the Falastin Arabs is the classic case of enabling the recipient to engage in destructive behavior. For this reason alone, it needs to stop. If China could deny UN peacekeepers to Macedonia when the latter wished to open relations with Taiwan, the US can and should play a few games of its own in the international community. One would be that without clear and visible changes in the PA's attitude, it cannot expect any more green American dollars.

When the issue of Falastin Arab "refugees" (now in their third and fourth generation) is raised, the USA should loudly mention that it has subsidized people who hate it for far too long, and that it is high time that the Arab states do what the USA did with its Palestinian Arab immigrants: give them passport-holding, consular-protected, voting, and down-the-line citizenship. It should be loudly pointed out that the US-born children of non-naturalized Falastin Arab immigrants are, by US law, automatically US citizens with all rights that status entails. It should be shouted from the housetops that there is nothing barring an American of Palestine Arab origin from owning property in his own name, receiving an education, residing wherever he wishes, or even running for office or serving, should he obtain the needed votes. The fact that the Falastin Arabs are kept from citizenship even after three generations in most Arab-majority countries shows that those countries have no honor at all.

And, should anyone accuse Israel of being a "settler state", we can politely remind all Romance-speaking people in France to move back to Italy; all Han people in China to move back to the North China Plain; and all Anglophones in the British Isles to get back to Germany and Denmark. Russia can leave Siberia to the Tunguses while we're at it; and all who identify with Arab and Muslim culture can head for the Arabian Peninsula to leave the Maghreb to the Berbers, the Nile Valley to the Copts, and the Fertile Crescent to Christians and Jews able to speak an Aramaic dialect. We can then move on to tell 60 millions-plus Thai speakers to withdraw to a strip of territory between Dein Bien Phu in Viet Nam and Guilin in China to leave their lands to their "rightful" Mon-Khmer owners. We can also tell all Iranian and Indo-Aryan peoples to withdraw to Central Asia, and leave the region between Kurdistan and Sri Lanka to the Dravidians. If any gripe that too few places will hold too many people, we can always say it's respecting the currently understood concept of historical justice.

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Palestinian this [98 words]AlSep 29, 2009 01:18162271
Palestinians Don't exist! [388 words]AsafNov 7, 2005 15:0827899
Additional Aid to Palestinians- [21 words]Regina CaldasJan 12, 2005 01:4919624
Aid for Tsunami [149 words]Marcus MannJan 3, 2005 05:2719323
A plan to stop terrorism [878 words]Carol McNeillJan 1, 2005 06:5419283
One size should fit all [294 words]Benjamin CableDec 31, 2004 11:1819268
Where is the wider view? [46 words]ZoDec 31, 2004 07:2119264
Pala who, what ? [87 words]Jim StcruzDec 29, 2004 17:4819219
Palestinians Don't Deserve Addl. Aid art.2298 [30 words]S.C.PandaDec 29, 2004 04:4919201
The aftermath after [278 words]Roberta H. SimonDec 26, 2004 20:3919137
Swedish blood money. [88 words]Hans, SwedenDec 26, 2004 18:2819136
The real enemy [296 words]GaryDec 25, 2004 14:4419130
Well said, Dr. Pipes [157 words]GregDec 23, 2004 21:2619124
So what's new ? [94 words]JaladhiDec 23, 2004 11:3719119
Money down the drain [140 words]Bob BartlettDec 22, 2004 20:2219114
How does Palestinian aid compare to Israeli aid? [312 words]Douglas RossDec 22, 2004 14:4119112
Palestinians Don't Deserve Additional Aid [125 words]Menahem DunskyDec 22, 2004 10:2719109
Spot-on! [143 words]Srinivasan VaradarajanDec 22, 2004 08:1119108
My wish [50 words]David EisenbergDec 22, 2004 01:5719107
30 years… of hard work [108 words]Alain Jean-MairetDec 22, 2004 01:2419106
A hearty second [515 words]Peter J. HerzDec 21, 2004 23:5819105
Don't send money without manifest changes in practice and policy of palestinians [392 words]Andria SpindelDec 21, 2004 23:1919103
Funding Terrorism [109 words]Funk Soul BruhvaDec 21, 2004 22:2119102
Brilliant [34 words]Ann EllerDec 21, 2004 21:0019101
Optimist [75 words]Avram KaliskyDec 21, 2004 20:4819099
Stop all aid [84 words]Romesh ChanderDec 21, 2004 20:3319098
Meanwhile in DARFUR... [108 words]Marcos BerensteinDec 21, 2004 20:0919096
Oil-for-food Part 2 [102 words]Donald ODec 21, 2004 20:0619095
Hatred poisons the mind [188 words]YonasonDec 21, 2004 19:5019094
The Jihad Cash Machine [409 words]Arlinda DeAngelisDec 21, 2004 19:4719093
Bad money after bad [259 words]Benjamin CableDec 21, 2004 19:4019092
Racism or Common Sense?! [111 words]Octavio JohansonDec 21, 2004 18:1919090
What do we do now? [53 words]MarcyDec 21, 2004 17:5319089
Additional funds to PA [104 words]Dr. John PorDec 21, 2004 17:4119088
Peace in thirty years? [251 words]Alan KohnDec 21, 2004 17:3619087
Dead On Accurate Article [60 words]Ross StevensDec 21, 2004 16:2619085
Thank you for facing the truth! [165 words]Reni RobertsDec 21, 2004 15:3919084
Punishment, not aid [159 words]Ralph C. Whaley MDDec 21, 2004 13:2619081
Agreement [77 words]Robert G. MogullDec 21, 2004 13:0419079
300 $ is a lot [39 words]JD BermanDec 21, 2004 13:0319078
No aid until Jewish state recognized [9 words]Jordan YellinDec 21, 2004 12:5219077
Nazareth and Hebron: response to commenter Ahmed [310 words]Irfan KhawajaDec 21, 2004 12:4119075
More aid? How about no aid at all?! [16 words]Cato the ElderDec 21, 2004 12:2819074
One of your best [24 words]Yolanda CanfieldDec 21, 2004 12:2819073
Correct Again! [7 words]Myrna Linett StrappDec 21, 2004 12:2519072
What will it take? [455 words]Kenneth S. BesigDec 21, 2004 12:1719071
Withholding Taxes [73 words]Joan BaronDec 21, 2004 12:1519070
Where are the strings? [116 words]GregDec 21, 2004 12:1119069
You know the drill by now [193 words]Mike NargizianDec 21, 2004 11:5019067
MONEY WOULD BUY BOMBS [116 words]Octavio JohansonDec 21, 2004 11:2519066
About David Brook's Column [47 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Sharon A. FinegoldDec 21, 2004 11:0719064
a poverty of ideas [178 words]Vijay DandapaniDec 21, 2004 10:3519063
30 Years? [27 words]AhmedDec 21, 2004 10:0419062
Did I read that right? 300$ per person?! [32 words]Rob JamesDec 21, 2004 09:3119061
Alternative Aid [35 words]Timothy RobertsDec 21, 2004 09:0119060

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