Beyond the Cusp

June 13, 2011

Middle East Round-Up

The beat continues with Israel and the Jews as the focal point for all evils, under-handed plots, media manipulation against Islam, and everything else that goes poorly under the Sun. Let’s just list some of the highlights from just this past week, mostly just the weekend, and see if this is actually the theme throughout much of the Muslim World.

A Kuwaiti teacher was fired simply because when breaking-up a pair of boys quarreling, she committed the ultimate of all possible sins, she told the boys they should follow the example of the Jews and respect each other. “She stopped them and told them they must respect and love each other in line with our Islamic principles,” reported Kuwait’s Alanba newspaper. “If the Jews respect each other, why can’t we learn from our Prophet… and respect each other.” Sure is a good thing they prevented her from continuing to teach. Heaven knows what she might have tried to teach the students next, might have been something truly horrible, like the Golden Rule.

Approximately ten percent of the eighty plus million Egyptian population will possibly be facing such a threat to their lives that fleeing their homeland may be their sole choice for survival. I speak of the Coptic Christians who have resided in Egypt since the first century, predating Islam by more than a half thousand years. Despite all the calls for unity and acceptance which were reported to the world by the media during the demonstrations that brought down the Mubarak Government, since then numerous attacks have been perpetrated against Coptic Christians, their stores, their homes, their churches, and even their monasteries. The future looks to be very bleak as it now appears that the Salafis have joined with the Muslim Brotherhood, sorry, the Freedom and Justice Party and other similarly minded groups who will win the majority of the Parliamentary seats and very likely the Presidency. Such a victory likely will lead to Sharia Law becoming the law of the land in Egypt and despite the presumed protection that will reputedly be conveyed to the Coptic minority, they will face escalating threats and violence pressuring them to convert or leave. This is what the media’s Arab Spring will resemble, for all but the predominant Muslims; it will be an Arab Winter which will freeze them out of the society in which they have lived for many many centuries.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a part of his campaign for reelection, has claimed, according to the state-run Anatolian, “The international media, because they are backed by Israel, wouldn’t be happy with the continuation of the AK Party government.” Egemen Bagis, Turkey’s European Affairs Minister added an allegation that the foreign media are a part of “mafia-like organizations” controlled by “international dark elites.” This was all in reference to an editorial in the British newspaper, the Economist, which called on the Turkish people to cast ballots for the opposition Republican People’s Party. The editorial further stated that voting against Erdogan’s party would be the “best way for Turks to promote democracy.” Once again anti-Israel and anti-Jewish paranoia is seen to be loose within Prime Minister Erdogan’s mind and Party, a seemingly common malady.

Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat spoke on Israel Channel 2 television’s Meet the Press stating, “We do not come to the UN to unilaterally declare statehood. We do not come to the UN to request recognition. We come to request acceptance. We want the UN to accept a Palestinian state within ’67 borders that will live in peace and security side-by-side with Israel. But the Americans said that the UN is not an option. Following that, we told them that our option is negotiation. Netanyahu succeeded in driving us away from the negotiation room. We want to go back to negotiation. This is (Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s) option. If Mr. Netanyahu refuses to say ‘two states along 1967 lines’; he can say it in English, Russian, Hebrew, Latin or any language he chooses – if he continues to build settlements, if the US chooses to veto the proposal to accept us into the UN and if the US Congress decides to cut us off and stop our aid, then Netanyahu can invite both houses of Congress to the settlement of Beit El. I think he will be the only leader between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.”

Mr. Erekat carefully crafted his statements to include the requirement for Israel to accept the 1949 Armistice Lines as the official border for the Palestinian state before entering negotiations. By doing this, Israel’s sole bargaining position is removed thus limiting negotiations to ‘Right of Return’ for close to five million so-called Arab refugees. By making the Armistice Lines the accepted border, it even removes any need to negotiate on Jerusalem as those borders grant the entire Old City of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, to the Palestinian State. Furthermore, when taking into consideration the stipulation that not a single Jew remain within the borders of any Palestinian state, forcing these borders would require approximately half a million Jews to forfeit their properties and be absorbed within Green Line Israel. Couple this with reputed recent demands by Israeli Arabs for autonomy within areas in the Galilee and Arab majority towns, even with an option to choose to join as part of a Palestinian state, Israel could find itself literally sliced in two with a Palestinian state reaching from the Jordan River to Acre on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Also not mentioned was the refusal by Mahmoud Abbas to join negotiations unless all the Palestinian demands including the Armistice Line borders, sole possession of the Old City and Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the full ‘Right of Return’ are agreed upon by Israel as the unarguable unchangeable facts. This is Mr. Erekat’s and the rest of the Palestinian Authority’s idea of fair requirements of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu insistence for the Palestinians to accept and recognize Israel as the Jewish State is unthinkable and such a demand is what makes any negotiations impossible. Which side is being intransient and unfair, you decide.

And lastly, we would be remiss if we did not mention that Israel too has its share of crazies. Senior Ben Gurion University Chemistry Professor Eyal Nir wrote on his Facebook page, “I call on the world to come and help break these scoundrels’ necks,” describing right-wing, Israeli flag-bearing marchers on Jerusalem Day as “gangs of bandits swarming in our country.” He continued with his diatribe, writing, “During the Jerusalem Day march, a gang of a few dozen bullies walked through the city’s Arab streets calling death to Arabs, death to leftists, burn their villages.” When questioned, Professor Nir justified the remarks, arguing “The response of any reasonable, peaceful and just individual should be that they must be prevented from acting out their threats such as in terrorist activities dubbed ‘price tag.’” The ‘they’ he was referring to were any Zionist Jews who actually had the nerve and chutzpah to march with Israeli flags within Green Line Israel on a nationalist holiday, especially if the city in which they held such a crass display of patriotism actually had Arab residents who are also citizens of the State of Israel. How dare they show the Israeli flags in a neighborhood of Israeli Arabs. I would like to ask Professor Nir exactly what the difference is between the Jewish Israeli Flag and the Arab Israeli Flag. My bet is his answer would actually claim that the recognized Israeli Flag is solely for the Jews and the Palestinian Flag is the Israeli Arab’s flag. I wonder if every Israeli Arab would agree with the good professor. Somehow, I doubt his feelings would even garner a majority of Israeli Arab citizens, despite what the liberal media would have us think.

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