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Myth of “secular, democratic Palestine” debunked

“The lonely historian” Benny Morris is an interesting story (a case study?) in himself. An excerpt from his recent book is reprinted in Natl. Post: The myth of a secular Palestine. A short sub-excerpt:

The Palestinian national movement started life with a vision and goal of a Palestinian Muslim Arab-majority state in all of Palestine — a one-state “solution” — and continues to espouse and aim to establish such a state down to the present day. Moreover, and as a corollary, al-Husseini, the Palestinian national leader during the 1930s and 1940s; the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which led the national movement from the 1960s to Yasser Arafat’s death in November, 2004; and Hamas today –all sought and seek to vastly reduce the number of Jewish inhabitants in the country, in other words, to ethnically cleanse Palestine.

Middle East historian Rashid Khalidi has written that “in 1969 [the PLO] amended [its previous goal and henceforward advocated] the establishment of a secular democratic state in Palestine for Muslims, Christians and Jews, replacing Israel.” And Palestinian-American journalist Ali Abunimah has written, in his recent book, One Country: “The PLO did ultimately adopt [in the late 1960s or 1970s] the goal of a secular, democratic state in all Palestine as its official stance.”

This is hogwash. The Palestine National Council (PNC) never amended the Palestine National Charter to the effect that the goal of the PLO was “a secular democratic state in Palestine.” The words and notion never figured in the charter or in any PNC or PLO Central Committee or Fatah Executive Committee resolutions, at any time. It is a spin invented for gullible Westerners and was never part of Palestinian main-stream ideology. The Palestinian leadership has never, at any time, endorsed a “secular, democratic Palestine.”

Read on this fascinating read. Hat tip: Daily Alert

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May 13, 2009 - Posted by | Arab-Israeli Conflict | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] Jewish rights in the proposed Palestinian state As of now, there are many examples of Jews mistreated and ostracized in Arab/Muslim states and not a single one to the contrary. Of course, Fayyad knows what words must be uttered in order to charm the Western audience. For reality check, Benny Morris has very recently debunked this fantasy. […]

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