Arab racism prevents peace / Op-ed: Hebron house dispute highlights Arab desire for Middle East free of any Jewish presence (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Giulio Meotti Published: 04.04.12, 11:32)
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The invisible headlines go beyond the settlers who bought a house
near Hebron´s Cave of the Patriarchs. The real story is not about
home ownership; rather, it´s at the very core of the Mideastern
While Israel is not “Arabrein” (Jewish citizens live with their
fellow Arab citizens and neither they nor anyone else suggests they
are “an obstacle to peace”), a Nazi-like ideology sees the entire
State of Israel as an alien presence among Islamic nations, an
undesirable island in an Arab sea that must ultimately be submerged.
This is the real apartheid, which is supported by the West and which
emerges from President Barack Obama’s de-legitimization of
Jerusalem’s post-1967 neighborhoods.
The concept of removing a religious or ethnic community from a
certain region brings back the worst memories of World War II, yet
has become mainstream when it is applied to a part of the land of
Israel. The scandal is epitomized by the fate of the Arabs who sold
houses and land to the Jews. By now, dozens of Arabs have been
murdered for selling their homes to Jews.
In 1995, the Palestinian Legislative council voted unanimously in
favor of the death sentence. The law was endorsed by the PA on the
basis of a Jordanian law that had been in effect until the eve of the
Six-Day War in 1967. The PA´s mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikremah
Sabri, and the Palestinian chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer
Tamimi, issued religious decrees authorizing the killing of Arabs who
sell property to Jews and forbidding Muslims from burying them in
Not even Nazi Germany in the 1930s knew this level of anti-Jewish
Textbooks promote racism
In that sense, Hebron is a test: The only Palestinian city with a
Jewish presence in its midst. It is a safe bet that the ordinary
Israeli population will say that given a choice between a Jewish
presence in Hebron and peace, they would, with little hesitation,
choose the latter. But all the news from Hebron provide proof that no
such choice exists. It’s an illusion.
The simple fact is that the Arabs consider everything in and around
Hebron, as indeed they do everything in the land of Israel, to be
sacred Muslim land. Jews had lived in Hebron as “dhimmis,” second-
class residents, forbidden to pray in the Cave and humiliatingly
confined to the seventh step leading into the building.
In December 2010, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said that “I will never
allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land.” Such a
state would be the first to prohibit Jews or any other faith since
This obsessive logic just drew Abbas to honor with a medal veteran
White House Correspondent Helen Thomas, who has provoked a storm in
the US after saying the Jews must “get the hell out of Palestine”
and “go home” to Germany or Poland. However, this is racism that goes
well beyond the Palestinians.
Laws hampering Jewish life in Arab countries are the customary
condition, not the exception. Saudi Arabia doesn’t even permit Jewish
visitors, let alone Jewish foreign employees. As a matter of policy,
the Jordanians do not permit Jews to be domiciled in their country.
This racist view, found Arab textbooks and taught in the schools of
all Arab nations, is the ultimate bar to real peace in the area, not
the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.
In 1942, the Nazis gathered in a villa outside Berlin and adopted
the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Back then, anti-Semites
wanted to make the world “Judenrein" - Free of Jews. In 2012, anti-
Semites want to make the world “Judenstaatrein” - Free of a Jewish
state. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/04/12)
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