PA Daily: America must be Fought in Iraq - Israel Must be Destroyed (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) by Itamar Marcus 10/27/03)
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The two burning tasks of the Arab world today are the total
destruction of Israel and the fight against the US in Iraq, according
to the official Palestinian Authority [PA] daily, Al Hayat Al Jadida.
The call for Israel´s destruction, a basic and widespread Arab view,
was to have been rejected by the PA after the Oslo Accords, yet it
continues to be promoted in the tightly controlled PA media. It
should be noted that the refusal to recognize Israel´s existence is
expressed in the article by the rejection of the name Israel, as
well, as references to Israel are placed in quotation marks as
follows - "Israel" - implying - "so called Israel".
The article depicts Israel and the US as parallel and prime enemies
of the Arab world and this is consistent with the opinions of the
general Palestinian population according to the poll PMW released
last week in Washington. That poll found that 87% of Palestinians
thought either the US or Israel "is the single greatest threat to
world peace". [51% answered Israel, 36% answered the US]. The
article´s call to fight Americans in Iraq is likewise consistent with
PA opinions as the poll found that 42% of the Palestinians support
the Iraqi attacks on Americans and 74% of Palestinians supported
Saddam Hussein in the war.
The following is from the article in the PA daily:
"During these moments in history it is extremely important to adopt a
direct and decisive position regarding imperialism, and especially
regarding the Zionist entity. There is no option but resistance to
imperialism... There is a need to crystallize a position regarding
the imperialist-Zionist project in the Arab region. The resistance -
that is meant to bring the expulsion of the American occupation in
Iraq - should be supported by all means. The same applies to the
struggle against the Zionist entity until the Zionist project is
defeated, it´s entity is eliminated, and a free and Arab Palestine is
established as a first step towards uniting the Arab homeland and
striving towards independent development and socialism. There are no
other fundamental solutions to the Arab problem, but this one...
...The two state solution, a binational state, or even one democratic
state outside the Arab dimension, will not be capable of getting rid
of the contrast between the Arab masses and the Zionist-imperialist
project in the Arab region ...
[There is] another issue, that the world movement should decide and
take a standpoint: There are no "progressive Israelis". Every person,
who is part of the Zionist-imperialist project, even if he
is "opposed" to Zionist policy, is part of the structure
of “Israel” ... A person cannot be simultaneously both progressive
and part of the Zionist entity - Zionist project...
...Israel is an illegitimate state. This definition applies to
organizations and individuals that represent [Israel] or recognize
it. Therefore, in order to emphasize this illegitimacy, all ties with
the "Israelis" should be canceled, and in other words: normalization
with Zionists should be opposed on a world level, not only in the
...There is no option other than the elimination of the imperialist-
Zionist project... The meaning of resisting Israel is resisting
Globalization, and vice versa..."
[Op. Ed. by Dr. Hisham Al-Bustani, a Jordanian columnist,
in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Oct. 25, 2003] (PMW.ORG.IL
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