Tuesday, May 28, 2024

"The Palestinian movement has hijacked the meaning of words"

Here's an excerpt from the SAPIR Journal essay, "The Palestine Propaganda Complex."

" . . . Adi [Schwartz] and I [Einat Wilf] had to spend years of research and write an entire book [The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace] to refute the three-word, poster-sized slogan “Palestine for Palestinians.” To do this, we had to dissect the manner in which the words “refugee” and “return” have been completely abused in the context of the Arab refugees from the War of 1948 (known since the 1960s as “Palestinians”). The words were inverted to keep the war alive, deprive the Jewish state of legitimacy, and maintain a constant question mark over the Jewish state’s very existence. The process of twisting these words has been so effective that, even though almost none of the millions who are still called “Palestinian refugees” are, in fact, refugees by normal international standards, they continue to enjoy the name, status, financial support, and international sympathy of people who have just escaped war and need protection."


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Tue May 28, 12:59:00 PM 2024  
Blogger X said...

TBF, when Spain and Portugal have given the right of return to the descendants of Jews who were expelled from there centuries ago, I can understand why exactly Palestinians are fixated on the right of return for themselves as well. But it's unfeasible and unworkable because any Israeli state that will actually do this might very well subsequently become an anti-Semitic state. Importing millions of anti-Semites into Israel will not go over very well, which is why no Israeli government will ever agree to this.

As a side note, though, I don't think that it's necessarily a bad idea for Israel to seek to widen its immigration doors. Actively seeking converts to Judaism throughout the world could be an interesting endeavor, for instance. But Israel should ensure that it is not importing any anti-Semites. One of the blessings of Israel's current Law of Return, including its Grandchild Clause, is that almost no anti-Semites are imported into Israel through it.

Tue May 28, 01:00:00 PM 2024  

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