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Op-Ed: Palestinian Leadership Farce

Arafat and his cronies have now appointed a "new" prime minister: Mahmud Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, Holocaust denier, Arafat's No. 2 for the last 30 years, and co-founder of Fatah, a terrorist organization set up to destroy Israel in 1959. Does anyone really believe that an old dog can learn new tricks?
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 2:01 AM


Even the Nazis, who were bent on the extermination of the Jewish people, did not resort to suicide bombing. To eliminate the scourge of Nazism, the Allies followed a policy of seeking total, unconditional defeat and surrender. It is necessary for Israel and the US to take a similar policy regarding the current Arab-Palestinian leadership.

The only way to bring about a peaceful solution is to totally defeat the Arab-Palestinians' current leadership, including all terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, DFLP, Tanzim and the al-Aqsa Brigades, who exploit the Arab-Palestinian people, including their children.

Arafat and his cronies have now appointed a "new" prime minister: Mahmud Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, Holocaust denier, Arafat's No. 2 for the last 30 years, and co-founder of Fatah, a terrorist organization set up to destroy Israel in 1959. Does anyone really believe that an old dog can learn new tricks?

Mahmud Abbas is no better than Yasser Arafat. Arafat?s mentor is none other than Haj Amin al-Husseini who sided with Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany. From 1929, Haj Amin repeatedly called on the Arabs who lived the British Mandate in Palestine to carry out "Itbach al-Yahood " -"Slaughter the Jews!" This call still echoes today as it is etched in the hearts and minds of many Arab-Palestinians.

Rewarding the Arab-Palestinian leadership, whose complicity in terrorism is beyond dispute and who broke all the agreements they signed with Israel, is against rational thinking. Moreover, how can anyone in the international community now legitimize a regime that continues to teach children to be suicide bombers?

In 1999, the French news agency, Agence France Presse, reported that Adolph Hitler's Mein Kampf was at number six on the Palestinian Authority's best-seller list. Middle East Media and Research Institute (www.memri.org) released more details on the sale of Mein Kampf in eastern Jerusalem and the Palestinian autonomy. The cover of the book features a picture of Hitler, a swastika, and the title in both German and Arabic. Following are some excerpts of the introduction by translator Luis al-Haj:

"Hitler was a man of ideology who bequeathed an ideological heritage whose decay is inconceivable. This ideological heritage includes politics, society, science, culture, and war as science and culture...

"National Socialism... did not die with the death of its herald. Rather, its seeds multiplied under each star...

"This translation of the book My Struggle has never been presented to Arabic speakers. It is taken from the original text of the author, Adolph Hitler. The text was untouched by the censor. We made a point to deliver Hitler's opinions and theories on nationalism, regimes and ethnicity without any changes, because they are not yet outmoded and because we, in the Arab world, still proceed haphazardly in all three fields..."

Arafat's regime-controlled newspaper, Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, said, on the day of the barbarity of 9/11: "The suicide bombers of today are the noble successors of their noble predecessors... the Lebanese suicide bombers, who taught the US Marines a tough lesson in [Lebanon]... These suicide bombers are the salt of the earth, the engines of history... They are the most honorable among us." (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, 9/11/2001)

On the morning of October 12, 2000, two Israeli reservists, Yosef Avrahami and Vadim Norzesche, where lynched by Palestinian Authority "policemen" who then threw their corpses out a window to a mob, which then pelted their dead bodies with stones, fire and metal bars. One of the bodies was set on fire and then dragged by car through the town, to a cheering crowd.

Days later, the Arab-Palestinians further celebrated their "victory" by dressing a donkey in a Jewish prayer shawl and painting the star of David and a swastika on its snout.

The bodies of Kobi Mandel, 14, a US citizen, and Yossi Ishran, also 14, were found bludgeoned to death in a Haritoun cave, on the hills of Tekoa. When they chose to skip school to go on a hike and enjoy nature, the nature they faced was ferocious.

About 120 suicide-bombings were committed within two-and-a-half years, in pizza and ice cream parlors, discos, supermarkets, Hebrew University, buses, malls, and at Passover dinners and Bar Mitzvah parties.

Appointing Mahmud Abbas, who has been there for more than three decades, won't accomplish the goals set out by President Bush in his September 24, 2002 speech. All it will do is reward terrorism and violence, which Mahmud Abbas has always advocated. Hanan Ashrawi, on the appointment of Mr. Abbas, said, "It's the beginning of a transition - it is certainly a turning point and a qualitative shift in the political culture. Now we have power-sharing that is clearly spelled out."

What quality are you talking about, Ms. Ashrawi? You have ignored the reality of who Abbas is. The Arab-Palestinian leadership must stop blaming Israel and the US for the misery of their people. Instead, they should examine their core beliefs, and until they change those, Israelis can never rely on the Palestinian Authority to be a true partner for peace.
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Rachel Neuwirth is a Los Angeles-based analyst associated with the American Jewish Congress and Stand With Us.
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