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September 14, 2011

Apartheid Palestine – Not in Washington Post or New York Times

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The Palestine Liberation Organization’s representative to Washington, Maen Areikat, told American reporters that a future West Bank and Gaza Strip “Palestine” would ban Jews. USA Today reported that “such a state would be the first to officially prohibit Jews or any other faith since Nazi Germany, which sought a country that was judenrein, or cleansed of Jews, said Elliott Abrams, a former U.S. National Security Council official” (“PLO Ambassador says no Jews in future Palestine; Cites need for national identity,” September 14).

USA Today correspondent Oren Dorell, in a full-length article accompanied by a two-column black-and-white picture of Areikat, added that “Israel has often complained of anti-Semitic views in Palestinian discourse. Palestinian media frequently publish and broadcast anti-Semitic sermons by Islamic religious leaders, while the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV shows programming for preschoolers that extolls hatred of Jews and suicide bombings, according to a 2009 State Department human rights report.”

The newspaper reminded readers that “Israel has 1.3 million Muslims who are Israeli citizens.” (Israel’s 1.6 million Arabs – Muslim, Christian, and Druze – comprise 20.5 percent of the total population.)

Also highlighting Areikat’s declaration was The Washington Times. In his “Embassy Row” column for September 14, under the subhead “Palestinian Tolerance,” James Morrison reported that “the Palestinian envoy in Washington assured reporters on Tuesday that a Palestinian state would be a secular nation that would be tolerant of minorities — except Jews and homosexuals.”

Morrison noted that The Weekly Standard magazine and The Daily Caller Web site asked the questions about homosexuals and Jews that elicited the PLO envoy’s remarks. He pointed out that their identification of Areikat as “the Palestinian ambassador to the United States” was erroneous. “There is no such position because there is no Palestinian nation.”

Neither The Washington Post nor New York Times’ September 14 print editions reported Areikat’s “Palestine: No Jews Allowed” statement.

Posted by ER at September 14, 2011 03:54 PM

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