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Monday, March 5, 2012

PLO/Fatah Created by Arab League Emirs, Not Arab People

Nadene Goldfoot
Some Americans and Europeans have thought that the Palestinian"s Palestine Liberation Organization or PLO was the arm of Palestinians fighting against unfairness and that they were the underdog.  It wasn't even founded by the few Arabs that had lived in "Palestine."  It wasn't chosen to be the respresentative in a democratic election.  It was the baby of the Arab League, a unification of 22 Arab states. Yasser Arafat became Chairman of the PLO in 1969, having been active since 1964's PLO origin.  This development follows the 1967 war when the Arab onslaught failed to destroy Israel. 

They had set up terrorist groups in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq and were supported from these non Democratic countries.  They included groups like George Habash's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Nayef Hawatmeh's Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  These had sparked after the Six- DayWar (1967).  Each organization had its own plan which was usually  made of Marxist or Maoist dogmas.  Then they threw in some "national liberation" theme. 

The groups could not unify because of power feuds, so the PLO became the umbrella  for the Palestinians.    Tunis-based PLO were not so eager to fight to the death for the last "West Banker."  Tunisia, a North African country of over 10 million Sunni Muslims, just weren't that excited about mixing in.  The Arabs had the Madrid Peace Conference in October 1991 where Palestinians from Gaza, Judea and Samaria showed more willingness to negotiate a West Bank/Gaza autonomy agreement.  This was just before  Hamas's power emerged. Thus, the PLO became Fatah which Arafat had founded in 1959. 

Fatah, created by Yassser Arafat and friends in Algeria, originally opposed the founding of the PLO which was backed by Syria.  By 1965 Arafat was at the helm and terrorist raids were carried out from Jordan, Lebanon and Egyptian- ruled Gaza against civilian targets in Israel.  By 1968 he took control completely of Fatah.  Fatah means "Conquest by means of Jihad".  Jihad is an Islamic Holy War! 

Hamas, meaning Islamic Resistance Movement, was an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1987.  It was founded to liberate Palestine from Israel "occupation."  They want to take all the land belonging to Israel, Gaza, Judea and Samaria and turn it into an Islamic state of their own.  No Jew will be allowed to live in this expanse, and at this rate, none would want to.  I note that before Israel was created, the land was a good-for-nothing wasteland of swamps, desert and mosquitoes.  They want it now that the Jews of Israel have turned it into a "Garden of Eden."   In their hands it would go right back to the original state. 

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) was chosen by UN employees at refugee camps in Gaza to represent them in 1990.  Elections were held in 1991 by the Hebron Chamber of Commerce and many Hamas candidates won over the PLO rivals.  As a rule, fundamentalist Islamic groups were not represented in the PLO.  This might be why they had their rift and why they still have problems in agreeing to a charter. 

The Arab community grew immensely since the end of fighting in 1949.  At that time about 140,000 were left in Israeli territory.  This came about by births safeguarded by better hospitals and staff.  The Arab custom allows 4 wives per man, so they have had plenty of children.   Thousands were re-admitted who had fled when the Arab states had attacked Israel.  Arab citizens of Israel are exempt from military service.  The Druze and Circassian communities are the exception by their own demand and have been great citizens as well as great fighters for their country.   They know that they are far better off than their brothers and sisters living outside of Israel. 

These puppet string pullers of 22 Arab states who include a special status to "Palestine" with Mahmoud Abbas as leader are:
Algeria, Bahrain, Comoras, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.  Out of these 22, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are absolute monarchies where the Emir or leader is the only one with power.  Qatar is home to Qaradawi, the religious leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's followers and enjoys protection from the Emir. Their religious principles are that they have a fatwa to kill all Jews and destroy Israel. 

Arafat received the Nobel Peace prize in 1994.  He had actually accepted article 242 verbally, at least.  He then died on November 11, 2004.  It was 2001 on  that attacks from Gaza were so violent that Israel had to go in with Operation Cast Lead" on December 27, 2008.

The Arab community always relied on their leaders who were the ones granting favors of life to them, but have now disregarded their own good by using them as pawns in their power struggles.  When the leaders told them to get out of Jerusalem, they did, only to find that their Arab armies had lost the fight and they were stuck, told to live in Palestinian refugee camps.  They elected Hamas over Fatah, probably at the threat of death or just by ignorance.   The pity is having been allowed to be led by the nose instead of by good reasoning skills.  Going along with some dictator's wishes has led to many deaths and a less than favorable life. 

Resource: Near East Reports: Myths and Facts: A concise record of the Arab-Israeli conflict by Mitchell Bard and Joel Himelfarb
Facts about Israel: from Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem

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