Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fisking Tom Perry (part II)

Continuing with our "Fisk" of Perry's propaganda:
The Palestinian leaders behind the U.N. move argue it will buttress their claims to the West Bank along the border with Jordan, the separate Gaza Strip on the coast and East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as their capital.  They say the step is a result of the failure of the U.S.-backed peace process to deliver Palestinian independence on land occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.
The Palestinians are not satisfied with a fictitious city Reuters cunningly refers to as “East Jerusalem”, but openly acknowledge their demand for the holy city of Jerusalem, a city which has only ever been capital to the Jewish sovereigns and where, beneath its streets and earth mounds, lies three-thousand years of archeological relics attesting to that Jewish history.  Perry's memory is notoriously short, extending back a mere 44 years to the liberation of Jerusalem and the rest of Judea and Samaria, land that had actually been occupied by the Arabs of Jordan between 1949 and 1967.
At least 120 countries have already recognized Palestine, including Russia and emerging powers such as Brazil.
While those countries may recognize a nominal "Palestine", they do not recognize its borders or its claim to Jerusalem and have no "state-to-state" relations.
While Israel has removed some of the West Bank checkpoints put up during the last Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, which erupted in 2000 and had mostly fizzled out by 2005, its overall control of the territory appears as firm as ever.
Referring to it with the cheerful euphemism "uprising", Perry sanitizes the Palestinian terror war launched against Israeli civilians, a war where Palestinians murdered over 1,000 people and maimed several times that number before it "fizzled out" in 2005.  Which might explain why...
Israel has created walls, fences, earth barriers, checkpoints, military firing zones, and army bases, all necessary, it says, for the security of the state.
This has left Israel in full control of 60 percent of the West Bank's territory, effectively governing the lives of 150,000 of its 2.5 million Palestinian residents and dominating land seen as crucial to the establishment of a viable Palestine.
Perry and Reuters frequently peddle the canard that a "viable" Palestine somehow requires land that has been ethnically cleansed of all its Jewish inhabitants.  Curious that this same standard is never  applied to the over 1 million Palestinian Arabs living as full citizens within the viable state of Israel.

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