TERRORISM. SILENCE, LIES AND MONEY (II).
TERRORISM. SILENCE, LIES AND MONEY (II).
All these mass movements have a common denominator, which includes an international agreement: create
religious and ethnic homogeneity to avoid conflicts. Does not mean you have to look for full consistency.
The international agreement for homogeneity, as expressed in the Cyprus conflict, is a model
correct solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees. If, in connection therewith, the world took the
same policy in those years, made with other groups - Germans, Indians, Pakistanis - not exist
the problem of refugees. But the United Nations decided in one of those mistakes that will be remembered for
always with the Palestinians behave differently. It is a policy that demonstrates inequity: the
Palestinians are refugees from higher level, while blacks are lower level. Community
behaves as an international United Nations, even if they support the "right of return" holding,
Economically, the industry's "right of return."
The European Union aid to dozens of organizations that have the same objective. It's the same Union
responded to similar requirements in Europe as incentives war. Israel has already contributed his part, joined the
Jews who arrived after the conflict itself that caused the Palestinians to abandon Israel. Responsibility
of Palestinian refugees, specifically, is the Muslim and Arab world and the international community.
Germany joined the Germans, the Hindus joined India, Pakistan to the Muslims. Israel to the Jews.
Tens of millions of refugees were integrated into the countries where they arrived, countries in which
religion and the people are the majority. The Arab world must integrate the Palestinian refugees. According to
international criteria, the Palestinians have a right to be absorbed into the Palestinian state if they wanted
create, alongside Israel, not instead of him.
The definition, every country has the right to preserve their religious and ethnic homogeneity that the
refugees who are in a place where they belong to the majority, have no "right of return"
requires also to Israel. It means that if Judea and Samaria, are part of the historical homeland of the Jewish people
not have the "right of return" as the Palestinians do not have the "right of return" to Israel, although
is their historical homeland.
The same law should govern for the Germans (who joined Germany), for the Hindus (who joined
to India), for the Muslims (who went to Pakistan) and that law says that Jews are "entitled to
return "to Israel, but not to Palestine and the Palestinians have the" right of return "to Palestine, not Israel.
The outright denial of the "right of return" comes not only the international situation but also the
right to individual self-definition. The Palestinians have this right and also the Jews. Those who
claim the "right of return" for Palestinians and to them alone, deny, in fact, the right to self-definition
of the Jews. Only the Jews.
Israel is not guilty of perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem, but the international community.
Instead of the remedy, poured salt on the wound. Manipulated. The laugh of fate is - and it's a laugh
very sad - the double standard increased the suffering of the Palestinians. The perpetuated in that suffering. Postponed
the meeting of the solution to the problem. The day the world to abandon the double standard, will be the dawn
the good news for the Palestinians. Be the first day that the condition begins to subside. That day
no longer a plaything of politics.
For their sake, for the sake of peace concept, it's worth that day comes.
Despite the fact that Palestinians are being assisted by a size such that for other
countries would only be a dream, they lament. Thus, the misfortune became an industry.
According to world opinion, the Palestinians are the most unhappy people there in the world, the people
most oppressed on earth. It is a national group that includes, as a significant part, the image of victim.
Numerous publications deal with this misfortune, with poverty and the status of refugees continues
decades. Here, too, the connection between facts and advertising is, frankly, nil.
In the first article in the series and the world remains silent, published in the supplement of Rosh
Hashanah, we discussed the issue of mass murder, the Arabs and, especially, Muslims, perpetrated
against Muslims and Arabs, compared with the number, relatively small, of Arabs killed in
general, and Palestinians in particular, in the framing of the conflict with Israel.
The second article of the series, And the World Lies, published in the supplement of Yom Kippur is about
handling the problem of Palestinian refugees, although nearly 40 million people experienced
population exchanges with the aim of creating states with national, ethnic and religious only
Palestinians, with tens of millions, they remained as refugees.
This article will examine the myth of Palestinian misery. The Palestinians are, indeed, in a bad situation.
Few would dispute. The question is whether a product is Palestinian self - inflicted (which the Palestinians are
responsible), or is international harassment (first, American or Israeli).
The myth, cultivated by the "forces of progress," says that, of course, America is the root of all evil.
Not only have an "unbalanced policy" but also the oppressor of the legitimate aspirations of
Palestinian people. And Israel, of course, worsens the overall oppression. Is it as well?
While the Palestinians acquired a place of honor in the world list of misfortunes, the well-oiled
PR turned them into a nation of victims. In essence, the facts are different from
myths and the abundance of publications, academics and journalists, who consume a massive fraud
before world opinion.
Misery (is) pays. It became an industry. The world opens its pockets. The "Great Satan", the most
hated by the Palestinians, the United States, which disputes the primacy with Israel, the "Little Satan", is the
- Since the signing of the Oslo Accords (1993) - more aid to the Palestinians, more than any other country
world, more than Saudi Arabia alone, more than the Gulf states, separately or together, more countries
Europe, which donated separately, and even the entire European Union.
I poured dollars and respond to critical
These are the facts: according to a World Bank report (1994 - 1998), the United States was
largest contributor to the Palestinians. The figures are not different in the following years, but in '90,
which ended with the Intifada, are particularly important. It is true that Israel receives more aid. The
military assistance is for strategic reasons and this is not the place to discuss it. In any case, most
hand, contributes to American industry, because Israel must spend the money only in America. With respect
economic aid in recent years, it became marginal and less than that given to Palestinians.
Regarding per capita assistance for development purposes Palestinian welfare, receive
much more than that given, for example, to Egypt. But repeatedly, the myth claims that the Palestinians
are the "victims" who should be given more and more because, perhaps, this situation will convince them that they want
peace and abandon terrorism.
And the world
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According to the World Bank report, in those years, Washington contributed almost,
$ 345 million, compared with the European Union ($ 298). Japan tops the list - for the same period
- With $ 306 million.
Today, the American contribution is greater, during those years, as in all decades
past, the United States was the largest contributor to UNRWA (United Nations Agency for
Palestinian Refugees in the Near East), which assists Palestinians. UNRWA's annual budget
was during this period, nearly $ 300 million. Out of that amount, $ 600 million were sent to the
West Bank and Gaza.
Even by a multiyear calculation, from 1994 to 2004, the U.S. ranks first with $ 1.3
billion in aid. Then, there is the European Union, with $ 1.1 billion, then Japan, with $ 0.53 trillion. These
amounts do not include contributions to UNRWA and "D'awa" (charity), used largely for
finance terrorism. We must remember that Hamas managed separately, raising another channel
funds, a portion for welfare, education, health and infrastructure, advertising, and one that was derived
strengthening the military wing and terrorist activities.
Billion were given to the Palestinians. This money could have led to enormous economic change
Palestinian. This money, pardon the cliché, could have turned Gaza into Beirut (except Hezbollah
could turn Beirut into Gaza). But the Palestinians chose another path. The world rained dollars on
their heads and the Palestinians responded with criticism. They were not oppressed, but, rather, the darlings of
world. Most people in Africa, who suffer much more, can, alone, dreaming of
help of the magnitude that they were given to the Palestinians. There is poverty in the world. There is exploitation. There
oppression. But the Palestinians did not top the list. They are far from it. I never went hungry. His
Grief is largely due to their own imagination.
Preferred the struggle to prosperity
Returning to the mention of the Oslo Accords, the money flowed to the Palestinians. 1992 was a peak year for
the Palestinian economy. GDP per capita reached $ 1999 and real GDP per capita was $ 2683. The gap
supplements came from foreign sources: some of the budget of UNRWA, other transferred
the work of Palestinians abroad who sent money and a significant proportion of the work was
carried out by Palestinians in Israel.
Theoretically, if not for terrorism, which forced Israel to impose closures and curfews, the economy
Palestinians in the '90s had become one of the leading economies of the Middle East after
Israel. This was the point during the time that remained secret talks in Oslo, then
from which, following the signing of the agreements, began a large influx of international aid. Although those years
were also of great waves of terrorism, the Palestinians chose the struggle to prosperity.
During that time, countries like Yemen, Chad and Nigeria, for example, had a GDP per capita of about
$ 1000 and they were not the poorest in the world. Those were years when there were communities
Africa, with millions of people in Congo, Sudan and the Sahara, who became refugees. But the
international community, abandoned. The black Africans did not create terrorism and posed no
strategic threat. The moral conscience of the world in general and the West in particular, was activated
very selective: on the television screen, by threats of terrorism, the danger of a rise
in the price of oil. The higher ranked the suffering of tens of millions of blacks in Africa,
was always less than the suffering Palestinians.
Apparently, the pain of the Palestinians is the most successful industry. This affliction is perpetuated and serves
Based on increased demands for payments. There used to build infrastructure. There used to raise or improve
the education system. Not serve to rehabilitate hundreds of thousands living in refugee camps. The
money was spent on three main objectives: perpetuation of the political situation and unfortunately, acquisition
weapons and equipment for terrorism and corruption, by paying huge sums were
constantly end up in the pockets of cronies and parasites, as well as the millions of dollars that were
to Yasser Arafat's bank accounts in banks around the world and cut coupons for leaders
Palestinian Authority, nearly every treaty for economic development in the territories.
The supreme objective: wiping Israel off the map
Israel is not free of mistakes, but all the mistakes are minimized by the responsibility
Palestinian. Living under occupation is a great enjoyment and criticism - of the occupation in general and
settlements in particular, is legitimate. More than legitimate. However, we are not talking of theory but
Fact: vast sums of money granted to the Palestinians, were spoiled. And the opportunities
gain independence and prosperity were rejected in favor of a supreme objective: wiping Israel off the map.
The most important turning point was, of course, the Oslo Accords. The whole world
offered voluntarily to help the Palestinian Authority, established following the Accords. The Associated Press.,
indeed, spread and flourished. The money began to flow. But the Palestinians themselves did not enjoy
the fruits of peace. On the contrary. They went into economic decline.
Several research institutions have conflicting data on changes in GDP per capita or
purchasing power of the Palestinians, before and after the Oslo Accords. Despite the disagreements,
lines are consistent: on the one hand, there was an astonishing and unprecedented influx of funds to the Authority
Palestine and, on the other, along with the huge flow of funds, there was a fall in GDP per capita. The
explanation is simple: after the Oslo Accords, there were waves of terrorism, which led to a series
closures. Fewer and fewer Palestinians worked in Israel.
But the change came. In 1997 there was a turning point, the Palestinian economy began to recover.
Palestinians began to feel the benefits of peace.
And despite the dramatic improvement, the recovery was short and ended with the outbreak of the second intifada in
September 2000. The opportunity for prosperity, again, was destroyed. Again, Palestinians
chose the path of violence.
This is an important point in time. The violence broke out just after Israel extended to
Palestinians the most generous of offers in the history of conflict between the two entities. Myths
the "Palestinian suffering" and the "horrors of the occupation" were inconsistent with reality.
Away from last place in suffering and poverty
First, the uprising began after two years of decline of terrorism and increased
economic prosperity. Second, these were years in which the Palestinians had a state
Palestinian hands. Began in the Camp David Conference in which Ehud Barak, then Prime
Minister, proposed something that no Israeli leader has dared to offer before. Continued under the guidance of Bill Clinton and
the essence was a Palestinian state in the 1967, with the exception of minor changes in the
border in small percentage, including substantial parts of Jerusalem and the exchange of territory, as
compensation for the Palestinians.
And how do you respond? Look how Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador in Washington's most influential
then, describes the events of that historic day, January 2, 2001: bin Sultan was sitting,
Arafat, at the Ritz before going to meet with Clinton. bin Sultan told Arafat that this was a
historic opportunity, which had the support of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and most of the Arab world and that if
rejected the proposal, would be a tragedy, a crime. That did not help. Arafat went to Clinton and said: No. Arafat
did not want a Palestinian state. Arafat did not want prosperity. Arafat did not want an end to the occupation. Arafat
According to the Palestinian data, from 1994 to 2000,
there was a 36% real increase in GDP.
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Israel was forced to respond in order to protect the huge wave of terrorism. Yes, Israel made mistakes.
But again, all were dwarfed by Palestinian intransigence against ending the occupation and
conflict and the rejection of the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
We continue with the facts. The flow of funds for financial aid, human development and
prevent starvation, are supposed to be in agreement with the state of poverty of the community. Were the
neediest Palestinian community? Comparative data show that they were far from the first
rise in poverty. While the GDP was not at Western levels, even among the Arab countries or
Muslims, the Palestinians are not the last on the list. Human Development Index for 2003 places
"The occupied Palestinian territories", as defined there to the Palestinian Authority, at 102 th out of 180
countries. Since 2003 is one of the lowest points, taking into account the Intifada and since the
GDP during the 90s was higher, we can assume that the ranking Palestinian during the '90s, was higher. Y
In any case, even in the dire situation in 2003, the Palestinians were in a higher position
that Algeria (103 th), Syria (106 th), Egypt (116 th), Morocco (126 th), Yemen (156 th) and
surely most African countries and some of South America.
The Palestinians are considered - in relation to other Arab states - at a high level of human development
although the GDP is lower than in those countries. And compared with international assistance, for
to other countries and the size of the population, produces a surprising result: the Palestinians received
greatest amount of aid in the world. In fact, for a decade and a half, the Palestinians are very
far from being the poorest, while considering that received more aid.
The facts tell the story.
But that is only part of the film. A huge number of Palestinian NGOs received support from foundations,
mainly in Europe. Moreover, "charities" send money, mainly
entities involved in terrorism and / or religious activities. The flow came from Muslims in America and
Europe, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. The amount accumulated for years, amounts to hundreds of
Comparative data for 2003 show a surprising scenario. While Yemen, suffering
by poverty, foreign aid was $ 30 per - capita, each person in the Palestinian Authority received $ 470.
Even in absolute terms, this is distorted. Egypt received as foreign aid, $ 1286 billion
in aid, while the Palestinian Authority, $ 1616 billion. It is superficial to say that the people of Egypt
is 73 million people and the Palestinian is only 3 million.
This is not the end of the Palestinian audacity, boldness in which American support, both economic and
policy is met with ingratitude. In 2003, after terrorist bombings, Washington decided to
help of NGOs (Non - Governmental Organizations) around the world on condition of signing a
agreement under which the recipient does not support terrorism. We should clarify that this was the policy front
any entity in the world, not just the Palestinians. However, some Palestinians did not like. Wanted
both money and support for terrorism. Generated an internal debate with the nationalist rhetoric expected.
The radical elements prevailed and, in early June 2004, the Palestinian Legislative Council
passed a resolution rejecting the U.S. conditions.
The Palestinians wanted both the aid and the option could be diverted to terrorist entities or
support terrorism. Why? Because the "national honor" Palestinian, including support for terrorism, was
more important than the possibility of obtaining American aid.
For example, from 1994 to 1998, Palestinians in the territories
received more than $ 2.6 billion in aid from donor countries
and another $ 600 million through UNRWA.
The weapons are more important than the welfare, education and prosperity
Three researchers: Michael Keating, Anne Le More and Robert Lowe, published a comprehensive book of articles
concerning the aid, called The Case of Palestine: Aid, Diplomacy and Facts on the Ground, published
in 2005. None of these authors could be accused of being too sympathetic to Israel. No
However, the text two clear facts emerge: first, that the Palestinians have received the most support from
World War II, not only in absolute terms, but also taking into account the adjustment to
various indices (index). And indeed, on the number of inhabitants, the Palestinians received more aid
the Marshall Plan, designed for the recovery of Europe after the Second World War. Second,
in the words of the book, the aid may have been part of the problem rather than the solution, and the massive
international collaboration, did not prevent the decline of Palestinian society.
As usual in such books are full of accusations against Israel, such as that aid
helped to perpetuate the occupation (how does this fit with the Palestinian intransigence to reject a state
Palestinians and the Clinton initiative?) But, if we relate only to the World Bank, the Fund
International Monetary and research institutes, the story they tell us so.
In the territories there are tens of thousands of weapons in private ownership, not forming part of the equipment
of the Palestinian security forces. The price of a rifle - on the model and age-ranges between
NIS thousands and thousands of dollars. When we talk about Palestinian Unfortunately, it is worth remembering their
priorities, both national and private: weapons are more important than welfare, then
education and then prosperity. The problem is not money. The problem is the preference for weapons.
If the Palestinians were fighting the occupation, should - long ago - have had a
independent state, very close to the 1967 lines. But the Palestinians have made every effort
convince Israel and the public opinion, the goal is not the end of the occupation. Its aim was and, for
many, still is, the end of the State of Israel. The reality surpassed fantasy.
Like the dream that was fed around the right of return, which only increased the misery of
those who were forced to remain as refugees, the dream of the destruction of Israel only
increased the misery of the Palestinians. The fault is not theirs alone. The blame belongs also to
propaganda agents in the West. The blame belongs to the propaganda agents who treated
as oppressed and unhappy and not as pairs, responsible for their actions. There is no other explanation
fact that since the Oslo Accords, the Palestinians only in the territories have received $ 5.5, without
account for additional sources, not explicit in the official reports. This amounts to about $ 1,300 per capita.
Information only and to compare, under the Marshall Plan, each European received $ 273 (after
adjustment to the index).
The Palestinians deserve to receive this assistance. They have many good reasons. However, we now see
what happened to this huge amount of money. Was spent on corruption and the Fatah movement was taken
government. Were squandered on weapons, with encouragement from the central government and the result is social unrest
and anarchy. And above all, the blame belongs to those who helped with the influx of these
large amounts of money without making the Palestinians, they undergo a process of withdrawing its
fruitless dreams of destroying Israel. The result is essentially the continuing catastrophe