Senior Watchman and wordmeister, Rick Richman, wins for Best Sentence:
“Peace process,” “peace partner,” “intifada,” “side by side in peace and security,” “accelerating” — these are all Orwellian terms designed to mask the fact that the Palestinians have repeatedly rejected a state in order to pursue the Orwellian “right of return” — an alleged “right” not given to the millions of other 20th century refugees (including the 820,000 Jews expelled from Arab lands), much less to those whose refugee status resulted from their decision to reject a two-state solution in 1948 and start a war instead.
According to the UNRWA, of those 4.7 million registurd refugees, about a third live in (58) "refugee camps."
Almost two million live in "ten official and three unofficial" camps in Jew-free JORDAN.
About half a million live in eight camps in Jew-free GAZA.
Almost half a million in "nine official and three unofficial" camps in nearly Jew-free-SYRIA.
Almost half a million are registurd with the UNRWA in nearly Jew-free LEBANON, with "many" living in 12 camps.
And last but not least, there are 771,000 registurd Misc. Arab "refugees" in the Disputed Terrortories in Judea/Samaria. Less than 200,000 of them live in camps.
This is only a tad off topic. Looking up various things for this post, I - even I, cynical pessimist that I am - was shocked by the Wikipedia entry on the "West Bank."
The West Bank (Arabic: الضفة الغربية, aḍ-Ḍiffä l-Ġarbīyä, Hebrew: הגדה המערבית, HaGadah HaMa'aravit) is a landlocked territory and is the eastern part of the Palestinian territories; on the west bank of the River Jordan in the Middle East.
To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with the state of Israel, which maintains the security of what it calls the Judea and Samaria Area. To the east, across the Jordan River, lies the country of Jordan. The West Bank also contains a significant coastline along the western bank of the Dead Sea.
Since 1967, most of the West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation.
Not even the thinnest veil of fairness. But that's nothing - just standard fare, right? Now GO LOOK at the (9) Photos of ISRAEL at the CIA World Factbook. Wait til you see the extent to which The House of Hussein has deeply Arabized all facets of our government. And note, in future you'd better make that the CIA World Jew-Hating Propaganda Book.
Somebody in the the gummint, or more likely lots of somebodies, have gone to great lengths to prove their bigotry. They have no shame, only Audacity.
No Kotel. Nothing specifically Jewish. I feel like someone kicked me in the stomach.
To Arabize Israel is neccessarily to de-Jew it, and apparently Ahmadinejad is not the only Won fantasizing about wiping Jews off the map.
For adding insult to injury, don't miss the captions.
- "Israel's largest freshwater lake, Lake Tiberias, is also known as the Sea of Galilii. [....] Much of the area to the east of the lake is part of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Image courtesy of NASA."
(How much do you want to bet that NASA has a different sort of caption? Someone else go check; I don't have the heart.)
- "The hallway leading to the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem."
- "Dome of the Rock, also known as Temple Mount of Haram al-Sharif, in Jerusalem."
- "Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre."
- "The Dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre."
- "Jerusalem at night from the Mount of Olives."
- "In the Old City of Jerusalem."
- "On the road to Jericho from Jerusalem. Bedouins are constantly on the move to fee and water their herds."
- "Dome of the Rock, also known as Temple Mount of Haram al-Sharif, in Jerusalem." [yes, a second time]
Muslims, Christians... even Bedouins... are all covered. But not Jews. Not a single picture of the Kotel? That's so unbelievable.
And they've changed the text as well. The last time I visited this site (when it was run by the CIA under Bush) there was none of this BS about where Israeli Jews were born.
I hope I don't have to point out that the authors display no equivalent compulsion to tell us where the Israeli Arabs were born.