ISRAEL, August 3, 2013 — Rodney Dangerfield used to say he got “no respect.” He should have tried to bring about the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people; he would be feted at the U.N., the White House, and even the Israeli parliament.
Before a meeting of the Knesset Caucus on Ending Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the Knesset last Wednesday, someone decided to hang the Palestinian Authority flag alongside the Israeli flag behind the meeting room dais. This was the first time since July, 1999, that the flag of the Palestinian Authority was hung in the Israeli parliament.
Flying a flag is a sign of respect. Many countries practice the symbolic lowering of the flag to half-mass on days of sorrow. No one takes the flag as seriously as the United States, which has very strict rules about where to hang Old Glory, and which flags can fly alongside it.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the 20th century pioneer of religious Zionism, said that flags, whether physically or not, bear an insignia indicating the mission of those who carry them. He likened the flag to a uniform; its colors and symbols tell the world who you are and what you stand for.
Palestine is not a country or a state, and being declared one by U.N. bodies does not make it one. The Palestinian Authority flag does not stand for a coungry or a state, but for an idea, and that idea has involved slaughtered Jews from the very beginning. The PA flag does not belong next to Israel’s flag anywhere, let alone in the Knesset. The PA has done absolutely nothing to warrant the respect shown their flag in the seat of the Jewish state’s government.
The Palestinian Authority has done nothing but call for, and work towards, the eradication of the State of Israel and the slaughter of the Jewish people. Mahmoud Abbas was the deputy of PLO President and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat. Changing the militant party’s name from “The Palestine Liberation Organization” to “The Palestinian Authority” does nothing to wipe the gallons upon gallons of innocent Jewish blood off their hands.
The PA, and the PLO before it, has been a steadfast proponent of indiscriminate terror attacks against Israeli civilians from its inception. Arafat adopted the flag, which has existed since 1964, while calling the Arab world to drive Israel into the sea.
Arafat was the nephew of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husayni, who first submitted a draft declaration of German-Arab cooperation to the Nazi government in 1941, which contained the clause: “Germany and Italy recognize the right of the Arab countries to solve the question of the Jewish elements,” later infamously known as “the Final Solution.” In November of that same year he met with Adolph Hitler (may his name be obliterated), and pledged his full support to the mission of eradicating the world of the Jewish people.
Since that time, al-Husayni’s favorite nephew Yasser, as well as his deputy, Abbas, have ruled the “Palestinian people” with an iron fist while blaming it on Israel, rejected any and all peace offers presented to them by Israel, and orchestrated and celebrated the murders of Jews, Christians and Arabs alike. They celebrate the butchers who have killed innocent men, women and children by calling them martyrs and naming events, streets and stadiums after them in Ramallah, Judea and Samaria.
They tell the Western world what they want to here in English and then turn around and contradict it, with gusto, to their own people in Arabic. When Muhammad Madani, a former Palestinian parliament member whom Abbas appointed to head a new Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society told Israeli Ministers, “It is logical that since you put up a Palestinian flag when we came here that when you come to our parliament, there will be an Israeli flag,” he should have been believed by no one.
The PA has already begun to backtrack on that statement; veteran Palestinian journalist Elias Zananiri, who is also on the committee that Abbas appointed, said in that very same session, “for us, it’s a flag of occupation, so it would be hard to believe that an Israeli flag will fly in Ramallah in two or three weeks when you come.”
Just this very past week, as the renewed peace talks were set to begin, the PA proved even more how unworthy they are of Israel’s respect.
First came the report that Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, who along with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is in Washington for the talks, had posted a number of troubling posts and pictures on his Facebook page right before the talks were to commence. According to Trending Central, “his Facebook background image reveals his aspirations for a Palestinian state that incorporates the entirety of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The word ‘Filastin’ (Palestine) can be seen emblazoned across the entirety of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.”
Then, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the idiotic decision to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, many with blood on their hands, just for a chance to get Abbas and his cronies back to the negotiating table, Abbas gave a speech to Egyptian TV, where again his Arabic gave away his true feelings. Abbas told interim Egyptian President Adli Mansour and the Egyptian media that, “in a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli, civilian or soldier, on our lands.”
Abbas was simply following in the footsteps of his predecessor’s uncle, who devoted his life to helping Hitler make the world “Judenrein,” or “free of Jews.” This horrendous display of intolerance has been met by Israel with the hanging of Abbas’s flag in their home base.
This is tantamount to the United States greeting an al Qaeda delegation with posters of Osama bin Laden lining the National Mall.
This July, 19 brave Arizona firefighters perished in “the worst U.S. wildland firefighting tragedy in 80 years,” according to Reuters. The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix-based Major League Baseball team, aside from wearing a number 19 patch on their uniforms and having the number 19 painted into the grass behind home plate, had not only a uniform with one of the deceased hero’s names on the back of it with the number 19 hanging in their dugout for weeks following the tragedy, but asked that the opposing team hang a similar uniform in their dugout as well.
The firefighters died so others could live. They earned the eternal respect of the world. The Palestinians, Abbas included, send their people to die so that others, including women and children, can die along with them, which should earn them nothing but scorn, severe repercussions and international condemnation.
Instead, the U.N. has upgraded their status, the U.S. has rolled out the red carpet, and Israel has flown the Palestinian Authority flag in their very own parliament.
There is something absolutely sickening about this whole ordeal. Whoever made the decision to allow that disgraceful rag, which just recently flew alongside a Swastika above the Gush Etzion bloc, should be fired immediately and the Israeli government should reinstitute the ban moronically lifted by Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin during the Oslo accords, on the flag being flown anywhere in Israel, Judea or Samaria. The Palestinians haven’t earned that respect and Israel should have more respect for itself.
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