Monday, October 27, 2003

PMMW: PA: America must be Fought in Iraq- Israel Must be Destroyed 


Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin

October 27, 2003


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PA Daily: America must be Fought in Iraq - Israel Must be Destroyed

by Itamar Marcus




The two burning tasks of the Arab world today are the total destruction of

Israel and the fight against the US in Iraq, according to the official

Palestinian Authority [PA] daily, Al Hayat Al Jadida. The call for Israel's

destruction, a basic and widespread Arab view, was to have been rejected by

the PA after the Oslo Accords, yet it continues to be promoted in the

tightly controlled PA media. It should be noted that the refusal to

recognize Israel's existence is expressed in the article by the rejection of

the name Israel, as well, as references to Israel are placed in quotation

marks as follows - "Israel" - implying - "so called Israel".


The article depicts Israel and the US as parallel and prime enemies of the

Arab world and this is consistent with the opinions of the general

Palestinian population according to the poll PMW released last week in

Washington. That poll found that 87% of Palestinians thought either the US

or Israel "is the single greatest threat to world peace". [51% answered

Israel, 36% answered the US]. The article's call to fight Americans in Iraq

is likewise consistent with PA opinions as the poll found that 42% of the

Palestinians support the Iraqi attacks on Americans and 74% of Palestinians

supported Saddam Hussein in the war.


The following is from the article in the PA daily:


"During these moments in history it is extremely important to adopt a direct

and decisive position regarding imperialism, and especially regarding the

Zionist entity. There is no option but resistance to imperialism... There is

a need to crystallize a position regarding the imperialist-Zionist project

in the Arab region. The resistance - that is meant to bring the expulsion of

the American occupation in Iraq - should be supported by all means. The same

applies to the struggle against the Zionist entity until the Zionist project

is defeated, it's entity is eliminated, and a free and Arab Palestine is

established as a first step towards uniting the Arab homeland and striving

towards independent development and socialism. There are no other

fundamental solutions to the Arab problem, but this one...

...The two state solution, a binational state, or even one democratic state

outside the Arab dimension, will not be capable of getting rid of the

contrast between the Arab masses and the Zionist-imperialist project in the

Arab region ...

[There is] another issue, that the world movement should decide and take a

standpoint: There are no "progressive Israelis". Every person, who is part

of the Zionist-imperialist project, even if he is "opposed" to Zionist

policy, is part of the structure of "Israel" ... A person cannot be

simultaneously both progressive and part of the Zionist entity - Zionist


...Israel is an illegitimate state. This definition applies to organizations

and individuals that represent [Israel] or recognize it. Therefore, in order

to emphasize this illegitimacy, all ties with the "Israelis" should be

canceled, and in other words: normalization with Zionists should be opposed

on a world level, not only in the Arab homeland...

...There is no option other than the elimination of the imperialist-Zionist

project... The meaning of resisting Israel is resisting Globalization, and

vice versa..."


[Op. Ed. by Dr. Hisham Al-Bustani, a Jordanian columnist,

in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Oct. 25, 2003]


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