Victim hood works. The Palestinian PM designate, Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader of the new government in Ramallah, some would call it Hamastan, is spewing “taqiyyah,” religiously condoned lying by Muslims to “trick” western unbelievers. He says that the PA would recognize Israel if it gave up all of Samaria, Judea and east Jerusalem and let 3.5 million plus Palestinian refugee "victims" get their rights of return “honored.” Israel promptly rejected these destructive conditions and his lying proposition.
Ibrahim Hooper of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), those wonderful folks who want to replace our Constitution with Shari’a law, was interviewed on PBS's "Religion & Ethics" by host Bob Abernethy.
Asked if the new Hamas led government should have EU and US “humanitarian" aid cut off because Hamas is a terrorist organization, Hooper suggested our government and the EU, which forks over $500 million annually, should to go through NGOs like UNWRA. In fact the EU just announced that it was advancing 120 million Euros to the interim PA government. This might stave off what James Wolfensohn, Aussie American Supremo for the tattered Quarter “roadmap” said was a “looming financial collapse,” given Israel’s unwillingness to remit custom tax collections to the new Hamas-led government. Should we listen to Hooper?
UNWRA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, runs 59 refugee camps in the disputed Palestinian territories in places like Jenin and Gaza and in adjacent Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. It feeds, houses and educates, in squalor, over 3.5 million unabsorbed Palestinian “refugee victims” in what amounts to the third generation whose forbearers ran away because Arab government's told them to in 1948 at the start of the Arab invasion of the new State of Israel.
To these victims of Arab parlance, the US government voluntarily gives UNWRA over $130 million annually as a contribution to a budget of over $350-400 million used to support their wretched refugee camps. The Arab Red Crescent kicks in $35 million and Egypt doesn’t send one thin dime of aid to its Palestinian brothers and sisters living in these 56 year-old eyesores.
What’s the problem with all this? It’s Pallyhooey. Palestinian Hollywood-style victimization.
French Director Pierre Rehov made a documentary in 2004, “Hostages of Hatred” in which he graphically shows that the UNWRA camps employed Hamas and Fatah militants and terrorists. It shows weapons used in the second Intifada being transported in UNWRA ambulances. He also shows Fatah fat cats living high on the hog in fancy red roofed villas. Rehov goes back half a century documenting the Arab press lambasting the Arab Muslim ummah for not absorbing the first generation of Palestinian refugees after the 1949 Armistice agreement with the fledgling state of Israel. He even interviews U.S. representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) who called for an investigation of the UNWRA travesty and misuse of US humanitarian aid to support terrorist cadres and incitement to hate passing as education in these UNWRA camp schools.
But have things changed since Rehov launched his film.
Not one iota.
And what will another $130 million get us? Israeli investigative reporter, David Bedein wrote this weekend about Hamas infiltration in UNWRA refugee camps in an Israeli resource News Agency report entitled: “The Hamas/UNWRA Connection.”
“… Hamas convened a conference in a school in the Jabalya refugee camp, in which the school’s administration, teachers and hundreds of students participated…Saheil Alhinadi, representing the UNRWA Teachers Association, praised UNRWA pupils who carried out suicide attacks against Israel. That Alhinadi was speaking for the teachers should not be surprising since Hamas-affiliated officials dominate in the teachers’ union of UNRWA in Gaza, and control its executive committee."
PM designate Ismail Haniyeh, the Gazan Hamas leader, has another surprise in store for the Palestinian Legislative Council. He is planning on creating a mini-Taliban state with women in hijabs and forcing Dhimmitude on the dwindling Christian population by introducing Jizya poll taxes and Sharia law. Bethlehem and other Christian villages will become ghost towns if this program is implemented.
Feisty Florida House representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) chair of the Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee doesn’t buy any of Haniyeh’s “taqiyyeh.” Ros-Lehtinen and Tom Lantos (D), Ranking Democrat on the Committee, joined by Representatives Eric Cantor, Steve Chabot and Gary Ackerman, have introduced H.R. 4681, the “Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006” to prevent any aid from being filtered through NGOs to any Hamas-led government. The leigislation has lots of bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House. And, of course, radical left wing groups like Jewish Voice for Peace oppose the legislation.
If the new Hamas PM, CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper and those bleeding hearts in our own State Department and their brethren in the EU get their way, Hamas could win round one in this scramble to shore up this Islamofascist government.
Let’s support Congressman Ros-Lehtinen, Lantos and dozens more by getting HR 4681 enacted, so that the US doesn’t get sucker punched again by Palestinian “victim hood.”
Jerry Gordon, ACT's Middle East Affairs analyst contributed to this article.
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