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Here is an example of just how the money and aid provided to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is being put to good use for his stand against Hamas. It’s a poster recently commissioned by Fatah for the 43rd anniversary of the “moderate” terrorist organization’s formal existence. Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, Israel’s so called partner in peace, commissioned this poster showing Israel completely replaced by “Palestine.”
The international community continues to use magical thinking when it comes to Palestine and Israel coexisting side by side. We suspect you won’t see this story making prime time in the western media any time soon since it really underscores just how far apart these two sub-cultures are in their thought process. Peace to the Palestinians really comes in only one flavor, and it doesn’t include accepting a co-existing Jewish state in the land the rest of the world calls Israel.
Fatah is planning to mark its 43rd anniversary this year with a new poster that presents all of Israel as Palestine.
A Fatah 43rd anniversary poster depicts a map of Israel that is entirely draped with a Palestinian keffiyeh next to a rifle signifying armed struggle.
Designed specifically for the occasion by Abdel Mun’em Ibrahim, the poster features a map of Israel that is entirely draped with a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf.
It also carries a drawing of a rifle as a symbol of the “armed struggle” against Israel.
The poster, which has been endorsed by the Fatah leadership, has already been posted on a number of Fatah-affiliated Web sites.
The underlying message of the poster is that Fatah, like Hamas, does not recognize Israel’s existence.
The emblem is in violation of Fatah’s declared policy, which envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside, and not instead of, Israel.
By including a rifle in the poster, Fatah is sending a message to the Palestinian public that it has not abandoned the option of “armed resistance,” despite current peace talks with Israel. Founded in 1965, Fatah has celebrated its anniversary over the past 14 years with major rallies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But it’s not clear at this stage if Hamas would allow Fatah to hold a big rally in the Gaza Strip.
Last week, Fatah banned Hamas from holding rallies in the West Bank to mark the 20th anniversary of the Islamist movement. Hamas officials have threatened to retaliate by barring Fatah rallies in the Gaza Strip. — [Hat Tip: Jerusalem Post]
It is clearly up to the present collective of moderate Arab nations to continue to have the courage to play a stronger and more visible leading role in brokering some sanity and stability within the Palestinian / Israeli impasse. They must, at least collectively and openly, find the courage to recognize the right of Israel and Palestine to exist in their own right as sovereign nations.
Their leaders must take an active stand. Yes, even if it risks turmoil within their own countries. Sitting on the sidelines and hoping for an outside power to make the problem go away is wishful thinking and dangerous. Unless of course they relish more conflict and instability in the region driven by outside powers (on both sides) who will act on their so called “good intentions”. Their best strategy to avoid that scenario is to actively and visibly demonstrate to the rest of the world that, as a community, moderate Islamic nations can police their own neighborhood and purge it of radical ideology on both sides of the spectrum which leads only to bloodshed and misery for all the people.