Monday, September 6, 2010

Why Isn't Anyone Asking About Palestinian Rights In Arab Countries?

As we have noted previously, the gullible media and the international community seems to be oblivious to the treatment of Palestinians in countries other than Israel. We know also that the premise that global terrorism will magically go away upon the implementation of a "two-state solution" is absurd. Yet, the shrill, irrational demands on Israel to make unilateral territorial and other concessions in the so-called "peace process" never ends. The dictatorships and thugocracies in the U.N. seem only concerned with make-believe human rights violations by the Jewish state, the only functioning Middle East democracy. The idea that global terrorism will magically go away upon the implementation of a "two-state solution"

In last August, the Wall Street Journal shed further light on this issue in connection with a recently enacted law in Lebanon granting limited rights to Palestinian refugees:
Last week, Lebanon's parliament amended a clause in a 1946 law that had been used to bar the 400,000 Palestinians living in the country from taking any but the most menial jobs. "I was born in Lebanon and I have never known Palestine," the AP quoted one 45-year-old Palestinian who works as a cab driver. "We want to live like Lebanese. We are human beings and we need civil rights."
The dirty little secret of the Arab world is that it has consistently treated Palestinians living in its midst with contempt and often violence. In 1970, Jordan expelled thousands of Palestinian militants after Yasser Arafat attempted a coup against King Hussein. In 1991, Kuwait expelled some 400,000 Palestinians working in the country as punishment for Arafat's support for Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War.
For six decades, Palestinians have been forced by Arab governments to live in often squalid conditions so that they could serve as propaganda tools against Israel, even as millions of refugees elsewhere have been repatriated and absorbed by their host countries. This month's vote still falls short of giving Palestinian Lebanese the rights they deserve, including citizenship. But it's a reminder of the cynicism of so much Arab pro-Palestinian propaganda, and the credulity of those who fall for it.
Related postings:
The International Community and Terrorism: An Inconvenient Truth
Helen Thomas, Racist
Christmas in Bethlehem...But For How Much Longer?

Happy Labor Day

The Washington Post points out that Labor Day "honors the social and economic contributions that the American worker has made to the growth health and prosperity of the country." It also adds that the labor movement won much better working conditions for adults and children. Today, however, organized labor has become a utterly corrupt, job-killing ATM machine for the Democrats, particularly the public sector unions that use their political clout to bleed the taxpayer dry.

A Labor Day New York Post editorial explains these concerns about Big Labor:
But the holiday -- once meant to extol an honorable movement, affirm worker solidarity and celebrate gains won through collective bargaining -- is an ideal time to look at what has become of the labor movement in recent years.
Union-driven pensions, health-care programs, overtime and other work rules have nearly bankrupted industries (Detroit), threatened the fiscal integrity of state governments (California, New Jersey, New York) and wreaked havoc on entire nations (Greece).
...Meanwhile, public-employee pension costs strangle state and local budgets -- and when taxes go up to pay the bill, private-sector businesses fold or flee, taking jobs with them.
Happy Labor Day!