What do you Recognize in Palestinians?

Summary: In their eagerness to give Palestinian Arabs self-determination, Europeans have begun to symbolically recognize Palestine as a country.  However, the Europeans have failed to recognize that Palestinian actions are against the law and vision for peace.

During the months of October and November 2014, a number of European countries took symbolic steps to recognize Palestine as a distinct independent country.  What do they really recognize and how does it fit with their world vision and laws?

Holocaust Denial

Holocaust denial and its trivialization is part of the Palestinian culture, starting with its acting president, Mahmoud Abbas.

This denial of the Holocaust is considered illegal in many European countries including: Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Czech Republic; France; Germany; Hungary; Israel; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Spain; and Switzerland.


The Palestinians are the most antisemitic group on the planet.

The United Nations ran its first ever discussion about the growing problem of antisemitism in January 2015. Several countries have laws specifically banning antisemitism (beyond general laws against hate speech) including: Austria; France; Mexico; Romania; Spain; Sweden and Switzerland.


Attacking Israeli civilians has been a fundamental charge of the Palestinians.

Israeli police inspect the remains of a bus after a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Credit www.abc.net.au
  • Hamas has launched over 10,000 rockets against Israeli civilians and population centers.
  • Various Palestinian groups including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others have killed thousands in bombings and shootings on buses, hotels, pizza stores and elsewhere in Israel.
  • Palestinians have killed Jewish civilians all over the world in large scale terrorist acts including in Rome, Stockholm and Istanbul.
  • Palestinians strongly support the use of terrorism against civilians (over 80% as of September 2014).
  • Abbas names squares and tournaments after terrorists who kill Israeli civilians.

Many countries label Hamas a terrorist organization including: the US; Canada; Australia; Israel; Japan; the United Kingdom; Egypt and Jordan.  The European Union also categorized Hamas as a terrorist organization until December 2014, when it decided to reconsider the designation.  The United Nations has also created task forces to deal with terrorism that are intended to cut off all support.

To summarize the state of the Palestinians in 2015:  it is run by a Holocaust denier who has suspended elections while he instigates violence;  the ruling party in parliament is more openly antisemitic and genocidal than the Nazis when they were elected in 1933, and has called for the complete destruction of a member state of the United Nations;  and the populace is the most antisemitic in the world.

It is one thing to wish for a group of people to have self-determination.  But does such a hateful, violent jihadist group which seeks the destruction of a member state of the United Nations deserve recognition?

If Europe and the world truly care about Holocaust denial, antisemitism and terrorism as current laws declare, they must confront the reality of the current state of Palestinian Arabs and demand fundamental changes before it can be given any recognition on the world stage.

First published at FIRSTONETHROUGHhttps://firstonethrough.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/what-do-you-recognize-in-the-palestinians/


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