Arab/Palestinian – ME

The Arab Spring Blooms in the UAE.

The Arab Spring began in December 2010 with a cry for help from a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire.  The self-immolation quickly spread as widespread protests in other Muslim Arab countries when people sought to overturn backwards authoritarian regimes which were not accountable to its citizens.  The …

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A Peace Treaty Is Great, Now We Need Peace.

Forty years after the peace treaty with Egypt, and 26 years after the peace treaty with Jordan, Israel signed another peace treaty with an Arab country: the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Unlike the former two treaties, this treaty seems poised to create a warm relationship with a country that is …

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Replacing the Jordanian Waqf on The Temple Mount.

After Israel defeated the attacking Jordanian army in June 1967, it allowed the Jordanian Islamic Waqf to have administrative control of the Jewish Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem while Israel controlled the security of the area. In 1980, Israel officially applied sovereignty and reunited the city of …

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‘Palestinian’ Maps of 1995, 1997 and 2005.

Palestinian Arabs often share a series of maps which show that “their land and country” are in a perpetual state of shrinking when the opposite is the truth. Local Palestinian Arabs never had self-rule until 1995. The Ottomans ruled the region from 1517 to 1917 and then the British until …

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Origins of the Name “Palestine”.

Though the definite origins of the word Palestine have been debated for years and are still not known for sure, the name is believed to be derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew word peleshet. Roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory, the term was used to describe the inhabitants of …

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UNRWA Artificially Extends Its Mandate.

Palestinian

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) was created in December 1948 as a temporary agency to handle shelter, medical assistance and education for the roughly 700,000 Arabs who left what became Israel. Over seventy years later it continues to artificially extend its mandate. UNRWA’s term …

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Toronto Star Sanitizes Hamas During Pandemic.

On March 30, 2020, the Toronto Star wrote an article “Fearing Gaza coronavirus spread, Hamas preps for mass quarantines” which painted Hamas as a reasonable and responsible government caring for its citizens. The article opened with a woman returning to Gaza from Egypt who was surprised that Hamas had set …

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The Palestinian State Constitution.

Palestinian Arabs

In 2004,  shortly before the death of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, the Pope’s ambassador in Jerusalem, also known as the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, invited me to his  home on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem to present a document that he had received from Arafat. The document, in Arabic, …

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