Ireland to Fly So-Called “Palestinian” Flag Over City Hall in Idiotic Display of Anti-Semitism
Apparently, Ireland thinks the “plight of the Palestinians” is akin to its own struggle for independence, hence the country has called for the recognition of a Palestinian state and now, in another mindless display of “solidarity,” will fly the Palestinian flag over City Hall in Dublin for a month beginning May 15.
As usual, the entire motion is based on a number of false premises.
“If the flag was to cause a bit of a debate amongst some people who are unsure of it flying over City Hall I think that’s a welcome development,” said People Before Profit Councilor John Lyons, the Dublin City Councilman who introduced the motion.
“I think it’s opening more people’s eyes just to the actual reality of the daily life of Palestinians living under occupation which is a brutal life really,” Lyons said, adding that the flag will fly “as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights and with the over 7 million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland.”
Below is Councilman Lyons official motion:
Noting recent reports of diplomatic developments by the Irish state toward full recognition of the state of Palestine, aware also that Ireland accorded the Palestinian delegation in Dublin diplomatic status in 2014, the same year that witnessed both Houses of the Oireachtas pass motions in support of Palestinian statehood, this city council will fly the flag of Palestine over City Hall for the month of May 2017 in support of the above diplomatic moves and as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights and with the over 7 million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland.
Clearly, Lyons is an utter moron, because the current Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem barely tops 4 million. What’s more, when it comes to so-called “refugees,” the figure stems from a transfer of populations that occurred between 1947-1948 and included roughly 700,000 Arabs (as they were not referred to as “Palestinians” until Yasser Arafat invented the term nearly two decades later) living in the region.
Only the most vehemently anti-Semitic, pro-Hamas organizations peddle the bogus “7 million Palestinian refugees” or go a step further to claim a roughly 11 million-strong worldwide Palestinian population. The issue, however, is that the data are grossly manipulated and demographic records do not support the Palestinians’ claim:
Based on census data in 1947, there was a total of up to 809,000 permanent Arab residents in the land of Israel. A 1949 Government of Israel census found that after the war, only 160,000 Arabs were living in Israel. The non-profit organization, the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, concludes that “no more than 650,000 Palestinian Arabs could have become refugees.” Some estimates place their population at the time below 500,000.
As I’ve written previously, there is no such thing as a Palestinian refugee crisis. There was, however, a Jewish refugee crisis.
During Israel’s War of Independence 1947-1948 a transfer of populations took place. About 700,000 Arabs fled. Thousands of the wealthiest among them did this of their own volition in order to preserve their wealth, while the rest were encouraged to leave by Arab leaders. The idea Arabs were sold was that they’d leave town while their Arab brethren destroyed the Jewish State in war, then they’d be able to return “home” to a land Free of Jews.
Palestinian nationalist Arif al-Areif explained in his history of the 1948 war:
“The Arabs thought they would win in less than the twinkling of an eye and that it would take no more than a day or two from the time the Arab armies crossed the border until all the colonies were conquered and the enemy would throw down his arms and cast himself on their mercy.”
Slight miscalculation there, it would seem.
Meanwhile, Jewish leaders urged the Arabs to remain in their homes and become citizens of Israel. The Assembly of Palestine Jewry issued the following appeal on October 2, 1947:
“We will do everything in our power to maintain peace, and establish a cooperation gainful to both [Jews and Arabs]. It is now, here and now, from Jerusalem itself, that a call must go out to the Arab nations to join forces with Jewry and the destined Jewish State and work shoulder to shoulder for our common good, for the peace and progress of sovereign equals.”
There was another set of refugees back then, however, that no one talks about. They have never received a dime of reparations, they’ve never been recognized by international human rights bodies, yet they and their descendants actually comprise over half the Israeli population.
They are the Jewish refugees of the Middle East and North Africa, and in 1948 their population totaled roughly 1 million. Depending on the country of origin, they are referred to as Mizrahi or Sephardic Jews, and they were expelled by Muslims from the countries they called home for centuries, in some cases, millennia.
Because it bears repeating: “Palestinians” were referred to as simply Arabs until 1967. The term “Palestinian” was created by Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat under the guidance of Russian propagandists in the KGB. Arafat realized that a Palestinian people — in their so-called “struggle for self-determination” and liberation from a “colonialist” regime – would become the underdog – and the world always loves an underdog.
Now consider the following quote made in 1977 by PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein during an interview on March 31, 1977 for the Dutch newspaper Trouw:
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan. “
Here is the key: there would be no Arab “refugees” had they simply accepted to live side by side with the Jews back in 1948. But they refused. Like they always did, and always do.
European leaders have become obsessed with championing whatever exotic “brown people” serve as the Left’s underdogs du jour. Today, just as Arafat intended in the 1960s, that underdog remains the “Palestinian people.”
Had Lyons even bothered to check the most rudimentary historical data, perhaps he and his ilk might gain a better grip on reality.