Thursday, September 15, 2011

PLO ambassador Maen Areikat offers tacit support for Israeli ethnic cleansing, apartheid

By Ali Abunimah

"In a shocking statement, Maen Areikat, the “ambassador” of the unelected, unrepresentative Palestinian Authority/PLO leadership, has reportedly espoused Israel’s brutal vision of apartheid and racial segregation.

Even worse, his comments provide support for Israeli leaders who advocate expulsion of Palestinian citizens of Israel.....

However, the real victims of the PA/PLO’s espousal of apartheid will not be Jews – whom the PA already conceded would remain in settlements to be annexed to Israel – but Palestinian citizens of Israel.....

Despite these clarifications, Areikat’s emphasis on people being “totally separated” plays into the hands of racist Israeli politicians who insist that hafrada – the Hebrew term for “separation” which can of course be translated as “apartheid” – is the only way to “peace.”"

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