Jordan and Palestinians and Why I Support Israel: 2 Important Articles

Why Jordan Doesn't Want More Palestinians

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  August 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

By mistreating the Palestinians and depriving them of their basic rights, Jordan and other Arab countries are driving them into the open arms of extremists, especially Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Jordan, Lebanon and Syria can continue their practices against Palestinians without having to worry about the responses of the international community or the media. No one is going to take to the streets of European and American cities to condemn Arabs for mistreating Arabs.

Human Rights Watch's recent report, "Not Welcome: Jordan's Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria" features a photo of the "Cyber City" refugee camp in Jordan, where a number of Palestinians are being held.

It is no secret that many Arab countries despise Palestinians and subject them to apartheid laws and strict security measures that deny them most basic rights.

The mistreatment of Palestinians at the hands of their Arab brothers is an issue that is rarely mentioned in the mainstream media in the West. Most journalists prefer to look the other way when a story lacks an anti-Israel perspective.

A story is big only when it is Israel that arrests, kills, or deports.

When Arab countries such as Jordan, Syria and Lebanon move against Palestinians, however, foreign journalists choose to bury their heads in the sand. Such has been the case with Jordan and its mistreatment of the kingdom's Palestinian majority.

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Why I Support Israel

by David Draiman  •  August 18, 2014 at 4:00 am

There is no distinction between "anti-Zionists" and anti-Semites. They are chanting, "Death to the Jews." They are not singling out the Israeli army or government, so let's just have you take your masks off, shall we?

Hamas, however, always targets civilians -- always. What if such a threat were aimed at your family? Your wife? Your son?

"Israel was founded on land stolen from the Palestinian people." FALSE.

Palestinian children of all ages are openly taught to hate. Above, a scene from a popular Palestinian children's TV program. (Image source: MEMRI)

For many weeks now I have struggled as to whether or not to defend the actions of Israel in its current battle against the terrorist organization Hamas.

Blessed with a beautiful family, and looking into the eyes of my beloved son, your world takes on a very different perspective. It is easy to fear, as I'm sure many of my colleagues do, that I could be putting my family at risk and open myself up to attacks --verbal and otherwise.

I have just returned from my brother's wedding in Jerusalem. The were lucky enough to have the wedding take place during another short-lived cease-fire, which was of course purposefully and intentionally broken by Hamas, again, just as I was leaving the country.

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