The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians in Arab Countries - Khaled Abu Toameh
In Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Syria, Palestinians are treated as second- and third-class citizens. After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the Palestinians were the first to "congratulate" Saddam Hussein. When Kuwait was liberated the following year by a U.S.-led coalition, 200,000 Palestinians were expelled from the emirate in retaliation.
Since 2003, the number of Palestinians in Iraq has dropped from 25,000 to 6,000 due to systematic attacks and intimidation by Shiite militias. Palestinians captured by Shiite militias have been brutally tortured and forced to "confess" to their alleged involvement in terrorism. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have also fled Syria.
What is most interesting is the complete indifference displayed by international human rights organizations, the media and the Palestinian Authority toward the mistreatment of Palestinians in Arab countries. PA leaders say they want to press "war crimes" charges against Israel with the International Criminal Court. However, when it comes to ethnic cleansing and torture of Palestinians in Arab countries, the Palestinian leadership chooses to look the other way. Western journalists don't care about the Palestinians in the Arab world because this is not a story that can be blamed on Israel. (Gatestone Institute)
Kuwaiti Columnist: Israel Is a Friendly Country
Writing in the Kuwaiti government daily Al-Watan on Aug. 1, 2015, columnist 'Abdallah Al-Hadlaq argued that if Iran attains nuclear weapons it will not hesitate to use them against the Gulf states, whereas Israel, which has possessed such weapons for years, has never used them in its wars against the Arabs. Al-Hadlaq called upon the Gulf states to sever their ties with Iran and form an alliance with Israel, strengthening political, commercial and even military ties.
"I anticipate that the servants and agents of Iran in the region, who have Persian blood running in their veins...will accuse me of 'Zionism, collaborating with Israel.'...[But] the scales have dropped from the eyes of the Arab and Muslim peoples, and they have realized...that their only bitter enemies are the Persian Iranians, not the friendly State of Israel." (MEMRI)
Israeli Druze: The Israel that the Arabs Call "a False Entity" Is the Region's Most Stable, Advanced Country
Israeli Druze poet and writer Salman Masalha wrote in Al-Hayat: "The mere mention of Israel's name in the Arab arena arouses many emotions....So much ink has been spilled, and so many hours of broadcast have been devoted to discussion of the so-called 'primary problem of the Arabs.'"
"While the propagators of this Arab discourse kept their heads buried in the sand, Israel continued to deepen its roots in the region....Here we are some seven decades later...and what do we see around us?...Today, decades later, the Palestinians are finding that their problem is no longer 'the primary Arab problem' and that their Nakba is no greater than other Arab Nakbas, because Greater Syria [for example] has experienced a far greater Nakba that overshadows their own."
"If we look at what is happening around us in this region, we will see that the most stable entities are not Arab, and that they are strong and developed entities - from Iran through Turkey....Therefore, how should we describe our situation? Perhaps in this way: 'Our troubles come from us.'" (MEMRI)
See also Almost Quarter of a Million People Dead in Syria War (Al Jazeera)
I Am a Zionist Because I Am an Arab - Fred Maroun
The reason I support Israel is because I want good things to happen in the whole Middle East. Israel is a role model that we can emulate. Israel gives a prominent role to religion together with innovation, liberalism, and democracy. It resolves differences without civil wars, insurrections, or military coups. In Israel terrorists are widely condemned, and the government, police, and religious authorities stand unambiguously against them regardless of their religion or the religion of their victims.
I know that I represent a small minority among Arabs, but I would be in the majority if we Arabs took our blinders off. The writer is a Canadian of Arab origin. (Times of Israel)
Instant Amnesia When Israel Is Discussed - Israeli Ambassador Boaz Modai
It is 20 years since the signing of the second phase of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO. Under this 1995 agreement, the most populated areas of Judea-Samaria [the West Bank], containing 96% of the Palestinian Arabs, are now under the autonomous government of the PA. It is often necessary to remind people of this fact when mantras like "Israeli-occupied West Bank" are recited.
An uninformed person might think that Israel, one day last summer, inexplicably decided to launch an unprovoked assault on defenseless people in Gaza. In fact, 4,258 rockets and countless mortars fired by Hamas into Israel over 50 days plus 32 terror tunnels prepared for the massacre and abduction of Israeli civilians were met with Israeli air strikes targeting rocket launch sites and Hamas infrastructure, plus a limited ground invasion to destroy the tunnels.
Those who wish to demonize my country find it easy to get a platform in the media to speak of "genocide." Has amnesia progressed so far that some people have forgotten the meaning of a word like "genocide"? One-third of the world's Jews wiped out in the Holocaust - that was genocide. Palestinian Arabs, on the contrary, enjoy the highest life expectancy and the lowest infant mortality in the Arab world. When they did live under Israeli occupation, the number of their universities increased from one to nine; and the diseases of polio, tetanus, whooping cough and measles were eradicated. (Sunday Independent-Ireland)