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KD MAGAZINE!
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007 - ב"ה                             י' בניסן, תשס"ז

 
 
 
       
 

Letter to the editor of The International Herald Tribune

Countering Bias and Misinformation mainly 
about the Arab Israel conflict

THE HAMAS CONUNDRUM
Maurice Ostroff
About the Author

The statement in your editorial that seeking an opening for genuine peace in the Israel-Palestinian conflict will not be easy, is unfortunately too true. (The Hamas conundrum March 27).
 
In fact, there can be no hope at all of a peaceful solution, unless the following essential factors are addressed.
 
Palestinians cannot be expected to think of peace while their state controlled media teach children to emulate suicide martyrs, video clips portray happy child martyrs in the after-world and hatred is spewed daily in mosques and schools. See http://www.israel-wat.com/spc_eng.htm.
 
Article 9 of the PLO Covenant declares plainly that armed struggle is not merely tactical, it is the overall strategy. Article 19 rejects the 1947 UN partition, thereby rejecting the Quartets proposed  two-state solution and advocating destruction of the entire Jewish state. Article 20 unashamedly deems the Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate null and void.
 
Peaceful negotiation is emphatically ruled out by the Hamas charter. Article 13 states that peaceful solutions and international conferences, contradict the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement and that the only solution is through Jihad.
 
We must also ask if it is possible to negotiate rationally with a party that generates hatred based on fantasies. For example the Hamas Charter states that freemasons, Rotary clubs, Lions and similar organizations stirred the French and Communist revolutions as well as World War I, formed the League of Nations and control the world media. It promises that these organizations will be obliterated when Islam takes control. Obviously, to be realistic, any proposed solution for the conflict must take the above considerations into account.
 
The PLO and Hamas constitutions should be required reading for every journalist and politician concerned with the Palestinian issue. The documents can be viewed in English at http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/plocov.htm and
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/hamas.htm

 
 
NOTE re Amendment of the PLO Constitution
(Not included in the letter to IHT due to pace limitations)

 

Although repeated undertakings have been made in the past to amend the PLO Charter, it still appears in its original form on the website of The Official Palestine Media Center (PNC), an institution under the direct supervision of PLO Executive Committee Member Yasser Abed Rabbo

 

This web site refers to letters written by the late Yasser Arafat to the late PM Rabin, Mr. Peres, President Clinton and others, stating that those articles which denied Israel's right to exist or are inconsistent with the PLO's new commitments to Israel were no longer valid. It also states that in April 1996, the Palestine National Council agreed to the abrogation of certain sections of the charter and the matter of drafting amended sections was passed to the PNC's legal committee.

 

The following statement on the PMC web site confirms that such redrafting has not yet been done as at March 2007.

 

 “no redrafted Charter has yet emerged, and the PLO executive committee meeting did not ratify the letter from Arafat to Clinton, which specified the amendments to the Charter. On the basis of this, the Israeli government is calling for the Palestine National Council to convene, stating that amendment of the Charter has not taken place. Palestinians feel that their obligation was to abrogate those sections of the Charter, which call for the destruction of Israel “ and that this obligation has been fulfilled. Furthermore, they feel that this fulfillment having been recognized by the government of Shimon Peres, this current Israeli government has no right to demand a say in what should replace the voided sections, particularly since the Palestinians had every right to expect quid pro quo “ a similar Israeli fulfillment of their contractual obligations under the Oslo Accords”. 


Read more articles by Maurice Ostroff

Mr. Ostroff's website: http://maurice-ostroff.tripod.com 

 

 
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