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Switch to Forum Live View What the Palestinians Want by Khaled Abu Toameh
6 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 6:15PM #1
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I am not sure what to make of this, but it brings an interesting perspective on the situation. Do you think that the US is treated fairly by the Arab Palestinaians and by the Arab world in general. If so why and how is that reflected in words and deeds.

What the Palestinians Want

by Khaled Abu Toameh
May 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

No matter how much the US tries to help the Palestinians, it will always be viewed by many of them as an enemy.

Last week, President Barack Obama gave $147 million to the Palestinians. A few days later, Palestinians demonstrated in Ramallah against the US and boycotted a ceremony held by the US Consulate-General.

The protesters carried placards which read: "USAID go out!" and "We reject aid from those who deny our people the right to self-determination."

USAID is the leading provider of bilateral development assistance to the Palestinians. This agency has given the Palestinians more than $3.5 billion since 1994 for programs in the areas of democracy and governance, education, health, humanitarian assistance, private enterprise and water resources and infrastructure.

The demonstration in Ramallah was held outside a hotel where US officials organized a ceremony marking World Press Freedom Day.

Palestinian Authority policemen were deployed outside the hotel to prevent angry demonstrators from disrupting the ceremony.

The protesters chanted slogans denouncing US "bias" in favor of Israel. They accused the US of "covering up" for Israeli "war crimes" and using blocking efforts against the Palestinian leadership to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

More than 20 Palestinian professional unions and other organizations announced a boycott of the US-sponsored event for the same reason.
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The Americans can pour billions of dollars on the Palestinians every year, but that won't change their hearts and minds, especially toward the US. The same applies to the rest of the Arab world, where the masses continue to strongly detest the US.
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6 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 6:18PM #2
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About the author

Khaled Abu Toameh (Arabic: خالد أبو طعمة‎, born 1963) is an Israeli Arab journalist, lecturer and documentary filmmaker. Abu Toameh is the West Bank and Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and U.S. News and World Report, and has been the Palestinian affairs producer for NBC News since 1988. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal (, World Tribune (" Sunday Times, Daily Express and many other newspapers. He is a senior adviser for the Hudson Institute think-tank in New York.[1][2]

Abu Toameh also writes for the New York-based think tank Stonegate Institute

and he holds revolutionary ideas like this:

Khaled Abu Toameh was born in the West Bank city of Tulkarem to an Israeli Arab father and a Palestinian Arab mother.[3] He grew up in the Arab-Israeli town Baqa al-Gharbiyye.[4] He received his BA in English Literature from the Hebrew University and lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.[5] Toameh has referred to himself as an "Israeli-Arab-Muslim-Palestinian", whose vision of an ideal world would be "if there is a Jew who would like to live in Palestine he is welcome, and if there is an Arab who would like to live in Israel he is also welcome. In an ideal situation, peace means that people can live wherever they want."[6]

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6 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 11:41PM #3
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We should be giving nothing to the a thing at all. We owe them nothing at all. I strongly oppose our supporting those who do not support us, or helping those who oppose our allies.

I rather doubt, however, that all Palestinians oppose our supporting them. But since many do, and are vociferous abou it, I'm for giving them exactly what they want...nothing!


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