June 14, 2008

Few Jordanians Will Mention "Israel"

Any Israeli trying to enter Jordan will be turned away at the border if he is wearing or carrying any Jewish religious paraphernalia. Jordanian authorities explain, that this behavior stems from - get this - "security concerns". Jews, after all, are prized targets for terrorists. By this reasoning, stopping people with overtly Jewish appearances, or who have Jewish ritual articles in their luggage, is a friendly gesture.

Another fact that demonstrates Jordan's inherent hatred of Jews is that during Jordan's occupation of the West Bank, the Jordanian kingdom undertook an unsuccessful attempt to make Jerusalem a Muslim city by forcing out approximately 10,000 Christian inhabitants. Remember, Jordan controlled the West Bank prior to 1967 and attacked Israeli population centers. Don't forget also that on July 20, 1951, King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated. Do you know why? Simply, a Palestinian murderer who killed King Abdullah, was afraid that the old king would make a separate peace with Israel.

Here is another excellent example of Jew-hating indoctrinated Jordanians, who are entrenched so deeply into their Muslim identity politics, that they no longer comprehend why they should hate Jews, but hate them nonetheless. From Few Jordanians Will Mention "Israel":

As Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary, it is difficult to find people in Jordan who are willing to utter the word "Israel." For the majority of Jordanians I spoke to, all of the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River is "Palestine," notwithstanding the existence of a 1994 peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. In Amman and its environs, many tourist shops sell coffee mugs with a map of the West Bank and Gaza, as well as Israel proper, with the word "Palestine" on it. The map has the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Netanya marked on it.

In the five-star Royal Amman Hotel, Mohammed Alkalq, who is studying hotel management and was raised in Jenin, in the West Bank, said he left Jenin because "there is no tourism in Palestine, because of the war there." When asked who the war is between, he answered, "Between Palestine and the Jews." When asked if he means that there is a war between Palestine and Israel, he refused to use the word "Israel." He answered, "No, between Palestine and the Jews."

The relatively few Jordanians I encountered who were willing to use the word "Israel" are not of Palestinian origin.
As Steven Plaut so articulately states,
the pro-Palestinian movement is nothing more than the 21st century's reincarnation of medieval anti-Semitism, complete with medieval anti-Jewish blood libels. People who claim to feel empathy for Palestinians are typically motivated by hatred of Jews. The reason the pro-Palestinian movement wants the Palestinians to have a state is because it understands that such a state will operate as an instrument to attack Israel, murder Jews and seek the annihilation of the Jewish state.

Once one understands this fundamental fact of life about the Middle East and about world political motivations, everything else makes sense. The mind-numbing stupidity of the world media mourning Arafat in great cries of anguish, the fawning toadying of political leaders, the maudlin outpouring of love for the cause of the fallen terrorist Nazi - all are understandable. There is nothing at all confusing about it. These people are not broadcasting their undying love of Palestinians, but rather their undying hatred of Jews.

The world actually understands that there is no such thing as a Palestinian nation. Palestinians are just Arabs who happen to live in the western section of Palestine, differing little from Syrians or Lebanese. Most of them are from families who migrated into Palestine from the time of the beginning of modern Zionism, when Jewish capital and human skills were making western Palestine a much more comfortable place to live for Arabs from the neighboring lands. To describe them as a nation is as persuasive as describing Michigan's Arab community as a new Detroitian nation in need of self-determination.

In 1948, the entire West Bank and the Gaza Strip were seized by Arab states, illegally occupied by Jordan and Egypt, in their war to extinguish the newly created state of Israel. The Arab countries could have unilaterally erected a Palestinian state any time between 1948 and 1967 had they wished to do so, and Israel could have had nothing to say about it. There was no Palestinian national movement at all demanding statehood in these areas. In the entire world, there was no demand for a right of the Palestinian people to erect a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Neither was there any demand for Palestinian self-determination east of the Jordan river. Transjordan was always as much Palestine as was the land west of the river, and the Palestinians have always been a demographic majority in Jordan (since its independence after World War I). So why have these East Bank Palestinians never felt the need for self-determination? Why have none of the caring supporters of Palestinians ever come out for a Palestinian state at least partly east of the Jordan River? Surely, establishing a state there, at least initially, must be much easier than doing so west of the Jordan; there are no pesky Israelis around.
FLAME teaches us that

in 1948, the Palestinian State of Jordan, in an act of naked aggression, invaded the just-born state of Israel. It managed to occupy Judea/Samaria (the "West Bank") and the eastern part of Jerusalem. For the next 19 years, and until 1967 when the territory came under Israeli administration after the Six-day War, Judea/Samaria was part of the Kingdom of Jordan.

During that entire time, nothing was ever heard of "Palestinian" peoplehood. The thought of creating a second "Palestinian" state in the "West Bank," in addition to the Palestinian state of Jordan, did not occur to anyone — certainly not to the "Palestinians," not to any of the 22 Arab countries, and not to the rest of the world.

Remember, readers, the armies of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq invaded Israel with the declared intent of destroying it. Jews have always been forbidden to reside in Saudi Arabia and Jordan; there are no Jews in Libya; only under 100 in Egypt and Syria; and only around 17 remain in Iraq.

Jordan, originally named Trans-Jordan, is the partitioned land area that was allocated to the Arabs in 1948 when they refused the offer to have their own state.