Israeli ambassador says he admires and envies Palestinians for keeping refugee issue alive

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On the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the dissolution of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees because it “perpetuates and does not solve the Palestinian refugee problem,” the Israeli consul general in New York said that he admires and even envies the Palestinians for keeping the refugee issue alive “in order to keep the flame alive.”

“As a person… whose way of looking at life, is also a national center, I have enormous respect for the Palestinian national movement,” Dani Dayan said yesterday. “I admire in some sense a movement that keeps its refugees for five generations in squalid camps in order to keep the flame alive. In some senses I envy that movement.”

Dayan made his comments in a speech to five Zionist groups gathered at the Hebrew Union College in New York for a conference titled “Israel at a crossroads on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.”

A settler on the West Bank, Dayan spoke of the refugees in a larger context: saying Palestinians are responsible for the absence of peace, because Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

What should we do for the sake of peace. This is the most important question. What can you do for the sake of peace?I think this after all is the most important question…

I have great respect for the Palestinian national movement. As a person, whose way of looking at life, is also a national center, I have enormous respect for the Palestinian national movement. I admire in some sense a movement that keeps its refugees for five generations in squalid camps in order to keep the flame alive. In some senses I envy that movement.

But we also have to understand what that means. That means that the conflict between Jews and Arabs and Palestinians is not about ’67. It is about our recognition that there are two ethnic groups, two nations in what we call Eretz Israel and they call Falastin that have legitimate rights– and their belief there is only one. Only them. Until that changes, there is no chance for peace. Until the Palestinian national movement comes to terms with the understanding that also Jews are indigenous to that land– also, not only– also Jews are indigenous to that land, there is no chance for peace.

Because you will never, never compromise with whom you believe stole your land.

So only when the Palestinians come to terms with the fact, the historical fact, that there are two nations that have legitimate claim over the same patch of land, the peace process will begin. And I can assure you that the day it happens, if we live to see it, you will be surprised how, if it happens during Bibi Netanyahu’s term, how forthcoming he will be, whether I like it or not. But until then, there is no chance.

So if you ask me, What can I do for the sake of peace? It’s not about Israel, I’m sorry; it’s about the Palestinians. The most important person in the peace process is not the prime minister of Israel or the president of the United States, not even the president of the Palestinian Authority. It’s the minister of education of the Palestinian Authority. The moment they will accept not our existence, our right to exist as a Jewish state, then the peace process will come and all the other issues are technical. All the other issues can be solved. I’m not saying fifteen minutes, but they can be solved.

And if you ask me what you can do for peace? That’s what you can do for peace: work with the Palestinians in order to make them the understanding that this is the way.

And I must say one last word. Why I am so worried? Because I see the Palestinians going in the opposite direction… Think what happened; I saw it, I was present– the new secretary general of the U.N., Antonio Guterres, said the following, I was present when he said, a historical fact, the temple that was destroyed in Jerusalem in year 70 AC was a Jewish temple. Period. No political conclusion. Nothing. A historical fact. What did the following day the Palestinian representative to the UN, presented a protest, demanded a retract and said, it offends the Palestinians. That is the reason there is no peace. No more than that, but also no less than that.

The temple incident took place in January. The Palestinians said that Guterres “ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al-Aqsa mosque of pure Islamic heritage” and gave a green light to Israelis to continue to colonize Jerusalem.

I’d make an observation about Dayan, based on his own speech. In the spring of 1967, he was a boy of 11 in Buenos Aires, and receiving a Zionist education, when his mother’s parents, whom he lived with, visited Israel and were killed in a traffic accident. A few weeks later the 1967 war happened; and four years later, Dayan’s family emigrated to Israel. As a non-observant adult, Dayan gave up his love of cities, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv, to move to a mountain in the West Bank to build the Jewish future. In any western political context, this man would be seen as a rightwing nationalist nut causing a lot of problems. But in a Jewish space yesterday he was applauded, treated with great respect and– when criticized by a Palestinian Israeli, Mohammad Darashwe, the head of a co-existence group, for not treating Palestinians as equals– Dayan was given the podium again to respond to Darashwe. This is the shame of American Jewish leaders, that they defer to nationalist crazies.

Thanks to Allison Deger. 

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  1. eljay
    June 12, 2017, 9:14 am

    … As a person, whose way of looking at life, is also a national center, I have enormous respect for the Palestinian national movement. I admire in some sense a movement that keeps its refugees for five generations in squalid camps in order to keep the flame alive. In some senses I envy that movement. …

    In fact, he continued, I admire, envy and have so much enormous respect for the movement that I will do everything in my power to ensure it never ends.

    … The moment they accept not only our existence, but our right to exist as a Jewish state, then the peace process will come and all the other issues are technical. All the other issues can be solved. …

    And the moment the victims chained in the rapist’s basement accept not only his existence, but his right to exist as a rapist, then the peace process will come and all other issues can be solved.

    Yeah, right.

    Mr. Dayan is a hateful and immoral human being – a Zionist.

    • Arafatbastard
      June 13, 2017, 11:52 am

      Not that you’re remotely racist, of course?

      • eljay
        June 13, 2017, 12:11 pm

        || Arafatbastard: Not that you’re remotely racist, of course? ||

        I don’t want to be – and I do my best not to be – racist or supremacist. Zionists can’t say the same.

    • Dougal
      June 13, 2017, 12:13 pm

      Well said.

  2. Citizen
    June 12, 2017, 11:27 am

    There’s an element of freudian projection in Dayan’s theory that the Palestinian leadership “keeps its refugees for five generations in squalid camps in order to keep the flame alive.”
    I am referencing the history of Zionist leaders to pressure Western governments to give Jewish refugees no choice but to move to Israel, and also Zionists use of comparatively ancient Holocaust victims to justify keeping Israel’s flame alive as the sole insurance policy against a repeat of the Holocaust by the eternal natural goy enemy.

    • Marnie
      June 13, 2017, 9:24 am

      You nailed that zionist right on his pointy head, i.e., the yearly roll out of holocaust survivors (who’ll take their place when they’ve died – their children and grandchildren – survivors of survivors – ?), projection like no other!

  3. Balfour
    June 12, 2017, 1:20 pm

    In other words, the Zealous demand that the Occupied Territories be returned to the Fatherland, and all State defined ethnicities deemed unworthy of assimilation be expelled immediately!

  4. Ossinev
    June 12, 2017, 1:36 pm

    To get a full”flavour” of this loathsome pathological liar see and hear him in action at:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6lwgCs2PNM

    He looks and sounds a lot less creepy than most of the Israeli Zionist front line but his outward bonhomie is totally fake. As with NF`s classic description of the No 1 Zionist creep Dershowitz he has this ability to know that what he is saying is a lie but also at the same time to actually believe what he is saying is true.

    The relatively new manoeuvre of claiming that the main obstacle to “peace” is the Palestinians refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish is simply a tactic dreamt up by the Yahoo about 7 years ago to further delay a “peace deal” of any kind.

    Not a prerequisite or precondition before then by any Israeli leadership and not included in the peace deals with Egypt and Jordan. Just a blatant spanner in the works to prevent any form of “peace deal” which Israeli Zionists dread whilst at the same time digging themselves deeper into their Apartheid hole. With decades of wimpish slaps on the wrist from Europe and pathetic tut tuts from their client state , the US , Zionist Israelis have become hopelessly arrogant and cut off from the real world.
    http://mepc.org/commentary/netanyahu-and-jewish-state

    The fall when ,not if,it comes will be spectacular and the minority of moral Jews who see the current reality and the inevitable future are hopefully making plans to get out of the Apartheid hell hole as the right wing Zionist lunatics increasingly take control.

  5. yonah fredman
    June 12, 2017, 4:30 pm

    I don’t care that the Palestinians don’t recognize the jewish rights in the region. just get them to sign a contract of peace. either that or give them the vote. all of this: “there will never be peace until the Palestinians recognize our rights” is just a way of saying, there will never be a peace contract and we will not give the Palestinians the right to vote.

    • eljay
      June 12, 2017, 9:22 pm

      || yonah fredman: I don’t care that the Palestinians don’t recognize the jewish rights in the region. … ||

      Good, because “the Jewish” don’t have rights in the region, so there’s no need for the non-Jewish to recognize those non-existent rights.

      Jewish Israelis and Jewish non-Israelis, on the other hand, do have rights – the same rights as non-Jewish Israelis and non-Jewish non-Israelis – and those rights should be recognized, respected and defended.

      • Marnie
        June 13, 2017, 9:25 am

        +++

    • talknic
      June 13, 2017, 3:06 am

      @ yonah fredman June 12, 2017, 4:30 pm

      “I don’t care that the Palestinians don’t recognize the jewish rights in the region”

      There are no ‘jewish rights’ in the region other than freedom of religion.

      ” just get them to sign a contract of peace. “

      Why? Is there legal requirement? Israel was declared and recognized as independent within the borders it stated in in its plea for recognition, while at war in other folks territories. In fact it was admitted into the UN while engaged in a war it started by having forces outside the state of Israel even as Israel was being declared

      “this: “there will never be peace until the Palestinians recognize our rights” is just a way of saying, there will never be a peace contract and we will not give the Palestinians the right to vote.”

      A) There will never be a peace contract while on side continues to ignore the law B) Zionism isn’t interested in peace, it’s a vile money scheme C) I don’t know of any state that gives non-citizens the right to vote in territories that do not belong to the relevant state.

      Say. Israel could simply f*ck off out of all non-Israeli territories for once. Never been tried

      • inbound39
        June 14, 2017, 7:45 pm

        Sad fact is there will never be peace and Israel will never withdraw until the American Government ceases protecting Israel . No good has ever come from that special relationship. Israel has been free to continue its expansion into ALL Palestinian territory and continue its War Crimes and consolidate its Apartheid Policies. Americans are dragged down in stature globally and seen as responsible for Israel’s continuous criminal behaviour. Shared values American politicians say. Ethnic cleansing, land theft, extra judicial killings, collective punishment and apartheid…….is this what America stands for? I honestly cannot and do not believe American citizens believe in that….not the ones I have met.

  6. JosephA
    June 13, 2017, 12:39 am

    What a strange conversation to be having. It’s downright farcical.

    So you take over a country (Palestine) by force, in a day and age where it’s accepted as international law that one cannot take land by force. Then, for the next 60+ years you enact a slow genocide of the native inhabitants (Palestinians). That’s all it takes … for this type of insane line of reasoning to take shape in the mind of Dani Dayan and his ilk? Just a surreal settler colonialist, racist enterprise? This is considered normal where else on this earth?

    Sorry for my poor grammar, I am feeling beside myself.

    • Arafatbastard
      June 13, 2017, 11:55 am

      The UN offered a state to the “Palestinians”, a people which had never existed in 1947, but the Arab League refused, even though the Jews agreed.

      How do you account for the fact that in the invented country of (Trans)Jordan, 80% of the population is “Palestinian”?

      • eljay
        June 13, 2017, 12:25 pm

        || Arafatbastard: The UN offered a state to the “Palestinians”, a people which had never existed in 1947 … ||

        Israelis didn’t exist prior to 1947 either. Go figure.

        || … but the Arab League refused, even though the Jews agreed. … ||

        The U.N. offered to “the Jews” half of Palestine – a territory which did not belong to “the Jews” and to which “the Jews” were not entitled. It’s no wonder “the Jews agreed” to the partition and the non-Jews did not.

      • talknic
        June 13, 2017, 4:57 pm

        More mindless sh*te from the idiot Arafatbastard June 13, 2017, 11:55 am

        “The UN offered a state to the “Palestinians”, a people which had never existed in 1947, but the Arab League refused, even though the Jews agreed.”

        No it didn’t Fatso. It offered to partition the already existing Nation State of Palestine (Palestine became a Nation State under the LoN Mandate for Palestine Article 7 Nationality Law which was adopted in 1925, per the 1922 mandate)

        “How do you account for the fact that in the invented country of (Trans)Jordan, 80% of the population is “Palestinian”?”

        Transjordan was independent 1946 before Israel you fat bastard. Furthermore only the folk who lived in the territory that became Jordan automatically became citizens of Jordan, they are all, EVERY ONE OF THEM, Jordanian. One’s heritage (Palestinian) is not citizenship you stupid fat Zionist fool.

        Go spread your idiotic Zionist crappolla somewhere else pal, you’re only going to drown in it here

      • RoHa
        June 13, 2017, 7:40 pm

        All countries are invented.

    • Arafatbastard
      June 13, 2017, 11:59 am

      Weirdly, you seem unaware that Israel captured all of the “West Bank” from Jordan, in 1967, not ‘Palestine”, which had never existed.

      This Jewish “Genocide” of “Palestinians” is certainly taking a long time: the Arab population of the region has increased by 400% since it began!

      Your poor Grammar must be so sad that you never did study Middle East History, just Creative Writing.

      • eljay
        June 13, 2017, 12:27 pm

        || Arafatbastard: … Weirdly, you seem unaware … ||

        …that your Captain Israel underpants are an anger-inducing two sizes too tight.

      • talknic
        June 13, 2017, 4:46 pm

        @ Arafatbastard June 13, 2017, 11:59 am

        ” Israel captured all of the “West Bank” from Jordan, in 1967, not ‘Palestine”, which had never existed”

        A) Israel AGREED in the 1949 Armistice AGREEMENT (know what an agreement is?) that Jordan would be the legitimate Occupying Power over the West Bank.

        B) By 1967 the West Bank was a part of Jordan, annexed at the request of the majority of the legitimate population after the 1948 Israeli land grab war

        C) In 1967 Jordan including the West Bank, was a UN Member State and a High Contracting Power/Party to GC IV.

        D) Further more under the LoN Mandate for Palestine 1922 (note the name “Palestine”), Article 7, Jewish folk could gain “Palestinian” citizenship, and ;

        E) “Palestinian” nationality Law was adopted in 1925, per the LoN Mandate for “Palestine” Article 7. By 1947/48 Palestine was a Nation State with provisional recognition.

        You don’t have an argument, you have pure adulterated slip slimy gag and drown in it Hasbara bullsh*t.

        “This Jewish “Genocide” of “Palestinians” is certainly taking a long time: the Arab population of the region has increased by 400% since it began!”

        That must pain a fat lying Zionist bastard like you. BTW fatso, even the death or or dispossession of one person is considered genocide under the UN definition and; Israel is a UN Member state, bound to the UN Charter and the UN’s definition of genocide.

        “Your poor Grammar must be so sad that you never did study Middle East History, just Creative Writing”

        You’re spouting crap Fatso, likely because it’ s all you’ve ever been fed and certainly all you have

      • Arafatbastard
        June 14, 2017, 8:29 am

        The 1949 agreement was never meant to be a permanent outcome.

        Jordan broke the agreement when it attacked Israel in 1967.

        All of the inhabitants were forced to take Jordanian citizenship, and none disagreed. None of them said, “wait a minute, I am a proud Palestinian, get off my land you Jordanian scum”. Why not?

        Palestine was just a name given to Israel by the Romans in 135 AD. There has never been an independent Palestinian state.

        The growth of the Palestinian population doesn’t pain me – it just illustrates what a liar you are.

        What must pain you is that Israel is the most successful country in the Middle East, and also the safest place to be a Christian, Jew or Muslim in the region: no Daesh, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda or Taliban.

        Basically, you hate Jews. Don’t tell Phil.

      • talknic
        June 14, 2017, 1:33 pm

        Watching the fatbastard make a f*ckwit of itself

        @Arafatbastard June 14, 2017, 8:29 am

        “The 1949 agreement was never meant to be a permanent outcome.”

        So why did Israel try to claim the territories it held under occupation and even after being rebuffed, has never left them fatso? http://wp.me/pDB7k-l5 (the links there are to Israeli statements) not that you’re likely to read anything that contradicts your Zionist bullsh*t

        “Jordan broke the agreement when it attacked Israel in 1967.”

        Jordan was a UN Member state and High Contracting party by 1967, there’s no UNSC resolution against Jordan or any other Arab State for having ever attacked Israeli forces in territories outside the State of Israel.. There is one against Israel in Nov 1966 you fat ignorant Zionist bastard

        UNSC Resolution 228 of 25 November 1966
        The Security Council,

        Having heard the statements of the representatives of Jordan and Israel concerning the grave Israel military action which took place in the southern Hebron area on 13 November 1966,

        Having noted the information provided by the Secretary-General concerning this military action in his statement of 16 November 1/ and also in his report of 18 November 1966,2/

        Observing that this incident constituted a large-scale and carefully planned military action on the territory of Jordan by the armed forces of Israel,

        Reaffirming the previous resolutions of the Security Council condemning past incidents of reprisal in breach of the General Armistice Agreement between Israel and Jordan and of the United Nations Charter,

        Recalling the repeated resolutions of the Security Council asking for the cessation of violent incidents across the demarcation line, and not overlooking past incidents of this nature,

        Reaffirming the necessity for strict adherence to the General Armistice Agreement,

        1. Deplores the loss of life and heavy damage to property resulting from the action of the Government of Israel on 13 November 1966;

        2. Censures Israel for this large-scale military action in violation of the United Nations Charter and of the General Armistice Agreement between Israel and Jordan;

        3. Emphasizes to Israel that actions of military reprisal cannot be tolerated and that, if they are repeated, the Security Council will have to consider further and more effective steps as envisaged in the Charter to ensure against the repetition of such acts;

        “All of the inhabitants were forced to take Jordanian citizenship, and none disagreed. None of them said, “wait a minute, I am a proud Palestinian, get off my land you Jordanian scum”. Why not?”

        Who says they were forced fatso? Some fat Zionist bastard who can’t back his claims isn’t very convincing. The majority representative of the legitimate population of the West Bank requested Jordan to annex the West Bank rather than live under the laws of occupation you stupid fat Zionist mouthpiece. The West Bank as it is now officially named, was legally annexed at the request of representatives of the majority of the legitimate citizens of the territory. Jordan’s annexation was as a trustee only by demand of the other Arab states (Session: 12-II Date: May 1950) in keeping with the UN Charter Chapt XI

        “Palestine was just a name given to Israel by the Romans in 135 AD. There has never been an independent Palestinian state.”

        So what Fatslob? It doesn’t give Israel the right to illegally acquire any territories by war as it has done since proclaiming its borders in order to be recognized. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

        “The growth of the Palestinian population doesn’t pain me – it just illustrates what a liar you are”

        Quote the lie fatso. You can’t because there isn’t one. Making false accusations against people is against the basic tenets of Judaism. Thanks for showing folk the type of lying creeps are attracted to the Zionist colonization of Palestine fatso

        “What must pain you is that Israel is the most successful country in the Middle East, and also the safest place to be a Christian, Jew or Muslim in the region: no Daesh, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda or Taliban.”

        Irrelevant to the actual extent of Israeli sovereignty and Israel’s illegal activities in non-Israeli territories it occupies fatso.

        “Basically, you hate Jews”

        I am a Jew you stupid fat slob. I hate liars, thieves and people who break the basic tenets of Judaism, especially when they do it for the so called ‘Jewish’ state. Shows just what a ghastly enterprise Zionism colonization is and what ghastly people it attracts fatso

      • Mooser
        June 14, 2017, 2:50 pm

        “I am a Jew you stupid fat slob.”

        Not so fast, “talknic”. Have you checked Grover’s List” ?

      • Steve Grover
        June 15, 2017, 8:12 am

        Mooser,
        Are you saying talknic is low hanging fruit?

      • Talkback
        June 15, 2017, 11:51 am

        Arafatbastard: “Weirdly, you seem unaware that Israel captured all of the “West Bank” from Jordan, in 1967, not ‘Palestine”, which had never existed.”

        I guess, that you are NOT someone of the few that actualy legally acquired the citizenship of Palestine before 1948 or a descendant of someone who did, right? Otherwise you would know that the Zionist Apartheid regime was enforced upon the Nonjewish majority within Palestine which was a STATE under mandate until 1948 and then it captured the Westbank in 1967 which was under Jordanian occupation and in accordance with the Palestinians to hold off massacring, expelling and dispossessioning Zionistbastards.In the end they lost to the Zionist terror campagne which exists since the late 30s.

      • Mooser
        June 15, 2017, 3:55 pm

        “Mooser, Are you saying talknic is low hanging fruit?”

        Nah, just making fun of your mashgiach mania.

  7. JLewisDickerson
    June 13, 2017, 5:31 am

    RE: “This is the shame of American Jewish leaders, that they defer to nationalist crazies.” ~ Weiss

    MY TACTFUL REPRIMAND:
    Phil! Stop that! Be nice, now!
    If necessary, take a chill pill Phil.

    Oh Dani boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
    From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
    The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
    ‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and we must bide.

    But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
    Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
    ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
    Oh Dani boy, oh Dani boy, we love you so!

    And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
    And I am dead, as dead I well may be
    You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
    And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.

    And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me
    And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
    If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me
    I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

    I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

    Mario Lanza ~ Oh Danny Boy – http://www.ireland-information.com/downloads/mp3/Mario%20Lanza%20-%20Oh%20Danny%20Boy.mp3
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    • RoHa
      June 13, 2017, 9:31 am

      Lovely melody. (Ruined, of course, by the awful noises of Lanza singing lyrics written by an English lawyer.)

      Allegedly the tune was not composed by humans. The story I heard (on Radio 4) was that a poor harpist in the South of Ireland lost his wife and child when their house burned down. He decided to go North to try to rebuild his life. On the way, one night he slept in a field, not noticing that he was lying in a fairy ring. While he slept, the Little People came and sang to him. When he woke, he remembered the melody, and it not only eased his heart, but also helped him to become a successful performer in the North.

      I don’t know if that story is true, but if it isn’t, it should be.

  8. Kay24
    June 13, 2017, 5:45 am

    The suffering going on in Gaza, that no one in the world seems to care about.
    No religion would condone the suffering of innocent people, and it amazes me that whether Arab, Jews, or God fearing Christians, can watch this going on for decades, and not do the humane thing to help these people.

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/charlotte-silver/catastrophe-looms-gaza

    • Arafatbastard
      June 13, 2017, 12:00 pm

      You should blame Hamas: most Gazans do, when they can speak freely.

      • Rashers2
        June 13, 2017, 6:49 pm

        You really are an evil t*sser, aren’t you, @Arafatbastard? Hamas, right or wrong, was elected by the Gazans who had probably despaired of the ineffectual, corrupt Fatah. But it’s not Hamas that blockades the enclave, prevents virtually any free movement, harasses and murders its fishermen WITHIN the agreed, territorial coastal limits, forbids import of many essential goods including [re]building materials and life-saving medicines, keeps Gaza on borderline starvation rations through food import restrictions, conspires with another fat b*stard to the South, Sisi, to contaminate the inadequate water supply with sea-water through spurious coastal “works” and periodically launches land- and air-borne assaults to cull (mainly civilian) fish in a barrel, is it? Don’t even think of playing the, “But Hamas fires rockets at us,” card because you know damned well that most of us have a greater chance of winning the lottery than any Israeli civilian has of being killed by a Gazan rocket. Assuming Ziopathy hasn’t already wholly destroyed your soul and you can still see your own reflection, go and stand in front of a mirror for a prolonged period: you might just catch a glimpse of the perverted Zionist you really are.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 13, 2017, 7:09 pm

        Hamas, right or wrong, was elected by the Gazans who had probably despaired of the ineffectual, corrupt Fatah.

        actually they were elected by the palestinians, they won in the west bank too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_legislative_election,_2006

        Elections for the second Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), the legislature of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), were held on 25 January 2006. The result was a victory for Hamas, who won with 74 seats of the 132 seats, whilst the ruling Fatah won just 45. In terms of votes received, Hamas took 44.45% of the vote, whilst Fatah received 41.43%[1] and of the Electoral Districts, Hamas party candidates received 41.73% and Fatah party candidates received 36.96%.

      • JLewisDickerson
        June 13, 2017, 9:17 pm

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        MY REPLY: Now is the time for all good patriots to come to the aid of the Mondoweiss community. Please consider joining our new Mondoweis Troll Patrol. It will only take a few hours of your time each week, and as a token of our thanks you will get a very nifty, über gnarly Mondoweis Troll Patrol t-shirt that will have you fending off incredibly hot babes/dudes like you’e a roadie for a new band recently having been formed by the addition of Miley Cyrus to the incredibly buff, steroid-enhaced Jonas Brothers.

        It’s unfortunate that it has gotten to the point where it is necessary organize something like the Mondoweis Troll Patrol, but when you start seeing comments by “people” with names like “Arafatbastard”, it is time to distribute gas masks, protective gear, etc – at least as a precautionary measure.

        Please note that the Mondoweis Troll Patrol will not carry firearms. Our goal is to get trolls like “Arafatbastard”* to undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment to determine whether they are suitable candidates for an intensive psychiatric outpatient program, or whether they are so at risk of harming themselves and/or others that they need to be involuntarily commited to an institution (“section nined”).

        * Perhaps I’ve missed something, but I don ever recall seeing a comment by smeone using a name like “GoldaMeirFatC**t”, or “NaziNetanyahu”, or “JewPigLieberman”.

        TAKE, FOR INSTANCE, THIS YOUNG LAD WHO APPEARS TO BE HAVING SOME KIND OF “FIT” AS HE REPEATEDLY CALLS A FEMALE PROFESSOR A “NAZI WITCH”:

        So sad. So sad. So very, very sad!
        I just wish people would stop teaching their children to be hateful misogynists!
        If the woman repeatedly called a “Nazi witch” was Jewish, she really should try to have the man prosecuted for hate speech.

      • Kay24
        June 14, 2017, 8:47 am

        No, I will blame those who are most responsible for the suffering going on. If not for the stinking occupation, and the zionist land grabs to house their squatters, Hamas will not be of consequence. Hamas is also the excuse for the violence and occupation going on.
        Only people with half a brain will believe the zionist narrative.

      • Mooser
        June 14, 2017, 11:30 am

        “TAKE, FOR INSTANCE, THIS YOUNG LAD WHO APPEARS TO BE HAVING SOME KIND OF “FIT” “

        This kind of careless, unthinking language (“some kind of fit”) is not apropriate. Use the correct technical terms and say ‘He is having a Ziocaine Syndrome episode’
        It’s a social disease.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 14, 2017, 11:31 am

        * Perhaps I’ve missed something, but I don ever recall seeing a comment by smeone using a name like “GoldaMeirFatC**t”, or “NaziNetanyahu”, or “JewPigLieberman”.

        good point dickerson.

  9. Rashers2
    June 13, 2017, 7:58 pm

    Thanks for the correction, Annie.

  10. Qualtrough
    June 15, 2017, 5:39 am

    Why does Mondoweiss allow the use of a patently offensive and disrespectful user name like Arafatbastard? Would Goldameirwhore be OK? Beginbastard?

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