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Published Saturday 11/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 18:22
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's pressure on Palestinians to recognize it as a Jewish state is an attempt to legalize "racism," a PLO official said Saturday.

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi said defining Israel as a Jewish state would signify that any Jewish person would have the right to return to Palestine, while Palestinians would lose that right.

Ashrawi told Ma'an that Israel wants to "create a narrative that denies the Palestinian presence, rights, and continuity on the historic Palestinian lands."

A "Jewish state" recognition would exempt Israel from its responsibility toward the Palestinian refugees who were forcibly displaced from their homes in 1948, she said.

Similarly, a former Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset said that recognizing Israel as such a state would "annul the Palestinian narrative about the Nakba."

It would abolish the right of the refugees to return, said Talab al-Sani.

During US-mediated peace talks with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly cited recognition of Israel as a Jewish state as a precondition for peace.

It is the "minimal requirement for peace," Netanyahu told the Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington on Dec. 8.

There would be peace, Netanyahu said, if "there were no longer any Palestinian national claims on the Jewish state -- no right of return ... no residual claims of any kind. And that, the Palestinians have so far been unwilling to give."

More than 760,000 Palestinians -- estimated today to number 4.8 million including their descendants -- were forced into exile or driven out of their homes in the conflict surrounding Israel's creation in 1948.

Palestinian officials have repeatedly said that recognizing the concept of Israel as a "Jewish state" is unnecessary and threatens the rights of nearly 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of Israel who remained in their homes during the displacement of the majority of the Palestinian population during the 1948 war.

The right of Palestinian refugees to return to their land is enshrined in article 11 of UN resolution 194.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
11/01/2014 13:13
Palestinians should pursue its case via ICC. I am sure ICC will not tolerate these Israeli demands because they will only decide as per international law. And what the Israel is demanding is is against that Law and they & the US knows it.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
11/01/2014 14:03
Palestine is the definitive home of racism and apartheid in the 21st century. Ashrawi's leaders have said many times that no Jews will be allowed if and when Palestine becomes an independent country. Palestine already has apartheid laws. Palestine has a sordid history of "honor" killings where women are murdered with impunity. Palestine is known for its religious intolerance, destruction of holy sites and its declariation as being an "Arab state" - obvious racist apartheidism.

3 ) Mira / france
11/01/2014 14:28
Ashrawi, you don't even realize how extremely funny your are talking about "racism" after your cheerished PA said that not one Jew would remain in future "Palestine", Islam is known as one of the most racist religion the World of today knows, dear!

4 ) Harry / Canada
11/01/2014 14:43
No, Hanan Ashrawi, it will bring you and your great great great children peace and prosperity. Instead you want the future generations of Arabs to be condemned to poverty and insecurity.

5 ) Keniya / SA
11/01/2014 15:38
Recognizing a"Jewish stat"(who is so stupid)should never ever happen,There is no difference between anti-Semitism and Racism,Israel is Barbaric Racist therefore those should not have the right to have their own state exactly as the Nazis.furthermore Zionists don't have the right to the land they Occupying since 1948 and certainly not as a Jewish state,however,Netanyaho should recognize that the Palestinian state is belonging to the Palestinians which he pave daily with illigalen Settlements.

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
11/01/2014 16:56
If Ms Ashrawi is correct, then it is also true that recognizing ** PALESTINE AS a Palestinian "state would legalize ** RACISM", so it WILL NOT BE recognized or CREATED.

7 ) wjm / usa
11/01/2014 17:07
That is a lie Brian Cohen. Neither Ashrawi nor any other Palestinian leader has ever said that Jews would be excluded from a state controlled by the Palestinians. Even the original PLO Charter of 1964, called for a binational state which did not discriminate on the basis of religion. You, in fact, have things completely backwards, Cohen. It is Israel that seeks to exclude Palestinian Arabs. It is the Palestinian who are unwanted and barely tolerated inside Israel.

8 ) Amira / PA
11/01/2014 17:14
@2-DITO you describe exactly your land Israel THE only remaining racist apartheid on earth,built on Rivers of Palestinian blood,with help of the Haganah,the first Jewish Terrorists organization in Palestine.the killer ariel sharon(which at last on his way to hell)was consulted and had already Terrorized the arabs of Palestine.Scheme on you and to hell with your stupid comments and go wash your synapses you might see the truth as a human being not as a Religion.

9 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
11/01/2014 17:43
Love that women, she is always right. "Jewish" state hahahaha never heard something more stupid. In '93 and '95 Palestinians recognized "Israel" and now they want to be recognized again, this time as Russians uhhhh "Jewish".

10 ) Ghassan / Palestine
11/01/2014 18:17
In addition to Right of Return for Palestinian refuges, PLO should ask the Zionist-Jews for compensation for war crimes committed by Zionists since Nakba until today.

11 ) Ashraffi / Usa
11/01/2014 18:45
55 Islamic states enough said !

12 ) Esteban // to wjm / Chile
11/01/2014 19:04
"Article 1: Palestine is the homeland of the ARAB Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the ARAB homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the ARAB nation." - Palestinian National Charter Sounds like a racist ethnocracy, not a binational state

13 ) jesse / usa
11/01/2014 19:05
Right, and all the arab states that consider themselves" arab or muclim" isnt??

14 ) Outlier / USA
11/01/2014 19:32
Ashrawi should make a similar statement regarding Islam in Saudi Arabia and see how long she lasts.

15 ) @ Sarah-9 / Reality
11/01/2014 20:33
-a- Consider, if you're capable of independent thought, what you just said, and you may also see that the following makes equally good sense: - "Palestinian state hahahaha never heard something more stupid", and -b- More importantly still, whether Palestinians recognize ISRAEL as Jewish, it WILL REMAIN a JEWISH state anyway, and -c- If Palestinians do not reach an agreement with Israel, then "PALESTINE" WILL REMAIN AN Impoverished Divided AUTHORITY, With Little Real Sovereignty !!!

16 ) Michael Dar / Israel
11/01/2014 21:42
There was never a known country called Palestine, which is only a geographic area, by some, by ignorance, by deceit or by mistake called Palestine. There was furthermore never a Nation or specific, distinct ethnic group of people called Palestinians. Scores of Arab have acknowledge that themselves.

17 ) Maureen / Australia
11/01/2014 21:59
No matter how hard Some Israelis try, Israel will never really be recognized as a "Jewish state." Revisionist Zionism is usurping the Holocaust and the victims of same as well as real Judaisim. Revisionist Zionists are not real Jews.

18 ) Rafael / USA
11/01/2014 23:19
Obviously if Palestinians wanted peace with Israel they would say welcome Jewish neighbors. We understand the Arabs living in Israel have democratic rights, freedom of religion, vote, hold office, etc. We will have our state and be peaceful neighbors who do not need a military and will take any Palestinian from the outside back into the West Bank. If peace is not the goal, the PA says, Israel you must take Palestinians into Israel. Later we intend to conquer it after we flood it with Arabs.

19 ) Mel / USA
12/01/2014 00:02
Not to mention legalising BIGOTRY! But hey,white America was built on racism/bigotry as other colonial fields of slaughter were,including Aryan"masters"casting their Protestant nets into pluralistic lands where all"others"were disposable& it was 'philanthropic' to hasten the death of inferior races/faiths to make livingroom for so-called 'superiors'.Even our US'Founding'Faters saw USA as a 'rightful'white,Christian only-dominated land,with all else as sub-human&serviles! Racism&bigotry are twins

20 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/01/2014 01:59
To Mira #3: 'Islam is known as one of the most racist religion the World of today knows, dear!' Leaving aside the truth of your assertion, it's irrelevant. Ashrawi is a Christian.

21 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/01/2014 02:08
To Michael Dar #16: 'There was never a known country called Palestine, which is only a geographic area, by some, by ignorance, by deceit or by mistake called Palestine.' ... People guilty of said 'mistake' include Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, Jews themselves, and literally everyone else. (I)

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/01/2014 02:10
Prior to 1948, 'Israel' on the other hand, has referred to (1) the mythological empire described in the Bible, (2) the community of believers, wherever they were, or (3) to the millennial kingdom to appear when the Messiah arrives. It NEVER referred to the actual secular space until the Zionists arrogated the label for their quasi-Nazi project. The place is Palestine. That it's now occupied by vicious invaders doesn't change that.

23 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/01/2014 04:13
To Outleir #14: 'Ashrawi should make a similar statement regarding Islam in Saudi Arabia and see how long she lasts.' When did Saudi Arabia demand that Palestinians recognize it as an Islamic state?

24 ) @ Ghassan-10 / USA
12/01/2014 05:01
- The "PLO does ask the Zionist-Jews for" everything under the sun, and The PLO demands things from Israel that were Never "Palestine's" too, but their asking and demanding will always fail to achieve anything, and - Israel's answer will always be the same: "The PLO must Negotiate for what you want from us, as we negotiate for what we want from the PLO, and if we do not reach an agreement, then neither will get what they want, and the situation will remain unchanged !!

25 ) @ Maureen-17 / USA
12/01/2014 05:12
-a- It does NOT matter whether "Israel will ever really be recognized as a Jewish state," since Israel is already a Jewish (majority) state !! Instead, -b- What DOES matter is that "Palestine" will never become a real state, unless it reaches a comprehensive agreement with the Jewish State of Israel already is a Jewish (majority) state, and Further -c- Until such a comprehensive agreement is reached, the Jewish building and Arab demolitions will continue, while Palestine stagnates !!!

26 ) Sigal / CH
12/01/2014 09:04
@ 2 and @16 the native Population of Palestine were Muslims Christians and oh! a wonder also Jews (not zionist as you're)which together are called Palestinians and OH! wonder there are all Arabs despite different Religions,but is not surprising that you have no idea because you are only Zionists land thieves and occupiers of the land came from somewhere and are allegedly Jews. ?

27 ) @ Sigal-26 / Honesty
12/01/2014 17:43
Many of "the native Populations in Palestine's" region changed, after the Ottomans/Turks lost control after WW1, and then later the "British Mandate of Palestine" ended, where: - Muslims became Jihadist & Terrorist, and - Jews became Zionists & Settlers, but - Both are "land thieves and occupiers of the land".

28 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
12/01/2014 20:12
Racism? Apartheid? Palestinians are the most racist People in Modern History. It is a mandatory Death Penalty to even lease land to any Jew- whether Israeli or otherwise. Even the Nazis didn't have THAT. To WJM, the PA has REPEATEDLY declared that it will not allow a single Jew to live in the envisioned Palestinian State. Sa'eb Erekat? Ashwari herself! Don't talk without researching. Jews like my family have lived here since the Biblical Era and it was Arabs who Ethnically Cleansed Jews.

29 ) Outlier / USA
13/01/2014 23:08
(previous comment spiked)., 23., How do you think it might go if Ashrawi said Saudi Arabia's identity as an Islamic state made it racist? Same thing, in my view.
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