Sie haben das Recht zu schweigen. Henryk M. Broders Sparring-Arena

Henryk M. Broder

18.02.2007   22:44   +Feedback

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1. The Illusion of “Peace in Exchange for Territories”:
“For years, especially since the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, Arab leaders have repeated the mantra that peace with Israel hinges upon a withdrawal to the pre-1967 border. Similar rhetoric followed with the Arab Summit’s March 2002 decision to endorse the “Saudi peace initiative,” suggesting that the Arab world’s problem with Israel stems from “occupation” of the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. This paper demonstrates the error of this assertion. The Arab demand for a return of all Palestinian refugees to pre-1967 Israel remains at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and this demand disguises Arab intentions to destroy Israel.”

2. Has any population ever been less suited for statehood than the Palestinians?
The tong war between Fatah and Hamas was raging last month when Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas addressed a Fatah rally in Ramallah. “The priority for me is preserving national unity and preventing internal fighting,” he told the crowd on Jan. 11. “Shooting at your brother is forbidden.” But Abbas made clear it was only intra-Palestinian bloodshed he opposed. Attacking Jews was still OK.

3. Double Standards and Appeasement
In the West, respect for Muslim ways such as the veil for women is supposed to be granted as a self-evident right beyond argument or debate. Yet Western ideals and values, such as the equality of the sexes, are derided, disrespected, and rejected as self-evident evils. The worst inconsistencies, however, involve the violation of core Western ideals, most importantly free speech. Many Muslims demand the right to deny the Holocaust, recycle Nazi-era anti-Semitic drivel, characterize Christianity as polytheistic idolatry, and excoriate a decadent, corrupt Western civilization. But no such criticism of Mohammed or Islam is tolerated, and in fact is met with violence and threats.



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