It has become axiomatic since Oslo that there is a Palestinian people, and that they are oppressed and disenfranchised and deserve to express their national identity by having a state of their own. This state is to be situated on the lands captured by Israel in the Six Day War, and will be run by the Palestinian Authority headed by Yasser Arafat.
Let's think about this. In the light of recent events, what kind of state can we expect the Palestinian people to establish?
A state where small children are inculcated with hatred for other peoples, religions and cultures. Where they attend summer camps in which they are taught that to be a suicide bomber is the highest form of religious expression. Where they are taken to the front to get themselves shot for the sake of photo ops, and where their parents get paid blood money for such child sacrifice.
A state in which people regularly murder women for infractions of male honor codes.
A society in which a brother will slit the throat of a sister he suspects of sexual misconduct, while his mother and father look on in approval.
A state where domestic abuse isn't a problem, it's a way of life. In Afghanistan under the Taliban - another extremist Moslem regime exercising its legitimate right to self-determination - women are virtual slaves, denied education, medical care, employment and freedom of movement or expression.
A state in which summary executions are carried out without due process.
A state which defends the blowing up of school buses filled with children and the shooting into the skulls of infants in their mothers' arms as part of its "armed struggle."
A state in which hands dipped in the blood of lynch-mob victims are raised to cheering crowds.
A state in which education consists of hate-mongering textbooks.
A state run by corrupt officials who literally get away with murder, while pocketing all moneys collected to alleviate the suffering of the hungry and unemployed.
A state in which cultural artifacts and holy sites of other religions are destroyed. Long before the Taliban destroyed its priceless Buddhas, Palestinians destroyed the ancient synagogue in Jericho, plowed under the Tomb of Joseph, and as I write these words are firing on the Tomb of Rachel in Bethlehem.
A state which has no respect for human life, where primitive, unrestrained, boundless violence and hatred are legitimate expressions of national identity.
A state which encourages terrorism, which releases convicted mass murderers from its prisons.
A state which adheres to no international agenda on human rights, including the Geneva Conventions which prohibit the deliberate targeting of noncombatants (including soldiers not actively involved in combat) as a crime against humanity.
AND TO THOSE who say that the Palestinian people are not to blame, but only their present leadership, I would like to point out that the Palestinian people has chosen, and continue to choose, its leadership every day by passively accepting the dictates of the Palestinian Authority with Arafat at its head. There are enough guns and ammunition in the hands of enough people to cause Arafat quite a bit of trouble should the Palestinian people choose to change its leadership.
In light of the above, I would like to ask all those progressive, liberal people whose hearts yearn to see a Palestinian state set up in the West Bank and Gaza: What is the matter with you? Does the world really need yet another corrupt state of Moslem extremists to misconstrue their own religion, and dishonor the religion and cultural artifacts of others? Do we really need to empower yet another murderous, corrupt, inhumane regime and give it legitimacy?
To what end? And to whose benefit?
Many might agree that a people that approves of deliberately shooting a 10-month-old baby through the head as she lies in her carriage in a playground as a legitimate form of combat deserves the curse of living in such a state.
But should the world really agree in good conscience to help set it up?
The truth is that anyone who really cares about the Palestinians, anyone with an ounce of real humanity or liberalism, should oppose the establishment of such a state under current conditions with every fiber of their being. For the sake of the Palestinian people. And for the sake of all mankind.
Because the truth is, no one deserves to live in the Palestinian state that Arafat and his henchmen are creating.