Lieberman says PA has adopted Judenrein policy
LAST UPDATED: 09/15/2011 11:18
Foreign minister comments come day after PLO envoy to US calls for complete separation between Jewish, Arab populations.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Photo: Reuters
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said "The Palestinian Authority has adopted
the German idea of Judenrein," for clearing residential areas of Jews,
Army Radio reported Thursday.
Lieberman's comments came the day
after the PLO envoy to the US Maen Rashid Areikat said that he believed
Jewish and Arab populations must be completely separated with the
creation of the Palestinian state.
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The foreign minister - who just recently criticized the PA for inciting against Israel and glorifying terrorists - urged all
nations to take the PLO comments into account when they vote for
Palestinian statehood recognition at the UN next week.
The Palestinian envoy to the US said Tuesday in Washington that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
opposes the immediate presence of Jews and gays in an independent Palestinian
state, according to reports in US-based publications The Daily Caller and The
When asked by Jamie Weinstein, senior editor and
columnist for The Daily Caller, whether a Jew could be elected mayor of Ramallah
in an independent Palestinian state, Areikat said, “after the experience of 44
years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it will
be in the best interests of the two peoples to be separated
Areikat added that “Well, I personally still believe that as a
first step we need to be totally separated, and we can contemplate these issues
in the future.”
In response to a query from John McCormack from The
Weekly Standard about whether homosexuals would be tolerated in a newly-formed
Palestinian state, “Ah, this is an issue that’s beyond my [authority].” said
In an e-mail to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, Weinstein wrote
that, “Similar comments coming from an Israeli official would merit worldwide
condemnation. But we hear nothing from the world community when the
Palestinian ambassador to the US calls for a Jew-free state.
a state for the Palestinian Arabs is well and good, but it seems like the world
should spend a little bit of time pondering what sort of state it will
Areikat’s controversial comments took place at a breakfast sponsored
by the Christian Science Monitor to discuss an independent Palestinian
Weinstein’s questioning triggered widespread coverage in the
national US media, including an article in USA Today headlined “PLO ambassador
says Palestinian state should be free of Jews.”
The Weekly Standard
magazine wrote on its website Tuesday that “Palestinian Ambassador Won’t Say
if Homosexuals Would Be Tolerated by a Palestinian State.”
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