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Who would like to condemn the racism of Geert Wilders?

Hands up the people who have heard many supposedly mainstream Jews calling Jordan the real Palestinian state? I have and this shameful attempt to essentially ignore the millions of Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza is sadly common amongst Muslim-hating Zionists. The Zionist right and far-right European politicians who loathe Islam are increasingly working together:

Geert Wilders, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) in Holland, said last week he believes Jordan should be renamed Palestine. The Jordanian government responded by saying Wilders’ speech was reminiscent of the Israeli right wing.

“Jordan is Palestine,” said Wilders, who heads the third-largest party in Holland. “Changing its name to Palestine will end the conflict in the Middle East and provide the Palestinians with an alternate homeland.” Wilders added that Israel deserved a special status in the Dutch government because it was fighting for Jerusalem in its name. “If Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Muslims, Athens and Rome will be next. Thus, Jerusalem is the main front protecting the West. It is not a conflict over territory but rather an ideological battle, between the mentality of the liberated West and the ideology of Islamic barbarism,” he said. “There has been an independent Palestinian state since 1946, and it is the kingdom of Jordan.” Wilders also called on the Dutch government to refer to Jordan as Palestine and move its embassy to Jerusalem.

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  • Shaun

    Can someone please explain to me how Israel is really 'Palestine' but Jordan isn't?

    I'm willing to accept every point of vilification you have against Israel and the Jews, but you can't hide the fact that if Israel is really 'Palestine', then so too is Jordan.  Strange how the 'Palestinians' or their cadre of useful idiots never seem to talk about liberating Amman.

     

  • iResistDe4iAm

    "It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist" ~ Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Sunday Times, 15 June 1969)

     

    "There is no more Palestine. Finished…" ~ Moshe Dayan (TIME Magazine, 30 July 1973)

     

    "There never has been a 'Palestine' "

    " 'Palestinians' are an invented people who are simply Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Jordanians etc all trying to steal another people's land"

    "They are not indigenous to the area, their language is foreign, their religion is foreign and their culture is foreign" ~ Shaun

     

    For another insight into Shaun's real views on 'Palestine' and 'Palestinians' (he unfailingly quarantines the very words within quotes), his denial of the Palestinians' right to exist, and his attempts to ethnically cleanse them from recorded history, see this previous thread…

     

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/03/21/jpost-man

  • I will: I hear it countless times.

  • Shaun

    Still no answer to this very simple question.  Is Jordan 'Palestine'?

    As for the recorded history of 'Palestine', can somebody please tell me what it's capital was, what system of government it had, who it's rulesrs were, what currency it used, what were its indiginous languages and religions?.  Surely the recorded history of the 'Palestinians' includes such elementary facts?  

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Most supremacists are happy to dehumanise their victims as inferior beings in order to exploit them, enslave them, ghettoise them and/or occupy and oppress them.  

     

    Hardcore racists not only dehumanise their victims, but they also attempt to delegitimise them and deny their very existence in an attempt to ethnically cleanse them and steal their land. They can wipe a whole country off the map and then claim it as “a land without a people for a people without a land” or "they did not exist". 

     

    Here's some more insight into Shaun's contribution to the Palestinian-Denial Industry…

     

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/03/03/prominent

  • Shaun

    Yawn.  You seem to be having trouble answering some pretty simple and very fundamental questions.

    Seeing that you love to quote other people so much (often an indicator that a person lacks any original thoughts of their own), here are a few quotes you may want to add to your repertoire.  Careful though, according to Antony's twisted logic, they are just the views of "Muslim-hating Zionists"

    "The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan." King Hussein 1981

    "Palestine and Transjordan are one." King Abdullah, Arab League meeting in Cairo, 12 April 1948

    "Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is one people and one land, with one history and one and the same fate."  Prince Hassan, brother of King Hussein, addressing the Jordanian National Assembly, 2 February 1970

    "Jordan is not just another Arab state with regard to Palestine, but rather, Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan in terms of territory, national identity, sufferings, hopes and aspirations."  Jordanian Minister of Agriculture, 24 September 1980

    "We are the government of Palestine, the army of Palestine and the refugees of Palestine." Prime Minister of Jordan, Hazza' al-Majali, 23 August 1959

     

  • iResistDe4iAm

    "Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was civis Romanus sum [I am a Roman citizen]. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is 'Ich bin ein Berliner'… All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!' " – U.S. President John F. Kennedy, 26 June 1963 

     

    "Ana Falastini"

  •  

    Shaun:

     

    Whether or not the Palestinians were a Real People, with Their Own Religion and their Own Language is completely immaterial and the kind of argument racist parties the world over make: the BNP, EDL, National Front, Front National, Vlaams Belang, to name but a few. It's not a great surprise that Zionism, an ethnoreligious-Nationalist ideology leans close to those with a legacy of fascism.

     

    All that mattered at the time of Palestinian expulsions was that they lived there legally.

     

    Assuming for argument's sake you're Jewish and living in a Western democracy. Assume now that one of the above parties decides that you're not 'indigenous' and therefore have to be deported to outside the borders of that country, would you agree? Because that is exactly the argument you are making.

     

    But then our Shaun was never too bright, now was he?

  • Shaun

    "Because that is exactly the argument you are making"

    You seem to be confusing asking a simple question with making an argument but then no one ever accused our Gert with being too bright . 

    Once again, Is Jordan 'Palestine'?

  • iResistDe4iAm

    1. Your question was answered in 1946 when Jordan gained its independence from British occupation. 

     

    2. Your question was also answered in 1947, when the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was formulated to divide Palestine, not Israel (which did not exist). The UN Partition Plan covered what is now Israel (78% of Palestine), and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (remaining 22% of Palestine) of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. 

     

    The UN plan partitioned Palestine into a Jewish state (56%) an Arab state (43%) and an International zone (1%), at a time when the population was 67% non-Jewish (1,237,000) and 33% Jewish (608,000) with Jews owning only 6.5% of the land. 

     

    Please note that Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt were EXCLUDED from partition because they were not part of Palestine at the time, they were independent states. 

     

    Here’s the map of the proposed UN partition of Palestine. Check it out for yourself.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UN_Partition_Pl
     

    3. Your question was also answered in the two blog threads I linked to above.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Update 1:

    I just re-checked… the answer is still the same as it was in 1946.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    Update 2:

    I just re-checked again… the answer is still the same as it was in 1946. 

     

    The answer which is based on all the relevant historical facts, will not change no matter how many times you ask the same question. In any case, feel free to try again in say, another 64 years.

  • Shaun:

     

     

    The question of whether Palestine is Jordan or not is immaterial, except to those who still dream of transferring people out of 'Greater Israel'. Does Israel want to be up there with the great cleansers like Milosevic/Karadizc? On the basis of a legalistic, self-serving loop hole?

  • Shaun

    Just what I thought.  Prior to the 25th of May 1946, that land was known as 'Palestine'.  In fact, it comprised 76% of that geographical place.  Therefore, Jordan is Palestine just like King Hussein said. 

    It explains why Jordan's King Abdullah was proclaimed as 'The King of Palestine' in 1948, at least until he was murdered by a 'Palestinian' in 1951. 

    It explains why the PLO was engaged in a war with Jordanian forces during the late 1960's-early 1970s until Hussein ultimately defeated them and forced Arafat into exile. 

    It explains why Jordan claimed Jerusalem and the so-called 'West-Bank' as part of their territory right up until 1988. 

    It explains why Human Rights watch has condemnned Jordan for revoking the citizenship of thousands of its 'Palestinian' citizens in an attempt to keep them from becoming a majority of the Jordanian population.  

    Jordan is Palestine. 

  • iResistDe4iAm

    I just re-checked again… the answer is still the same as it was in 1946. 

     

    Your "Jordan is Palestine" logic is flawed, selective, inconsistent and illogical. Furthermore, although your premise is based on historical fact ("was once a part of the British mandate of Palestine"), your conclusion distorts time creating a Jordanian time-warp (a 1923-1946 Jordan in a 2010 world) which cannot be explained by Time Travel theory. 

     

    Since your "Jordan is Palestine" theory is a core component of your ideology, you should try to spend a bit more time to validate it before attempting to propagate it any further. To that effect, try this quick quiz. I’ll keep it simple for you: 

     

    If JORDAN, which was once a part of the British mandate of Palestine, IS PALESTINE,

    ( = Jordan is Palestine )

    then why is Israel, which was also once a part of the British mandate of Palestine, not Palestine?

    ( = Israel is Palestine

     

    Now apply the same logic to another country with a similar UN mandate in the same region and same historical timeframe: 

     

    Why is Lebanon, which was once a part of the French mandate of Syria, not Syria?

    ( = Lebanon is Syria

     

    Now it gets complicated: 

     

    Why is Syria, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel and Jordan, which were once a part of the Ottoman province of Syria, not Syria?

    ( = Jordan is Syria, Israel is Syria, etc ) 

     

    Now it gets even more complicated: 

     

    Why is Syria, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel and Jordan, which were once a part of the Ottoman Empire, not Turkey?

    ( = Jordan is Turkey, Israel is Turkey, etc ) 

     

    You can also attempt to apply your "Jordan is Palestine" theory to a few other historical case studies. Pick a few other modern countries (say, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Taiwan, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Kosovo, Serbia, Yugoslavia, etc) and see if they validate your logic. You can also go back in time to previous historical periods. 

     

    Why is East Timor, which was once a part of Indonesia, not Indonesia?

    ( = East Timor is Indonesia )

    Why is East Timor, which was once a part of the Portuguese Empire, not Portugal?

    ( = East Timor is Portugal

     

    One last warning, don’t mess with the indivisibility and universality of Time Travel theory like Israel messes with international law. If you ever manage to build a Time Machine, you can travel back in time to any point in history, but you cannot bring back an ancient country into the modern world, or send a single modern country back in time. For example, you cannot send a country "back to the Stone Age" while the rest of the world remains in the 21st Century, as that’s not Time Travel, it’s a War Crime (aka. Operation Cast Lead, Operation Summer Rains, etc). 

     

    As your "Jordan is Palestine" theory cannot be explained by history, anthropology, logic, common sense or Time Travel theory, that leaves only one other applicable theory — the theory of impossible possibilities justified by racial/ethnic Supremacism.