There is something particularly revolting about ostensibly civilised, modern nations giving both official recognition and massive funding to terrorist organisations with a clearly expressed genocidal goal.
Sweden is the latest country to officially recognise “the state of Palestine”.
But to put Sweden’s embarrassingly amateurish, vote-grabbing domestic politicking move into a proper international perspective, one has only got to look at the Palestinian Arabs’ national symbols. Just to see how “peace-loving” they really are.
Until a few years ago, the Islamic world had consistently prevented Israel and its Magen David Adom (the Israeli version of the Red Cross) from becoming a full member of the International Red Cross (the IRC). The Muslim world only relented from its overtly anti-Semitic position on absolute condition that the red Magen David symbol, the red Star of David, be erased and replaced with a bland, meaningless red square standing on its tip. This condition was only demanded as a deliberate way of demeaning the Jewish Star of David symbol.
Meantime, the Red Cross and the Red Crescent representing the Christian and Muslim faiths respectively were regarded as suitable symbols by the IRC.
Israel had to swallow that bitter pill in order to be accorded the signal privilege of joining the IRC so the Jewish state could provide Muslim (and of course other) countries with emergency aid when they suffered manmade crises or natural disasters….
But here’s the salient point: We must all – bloggers, the media, local politicians, national politicians, the diplomatic corps, the EU, the UN – insist that both Fatah and Hamas change their official logos (which show their wished-for state of Palestine as replacing ALL of Israel). Their “national symbol” actually predicates the destruction of UN member state Israel. And in case the map itself is not enough, there are also swords in the official “national logo” of Hamas to drive home just how this Palestinian coalition government partner intends to destroy Israel and replace it with Palestine.
Sweden has just this week decided to give the nascent “State of Palestine” one billion kronor to mark Palestine’s drive for peace as an “equal partner” with Israel. No, really, it’s true: Sweden sees the official Palestinian logo that erases ALL of Israel and insists that this means both Fatah and Hamas want to live side by side with Israel. The one billion kronor being given to the Palestinian regimes corresponds to about one-quarter of Sweden’s national defence budget. Money taken from Swedish taxpayers and pensioners and given to organisations that openly – in word, deed and even in picture – make it clear for even the moderately intelligent that their vision for the future is a state that entirely, totally, replaces an existing state. Through force. Israel wiped off the map, to be replaced by “Palestine”. Which has now been accorded official recognition – and unbelievably massive funding.
Despite the overt violence and the clearly genocidal aspirations embedded in these national symbols, the Fatah and Hamas regimes are referred to as Israel’s “Palestinian interlocutors for peace” by Sweden, Britain and indeed the UN and EU at large.
Think about it again: their official symbol openly advocates the destruction of a sovereign nation, and their official symbol also depicts the weapons that will be used to bring about that aim. And these are supposed to be parties to “peace” with Israel.
There is of course a legal dimension to this interesting state of affairs. Swedish citizens should by now be demanding that their government conditions all financial, diplomatic and other aid to the Palestinian Arabs on the removal of these offensive symbols from every public forum belonging to Fatah and Hamas. If the Swedish government refuses, it should be taken to court for openly aiding and abetting a terror organisation that propagates genocide and the destruction of a UN member state. Not least because it is actually using Swedish citizens’ tax revenues to do so.
And the same should be done in every single UN member state.
If we make this a consistent demand at every single level, we will succeed. Neither Fatah nor Hamas will agree, which will mean that their funding will be cut off.
If your government (wherever in the world you live) continues to provide either of the parallel Palestinian Arab regimes with sustenance, in particular financial sustenance, while these overt symbols of genocide, oppression and expansionism continue to be used, that government will end up having to defend itself in court. Expensively.
We all need to run with this idea, globally. The ABSOLUTE MINIMUM DEMAND for any progress to be made toward peace is that the Palestinian Arab government coalition parties Fatah and Hamas immediately and permanently erase their offensive, aggressive, openly anti-peace symbols.
Precisely this kind of pressure worked against the Jewish state of Israel with regard to the IRC and Magen David Adom.
It should now work on behalf of the Jewish state with regard to the viciousness embodied in the Palestinian Arabs’ official genocidal symbols.
It’s time we forced the world community – starting with Sweden – to face up to the monster that it is nurturing. Ignore the rhetoric – just look at the pictures. Even UN and EU bigwigs ought to be able to understand pictures.
The writer is the author of “Bridges Going Nowhere“, a thriller that underscores the complexity and often surprising symbiosis in Swedish-Israeli relations. It can be ordered either as en ebook or as a paperback from Amazon.
This article first appeared in my blog on the Times of Israel.