Ever wondered why the Israel/Arab Muslim conflict is so intractable?
You really do need to see this video. It's twelve minutes long and you need to watch it through to the end which is a lot to ask about a conflict on the other side of the world that most fair minded people have had a gutful of hearing about. But this will shock you and concerns Australian foreign policy and just what the hell is this government doing in the Middle East.
One reason for the never ending whirlpool in a cesspit is Australian taxpayers are helping to teach "Palestinian" children that they have a duty to "return to the villages and towns of their fathers" in Israel. They are taught this in an explicit school and social environment that emphasises this must be done through jihad and "armed resistance" against Israel that must be wiped out and all the Jews killed.
These are the moderates. When will we stop deluding ourselves?
They are taught this in schools run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) a body set up in 1949 to provide temporary relief for Arab civilians displaced by the war their leaders started but did not go according to their plan. It also provided some support for Jewish refugees from the war but Israel took over responsibility for that in 1952. The current budget is about $US1.2 billion. The biggest donor is the US followed by the EC. Sweden, Netherlands, UK, Canada, Norway and Finland are also major contributors.
In 1949 there were under 600,000 Arab refugees. Substantially fewer than the civilian refugees from the Syrian civil war as of today over one million and fewer than the Jewish refugees from the 1948 war or expelled from Muslim lands where they had lived for centuries before there were Muslims; after having been stripped of their property and nationalities.
Now, with their descendants, there are just under 5 million Arab refugees from the 1948 war.
This is what Arab kids are taught in UNRWA schools:
On 29 May 2012 Australian FM Bob Carr and UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi signed a nearly $A90 million partnership agreement in support of UNRWA's core programmes throughout the Middle East over the course of the next five years.
Australia was the tenth largest donor to UNRWA in 2011, with an annual contribution to the Agency’s core programme of around $US15 million. The new agreement will result in a progressive increase of this amount up to $20 million per year.
This does NOT* include Australian commitments to the PA to help fund the glorification of terrorism and the incitement of racial hatred more generally within the Palestinian community.
Australian taxpayers are helping to fund the never ending and increasingly dangerous war against the Jews. This is a war that could lead to war for all. If that's not an issue in an election year I don't know what is.
hat tip Shirlee