Tuesday, July 15, 2003

In July, 2000 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak broke off talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat at the Camp David summit hosted by U.S. President Bill Clinton. That September, Ariel Sharon, chairman of the Likud party, made a provocative visit to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Control over this holy site for both Muslims and Jews is contested by Palestinians and Israelis. The visit implied Israeli sovereignty over all Jerusalem, the eastern portion of which is considered occupied territory by the international community. So began the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising.

This is an astonishingly brazen tissue of racist lies. First of all, Barak did not "break off" talks, they ended because Arafat turned down Barak's offer to end the conflict without making any counter-proposal whatsoever. Sharon's visit has been acknowledged as a convenient excuse for an uprising which had been planned long before and which had, in fact, already begun several days before. Where is this from? From MoveOn.org, a leftist organization which is becoming a force in the Democratic Party. Their candidate of choice is the current frontrunner, Howard Dean.

Look further down on the site, and it gets scarier. Not a single article on the Road Map is anything other than ferociously anti-Israel. The position advocated as a solution to the conflict is the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Unspoken, of course, is what this implies, the extermination of Israel's Jewish population. This is the Democratic Party, folks, the Democratic Party. If you are Jewish and you vote Democrat in '04, you are insane. Pure and simple. You need to be committed.