We neither propose a classical war with the armies of Islamic countries, nor do we propose throwing Jewish immigrants into the sea or intervention of the United Nations and other international organizations. We propose a referendum among the Palestinian people. Just like any other nation, the Palestinian nation has the right to determine its own destiny and to elect its own government. All the original people of Palestine - including Muslims, Christians and Jews and not foreign immigrants - should take part in a general and orderly referendum and determine the future government of Palestine whether they live inside Palestine or in camps or in any other place. The government that is established after the referendum will determine the destiny of non-Palestinian immigrants who migrated to Palestine in the past. This is a fair and logical proposal which global public opinion understands and it can receive support from independent nations and governments.Angry Arab writes:
Of course we do not expect the usurping Zionists to willingly accept this proposal . . .
It is amazing how much Zionists control the media coverage (and congressional deliberations and decisions) in the US. How many of you, for example, were aware that the Supreme Guide in Iran spoke against the slogan of "throwing the Jews into the sea" and explicitly said that it was not "their intentions". In fact, comrade Ibrahim Amin in Al-Akhbar wrote that this ostensible goal was never a stated goal for any serious resistance group in the region and yet Zionist hoodlums made it out to be a cherished goals for Arabs when no Arab was found to have made it (I only found one sentence uttered by the founder of the Muslim Brothers, Hasan Al-Banna in 1948 in Al-Musawwar--research the archives here).(Al-Banna talked about throwing Jews into the sea--that's interesting.) What, then, are we to make of Mr. Supreme's non sea-throwing remarks? He wants a referendum of "All the original people of Palestine - including Muslims, Christians and Jews and not foreign immigrants," wherever they live, "in camps or in any other place." These "original people" will "determine the destiny" of millions of other people who won't be allowed to vote in the referendum because they lack the qualification of being "original."
The wording is not so clear, but I assume he means that millions of Jordanians and other Arabs of Palestinian extraction (and the Palestinians living in Palestine, of course) should vote on the "destiny" of Israelis, even native-born ones (except for a few with the correct grandparents), in a referendum in which the Israelis in question themselves are not allowed to vote. What would that "destiny" be? Leaving aside the Ayatollah's remarks that he himself does not support the sea-throwing option, what would actually stop that referendum from having a watery outcome? Other Iranian officials talk about Israelis "going home," so the likely result, at the least, of this little referendum envisioned by Mr. Supreme would be the severe depopulation of the ex-Zionist entity, whatever the Jews' ultimate destination, in order to make room for the folks that qualify as "original."
Does this mean that ethnic cleansing is OK as long as it does not involve water? It would be interesting to read a response from Asa'ad here, but the composition of such a response seems almost as unlikely as the Ayatollah's envisioned referendum.