onsdag 10 juni 2015

Jerusalem, Israels huvudstad

Högsta domstolen i USA har slagit fast att om en amerikansk medborgare är född i Jerusalem i Israel får det inte stå i hans pass att han är född i Israel.
Jerusalem Post skriver mer om denna galenskap i sin ledare:

Jerusalem, Israel

In its ruling Monday, the US Supreme Court struck down a disputed law passed by Congress in 2002 – just a few weeks before Menachem was born – that says a US citizen born in Jerusalem may request his or her birthplace to be listed as Israel.

 However, the right thing for Obama to do, unlike all of his predecessors since 1949, is to make a bold move and recognize Jerusalem – at least those parts that are inside the 1949 Armistice Line – as part of Israel.

Ostensibly, the State Department’s position on Jerusalem – as presented to the US federal appeals court – is that the “reversal of US policy” could “provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world and seriously damage our relations.”

But kowtowing to extremists in the Arab and Muslim world only encourages more extremist behavior, because it proves that intimidation works.

Setting policy because of fear of violence also strengthens the Palestinian “Nakba” narrative that views Israel as the aggressor in the 1948 War of Independence. In reality, it was a radicalized Palestinian leadership – backed by bellicose Arab nations – that rejected the 1947 UN Partition Plan: the original two states for two peoples. The Palestinians made the historic mistake of attempting to annihilate out the fledgling Jewish state at birth. Thankfully, they failed. But they refuse to face the consequences of their own acts of violence. By refusing to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel, the US is essentially strengthening this distorted narrative.

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