I have observed on several occasions that the word “plight” has become devalued by its association with the “Palestinians”. Their “plight” consists in not suffering the consequences of their own actions and of Islam, cushioned as they are by Western largesse. A recent piece at Pajamasmedia has the tagline: “The plight of the Uighurs is beginning to inflame Muslim populations”. That does it for me and “plight” – it is but another tool in the arsenal of combustible Muslims.
But why start and end at P? Christina has stumbled upon this Palestinese Lexicon, an indispensable A to Z of Palestinian victimhood, essential for us evil Zionist stooges if we are to avoid the all-encompassing charge of racism. Here is a selection of entries by Philippe Assouline, to whom it would be difficult and perhaps unwise to hold a candle:
Aboriginal/Native: Any non-Jew, preferably Arab, who has immigrated to Israel/Palestine within the last 150 years or is a remnant of Arab colonial conquests. For example, Yasser Arafat and Edward Said who were both born in Egypt are “Native” Palestinians.
Apartheid: The only system in the Middle East which is democratic and grants Arab citizens full equality under the law, including the right to become a Justice of the Supreme Court, an ambassador, a military officer or a Minister in the Cabinet., i.e. a form of “Racism.” Not to be confused with the widespread discrimination and exclusion of Palestinians on ethnic grounds in Lebanon, which is not “Apartheid.”
Apartheid Wall: A separation fence erected in response to countless terror attacks in order to protect both Jews and Muslims from suicide bombings as a manifestation of “Zionist Aggression.”
Checkpoint: An absolutely gratuitous, cruel and malicious security measure erected in the West Bank in response to years of deadly suicide bombings, to be equated with the worst forms of human torture. Not to be confused with security checkpoints at airports and international borders which, though identical in the inconveniences they cause, are perfectly acceptable.
Civilian: An armed Palestinian terrorist in the act of planning or staging a terror attack who is targeted or killed by Israel.
Concession: The state that should perpetually be inhabited by Israel as part of “Peace.”
Day of Rage: Friday.
Ethnic Cleansing: The act by which Israel offered Arab people citizenship in the midst of a genocidal war waged by Arab leaders in 1948, has given its Arab citizens full democratic rights and enabled its Arab population to thrive and grow at a rate faster than the Jewish majority. E.g., the sprawling Israeli-Arab town of Umm al Fahm is proof of “Ethnic Cleansing” by Israel.
Frustration: Murderous anti-Semitism that directly precedes “Resistance.”
Starvation/Humanitarian Catastrophe: With respect to Gaza, the state of having food and all necessary supplies provided by daily Israeli deliveries, the exporting of produce to foreign markets and the building of luxury hotels.
Genocide: The deliberate campaign by “Zionists” to exterminate Palestinian Arabs which has resulted in the explosion of the Palestinian population from just 6 to 700, 000 in 1948 to over 6 million today, including over one million Israeli Palestinians represented in the Israeli parliament.
History: Whatever set of changing fictions is needed to promote the present set of “Palestinian” claims.
Holocaust: The excessively documented albeit entirely fabricated industrial mass murder of European Jewry that was aided by Palestinian nationalist leader Haj Amin Husseini but never happened. Also, the plight [q.v. -- M. J.] of Palestinians.
Jews: People who descend from Khazzar Turkic peoples and have no connection whatsoever to ancient Judeans or Israelites who were in fact “Palestinians.” Also, the group of people that supplies Palestinian propaganda with its theories, mouthpieces and arguments. E.g. Norman Finkelstein is a “Jew”; Ehud Barak is not a “Jew”.[...].
Land for Peace: The process by which a country, e.g., Israel, is deprived of both land and peace.
Martyr: Any person who dies while killing or attempting to kill “Zionist” civilians having a picnic.
Massacre: Any imagined or real, accidental or deliberately caused death of one or more Palestinian terrorists in an armed fight usually started by said terrorists. Also, every act of Jewish self defense, ever. Usually found in a string of terms given as an answer by Saeb Erakat to any question by a reporter even on Entertainment Tonight, i.e., “…struggle, checkpoint, massacre, guns breed guns, bullets breed bullets…. Angelina Jolie has lost too much weight because of the “Occupation.”
Occupation: The perpetual state of Palestinian politics, regardless of the total absence of Israeli soldiers in certain Palestinian areas, and an excuse for every single Palestinian excess including public domestic violence and high cholesterol. Is characterized by the fact that 96% of Palestinians are governed by their own elected leaders.
Palestinian: A European construct that is shorthand for the eternal victim and a symbol for every sexy cause and/or Hollywood hero. Also, a convenient object of self-serving and narcissitic leftist pity, summer “Activism” internships and the expiating of Holocaust guilt. Not to be confused with:
Palestinian: A Palestinese term for an ancient Arabic people that suddenly materialized in the twentieth century but counts among its members patriotic Jews living on the land of Israel millennia ago. For example, Jesus, a Judean Rabbi, was a “Palestinian.” Also used for objects: the Dead Sea Scrolls are “Palestinian” artifacts.*
Racist: The state of any act, event, person or thing that accepts in any way, tacit or explicit, the existence of Israel or interrupts albeit temporarily the world’s obsessive preoccupation with Palestinians’ claims. For example, a moment of silence to commemorate the loss of athletes murdered by PLO terrorists in 1972 is “Racist.” Cherry tomatoes are “Racist.” Also, an adjective which is always appropriate before any word, whether referring to an object, abstract concept, medical device or person who is related to “Zionists,” e.g., the racist pill-cam that saved my mother in law’s life was made in the “Zionist Entity” by “War Criminals.”
Refugee: Any Arab anywhere in the world who claims that one of his relatives was forced to leave Israel as a result of a war started by Arabs despite pleas to the contrary from the nascent State of Israel in 1948. Jews who were expelled from Arab states in 1948 as a result of the same war are not to be included in this term.
Resistance: The act of deliberately murdering (unarmed) Israeli school children or other innocents in restaurants, buses, nurseries or other areas or the firing of rockets onto elderly people without provocation. E.g., massacring 11 Israeli athletes who were napping in their rooms at the Munich Olympics was “Resistance.”
Right: Any Palestinian demand. This term does not apply to Jews.
Two State Solution: A political plan that is to result in a Palestinian state and another Palestinian State. Also, a project that has been proven to not be realistic or have much of a chance of success in ending the conflict and therefore is the only solution that can ever be discussed.
War Crimes: Any historically documented act of Israeli non-aggression. For example, the transforming by “Zionists” of desert lands into watermelon patches is a “War Crime.”
Zionism: The inchoate and indefinable global movement for evil that is the cause of all of the ills plaguing the Arab world since 1300 AD including Mauritania, Southern Yemen and Malmo, Sweden, and, conveniently, also the cause of the meltdown of the Western financial system. Expressed by such pernicious phenomena as the credit crisis of 2008, slow Syrian internet connections and trained sharks operating as spies off of the Egyptian coast.
Philippe Assouline, cooking with gasoline. Thanks, once again, to Christina for this gem. My only reason for not reproducing all of it is to encourage readers to visit this writer's blog.
New English Review readers can add their own contributions. I would add:
Child: a Palestinian terrorist up to the age of twenty-five killed or injured by an Israeli
Elderly: a Palestinian terrorist over the age of twenty-five killed or injured by an Israeli
Soldier: an Israeli from the age of 0 to 100 killed or injured by a Palestinian terrorist.