Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi is attacking a recent statement by US President Barack Obama to the New York Times as “dangerous” because in it Obama acknowledged Jewish history in the land of Israel. According to Ashrawi, “speaking about the Jews’ return to their land” is “extremist Zionist ideology.”
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA denies Israel’s history, claiming the Jewish people never lived in the land of Israel before the Balfour Declaration, never built a Temple in Jerusalem, and more. These false claims form the basis for PA denial of Israel’s right to exist.
The following is the statement by Hanan Ashrawi:
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi: “Look at the most dangerous thing that Obama said to [New York Times journalist] Thomas Friedman. Once again, he [Obama] has adopted the discourse of Zionist ideology. He adopted it when he came to this region, speaking about the Jews’ return to their land, and that this is a Jewish state, the Zionist dream, and so on. Obama’s adoption of the discourse of extremist Zionist ideology and his turning it into a basis for political decision-making is dangerous.”[Official PA TV, Aug. 10, 2014]