The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has condemned as racist the statement by Ahmed Qurei, former Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister and currently head of its negotiating team, who has declared that there will be no Jews or Jewish communities allowed in Judea and Samaria, including the eastern half of Jerusalem, thus calling for these territories to be Judenrein.
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ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “The ZOA condemns Ahmed Qurei’s racist policy and statement that Jews may not live in the historical and religious heartland of the Jewish people. We condemn him for suggesting that peace can somehow be built on the Nazi-like basis that an area must be depopulated of Jews.
“No peaceful Palestinian state can be built on the basis that it must rid itself of every Jew in its midst. Any such suggestion that it can and should is simply bigotry and hatred of the worst kind and its reiteration by Qurei simply underscores why Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority is not a genuine negotiating partner. It is a policy that former Klansman David Duke would be delighted to espouse.
“Qurei speaks of Palestinian memories of Jewish attacks, which have been extremely few in number, whereas Palestinian attacks upon Jews have been in their tens of thousands and unrelenting across the years. ‘Friction’ and ‘confrontation’ stem from the Palestinian refusal to accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state, not from the presence of Jews living in Judea and Samaria who have been victims of incessant Palestinian attacks. Arabs come into Jewish communities without fear of their lives, but no Jew can walk down the streets of
“The Jewish communities in the vicinity of
“Even left-wing Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said, according to the same report, that ‘settlement blocs are a legitimate Israeli demand and that Gush Etzion, Ma’aleh Adumim, Givat Ze’ev and Ariel-Kedumim should be part of
“Qurei belongs to a regime which, as ZOA has noted on numerous occasions, is complicit in, promotes, and extols terrorism. Even if no Jews lived in Judea and