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    "He said it was "Palestinian." That would seem to be an argument based on demographics"

    No, it's an argument based on legal sovereignty. As the International Court of Justice ruled, and as the UN has repeatedly affirmed, East Jerusalem constitutes "occupied Palestinian territory". Demographics don't come into it.

    "First, to say it is Palestinian is an argument that is a hair's breadth away from outright bigotry -- "it is Palestinian, no non-Palestinians (or is it just no Jews) allowed!!""

    No, that doesn't follow at all. Ramallah is also Palestinian, in the sense it is legally reserved for a future Palestinian state. That doesn't mean that no Jews will be allowed to live in Ramallah. Do you really believe this nonsense, are you just trolling again?

    "Second, even if his claim is based on the fact that from 1948 to 1967, East Jerusalem had no Jews, that negates any Palestinian claim of "return.""

    Good thing, then, that his 'claim' isn't based on that. Again, Paul: it's Zionists who rely on the racist discourse of demographics, not Palestinians trying to realise their internationally recognised legal right to a state on the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital.

    •  So tell me, mr. expert (0+ / 0-)

      How does the UN reconcile the Partition Plan, passed by the UN, with this later view that Jerusalem is somehow "occupied Palestinian territory?" Under the Partition Plan, the Palestinians weren't entitled to Jerusalem.  So what suddenly made it "Palestinian" in the UN's view, when the UN had already decided it was not Palestinian? Is there a principled basis for this 180-degree about-face?  Or was it just a political decision driven by the makeup of the UN?

      What exactly is the principled basis for this 180-degree about-face?  You're the expert, so surely you know the difference between principles and politics...don't you? No, I guess you don't.

      By the way, you should review the rhetoric of anti-Zionism from Palestinians and their cheerleaders like yourself -- it's riddled with bigotry.  Every time you talk about indigenous people vs. European colonialists, you are making an argument based on bigotry. Every time you talk about "our land" vs. "them," you are making an argument based on bigotry.  Any time you talk about a Jewish state in the middle of the Arab Middle East, you are making an argument based on bigotry.

      In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

      by Paul in Berkeley on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 09:04:14 PM PDT

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