Nur al-Cubicle

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Palestine: James Wolfensohn to resign

James Wolfensohn has announced he will quit has as Special Envoy of the Quartet to Palestine. Mr. Wolfensohn, appointed by Bill Clinton to head the World Bank in 1995, was nominally handed the task of spearheading reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after the unilateral Israeli evacuation. It is a shame that his efforts were largely ignored by the press. I saw him mentioned only once --in relation to raising private funds to buy Israeli-owned greenhouses to save them from destruction.

Mr. Wolfensohn said the Quartet left him with an empty mandate. No kidding. The Road Map is path to nowhere.


Blogger Postman said...

"JAMES Wolfensohn, the envoy for major international brokers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says he is considering quitting because his mandate is still unclear weeks after Hamas won an election.
Australian-born Mr Wolfensohn, the former World Bank head, had been charged by the Quartet brokers - the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations - with raising funds for Palestinians after last year's Israeli pullout from Gaza."

Is how online from his native australia reports it ..."considering quitting ".

Known for his theatrical outbursts, in which he was well schooled by Sigmund Warburg, this may just be throwing the toys out of the pram.

Thankless task however ... fancy investing in greenhouses in Gaza ?

9:47 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

I thought Wolfensohn was simply playing his part in "get Hamas" strategy --with the US picking up its toys (and boys) and going home. Or perhaps Duyba hung him out to dry after using him for the necessary cachet in helping Sharon orchestrate his unilateral pullout. I wonder whether Wolfensohn accepted the mission willingly or is just a roleplayer in the Middle East Peace Farce.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Why Palestinians Usually Get It Wrong said...

Palestinians Humiliate Themselves

In a March 16 editorial in the New York Times titled, As If That Fire Needed Fuel, the Times writes:

"Israeli Army officials ordered inmates to strip to their underwear [see photo below], which many did, marching out with clothing on their heads, an embarrassing and completely unnecessary provocation that trampled the dignity of any Palestinian watching that spectacle.

Given the humiliations that ordinary Palestinians suffer merely by trying to get through Israeli checkpoints every day, the prison raid just reinforced the already degrading reality of living under foreign occupation."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated, “What happened without a doubt is an ugly crime which can not be forgiven and a humiliation for the Palestinian people.”

Palesinians should feel humiliated. A majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem support suicide terrorism. A 2001 poll by Dr. Nabil Kukali and the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), found, "a substantial majority [of Palestinians] (76.1%) support suicidal attacks like that of Netanya [in May, 2001], whereas 12.5% oppose, and 11.4% express no opinion." A 2006 poll taken by the Jerusalem Media & Communication Center after the recent Hamas political victories found, “56.2% [of Palestinians] strongly or somewhat support suicide bombing operations against Israeli civilians whereas 40.7% oppose such operations.”

Considering that the majority of Palestinians support suicide terror, and considering that Israel prevents suicide killings on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise that captured Palestinians are asked to remove their clothes during the process of incarceration. Why should any Israeli take a chance of being blown up? Why should Israel present Palestinians with opportunities to commit suicide killings?

Palestinians should feel humiliated about their culture of death and they should be asked to strip naked during the process of incarceration as long as their population continues to support, condone, and commit suicide killings.

6:02 PM  

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