Yasser Arafat, (Arabic: ياسر عرفات yāsir ^arafāt) (Cairo, Egypt 1929 - Paris, France 2004), born Mohammed Al-Husseini al-Qudwa Abdel-Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat, was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, President of the Palestinian National Authority and head of the Fatah movement. Throughout his life Arafat was dedicated to the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Arab "Palestinian" state.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Terrorist career
- 3 The phased strategy, pretend moderation and doublespeak
- 4 Arafat & continuous Palestinian treatment of Christians
- 5 With Saddam Hussein
- 6 The Oslo Agreements
- 7 Camp David peace talks and the second Intifada
- 8 Corruption & theft
- 9 Death
- 10 Personal life
- 11 Quotes
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
As part of an effort to present himself to the world as the epitome of "Palestine", Arafat would often claim to have been born in Jerusalem (sometime he would identify Gaza as his place of birth). The truth of the matter is that he was born in Cairo, Egypt. Even in his later years his accent and dialect was typical of Egyptians rather than "Palestinians".
In 1933 Arafat's mother died and he was sent to Jerusalem where he lived with his relatives until being called back into Cairo by his father in 1937. With the exception of the 1948 Israel's independence war (where he fought against the Jews alongside the Muslim Brotherhood, which he later joined in 1952), Arafat continued to live in Egypt until 1956 when he moved to Kuwait.
In the late 1950s Arafat and other Arabs claiming to be "Palestinians" founded the Fatah movement, dedicated to bringing the destruction of Israel through armed struggle. Fatah started its terroristic campaign against Israel in 1965, two years before the so-called Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank and Gaza Strip started. In 1969, Arafat took over the PLO (which was formed five years earlier) and turned it into an umbrella organization which included the Fatah and other "Palestinian" terrorist groups. As a strategy of use of children in terror, already early on, he and G. Habash led Lion Cubs - Palestinisn Arabs.
Arafat has contributed much to the 1970s Lebanon's civil war.
Yasir Arafat’s Timeline of Terror:
- Feb. 21, 1970: SwissAir flight 330, bound for Tel Aviv, is bombed in mid-flight by PFLP, a PLO member group. 47 people are killed.
- May 8, 1970: PLO terrorists attack an Israeli schoolbus with bazooka fire, killing nine pupils and three teachers from Moshav Avivim
- Sept. 6, 1970: TWA, Pan-Am, and BOAC airplanes are hijacked by PLO terrorists.
- September 1970: Jordanian forces battle the PLO terrorist organization, driving its members out of Jordan after the group’s violent activity threatens to destabilize the kingdom. The terrorists flee to Lebanon. This period in PLO history is called “Black September.”
- May 1972: PFLP, part of the PLO, dispatches members of the Japanese Red Army to attack Lod Airport in Tel Aviv, killing 27 people.
- Sept. 5, 1972: Munich Massacre —11 Israeli athletes are murdered at the Munich Olympics by a group calling themselves “Black September,”said to be an arm of Fatah, operating under Arafat’s direct command. Neo-Nazi, Willi Pohl, aided "Palestinian" perpetrators of 1972 Munich Massacre.
- March 1, 1973: Palestinian terrorists take over Saudi embassy in Khartoum. The next day, two Americans, including United States ambassador to Sudan Cleo Noel, and a Belgian were shot and killed. James J. Welsh, an analyst for the National Security Agency from 1969 through 1974, charged Arafat with direct complicity in these murders.
- April 11, 1974: 11 people are killed by Palestinian terrorists who attack apartment building in Kiryat Shmona.
- May 15, 1974: PLO terrorists infiltrating from Lebanon hold children hostage in Ma’alot school. 26 people, 21 of them children, are killed.
- June 9, 1974: Palestinian National Council adopts “Phased Plan,” which calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state on any territory evacuated by Israel, to be used as a base of operations for destroying the whole of Israel. The PLO reaffirms its rejection of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, which calls for a “just and lasting peace” and the “right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.”
- November 1974: PLO takes responsibility for the PDFLP’s Beit She’an murders in which 4 Israelis are killed.
- Nov. 13, 1974: Arafat, wearing a holster (he had to leave his gun at the entrance), addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
- March 1975: Members of Fatah attack the Tel Aviv seafront and take hostages in the Savoy hotel. Three soldiers, three civilians and seven terrorists are killed.
- March 1978: Coastal Road Massacre —Fatah terrorists take over a bus on the Haifa-Tel Aviv highway and kill 21 Israelis.
- 1982: Having created a terrorist mini-state in Lebanon destabilizing that nation, PLO is expelled as a result of Israel’s response to incessant PLO missile attacks against northern Israeli communiti es. Arafat relocates to Tunis.
- Oct. 7, 1985: Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. Wheelchair-bound elderly man, Leon Klinghoffer, was shot and thrown overboard. Intelligence reports note that instructions originated from Arafat’s headquarters in Tunis.
- The 25 September 1985 Arafat's Fatah's Force-17 attackers of a group of Israeli tourists in Cyprus, included an open neo-Nazi.
- Dec. 12, 1988: Arafat claims to accept Israel’s right to exist.
- September 1993: Arafat shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Rabin, inaugurating the Oslo Accords. Arafat pledges to stop incitement and terror, and to foster co-existence with Israel, but fails to comply. Throughout the years of negotiations, aside from passing, token efforts, Arafat does nothing to stop Hamas, PFLP, and Islamic Jihad from carrying out thousands of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. With Arafat’s encouragement and financial support, groups directly under Arafat’s command, such as the Tanzim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, also carry out terror attacks.
- Oct. 21, 1996: Speaking at a rally near Bethlehem, Arafat said “We know only one word – jihad. jihad, jihad, jihad. Whoever does not like it can drink from the Dead Sea or from the Sea of Gaza.” (Yediot Ahronot, October 23, 1996)
- April 16, 1998: In a statement published in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, Arafat is quoted: “O my dear ones on the occupied lands, relatives and friends throughout Palestine and the diaspora, my colleagues in struggle and in arms, my colleagues in struggle and in jihad…Intensify the revolution and the blessed intifada…We must burn the ground under the feet of the invaders.”
- July 2000: Arafat rejects peace settlement offered by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, which would have led to a Palestinian state.
– September 2000: New “intifada” is launched. Arafat continues to incite, support and fund terrorism.
- Jan. 3, 2002: Israelis intercept the Karine-A, a ship loaded with 50 tons of mortars, rocket launchers, anti-tank mines and other weapons intended for the Palestinian war against the Israelis. The captain admits he was under the command of the Palestinian Authority.
- September 2003: IMF report titled “Economic Performance and Reforms under Conflict Conditions,” states that Arafat has diverted $900 million of public PA funds into his own accounts from 1995 – 2000.
Below are some of the attacks since Sept 2000 perpetrated by groups under Arafat’s command:
- May 29, 2001: Gilad Zar, an Itamar resident, was shot dead in a terrorist ambush by Fatah Tanzim.
- May 29, 2001: Sara Blaustein, 53, and Esther Alvan, 20, of Efrat, were killed in a drive-by shooting south of Jerusalem. The Fatah Tanzim claimed responsibility for the attack.
- June 18, 2001: Doron Zisserman, 38, shot and killed in his car by Fatah sniper fire.
- Aug 26, 2001: Dov Rosman, 58, killed in a shooting attack by Fatah terrorist.
- Sept 6, 2001: Erez Merhavi, 23, killed in a Fatah Tanzim ambush shooting near Hadera while driving to a wedding.
- Sept 20, 2001: Sarit Amrani, 26, killed by Fatah terrorist snipers as she was traveling in a car with her husband and 3 children.
- Oct 4, 2001: 3 killed, 13 wounded, when a Fatah terrorist, dressed as an Israeli paratrooper, opened fire on Israeli civilians waiting at the central bus station in Afula.
- Nov 27, 2001 – 2 killed 50 injured when two Palestinian terrorists opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on a crowd of people near the central bus station in Afula. Fatah and the Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility.
- Nov 29, 2001: 3 killed and 9 wounded in a suicide bombing on an Egged 823 bus en route from Nazereth to Tel Aviv near the city of Hadera. The Islamic Jihad and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Dec 12, 2001 – 11 killed and 30 wounded when three terrorists attacked a bus and several passenger cars with a roadside bomb, anti-tank grenades, and light arms fire near the entrance to Emmanuel in Samaria . Both Fatah and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Jan 15, 2002: Avi Boaz, 71, an American citizen, was kidnapped at a PA security checkpoint in Beit Jala. His bullet-riddled body was found in a car near Bethlehem. The Fatah’s Al-Aksa Brigade claimed responsibility for the murder.
- Jan 15, 2002: Yoela Chen, 45, was shot dead by an Al Aqsa Brigade terrorist
- Jan 17, 2002: 6 killed, 35 wounded when a Fatah terrorist burst into a bat mitzva reception in a banquet hall in Hadera opening fire with an M-16 assault rifle.
- Jan 22, 2002: 2 killed, 40 injured when a Fatah terrorist opened fire with an M-16 assault rifle near a bus stop in downtown Jerusalem.
- Jan. 27, 2002: One person was killed and more than 150 were wounded by a female Fatah suicide bomber in the center of Jerusalem.
- Feb 6, 2002 – A mother and her 11 year old daughter were murdered in their home by a Palestinian terrorist disguised in an IDF uniform. Both Fatah and Hamas claimed responsibility.
- Feb 18, 2002: Ahuva Amergi, 30, was killed and a 60-year old man was injured when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on her car. Maj. Mor Elraz, 25, and St.-Sgt. Amir Mansouri, 21, who came to their assistance, were killed while trying to intercept the terrorist. The terrorist was killed when the explosives he was carrying were detonated. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Feb 22, 2002: Valery Ahmir, 59, was killed by terrorists in a Fatah drive-by shooting north of Jerusalem as he returned home from work.
- Feb 25, 2002: Avraham Fish, 65, and Aharon Gorov, 46, were killed in a Fatah terrorist shooting attack south of Bethlehem. Fish’s daughter, 9 months pregnant, was seriously injured but delivered a baby girl.
- Feb 25, 2002: Police officer 1st Sgt. Galit Arbiv, 21, died after being fatally shot, when a Fatah terrorist opened fire at a bus stop in the Neve Ya’akov residential neighbhorhood in northern Jerusalem. Eight others were injured.
- Feb 27, 2002: Gad Rejwan, 34, of Jerusalem, was shot and killed by one of his Palestinian emplo yees in a factory north of Jerusalem. Two Fatah groups issued a joint statement taking responsibility for the murder.
- March 2, 2002: A suicide bombing by Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem killed 11 people and injured more than 50.
- Mar 5, 2002: 3 were killed and over 30 people were wounded in Tel-Aviv when a Fatah terrorist opened fire on two adjacent restaurants shortly after 2:00 AM.
- Mar 5, 2002: Devorah Friedman, 45, of Efrat, was killed and her husband injured in a Fatah shooting attack on the Bethlehem bypass “tunnel road”, south of Jerusalem.
- Mar 9, 2002: Avia Malka, 9 months, and Israel Yihye, 27, were killed and about 50 people were injured when two Fatah terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at cars and pedestrians in the coastal city of Netanya on Saturday evening, close to the city’s boardwalk and hotels.
- March 21, 2002: An Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade suicide bomber exploded himself in a crowd of shoppers in Jerusalem, killing 3 and injuring 86.
- March 29, 2002: Two killed and 28 injured when a female Fatah suicide bomber blew herself up in a Jerusalem supermarket.
- March 30, 2002: One killed and 30 injured in an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
- April 12, 2002: Six killed and 104 wounded when a female Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus stop on Jaffa road at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
- May 27, 2002: Ruth Peled, 56, of Herzliya and her infant granddaughter, aged 14 months, were killed and 37 people were injured when a Fatah suicide bomber detonated himself near an ice cream parlor outside a shopping mall in Petah Tikva.
- May 28, 2002 – Albert Maloul, 50, of Jerusalem, was killed when shots were fired by Fatah terrorists at the car in which he was traveling south on the Ramallah bypass road.
- May 28, 2002 – Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terrorists killed Netanel Riachi, 17, Gilad Stiglitz, 14, and Avraham Siton, 17, three yeshiva high school students playing basketball.
- June 19, 2002: Seven people were killed and 37 injured when a Fatah suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop and hitchhiking post in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem.
- June 20, 2002: Rachel Shabo, 40, and three of her sons – Neria, 16, Zvika, 12, and Avishai, 5 – as well as a neighbor, Yosef Twito, 31, who came to their aid, were murdered when a terrorist entered their home in Itamar, south of Nablus, and opened fire. Two other children were injured, as well as two soldiers. The PFLP and the Fatah Al Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
- July 25, 2002: Rabbi Elimelech Shapira, 43, was killed in a Fatah shooting attack near the West Bank community of Alei Zahav.
- July 26, 2002: St.-Sgt. Elazar Lebovitch, 21, of Hebron; Rabbi Yosef Dikstein, 45, of Psagot, his wife Hannah, 42, and their 9-year-old son Shuv’el Zion were killed in a Fatah Al Aqsa Brigade shooting attack south of Hebron. Two other of their children were injured.
- July 30, 2002: Shlomo Odesser, 60, and his brother Mordechai, 52, both of Tapuach in Samaria, were shot and killed when their truck came under Fatah fire in the West Bank village of Jama’in.
- Aug 4, 2002: 2 killed and 17 wounded when a Fatah terrorist opened fire with a pistol near the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.
- Aug 5, 2002: Avi Wolanski (29) and his wife Avital (27), of Eli, were killed and one of their children, aged 3, was injured when terrorists opened fire on their car as they were traveling on the Ramallah-Nablus road in Samaria. The Martyrs of the Palestinian Popular Army, a splinter group associated with Arafat’s Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Aug 10, 2002: Yafit Herenstein, 31, of Moshav Mechora in the Jordan Valley, was killed and her husband, Arno, seriously wounded when a Fatah terrorist infiltrated the moshav and opened fire outside their home.
- Sept 18, 2002: Yosef Ajami, 36, was killed when Fatah terrorists opened fire on his car near Mevo Dotan, north of Jenin in the West Bank.
- Oct 29, 2002: Three people, including 2 fourteen year olds, were shot to death by a Fatah terrorist.
- Nov 10, 2002: Revital Ohayon, 34, and her two sons, Matan, 5, and Noam, 4, as well as Yitzhak Dori, 44 – all of Kibbutz Metzer – and Tirza Damari, 42, were killed when a Fatah terrorist infiltrated the kibbutz, located east of Hadera near the Green Line, and opened fire.
- Nov 28, 2002: 5 killed and 40 wounded when two Fatah terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at the Likud polling station in Beit She’an, near the central bus station, where party members were casting their votes in the Likud primary.
- Apr 24, 2003 – 1 was killed and 13 were wounded in a suicide bombing outside the train station in Kfar Sava. Groups related to the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the PFLP clamied joint responsibility for the attack.
- May 5, 2003 – Gideon Lichterman, 27, was killed and two other passengers, his six-year-old daughter Moriah and a reserve soldier, were seriously wounded when Fatah terrorists fired shots at their vehicle in Samaria.
- May 19, 2003: 3 were killed and 70 were wounded in a suicide bombing at the entrance to the Amakim Mall in Afula. The Islamic Jihad and the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades both claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Aug 29, 2003: Shalom Har-Melekh, 25, was killed in a Fatah shooting attack while driving northeast of Ramallah. His wife, Limor, who was seven months pregnant, sustained moderate injuries, and gave birth to a baby girl by Caesarean section.
- Jan 29, 2004: 11 people were killed and over 50 wounded in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 19 at the corner of Gaza and Arlozorov streets in Jerusalem. Both the Fatah-related Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Mar 14, 2004: 10 were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing at Ashdod Port. Hamas and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.
- May 2, 2004: Tali Hatuel, 34, and her daughters – Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and Merav, 2 – of Katif in the Gaza Strip were killed when two Palestinian terrorists fired on an Israeli car at the entrance to the Gaza Strip settlement bloc of Gush Katif. Fatah and Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
Links in Latin America
Yassir Arafat and George Habash had also links to Latin American groups. Ismael Jacinto Haiek, former combatant in Palestine Gurrilla terrorist group, then leader of guerilla Montoneros commando cell in La Plata Argentina in the 1970s, was known to have been in contact with Yassir Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization and George Habash, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and was arrested at the time. He was correspondent for the Cuestiones Arabes ("Arab Problems"), as well as for La Voz de Palestina ("The Voice of Palestine"), two antisemitic magazines, and produced Patria Ba'rbara ("What a Fatherland!"), a clandestine publication of the Montoneros guerrillas. Reportedly, since 2013 Ismael Jacinto Hayek is active in a 2013 formed Shiite Islamic group of Iran in (La Rioja) Argentina.
Hussein Triki, Nazi collaborator who in the early 1960s as Arab League's representative was spreading hate via his "Nacion Arabe," worked with neo nazi Tacuara gang that attacked Jews in Argentina, in the early 1980s, has tried to establish PLO officer there. Years later, he openly denied the Holocaust.
Related: Hezbollah, Latin America
The phased strategy, pretend moderation and doublespeak
After 1973 Yom Kippur War the Arabs concluded that destruction of Israel cannot be achieved in one strike. As a result, the PLO under Arafat adopted in 1974 a political program called the phased strategy. The phased strategy called on the "Palestinians" to establish control over any part of "Palestine" (i.e. Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) even if other parts of it remained under Israeli control, with the ultimate intention of taking over the entirety of "Palestine" (i.e. destroying the state of Israel)
Approximately at the same time, Romania's Communist president Nicolae Ceausescu taught Arafat how to pretend to be a moderate and against terrorism while simultaneously commissioning terrorist operations (to be committed by groups not publicly affiliated with Arafat) and working towards Israel's destruction. Similar advice was also being given by the Vietnamese.
In a 1988 press conference in Geneva Arafat made statements renouncing terrorism and embracing Israel's right to exist. However, the statements he and other members of the "Palestinian" leadership made when speaking toward Arab and Muslim audiences were very different. In the very same year when Arafat supposedly accepted Israel's right to exist, his deputy Salah Khalaf expressed his commitment to the phased strategy: "This is a state for the coming generations. At first, [the Palestinian state] would be small ... [But] God willing, it would expand eastward, westward, northward, and southward ... [True,] I [once] wanted all of Palestine all at once. But I was a fool. Yes, I am interested in the liberation of Palestine, but the question is how. And the answer is Step by step." Until the end of his life, Arafat and his entourage played a game of doublespeak, expressing support for peace and coexistence when speaking to Israeli and western audiences while calling for terrorism and Israel's destruction when speaking to Arabs and Muslims. While Arafat tried to present himself as a moderate, the actions of the PLO under his command said otherwise. In 1990 the Palestinian Liberation Front, a faction of the PLO, tried to launch a terrorist attack on Israel's beaches. Arafat and the PLO leadership refused to condemn the attack or take action against the Palestinian Liberation Front. In what should have convinced everybody that the "Palestinian" terrorist hasn't changed, Arafat gave his support for the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.
Arafat & continuous Palestinian treatment of Christians
Despite intimidation against anyone in Bethlehem and surrounding areas to ever speak out against oppressive Islamic "Palestinian" authorities, persecution have been documented, when possible.
In 2001, amids hypocrisy by Islamic Arafat propaganda as if he cares about Bethlehen, it was brought up how Arafat's members raped Christians in Beit Jala.
Palestinian Christians are a religious minority whose unique interests and problems have received scant attention. They are a group that has faced almost uninterrupted persecution in the years since the Oslo peace process began, suffering from the difficulties of being a religious minority living in a Palestinian Authority whose inner workings, both from a legal and societal perspective, are often governed by strict adherence to Muslim religious law. They are a group that has been abandoned by its leaders, who have chosen to curry favor with the Palestinian leadership by refusing to acknowledge the magnitude of the threat.
They are a group whose persecution has gone almost entirely ignored by the international community, the relevant NGOs, and other human rights advocates. Facing widespread corruption in the PA security and police forces, facing growing anarchy and lawlessness in an increasingly xenophobic and restless Muslim populace, the Palestinian Christians have been all but abandoned by the very people whose task it is to protect them. The current massive emigration of Palestinian Christians from the territories can be demonstratively linked to the political empowerment of the Palestinian Authority in those areas. In this monograph, Justus Reid Weiner analyzes their plight, and discloses why their 2000-year-old community's survival is in doubt.
In addition to imaginary charges and claims that have mostly been proven baseless [i.e., the "massacre" in Jenin (that never happened)] Palestinians have now shifted their propaganda to the American Churches after realizing that there is well-grounded support there for Israel. The "Holy Land Trust" has launched an effort to convince Christians in the U.S.that Israel—not the Palestinians—is victimizing Christians in "Palestine." At least one Arab-American reporter does not buy this propaganda and points out the horrendous abuse that Christian Arabs (and non-Arabs) suffered from Palestinians.
"Arafat's Islamo-fascist storm troopers have shown nothing but contempt for Christians and their holy sites." Decries Chrustian Arab exposing the semi Islamized 'so-called "Christians" even rationalize terrorism.'
...the real reason for Christian decline in Bethlehem: the Palestinian Authority and radical Islam.
It started with Yasser Arafat. Arriving from Tunis, Arafat immediately set out to suppress the Palestinian middle class across the West Bank, which he understood could be the only real opposition to his planned dictatorial authority. He nationalized most business sectors and squeezed Palestinian small businessmen out of business. Especially hard hit were middle class businessmen of Bethlehem, mainly Christian.
Arafat then sidelined the long-time Christian mayor of Bethlehem, Elias Freij, and Arafat’s henchmen led a campaign of terror and intimidation against Christian institutions and families in the city. Land theft, beatings, and intimidation of Christians in Bethlehem by PA security services and other gangs became routine. Forced marriages between Christian women and Moslem men were reported. In 2002, Arafat’s terrorists even took over and defiled the Church of the Nativity for 39 days, holding 200 priests as hostage as the terrorists sought to escape Israeli justice.
The result was an inexorable and ongoing Christian exodus from Bethlehem; a city captured by the PA and taken over by a very intolerant strain of Islam.
... the radical Islamic assault on Christians across the Middle East, often with government encouragement and support.
According to a report commissioned in 2019 by then-British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, pervasive persecution of Christians “sometimes amounting to genocide” is ongoing in parts of the Middle East. Millions of Christians in the region “have been uprooted from their homes, and many have been killed, kidnapped, imprisoned and discriminated against,” the report finds.
It also highlights how states, and state-sponsored social media, incite hatred and publish propaganda against Christians, especially in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. “The governing AKP in Turkey depicts Christians as a “threat to the stability of the nation. Turkish Christian citizens have often been stereotyped as not real Turks but as Western collaborators.”
Iraq has lost at least two-thirds of its Christians over the past two decades. More than 600,000 Syrian Christians have been displaced or fled Syria since the civil war began. Other Christians have been massacred and buried in mass graves.
In Gaza, Islamic militants have bombed churches, killed prominent Christians (mostly Greek Orthodox), and forced others to convert to Islam. In the West Bank, Arab Christians are better off than almost anywhere in the region, but only an estimated 50,000 live there – about two percent of the population, down from 10 percent in 1920.
Overall, Christians now make up only four percent of the population of the Middle East, down from 20 percent a century ago.
The situation of Christians in Bethlehem has deteriorated dramatically in the last century, and especially since the PA took control of the city in 1995. In 1947, Christians comprised about 85% of the city’s population, but that figure had actually tplunged to 16% by 2016, and is estimated since then.
With Saddam Hussein
The Oslo Agreements
The PLO lost much of its financial support after the fall of the Soviet Union and its allied governments in eastern Europe. Further compounding the problem was Arafat's support of Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War; the remaining Arab governments withdrew their financial support from the PLO, diminishing its ability to yield dominance among the "Palestinians". Arafat was facing marginalization. As a result, Arafat was willing to answer Israel's peace offers and signed the Oslo accords in 1993 in order to rebuild his power by renewing relations with Israel and the United States. In the Oslo accords Arafat promised to refrain from terrorism; in return, a PLO-controlled Palestinian Authority was established as a governing body responsible for administering self-rule in the "Palestinian" territories and preventing terrorism through its police force. In 1994, in what would later turn out to be the most shameful moment in the Nobel Prize committee's history, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, "for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East," following negotiations leading to the Oslo Accords of 1993.
Evidence that Arafat would not abide his words of peace was immediately forthcoming. King Hussein of Jordan sent Israel a message saying "Israel is doing business with the worst possible person. Arafat has proved time and again that his word cannot be trusted." At the same time that he was signing the Oslo accords, Arafat had a pre-recorded message broadcast on Arab TV saying that the agreement was actually an implantation of the phased strategy, i.e. destroying Israel in phases. Arafat once again showed that his real plan was to dupe Israel into giving him control over more and more territories until he could expand "Palestinian" rule to include all of Israel. Other "Palestinian" leaders, such as PLO official Faisal Husseini, outright declared that the "Palestinians"’ real goal was to destroy Israel. More evidence of Arafat’s real intention in signing the Oslo accords emerged after his death. A year after signing Oslo, Arafat made a speech in a Johannesburg mosque calling for Jihad against Israel. He also compared the Oslo accords to the treaty of Hudaybiya, a peace treaty Muhammad signed with the Quraysh tribe only in order to strengthen his forces and later on use them in order to conquer the Quraysh. Arafat compared the peace agreements to the treaty of Hudaybiya once more in 1998, and that “all options are open before the Palestinian people”, meaning he will return to full blown terrorism is necessary.
Arafat support for terrorism was not limited to words. His Palestinian Authority and its police forces not only did little to stop terrorist attacks against Israelis by other "Palestinian" factions such as Hamas, but in 1997 Arafat gave Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad a green light to continue terrorist attacks against Israel. Arafat's own men also continued to be involved in terrorism. The "Palestinian" police force, which supposed to have no more than 24,000 police officers, grew to 40,000 men in 1998. In direct violations of the Oslo agreements, during the late 1990s the "Palestinian" police forces were relentlessly working on procuring and producing anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft weapons, machine guns and hand grenades, clearly intended to be used in an upcoming confrontation with Israel. In 1997, the commander of the "Palestinian" police Ghazi Jabali ordered police officers under in his command to carry attacks against Israelis. The same year Jabali proudly declared that more than 150 members of the terrorist groups Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were employed by the "Palestinian" police. At least 25 of these men were wanted terrorists. In addition to the "Palestinian" police, Arafat also created the Fatah-controlled Tanzim militia as part of his terrorist infrastructure.
Arafat also used anti-Israeli incitement in order to encourage terrorism.
Another means by which Arafat tried to destroy Israel was by trying to force it to comply with the so-called "right of return", the Arab demand that all the "Palestinian" refugees from the Israeli independence war and their descendants will be allowed back into Israel. If this demand were materialize, Arabs would soon become the majority population in Israel, leading to its unification with the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Arafat was an ardent supporter of the right of return until the end of his life. As late as 2004 he made statements calling for the return of all "Palestinian" refugees into Israel.
Camp David peace talks and the second Intifada
In July 2000 peace talks between Arafat and then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak were held in Camp David. The talks’ ultimate goal was to reach a final settlement on the Israeli-"Palestinian" conflict. The Israelis offered him a "Palestinian" state on 100% of the Gaza Strip, 95% of the West Bank and joint control over Jerusalem. Due to the fact that Israeli was not willing to give all the "Palestinian" territories and agree to the right of return, Arafat rejected the offer. Two months later, in September 2000, he launched the Al-Aqsa intifada, a campaign of terrorism against Israeli. While "Palestinians" have often tried to present the intifada as a spontaneous uprising against Israel which resulted from Sharon’s visit to the temple mount, truth of the matter it was planned in advance by the Palestinian Authority, as several figures the leadership have disclosed, and the preparations for an armed confrontation with Israel were evident even before the Intifada started.
The animalistic October 2000 Ramallah lynch was a pivotal moment.
Arafat's Tanzim militia played a key role in carrying attacks against Israel. In addition to ordering his own men to engage in terrorist attacks, Arafat also instructed Hamas a to commit terrorist operations against Israel. Arafat also tried to incite Arab residents of Israel to join his terroristic campaign.
As a means to encourage suicide bombings Arafat offered money to the families of suicide bombers. In 2001, Arafat paid $2,000 to the family of a "Palestinian" homicide bomber who attacked the beach front Dolphinarium dance club in Tel Aviv, killing 21 people, mostly teenagers. More than 120 people were injured. Arafat sent the terrorist's father a letter praising his son's murderous act.
In January 2002 the Israeli navy intercepted Karine A, a weapon carrying ship intended for the Palestinian Authority. The boat included 50 tons of advanced weapons including Katyusha rockets, riles, mines and anti-tank missiles. An interrogation of the ship's crew revealed that the purchaser of the weapons was an official in the Palestinian Authority. The missiles captured had a long range and could have reached Israel's southern coastal cities.
Eventually Israel took actions against Arafat and in April 2002 launched operation Defensive Shield, in which the IDF fought against the terrorist infrastructure in the West Bank. Arafat's compound (the Mukataa) was raided. Arafat was confined to the compound until his hospitalization in 2004. "Palestinian" documents captured during the operation proved beyond doubt that Arafat was heavily involved in terrorism. Interrogations of captured terrorists yielded similar evidence. While the Israeli siege on the Mukataa continued, Arafat was still continuing his involvement in terrorism. On September the head of the Israeli military intelligence revealed that orders for terrorist attacks were still being given from Arafat's compound.
Corruption & theft
Arafat, as he arrived in Gaza in 1994. set the tone for a "tradition" of corruption and stealing, creating a 'wealthy Palestinian elite that builds exclusive neighborhoods around Ramallah, leaving thousands of shoddily constructed apartments without services for the rest of Palestinian society.' He took control of every contract and investment, using donor money to build a secret $1 billion portfolio, including investments in Coca-Cola, a Tunisian cellular phone company and venture-capital funds in the United States and the Cayman Islands. Arafat stole $1 billion in tax revenue relayed by Israel for Palestinian workers. Some noted:
Yasser Arafat is estimated to have embezzled $1-3 billion alone. Today, the blackmail money keeps flowing in exchange for quiet.
After his health to began to deteriorate, Arafat was flown in October 2004 to a military hospital in Paris. A little more than a week later he died. His doctor confirmed that Arafat died of AIDS.
Arafat remained single until marrying Suha Arafat (born Suha Tawil) in 1990, when he was 61. During most of their marriage, Arafat lived separately from Suha and their (supposedly) shared daughter Zahwa.
His marriage to Suha might have been a cover to hide his true sexual leanings. Ion Mihai Pacepa, former head of the Romanian intelligence, has written that Arafat started to have sex with other men already as a teenager. Former Democrat Party chairman Terry McAuliffe has also said that during a 2000 dinner in Washington Arafat repeatedly rubbed his leg under the table. According to former National Security Agency analyst James J. Welsh, some of Arafat's homosexual liaisons were with boys as young as 13.
These allegations, along with the fact Arafat spent most of his time apart from his wife, raise serious questions about the parentage of his supposed daughter.
- “I come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter’s gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.” United Nations General Assembly, 1974.
- In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate. But if the enemy incline toward peace, do thou also incline toward peace, and trust in God. Arafat Nobel Prize Speech 
- - Yassir Arafat, 1929-2004, Aish, Nov 10, 2004
- Arafat timeline - CBC
- Aburish, Said K. (1998). From Defender to Dictator. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 13–18. ISBN 1-58234-049-8.
- M. Rosen: Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism, 2005. p.109
- Israel’s War on Terrorism: An Historical and Political Perspective
- Yasir Arafat’s Timeline of Terror. Nov. 13, 2004 CAMERA
- Ofer Aderet, "Neo-Nazi Aided Palestinian Perpetrators of 1972 Munich Massacre, Report Says," Haaretz, Jun. 17, 2012.
German weekly Der Spiegel bases report on 2,000-page file compiled by Berlin authorities, made public nearly 40 years after the attack at the 1972 summer Olympics, which resulted in the death of 11 Israeli athletes.
Neo-Nazi activists aided the Palestinian terrorists who perpetrated the massacre of Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics in 1972, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.
The report is based on a 2,000-page file compiled by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which was made public at the request of Der Spiegel, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre, to be marked this coming September.
At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, terrorists from Fatah's Black September organization took hostage members of Israel's Olympic squad. Two Israeli athletes were killed in the initial hostage-taking and nine were killed during a botched German rescue attempt at a Munich airport.
A document released on Sunday, detailing a correspondence between local police in Dortmund and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, reveals that seven weeks prior to the attack a man named Saad Walli, described as having "an Arab appearance", held a suspicious meeting with a neo-Nazi activist named Willi Pohl.
Saad Walli was the alias of Abu Daoud, one of Black September's leaders and an organizer of the Munich attack, who died in Damascus two years ago.
The newly revealed correspondence does not indicate that German federal security forces and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution acted in any way to arrest Abu Daoud, despite having preliminary information.
According to Der Spiegel, the neo-Nazi activist aided Abu Daoud in obtaining fake credentials, including passports and other documents. In addition, he is quoted as saying that he "drove Abu Daoud around Germany, where he met Palestinians in various cities."
Currently, Pohl makes a living from writing detective novels, using a different name, and indicates that "without knowing it," he was linked "to the perpetrators of the massacre at the Olympics."
The German activist was also reportedly linked to a follow-up attack planned by Palestinian militants after the Munich massacre. Following instructions by Abu Jihad, then Yasser Arafat's deputy and Fatah's second in command, Pohl was to plan an abduction attack at the Koln cathedral and in the city halls of several major German cities.
However, he was arrested in Munich with grenades and fire arms in his possession in October 1972. Pohl was also found to be holding a threatening letter, meant to be sent to a German judge who had been in charge of the trial of three of the attack's planners.
Morevoer, the police report exposed by Der Spiegel indicates that Pohl aided the terrorists to obtain weapons, possibly including those used in the massacre itself. "They originated from a very rare production line," the report wrote of the seized arms, saying the arms included "Belgian casings and Swedish explosives, made only for Saudi Arabia."
"Identical weapons were used by Palestinian terrorists to kill the hostages at the Olympics," Der Spiegel added.
Pohl was sentenced to a short jail term for "unauthorized possession of firearms," only to be released four days after his sentencing and, eventually, making his way to Beirut.According to Der Spiegel, German authorities feared a terrorist attack could be initiated to release the neo-Nazi activist, similar to the one that took place less than two months following the massacre, when a Lufthansa plane was abducted, prompting the release of three of the attack's planners from a German jail.
- Terrorists Who Murdered 3 Israelis in Cyprus Are Not Likely to Be Extradited to Israel to Stand Tr.., Sep 30, 1985.
Two of them, Elias Yehiya and Nasif Mahmoud, apparently are, but the third, who initially gave his name as George Hannah, has been identified as an Englishman, lan Michael Davison of South Shields. He described himself to television reporters as “a skinhead, a real young fascist thug.” One Killer Described As A Neo-Fascist..
- Patterson, David. A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad. United States: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 246.
Arafat's ties with Neo-Nazis became evident on 25 September 1985, when Fatah's Force-17 attacked a group of Israeli tourists in Cyprus; the killers included British Neo-nazis.
- Terrorists Who Murdered 3 Israelis in Cyprus Are Not Likely to Be Extradited to Israel to Stand Tr.., Sep 30, 1985.
Two of them, Elias Yehiya and Nasif Mahmoud, apparently are, but the third, who initially gave his name as George Hannah, has been identified as an Englishman, lan Michael Davison of South Shields. He described himself to television reporters as “a skinhead, a real young fascist thug.” One Killer Described As A Neo-Fascist..
- National Archives (.gov) - dataPDF (docid-33004363.pdf) 30-Year old Argentine citizen, Ismael Jacinto Haiek, who was operating a printing shop and short wave radio station for the Montonero Argentine Guerilla Organization. At the time of his arrest, Haiek had two publications "Cuestiones Arabes" ("Arab Questions") and "La Voz De Palestina" ("The Voice of Palestine") in his possession. During interrogation, Haiek admitted he had been a member of a Palestinian Terrorist Group.
- The Review of the News, Volume 11, Correction, Please, 1975, p.55
- Jews of the Latin American Republics, Judith Laikin Elkin, University of North Carolina Press, 1980, p.234 The most active manipulators of anti-Semitic attitudes in recent years have been the cults centered around Nazi war criminals who found refuge in Latin America and Arab cadres who have forged a bond between Middle Eastern and Latin American guerrillas... Ismael Jacinto Haiek, leader of a Montoneros commando cell in La Plata, is known to have been in contact with Yasir Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization and George Habash, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Such contacts are not limited to Argentines. When, in December 1978, the PLO and Rejectionist Front offered their assistance to the Sandinista Front for the Liberation of Nicaragua, they issued a joint statement attacking "the r... state of Israel.” There is evidence that the PLP is establishing relation with revolutionary groupings all over Latin America, to match its ties with Irish, Basque, and Japanese terrorist groups. The implications for Latin American Jews are threatening. More than a thousand cases of Argentine Jews who have been arrested and detained without trial or notification of the charges against them are known to the Anti-Defamation League of the United States, which receives appeals from relatives and friends of the missing. Synagogues, Jewish schools, clubs, and newspapers have come under attack at an accelerating rate in recent years...
- American Jewish Year Book 1977, 1976, p.335-6 Reports, at the end of October, of the arrest of a former combatant of the Palestine guerrilla movement, Ismael Jacinto Haiek, who headed a Montoneros commando cell in La Plata, capital of the Buenos Aires province, revealed something of the character of the terrorist movement. Ismael Jacinto Haiek, who had Argentine citizenship, ran a powerful radio interception center, as well as a well-equipped laboratory with sophisticated telex center, as well as a well-equipped laboratory with sophisticated telex, tape-recording, printing, and photo-processing facilities. He also was correspondent for the Cuestiones Arabes ("Arab Problems"), as well as for La Voz de Palestina ("The Voice of Palestine"), two antisemitic magazines, and produced Patria Ba'rbara ("What a Fatherland!"), a clandestine publication of the Montoneros guerrillas. Photographs found at the guerrilla hideout showed Haiek with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat and George Habash, head of the more extreme Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, at their Beirut offices.
- Ismael Jacinto Haiek: Arab-Islamic anti Semite in Argentina. Aug 5, 2020
- "American Jewish Year Book," 1978. (1977). p.324 Anti-Jewish activity related to the Arab-Israeli conflict has also surfaced. In February 1977 the community was alarmed by the presence in Venezuela of Hussein Triki, a Tunisian who had been a Nazi collaborator. His antisemitic activities were known to Latin American Jews particularly from the 1960s, when he had been secretary of the Arab League office in Buenos Aires. Triki was invited to speak at the Central University of Venezuela and before the Venezuelan Press Association, ostensibly to discuss the Middle East situation and to publicize his book, He aqui Palestina: el sionismo al desnudo ("Palestine Revealed: Zionism Unmasked"). Intense efforts were made to alert the Venezuelan government to his background and to prevent him from establishing a base of operations in the country. Other than Triki, Abelardo Raidi, who was of Arab descent, a former congressional deputy, and a columnist for the prestigious Caracas daily El Nacional, has been disseminating the pro-Arab line. In June 1975 the walls of the city of Valencia were plastered with posters announcing a mass meeting in support of the Palestinian people and warning against "Zionist penetration in national politics and the economy."
- Raanan Rein, "Argentina, Israel, and the Jews: Perón, the Eichmann Capture and After", (2002) p. 402 Throughout the 1960s, Tacuara drew additional inspiration for its antiSemitic and anti-Israel views from contacts both with neo-Nazi organizations in other countries and Hussein Triki, the Arab League's representative in Buenos Aires, who promoted anti-Semitism under cover of anti-Zionism and as part of the anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist struggle. Triki told Catholic circles in Argentina that the Christian holy places in Israel were being desecrated and that the Catholic Church was persecuted there.” During the years of World War II, Triki had been a member of the nationalist movement in Tunisia. After the Allied victory in El Alamein, Triki escaped to Nazi-controlled territory where he disseminated propaganda against the Allies, collaborating with the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin El-Husseini, who at the time was directing Nazi propaganda broadcasts in the Middle East.
- "Latin American Report", Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, (1984) p.2 The campaign for a PLO office in Buenos Aires is allegedly led Hussein Triki, from Brazil, through "Accion Americana Arabe.."
- "Creating a “usable” past: On holocaust denial and distortion." September 06, 2020, by Yehuda Bauer The Shi'ite regime in Iran strongly denies the Holocaust, and this was especially the case during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A congress on denial was held in Tehran in 2006, and another in 2009. One Hamid Reza Nikbakhsh (a member of the Iranian World War II Society in Tehran) published an e-book entitled The Holocaust: The Jews’ Greatest Lie. Holocaust denial unites Sunni and Shi'ite radicals. Thus, Hussein Triki, the former Arab League representative in Argentina, a Sunni—and not a radical Islamist but rather a mainstream figure—appeared on the Iranian Al-Alam network on March 2, 2011, and said that “the Holocaust was invented by global Zionism..."
- MENRI - Mar 01, 2011: Hussein Triki, Former Arab League Representative in Argentina: The Holocaust Was Invented by Global Zionism, Israel Betrayed the US by Not Giving It Prior Warning of 9/11. Source: Al-Alam TV (Iran)
- Arafat’s Grand Strategy
- Musing on skillful salami-slices
- Arafat’s “Peace Process”
- Statement by Yasser Arafat, 14 December 1988
- Arab-Israeli Conflict/The lesser evil - Haaretz
- Israel Reports Foiling Speedboat Attack on Beach – New York Times
- P.L.O. Rejects U.S. Demand on Israel Raid
- Fearful Palestinians In Kuwait Criticize Arafat
- Justus Reid Weiner, (2005) Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society
- The Beleaguered Christians of the Palestinian-Controlled Areas, David Raab, JCPA, Jan, 2003. A Second-Class People / Regional Repression of Christians / Official PA Domination of Christians / PA Disrespect for Christian Holy Sites / The PA Takeover of the Church of the Nativity / The PA and Jerusalem Christians / Reduction of Christian Political Power / Harassment of Palestinian Christians by Palestinian Muslims / The Palestinian Christian Response.
- Linoy Bar Geffen, Naveh: Arafat members raped Christians in Beit Jala, Ynet, 27/12/2001.
Minister Danny Naveh responded to a proposal for an order submitted following the ban on Arafat coming to Bethlehem at Xmas, saying that "Arafat is not a holy Christian but a Muslim terrorist."
Minister Neveh responded on behalf of the government to a proposal for an order submitted following the ban on Arafat traveling to Bethlehem for Xmas. In his response: "Arafat is not a holy Christian but a terrorist Muslim", and repeated several times what provoked a wave of shouts from the Arab wing in the plenum, shouts that became a riot when Naveh added: "In Beit Jala, Palestinian Palestinians and Arafat members raped Christian girls" ...When the meeting resumed, Naveh clarified that the things he said were quoted in a newspaper article and repeated: "Relations between Christians and Muslims in Bethlehem have worsened, Muslims have harmed churches.. and sexually harmed young Christian women."
- Justus Reid Weiner, "Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society," Jerusalem Ctr Public Affairs, 2005. (ISBN9652180483, 9789652180483).  PDF
- Friedmann, Robert R.. A Diary of Four Years of Terrorism and Anti-semitism 2000-2004. United States: iUniverse, 2005. 116.
- The truth about Christians in 'Palestine', WND, February 28, 2003.
There's a new propaganda effort under way designed to convince churches in the U.S. that Israel, not Yasser Arafat's the Palestinian Authority and the Arab states, is victimizing Christians in the Middle East. The proposition would be laughable if it were not so well organized and ingeniously conceived and diabolically executed. A group called the Holy Land Trust is currently organizing tours of large evangelical churches in the U.S. and spreading venomous lies about Israel and obscuring the outrageous persecution of Christians within the Palestinian Authority. The lies this group tells in the name of Christianity are big and bold. They include the standard lines about Jews (supposedly) robbing the homes of Arabs, stealing their land and brutalizing them in a repressive state of military occupation. These so-called Christians even rationalize terrorism. I've dealt with the myths many times in the past. But, for the sake of those U.S. churches being hoodwinked by this sophisticated, slick and well-funded propaganda campaign of the Holy Land Trust, let me today give you a glimpse of the truth about the plight of Christians in the Islamicized land of "Palestine" today. Arafat's Islamo-fascist storm troopers have shown nothing but contempt for Christians and their holy sites – particularly in the last five or six years.
In 1997, Arafat turned the Greek Orthodox monastery in Bethlehem into his own personal residence during visits to that city. The same year, the Palestine Liberation Organization seized Abraham's Oak Russian Holy Trinity Monastery in Hebron, evicting monks and nuns.
When the Arab uprising of September 2000 began, Arafat's Tanzim terrorist forces chose the Christian town of Beit Jala as an outpost from which its snipers shot at Jerusalem. They hid themselves in Christian homes, hotels, schools and churches so that return fire from Israel would rain death and destruction on Christians.
Last year, about 150 armed PA terrorists took over Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, holding 40 Christian clergy and nuns hostage, while firing out at surrounding Israeli forces. Rather than risk the lives of the captives and the destruction of the historic church, Israel negotiated the release of the terrorists – but the church was irreparably scarred. The terrorists stole gold, prayer books, crosses and anything else that was not nailed down.
If you want to see the dramatic story of this occupation, watch the remarkable documentary "Holyland: Christians in Peril."  About the same time, Palestinian terrorists took over St. Mary's Church in Bethlehem, holding a priest and several nuns against their will. Again, the terrorists used the church to fire out at Israeli troops, who were ordered not to fire on the Christian church. Even in Jerusalem, where Israel permits the Palestinian Authority-appointed Waqf autonomy over the Temple Mount, Christians as well as Jews are prohibited from entering the site holy to both faiths. Christian cemeteries are defaced in the areas under control by the PA. Anti-Christian graffiti, such as "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people," is commonplace. Christian businesses are burned. Christian women are raped. There is no legal recourse for the victims in this budding Islamic state.
As far back as 1997, the London Times observed: "Life in Bethlehem has become insufferable for many members of the dwindling Christian minorities. Increasing Muslim-Christian tensions have left some Christians reluctant to celebrate Christmas in the town at the heart of the story of Christ's birth."
As a result of the intimidation, the harassment and the persecution of Christians in "Palestine," Christians are fleeing for their very lives. They are abandoning their homes, their churches and their businesses.
This is the stark truth of the Arab and Muslim occupation of what were formerly Christian towns in Judea and Samaria. Israel's only role in this crime was in negotiating, under intense international pressure, the so-called "peace" treaties that allowed these atrocities to happen – that, in fact, made them inevitable.So, if the Holy Land Trust brings its traveling road show to your church, arm yourself with the facts, and tell the deceivers to take a hike.
- How Yasir Arafat Drove Christians from Bethlehem D. Weinberg, Mosaic Mag., Dec. 28, 2020.
- A Christian crisis in Gaza and the West Bank, The Jerusalem Post, Dec 25, 2019.
In the Gaza Strip, the Christian population has plummeted from about 3,000 a decade ago to an estimated 1,000 today, most of them Greek Orthodox.
“Though the Christians in the PA avoid saying so publicly, many of them fear – with good reason – that Muslim aggression against them will only escalate,” wrote Edy Cohen, a researcher at the center. “Such fears are all the stronger in light of the thunderous silence of the Western [and Israeli] media, in the face of the Christian minority’s ongoing disappearance from the PA and Islamic lands in general.”
He added, pointedly, that “the ongoing international neglect of the plight of the Christians under PA rule can only lead to the vanishing of Christianity from the place where it emerged.”
In the Gaza Strip, the Christian population has plummeted from about 3,000 a decade ago to an estimated 1,000 today, most of them Greek Orthodox...
The situation of Christians in Bethlehem has deteriorated dramatically in the last century, and especially since the PA took control of the city in 1995. In 1947, Christians comprised about 85% of the city’s population, but that figure had plunged to 16% by 2016, and is estimated since then.
Bethlehem’s mayor at the time said that, “Due to the stress – either physical or psychological – and the bad economic situation, many people are emigrating: either Christians or Muslims, but it is more apparent among Christians because they already are a minority.”A study by the Pew Research Center found that the decline in the Arab Christian population was both a result of a lower birth rate among Christians compared to Muslims and the fact that Christians were more likely to emigrate than any other religious group. A statistical analysis of the Christian exodus cited a lack of economic and educational opportunities among a community known for its middle-class status and higher education.
- "Gambling on the losers": a storm after the Saudi prince attacked the Palestinians. Roy Kaise. Kan News, Oct.6.2020.in Heb. Following the agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Saudi Arabia was designated as a state that if Israel succeeds in normalizing its relations with it, it will be a breach of equality with the Arab world. Tonight, Israel may have received a positive message in this direction, in an interview with one of the Saudi princes on the Al-Arabiya network: he attacked the Palestinians for their opposition to agreements between Israel and the Gulf states, implicitly mentioned Abba Eben. [From the clip of Bandar bin Sultan's 40 min. speech: 'We give them aid, advice, and service...They talk about "back stabbing" and "treason" because this is how they relate amongst themselves...We all remember Yassar Arafat hugging Saddam Hussein (1990) after he's occupied Kuwait. Palestinians didn't pay for what they did to the Gulf Arabs...']
- Yasser Arafat – Jewish Virtual Library
- Oslo I Accords on Council on Foreign Affairs
- Declaration of Principles On Interim Self-Government Arrangements
- The Nobel Peace Prize 1994
- Karsh, Efraim (2003). Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest. New York: New York: Grove Press. ISBN 0-8021-1758-9.
- Faisal’s Trojan Horse
- Al-Quds Al-Arabi Editor: Arafat Told Me Oslo Would be Israel's Curse
- [Al-Hudaybiya and] Lessons from the Prophet Muhammad's Diplomacy – Daniel Pipes
- Arafat on the Peace Process – Jewish Virtual Library
- What Exactly Does Israel Have on Yasser Arafat – Eli Kazhdan
- Size of PA Police Force Exceeds Oslo Limits
- PLO's Continuing Military Buildup is Reason For Serious Concern – Likoed Nederland
- Arafat Hires Hamas Killers - Likoed Nederland
- Marwan Barghouti, Fatah-Tanzim, and the Escalation of the Intifada
- PALESTINIAN INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE SINCE OSLO: A FOUR-YEAR COMPENDIUM – Israeli ministry of foreign affairs
- The Palestinian Arab Refugees: Arafat's Secret Weapon
- Arafat: No One Can Deny or Limit Refugees' Right to Return - International Middle East Media Center
- Camp David 2000 – Jewish Virtual Library
- Why did Arafat refuse ‘offer he can’t refuse’?
- Wall Street Journal Ignores Palestinians' Admissions, Blames Israel - Camera
- Arafat ordered Hamas attacks against Israel in 2000
- Arafat Letter Incites Israeli Arabs Against Israel
- Seizing of the Palestinian weapons ship Karine A
- Operation Defensive Shield - Ynet
- The Involvement of Arafat, PA Senior Officials and Apparatuses in Terrorism against Israel, Corruption and Crime
- 'Arafat used aid to buy weapons' – Jerusalem Post
- Senior Fatah Leaders Describe Arafat's Link to Terrorism
- For Palestinian leaders, a legacy of corruption, David Bedein, JJ, Oct 25, 2019
- Avi Kaner (@AviKaner) Tweeted:
As much as 40% of the amount donated to Palestinians by Arab countries and others, has been absconded by Palestinian leaders. Yasser Arafat is estimated to have embezzled $1-3 billion alone. Today, the blackmail money keeps flowing in exchange for quiet.https://t.co/zIhKtQoHrB Aug 24, 2021
- Palestinian leader Arafat dies at 75
- Confirmed: Arafat Died of AIDS – Arutz Sheva
- Suah Arafat - BBC
- A Life in Retrospect: Yasser Arafat – Time magazine
- Outing Arafat – Joseph Farah
- Goal Is to Look Good, Writer of Democratic Memoir Admits
- Nobel Prize Speech My Israel source