What the PLO Ambassador Said About Removing Jews from a Palestinian State
2:57 PM, Sep 23, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
After the meeting concluded, as Areikat was heading to his car, Weinstein approached him seeking clarification:
Weinstein asked again: "Would Jews be allowed in a Palestinian state?"
Areikat replied: "Listen, again, we have nothing against Jews. This is a political conflict. Once the political issues are resolved, every Palestinian should be welcomed in Israel. Every Israeli should be welcomed in Palestine. But under the current circumstances — an occupation power occupying a people against their will — this is something we are trying to end."
Other Palestinian officials have since repudiated Areikat's comments. "The future Palestinian state will be open to all its citizens, regardless of their religion," said Mahmoud Habbash, the Palestinian Authority's minister of religious affairs, according to USA Today. "We want a civil state, which in it live all the faiths, Muslim, Christian and Jews also if they agree, (and) accept to be Palestinian citizens."
But let's not pretend that that PLO's ambassador hasn't called for a Jew-free Palestinian state, when he clearly has done so on more than one occasion.
Correction: This post originally identified Laura Rozen as a writer at Politico.