Poor Hanan Ashrawi. She has had so hard a time making up her mind. First she joins the PA, then she resigns. They she joins again, then she resigns. Then she becomes Arab League spokeswoman, then she resigns. Now...partly as a result of so many wrong decisions made over so many years -- many of which she was an integral part of and the spokesperson for -- she finally and rightly lashes out at both the US and the PA!
Hanan Ashrawi's Miftah criticizes PNA for welcoming Bush's Speech
The Jerusalem Times (independent Palestinian weekly) 27 June 2002
The Palestinian organization Miftah, headed by PLC member and ex-minister
Hanan Ashrawi, criticized the PNA for welcoming Bush's speech describing it
as 'a pathetic attempt to reach out to an American president who does not
view Palestinians as equal human beings.' Miftah in a statement released on
the Internet, accused the PNA of embracing Bush's call to self- negate.
Miftah stated that Bush's speech was biased and did not serve peace. 'Bush,'
the statement said, 'was very critical of the Palestinians and their
leadership in his remarks but portrayed Israel, the occupiers, as the
victims by describing their fears in depth and touching upon their human
side. At the same time he failed to recognize the much greater human
suffering imposed upon the Palestinian people by Israel's military,
apartheid like occupation,' Miftah stressed.
Miftah further stated that Bush's speech endorsed Israeli Prime Minister,
Ariel Sharon's triumph over Arafat while demanded nothing from the current
Israeli government. The US government, Miftah said, gave the Israeli army
additional time to carry out its oppressive operations against the
Furthermore, the statement ridiculed US demands for reform. 'Palestinians
are expected to somehow reform their government, unify their flattened
forces and hold elections while enduring occupation, restriction of
movement, humiliation and destruction at the hands of the Israeli forces
present in Palestinian urban neighborhoods,' stated Miftah.
The statement dismissed Bush's ideas saying they were not a plan for peace.
In addition, Miftah said, the American government failed to recognize that
the vengeful Sharon has no intentions of co-existing with the Palestinians
in peace. The statement reiterated the legitimacy of international law
which already recognizes the Palestinian people's right to live in
sovereignty on 22% of historical Palestine and that accepting this
compromise was a great sacrifice on the part of the Palestinians.
The organization rejected the provisional state suggested in Bush's speech
saying it was more likely to be a puppet state that did not meet the
aspirations of the Palestinian people. Miftah concluded by accusing the US
of joining Sharon in murdering peace in the region and demanded Bush
transform his feeble words into actions.