For centuries, Native Americans have been on the receiving end of some of the worst atrocities committed on U.S. soil, driven from their homes and isolated on impoverished reservations. How can the U.S. government begin to repair the damage done to Native American communities, and compensate in some small way for the injuries done to them?
Well, giving back Mount Rushmore would be a start.
That's among several suggestions made by United Nations special rapporteur James Anaya, who will formally recommend the U.S. restore land previously owned by various tribes -- including the Black Hills of South Dakota, home of the famous national monument.
The granite promontory, carved with 60-ft high visages of four U.S. presidents, sits on a site considered sacred by the Sioux.
FP: Ah, yes, poetic justice. How does the US like them UN apples? I advise Israel to monitor this situation and use it each time it presses Israel to return land to the Arabs.
In fact, the native Americans have a naqba narrative much more justifiable than the Arab naqba that is one big lie.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks on “one religion” for Turkey were a slip of the tongue in his apparent intention to emphasize the common Muslim faith of Turks and Kurds, a senior official of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said. Erdoğan’s controversial comments had sparked concerns that he was targeting the secular system with his statements.
Erdoğan made the controversial remarks in two separate speeches over the weekend as part of comments on the Kurdish conflict. Addressing Kurds, he said that he had never advocated one language for Turkey but “one nation, one state, one flag and one religion.”
“Democratic and secular countries cannot have one religion. Our attitude towards [non-Muslim] minorities is evident. As someone who has known the prime minister for years, I can say that this was a slip of the tongue,” AKP deputy chairman Hüseyin Çelik told daily Radikal, stressing that the party’s statute rejected “ethnic, religious and regional nationalism.”
Sure - a slip of the tongue. Twice.
FP: Who does this slogan remind you of?
Israel Matzav: Payback time in France?
You will recall that I reported on some discomfort among French Jews over the election of Francois Hollande as President on Sunday. Here's the flip side: 93% of French Muslims voted for Hollande.
According to a poll by OpinionWay and Fiducial for Le Figaro, 93% of Muslims voted for Hollande. 7% voted for Sarkozy. The poll was conducted May 6th among 1000 voters.
According to the polling agency, there are about 2 million Muslim voters. 59% of Muslims voted for Hollande in the first round. 23% voted for Jean-Luc Melenchon (Left Front) and 7% voted for François Bayrou (Democratic Movement). Sarkozy got 4% of the Muslim vote in the first round.
A lot of French Jews are very nervous about Hollande.
FP: I would advise European Jews to emigrate to Israel and let Europe enjoy the many benefits Muslims bestows upon them.
'Palestinian' Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is once again schnorring for money.
Given the task of building institutions in readiness for statehood, Fayyad said his job was being imperiled by a lack of resources, with Arab nations failing to hand over promised aid.
"There is an issue of survivability of the Palestinian Authority given the acute financial crisis we are going through," he said, adding his government needed a "few hundred million dollars" to keep afloat.
The Palestinian Authority -- which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank -- depends on donor aid from the United States, the European Union and Arab states to pay the salaries of public workers, including teachers and security personnel.
The Palestinians had planned for foreign aid of about $1.1 billion in 2011, but received just under $750 million and are lagging again in donations this year. No reason has been given for the failure of some Arab allies to honor their pledges.
Boo. Hoo. Maybe the Arab countries are finally getting sick of supporting the bloated and unproductive 'Palestinian' bureaucracy. Maybe they should go to work.
FP: (1) Arab states always paid mostly lip service to financial support of the Palestinians (2) Note that hundreds of millions of dollars go just to pay the PA salaries, most of them to security forces and killed terrorists’ families (3) What the West does not realize is that huge amounts will be necessary in perpetuity, because a Palestinian state will not have a viable economy and the Palestinians are hooked on free aid. And I am not even mentioning the cost of resettling all those “refugees”.
In midst of five-day visit to Canada, president touts Palestinians "economic peace," lack of violence in past years.
FP: Israel’s Jimmy Carter keeps striking.
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