Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) meets members of The Elders delegation Lakhdar Brahimi, Ela Bhatt, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Irish President Mary Robinson (L-3rd R) in Damascus October 19, 2010. The Elders are on a tour of the Middle East to build support for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
While Reuters and the wannabe tribal elders claim that they want a peace agreement between Israel and the Arabs, the poster shows quite the opposite.
Right above Jimmy Carter's head is a map of Hamas' vision of "peace" - a world without Israel altogether.
It is telling that the self-proclaimed global leaders allow themselves, without compunction, to be props in a Hamas advertisement for the destruction of Israel.
One wonders whether they would take a walk with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a gaggle of wire-service reporters to survey Iran's exhibition of Holocaust-denial cartoons, or if they would have agreed to a photo-op in front of a picture of the World Trade Center crashing down.
The fact is that the public and prominent display of maps showing a Judenrein "Palestine" (whose only relationship with historic Palestine is that it portrays areas that Jews have some level of political control over) is no less offensive than proud pictures of 9/11.
The world has become numb to such an outrage, of course. You will have to look long and hard to find any so-called "peace" activist saying a word against these graphic paeans to ethnic cleansing that are pervasive in the Arab world.
But make no mistake - that is what a map of "historic Palestine" is. It's ubiquity makes it no less offensive, and for people who truly want peace, this should be obvious.
(The words on the poster are the Koranic verse that Muslims use to claim that Mohammed journeyed to Jerusalem, h/t Ali.)