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Thursday, April 11, 2013

An anti-Jewish political initiative disguised as a cultural festival

Ma'an (Arabic) reports on a spring festival scheduled to take place in in Ramadeen, near Hebron, to celebrate the culture of the Bedouins. It will showcase foods, costumes and customs of the Bedouin people.

The PA government is sponsoring this festival.

Why?

The article explains the reason specifically: not because there is any love of the Bedouin culture in Ramallah, but because this festival helps fight the idea that Jews have anything to do with the area.

The Hebron Governor said that the presence of participants from community and civil and international institutions sends a strong message to support the citizens in the face of occupation and make them feel more confident to fight and prevail over the Jews in asserting our cultural heritage. He added that these cultural festivals and heritage are meant to defeat the Jews' claim that this is their land and is part of the political battle being fought by the Palestinian people for freedom and independence, particularly in this location on the borders of the Green Line and near the settlements and the wall.
This is a purely political initiative is meant solely to delegitimize Jewish history, but it is disguised as a cultural festival!

They aren't even trying to hide their agenda.

The article goes on to say that this program is funded by a number of NGOs, including the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Action Aid.