The world concentrates on Palestinian suffering. Ok, there’s no such thing as a “Palestinian.” The world concentrates on the sufferings of various Arabs who live in what they call Palestine. And there is no suffering in the real sense—Palestinians are filthy rich compared to Africans, and affluent compared to Egyptians. Anti-Semites do not concern themselves with multi-faceted truth.

One type of Palestinian “suffering” is Israel’s refusal to allow Arab migrant workers. This refusal can be justified on security grounds, but justification not necessary: any state is entitled to exclude foreigners, especially migrant workers. Israel did not cause this “suffering,” but merely refuses to alleviate it. Before condemning us, allow all starving Africans into your own country.

Then, there are roadblocks. Standing in line is not really suffering, but let’s ignore the semantic difference. Israel maintains the checkpoints with the sole purpose of intercepting terrorists who fight for the Palestinian people. Indeed, Palestinians vote for the terrorists’ political wings. So the Palestinians themselves, rather than Israel, are to blame for the roadblocks.

There are squalid refugee camps. Not exactly of refugees, but of their fourth-generation descendants whom UNRWA, through generous aid, discourages from resettling. Real refugee camps—there are many in Africa—are much worse than the Palestinian ones, which are more like city slums than camps. Even a cursory look at the camps near Schem reveals a curious picture: empty land is plentiful but the camps are horrendously overcrowded. The Arab-occupied Schem (Nablus), just near the refugee camp, has a normal building-density. Also near the camp is a private community built by Arafat for his accomplices. The culprits behind the refugee camps are the Arabs. They exploit the camps for PR purposes, but they don’t want the degraded criminal mob to swarm their towns. When Sharon attempted to resettle Gaza’s refugees in the West Bank, local villagers drove them off.

Another alleged “suffering” is the economic situation. This argument stems from pure ignorance. Palestinians enjoy the highest economic growth rate of all non-oil-based Arab economies; the only conceivable reason is Israel’s proximity. Not surprisingly, Israel’s border closures always spell economic crisis in Palestinian-occupied territories: the Arabs depend on Israel for exports, work, power, and theft.

Palestinian advocates decry the separation barrier, but what’s wrong with it? Israel just walled itself off from the Arabs (unfortunately not all of them). Any country guards its borders. Palestinians cannot have it both ways—their own state, free of Jews, and the right to enter the Jewish state freely.

Even if Israel were harming Palestinians, many countries deliberately harm others, with trade sanctions, embargoes, and even sabotage.

Those who condemn Israeli actions toward Palestinians should restore justice in their own backyard first: relinquish the Occupied United States to Native Indians, for example.

No critic of Israel is actually concerned about Palestinians. Why Palestine, of all nations? Many peoples suffer much more than Palestinians. Where were the cries for justice during the Iran-Iraq war, which saw chemical weapons used on population centers? Who condemns Algerian Islamists for butchering their own population? What about Angola, Chad, Burma, North Korea, and dozens of other countries with atrocious human rights records? The UN adopts more resolutions condemning alleged Israeli abuses than those of all other nations combined. In fact, no Palestinian advocate seriously condemns the Palestinians for murdering Jews—which they did well before we liberated Judea and Samaria in 1967. Or did the pogroms of 1864, 1922, 1929, and 1936 somehow anticipate the Israeli expansion of 1967?

Palestinian repression is a myth on par with blood libel.