forget one of the great misnomers of our time; Israel did not steal
Palestinian land. It's not their land; it's never been their land; it
will never be their land. This land was given to the Jewish people, as
stated in the Bible, by the Creator, and will remain the homeland of the
Jewish people in perpetuity. Despite 27 invasions of Judea and Samaria;
erroneously called the West Bank, conquests by many, forced
conversions, exiles, massive oppressions, generations of Diaspora and
cowardly acquiescence by a cadre of 5th column Jews themselves, Jews
have not only survived in what's known in Hebrew as, Eretz Yisrael
(Israel), they've taken a desert wasteland and turned it into a powerful
little democracy, the envy of the world; particularly their neighbors
many of which despise themselves as much or more than the Jewish State
(See Syria or Egypt).
To her detractors which there are many
worldwide, the mantra remains the same, ad nauseam. "Israel is complicit
in doing this...." "She omitted doing that...." "We respect Judaism but
are against Zionism".... Attempting to mask their anti-Semitism as
anti-Zionism, her enemies propagandize the most vile accusations against
Israel in such numbers that much of it sticks. To cite just a couple:
Myth: "Israel discriminates against its Arab Citizens."
facts show otherwise. Israel is one of the most open societies in the
world. Out of a population of 6.7 million, 1.1 million are Muslims,
130,000 are Christians, and 100,000 are Druze. All have equal voting
rights; it's one of a very few place where Arab women have the right to
vote; Arabs currently hold 14 seats in the Knesset.
Human Rights in Israel and the Territories
a 5 year trial, in a landmark decision for women's rights, an Arab
judge, Salim Joubran, sentenced the former President of Israel, Moshe
Katsav to seven years in prison for rape. In what Muslim country do Jews
have such rights? How many seats do Jews hold in the Saudi government
or Jordan? Can anyone recall a Jewish judge sentencing a prominent Arab
in Egypt? More to the point, has anyone even heard of a Jewish judge in
Egypt? Women's rights in an Arab country; if ever there was an oxymoron.
Israel: Moshe Katsav Rape Conviction Upheld
"The Palestinian Authority protects Jewish holy sites."
If only that
were true, one important element blocking a sincere peace would be
eliminated, but the facts speak otherwise. Just in the years between
In Septemer 1996, Palestinian rioters destroyed a synagogue at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus.
Rachel's Tomb near Bethlehem has been repeatedly attacked since 1996.
October 2000, Joseph's Tomb was torched after the Israeli garrison
guarding it was temporarily withdrawn. It was subsequently rebuilt as a
In October 2000, the ancient synagogue in Jericho was destroyed by arson and a second historic synagogue was damaged.
about protecting these sites, in textbooks, speech, and daily life, the
Palestinians and their supporters absurdly deny any Jewish connection
to these ancient landmarks at all. This all occurs under nominal Israeli
control of these areas, one can only imagine the fate of Jewish Holy
sites left to Palestinian stewardship.
Stop the Islamization and Desecration of Jewish Holy Sites
brings us to the greatest canard of them all; the foundation on which
every pro-Palestinian lie is based upon: "The Jews are building
settlements on Palestinian land."
This grand daddy of all
fabrications makes great copy for the media and is excellent for
denigrators of Israel but lacks historical fact. There is no Palestinian
land plain and simple. If there was: When was it founded and by whom?
What were its borders and the name of its capital? What were its major
cities? What constituted the basis of its economy? What form of
government did it live under? Was Palestine ever recognized as an entity
by another country? By whom? What was the language of the country
called Palestine? What was Palestine's religion? What was the name of
its currency? Since there is no country today, what caused her demise?
These questions were posed by a Japanese writer, Yashiko Sagamori. Only
the most revisionist adherent of the Palestinian narrative could even
attempt to answer her queries. Pose these same questions regarding
Israel and Jewish connection to this land, and except for the willfully
blind and delusional, which admittedly there are many, each can be
A Japanese View of the Palestinians
To an inherent anti-Semite all this is meaningless. But for the
uninitiated seeking scholarship, many of which are impressionable, young
students they should be made aware of actual facts. At no time in
history has there ever been a nation called Palestine. During the the
Ottoman Empire which lasted from 1299-1922 CE, the land dubbed by the
Romans as Palestine was controlled by the Turks; there was never an
outcry for a Palestinian State then. During the illegal annexation of
Judea and Samaria by the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan subsequent to the
1949 Armistice and prior to 1967, there was never talk of "occupied
territory" or a Palestinian State; why did the dynamic change subsequent
to Israel's glorious Six Day War victory, a war which she did not
Search as you will, throughout the annals of history, Israel is the
only nation victorious in war on successive occasions and then expected
by the vanquished and the world at large to to sue for peace; to cede
land she reclaimed, historically hers to begin with. It brings into
question, which of the "Quartet" cajoling her to acquiesce to
Palestinian demands should be allowed land they've won in conflict?
Russians? It's beyond the scope of this essay to delve into their
inglorious, extensive imperialist history and their oppression of native
peoples, but for examples sake. Isn't it time they relinquish the Kuril
Islands and return them to their rightful owners, the Japanese? the
Second World War has been over for 67 years.
The same holds true
for my favorite imperialists, the British, which never miss an
opportunity to castigate the Jewish State but somehow fail to look at
their own sordid history. Just this past week they proudly announced
sending a sophisticated warship 7,700 miles into the South Atlantic to
dissuade Argentina from re-establishing sovereignty over the Falkland
Islands which lay just 250 miles off her coast. Why are the Falkland
Islands controlled by the British to begin with? Historically, doesn't
Argentina which controlled these islands until 1830 have a greater claim
For that matter, When will the British finally relinquish Gibraltar to its "rightful owner," Spain?
If not for hundreds of years of British tyranny, and greater military
strength wouldn't Northern Island be part of the Republic of Island?
about the United States? We don't have to look further than ourselves.
Let's face it, if they had more sticks and stones than us, wouldn't
Mexico wrest back the American Southwest and all its resources if it
could? Basically wasn't all this land stolen by the harsh dictates of
the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo? Why is there such uproar over illegal
immigration in the United States? After all, when Mexicans sneak across
the border, in effect aren't they just practicing "the right of return?"
with the exception of the United States, it was from countries like
these that Jews in Diaspora were forced to escape repression and rejoin
their coreligionists that maintained a three thousand year continuous
existence in Judea, Samaria, and the outlying areas.
It also begs
the question, does might make right? With the exception of Israel, It
seems to. The Jewish people were driven out of Jerusalem and Judea and
Samaria by the Babylonians. They returned to their homeland and rebuilt
the Second Temple only to have it burned again, this time by Romans and
once again were exiled from their land.
Despite 27 invasions and
conquests subsequent the Grand Monarchy of Kings David and Solomon, Jews
have always had a contiguous connection to this land. Only in the minds
of the disparaging and the un-initiated did she ever relinquish it. If
not the land of Israel, where are Jews from; Poland? The Ukraine?
Russia? Only hateful revisionists such as Helen Thomas, Mel Gibson,
Oliver Stone, and some sanctimonious loonies with Ph'Ds inculcating our
kids with venom believe that.
As to the other detractors of
Israel in the E.U. and the U.N. I ask the following questions: Who
legitimately owns Alsace-Lorraine, the Germans or the French? It's
changed hands so many times over the past five hundred years, no one has
a clue. What's Turkey doing in Northern Cypress? Where is the world
uproar over China's occupation of Tibet, East Turkistan, Inner Mongolia,
List of territorial disputes
can go on and on and on with this. Given that any or all of this is
correct, certainly the Jewish people have at least as great a legitimate
claim to their historic homeland than any of these other nations and
certainly more so than the so called Palestinian Arabs do.
are the rules of International Relations being changed for Israel? Is it
because after thousands of years, the world at large can't bare to see
the Jewish people once again in charge of their own land and their own
Jerrold L. Sobel
Jerrold L. Sobel is a published author of over 40 years with articles published in Israpundit, American Thinker, The Jewish Press, and other cyber and hard media in addition to his own weekly blog of 10,000 subscribers.