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Guest Column

There Was Never a Country called Palestine
By Jerrold L. Sobel
Feb 19, 2012 - 12:47:09 AM

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Please, 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."

The 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

Following 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

Myth: "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 1996-2000:

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.

In October 2000, Joseph's Tomb was torched after the Israeli garrison guarding it was temporarily withdrawn. It was subsequently rebuilt as a mosque.

In October 2000, the ancient synagogue in Jericho was destroyed by arson and a second historic synagogue was damaged.

Forget 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

This 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 factually answered.

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 provoke.

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?

The 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 to them?

For that matter, When will the British finally relinquish Gibraltar to its "rightful owner," Spain?

Likewise, If not for hundreds of years of British tyranny, and greater military strength wouldn't Northern Island be part of the Republic of Island?

What 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?"

Unquestionably, 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, and Manchuria?

List of territorial disputes

We 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.

Why 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 destiny?

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.

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