Beyond the Cusp

May 7, 2014

Misconceptions Concerning Zionism and Against Founding of Israel

There are numerous misconception and erroneous thinking concerning both Zionism and the reality about the founding of the State of Israel. Probably the most common misconception is that Judaism is strictly a religion and therefore the Jews are not deserving of their own nation, after all, no other religion has their own nation. The protestation that no other religion has their own nation is so patently and obviously false that it is almost laughable that so many anti-Israel and anti-Zionist protestors will repeat that almost as a mantra. Some of those making these claims actually live in nations which have as part of their national definition that the nation supports one religion declaring it as the national religion while still demand that the Jews be denied equal rights. France still defines itself as a Christian and Catholic nation, England claims to be the national home of the Church of England, numerous Arab and Muslim nations claim their nations are Muslim States and place the condition that their laws be derived from Sharia, Japan is closely tied with the Shinto religion and there are numerous other examples with many religions being the nationally recognized or favored religion but only one nation that claims to be the home for the Jewish people. A closely related falsehood is that as long as Israel claims to be the home of the Jewish People precludes Israel also being a democracy. This was proven false immediately after Israel declared her independence in May of 1948 as they did not have a majority Jewish population for the first half-dozen years of her existence as it was sometime during the early 1950s before Jews made up over fifty-percent of Israel’s population. The Jews were a plurality of the population as the rest of the population consisted of Muslims, Christians and a plethora of other religions and those who claimed no religion at all, but the Jews were the largest of the populations despite not having an actual majority yet Israel still had open elections and managed to maintain its Jewish qualities.

 

This next claim is so easily disproved yet so universally maintained that one has to believe that it is being utilized to bludgeon Israel as having nefarious roots which played on the human conscience and that because of this Israel has no true legitimacy and should be removed from the family of nations. This claim is that Israel was brought into existence by the European powers in order to ease their consciences after the horrors of the Holocaust were revealed. Those who claim this as true and also claiming that they have proof that such was the origin for the formation of Israel are wither dreadfully ignorant therefor should refrain from speaking until they attain some relevant education or are bald faced liars who know full well that the main drive spawning Zionism that led to the formation of Israel began in the mid nineteenth century. They are correct that the European powers were largely involved but the reason was to repay the Jewish People, particularly the Zionist Jews, for their loyalty to their home nations and their active support in high percentages in assisting their country through their volunteerism and participation in the First World War. This becomes obvious when one remembers that the initial document which began the actual steps which brought forth the nation of Israel was the Balfour Declaration which was ratified by Britain in 1917, just slightly before World War II or the Holocaust began. The next main document was ratified by the European nations, the leaders from the defeated Ottoman Empire and the leadership of the Arab nations led by King Faisal which produced the San Remo Conference which was critical in that it was the formal adoption of the Balfour Declaration by the victorious Allied powers from World War I and further defined the Mandate systems run by the French and the British and the nationality intentions for these efforts. This is not to try and claim that the final offer to divide the remaining twenty-two-percent that remained of the British Mandate, after the formation of what is today the nation of Jordan which initially was intended as the state for the Palestinian Arab populations, was not potentially influenced by the horrors of the Holocaust. This offer was produced by the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 29, 1947 which presented a nonbinding and unenforceable plan which, if and only if it was accepted by all parties otherwise the suggested resolution would be nullified, would divide the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea evenly between the Jewish State and an Arab State. The division would have presented lands of which the major portion was the Negev Desert for the Jewish State and the rest of the lands including much of the prime farm lands for the Arab State. The Arab League refused the offer which negated the offer making it void and inapplicable in the future, as is true of all General Assembly resolutions, making demands that the resolution be the basis for a new settlement and demanding the formation of an Arab State today to complete the establishments from that resolution invalid. Still, the decision by the United Nations had already been promised under the wording and application of Article 80 of the United Nations Charter which gave the full support of the United Nations behind the Mandate systems and their goals.

 

Another pernicious claim is that Israel is a racist or Apartheid state which denies rights to Arab Israelis. This is another lie which many who make this derogatory claim either are completely ignorant of Israeli society and laws or are bald-faced liars. There have been Israeli Arabs serving on the Israeli Supreme Court. There are Arab Ministers of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, even to include Ahmad Tibi who was once an advisor to Palestinian Liberation Founder and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat. This would be the equivalent of allowing Ayman al-Zawahiri or other al-Qaeda leader to serve in the United States Senate should he manage to be elected. Minister of the Knesset Tibi is far from the only Arab serving in the Knesset as there are others, some who appear to work against Israeli interests such as one which was part of the Mavi Marmara passengers during the ill-fated attempt to break the Gaza blockade, and those who support Israel accepting it as the Jewish State and comfortable in the fact that Israel still remains an open and free society granting equal rights to all of her citizens. Arabs as well as Druze and Bedouins all serve side-by-side with Jews in the IDF. Arabs and all non-Jewish citizens of Israel have businesses and are doctors and nurses in the Israeli hospitals and the same is true throughout Israeli society. Israel recognizes and allows complete freedom of religion. The closest that Israel comes to restricting religion is the imposition of restrictions against prayers being spoken on the Temple Mount by any non-Muslims under the rulings from the Waqf which is granted control over the Temple Mount and is answerable to the King of Jordan. That’s correct; the most evident religious discrimination in Israel restricts Jewish prayers on the grounds most holy in all of Judaism.

 

Another malicious lie is that Israel in committed to an organized ethnic cleansing of the West Bank, the area renamed West Bank in order to remove their historic names of Judea and Samaria as those were deemed to be too Jewish. The lie in this case is easily refuted simply by looking even casually at census data over time. The Arab populations in Judea and Samaria have steadily grown at a steady rate which has, as in other populations, slowed in the rate of increase as their standard of living and education levels increase. The fact that the standard of living for Arab residents of Judea and Samaria has steadily increased as has their levels of education as they are given access to Israeli colleges as well as they can attend the colleges in their areas, a number of which were built be the Israelis. The electrical grid along with water and sewage systems were built and maintained by Israel until the Palestinian Authority took control over areas in Judea and Samaria and became responsible for these services. The electricity and much of the water are still provided by Israeli companies and despite their payments are millions of shekels in arrears the services have not been interrupted at the insistence of the Israeli government. This has had a deleterious effect on Israelis of all stripes as their electrical and water rates have increased in order to make up for the lack of payments by the Palestinian Authority and, believe it or not, the lack of payments from Hamas and Islamic Jihad for the electricity Israel provides to Gaza. The Palestinians have some of the highest standards of living and levels of education in the entire Arab world.

 

There are numerous other falsehoods which go about masquerading as established truths about Israel such that this article would become even longer, bordering insufferably longer, but why not list one last item. The claim that Israel is occupying areas against the Geneva Conventions and International Law are ludicrous. Even if one were to believe that the 1967 Six Day War was initiated by the Israeli preemptive strike of Egyptian airfields and military position of the Egyptian troops massed on the Egypt-Israel border, that does not carry any weight when considering Judea and Samaria. Before the Six Day War these areas were occupied by Jordan, yes, I said occupied. Jordan gained control over the areas of Judea, Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem as a result of the Arab genocidal attempt to destroy the newly founded state of Israel and drive Israel’s Jews into the Sea. After the armistice was signed bringing hostilities to a close, Jordan announced their intent to annex the areas west of the Jordan River it occupied and grant citizenship to the Arabs living there and demanded that all Jews residing in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem surrender their lands and move within the Green Line and Israel. Of all the nations and world organizations, groups and alliances, there were only two nations which recognized the Jordanian annexation, Pakistan and Great Britain. Even the Arab League voted against recognizing the Jordanian claims and the United Nations denounced the Jordanian annexation as an occupation. After the Israelis responded to the closure of the Straights of Tiran, a valid and recognized act of war plainly defined in a treaty between Britain, France, the United States, Egypt and Israel after the 1956 war over the closure of the Suez Canal and Straights of Tiran by Egyptian President Nasser, Syria joined in the attack as they had already piled troops in the Golan Heights in preparation of joining Egypt in the destruction of Israel. Jordan was not mobilized and had not shown any signs of joining the conflict. That changed after the Jordanian King and his Generals heard the reports of glorious victories and the pathetic abilities of the IDF that were broadcast by Egyptian and Syrian radio. Israel begged Jordan not to believe these broadcasts and not to attack telling the Jordanian King that the reality was far different and that it would not be in Jordanian interests to enter the war. The Jordanian King, Generals and advisors chose to believe Egypt and Syria and thought the Israeli pleas were simply a result of their already losing and losing badly. The result was the IDF diverting some of the troops which were headed for the Sinai and the Egyptian front to head east to counter the Jordanian troop movements. This resulted in the Israelis military taking control of everything west of the Jordan River and routing the Jordanian offensive while dealing crushing defeats to both Egypt and Syria. Since Jordan initiated their confrontations with Israel, the lands taken west of the Jordan River were taken in a defensive action, which also has been the determinations of the lands Israel acquired as a result of the defeats of Syria and Egypt according to the United Nations determinations after the armistice was signed. This means that Israel would be within her rights to simply annex the lands west of the Jordan River and that there was no other nation which was in legal and recognized possession of the lands of Judea, Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem. Check any map from before 1967 all the way back to the beginning of time and find any nation which existed predominantly between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea or any other nation which had Jerusalem as its Capital City since the beginning of the modern calendar, any of the modern recognized calendars. The only nations you will find are Israel, Judea, and the Hebrew Tribal Nations which were unified by King David.

 

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  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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