Beyond the Cusp

December 5, 2018

An Invitation to a Discussion to Marc Lamont Hill

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:54 AM
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#Marc Lamont Hill, you flew half-way around the world to stand in lands which even the United Nations recognizes as an integral part of Israel to make accusations about things which it is obvious that you have absolutely no knowledge. Do not feel poorly about this because many of the world’s leaders are equally ignorant. Now we know you are an educated man but please realize that ignorance is not an insult to your mental capacities, it is simply the state of not knowing the actual facts about a subject, something which you obviously lack when it comes to Israel. We would like to first address some of the most glaring inconsistencies between your statements and the actual facts. Number one is the Arab citizens of Israel have every single right that a Jewish citizen of Israel possesses. These exactly same rights go for Christians, Baha’I, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Animist, atheist, agnostic or even secular humanist. Israel is truly a democracy of all her citizens and every Arab and their children and their children’s children and on is provided with complete equal rights.

 

Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill

 

Now, before you begin to scream, what about the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza?, allow us to address this. The first thing you have to learn here is that these Arabs to which you refer are largely not citizens of Israel. The closest any of the West Bank Arabs have come to Israeli citizenship are the Arabs residing in East Jerusalem. These Arabs reside on lands annexed by Israel and have been provided with limited political rights. They have every other right and are permitted to vote in Jerusalem and even more local elections but are restricted from voting in the Israeli national elections for the immediate times. Their final dispensation will be decided when any final peace is reached with the Palestinian powers. Now, the Palestinian powers are where your confusion lies. Hamas rules Gaza after dethroning Mahmoud Abbas in a Coup in 2007 and Hamas holds something which resembles elections whenever they feel the urge, which is seldom. Hamas could hold elections tomorrow and it would make no difference in Gaza as Hamas would simply pick their desired leader and they would win the election. As stated by Joseph Stalin, “People who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” The Arab politicians learned from some of the most devious.

 

Then there is the “West Bank” which we will call by its original name, you may choose between Judea and Samaria or the Shomron. OK, Shomron it will be and may we say nice choice, it is our favorite as well. Those other names have over three thousand years of history and were not imposed by the Roman Empire in an attempt to destroy the Jewish People, an attempt which we can gladly report failed. These Arabs are ruled over by the Palestinian Authority, may we just call it the PA, thank you. The PA was ruled initially by Yasser Arafat when it was simply the PLO terrorist group funded and a puppet of the KGB. The KGB trained Yasser Arafat as well as Mahmoud Abbas and assisted in choosing the name and providing propaganda to assist them in their assigned duty to destroy Israel. After Arafat died, Mahmoud Abbas won the election overwhelmingly as he was Arafat’s number two man and the one who arranged the financing of the Munich Olympic attack which murdered most of the Israeli Olympians. Abbas was at Arafat’s side when the PLO attempted to dethrone King Abdallah in Jordan and then started the civil war which destroyed Lebanon and led to the formation of Hezballah. Israel would have finished off the leadership of the PLO in Beirut except the State Department had American forces pluck the leadership from a rooftop in Beirut and flew them to Tunisia while leaving many behind who were to be the core for Hezballah. Israel was warned off entering Beirut by the United States, something Israel decided was not worth testing the American resolve. A battleship sitting ten miles off the coast sends a very impressive message. The Oslo Accords brought the PLO back transformed into the PA and now the Israeli partner for peace. The root of the problem is that the Arab leadership does not desire peace unless it includes the Jews subjugated or killed and Israel destroyed. Just a note, subjugated Jews will not last long and as soon as the world turns away, they will be lined up and have their heads removed.

 

We enjoyed your emotional video where you spoke of things you have proven
to know nothing about. Perhaps get some education from sources
other than other revolutionary leftists such as Chomsky and
then we can have an adult and intelligent conversation.

 

But the Palestinian Arabs have not been permitted to vote and what is Israel going to do to remedy that situation? To be blunt, the answer is nothing, as the world would never allow Israel to do anything about that horrific situation. Yes, calm down, we are stating that the world will not allow us to provide the Palestinian Arabs the right to vote. The world is fully aware that should they be provided with a real chance at open and free elections where anybody could run for office and the votes were ratified by independent observers would have the PLO and the PA voted from power. The winners would be one of two possibilities, either Hamas or Islamic Jihad would win or the clan leaders of the numerous cities and towns would win and each small area would be ruled independently of the collective group. An open and real election would fragment the Palestinian Arabs into the separate family and local structures which they would prefer have run their lives. There would be a base group who are hardened terrorists but they would be hard-pressed to make a majority showing. This is the reason that Mahmoud Abbas is serving the twelfth or thirteenth year of his four-year term which began in 2005. Abbas has found every reason in the book to prevent elections and apparently, no one is all that upset as long as they can claim that Israel will not allow them to vote. That would be like claiming that the United States has prevented honest elections in North Korea and it is all Trump’s fault (perhaps we should not give people any ideas). So there are two terrorist dictatorships ruling the Palestinian Arabs which the Israelis have never ruled over directly.

 

But you have basic problems which are far more troubling than these. Israel was not founded on any decision based on the Holocaust; we will refer to that horrid event as the Shoah. The Shoah likely even had minimal influence on the United Nations vote which is depicted in every movie showing Jews huddled around radios waiting to see if the world will accept them and cheering the result and then going out the next day and declaring statehood. There are so many problems with this depiction that it is problematic choosing where to start. The vote that they are referring to took place on November 29, 1947 in the United Nations General Assembly. This vote was on United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 which was a plan to divide the British Mandate lands yet a second time into Arab and Jewish states. This division would be on top of having already given the Arabs 78% of the British Mandate lands all east of the Jordan River and Israel the remaining 22% of the British Mandate lands all west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The defining of Israel under the British Mandate agreement to be founded between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea should give you a hint on what is meant by “from the river to the sea,” as you quoted that chant for the destruction of Israel. So, the vote was at the end of November 1947 and Israel declared her independence on May 14-15, 1948, a full five and a half months later, not anywhere near the next day or that evening as depicted in the Hollywood movies. So, what could have been so important about the dates in the middle of May? Well, that was the date that the British were ending their enforcement of the mandate and were pulling out of the region. As the Arab leadership had refused the partition offered in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181, as a General Assembly resolution, such a refusal made it null and void and never to be applicable again. That is the odd thing about United Nations General Assembly resolutions, either everyone decides to participate or it holds no worth whatsoever. So, it was not the United Nations vote which established Israel, it was the termination of the British enforcing their mandate which left Israel free to declare their independence.

 

The Israeli border would have reverted back to the original plans as set out under the Mandate which was the result of the San Remo Conference which was held from April 19 to 26, 1920, which is almost two decades before the Shoah. This was one of a myriad of treaties which returned lands to their ancient and original inhabitants, well, unless the British were involved. The British were supposed to work with France to establish a Kurdish nation of Kurdistan but there was a small problem, J. Paul Getty had his greedy little eyes on the Mosul oil fields which were to be included within Kurdistan and they might not be able to make such an arrangement with the free Kurdish People and King Faisal was more than agreeable provided that he ruled all of the north of Iraq and there be no Kurdistan. That is why there is today a Turkish effort to eradicate the Kurdish people in northern Syria and another effort to do likewise in Iraq by the Iraqi military backed by the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) provided by Iran. The British had committed similar things to attempt and prevent there ever coming into place the Jewish State of Israel. The British would stand aside during Arab rioting in Hevron, Jerusalem and other cities mostly during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The British would confiscate weapons from the Jews and some British officers would then turn these weapons over to the Arab fighters. Many British forced tripled their efforts to disarm the Jews and arm the Arabs in the final weeks and days to their departure. The British limited Jewish immigration into Israel and made the limitation even stricter during the Shoah when the Jews were facing their most dire need for a place to flee. On the other hand, the British did nothing to prevent Arab immigration which had three reasons behind their moving into what would become Israel. The first was economic because as the first Zionists returned to the land, the land began a transformation as these Jews drained swamps, irrigated parched lands and the land began to produce establishing an economy with opportunities. Some of the Arabs came to work with the Jews and others came to steal the lands the Jews had transformed by force, which usually was a mistake. Later the British started to import Arabs by force to assure that the Arabs had a majority from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea as they figured that would prevent Israel from ever being founded. They worked with Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and others to bring Arabs from far and wide.

 

The very morning that the British got onto their ships to depart, six Arab nations; Jordan (Transjordan), Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iraq invaded the nascent state of Israel who had no actual military or universal command structure in place. Meanwhile, there were some British, French and Nazi officers who were veterans of World War II who assisted the Arabs manning their command centers and providing advice. Israel survived which Jews consider to be a great victory, but they lost lands of Gaza and the Shomron, the very places which are today demanding that they be given all of the land and the rightful rulership thereof. Back in 1920 and through 1922 while the Mandate System was being assembled through negotiation by the League of Nations, the Arab League was in complete agreement and did not even argue against having a Jewish State, these were people who were familiar with and obeyed the Quran which tells the Muslims that the lands around Israel are for the Jewish People. Current interpretations of the Quran have instead centered on the promise that Islam will rule the planet and everyone will bend their knees to Allah. This interpretation claims that any lands which were ever ruled or owned by a Muslim can never be lost to anyone else. This makes Israel, Spain, Portugal, southern Austria and the entire Balkans along with other claims all Islamic lands which they must reconquer in order to validate their Quranic interpretation. This has to do with their concept of Naskh (نسخ) which is an Arabic word usually translated as “abrogation.” In this rule of abrogation, the Medina verses which were written later replace any Meccan verses with which they are in conflict. The Meccan Quranic verses were all about coexistence, acceptance and generally seeking peace while the Medina Quran was based on conquest, the sword, Taqiyya, forced conversions and numerous verses that are more violent. These verses changed the Jews from People of the Book who were allowed special compensation as Dhimmis into an accursed people who the trees and rocks would call out to Muslims saying, “Oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” Israel simply desires to be granted the lands we were promised which include the Shomron which is the very heart of ancient Israel. We are not seeking world domination, a greater Israel, the conquest of space or any of the myriad of false conspiracy theories, we simply want that which was promised and is supposed to be upheld by the United Nations as per Article 80 of their Charter. We would also love for people to become familiar with the reality before making rash judgments about Israel. If you have any questions, either ask it in a comment or send us an e-mail Mr. Marc Lamont Hill. One last parting note, there has been archaeological proof of King David and King Solomon which places the Jewish People in these lands with Jerusalem as their capital over three-thousand years ago. Three-thousand years ago Islam was not going to be founded for another seventeen-hundred years and the Arabs were worshiping stone idols, the Moon and other heavenly bodies with limited civilization which was mostly clannish. They had yet to form most of their cities while King David had designed an improved gate which made the Jewish cities easier to defend and had established alliances reaching from the Euphrates River to the Wadi of Egypt in the south. The Wadi of Egypt was a riverbed which was dry much of the year and would have flash floods and is located slightly beyond the Negev-Sinai border into Egypt. Israel never has and does not desire ruling over lands reaching the Nile River as some have proclaimed when denigrating Israel making claims our stated desires for peace are false because of our never satisfied desire for a Greater Israel. We simply desire to have that which we were promised and if that means that there will be Arab settlements which rule themselves at the local level but depend on Israel for their protection under national considerations, we can work with that providing the Arabs are willing. Thusfar, the main demand from the Arabs has been simple, the complete and total destruction of Israel and the Jews eradicated. They state this often in Arabic, a language which apparently nobody outside the Arab world is capable of understanding, not even within the State Department, or maybe they simple desire exactly the same ending. You observe the world and decide, you will be shocked when you watch and search for truth.

 

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May 24, 2018

Gaza Borders and the Reality of Human Rights

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:27 AM
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The United Nations Human Rights Council recently decided to investigate the events concerning the Israeli reaction to the peaceful protests on the Gaza border. There was not even consideration of investigating the violence and attempts to destroy property and swarm the border in order to murder Israelis by the masses Hamas has encouraged to perpetrate these violences along the Israeli border. Let us consider the vote by nations where twenty-nine voted in favor, two voted to oppose and fourteen abstained from voting with two nations not voting (see image below). The nations voting in favor were Afghanistan, Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Cote d’Ivorie, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. The two who voted against were Australia and the United States. Those abstaining were Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Panama, Republic of (South) Korea, Rwanda, Slovakia, Switzerland, Togo and Great Britain. The two nations not voting were Mongolia and the Ukraine. Reading the names of those voting to investigate Israel, most were either Islamic or dictatorial nations with a few whose own human rights actions are of questionable respectability. Those who abstained or voted with Israel were almost all democratic nations whose people enjoy maximum rights and have excellent human rights records. All in all, this vote could be said to be more revealing of the voting than it was of Israel. Let us look into the situation more deeply together.

 

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

 

The first item one need consider is what exactly are the driving realities behind the Gaza-Israeli border and the conditions within Gaza. One claim heard is that Israel is responsible for providing electricity, water, gas, and all other goods as the occupying power. Every one of these items is false and anything Israel permits to enter Gaza is a gift granted solely because Israel actually cares more for the people of Gaza than does their government. Yes, Gaza has a government, presumably has utilities and is actually responsible for providing for the people of Gaza. The Gazans elected Hamas to be their governing body. The border between Israel and Gaza is an international border. The electrical shortage in Gaza is not due to Israel reducing the amount of electricity crossing the border, it is because the Palestinian Authority, in an attempt to press Gazans into turning against Hamas and allowing the Palestinian Authority to regain control over Gaza, cut funds which prevented Hamas from purchasing fuel oil for their electrical generating plant. The recent interruption of natural gas provided to many Gazans is due to the rioters on the border setting the pipeline on fire after rupturing the pipeline while also destroying the crossing used by Israel to provide aid to Gaza (see image below). The destruction of the crossing also made the import of goods to come to a halt. These were very likely actions which were planned by Hamas as they continuously tell their people that their problems are all because Israel exists and if they could just destroy Israel they would all live the good life which Israelis live. What the world does not bother to note is that the electricity, water and other utilities, which Israel provides for Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, are seldom paid for and this causes prices for Israel to be higher leading to difficulties for many Israelis. Some Israelis go without airconditioning during the summer and set their heaters at a lower temperature and wear heavy sweaters inside just to make their electricity and gas bills more affordable. The sewage treatment plants in Gaza are left in disrepair despite Gaza being provided with the required piping and cement to repair these systems repeatedly but these items are misappropriated for building infiltration tunnels and bunkers rather than repair of these plants.

 

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

 

There have been no schools or hospitals built in Gaza and numerous apartment buildings remain destroyed and not replaced simply because Gaza places a higher importance on their tunnels and bunkers and less on providing for their citizens. Should Israel be providing the construction of new hospitals, new schools and repairing apartment buildings destroyed when destroying rocket launching pads from the past wars? At this point, allow us to restate that the Gaza border is an international border with the same legal restrictions and implications as the border between any two nations, in this case adversarial nations where one, Gaza, has sworn itself to the destruction of the other, Israel. Also, there is another such border between Egypt and Gaza and there have not been as many demonstrations along the Gaza Egypt border and Egypt has kept that border completely closed to all traffic almost continuously for years. Israel has sent trucks with supplies, tractor-trailer trucks, recently with medical aid considered to be in short supply and desperately required in Gaza and Hamas refused the aid. Additionally, the normal aid convoys were interrupted as the crossing was destroyed by Hamas activities causing Israel thirty-million shekels, eight and one-third-million dollars in repair costs. We found an interesting video on Haaretz, an Israeli strongly left-leaning news source, which gave time to all sides making their points both supporting Israel and blaming Israel that we decided to include despite some ideas with which we have some issues with their presentation of their facts.

 

 

Back to the ideas, we would like to press about these confrontations, and they are not protests and no longer rioting but an actual military confrontation with Hamas using their own population as cover for military attacks. In the past week, anybody keeping abreast have realized that Hamas has made announcement which, to say the least, have been contradictory. One set of spokespeople have claimed they have demanded that their citizens not approach the border fence while others have told them to bring wire and bolt cutters to make a breach in the fence, and others have stated the Gazans should breach the border and swarm across into Israel forcing a direct confrontation with the IDF and if able to get beyond into Israel to, with the words of Hamas leader Sinwar, they would “eat the livers of those besieging” them. He had previously told the Gazans that their boys would “tear out their hearts from their bodies.” (see video below) These are the hopes and aims of the man who rules Gaza and heads Hamas and was the one who called for this attempt to infiltrate Israel. This was his declaration of war and there are Gazans who are now angered because they saw no gains from the price the people paid. They expected something greater and had real reasons to actually expect results, as we will discuss next.

 

 

Sinwar had promised that the border would be erased, the blockade would come down and they would be swarming into Israel murdering Israelis, taking their lands, their goods, their treasure and returning to their presumed properties while gaining everything the Israelis have and assuming their way of life as if even had the Gazans sent every Israeli Jew leaving Israel, they could not continue to have the same standard of living that the Israelis live and have established. They had been given the idea that they were certainly going to completely swarm through large areas of destroyed border fence and were provided maps with the fastest routes to the closest Israeli population centers, towns, kibbutzim and cities also denoting the places where the border fence was to be breached (see image below). Remember, this border fence denotes and international border between Israel and Gaza. Israel does not rule Gaza, has no actual effect on the Gaza economy, and Israel is not by any means stealing virtually all building materials to build terror infiltration tunnels and underground bunkers for Hamas operatives and terrorists only and denied to the Gazan population when Hamas makes active war firing rockets into Israel as in the three Gaza-Israel wars. The infrastructure in Gaza is in disrepair and all provisions for repair have been used for tunnels and bunkers. So there was no border breach and they are not going to conquer Israel slaughtering the Jews as promised. The blockade, a legal blockade approved by the United Nations as Hamas is a terror organization and Gaza is considered a terror state and thus can be prevented from having the right to freely importing weapons and large weapons systems. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have still received advanced rockets and missiles with better accuracy, longer ranges and heavier payloads to have gone from rockets with a five to ten kilometer range and one to five kilogram payload to today having missiles which can reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa with one-hundred and even, it is believed, larger payloads. These additional abilities have been provided largely by Iran which is also sworn to destroy Israel as well as the United States. These are some of the realities which Israel has to face and make decisions, and find some means by restricting the damage to civilians and try to prevent innocent deaths. Hamas, on the other side, wishes to maximize the numbers of innocent deaths to parade before the world which is all but salivating to denounce Israel for not simply rolling over and being killed. So, how does Israel handle these challenges?

 

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

 

During the wars with Hamas, Israel would drop leaflets warning civilians of coming attacks, made thousands of phone calls warning of coming attacks and did all they could to warn the civilians even of the time and direction from which IDF troops would approach. I hear the gasp and the question as to would that not also warn the terrorists? Well, of course it would, but Israel believed that this was a small price to pay if it prevented innocent people being killed. When the Israelis sent aircraft to strike a rocket-launching site they would either have the pilot send images of the target site back to Command or a drone would be sent beforehand and send back images to Command and then officers including human rights expert lawyers would decide if the attack would be safe and not risk innocent life to the best of their ability to determine. If it appeared safe, then the attack would be authorized and when a drone was present they could call off the attack should civilians appear close to the target. I hear the question; would this not cause Hamas to use such rules to prevent Israeli airstrikes? Well, Hamas left a large number of women and children on the roof of the buildings they were using for command and control and they placed their central command bunker in the basement of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City (see image below). Another question is always would this not permit Hamas to set up an ambush for IDF infantry when they know their route of approach? Well, they did and it resulted in a multi-hour battle which all but destroyed the neighborhood and led to what was claimed a great number of innocent deaths which subsequently were proven to be terrorists from the actual battle and thus legal targets. What Hamas does when one of their fighters is killed, they take away their weapons and remove any headdress or other signs that they belong to Hamas and then claim that they are civilians. What is the worst of all possible results is that by having their main command center in the Al-Shifa Hospital, Hamas has made the hospital into a legal military target and thus making it a legal target as it houses a military installation which is why placing any military use inside a hospital is considered illegal and a war crime. Terror groups really could not care less about committing war crimes as such is part and parcel of their day-to-day operations.

 

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

 

Hamas has even made claims that Israel struck with missile fire the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp. Their claim ran into a problem as Israeli Iron Dome tracking systems had tracked the four rockets fired from a mobile launcher. The tracking showed their striking the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp with the remaining two rockets heading for Ashkelon in Israel, which was intercepted, and off into the Mediterranean Sea. For the map showing the tracing use this link. Of course, by the time Israel went through their logs and found the proof that the rockets striking these locations were actually misfires by Hamas themselves came days later after the world and the media had dragged Israel over the coals and through the mud. That is another item Hamas relies on which is best represented by the quote of Sir Winston Churchill stating, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This is even worse today as those lies now get around the world almost countless times, are discussed repeatedly, condemnations made and considered complete and all responsibilities assigned with the United Nations and its agencies already performing several investigations before the truth even finds its pants. From Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 2, states, “truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.” From this we get the phrase “Truth will out,” meaning that with time the truth will win and become known. This no longer applies as once social media decides an issue, and they jump so quickly even rivalling the speed of light, their initial conclusion never dies without long and tedious explanations as to how the truth was proven, and on social media anything longer than two-hundred-eighty characters is just too long to read and such a pain. Well, that is Twitter’s idea of limit to speech. With the media in so many forms so eager to prove that Israel is such a horrible and corrupt entity, the truth will out but so many just do not care. That is the reality and eventually it will cost the world a great debt which will eventually come due, they almost always do.

 

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July 30, 2012

It is not About an Occupation

The overbearing conversation claims that the anger, terrorism and all other forms of violence perpetrated by the “Palestinians” is due to their historic homeland having been stolen and occupied by the Israelis, the Jews. This is a deception which anybody with even a modicum of knowledge of ancient history already knows the truth but let’s go over it once again. The Palestinians are of Arab origins and arrived in the areas around Israel in the seventh century during the Arab Islamic conquests which eventually stalled in Tours, France and Venice, Italy reaching into India in the east and southern Russia in the north. The area around what today includes Israel, Gaza, Judea and Samaria (West Bank), and areas east of the Jordan were known long before they arrived as Israel and Judea. Israel was conquered by the Babylonians leaving the Jewish territories called Judea. The area remained known as Judea until the Romans changed the name in order to erase any reference to Jewish ownership, past or present, and renamed the area Palastina in the second century, after the Roman name for the ancient civilization of the Philistines, the Jews most persistent and hated enemies. The area from the time of Greek conquest by Alexander the Great until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was held as part of conquering powers and never an independent state or even having its own identity as it was usually equated to be part of an Egyptian province or a Syrian province. An interesting truth is that it was relating to the Syrian denotation of the areas which make up the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea that made up the western section of the British Mandate where the original use of the term “Naqba” was coined which referred to the catastrophe which occurred to the Arab peoples living in the British Mandate. The “Naqba” was the fact that the areas known as southern Syria were under British rule while Syria proper including Damascus was under French rule and it was a catastrophe that those living in southern Syria under British rule were no longer easily able to make pilgrimage to Damascus now under French rule. So, enough about early to modern history and to the subject of the presumed occupation.

We hear the repetition of terms all of which refer to the occupation. Some of these unfortunately familiar terms are terrorism, cycle of violence, suicide bombing, rocket attack, IDF strike and a fair number of others. This begs a question of who is occupying and what is it that has been occupied. The theory is that the Israelis, or more accurately the Jews, are occupying the ancient homeland of the Palestinians. The Israeli Jews are occupying Palestine, the former homeland of the Palestinian Arabs. The claim is that the area has belonged to the Palestinian Arabs for thousands of years, one claim actually proposed that Palestine had existed until 1948, when Israel was founded replacing the noble country of Palestine, for nine thousand years. Yet, we know from history that the Arab people did not emerge in numbers from the Arabian Peninsula until around the year 675, a mere 1335 or so years ago, long short of nine thousand years. But let’s assume that the occupation really does currently exist, despite all evidence to the contrary. So, we must attribute the violence and attacks against the Israelis are all completely due to the occupation which began in 1967 as a result of the Six Day War. But there were numerous terror attacks, suicide bombings and shootings before June of 1967. Even the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) was formed before 1967. Yasser Arafat formed the PLO along with Mahmoud Abbas in 1964 in order to liberate Palestine. So, where was this Palestine they were targeting to liberate? Was it the West Bank and Gaza which were held, or is it occupied, by Jordan and Egypt respectively. No, the PLO was formed to liberate Palestine from the Jews, to replace Israel with the State of Palestine. So, according to the original intent declared by the PLO, they had no claim to the West Bank or Gaza, the same exact places they claim today is their only aim to possess. The next claim will be that actually Israel including the West Bank and Gaza are the occupied areas. The terror committed and all violence is due to the founding of the State of Israel becomes the argument which leads to the next query. If it was the formation of Israel in 1948 then why the violence, pogroms, and violence against Jews during the British Mandate period and even before that all the way back to before the year 1000. The history of Muslim and Arab violence against the Jews for close to 1400 years in the area the Romans named Palastina in the second century. Let’s admit the truth, the reason for the violence is that there are non-Muslims living in this presumably pure Arab Muslim land that must be made pure for Islam and it is not Israel or the British Mandate or anything else other than there are Jews and they must be driven from before the Muslims. Almost a millennia and a half of violence perpetrated throughout this period of history reveals the real truth that it is not the occupation, it is not the existence of the Settlements, it is not the founding of Israel, it is that Jews exist and have the unmitigated and brazen nerve to believe they will be allowed to reside on this land. It is not the occupation and no two state solution is going to end the violence as the violence began before there was even any state in existence and the lands were under foreign, but not Jewish, occupation.

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