Monday, August 13, 2018

Elimination in Three Stages

There are those, both Jews and others, who seek peace between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.  They call the reality they seek to "solve" the Israel-Arab Conflict.  I prefer to term it the Arab Conflict with Israel and Zionism.

They may couch their rhetoric in liberal or even revolutionary language but there is a very dark side to their real meaning.  

Am I too extreme, or pessimistic in my outlook?

Let me explain in two stages.

To make their eliminationist demands - of Zionism and of Israel as a state - palatable, they first "attach" themselves to Jews/Zionists/Israel, as if they are we are equal, while at the same time, denigrating our national identity.  To illustrate:

Rima Najjar, whose comes from Lifta and is a retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, wrote this a half a year ago

Zionism is Not Judaism: Zionists Should Not Be Welcome on Campus

It is also asserted, academically, that


 Arabs and Muslims Will Not Accept Israel as the Jewish State

Nevertheless, there are those that either naively or slyly seek to frame the "conflict" using this argument:

"Without Palestinians being free, Israelis themselves will not be free"

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu used that argument, too:

Liberate Yourselves by Liberating Palestine

and it's used similarly about Gaza:

 Until Gaza Is Free Israel Will Never Be Free

Another version is:

 you [Israel] will never be free until the Palestinians are

The second stage, pushed after they have confounded, confused and weakened the support for Israel and Zionism, is in what type of "freedom/liberation" are they talking about?

They are talking about eliminationism. This is the prologue from The National Committee for the Heads of the Arab Local Authorities in Israel's recent "The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel"-

We are the Palestinian Arabs in Israel, the indigenous peoples, the residents of the States [sic! we don't have two states yet] of Israel, and an integral part of the Palestinian People and the Arab and Muslim and human Nation.

It continues:

Israel is the outcome of a settlement process initiated by the Zionist–Jewish elite in Europe and the west and realized by Colonial countries contributing to it and by promoting Jewish immigration to Palestine, in light of the results of the Second World War and the Holocaust. 

Are there "Palestinian Arabs" in Jordan?

Are they truly "indigenous"?

Where else are there "Palestinian people"? Or are those the "refugees" from 1948?

How many "nations" are there? Arab, Muslim and human?

Isn't that, though, an echo of the Palestine National Covenant?

Article 1:Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation.

Article 2:Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit.

By the way, can you imagine the Knesset adding to that Jewish Nation Bill this, from that Covenant (original wording crossed out):

Article 7: Jews Non-Jews of Palestinian Land of Israel origin are considered Palestinians Israelis if they are willing to live peacefully and loyally in Palestine Israel.

What is prohibited to we Jews/Zionists is quite permitted to the Arabs-called-Palestinians.

And therein lies the deadly trap. First, they attack ideologically. Then they present a false history and reality. And after that, as a third stage, they make demands which they have couched in a seemingly logical construct which are but a repeat of the Mufti and Arafat's denial and destruction program from almost a century ago.

Those who play along with this, such as the new British Na'amod or Peter Beinart, even though their intentions - and I am being quite liberal in giving them the benefit of the doubt as much as I feel I am wrong in this - are providing "cover" for an evil design on Israel, Zionism and the country's Jews.

They need to sober up.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dear Leftist (far from or closer to the center)

Dear Leftist (far or more to the center), when I read about this aspect of last night's demo in Tel Aviv, protesting the adoption of the Jewish Nation Bill:


a group of supporters of the far-left Arab movement Balad were filmed, chanting, “With spirit and blood we will free Palestine.”

by equality, can I claim all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as well as most of Jordan, as a legitimate claim?

Can I do that in Ramallah and Hebron, protected fully by the Palestinian Authority police but saying "we will liberate all of Eretz-Yisrael, from the sea to the desert"?

Can I expect Palestinian democracy to permit that?

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Should Israel Revoke Citizenship as Punishment?

I recently read this: 

Judges have revoked the Israeli citizenship of three men jailed after being caught, for the third time, setting fires to forests in the Galilee. They will be deported to Jordan.

No, I didn't.

What I did read was this:

Judges have revoked the British citizenship of three men jailed for grooming young girls and they may now be deported to Pakistan.

Israel's Nationality Law reads

11.(b)The Minister of the Interior may terminate the Israel nationality of a person who has done an act constituting a breach of allegiance to the State of Israel.

If "grooming", by which someone, most usually a sexual predator, sets the stage for abusing another, usually underage girls, by gaining dependent trust using gifts or drugs, alienating them from their family and community accompanied by means that instill fear, is an offence that can have one's citizenship cancelled and then be deported, I think destroying state property is an equal crime.

This country suffered greatly at the hands of Arabs.  Zionism was not only having Jews return home, recreate their language and culture and provide a safe haven but to cause the earth, the land, the soil of Eretz-Yisrael to be rejuvenated and that the desert may bloom:

The wilderness and the parched land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

As notedAaron David Gordon, in his 1918 essay, Our Tasks Ahead, wrote:

In my dream I come to the land. And it is barren and desolate and given over to strangers; destruction darkens its face and foreigners rule in corruption. And the land of my forefathers is distant and foreign to me...

Reclaiming the soil and causing it to give fruit and provide food is a Zionist mitzva, a commandment, of the highest order.

He who rejects that or seeks to destroy what we have created in this once desolate land is an arch criminal.

And he/she can deserve such punishment. 

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Foreign Aid Reduces Terrorism? Nope

This article seems to confirm what I have been telling foreign diplomats stationed in Israel or visiting "peace team" leaders who confer with me and that is if your aid money is limited to bequeathing wealth, for all the good reasons in the world, on the Arabs-called-Palestinians, but do not insist on joint cooperative programs with the Jewish residents or do not seek to influence internal democracy, you can forget about it.

The abstract:

Is foreign aid effective in reducing terrorism? 

The existing evidence is mostly negative. 

We argue that this pessimistic outlook on the efficacy of aid as a counterterrorism tool is partly a function of focusing on only one type of aid: economic aid. Governance and civil society aid can dampen the participation in and support for terrorism by altering the political conditions of a country. 

We expect countries that receive high levels of governance and civil society aid to experience fewer domestic terrorist incidents than countries that receive little or none. Using a sample of aid eligible countries for the period from 1997 to 2010, we find that governance and civil society aid is effective in dampening domestic terrorism, but this effect is only present if the recipient country is not experiencing a civil conflict. Our findings provide support for the continued use of democracy aid as a counterterrorism tool.

I was right all these years decades.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Jewish Extra-Territorial Citizenship

Oliver Locker-Lampson had an idea and on April 12, 1938 he raised it in the House of Parliament of which he was a member, saying:


my idea is this: Although I hold to the creation of a State in Palestine of possibly millions of Jews who will act as a buffer State against any military monster who may advance from the North to seize the Canal or cut the pipe-line which provides our only oil supply in the Mediterranean, the purpose of my Bill is this: It is forgotten that it is a very ancient principle, that of preserving citizenship to subjects of a State who remain abroad. For instance, there have been more citizens of Norway living outside than in Norway in one period of that country's history. I would like to give the potentially persecuted Jew in Europe the chance, if he wishes it, of becoming a Palestinian subject. Why, for instance, should Jews in Poland, who cannot move to Palestine, not be able to take up extra-territorial citizenship? They would then become what Jews are in Palestine, protected persons under the Mandate and freemen of a State. They could pay a yearly fee for the Government of Palestine, which would make that place once again a land flowing with milk and money.

He was opposed by a Colonel Brown who declared

I understood my hon. and gallant Friend to say that Jews everywhere should have Palestinian nationality. That is just enough to inflame all the feelings of patriotism amongst Mohammedans in Palestine. I say quite seriously to my hon. and gallant Friend that statements of that kind made in this House may mean the loss of several lives of British police and soldiers in Palestine. 

At the end of a tie vote the Bill was ordered to be brought in.

But it did not evolve into legislation.

And we know what happened to the Jews of Europe.

(h/t)

Make "Palestine" Eretz-Yisrael

I read this item and learned that Amazon.com is selling T-shirts that say "Make Israel Palestine Again".  That is an encouragement to end the State of Israel. Similar shirts are available on Etsy.com.

The slogan "Make Israel Palestine Again" is used often on social media not to mention the chant "From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free".

They look like this:




What do do?

This?


And this?

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Early Arab Rejectionism

I have pointed out that the Arabs who resided in the territory of the Palestine Mandate, intended to be reconstituted as the historic Jewish national home,
consistently adopted a policy of rejection of all diplomatic solutions.

Most know the 1937 Partition Plan and that of 1947 by the UN which were rejected.

No compromise.

The Khartoum Conference's Three Noes from September 1967 continued that negative tradition.

Here, from the British White Paper of May 15, 1948, are the two earliest examples:

A.

[in 1922] an Order-in-Council was issued providing for the creation of a Legislative Council, to consist of the High Commissioner, 10 official members and 12 elected members, of whom 8 were to be Moslems, 2 Christians, and 2 Jews. The Arabs refused to take part in any form of government involving acceptance of the Jewish national home and boycotted the elections held in 1923, thus making it impossible to set up the Legislative Council.

The High Commissioner then attempted to reconstitute the Advisory Council on the lines of the abortive Legislative Council, but, of the 10 Arabs nominated by him, 7 withdrew their acceptance under political pressure, thus preventing the transformation of the nominated Advisory Council into a representative body.

B.

The High Commissioner then attempted to create an Arab Agency analogous to the Jewish Agency, to which Article 4 of the Mandate had assigned the duty of “advising and cooperating with the Administration of Palestine in such economic, social and other matters as may affect the establishment of the Jewish national home and the interests of the Jewish population in Palestine,” but the Arab leaders refused this offer on the ground that it would not satisfy the aspirations of the Arab people, adding that they had no desire for the establishment of an Arab Agency on the same basis.

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Jabotinsky and "Illegal Settlers"

January 1935:



Sort, concise and to the point.

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Chaim Weizmann and TransJordan

Ze'ev Jabotinsky demanded Palestine. All of Palestine. Including TransJordan.

That's what the 1923 Zionist Congress decided:


Trans- and Cis-Jordan are "one historical, geographic and economic unit" and "in accordance with the legitimate demands of the Jewish people", the Congress expects that an expression of such will be achieved in Transjordan and eventually it will be carried out.

He declared 
that the opening of Transjordania to Jewish settlement is an essential condition no longer opposed by the Transjordanian Arabs but by the mandatory administration.

“A Transjordania which would have the same population density as Palestine has room for one and a half million immigrants, while a Palestine on both sides of the Jordan would harbor five or six millions,” Jabotinsky asserted. “A political regime which would promote settlement instead of hindering it would in a few decades solve the tragic problem of the Jews without harming their non-Jewish neighbors.”

Jabotinsky's 1935 list of the obligations a friendly mandatory power to the Jews and of the Jews to themselves should included
1. A land reserve for agricultural colonization following a geological survey of uncultivated land in Palestine and a loan for reclaiming land.
2. A similar survey in Transjordania.
If not granted land, then Jews should be able to purchase them.

Unlike Chaim Weizmann, his rival, you may have thought.

Really?

He held, for a while at least, similar views.

Here - 

"Transjordania must be opened to Jewish endeavours"



Earlier, there was a scandal when the Mizrachi representative Yehoshua Farbstein revealed negotiations for purchase of lands on the east side of the Jordan River in which he was quite involved.

And here:




(For Weizmann background, see here.)

How much was Weizmann pro-Transjordan?

Well, he said in May 1926


I openly and explicitly stated here as well as in London that we see in Transjordania the eastern part of Eretz Israel. However, we will build the bridge across the Jordan not with soldiers, we will make our way there by Jewish work, with the plough and not with the sword, only through the good will of the two nations, the Jews and the Arabs, will we cross the Jordan.

He pressed the first High Commissioner Herbert Samuel on the matter and latter replied in a December 20, 1936 item:

Sir Herbert Samuel, first British High Commissioner for Palestine, explained last night why Transjordan was not included with the Holy Land under the Balfour Declaration. He told the Anglo-Palestine Club that a pledge had been given to king Hussein that Transjordan was, like Iraq and Hedjaz, to be included in the Arab domains.

The explanation was indirectly a reply to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, who recently raised the question in Jerusalem before the Royal Commission now conducting hearings there. Sir Herbert said the Arabs claimed that Palestine was also included in the Arab domains, but the British would not admit this.



And, as this book relates, he valiantly attempted to complete purchases but the British viewed that effort with displeasure and he never asserted the Jewish claim after that, as Herbert Samuel had declared in October 1934:


“The rumors that Transjordania will be annexed to Palestine are unfounded. Transjordania is a part of the British mandatory area and negotiations are now under way between the Government of Great Britain and Emir Abdullah, ruler of Transjordania, as to the conditions and form of administration of the country”
Weizmann eventually wilted.

The story:






History aside, Jordan is Transjordan is part of historic Palestine.



P.S.

Abba Hillel Silver, in January 1935, published a piece entitled "Land Hunger" which include this:

This calls for the opening up of Transjordania at the earliest possible moment for Jewish settlement. On this pivotal issue of Transjordania all the energies of the Zionist movement should now be concentrated. 

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Diminishing Jewish National Home

Arabs have been pushing maps (and anti-Israel Jews, too) showing how "Arab Palestine" underwent reduction these past 100 years, "disappearing".

They forget and don't remind you of our Jewish experience with a diminishing land mass.

Illustrative maps included in an essay by L.B. Namier taken from “In the Margin of History” published in 1939:




Some called that map showing the creation of a ghetto".

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UPDATE

See this




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Why Arabs Were Palestine's "Non-Jews" Only

The simple fact is that "Palestine" was to be the Jewish national home and that all other residents were simply "non-Jews" rather than "Arabs" and that is because the Arabs were to have the rest of most of the Middle East, what was left of the huge Ottoman Empire.

Only a fraction of the area was to be Jewish:






They wanted it all?

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"Scrupulous Respect for the Rights of Non-Jewish Inhabitants"

Yes, Zionism furthers scrupulous respect for the rights of the country's non-Jewish inhabitants since June 1920


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