Today saw another horrific attack on innocent Jews worshipping in Synagogue by Palestinians ‘armed with knives and knives’. This is just the latest of an ongoing series of attacks on Jews carried out in the name of ‘Palestinian Liberation’ against whom they see as the ‘occupiers’. This is unbelievably sad, and once again is likely to lead to the perishing of Palestinians in reprisal attacks by Israel, with Israel’s actions being once again branded as ‘genocide’ by international Left media all too eager to lambast Jews. However, given the choice of living in Gaza for a month or in Tel Aviv – I wonder where these same critics of Israel’s right to defend itself would honestly choose? Would it really be the place where their chance of emerging alive at the end of their month is really pretty slim? Or would it be the home of a vibrant cultural scene, great beaches, friendly people and thriving start-up innovation?
Let’s face it – you or I as non-muslims would have a pretty torid time of it in Gaza where crime is on the increase and where the UK government advises against tourism. The only risk to life in Israel is from Palestinians randomly attacking civilians as has been the case for weeks now with car attacks, stabbings and shootings. Palestinian media actively promote these and Palestinians celebrate even the killings of babies.
But do the Palestinians actually have a point? Are they being wrongly subjugated by Israel?
“The Arab case against Israel, in the matter of Jewish land
purchases, rests mainly on two claims: (1) that the Palestinian
Arab farmer was peacefully and contentedly working his land in
the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th
when along came the European Jewish immigrant, drove him off
his land, disrupted the normal development of the country and
created a vast class of landless, dispossessed Arabs; (2) that a small
Jewish minority, owning an even smaller proportion of Palestinian
lands (5 per cent as against the Arabs’ 95 per cent), illegally made
itself master of Palestine in 1948.”
This, then, was the picture of Palestine in the closing decades of
the 19th century and up to the First World War: a land that was
overwhelmingly desert, with nomads continually encroaching on
the settled areas and its farmers; a lack of elementary facilities and
equipment; peasants wallowing in poverty, ignorance and disease,
saddled with debts (interest rates at times were as high as 60 per
cent) and threatened by warlike nomads or neighbouring clans.
T h e result was a growing neglect of the soil and a flight from the
villages, with a mounting concentration of lands in the hands of a
small number of large landowners, frequently residing in such
distant Arab capitals as Beirut and Damascus, Cairo and Kuwait.
Here, in other words, was a social and economic order that had all
the earmarks of a medieval feudal society. ” From The Case for Israel.
I would argue that patently, no, Palestinians do not in fact have a right to return as ‘their’ land was never theirs but owned by richer Arabs and sold to Jews legally and for very inflated prices early in Zionist history. Since the founding of Israel on 12 May 1948, Arabs have been flocking to the region in response to Israel’s growing wealth and economic development. Israel has worked the land and used modern technology to build a successful, democratic nation in record time. Before the Jews returned to Israel, there had been some few Arabs living there, but the land was barren and dry desert. Jews who had started to return to Israel before 1948 were routinely massacred by Arabs –
“If the Arabs had not carried out across the board attacks throughout the Yishuv between 1947 and 1948, perhaps the nature of the subsequent Jewish victory would have been different. As it was, the ceaseless attacks against all isolated Jewish settlements only gave Zionist commanders every reason to see neighboring Arab villages as threatening and to act accordingly.” From Science.co.il
In 1695 a Dutch orientalist, Hadrian Reland, conducted a geographical survey of the region. He found that none of the known settlements, ancient or contemporary, bore Arabic names. Most names were Hebrew, Greek, or Latin in origin. Moreover, the land was almost empty of inhabitants, desolate, the few towns (Jerusalem, Acre, Safed, Jaffa, Tiberius and Gaza) inhabited mostly by Christians and Jews, with Muslims present only in very small number, mostly Bedouin in the hinterland.
Philip Hitti, historian and most eloquent spokesman for the Arab cause, testified to the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in 1946: “Sir, there is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not.”
The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian People has been a ploy used by Arabs wanting to claim this land once Jews had succeeded through their hard toil and labour to develop it into the rich and fertile land it is today.
It is merely useful for those that want to annihilate Israel to talk of themselves as ‘Palestinians’ – however;
“This ploy was revealed, perhaps inadvertently, to the West in a public interview with Zahir Muhse’in, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, in a March 31, 1977, interview with the Amsterdam-based newspaper Trouw:
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
In fact, Arabs started to immigrate to Israel after WWI whereas previous to this they had been emigrating:
“Statistics published in the Palestine Royal Commission Report
(p. 279) indicate a remarkable phenomenon: Palestine, traditionally
a country of Arab emigration, became after World War I a country
of Arab immigration. In addition to recorded figures for 1920-36,
the Report devotes a special section to illegal Arab immigration.
While there are no precise totals on the extent of Arab immigration
between the two World Wars, estimates vary between 60,000 and
100,000. The principal cause of the change of direction was Jewish
development, which created new and attractive work opportunities
and, in general, a standard of living previously unknown in the
Another major factor in the rapid growth of the Arab population
was, of course, the rate of natural increase, among the highest in
the world. This was accentuated by the steady reduction of the
previously high infant mortality rate as a result of the improved
health and sanitary conditions introduced by the Jews.” From The Case For Israel.
This makes the case for ‘Palestine’ and the ‘Palestinian People’ pretty shaky. Lastly of course is the fact that the Bible and Torah predate Islam and have always talked of Israel (Eretz Yisrael אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל) as the land of the Jews, Judea and Samaria.
Currently, Israel is locked in a battle to the death for its own existence, centred upon Jerusalem – because Arabs want to destroy this Jewish Kingdom which predates the very beginning of the Muslim religion. Today millions of ‘Palestinians’ live in 59 refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, and have done since 1948.
UNRWA’s definition of a refugee also covers the descendants of refugee males. The number of registered Palestine refugees (PR) has subsequently grown from 750,000 in 1950 to around 5 million in 2013.
This continuing situation is incredible to believe.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East(UNRWA) defines a Palestine refugee as:
- “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.”
So it was possible in 1948 to be recognised ‘Palestinian’ even though one might only have lived there for 2 years. That these people have refused to move on with their lives, and that other Arab nations have not taken them in with open arms as fellow Arabs is impossible to comprehend (In fact Egypt has also closed its border with Gaza because it cannot tolerate attacks from that front).
Whilst the Arabs have remained strong in their belief in their own victimhood, Israeli Jews have themselves recovered from the undoubted traumas of the Holocaust in order to create a thriving, developed, democratic nation. Israel today is the only country in the Middle East with this distinction – Women, Gays and people of other faiths are free to live as they wish in Israel. Medical and technological developments are legion. Business and education thrive for all – Israeli Arabs included.
It is no wonder Israel fights tooth and nail for these freedoms – and I applaud them for it. Hamas and the Palestinian Unity Government should be deplored for the violence it condones, the mishandling of aid dollars which it diverts to terrorist activity and for the fact it has neglected its own people so much that they still live in the backwards conditions they did before the Jews returned to the land with the Zionist movement. If they began to live peacefully with Israel there is a chance they could actually benefit from the latter’s greater technological prowess and begin to benefit from the same freedoms that Israelis benefit from today.
It is in my view, based upon the above, incumbent on the European nations (which for centuries persecuted the Jewish people to the extent that the only way of living in safety was to return to Israel) to recognise this and support Israel against modern threats to its people from its neighbours in the Middle East who falsely claim ‘genocide’ when it is just their own hell-bent sense of victimhood speaking.
This from a former Associated Press journalist on the media bias when Israel is reported: