Saturday, January 1, 2011

Israel, Arabs, and the Jewish People

Israel is a country only 62 years old, containing 1/1000th of the world’s population and taking up only 2/1000th’s of the total land in the Middle East. And yet, it is the most controversial topic in the media, evoking bitter animosity that literally divides the world in two. Since its inception Israel has fought 7 wars against Arab armies who often allied with one another in attempts to destroy the Jewish state. These belligerents include Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Kuwait, Tunisia, Sudan, Pakistan and North Yemen; with help from the Soviet Union, North Korea, Cuba and also the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Hamas, the PLO and Amal.

 The Arab world would not humour the idea of there being a small Jewish nation amongst them. Following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 Britain came to control the Trans-Jordan territory. From the scraps of this land Israel was founded; a barren land about 60% desert with little more than isolated rural communities of Arabs and Jews. The importance of this region to Arabs is not the land itself; Israel is smaller than Vancouver Island and roughly the size of New Jersey. The significance of it is that they would have to recognize a Jewish state.

Forced to fight for its survival, Israel has found herself under attack more than just militarily. Since the League of Arab Nations and their allies could not destroy Israel through force, they launched an intense ideological campaign directed at turning the world against Zionism.

Enter the Palestinians.

The question of a “Palestinian” state did not appear until the land was under Israeli rule. Even more specifically it didn’t truly arise until after the humiliating defeat of the Arabs in what is famously known as the Six-Day War. There is overwhelming historical and archaeological evidence supporting Israel as rightfully belonging to the Jewish people. The Torah, Bible and even the Koran confirm this. There has never been any real movement for there to be a Palestinian homeland, that is, until Israel was formed. Seemingly conjured out of thin air came the “plight of the Palestinians”.

In a 1977 interview with James Dorsey which was published in the Dutch newspaper “Trouw”, Zuheir Mohsen, leader of the Syrian faction of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (or PLO as it is more commonly referred) was caught saying this:

“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.”

He goes on to say:

“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.”

Since then many myths have arisen chastising Israel, often relying on the ignorance of those not involved, namely Westerners. For example we have the classic “Zionism is racism” claim. Zionism is the idea that Israel is the legitimate national homeland of the Jewish people. At what point did Judaism become a race, more specifically a discriminatory one? This is perhaps the easiest anti-Israeli lie to debunk for there are Jews of every shade of colour and from every part the world all of whom are equally welcome in Israel. In 1949 a covert initiative titled Operation Magic Carpet brought nearly 50 000 dark-skinned Yemenite Jews to Israel. They were facing mass violence from Muslims who were rioting over the 1947 UN Partition Plan for Israel. This raises the question: “Of what significance is the state of Israel to Yemenite Muslims?” Israel and Yemen are countries apart from each other. This is but an example of the world-wide discrimination Arabs show towards Jews and Israel. In discrediting this myth that was developed by Arabs it becomes evident that the aggressor’s are making themselves out to be the victims.

Another more easily accepted myth is that Arabs and Jews coexisted peacefully before the Zionist movement and the creation of the Israel. Much of this ignorance stems from there being very little mentioned about the ongoing struggle between Arabs and Jews in the Western world before the rise of Zionism.

Frankly, the Jews living under subjugation didn’t want to stir up more trouble by crying out for help and so little attention was given to them. The history of the Jewish people going all the way back to Biblical times, shows that they would prefer to live humbly under terms of subjugation rather than start trouble with other nations. Arabs however, lack this modesty and in my opinion exhibit a complete absence of dignity because they have no reservations in pleading to the entire world for help against a tiny group of people who are supposedly oppressing them.

Getting back to the point, because there was little attention drawn to this millennia old Arab-Jew conflict, people are quick to assume that there was no issue. But even an objective look at the history of the relationship between these two people shows the repeated degradation, subjugation and slaughter of the Jews by Arabs; whether it be by the Egyptian Pharaohs or Arab Sultans. The “peaceful coexistence” that is commonly referred to are the periods of “satisfactory living” the Jews experienced between episodes of extreme persecution. With rise of post-WW1 Arab nationalism the Jews entered another one of those episodes thus, the relentless condemnation and attacks on the State of Israel.

I could go on debunking myths but my story would not progress and my message would fail to be delivered.

Let’s examine the Palestinian people: they appear to have come into existence somewhere around the 1960’s, seemingly only to lay claims to a land of which they have no historical right. They are unwilling to live peacefully under Israeli rule, are unwilling to divide the land with Israel and have recently elected Hamas into a majority government to rule the Palestinian Authority. Hamas mind you, is an internationally recognized terrorist organization and their frequently uttered motto is: “We love death as much as the Jews love life”. Article 28 of the Hamas charter proclaims: "Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. Let the cowards never sleep."

I wonder why there’s no peace in the Middle East.

Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, one of the co-founders of Hamas, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune in 2002 saying: "We will kill Jews everywhere. There will be no security for any Jews, those who came from America, Russia or anywhere."

Mahmoud al-Zahar, co founder of Hamas, following the publication of the Danish cartoons portraying Muhammad in 2006 told the Italian daily il Giornale "We should have killed all those who offend the Prophet and instead here we are, protesting peacefully."

Sheik Yunus al-Astal, a Hamas legislator and imam, said to the news source Al Risalah in 2008: "suffering by fire is the Jews' destiny in this world and the next". He concluded with "Therefore we are sure that the Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews".

Khaled Mashal, current Hamas and Palestinian leader, on an Al-Jazeera Television broadcast stated "Today, the Arab and Islamic nation is rising and awakening, and it will reach its peak Allah willing.... It will regain the leadership of the world. Allah willing, the day is not far off.

One cannot argue that these are just the statements of individuals or fringe radicals. These people have been chosen to represent Hamas which in turn has been elected by the Palestinian people to represent the Palestinian Territories.

Now let’s get a glimpse of the Israeli people.

• Israel publishes more scientific research papers than any other country
• Israel’s scientific institutions are ranked 3rd in the world
• Israel is ranked 2nd in space sciences
• Israel is the #1 medical patent producing country
• Israel has the 3rd highest rate of female entrepreneurs
• Israel has the most Nobel Prize winners than any other country
• Israel has the highest number of start-up businesses than any other country
• Israel has the 8th highest life expectancy and is ranked 15th best place to live by the U.N. Human Development Index
• Israel was the only country to enter the 21st century with a net gain in trees
• Over 90% of Israeli homes use solar energy to heat their water
• Relative to its population Israel has the highest number of citizens with university degrees
• Israeli doctors offer free life-saving heart operations to children from around the world, regardless of their nationality
• Despite having to spend more money per capita on national security than any other country, Israel’s economy is constantly growing and despite the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict Israel has sent humanitarian aid to over 140 countries over its brief history
• Contrary to Arab claims of Israeli racism, oppression and genocide, Israel is the largest immigrant absorbing nation in the world
• Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and holds free elections every 4 years, of which all citizens are represented equally

I personally find it remarkable that a nation so young and born with such violent opposition could rise to become one of the most socially and economically successful countries in the world today. Whenever the Jewish people come together for a common purpose they are able to overcome impossible odds. Lest we forget the Maccabean Revolt and the Six-Day War; Jews are living proof that God keeps his word. In closing, it is important for all Jews to be well-versed about Israel and their history for in a world of deception, truth will keep our paths straight.

1 comment:

  1. Good job , i dont have hate against you or anything ,but i hate the fact that you people treat Palestinians with a grudge like they dont deserve to live there ( because they lived there and you just migrated by the way !!) , and lets not mention you killing Gazza people like dogs and destroying every thing with military force , My Point is you are not all Good and innocent you have your filth in your country as well .