Posted by: r.m. | June 3, 2009

Gaza: The war continues. (Lest we forget)

Thousands are living in tent cities all over the Strip, and the entire population of Gaza is being strangled to this day by a blockade that is choking off any possibility of reconstruction or recovery. Make no mistake about it: the blockade, directly enforced by Israel and Egypt but conspired in by their superpower patron in Washington, is a continuing act of war against an entire civilian population of 1.5 million, a form of collective punishment and a crime against humanity.”


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  1. Why the Mazri and her liberal followers are wrong and fighting a war they cant win…ever.

    Here are just a handful of popular misconceptions and their antidotes:

    Falsehood: Israel was erected on land that belonged to Palestinian
    Arabs*.

    Truth: Before Israel was created its territory never belonged to
    Palestinian Arabs and had not been ruled by any Arabs at all since the
    Middle Ages. It had been a Turkish province for centuries until it was
    captured by Britain during World War I. The League of Nations awarded
    governance of “Palestine” to Britain at the end of the war in exchange
    for its commitment to turn the area into a Jewish homeland. The lands on
    which Jewish immigrants settled before Israel was created were purchased
    by Jews at above-market prices and in most cases had no Arabs living on
    them. Virtually no Arabs were evicted.

    Falsehood: There is no Palestinian state today because of Israeli
    aggression and obstinacy. *

    Truth: There is no Palestinian state today because of Arab aggression
    and obstinacy. In late 1947, the United Nations approved by a two thirds
    majority a proposal to create in to create in Western “Palestine” two
    states to replace the British Mandatory regime there. One would be
    Jewish and the other a Palestinian Arab state. The Jews agreed. The
    Arabs rejected the idea. The Arab states launched an attack of genocidal
    aggression against the Jews, invaded “Palestine” and gobbled up the
    lands earmarked for the Arab Palestinian state. Most of those lands were
    then held illegally by Jordan and semi-legally by Egypt until 1967 when
    they were liberated by Israel in the Six Day War. The Arab world has
    maintained a state of war with Israel since 1948, refusing to recognize
    its legitimacy, and attacking Israel over and over in a series of wars
    and terrorism campaigns. The Arab states attacked Israel in 1948, 1956,
    1967, 1973, 1982, 2006, and sponsored terrorist atrocities against Jews
    in Israel since it was created. The reason for the attack which produced
    the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948 is exactly the same thing that stands
    in the way of any real peace settlement today.

    Falsehood: Israel conducted “ethnic cleansing” of the Palestinian
    Arabs in 1948-49. *

    Truth: The Arab states conducted ethnic cleansing of Jews after 1948.
    About a million Jews were expelled by Arab states, their property
    stolen, and most then became citizens of Israel. Palestinian Arabs
    became refugees in 1948-49 as a direct result of the Arab war of
    aggression against Israel, in which the Palestinians participated. The
    estimated number of such Arab refugees varies between 400,000 and
    750,000, with the former the more likely correct estimate. Afterwards,
    many were quietly allowed to return to Israel. Hundreds of thousands of
    Arabs from other Arab countries then declared themselves “Palestinian
    refugees” in order to get handouts from the UN and other international
    relief organizations. The actual Palestinian Arabs became refugees for
    the same reason that ethnic Germans living in Eastern Europe became
    refugees after World War II: because they were on the losing side of the
    war of aggression launched by their own political leaders.

    Falsehood: Israel is an apartheid regime and mistreats Arabs. *

    Truth: Israel is the only Middle East country that is NOT an apartheid
    regime. Arabs living under Israeli rule are the only Arabs in the Middle
    East who enjoy freedom of speech and of the press, free access to courts
    operating with due process, legal protection for property rights and the
    right to vote. Israeli Arabs have higher standards of education and
    health than any other group of Arabs in the Middle East. Israeli Arabs
    are quite simply the best-treated political minority in the Middle East
    and are in some ways better treated than are minority groups in many
    European countries. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that
    does NOT deal with Islamist terror through wholesale massacres of the
    people in whose midst the terrorists operate

    No Palestinians before 1967 demanded any “homeland,” although they did
    demand that the Jews be stripped of */theirs/*. That is because
    Palestinians are not a “people” at all and do not consider themselves
    such, any more than do the Arabs of Paris or of Detroit. Palestinians
    never had any real interest in their own state, and in fact rioted
    violently in 1920 when “Palestine” was detached from Syria by the
    European powers. Indeed the original term “Nakba” (“catastrophe” in
    Arabic and in leftist NewSpeak) was coined to refer to the outrage of
    Palestinians separated from their Syrian homeland. Immediately after the
    Six Day War a sudden need for a Palestinian state was fabricated by the
    Arab world, as a gimmick to force Israel back to its pre-1967 borders.
    Israel would then again be ten-miles wide at its narrowest, and so
    prepped for the new Arab assault of annihilation and genocide.

    The Arab world invented the “Palestinian people” so that it would serve
    the same role as the Sudeten Germans did in the late 1930s. That role
    was to provide a pretense of legitimacy for the war aims and aggression
    of a large fascist power. The term “self-determination” has been
    repeated as a rhetorical “inalienable right” for so long that few people
    recall that pursuing “self-determination” can also serve as a tool of
    aggression by barbarous aggressors and totalitarian powers.
    Self-determination” was also the pretense when Germany
    attacked Poland and other countries.

    The Arab world decided that the “Palestinians” must play the role of
    Sudetens, serving as the political and moral pretense for Arab
    aggression and Islamofascist imperialism. The Arab fascists then
    misrepresent themselves as pursuing noble efforts at protecting a
    mistreated oppressed minority group of Arabs in need of
    “self-determination.”

    Falsehood: Palestinian terrorism has been a response to Israeli
    occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and as a response to Israeli
    settlements there*.

    Truth: Palestinian terrorism against Jews began in the 1920s, escalated
    in the 1930s, continued non-stop in the 1940s even in the midst of World
    War II, and reached heights of barbarism in the 1950s. All this was long
    before Israel “occupied” anything. The PLO was set up long before the
    Six Day War, meaning before Israel “occupied” the West Bank and Gaza,
    and before those areas held a single Israeli settlement.

    Falsehood: Israel has no right to build settlements in the West Bank. *

    Truth: Israel has as much right to build settlements in the West Bank as
    France has to build towns in Alsace and Lorraine, or as Poland has to
    build in areas that once held ethnic Germans. The Arabs launched a
    series of wars of aggression against Israel and lost. Aggressors who
    lose a war also lose territory. The bulk of Jewish “settlers” are
    actually Israelis living in the suburbs of Jerusalem that were
    constructed after 1967. A handful of small rural “settlements” have been
    constructed in empty West Bank lands from which no Arab civilians were
    evicted. In any real peace settlement, Jews would have as much right to
    live in the West Bank as Arabs have to live inside Israel. A peace
    accord that rules out such an arrangement would be no peace accord at all.

    Falsehood: Israel can achieve peace by trading “Land for Peace” and
    by relinquishing territories that it “occupies.” *

    Truth: Every time Israel relinquishes territory it “occupies” it
    triggers an escalation of terror and violence by Arabs against Jews. The
    main cause of anti-Israel terrorism today is the */removal/* of Israeli
    occupation from Arabs. This is so obvious that it is a major
    intellectual challenge to explain why so few people understand it.
    Israel ended its occupation of the Gaza Strip in its entirety in 2004
    and evicted all Jews who had been living there. The complete Israeli
    withdrawal from the Gaza Strip produced a barrage of thousands of
    rockets aimed at Israeli civilians inside Israel (/NOT/ in the “occupied
    territories”), a barrage that eventually forced Israel’s reluctant
    leaders to carry out the “Cast Lead” operation against Gaza terrorism.
    The Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon was unilaterally ended in the
    year 2000 by then-Israeli socialist Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The
    direct result of that fiasco was the launching of 4,000 Katyusha rockets
    from Lebanon against northern Israel in the summer of 2006, and several
    times that number now poised to strike Israel. The worst waves of
    Palestinian suicide attacks were directly triggered by the early Oslo
    withdrawals ? before which there had been no suicide bombings. There can
    be no doubt that a complete Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and a
    return to pre-1967 borders would trigger a massive rocket and terror
    assault against the remaining areas of Israel, launched from the
    “liberated” lands in the West Bank. The same thing would result from
    Israel relinquishing the Golan Heights to Syria.

    Falsehood: The Middle East conflict can be resolved through “Two
    States for Two Peoples.”*

    Truth: The “Two States for Two Peoples” idea is not a solution at all
    but simply a strategy for weakening Israel and forcing it behind
    indefensible borders. Right after “Two States for Two Peoples” would be
    implemented, the new “Palestinian state” would invite the rest of the
    Arab world to finish off what remains of Israel. Even the “moderates”
    within the PLO insist that any “Israel” left standing within “Two States
    for Two Peoples” must be flooded by Arab migrants and stripped of its
    Jewish majority, in effect converted to yet another Arab Palestinian
    state.

    The result of all this is pseudo-history, where people invent new
    “theories” about some of the most widely-accepted truths of history. No
    subject has been subject to quite so much pseudo-historic revisionism
    and denial of “out-of date” truths as the Middle East. George Orwell
    once said that the first duty of intelligent men is to restate the
    obvious. Obvious truths need to be restated because they are under
    assault by so many dishonest men.

    The Palestinians have no legitimate claim to a right to set up their own
    state, and creation of such a state would result in escalated warfare
    and bloodshed, not peace. There was never in history an Arab Palestinian
    state.


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