Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PA: Israel must be held accountable for settlements

Mike L. 
UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinians accused Israel in a letter to the United Nations of planning to commit further "war crimes" by expanding Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood, and warned that Jerusalem must be held accountable.

In the letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, the Palestinians said Israel was behaving "in a rogue, hostile and arrogant manner, contravening all principles and rules of international law and reacting with contempt to the will of the international community."... 
"A clear message must be sent to Israel that all of its illegal policies must be ceased or that it will be held accountable and will have to bear the consequences if its violations and obstruction of peace efforts," Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour wrote in the letter dated Monday.
So, let me see if I have this straight.

In 1948 Jordan grabbed Judea and Samaria, which they dubbed The West Bank in order to obscure the long history of Jewish people on that land, in an act of war against the Jews directly after the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel.

Between 1948 and 1967 we heard nothing of a "Palestinian" people longing for autonomy on their allegedly historic homeland.

In 1967 the Jordanians again attack Israel and again lose the fight, thus losing Judea and Samaria to the Israelis.

Shortly thereafter the Arabs living in Judea and Samaria redefine themselves, with a little help from Yassir Arafat and the Soviet Union, as a distinct ethnic group known as "Palestinians" with a claim to that land.  These are Arabs who never before saw themselves as a distinct ethnic group.  These are Arabs that in culture, language, religion, cuisine, and so forth, are entirely identical to Syrians and Jordanians and other Arabs throughout the region.  This is a people that no one had ever even heard of before and who made no claims to a distinct national identity when under Jordanian rule, but who suddenly, after 1967, decide that Judea (AKA, the land of the Jews) belongs to them.

And now we are supposed to believe that it is somehow illegal for Jews to build housing for themselves on Jewish land?  4,000 years of Jewish history on Jewish land count for nothing in the United Nations.  (Shocking, I know.)

What a tissue of lies all of this is.  What double-think and nonsense and, yet, well-meaning liberal Jews throughout the diaspora lap it up like cream.

The problem, of course, is that we bought into these lies out of the hope that if we placated the local Arabs by offering them the land of our ancestors then maybe we could have some peace as we went about designing computer bits and pieces and sending Natalie Portman's out into the world.

That was a huge mistake, because in our well-meaning eagerness to be accepted we strung the rope with which they are hell-bent on hanging us.

The name of that rope is "Oslo" and its noose... much to the sadistic glee of the progressive movement which we generally support... is tightening.

It's mind-boggling, really.  Why it is that diaspora Jews continue to support a political movement that intends us harm is just beyond me.  One needs to be far more sophisticated than myself in order to understand how the guy kicking you in the face is really your friend.


  1. They do it for their own reasons, and some has to do with a greater affiliation to preserve the progressive identity they might lose if they were more protective of liberal principles.

    As I said before, the progressive fetish to treat Israel unlike any other state, especially in light of history, is antisemitic. Maybe the Jews you mention have not made this connection. Or maybe there is a chill against speaking out.

    Many progressives cannot fathom, because they are unaware, that Israel has done more for its adversary than the Arabs for their brothers.

    At the comparative level, it seems that the Palestinian group that underwent the most significant growth is the one that is under Israeli sovereignty - both the Israeli Arabs who received Israeli citizenship, whose situation is far better, and the Arabs of the territories. Despite the harsh living conditions in Lebanon and Syria, and before that also in Egypt and the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians under Israeli rule, beginning in 1967, have enjoyed a steady rise in their standard of living, in employment, in health services, in life expectancy, in the dramatic drop in infant mortality, and in the enormous growth of higher education.

    For example, in all the territories captured by Israel in 1967, there was not one institution of higher education. In the 1970s, academic institutions began to sprout one after the other, and today there are at least 16 institutions of higher education. The growth in the number of students has continued for three decades, including during the years of the Intifada in the last decade. Within six decades the Palestinians - only those under Israeli rule - have become the most educated group in the Arab world.

    The same is true in the political arena. After decades of political oppression, it was only under Israeli rule that the Palestinian national consciousness sprang up. For two decades after the War of Independence, the Arabs could have established a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. They did not do so - until Israel arrived and released them from the oppression of two decades. That didn’t make the occupation desirable. It doesn’t mean that there weren’t injustices and dispossessions. There were. But it seems that after the first two decades following the “nakba,” it was actually the era of Israeli rule that caused the enormous flourishing growth in every field. We should, and we must, criticize the negative aspects of the occupation. But we should, and we must, also remember the aspect that is ignored.


    Maybe that explains why, given free choice, so many Palestinians want to be Israeli and to enjoy a good life.

  2. And Palestinians must not be held accountable for freaking anything. What is wrong with this world?