plucky: having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties.
It's not about "belief in God". It's not about "belief in the Bible". It's not about "Jewish values and culture".
It's about truth and justice. It's about standing up for the human rights of the Jewish people.
- Refugees caused by the conflict between the Muslim Arab states in the Middle East and Israel: Approximately 400,000 to 700,000 Arab refugees from Israel; Approximately 800,000 to 1,000,000 Jewish refugees from Muslim states in the Middle East
- The still living members of, and the descendants of, the approximately 800,000 to 1,000,000 Jewish refugees from Muslim states in the Middle East who found refuge in Israel: Approximately fifty percent of the Jewish population of Israel (they call themselves Mizrahi, which means "Eastern" in Hebrew)
- The group of Arab people who are now called "The Palestinians": The still living members of, and the currently several million descendants of, the 400,000 to 700,000 Arab refugees from the 1948 Muslim Arab attack on Israel by the armies of several Arab states; They live in what is now called "The West Bank" (Judea (Yehouda) and Sameria (Shomron)), which is currently governed by Fatah-PLO (which is now called "The Palestinian Authority"), and in what is now called "The Gaza Strip", which is currently governed by Hamas, and in 'refugee camps' in Arab states in the Middle East, and do not live in Israel, and are not citizens of Israel, and have been kept as refugees for over sixty years by Arab leaders and by the leaders of Western countries
- Non-Arab and non-Jewish refugees from other countries since 1945: Tens of millions -- most of whom have been relocated to, and absorbed into, the countries to which they fled or were expelled (such as several million ethnically German people who lived in the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia (Sudeten Germans) who immediately after World War II were expelled from the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia and who were subsequently relocated to, and absorbed into, Germany)
- The still living members of, and the descendants of, the Arab people who did not flee from Israel immediately before nor during, and who were not among the few Arab people who were expelled from Israel during, the 1948 Muslim Arab attack on Israel by the armies of several Arab states: Approximately twenty percent of the citizenry of Israel
- Number of Arab national states in the world: Over twenty
- Number of Muslim states in the world: Over fifty
- Number of officially Christian states in the world: Several
- National states in the world: Numerous
- Number of Jewish national states in the world: One
- Size of the land area of the Jewish national state: Approximately two percent of the total land area of the Middle East
- Population of the Jewish national state: Approximately 7.5 million
- Arab non-Jewish citizenry of the Jewish national state: Approximately 1.5 million - Muslim Arab, Christian Arab, Druze Arab
- The land of Israel (and the land of "The West Bank" (Judea and Sameria), and the land of "The Gaza Strip"): Approximately one third of the British Mandate of Palestine
- Jordan: An Arab state created, under the name "Transjordan", by British officials between 1922 and 1924 in British Mandate Palestine; Granted autonomy by Britain in 1946 and subsequently renamed to the name "Jordan"
- The land of Jordan: Approximately two thirds of the British Mandate of Palestine
- "The West Bank": Occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 1967; Judea (Yehouda) and Sameria (Shomron); Renamed to the name "The West Bank" by Jordan, with Jordan referring to Judea (Yehouda) and Sameria (Shomron) as "the west bank" of the Jordan river
- "The Gaza Strip": Occupied by Egypt from 1949 to 1967
- The PLO (the Palestine Liberation Organization): Founded in 1964; Founded by the KGB of the Soviet regime of Russia and by the then-President of then-Soviet-supported Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser; The 1964 PLO Charter (and the 1968 revised, and current, PLO Charter) states that the goal of the PLO is the destruction of what the PLO Charter calls "the Zionist" "occupation" of "Palestine"
- The founder of the ‘Palestinian movement’: Haj Amin al-Husseini - a member of the Arab aristocratic Husseini family; an early leader of the Muslim Brotherhood; a resident of Germany from 1941 to 1945; an adjoined official of the Nazi regime of Germany; a planner of, and participator in, the mass murder of approximately six million Jewish people in Europe by the Nazi regime of Germany; the head of the Arab Higher Committee; as the head of the Arab Higher Committee, the coordinator of the 1948 Muslim Arab attack on Israel by the armies of several Arab states; the originator of Fatah; the mentor of Yasser Arafat
- Fatah: Founded in 1958; Founded by veterans of an organization (the Arab Higher Committee) of the founder of the ‘Palestinian movement’ and co-architect of the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ (the mass-murder of approximately six million Jewish people in Europe by the Nazi regime of Germany approximately seventy years ago), Haj Amin al-Husseini
- Yasser Arafat: The prodigy of Haj Amin al-Husseini; soon after World War II was trained in Egypt by German former Nazi officials at the behest of his mentor Haj Amin al-Husseini; was the head of Fatah; In the mid 1960's, was trained in Russia by the KGB to become the head of the PLO; Between 1969 and 1970 took the position of head of the PLO
- Hamas: Founded in the late 1980's; an official arm of the Muslim Brotherhood; The Hamas Charter (The Hamas Covenant) calls for the murder of all of the Jewish people in the world
- The organizations of the ‘Palestinian movement’: The terrorist racist ideologically genocidally anti-Jewish organizations/organization Fatah-PLO (which is now called "The Palestinian Authority"), and the terrorist racist ideologically genocidally anti-Jewish organization Hamas
- The land of Israel for centuries until the early twentieth century: A mostly barren, and diseased, wasteland; a part of the Islamic Ottoman Turkish empire
- The Arab people in the land of Israel until the early part of the twentieth century: Few, and largely sick
- The Jewish people who immigrated to the land of Israel in the early part of the twentieth century: Revived and re-established the soil in the land of Israel, drained the swamps in the land of Israel, irrigated the land of Israel, developed huge agricultural industry in the land of Israel, installed electrical power in the land of Israel, built the infrastructure of the nation of Israel
- The Arab people in the land of Israel after the development of the land of Israel by the Jewish people who immigrated to the land of Israel in the early part of the 20th century: Many more than there had been before the development of the land of Israel by the early twentieth century Jewish immigrants to the land of Israel
- The ‘Palestinian movement’: A racist ideologically genocidal anti-Jewish political movement whose sole purpose is the destruction of the nation of the Jewish people and which was founded in the early 1920's with the sole purpose of preventing the re-founding of the nation of the Jewish people and whose founder was a co-architect of the Nazi ‘Final Solution’
- Israel: The liberal democratic very small sole nation of the Jewish people
"Anti-Zionism": Contemporary genocidal anti-Jewish racism.
I suppose a distinction should probably be made on the "anti-Zionism" definition, in that I doubt certain Jewish religious sects, such as the Satmar, are charged by anti-Jewish racism, but yeah. I'd say that non-Jewish 'anti-Zionists' all qualify as antisemites. Whether they like to have this simple fact pointed out, or not. They viciously oppose the right to self-determination of the Jewish people, while at the same time make no effort to undo any other nation state in the world.ReplyDelete
It is clear to me what drives them.
Whatever drives them, Jay, it is not an interest in universal human rights or social justice.Delete
That much is certain.
Great post, Daniel! I'm not sure a critical mass of people could be convinced—by any argument, because they want to hate Israel—but your effort is to be commended if only for, as you say, freeing Jews out of their mental slavery.ReplyDelete
I have a few words to say about your intro, stating that it's not about belief in God or the Bible. Although I'm a religious Jewish believer, my take isn't as contrary as you'd expect.
I'd say the choice of the Land of Israel rather than Uganda has its roots in religious belief, if only because the belief made the Jewish people choose this land of all lands both in ancient times and now. However, unlike quite a few religious Jewish believers, I wouldn't use the Biblical argument as the basis for the present-day Jewish claim to the Land of Israel. This is not because I believe such a line of argumentation is invalid (perish the thought) or ineffective (although it's true the anti-Zionists would scorn it, they'd scorn secular arguments just the same), but because the Biblical argument puts the residence of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel as conditional. I simply don't think the Jewish people has any more power for another sojourn outside the homeland, not even a short stay like the Babylonian Exile of 70 years. The Land of Israel is where we stay for better or worse, and should we prove unable to maintain our hold on it, it will be the demise of our enemies as well as ours (the Samson Option).
I believe in the Torah, but I prefer to base the Zionist claim on the fact that the Jews are the indigenous of the Land of Israel. There are two methods behind this line I take:
First of all, it's true. If you went to an Arab population center in Israel like Kalansuwa (in the pre-1967 territories), took a photo of the shops and small businesses there, posted it on the web and asked people to tell where the photo was taken, they'd reply with a full range of Arab countries from Morocco to Iraq, unless and only unless your camera happened to have caught some sign in Hebrew. The Arab colonists in the Land of Israel have little to mark them off from their co-nationals in the rest of the Arab world. Only the Jews are uniquely tied to this land. Jewish values and culture do make an iron-clad case for the Jews being the indigenous people of the Land of Israel.
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Second, once the above point is established, thinking of ourselves as the indigenous of the Land of Israel brings us ideological benefits that are simply delicious in their irony. For, having done even a cursory travel of the Progressive Left cesspools on the web, you must know that they make allowances for "indigenous peoples resisting their colonial oppressors" that they'd otherwise regard as war crimes and atrocities. As we all know from DKos and the rest of them, "Palestinians" can lob missiles at, suicide-murder crowds of, stab sleeping babies of, rape the women of (etc. etc.) the "Jewish settler-colonists" (who are not limited to the post-1967 territories) because the "weak, oppressed indigenous people" is allowed to take any measure to "resist" the "well-armed colonist jackboots." As the refrain goes, "Resistance isn't terrorism," and that is so even if "resistance" happens to coincide with the Nazi-like behavior the anti-Zionists often attribute (without a shred of proof, of course) to the Israeli Jews.
Of course, I'm not calling to descend to the level of our Arab settler-colonist enemies. But there's one thing that comes in useful and is also in harmony with Jewish Law (which I believe in). You know that the Progressive Leftists support the ethnic cleansing of the Jews of the Land of Israel. Well, they won't call it "ethnic cleansing," they'll say it's not ethnic cleansing but justice when the "settlers" are booted off the land of the "indigenous." The fact is it's still ethnic cleansing; bringing up the matter of "indigenous vs. colonist" doesn't make it not ethnic cleansing, it justifies the particular ethnic cleansing. The anti-Zionists support ethnic cleansing and give a justification for it.
If so then two can play that game. You say the indigenous of a land have the right to repulse all the settler-colonists from their land? Excellent! We Jews are the indigenous of the Land of Israel, and the Arabs (not "Palestinians"!) are the colonists stealing our land. You do the rest of the math. "You" meaning the Progressive Leftists, of course.
I'm not looking to convince the Progressive Leftists with this argument. Like your post, this is mainly for ourselves. Still, I like arguing like this even in front of the anti-Zionists, because it drives them mad when I take all their talking points ("indigenous rights" against "colonial jackboots") and turn them on their head to our benefit. To hoist our enemies on their own petards is the greatest pleasure.
And I truly believe that the Jews are the indigenous of the Land of Israel, and that peace will come when the members of the Arab nation realize the score of states they possess on a huge mass of land is quite enough and they're not entitled to the Jewish nation's meager piece of land. Truth and justice indeed.
But, as Randall expressed in a comment on the initial instance of this article that was deleted, telling these facts can go a long way in informing, and convincing of the truth, people who, as Randall said, are truly human.
It's precisely telling these facts -- the facts that are listed in this article -- that are what can show people the truth. It's precisely telling these facts that is what needs to be done.
Most people don't know these facts.
Jewish people underestimate the ignorance of most other people about the situation, and underestimate the importance of telling basic essential facts.
There are, of course, the relatively many fervent ideologically genocidal, and always sanctimonious, anti-Jewish bigots (of all political backgrounds -- "Left", "Right", and "Center") (most of whom, at this time, are very many of "the members of" the populist contemporary "Left"). And Jewish people who are involved in trying to defend the attacked collective of the Jewish people focus on those anti-Jewish bigots and react to those bigots and tailor their responses toward, and about, those bigots. That's a mistake. Most people are not fervent ideologically genocidal anti-Jewish bigots. Most people are just completely ignorant, and are being told lies (visually and verbally) -- unanimously -- by the Western mainstream mass media, by Western academia, by Western governments, by the United Nations, by so-called "Human Rights organizations" etc. What needs to be done is to refute those lies and dispel those lies -- BY TELLING THE TRUTH -- THE BASIC ESSENTIAL FACTS OF THE SITUATION! IT'S THAT SIMPLE!
Jewish people make things much more complicated than they need to be and than they are. They think that they need to write complex treatises on what are actually abstract unessential, and, moreover, false, concepts in order to communicate simple basic essential facts that could be understood by others with basic simple statements of facts. One of the main reasons for this is that many Jewish people -- particularly the supposedly most "sophisticated" and "erudite" Jewish people -- don't understand simple basic essential facts and the meanings of those simple basic essential facts. They don't see the forest for the trees. They don't even see the trees for the leaves. They write treatises on the changes in the veins of leaves during a forest fire. This is a big problem.
The Paradox of the Jewish Mind, by David Solway
But Jewish people need to start to be mindful. Jewish people need to comprehend the facts of the situation. Jewish people need to realize the reality of the situation. It's simple. It's not complicated. It's simple. And Jewish people need to then communicate the reality of the situation -- the true factual history and current reality of the situation -- the facts that are listed in this article (and also the fact that ziontruth expressed that, of course, Jewish people are indigenous to the land of Israel and are the only people in the past three thousand years whose national homeland has been in the land of Israel - and also, as Mike expressed, the fact that Jewish people have been oppressed and persecuted by Muslim Arab people in the Middle East for the past over one thousand years -- but those facts are supplemental; what needs to be communicated are the facts listed in this article -- the facts that ziontruth and Mike expressed will be automatically understood by others after the facts listed in this article are communicated).
Dan, in case you didn't notice, I put a hard-link to this piece on the upper right corner of the site and do intend, going forward, to... I don't know... editorialize some of your bullet points.Delete