By Victor Sharpe
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled, The Ugly Premise of Settlement Opponents, James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence under President Clinton, pointed out that the charter of the Fatah party – which is that of Palestinian Authority Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas – foresees a “Palestine free of Jews.” He referred to the recent Fatah demand that:
Israel must give up all of Jerusalem before it would begin negotiations on a two-state solution.
Mr. Woolsey also referred to President Obama’s embrace of the Palestinian Arab’s judenrein policy in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) as well as in the eastern half of Jerusalem.
The judenrein policy was employed by the German Nazis to ethnically cleanse areas of Jews throughout Europe, which the Wehrmacht had occupied. The chilling words, “Juden raus” (Jews out) were barked by German soldiers as they perpetrated the terrifying expulsions and massacres known as aktions.
Last June in Cairo, President Barack Hussein Obama further embraced the PA’s anti-Jewish policy by announcing that Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem are settlements.
In East Jerusalem, according to Israel National News:
300,000 Jews live in the neighborhoods of Gilo, French Hill, eastern Talpiot and Ramot, among others.
I have long urged Israelis and pro-Israelis alike to stop using the term, settlements, in English when describing Jewish communities in Israel and, instead, begin calling them what they are; villages, towns or cities.
After all, Arab communities are always referred to as villages, not settlements, even though many have existed for fewer years than Jewish villages. This is a double standard.
This word, settlement, in English has now become a pejorative term indicating that the Jewish communities are an alien and colonial presence imposed upon another people’s land.
This is a blatant falsehood for it is the Arabs who are largely the alien presence within the biblical and ancestral Jewish homeland and particularly in its very heartland known as Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). For over 3,000 years there has been a continual Jewish presence in the Land; small at times but with never a break in its continuity.
But, unlike the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, which reject the rights of Jews to live in Arab occupied territory, Arabs live within Israel as citizens with more democratic rights than they enjoy in most Arab countries.
During the British Mandate of Palestine, Arab immigration, mostly illegal, was condoned by London. Over 100,000 Arabs entered the Mandatory territory from neighboring Syria, Egypt and Transjordan with the connivance of British officials.
Indeed, if we look back at what the British Governor of Sinai from 1922-36 wryly noted in his contribution to the Palestine Commission Report, we find the following:
This illegal immigration was not only going on from the Sinai, but also from Transjordan and Syria, and it is very difficult to make a case out for the ‘misery’ of the Arabs if at the same time their compatriots from adjoining states could not be kept from going in to share that misery.
Sadly, Arab propaganda has been so effective that it has succeeded in framing the Arab imposed conflict in erroneous terms of Jewish settlement displacing Arabs.
The thousands of Arabs who illegally flooded into British Mandatory Palestine effectively destroyed the opportunities for continuing Jewish legal immigration. The descendants of these Arabs now call themselves Palestinians.
The PA claims that there are 2.5 million Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank but, according to Israeli Ambassador (Ret) Yoram Ettinger, in an article dated October 16, 2009 titled, The Case For Demographic Optimism, there are in reality 1.55 million Arabs. He writes:
An audit of Palestinian and Israeli documentation of births, deaths, school and voter registration and migration certifies a solid 67% Jewish majority over 98.5% of the land west of the Jordan River (without Gaza), compared with a 33% and an 8% Jewish minority in 1947 and 1900, respectively, west of the Jordan River.
The audit exposes a 66% distortion in the current number of Judea & Samaria Arabs – 1.55 million and not 2.5 million, as claimed by the Palestinian Authority. In 2006, the World Bank exposed a 32% bend in the number of Palestinian births. Inflated numbers have provided the Palestinians with inflated international foreign aid and inflated water supply by Israel.
Today there are still scores of Jewish properties, illegally occupied by Arabs, scattered throughout areas of east Jerusalem. They have remained in legal limbo because of international pressures against successive Israeli governments. This has led to endless delays in the return of the land and properties to their rightful owners.
But that truth is not acceptable to President Obama who joins an unholy chorus around the world in describing Jewish villages and homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem as illegitimate. This, while turning a blind eye to the massive illegal Arab settlement expansion, which is continuing apace.
Be assured, if Israel made the catastrophic error of abandoning its biblical heartland, it would not be long before the same unholy world chorus began referring to Jewish villages, towns and cities within the so-called 1949-1967 green line as illegitimate. James Woolsey continued:
The Obama administration seems committed to stopping growth of any kind in all Jewish settlements in the West Bank. This policy implies acquiescence in the banning of Jews from a future Palestinian state.”
He then went on to ask if 20% of Israel’s population is Arab, why is it so unacceptable for Jews to live within a proposed Arab state called Palestine? Why should such a Jewish minority be forbidden in Palestine?
Mr. Woolsey answered his own question by pointing out:
The Obama administration essentially urges us to accept that, because Palestinians will kill unprotected Jews, Jews cannot be permitted in a Palestinian state.
Any child will tell you that the Arabs, who call themselves Palestinians, are not interested in living side by side in true and lasting peace with a Jewish state. All territory they gain from Israeli concessions immediately becomes a launching pad for ever more terror and aggression against what is left of Israel.
In 1929, the Arabs massacred the Jewish community in Hebron while Britain occupied Mandatory Palestine. Hebron is one of the four holy Jewish cities, the others being, Safed, Tiberias and, the jewel in the crown, Jerusalem.
There was no reconstituted Israel in 1929 or the existence of any so-called Israeli occupied territories, yet the Muslim hatred of non-Muslims existed then as it exists today, and will tomorrow.
My earlier published article in the March 2009 edition of American Thinker magazine referred to the earlier British dismemberment of Mandatory Palestine in 1922 and the loss to the Jewish people of land east of the River Jordan. I wrote:
It is instructive to remember that upon the granting of the Palestine Mandate to Great Britain, an eminent British celebrity and supporter of Zionism, Josiah Wedgwood, addressed a Jewish audience of thousands at the Royal Albert Hall in London in which he urged them to stand up for Jewish rights in its homeland.
According to the late Shmuel Katz in his groundbreaking biography of the great Zionist leader, Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky, titled The Lone Wolf, Wedgwood, a Christian Zionist, said:
… This lesson I want the new Jewish nation to learn and to get by heart: Stand up for your rights. Let us have more of the spirit in the Jewish movement of my good and gallant friend, Jabotinsky.
I then went on to write:
Sadly, Israeli governments have become notoriously fearful of rejecting outright the deadly trap inherent in the so called two-state solution. Their muted responses have merely encouraged world leaders to repeatedly breathe new life into the discredited plan. The searing tragedy is that the two-state solution may presage for the Jewish people another Final Solution.
But one thing is for sure, Man Child in the White House, Barack Hussein Obama, will not be listening any time soon. Nor will Hillary Clinton. Sadly for them, political expediency trumps historical justice and simple morality.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer and author of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish State. www.lulu.com