CAEF Concerned about Canada’s Response to Extending Israeli Sovereignty to Jewish Communities in Area C and the Jordan Valley
Designated Areas in Judea and Samaria
Organizations and individuals which are self-described “progressives” have demanded that the Canadian Government pressure Israel not to “annex” part of Judea and Samaria. However, CAEF points out that:
“Annexation” is not what is proposed,
There is no international law that prohibits Israel from extending civil law over land for which it is sovereign,
The history of the reconstitution of Israel has much to say about Israel’s rights,
The Canadian government should not pressure or threaten sanctions on Israel while ignoring both the abusive and rejectionist nature of the Palestinian Authority; Israel is its Ally,
The term “progressive” means “a group, person, or idea favouring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas”, but there are no new ideas or improvements coming from this consortium that seems to like the status quo, in which the PA terrorizes its own population as well as the Israeli population. We fail to see how this is creating either social reform or is liberal in the full meaning of the term. It neither improves the lives of women, gays, trans, or other people, nor stops the pay for slay policy of the Arab government nor does it give equal rights to all Israelis-- so how exactly is the stance “progressive?”
CAEF’s position is that many people may be ignorant of the history of Israel or choose to negate Israel’s historic and legal rights and reject expert opinions of international legal giants like Eugene Kontorovich, Jacques Gauthier, Yifa Segal, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Brooke Goldstein, Avi Bell, Andrew Tucker, and others whose work documents the land rights granted to the Jewish people in 1917, 1920 and 1922 which have never been abrogated and form article 80 of the United Nations. Israel is not annexing land it already is entitled to, especially since the last “owner” was the Ottoman Empire and they were defeated by the Allied Powers, after which the Mandate was held by Britain. Also, one cannot deny that the Jews purchased land in Palestine, and did not steal it, and when there have been documents to prove otherwise, then the Jews paid up for the land, but most was vacant when the Jews started arriving late 1800s-early 1900s, post-WWI and in larger numbers after WWII.
Israel Pre 1967
That Jordan “occupied” this land from 1949-1967 after an offensive war, and did not annex it, leaves it clear that Israel has entitlement and is within its rights to now extend sovereignty. Additionally, opponents of Israel’s rights don’t seem to even know that “annexation” is not what is proposed as Israel needn’t annex what it has liberated and legally administered since 1967. Under an agreement with the PA known as the Oslo Accords 1993 and 1995, all of Area C would come under Israel, should there be a negotiated final settlement. Rather than even mention that ALL failures to-date to have a negotiated settlement fall on the head of the recalcitrant PA, which in fact broke every commitment of the signed agreements, the anti-sovereignty organizations possibly think only Israel need compromise How did that work out in Gaza?
Israel has demonstrated tremendous compromises and each time it has been heavily harmed; releasing terrorists led to more terror (50% of the released doing more damage), giving up all of Gaza has led to continuous attacks, terror tunnels, bombings, fiery damage to crops, property, parks and more. Israel collects and passes tax funds to the PA, which in turn has often decided not to pass what it owes to Gaza. Israel has seen money flowing to create PA sponsored hate-filled antisemitic educational material, television, social media, rallies and even intifadas.
Only control of the mountain range can protect Israel
CAEF points out that the Peace and Prosperity Plan, proposed by the Trump administration, would allow for Israel to extend Israeli sovereignty over 500,000 Jews, thus providing governance under Israeli civil law, not the current administrative law which doesn’t give them equal access to all of Israel’s services. So, if people want to talk about two populations with different levels of service, it is the two Jewish populations. The Arabs of Israel get all of Israel’s services while those under PA governance get the PA’s services and suffer their fraud and corruption, their endless bigoted tirades and child abuse. Training kids to hate and kill ought to be challenged by the so-called Social Justice “Progressives.” And remember Gaza is to be part of a self-governing Arab entity, yet Hamas, like the PA have not had any election since 2006, so hardly democratic. Both entities’ leadership feathers its own bed, and even during the pandemic did less for their people than they were funded to deliver, but look at the fact that Mahmoud Abbas has a mansion of 12 rooms and a private jet!!
Canada has an obligation to support the “good guys” not the “bad guys” and in as much as the Prime Minister publicly and globally promotes equality for women and LGBTQ rights, and declares a strong belief in diversity and inclusion, Canada must make common cause with Israel. All of these rights are fulfilled ONLY IN ISRAEL, none in the areas under Arab control, neither under the PA or Hamas, nor in any Muslim majority country.
Canada could take the first step by recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish nation.
For more information on Israel’s rights, you are invited to use the materials produced by the International Legal Forum, available here.
And by Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights, available here.
Willful Blindness and the Mistake of Underestimation: The Oslo Gamble
Dr. Joel Fishman and Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yosef Kuperwasser
This 42-page paper details all that must be considered when evaluating the agreements and compromises made by Israel in working towards peace with its Arab residents in the Disputed Territories of Judea and Samaria. Published by Ariel University and referenced here:
National Resilience, Politics and Society Volume 2, No. 1, Spring 2020, pp. 9-50 DOI: https://doi.org/10.26351/NRPS/2-1/1 ISSN: 2706-7645 (print); 2706-7653 (online)
Read the excerpt:
During the last half-century, several reputable scholars and defense professionals have devoted careful attention to the world view and aspirations of the Palestinian Arabs. Working independently, these researchers described the strategic goals of the Palestine Liberation Organization and exposed the widespread denial of their importance.
The PLO program has never been a secret. The destruction of the State of Israel and the pursuit of the "armed struggle" has been its main goal since its founding in 1964. Despite having adopted a facade which has lent them a veneer of respectability, terror and violence have constantly remained a part of their program. Proof of this may be found in the well-publicized program of the PA to subsidize terrorists who have committed violent crimes against civilians. No Jewish (and Israeli) civilians can be innocent and they are considered legitimate targets.
Beyond the failure of the Oslo process to bring peace, there is a broader cultural dimension: how the Israelis view themselves and their place in the world and how official Israel understands its relationship with the Palestinian Arabs. The authors are fellows of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. (Ariel University Press)
Writers Challenge the Complacency of the North American Jewish Communities
Caroline Glick, an American Israeli journalist and political writer, former advisor to Israeli governments, wrote an article that has circulated widely in a number of Jewish media, and is shared here.
Diane Bederman, a Canadian writer, blogger, chaplain, published a letter to the Canadian Jewish populace about signs of the times that we have seen before. Silence is not an option. This letter appears on The Bederman Blog, July 5, 2020.
Too many of you don’t even know what it is you are not to forget.
I was out the other day and heard this most upsetting statement: You don’t vote for a political party just because of the way they treat Jews.
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
We, the Jews, are the canary in the mine. And, today, the mine is filled with Communists, Marxists, anarchists, socialists, fascists and Jew haters from all walks of life; especially in the parties on the left; and in America that is the Democrat Party and their allies, Black Lives Matter, with a side order of BDS and a pinch of Antifa.
Hundreds of European Parliamentarians express support for Extending Israeli Sovereignty
IAF Chairmen at the Chairman's Conference in Jerusalem in 2019. Credit: Avi Hayun
IAF Chairmen at the Chairman's Conference in Jerusalem in 2019. Credit: Avi Hayun It was reported in the Jewish News Syndicate on July 2, 2020 that lawmakers from 20 countries signed a letter of support, including leaders of the Israel Allies Caucuses faith-based diplomacy organization from the European Union, Slovakia, Romania, Italy, Netherlands, Wales, Finland, Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, Guatemala, Colombia and Suriname—each representing 10 to 50 members of parliament per caucus.
We are bombarded with negative and even sanction threatening messages from high and low places, but the mainstream media is not reporting that there are many who counter those views and recognize Israel’s rights. Here are statements reportedly made by the signatories:
“We affirm that the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria have been a key part of the biblical and ancestral homeland of the Jewish nation for centuries,” stated the letter, noting that Israel “ensures free access for all religions to the important biblical sites in Judea and Samaria.”
The signatories, leaders of the Israel Allies Caucuses faith-based diplomacy organization, further maintained, “Israel applying Israeli civil law to already existing Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria is appropriate and recognizes the democratic wishes of those communities.
It’s the Pot Calling the Kettle Black
Dem Ga. State Rep.: ‘Disband and Change Name of Democratic Party…It’s Associated with Racism, Bigotry and Confederacy’
By Craig Bannister, www.cnsnews.com
Democratic Congressman points out that the tearing down of history is incomplete if it doesn’t also call for revisiting the history of the Democratic Party itself. What will we learn from history if it is to be destroyed rather than studied?
“If racist relics of the past must come down, shouldn’t we start with the Democrat Party?” Democrat Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones asks, introducing his video recalling his party’s dubious past regarding issues of racial equality.
“If the Democrats are looking to eradicate everything with a ‘racist history,’ when will my party confront and apologize for its own?” Rep. Jones wrote Friday in a Twitter post of his video, in which he denounces the hypocrisy of Democrats supporting the unlawful destruction of statues and monuments while refusing to erase their own ties to slavery, segregation and Democrat Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger:
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean and global director of its Ed Snider Social Action Institute, provided the following sound and sensitive advice in these tumultuous times: (excerpt from The Medialine, July 7, 2020)
“On the one hand, we all have the right to say we will sit down, work, and ally with anyone of any colour or race who is prepared to accept us for who we are: in my case, a (religious) American Jew and proud Zionist. That means I embrace the clarion call that black lives matter, but reject an organization whose credo includes slander against Israel.”
“The great Jewish sage Hillel bestowed this timely insight 2,000 years ago in Ethics of the Fathers: “Do not judge your fellow until you have reached his place.”
In recent weeks, since the murder of George Floyd, I hosted two Zoom conversations with African American veterans in law enforcement, faith leaders and elected officials, all of whom taught me that two of the most important ingredients to (re)building relationships and coalitions are:
Get past slogans and take time to listen to someone else’s reality.
Show people respect and empathy and they will respond accordingly.
We are right to be challenged by our neighbours and yes, our children, with demands to do more to help fight discrimination, expand economic opportunity for the disadvantaged, and challenge racism wherever it rears its ugly head. We, however, are under no obligation to legitimize any leader, group, or politician who disrespects us as Jews or hates Israel.
Here’s the good news: Even in these uncertain times, many potential friends and allies are waiting to work together with us for the common good.”