WHERE DID “PALESTINE COME FROM AND WHEN?”
Many social justice organizations claim to be supporting Palestinian human rights, Palestinian liberation, the restoration of Palestine that was supposedly colonized and occupied by the Jews, illegally of course. So, when you're in the midst of such claims, may we suggest you pose these questions to your Israel detractor:
What year was the country called Palestine created? What was its capital? Name its founders.
Who renamed Judea and Samaria, the West Bank , when and why?
When was Jerusalem the capital of any country but Israel?
Where do Arabs originate from and where did the “Palestinian” Arab people come from?
List one ancient Palestinian Arab site and locate it on a map.
Where do Jews originally come from?
It is unlikely that the antiZionists can answer these questions but what they concoct might be interesting. Tell them Jews come from Judea, Arabs come from Arabia, the Palestinian Arabs only usurped that name as an identity in 1967 when encouraged to do so by the KGB working in cahoots with Yasar Arafat and other KGB agents. Arafat was an agent, originally from Egypt. Mahmoud Abbas, whose studies in Russia produced a thesis denying the Holocaust, was also a KGB agent.
Jerusalem has never been the capital of any country but Israel and was irrelevant to the Arabs until it was liberated by Israel from Jordan which held it illegally for 19 years after an offensive war. There are no ancient Palestinian sites, though there are thousands of ancient Jewish sites, though shockingly some of these are now being repositioned as Palestinian in their media and propaganda.
The So-Called Palestinian People: A Fiction Created to Delegitimize Israel
by Esther Hamilton Pittman
Do you know that Yasser Arafat, a leader of the so-called Palestinian movement, was an Egyptian? Most of those individuals who claim 2000 years of Palestinian heritage are, in fact, Arabs whose families came from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey or other Arab states. I’ll get back to that later.
In a March 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw, PLO leader Zuheir Mohsen, leader of the PLO until 1979, stated that "between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese there are no differences. We are all part of one people, the Arab nation [...] Just for political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity. Because it is of national interest for the Arabs to advocate the existence of Palestinians…. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons".
All people born in British Mandatory Palestine between 1923-1948 had “Palestine” stamped on their passports. But when they were called Palestinians, the Arabs were offended. They complained: “We are not Palestinians, we are Arabs. The Palestinians are the Jews.”
Historical texts from the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries have no references to a Palestinian people or to a Palestinian state. Until the late 1960’s one cannot find a reference to a Palestinian people in any of the Arab news sites or educational texts. During the Ottoman period, the largest portion of Palestine was considered by the Arabs to be part of Syria and was governed from Damascus by a pasha. The largest part of Palestine was referred in Arabic texts as southern Syria.
Jewish Indigeneity Cannot Be Disputed
Read facts in this article by Marc Greendorfer in American Thinker, June 16,2022
Is Anti-Zionism Antisemtism?
AntiZionism is not against any Israeli policy but against the existence of Israel. That is antisemitism writ large, that is Jew hatred, that is racism, and it is ugly, irrational, unacceptable, and must be stopped. No one should be silent!
Anti-Zionism is a call for the eradication of Israel, a call for genocide, and increasingly a call from the extreme Left and Islamists, which is not unlike the messaging in pre-WWII Germany. Where Nazis wanted to exterminate the Jewish people, the AntiZionists want to destroy the Jewish state, they hate the notion of Jewish sovereignty.
Jews are blamed for whatever evil, idea or event is most hated in the hearts of the antisemite; whether it is capitalism or communism, secularism or religosity, LGBTQ rights or the lack of them, pro-abortion or pro-choice, nationalism or globalism. Jew hatred creates a bond between extremists, Black and White Supremacists, and those outside the mainstream on both left and right.
It is antisemitic to tell Israel that it cannot name its own capital, while no other country experiences interference from another country or international body in determining its capital.
Here are the relevant and undisputable facts: "The United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal undivided capital as mandated by the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, and no other nation has a capital in Jerusalem. Thus, the attempt by the State Department to establish direct diplomatic ties with the Palestinians through the subterfuge of an Office of Palestinian Affairs’ in Jerusalem that reports directly to the State Department in Washington, D.C. is entirely inconsistent with established bipartisan U.S. law, and a deliberate effort to walk back important and successful U.S. policy.” — Former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
A Reader References Excellent Resource on Israel’s Rights
Firstly, Israel obeys the San Remo Resolution (1920) established by the victorious powers of World War One. As stated by scholar Salomon Benzimra, a founding member of Canadians for Israel's Legal Rights: "By reproducing the Balfour Declaration of November, 1917 and by combining it with Article 22 of the Covenant (of the League of Nations), the San Remo Resolution -- adopted by the Principal Allied Powers -- turned the Balfour Declaration into a document of international law. Thus, the Jewish National Home to be reconstituted in Palestine received international recognition, and this principle was the key element of the Mandate for Palestine which was awarded to Britain as the Mandatory power."(The Jewish People's Rights to the Land of Israel, Salomon Benzimra, p. 45, 2018)
Secondly, Israel obeys the Mandate for Palestine of the League of Nations (1922) which was approved by 52 members of the League of Nations. As stated in the mandate's preamble: "Whereas recognition has hereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country".
Finally, Israel obeys Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, an international treaty that all 193 members are required to obey and which supersedes any resolutions of the Security Council and General Assembly that may conflict with it. Article 80 declares all of Israel including Judea and Samaria to be the reconstituted homeland of the Jewish people recognizing their 4000 year indigenous presence on the land and thereby recognizing all the land as sovereign Jewish territory. Specifically Article 80 states that no rights under the British Mandate to Palestine granted to the Jewish people can be in anyway transferred by the United Nations to any non Jewish entity after May 15, 1948.
Israel obeys all these international laws.
In fact it was Jordan which flaunted all three of these aforementioned international laws with its nineteen year illegal occupation of Judea, Samaria and the eastern section of Jerusalem from 1948-1967.
Will Saudi Arabia Repeat this Message in Meeting with President Biden?
It was reported by David Singer, in JWire, Australia and New Zealand, on June 27, 2022 in an article titled: Saudi Arabia tells Biden & UN: No State between Israel & Jordan, that “Saudi Arabia has sent US President Joe Biden and the United Nations (UN) a clear message to abandon the idea of creating a new Arab State between Israel and Jordan in an article published in Al-Arabiya News on 8 June headlined: The Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine.”
Who Is Grabbing Israeli Land?
This is an excerpt from an article published on the website of the North Carolina Coaltion for Israel by members who recently returned from a Zionist of America mission to Israel
“So, what is happening to the territory of Area C? Slowly, the land is being taken over by Muslim Arabs and Bedouins. The Palestinian Authority (PA) will place water tanks where they want Bedouins to move in area C. Then, often during Jewish holidays, they will quickly build a school and claim to the world that they had lived there for generations. NGOs and the European Union, ever the home for Jew haters, willingly go along with the schemes and fund these efforts to destroy Israel. The Israeli government has determined that these Muslim/Bedouin settlements are illegal, but they haven’t shown the political will to do anything about it yet. Readers can learn more on the Regavim website."
Israel’s Sovereignty Movement
"There was so much more to the trip, including a very special visit to Hebron, at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. On that same day, we visited Oz Vegaon Nature Reserve, founded by the Women in Green in response to the murder of three Jewish teens by Arab terrorists. The speaker informed us that some Israeli students are sent to listen to PA propaganda, but others are dedicated to the survival of Israel through the Sovereignty Movement.”
The Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh spoke to the group. He described “Palestine TV” as a 24/7 venue for constant anti-Israel and anti-Jewish messaging."
Palestinian Victimhood, a Learned Tradition
PA President Abbas has stated, “even if we were left with just one penny, we would pay it to the families of the martyrs and prisoners.” Palestinian prioritization of cash and employment incentives for terrorists, to the tune of over US$300 million annually, constitutes a core element in institutionalizing their terror apparatus.
Watch video from Israel Defense and Security Forum on the PA’s funding of Terrorism
Wokeism is Racist, Antisemitic, and Divisive
James Lindsay, the co-author of a forthcoming book, “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody,” says wokeness is actually a combination of many different ideas. “Wokeness is a fusion of the critical theory school of neo-Marxism, which is a form of identity politics, and radical activism that has a very particular worldview that separates the world into liberationists versus oppressors or oppressed versus oppressors.” It marries that, Lindsay said, with postmodern theory, which holds that “all applications of truth are actually applications of politics by other means.”
Read more about Wokeness in an article by Jarrett Stepman, August 2020 in the Daily Signal.
A HUMOUROUS LOOK AT SIMILARITIES BETWEEN RACISM AND WOKENESS
A Pig with Lipstick is Still a Pig
Francesca Albanese has an amazing title, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, but it can be summed up as Chief Israel Basher. She was appointed because she is a Jew hater, though educated as a lawyer she has been dedicated to anti-Israel propaganda, and now excusing if not encouraging violence.
There is no UN authorized and funded position that looks at the human rights of Israelis, only the human rights of its tormenters, and the position continues to misname the Territories in which many Palestinian Arabs live. There is NO legal merit to any land being called Palestinian Territory, particularly since 1967 when Israel liberated land that had been seized by Jordan illegally in the 1948-49 War of Independence. The term “Palestinian” was not applied to the Arab population per se, and even today has no ethno-cultural meaning but is used to falsely claim an Arab people has an historical claim to the land once known as Palestine. There has never been a country called Palestine, never was a people called Palestinians, until Yasser Arafat and the KGB concocted one in 1967.
Read article by Mike Wagenheim on June 21st, 2022 in JNS
The Biased, UN inHuman Rights Council has produced an AntiZionist Report
No surprise, this was fully expected and the authors have not hidden their antisemitic biases. The fact that the UN allows this and western democracies fund the UN is unconscionable.
Advocacy and Action
CAEF publishes letters it writes to address antisemitism and shares those sent to us by our readers.
Readers, you may wish to send your own letters to address these matters, (Ed.)
To whom it may concern Compliance Division, Canadian Charities Directorate
After years of concern, I now wish to raise a formal complaint against the CJPME Foundation, a Canadian registered charity.
Through a significant portion of its activities, CJPME is creating an environment of illegitimate hatred against the State of Israel and blatant antisemitism, including those programs specifically designed against Jewish students attending Canadian universities. A review of the CJPME website clearly demonstrates the intentionally biased, antisemitic rhetoric espoused by this organization.
Activities such as this grant program are making Canadian university campuses threatening and possibly dangerous places for Jewish students. This is only the most recent example of the antisemitic activities of CJPME Foundation and I am distressed that such obvious hatred towards the Canadian Jewish community by a registered charity is tolerated.
Such activities are clearly not appropriate for a registered Canadian charity and I am requesting that the charitable designation of CJPME Foundation be revoked immediately.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Eric W. Slavens, Toronto
Letter to Editor of Haaretz from Richard Sherman on important facts of Israeli history
Bethan McKernan, Quique Kierszenbaum and "the international community" needs to study mideast history. ("The Land Beyond the road is forbidden: Israeli settler shephards replaces Palestinians").
They would learn that no "occupation of the Palestinian territories began in 1967" because in recorded history there has never been a country called Palestine.
In fact, extensive international law -- the San Remo Agreement (1920), the League of Nations(1922) and Article 80 of the United Nations Charter(1946) -- declare all of Israel including Judea and Samaria to be the reconstituted homeland of the Jewish people, recognizing the Jewish people's 4000 year indigenous presence on the land, and thereby declaring all of the land as sovereign Jewish territory.
Richard Sherman, Margate, Florida