Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Hijacking "Palestinian" History For Western Dupes

One of the Yishuv posters (far left) at a demo in Ireland
Ever looked at some of the Israel-demonising sites on Facebook, to see what Western kids are saying about the Zionist Entity? I had a quck perusal at some yesterday, including this page of Palestine Action Group Sydney, a page set up to alert members to the fact that a demo was being planned against the visit to town of retired IDF major-general Elazar Stern.

As well as intemperate remarks about "Zionists" (the latter page refers to "Zionist dogs"and "baby-killers" and there's a suggestion from one hothead that a swastika be displayed at the demo) one of the defining characteristics of such comments is the sheer ignorance displayed about the biblical and later history of Eretz Israel.  Palestinian Arabs are assumed to be the "indigenous people" and a sovereign one at that. Commenters upload photos of Arab refugees but are unaware that Jerusalemite Jews were displaced as well.  They seem to think that until 1948 Palestine was a paradise in which Arabs and Jews lived in harmony; disbelief and insults greet anyone who strays into the page to tell them about the Arab Riots.

Little wonder, given such ignorance, such willful obliviousness to the truth, that the iconic travel posters of Palestine produced during the Mandate by an artist from the Yishuv are used at demos demonising Israel.

As I've said before, the hijacking of history by those unable to defeat valiant Israel by force of arms is one of the propagandistic success stories of the post-1967 era.

New York-based Alex Joffe, in a newly-published, footnoted  article (hat tip: reader Shirlee) observes:
'For nearly two decades the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been denying Israel's right to exist, and a recent "Nakba Day" was no exception. In a Gaza speech on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas, his personal representative made the following statement:
National reconciliation [between Hamas and Fatah] is required in order to face Israel and Netanyahu. We say to him [Netanyahu], when he claims that they [Jews] have a historical right dating back to 3000 years B.C.E.—we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a 7,000-year history B.C.E. This is the truth, which must be understood, and we have to note it, in order to say: "Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history."
This remarkable assertion has been almost completely ignored by the Western media. Yet it bears a thorough examination: not only as an indication of unwavering Palestinian rejection of Israel's right to exist but as an insightful glimpse into the psyche of their willfully duped Western champions....'
Read the entire article here


  1. This would certainly bamboozle them
    “Invest in Palestine build the Jewish State.”

    But what do you expect from a generation of over opinionated idiots?

    This week in stupid - all from “Times of Israel” today!
    Swedish Jews call for removal of guest tweeter
    Sonja Abrahamsson’s posts on national account were ‘more stupid than anti-Semitic’
    Paris university apologizes for ‘polemical’ Gaza exam question
    Students were asked whether a 2009 bombing was a war crime, crime against humanity or genocide
    Canadian students: Sorry we used Nazi salutes, swastikas
    Quebec university students apologize for using WWII imagery to mock police during protests over tuition

    Of course most protesters don’t even know the difference between a peace symbol and the Mercedes emblem.

    And finally, I was watching a video by Harry Fear in Gaza, who comes across as a kind of Marxist village idiot. At one point he’s looking at some Mandate Era coins, which clearly have Hebrew, Arabic and English writing on them. He points at them and exclaims “look they say Palestine”.

    1. Great comment as usual, Ian. Thanks.

    2. Mandate era coins say Palestine but after the Hebrew Palestina are two letter aleph-yud in brackets (פלשתינה (א"י. This stands for Aretz Israel - the land of Israel. As required by Article 22 of the Mandate's charter from the League of Nations, it was necessary to show the name "Palestine" in three languages: English, Arabic, and Hebrew. The British were covering all bases and were well aware that the Jews considered it Israel.

      The coins don't prove anything other than between 1920 and 1948 there was something called the British Mandate for Palestine.

  2. This is just the kind of thing that we need to devote more attention to.

    One of the tactics used in the Long Arab War against the Jews is the denial of Jewish history on historically Jewish land.

    Arafat initiated this tactic, I suspect, when he denied the existence of the Temple in Jerusalem.

    However, another even more insidious tactic, is the Palestinian appropriation of Jewish history as their own. Thus Jesus becomes the "first Palestinian shaheed." Or they display photoshops of Anne Frank wearing a keffiyeh. Or they try to turn the Holocaust into the Nakbah, and so forth.

    I would like to see a little more focus on this kind of thing by the pro-Israel community. If we allow them to steal our history then we allow them to steal our identity.

    This we simply cannot allow.

    1. I completely agree - good points, Mike.