TV News programs serve as backdrop noise at the dinner table. Many ignore the news since it does not affect them in their daily lives. When there is action, such as a terrorist bombing or some conflict, the viewer reaches for his remote control and makes the choice to either turn the sound up or down. Few are conscientious enough to care since it does not involve them or their immediate family. What we do constantly hear from the world media is of the misery of the Palestinian side and the cry of the liberal left for Justice for the Palestinians. What we do not ever hear of is, "What about the rights of the Jewish People to one country to call our own?"
My friend Ami once wrote an article of some importance in light of the US led move to force Israel to accept a further concession to further a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians. President Obama and the US Administration want Israel to agree to another settlement freeze without any concession from the Palestinians. The people of Israel through Prime Minister Netanyahu have asked for one major concession from the Palestinians. That sole concession is to be recognized by the Palestinians and the entire Moslem Arab world. That Israel is and has always been the land of the Jewish People.
Is it to much of us to ask the Palestinians that they should in turn recognize the right of the Jewish people to a homeland, just as the Arabs, of the Palestinian Mandated area, wish to be recognized as Palestinians in a country called "Palestine".
So between the Balfour Declaration 1917 until September 1st 1939 what happened?
The world turned it's back on the Jews and turned to healing the scars of the "Great War" and to live life again. The modern world, which had awoken with the inventions brought about by the terrible conflict of World War I, came to realize the importance of the need for oil. Slowly and progressively they bowed to the rights of the Arabs. Between the two wars the great powers struggled to exert influence over the vast Arab lands and their strategic oil fields. In the process of their strategic moves their promise to the Jews was ignored and denied.
The Jews of the Diaspora themselves, in the aftermath of World War I, had also turned to making a daily living and the celebration of life, since there was no real threat to their lives as Jews. Only a few Jewish Pioneers - Ha'Lutzim had chosen the path to the "Land of Israel" or Zion. Those brave settlers of the "First Aliyah"- the first wave of immigration, who came before World War I, faced the hardships of life in the uncultivated semi-arid desert regions or in the swampy marshlands of lands purchased from wealthy absentee Arab landlords. These wealthy Arabs, lived in distant cities of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, extorted large sums for supposedly worthless lands. The land sold to the Jews was considered so dangerous and useless for habitation that the local Arabs scorned the settlers and called them, "the Children of Death". With the ingenuity of Jewish knowledge, and with their strength and fortitude, these "Pioneers" brought the land of Israel slowly to bloom again and with it the jealousy of the Arabs.
With the establishment of the British controlled Mandate and the realization of the need to control the access through the Suez Canal to the oil fields of Saudi Arabian and Persia. Britain began to develop the area of the Mandate as a forward base for it's strategic needs.
A Trans-Arabian pipeline was constructed from Iraq through Syria to the Port city of Haifa to supply fuel oil for the Royal Navy. The sleepy port city of Haifa was transformed to a forward military supply base. It's beaches forever negated and ruined by places of industry for the Empire's needs. There was a sudden upsurge in employment to supply the needs of the British forces in the Middle East. This need for labor brought an influx of Jewish emigrates and masses of poor landless Arabs from the surrounding Arabic lands. The competition for employment further inflamed the Arab nationalism which in itself was being pushed by agitators from Fascist Italy during the 1920's and 1930's.
The British had conveniently established their Pro-Arab anti-Jewish immigration act known infamously as the "White Paper". Mussolini was creating difficulties for Europe in his war with Ethiopian and his schemes for control over the Mediterranean basin. France had been bled white in the trenches of World War I. The Arabs of the mandated Palestine had the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem; Haj Amin El Husseini, who was a friend of Hitler's. The attention of the Americans was on escaping the depression era and it's eyes were busy with Japan. As to the rest of the world they had their own daily isolationist concerns.
This failure of the people of the world to stand up and denounce Hitler and his plans led to the near demise of world Jewry during the Holocaust of World War II. This exact same apathy to deal with the threats of Hitler can be seen in the worlds' reaction Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who threatens the only Jewish state today.
The apathy of the world and the lack of fortitude by the leaders of the world, prior to World War II, led to the infamous Wannssee Conference in 1942. It was at Wannssee that the leaders of the NAZI regime made finite and intricate plans for a methodical industrialized extermination of ALL the Jewish people. The official records of the Nazi's themselves show how efficient their plans were that 6,000,000+ Jews were exterminated.
So what happened?
With the entry of Allied forces into Hitler's empire, Hitler's atrocities were exposed and the world was embarrassed. The embarrassment lasted until the partition vote of November 26th, 1947 in the UN. Once the vote was in Israel was created the world sat back and watched. Five heavily armed regular Arab armies attacked at once and little Israel with its mismatched weaponry and holocaust survivors fought them off and gained victory. The Palestinians who participated in slaughters of innocent Jews on the roads of Israel fled when Israeli forces gained the upper hand. The civilian Arab population, fearful of reappraisal by Israeli forces, especially those of the "Irgun" and "Lechi", for their barbaric deeds carried out prior to the evacuation of the British in May 15th 1948, ran away on the prompting of calls by Arab radio. Emile Ghoury, secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee, in an interview with the Beirut Telegraph published on Sept. 6, 1949, stated:
"The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agree upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem.”
These refugees and those of their decendants still today, 62+ years later, received housing and supplies from the UN in camps created by those same Arab countries that called upon them to leave. These Arab refugees refer to the loss as the Nakba (Arabic for "catastrophe"). These same "refugees" and their descendants are still confined to the camps and the immediate area today supported on handouts provided by UNWRA, the only United Nations organization created for one specific group of refugees.
Did you know that UNWRA is internationally funded, to the tune of $1.23 billion for 2010-2011? Has anyone in the US pointed out that MILLIONS of US TAX DOLLAR$ are being spent every year to support UNWRA? UNWRA is the organization, run by Palestinians themselves, that freely gives to the so called Palestinian (third generation of free-loaders) "refugees". UNRWA’s major raison d’etre is the existence of Palestinian “refugees” and it has in turn created dependency within Palestinian society on its services.
In 1952 a noted British soldier-diplomat Lt.-Gen. Sir Alexander Galloway, who was then UNRWA director in Jordan, made what was to become a famous statement to a group of visiting American church leaders:
“It is perfectly clear than the Arab nations do not want to solve the Arab refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore, as an affront against the United Nations and as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders don’t give a damn whether the refugees live or die.”
How can you be classified a "refugee" after SIXTY TWO years?
Has any one EVER pointed out or asked WHY the Arab countries; Lebanon, Syria and Jordan that these "refugees" live in, forcibly keep them in the camps and NEVER allowed them to become viable citizens of Arab countries? NU? Much of this UN US tax$ is spent on such healthy food items as AK-47s, bullets, Mortar rounds and Katyusha (Qasam) rockets!! By the way the Hamas is very generous they have openly shared some 8000+with the immigrant development town of Sderot and surrounding Jewish Israeli farms and villages on a daily basis!
James G. Lindsay, UNRWA's former general counsel has stated;“UNRWA’s failure to match UNHCR’s success (in resettling refugees) obviously represents a political decision on the part of the agency”, and that “UNRWA has gradually adopted a distinctive political viewpoint that favors the Palestinian and Arab narrative of events in the Middle East. In particular, it seems to favor the strain of Palestinian political thought espoused by those who are intent on a ‘return’ to the land that is now Israel”. By that, concluded Lindsay, “UNRWA encouraged Palestinians who favor re-fighting long-lost wars, (and) discouraged those who favor moving toward peace”.
Recently John Ging, head of UNRWA operations in Gaza has stated, “We shouldn’t exist after so many years … it is the manifestation of the political failure of the international community to resolve the conflict…we should not have had to exist after 60 years”.
Has the mass media ever pointed out that 900,000 Jews were kicked out of Arab countries from 1948 -1967?
Ibrahim Fawal, Ph.D., of Birmingham, Alabama,USA once wrote:
"The Law of Return" allows a Jew from anywhere in the world to move to Israel and receive instant citizenship, while Palestinian refugees - still possessing keys to homes that were taken from them - cannot."
What Fawal fails to mention is what happened to the Jewish refugees of Arab lands and their children?Weren't these Jewish refugees also kicked out in the middle of the night? Where they not dispossessed of their homes and businesses? Where they not murdered in their homes and streets in pogroms of Islamic hatred?
Fawal continued; "Palestinians have neither been allowed to return nor offered restitution of any kind...". And what of the rights of the Jews from Arab lands and restitution to them? Has UNWRA paid for THEIR upkeep for SIXTY TWO years? NO it hasn't!!!
The majority of the Jews of Arab lands- who had to leave their homes and property- were never compensated either. But does anyone EVER mention this? OF COURSE NOT! Because they are Jews!
Here is a list of Jewish refugee camps:
Wait a minute these are cities in Israel? You mean the Jews were absorbed into the state and made citizens? "Walla!" These are my neighbors in Maalot
Bouchbout = Moroccan
Reumi = Moroccan
Ben Shushan = Moroccan
Mereck = Tunisian
Levy = Libyan
Mansoura = Egyptian
What?! You mean all this talk by the "Liars of Palestine" that the Jews/Israelis are all descendants of the Khazarim and are Yiddish speakers from Europe is not true? You mean to tell us that the BBC and CNN have been duped into telling lies to us? Have they never heard of FAUD Ben Eliazar or Gabi Ashkenazi?
Yet in the end ALL we hear about in the mass media and from the American administration of BHO -Barak Hussein Obama is about the poor Palestinians! Concession, Concession, Concession!
What do we ask for? As Bibi has stated, recognize "us"-Israel- as the national home of the Jewish People?
So now after six wars and 62 years the Arabs still have not come to fully recognize Israel's existence. Yes, we have a peace treaty with Egypt and Jordan but they wanted to wash their hands of the Palestinian issue. They wished to turn to their own affairs. Syria is led by a leader who sits in power over his people in fear. He is not a brave leader as was Sadat or King Hussein. These men knew the historical mistake of their predecessors who chose to go to war and invade Israel in 1948 rather than accept the Jewish people in peace. The vision of a real peace based on mutual recognition of both peoples was first recognized in 1919 by His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Husseini, king of Syria and Iraq, son of Sherif Husain and later King of Iraq.
In a letter written to to Felix Frankfurter on March 3, 1919 to an associate of Dr. Chaim Weizmann Prince Feisal indicated the willingness of Arabs to welcome the return of the Jewish people to Palestine, and implicitly recognized that the land of Israel is the historic homeland of the Jews. The Prince wrote:
"We Arabs, especially the educated among us look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organization to Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help them through: we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.
With the chiefs of your movement, especially with Dr. Weizmann, we have had and continue to have the closest relations. He has been a great helper of our cause, and I hope the Arabs may soon be in a position tomake the Jews some return for their kindness. We are working together for a reformed and revived Near East, and our two movements complete one another. The Jewish movement is national and not imperialist. Our movement is national and not imperialist, and there is room in Syria for us both."
It is sorrowful that this brave Arab leader's words were forgotten and never heeded. That the blind hatred caused by the Arab loss of face in there utteral defeat in wars that so many have died for nothing. At least Prince Feisal had the intelligence to recognize that more could be gained from welcoming us Jewish Israelis as brothers and neighbors than by waging war against us.