Unapologetically Not Apartheid (Randyjw; November 26, 2016)
Palestinians receive the most financial aid per capita than any other people on earth. Think of all the wonderful projects that could be accomplished with such largesse. Heck, the youth could spend their days surfing in the wash that brushes the beaches of the coastline of Israel’s cities: Tel Aviv, Yafo (Jaffa), Ashkelon (Askelon), Ashdod, ‘Aza (Gaza)… Oh, wait… They already do spend their days doing that. What a life!
You see, prior to the unilateral and illegal removal of Jewish people from their homes in ‘Aza by the Israeli government, done so with the hope of appeasing Arab terrorist attacks on the Jewish state, the people in Gaza had beautiful homes and thriving businesses. A multibillion-dollar hothouse industry, representing a large chunk of Israeli export business, was left behind in the forced evacuations of the Jewish population in the region. It was hoped that by (illegally) removing the Jewish presence from their midst as requested, the Arabs would be happy to have received free land and homes and would quit their murderous attacks on the Jewish people. Instead, the hothouse has been razed, the synagogues there torched, and the unnecessary “aid” money they’ve received has been diverted to fund the ongoing Arab war of attrition against the Jews.
Instead of building more schools to accommodate their burgeoning population, they build tunnels under Israel from which to commit attacks against the Jews. They build rockets, missiles, and bombs, which they launch from heavily-populated civilian areas into Israel, rather than build hospitals or theaters to enhance their society. They’ll still send their terrorist leaders and footsoldiers to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment, though.
Recently, though, they did build a multi-million dollar museum to showcase the history of the “Palestinian” people, but there is nothing to put into it. It lies empty, because the actual people considered “Palestinian” by the British when they administered the Mandate for “Palestine” were the Jewish people. It was called thus by the Roman conquerors of Judah/Israel at the beginnings of the first Century of the Common Era, to remind us Jews of our ancient, mostly-vanquished nemesis of old, the Falastin, there in the land during the reign of King David.
But, Israel was in the land even prior to David — for a very long time — beginning with Avraham by our Biblical account, with a following foray into Egypt for several hundred years due to an initial famine and then settlement there, leading eventually to enslavement. Moses led us out of Egypt and back to Israel during the Exodus, at which time our religion was proclaimed and our Passover holiday was born.
You can read about this, if you care to, within the pages of our several-thousand-year-old historical/religious tome, known to us as the Torah, and to others as the Old Testament, a.k.a., “The Bible”. The second portion of what people consider “The Bible”, isn’t even ours! It pertains to the Christian faith — and even this source confirms the presence of the Jews in the land, and the Jewish Temple in its place, before the Roman destruction of it. Fancy that! An outside source, antithetical to the propagation and continuance of our religion and culture, confirms the historical statements of the Jewish sovereignty in that land!
And even beyond that, when the Arabs expanded outward from Arabia (known as Saudi Arabia today, under monarchical rule by the Sa’ud family clan, and hence its name), the sourcebook for the Arab faith they compiled after the death of the one they ascribe as a prophet was laced together with references both Judaic and Christian in origin, and in which acknowledgement of the land of the Jews is affirmed to be Jewish. The linear progression of these events being acknowledged in the Koran in their consideration of Jesus being solely a “prophet” and the Jewish rights to the land of Israel, clearly indicate their agreement and acknowledgement of the undisputed logic of these facts and that Islam was preceded by the two faiths before it.
It doesn’t make for good propaganda though, so they appeal to the public through emotional pleas and apply belligerency if challenged to some truthful debate, in which case the concept of “taqqiyah” (artful lying to assuage the deceived infidel in order to establish an Islamic Caliphate across a vast expanse of the world) applies. If you’re unaware of the word and its meaning, you should look this up, as well.
The beautiful area of Gaza left, not without tears and loss of livelihood and life, behind by the Jews, is still visible in this propaganda video, made by Hamas to solidify in the Arab mind the gains they can hope to further accomplish given a vote for their leadership in (possible) upcoming elections — never mind that Hamas is a terrorist organization bent on the annihilation of the Jewish people. I’ve provided the article, in which I initially viewed it, here:
Forman, Abra. “Watch: New Hamas Propaganda Video Showcases Beautiful Gaza Paradise”. Breaking Israel News.com; August 9, 2016:
For the Jews, bereft of their homes and occupational trades, they are many of them still left without homes or compensation. They still cannot find full employment — search on “Gush Katif” to follow their plight and learn more. The Arabs are well aware that their claims are specious and know full-well that Israel has been the Jewish home for thousands of years. They will, at times, admit to it — but then realize that doing so means that their speeches are contradictory and non-sensical; but, what does that matter, when lies and violence bring about so much bounty?
Why, here is a Supreme Moslem Council publication from 1924 describing the inviolable claim by the Jews to the site of the Temple Mount, but which recently the UN under UNESCO “made Arab”, with the swipe of a pen. Because Muslim rule of 57 countries outnumber the minority Jewish state in the United Nations’ membership, the majority declare falsehoods as if they were factual truth. What a bunch of baksheesh, I say!
Is their something wrong with either your vision or your perception in that you can’t see the incessant rocket fire from Gaza on Israel’s citizens, the suicide bus bombings, the stabbings, the “Intifada”, the car rammings, and the continual terrorist acts as something beyond the flat-out war that its actions most definitely belie? Do these resemble what peaceful overtures are supposed to look like, or do they rather belie some demented psychotic dissonance, denying the admission of a reality clearly presented before their eyes?
Is the existence of just about every conceivable denomination of religion, its houses of worships and its attendant communities, actively engaged and fully-functioning in Israel’s lands indicative of the truth of religious tolerance or do they form a basis for the lies claimed of “apartheid intolerance”? Is the fact that Israel’s kindness to share space within its old city walls in one of its most sacred areas to Jewish history in Jerusalem indicative of respect to the differences of “other” peoples with “other” faiths, or do you still further wish to perpetrate the lie of “apartheid” being committed by Israel?
Israel has given a home to the Armenians to share their history (you can see their tiny museum in the Armenian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem — I have!), when the rest of the world fails to acknowledge them. Frankly, we know that feeling well. The Old City also has its Arab, Christian, and, of course, Jewish Quarters. Didn’t you know that, or can’t you wrap your head around the propaganda you’ve consumed which is contradictory to this fact?
It’s okay… I used to extoll Israel’s technological and medical achievements, still somehow irreconciled to the screen in my brain which portrayed only camels and sand, devoid of the skyscrapers and advancements existent in the present millenium! Dissonance. That, of course, changed, when I visited Israel, and saw with my own eyes that the disjointed images that had formed in my mind were just residual notions perpetrated from myths that had surrounded it.
But, somehow, the “apartheid lie” puts forth the false narrative that these people of more than eighty countries living within it manage to amazingly avoid each other through the deliberate rule of the democratic Israeli Parliament separating each community. This august body of governance, known as the Knesset, encompasses even Arab party members, hostile to the state, by the way, who hold official Ministry parties and positions. Somehow, this 17% – 20% minority Arab population of Israeli citizens still manage to become municipal leaders, mayors, students, doctors, taxi drivers — in all facets of Israeli life, just as the rest of society does, too.
Perhaps you do not know what an “apartheid” policy, such as that maintained in South Africa, until only fairly recently defeated, really means? Let’s take a look at what Kenneth Meshoe, a Black member of the South African Parliament who lived under apartheid rule, has to say about the fallacious claim of Israeli “apartheid” in this YouTube video from Prager University:
Many people express their opinions on myriads of subjects, and that is one ideal of freedom of expression, which means so much to us in the United States. Although the Jewish people have never been the only people to have been castigated in the world and to have been killed for who we are, we still receive a disproportionate and unfair amount of invective and injustice hurled at us from all directions.
We have to live with such situations as best we can. We’re quite familiar with this existence, having honed survival to a fine craft, such that the Dalai Lama wishes to know our secrets? We have none. We live on the ground with it, while praying to the One Most High. That is our “secret”, which cannot be claimed as a “secret”, when we’ve made it transparent to the entire world over the course of the past several thousand years.
I get it, though. There are those living in the aeries of their crenellated towers who wish to claim the upper hand from their perches where reality cannot reach. India has a similar circumstance to Israel. A dissatisfied Muslim population living within it wished to receive land from India for the secession of their own, autonomous state. This occurred in 1947, at which time Pakistan was formed. The cries for peaceful resistance in India, although noble in their dignity, were met with these results: a truncated state (India and Pakistan), and ongoing battles for yet more land: Kashmir. Did the separation result in lasting peace? No. It raised the ante that additional concessions, whether by force or by pressure, would be given in the ceding of additional land. Tell me how you have solved the fractious divisions over Kashmir. Let me know its results one year after you cede yet additional land. India is a vast swath of land; Israel is rather tiny. Muslim countries are 57; the Jewish state is only one.
Soapboxes that attempt to reach heaven will be confounded at Babel.