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Top Ten Myths about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Myth #1 – Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict in the region.

Although Arabs were a majority in Palestine prior to the creation of the state of Israel, there had always been a Jewish population, as well. For the most part, Jewish Palestinians got along with their Arab neighbors. This began to change with the onset of the Zionist movement, because the Zionists rejected the right of the Palestinians to self-determination and wanted Palestine for their own, to create a “Jewish State” in a region where Arabs were the majority and owned most of the land.

For instance, after a series of riots in Jaffa in 1921 resulting in the deaths of 47 Jews and 48 Arabs, the occupying British held a commission of inquiry, which reported their finding that “there is no inherent anti-Semitism in the country, racial or religious.” Rather, Arab attacks on Jewish communities were the result of Arab fears about the stated goal of the Zionists to take over the land.

After major violence again erupted in 1929, the British Shaw Commission report noted that “In less than 10 years three serious attacks have been made by Arabs on Jews. For 80 years before the first of these attacks there is no recorded instance of any similar incidents.” Representatives from all sides of the emerging conflict testified to the commission that prior to the First World War, “the Jews and Arabs lived side by side if not in amity, at least with tolerance, a quality which today is almost unknown in Palestine.” The problem was that “The Arab people of Palestine are today united in their demand for representative government”, but were being denied that right by the Zionists and their British benefactors.

The British Hope-Simpson report of 1930 similarly noted that Jewish residents of non-Zionist communities in Palestine enjoyed friendship with their Arab neighbors. “It is quite a common sight to see an Arab sitting in the verandah of a Jewish house”, the report noted. “The position is entirely different in the Zionist colonies.”


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Jeremy R. Hammond is an independent political analyst and a recipient of the Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. He is the founding editor of Foreign Policy Journal and the author of Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman: Austrian vs. Keynesian economics in the financial crisis and The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict. His forthcoming book is on the contemporary U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
  • fred lapides

    More myths:
    Hamas does not seek the destruction of Israel
    Hezbollah does not seek the destruction of Israel
    Rockets do not shower down on Israel lands
    There were never suicide bombers trying to kill civilians in Israel
    Arafat died of natural causes and his wife won billions in a lottery and now lives in Paris, enjoying those winnings.
    It just seems that Israel, unlike other states, does not have a chance at the rotating chair of the Security Council. In actuality, the chair is uncomfortable so they have decided not to occupy it.
    Arab states did not attack Israel in 1948 to destroy Israel…they wanted to help celebrate the new state that the UN, the US and Russia accepted as a legal state.

    • http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      fred,

      “Hamas does not seek the destruction of Israel”. I address that in the article. As for Hezbollah, it’s absurd to say it seeks the destruction of Israel. As for your “myths” numbers 3 and 4, I don’t know anyone who denies that there have been rocket and suicide bombings against Israel. I address your last one in the article, as well.

      • gary brown

        without the occupation there would be no hamas ? hezbollha protects lebanese sovereignty after repeated israeli attacks that have caused the deaths of thousands

    • http://sudhan.wordpress.com Nasir Khan

      Zionist trash as it really is!

      • Jen

        Typical namecalling by a Muslim basher of Israel, lol.

        NO to another Arab/Muslim terror state!

        56 Islamic / 22 Arab coutries are enough

        Stop the terror thugs and the Islamist colonial empire….

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

          If you’re interested in stopping terrorism, direct your attention to one of the leading state purveyors of terrorism, Israel.

          • Jamie

            Israel…state purveyor of terrorism? You just lost all credibility. Israel does not use suicide bombers…does not train children up to hate anyone not of the jewish faith…does not dance in the streets when a terrorist pulls off a major attack…does not scream at the world for the end of a people…does not use children to kill…etc. ad nauseam. Please stop your hatred towards jews, and just admit that Israel exists. Whether or not you like it, it exists, and you cannot do anything about it. Shalom

  • Civilian

    Mr Hammond,

    Do not waste your precious time and energy by trying to reason with the delusional Freds lapidesof the world.

    He and his ilk are the type that makes my vomit want to vomit.

    The Fred Lapides of the world are pure human filth and should be treated a s such.

    Civilian

    They know nothing but lies

  • http://tweetextensions.com Alan Ireland

    “This war, therefore, was not, as is commonly asserted in mainstream commentary, an act of aggression by the Arab states against Israel.”

    The map by Glubb, which I have posted at http://tweetextensions.com , shows that, with the exception of the Egyptian army, which crossed the Negev, the Arab forces did not enter the areas allocated to the Jewish state. Has anyone come up with any evidence that challenges Glubb’s assertion?

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      No land was “allocated” to the Jewish state, Alan. It’s a myth that the U.N. created Israel, as I note in the article. The land “allocated” to Israel was mostly owned by Arabs, so whether or not the Arab armies entered that land is a moot point, really. It’s correct, as far as I know, by irrelevant.

      • Jamie

        Correct! The UN did not creta Israel…they just recognized it as a state along with the U.S, and the U.S.S.R. That gave it credence. The recognition by those countries made it a country in the eyes of the world…but now that Israel refuses to give back land taken by force of arms the world views them as evil. I say that any religion that teaches their children to hate is evil. Shalom

      • minted

        Let me guess: you are of Arab descent and base your “facts” on your grandmothers fairytales?

        Fact 1:
        Arabs have been seeking to exterminate the Jewish community since 620 AD and will always seek to do so, irrespective of Israel.

        Fact 2:
        Britain drew the map for Israel in 1917. At the time the land was almost barren – apart from a decade later when a sudden influx of thousands of illegal Arab immigrants, pushed on the area deliberately from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, began to force their way in.

        Fact 3:
        The “Palestinian” people were actually created in 1935 for the purpose of Jihad. Created by Hitler’s ally, the Grand Mufti, who was the orchestrator of the holocaust which historic documents have now shown.

        The “Palestinian” people are actually a terrorist creation. They have no desire or intention of peace. Not with Israel nor with anyone else.

        Fact 4:
        Because of the rapid volume of illegals pouring into transjordan/palestine the British divide Israel into two and called thesecond part Jordan – which was given to these invaders from Egypt and Saudi Arabia in hope that it would avert further conflicts. So they had plenty of land. Even twice more land than Israel itself. But they never wanted land. They had their own homeland to return to (and still hold passports from them). They wanted JIHAD. They are there for terrorism and nothing else.

        Enough with the Muslim bullshit! Its everywhere around the world. The only thing these sick animals deserve is a bullet in their head. FCYK these Palestinian terrorist invaders! They deserve no sympathy from anyone.

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

          I would merely observe that you didn’t manage to point out a single factual error in anything I wrote. You did, however, illustrate for us your bigotry, which is instructive.

          • Trym Stein Hagen

            He did the exact same thing as you; produce “facts” without any references. When you accuse him of bigotry you’re at the same time accusing yourself

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            I see that logic isn’t one of your strengths.

  • http://NasirKhanblog Nasir Khan

    Thank you Jeremy for your brilliant essay to to dismantle some Zionist myths and the falsification of what actually happened in history. However, the Zionist perversion of history will not stop.

    But we know that Zionists and their friends have enormous resources to concoct more lies and churn more myths. If people like you come under attack, then we know why.

  • http://foreignpolicyjournal.com Moign Khawaja

    An amazing myth-busting article that’s supposed to be dropped on all Zionist-sponsored lies spreading media. It’s a must read for everyone especially Arabs because they know so less about the history and are still in the bubble of supremacy and glory. Should be fed to apologists too who are too sorry to open their eyes and understand the facts that Zionist aggression is the reason behind all ills in the Middle East. Thanks so much for arming us with these handy facts Jeremy. Bravo!

  • http://sudhan.wordpress.com Nasir Khan

    To combat Zionists’ lies and obfuscations is no easy task because they produce them on large scale.

    Mr Hammond has tried to give us a judicious explanation in face of heavy odds in the MSM.

  • Civilian

    Alan, there is no evidence to proof otherwise., the lies have been exposed.

    Yet many israeli appeasers will continue on with their shameless lies.

    Civilian

  • hanthala33

    myth 11; the two state solution is viable- it is not- only a one state solution is viable and obtainable
    myth12; peace will never be achieved in the middle east; it will for peace is…inevitable
    myth 13; that Hanthala will never return home- he will when we grow up and become the people we should be which is caring, empathetic,tolerant,altruistic and ahimsatic

  • susana

    if you start with a premise; then the rest , as meaningful context is colored as such. It is always funny just from the stand point alone; that there has always been agression for food, water , land…”right to ones own happiness” whatever that means…whos happiness over the other, etc. It never ends, this is a perpetual schematic over all of history. What is striking is the way it is applied to the Jewish question……there are many arab countries and no jewish ones (prior to the nation of israel), because of the history of the jews/diaspora….to talk about a right to land etc, is to negate the essential impetus that started out as a way to survive/exist in the world….especially post WWll….on has to set aside any talk/acknowledgement of what the jews go had/is going through…
    as if covert and overt prejudices just up and left; therefore we do not have to interpret political/latitudnal moves through such a narrow lense….really too much. One can always cherry pick events and interpret things in a said fashion, and still come off as truth…”truth” is a slippery thing, and is interpreted with each person’s bias…no matter how much one likes to think that they’re open to the “facts”…spurious as any comment can get.
    Going foward; since Israel is a nation that does exist, i doubt that it is a plausible request to have the jews up and leave….so a 2 state solution is something that has to be worked out. what may that look like? that’s what we have to work on….and not with the rhetoric/denial that Hamas and extremists have israel’s needs taken to heart (give me a break….we need real talk/real solutions).

  • http://boycottisraeltoday.wordpress.com/ Boycott Israel Today

    Israel is an illegal state supported by American tax payer, such support can only really survive for a short period, that is no in sight.

    One thing people need to remember is this, Israel is formed illegally and is in the centre of nations who general population are totally hostile against them. As such, when tables will change Israel will need to pay for all the destruction is has caused in the region and around the world.

    We are educated from day one (in school, college and Universities) that evil never succeeds and is held accountable one day, that day is long over due.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not against Jewish people or their religion for that matter, what I am against is oppression and terrorism, which today is know as Israel. There are some Jewish people/group who deny Israel and agree that it should not exist, but they are largely ignored or known as traitors and shunned by the pro-Israel media.

    Israel life expectancy is less that 100 years, and this illegal empire is built on Palestinians blood, which one day they need to account for.

  • James

    Top ten myths about Israel and the Middle East conflict

    Myth #1: Jews have no historic connection to Israel/Palestine.

    A key element of Arab and anti-Zionist attacks on Israel is the notion that the Jewish presence in the country is a remnant of 19th century imperialism in which Europeans colonized and exploited parts of the third world. But far from being outsiders there, the Jewish ties date back 4,000 years to the very beginning of Jewish history recounted in the Bible and verified by much of the evidence of archeology that has been discovered.

    Though the Romans expelled most of the Jewish population from the country, Jewish settlement continued without interruption throughout the last 2,000 years. In all this time, the Land of Israel remained a constant in thoughts and the hearts of Jews throughout the world, as it was remembered in their daily prayers and in their dreams.

    Myth #2: Jews have no unique claim to the ancient and holy city of Jerusalem.

    Though both Christianity and Islam have holy sites in the city, the Jewish ties predate that of any other existing religion. King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago — 1,700 years before Islam was even founded. Jerusalem never served as even a provincial capital during the centuries of Muslim rule. The entire city is sacred to Jews; only the Dome of the Rock has religious significance to Muslims. Moreover, in the modern era, Jews have been the majority of the population of the city since the 1840s.

    As for freedom of worship, the only period during which all faiths have been free to worship in peace has been since 1967 when the city became unified under Israeli sovereignty.

    Myth #3: The Zionist movement was never prepared to share the land.

    From the very start of the Jewish return to their historic homeland in the late 19th century, it has never been the goal of the Zionist movement to uproot the Arab population or to create a state where only Jews could live. In 1922, the League of Nations’ Mandate for Palestine was partitioned by Britain, with the east bank of the Jordan River reserved for Arab rule (it eventually become the Kingdom of Jordan), and the area between the Mediterranean and the Jordan being designated as the Jewish National Home. Dating back to the 1930s, every subsequent peace plan that has been proposed involved some sort of partition of the Western portion of Palestine. Though all of these schemes involved painful concessions for the Jews, the leadership of the Zionist movement and subsequently the Jewish state always accepted this principle of sharing the country.

    Myth #4: The lack of an independent Palestinian Arab state is the fault of the Zionists.

    In 1947, the United Nations approved the partition of Palestine between a Jewish state and an Arab state. The response of the Palestinian Arabs, as well as the rest of the Arab and Muslim world, was a categorical rejection of any scheme that allowed a Jewish state on any part of the land, no matter what its borders might be. No effort was made to set up an independent Arab state in the part of Palestine allotted for that purpose. In the aftermath of Israel’s War of Independence, in which it repelled the invasion by five Arab armies, the West Bank, Gaza and half of Jerusalem, were left in Arab hands. But for the next 19 years when these territories remained under Arab control, there was never any consideration given to creating an Arab state there. On the contrary, the focus of the Arab world was on extinguishing the fledgling state of Israel that existed in the truncated borders left by the 1949 armistice lines.

    In the years after the 1967 war, Israel has maintained a willingness to negotiate a peace deal based on the concept of “land for peace.” Indeed, at Camp David in July 2000 and the following January at Taba, Egypt, Israel offered the Palestinians a state in these lands as well as part of Jerusalem. The answer from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was “no,” and he followed up that refusal by launching a terrorist war of attrition that resulted in over a thousand Jewish deaths and even more suffering on the part of his own people.

    Myth #5: The plight of Palestinian refugees is a special case of dispossession that must be redressed by international action.

    In the aftermath of World War II, millions of refugees were created by the partition of India, the re-drawing of the map of Europe, as well as by the war brought on by the Arab refusal to accept the UN’s partition of Palestine. Only in the case of Palestinians who fled their home during the course of Israel’s War of Independence, was there a failure to re-settle the refugees. The Palestinian refugees, whose exit from the country was caused more by a general fear of the war sweeping over the land than by any action on the part of the Israelis, were the only refugees who were kept in camps and not allowed to integrate into the populations of the Arab countries that received them. They were kept homeless as a means of maintaining the illusion that the creation of Israel could be undone. Subsequent generations of this population have been raised in these camps and inculcated in an irredentist ideology whose premise is the rejection of any Jewish state. They remain the wards of a UN agency (the United Nations Relief Works Agency) that is devoted to perpetuating their status as refugees at a cost of billions of dolllars on international aid.

    On the other hand, several hundred thousand Jews living in Arab countries were evicted from their homes during this same era and forced to flee to safety in Israel or the West — where they were integrated into society.

    Myth #6: The occupation of eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights in 1967 was the result of an Israeli war of aggression.

    In May 1967, Egypt launched a blockade of Israel’s southern port of Eilat. Egyptian and Syrian forces massed on Israel’s borders. Egypt demanded, and got, the UN peacekeeping force that separated their army from Israel in the Sinai, to withdraw. Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser and other Arab leaders told their peoples that they would soon launch a battle of annihilation that would result in Israel’s destruction. When international diplomacy failed to get the Arabs to back down, Israel decided that it would not wait to be attacked and launched a defensive war to forestall the Arab assault.

    After the war ended in a sweeping Israeli victory, Israel stated its willingness to make peace, but an Arab summit conference a month later answered with three no’s. No peace. No recognition. No negotiations.

    Myth #7: Jewish settlements are the main, if not the sole, obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

    Though many legal sources claim that Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal, the fact remains that the right of Jewish settlement in those lands was guaranteed by the Mandate for Palestine of the League of Nations. This territory was never part of any other sovereign state and its final legal status is subject to negotiations that must be concluded between the competing parties. Until such time as there is a peace accord which gives one side or the other sovereignty in this territory, it is inaccurate to refer to this land as belonging to one side or another.

    Twice before, Israel has shown a willingness to uproot Jewish communities for the sake of peace: in the Sinai (given back to Egypt in the 1979 Peace Treaty) and in Gaza (from which Israel withdrew unilaterally in 2005). The existence of settlements in these areas is no bar to a peace deal under which they might be withdrawn.

    Myth #8: The failure of the Oslo peace process was the result of actions by hard-line Israeli governments.

    The Oslo process was embraced by Israel in the hope that an offer of land would be met with genuine peace. However, the result of years of negotiations and various Israeli withdrawals has not been peace. From the start of Palestinian Authority rule in the West Bank and Gaza in 1994, Palestinian leadership has encouraged terrorism against Israel and fomented hatred against the Jewish state — while “peace education” is promulgated in Israeli schools. Throughout the 1990s as Israel signed several agreements that gave the Palestinians more autonomy, the corrupt PA leadership continued to tolerate and even fund terror groups. In 2000, Yasser Arafat refused Israel’s offer of a Palestinian state in virtually all of the West Bank and Gaza as well as part of Jerusalem — and launched the terror offensive known as the Second Intifada.

    Though all Israeli governments have, at times, been forced to reply with force to terrorist attacks from Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank, all have stated a willingness to negotiate a peace. Today the Palestinians are split between the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas which is too weak to make peace and Hamas, the rulers of Gaza, who reject it under any circumstances. Both factions reject the legitimacy of a Jewish state.

    Myth #9: The Arab-Israeli conflict is the key to all of America’s political, diplomatic and military problems in the Middle East.

    The battle over Israel/Palestine is but one of many disputes in the Middle East. The rivalry between the two great Muslim religious strains, Shia and Sunni, has been the source of more wars and more bloodshed than any battle between Arabs and Jews. Similarly, the tensions between Persians (modern day Iran with its Islamist rulers and nuclear ambitions) and Arabs is another perennial conflict that predates the renewal of Jewish sovereignty in the region.

    Even more to the point, the conflict between radical Islamists who seek to impose their religious and political views on the rest of the Muslim world, and those who oppose them in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, has nothing to do with Israel or the Palestinians. It is this schism which is at the core of the rise of Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It is this battle for the soul of Islam that gave the impetus to the 9/11 attacks, not the dispute over the borders of the Jewish state.

    Though Israel’s foes claim that resentment over its creation fuels Arab and Islamic resentment of the West, such sentiments long predate the rise of Zionism. The clash of civilizations between Islam and the West was the cause of wars between European nations and Muslim countries for centuries with no Jewish involvement. Linking world peace to a resolution of the Palestinian conflict is just another tactic of rejectionist groups bent on perpetuating the conflict and diverting attention from the real issues.

    Myth #10: American support for Israel is the result of the manipulations of the U.S. government by Jews.

    Support for the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland dates back to the very beginning of American history. Sympathy for the idea of a renewed Jewish state is rooted in the faith of most Americans, as well as in their belief that the persecuted Jewish people were entitled to find a new life in their old home. From the very beginnings of the Zionist movement, it found both a welcome and support from large numbers of Americans. In the aftermath of the Holocaust that support became even greater.

    Today, the overwhelming majority of Americans of all faiths and both major political parties see Israel as a friend and an ally. They need no prodding from a Jewish lobby to understand that the alliance with the Jewish state is based on common values and a shared belief in democracy. While Israel’s supporters in Washington are vocal and proud of it, their financial clout is dwarfed by that of an oil industry and other factions with a vested interest in appeasing Arab dictators and monarchs. But the American people’s identification with Israel and their sense of solidarity with it have prevailed because these ideas are rooted deeply in American history and tradition.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      James,

      Posting others’ work without attribution is called “plagiarism”. You are not the author of this list. My response follows:

      “Myth #1: Jews have no historic connection to Israel/Palestine.”

      Strawman fallacy. Nobody denies the historic connection. Bottom line: That historic connection does not give the Jews any legal right to the land, nor does it justify their crimes against the Palestinians, their ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and their theft of Arab lands.

      “Myth #2: Jews have no unique claim to the ancient and holy city of Jerusalem.”

      Strawman. Nobody argues this. Bottom line: The Israeli annexation of Jerusalem is illegal under international law.

      “Myth #3: The Zionist movement was never prepared to share the land.

      True. From the very beginning, the founder of the Zionist movement, Theodore Hertzl, wrote in his journal that he wished to “spirit the penniless population” out of Palestine.

      Most of the Zionist leadership rejected partition. David Ben-Gurion and Chaim Weizmann favored the idea, but only as a strategic move towards taking the whole of Palestine, by force, if necessary, as Ben-Gurion wrote.

      “Myth #4: The lack of an independent Palestinian Arab state is the fault of the Zionists.”

      True. The U.N. Partition proposal called for the minority Jews, who owned 7% of the land, to be given more than half of Palestine, while the majority Arabs who owned 86% of Palestine, were to receive less than half of their own land. The Jews would give up no land to the Arabs, but the Arabs would give up enormous swaths to the Jews.

      The UN Special Commission on Palestine that recommended partition explicitly rejected the right of the Palestinians to self-determination. The Arabs proposed that the independence of Palestine be recognized and a representative government including Jews be established under a constitution that recognized the rights of the Jewish minority.

      The Zionists and their Western benefactors rejected that democratic solution, and the Zionists then unilaterally, with no legal authority, declared the existence of Israel, and subsequently ethnically cleansed Palestine, never allowing Arabs to return to their own homes and lands.

      Israel and the U.S. have since consistently blocked the implementation of a two-state solution.

      The “offer” made to Yasser Arafat consisted of negative concessions on the part of Israel. All the concessions were expected of the Arabs. ALL of the illegally occupied territories belong to the Arabs. ALL of the Israeli colonies in the territories are illegal.

      “Myth #5: The plight of Palestinian refugees is a special case of dispossession that must be redressed by international action.”

      True. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine created the refugee problem that exists today. Under international law, all refugees have a recognized right of return to their homelands.

      “Myth #6: The occupation of eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights in 1967 was the result of an Israeli war of aggression.”

      True. See my article.

      “Myth #7: Jewish settlements are the main, if not the sole, obstacle to peace in the Middle East.”

      Debatable. Israeli violence against Palestinians is also a major contributing factor, as is Israel’s policy of blocking any two-state settlement — of which the continued settlement activity is only a part.

      The illegality of Israeli settlements is not a “claim”, it is a fact of law. The claim that Jews have a “right” to settle the Palestinian territories that was “guaranteed by the Mandate for Palestine of the League of Nations” is a fabrication.

      The Israeli withdraws from the Sinai and Gaza were not concessions, as both occupations were illegal under international law and as Israel had no legal right to those lands.

      “Myth #8: The failure of the Oslo peace process was the result of actions by hard-line Israeli governments.”

      True. Israel was unwilling to make any concessions to the Palestinians, and then ended the talks when Arafat was unwilling to accept Israeli annexation of major swaths of the West Bank, Israeli control of Palestine’s borders, its airspace, Israeli military outposts within Palestine, Jewish-only highways dividing the West Bank into cantons, Israeli control of the aquifer, etc.

      “Myth #9: The Arab-Israeli conflict is the key to all of America’s political, diplomatic and military problems in the Middle East.”

      Agreed. Ending U.S. aggression against other states is also crucial to solving its political, diplomatic and military problems in the ME.

      Arguably, however, U.S. support for Israeli crimes against Palestinians is the leading factor contributing to U.S. problems internationally, and was the leading motivation for the 9/11 attacks.

      “Myth #10: American support for Israel is the result of the manipulations of the U.S. government by Jews.”

      Agreed. The Israeli lobby is a factor, particularly in the Congress, but U.S. policy makers primarily have their own perceived self-interests in mind.

  • LT
    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      Thanks for sharing the link, LT.

    • Mehmet

      As long as the Jewsih media pay for it, it would be published.

  • pseudopod

    But we do know those who deny that Israel regularly targets Palestinians with rockets from aircraft, keeps around 11000 Palestinians in prison, and maintains an illegal blockade of Gaza denying it important medical supplies – namely most of the US media by their silence on these matters.

  • http://thelastcrusade.org Jen

    A gala event has occurred in Gaza.

    Hamas sponsored a mass wedding for four hundred and fifty couples.
    Most of the grooms were in their mid to late twenties; most of brides were under ten.

    Muslim dignitaries including Mahmud Zahar, a leader of Hamas, were on hand to congratulate the couples who took part in the carefully staged celebration.

    We are saying to the world and to America that you cannot deny us joy and happiness, Zahar told the grooms, all of whom were dressed in identical black suits and hailed from the nearby Jabalia refugee camp.

    Each groom received a gift of 500 dollars from Hamas.

    The pre-pubescent girls, dressed in white gowns and adorned with garish make-up, received bridal bouquets.

    We are presenting this wedding as a gift to our people who stood firm in the face of the siege and the war, Local Hamas strongman Ibrahim Salaf said in a speech.

    The wedding photos tell the rest of the sordid tale.

    Paedo Pals

    The International Center for Research on Women now estimates that there are 51 million child brides now living on planet earth and almost all in Muslim countries.

    Twenty-nine percent of these child brides are regularly beaten and molested by their husbands in Egypt ; twenty six percent receive similar abuse in Jordan .

    Every year, three million Muslim girls are subjected to genital mutilation, according to UNICEF. This practice has not been outlawed in many parts of America .

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      This claim of a mass wedding of “pre-pubescent girls” is false. Take your propaganda elsewhere. It is not welcome here.

      • LT

        This propaganda reminds me of paedophile prophet propaganda. The rationale is always the same; Islam is a religion of perversion. The real perverts are those who invented these lies. The best reply to you Jem; some Muslim girls marry before 18, thats right, but do not forget those girls losing their virginity or being pregnant just at 12-13 in your so called civil world. Muslims did not invent child pornography, perverts.

        • Trym Stein Hagen

          Of course they didn’t. Since they didn’t have the technology at that time. But when it comes to exploiting pre-pubescent girls the arab world has always been worse than the western world, because it has been a taboo in the western world for far longer, and there are far more and stricter laws against it.

    • Mehmet

      Yeah, right… Will you please mention the number of kids abused in Western countries ( in Australia it is one of every three and by one of their relatives) or the number of rich Western “men” paying a fortune to have ” the first night “fantasy in Thailand or Philippines with girls as little as 10 which they couldnt with their own wives? And let’s remember the Austrian men who had more than 7 children from his own DAUGHTER. You are right mate… Muslims have a lot to learn from you…

  • Vanessa

    I thought it might be interesting to chip in a recent theoretical discussion that emerged from Jean-Paul Gagnon’s work. He showed that it is more beneficent for a state to secede a territory that has an overwhelming majority in favor of independence. It could benefit the state seceding territory economically, peacefully, and democratically. It is also, in a democratic sense, the only legitimate thing to do as a portion of its citizenry would be wanting independence. Israel has no legitimacy over Palestine in this respect. All citizenries, and those groups composing the plurality, have a right to self-government. Let’s take a step in the right direction, and continue to solve the rest of the problems from a more positive vantage.

  • arab muslim

    Greetings to all. The reasons for Arab-Israeli conflict is the occupation of Palestine.
    Palestine Arab Islamic state like the rest of the Arab and Islamic states surrounding
    Them. Means that there are Jews and Zionists in Palestine a big mistake, because this entity
    Zionist is not consistent with the surrounding area (such as language, customs, traditions and religion)
    The only solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict is the expulsion of Jews from Palestine
    All of Palestine. The Jewish people will not rest and will not feel comfortable and stability
    But if it gets out of Palestine and the Middle East completely. If people continue to
    Jews in Palestine and the Middle East, the death and destruction will continue.
    Palestine Arab Islamic state and will remain

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      “The only solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict is the expulsion of Jews from Palestine All of Palestine.”

      It’s precisely hateful comments like that which Zionists grasp onto in order to justify their policies, thus allowing them to continue their occupation and other crimes. Wise up.

  • James

    Arab propoganda !
    Why are you showing a picture of a tank???
    Why don’t you show pictures of suicide bombers and blown up mall ?

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      I invite you to point out any error in fact or logic you think is present in anything I wrote, James.

      • Trym Stein Hagen

        I invite you to present sources for anything you’ve written. The world isn’t as black and white as you think, more like different shades of gray

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

          Okay. In the first sentence, I said Arabs were a majority in Palestine. Here’s a source for that:

          UN General Assembly, United Nations Special
          Committee on Palestine Report to the General Assembly, Volume 1, A/364 (September 3, 1947), http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/07175DE9FA2DE563852568D3006E10F3.

          My invitation to James is open to you, as well, to point out any error in fact or logic you think is present in anything I wrote.

  • Dave Kersting

    I would only suggest that people stop referring to Israel’s adversaries as “Arabs.” Identifying Israel’s victims by an ethnic (or religious) characteristic is partly false and very misleading – and it plays into the Zionist wish to portray the conflict in racial terms. In reality, the predominant ethnicity of those in the region the Zionists chose for their expressly racist “Jewish” state has never been relevant. The ethnic-cleansing was based solely on the victims’ failure to be sufficiently “Jewish.” If the locals had been Chinese or Inuit or Amish, the history would be much the same. It’s also important to note that “Palestinian” does not apply to ethnicity or religion: it has always applied to anyone with legitimate right to live in “Palestine,” and this group has always included many ethnicities and religions, including “Jewish,” of course. The conflict will end only when those taxpayers who would not KNOWINGLY finance overt ethnic and religious prejudice begin to raise some audible objection to their governments’ financing of any such policies, by anyone involved – same as everywhere else. The fact that this would lead to a single egalitarian state – all legal claims and complaints addressed without reference to anyone’s religion or ethnicity – is merely an incidental consequence of justice itself.

  • YJ Draiman

    End the Unjust Arab Occupation of Jewish Land

    NO PALESTINIAN STATE – No land concessions R7.

    Imagine that the various people who settled in the United States for the past 300 years decided one day that they one to parcel the United States into an independent State just for them, would the American public go for it. The Answer is absolutely NO.

    The situation in Israel today is no different. The Arabs there are not Palestinians, there is no such Arab nation as Palestine or Palestinian people.

    Europeans countries today are consisting of numerous people from other countries. Would the Europeans people cede part of their country to set up another State in their midst. The answer is absolutely NO.

    Archeological excavations and historical data is the best proof Israel belongs to the Jewish Nation and non-other.

    All the Arabs in Israel and surrounding areas are from the various Arab nations, such as Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and other Arab nations.

    Transfer all Arabs from Israel to Jewish Land and Homes confiscated by Arab Countries.

    Prominent PLO Arab says there are no ‘Palestinians’ and no “Palestine”

    PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein admitted in a March 31, 1977 interview with a Dutch newspaper Trouw.

    “The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism. ”

    The Qur’an 17:104 – states the land belongs to the Jewish people

    If the historic documents, comments written by eyewitnesses and declarations by the most authoritative Arab scholars are still not enough, let us quote the most important source for Muslim Arabs:

    “And thereafter we [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd’.”.

    017.104
    YUSUFALI: And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, “Dwell securely in the land (of promise)”: but when the second of the warnings came to pass, We gathered you together in a mingled crowd.
    PICKTHAL: And We said unto the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land; but when the promise of the Hereafter cometh to pass We shall bring you as a crowd gathered out of various nations.
    SHAKIR: And We said to the Israelites after him: Dwell in the land: and when the promise of the next life shall come to pass, we will bring you both together in judgment.

    – Qur’an 17:104 –

    Any sincere Muslim must recognize the Land they call “Palestine” as the Jewish Homeland, according to the book considered by Muslims to be the most sacred word and Allah’s ultimate revelation.

    Any building of housing in The Greater Israel is the right and duty of the Israeli government. There is no such a thing as occupied territory. It is the land of Israel for over 4,000 years.

    Sequence of historical events, agreements and a non-broken series of treaties and resolutions, as laid out by the San Remo Resolution, the League of Nations and the United Nations, gives the Jewish People title to the city of Jerusalem and the rest of Israel totaling approximately 45,000 square miles, as mandated by the League of Nations in July of 1922. The process began at San Remo, Italy, when the four Principal Allied Powers of World War I – Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan – agreed to create a Jewish national home in what is now the Land of Israel. (You might as well break apart Syria which was mandated at the same time).

    YJ Draiman.

    PS

    20 Years of Research Reveals Jerusalem Belongs to Jews

    (IsraelNN.com) Jacques Gauthier, a non-Jewish Canadian lawyer who spent 20 years researching the legal status of Jerusalem, has concluded: “Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, by international law.”.

    Gauthier has written a doctoral dissertation on the topic of Jerusalem and its legal history, based on international treaties and resolutions of the past 90 years. The dissertation runs some 1,300 pages, with 3,000 footnotes. Gauthier had to present his thesis to a world-famous Jewish historian and two leading international lawyers – the Jewish one of whom has represented the Palestinian Authority on numerous occasions.

    Gauthier’s main point, as summarized by Israpundit editor Ted Belman, is that a non-broken series of treaties and resolutions, as laid out by the San Remo Resolution, the League of Nations and the United Nations, gives the Jewish People title to the city of Jerusalem. The process began at San Remo, Italy, when the four Principal Allied Powers of World War I – Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan – agreed to create a Jewish national home in what is now the Land of Israel.

    We must unleash the wrath of G-D against the enemies of Israel and those collaborating with the enemy.

    End the Unjust Arab Occupation of Jewish Land

    Bible, Zechariah 1:14 Thus says the L-RD of hosts, “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion.” Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Jewish Bible, NOT once in the Koran. Psalm 135:12 “He gave their land as a heritage to Israel His people.” Thousands of years ago, G-D foretold in Bible the present-day murderous hate for Israel. Psalm 83 They have said, “Come and let us wipe them out as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more. For they have conspired together with one mind; against You they make a covenant”. The Bible makes it clear that the war is against G-D.

    http://einshalom.com/archives/57

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      Justifying Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestine by invoking U.S. ethnic cleansing of North America. Brilliant.

      • Kelly Robinson

        Jeremy, I took the time to read and give great thought to what you wrote, please dignify my time and attention by reading the following:
        Thomas Ice said it best and by all accounts I give him credit for the following:
        INTERNATIONAL LAW AND JERUSALEM
        by Thomas Ice
        The Bible teaches that God gave to the Jewish people the land of Israel. This is repeated many times throughout the Bible. God’s viewpoint on this matter is what ultimately matters since He will at some point in the future implement His will. If God says something then that settles it, that decree will surely come to pass. However, it is interesting to note that international law is and has always been on the side of the reestablishment of the modern state of Israel. Furthermore, the law also supports the claim that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews and that the Arabs have no legitimate legal claim upon Judaism’s most holy location.
        JACQUES PAUL GAUTHIER
        Canadian lawyer Jacques Paul Gauthier recently finished a twenty-year project in which this Gentile Christian researched at the University of Geneva political science department and international law school, the legal issues relating to the ownership of Israel and Jerusalem. Gauthier’s PhD thesis was completed in 2007 and is entitled:
        “Sovereignty Over The Old City of Jerusalem.” Dr. Gauthier has demonstrated in painstaking detail in his thesis of over 1,200 pages the following conclusion:
        After our examination of the principles of international law pertaining to
        belligerent occupation, we have concluded that Israel has the right to occupy
        the territories under its control since 1967, including East Jerusalem and its
        Old City, until a peace treaty is concluded. Since Gauthier’s publication was a PhD thesis, he had to painstakingly document every opinion or conclusion with legal and historical facts. Had the readers of his thesis
        not agreed with the information in his work they would not have accepted Gauthier’s thesis. This means that Gauthier’s work is the most authoritative opinion covering the international status of the old city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. So what is Dr. Gauthier’s argument?
        GREAT BRITAIN’S ROLE
        Gauthier notes that the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 did not have the status of international law, at least not when issued. However, it did become the official policy of the British government that bound Great Britain to pursue the founding of a future state of Israel and granting them self-determination. The United Kingdom took the next step toward founding the Jewish state when General Allenby captured Jerusalem on December 11, 1917 and then the rest of Palestine (Israel).
        On January 3, 1919 Chaim Weizmann, who was the leader and representative of the Zionist Organization on behalf of the Jewish people, met with Emir Feisal, who represented the Arab Kingdom of Hedjaz. Included in an agreement that both parties agreed upon was that the Jewish people should get the land west of the Jordan River and that the old city of Jerusalem would be under Jewish control. The Paris Peace Conference began on January 18, 1919 and lasted about six months in which new borders were decided upon for parts of Europe and the Middle East and were given the force of international law. The conference was made up of the victorious Allied powers from World War I. The “Big Four” were made up of theUnited States, Great Britain, France, and Italy. Lord Balfour represented Britain. It was during the summer of 1919 that Arab opposition began to be voiced against the Feisal-
        Weizmann agreement. As a result that aspect of the conference stalled and was never agreed upon. Nevertheless, Balfour issued the following statement on August 11, 1919:
        “The four great powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age long traditions, in present needs in future hopes of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.”3 The Paris Peace Conference ended without a final solution reached concerning the status of Palestine, even though there was much discussion about the matter.
        THE SAN REMO CONFERENCE
        A meeting to deal specifically with the unfinished business of Palestine, which was to be seen as an extension of the Paris Peace Conference was commenced on April 19, 1920 in San Remo, Italy. It was attended by the four Principal Allied Powers of World War I who were represented by the prime ministers of Britain (David Lloyd George),France (Alexandre Millerand) and Italy (Francesco Nitti) and by Japan’s Ambassador K. Matsui. The San Remo Resolution adopted on April 25, 1920 incorporated the Balfour
        Declaration of 1917 issued by the British government. The San Remo resolution and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, which was adopted at the Paris Peace Conference on April 28, 1919, were the basic documents upon which the British Mandate for the stewardship of Palestine was constructed. It was at San Remo that the Balfour Declaration went from being just a statement of British foreign policy to international law.
        The British Mandate was fully implemented upon approval by the Council of the
        League of Nations on September 22, 1922. However, when the parties left San Remo in April 1919 the future state of Israel was to be made up of what now constitutes the Kingdom of Jordan, as well as all the land West of the Jordan River. After September 22, 1922 what is now the Kingdom of Jordan was taken away from Palestine and became another Arab nation. This was the beginning of the trend still operative today that Israel needs to give up more land in order to be promised peace. The reality is that
        every time Israel gives up land, she experiences even less peace.
        THE MANDATE
        On July 1, 1920 the British military administration, which had controlled Palestine since December 1917, was replaced by a British civil administration covering all of Palestine on both sides of the Jordan River, with its headquarters in Jerusalem. The Mandate instructed Great Britain that she would oversee Palestine with the goal of the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. At the time of the issuance of the Mandate, it was believed that there were not enough Jews in the land to
        establish a nation. Thus, Great Britain was to oversee the immigration of Jews to the land and when there were enough then Palestine would become the national homeland for the Jewish people. However, normally, Britain obstructed the goal of developing a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
        As the League of Nations was dissolved in 1946, the United Nations, which was founded in 1945, began to deal with the Palestine issue. The UN General Assembly passed a Partition Resolution (Resolution 181) on November 29, 147. This UN resolution adopted the necessary legal status from the League of Nations needed for Israel to declare her independence on May 14, 1948. Under 181, the land of Palestine was partitioned and part of Palestine was given to the Arabs and the rest was given to Israel, except Jerusalem was to become an international city. Gauthier tells us, “The special international regime for the corpus separatum which was to be established on or
        prior to October 1, 1948 was to remain in force for a period of ten years. At the end of that period, ‘the residents of the City shall be . . . free to express by means of a referendum their wishes as to possible modifications of the regime of the City.’” The Arabs rejected resolution 181 and attacked the Jews resulting in a larger land area for Israel when the fighting stopped in 1949. Israel’s war for independence also prevented Jerusalem from becoming an international city. The promised election by October 1959
        to determine to whom Jerusalem belonged never took place. There is no doubt that the city would have voted for Israel if an election had taken place. Thus, all of the legal rights to the Old City of Jerusalem belong to Israel and the Jews.
        CONCLUSION
        Gauthier’s work, which I have only provided a glimpse into, demonstrates that both the land of Israel and the Old City of Jerusalem belong to Israel and the Jews based upon the standards of international law. When commentators appear on the media today and start talking about how Israel is violating international law with their occupation, they are absolutely without any basis in the truth. These advocates for the Arab occupation of Jewish land have no legal basis to stand. However, that does not seem to bother them since they are lawless and many hope through jihad to take over Israel. Most of these spokesmen really do not care about the law, international or
        otherwise. The facts are that both the Bible and even international law says that the land of Israel and Jerusalem belong to the Jewish people. The fact that many within the international community know this information means nothing. Today the Gentile nations are in an uproar, while increasingly clamoring for the extermination of the nation and people of Israel. Yet, the hand of God’s providence has restored His people to their land while still primarily in unbelief. We increasingly see the lawless attitudes of the nations constantly on display as they certainly do not care about God’s Word, nor
        do they heed the clear mandates of manmade international law. So it will be in the end, as at the beginning and throughout her history, that Israel will have to be saved by the actual hand of God as He interrupts history in order to save His people. Today’s hatred toward Israel is just a warm-up for the real heat of the furnace of the tribulation, from which God will redeem the nation of Israel through the coming of Messiah. Since mankind does not recognize God and His law, nevertheless, He will impose it upon humanity one day. I hoped you gained some insight from this-
        Jeremy, when Jesus returns..and He will soon. You can look back at this post ( I won’t be here- I’ll be in Heaven ) and say ” Kelly was right and she cared about my soul- I am praying for you, because I do care. And by the way? Are you related to Leslie Stahl from 60 minutes? I saw a recent report she did on Jerusalem and you sure have similar journalistic styles. :D
        Take care and God Bless!

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

          Okay, Kelly, first of all, regarding the theological argument for the creation of Israel and for the occupation, if you actually read the Bible, you will note that Yahweh made a covenant with the descendants of Abraham, that he would be their God, and they would be his people, and he would bring them into the land of Canaan if they obeyed his commandments. And then most of the Tanakh (Old Testament) details how the Hebrews broke their covenant with Yahweh, how the sinned perpetually in all their generations, and how Yahweh warned them again and again that if they did not keep their covenant and obey his commandments, he would cast them out of the land. And then the Bible records how that happened, first to Israel, and then to her wicked sister, Judah (the tribe name from whence the word “Jew” derives). This is really the whole story of the Old Testament, so it’s pretty hard to miss. It never ceases to astonish me the kind of dishonesty and willful ignorance those who resort to the theological argument demonstrate.

          The legal argument provided is no more honest. The Balfour Declaration, the San Remo conference, the Covenant of the League of Nations, the League of Nations Mandate… We could take time to examine what those documents actually say, and what they actually mean, but it’s not necessary. The fallacy of this legal argument is that it assumes that the colonial/imperialist powers could rightfully take Palestine from its majority inhabitants, who owned most of the land and who had lived and worked it for countless generations, and hand it over to foreign immigrants who had never set foot in Palestine before. This is an arrogant imperialist and racist argument that has no basis in international law, which recognizes the inalienable right of all peoples to self-determination — the right that was denied to the Arab Palestinians then and which continues to be denied to them by Israel and the U.S. today.

          So, Kelly, I am praying for you, too, because I also care about your soul, and since you are obviously religious, I would urge you to take the time to actually READ the Bible and see what it says, and to understand the Commandments given to Moses on Mt. Sinai by Yahweh, which Israel violates daily with its murderous covetousness, as it has done perpetually since it first came into existence through the act of war and violence and ethnic cleansing of Palestine of 750,000 of its Arab inhabitants.

          “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” — 2 Thessalonians, 2:9-11

          “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” — John 8:32

          Take care.

  • Alon

    As biased as expected. Your kind gave Hitler Czechoslovakia. Your kind would have let central America fall to communism. Your kind will see 6 million Jews dead in the name of “justice” and a Palestinian state- a people that never existed, BTW, before the 20th century. You choose what you believe but seriously man, cut the BS. Come live in ramallah for a year. Then live in Tel aviv for a year. Maybe then you’ll have the right to talk, when you see for real that it’s not black and white, and both sides are at fault here. In the meantime you can relax in your comfortable home which is probably built on land stolen from Indians or other native people. you want a just world? try mars.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      Bla, bla, bla. Let me know when you’re ready to have a discussion of the facts.

      • Trym Stein Hagen

        Really mature.. you definitely made yourself look professional and unbiased there

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

          Blah, blah. You can let me know when you’re ready to have a discussion of the facts, as well.

          • Trym Stein Hagen

            Doesn’t matter, you have the mentality like a child

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            I’m not the one unwilling/incapable of having a discussion of the facts. My invitation to do so remains open.

  • One

    “As political analyst Noam Chomsky extensively documents in his epic analysis ‘The Fateful Triangle'”…
    And here I thought Chomsky was a linguist! Thank you for clearing that up for me!

    “The truth is that from the start of the cease-fire in June until November 4, Hamas fired no rockets, despite numerous provocations from Israel…”
    Then I must have imagined the 40 something rockets being shot to Israeli territory a copule of days prior to Cast Lead and as soon as the cease fire ended. Again, thanks for the clear up! I’ll be sure to listen more carefully to the liberal, free media of Israel from now own.

    (Oh, and by the way, by “thousands of rockets” prior to Cast Lead, I do assume they mean the rockets being shot to southern Israel since 2000, with little to no response from the Israeli side, But it may be that liberal media again, spreading its lies and propaganda!)

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  • http://draiman.org Draiman Yj

    No Spring in Palestine
    Despite the uptick in violence, it’s going to require something truly nasty or spectacular to put the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the front burner again.
    BY AARON DAVID MILLER | MARCH 24, 2011

    Just when you thought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was in the deep freezer, things are getting hot again. Hamas and Israel are back at each others’ throats; and for the first time in four years, there’s been a terror attack in Jerusalem, killing one Israeli. The bombing capped a week of Israeli-Palestinian confrontation, which resulted in a number of civilian deaths in Gaza. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that Israelis and Palestinians watching the historic changes in the Arab World just can’t stand not to be the center of attention.

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    But I do know better. And this time around, precisely because of those transformative changes, it’s going to take something truly big — either nasty or spectacular — to put the Palestinian issue back on center stage. Because right now, despite the loss of life on both sides, it’s still old hat. And here’s why:

    If the onset of the Arab spring (Egypt, Tunisia) and Arab winter (Bahrain, Libya, Yemen) suggest anything, it is that priorities have shifted away from external reference points — Israel and the United States — to the more authentic forces of internal processes of political change. I say this fully aware of the Libyan exception, where the United States and the international community is very much in the picture.

    Something truly profound is playing out in Arab capitals and countrysides: a process of ownership, the regaining of control over the Arab story (and future) by Arabs themselves. And this process of self-determination will continue to play out for years to come, affecting those Arab polities which to date have largely escaped significant change. Colonialists and Zionists are unlikely to figure as prominently in the Arab story — either as an excuse or justification.

    The debate over the centrality of the Palestinian issue to regional stability and to U.S. interests has been argued in hot and heavy fashion for years. Proponents of centrality have argued that there’s no issue more resonant or more emotional in Arab politics; none more threatening to the viability of Israel or morally unfair to Palestinians; and certainly none more likely to radicalize Arabs and Muslims around the world.

    Others have argued the opposite: that the sources of instability are deeper and broader, including turmoil within Islam, the Iranian challenge, a democracy deficit, and authoritarian regimes and extractive leaders who have bilked their public for years and kept them bottled up in a kind of Nasser time warp. Instead, they argue, the Palestinian issue has been used to distract and divert attention from meaningful reforms — a cruel deceit to keep autocrats in power.

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    Is this coinsidence?
    This news from March 23th on http://justworldnews.org/archives/004183.html about one brave assassin and this article’s author could not be coincidence. No wonder that Mr. Miller would like the world/Arabs to forget about Palestine and his client.
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    YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA said…
    Crash Course on the Arab Israeli Conflict

    Here are overlooked facts in the current Middle East situation; these were compiled by a Christian university professor. It makes sense and it’s not slanted. Jew and non-Jew –it doesn’t matter. Thank You.

    1. Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

    2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

    3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E., the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

    4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years.

    5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

    6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

    7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

    8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

    9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

    10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

    11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.

    12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugeegroup in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples’ lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.

    13. The Arab – Israeli Conflict: The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians.

    There is only one Jewish nation.

    The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost.

    Israel defended itself each time and won.

    14. The P.L.O.’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.

    15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

    16. The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.

    17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

    18. The U.N was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.

    19. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

    20. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

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    YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA
    REPLY YJ DRAIMAN
    11:59 PM ET
    March 24, 2011
    Moral and ethical bankruptcy
    Moral and ethical bankruptcy

    Americans are finding a grotesque echo in the moral – ethical bankruptcy and worse of a substantial sector of American society.

    The “moral depravity” of “the Arabs” who kill innocent civilians. It is more than moral depravity. It is a culture that teaches, educates and breeds hate toward other societies that are not like them as they say “infidels”.

    There is no way this situation should be handled with kid gloves – when a poison strikes your body, you remove it and destroy it completely, leaving no trace of such poison.

    History has shown that these types of atrocities and acts of barbarism have increased in the past half a century and getting worse by the day.

    With today’s advancement in technology and telecommunications, the world has shrunk, events on the other side of the world affect everybody (like the Japanese Nuclear reactor fallout etc.) it affects our health our economy brings fear and uncertainty to our lives.

    The financial crisis we are facing today is the price we pay for years of neglect and government abuse of power.

    Is today’s society heading toward annihilation, you be the judge?

    YJ Draiman

    Every time there is a terrorist act, Israel should vacate an Arab village and raze it.
    REPLY YJ DRAIMAN
    12:00 AM ET
    March 25, 2011
    “Israel’s Disproportionate Restraint.”
    “Israel’s Disproportionate Restraint.”

    Israel is guilty of anything it’s of disproportionate restraint.

    Israel has the right and obligation to defend its citizens

    The brutal slaughter of a family of 5 in Itamar just shows that we are dealing with a barbaric mentality.

    Add to it the bomb at a bus stop in Jerusalem.

    The daily launching of rockets from Gaza against civilian population and schools.

    No country and government that cares about its citizens would tolerate such atrocities.

    Terror should be handled in the following manner. When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely.

    It is a known fact that any country if attacked, its citizens kidnapped, rocket bombardment on a daily basis.
    Has the right and obligation to defend its citizens.

    It is sad that innocent civilians are hurt, but that is the cost of war and conflict.

    Any government and its citizen who do not resist terrorism and let terrorist organization entrench themselves in their country and utilize those countries as bases of armed terrorism against a neighboring country. Eventually pays the price for permitting such actions.

    If you gave the Arab population a vote in Israel and the west bank and Jerusalem the option to vote freely and without intimidation, you would find out, that they would rather be living under Israel’s government. They derive more stability more benefits, pensions, welfare, etc.

    If the United States or any other government were to be attacked from across the border on a daily basis, have its citizens kidnapped, rockets launched at them on a daily basis, the citizens would demand that immediate military action be initiated with no holds barred, collateral damage or not. That is the fact of life.

    Terrorist and those who support them do not know what peace is, they thrive on violence. That is the only way they control the masses. Any negotiations or compromise only strengthen those terrorist organizations. When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely.
    There is no such thing as a “disproportioned response to terror.”
    Our problem today is “Israel’s Disproportionate Restraint.”
    This puts Israel and its citizens in grave danger.
    That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.

    “Like all sovereign nations, Israel has not only a right, but moreover, an obligation, to ensure the safety and security of her citizens”.

    As quoted in a statement “the only time of a chance for peace is, when the Arab mother would love her children more than she hates the Israelis.

    The big mistake is that people are missing the economic benefits for Israel and its neighbors. That is if there was a true peace, you take the Israeli Technology and know how, add to it the Arab labor and natural resources – and you have an economic prosperity beyond your widest dreams.
    The Qur’an 17:104 – states the land belongs to the Jewish people
    Every time there is a terrorist act, Israel should vacate an Arab village and raze it.

    YJ Draiman

  • Jeff D

    @ James
    October 12, 2010 – 12:20 am

    When are you going to provide any evidence of Palestinian suicide bombers? I mean evidence. Not media repetitions of Israeli claims and unsubstantiated unverifiable claims of responsibility which wouldn’t amount to much even if they were authentic.

    Evidence – I’m talking about proper investigations and fair trials

    Thanks

  • Rick Martin

    I wonder how many of those rockets from Gaza were Israeli false flags. Gaza’s crawling with Israeli intel and Israeli collaborators

  • http://Nond Rustynails

    Fact,#1; ishmael was born out of wedlock, to a bondservant. Isaac was born by Sarah, the wife of Abraham. So the ‘firstborn’ under a promise of God, inherents all of Abrahams land & all.

  • Ryan W

    What never ceases to amaze me is how quickly the Israelis forget their terrorist roots. One simply has to look up groups such as The Irgun, The Stern Gang and The Haganas. These groups practiced and perhaps drew the blue print for modern day terrorism in the middle east. Bombing, shooting, stabbing, beating and kidnapping innocent non-Jews was common place for these 3 groups. The King David hotel bombing is a prime example, 92 innocent people were killed in this terrorist attack. There are thousands of examples of Israeli terror to choose from, from the past to the present day. Israel has never been a “State” of peace. America should never forget The U.S.S. Liberty, the incredible amount of spies Israel sends to America and the fact that they’ve sold Americas military and Technological secrets to China and Russia.

    • Y. O.

      I suggest you look more carefully into the King David Hotel bombing – only a selected wing was blown up. Not the whole thing. That specific wing housed certain British offices and documents that based British restriction of Jewish immigration to Palestine.

      • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

        So, what, are you trying to justify the act of terrorism?

        • mattmainen

          I’ll justify it. It was an attack on a foreign, colonial administration. It was also a military target.

  • Y. O.

    I loved #8 – looks like you needed something to complete ten myths…
    Seriously, it also looks like you choose the bits of the bible that suit your cause. You only quoted the promise itself,the Hebrews being sinful, but never any act of repentant. I don’t even I am qualified to debate this, but at least I can read the Hebrew text.

    I was also wondering about your statistics – you claimed 7% of the land was Jewish owned land, but that doesn’t mean 93% of the land was Arab owned land. Hey, what percent was German owned in 1922?

    You seem to be highly motivated and very interested – but all your conclusions, no matter what kind of criticism can be made against them, just don’t give Israel and Israelis much prospective for any future.

    Suppose I agree with you, what than?

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      “it also looks like you choose the bits of the bible that suit your cause”

      Precisely my point about what Christian Zionists so ignorantly or dishonestly do.

      “ou claimed 7% of the land was Jewish owned land, but that doesn’t mean 93% of the land was Arab owned land”

      I didn’t say 93% was owned by Arabs. Jews owned 7%. According to UNSCOP, Arabs were in possession of 85%. Arabs owned more land in every single district, including Jaffa.

      “Suppose I agree with you, what than?”

      Then we work together to end U.S.-Israeli rejectionism so that the occupation may end and the two-state solution may be implemented.

      • Y. O.

        But numerous Israeli governments have agreed to 1967 border based solution. They have showed in action that they can and are willing to tare down most settlements and compensate Palestniens for land loss.

        We’re still waiting here to hear Arab and Palestinien leaders say that they recognize a Jewish state and declare an end to the conflict.

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

          You’re kidding, right? Israel’s policy has always been explicitly rejectionist.

  • Gord Henderson

    SO does anyone have any evidence that there is such a thing as Palestinian suicide bombers, suicide bombings perpetrated by Palestinians. I mean apart from repetition of Israeli claims in the corporate media and alleged unsubstantiated claims of responsibility and intent from individuals and groups. Let’s see some real evidence eg fornsics, thanks

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    This article is an excellent example of the racist propaganda against the Jews. It tried to perpetuate the myth that the Palestinian Arabs are a bunch of freedom fighters and the Jews are a bunch of land grabbers who stole Tel-Aviv & Jerusalem….

    You aren’t presenting an argument. Your charges of “anti-Semitism” and references to the Nazis is empty and ineffectual rhetoric. You are simply denying that the Palestinians are struggling to exercise their rights in the face of Israeli occupation and oppression. You are simply denying that 750,000 Arabs were ethnically cleansed from Palestine so that the “Jewish state” of Israel could be created. You are simply denying that the Jewish community owned less than 7% of the land in Palestine while the majority Arab population owned most of it.

    In short, your comment simply illustrates your own intellectual dishonesty and extraordinary willful ignorance.

  • RevNowWhileWeCan

    Miko Peled is an IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) veteran. His grandfather signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence and his father was a Six Days War General.

    He has lost a young niece in this conflict so I believe his entrenched view on this issue should carry more weight than most. He was well indoctrinated into the Zionist cause and has had to unlearn and then relearn the truth.

    “The truth lays in the personal story, not in the national narrative.” ~Miko Peled

    2 ten minute lectures. Please watch…………


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcWRWIksY7M

  • Teresa Rincon

    Let’s say Israel did everything you think they should do. How will that “cure” antisemitism which is increasingly prevalent in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North Africa, etc.? Where can the Jews go should another Hitler arise?

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

      To whom are you directing your question? And what is the logic behind it? E.g., there would still be anti-Semitism in the world if Israel stopped violating international law; therefore Israel ought to just go on with its criminal policies?

  • Pedro Jaime Moldovar

    Dirty, dirty jews.

  • Donkey

    The bible was written by man, many hundreds of years after the so called events occurred, it is not a text to be trusted as fact (It is not a primary source, and therefore dubious, plus it has been rewritten too many times for it to be true to the original translation). Man wants power and land and will use religion to obtain whatever they want. All peoples no matter what faith have the right to live together peacefully, No one religion or peoples has anymore claim to a land mass than any other, we are all inhabitants of this wonderful planet and should learn to live tolerantly upon it!

    • streetfleet2000

      Lack of knowledge.

  • Alec Grossman

    It’s sad that this article makes no mention of the fact, not myth, that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis in Europe during World War II and that if the state of Israel had not been partitioned in 1947, the remaining Jews in Europe would have had nowhere to go and would likely have suffered the same fate.

    • Pedro Jaime Moldovar

      AND THAT IS WHERE HUMANITY MADE THE MISTAKE.

      • Alec Grossman

        Wow, you are a horrible person.

        • Pedro Jaime Moldovar

          When will the world be rid of the jewish burden? That is the question.

          • Trym Stein Hagen

            When will the world be rid of the muslim burden? That’s one just as stupid question as yours, shame on you.

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            Hear, hear!

          • Moldovar

            Pipe down Edomite.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

      It’s sad that you did not read the article. If you had, you would know that Palestine was not partitioned in 1947.

      • Alec Grossman

        Sorry, I meant the state of Israel was partitioned in 1948, my mistake. Also, I said nothing about forcing Palestinians to suffer, I was just trying to point out that you made no mention of the reason why the state of Israel was a necessity in the first place, that there was nowhere else for the European Jews to go after World War II. And you make no mention of the rampant anti-semitism that was endemic to much of the world prior to, during, and immediately following World War II and which seems to be making a comeback, as shown by comments like those of our friend Pedro Jaime Moldovar here.

        • Martin Krauser

          Since you do not refute any points made in the article, a reader can only assume that your argument is the following: Israel was necessary and therefore was and to this day is entitled to breaking international law, because many Jews suffered greatly in the past and may possibly suffer again in the future.

          Do the former fact and latter speculation somehow provide legal or ethical grounds for historical and ongoing land theft, wars of aggression, apartheid and collective punishment? Do they change any of the facts stated by the article? I don’t think so, and therefore see no reason the Shoah should be brought up. Do the facts cease to be facts on the face of WW II or the many earlier pogroms? Or is it the fear of some indeterminate future disaster that does the trick?

          • Alec Grossman

            I just thought the article was very one-sided and anti-Semitic, so I wanted to say something to that affect.

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            Ah, the old standby charge that criticism of Israel is “anti-Semitic”, which its apologists throw around in lieu of arguments.

          • Alec Grossman

            Alright genius, if you’re so smart, maybe you have a solution to the conflict that you could suggest that would not require the annihilation or displacement of the millions of Jews currently living in the area.

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            The solution is well known and has the favor of an international consensus, accepted by the Palestinians but rejected by the US and Israel.

          • Alec Grossman

            Well, what is it?

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            You already know.

          • Martin Krauser

            Of course the article is one-sided. It is a response of a single professional to persistent errors in the rhetoric surrounding Palestine in the media. But if you can’t present solid facts or reasoning to counter the statements made without taking the debate to another place altogether, then perhaps it is time to take a step back and acknowledge the author’s work, challenging as it may be.

            But how in the blimey is it antisemitic? It goes to great lengths to establish that Jews and Muslims in the region lived as peaceful or friendly neighbours for centuries. This piece does not even come close to using ethnicity as something to attack Israel with, nor does it blame every Jew in the world for Israel. I have some experience with discrimination of my own and am genuinely interested in why you felt it as anti-semitic. When you think about it, which claims in the article or what use of language makes you say that?

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

          You say “Israel was partitioned in 1948″. If you mean Palestine was partitioned in 1948, no, it was not.

          Of course you said nothing about the suffering of the Palestinians, but are you not attempting to justify the means by which Israel was established (namely, the unilateral declaration of its existence by the Zionists and ethnic cleansing of Palestine)?

          • Alec Grossman

            I do not believe that the Palestinians should be forced to suffer. I neither wrote nor implied that. I also disagree with your assertion that the declaration of the existence of Israel by Zionists was what created the state of Israel or that Zionists are interested in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. If that were the case, with the military force that Israel possesses, there would be no Palestinians.

            Also, several of what you call myths in your article are not at all myths, they are opinions. Opinions are different than myths. For example, your myth #4, that Israel has a “right to exist.” Not a myth, an opinion. You may disagree with this opinion, but that does not make it a myth. I also don’t understand why you put “right to exist” in quotation marks. You make no mention of who you are quoting. Or are you using the quotation marks for their other purpose, to be sarcastic? Like someone sarcastically said that Israel has a right to exist.

            Then there is your myth #1, that Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict. This is just inane to mention, since Judaism is a religion and Arabs are an ethnicity. There are even Arab Jews, so of course they were not always in conflict. If you meant that there has not always been conflict between Jews and Muslims, well, of course not. Judaism is more than 1500 years older than Islam, so they could not possibly have always been in conflict.

            Myth #3, you keep mentioning Arabs, as if all Arabs are Muslim, or all Arabs are Palestinian. Neither of which is true. There are 22 Arab nations in the Middle East and North Africa, but there are Muslims throughout the world, including Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. There are also Jews throughout the world, but only one Jewish nation, which for some reason, seems so threatening to people like you.

            And speaking of threatening, your myth #5, that the Arab nations threatened Israel with annihilation in 1967 and 1973. What else would you call amassing troops along the border, other than a threat? Were they massing their troops for a tea party? Were they gathering for a basketball tournament? No, they were threatening Israel’s existence. I guess Israel should have just waited around to be invaded instead of preemptively striking. Then there would be no Israel or Palestine, because as has been shown by the surrounding Arab nations’ attitude’s towards Palestinians, they don’t really care about them either.

            Myth #6, about the withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula, you make no mention of the fact that Israel’s eventual withdrawal secured lasting peace between Israel and Egypt which continues to this day. Myth #7, again, an opinion, not a myth. Myth #8, also an opinion based on an interpretation of ancient Hebrew text which can be translated in many different ways and has been commented on ad infinitum. Just because you don’t agree with it, doesn’t make it a myth.

            Myth #9, Palestinians reject a two-state solution. Would you like some examples? Here are a few examples specifically of Palestinians rejecting the two-state solution: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4534910,00.html, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.601938, http://www.thetower.org/0593-poll-more-than-70-percent-of-palestinians-reject-two-state-solution/. Then you mentions as part of this myth that Palestinians want to destroy Israel, as being a myth. Well, here are several examples of Palestinians calling for the destruction of Israel: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=485, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWxQS81gXeI, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_K2_0elIqs.

            So, what you are calling myths are nothing more than opinions that you disagree with. I guess calling your article “10 opinions that I disagree with” wouldn’t be as provocative, but that seems to be the only intent of your article: to provoke. And I guess it worked, because here I am responding to your provocations. Why not try to be more productive than just provocative. It might be a little more useful and less divisive. But I guess that doesn’t get page views, huh?

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            If you do not believe the Palestinians should have been made to suffer, why are you playing the apologist for the means by which the state of Israel came into being?

            Israel was established by unilateral declaration by the Zionists along with the ethnic cleansing of Palestin of the majority of its Arab inhabitants. These are matters of fact, not opinion, so there is no “disagreeing” with them, only choosing to be ignorant.

            On #4: It is not an “opinion” that no state has a “right to exist”. If you read and take the time to understand #4, you’ll see that. Logic truisms are not opinions. (“Right to exist” is in quotation marks obviously because there is no such “right”).

            On #1: Your criticism lacks any substance. Congratulations on knowing that “Jew” refers both to people who practice Judaism and to an ethnic group.

            On #3: Your remarks again lack any substance. I do not use “Arab” synonymously with “Muslim” in the article. Nor, of course, so I suggest all Arabs are Palestinian. You are being silly.

            On #5: Again, in 1967, Israel’s own intelligence assessed that Nasser had no interest in bloodshed. That view was shared by the US’s intelligence community, which noted that Egypt’s military in the Sinai had taken up “defensive” positions. In 1973, again, as I’ve already informed you, Egypt and Syria attacked Israeli forces who were occupying Egyptian and Syrian soil.

            On #6: You are right, I do not mention the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. So what? This is irrelevant to my point and doesn’t change the fact that it is a Zionist lie that UNSC 242 calls only for a partial withdrawal from the occupied territories.

            On #7: Whether Israel’s use of military force is legitimate self-defense or not is a question of fact, not opinion. Israel’s war crimes, for example, are demonstrable.

            On #8: With regard to the Biblical passages I cited, there is no “interpretation” involved. The meaning is perfectly plain. It must take a real effort to read the Bible and not pick up on how the Hebrews continuously violated the covenant with Yahweh. This is a central theme of the book, after all.

            On #9: There are Palestinians who reject a two-state solution, certainly. Nevertheless, like I said, the Palestinian leadership has long accepted the two-state solution. Furthermore, Hamas has long said it would accept a long-term truce with the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel on the pre-June ’67 lines.

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    I challenge you to point to even a single error in either fact or logic in the article. Best of luck to you.

    • Trym Stein Hagen

      It’s impossible to challenge you on “logic” since your logic is something else than anyone elses’ entirely. The fact that you don’t know that makes you seem childish and unprofessional. When it comes to facts; you’ve not produced a single reference/source for you claims….

      • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

        I’ll simply observe that you’ve conceded you find it “impossible” to find any error in my logic (and, logically, if my logic was in error, it would not be “impossible” to point this out) and likewise have thus far declined to even attempt to point to any error in fact on my part.

        • Trym Stein Hagen

          I’m not paid to discuss here unlike you, and I do not care enough about this conflict to spend hours on bringing up sources, but I know I’ve seen some in the past on two of these myths.
          No sources in this comment by me means that it is as useless and worthless as your whole article, and definitely not worth the read… have a nice day.

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            I’m being paid to post comments? Well, that is certainly news to me. Who is paying me, pray tell? I’d sure love to know, because it seems the check is getting lost in the mail.

            It is highly instructive that you dismiss my article as “worthless” even while acknowledging that you are unable to point to even a single error in fact or logic in it.

  • bourghoul

    the fact that the article uses “arabs” to identify palestinians as a people denies the very existence of the palestinian people. The author justly identifies jewish palestinians and then goes on to define all other palestinians as arabs ( is it a shortcut to ” christian and muslim palestinians”?).

    They adopted the arabic language ( like most jewish palestinians I might add) and are not “arabs” ( as if arab is an ethnicity…). Defining palestinians as “arabs” is another way of annihilating their identity. The French and English colonizers used it for the exact same purpose. To justify land grabbing and extermination of the “indigenous” people.

    you know the ever so: ” they are not really indigenous since they are arabs and arabs come from saudi arabia or the arabian peninsula so they can’t really lay claim to the land they live on since they are not from there “originally”…. ” and so on and so forth.

    i am sorry but it defeats the whole purpose. sad.

    PS: i also recognize that the Pan-Arab movement did not help clarify matters but then again we all make mistakes.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

      I fail to see how identifying Arab Palestinians as Arab Palestinians “denies the very existence of the palestinian people”.

      This is plain silliness.

      • bourghoul

        well you don’t identify them as arab palestinians do you? if you fail to see what i am trying to say then all good. anyhow. enjoy the silliness

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

          Yes, I identify Arab Palestinians as Arab Palestinians, silly.

  • Bahi La Pointe

    Excellent analysis Jeremy, can I ask where I can find references so I can check them?

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

      You’ll have to be specific. Generally speaking, I’d refer you to The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination:

      http://www.amazon.com/Rejection-Palestinian-Self-Determination-Jeremy-Hammond-ebook/dp/B0059JFL38

      • Trym Stein Hagen

        It’s fiction in other words. No sources, only self-made opinions without facts.

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

          No, “You’ll have to be specific” about what information you are requesting a source for does not mean “It’s fiction”. It means “You’ll have to be specific.”

  • mattmainen

    The author, unfortunately, is wrong.

    “Myth #1 – Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict in the region.”

    From the 600s until the present day, there has been a perpetual state
    of conflict between Jews and Muslims in the region. Just because the
    Jews were subdued relatively quickly over the course of several decades
    in the 600s, it does not follow that conflict did not exist.

    That
    would be like saying that there was no conflict between slaves and
    their white owners in the USA. Even in the absence of violence (because
    one side has given up), subjugation is a form of conflict. Conflict was
    not isolated to Jewish-Islamic relations, but also between the Jews and
    other Arab people such as the Druze (see below).

    He
    notes that: “After major violence again erupted in 1929, the British
    Shaw Commission report noted that “In less than 10 years three serious
    attacks have been made by Arabs on Jews. For 80 years before the first
    of these attacks there is no recorded instance of any similar
    incidents.”” and “at Jewish residents of non-Zionist communities in
    Palestine enjoyed friendship with their Arab neighbors.”

    I
    cannot comment about that specific window, but throughout the larger
    history there were similar if not greater outbreaks of violence between
    Jews and non-Jews. In Safed alone, there were massacres of Jews at the
    hands of Druze in 1660, 1834 and likely in 1838. Were all Arabs and all
    Jews at war in the region? Of course not. Some Muslim Arabs helped out
    the Jews in these attacks. This, however, does not erase the underlying
    atmosphere of conflict which perpetually exploded into acts of full
    scale violence.

    The
    above should not be taken as an endorsement of unprovoked violence –
    there should never be any from Jews or Arabs – but it should be seen as
    an accurate and fact-based historical account that the author completely
    ignored.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

      No, there was not “a perpetual state” of conflict between Jewish and Arab Palestinians prior to the onset of the Zionist movement.

      • mattmainen

        Your assertion is that one myth is: “Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict in the region.”

        I take it that you wish to restrict the term “region” to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Fine.

        This region, however, cannot be isolated from the greater region. The experience of Jews in the greater region was largely one of subjugation, which I assert is certainly a form of conflict and that perpetual subjugation is tantamount to perpetual conflict.

        If you have evidence from a credible source demonstrating that the experience of Jews within these borders differed significantly from the well-documented experiences of Jews throughout the region, then I would be much appreciative if you could provide those.

        We should be reminded that upon conquering Jerusalem, Umar applied the laws of subjugation to the Jews (as well as Christians). Thus, the relationship between the local Jews and Arabs can be considered born in the spirit of subjugative conflict.

        This is not to deny that perhaps despite this subjugation, Jews and Arabs had “pleasant relationships” – but such relationships should be understood in the context of the relationship between an oppressive and oppressed population. I’m sure Thomas Jefferson had great relationships with his slaves.

        Of course, all of this is to say nothing of the historical evidence I provided you regarding the city of Sefad alone.

        You have made the claim that it is a myth that Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict in the region. Your argument, of course, demands that 1) the term region be isolated to borders that have existed for less than a century and 2) within those borders, the relationship between Jews and Arabs was atypical for the region. Please provide some sources for this later point.

        • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

          It is obvious in the context that I am referring specifically to the region known then as Palestine when I say it is a myth that Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict.

          I discuss this more fully with references in The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination.

          • mattmainen

            The description itself foreshadows your brushing over oh, I don’t know, 1300 years of history.

            “the seeds of the continuing conflict in the Middle East between Jews and Arabs were sown during [the rise of the Zionist movement].”

            Had you taken the time to do the relevant historical research, you would have seen that the seeds were sown at the time of the advent of Islam. Mohammad and the Jews were in a persistent state of war and following their being subdued, the Jews remained in a state of subjugation throughout the region until the Jewish State emerged.

            Saying that the beginning of the Zionist movement sowed the seeds of the conflict is like saying the freeing of the slaves sowed the seeds of the conflict between blacks and whites. It’s absurd.

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            Again, Arab and Jewish Palestinians generally got along as neighbors prior to the Zionist movement. As the Shaw Commission noted after the 1929 violence that there had been 3 such outbreaks in the last ten years, but none in the 80 years before that. Prior to WWI, “the Jews and Arabs lived side by side if not in amity, at least with tolerance, a quality which today is almost unknown in Palestine.”

          • mattmainen

            1) Is subjugation a form of conflict?
            2) Were Jews subjugated in the region prior to the start of the Zionist movement?

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

            No, Jewish Palestinians were not subjugated by Arab Palestinians prior to the start of the Zionist movement.

          • mattmainen

            Are you saying that Jews (and for that matter Christians) were not dhimmis? Did this apply to all three Ottoman districts covering the territory or only some? Can you please detail when and how the Jews were granted equal rights (for example they no longer paid Jizya) and the relevant laws related to dhimmi status instituted by Umar were revoked?

          • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

            I am saying precisely what I said, that the Jewish Palestinians were not subjugated by the Arab Palestinians. You seem to be confusing the latter with the Turks.

  • mattmainen

    The author, unfortunately, is wrong.

    “Myth #1 – Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict in the region.”

    From the 600s until the present day, there has been a perpetual state
    of conflict between Jews and Muslims in the region. Just because the
    Jews were subdued relatively quickly over the course of several decades
    in the 600s, it does not follow that conflict did not exist.

    That
    would be like saying that there was no conflict between slaves and
    their white owners in the USA. Even in the absence of violence (because
    one side has given up), subjugation is a form of conflict. Conflict was
    not isolated to Jewish-Islamic relations, but also between the Jews and
    other Arab people such as the Druze (see below).

    He
    notes that: “After major violence again erupted in 1929, the British
    Shaw Commission report noted that “In less than 10 years three serious
    attacks have been made by Arabs on Jews. For 80 years before the first
    of these attacks there is no recorded instance of any similar
    incidents.”” and “at Jewish residents of non-Zionist communities in
    Palestine enjoyed friendship with their Arab neighbors.”

    I
    cannot comment about that specific window, but throughout the larger
    history there were similar if not greater outbreaks of violence between
    Jews and non-Jews. In Safed alone, there were massacres of Jews at the
    hands of Druze in 1660, 1834 and likely in 1838. Were all Arabs and all
    Jews at war in the region? Of course not. Some Muslim Arabs helped out
    the Jews in these attacks. This, however, does not erase the underlying
    atmosphere of conflict which perpetually exploded into acts of full
    scale violence.

    The
    above should not be taken as an endorsement of unprovoked violence –
    there should never be any from Jews or Arabs – but it should be seen as
    an accurate and fact-based historical account that the author completely
    ignored.

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    I guess you would prefer I had written, “Your comment is devoid of substance”. Same meaning.

    It is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not focus on the finger, or you will miss all the heavenly glory.

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    You can see who I was replying to (“Trym Stein Hagen”) if you look again.

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    Your remark “Please let me decide as to which is the moon and which is the finger” makes no sense. I conclude that, at least in this context, you do not understand the meaning of that Taoist saying.

    Likewise, your comment that my “position” is “dogmatic and defensive” makes no sense. I conclude that you are unable to point to any error in fact or logic on my part and thus resort to ad hominem argumentation.

    • Sura

      You make no sense… Bla bla bla… Bla bla bla… That is the only way you have learnt to communicate? Now I understand why your so-called ‘ten myths’ makes no sense.

      • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

        I see you also remain incapable of pointing out any error in fact or logic in the article.

  • Reader

    Outstanding Article Mr. Hammond, except myth #8, where you mentioned the existence of ” christian Zionists ” and their beliefs, which make no sense since Zionism is a political movement and currant established by jews since ” Hertzel” that aims to create a state for jews around the world. Which means, Christian cannot be Zionist( you can call them maybe pro-israel camp etc..) !!!

    Otherwise, Congrats and keep it up .

  • Dez E.

    I find myself having to qualify a lot of my statements by saying that when I say Israel, I am talking about the government and its supporters. Much like when I criticize my own government, I am not criticizing myself. It should be stated that there are a lot of Jews, not just in Israel who find the actions of the Israeli government appalling.

    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      Important points.

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    Wikipedia?

    I challenge you to point out even a single error in fact or logic in the article, or to otherwise make a modicum of effort to substantiate your assertion it is “filled with innaccuracies and bias”.

    You can start at the beginning (or wherever else you like; anywhere will do).

  • Moldovar

    The Edomites /Ashkenazi’s are on the back foot it seems. The world is awakening to your lies, thievery and deceit.

    This will not end well for the wandering gypsy tribe.

    #BDS
    #APARTHEIDISRAEL

  • Choicevoice

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    It’s always a drag to take the trouble of setting up an account on a strange site, simply because one needs to add an opinion, and it took a good fifteen minutes to jump through all of the hoops. I was led here from youtube.com/watch?v=zmCKZYKsiGM, where this page was provided as evidence, to which a user named “Smiley” responded, “You call that facts?” and then proceeded to discredit the author. (“The guy who wrote this bullshit is not a Historian, is not a someone who actually educated about anything, he describe himself as a ‘independent political analyst’… he makes up his own ‘facts’ and so are you.”)

    Ahhh, the mighty Internet, which has made it possible for any ding-a-ling to sit back in his or her easy armchair, and irresponsibly spew forth, in the safety of anonymity.

    In this day and age, when the facts have become whatever one wishes them to mean (the world was never an honest place, but unfortunately – unlike the finite space in Gaza – there is always room for greater dishonesty), to prepare such an article as this in itself is a feat of courage. It is a topic that churns the emotions; even some of the intelligent detractors here (a good number certainly more cerebrally-advantaged than “Smiley”), forget the rules for truth and fairness, in the interest of satisfying what they fervently choose to believe.

    Time and again, I see Mr. Hammond inviting his critics here to “point to even a single error in either fact or logic in the article.” One or two have done so without eliciting a response (Well, maybe just one… that would be “One,” in his four-year-old comment contending Hamas rockets were indeed fired during the mentioned period, the accuracy for which I can’t speak for without research), but even if a tree is found to be shaky, that does not take away from the value of the forest. (Perhaps I should have instead gone for the finger-moon analogy.) Usually, folks respond by sniffing they don’t have the time, go for the ad hominem, or attempt to sidestep the topic by going down not directly related avenues, such as suicide bombers.

    Now imagine dealing with a whole crowd of dogmatic Pharisees who are blind to reason, so overcome by devotion to their cause. A draining effort, to be sure. So here’s the primary point I wished to make: aside from the article’s substance, I was just as impressed with the author’s dedication to counter the ones who care little for backing up their claims with objective facts. (I also like that he met almost every counter-claim head on; unanswered claims endanger a flimsy argument of gettng bolstered.) Still at work, four years later, giving the baseless ones a run for their money. Such committed non-neglect calls for a separate salute.

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    • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

      Sorry signing up was a hassle. I was under the impression Disqus was a convenient system for users.

      You mention one possible item, but I don’t recall anyone ever pointing out any errors in the article.

      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment and the salute. I appreciate it.

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    Yes, it is disgusting how the article shreds numerous myths about the conflict. The truth is just gross.

  • http://www.jeremyrhammond.com/ Jeremy R. Hammond

    No it is not “factual” that the UN created Israel. That is false.

    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/10/26/the-myth-of-the-u-n-creation-of-israel/

    The establishment of the state of Israel was announced unilaterally by the Zionist leadership on land in which the Arabs were a majority and owned most of the land, while the Jewish community owned less than 7% of the land in Palestine. The “Jewish state” was made de facto by ethnically cleansing 750,000 Arabs from Palestine.