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There was no Palestine in 1946 for Israel to occupy. Israel was not built on Palestinian land. It was not built on Arab land. Israel and all the other countries in the region around the Jordan River, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, were created out of the ruins of the Turkish Empire which had ruled that region for around 400 years. During that entire time, there was never a Palestinian state, country, province or political entity. And in fact, the Arabs around the Jordan River, who began calling themselves Palestinians in 1964, regard themselves as Syrians.
There hasn’t been a “Palestine” since Roman times. “Palestine” is not even an Arab word. It’s Latin. It means Philistine. The Philistines were the enemies of the Jews. When the Romans slaughtered the Jews – six hundred years by the way before an Arab set foot on that soil — and dispersed them around the world, they gave the name Palestine to the Jewish homeland to humiliate the conquered. By the way the Jewish homeland is Judea and Sumeria, which is the West Bank, now occupied by so-called Palestinians.
There was no Palestine in 1946 or in 1948 when Israel was created, and no Arab land on which the state of Israel was created, unless of course you regard America as occupied Indian country. But if you want to argue historical precedence in this manner, the Jews were in Jerusalem and the West Bank for more than a thousand years before the Arabs. So who are the “occupiers”?
The “Palestine Mandate” refers to a region not a country. The area designated by the Mandate was much larger than the territory between the Jordan and the sea. In 1922, the British allotted 80% of the Palestine Mandate the new state of Transjordan, stipulating that no Jew could own land there – that’s how racist the Arabs were even then.
Jordan – which is what this state is now called – is an interesting case. Seventy percent of its population are Arabs from the Palestine Mandate, who refer to themselves now as “Palestinians.” But Jordan is ruled by a Hashemite minority, and unlike Israel is a monarchy – not a democracy. Yet there’s no movement on American campuses or in the Middle East to liberate Palestine in Jordan. There is only the movement to push the Jews into the sea. That’s because the agenda of the so-called Palestinians is not to liberate Palestine, but to get rid of the Jewish state.
The ascendant Islamic movement in the region has no tolerance for other religions and will not live alongside another faith – an infidel faith. So the Christians are also being driven out of the West Bank by Palestinian Muslims.
In the postwar period, there were two democracies in the Middle East, and only two: Israel and Lebanon, which was a Christian democracy. The president was Christian by law and the speaker of the assembly was Muslim by law. The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Syrians destroyed this democracy, first because democracy is a threat to political Islam, and second because Christianity is an infidel faith. Political Islam regards everyone who does not toe its religious line as an infidel. And its bible tells Muslims that infidels must be converted, subordinated or die. As a result, Lebanon is no longer a democracy. It’s a terrorist state controlled by shi’ites of Hezbollah, the party of God.
The mentality of the secular left is so twisted that it has joined forces with the political Islamists to support the Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Although Israeli forces left Gaza in 2005, Hamas is still at war with Israel. Why? Because the war against the Jews has nothing to do with land or self-determination. It has to do with the determinaton of Islamic fanatics to get rid of the Jews between the river and the sea.
Why was the Israeli military in Gaza in 2005? Because the Egyptian army had invaded Israel through Gaza and with the cooperation of the Arab inhabitants of Gaza three times — in 1948, in 1967 and in 1973 – and because Arab terrorists have been launching attacks into Israel since 1949. In 2005, Israel’s leaders decided to withdraw their military forces from Gaza to demonstrate that they did not want to occupy any Arab lands – even the lands of Arab aggressors against Israel, even lands which provided a base for terrorists to launch attacks against Israel.
It was a very bad idea. Why was it a bad idea? Well consider what happened. In 2005, there were 9000 Jews settled in Gaza among 1.4 million Arabs. These 9000 Jews were regarded as a problem and were also removed. But why? Our minds in the West have been so corrupted by the propaganda of Islamic bigots that the settlement of 9000 Jews in Gaza is somehow regarded as a problem. But why are Jewish settlements a problem? There are a 1.2 million Muslim Arabs settled in Israel. But they are not regarded as a problem. Thanks to the tolerance and readiness of the Jews to live in peace with Arabs the presence of Arabs in Israel is not a problem.
Muslims settled in Israel have more rights than Muslims in any Muslim country, let alone any Arab country. Muslim Arabs are freer as gays and women in Israel than they are throughout the entire Islamic world. Yet the disgusting, Jew-hating, Israel Apartheid Week on this campus and others defames the Jewish state as an apartheid state and defends the real apartheid governments of Gaza and the West Bank, where women are second-class citizens, gays are hunted and no Jews are allowed.
The Jewish settlements on the West Bank are a problem only because the Arabs who live there are racist Jew-haters, who cannot live side by side with another people or other religions. That is the reality throughout the Middle East. Everything else is ideological, hate-inspired claptrap.
When Israel decided to withdraw its military from Gaza, there were 9000 Jews living there. I’m embarrassed as a Jew that Jews could be so stupid over and over again to make unilateral gestures of peace to people who only want to kill them. But that’s what they did. They withdrew their military to show they really wanted peace. But Israel also forced the 9000 Jews who were living in Gaza to leave as well. Forced them against their will. Why? Because if the Israeli army left them there without protection, the Arab inhabitants of Gaza would have raped, robbed and killed them. If you disarm the Palestinians and their allies, there will be peace in the Middle East; if you disarm Israel and the Jews, they will be massacred. There is nobody who deep down doesn’t understand that.
Were these terrorist Jews? No, they were law-abiding Jews. Not only were they law-abiding, but they were creative, as Jews tend to be. They created a horticulture industry, and that horticulture industry amounted to 10% — ten percent — of the entire gross national product of Gaza. Gaza is not a wealthy society. A horticulture industry amounting to 10% of the gross national product was very significant to the mainly poor Arab inhabitants of Gaza.
When the Jews were removed, American Jews, who should have their heads examined, raised money to buy the horticulture industry and give it to the Arabs, who had sworn to kill them (that is what is said in so many words in the Hamas charter). This was feel-good time for liberal Jews. We’re going to show how superior we are to every sane and normal person. We going to buy the greenhouses and the irrigation systems for $14 million and donate them to the Palestinians who want to kill us — as a gesture of peace.
On the day Israel withdrew its military and forcibly removed the Jewish inhabitants of Gaza, Hamas destroyed the greenhouses and the plumbing, destroyed the industry, destroyed 10% of the gross national product of their country, and started firing rockets into schoolyards in Sderot and other Israeli towns. They fired 7,000 rockets at unarmed civilians, before the Israeli government responded. Just imagine America sitting by while Mexico lobbed 7,000 rockets into El Paso and Tucson, or Canada into Buffalo and Detroit.
All this determination to be long-suffering has made life worse for the Jews. A normal people, a normal state having defeated five Arab aggressors would have expelled the 1.2 million Arabs still living in Israel, knowing that one day they were going to provide a huge fifth column for other Arab invasions. But they didn’t. Instead, they included them as citizens of Israel, gave them more rights than the Arabs of any Middle Eastern state. Israeli Arabs vote, they sit in the Knesset and they sit on the Supreme Court. They’re part of Israel which is a tolerant, multi-cultural community — unlike any Muslim state or Arab state.
In 1967, the Jews were again attacked by five Arab nations with populations adding up to more than 100 million people, more than ten times greater than Israel. When an aggression is committed against you, international law says that you can punish the aggressor. Germany invaded Poland twice in the 20th Century. At the end of the Second World War, the allies lopped off East Prussia, which was the industrial heartland of Germany and gave it to the Poles. They removed 12 million Germans from East Prussia where they had lived for hundreds and hundreds of years, and relocated them in a truncated Germany..
But when the Jews beat back the armies of Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iraq, they didn’t expel all the Arabs from the West Bank. They didn’t expel them even though the West Bank is Judea and Samaria, the historic homeland of the Jews. No, the Jews said, “All we want is peace.” They offered to withdraw all their forces from the West Bank in exchange for a treaty of peace. The Arabs refused. The Jews had tried this in 1948 and nobody had wanted to sign a peace agreement. They tried in the summer of 1967. They decided they’re going to do the same thing. Instead of expelling the Arabs who had attacked them, they let them stay, hoping that one day, rationality would take hold. But it never did.
When you have a religion, which preaches war and violence and hate, rationality is never going to take hold. Well, actually, let me make this distinction: At one time there were Palestinian Arabs. The mayor of Nablus was one. He wanted to make peace with the Jews. I’m getting old, so names escape me, but Gamayel in Lebanon was another Arab who wanted to make peace with the Jews, and Abdullah of Jordan was a third. They all wanted to make peace with the Jews. They were all assassinated by the PLO terrorists who are now the government of the West Bank. There is not a single Palestinian leader now who will even recognize the right of Israel to exist. The children of Palestinian are now being taught in government schools – in government kindergartens – to hate Jews and to want to blow themselves up to kill Jews so they can become saints. There is no religion in the world besides Islam that teaches its children to want to kill others or makes saints out of murderers. None.
Hitler hid the final solution from the Germans because he thought they were too civilized to accept it. Ahmadinejad shouts it from the rooftops and Muslims all over the world cheer. There isn’t a Muslim country in the world, not a Muslim leader, who had denounced Ahmadinejad for that aspiration.
In America, we are barraged with charges of “Islamaphobia” and constantly hear how bad it’s been for Muslims since 2001. Every year since 2001, the official hate crimes statistics in this country show that there have been eight to 10 times as many hate crimes against Jews as against Muslims. That’s the reality – the rest is propaganda.
Can you imagine any other country which suffered the attacks of 9/11 or had a crazed army Major shouting Allahu Akhbar shoot 39 unarmed soldiers on a military base treating the community which produced these killers so deferentially? People in other countries would be more likely to string up members of a community they thought responsible. This is not to justify such reactions, just to point out they are a fact of life. This is what goes on in other countries. In Muslim countries, when an author publishes a book that they find insulting to Allah, they go around killing people and blowing things up. When the fatwa was pronounced on Salmon Rushdie’s book, Muslims in the Middle East killed a nun who was helping Muslims in retaliation.
So people are known to do this kind of thing. But in this country, Muslims are a protected species. You can’t use the word “terror” and “Muslim” in the same paragraph or book without being called an Islamophobe. This makes it very difficult for us to defend ourselves. I wait for the day when the good Muslims step forward to help us defend ourselves. Zuhdi Jasser is one but Zuhdi is pretty isolated, pretty alone.
I think ordinary Muslims are like anybody else who want to live in peace with others, who are concerned about putting bread on the table for their children, and so forth. But the principal institutions of Islam in this country, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Students Association, the Islamic Society of North America, to name a few — are all fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood.
That’s why when I go on college campuses, and there are the Muslim Students Association members in the audience, I always ask them, “Will you condemn Hamas?” Because Hamas is a Jew-hating, America-hating fanatical religious-military party that was also created by the Muslim Brotherhood. And they never do. They never will condemn Hamas. That tells me all I need to know about their real agendas. Some of you may have seen a video of my exchange with a member of the Muslim Students Association at the University of California at San Diego.
The first thing I said to her was “Will you condemn Hamas?” Her answer was “You want to crucify me.” I said, “What do you mean?” She said, “Well, if I don’t condemn Hamas then people will say that I support Hamas and Homeland Security will arrest me.”
In other words this college student is so delusional she thinks she’s living in a country where if someone says they support Hamas – and let’s face it there are open Hamas supporters all over the place – the government will arrest them. In reality, the government probably won’t even track them.
I said to her, “Let me put it to you this way. I am a Jew and the head of Hezbollah has said he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or against it?” And she leaned into her microphone and said “For it.”
We have Nazis in this country who are perfectly decent-appearing people who will probably get along fine with others when they’re in circumstances where it would be dangerous reveal what they actually believe.
Interruption by a member of the “Palestinian Club”: “Do you want to go lynch all the Muslims in America?”
Audience member: “Sit down.”
Member of the Palestinian Club : “Lynch me! Lynch me!”
Audience Member: “Shut up!”
Member of the Palestinian Club: “Yeah, you’re racist. Is that what you want to do? You want America to go around killing all the Muslims in America?
Member of the Palestinian Club: “Do you want to go lynch all Muslims in America? You’re racist, racist. Yeah, you’re racist.” Exits the room.
The defense of terrorists begins with accusation that all critics of Muslim terror are anti-Muslim. That is what the Muslim Brotherhood and the jihadists and their political fronts maintain. Their strategy is to identify all Muslims with terrorists and they do it exactly the way this member of the Palestinian Club has done. Of course, she didn’t wait for the answer, but it doesn’t really matter because she didn’t hear anything I said the whole evening. So why would she be able hear the answer?
This is the strategy of the attacks on Peter King and the congressional committee. If you talk about Islamic terrorists, you are attacking a religion. Which is blasphemy. When you hear somebody say, “Oh, you want to lock up all Muslims and you think all Muslims are terrorists,” that person, whether they understand it or not, is speaking on behalf of the terrorists, and is insulting peaceful Muslims. This woman was a Muslim, but she insulted Muslims with her remarks, particularly since two minutes before her outburst I had said there are good Muslims who want to live in peace, and that the problem is that the main organizations who claim to speak for Muslims in this country are fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Why is this so? Why are all the major Muslim organizations in America connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and why are so many mosques filled with hate against Jews and against Americans? The answer is money and intimidation. If you are a Muslim, you don’t want to be accused of being an apostate. You don’t want to be a pariah in your own community for criticizing Islamic hate when that would get labeled an Islamophobe. And then there’s the money. Eighty-percent of the mosques in America are funded by the Saudis who are the chief spreaders of the Islamic doctrines – Wahhabism – that spread jihad and hate. The Saudis have funded the principal university centers of Middle Eastern Studies as well.
Yale University Press published a book, a scholarly book, on the Mohammed Cartoons and the violent reactions, which involved a million Muslims all over the world, the burning of embassies and the killing of innocent people. Yale University published a book about these events, but they didn’t print the cartoons. The book about the Mohammed Cartoons does not have any of the cartoons. There are only two explanations for this – money and fear. A translator of Rushdie’s book was murdered for the author’s blasphemy. That was a caution. And then Yale has received millions from the Saudis.
Thanks to the courage of a few people on this campus I was able to say my piece. I appreciate that. Thank you for listening.
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