J’Accuse: Palestinians of War Crimes and Genocide

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Palestinian and Arab propaganda has demonized Jewish settlers as illegal, fanatic, racist, violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge. The mainstream media has followed suit and has consistently justified Palestinian terrorism against Israelis as caused by the “provocative” settlements. People consistently forget that Arabs were murdering Jewish civilians on a mass basis for fifty years before the Jewish state was born and then for an additional twenty years before Israel won the 1967 war of self-defense, long before there were “settlements.” The Arab murder of Israeli civilians continues to this day. Please see the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on “Which Came First – Terrorism or ‘Occupation’?”

The world’s mainstream media has downplayed the barbaric murder of five innocent human beings, including three children, in the Israeli town of Itamar and has focused, instead, on the fact that they lived in a “radical settlement.”

Yesterday’s New York Times piece is particularly shameful. The headline reads: “Israel to Step Up Pace of Construction in West Bank Areas.” Isabel Kershner does not use the word “terrorist.” Only in the eleventh paragraph of an eighteen paragraph piece do we learn that the “attackers” are “widely suspected of being Palestinians.” The article is mainly devoted to Israel’s decision to increase building within existing settlements in response to this pitiless act of terrorism.

I have only two things to say.

1) Once upon a time, in 1677 BCE, nearly four millennia ago, the Biblical Abraham bought a burial cave and field from the Hittites in a place that was then, and is still now, called “Hebron.” He paid top dollar for it too—lest anyone think that he stole it, just took it, or was willing to accept it as a gift. Abraham identified himself as a resident foreigner, (“ger” and “toshav”), a sojourner in the land.

We are all sojourners in God’s land. We live, we die. No one is eternal.

The Biblical Moses, a Jew, but adopted and brought up as a Prince of Egypt in Pharoah’s Palace, and the son-in-law of Midian’s High Priest, also identifies himself as a “stranger in a foreign land.” Wherever God’s intimate resides, he or she is a temporary stranger; their bodies may be mortal but their souls are divine, we both are–and are not–“from here,” we are not totally of this earth.

As God later explains in Leviticus (Vayikra), the land belongs to God; we, humanity, are only sojourning here for awhile.

Thus, I am disheartened at every conceivable level, by how people demonize the word “settler.” A settler is not a colonizer. A settler is not an occupier. A settler is a human being who settles and works the land in which he lives, or that has claimed him, or saved him—or where his ancestors once dwelled.

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  • dumbledoresarmy

    I am with you, Phyllis. Only – don't say 'Palestinian war crimes'. Say, 'local Arab Muslim war crimes..'.

    Furthermore: This cowardly jackal-like murder, of the Jewish parents and children who were sleeping in their beds, unarmed, shows us what all the jihad gang bosses, world-wide, would like to do to every single human on the planet who a. refuses to convert to Islam and b. refuses to live as a dhimmi near- slave.

    Joseph Schacht put it like this, in 'An Introduction to Islamic Law': 'the Islamic attitude towards unbelievers is the law of war: they must be converted, or subjugated, or killed'.

    The Fogel family was murdered as Armenian families were murdered in the early 20th century, or as Coptic families were murdered down through the centuries, or as Sudanese and INdonesian Christian families were murdered in the late 20th century, and as children at Beslan were murdered, and for the same reason: because the Muslim killer or killers was high as a kite on murderous, Islamically-inculcated hatred of everything not-Islam.

  • annie

    Good article – the hypocrisy in this world is astounding. Sometimes i think left wing liberals sympathisizing with the Jihadists and Hamas and Palestinians are so "open minded" their brains have fallen out.

    • Steve

      "Open Minded — Brains Fallen Out" That's a good one Annie. I hope you don't mind, I'm going to use that phrase when dealing with my "progressive" friends.

    • ziontruth

      They're not open-minded at all. I know this because I have seen how attempts to argue from our points of view on a forum like Daily Kos or Common Dreams are quickly met with a ban. On Daily Kos the ban is effected by multiple troll-ratings by the forum denizens–not even administrator action is required, just the consensus of a sufficient number of lefties that the poster's opinions are "RAAAACIST!" and therefore he needs to be banned.

      Their minds are not open but twisted.

      • MichaelLumish

        Yup.

        I was banned from Daily Kos.

        Whenever they would start yammering about how Israel "stole the land" from the perfectly innocent bunny-like Palestinians, I would remind them that the Palestinians launched a genocidal civil war against the Jews in November of 1947.

        They just do not want to hear it, because it counters the favored "narrative" of Palestinian innocence and Jewish guilt.

  • StephenD

    The silence of our representative government is deafening. To hell with political correctness! It is high time to call it like it is. What sort of demon does it take to cut the throat of an infant or stab a 4 year old in the heart? Then, as if this isn’t evil enough, the people celebrate with the handing out of sweet pastries and candy! This is a religion of death! We see a US Congressman weep for the loss of a medical responder who was Muslim; Never a word for the multitude of innocent lives taken merely for not being Muslim! I challenge each an every Muslim to respond to this atrocity. Condemn or condone these actions. Tell the world where you stand and then act upon those convictions. Personally, I think it would be much better to just get it over with. If it is to be war than let it be swift. There is no room in my heart for a people that could celebrate this atrocity. I define murder as the purposeful taking of innocent (non-Muslim included) human life. What say you “Moderate Muslim" or Progressive Liberal?" Speak up!

  • sodacrackers2

    By the time the radical leftist, marxist, communists in this country wake up, their foolishness will have bought them slavery and submission. The rest of us will be in our true home because we will never submit to evil.

  • Margalit Shinar

    I agree with the article and with all the comments made. However, so far in blogs like these we are talking only to ourselves. How can those who still have a moral code convince, persuade and argue with those whose brains — after having been washed and laundered and then hung out to dry – have indeed "fallen out" (and the hole is so large that it seems their hearts have fallen out as well). It is a hopeless cause and western civilization is doomed to continuing decline until people out there cry out: stop! A few tiny glimmers of hope: Geert Wilders and his party in Holland; the burka ban to be implemented (if it will be) in France; the injunction against building mosques in Switzerland; a number of voices from conservative Americans. But it might be too little too late

    • ziontruth

      "However, so far in blogs like these we are talking only to ourselves. How can those who still have a moral code convince, persuade and argue with those…"

      This is a question I've pondered for the past few months.

      The media is Marxist-dominated and has no interest in publishing any point of view not in support of their Islamic imperialist allies. The only way to change this is to coerce the media outlets to publish from our points of view. However, my suggestions in this respect have been restricted to a vision of a future Jewish Republic of Israel taking upon itself the job of fighting for the Zionist cause on the media front as well as on the physical battleground. I have called for a state to coerce the media outlets–I have not called for individuals to do so, because that's outside the law.

      In summary, I can only say this: It is important that, once a consciously anti-Marxist, anti-Islamist group manages to rise to power, its first legal act be an executive purge of the media of all Marxist elements–a blanket ban on Marxism. This is extremely important. Failure to do this is how a nation gets from Reagan to Obama in just twenty years.

  • stern

    I have a question for the world media. Why do they still talk about Palestinians being "suspected" as the killers? Why does the BBC still put "Palestinian killers" in quotes? Islamic Jihad proudly and quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. Hamas celebrated in Gaza, handing out candies to joyful citizens. We know the Palestinians did this because, to quote Phyllis, they said so!

  • Alex_Bensky

    The attackers are perceived to be possibly Palestinian in the same way that water is perceived to be possibly wet.

    But Dr. Chesler has put her finger on one of the more maddening and intellectually corrupt charges against Israel, the assertion that in some way it is committing genocide on the Palestinian population.

    A simple glance at demographic statistics would show that if true, the Israelis are making a damn poor show of it. In any event, there is no Israeli attempt to wipe out the Palestinians or a substantial portion of them, nor even any contemplation of it. The most extreme Israelis talk about deportation, not murder.

    On the other hand, one would not have to look far to find any number of examples of Arabs–and not just Hamas, which is open about this–who declare their purpose is to wipe out Israel and Israelis. But we never hear the "genocide" charge leveled at them. Almost all of the most incendiary charges against Israel, e.g. "apartheid," are in fact applicable to the Arabs and not Israel.

    • TheAZCowBoy

      An insecure paranoid schizophrenic nation with 200 nukes: This has got to be an Oxymoron, yes amigo?

      • MixMChess

        Though Israel does not formally acknowledge that it has a nuclear capability, it has been widely reported that Israel joined the "nuclear club" sometime in the 60's. During that time, Israel has never tested, used or threatened the use of nuclear weapons. In fact, Israel has called for the creation of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East and has stated multiple times that it will never use a nuclear weapon first.

  • QSuzy

    Muslims, long before Arafat named them 'palestinians' in 1972, thinking the Christian world will excuse their genocidal aims as long as they killed Jews and unfortunately, Arafat was right, were rioting and killing hundreds of Jews in 1929 in Jerusalem and Hebron. In 1929, perhaps the local Muslims were angry at Jews for building settlements in the 1980's.

  • Diann

    Powerful article, Phyllis. You are indeed a courageous warrior. The negative attitudes of media and academia, towards Israel, is somewhat depressing. The question is whether or not these well meaning individuals will wake up in time for our lifestyle of freedom and democracy to be sustained.

    In Canada, I'm aware of more and more Muslims who are in prominent roles in the media. When Ayan Hirsi Aly was interviewed on CBC by a Muslim interviewer, his hatred for everything she said was palpable. I am concerned about an audience that does not question such interviews, and those who are blind to media bias.

    On another note – the uprisings in the Middle East right now are about the people wanting to have a say – to be free and democratic as we are in the west. They can never have freedom because their religion requires them to seek a caliphate – an all powerful dictator. How can they miss this very obvious fact, as they die in the streets fighting for what they cannot have in an Islamic republic? The west has sacrificed thousands of soldiers to die in Islamic countries to bring a democracy and freedom that is impossible because of their adherence to Islam.

    Keep up the great work… you speak for many of us.

    • DrBukk

      It has just broken my heart that Obama has not chosen to speak out for the rights of Muslim women in the turmoil and revolutions that are happening. There has never been a more opportune moment. Even in a speech last week, celebrating some woman's rights day/month or something, he did not mention them.

      I think Muslims want democracy and can have it, but they need an Attaturk; someone powerful enough to change their alphabet, model their schools on the West, ban the burqa, open schools and political careers for women and kill thousands of clerics and imams. Then he would set up a presidency and representative government. It's been done, but I don't know if it could be done now, with such stupid, miserable moral relativity being the coin of the realm.

      • not duped

        Being a muslim himself, obama didn't speak out for the rights of muslim women because that would go against his religion.

  • Norman Simms

    Excellent argument, Phyllis. But, alas, the difference between your "J'accuse" and Zola's in the Dreyfus Affair, is that his letter was on the front page of a major newspaper in Paris, where it really set the cat among the pigeons; but now-a-days the press and other media are opaque to reason, common sense and the truth. How do we break through that darkness? Not even FOX is enough, since their few voices of truth are too often lost in a welter of trivial local issues and raucous pseudo-debate. Your perceptive comments deserve so much better coverage.

    • QSuzy

      Absolutely true!

  • waterwillows

    Diann,

    The 'cry for democracy' could possibly be the cry for western governments to open up their coffers and empty the money into muslim lands.
    Then it is on to the next dictator or despot or whatever. Business as usual.

    • TheAZCowBoy

      Have the Holocaust Industries, Ltd. left any cash for anyone elese?

  • Eraina

    "Isabel Kershner", I have a strong feeling is a Jew herself — and probably young and probably thinking this will give her career a nice big jolt into the spotlight. Little does she know, she is being used. Who better to justify the murder of innocent Jews (including small children) without being labeled a Nazi and a Jew hater than another Jew. And she does it with such enthusiasm. How sick!!!

  • aspacia

    Another excellent article by Chesler. However, most bloggers are correct regarding the fact we are preaching to the choir.

  • muchiboy

    "A settler is a human being who settles and works the land in which he lives, or that has claimed him, or saved him—or where his ancestors once dwelled."

    Let me say that there is no single or multiple of good reason(s) why the two peoples at the heart and soul of this conflict cannot live side by side or together in peace and respect.It is as plain as dirt that the sentiments at the root of this essay are Jewish bigotry and selfishness.And no matter the root causes behind the murder of this settler family the Palestinians who carried it out together with their supporters have acted shamefully and with moral malice.Israel and the supporting Diaspora are wrong in denying the Palestinian people their homeland and birth right.They are guilty of ethnic cleansing no matter how vigorous or pathetic their attempts at denial and whitewashing.The Palestinians,while grievously wronged,are equally guilty singly and as a people when they murder innocents and fail to condemn these unconscionable acts.In the middle of the most evil act of inhumanity ever the Diaspora acted with superb dignity.Similarly many Palestinian families living in poverty and humility have acted with dignity,too.The world needs to live by the Golden Rule.Both Jewish settler and Palestinian refugee needs to view the each other with respect and compassion.If only for the sake of their children.muchiboy

    • Max Friedman

      The Palestinians never had a claim to the "land of Israel", and only a late claim to any land in the area. Read the works of Christian travelers, including Mark Twain, about what they saw in the 1800's in the region.

      The Jewish settlers transformed swamps and deserts into a country. If the so-called Palestinians had any sense, they would join with Israel to make the whole area bloom, along with getting decent homes, water, food, and peace.

      Instead, they codified their "death culture" in the PLO Covenant, and Hamas, has reaffirmed it with theirs.

      Sometimes in life, "muchiboy", you've got to chose sides. Do you go with life (chai), or death? I have yet to met a Palestinian who has chosen "life" (except a few who escaped such as Walid Shoebat).

      There is a "difference".

    • Matt

      You hav“Let me say that there is no single or multiple of good reason(s) why the two peoples at the heart and soul of this conflict cannot live side by side or together in peace and respect”
      Here is a few I can think of;
      1. Islam views Israel’s destruction as the fulfillment of its religious destiny.
      2. As written in the Koran, kafirs or non-Muslims are the worst of creation. Allah hates kafirs and plots against them. Kafirs can be tortured, murdered, robbed, raped and enslaved.
      3. Islam views Israel’s destruction as the fulfillment of its religious destiny.
      To support this from the Koran itself;
      "When the sacred months are past, kill the idolaters wherever you find them, and seize them, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every place of ambush" (Sura 9:5)
      “O Ye who believe! Murder those of the unbelievers…and let them find harshness in you.” (Koran, Repentance: 123)

      • TheAZCowBoy

        What is this 'Jew' Alley?

        • MixMChess

          Looks like someone wandered over from stormfront huh?

    • ziontruth

      "Let me say that there is no single or multiple of good reason(s) why the two peoples at the heart and soul of this conflict cannot live side by side or together in peace and respect."

      You know, muchiboy, when you're not spewing your usual anti-Zionist stuff (which you do later on in this comment, but I'm referring to this quote from it), you're incredibly naive. There's such a John Lennon-like "in theory" quality to this musing of yours. I can quite understand why people would want to believe in this; I wish I could believe in this myself. However, reality is different. You talk of sharing the land; in the 1990s this was a very popular sentiment among Israeli Jews. I didn't always hold the positions I hold now. But the events in the 2000s made it clear to a great portion of the Jews in Israel that the other side doesn't want to share–that it wants everything we have.

      Surely reality needs to be acknowledged?

    • MixMChess

      "Israel and the supporting Diaspora are wrong in denying the Palestinian people their homeland and birth right."

      They don't. What about Gaza governed by Hamas? What about the W. Bank governed by the PA? What about the 20% of Israel's population made up of Arabs who chose not to make war on their Jewish neighbors?

      "They are guilty of ethnic cleansing no matter how vigorous or pathetic their attempts at denial and whitewashing."

      Wrong, even the New Historians like Benny Morris have agreed that Israel never ethnically cleansed the Palestinians. More empty rhetoric….

    • TheAZCowBoy

      He's the ulltimate parasite – ask the parasite Fogel family.

      • MixMChess

        So you're excusing slitting the throats of sleeping CHILDREN?

      • Matt

        You really are a disgusting piece of filth, making such a comment.
        Would I be correct in assuming you worship that low life pedophile who created Islam?

  • Matt

    You have the ordasity to proclaim that the root of the problem is "Jewish bigotry & selfishness". Part of the problem is indeed bigotry & selfishness but not on behalf of the Jews.
    You state Israel carries out acts of ethnic clensing, yet the representitives of these "Palestinian" Arabs proclaim their ultimate goal is the extemination of the Jewish people ie; ethnicly clense & you remain silent, such hypocrisy renders your comments void.
    You state that this act was shameful, how about vile, abhorrent, sickening, disgusting or being inspired by an absolute all consuming hatred of the Jews. Mate, these people celebrated the brutal slaughter of children by handing out ………. candy.
    Yet again, you twist the argument so you can lay indirect blame upon the Jews/ victims. Your view (to which you are entitled) is so twisted I would'nt be suprised if you can only walk in circles.

    • TheAZCowBoy

      (((yawn)))

      I supposed you missed 'Gaza Winter of 2008'. aka: Operation Cast Lead., It figures, you're an arrogant incorrigible, like Whore-O-Witz, UR'self!!

      LOL!

      • MixMChess

        Yawn… you mean the same Cast Lead where the UN confirmed that over 85% of the Palestinian casualties were Hamas operatives and combatants? In fact the roughly 15% of so-called "civilians" included Hamas operatives dressed in civilian clothing in addition to Fatah officials and supporters murdered by Hamas.

        British Colonel Richard Kemp told BBC TV News: "I don't think there's ever been a time in the history of warfare when any army has made more efforts to reduce civilian casualties and deaths of innocent people than the IDF is doing today in Gaza."

      • Matt

        Nope, I did'nt miss Cast Lead, in fact, it was good to see Israel react with some conviction for a change. Its a tragedy when innocents are killed but I doubt that there are many in Gaza. (see above comment re; handing out candy).
        Just like the Arab/ muslim worlds lack of pity for Israel, I have none for the Arab Palestinians. Their "predicament" is a consequence of their own hatred.
        Mate, where in my previous comment can you find any arrogance? It would seem that you can't apply the meaning of the word in the correct context!
        As far as being incorrigible, you are right to assume that you will not be able to change my views on the Israel/ Arab conflict however, unlike you I am not a closed minded, blinkered & near sighted fool.
        You would be doing yourself a favor if you posted somthing of substance rather than simple minded, un-informed dribble.

        • SpiritOf1683

          Yep, you only need see who does the cheering to weed out the guilty. And that is at least 95% of them. And these are the sods who also cheered 9/11.

  • SpiritOf1683

    I see they let you have laptops in the lunatic asylum.

  • Don Rosenberg

    The root cause of all the ME problems is the racism and jealousy of the islam political
    cult and anti-semitism and jealousy of the christians. Plain and simple, for 2000 years both groups have tried to wipe us out, so they could rewrite history and claim they are G-d's chosen people. Plus ,the success of the Jews is overwhelming in the world, and jealousy of the Jews is a big part. Even though the christians say Jews of today are not responsible for jesus's death, its part of their DNA to hate us. Until muslims change the hate book, the koran ,and christians stop their mindless jealousy, anti-semitism will always exist. But all Jews must unite and fight back vigorously.