Lying About History Will Not Help the Cause for Peace

Y2M9MDAwMDAwJmg9MjI4JnNyYz1pbWFnZXMlMkZjaGFyaXR5JTJGb25ldm9pY2UuanBnJnc9NDUwJmhzPTY3MWEOneVoice is an organization in a long list of those that consider themselves impartial and committed to dialogue on both sides of the “Arab-Israeli conflict.” According to its website, “OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two state solution and an end to the conflict and occupation.” (Of course, the Palestinians have no elected representatives, as Mahmoud Abbas’ presidential term ended in 2009. Since being elected to power in Gaza in 2006, Hamas has also not held any elections).  Though well intentioned, OneVoice is an organization that makes peace harder to attain by not addressing the root causes of the Arab war against Israel. 

OneVoice is now on a West Coast campus tour. Its programs are supposed to be balanced, consisting of three presenters; one Palestinian Arab who speaks about the Palestinian Arab perspective; one Israeli who speaks about the Israeli perspective; and one American who initiates the discussion and gives an overview of the “conflict.” However, in reality the program is far from balanced.

At San Jose State University, the Palestinian Arab gave a one-sided presentation about how the Palestinian Arabs are victims of Israeli occupation and oppression, as expected; the Israeli gave a somewhat even-handed talk, though omitted many significant details; and the American–who is supposed to be the unbiased one–gave an anti-Israel talk. Not exactly neutral.

Here are some highlights:

In her overview of the conflict, the first thing the American representative mentioned was the “military occupation in the West Bank for the last 47 years,” and how the Israelis keep building settlements which are confiscating Palestinian Arab land. Listening to her talk, one would think the “conflict” started in 1967, which, of course, is not true. She mentioned nothing about the massacres of Jews in Jerusalem and Hebron years before Israel even became a state in 1948. She did not mention that the Palestinian Arabs, after declining the United Nation’s plan for a two-state solution in 1947, joined the surrounding Arab countries in their attack of the nascent Jewish State, promising to push the Jews into the sea.

When discussing the second intifada, the American representative only mentioned that it means “uprising” in Arabic, and that it was comprised of “violence on both sides.” This is a gross mischaracterization of the second intifada, which in reality was a terrorist war against Israel, initiated by Yasser Arafat, and comprised of Palestinians blowing up innocent Israeli civilians, while Israel engaged in self-defense. She did not mention how the second Intifada was preceded by a generous offer of peace from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, including 95% of the West Bank with agreed upon land swaps, all of Gaza, and Eastern Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. She also failed to mention that Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia called Yasser Arafat’s decline of this offer, “a crime against the Palestinians.”

Finally, in a breathtaking omission, the American spoke about the Israeli blockade of Gaza without ever offering the justification for the blockade, which includes Israel’s attempt to stem the outbreak of rockets being fired by Hamas.

The Israelis talk was more reality-based, but still did not mention any of the above points. He did speak about the Jewish refugees from Muslim lands after the 1948 war, as well as how Israel does not consider the Palestinian “right of return’’ a realistic demand. He did speak about the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 leading to rockets raining down on Israeli cities. However, when speaking about the 1947 U.N. partition plan, which would have created a Palestinian State, he omitted that the Palestinian Arabs refused, while Israel agreed. He simply states that the plan failed and led to war. And he only described the second intifada as a “reaction” to Israeli “occupation,” nothing else.

The words “Hamas” or “terrorism” were not mentioned by anyone, including the Israeli, until the question and answer period. This was unbelievable. Not mentioning Palestinian Arab terrorism when speaking about the “Arab-Israeli conflict” is like not mentioning the Nazis when speaking about World War II.

The event was not a total failure, as pro-Israel representatives were there, including myself, with the intent of injecting some reality into the conversation during the question and answer period. I asked why the presentation included such an extensive discussion of Israeli “occupation” and settlement activity as causes of the conflict, without mentioning anything about Palestinian Arab incitement to violence and glorification of terrorism. In answering my question, the American woman claimed that incitement to violence was negligible in Palestinian society and that incitement against Palestinians is also happening in Israel. This is a whitewashing of Palestinian hate, vitriol and incitement against Jews, of which there is no comparison in Israel. The Israeli answered that they are not here to place blame on anyone, but simply to find a solution. I could not disagree more with this view, as only by first, properly assessing blame, can we identify who is at fault, and who and what must change for there to be peace.

As a follow up, another pro-Israel representative spoke more about Palestinian incitement against Israel, and then asked if the Palestinian would condemn Hamas for its commitment to killing Jews in its charter. In an eye-opening instance of candor, the Palestinian representative said, “Hamas is a part of Palestinian society, a part of our national fabric…we don’t see Hamas as a problem anymore…Hamas is committed to the two state solution.”

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  • StanleyT

    “Hamas is committed to the two-state solution”???? Yes, definitely. The two states being Hamastan 1 and Hamastan 2.

  • StanleyT

    “Hamas is committed to the two-state solution”???? Yes, definitely. The two states being Hamastan 1 and Hamastan 2.

  • Softly Bob

    There is no justification for a two-state solution (which would be violently disastrous anyway). There should only be one-state and that is Israel. The Palestinians are lucky to have Gaza and West Bank. They should have neither.

  • Softly Bob

    There is no justification for a two-state solution (which would be violently disastrous anyway). There should only be one-state and that is Israel. The Palestinians are lucky to have Gaza and West Bank. They should have neither.

    • Notalibfool

      Yes, they are lucky to have Gaza and the West Bank. And there is no logical reason why they can’t make their territories peaceful, stable, and prosperous. Instead they choose violence.

  • JohnWV

    Israel is creator and perpetrator of the Gaza horror. Only the destruction
    of the racist Jewish state will curtail its quest to impose holocaust
    level horror on all goyim. Besieged Palestinian Gaza is but one of
    the Jewish state’s experiments in provocation. Stuff a million and a
    half people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water,
    electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods,
    humiliate them regularly…and, surprise, surprise – they turn
    hostile. Now why would you want to do that experiment? Because the
    hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can
    cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and
    the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles,
    and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that
    the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as
    a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state
    with which you couldn’t possibly reach an accommodation. And then you
    can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

  • JohnWV

    Israel is creator and perpetrator of the Gaza horror. Only the destruction
    of the racist Jewish state will curtail its quest to impose holocaust
    level horror on all goyim. Besieged Palestinian Gaza is but one of
    the Jewish state’s experiments in provocation. Stuff a million and a
    half people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water,
    electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods,
    humiliate them regularly…and, surprise, surprise – they turn
    hostile. Now why would you want to do that experiment? Because the
    hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can
    cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and
    the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles,
    and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that
    the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as
    a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state
    with which you couldn’t possibly reach an accommodation. And then you
    can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      You are fu**ed in the head considering it was Jordan who stole the “Palestinian homeland”. Damn these Jew-haters just get more ignorant by the post.

      • Notalibfool

        Antisemitism is like a mental illness. Notice how people whining about Jews/Israel seem paranoid, babble irrationally about some alleged anti-Palestinian conspiracy, and can never accept other points of view on the subject?

    • Notalibfool

      Did your professor of Middle East studies tell you all of that? Or have you been reading “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?”

      Israel consistently attempts to negotiate with the so-called Palestinians. All Israel gets in return is more violence. Should the Palestinians be allowed to destroy an entire nation, the ONLY stable and democratic nation in the Middle East?

      Why do you not speak out against the horrors created by true apartheid states, Iran and Egypt being two prime examples?

    • kikorikid

      How do you manage to sleep with all those conspiracies
      running around in your head?

  • Demetrius Minneapolis

    You are fu**ed in the head considering it was Jordan who stole the “Palestinian homeland”. Damn these Jew-haters just get more ignorant by the post.

  • Notalibfool

    Did your professor of Middle East studies tell you all of that? Or have you been reading “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?”

    Israel consistently attempts to negotiate with the so-called Palestinians. All Israel gets in return is more violence. Should the Palestinians be allowed to destroy an entire nation, the ONLY stable and democratic nation in the Middle East?

    Why do you not speak out against the horrors created by true apartheid states, Iran and Egypt being two prime examples?

  • Notalibfool

    Antisemitism is like a mental illness. Notice how people whining about Jews/Israel seem paranoid, babble irrationally about some alleged anti-Palestinian conspiracy, and can never accept other points of view on the subject?

  • Notalibfool

    Yes, they are lucky to have Gaza and the West Bank. And there is no logical reason why they can’t make their territories peaceful, stable, and prosperous. Instead they choose violence.

  • kikorikid

    How do you manage to sleep with all those conspiracies
    running around in your head?

  • ArentIpretty

    Most of the Arab Muslims now in Israel are not from the Palestinian territory. They are immigrants from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Jews started buying land in Palestine back in the 1840s. The region was barren and void of any significant population and had no economy. It was not until the Jews were successful in their irrigation and agricultural projects that the region became viable and had an economy. Arab Muslims immigrated into the area to benefit from this very economy. Many became squatters and settled on Jewish owned land.

    After some decades, and the increase of the Muslim population due to this immigration, the Muslims decided to try and take this region from the Jews. The Hebron Massacre of 1929 signifies the beginning of this terror campaign by Arab Muslims against the Jews. These attacks have only escalated over time. The Jews and Israel have managed to fight back and defend itself from this sustained Islamic jihad, for which they get branded as the aggressors. This is pathetic and the world should wake up to what is and has been going on – the “Palestinian” Arab Muslims are trying to perpetrate the Islamic imperative, as proscribed by the Qur’an and Haddiths, of the genocide of the Jew.

    The only mistakes Israel has made was to agree to Trans-Jordan, cede the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt, and agree to the Oslo Accord. Israel has only suffered from its attempts to appease the unappeasable. It is not the Jews who are the fascists, it is the Arab Muslims who follow the theology of Islam. That they voted in Hamas and the PA proves this. Israel is the only decent country in the whole of the ME. People like you are just spouting pure Islamic propaganda without knowing any of the facts. The Jews didn’t start anything. That blame lays squarely on the Muslims’ shoulders. The Second Intifada is a clear example of what happens when Israel gives in to the demands of Islamic thuggery. You are backing the wrong horse.

  • JohnWV

    In America, disapproval of Israeli or Jewish doings automatically begets accusation of antisemitism, of racism. THIS IS NO ACCIDENT. It is a cunningly planned and successfully accomplished achievement. Our news media is mostly Jewish owned and blatantly Israel/Jew biased. Our electoral process has been corrupted by AIPAC, the Jewish Conference of Presidents and enormous amounts of Jewish money.

    • Notalibfool

      Thank you for proving my point.

      • defcon 4

        And yet the idiot can’t even see his own delusional antisemitism.

    • BagLady

      Sadly, you are right. There is no debate any longer only name calling. It used to be that if you disagreed with them they labelled you a ‘Commie’. That epithet no longer has the stigma intended so antisemitism has taken its place. I’ve noticed that those on here who scream its name the loudest are those that practise the vilest of racism.

      • Notalibfool

        So you think I “practise” racism because I called out a bigot for hating Jews? Prove that I am a racist.

        • BagLady

          Since when did criticism equal racism?

      • Notalibfool

        So how exactly does defending Jews against antisemitism make one a racist?

        The fact that you stooped so low as to pull the race card is a good indication that you have no argument.

      • Drakken

        You should be more worried about when the screaming stops and the shooting starts if I were you.

      • defcon 4

        Dear Fatima Al Baghed, islam isn’t a race, no matter how many times you and your fellow islam0nazis repeat the lie, it won’t become true.

        • BagLady

          and neither is Judaism.

          • defcon 4

            Shouldn’t you be taking your magic carpet ride somewhere?

          • BagLady

            It’s in for engine trouble. And it’s a broomstick not a carpet.

    • Drakken

      Come on haji, move there so you can give those mean Jews a piece of your mind, I am sure they could use the target practice.

    • BagLady

      Ditto Britain. Conservative Friends of Israel. Labour Friends of Israel. Two very influential lobby groups.

      • defcon 4

        Not influential enough Baghead.

  • William James Ward

    Without true historical data you wind up with propaganda only. Where are
    these so called faux Palestinians in history, no where in the most
    recent centuries. Palestinian is a remake of Philistines who exited long
    ago. Israelis go back millennia and history claims Jews in the land
    God gave to Abraham but today we have Jihadi-crazed Islamists who
    hate Jews serving up plates of falsity and defamation without end and
    it is sucked up by brainwashed fools enjoying lives of propaganda
    filled emptiness. Who is it that calls for destruction and murder, certainly
    not the Jews, they to a fault take it on the chin and continue to try
    and negotiate with obdurate liars that want nothing but death to
    reign over them. Time for Israel to stand up for themselves and claim
    all of the Biblical lands promised to Abraham and his children and
    force out the bands of blood besotted murderers………….William

    • BagLady

      “Who is it that calls for destruction and murder, certainly
      not the Jews, they to a fault take it on the chin…..”

      Well they sure do on here. Death and destruction is what I read on these pages and insults for those who disagree. ‘Defence’ is what they call it. though it comes across as paranoid aggression to me.

      • Drakken

        Side with the ragheaded mulims, perish with them and good bloody riddance.

      • defcon 4

        Gee, Fatima Al Taqiyya, I can’t help but notice your islam0nazi chimpanzee brethren in Gaza can’t stop firing rockets, mortar rounds and AT rockets into Israel (or at school buses). Please make sure to tighten down your head bag two stops — preferably right around the neck.

        • BagLady

          I see you have a new short range weapon: David’s Sling I believe it’s called, suggestive of a poor little David, under fire from superior weapons, is going to slay the savage giant with his little slingshot. Get real.

          • defcon 4

            If I had my way your islam0nazi brethren would be getting rolling artillery barrages for every rocket they fired into Israel. I’ve heard air tight head bags are halal — why don’t you try one on and find out?

    • PAthena

      The term “Palestinian” to refer to Arabs who hate Jews is a consequence of Soviet propaganda. In Cairo in 1964, Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union founded the “Palestine Liberation Organization” (P.L.O.). This came to fame by massacring the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. and since then Arabs have been called “Palestinian.”
      The name “Palestine” was given to Judea by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D., after he had defeated the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba. He wanted to eradicate all memory of Judea; he outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem “Aelia Capitolina,” “Aelius” being his gens name. From that time on, “Palestine” was synonymous with “land of the Jews,” and “Palestinian” was another name for “Jew.” That is why Great Britain after World War I was granted the “Palestine Mandate” to be “the homeland of the Jews.”

      • defcon 4

        Huh? Paleswine hate Jews as a consequence of “Soviet Propaganda”? The charter of Hamas that calls for the extermination of Jews quotes an “authentic” hadith of islam. Islamic Jew hatred predates the existence of the German language, much less Austria or Germany or the USSR.

        • JoJoJams

          I think you misread what he wrote…. remove the object “arabs who hate jews” – and you’ll see the statement “The term “Palestinians”…..is a consequence of Soviet propaganda.”

          • defcon 4

            I see your point.

  • SoCalMike

    Brainwashed kids have been taught by brainwashed newswriters and professors for generations now about “the cycle of violence.” They are no better informed than a bag of marshmellows.

    • defcon 4

      LOL, “marshmellows” what a great neologism. Don’t cop my buzz man, I’m marshmellow.

  • Drakken

    I can’t wait until Israel finally says enough is enough and gives you ragheaded savages what you so richly deserve, Carthage of Gaza and palifree west bank. You muslims have gotten away with way too much and soon it will be time to give you a nice trip to paradise to party with allah, just make sure you hi and that we sent you with our compliments.

  • defcon 4

    Lieberal scum never mention the fact that nearly a million Jews have been ethnically cleansed from islam0fascist states in the Mid-East and N. Africa for no other reason than they were Jewish.

  • defcon 4

    How unfair! What about Fatah? Don’t they get their own Fatahstan?