Sunday, September 30, 2007
An Open Letter to the World From One Jew in Israel. AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WORLD By Rabbi Meir Kahane, Zt"l
Dear World, I understand that you are upset by us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry. (Outraged?) Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the "brutal repression of the Palestinians"; yesterday it was Lebanon; before that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most extraordinarily.
Of course, dear World, long before there was an Israel, we - the Jewish people - upset you. We upset a German people who elected Hitler and upset an Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations -Poles, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. And we go back a long, long way in the history of world upset. We upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of us in 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold numbers of us. For centuries, we upset a Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through inquisitions, and we upset the arch-enemy of this church, Martin Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an admirable Christian ecumenical spirit. And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear World, that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish state.
The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you)- and have you love us and so, we decided to come home -home to the same land we were driven out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that, apparently, we also upset.
Alas, dear World, it appears that you are hard to please. Having left you and your programs and inquisitions and crusades and holocausts, having taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state, we continue to upset you.
You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East. Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The "radical" Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset. Well, dear World, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel.
In 1920 and 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and Hebron. Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929.
Dear World, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots between 1936-39? Was it because Arabs were upset over 1967? And when you, dear world, proposed a UN Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a "Palestinian State" alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried "no" and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews - was that "upset" caused by the aggression of 1967?
And, by the way, dear World, why did we not hear your cry of "upset" then? The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who when they had all the territories they now demand be given to them for their state -attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea.
The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "itbach-al-yahud" (Massacre the Jew!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not "repress" them.
Dear World, you stood by during the holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians dream daily of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world, well think of how many times in the past you bothered us. In any event, dear World, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.
**Rabbi Kahane was murdered on November 5, 1990, at the Marriot Hotel in New York, minutes after he gave a lecture to American Jews on the subject of emergency Aliyah.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Unfortunately, letter writer Ali Manji has it backwards. His letter represents ignorance of the worst kind which fuels the war of the fascist Islamists against the state of Israel.
1. He questions the use of the word “Islamist” in relation to terrorists. So if not Islamist Mr. Manji, then what belief system is it that fuels their hate? Why are Islamists taught from an early age in schools to hate Jews and Israel in particular? The fact is that 99% of all terrorists ARE Islamists, are they not? Should we pretend that something else drives them to commit such heinous acts against innocent people?
2. He is wrong again when he makes the untrue assertion that Israel is occupying the land of the Palestinians. History shows that there have been many owners of middle east lands. But only one state government has ever existed in the land known as Israel and that is the country of Israel. There was never an independent Palestinian government there. In fact as recent events have shown, the Palestinians are having trouble having one stable government anywhere. The Arabs or Islamists, one hesitates to find another word, who stayed in Israel are the best off anywhere. It is only those who chose to leave the area who have been refugees ever since.
3. Ali mentions International law in the wrong context. It WAS international law through the United Nations which established the state of Israel in 1948. So any claims to the contrary are flying in the face of international law.
4. Mr. Manji seems to dislike certain words but thinks nothing of using words like “brutally occupying” instead of defending one’s own country against arab terrorists. How does he defend killing innocent civilians in the name of fairness?
I have no quarrel with any Muslim who desires to leave peacefully anywhere on the globe. But It is people like Mr. Manji who provide fodder for those of us in Canada who are tired of bellyaching Islamists complaining about international or any kind of law while supporting those who break the most fundamental laws of human dignity by killing innocent civilians in the name of fairness. Perhaps Mr. Manji should consult a dictionary about the meaning of the word.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
[A word to Palestinians who may read this: I am not against you. I am for the TRUTH. Do you deserve a land in which to live and work, and raise your families? Do you deserve a peaceful homeland? Do you deserve to choose who governs you? Well, so do the Israelis, among whom live MANY ARABS and Muslims, living peacefully with the Jews. The question is, “Can you live peacefully?” Will you elect governments that have NOT PROMISED to drive Israel into the sea? If you do, I believe you will prosper like the state of Israel. If not, I guess you have determined your own destiny. I wish you peace and luck which are mainly in your hands. May you use them well!]
History of Israel [from Wikipedia on Israel]
1. Land of Israel - about 4000 years ago
8. (briefly) Sassanian rule,
14. Mamluks (1260-1516)
15. Ottoman Empire in 1517
16. In 1920, Palestine became a League of Nations mandate administered by Britain.
17. The UN General Assembly approved the 1947 UN Partition Plan dividing the territory into two states, with the Jewish area consisting of roughly 55% of the land, and the Arab area consisting of roughly 45%. David Ben-Gurion tentatively accepted the partition, while the Arab League rejected it.
18. The State of Israel was proclaimed on May 14, 1948, one day before the expiry of the Palestine Mandate. Israel was admitted as a member of the United Nations on May 11, 1949.
19. Syria, Jordan, and Egypt had been hinting at war and Egypt expelled UN Peacekeeping Forces from the Gaza Strip. When Egypt violated prior treaties and closed the strategic Straits of Tiran to Israeli vessels, and began massing large amounts of tanks and aircraft on Israel’s borders, Israel deemed it a casus belli for pre-emptively attacking Egypt on June 5. In the ensuing Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Israel defeated the armies of three large Arab states and won a decisive victory over their air forces. Territorially, Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, and Golan Heights. The Green Line of 1949 became the administrative boundary between Israel and the Occupied Territories. The Sinai was later returned to Egypt following the signing of a peace treaty.
During this whole history there has always been a large population of Jews. So who owns that small territory known as Israel?
Who do we give it back to? Seems fair to me if anyone gets it, it should be the first country established in the area or maybe the last. But they are the same! So I guess everything is okay.
Unless you want to give it back to the Canaanite-descendant you see. The Canaanites lived there but NO COUNTRY was established. -
Just imagine taking one particular country in Europe, of your choice, and starting to list the former owners before various wars. Imagine, if you will, a people claiming to be the last people to own that country even if at the time, it was NOT A COUNTRY, just a land. What reaction would the world have toward those claimants? So why should it be any different with the only current democratically-elected government in the Middle East today?
[A word to Palestinians who may read this: I am not against you. I am for the TRUTH. Do you deserve a land in which to live and work, and raise your families? Do you deserve a peaceful homeland? Do you deserve to choose who governs you? Well, so do the Israeli’s, among whom live MANY ARABS and Muslims, living peacefully with the Jews. The question is, “Can you live peacefully?” Will you elect governments that have NOT PROMISED to drive Israel into the sea? If you do, I believe you will prosper like the state of Israel. If not, I guess you have determined your own destiny. I wish you peace and luck which are mainly in your hands. May you use them well!}
Israel From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Conflict! The Power of Propaganda
Is the Conflict Between Religions?
Is it a Land Conflict?
Jewish Right To Israel
Historical Mandate for Palestine
Why No Peace?
Why is there seemingly no peace in the Middle East?
Watch the video "I am Israel".
There are probably multiple answers. However the most fundamental is that Hamas, Hesbollah and other "Muslim" groups have always stated and NEVER RENOUNCED that they intend to drive the Jews and Israel's into the sea. Until asa group they CHANGE THAT MISSION, then there can be no peace.
If someone told you that and never changed their mind, how would you feel? Would you just shrug it off? Would you also shrug off the rockets falling on your schools, residents, towns and cities AFTER so-called peace accords have just been signed?
The stories about Israel taking "Palestianian" land is a sad joke. The name "Palestine" was given to the much larger territory including modern-day Israel, by Great Britain.
See Israel and Palestine: A Brief History which has some inadvertent spelling errors but seems quite accurate.
Briefly the Israeli's do not attack "Palestinian" areas until months or years of unprovoked illegal attacks on Israeli citizens both Arab and Jewish. Then they withdraw until provoked again.
Israel allows Arabs and/or Muslims, Christians and Jews to worship freely, have access to their places of worship [which did not happen when Jerusalem was controlled by Muslims]. They allow Arabs to vote and have most benefits of the modern state of Israel.
Until Palestinians back up their written peace treaties by laying down their arms and using the millions of dollars they receive from countries all over the world to build a country for themselves instead of attacking the state of Israel, no peace can exist.
Israel is a democracy and allows freedom of movement and religion.
Escape from Hamas Parts 1- 6
Cool Facts About Israel 2 - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING