J'Accuse: Palestinians of War Crimes and Genocide
by Phyllis Chesler
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.
Why insist on nation states at all? Indeed, that is an important question. But, given the world's history of Jew-hatred, until every other nation state has ceased to exist for at least 100 years, citizens of the one-and-only Jewish state might consider holding onto their Israeli passports. Given Jewish history, even after the arrival of the Messiah, I would still hesitate long and hard before giving up sovereignty over "the holy land."
Currently, Jews are not allowed to pray at any of their holy sites if those sites are in Muslim hands, including the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is Judaism's holiest site. Jews need serious military protection to pray in Hebron (see above), and are only allowed to do so a few times a year. Why are such outrages considered acceptable? Why is the world not up in arms over the fact that Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha'i, Zoroastrians, and the "wrong" kind of Muslims are also prohibited from praying in most Muslim lands or risk being blown up by Muslims when they actually do so?
Why is the Western mainstream media so silent about Islamic religious apartheid, so quick to call for mosques to be built in the United States, Canada, and Europe, so cowed, so afraid to expect, even demand, any reciprocity in terms of religious tolerance? Why are Christians persecuted in Pakistan and Egypt, why are they not even allowed to openly pray in Saudi Arabia?
Based on the United Nations and Nuremberg definitions of "genocide," I hereby accuse the Palestinian Arabs of committing both "war crimes" and "genocide" against the Jews. Palestinians terrorists have just murdered three children and two unarmed, civilian adults in cold blood. Historically, Palestinian Arabs have murdered—on purpose, not by accident— thousands of Jewish children and Jewish and Israeli civilians. Their intent is as genocidal as Ahmadinejad's. They wish to abolish the Jewish state and slaughter all the Jews. They say so themselves.
I demand that the United Nations create a "Commission of Inquiry into the War Crimes of the Palestinians Against the People of Israel."
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