Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Did you say "occupation?" Which occupation?

The Yisraeli “occupation” of Judea and Samaria has, unfortunately, become a household mantra which is used to excuse and explain many problems that befall our world.

Each time terror strikes, we wait with bated breath for the same chant to be heard. And, in many cases, it is indeed what happens, especially more and more among prominent figures, Yisraelis and others, who are, in many instances, public opinion shapers. We have recently heard it from the current mayor of  Tel Aviv, following the last terror attack that killed four and wounded others in his city. Even the US Democratic party, so we learned today, considers explicit condemnation of Yisraeli “occupation” as part of its 2016 elections platform.

The definition of the term “occupation” is very simple and straightforward. Here is a basic one from
a. Invasion, conquest, and control of a nation or territory by foreign armed forces.

So, if we follow the logic that this definition unfolds to us, in order for there to be an “occupation,” there has to be an invasion first.

Our question pertains to what the definition does not address, though. We ask, what about territory that was gained as a result of a war forced upon a nation when that nation never sought to invade, occupy and control?

Isn’t that what happened in 1967 when Arab nations bordering with Yisrael, in their unrelenting efforts to rid the middle east of Jews, lodged a war against the sovereign Jewish state? Was the Jewish nation which had already incurred huge losses through history when it was subject to the mercy of others, supposed to just sit there and let others do as they wish, especially when their explicit wish was to complete what Hitler never finished? Can you call a desire to defend oneself against attackers “an invasion?” 

Moreover, can one accuse Yisrael of being “an occupier” when the so called “occupation” was imposed on her through wars and ended with the liberation of lands which according to historical facts and legal documents were rightfully hers to begin with? The Arabs can only blame themselves for the creation of such a reality.

Having said that, we are always surprised that the real occupation which has transpired in plain view is ignored time and again. Yes, we are referring to the Arab occupation of Jewish lands. We are not talking about lands given to us by G-d, as much as we believe in it, because we feel that religious arguments should be kept out of the equation when it comes to the middle east conflict.

The Lands of Judea and Samaria are the true Eretz Tzion V’yirushalayim that our National Anthem, “Hatikvah” speaks about. They are the heartland of Eretz Yisrael, the land where Jews have been dwelling for over three millennia, the land that, as The Declaration of Independence of Yisrael states, “was the birthplace of the Jewish people…” where “their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped…” where “they attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave the world the eternal Book of Books.”
Those that call themselves “Palestinians” are relatively newcomers into this same region where Jews and other members of Am Yisrael have established a deep connection with the Land.  In an effort to build their case and try and establish some credibility to their false claim to the Land, to build their case and false claims to the lands, they have adopted the derogatory name “Palestinians” given to the Jews by the Romans. “Palestine”פלשתינה  is the name the Romans gave to Eretz Yisrael in order to add an insult to injury and sever any relationship between the Jews and their Home.. The only problem with the name “Palestine” is that its origin lies in the term “Pleshet” פלשת.  This is a name appearing frequently in the Bible which in English started to be known as “Philistine” The world root of “Plesheth” lies in the word “palash”,פלש a term which means “to invade” and refers to the Philistine’s conquest of the coast of the Mediterranean. Now you, dear reader, tell us who the invader is, and who once they invade according to the above definition eventually become the occupier? Isn’t invasion part of the definition of “occupation?”

Furthermore, has anyone even mentioned Muslim six hundred years old occupation of parts of Yerushalayim and Jewish religious sites such as Temple Mount?

It is not, however, only Jewish lands and holy places that the “Palestinians” occupy. What concerns us even more is the widespread “Conceptual 'occupation.'” 

The Arab/Muslim world has invaded and planted itself very effectively in the creases of the intangible corners of the minds of the world. It has occupied it and has been feeding it a version of history, perverse terminology and concepts and a twisted narrative which even some of the most imaginative Hollywood script writers could never produce. Unfortunately, it is not only the minds of the gullible world that they have occupied, they have been able to successfully invade and take possession over the minds of many Jews and Yisraelis, especially those with the Ghetto mentality, a mentality that continues to function as fertile ground for such an occupation.

We hate  to sound like prophets of wrath but we both feel a need to warn a slumbering humanity that it is this form of “occupation” it should address and fight lest their children will end up growing in a world deprived of any hope or a promising future.This article was written jointly with Moshe Dagan.



  1. I have a childhood friend, Jewish, liberal, hard left in fact, she voted for Obama twice, who believes just that, only she believes that the entirety of Israel is occupied land. I can easily refute her arguments but I cannot change her mind. She is addicted to a narrative. Why? Good question. Jews thrive on guilt, many of them. It is a kind of inverse self loathing. In a sense, one can understand the syndrome.
    The historical hatred of Jews is daunting to say the least, daunting and inexplicable. The mind searches for a reason. Something, anything that can be done to make them love us. So we can be safe at last.
    When you give up on that, on needing to be loved or even liked by gentiles, then you can be free to raise your head up and live like a human being.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Jesse. Amazing what wee Jews are ready to do , to give up for a bit of Love . When will we rid ourselves of the Ghetto mentality?

  3. Tov meod! I am with you two all the way. I think what makes your idea so powerful is that it meets the enemy squarely on their level, on their "hashkafa". Islamist's in Eretz Yisrael know they must try to dominate the Jew from the top down. That is to say, from Har Habayit, to Machpela, to Shechem and on down the line. It is not a coincidence that they cling to that which is of utmost meaning to the Jew, all the way to the soul of a Jew. So Kol Hakavod to Bat Zion and Moshe! for properly laying out what occupation really is! Zion is not only the Land but Am Yisrael and Am Yisrael is Zion! They are the same and indivisible! When the arabs occupy the heart of the Land, it is the same as occupying the heart and soul of the people.

    1. Thank you, Brian, for your comment Yes, we share the belief that whoever controls the mountain, controls the Land:-( The Arabization of Eretz Yisrael is something we should never let happen!

    2. Thank you, Brian, for your comment Yes, we share the belief that whoever controls the mountain, controls the Land:-( The Arabization of Eretz Yisrael is something we should never let happen!

  4. It's an established principle in International Law that in a defensive war it is permissible to occupy territory won until a peace treaty is in place. Although in this case Israel has a prior and best claim to the West Bank since it was part of the mandated land for Jewish settlement, the only impediment to that is that although Israel was the beneficiary of the land under the mandate it didn't perfect sovereignty as it was immediately invaded by Jordan. The PLO renounced ant claim to the West Vank in its1964 charter ( although they withdrew this in items 1968 revised charter after Israel then reclaimed the land). Jordan renounced its claim in its peace treaty with Israel : all of which confirms Israels better claim to sovereignty.

    1. Excellent points, Melvyn. Confirming what many have believed and understood!

    2. Excellent points, Melvyn. Confirming what many have believed and understood!