points out another detail that was, ahem, overlooked by all those screaming 'ethnic cleansing': the Arabs who were evicted had not paid the rent; those who had paid the rent were not evicted. Makes a bit of a difference, doesn't it, in addition to all the background detail that was omitted about the Jewish ownership of these properties dating back to the last century. Broch writes:
It's all very well for the Guardian's Middle East editor, Ian Black, to describe the evictions as 'the ugly face of ethnic cleansing' or for Cif contributor Matt Kennard to claim that they represent 'a process of racial purification'. But without informing readers that the only people being evicted are the ones who refused to pay rent to the landlords they recognised decades ago, they paint a distorted picture.
As a story that has been widely reported and stirs deep emotions, it is vital that crucial facts are not erased from the narrative. There can be no doubt that there are clearly issues of inequality in
All credit to the Guardian for publishing this piece. Lenny ben David makes the equally important point that the resolute response of Israel's government to the grotesque and ignorant US pressure over these evictions marks a rare occasion when Israel has not quiescently gone along with global connivance at Arab injustice in the Middle East.
For way too long Arab states, terrorist groups and the Palestinian Arabs believed that they could wage 'wars of limited liability'first against the Jews of Palestine and then against the State of Israel. They embraced a fantasy that they could unleash attacks with impunity in an attempt to wipe out
... Yet, today, under the Arab concept of wars of limited liability, they and the United Nations demand a complete withdrawal from the West Bank and east Jerusalem – '100 percent' -- and a dismantling of the security barrier erected to block Palestinian suicide bombers. In other words, there is no punishment, no price to pay, and no indemnification for acts of aggression.
Only if Britain, Europe and America start defending the Israeli victims of war and terror in the Middle East and holding the perpetrators of aggression to account, rather than getting this precisely the wrong way round, will peace and justice finally prevail. Without justice, there can be no peace. For years, an
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's resolute response to a State Department official's objection to a Jewish building development in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem may actually close a 90-year-old chapter of the Arab-Israeli conflict and bring about a measure of justice. "We cannot accept the idea that Jews will not have the right to live and buy (homes) anywhere in
For way too long Arab states, terrorist groups and the Palestinian Arabs believed that they could wage "wars of limited liability" first against the Jews of Palestine and then against the State of Israel. They embraced a fantasy that they could unleash attacks with impunity in an attempt to wipe out
In 1920, the Balfour Declaration, written three years earlier, was a very pertinent and relevant document in
Arab clans and local groups began to coalesce and compete to fill the vacuum left by the Turks. They found sympathetic British authorities who opposed the establishment of a Jewish home in
The Jewish settlement of Tel Chai in the Galilee was overrun by local Arab marauders in early 1920, and within months, riots and pogroms against Jews erupted across Palestine. According to witnesses, the ax and sword-wielding mobs, emboldened by their perception of supportive British authorities, yelled, "Addowlah ma'anah! The government is with us! Itback el yehud! Slaughter the Jews!" as they
attacked Jewish communities. They were led by the nephew of
[Santayana's admonition, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," was tragically proved true.
When the British attempted to arrest the Mufti in 1937 he fled
The Shepherd Hotel was located on a key roadway; just yards away is the site of the infamous Hadassah Hospital convoy massacre in April 1948, prior to Israel's independence. Seventy-nine Jews, mostly doctors and nurses, were killed on that road when their convoy to the
Despite all of the Arab attacks in 1920, 1921, 1929 and 1936 the British response was to reward Arab aggression against the Jews and impose draconian restrictions on Jewish immigration. Part of the British mandate of
The pattern of Arab attacks and rewards would repeat itself time and again. Limited liability – the Arabs paid little for their attacks. Despite Arab aggression against the Jewish communities in
In 1956, Egyptian-commanded fedayeen terrorist attacks led
AIPAC's founder, Si Kenen, wrote of the period: "There were long and feverish negotiations between the Israelis and Secretary of State Dulles who tried to divide American Jews, most of whom were backing the Israelis. Dulles invited a group of major Jewish philanthropists, including leading non-Zionists, to use their influence to persuade
Sound familiar and contemporary? To a recent meeting with American Jewish leadership, President Obama also invited two leftist organizations highly critical of Israeli policies.
In 1957, the
Several casus belli directly led to the 1967 Six Day War. They include
Yet, today, under the Arab concept of wars of limited liability, they and the United Nations demand a complete withdrawal from the West Bank and east Jerusalem – "100 percent" -- and a dismantling of the security barrier erected to block Palestinian suicide bombers. In other words, there is no punishment, no price to pay, and no indemnification for acts of aggression. Addowlah ma'anah.
The actions and words of the Obama administration today elicit from
"Obama," noted the
Ironically, Abbas himself, recently revealed that once the Arabs of Palestine did not expect the great powers or other Arabs to rescue them, and that indeed they were capable of recognizing the responsibility for their actions. Describing the 1948 flight of his Arab community from Safed, a mixed Arab-Jewish town in the
The acquisition of the Shepherd Hotel site was carried out according to the letter of the law. The land, first confiscated by the British was administered by the Jordanian government after it illegally annexed the West Bank and east