The Jewish Right To All Of Jerusalem

March 26, 2012 3:38 pm 6 comments

East Jerusalem. Photo: Trip Advisor.

Last I checked, the western world doesn’t permit segregation based on one’s religion. Jews can buy homes and live wherever they choose – from Harlem to Toulouse, Tokyo to Moscow, so what is the uproar if they want to live in all areas of Jerusalem? A Jewish family seeks to live in Eastern Jerusalem in a legally purchased home, and isn’t being permitted to move in nor remove illegal squatters from the home. Without discussing the many Arab countries Jews aren’t permitted to own real estate in (or that Arabs can and do buy all over the Jewish state), how is it that Jews who won in court, followed all laws and legally own property are being condemned?

Aryeh King is attracting controversy – amazingly for asking to clean out property he legally owns in Eastern Jerusalem from Palestinian Arab squatters. Under headlines which speak of “evacuating Palestinian homes”, and “confiscating Palestinian land,” King’s organization, The Israel Land Fund is one of a number of organizations committed to buying properties in all areas of Jerusalem – and moving Jews to live in all areas of Jerusalem, and for this he is being condemned.

Fed up with the refusal of Israeli police to enforce the law of the sole democracy in the Middle East, King placed an ad in Israeli media stating: “Strong men are wanted to legally evacuate Arab squatters…the Jews will do it without the police’s aid.” Clearly a public relations gimmick, one wonders if international human rights organizations will support King as they should?  The most discriminated against people on Earth – the Jews – who have been subject to the Holocaust, pogroms and crusades, seeking to return to the Land of their forefathers and remove squatters.

Will law organizations worldwide stand up, and lovers of justice? Naturally, they won’t but King’s ads attract attention to help pressure the Israeli government and police to simply enforce the law. The Palestinian Arab family living there has no documents to support claims they own the lands – and went to court and lost. A sore loser, no? Like starting a war, losing, and then saying I want the land back? (Which is where we stand with the settlements since 1967)… Could one imagine a Jew in East Jerusalem pulling such a thing and the outrage of the world?

King follows the law – and a Jerusalem magistrate’s court ordered the house in question be evacuated by March 1, and fined the Palestinian family 125,000 shekels in damages. Yet, the police’s legal advisor has political concerns and won’t agree to evacuate – despite the fact that the compound has been illegally occupied by Palestinians since 2002. One wonders what King can do – and what any Jew worldwide would do if their home was occupied by a squatter who wouldn’t leave? The family doesn’t own the property and it’s not their land.

I wonder how Americans would feel if American Indians showed up to their homes and their local police departments wouldn’t evacuate squatters, even after court appearances ?

About 15 years ago, the world was in an uproar over construction in Har Homa, another Jerusalem neighborhood, and today more than 30,000 Jews live there. With all of the Arab uprisings, and chaos in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere, let’s hope people remember the Israeli talk of returning the Golan Heights and the campaign of a million stickers proclaiming “HaAm Im HaGolan” (The Nation is With the Golan). These things come and go – and the Jewish people, and people like King need to keep moving forward and continuing to do the right thing.

While many slogans talk of one Jerusalem, and Jerusalem never being divided again, organizations like Ateret Cohanim, Keep Jerusalem, and The Israel Land Fund do the vital job of protecting Jerusalem and ensuring the Jewish roots of the city remain in all aspects of the city. If Jews can live in Harlem or Toulouse, Tokyo or Moscow, why cant they live in all areas of East Jerusalem?

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR, a leading Public Relations firm, and author of PR book “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations.”

6 Comments

  • A REAL American

    Once against savage, you are on the wrong side of history and the facts.

    The aboriginals in this case are the Jews (or at the very least the Canaanites who the Palestinians have no relation) and all land should be returned to them or they should be dually compensated for it (just as is the case for the Native Americans). But aboriginal rights not withstanding, this particular parcel of land was bought and purchased legally and registered with the proper documentation in full accordance to the law. Which is why the Arab squatters lost the case and their subsequent appeals.

    No one has any right to tell someone else where to live. Segregation when out in the 1950′s. A Jew has every right to live in every square inch of his or her homeland–provided that land was acquired legally. And that is most definitely the case here. The Arab squatters don’t have a leg to stand on (and neither do you) and pretty soon they won’t have a couch or chair to sit on either.

    Savage it really pays to actually know some facts and to use them. You should try that once in a while.

    • A REAL American do you know the difference between 5,000-2,000 years ago and 300-200 years ago?

      See, the Jews were kicked out of Israel by a series of conquers, the last time was about 2,000 years ago by the Romans.

      See, that’s kind of a long time, so the people who were living there in the 1940s? They had been there for quite a long time! Many generations and for no fault of their own suddenly they were thrown into a war zone and then a refugee camp and / or a ghetto.

      Gosh, why would they be upset about that!?!!?

      And someone makes the modest proposal that both peoples should learn to live together and naturally idiots and both sides work very hard to make that impossible.

      It’s fascinating that the Jewish god makes promises that it expects people who don’t worship it to keep.

      • A REAL American

        No, I don’t know the difference between one date in time and a previous date in time. And the relevance you put on one date in time is completely arbitrary. Why pick 1940, why not pick 1880 or 1787 or some other date? According to Ottoman and British population census from the time, the Jews were the majority population in Western Palestine prior to the British White Paper in the 1920′s which limited Jewish emigration but did nothing to halt Arab in-migration from other areas of the Levant. So much of the population that you ASSume lived in “palestine” before 1948 was drawn to this area in the 1920′s because of the artificial need for workers caused by the British White Paper.

        So why not pick 1920? And force everyone who wasn’t in the land prior to 1920 to return to their homes outside Palestine and then the people who have the majority population can decide who can emigrate back to the land?

        No piece of earth is occupied by its aboriginal owner. Every piece of Earth can be challenged. In most cases the previous owners were wiped out by the conquerors, so very few people are around to make a claim (see the Native American’s for a good example). The exception to this general rule is the Jews–we are still around, we are the aboriginal owners of this land and we never relinquished this claim or abandoned the land.

        So the question remains, when exactly does one group’s aboriginal rights end and a later group’s subsequent “aboriginal” rights begin? It seems to me either you recognize ORIGINAL aboriginal rights or you don’t recognize any aboriginal rights–but you cannot recognize a later groups claim for aboriginal rights which negate or violate the aboriginal rights of the earlier group. In other words Palestinians cannot claim to be aboriginal, because the Jews are aboriginal–so you have to either accept the Jewish claim or reject all claims, but you cannot simply arbitrarily claim a date in time and say anyone here at this time is aboriginal and anyone or preceded them is NOT. If the Palestinians and their apologist want to make this fictitious claim then the have to be prepared to relinquish this claim to any group (the Jews) who are capable of making an earlier claim.

        In order to acknowledge a Palestinian claim on aboriginal rights–you have to completely ignore the millions of people who lived in this exact same spot before them who have a prior claim that supersedes the Palestinian claim. In which case you are simply making things up as you go along in order to fit a predetermined narrative. Which is exactly what the Palestinians and their apologists do on a daily basis.

        HISTORICAL CORRECTION: The Jews never left Israel/Palestinia/Southern Syria/Aelia Capitolina or whatever other name you want to refer to this area as. While many Jews were removed from the land by the Romans, many Jews stayed and/or turned other areas of Israel into centers of learning which are well documented in history. The Palestinians and their apologist simply ignore all of this because it is inconvenient to their bogus claims. The fact of the matter is Jews never gave up on their claim to the land and over the centuries the Jews returned to the land. Israel and its Jewish residents have a biblical, historical, legal and political claim to all of the land in Southern Syria/Western Palestine not specifically owned by an individual or organization holding a valid registered land deed. The “palestinian” Arabs who occupy parts of the West Bank and Gaza are the remnants of later day Arab conquerors who usurped the land from the Jews and Christians (after the Christians usurped the land from the Arabs who usurped the land from….), not aboriginals. The Arabs who now claim to be part of a “palestinian” nationality invented by Yasser Arafat are the decedents of nomads, share croppers, migrants farmers and squatters–most of whom lived and worked on land that didn’t belong to them. The registered owners of much of this land sold the land to Jews in the 1880′s which is why there is some confusion from Arab families who lived on land that never legally belonged to them.

        There should be one thing we can agree on. Arabs who can show a valid land deed are fully entitled to the land they own or fair compensation for the land (as would be the case in any westernized nation). But the overall “palestinian” national claim to land not specifically owned with a valid deed has no legal basis. There was no “palestinian” entity prior to Yasser Arafat’s invention of it. And for the record, Arafat was born in Cairo and never lived in Palestine or Israel prior to the signing of the Oslo Accords. Even using the extremely ill defined UN definition of a Palestinian, I have the same valid claim as Arafat. I have family who lived in Palestine prior to 1948 and I spent a summer there like he did. Am I Palestinian too?? If Arafat was, so am I.

        Lets take a moment to look beyond aboriginal (and false aboriginal) claims and look at the conquest of the land. The land was taken from the Jewish people by conquest. The Jews never relinquished rights to the land. The Arabs subsequently took this land by conquest. All Arab claims of land ownership not made by individuals are by conquest. But the Arabs lost the land by conquest back to the Jews. Why are the Arab claims to ownership by conquest any more valid than the Jewish claims to the land by conquest??

        You can claim that the “palestinian” Arabs didn’t loose the war by conquest–but that would be a lie. Their representatives led by the Mufti of Jerusalem (Hitler’s buddy) started the war and they fought against their Jewish neighbors in 1948 and their representatives in Egypt, Jordan and Syria lost the land in 1967. But nationalism and borders are merely the rotting garbage left over in the middle east by 20th century colonialism. These ideas are completely foreign to the Middle East. There is no difference in nationality between a Palestinian and an Egyptian or a Jordanian or a Syrian or an Iraqi. They all share a common culture, language and prior to colonialism a national identity as simply Arabs.

        The land that became Israel was won in a war started by the Arab League’s invasion following their refusal to accept UN partition plan. The resulting armistice lines at the conclusion of the war were not intended to be permanent borders so they are completely irrelevant. The UN partition plan that the Arabs rejected did not have the binding force of law, it was merely a suggestion by the UN committee and it became null and void when it was rejected and it became completely obsolete in the subsequent war of 1948.The rest of the land exchanged hands in the 1967 war started by Arab expulsion of the UN peace keepers and troop movements towards the border areas in violation of previous armistice agreements. According to international conventions, the resolution of the land must be negotiated by the legal parties to this conflict—Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Israel (the Palestinians were not invented yet). Egypt and Jordan have subsequently withdrawn any legal claims to the land, so in lieu of another legal claimant, the land reverts back to its original status–which in this case would be the UN Mandate to create a Jewish state in Western Palestine. Again, the UN Partiion Plan did not have the force of law since it was rejected, so there is no possible Palestinian claim to be made. All of the possible parties to this conflict, the UN, the League of Nations, the Great Britain (UK) and the Ottoman empire have either relinquished or disposed of their claim or are no longer a functioning entity. Israel is under no obligation to turn over any state land to any party that was not engaged in this conflict. The Palestinians were not a legal party to the conflict and have no rights to the land (aside from individual rights to specific parcels of land owned with a legally valid land deed).

        • >The Palestinians were not a legal party to the conflict and have no rights to the land

          Yeah, they just lived there!

          You are a deeply silly person with tunnel vision.

          • No, they didn’t “just live there” they squatted there illegally on land they did not own and as remnants of a conquering party. Just as you would claim the “settlers” are doing now.

            Its amazing how liberals/progressives have absolutely no ability to engage in a nuanced argument. The world is NOT black or white–there are shades of grey in-between. For example, there is a world of difference between individuals (who have a land deed) and a contrived nationality that is not a party to a conflict, therefore by international law, they have no claim to the land in question. The individuals with a land deed have the rights to the land they own, the quasi-governmental terrorists organization does not.

            I might be a deeply silly person with tunnel vision, but you are a mindless fool who cannot get a single fact correct to save your life.

  • Wow, Ron Torossian may be the CEO of a leading Public Relations firm (no longer the fifth largest?) but he seems pretty clueless about irony.

    It’s so cute, arguing that people should live wherever they want irregardless of religion so please, Muslims GTFO of Israel!

    >I wonder how Americans would feel if American Indians showed up to their homes and their local police departments wouldn’t evacuate squatters, even after court appearances ?

    Uh, you do know that America actually has made an effort to address the wrongs committed to the aboriginal people’s whose land was stolen by past generations?

    See what I mean? No concept of irony, I suppose that’s a plus in the world of PR.

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