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Anthony Weiner Takes on BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith Over ‘Occupied Territories’ Term

March 30, 2014 2:04 pm 13 comments

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Disgraced former New York congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner on Saturday went up against a Jewish BuzzFeed honcho who said he sees no problem with using the term “occupied territories” when describing disputed areas under Israel’s control.

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted on Saturday, “I don’t think ‘occupied territories’ is actually a disputed term. Yikes.” Weiner, who is also Jewish, retorted, tweeting, “yeah it is. Is Gaza ‘occupied’ since Israel withdrew?”

The exchange came  in response to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s controversial use of the term, and the uproar that followed, in a speech he gave Saturday.

The phrase is rejected by Israel and the Jewish state’s supporters who see it as representing the Arab position in the ongoing Israeli-Arab conflict.

Christie has since apologized for his remarks, Politico reported.


  • weiner needs to get a nose job so he doesn’t have to do the straight on photos. but if he does a side view his giant schnozz distorts the image. poor dude.

  • Kris Kristianstian

    Time for Israel to stop using the term “occupied”
    It is not occupied by Israel.
    It was OCCUPIED by Egypt and Jordan in 1948 war.
    They lost these terrirtories in 1967. Israel regained what G-D gave the Jews. It was also given to the Jews by League of Nations. This has never been abrogated.

    Unfortunately, Churchill, for Arab oil, cut up Israel and created Jordan and other areas to satisfy the Arabs.

    Why is the world sucking up to the Arabs?

    The Arabs are massacring Christians in Egypt, Syria, Sudan and most other Islamic countries.
    Yet, the only country in the ME where Christians are safe, have the smae rights as the Jews, is Israel
    The only country in the ME where the Christian population is growing.


    • Right on, Kris!

    • I have plus or minus 17 years of formal Torah training including graduating from Yeshiva College YU and Bar Ilan University in Israel. I lived in Israel quite a few years and married a Tzabarit who served in the Israeli Air force, my Sergeant, in a front line unit. During the Six Day War I was in a civilian defense unit not far from the Gaza Strip.
      When I was a teen religious Zionist I was taught that after the destruction of the Temple and our expulsion by the Romans we took an oath that we should be allowed to live in Israel but that we would never try to control it by force. That the only religious legitimacy to establish the State of Israel and defend it by force was by agreement of the nations in the UN. They never not from the agree to us taking any of the area in the occupied territory call it Yehuda and Shomron if you like but we are there now by force. ( I am sure that someone will come up with some Purim Torah to refute this.)

      Even during the time of the Torah our Kings and prophets we never controlled the entire country. Never. We were promised the land by Hashem from the Euphraties to the Nile. Is that also the goal of the settlers.

      I hope that someday Hashem will feel fit to allow us to the settle the entire land but without war and force nor the need oppress our Arab neighbors, the children of Issacs brother Ishmael; and without Ishmael’s children, our Arab neighbors the Palestinians feeling a need to fight back. It probably will not come until the days of Mashiach.

      I as a Jew can not put the land as such a superior value that it justifies oppressing others. I love the land as much as others, but I can wait longer. Out of the same love for the land as the love and freedom Bar Kochba had, the settlers will bring the whole nation down upon us, just as Bar Kochba did. They have already given legitimacy to open anti-semitism in the US, something that I never though I would see. In Europe maybe but in the U.S. never. Hidden remnants maybe but open on our TV and in public debates, I have the settlers to blame for creating the atmosphere here in the U.S. which allows it to become so blatant and growing. I never thought that I would see it in my lifetime, on American TV, but the occupation feeds it; Look at what the Jews are doing. I have no justification to explain why Israelis are trying to keep all the land even if it means apartheid. The settlers and there backers seem to desire to live in perpetual war and if necessary go down in a blaze of fire defending every inch as did Bar Kochba and his supporters. Let’s not forget Massada.

      I prefer to seek peace even if it means for the meantime having to live without all of Yehuda and Shomron for now.

      Golda Meir called the west bank occupied, she meant occupied Jordauntil peace with Jordan. She also said there is no such thing as a Palestinian people. She was right about occupation and has been proven so wrong about the lack of a Palestinian people. The settlers hopefully will be proven quickly wrong too, before the entire Jewish people have to pay the price for their extreme nationalism and religious fervor.

      Oh yes who the hell cares what the pervert the weiner thinks or says and why would any responsible Jewish news source cover his comments. I guess this news source is not responsible. I guess when it comes to Yehuda and Shomron the support of perverts is welcome.

  • The West Bank of the Jordanian Kingdom was signed over to Israeli military occupation in 1970. Since then this geographic area plus Gaza has been collectively known as Palestine. Right wing Israelis refer to this area as Judea and Samaria, the West Bank not Gaza.

    Confused? Join the rest of the world. As an openly pro-Israeli, non-Jewish New Zealander I am continually held to account for my opinions. Usually I fall back on the standard arguement of Israel as a democratic, rule of law state. Also a western aligned nation. Not Syria, Iraq or even Lebanon.

    Semantics aside until Israel and the non-Jewish geographic areas, not Israel proper, sort some geographic political solution this ‘label’ propaganda war will continue. Wiener or no Weiner.

  • now if he can only get rid of his arab bitch Huma and her little muslima and can get cured of his sexual perversions, he might just become the nice Jewish boy he could be!

  • Ben Smith has demonstrated that he has no understanding and no regard for the truth.

    He should be fired immediately

  • Anthony Weiner has more brains than most others.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    “I’m just an empty, soulless vessel” – Anthony Weiner

  • Wallace Edward Brand, JD Harvard, 1957

    I have occupied my home since 1964, 3 years before Israel occupied the area Jordan had illegally occupied on the west bank of the Jordan. There is nothing immoral or illegal about my occupation. I own the house.

    My occupation is not a belligerent occupation. That is one in which the previous occupant had sovereignty. (See Article 43 of the 4th Hague Convention of 1907.)

    Israel’s occupation is not a belligerent occupation as Israel took it from Jordan, an illegal occupier who did not have sovereignty because it won the territory in an aggressive war in 1948. Under international law, one who wins property in an aggressive war is not recognized as its sovereign. Not even the other Arab countries in the Arab League recognized Jordan as having sovereignty over territory on the West Bank of Jordan River.

    In 1967, when Israel won the territory in a defensive war, it still was the owner of the political rights to Palestine west of the Jordan. Its ownership of those political rights had been recognized by the Principal Allied War Powers at San Remo in 1920 and had been recognized by 53 states in 1922 when they approved the Palestine Mandate, in treaties. These rights were preserved in Article 80 of the UN Charter and under the legal doctrine of acquired rights, now codified. Initially, the Jewish People had only an equitable interest in those rights, intended to vest when the Jews in Palestine attained a population majority in the area it would rule and the capability to exercise sovereignty. See Although Judea and Samaria are under military occupation, the best characterization of them since 1967 is “liberated” when they returned to the dominion of their owner. East Jerusalem has been annexed by Israel and is subject to Israeli civil and criminal laws. The term “occupied” as applied to East Jerusalema, referring to a military occupation, is only useful for propaganda purposes.

  • Actually, Gaza is under Hamas’s occupation, and won’t be liberated until Jewish life is restored there.

  • An American Jew

    The correct LEGAL term is DISPUTED TERRITORIES. Occupied is a pejorative term that has no basis in international law since the “palestinian” Arabs rejected the relevant UN resolutions and neither Egypt or Jordan ever held legal possession of these territories.

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