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January 1, 2017 8:13 am

Israel Is Not the Occupier

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The settlement bloc of Ariel in the West Bank (Judea-Samaria). Photo: Wikipedia.

The settlement bloc of Ariel in the West Bank (Judea-Samaria). Photo: Wikipedia.

This past summer, the section of the Republican Party’s platform on Israel included a key statement made in anticipation of President Obama’s betrayal of our great ally: “We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier.”

The United Nations Security Council’s passage of Resolution 2334, an outrageous act of hostility personally engineered by President Barack Obama against the state of Israel, has rightly evoked great anger across all parts of the American political spectrum.

Given the anticipated effects of Resolution 2334, this policy statement is critical as it represents the central tenet of what will now unquestionably be the policy of the Trump administration and the pro-Israel community.

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“Occupier” is nothing more than a polite way of calling Israel a thief, suggesting that Jewish invaders colonized territory belonging to the Arabs — territory that therefore must be restored to its rightful, victimized owners. The term is intentionally misused against Israel in order to shape negative misperceptions of its history and legitimacy, while perpetuating a sense of Palestinian-Arab victimhood. To suggest that the Jews are occupiers in a region that has been known as Judea for over 3,000-plus years is no less ridiculous than to suggest that Arabs are occupiers in Arabia.

“Occupier” is a legal term whose definition does not apply to Israel under the law. Israel’s legal title and rights to all of its present territory stem directly from an act of international law made in the post-World War I San Remo Agreement, which was then further recognized and incorporated in subsequent binding acts — from the Covenant of the League of Nations all the way through Article 80 of the United Nations’ charter. None of the national and political rights recognized as inherit to the Jewish people have ever been revoked, nullified or superseded by a subsequent act of international law.

The lie of occupation has become essential to anti-Israel forces in the Mideast and around the world, as they persist in efforts to deny and undermine the rights — and indeed the very existence — of the Jewish national home. It is no coincidence, therefore, that Resolution 2334 was entirely predicated on this vicious lie.

The lie of occupation also gives Israel’s enemies a basis to justify terrorism as merely “resistance to occupation.” The antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) uses the word as often as possible in its messaging, all the while carrying out acts of political and economic warfare upon Israel and her supporters. Thus, it is clear that promoting the common misrepresentation of the Jewish state as an occupier in the land of Israel has become the primary antisemitic canard of the present generation. This lie helps whitewash violence against Israeli Jews, and leads directly to the antisemitic delegitimization and demonization of, and application of double standards to, Israel.

The peace process aimed at ending the Arab war on Israel was originally motivated by the basic idea that two incompatible peoples have unfortunately found themselves residing in the same space, and that it is desirable to see them disengaged for the sake of peace. This was the intention of President George W. Bush, and those Israeli prime ministers who chose the path of proposing a two-state solution.

Those who listen carefully will find that hostile actors have emerged who exploit support for the peace process in order to promote the lie of occupation. This is the tactic of J Street, President Obama and most member-states of the United Nations, all of whom regularly speak of Israel as an occupier and wrongly refer to parts of Israel as being territorially illegitimate.

The forwarding of the two-state solution by those who support the lie of occupation, like Barack Obama, simultaneously signals an inherent indictment of Israel as a criminally guilty party.

Donald Trump rejects the false notion that Israel is an occupier, and wholeheartedly helped lead the important expression of policy made by the Republican Party platform on the matter. He has repeatedly made the promise that, as president, he will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of Israel.

Among the top priorities of President-elect Trump in his first 100 days will be the passage of a major bill attacking commercial discrimination aimed at Israel and its territories, which will follow the lead of 15 states that have already done so. The new administration is clearly prepared to prevent financial engagement with parties who would inflict economic harm upon Israeli and American businesses via discrimination promoted by the likes of Resolution 2334 and the BDS movement.

The most immediate means of disarming the malicious intent of President Obama’s Resolution 2334 is to support President Trump and the incoming Congress’ efforts to pass such legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Israel, and many of our other democratic allies around the world, are counting on us.

Alan Clemmons is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He was the primary author of the current GOP Platform section regarding Israel. In 2015, he was the originating sponsor of the country’s first state anti-BDS legislation. A version of this article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post.

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  • Amos

    Read, The Jews, Nationalism and the Universalist Ideal, by J. David.
    For a thorough account of the damage the leftist agenda has done to the Jewish people and Israel through history and today.
    The entire dialectic of portraying Jewish-Arab relations as a social justice issue was created by the left.
    The world view that Israel is an occupier in its own land was aided and abetted by the left.

  • Amos

    Read:The Jews, Nationalism and the Universalist Ideal, by J. David.
    For a thorough account of the damage the leftist agenda has done to the Jewish people and Israel through history and today.
    The entire dialectic of portraying Jewish-Arab relations as a social justice issue was created by the left.
    The world view that Israel is an occupier in its own land was aided and abetted by the left.

  • Amos

    Below is a discussion I had with a professor in Israel about how to improve international perception of Israel. I began by quoting his article.

    Joshua David ·
    “The world’s “zero tolerance” to any deviation of the Jewish State from the Ten Commandments (and its moral-related derivatives, as expounded in the Torah and later expanded by Jewish prophets and in Jewish scholarship), has always been for me personally both a source of annoyance and irritation and at the same time also source for hope and optimism.”
    You have it all wrong. The world doesn’t care about micromanaging Israel’s morals. The enemies of Israel are just using the effective dialectic laid out for them by the Jewish and Israeli left who transform all ethnic relations/politicking between Arabs and Israelis into a social justice issue.
    Through the social justice dialectic THE LEFT in Israel has created the entire concept that Israel should not exist as a Jewish state because that is immoral.
    Coupled with this fact is that the LEFT has long dominated Israel’s cultural and intellectual elite even when there has been a right wing government.
    In short, Israelis and Jews are fairly inept when it comes to ethnic politicking.
    They have failed to self affirm and represent Israel and their own Hebrew semitic culture in an effective way and instead believe that the world will extrapolate what they should because the dead sea scrolls are in Hebrew.
    The world and people do not connect dots on their own. Jews and Israelis have to fully explain who they are and why they exist and utterly depart from the dialectic of representing ethnic politicking as a social justice or moral issue.
    Like · Reply · 21 hrs · Edited

    Haim Shore · Professor at Ben-Gurion University
    Your comment is not contradictory to the contents of my post: I describe a certain state-of-affairs (“Zero tolerance”), you address the cause (the LEFT, in your opinion). Yet, do you think that the LEFT (in your parlance) would be so successful convincing “the world” to exercise “zero tolerance” towards the Jewish state unless “the world” already knew what the message of the Jewish people, for over three thousand years history, had been? Therefore, I cannot accept your thesis that lack of knowledge or failure to “self affirm and represent Israel and their own Hebrew semitic culture in an effective way” is the root cause of the problem.
    Like · Reply · 9 hrs

    Joshua David ·
    I’m not surprised you are unwilling to align.
    First you say what I wrote is not contradictory to what you wrote.
    Then you claim that because the left is so, “successful convincing “the world” to exercise “zero tolerance” towards the Jewish state…”
    That means, “”the world” already knew what the message of the Jewish people… had been?”
    I am referring to effective ethnic/national politicking; not whether the world is aware of the fruits of our cultural legacy. You have such a foggy notion of what ethnic/national politicking is. The world will not link that fact of the historic Jewish message to the world with the acceptance of our nation on the contemporary world stage. There has to be constant affirmative and explanatory ethnic/national representation.
    What you are saying would be similar to a Mexican in the USA saying that because Americans love Mexican food, music, culture and design that Mexicans as a people are therefore well represented and accepted.
    That is an utterly false assumption.
    A foreign nation can love Mexican food, music, culture and design and still be completely ignorant about Mexicans–the people–.
    Furthermore, I wrote in my first comment the left, “…believe that the world will extrapolate what they should because the dead sea scrolls are in Hebrew. The world and people do not connect dots on their own.”
    Your response to me exactly proved my point. You think the world connects the dots and that the pieces are so obvious that people put the pieces together on their own.
    I promise you with all the certainty of death and taxes that in politics people DO NOT connect the dots. They DO NOT put the pieces together. As obvious as the pieces may seem to you.
    For acceptance on the world stage Israel needs effective, affirmative ethnic/national representation. Forget about the constant need to justify morality. It is a red herring.
    I know you will say but but but…for a thousand years. But….I promise you. I am correct and you are WRONG.
    Like · Reply · 3 hrs · Edited

  • Amos

    Below I have posted a dialogue with Haim Shore described as: a tenured full professor of the Department of industrial Engineering and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His research concentrates on quality and reliability engineering and on statistical modeling. He owns five academic degrees and has published six books and scores of articles and book chapters.

    Joshua David ·
    “The world’s “zero tolerance” to any deviation of the Jewish State from the Ten Commandments (and its moral-related derivatives, as expounded in the Torah and later expanded by Jewish prophets and in Jewish scholarship), has always been for me personally both a source of annoyance and irritation and at the same time also source for hope and optimism.”
    You have it all wrong. The world doesn’t care about micromanaging Israel’s morals. The enemies of Israel are just using the effective dialectic laid out for them by the Jewish and Israeli left who transform all ethnic relations/politicking between Arabs and Israelis into a social justice issue.
    Through the social justice dialectic THE LEFT in Israel has created the entire concept that Israel should not exist as a Jewish state because that is immoral.
    Coupled with this fact is that the LEFT has long dominated Israel’s cultural and intellectual elite even when there has been a right wing government.
    In short, Israelis and Jews are fairly inept when it comes to ethnic politicking.
    They have failed to self affirm and represent Israel and their own Hebrew semitic culture in an effective way and instead believe that the world will extrapolate what they should because the dead sea scrolls are in Hebrew.
    The world and people do not connect dots on their own. Jews and Israelis have to fully explain who they are and why they exist and utterly depart from the dialectic of representing ethnic politicking as a social justice or moral issue.
    I would like to add: I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Canada. Pretty well every Jewish person I have ever known has declared their esteem and self regard for morals and being a moral person.
    None of them were any better than just a normative person in reality and a good number were utterly self-promoting nihilists who still chirped on about morals and how moral they were. Its nonsense, manipulative BS which costs the Jews and Israel alot on the world stage.
    Brethern, time to learn a thing or two about effective politicking!
    Read `The Jews, Nationalism and the Universalist Ideal’.
    Like · Reply · 21 hrs · Edited

    Haim Shore · Professor at Ben-Gurion University
    Your comment is not contradictory to the contents of my post: I describe a certain state-of-affairs (“Zero tolerance”), you address the cause (the LEFT, in your opinion). Yet, do you think that the LEFT (in your parlance) would be so successful convincing “the world” to exercise “zero tolerance” towards the Jewish state unless “the world” already knew what the message of the Jewish people, for over three thousand years history, had been? Therefore, I cannot accept your thesis that lack of knowledge or failure to “self affirm and represent Israel and their own Hebrew semitic culture in an effective way” is the root cause of the problem.
    Like · Reply · 9 hrs

    Joshua David ·
    I’m not surprised you are unwilling to align.
    First you say what I wrote is not contradictory to what you wrote.
    Then you claim that because the left is so, “successful convincing “the world” to exercise “zero tolerance” towards the Jewish state…”
    That means, “”the world” already knew what the message of the Jewish people… had been?”
    I am referring to effective ethnic/national politicking; not whether the world is aware of the fruits of our cultural legacy. You have such a foggy notion of what ethnic/national politicking is. The world will not link that fact of the historic Jewish message to the world with the acceptance of our nation on the contemporary world stage. There has to be constant affirmative and explanatory ethnic/national representation.
    What you are saying would be similar to a Mexican in the USA saying that because Americans love Mexican food, music, culture and design that Mexicans as a people are therefore well represented and accepted.
    That is an utterly false assumption.
    A foreign nation can love Mexican food, music, culture and design and still be completely ignorant about Mexicans–the people–.
    Furthermore, I wrote in my first comment the left, “…believe that the world will extrapolate what they should because the dead sea scrolls are in Hebrew. The world and people do not connect dots on their own.”
    Your response to me exactly proved my point. You think the world connects the dots and that the pieces are so obvious that people put the pieces together on their own.
    I promise you with all the certainty of death and taxes that in politics people DO NOT connect the dots. They DO NOT put the pieces together. As obvious as the pieces may seem to you.
    For acceptance on the world stage Israel needs effective, affirmative ethnic/national representation. Forget about the constant need to justify morality. It is a red herring.
    I know you will say but but but…for a thousand years. But….I promise you. I am correct and you are WRONG.
    Like · Reply · 3 hrs · Edited

    This dialogue is an example of why I included a chapter called, The Overrated Jewish Intellectual Tradition, in my book, The Jews, Nationalism and the Universalist Ideal, by J. David.

  • Bert

    Obama being a Muslim, has to do this, kick Israel in the gut on his way out, it is who he truly is, evil to the core. Hillary would have continued his agenda and therefore I personally believe God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, did not allow her to become president. As a Christian, and believing the Bible, NO ONE will ever defeat Israel. Israel trying to appease I guess, gave some the their land away to Palestine, as I hear, when you cross the line into Bethlehem, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, it’s basically become crapistan! One day, it will all be restored and once again a beautiful land, we all look forward to that day!

  • Local Arabs is the description of the Arabs in what was formerly known as the region of Palestine, which is the Land of Israel.
    It is an insult and it is promoting the perpetration of a fraud by calling the local Arabs nothing else than local Arabs. Prior to the mid sixties they were called Arabs all of a sudden they woke up one morning and decided in order to promote their fraud and deception to assume the title the Jews had since the Romans renamed the Land of Israel Palestine and Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina.
    YJ Draiman

    If the U.S. was conquered by various nations over a thousand years plus and than some outside forces helped Americans defeat the occupiers and regain its sovereignty and set up the American U.S. government again, would you consider the Americans as occupiers.
    I will take it a step further. Many Americans who were displace by the occupying forces in America were forced out of their homes and returned to the U.S., would you consider them occupiers or people returning to their homes.
    If Mexico which had numerous wars and battles with the U.S. decided to fire thousands of rockets against the U.S., would you tolerate it or you would demand your country respond with extreme force at all costs, no holds barred and stop this rockets and terror attacks against Americans and women and children.
    YJ Draiman

    The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words.”

    In all the Arab/Muslim countries there are maybe 500 Jews left with the exception of Morocco. But Israel has over one and one quarter of a million Arabs who live there in peace with all the benefits all Israelis receive. The Arabs have a Supreme court Justice in Israel and many Arab members of the Israeli Parliament, there are also Arab mayors and Arab Political parties. Can you show me any of this type of treatment of Jews in the Arab/Muslim countries? The Arabs/Muslims controlled and occupied Spain for over 700 years, how come they do not demand Spain as Arab/Muslim territories.
    The U.S. is fairly a new country in the past 250 years. All that occurred after Americans killed the American Indians who are the indigenous people of the Americas. The Americans fought numerous wars against Mexico and its occupiers and now claim Texas, California, etc. as their country. The same applies to numerous European countries and other countries throughout the world that have taken territories from other nations and now claim it as theirs. The Jews have a history with The Land of Israel going back over 3,000 years, two Jewish Temples with continuous habitation.

    YJ Draiman

  • Lia

    Defunding the morally and ethically bankrupt UN will also help.

  • watsa46

    Kurds are treated as 2nd class citizen by countries(Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq) denying them the right to a country. This is far worst than what is going on in Israel. Yet the West sees NO objection to the abject treatment imposed on the Kurds but insists on blackmailing Israel into submission. This is blatant western antisemitism of the worst kind. When will this hyper-hypocrisy stop?

  • Mr_Cohen

    Cornelius Tacticus, the famous Jew-hating Roman historian who lived from year 56 CE (approximately) to year 120 CE said:

    “Much of Judea is thickly studded with villages, and the Jews have towns as well.
    Their capital is Jerusalem. Here stood their Temple with its boundless riches.”

    MODERN SOURCE OF QUOTE:
    The Western World (page 141)
    by Pearson Custom Publishing, year 2009 CE

    ORIGINAL SOURCE OF QUOTE:
    The Histories by Tacitus, The Jews (Book 5), paragraph 8 of 13.

    LOGICAL DEDUCTIONS FROM THIS QUOTE:

    {1} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jews trace their historical origins to the Land of Israel.

    {2} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jerusalem is the historical capital of the Jewish state.

    {3} Muslims are LYING when they deny that the Jewish Temple existed in Jerusalem.

    {4} Notice that Tacticus mentioned Judea, NOT Palestine.

    {5} Tacticus never mentioned the Palestinian people, even though he wrote much about Jews and their land, because there were no Palestinian people in his time.

  • Lin Olson

    Obama and Kerry are nothing but a bunch of anti Israel thugs. I remember when Obama was running, and his wife said, “For the first time in my life, I am proud to be an American.” I can honestly say, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American, because of the Kerry speech and Obama’s vote for this resolution. Blood is on their hands. Build Israel, BUILD!

  • jdledell

    If Israel is not the occupier then it should give all those Palestinians citizenship and the right to vote.

    • yehudit

      Arabs who live in Israel do have the right to vote, and have always had the right to vote. Every Knesset since thr beginning of the State has had Arab members and reoresentativrs from Arab political parties.

  • SAWolf

    “Law”, is only being used as a pretext by the arabs to obtain what they could not obtain on the battlefield. Won’t wash, annex the land and send those jordanian and egyptian squatters packing. We’ve already been blamed for Genocide(sic) even though the UN ‘s own measured GROWTH RATE of 2.25% for the,”palestinians”, refutes that libel.

  • The PLO is the occupier.

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