The Big Lie
FOREWORD to the article The Big Lie:
During the month of
November my son Stefan and I were visiting London, Switzerland and
Germany. We encountered great ignorance with regards to the reasons
for the Middle East conflict, the war in Iraq, and their connections
to global issues. Opinions especially about the role of Israel were
not related to reality but had their roots in emotional bias created
by a hostile environment of media and government information regarding
the United States and Israel. Very few Europeans realize that the
attack on Israel is part of the attack on the United States and the
whole of Western civilization and therewith on them.
According to a recent survey about 80% of
the German people thought that Israel was the greatest danger to world
peace. In London the British Political Cartoon Society awarded the
first price in a competition to an artist whose cartoon showed a naked
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon eating a Palestinian. A Swiss friend
asked me how the Americans could live with developments in Iraq,
referring to the nearly daily new casualties of American soldiers.
"What do you mean?" I returned her question, "naturally
nobody likes a war, but the majority of the American people get even
more determined to see that battle through. "So", she came
back, "the Americans want to continue imposing their will on the
Iraqi people?" That line of thinking had been fed to her by
somebody. In most discussions of this nature there was no mentioning
of those millions of Iraqis who are grateful for the liberation from a
cruel and totalitarian regime. When I spoke to a Lions Club in Germany
one of the members said to my hosts, "if Mr. von Campe is going
to defend Mr. Bush I shall leave the room."
There definitely is a global smear
campaign of Israel, George W. Bush and "the Americans"
afoot. It is created for power purposes of those forces who want to
bring the United States to their knees. I shall come back to this
theme in one of my next articles. Today with the following article I
want to set the record straight on Israel.
The Big Lie
by Sharon Nader Sloan, a Lebanese-American
"The West Bank is
occupied Palestinian land." This phrase is repeated, as a given,
by all the governments of the world and by the entire news media,
This idea that the West Bank is occupied
Palestinian land has been accepted by almost everyone. Yet, it is, in
fact, the greatest lie ever perpetrated on the whole of humanity.
If you think this is an outlandish
statement please read on and decide for yourself.
Palestinians claim that Palestine is
their land, and that Jerusalem is their capital, and that Israel is
occupying their land. To resist occupation they have the right to send
suicide bombers into crowded bus stations, pizza parlors, etc., and
kill innocent men, women, and children. And all Arab and Muslim
countries support them in their claims and actions against Israel.
Because of this occupation of Palestinian
land by Israel, because of this crime committed against their
Palestinian brothers, all Arabs hate Israel and want to destroy it.
To anyone who is familiar with the facts,
and has an objective eye, all this must be fascinating. Because never
before has a complete lie, on such a large scale, been so successful.
First, if Arab animosity toward Israel is
based on their love and support for their Palestinian brothers, and in
wanting their Palestinian brothers to have their own state, where was
that love and support before the Jewish state existed? Where were they
when the Kingdom of Jordan ruled Palestine? Why were they not accusing
Jordan of occupying Palestinian land? Why did not the Arab world and
the United Nations call on Jordan to stop occupying Palestinian land?
Second, where were the Palestinians themselves, with all their
grievances and claims, when Jordan occupied the whole West Bank,
Did you know that? Did you know that for
19 years Jordan occupied and ruled the whole West Bank, including
Jerusalem? Why didn't they clamor for a Palestinian state then?
All this time, did we hear a word about
Palestine being occupied by the Kingdom of Jordan? Did we hear
anything about a Palestinian state? Or about Jerusalem being the
capital of Palestine? No, we did not. Why not? Because there never
existed a Palestinian state.
And in the entire history of nations,
Jerusalem was never the capital of any country other than that of
ancient Israel and modern Israel. So how can there be a claim on
Jerusalem as the capital of a state that never existed?
One of the problems here is that so few
people know the history of the world. Hence, lies and more lies,
repeated often enough, are assumed to be facts.
I have heard many scholars, including an
Arab journalist, question the very notion of a Palestinian people.
What, they ask, makes a people? Well, there are three elements that
define a people: language, religion, and culture. For example, the
Chinese and Japanese are both Oriental. Still, they are two different
peoples, because they each have a different language, a different
religion, and a different culture.
The Palestinians speak the same language,
follow the same religion, and manifest the same culture as all the
other Arabs. They are really Arabs who happen to live in a region
Palestine is not, and never was, the name
of a country, or the name of a people.
It is the name of a region - just like
Siberia is a region, not a country. There is no Siberian country, nor
is there a Siberian people. It is a region. Just like the Sahara is a
region, not a country. There is no Saharan country, nor is there a
Saharan people. The Arabs living in that region are Libyans,
Moroccans, etc., etc. It is a region.
Because Palestine is a region, not a
country, England was able to carve out half of it and give it to the
Arabs living on the other side of the Jordan River and call it the
Kingdom of Jordan. Because Palestine is a region the United Nations
was able to divide the rest of it between the Jews and the Arabs
living there. Had the Arabs accepted the United Nations resolution
there would have been a newly created Arab state called Palestine.
Instead they rejected the United Nations compromise and went to war to
destroy Israel. They lost the war. Hence, no Palestinian state.
Here are some cold facts.
King David built the city of Jerusalem,
and King Solomon, David's son, built the holy temple. This
commonwealth of Israel lasted for a thousand years. There was only one
break, when, 400 years after King David, the Babylonian invaders
occupied the land for 70 years. Then, with the help of Cyrus the Great
of Persia - yes, Persia - Israel came back to the land, rebuilt the
temple, and ruled for another 600 years.
Then the Romans came and ruled the land,
then the Crusaders ruled the land, then the Ottoman Empire ruled the
land, then the British Empire ruled the land, then Israel returned to
its homeland and built a modern Jewish state. It was never - repeat,
never - a Palestinian state. So what is all this talk about occupied
They certainly have a right to live there
freely and happily. Nobody wants to move them away from their land.
But from where comes the right for a Palestinian state? Is it because
they live there?
Imagine, if the Mexican-American
community in California, whose numbers are greater than the number of
Palestinians in the West Bank, decides tomorrow to claim that the
United States is occupying their land, because they live there and
they want their own Mexican state. Imagine, if when the U.S.
government says, "No, you can live here but you cannot have
sovereignty, you cannot have your own state," they start sending
suicide bombers, shooters, mortars, etc., etc. into the rest of the
country, what do you think would happen?
This is precisely why there was never any
suggestion of a Palestinian state; not under the Romans, not under the
Crusaders, not under the Turks, not under the English, and not under
the Arab Kingdom of Jordan, not until after Israel was again
established in its homeland.
I believe it is the big lie of our
generation and we are all buying into it.
Whatever you believe, don't you think
these facts deserve to be raised when discussing Middle East policies?
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