Defense of the Israeli People is firmly against all forms of anti-Semitism. This blog is particularly concerned about the rise of Palestinianism, which is a global anti-Semitic ideology comprising the combined efforts of Arab and Muslim communities, the Left, the Far Right, the media, the UN and NGOs. Its goal is the advancement of the absurdly false Palestinian narrative and the undermining of the world’s only Jewish state, which also happens to be the only democratic nation in the entire Middle East. Palestinianists use the weapons of delegitimization, defamation, disinformation, anti-Semitic propaganda, faked news footage and boycotts to achieve their aims. Palestinianists deny or falsify the Jewish people’s historical, legal (and biblical) ties to the land of Israel. As well as exposing this dangerous ideology, this blog also examines why the Left and the liberal media in the West either ignore or excuse Palestinian incitement, and why they exonerate the Palestinian Arabs of any historical or contemporary accountability for the crisis in the Middle East.
Amalekism: A hatred of the Jews that passes from one generation to the next. This hostility is entrenched in different nations, cultures and religions.
Anti-Semitism: A suspicion of, hatred toward, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their religion, heritage or ethnicity. Anti-Semitism can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome. It can be found almost anywhere in the world, even in places where there are no Jews. There is little agreement on why people hate “the Jews.” Various theories have been put forward (e.g. anti-Semitism can be explained on economic, political, theological, racial, cultural, social or ideological grounds) but none of them can explain why anti-Semitism is so persistent and so mutable.
Eretz Yisrael: Literally, the Land of Israel. This is a biblical name for the territory roughly corresponding to modern-day Israel, “the West Bank,” western Jordan and southern Lebanon.
Islamofascism: A violent and apocalyptic interpretation of Islam. It is antagonistic towards modernity; nostalgic for a lost golden age; fixated on real and/or imagined humiliations; xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist; anti-homosexual; anti-capitalist and anti-democratic. Islamofascists employ violence, terrorism and martyrdom to further their agenda of oppressing or destroying enemy populations (usually defined as “infidels”).
Israelophobia: Hysterical and irrational hatred of the State of Israel.
Jewish Nakba: The expulsion and/or flight of between 850,000 and 1,000,000 Jews from Arab and Muslim countries during the 1940s and 1950s.
Judeophobia: An irrational fear or hatred of the Jews.
Left-wing fascism: A violent far-left creed that mixes anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism and pro-Islamofascism. Left-wing fascists are antagonistic towards Israel and her supporters. They have legitimized a political style reminiscent of the Nazi brown shirts by waging a Kulturkampf (culture war) against Israel, the most notorious tactic being the boycott of Israeli individuals and companies.
New anti-Semitism: Denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination; applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation; using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis; drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis; holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.
Palestine: The name given to Judea (the former southern kingdom of Israel) by the Romans following the massacre and expulsion of Jews in 70 CE.
Palestinianism: A globalized anti-Semitic ideology that denies or falsifies the Jewish people’s historical, legal, and biblical ties to the land of Israel. Hence, Israel becomes Palestine; Jerusalem becomes al-Quds; Judea and Samaria become “the West Bank”; Bethlehem and Hebron become Palestinian heritage sites; the Shoah becomes the Nakba; the Mandate becomes the Occupation; the Palestinian Arabs become the “new Jews”; and Jesus the Jew becomes Jesus the Palestinian. Moreover, the Hebrew Bible is appropriated by (a) Christian anti-Zionists who use the text against the Jews, and (b) Muslims who interpret the scriptures from the viewpoint of the Quran. Palestinianism, which advances a fetishized and false image of Palestinian victimhood, is fought using the weapons of delegitimization, defamation, disinformation, anti-Semitic propaganda, faked news footage, boycotts, etc. In contrast, Palestinian terrorism and anti-Semitism are either excused or ignored, and the Palestinian leadership (past and present) is exonerated of any historical or contemporary accountability.
Pallywood: A portmanteau of “Palestinian” and “Hollywood”. A coinage used by media watchdogs to describe doctored or fake media footage created by Palestinians in an attempt to demonize Israel.
“The West Bank”: Disputed land that borders Israel and Jordan. Historically known as Judea and Samaria. Renamed “the West Bank” by the Jordanians after they annexed the territory in 1948. Israel gained control over the land during the Six-Day War of 1967.
Zionism: The national revival movement of the Jewish people. It holds that the Jews have the right to self-determination in their own national home, and the right to develop their national culture. Historically, Zionism strove to create a legally recognized national home for the Jews in their historical homeland. This goal was implemented by the creation of the State of Israel. Today, Zionism supports the existence of the state of Israel and helps to inspire a revival of Jewish national life, culture and language. Anti-Zionism: Hostility towards (a) the concept of Israel as a national homeland for Jews (b) the ideological underpinnings of the state and (c) the policies of Israel.
Top 20 Israel facts
1. The name “Israel” first appears on an Egyptian obelisk c. 1209 BCE. The twelve Israelite tribes, having escaped slavery in Egypt, settle in the land of Canaan between 1200 and 1000 BCE.
2. The word “Jew” comes from the word “Judean.” Judea was the name of the southern kingdom of Israel. In 70 CE, the Romans almost completely destroyed Jerusalem. The Romans, in an effort to de-Judaize the land, rename Judea as “Palestine.”
3. Palestine was the name given to a geographical area. The word “Palestinian” does not denote ethnicity. Before the State of Israel, everybody in the land was referred to as Palestinian – both Jew and Arab. There has never been State of Palestine on what is now Israel or “the West Bank.”
4. Before 1967, most Palestinian Arabs considered themselves to be part of a “Greater Syria.” Palestinian Arabs are ethnically and culturally identical to Arabs living in Jordan, Syria, Egypt etc.
5. Jews have had a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years. Jerusalem has always been considered the focus of Judaism and Jewish identity. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.
6. Jerusalem is mentioned at least 700 times in the Jewish scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Quran. During its occupation by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, no foreign Arab leader came to pray in the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.
7. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backsides toward Jerusalem.
8. The Palestinian Arabs were given their own state in 1923. It was called Transjordan, now simply Jordan. 70 per cent of Jordanians are Palestinian.
9. The Palestinian Arabs sided with Hitler in the Second World War. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem actively collaborated with the Nazis in an effort to bring the ‘Final Solution’ to the Middle East.
10. After the UN voted in favour of partitioning the land of Israel, 800,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab lands due to persecution and pogroms.
11. In the 1948 war, Arabs in Israel were encouraged to leave by their Arab leaders who promised to purge the land of Jews. Two-thirds of the Arab population evacuated. The remaining third were afforded Israeli citizenship rights. Today, 20 per cent of Israelis are Arabs.
12. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000.
13. It is well documented that many of the Palestinian Arabs who fled in 1947 and 1948 were recent economic migrants to the Holy Land. Even the UN, which is no friend of Israel, has acknowledged that many had only lived in Israel/Palestine for two years prior to Jewish independence.
14. The surrounding Arab nations have consistently refused to integrate the Palestinians, preferring to keep them in camps. The UN has perpetuated this problem by creating a unique agency for the Palestinians. Since 1971 and for nearly ten years, the UN General Assembly condemned Israel every year for trying to rehabilitate the refugees. This condemnation always had one requirement: “Send the refuges to the camps.”
15. UN Resolution 194 recommends that refugees wishing to return home and live in peace with their neighbors should be allowed to do so. This resolution was never applied. Not because of Israeli opposition but due to the unanimous rejection of the Arab governments. If the Arabs had accepted the resolution it would have meant the implicit recognition of Israel and the laying down of arms and compensation for Jewish refugees.
16. The name “the West Bank” is a geographical description coined by the Jordanians after they occupied the territory of Judea and Samaria in 1948. Judea and Samaria was part of the Second Jewish Commonwealth. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites on “the West Bank” were desecrated and the Jews were ethnically cleansed from the territory.
17. “The West Bank” is disputed territory, not occupied territory. Because the Palestinian Arabs rejected the 1947 partition plan, “the West Bank” is unclaimed UN Mandate land.
18. UN Security Council Resolution 242 does not call on Israel to withdraw from “the West Bank” but instead calls for a negotiated solution which would leave Israel with secure borders.
19. Following the 1993 Oslo accords, the Palestinians were given full control over 55% of “the West Bank” population and administrative control over a further 41% of the population.
20. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and has repeatedly offered to settle for a two-state solution. In the past 12 years, the Palestinian leadership has refused on two occasions the opportunity establish a state on “the West Bank.”