The Origin of
the Occupation Myth
The pernicious myth that
the State of Israel has been an Occupier of “Arab lands” since the
Six-Day War, comprising Judea, Samaria and Gaza, the Golan and
Sinai, originated, astonishingly enough, with the legal
establishment of the State, which could not fathom the fact that all
these territories were either integral regions of the Jewish
National Home or historically connected with the Land of Israel. The
jurist whose thinking on the subject principally led to the spread
of this evil myth was Meir Shamgar, the Military Advocate-General
from 1961 to 1968, subsequently the Attorney-General and President
of the Supreme Court. In the early 1960s he conceived of a plan of
action to be implemented in the event that Israel conquered what he
called “enemy territory” from the surrounding Arab states. Under
that plan, it was decided that the rules of international law
concerning warfare would be applied to any such territory instead of
Israeli law. To this end, he conducted special training courses for
platoon officers of the Military Advocate’s Corps to familiarize
these officers with the laws of war, particularly the Hague
Regulations of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which
they carried with them in “movable emergency kits”. In addition,
Shamgar prepared a manual for the military advocate giving precise
instructions and guidelines for the IDF to follow.
Shamgar’s plan came to
fruition in the Six-Day War when it was adopted by the Levi Eshkol
National Unity Government. A four-pronged military government was
set up to administer all the Jewish territories liberated from Arab
rule in 1967. The decision to set up a regime of military government
for these territories rather than to apply Israeli law is the reason
why the territories were logically considered “occupied territories”
by neutral or even friendly foreign opinion, as well as by a large
segment of Israeli society. The irony of the situation created by
the Six-Day War was that Israel was never obliged to apply the laws
of war to what were constituent parts of the Jewish National Home
and Land of Israel, since several international law documents dating
back to 1920 and 1922 had already recognized exclusive Jewish legal
rights over them. Moreover, two important Israeli constitutional
laws required the immediate application of Israeli law to all
liberated Jewish lands, namely, the Area of Jurisdiction and Powers
Ordinance of 1948, as well as the Law of Return of 1950. In ignoring
these constitutional laws and the leading precedent established in
the War of Independence when Israeli law was automatically applied
to areas beyond the U.N. Partition lines repossessed by the IDF,
Shamgar committed a staggering violation of the Rule of Law.
Two recent Supreme Court
judgments have taken Shamgar’s folly to new heights of absurdity.
The President of the Court, Aharon Barak, has ruled that Judea,
Samaria and Gaza are indeed governed by the rules of belligerent
occupation without naming the state or people whose land has been
occupied or noting when that state or people were recognized as the
sovereign of the land. As a result of his rulings, Barak has
completely undermined the Jewish legal case for the retention of
Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The only way to undo the tremendous legal
and political harm committed by Israel’s most eminent jurists is for
the Knesset to pass special legislation declaring that Judea,
Samaria and Gaza are not occupied territories, but rather the
national patrimony of the Jewish People in whose name the State of
Assimilation, Normalcy and Jewish Self-Hatred
Jews into the Gentile environment is often accompanied by a sense
that the Jews are abnormal. In its more advanced form, assimilation
entails both cultural and national dimensions, the sense of the Jews
being deviant, and a rejection of Jewish historical heritage or of
Israel as a nation. This latter phenomenon is called self-hatred or
Jewish anti-Semitism. Jewish self-hatred, while not a new
phenomenon, has moved from being a peripheral to being a central
manifestation in Jewish life today, along with the advance of
do not simply discard their cultural background when they come to
Israel, so that the problems of assimilation, a sense of Jewish
abnormality and even self-hatred, are found in Israel society as in
Jewish societies elsewhere. Emigration from Israel is one example of
the inroads of assimilation in Israel, in addition to the absence of
Jewish consciousness among many Jews in Israel, native-born and
others. Jews as individuals are as normal as members of other
groups, but the Jewish group thus far does not assimilate completely
into Gentile societies and retains its distinctiveness in varying
degrees, which can be construed as not being normal. Israel as a
nation has also manifested many signs of not being a normal nation
by reaching agreements with the PLO, a terrorist organization, when
these agreements contradict the basic rule of nations to protect the
safety and integrity of their populations, and to secure their
historical survival. Jewish self-hatred has challenged the
legitimacy of Israel as a nation, asserting that Israel should cease
to exist as a Jewish political entity. Israel’s survival depends
upon the success of its struggle against many external threats as
well as against the internal struggle with self-hating Jews.
Jews Against Israel
Israel by Israelis and Jews are frequently indistinguishable from
those by Gentiles. Among the specific aspects in the anti-Israel
writings of a number of Jews are the use of their family’s Holocaust
experiences, their references to being Jewish, or their mentioning
an association of some kind with Israel.
One can analyze
texts for their classic and new anti-Semitic elements without
knowing who their authors are. This method enables identification of
Jewish and Israeli anti-Semites, some of which are extreme ones.
Occasionally, even Jewish journals print essays of authors using
anti-Semitic arguments. There have been many rewards with
correspondingly limited penalties for some Jews who attack Israel.
assaults often use statements from Israeli or Diaspora Jewish
defamers as a way of legitimizing their attacks on Israel or Jews.
Furthermore, a small number of anti-Israel Jews enable the media to
present a Jewish community divided on key Israeli policy.
Anti-Semitic Jews have also become an important tool in the
anti-Israeli campaigns of Western media.
initiatives to discriminate against Israeli universities and
scholars are an important aspect of the new anti-Semitism. Among the
signatories and initiators of the various appeals shows Jews and
Israelis played an important role.
The question of
what drives Jewish and Israeli anti-Semites has only been partly
answered. Probably a variety of motives play a role in Jewish
self-hate. The phenomenon, known as the Stockholm Syndrome, is
however, not specifically Jewish or Israeli.
There remains a
substantial gap between the importance of the problem and the
attention given to it in the Jewish world. A more profound analysis
is required to assess the political, cultural, psychological, and
social aspects of the phenomenon.
Jews Against Zion
often give little consideration to the origins, philosophy and
ultimate goals of Jewish causes with which they associate and to
which they give. Under the assumption that all Jewish charities
support the right of the Jewish state to exist with freedom from
terror, Jewish individuals, groups and even some charitable
federations have supported benign and peaceful-sounding
organizations like the New Israel Fund, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Tikkun,
and Americans for Peace Now. They give funds, or a speaking
platform. They invite the groups to conferences. They sign their
petitions. Yet upon close examination, the agendas and records of
these groups indicate that their support for Israel is slender at
best. In fact, they support divestment of investments in Israel and
ethnic cleansing of Jews from everywhere outside Israel's 1948
Armistice boundaries, or Green Line, including Jerusalem.
Occasionally, the groups even associate with supporters of terror,
thereby doing Israel immeasurable harm.
reporter, Alyssa A. Lappen, takes a careful look at leftist Jewish
groups, their policies and actions. She concludes that it is no
longer safe to assume that all or even most American-Jewish groups
support Israel. The implication is that American-Jewish individuals
and leaders alike should be more cautious about which charities,
institutions and programs they support, both financially and
to Understand the Suicide Bombers Phenomenon
bomber’s phenomenon is an old one. It goes back to the Bible and to
Greek mythology. In the modern age, it was painted with some
religious colors especially during the Iran-Iraq War when tens of
thousands of zealous Iranian fearless boys stormed Iraqi
better-equipped strongholds shouting in the name of Allah. Soon this
blood-freezing phenomenon spilled over to the Arab-Israeli frontier
through the Shi`ite faction on the Lebanese front during the
A society that
produces suicide bombers in order to accomplish some of its
unachieved goals is a sick society. This culture is in a dreadful,
desperate position with a clear-cut feeling that there aren’t any
conventional weapons left for it.
yourself together with your enemy has been welcome in Palestinian
society since the Lebanese War (1983). The Palestinians accept it as
a supreme sacrifice. We, the Israelis, cannot understand nor accept
it. Since most of the study’s objects destroyed themselves, we were
left with nothing but to watch the rest of their close environment,
which created a dreadful model like them.
All this serves
as an overall explanation for the suicide bomber phenomenon, which
can be found in Islamic Eastern countries today more than in any
suicide bombers to their irreversible missions, the leaders uncover
fundamental weak points in Israeli Western society. They certainly
exploit Israeli humanism and show its inability to act as a Western
advanced society against terrorist infrastructure mixed with
civilian population, as mistakenly happened in the Salah Shchade’s
case when Israeli planes gunned him down together with his innocent
tries to characterize the suicide bomber’s profile. Despite many
attempts made by Western intelligence agencies, they cannot reach an
unambiguous profile. The main common characteristic is that it grows
and flourishes from terrorists encouraging and fostering society.
The article also deals with identifying and mobilizing suicide
bombers. The vital link in the suicidal chain is undoubtedly the
mobilizers. They can identify weak and helpless characters and
propose to them to become Shahids. They even portray Paradise
as their reward for this noble act, linked together with their
survivors’ earthly rewards, which for most of them is very tempting.
The Demographic Time
disengagement plan now being implemented by the sovereign government
of Israel is the clearest sign that the Jewish State fears
involution into the Arab ocean in which it is physically imbedded.
While the plan focuses on separation from Arabs who are not Israeli
citizens, it appears that this is the lesser concern, since it is
the Arab citizenry that poses the far greater challenge to the
Jewish hegemony, and therefore Jewish life in Israel. Nowhere is
this danger more glaring then in the statistics relating to
children. The National Council for the Child is a non-governmental
organization that prides itself on impartial child advocacy, and as
such the statistics it presents are inherently believable. Close
scrutiny of such an annual report reveals that within Israel there
is a foreign, Palestinian entity in active formation, which bears
all the hallmarks of the Arab Palestinian entities which already
exist, in numeric and qualitative terms.
In fact, it is
the very same entity. Recognition of this peril to the survival of
Israel as a Jewish Western democracy is essential, and time is
Captives of a Concept
“Captives of a
Concept” puts forth the premise that history, from Troy to Tehran,
to the Sharon Plan, is replete with examples of political leadership
being held “captive” to a false security paradigm (the “concept”)
through which all threat assessments flowed. Without exception,
examples are cited in support of this thesis from Operation
Barbarossa to Pearl Harbor, to the Yom Kippur War, to the Beirut
bombings, to the Oslo Accords, to the events preceding 9/11, and
finally, tragically, to the underlying premises of the Sharon Plan
for the evacuation of Gaza and the northern West Bank.
has been written on the “concept” thesis, I have not read any such
thesis in regard to the Sharon Plan, although the parallels are most
of Hebrew Culture in the Golah
Michael Arfa (Summary by Shlomo
long sojourn in the Golah (Diaspora), Jewry brilliantly
developed and utilized its cultural-religious-national heritage in a
dual role as instruments of redemption and as instruments of exile.
Jewry’s heritage, as embodied in the Hebrew language, in its vast
religious systems, visions, hopes and social structures, kept alive
its striving for the ultimate reunification of the nation-in-exile
with its historic land. Yet, the very same heritage provided
convenient means to ameliorate the effects of a hostile environment
in the Galut and to sustain the body and soul of the Jewish
nation. Following the Emancipation, Jewry’s instruments of
redemption have become subverted into instruments of annihilation by
cultivating the illusion that Jewry could withstand the inevitable
erosion by the Golah of its national and cultural identity.
“Cultural” (or spiritual) Zionism preached by Ahad Ha`am, for
example, conceived of Jewry’s heritage as an instrument of Exile, to
the effect that it could sustain Jewish life outside its national
homeland until physical-political redemption became a possibility
for the Jewish people. Hebrew writers and educators claimed that the
Hebrew language could provide Jews with a culturally Hebraic
environment in the United States. Both these doctrines actually
served the purpose of misleading Jewry to believe in a vibrant
future for its cultural and national existence in the Gentile world
without the need to rebuild its historic homeland and civilization.
Predictably, the palliatives failed to resist assimilation and the
rapid disintegration of Galut Jewry’s ability for national
and cultural survival outside the Land of Israel.
There is no God
but Allah, who warned His prophet [Muhammad] of the Jews, who
murdered their prophets, and falsified their Bible. Had Allah not
protected Muhammad [lit. the Beloved], he would have been a victim
of the Jews’ treachery; he would have been one of the thousands of
prophets who were murdered by the Jews.
establishment of the State of Israel, the entire Islamic nation was
lost because Israel is a cancer spreading in the body of the Islamic
nation. The Jews are a virus similar to AIDS, from which the entire
world is suffering.
Jews behind every conflict on Earth. The suffering of nations: the
Jews are behind it!
They tortured them, persecuted them and burned their Talmud for the
conflicts that they tried to ignite in France.
Russia who invited the Jews and they plotted to murder the Czar! And
he massacred them repeatedly.
Germany what they did to the Jews, since the Jews are the ones who
provoked Nazism to fight the entire world. For they are doing
something worse than was done to them in the Nazi war.
of them were killed, possibly some were burned, but they’re
exaggerating [the Holocaust] in order to win over world media, and
The Jews did
not have a national home.
They lie when
claiming that part of their faith is the establishment of a national
home in Palestine.
Britain is the
one that promised them the establishment of a national home on the
land of Palestine. Why? Because Britain was upset by the Jewish
presence in Britain, and wanted to be relieved of them, so it
promised to establish a national home in Palestine.
Liar – he who
says that the Jews have any rights to this land besides being
occupiers. And they will disappear!
Allah is the
one who says that the Jews have the character of cowards; they fear
Muslims more than they fear Allah...
will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the
Muslims kill them. The Jews will hide behind the rock and tree, and
the rock and tree will say: Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there is
a Jew behind me; come and kill him!