While in the previous Chapter, 6. Guide, we may find guidelines for proper writing, here we find arguments and counter-arguments.
NB: The main tool in defending Israel must be a love for truth & fact. As soon as it becomes a sales pitch, meant to manipulate & deceive against the machinations of Israel-bashers, we’ve improved the situation very little, leaving the public confused whom to believe (no one). If we can’t win a discussion honestly, we were not meant to win it for now. Only with integrity do we place ourselves at the side of the public who wants to know the truth. We don’t need to claim or pretend or even strife for being objective – being honest will do.
RECENT SMEAR CAMPAIGNS
Israel has annexed the Rachel Mosque – http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194533 , http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=2&DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=443&PID=0&IID=5214&TTL=Rachel’s_Tomb,_a_Jewish_Holy_Place,_Was_Never_a_Mosque and (satire) http://www.youtube.com/user/LatmaTV#p/a/u/0/kOUi4qFuP3M .
To BOYCOTT Israel is a good way to support the Palestinian cause – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnpilMYsR0I .
If you want to boycott honestly, take this into account: http://www.facebook.com/notes/david-schwartz/what-this-means/476488153805 .
If Jewish Israeli University teachers say it, it must be true – http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/9673 .
The Flotilla RAID – http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703940904575395022140188274.html , part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXrzF0IOQYE&feature=youtu.be , part 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfo91FQVr7M&NR=1 . The best: http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/Hebrew/heb_n/video/ipc_130_ev.htm .
Israel sounds the death knell for GAZA – http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/80/4482.htm
Israel is strangling the West Bank – Actually, there is an economic revival (boom) in the Palestinian occupied territories. Why doesn’t Israel just give full control to the Palestinians there and why should a state there be demilitarized? http://imra.org.il/story.php3?id=48860
Israel steals Palestinian WATER – http://www.jpost. com/Home/ Article.aspx? id=158664 . http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=27&x_article=1880 . http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=285242
At war Israel KILLS mainly civilians – see the math in: https://apisraelwatch.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/israeli-army-gaza-war-troops-to-be-disciplined/
GOLDSTONE REPORT (accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza) rectified (nullified) by Golstone: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reconsidering-the-goldstone-report-on-israel-and-war-crimes/2011/04/01/AFg111JC_story.html
OLDER SMEAR CAMPAIGNS
Israel killed Arafat – http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=769
Israel violates INTERNATIONAL LAW & OCCUPIES the West Bank – Rather, it was Jordan that illegally occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem. They were never part of any state and the Jordan annexation was not acknowledged by more than 3 states the world over. When these areas fell into Israeli hands after Arab states – again – had started a war in an attempt to kill all the Jews in Israel, Israel liberated the grounds, not occupied them.
Israel STOLE / JUDAIZES / NEGLECTS east Jerusalem – When we ignore east Jerusalem’s needs, we are racists (we are) and when we take care of them (paving streets, building housing) we are trying to Judaize her (we are not). So many parties have a stake in Israel not having control in Jerusalem that what moves their politicians must be anti-Jewish. NB: US Parliament want their embassy in Jerusalem – it’s just the US government that doesn’t want. And the Vatican, and the Arab despots, and European leaders all find it hard to see proud & succesful Jews. http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=1&DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=442&PID=0&IID=4464&TTL=The_Mayor%27s_Vision_for_Jerusalem
Israel BLOCKS PEACE by its occupation of Palestinian grounds / building there – The Palestinian leadership also didn’t want peace before Israel recaptured the West Bank and east Jerusalem. They never claimed a state when the Jordanians were their occupiers.
Israel is not interested in LAND FOR PEACE – Many Israelis were fooled by the “Peace process” that if we would compromise on the size of Israel, we would get peace. 1. We gave the Sinai to Egypt and we got a (formal, cold) piece. 2. We gave so much Jordan water to Jordan that the Dead Sea is dying and look, we got peace with Jordan (though it’s still illegal for Jews in the Hashemite Kingdom to spend the night or own land). 3. We gave away Gush Katif and we got…. rockets and a totalitarian Islamic regime planning to destruct Israel. 4. We left our security occupation of Southern Lebanon and we got…. Hezbollah arming itself to the hilt, already good for two wars. 5. The PA just wants the West Bank and Gaza – to begin with. 6. Syria is interested in peace with Israel if it just returns the Golan Heights – but when we were under siege from there it was not interested in peace. The majority of Israelis has become less naive. It’s taken a big toll, though. 7. The salami tactic that should have finished Israel off slice for slice has been stopped. No country in the world has given and sacrificed so much for peace and it has just breed violence, war, destruction and death. 8. Maybe land is not the issue? Read: http://www.hudson-ny.org/1437/classic-islamic-view-of-jews
Israel must give away the West Bank because otherwise it will lose its Jewish majority – and cannot continue to be a Jewish democratic state. This is only true if we make the following demographic mistakes. We ignore that the Jewish majority has benefited from a positive long-term demographic trend of rising Jewish birth rate, bolstered by net positive migration, and declining Palestinian birth rate, burdened by net negative migration. The combination of faith, long-term vision, Aliya-oriented policy, tenacity and a physical control of the international access to Judea and Samaria has produced – by 2006 – a robust and a promising Jewish demography between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Read: http://demographymatters.blogspot.com/2009/06/demographic-warfare-and-israeli.html , http://www.biu.ac.il/SOC/besa/MSPS65.pdf .
Israel abuses the HOLOCAUST to justify its land grab from these poor indigenous Palestinians – 1. If it weren’t for the Holocaust, today there would not be 12 million but rather 40 million Jews around (1.5 million of the 6 were children). Then there would be many more Jews living in Israel than now. 2. http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_3_nakba.html . 3. In Australia and the Americas, European colonists shot at the original population as if they were on a pleasure hunt (a cruel, un-Jewish sport if there even was one). In Palestine it was much the other way around. Although Jews had ever lived in Palestine at least in small numbers for 3500 years, Jews started coming back Home en masse over a century ago. Many times they came to live in peace with the local Arabs, many of them with Jewish roots. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsvi_Misinai But eventually pogroms and ambushes forces early Western Zionists (including Albert Einstein) into the realisation that they needed a separate state and to take up arms to defend themselves. The majority of Jews now living in Israel are Arab refugees and understandably they were much less naive to begin with about chances to live in peace among the Arabs.
Israelis should know better because of what the Nazis did to Jews; in fact they are worse – 1. In the first place this comparison cheapens the Holocaust. There has never been another attempt to industrially try to exterminate a whole People. 2. Israel, not being a collection of true saints, but rather of mere mortals, is still not attempting to eradicate any People. Further more, Israelis, in comparison to a lot of other Peoples, is very careful with the lives of others. 2. Furthermore, no good has ever come of holding the Jews to a higher standard. 3. To compare Israelis to Nazis is an anti-Jewish act in the first place, according to the definition on anti-Semitism by the EU.
BASIC SMEAR CAMPAIGNS
Judaism / Zionism is RACISM – 1. Jews being chosen always refers to their responsibilities, not to privileges. 2. Different than with a Race, anyone who wants to live like a Jew is invited to practice and convert; this is not an exclusive club. 3. Israelis claim privileges for Israelis like any other national entity; this might not be ideal, but there is no state in the world that doesn’t do the same. 4. In the Israeli Declaration of Independence and its Laws, equality for the law and equal representation in politics are firmly rooted. http://www.jpost. com/Israel/ Article.aspx? id=182688 . 5. For people who idolize Jews it’s often hard to digest that crime and hate, prostitution and racism, exist under Jewish rule. It might be a bit better than in a lot of countries, but ideal – not yet.
Israel doesn’t want PEACE – If Jews as a group could be characterized by one attribute then it would be naivety. The Rabbis warn against being too wide-eyed all the time, so much that we sometimes forget that we have true friends still. Almost any Israeli politician who claimed to have the key to Peace has won in elections. There is no People in the world who greet each other by wishing peace (Shalom!). We long for it as no one else. While non-Jewish Arabs often just want prosperity, dignity and quiet, Jews seek Shalom.
Israel is the BULLY of the Mideast – Well, Israel is a 7 million people full-fledged Western democracy surrounded by 220 million voiceless people in hate-mongering, poverty generating regimes that have little to no democratic function. If Israel was not properly armed it would have been run over long ago; don’t blame the victim of hatred for the armament that it needs to stay alive – blame the aggressor states.
Israel bullies and the US OF AMERICA is arm-wrestled into supporting that – Yes, the US is controlled by (the) Jews (the Jewish Lobby), the media, the banks, the whole world are. If you think so, then try to explain how come Jonathan Pollard is still in a US maximum security jail, the US embassy is still in Tel Aviv and the US State Department screens all Israeli top politicians before every election in Israel. The US controls Israeli politics and dictates behind closed doors what Israel should do while publicly criticising her whenever she effectuates these commands.
Israel is a CAPITALIST state – Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish People. Others are welcome to live with the Jews side-by-side. The economy is Western, with all its pros and cons. Every People deserves a national homeland. Economic (in)justice has nothing to do with the right to statehood.
Israel is a racist POLICE STATE – Israel is a parliamentary democracy. There is also a lot of corruption and favouritism (the old-boy network) going on, rather than outright attempts to harm others. The judiciary, the ombudsman and idealistic individuals and private organisations try to improve the situation, and Israel as such a young state having known no peace yet, is not doing so bad, really.
Israelis must learn to LOVE, forgive and give – People who say (or imply) this, refer to the old anti-Jewish stereotype, that Christians have the God of Love and the Jews the God of Hate. Too much love always backfires, as Jews can tell us because they were persecuted by the very people who preach love (but not by all of them). From the Jewish viewpoint Christians as a whole were unbalanced to the side of love, Muslims to the side of sternness. More balance is needed.
Israel means TROUBLE – This is a corollary of the previous point.
Israel keeps the WHOLE WORLD away from peace and requires too much attention from international politics and media – 1. If not the whole world would try to manipulate, play against each other, gain influence, use, lie about and make money of the local Peoples, they would have found peace between themselves way back. 2. It’s not Israel pushing itself to be in the limelight all the time, but rather (mainly) people hostile to it. 3. There are many mechanisms that make that national and international media pour out a daily stream of anti-Israeli news. An example: https://apisraelwatch.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/abbas-specific-us-assurances-on-borders-needed/ .
Palestinian REFUGEES, GAZANS, live without proper housing, jobs, health care, food, hope, have their rights violated – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3931910,00.html , http://fullcomment. nationalpost. com/2010/ 07/24/khaled- abu-toameh- the-palestinian- victims-no- one-talks- about/ , http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=184466 .