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‘Palestinians’ had no historical claim

Letter from Lionel Thwaits, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

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LIONEL THWAITES
Letter from Lionel Thwaits, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

 
The debate on Israel has many facets. Ran Greenstein has a point of view which sympathises with the “Palestinians” and fails to mention that they have committed many crimes against defenseless Israeli citizens over the years.

He could argue that if Israel had not taken land from them, they would not have killed anyone; but who the land belongs to is a matter of debate.

However, in a previous letter he mentions that Jews have murdered Bedouins but he fails to mention that when the Jews started returning to that part of the world in the early part of the 20th century and legally purchased land in order to rebuild what was at that point a virtual wasteland, the Bedouins repeatedly attacked and killed the Jews each time they tried to make a life for themselves.

When the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD, they went on to massacre close to 600 000 Jews. Afterwards, in approximately 135 AD, they renamed Israel “Palestine”, which was a way of kicking sand in the faces of the Jews because the Philistines who were the enemies of the Israelites had become extinct approximately 700 years prior to that and no longer existed as a people.

Yasser Arafat gave the name “Palestinians” to the Arabs who were living in that part of the world but in fact they were the remnant of the Ottoman Empire and had no historical claims to the land.

When the Balfour Declaration was implemented at the San Remo Convention in 1920, the parameters concerning the division of the future Land of Israel were drawn up and endorsed by 55 nations. It is interesting to note that Israel today only occupies 22 per cent of the land which was given to them. However, that seems to be too much for its enemies.

What is important to realise is that the Jews were hated prior to Israel becoming a nation and are still hated today; anti Semitism is far worse today in Europe than it was prior to the Second World War; !967 is not the problem – May 14 1948 is the problem for the enemies of Israel. 

Members of the PLO were allowed to return to the West Bank in 1994 by request of the UN after the Arab Nations of Lebanon,Syria and Egypt kicked them out because of their crimes and Tunisia had to be stuck with them. They murdered and raped Christians in the West Bank and accused those who had Jewish friends of being collaborators.

The impasse in Israel has nothing to do with land for peace, but has everything to do with Jew hatred. The “Palestinians” will not be happy with whatever they are given.

 

The letter has been shortened. – Editor

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  1. Mark Molker

    Nov 8, 2013 at 6:05 am

    ‘I’ll go one step further regardless of our historical right to own the land of the current Israeli borders : as you stated correctly, when early 20th century Jews re-settled in the Land of Israel, they mostly found a wasteland. They worked the Earth and struggled hard to defend what suddenly had become a ripe fruit to steal in the midst of Arab laziness and jealousy.

    Some will say that prior to the establishment of the State of Israel Jews and Arabs lived together side by side without hating each other. Although this interpretation is opened to questioning, the fact remains that when there is nothing to steal everyone carries on sharing the slums and the dirt.

    Historically, when a family, a tribe or a State has become successful it has suffered the envy, antagonism and ultimately a conflict from its less successful neighbours.

    This is probably our main problem in life : when we go for it, in Arts, Commerce or Sciences, we end up by gathering most of the prizes.’

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“Clearly you’re a Zionist, going around demanding shit”

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I’m so sad that I came across this terrible article (“Professor of propaganda” by Howard Sackstein, SA Jewish Report, 3 June 2021).

First, I’m a Wits-trained doctor, and I admire doctors like Professor Shabir Moosa who are able to step outside their comfort zones and challenge the minds and beliefs of their younger doctors. South Africa needs more doctors that stand up for what’s right. Israel is an apartheid state. Please stop denying it! You’re basically killing Arabs and jailing innocent kids. You have no humanity as a Zionist.

Second, he posted his article on this group, and that made interns feel uncomfortable! Oh please, grow up! It’s a bunch of white men trying to bully us into acting in a way suitable for them. Imagine, a bunch of privileged white men felt uncomfortable for the first time in their life!

Third, screw the author! That he thinks he has any authority to report and demand “action”. Who do you think you are? Clearly, you’re a Zionist. Going around demanding shit. When you deserve nothing.

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Why seek citizenship of murderous Lithuania?

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“Most of our ancestors were forced to flee Lithuania in terrible circumstances, and restoring our citizenship will go a long way to address the wrongs of the past.” I find these words by the national vice-president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to be shameful and incomprehensible. To claim, as Zev Krengel does, that ex-Lithuanian Jews have an ancestral right to citizenship is an insult to the G-d of Israel. The only country to which any Jew has an ancestral right is the land of Israel.

When the Nazis marched into Lithuania in 1941, the government and people (with a handful of exceptions) didn’t lift a finger as Jews in more than 200 shtetls were humiliated, tortured, and ultimately murdered by Lithuanian collaborators. Which Jew with pure emotions would now wish to seek citizenship of that country, or any European country which willingly aided and abetted Nazi murderers?

The yizkor (remembrance) prayer that Jews recite in synagogues four times a year includes one for martyrs: “May G-d remember the souls of the holy and pure ones who were murdered, gassed, burned, strangled for the sanctification of the name through the hands of the German oppressors and their collaborators. (Yemach s’hmom v’zichron – may their name and memory be obliterated.) No, Mr Krengel, no amount of time will “restore the wrongs of the past”.

The most tragic event in Jewish history – the Holocaust – has taught the Jewish people that it’s forbidden for us to derive any benefit from countries that persecuted our people. (Hilchot Sanhedrin 15:9). How can any Jew with pure emotions associate with these places, much less seek citizenship?

With all due respect to Krengel and all those who seek citizenship of these murderous countries, may I humbly suggest that you rather seek citizenship in your one and only true ancestral homeland – the land of Israel. Seeking citizenship anywhere but Israel, after 2 000 years of bitter exile, is scorning G-d’s most precious gift to His people.

Further, I believe that to fulfil the commandment of “may their name and memory be obliterated”, no Jew should ever set foot in or associate with these countries in any way. It’s with dismay that one sees influential Orthodox groups spending money on resurrecting Judaism in these murderous countries instead of obliterating their names.

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None of us are angels, but condemnation of Israel is truly sick

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I’m appalled by prominent members of our government, even one of our own – Ronnie Kasrils – who has the gall to speak out against Israel, Zionism, and the Jews for what happened recently in Gaza, even to the extent of mentioning a Jewish policeman or soldier with his knee on a dead Palestinian child. This isn’t the way Jews behave. We are very conscious of our Judaism and families, and kindness is in our genetic make-up.

The photo I’m referring to was taken years ago, in a completely foreign country, and it incites hate where it doesn’t belong.

Sick people have caused anxiety and fear during the pandemic by publishing pictures of COVID-19-related crimes and other lies on Facebook and WhatsApp, and by publishing old photos and leading us to believe that they are fresh situations.

None of us are angels who never sin. But can anyone truly believe that no action should be taken against 4 000 rockets fired at a country indiscriminately? Does any other army in the world advise the perpetrators that they should evacuate because they don’t want to hurt or kill innocent people when they retaliate?

Well, Israel does.

In conclusion, Israel isn’t fighting Gazans, it’s fighting Hamas. The people who run Gaza are Hamas, not the Palestinians. They made the fatal mistake of allowing Hamas to run their country. It uses them as shields and doesn’t give a damn about their safety or well-being.

So, wake up South Africa, and all who condemn Israel for defending its citizens – you would do the same!

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