Sunday, May 03, 2009

Don't Forget: Palestinian Jews Have Rights Too!

With all the talk of Palestinian 'rights', no one talks about Israel's rights. Instead, at best there is vague talk about Israel's security--a topic which other countries feel free to define for Israel's own good.

In Justice For All, Ted Belman writes at Israpundit:

The Arabs cry out for justice. The Jews cry out for security.

The Arabs demand their rights, even non-existent rights like the “right of return”. The Jews have forgotten they have any rights.

As a result, the world considers the Palestinians as oppressed and the Israelis as the oppressors.

Recently, Tony Blair delivered a speech in Chicago on Global Affairs in which he said,

    “The ideology (radical Islam) we are fighting is not based on justice. That is a cause we can understand. And world-wide these groups are adept, certainly, at using causes that indeed are about justice, like Palestine.”

So Blair believes that Palestine is a matter of “justice”. And he is joined in this belief by all the countries in the world.

They believe that the West Bank – Judea and Samaria – is Palestinian land and that justice demands it be given back to the Palestinians. This claim is based primarily on the fact that Palestinians lived there in 1920 or 1948.

Since when did living in a place or owning some of the land give one sovereign rights – particularly when these lands had been awarded to Jews as their national home at the San Remo Conference in 1920. Great Britain was named the trustee of Mandatory Power.

Read the whole thing.

It is one thing for the apologists for Palestinian Arabs to skirt around the historical facts--that is what we have come to expect. However, for Israel and those who support it to not clearly lay out and repeat the historical background--instead falling back on demands for Israel's security--gives Palestinian claims the aura of a validity that they do not, and never did, have.

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