An ignorance of history of historic proportion

From Gary Bauer at Campaign for Working Families 


One of the arguments being advanced by the Obama Administration as to why Israel must surrender Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem is that these areas are predominately inhabited by Arab Muslims. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed this point earlier this week. He reminded people who may be ignorant of history why the demographic imbalance exists. Here’s what Netanyahu wrote:
“The United Nations has consistently ignored the fact that Jews were ethnically cleansed from these territories. . . Some context: In 1929, Arabs carried out a massacre in Hebron against the Jews who were living there, including women and children. . .

“In 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, the Jewish residents of Gush Etzion were expelled and murdered. The Arab Legion from Jordan destroyed the Jewish villages of Kalya (near the Dead Sea) and Atarot (north of Jerusalem). The Arab Legion also ethnically cleansed the Jews who were living in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, and then blew up all of the synagogues there.

“Not a single Jew remained in any of the territories conquered by the invading Arabs in 1948. The reaction of the United Nations to this reality? Silence.”
So now comes President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry essentially saying that there shouldn’t be any Jews in these areas, that they should be expelled once again. The descendants of the Jews not slaughtered by radical Muslims in the 20th century are now at risk of being forced out of their homes by the manipulation of international law.

During the Nazi years, one of the most disgusting phrases often heard was “Judenfrei” or “Jew free.” As we sadly know, when the Nazis meant “Jew free” they were not only willing to drive people out of their homes, they killed millions of Jews throughout Europe in the Holocaust.

Is there not a mainstream reporter anywhere in Washington, D.C., willing to point out that Kerry and Obama are suggesting that Jews living in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem cannot be tolerated because that territory supposedly belongs to Arab Muslims? They are demanding that this land be “Judenfrei.”

Not surprisingly, the Palestinians have made this demand before. Five years ago, the Palestinian representative to the United States said, “I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated.” In other words, a future Palestinian state should be free of Jews.

Three years ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Egyptian media, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli . . . on our lands.”

Over the last eight years I have often been angered by various actions and statements by this administration. Today I am horrified that the leaders of my country, built on the belief that our liberty came from the God of Abraham, would embrace the idea that there are places in the Holy Land where Jews should not be permitted.

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