BIN: Kicking off its annual 2019 national conference on Sunday, the anti-Israel lobbyist group, J-Street unveiled a new campaign to pressure 2020 Democratic candidates to oppose Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria reports TOI. The objective is to compel the party to include an addendum in its official platform opposing the “occupation”. J-Street was funded by billionaire tycoon George Soros’ Open Society.
The group’s leaders and student activists published “call to action” to modify the Democratic platform to more overtly condemn “settlement expansion” and to “support Palestinian aspirations”.
“Past party platforms have rightly stated a commitment to Israel’s security and included condemnations of threats and actions against our ally,” the document reads. “Those platforms have, however, also been totally silent on the rights of Palestinians, on Israeli actions that undermine those rights and the prospects for a two-state solution, and on the need for security for both peoples.” more …
Opinion: Soros is a leftist Jew, and J-Street is a left wing Jewish group. I get the question all the time, why are so many Jews liberal? And why do so some agree that Israelis are occupying Arab land?
For answers, I asked those same questions of a messianic rabbi, Jonathan Bernis, at a lecture a few years ago. Jonathan explained that the Jewish people have suffered such oppression that they never want to be associated with causing anyone to suffer. Jews are historically for the underdog, the marginalized, and the oppressed.
Unfortunately, even worthy causes can be taken too far, like the case of the Palestinians.
Reason? There is no such thing as a Palestinian people group before 1949. To prove the point we need to review what actually happened.
The Ottoman Empire sided with Germany in World War I and subsequently collapsed; the land was to be divided up by the allies. The West Bank (Judea and Samaria) was part of the original land grant given to the Jewish people in the Balfour Letter of 1917.
There were approximately 500,000-700,000 Arabs, mostly Jordanians (some Egyptian), who had migrated to the area looking for work. None of those people had roots for more than a few years and therefore were not considered refugees under the UN definition.
To remedy the problem in favor of the Arabs, the UN created UNRWA in 1949 and changed the definition of refugee:
In doing research for her 1984 book originally supporting Arab rights to the land of Israel, From Time Immemorial author Joan Peters, found a nagging discrepancy between the standard definition of a refugee and the definition used only for the Palestinian Arabs. Historically, a refugee is someone forced to leave a permanent or habitual home. For the Palestinian Arabs only, the definition is changed from “permanent” or “habitual” to a two-year occupancy: ” persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.”
Peters’ research of the facts led her to support the state of Israel.
In 1921 Jordan was carved out of the Israeli land grant as a home for Arabs. Jordan still refuses to grant citizenship to those so-called refugees and yet those Arabs without a homeland are somehow considered rightful owners of the West Bank land.
The two state solution was created in 1922, but the world ignores it.