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Published on December 18, 2010 By DrJBHL In International

As 2010 draws to a close, The Simon Wiesenthal Center has published the Top Ten Lies About Israel in the past year.

I am quoting this in it's entirety. I do not have the eloquence to acieve telling the essential truth so succinctly and I

believe it MUST be told and retold. I am tired of reading and hearing the bold faced Arab lies effortlessly and

mindlessly echoed by Israel's haters and by antisemites.

LIE #1
Israel was created by European guilt over the Nazi Holocaust. Why should Palestinians pay the price?


Three thousand years before the Holocaust, before there was a Roman Empire, Israel’s kings and prophets walked the streets of Jerusalem. The whole world knows that Isaiah did not speak his prophesies from Portugal, nor Jeremiah his lamentations from France. Revered by its people, Jerusalem is mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures 600 times - but not once in the Koran. Throughout its 2,000-year exile there was continuous Jewish presence in the Holy Land, with the modern rebirth of Israel beginning in the 1800s. Reclamation of the largely vacant land by pioneering Zionists blossomed into a Jewish majority long before the onset of Nazism.

After the Holocaust, nearly 200,000 Shoah survivors found haven in the Jewish State, created by a two-thirds vote of the UN in 1947. Soon 800,000 Jews fleeing persecution in Arab countries arrived. In ensuing decades, Israel absorbed a million immigrants from the Soviet Union and thousands of Ethiopian Jews. Today, far from being a vestige of European guilt or colonialism, Israel is a diverse, cosmopolitan society, fulfilling the age-old dream of a people’s journey and ‘Return to Zion’- their ancient homeland.

LIE #2
Had Israel withdrawn to its June 1967 borders, peace would have come long ago.


Since 1967, Israel has repeatedly conceded, “land for peace.” Following Egyptian President Sadat’s historic 1977 visit to Jerusalem and the Camp David Peace Accords, Israel withdrew from the vast Sinai Peninsula and has been at peace with Egypt ever since.

In 1995, Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel but neither the Palestinians nor 21 other Arab states have done so. In 1993, Israel signed the Oslo Accords ceding administrative control of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority(formerly the PLO). The PA never fulfilled its promise to end propaganda attacks and drop the Palestinian National Charter’s call for Israel’s destruction.

In 2000, Prime Minister Barak offered Yasser Arafat full sovereignty over 97% of the West Bank, a corridor to Gaza, and a capitol in the Arab section of Jerusalem. Arafat said NO. In 2008, PA President Abbas nixed virtually the same offer from Prime Minister Olmert. In 2005, Prime Minister Sharon unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. Taken over by terrorist Hamas, they turned dismantled Jewish communities into launching sites for suicide bombers and 8,000+ rockets into Israel proper. In 2010, Prime Minister Netanyahu renewed offers of unconditional negotiations leading to a Palestinian State, but Palestinians refused, demanding more unilateral Israeli concessions, including a total freeze of all Israeli construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

LIE #3
Israel is the main stumbling block to achieving a Two-State solution.


The Palestinians themselves are the only stumbling block to achieving a Two-State solution. With whom should Israel negotiate? With President Abbas, who, for four years, has been barred by Hamas from visiting 1.5 million constituents in Gaza? With his Palestinian Authority, which continues to glorify terrorists and preaches hate in its educational system and the media? With Hamas, whose Iranianbacked leaders deny the Holocaust and use fanatical Jihadist rhetoric to call for Israel’s destruction?

Today, it is a simple fact that while the State of Israel is prepared to recognize all Arab States, secular or Muslim, these states adamantly refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State and demand “the right of return” of five million so-called Palestinian “refugees” – a sure guarantee for Israel’s demise.

LIE#4
Nuclear Israel not Iran is the greatest threat to peace and stability.


Though never acknowledged by Jerusalem, it is generally assumed that Israel has nuclear weapons. But unlike Pakistan, India, and North Korea, Israel never conducted nuclear tests. In 1973, when its very survival was imperiled by the surprise Egyptian-Syrian Yom Kippur attack, many assumed Israel would use nuclear weapons--but it did not. Contrary to public condemnations, many Arab leaders privately express relief that Israeli nuclear deterrence exists. While Israel has never threatened anyone, Tehran’s mullahs daily threaten to “wipe Israel from the map.” The U.S. and Europe can afford to wait to see what the Iranian regime does with its nuclear ambitions. But Israel cannot. She is on the front lines and remembers every day the price the Jewish people paid for not taking Hitler at his word. Israel is not prepared to sacrifice another six million Jews on the altar of the world’s indifference.

LIE #5
Israel is an Apartheid State deserving of International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns.


On both sides of the Atlantic, church groups, academics and unions are leading deceitful and often anti-Semitic boycott campaigns demonizing what they call the Jewish “apartheid” State.

The truth is that unlike apartheid South Africa, Israel is a democratic state. Its 20% Arab minority enjoys all the political, economic and religious rights and freedoms of citizenship, including electing members of their choice to the Knesset (Parliament). Israeli Arabs and Palestinians have standing before Israel’s Supreme Court. In contrast, no Jew may own property in Jordan, no Christian or Jew can visit Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia.

LIE #6
Plans to build 1,600 more homes in East Jerusalem prove Israel is ‘Judaizing’ the Holy City.


Enemies of Israel, exploit this phony issue. Jerusalem is holy to three great faiths. Its diverse population includes a Jewish majority with Muslim and Christian minorities. Since 1967, for the first time in history, there is full freedom of religion for all faiths in Jerusalem. Muslim and Christian religious bodies administer their own holy sites. Indeed, the Waqf is allowed to control Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, even though it rests on Solomon’s temple and is holy to BOTH Jews and Muslims.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem’s municipality must meet the needs of a growing modern city. The unfortunately-timed announcement during U.S. Vice President Biden’s visit of 1600 new apartments in Ramat Shlomo, was not about Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, but for a long established, heavily populated Jewish neighborhood in Northern Jerusalem, where 250,000 Jews live (about the same population as Newark, N.J.) -- an area that will never be relinquished by Israel.

LIE #7
Israeli policies endanger U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The charge that Israel endangers U.S. troops in Iraq or the AF-Pak region is an update of the old “stab in the back” lie that Jews always betray their own friends, and the libel spouted by Henry Ford and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion that “Jews are the father of all wars.”

U.S. General Petraeus has stated he considers Israel a great strategic asset for the U.S. and that his earlier remarks linking the safety of U.S. troops in the region to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal (which 2/3 of Israelis want) were taken out of context. A resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would benefit everyone, including the U.S. But an imposed return to what Abba Eban called “1967 Auschwitz borders” would endanger Israel’s survival and ultimately be disastrous for American interests and credibility in the world.

LIE #8
Israeli policies are the cause of worldwide anti-Semitism.


From the Inquisition to the pogroms, to the 6,000,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis, history proves that Jew-hatred existed on a global scale before the creation of the State of Israel. In 2010, it would still exist even if Israel had never been created. For example, one poll indicates 40% of Europeans blame the recent global economic crisis on “Jews having too much economic power,” a canard that has nothing to do with Israel.

The unsettled Palestinian-Israeli dispute aggravates Muslim-Jewish tensions, but it is not the root cause. During World War II, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a notorious Jewhater, helped the Nazis organize the 13th SS Division, made up of Muslims. Unfortunately, in addition to respectful references to Jewish patriarchs and prophets, the Koran also contains virulent anti-Semitic stereotypes that are widely invoked by Islamist extremists, including Hezbollah (whose agents blew up the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994), to justify murdering Jews worldwide. The disappearance of Israel would only further embolden violent Jew-haters everywhere.

LIE #9
Israel, not Hamas, is responsible for the “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza. Goldstone was right when he charged that Israel was guilty of war crimes against civilians.


The Goldstone Report on Israel’s defensive war against Hamas-controlled Gaza, from which 8,000 rockets were fired after Israel’s unilateral withdrawal in 2005, is a biased product of the UN’s misnamed Human Rights Council. The UNHRC is obsessed with false anti-Israel resolutions. It refuses to address grievous human rights abuses in Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and beyond.

Faced with similar attacks, every UN member-state including the U.S. and Canada would surely have acted more aggressively than the IDF did in Gaza.

Yet, Richard Goldstone, a South African Jewish jurist, signed a document prepared by investigators whose main qualification was rabid anti-Israel bias. He accepted every anonymous libel against the IDF. But he insisted that hearings in Gaza be televised, guaranteeing that fearful Palestinians would never testify about Hamas’ use of civilians as human shields and their hiding of weapons in mosques and hospitals. Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz denounced Goldstone’s Report as a modern “blood libel” accusing Israeli soldiers of crimes they never committed.

LIE #10
The only hope for peace is a single, bi-national state, eliminating the Jewish State of Israel.


The One-State solution, promoted by academics, is a non-starter because it would eliminate the Jewish homeland. However, the current pressures on Israel are equally dangerous. In effect, the world is demanding that Israel, the size of New Jersey, shrink further by accepting a Three-State solution: a PA state on the West Bank and a Hamas terrorist state controlling 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza. All this, as Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in Lebanon, stockpiles 50,000 rockets, threatening northern and central Israel’s main population centers.

In 2010, most Middle East experts believe that the only hope for enduring peace is two states with defined final borders. But too many diplomats, pundits, academics and church leaders ignore the fact that current polls show that while most Israelis favor a Two-State solution, most Palestinians continue to oppose it.

 


Comments
on Dec 20, 2010

I have had many a discussion with Leauki on this subject.  While we mostly agree, we only disagree on culpability.  My opinion is you are just shooting the wrong mouthpiece.  The arab lies would get no traction if it were not for a willing and obedient media.  They have decided that Arabs, the instigators of numerous wars in the middle east - are the victims.  And so they can do no wrong, and those they hate can do no right.

Until we can clean out the incompetent journalists (through attrition and capitalistic means - boycotting the idiots) that will not change.

on Dec 20, 2010

I believe the Arabs realize full well they could never gain anything in an armed conflict. Therefore they prolong their "Victimhood" to obtain more aid.

The European and Scandinavian countries have shifted loyalties because of their burgeoning Arab/Militant Muslim populations and because of economic considerations. The Gobbels (Josef Gobbels Nazi Propaganda Minister) Principle also seems to work: The bigger the lie and the more often it's told determines it's acceptance as truth.

What needs to be done? Honestly?

1. Deportation to the country of origin.

2. Acts of civil violence/terror be punished swiftly with capital punishment. Get some courage.

3. Getting some courage in dealing with lies: You embargo oil? We turn off your food and water as well as seizing all your assets. Let's see who lives longer.

on Dec 21, 2010

DrJBHL
I believe the Arabs realize full well they could never gain anything in an armed conflict. Therefore they prolong their "Victimhood" to obtain more aid.

The European and Scandinavian countries have shifted loyalties because of their burgeoning Arab/Militant Muslim populations and because of economic considerations. The Gobbels (Josef Gobbels Nazi Propaganda Minister) Principle also seems to work: The bigger the lie and the more often it's told determines it's acceptance as truth.

What needs to be done? Honestly?

1. Deportation to the country of origin.

2. Acts of civil violence/terror be punished swiftly with capital punishment. Get some courage.

3. Getting some courage in dealing with lies: You embargo oil? We turn off your food and water as well as seizing all your assets. Let's see who lives longer.

I was nodding my head in agreement with you until I got to the "Capital punishment".  Morally I am against it, but I was a bit surprised to see your proposal as most of the Anglican world (with of course the exception of the Colonies) is dead set against it.

But all in all, we do agree for the Arab part.  That still leaves their willing toadies in the press that will continue to spread their lies, boycotts or none.  For the record, I am dead set against any government intervention against the incompetency of the press, but I think civilian actions like boycotts are very effective (just look a the declining market share of old media outlets today), and while it would probably not have an effect in the short term (YOU WILL NOT influence MEEEEEE - said the editor idiot - notice that all the letters for idiot are in editor), it will get harder for them to live the high life style with no money coming in.

on Dec 21, 2010

I believe that acts of terror are designed to kill/mame and render life unlivable. I have no patience for it. More? Selling drugs within 1,000 ft. of a school. Buh bye. Rape, child molestation? Gone. History.

I'm morally opposed to keeping any of the above alive, and paying for it with my work.

on Dec 21, 2010

Wow.  I must be out of touch with the world....I don't believe ANY of those big fat whoppers. 

on Dec 22, 2010

Do you know about The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign" and the anti-Israel bus ads and billboards?

LINK 

Read a little about Ed Mast. He's a real gem. Ed Mast’s site links to the Electronic Intifada, whose website is registered to Ali Abunimah, based in Chicago, Illinois. Ali Abunimah argued in 2007 that the Iranian-funded terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbollah were not really terrorist, and should be politically “engaged with.”

Unfortunately, it seems that the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign is just an offshoot of a larger group, that is based in New Mexico. This group is the “Coalition to Stop $30 billion to Israel.” It has been in existence since at least January 17, 2009, when it was still being developed. At that time, the group was trying to get the support of J-Street for its campaign. The two co-founders of this group were said to be Lori Rudolph and Rich Forer, though Forer appears to have subsequently left the organization.

They put up 10 billboards around Albuquerque, NM:

These billboards showed an Israeli tank and a Palestinian girl wearing a Muslim headscarf, and carried the slogan: “Tell Congress: STOP KILLING CHILDREN – No More Military Aid to Israel.”

Which they were forced to take down 3 weeks into an 8 week contract.

However, in December 2009, a new series of billboards appeared in Albuquerque, with the same images, but a modified message. The revised slogan read: “Tell Congress: Spend Our $$ At HOME NOT ON THE ISRAELI MILITARY!’.

The website of the “Coalition to Stop $30 billion to Israel” again features as its poster child the image of the girl in Islamic headscarf, who was originally photographed in Old Jerusalem by Katya Medler-Boym. The child was with her mother when photographed, certainly not on the receiving end of tanks, and was not being “killed” by Israelis.

A quick search into the ownership of the website reveals that the registrant for the site is called Sarah Ahmed of the Stop 30 Billion Coalition, which is based in Edgewood, New Mexico. This woman Sarah Ahmed appears to be the same person featured in a New York Times article from June 2010 (pictured below). Sarah Ahmed is a sister of Hebah Ahmed, and both cover themselves entirely in Islamic robes, with their faces obscured by face-veils (niqabs). Sarah Ahmed prays at the Islamic Center of New Mexico, in Albuquerque.

In Seattle Ed Mast still links to the International Solidarity Movement, even though its representatives have historically liaised with terrorists. His website maintains that Israel has a right to exist. Mark Eichinger-Wiese similarly writes that he is not against Israel, but the effect of the billboards that will appear on December 27 in Seattle will be to publicly demonize Israel. Seattle and Olympia diocese, home of Rachel Corrie, have a history of pro-Palestinian activism, and former ISM activists still have influence in the region. But the activities of these people, and the politically correct St. Mark’s Cathedral seem mild compared to the activists of New Mexico.

One thing has remained elusive – the source of the funding for these anti-Zionist campaigns…

on Dec 22, 2010

One thing has remained elusive – the source of the funding for these anti-Zionist campaigns…

We may not know whose name is on the checks, but we have a very good idea what country they live in.

on Dec 22, 2010

Dr Guy
One thing has remained elusive – the source of the funding for these anti-Zionist campaigns…We may not know whose name is on the checks, but we have a very good idea what country they live in.

  Ain't that the truth!

on Dec 22, 2010

DrJBHL
I believe that acts of terror are designed to kill/mame and render life unlivable. I have no patience for it. More? Selling drugs within 1,000 ft. of a school. Buh bye. Rape, child molestation? Gone. History.

I'm morally opposed to keeping any of the above alive, and paying for it with my work.

I like the way you think Doc.   It isn't wrong if the consequences are known to all.

on Dec 24, 2010

Good News!

"King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday temporarily suspended all non-commercial advertising on Metro Buses following complaints about a planned bus ad that criticized Israel."

Looks like fears of violence (Seattle had a Synagogue shooting in which 5 people were killed) due to this vitriolic debate motivated a "time out".

I wonder if this "campaign to motivate public discussion" will be pursued?

The answer is simple: Will some people continue to hate Israel and Jews?


on Jan 03, 2011

DrJBHL
Good News!The answer is simple: Will some people continue to hate Israel and Jews?

The question is simple as you put it, and the answer is as well.  Yes.  As long as despots need a boogey man to cow their people, there will be people who hate Jews and israel.  The key (which will not happen as long as you have idiots in charge) is to not allow them traction.

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