The word “occupation” invokes differing definitions in the Arab realm. All
involve Israel but the precise connotation depends on the
context. Liberal-hearted foreigners, whose sympathy and political support
is sought, are told that occupation refers to lands Israel took (obviously out
of unadulterated malice) in 1967. Unless these arbitrarily usurped territories
are ceded, Mother Earth will know no peace and harmony.
listeners discern other undertones. For them any Jew’s presence, even
inside Israel, amounts to sinful and insufferable occupation. Rectifying
that wrong means terminating the existence here of all Jewish
This ethos was given emotive lyrical expression by Mahmoud
Darwish – the late “Palestinian national poet,” once an Israeli-Arab Communist,
later a PLO luminary and author of the Palestinian “Declaration of
Independence.” Even post-Oslo, with its derivative coexistence prattle and
two-state propaganda, Darwish’s verses encapsulate the ideology of his fellow
Fatah leaders – Ramallah chieftain Mahmoud Abbas foremost among
Darwish contemptuously labeled Israel’s Jews “those who pass
through passing words.” He dehumanized Jews by referring to them as ephemeral
despicable parasites – “flying insects” –spiteful transient interlopers, bound
to depart without trace, leaving no vestige of ever having sojourned here. He
steadfastly and unabashedly rejected any Jewish connection with this land, any
history or right to remain here. He was the ultimate unrepentant advocate of
ethnic-cleansing and -barring that- of outright genocide.
addressing Israeli Jews, he demanded:
“Take your names and get out.Steal
what you will From the blue of the sea and the sands of memory… Don’t pass among
us like flying insects...Take your bony skeletons...Collect your
illusions from abandoned holes and get out...It’s your time to get
out.Reside where you will but not among us.Die where you wish,
but not among us...Ours is the past here And the present and the future
Ours is the world here...So get out of our soil, Our earth, our sea, Our
wheat, our salt... Our everything.Get out Of all memory And remove with
you your dead...
ABBAS SAID exactly the same, only in prose, at the
recent three-day International Conference for the Defense of Occupied Jerusalem
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused him of incitement but
hardly anyone bothered to fathom why. The media preferred to dwell on the price
of chocolate in Israel because that promises sweeter payoffs for the left-wing
This, though, isn’t merely a case of media
manipulation. There’s also news-consumer fatigue. Quite naturally dog
bites man arouses little attention or commotion. Nothing unusual – even if we
don’t remember the date and incidental details of every time canine teeth
snapped at homo sapiens’ heels.
So it was when profusely self-professed
moderate Abbas yet again insisted that Jews can claim no attachment to
Jerusalem, that a Jewish temple never stood atop Temple Mount, that Temple Mount
isn’t Temple Mount, that it never was anything but a Muslim shrine, that alien
Martians calling themselves Jews descended upon Jerusalem from the void in the
20th century, that these extraterrestrials conspire to overrun that Muslim site,
that they even construct vile architectural models for a futuristic temple with
which they plot replace the sacred Muslim compound.
Were this the first
occasion we heard such drivel, we might wax a tad indignant. However, we’ve been
told so frequently that we are figments of our own imaginations that we’ve grown
inured to the blather. We might not recall each time we heard how rootless and
history-deficient we are, but the sum total coalesces at the recesses of our
consciousness to form a dim collective memory.
Basically we’re hazily
cognizant that those who bay for our blood also remind us every so often that we
appeared out of nowhere and that the noble Arab nation will dispatch us back to
oblivion. This theme is so common and consistent that its incessant reiteration
leaves us frankly unmoved.
But it shouldn’t. This coldly calculated
calumny constitutes prelude to mass-murder. It had already led to horrific
bloodletting in the past and will do so again.
Throughout 1928, infamous
Jerusalem mufti Hajj Amin al-Husseini, railed about nefarious Jewish schemes to
take over al-Aksa. To boost his counterfeit contentions he had photo-montages
made up of Theodor Herzl on the Temple Mount. The fact that Herzl died in
1904 proved no impediment to implicating him in posthumous conquest
By August 1929, Husseini’s spurious accusations ripened
into a series of premeditated pogroms throughout the country. The most notorious
was in Hebron, where 67 members of the ancient Jewish community were hideously
hacked to death. Husseini – who later became a Berlin-resident avid Nazi
collaborator during WWII and a wanted war-criminal thereafter- is still widely
revered throughout the Arab world and especially in Abbas’s
It’d do us well to recall that the 2000 intifada was launched
to the accompaniment of similarly drummed-up and trumped-up takeover hysteria,
supposedly triggered by Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount. At the time,
Abbas’s predecessor and patron Yasser Arafat scoffed at any Jewish historic tie
to Temple Mount, maintaining that no temple ever existed there. Arafat then
violently scuttled the Camp David deal-that-nearly-was, despite then-Premier
Ehud Barak’s egregious generosity and readiness to accede to nearly every Arafat
demand on Jerusalem.
In a 2009 Jericho conference, PLO negotiator Saeb
Erekat divulged that at Camp David then-US president Bill Clinton entreated
Arafat, “as believer,” to acknowledge a Jewish bond to Jerusalem and admit the
great Jewish temple once stood where el-Aksa mosque was subsequently
constructed. Arafat remained adamant: “I will never recognize that any
temple existed. If we don’t liberate Jerusalem from Jewish presence now, there
will be those who will do so in five years, or 10, even a hundred, if that’s
what it takes.”
And Arafat’s torchbearers stand at the ready; Abbas has
just exhorted them. And just like Arafat, Abbas too is remarkably in sync with
the most extremist agitators in Israel’s own Arab sector.
Erekat disclosed Clinton’s desperate efforts to reason with Arafat, Islamic
Movement Northern Branch leader Sheikh Raed Salah, a convicted Hamas
collaborator, addressed Arab students at the University of Haifa (of all places)
and urged them to die as shahids (martyrs) in the war against Israel. He charged
that Netanyahu “aims to implement plots hatched during his previous term and
complete the takeover” of the Mount.
How will that takeover be
facilitated? According to Salah, “Netanyahu’s design is to dig tunnels under
al-Aksa and replace it with a Jewish Temple.” He added: “We won’t
compromise on our principles or holy sites. We prefer to die as shahids and will
welcome death joyfully.”
Salah’s audience of about 100 enthusiastically
responded with shouts of Allahu akhbar (God is great).
the following poem in the Islamic Movement’s periodical:
“You Jews are criminal
bombers of mosques/ Slaughterers of pregnant women and babies/ Robbers and germs
in all times/ The Creator sentenced you to be loser monkeys/ Victory belongs to
Muslims, from the Nile to the Euphrates.”
He has orchestrated riots
against archeological rescue-digs and the still unconstructed new pedestrian
bridge to the Temple Mount. He accused Jews of “eating bread dipped in
children’s blood.” He praised and eulogized terrorist murderers. He
threatened with “ghastly death” anyone who claims any Jewish link to the Western
Wall, “even to just one stone.” He regularly holds “Save al-Aksa” rallies –
just like the sort Abbas sponsored in Doha and which Arab-Israeli MKs,
bankrolled by taxpayers like you and me, attended.
Abbas charged that
Israel seeks to Judaize Jerusalem, an assertion which requires us to expunge
from mind the fact that Jerusalem has had a solid unshakable Jewish majority
ever since its first census in the early 19th century (there were no censuses
He then proceeded to allege that Israel aims to erase
Jerusalem’s Christian past as well. But isn’t that precisely what Abbas does
when he denies the existence of any Jewish temple or Jewish history in
Jerusalem? How could Christianity as we know it have arisen without Jewish
The New Testament is packed with seminal references to Jewish
Jerusalem and its Temple, the very ones poohpoohed by Abbas. Thus Christianity’s
self-appointed guardian undercuts the crucial foundations of the Christian
Finally, Abbas declared that Israel impedes Arab visits to and
worship in Jerusalem. This is colossal gall. Not only is this Holocaust-denier
lying, but look who’s talking! In 1948, brazenly contravening the UN Partition
Resolution, the Arabs – with Jordan at their vanguard- invaded and occupied the
Old City of Jerusalem. They expelled its ancient Jewish community and lay siege
to West Jerusalem, striving to starve it into surrender.
agreement, which ended the 1948-49 Arab aggression (Israel’s War of
Independence), guaranteed Jewish access to Jerusalem’s sacred sites.
Nonetheless, all solemn Arab undertakings were callously breached.
Jerusalem’s 19 years of brutal Arab occupation (1948-1967), no Jewish worship
was possible at the Western Wall or elsewhere, formal international commitments
notwithstanding. Foreign visa applicants even had to prove they weren’t Jewish,
lest a forbidden Jewish foot reach Judaism’s holiest site.
synagogues in Jerusalem’s historic Jewish Quarter were destroyed or defiled,
some used as cowsheds, stables or public latrines. Many were razed to the
The incomparable Jewish veritable-pantheon that is the
3,000-year-old Mount of Olives cemetery was sadistically despoiled. Over 75
percent of its tombstones were ripped out and used to construct anything from
pavements to army barracks and even communal urinals – the ultimate humiliation
and desecration. This wasn’t mere vandalism or an outpouring of unbridled hate.
This was maximal ethnic cleansing, purposely planned to purge Jerusalem of its
Jewish past and pretend it was never anything but Arab.
It’s the vision
Darwish so graphically promoted in his aforementioned verses. His 1964 poem,
, which significantly predated 1967’s “occupation,” explains how
this vision would be attained. It bloodcurdlingly cautions:
“The usurper’s flesh
will be my food.Beware! Beware Of my hunger And my anger!
All of us are
the usurpers whose livers are destined to be devoured. Abbas’s slander is
intended to justify the feeding frenzy.www.sarahhonig.com
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