Sunday, June 17, 2018

Jewish and Muslim Intellectuals I Admire: Mark Levin and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser : Standing for American Value System

Mark Reed Levin b: September 21, 1957
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Jack E. Levin.
Lawyer, author and radio personality is Jewish.
His father was an author as well a a father of 3 boys.

Mark has 2 children.   
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser
b: November 17, 1967
Internist, nuclear cardiologist

Father of 3 children. 

I listened to the Mark Levin Show tonight, a Sunday, and was highly impressed.  He was interviewing Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim whose parents had been from Syria and had left, seeking an Islam compatible with American values.  Today he leads a reform movement of Islam.  This man is not in disagreement with Israel, another intellectual that I admire.

I had been watching Levin's  Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News.  He was a former worker for President Ronald Reagan.  He has commentary on several programs, such as National Review Online.  by 2015, he was the Editor-in chief of Conservative Review.  His radio show is The Mark Levin Show which is syndicated.  
                                                     
Julie, Natan Sharansky, Russian Israeli  and Mark
Sharansky was in Russian prison for studying Hebrew,
wanting to move to Israel
He endorsed Ted Cruz in 2016.  That's when we had 18 great men vying for the chance to run for President on the Republican ticket, and after Donald Trump won the position, he backed Trump.  This lawyer received flack for doing so, but stuck to his more conservative position and of course could not vote for either Hillary or Bernie who were so on the left, a Democrat and a Socialist.  This lawyer has been knocking Obama and the Democrats for some time, now, doing what each party has been doing to each other.  It's not one-sided, you know.  
                                                             
Mark with wife Julie
Mark was summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Political Science BA by the age of 19.   That's hardly old enough to know what it's all about at that age,  but he shows he must have been a very wise kid, as he certainly is now.  He's been called conservative, right wing and pro-Trump and I'll throw in calm, cool and collected in his point of view.  He criticizes the Democrats  by pointing out their practices, such as times of suppressing the freedom of speech at universities where it should be heard.  
                                                                         
Dr. Mohamed Jasser was born in Ohio, raised in Appleton, then Neenah, Wisconsin;  practices in Phoenix, Arizona. He was educated at the U of Wisconsin and was at their Medical College in Milwaukee.   He's also an author since he's battling a more virulent form of Islam professed by the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR in the USA.  I've also found much to be concerned about as a fighter for Israel with these two groups, so to me, he knows what he's talking about.  Like Levin, he's following in the steps of his father since his father is also a cardiologist, and his mother happens to be a pharmacist.  

He's written "A Battle for the Soul of Islam-An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith."  That's pretty much what he talked about with Levin.  I see he also has a movie listed under his name which is:  "The Third Jihad:  Radical Islam's Vision For America."  
                                                     
Speaking with Sebastian Gorka, another great mind
Dr. Jasser has been involved in debates with the other Islamists already.  That impressed me.  That's an excellent way to hear differences and weigh the strength of their convictions and accuracies;  in a real debate.  He's leading his American Islamic Forum for Democracy.    That means he's engaging in the war of ideas against the ideology of political Islam, which seems to be the only thrust today with ISIS and others.  
                                                     

CAIR, he brought out, supports Hamas with finances.  He's not for that at all.  to hear a Muslim say this was so refreshing.  I'm so glad that Levin also thought enough of him to have him on the show.  I have Muslim friends found through facebook, and they're thinkers like Dr. Jasser, too.  I think they'd also be impressed to see that the United States has someone like Jasser as a citizen.  Dr. Jasser was also another cool, calm and collected speaker who was highly intelligent.  One who is an internist and also so well apprised with the political leanings of his own Muslim politics and standing his ground was an enlightened experience.  
                                                        

Raquel Evita Saraswati & Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, author, "Battle for the Soul of Islam"


I note that Dr. Jasser's parents  either got out of Syria before the June 1967 Six Day War when all the neighboring countries had attacked Israel, including Syria, one of the leaders, because they were in the USA by November where Mohamad was born, or they arrived just after the war.  I hope it was way before, since it would be hard to travel so close to her impending time of giving birth.  That would have been their last memories of Israel.  
                                                       
Fighting in Damascus

It was in 1966 that Syria's 9th revolution was taking place in February since 1949.  Their Ba'ath Political party was being backed by the USSR and had seized power.  The new government's policy was one of hatred and hostility towards Israel by dong the following:
  1. Preached waging of a" People's War of Liberation" against Israel 
  2.  Activated terrorist groups against Israel from Syria and other territories
  3.  Syrian army in Golan Heights shelled Israeli villages in Jordan Valley below
  4.  Tried to divert Jordan River and deprive Israel of water
  5.  January 1967 started tensely from hostility, and by May exploited by USSR, Egypt and Syria, producing an escalation leading to Six Day War.    
                                                      
Dr. Jasser with little sister, now a psychiatrist

A feather in Jasser's hat is that he  is a former lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, where he served as staff internist in the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States  Congress. 
                                                     

He's going to be heard, even though a Senator panned him, following the CAIR group think.  "He is also a contributor to national and international media, where he has advocated separation of mosque and state and spoken against the ideology of “political Islam” or Islamism. He has been a frequent guest on Fox News ChannelNewsmax TVCNNCBSMSNBC, and TheBlaze. He has also contributed articles to nationally read newspapers such as the Arizona Republic, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times."

Jasser is trying to get Muslims involved in American issues. His goal is  "“to press Muslim leaders to aggressively oppose a ‘culture of separatism." 


As I look at his first name, it looks so much to me like Yehudi.  Doesn't it to you?  This is Hebrew for "Jew."  it makes me wonder.  There were lots of Jews in Syria for a very very long time, especially in Aleppo and Damascus.  

I said that both this Jewish and this Muslim man stood for the American value system, just as I see that other Americans have not been.  The news coming forth shows that those in power have been manipulating it and breaking our own laws that make it so special.  The point we are at is simply shocking, so that it's refreshing to see people working hard through the spoken word and debates and discussions to get our country back on track.  You don't have to come from the Pilgrims to do it, just believe in our American values.  

Research:  https://aifdemocracy.org/our-work/our-team/dr-jasser/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Levin 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuhdi_Jasser
Booklet: facts about Israel
https://www.hebrewsurnames.com/JASSER
https://theintercept.com/2017/02/17/muslim-refugee-rosenwald/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2012/04/03/cair-angered-by-moderate-muslim%E2%80%99s-appointment-to-religious-freedom-commission/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/06/13/miss-israel-and-miss-iraq-share-message-of-peace-at-ajc-global-forum/
http://www.mzuhdijasser.com/about  Biography
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8044/cair-dawud-walids written by Jasser


Monday, June 11, 2018

Mizrachi-Sephardi Jews in Arab Lands-All Refugees in 1948

Nadene Goldfoot                                               
Yemenite Jews from Aden  being flown to Israel in 1949-50 Magic Carpet Lift
55,000 Jews had lived here.  By 2000 only 200 had remained.  
Israel was created on May 14, 1948 with its Jewish population being 650,000. The UN had a PARTITION PLAN for Palestine that Arabs refused to accept that the Jews did accept, but most likely sadly since it wasn't near anything that they had been promised. They must have figured that something was better than nothing.   The Arabs said NO and launched a war against Israel.  This caused Arab countries to kick out all the Jews living in their countries.  They became refugees.  Over 850,000 Mizrachi-Sephardi  Jews either fled or were expelled from the Arab and Muslim lands after 1948. Between 1949 and 1954, they became homeless.  
                                                     

They came from Jewish communities that were over 2,000 years old.  The Jewish population in the Middle Eastern and North African countries dropped from about 900,000 to less than 50,000 by 2000.  

The New York Time had written on May 16, 1948, 2 days after the announcement of Israel's creation, that "Nine Hundred Thousand Jews (900,000) in Africa and Asia face wrath of their foes.
                             

Operation Magic Carpet is a widely known nickname for Operation On Wings of Eagles, an operation between June 1949 and September 1950 that brought 49,000 Yemenite Jews to the new state of Israel.  They finished it in 1950.                                                                              
Ofra Haza, Singer
Israeli, Yemenite songs
Ofra Haza b: 1957
Israel
family from Yemen


There were about 10,000 Jews before May 14, 1948 living in Judea-Samaria (which Jordan called the West Bank) and  also living in Gaza.  Arab armies were stationed in these places.  The Arab armies didn't just expel the Jews. No, they razed the Jewish communities and  killed many AND  expelled the rest of  the Jews living there.  
                                                       
After the 1948 war, no Jews were allowed to live in any Arab-occupied zones.  Jordan had taken control of Judea-Samaria and refused to protect the Jewish holy sites.  In East Jerusalem, 57 synagogues, libraries and houses of learning, stood that were historically precious to Jews that were centuries old.  The Arabs desecrated and destroyed them.  Later,  they took the stones  and used them to build urinals, sidewalks and roads.  

Israel celebrated their new state by barely recovering from the War and found themselves also struggling to absorb both the homeless Jews from Arab lands AND 300,000 European Jewish refugees of World War II.  Within 3 years, their 650,000 population had more than doubled.

100,000 Jews had been living in Iran, formerly known as Persia.  By 2,000 it had a population of from 12,000 to 40,000 left.  Libya's 38,000 had no Jews left.  Egypt, Yemen, Syria  had 200 each remaining.  Algeria, Iraq, and Lebanon had 100 each remaining.  Usually it was elderly women who remained, widowed who took up the responsibility of tending their Jewish cemetery. 
                                                    

 Tunisia's 105,000 was reduced to 1,500.  Jewish slaves to Rome in the days of Carthage,  probably escaped and landed in Tunisia easily, remaining there all these years.   Kairouan had become the greatest center of rabbinic scholarship in the west.  By 1146 CE this had changed for the worst.  Many Jews were forced to accept Islam.  When Spain took Tunisia,  the remaining Jews were sold as slaves.  The French took over, and returning Jews were allowed citizenship in 1910.  Germans occupied it.  Jews suffered.  67,000 Jews were here in 1959.  Immigration to Israel started and by 1990 only 2,500 Jews remained.  " As of 2011, 700 Jews were living in Tunis and 1,000 on the island of Djerba."

Jews didn't remain refugees. 2/3 of them went to Israel.  Israel had to set up temporary refugee camps called "ma'abarot." that were like tents.  They now make up over 1/2 of Israel's Jewish population.  Others went to the USA, England, etc. The last Jewish refugees without a home could be the ones who had to leave Gaza in the name of Peace for the Palestinian Arabs to move in.  They've had a hard time resettling, even in Israel since they had left so much. 
                   
Arab attack on convoy
                                 
Jews defending their new Israel 1948 War

The decision of the Arabs to attack Israel also caused refugees of their own people.  Between 472,000 and 750,000 Palestinian Arabs were displaced by the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.  Most fled to the Territories of Gaza and Judea-Samaria as well as to neighboring Arab countries, now empty of Jews.  Wars do create refugees.  Their own leaders created their own "Nakba" (catastrophe) that they have chosen to make use of by not resettling any of their refugees.  Instead, they are maintained by the UN. They are are the longest remaining refugees in the world.   

Resource:  http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_exodus_from_Arab_and_Muslim_countries
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
Israel 101 by StandWithUs

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Rights of Palestinians in Territories (Gaza, Judea-Samaria) and Right of Palestinian Minority Citizens

Nadene Goldfoot                            
First Arab Miss Israel in 1999, 21 year old Rana Raslan
born 1977, model from Haifa, Israel
She also represented Israel at the 1999 Miss Universe beauty pageant

                                                           
Rana Raslan describes herself as a "secular Muslim" in responding to accusations of Muslim fundamentalists regarding immorality – specifically in reference to the swimsuit part of the pageant.

First you should know that Israel has no death penalty.  Jews regard life as precious and are not people willing to cause death.  We have an over-abundant amount of doctors and nurses in our midst.  Israelis have been to the fence between Syria and Israel and give aid to the wounded, taking them into our hospitals.  What Middle Eastern countries believe in life as much as Israelis?  Only in a case as extreme as when Adolf Eichmann was convicted as a Nazi war criminal was there the exception to this rule.  The hardest penalty given is prison and exile.  One has to be involved in carrying out, planning, assisting or supporting terrorists or terrorist activities to wind up in prison.  
                                                   
This man got 14 years for smuggling explosives from
Hezbollah in Lebanon and planning an attack, from
Nazareth in February  2018
4 others from his village sentenced to 2 and 3 years for
security and drugs.  

One sad note is that Palestinians serving time in prison for terrorism have been paid by Abbas of PA, head of Judea-Samaria's territory, to be just that, a terrorist.  This carrot is very tempting to these impressionable young terrorists.  They paid $350 million dollars in 2017.  The average income of a Palestinian is $580 per month, which is what the PA pays terrorists who are sentenced to three to five years in prison.  The PA pays terrorists who are sentenced to 20 years or more in prison – in other words, those who committed more severe crimes, and likely were involved in killing Israelis – five times that each month for the rest of their lives.  USA President Trump is trying to bring an end to this by cutting the funds the Palestinians receive from the USA.   “The PA pays over a billion shekels a year to terrorists and their families, thus encouraging and perpetuating terrorism.
                                                    
2015: Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem opens new post office in Arab Jerusalem
High court rapped him over postal inequality
Had only 8 mailmen and 4 post offices for 300,000 people
West Jerusalem's Jews had 530,000 with 44 post offices.  

Palestinian Arabs living outside of Israel that are not citizens, but are living in Gaza and Judea-Samaria (West Bank) have ready access to petition Israel's highest courts.  Though Hamas rules Gaza today, Israel received warnings from its own high court.  The court declared the IDF's conduct legal.  However, today they listen to their Hamas terrorist leadership and are doing things like trying to break the fence down and are burning Israel's fields with kites flying with fire.  They follow their Hamas charter to take Israel over.  

One of the things that makes Israeli law stand out above other laws is the quick access that petitioners have to Israel's highest court.  This includes Palestinians, too.  In April 2002, during the worst fighting of the conflict going on then, the high court was receiving and ruling on petitions almost daily.  This was reported by the New York Times on May 5, 2005.  

The Court is to judge by the merits of a case and often decides in favor of the Palestinians.  It did when Palestinians petitioned that the security fence be rerouted around Beit Sourik on June 30, 2004, and around Alfei Menashe on September 15, 2005.                  
                                                   
Talleen Abu Hanna

The 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs living in Israel have equal rights, just like the Jews.  
                                                            
All IDF soldiers
Can you tell who is Arab and who is Jewish?  

The only thing that distinguishes them is that they are not expected to serve in the IDF.   It was in 1948 when almost all of the 160,000 Palestinian Arabs who remained within Israel's borders became citizens.  
                                                         
This IDF soldier happens to be a Druze Arab
More than 53,000 in 1992.   live in Israel in 18 villages in Galilee,
and Mt. Carmel.  Fought with Jews since 1948.  

All Arab municipalities receive government funding for education and infrastructure, at least by 1973.  

Israeli Arab Knesset members have been known to vehemently criticize the Jewish State, even from the floor of the Knesset.  Only hate speech and incitement to violence are an illegal form of speech.

Israel has 9 Hebrew daily newspapers;  several dailies in Russian, Arabic, French and English.  It is a country that believes in reading.  There are over 1,000 periodicals;  multiple radio and TV stations and an easy access to the foreign press.  

Israel's laws are most progressive which protect the rights of all minorities. What would you expect from a people who had pined for such protection when living in host countries and were always the scapegoat?  They've been the Dhimmis in Arab lands (2nd class citizens) Been there.  Done that.
                                                   
 
Hebrew and Arabic are Israel's 2 official languages.  All signs are in both plus English.  

By 1973 there were 5 Arab political parties.  Now there are 10 Arab satellite parties and I see 19 other parties listed. 3 Arab Israelis were elected to the very first Knesset in 1949 and have been maintaining an active role in political life.  They had won as many as 12 of the 120 Knesset seats in a single election by 1973.  In 1992, the Arab parties did not join the government but threw their support behind then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, creating a “preventive bloc” in exchange for his assistance in improving public services to Arabs. By 2015 many have united their parties.  
                                                 
In 2014 on first day of Hebrew University on campus of Gavat Ram
Arab students attending 

More Arabs receive a college education than ever before 1948.  20% of Haifa University student body and 10% of the faculty were Israeli Arabs by 1973.  It has grown 78% in the last 7 years.  
     
High Level Positions Held by Israeli Arabs

1. Salim Jurban, Israel's Supreme Court-2004-permanent member

2. Nawaf Massalha, deputy Foreign Minister

3. Ali Yahya, Ambassador
    Walid Mansour, Ambassador
    Mohammed Masarwa, Ambassador

4. Major General Hussain Fares, Comander of Israel's border police

5. Major General Yosef Mishiav, head of Homeland Security, is Israel's Home Front Commander

6. Bedouin Ismail Khaldi, Israeli Consul to San Francisco, 2006.  

                           Religions 

The Christian population is the only one in the Middle East that is growing instead of disappearing.  Between 1948 and 1998, it grew 4 times over from 34,000 to 130,000.                      
                                                      

The Baha is a religious group persecuted in Muslim countries.  They have built its world center in Haifa, Israel.  
                                                     

Jews are complaining about the early 4am call to prayer for Muslims:" Benny A., a resident of Gilo, told the Post that the adhan had affected "hundreds" of people in his neighborhood as well.
                                                        

 "We hear it every morning. People get woken up, they can't go back to sleep, and then they show up to work just exhausted," he said. "What I don't understand," he added, "is that if this is a religion that says it preaches tolerance, why aren't they being tolerant here? I'm all for freedom of religion and I think they should be able to practice their religion openly, but when it comes to tolerance, they're forcing their religion into our lives, and we're their neighbors!""  These may be problems Americans never dreamed of.  

"Israel has proved that for 50 years its real power is in its democracy, guarding the rights of its citizens, applying laws (equally) to the rich and poor, the big and small,...and in participation of the nation in the development of institutions according to ability and efficiency and not according to closeness to (the ruler)."
                 Dr. Talal Al-Shareef, Al-Quds newspaper, May 27, 1999
                   
Resource:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_satellite_lists
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Arab_political_parties_in_Israel
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israels-sparring-arab-political-parties-have-united-for-the-first-time/2015/03/09/6f6c021a-c660-11e4-bea5-b893e7ac3fb3_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6f9db8ba53a8
https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-Authority-paid-terrorists-nearly-350-million-in-2017-533227
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rana_Raslan
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-arab-gets-14-years-in-prison-for-smuggling-hezbollah-arms-1.5793391
https://www.timesofisrael.com/high-court-raps-jerusalem-over-postal-inequality-for-arabs/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/number-of-arab-students-in-israeli-universities-grows-78-in-7-years/
https://www.jpost.com/Local-Israel/Early-morning-Muslim-prayer-call-is-a-rude-awakening-for-many
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12496/palestinians-gays, not allowed in Muslim Palestine

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/06/13/miss-israel-and-miss-iraq-share-message-of-peace-at-ajc-global-forum/

ISRAEL, A VERY DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY; The Knesset and how it works

Nadene Goldfoot                           
Menorah outside Knesset Building, Jerusalem

Israel is a very tiny country of from 8,000  to 10,000 square miles made up of 6 million Jews and 1.7 million Arabs.  How do they ever handle government affairs?

This wee country happens to be the most pluralistic around, a real melting pot, more so than the USA .  80% of the Israelis are Jews of different ethnicities from different countries and even races.  From an origin of Jacob's  family of 70 that went into Egypt  to inhabitants of every corner of the world, continents and islands, they have returned to their designated land.  Even the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel are returning.  Recently formed Jewish communities that have converted want to move to Israel.  

Many had emigrated from places in the Middle Eastern Arab lands; the Black Ethiopians, India, Russia, the USA and many parts of Europe.  Over half the population are Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim Middle Eastern and North African countries and of course have had descendants born in Israel now that make up over half the Jewish population.   Israel recognizes 15 different religions.  

The other 20 % of 1.7 million Arabs are made up of  mostly Arab Muslims and some Arab Christians, non Arab Christians, Druse, Bedouins, Circassians, Asians and others.  
                                                       
Knesset Building, Jerusalem 

Israel, with this assorted population that must remain strongly Jewish, for that's why it was created in the first place, as a refuge for Jews from persecution of anti-Semitism, have followed Britain and the USA methods and came up with the KNESSET (Parliament) , made up of 120 people.
                                                                              
Netanyahu speaking to USA congress 2015
b: 1949 Israel
Prime Minister 1996, 2009, present 

Golda Meir b: 1898 Russia
Minister to USSR 1948
PM in 1969, 1973
Read MY LIFE

These 120 members in their one-house Knesset come from many political parties, not just 2 or 3.  They serve 4-year terms, usually.  Likud (on the right) and Labor (on the left) are the main 2 parties of late.  Golda Meier was from Labor and Netanyahu is from Likud.  


View of Jerusalem, the Wall below where Jews go to pray, Mosque and
church  in close proximity 
Then there are other parties standing for many other opinions that include:  Communist, religious, Arab and secular views, a mixture of religious and political points of view.  The citizens of Israel vote for the party of their choice, not a person.  



                                                    
Each party elects its own list of Knesset candidates.  Knesset seats are then allotted according to the % of the popular votes that the party received.  

Let's say that a party wins 5 seats.  The 1st 5 candidates on its list will become Members of the Knesset or ( MK).  

A party needs only 2% of the vote to win a seat.  This is a very low % of any other country's expectations in a similar Democracy which creates a boisterous and often confusing political system.  There have been as many as 19 different parties in the Knesset at one time.  
                                                     

BUT....this allows even the smallest party to have a voice BECAUSE....one party never gets a Knesset majority, and the governing group has to form conditions to function.  Now do you understand Prime Minister Netanyahu's position a little better?  
                                                         
Reuven Rivlin b: 1939 Jerusalem
President of Israel 2014

The President  is elected by the Knesset and serves for 7 years with no 2nd term allowed.  His job is to appoint diplomats, justices and judges based on Knesset recommendations.  

The Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most Knesset members.  He or she recommends his cabinet of ministers who must be approved by the Knesset.  Usually it is made up of a coalition of political parties.  

The Knesset can bring down a government with a no-confidence vote that then calls for early elections.  

The Supreme Courts: (Judicial Branch)  This is independent and is the watchdog for civil and human rights.  Israel's Supreme Court has jurisdiction to review military actions as well.  

Marriage and divorce are not regulated by civil law as in the USA and England.  Instead, each religious group has its own "religious court," which adjudicates these issues.  

Following the 2015 elections, there were 17 parties in the Knesset.  There were 29 other parties waiting for a Knesset seat.  
                                                   
David Ben Gurion
b: 1886 Poland
Immigrated to Palestine 1906
Prime Minister : 1948
1953 resigned from government; lived in Negev on Sedeh Boker
1955 Minister of Defense, active until death
Died 1973

This tiny country, born again after losing their first Israel-Judah in 70 CE, announced it's statehood on May 14, 1948 from Ben Gurion's announcement from Tel Aviv.  Jews had to wait patiently for  1,878 years to be able to do so. They prayed 3 times a day for this to happen all these years.  Judaism did not die, but almost became extinct as this only surviving group from past history in the Middle East have survived tenuously, depending on the moods of the host country Jews have lived in.  

"ISRAEL.....will be based on freedom, justice and peace...ensure complete equality of social and political rights....irrespective of religion, race or sex...guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture..(and) safeguard the HOLY Places of all religions..."  Israel's Declaration of Statehood, May 14, 1948. 

Resource:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_Israel
ISRAEL 101 booklet by StandWithUs
facts about israel pages 86-92




Friday, June 8, 2018

All About the Contentious AREA C of Areas A, B, and C of JUDEA-SAMARIA (WEST BANK)

Nadene Goldfoot          
                                                                              
1920 and Palestine was mandated to be the the Jewish National Home
It was 46,512.1826 sq miles of land
today Jews have only 8,000 sq miles-fitting into Pres. Bush's ranch.  
The League of Nations voted for a Jewish National Home to be made out of Palestine.  They gave the mandate to carry it out to the British who broke their agreement in 1922 by giving about 80% of it to Abdullah, a Hashemite prince  of Saudi Arabia and it became Transjordan with Jewish settlement there being barred.  (Be sure to listen to Professor Kontorovich on THE LEGAL CASE FOR ISRAEL listed below)
                                                
Jews historically were between the pogrom attacks of Russia and eastern Europe and the coming Nazi Holocaust.  The believers of One G-d had become the scapegoats of the world.  
                                                         
The UN (replacing the League of Nations) then partitioned the remaining 20%   into 2 states.  Jordan annexed their piece in 1950.  
Arabs now controlled  80% of the mandated territory and the Jewish state held a bare 17.5%..  Gaza, occupied by Egypt, was the remainder. Even after all the attacks Israel has gone through, Obama expected Israel to return to the 1949 armistice lines and give up what little land they had won in a defensive battle.  Netanyahu's answer was then a No- and it all happened on a TV program.                                     
Area C is blue.

East Jerusalem is red. however, now as one Jerusalem.  
 Area A is exclusively administered by the Palestinian Authority
Area B is administered by both the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Area C, which contains  Israeli villages and towns, is administered by Israel
                                        

Attacking Israel on June 5, 1967, led by Egypt,  were the massed Arab armies of the surrounding countries, and they lost.  This brought about Israel having to occupy some of Israel's frontiers.  
 Judea-Samaria (West Bank of the Jordan River) Until 1948 had been a part of British Mandate, then Jordan ruled till 1967,  annexing it in 1950. (facts about Israel).  

"The West Bank was never legally part of Jordan.  The UN's 1947 partition plan was accepted by Israel and rejected by the Arabs.  It said that the West Bank was to have been part of an independent Arab state in western Palestine, but the Jordanian army invaded and occupied it during  the 1948 War of Independence.  Then in 1950, Jordan annexed the West Bank, actually illegally in a take-over.

Great Britain  and Pakistan formally recognized the Jordanian takeover.  The USA and the rest of the world did not recognize this takeover, such as Russia took over Ukraine just recently-illegally.  

Between 1950 to 1967, Jordan allowed terrorists to launch raids into Israel.  Amman lost the West Bank after the Jordanian army entered the 1967 war in support of Egyptian dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser." (Myths and Facts by Bard, and Himelfarb).    


Between June 1967 and December 1972, Israel had established 6 villages or towns in Judea and Samaria.  There are 3 different types of towns established for different reasons.

Nahal villages were established by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF)  This is the unit that combines military training with farm work.  Members become farmers at the end of their service.  They are located in military points like those held by any other unit of the IDF.  

Civilian villages were established in places Israel hopes may be assigned to Israel proper by peace treaties, maybe even  in an exchange program.  

Questionable communities established where the political future is not covered by Israel's known positions.  The hope is that even if this area is to go to Arabs, they will allow Jews to continue living there just as Arab communities live in Israel.  These communities are in historical and religious Jewish areas.  

Size of Judea-Samaria:  2,270 square miles (5.900 sq km)  Portland, Oregon is 145 sq miles.  Delaware is 1,195 sq mi.  So it's bigger than Delaware.  

The total population of Jews by 1972 living in administered areas was 4,200.(facts about Israel). 
Total population of Arabs by July 1972 in Judea-Samaria:  640,600.    
                                                                           
Areas A and B were chosen in such a way as to just contain Palestinians, by drawing lines around Palestinian population centers at the time the Agreement was signed; all areas surrounding Areas A and B were defined as Area C..
Area A comprises approximately 18% of the West Bank and Area B about 22%, together home to some 2.8 million Palestinians. 

As of 2015, Area C is home to 150,000 Palestinians in 532 residential areas.

 It is also home to 389,250 Israelis, in 135 settlements, as well as 100 outposts unrecognized by the Israeli government. Area C forms a contiguous territory, administered via the Judea and Samaria Area administration. 

In contrast, under the Oslo Accords Areas A and B were subdivided into 165 separate units of land that have no territorial contiguity.

"The Oslo II Accord divided the West Bank into three administrative divisions: the Areas A, B and C. The distinct areas were given a different status, according to the amount of self-government the local Palestinians would have over it through the Palestinian Authority, until a final status accord would be established.
The Areas A and B were chosen in such a way as to just contain Palestinians, by drawing lines around Palestinian population centers at the time the Agreement was signed; Area C was defined as "areas of the West Bank outside Areas A and B, which, except for the issues that will be negotiated in the permanent status negotiations, will be gradually transferred to Palestinian jurisdiction in accordance with this Agreement."[1]:8[19] Area A comprises approximately 18% of the West Bank and Area B about 22%, together home to some 2.8 million Palestinians.                                            
Area C was initially around 72–74% (first phase, 1995) of the West Bank. Under the 1998 Wye River Memorandum, Israel would further withdraw from some additional 13% from Area C to Area B, which officially reduced Area C to circa 61% of the West Bank. Israel, however, withdrew from only 2% and during Operation Defensive Shield, it reoccupied all territory. As of 2013, Area C formally comprised about 63% of the West Bank, including settlements, outposts and declared "state land". Including or excluding East Jerusalem, no-man's land and the Palestinian part of the Dead Sea also determines the percentage. " (Wikipedia) 

"Area C (Hebrewשטח C‎) is an administrative division of the West Bank, set out in the Oslo II Accord. Area C constitutes about 61 percent of the West Bank territory. Jewish population in Area C is administered by Judea and Samaria Area administration, whereas Palestinian population is directly administered by Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and indirectly by the Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah.[citation needed] The Palestinian Authority is responsible for medical and educational services to Palestinians in Area C, however infrastructure construction is done by Israel.  Area C, excluding East Jerusalem, is home to 385,900 Israeli settlers and approximately 300,000 Palestinians.[4]
The international community considers the settlements in occupied territory to be illegal, and the United Nations has repeatedly upheld the view that Israel's construction of settlements constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israel disputes the position of the international community and the legal arguments that were used to declare the settlements illegal. The "outposts" are in contravention of Israeli law as well." (Wikipedia)
History
"The Israeli Civil Administration was established by the government of Israel in 1981, in order to carry out practical bureaucratic functions within the territories occupied by Israel since 1967. While formally separate, it was subordinate to the Israeli military and the Shin Bet.
The Civil Administration is a part of a larger entity known as Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which is a unit in the Defense Ministry of Israel. Its functions have largely been taken over by the Palestinian National Authority in 1994, however it still continues a limited operation to manage Palestinian population in the Area C of the West Bank and coordination with the Palestinian government." (Wikipedia) 

In my humble opinion, there is no way that a Palestine is either warranted or could be a viable state.  From 70 years of constant attacks on Israel with absolute venomous hatred, Palestinians would not be willing to become serious peaceful neighbors.  They already have a state in Jordan as it is.

Besides that, after compiling this article, I see that their state is not of one piece, or even 2 pieces within Israel, and that is ridiculous enough.  It's like having a bee hive in one's living room and having to constantly be stung.  No, They have areas within Israel, like the Chinese neighborhoods of California or Oregon, or the Amish of Ohio, the Pashtos of Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Hamas and Fatah cannot work together and don't always agree, and that's their own Palestinian people-such as they were never really a people but from all the neighboring states anyway!  The difference is that these neighborhoods are frightening, warlike, and their goal in life is to destroy Israel.  
         
Sherif of Jerusalem -Arab leader
Haj Amin al Husseini going to
Germany to speak with Hitler
about getting rid of Jews
                          
Fatah and
Hamas leaders
A town or city has responsibilities and a government.  The Palestinians never have paid for their electricity.  They're always in arrears to Israel.  Instead, they spend their money on attaining weapons to use on Israel, and tunnels to sneak in and attack by.  No way would I want people with such goals in life for a neighbor.  I wouldn't with this on my enemy!  How can anyone expect this to happen to any country?  The USA can't clean up Chicago and their bad reputation let alone expect the Palestinians to suddenly turn on the charm and be the leading proponents for a peaceful life. Or, how about the Mexican-American line that needs a wall to be built?  They aren't shooting rockets at your hospital!  That happens to Israel from Gaza.  Gaza and the West Bank are to be one state-but are 2 places.  No-the whole idea is just plain silly.   

Wikipedia
https://www.torahcafe.com/professor-eugene-kontorovich/the-legal-case-for-israel-video_33fb484b5.html on International Law

Myths and Facts
Israel 101
The Jewish Express: PA's Secret Takeover Plan for Judea & Samaria . 
The Palestinian Authority has an organized plan to take over Area C with the help of the EU.