This Land Is My Land, This Land Is Your Land

“I Love You But…” by BEN HEINE

BY WILLIAM C. HENRY Here we go again. The Israelis and the Palestinians. The “chosen” and the forsaken. The “sovereign” and the scorned. And the beatdown goes on. OK, so what’s the problem this time?! Why can’t these Gazan goat ropers accept their lot in life? Hell, what’s so bad about life in a concentration camp? You know, what with the Israelis being only too familiar with “attempted extermination,” you’d think they’d be at least somewhat, or maybe marginally, or how ’bout just a teeny weeny bit, shall we say, “ill-disposed” to the degradation and misery of others. Apparently not. Anyway, back to that pesky little “acceptance” thing. Degradation and misery aside, could there possibly be a more deeply rooted cause for these camel cowboys being so utterly discontent with the status quo? Well, I certainly don’t consider myself to be any kind of expert on the subject, but I’m indecisively inclined to suspect that it might perchance have the slightest something to do with the following:

  • Back in ’47 a bunch of United Nations post holocaust guilt-ridden yet morally and legally detached diplomat types voted to “give” the land known as Palestine to a collection of Zionists in order to assuage said guilt and pacify powerful Jewish political lobbies in AmericaFrance and the U.K..
  • Inasmuch as the inhabitants of said Palestine and their forebears had occupied and passed down for some two thousand years the landholdings that were “given” to the Zionists, these Palestinians have always taken considerable umbrage at being told that since Palestine was never actually a “formalized” country prior to said usurpation, said landholdings had never actually “belonged” to them.
  • The demand that Palestinians confess Israel’s “right to exist.” Seriously? Absolutely nothing in the annals of preposterousness even comes close to the non-Arab world’s insistence that ABOVE ALL ELSE the Palestinians publicly affirm a conspicuous lie in order to be set free.

By the way, can anyone remember the last time ISRAEL was asked to recognize Palestine’s right to exist? Faint chance. In the meantime Israel’s unconscionable reaction to Hamas’s continued hapless rocketry can only be described as deliberate slaughter. The Gazan toll: 1,940 men, women and children (448) dead; approaching 10,000 wounded. On the Israeli side: 64 military dead; 3 civilians wounded.

Incidentally, just how did the United Nations “yea” sayers think the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world were going to react to an occurrence so disruptive, so frightening, so immoral as being violently displaced from lands their ancestors had called home for nearly two millennia?! What were they “expected” to do?! How was it “envisioned” they’d react?! Keep in mind that this abhorrence came about with the express approval of many of the world’s leading “democracies”; nations whose very existence was/is in large part dependent upon establishing and defending, you guessed it, the PROPERTY RIGHTS of their citizenry! Ring any bells?!

Perhaps nothing illuminates more onerously the plight of the Palestinians than when, according to Nahum Goldman, his close friend and associate David Ben-Gurion, the Zionist-in-chief himself, once mused, “Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations’ time, but for the moment there is no chance.” I suspect there are many, many Palestinians prepared to make that “moment” last forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fed up early stage septuagenarian who has actually been most of there and done most of that. Born and raised in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. Quite well educated. Very lucky to have been born into a well-schooled and somewhat prosperous family. Long divorced. One beautiful, brilliant daughter. Two far above average grandsons. Semi-retired (how does anyone manage to do it completely these days?) and fully-tired of bullshit. Uncle of the Editor-In-Chief.