05
Aug
15

As a Jew, I can support Palestine! Article by Olivier Melnick


Depending on which side of the Middle East fence you are on, Palestine and the Palestinians can be defined in very different ways. Of course, your understanding and supporting of the Arab/Israeli conflict will vary greatly based on which definition you adhere to.

One of the major reasons why there is so much strife in the region is because of the lack of clarity in these definitions as well as the amount of historical inaccuracy supporting them. Modern day Palestinians and their supporters often speak of “historic Palestine” in an attempt at validating its existence prior to that of the Jewish people. But was there such a thing as a historic Palestine and if there was, how could it be defined?

See complete article here:

http://www.newantisemitism.com/antisemitism/as-a-jew-i-can-support-palestine

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2 Responses to “As a Jew, I can support Palestine! Article by Olivier Melnick”


  1. 1 Marleen
    August 7, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Palestine is a piece of land in Eastern Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, squeezed in a very strategic region between Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iraq.

    I guess he meant to say “Western Asia” or “Eastern Europe” — as Palestine has nothing to do with Eastern Asia even though modern Jews have been known to sojourn more easterly in India, China, and so on.

    The name Palestine continued to be used for that area of the world through the centuries, and Jewish presence was never put into question. In the early 1880s, Diaspora Jews who had been spread out all over the world since the destruction of the 2nd Temple in 70 CE, had started to return to Palestine…

    Jewish presence was “questioned” — even ruled out — by Rome. There probably were a few Jews who remained, but not by virtue of their presence not being questioned. In other words, they would have had to hide either literally or from their own identities; or to “lay” very low.

    This setup provided for some historical strength of gentiles as leaders of faith (or “faith” as the case may be) in the promised land and of an even stronger Christianity (Jew-free) over time, thus leading also to the winning over of the masses under a new Rome that didn’t respect Jews.

    The terms Palestine and Palestinian continued to be deconstructed….

    This isn’t something to lay only at the feet of “Palestinians” or, more specifically, Palestinian Arabs.

    Geographical Palestine exists while historic Palestine never did.

    He kind of undermines the logic of having shared that the term was used in ancient Greece.

    I had visitors a few months ago who were sharing an idea of Palestine only ever having been geographic and never having been the name for Israel. The husband, the one saying this, didn’t know the history of Rome renaming Israel out of spite and strength (with an old name, whether previously for the region or whatever). Once I’d said that, he still held Jerusalem’s name had remained in tact. No, it had at the same time been named within Roman mythology. This was news to him. And quite honestly, it seemed his reason for having liked the narrative about Palestine being geographical and not historical (or factual in the sense of a state, I guess is the point unsuccessfully aimed at by the article) was so he could favor Arabs in the Land, even as he enjoyed telling a joke about reading the Koran while eating bacon… obviously a joke landing on Jews too (possibly more so since we recognise the Bible as true).

  2. 2 Marleen
    August 7, 2015 at 4:00 am

    The word “Palestine” has been etymologically altered over the last 50 years. Until then, it was simply the name of a region. Biblically, it was actually NEVER called Palestine but “The Land of Canaan”. It was God’s choice to give the Land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants as we read in Genesis….

    The article seems to equate land called Israel, Canaan, and Palestine.

    The goal of the article being to accept the term Palestine.

    Although the article doesn’t want to recognise this, and actively counters, in fact, the Land wasn’t “simply the name of a region” until fifty “years” ago.


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