Regarding PRAVDA.Ru article "Pull the wall down, now"
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, what sort of history books have you been reading? In these days of the Internet there is no excuse for ignorance and your article on the Israeli security wall testifies to that. There is more than overwhelming archeological and historical proof of Israel's right to the land which includes Jordan. Israel was there up until the time of the Roman Empire. the Romans conquered the land and the Jews lost their homeland. The Israelis were driven from the land in two dispersions: one in 70 A.D. and the other in 135 A.D. But there was always a Jewish presence in the land.
But there was no Palestine. It did not exist. Palestinians were not there. Palestine was a region named by the Romans. There is report that the British made in 1913 called the Palestinian Royal Commission. Do read it. If you say the Israelis have no right to the territory, it is also important to recognise that other nations in the area have no longstanding claim to the country either. Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until 1920. Iraq did not exist as a nation until 1932, and Syria until 1946. The Israelis were betrayed by the British who were busy arselicking the Arabs and thus Jordan was created. Israelis were left with a 20% of the land whilst Jordan took the hefty 80%. If there's any place the Palestinians should be sent to it should be to Britain or to Jordan.
You are a product of the West's tone-deafness and pandering to Arabs penchant for historical illusions. The insane jealousy which the Europeans harbour against Israel and Jews is because this stock race has proven time and again that they have achieved in 50 years what took the debauched, jaded European colonisers 150 - 200 years . Great men came from this stock race - Heine, Rothschild, Karl Marx, Mendelssoh, Freud, to name a few. And was it not a Jewish chemist, Weizman, who helped the British to manufacture niter - an ingredient used in nitroglycerin during WWII? Britain and Europe are still continuing the work of Hitler/Eichmann on eliminating this race of highly intelligent, highly creative race , a boon to mankind, a people who have survived under the most terrible odds for the past 2000 years.
The Palestinian refugee problem is a result of characteristic Arab barbaric cruelty and international hypocrisy. Arabs continue to live in deplorable squalor in camps maintained by UNWRA. Past Israeli governments often proposed replacing the camps with apartment buildings. But Palestinian and Arab UN general assembly members vociferously rejected each time such plan as "provocative". Why? Because Arafat, that murdererous terrorist, does not want peace. What would he do, who would he be, if there is peace? He needs, as do the Arab league of nations to keep the situation simmering to boiling point. Exploiting the Palestinians is a propaganda tool to justify jihad, the myth of Arab Muslim victimhood, and its own suppressed and oppressed population busy with rabid hate against Israel. The stupid Europeans and the spineless UN condone and support this exploitation for their own ends. The US should stop funding that useless body called the UN.
The ruling by the International Court of Justice on Israeli security wall is such a farce. All relevant facts were deliberately omitted. How can a ruling be made when the case lacked sufficient evidence as pointed out by the dissenting voice of the American judge at the ICJ? As for the media , the majority omitted a number of essential points and presented reports as if the ICJ condemnation of Israel represented broad-based 'international opinion". (For a backgrounder on the ICJ's ruling, see the report from BICOM; for a review of the major legal factors involved, see the article by Laurence E. Rothenberg and Abrahm Bell - accessible on HonestReporting.com)
Do you not think that Israel has every right to safeguard and protect its people from the rabid killers who have been brain-washed into killing Jews for immediate cash payments (Saddam Hussein reportedly paid USD25.000 for each Palestine suicide bomber) and experience eternal erections in heaven for copulation with 72 virgins? Or do you condone the blowing up of Israeli civilians? If not, then why censure Israel for taking self-defensive measures against the ongoing Palestine terrorist campaign which very clearly enjoys silent acceptance from the UN and the European nations?
Instead, why don't you, the UN and the Europeans convince the Palestinians and the Arab muslims that to be a member of the humanistic world they cannot follow the mad teaching of the Quran that orders: "not to make friendship with the Jews and Christians" (Q: 5:51) "kill the disbelievers wherever we find them" (Q: 2: 191) "murder them and treat them harshly" (Q: 9:123) "fight the Pagans, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem" (Q:9:5). Try this Timothy and see if they do not try to kidnap you and reward you ala Nick Berg, Daniel Pearl, Johnson, etc. Log onto www.faithfreedom.org and read for yourself what is in store for you, an infidel.
Israel is the only democracy in the Mid-East and a buffer against terrorism. They should continue Building the Wall, EXTEND IT, not Remove itd.