AN OUTCRY: GAZA! HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS KILLED… WHY?

GAZA! HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS KILLED – AN OUTCRY FROM LABOUR LEADER ED MILIBAND AND BRITISH CITIZENS.  But how would the British Forces deal with Gaza? Hear from Colonel Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces Afghanistan based in Kabul.

Here is an interesting word from the Bible:

‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.’ 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding.’ So they began this good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. ‘What is this you are doing?’ they asked. ‘Are you rebelling against the king?’ 20 I answered them by saying, ‘The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.’ (Nehemiah 2:17-20)

The battle of the Land.

mandate IsraelThe 1922 White Paper (also called the Churchill White Paper) was the first official manifesto interpreting the Balfour Declaration. It was issued on June 3, 1922, after investigation of the 1921 disturbances. Although the White Paper stated that the Balfour Declaration could not be amended and that the Jews were in Palestine by right, it partitioned the area of the Mandate by excluding the area east of the Jordan River from Jewish settlement. That land, 76% of the original Palestine Mandate land, was renamed Transjordan and was given to the Emir Abdullah by the British.

Someone has asked, “I simply wish to know who gave Jews the “right” to land which had an Arab majority?” The answer: “Who gave the right to Muslims to invade the Holy land and occupy it? The World gave the right of return to the Jews through the Palestine Mandate laid out in the San Remo Conference in 1922 signed by 56 Nations under binding international law that is still binding today, recognizing the fact of 3500 years of continuous historic Jewish connection with the land, yet even so the British government partitioned and took away almost 80% of the designated area and gave it to the Arab population. Prior to this the ottomans ruled the land and it was taken from them during the 1st world war. The Arab connection goes back to 690AD. The Jewish connection goes back Jews 3500 years (possibly more). The Jews never opposed the presence of the Arabs but the Arabs attitude was not mutual and has never been.

The Palestinians rejected a state 6 times. Why? Because the plans did not include the elimination of the Jewish state.

However, the Palestinian Arabs do have a state. It’s called Jordan. As mentioned, during the League of Nations Mandate period, the land originally set aside by the League of Nations as the Palestine Mandate was supposed to provide for a national home for the Jewish people. The British were given the authority to manage the Mandate and help the Jews make the transition to independence. Instead, almost 80% of the original Mandate land was carved out and arbitrarily made into the Arab country of Trans-Jordan (later renamed Jordan). In all the land of the Mandate east of the Jordan River it was “No Jews Allowed”. West of the Jordan, the 20% part of the Mandate, the British restricted Jewish immigration and gradually adopted policies that were more and more pro-Arab. Palestinian Arabs are the majority of the population of Jordan even today.

As mentioned, the Arab Palestinians rejected a state 6 times: In 1936, the British government concluded that Arabs and Jews could not live together and nominated the “Peel Committee.” The committee heard both sides and decided the country should be divided into 2 states; a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews agreed, although the national state promised them by the League of Nations was much bigger. The Arabs rejected the offer and demanded the whole territory.

In 1947, the U.N sent an Investigation Committee to the Holy Land, because of the hostility between Jews and Arabs. The committee heard both sides and recommended to the U.N to establish 2 states: a Jewish state and an Arab state. The U.N accepted the recommendation and the 1947 resolution was to establish 2 states. The Jews accepted the plan. The Arabs rejected the plan and started a war against the Jews, the 1948/9 war, with the formal declaration: “to throw the Jews into the sea.”

Between 1948 and 1967 the Arabs on the West Bank and Gaza Strip were under Arabic rule: Egypt and Jordan. But, the Arabs did not demand and did not get a state: why?

In 1967 Israel was attacked again by the combined armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan Arabs that planned to eliminate the Jewish state. The Jews won again and took back the Western Bank (Judea & Samaria), Gaza Strip, Sinai Desert and the Golan. Levi Eshkol, Israeli Prime Minister suggested to end the conflict by “peace for territory.

The Palestinian Arabs could get a state, but the offer was rejected. There no settlements at that time.   By the way, I use the term ‘Palestinians’ from this point on to mean the modern day Arab group. Up until 1964, the term ‘Palestinians’ were always used as a reference to the Jews of the land. It would have been a huge insult to Arabs to call them ‘Palestinians’ as you would have been calling them ‘Jews’. In 1948 the land name ‘Palestine’ became redundant as the name Israel was reinstated. Yasser Arafat took that redundant name in 1964 and applied it to his terrorist group – the Palestine Liberation Authority – or PLO, and this was three years BEFORE the six-day war of 1967.

In 1979 Israel and Egypt made peace. Israel destroyed all the settlements in Sinai – even though the Settlements were not an obstacle for agreement.

In 1993 Arafat and Prime Minister Rabin signed the Oslo agreement. Israel recognized the right of the Palestinians for self- determination. Arafat promised, but never declared.

In 2000, at Camp David, Arafat rejected the Clinton- Barak plan to establish a Palestinian state. The plan was:
* The Palestinian state will get 97% of the Western Bank and whole Gaza, and will be compensated with Israeli territory for the settlements that will be annexed to Israel.
* Jerusalem will become the capital of 2 states.
* The Holy Mountain will be de-facto under Muslim control.
* The refugees will be settled in the Palestinian state by an international project.
Arafat rejected the plan because it did not include settling the refugees in Israel and started the second Intifada.

In 2006 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon evacuated all Jews from the Gaza Strip and destroyed all settlements in hope that the Palestinians will develop the place for the sake of their people. This did not happen. Gaza became a terrorist state. The destruction of the settlement proves that they are not an obstacle for agreement.

In 2009 Ehud Ulmert, Prime Minister of Israel, negotiated an agreement with Abu Mazen, the Chairman of the PA. Abu Mazen himself admitted on an interview to the Washington Post, that the offer was even better that the one in 2000, but he did not respond to the offer. The reason: the demand that the refugees be settled in Israel.
Then, the Palestinian Authority (PLO), supported by the USA, demanded Israel to freeze building on the Western Bank as a pre- condition to talks. Israel agreed, but no concession was done by the PA (PLO). The PA REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL as the national state of Jews.

mahmoud abbasThere is your problem… BOTH the Palestinian Authority and HAMAS refuse to recognise Israel.

As I said, the Arab Palestinians rejected a state 6 times. Why? Because the plans did not include the elimination of the Jewish state. That is the problem.

Another question I’ve been asked of late is: “But isn’t Israel the real obstacle to peace?”
Well, for a very brief moment let us take our eyes off Israel, and focus them upon the rest of the Middle East – 99.9% of the land mass – and all Muslim/Arab controlled. What is happening in all these Islamic countries? They are all in uproar, fighting each other!
Having the opportunity to work in Israel, I know what life is like out there.

My own personal trauma

Having survived a terrorist attack by Hamas on a public bus in Jerusalem, I know what it is like to see fear.

020306It took me three years before I could get on another bus, and three years before I could go back to the scene of the attack on Mexico Street:

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Reporting from the front line

Having reported on many occasions from the town of Sderot – 0.6 kilometres from the Gaza Border – and heard the Red Alert or Tzeva Adom along with watching Kassam rockets flying overhead from Hamas in Gaza, I personally know the horror of war.
And having personally ministered to Terrorist victims – men, women and children – all innocent civilians – I know the pain and suffering they go through. It’s not just the physical loss either – I’ve never known a people suffer so much trauma as those Israeli’s who have suffered the rockets attacks from Hamas.

David on the Gaza border072008_0319IsraelMarch200800552008_0319IsraelMarch200800482008_0319IsraelMarch20080066Above: Just some of the thousands of kassam rockets fired from Hamas in Gaza into Israel.

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Dealing with the truth

It angers me so much to see such atrocities. But perhaps what angers me even more, is the actions from the groups of people who have never been to the Middle East yet demonise the nation of Israel. People such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaigners and all those thousands of people marching on London last weekend supporting this war from Islamic extremists such as Hamas and villainizing Israel.

london protestWhere were these anti- Israel supporters and their demonstrations regarding Syria with170,000 Muslims being killed by Muslims? Syria kills, mutilates, rapes, chemically attacks, bombs indiscriminately, and women and children are slaughtered in the hundreds of thousands – Where were their demonstrations for Syria?

Where were their demonstrations when the Prime Minister of Nigeria killed hundreds of Boko Haram Muslim terrorists who have been raping, pillaging, killing and kidnapping mainly Christian Nigerians?

Where were their demonstrations when Pro-Russian separatists shoot down a civilian plane, killing 300 innocents?

Where were their demonstrations when ISIS are massacring and slaughtering everything in their wake in Syria and Iraq with Christians being killed, extorted and ethnically cleansed?

Libya is in a desperate state of civil war. Violence and reports of atrocities on both sides abound. Muslims are being killed by Muslims; meanwhile over in Iran public hangings gathers apace with horrendous consequences for 100’s of activist bloggers and people who oppose the ‘ moderate’ Islamist regime. Then there’s Turkey, Sudan, Somalia, North Korea, China, Burma, Pakistan, Indonesia, Yemen, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, etc., etc… human rights violators all, yet accompanied by an almost deafening silence from those who demonise Israel for protecting herself against Hamas.

Hamas, who knowingly and willingly use human sacrifices to protect their command and control centres and rocket launchers and ammunition dumps – every single action of which contravenes International Law and is categorically a war crime. When you look at it rationally, it’s hard not to believe that the United Nations are biased.

I want to read you a letter which was passed on to me from someone in Israel by a trusted source. “We are deeply saddened to see the loss of life in Gaza – particularly children and civilians. This is at the top of our prayer list – that God would have mercy on the children. it is sad and tragic to see that the Hamas terrorist organisation’s strongest weapon against Israel is the suffering of their children and civilians whom they so willingly keep in harm’s way while Hamas take cover underground in their bunkers and tunnels. Be absolutely assured that the Israeli public, government and army grieve more over harmed Palestinians than Hamas… Here are a few facts that you may or may not hear: The UN discovered 20 missiles in a Gaza school and condemned this breach of law. NOTE: They then returned the rockets to the ‘duly elected governing authority in Gaza with the reprimand to not store them on UN property! … The tunnels and tunnel shafts which are being opened and exploded contain huge stores of weapons, sophisticated rockets and rocket materials, Israeli uniforms, false papers, anaesthesia (all used in kidnapping), and it is estimated that each tunnel is built with enough cement to build a school or hospital. You may recall the international outcry to ‘at least let these poor people have cement so that they can rebuild houses and infrastructure. Instead, international money went into building of tunnels burrowing into Israel for terror attacks and kidnappings… There is no explanation on international news that when an Israeli plane drops a bomb on a building, the REASON that there is such a huge explosion is that these were buildings containing explosives and that it is the Hamas explosives detonating that causes the huge blasts…. I would like to ask for prayers for our soldiers. So very many young soldiers, boys and girls, filled the bus and train today. Some looked confident. Some looked vulnerable and scared. They all looked so young...”

FACT: If Hamas laid down their weapons today, there would be peace. Is Israel laid down their weapons – Israel would be annihilated.

Let’s take a look at the Human rights in the Middle East:

Lebanon:
• Persecution of Christians.
• Palestinians are not allowed to own homes or land and are barred from becoming lawyers, engineers and doctors.
Syria:
• Syria is being ruled by a small Alawite minority.
• No free elections
• No freedom of expression.
• No freedom of movement.
• Discrimination against women, ethnic and religious groups.
• In the last two years, 170,000 people have been killed in Syria, most of them by the Syrian regime, which also used chemical weapons against its own citizens.
Saudi Arabia:
• Women are heavily discriminated against.
• Only 5% of Saudi Arabian women work (world’s lowest percentage).
• Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are forbidden to drive motor vehicles.
• Under Saudi law, all females must have a male guardian, typically a father, brother or husband.
• Girls and women are forbidden from traveling, conducting official business or undergoing certain medical procedures without permission from their male guardians.
• Muslim women must cover all parts of their body but eyes and hands (enforced by the “religious police”).
• Stoning sentences are still issued by law.
• No religious freedom.
• Practise of non-Muslim religions is actively prohibited.
• No freedom of expression.
• No freedom of press.
Yemen:
• Discrimination against women.
• Yemen has one of the worst records of child marriage in the world.
• No freedom of press.
• Homosexuality is illegal – punishments range from floggings to death.
Palestinian Authority and Hamas:
• Persecution of Christians – most flee to Israel.
• Discrimination against women.
• Mandates Islamic dress code for women.
• Homosexuals are persecuted and flee to Israel.
• Capital punishment is legal in Gaza and the ‘West Bank’.
• In the Palestinian National Authority, selling land to a Jew is a crime punishable by death.
• No freedom of press.
• No freedom of expression.
Egypt:
• Persecution of Coptic Christians.
• No freedom of expression.
• Journalists are jailed.
• Anti-Semitic articles, editorials and TV shows are in the official, government-owned media.
• Women are abused and discriminated against.
• Palestinians can’t work, study or become Egyptian citizens.
Jordan:
• Jordan is ruled by a king from a small minority (Bedouin).
• Palestinians (the vast majority of the population – after all this was supposed to be the official State of Palestine – created by Britain) the Palestinians in Jorden are underrepresented in Parliament.
• Jews cannot become citizens of Jorden.
Iran:
• Death penalty for adultery.
• No freedom of expression.
• No freedom of press.
• No freedom of movement.
• Number one in the world for executing juvenile offenders, hanging homosexuals, and killing demonstrators.
• State-mandated beatings for women for not wearing a veil.

I could go on and on… Every Middle Eastern country, but Israel, practices Apartheid against women, non-Muslims, gays, and other minorities to one degree or another. According to Freedom House statistics, Israel is the only FREE country in the Middle East.

israel flagmovingIsrael:
• The only true democracy in the Middle East.
• The only country with a free press and freedom of expression.
• Israel recognises fully the rights of Christians and Muslims and prohibits any discrimination based on religion.
• Muslims and Christian citizens of Israel vote, sit in Parliament, the Supreme Court, the IDF and hold important positions in business, universities, hospitals and the cultural life of the nation of Israel.
• In Israel, all citizens enjoy freedom and equality, regardless of religion, race or gender.
As a matter of fact, Israel is the ONLY country in the Middle East NOT practicing any form of Apartheid. So why do pro-Palestinians and social lefties hold an Apartheid week against the only country in the Middle East that does not practice apartheid? Those who campaign against Israel must therefore do it out of ignorance or anti-Semitism!

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