9.1 Israel:  Who is the Oppressor?

Adam Milstein reported in The Jerusalem Post reported that:

Activist teachers and administrators have increasingly injected antisemitism into American public and private high schools through expanded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) departments and policies and by promoting radical curricula steeped in Critical Race Theory (CRT), such as the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (LESMC). Through this ideology, American Jews are implicitly and sometimes, explicitly, portrayed as privileged white oppressors. By extension, the Jewish State, Israel, is described as an oppressive ethno-state engaged in apartheid, colonialism, and ethnic cleansing.

We are starting to see the consequences of this campaign. Highschool students, both in public and private schools around the nation are engaging in antisemitic bullying and harassment toward their Jewish peers. Amplified through social media and group chats, the phenomenon has become increasingly frequent in high schools. Antisemitism also rears its head in high school sports and a there’s a spike in antisemitic graffiti, like swastikas. Physical violence rooted in antisemitism has become increasingly common in the U.S. and worldwide, from Los Angeles to AtlantaPalm BeachNew York, and even in Australia.

For these reasons it was important to include some lessons about Israel and the Jews on this web site.

Disney made a movie called the Prince of Egypt based on the Bible.  According to the Bible the Jews fled oppression by the Egyptians.  The time this persecution is estimated to have occurred is 1300 BC which is 3,322 years ago.  The movie starts with a song of the Jews crying out for God to deliver them from oppression by the Egyptians.

 

 Jews have been oppressed and discriminated against for thousands of years.  One Jew who was discriminated against in 1894 (128 years ago counting from 2022) was Colonel Dreyfus of the French army.  He was accused of selling French military secrets to the Germans.  Dreyfus was found guilty by the anti-semitic French court and imprisoned on Devil's Island an island hell.  Theodore Herzl was a reporter who was sent to report on the trial.  Mr. Herzl saw that the trial was very unfair and realized that Dreyfus was innocent. He turned out to be right, the real villain was a French army major named Ferdinand Esterhazy who had a lot of gambling debt.  Major Esterhazy sold French military secrets to the Germans to get the money to pay off the people who wanted the money he owed them.  Many frenchmen believed that Dreyfus was guilty and antisemitic attacks on Jews increased in France.  Jews were unfairly blamed for what Dreyfus didn't do.

Herzl realized that anti-semitism was behind the unfair trial of Colonel Dreyfus and that the Jews of Europe needed their own home country where they wouldn't be persecuted.  He joined other Zionists with the idea of returning the Jews to their biblical homeland of Israel.  At the time the powerful nation of Turkey was in control of the Jewish homeland and was against Jews returning to their land.  Much of the land was desert or swamps with mosquitos that spread Malaria.  Arabs who lived in the area were hostile to Jews and many attacked the Jews who lived there.  Many Jews thought a Jewish state was an impossible dream.  Despite the odds against them Herzl believed it could happen and told his fellow Jews, "If you will it, it is no dream." 

Six Arab nations promised to drive Israel into the sea once it declared independence.  King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia said there are 50 million Arabs what does it matter if we lose 10 million to kill all the Jews, the price is worth it.  The grand Mufti of Jerusalem said "I declare a holy war, murder them, murder them all."  There is a great movie called Cast a Giant Shadow about what the situation was like for the Jews whose choice was fight or be annihilated and who it appeared would be annihilated even if they fought.

Israel declared its independence and the surrounding Arab states attacked.  Israelis fought desperately to save their country and won.  They have drained the swamps that were full of mosquitos and malaria.  They have built big cities in what was desert.  The picture below is of the founding of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

The picture below is Tel Aviv today as seen from the Mediterranean.

The Jews have made the desert bloom and even export food they grow to Europe. 

 

The technology and medicine they have developed is used all over the world.  They have made a country that was mostly desert into a beautiful country where Jews can live in peace and safety most of the time. 

 

While the Jews made the desert into a beautiful country and economic powerhouse Arabs came from neighboring states to get jobs.  Arabs come to Israel to get medical care.  Jews and Arabs benefitted from what the Jews did.  Sadly many Arabs did not appreciate what the Jews have done.  Arab terrorists attack Israel and fire rockets into Israel and Muslim countries go to war her when they think they are strong enough to win and drive Israel into the sea.  So far the Arabs have failed.  Despite the attempts of the Arabs to destroy Israel, Jews in Israel are a lot better off now that they have their country back than they were when they were persecuted daily in Christian and Muslim countries around the world.

The most unfair accusation against Israel is that Israel kills Palestinian children.  When Arabs attack Israel and Israel fights back, Israel does everything it can to avoid hurting Palestinian children.  Those who make that accusation leave out that the Palestinian Arabs are using children as human shields when they fire rockets at Israel because they know Israel doesn't want to hit Palestinian Arab children. 

When Israel fires back to protect its own children sometimes Palestinian children get killed despite Israeli efforts to avoid hitting them. 

 I have included below a link to a fantastic web site with great videos about the history of Zionism called Zionism U.  I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a different perspective than the anti-Israel propaganda that is taught in American public schools.


Zionism U

 

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Aren't Israelis Occupying Palestinian Land?

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