“The Occupation”. …and Other Fairy Tales. Stephen A. Berger, M.D. Tel Aviv Medical Center. Oc·cu·pa·tion Pronunciation: ”a-ky&-\'pA-sh&n Function: noun Etymology: Middle English occupacioun, from Middle French occupation,
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…and Other Fairy Tales
Stephen A. Berger, M.D.
Tel Aviv Medical Center
Oc·cu·pa·tion Pronunciation: ”a-ky&-\'pA-sh&nFunction: nounEtymology: Middle English occupacioun, from Middle French occupation,
from Latin occupation-, occupatio, from occupareDate: 14th century
3: the holding and control of an area by a foreign military force
c : the military force occupying a country or the policies carried out by itMerriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
Some people find this very complex and boring
…and would prefer to sum it all up in two statements:
“Israel illegally occupies Palestine.”
“This is the core of the Mideast conflict”
who remain under occupation”
- Yassir Arafat
Function: adjectiveDate: 19042 : characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary
They all accuse Israel of ‘occupation’!
They are all guilty of ‘occupation’!
pro·jec·tion Pronunciation: pr&-\'jek-sh&n:
5: the attribution of one\'s own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxietyMerriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
hy·poc·ri·sy Pronunciation: hi-\'pa-kr&-sE also hI-Function: nounInflected Form(s): plural -siesEtymology: Middle English ypocrisie, from Old French,
from Late Latin hypocrisis, from Greek hypokrisis act of
playing a part on the stage, hypocrisy, from hypokrinesthai to answer, act on the stage, from hypo- + krinein to decide
Date: 13th century
a : feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion
Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
The Occupier of …
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There is a country named ‘palestine’
Israel occupies Arab lands
This occupation is illegal
This occupation is brutal
This occupation is the “heart
of” the Mideast Conflict
The term ‘Palestine’ was coined by Roman occupiers to describe the area on this map. It is just that - an area. During the entire history of the planet, there has never been a country named, ‘Palestine.’
A Jewish country named Israel existed
1,000 years before the invention of
‘Palestine’ - and 1,500 years before the
first Moslem was born !
The land area known as ‘Palestine
was repeatedly occupied: by Romans,
Mongols, Crusaders, Ottomans and
Englishmen. Even when Moslems ruled
the area, they never saw fit to create a
country named ‘Palestine.’ Jerusalem
was just another backwater town to them
League of Nations gave Britain
a mandate to govern ‘palestine’.
Although the Sinai desert was not
included in the mandate, the British
also managed this area - and in
practical terms, the Sinai never really
‘belonged’ to Egypt.
In 1923, Britain unilaterally
carved out 70% of Palestine
to create a racially-pure
Jew-free state - later named
“Jordan.” There is no historical
basis for Jordan and it continues
to occupy most of ‘Palestine.”
Amazingly, both Britain and Jordan
insist that Israel occupies ‘Palestine.’
This would be the equivalent of a United
States claim that Canada occupies North
* note: Before removal from ‘palestine’ Jordan was referred to as ‘Transjordan’
invent new fictional countries - to the exclusion of Jews
This is an abbreviated version of the Mandate
given to Britain over Palestine
Note the emphasis placed on encouragement of Jewish
settlement and Jewish rights in the Land [in red].
70% of Palestine to invent
Jordan, the British now proceeded
to chop out yet another portion
of Palestine - this time to the
French. In 1923, the Golan Heights
were given over to the
jurisdiction of French-ruled
Is there anything in the words, “no Palestine territory shall be ceded...” that I don’t understand ?!?!?
Only a few decades later,
Syria demands the ‘return’ of
the Golan - their “ancient
and eternal homeland” [!!??]
United Nations offered the Jews an even
smaller portion of ‘Palestine’ [in yellow]
The Jews accepted ... and the Arab countries
unanimously rejected the proposal
(General Assembly 181) and opted for war.
Fifty years, 5 wars and scores of thousands
of casualties later, they suddenly inundate
our TV screens with cries of, “WE ACCEPT
ended in 1948, the Arabs captured
Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria
[The West Bank] and the Gaza strip.
Summary to 1948:
Palestinians - not yet invented
Palestine - not yet invented
Illegal Occupation by Arabs:
Jordan West Bank
Illegal occupation by Jews: 0
What is it about the words,
“West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza”
that sounds so familiar ?
These are the precise areas
which the Arabs now claim to
But .. then why didn’t the
Arabs declare this to be
Palestine after they occupied
the territories in 1948 ?
Ah Hah !!
From 1948 to 1967.....
The Arabs occupied all of the territories which they
claim to be ‘Palestine.
But they never even considered forming Palestine.
The people who fancy themselves ‘palestinians’ lived
in these areas.
But they never made any attempt to form Palestine.
The Palestine Liberation Organization was formed
They held it all in 1964 - so just what are they
trying to liberate ?
There was not a single Jewish ‘settlement’ in these
So why did the Arabs carry out a 20-year reign of
war and terror?
There was no Jewish ‘occupation’ - not a single inch.
So how can they claim that the ‘occupation is the
heart of the problem’ ??
Arabs held all of what they
call ‘Palestine’ .. and at a
time that there was no occupation]
they started yet another war of
annihilation against the Jews
In June 1967, we Israelis once
again fought and won a defensive
war ... a war of survival - this time
re-gaining control of Jerusalem and
‘the West Bank’ [illegally occupied by
Jordan]; Gaza [illegally occupied by
Egypt]; and the Golan Heights [illegally
occupied by Syria since 1923.]
Note that these territories
had been taken illegally and
occupied by Jordan, Egypt and
Syria - and had originally been
held by Britain and intended for
As we’ve seen, the areas under dispute were returned to
Israeli control after a period of illegal occupation by Jordan,
Egypt and Syria. There is and never has been an “Israeli
occupation” - only Disputed Territories.
Fairy Tale number 3: The “occupation” is illegal.
One might expect the diplomatic world to spend its time
with more pressing issues than the legal standing of a
The ‘law’ generally invoked to denounce Israel’s
presence in these disputed territories is United Nations
The most significant word-omission in 242 is.... ‘The.’
242 clearly requires... “Withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories....” Read my lips: “from territories.”
NOTtheterritories. NOTall of theterritories !
There is no shortage of ink at the United Nations - the addition of one more, ‘the’ would have taken only a-second-or-so !
The Security Council,
Expressing its continuing concern with the grave situation in the Middle East,
Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security,
Emphasizing further that all Member States in their acceptance of the Charter of the United Nations have
undertaken a commitment to act in accordance with Article 2 of the Charter,
1.Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the
Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:
Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the
sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their
right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;
2.Affirms further the necessity For guaranteeing freedom of navigation through international waterways in the area;
For achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem;
For guaranteeing the territorial inviolability and political independence of every State in the area, through measures including the establishment of demilitarized zones;
3.Requests the Secretary General to designate a Special Representative to proceed to the Middle East to
establish and maintain contacts with the States concerned in order to promote agreement and assist efforts to achieve a peaceful and accepted settlement in accordance with the provisions and principles in this resolution;
4.Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the progress of the efforts of the Special
Representative as soon as possible.
This is Resolution 242
The word “The” appears thirty-seven (!) times
- accounting for 13.1% of the document.
five times in the document !
When 242 was written in 1967, there were no such things as ‘Palestine,’ a ‘Palestinian homeland’ ... or even ‘Palestinians’ ! The “States” referred to in this document are Israel, Syria, Egypt and Jordan. In other words, 242 is totally irrelevant to the palestinian conflict. A nonexistent ‘State’ named ‘Palestine’ has absolutely no claim on the areas discussed in 242!
A key word that you won’t find in 242 is, “Jerusalem.”
Anyone who demands that Jerusalem
must be “returned in accordance with 242”
is obviously lying !
All of the parties and territories discussed in 242 are outlined in this map.
Note there is no reference to ‘palestine’ - because there has never been such a place.
In 1979, Israel gave the Sinai to Egypt - thus fulfilling the territorial demands of 242. The Sinai is larger than all of Israel, and comprised over 90% of all disputed territory.
Additional territory was later given to Jordan; and Jordan / Egypt renounced all claim to Jerusalem / Gaza, respectively.
Israel has completely fulfilled her obligations under 242. There is no reason to give more land away to countries which threaten her existence [Syria] or to terrorist organizations which are totally irrelevant to the conflict [palestinians].
Aside from the fact that Mrs. Ashwari dates the ‘occupation’ from
1948 (ie, the very existence of Israel is “occupation”), she has
apparently led a rather sheltered life. Surely the ‘human mind’ has
devised acts of brutalization and persecution far worse than her
Which brings us to………………..
“In 1948…the population…was subjected to the systematic oppression and brutality of an
inhuman occupation that robbed them of all their rights and liberties…under a unique
combination of military occupation…..and systematic oppression. Rarely has the human
mind devised such varied, diverse and comprehensive means of wholesale brutalization
- Hanan Ashwari
Per capita GNP
in U.S. $
Fairy Tale number 6: The “occupation” is the heart of the Mideast conflict
This is AMAZING nonsense !
Aside from the fact that the Arabs started most of their wars before the ‘occupation’ ...
Aside from the fact that the Arabs never created ‘Palestine’ - when they already had everything ...
Aside from the fact that most Arabs openly support the complete elimination of Israel....
All of the following happened BEFORETHE OCCUPATION EXISTED
Arab anti-Semitism institutionalized (Syria in 1840).
Continual 150-year string of pogroms against Jews in all Arab countries.
Arab pogroms conducted under Ottoman rule throughout the Middle East.
Arabs massacre Jews under the British Mandate in 1929, 1933, 1936 and 1948.
Arab leaders cooperate and even participate actively in the Holocaust.
Unending Arab terrorist raids against Jewish civilians during 1948 to 1967.
Expulsion of 540,000 Jews from Arab countries before 1967.
So what is the “heart of the problem” ?
This little speck is … “The Occupation”
of a Jewish State
in the Middle East !