Jewish History in Judea and Samaria
Reader comment on: Reassessing Israeli Settlements
Submitted by Marc Pevar (United States), Jul 12, 2009 10:17
Jews have lived continuously in Judea and Samaria for thousands of years, and did not being residency there after the 1967 war, as implicit in Samara Greenberg's otherwise excellent article. In fact, Jews were living in Judea and Samaria during the Ottoman rule and during the British Mandate, and were attacked and murdered by the Muslim armies who tried to destroy Israel in 1948. This reality puts the resettlement of Judea and Samaria in a different light. In brief, Greenberg argues that as the victor, Israel has a right to develop land it captured. The more historically accurate fact is that Jews were violently displaced from their ancestral towns and homes in Judea and Samaria by Muslims who thereby violated the will of the United Nations Mandate, which itself allowed Jews to continue living in those regions. Additionally, the same is true of Jews who were violently slaughtered and displaced from what is now called "East Jerusalem." Thus, as Israel resettles Jews in "East Jerusalem," they are merely acting under the authority granted by the original United National Mandate, which has never been rescinded by the United Nations. In large part, Muslim claims against Jewish occupation of historic Israel rely on systematic rewriting of history and of ignoring of international law. I ask Ms. Greenberg to amplify her writing by citing these and related facts.
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