Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
Oh, Jackie, your recall is too selective. Imagine that you are living in a country with a 9% minority in 1900. Then another country makes your homeland a Mandate and promises an outside group with ties to the 9% minority that they can come and make themselves a homeland in your country. Note that the native Arabs were totally discounted. They objected from day one, but the Western powers, colonialism still governing their racist psyches, allowed the immigration to commence. The Arabs rioted against the British, attacked Jews in retaliation, were themselves victims of Jewish terrorism (read the online account of British small wars), including the slaughter of over 100 men, women, children in Deir Yassin. The terrorized Arabs who fled have had their villages (over 400) demolished, their homes occupied by immigrants. They have been condemned to live in refugee camps, with no hope of the right to return. The Arabs have been treated abominably. It is time to grant them justice.