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    • LT COL HOWARD
    • 13.07.11 | 22:38 (IDT)

    B'tselem an opponent of this law has called East Jerusalem “occupied East Jerusalem”. They have urged the residents of East Jerusalem not to cooperate with the Israeli government (boycott). What would be the appropriate response to an economic boycott which is an act of war. I responded to B'tselem's unilateral awarding of East Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority as follows: Despite revisionist attempts  to rewrite what happened in 1967, the fact remains that Israel was not looking to expand her borders but to live. in 1967. Gamal Nasser committed an act of war by blockading the Straits of Tiran. He asked the United Nations to remove its peacekeeping force from the Sinai so that he could invade Israel and drive the Jews into the Sea. The U.N. complied instantly without batting an eyelash. Syria  joined him. King Hussein of Jordan  sent his armies to join them, too, creating a three-front war--. attempting to drive the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea.  Israel fought to survive.  Jews have indisputably been the majority in Jerusalem since at least 1853. It was a Jew-free area only during the brief period between 1949 to 1967, when Jordan ethnically cleansed East Jerusalem of Jews to interrupt a continuous 1,000-year Jewish presence. To consider East Jerusalem “Palestinian” an atypical 18-year historical blip as the baseline for negotiations.means rewarding Israel’s Arab enemies, who aimed for exactly this goal when they leveled the Jewish Quarter.   Colonel Abdullah el Tell, local commander of the Jordanian Arab Legion,described the destruction of the Jewish Quarter, in his Memoirs: “The operations of calculated destruction were set in motion. . . . I knew that the Jewish Quarter was densely populated with Jews  . . . I embarked, therefore, on the shelling of the Quarter with mortars, creating harassment and destruction. . . . Only four days after our entry into Jerusalem the Jewish Quarter had become their graveyard. Death and destruction reigned over it. . . . As the dawn of Friday, May 28, 1948, was about to break, the Jewish Quarter emerged convulsed in a black cloud—a cloud of death and agony. . . .” The Jordanian commander who led the operation is reported to have told his superiors: “For the first time in 1,000 years not a single Jew remains in the Jewish Quarter. Not a single building remains intact. This makes the Jews’ return here impossible.” The Jordanians then went on to destroy 34 out of the 35 ancient synagogues in the Jewish Quarter and to use them as hen-houses, to desecrate the ancient cemetery on the Mount of Olives and to use the gravestones as latrines, and to deny Jews access to the Western Wall and to turn the courtyard into a garbage dump.   Thus I ask you what would be the appropriate action of the state of Israel when B'tselem actively calls the residents of East Jerusalem to boycott cooperation with the Israeli government and purchase of Israeli goods. Lieut. Col. Howard

    from the article: Netanyahu: Boycott law reflects democracy in Israel
    First published 17:34 13.07.11 | Last updated 17:34 13.07.11
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