Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Palestinians Defeat Themselves

The Jewish State

The Palestinian Arabs who have taken to the streets and stabbed Israeli Jews, including the elderly, suffer from Islamic supersessionism, which prevents them from accepting the idea of the existence of Israel as a majority Jewish state—the only such place in the world. The two-state and the binational state option has been made impossible by the very people who would benefit from either political plan. A lack of concession and compromise leads to continuing failure, to a loss of achieving anything good. Prof. George Jochnowitz writes: “The young Palestinian Arabs who are stabbing Israelis are fighting against the creation of an independent Palestinian state. They are saying that they are unwilling to live in peace with Israel and will fight against it with their lives. At the same time, they are fighting against the creation of a binational state. They are showing Israel that such a state would be a place where Jewish citizens would be threatened by murder.”

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by George Jochnowitz

The young Palestinian Arabs who are stabbing Israelis are fighting against the creation of an independent Palestinian state. They are saying that they are unwilling to live in peace with Israel and will fight against it with their lives. At the same time, they are fighting against the creation of a binational state. They are showing Israel that such a state would be a place where Jewish citizens would be threatened by murder.

Israel’s reaction has been as moderate as possible, considering the danger it faces. Countries at war routinely mistreat minorities ethnically related to their enemies. During World War II, the United States relocated its citizens of Japanese descent to internment camps for the duration of the war. In Israel, on the other hand, citizens who are openly disloyal may have government positions.

Haneen Zoabi, a member of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), has kept her seat even though she rode on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship headed for Gaza that was part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Israel and Egypt maintained a blockade of Gaza for reasons of security. Haneen Zoabi chose to ride on a ship to break Israel’s right of self-defense. Despite this act of open disloyalty, she retained her membership in the Knesset. No country but Israel would allow that.

In 2005, Israel announced it would withdraw from Gaza. Israel was willing to create an independent Palestinian mini-state. What happened? On July 9, 2005, 171 non-governmental organizations voted to boycott, divest from, and impose sanctions against Israel. That was the beginning of the BDS Movement. After the withdrawal was complete, Gaza elected Hamas, a party whose charter rejects the possibility of peace.

Nevertheless, Israel remains open to negotiations and allows its Arab citizens and its West Bank residents to live in peace. Never before in human history has a state threatened by those who wish to destroy it responded so moderately.

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George Jochnowitz was born in New York City, in 1937. He became aware of different regional pronunciations when he was six, and he could consciously switch accents as a child. He got his Ph.D. in linguistics from Columbia University and taught linguistics at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. His area of specialization was Jewish languages, in particular, Judeo-Italian dialects. As part of a faculty-exchange agreement with Hebei University in Baoding, China, he was in China during the Tiananmen Massacre. He can be reached at george@jochnowitz.net.

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Copyright ©2015. George Jochnowitz. All Rights Reserved. This article appeared originally in the algemeiner (Nov. 4, 2015). It is published here with the author’s permission.

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