Is Israel Occupying Palestine?
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- • by Sharon Koifman
- • September 19, 2022
Judea and Samaria, which Israel now owns, were taken away from Jordan before it was taken from the occupiers. The occupiers, of course, were the British, Ottomans, Mamluks, Crusaders, Persian, and Byzantines, but it was never owned or occupied by an Arab population called the Palestinians.
The Palestinian now have a chance to own a country, but they are the ones that won’t declare reasonable borders and declare themselves a nation. We can’t do it for them. Till then, the region is technically Israel, and it is the Palestinians that are occupying it.
I honestly don’t enjoy these technical conversations.
Any rational person could see that the Israeli military is placed in the West Bank to protect its citizens. Where the second Palestinians stop attacking, the Israeli military would exit, and maybe then, the Palestinians would actually have a country.
Before I make my main point, I don’t see why any Zionist should choose to use the language of the enemy.
This region has many names: Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, Disputed territories, and yes, what the Anti-Israel marketing machine would like to promote, unfortunately, the Occupied Territories.
Whether it is occupied, we will discuss it below, but it is clearly controversial. So even if you want to go in the direction of naming it territories, disputed makes much more sense. Yet any proud Zionist should call it by its original name, Judea and Samaria.
Back to the main point. The thought process of the haters is that as long as the Israeli military is within the region where Palestinian refugees mostly live, this is called military occupation, right? Wrong.
The dictionary definition of military occupation is provisional control by a ruling power over a territory without a claim of formal sovereignty.
This mumbo jumbo defined occupation as a foreign country’s military that controls another region that does not belong to them.
There is only one catch, Jews are not foreign invaders, and that region technically does belong to Israel and was never claimed by the Palestinians.
Amusingly enough, the name that the Arabs give to this region is the West Bank, which simply refers to the West part of the Jordan River. No different than what we call in North America the south shore or the east end.
Because Jordan was the previous occupier (illegally, I might say) of that region and considered that era to be theirs, back then, you did not hear a beep from any Palestinians or their Arab supporters.
The Disputed Territories, or as I like to call Judea and Samaria, have never belonged to the Palestinians. And you can sit here and say: “But c’mmmoooon, you know that I know that you know that this region is where the Palestinians reside.”
The challenge is that even the Palestinians are not interested in declaring borders and telling us which part they want to call their own, and they had quite a few legitimate chances. Actually it’s not true, they tell us all the time what part they want, they want it alllllll.
They are not interested in the disputed territories because they consider all of Israel an occupied territory. As they continuously chant, “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
So this region is owned by Israel, and before that by Jordan, and before that by England, and before that by Ottoman, and then Mamluks, Crusaders, Persians, Byzantines, Romans, and Jews again. The Palestinians have no right to this land unless they make a reasonable claim to it that does not involve Jewish Genocide.
As long as they won’t sit and negotiate this region that they call the occupied territory and declare it officially their own, the region is still very much Israel. Based on that knowledge, it is the Palestinians that are occupying it or at least squattering. The reason that the Anti Israel Marketing machine is pushing the idea that we are occupying is so they can define us as colonizers. The reality is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more of a 70 + years civil war between 2 local populations. There is no foreign body, so there is no occupation of something that technically belongs to Israel.
A small side note. If Israel is considered an occupation because they use the military to protect themselves in the Palestinian refugee area, that would also mean that Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon are also occupiers. All those countries have or had a military maintaining peace in their own Palestinian refugee camps.
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