Let’s talk about Israel, I know many people who have their opinions and thoughts on Israel and 9 times out of 10 they believe that Israel should not even exist. My opinion is, obviously, the complete opposite.
Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Sydney on Thursday against the first visit to Australia by an Israeli prime minister, branding Benjamin Netanyahu a ‘war criminal’. The pro-Palestinian author and Australian lawyer Randa Abdel-Fattah said “We are here to oppose Australia’s support for Israel, for a racist apartheid nation”.
A large banner was unfurled depicting Netanyahu with a moustache as Hitler and the word ‘Fascist’ written underneath.
Pro-Israel supporters were also on the streets and an Australian newspaper reported that riot squad officers removed a man who approached the crowd shouting “Long live Israel”. How can a democratic country like Australia, allow one side of the argument but when someone from the other side decides to speak out they are removed from the situation?
Many universities in the UK have recently been warned about anti-Semitism, this is because of Israel Apartheid Week. Now, I didn’t know what ‘IAW’ was so I looked into it. It seems like a bit of Jew bashing and anti-Semitism by any other name. This comes straight from their website, “Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.”
This led me to look into the BDS movement. This comes from their website, “The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law”. Now, believe it or not, there are actually some people in Israel who support the BDS movement, simply for the fact that it would mean that they won’t lose their country.
My opinion is one that very few people seem to agree with, I can kind of understand why but then again there are times when the opposing argument just makes my mind boggle with how stupid it can be.
My opinion on anti-Israel and the BDS movement can be a touch complicated. The BDS movement, I didn’t even realise how big a movement this actually was, has supporters in the form of world leaders, which is staggering. They claim that Israel has broken several international laws and needs to be brought to account for these. Realistically, it’s just a chance to use Israel as a scapegoat for anti-Semitism and Palestine, and the Arabs as a whole, being in the wrong.
This leads me onto pro-Palestine, I am in two minds about pro-Palestine. The first half of my mind is that Israel is Judea, and it is the original and rightful home for Jews. For centuries, it was the Kingdom of Judah, the home of the Israelites (Jews). It was so prosperous that Arabs came and stayed in the Kingdom of Judah, and they were accepted. The Roman Empire came and conquered Judea and the rest of the Kingdom of Judah. But the Bar Kokhba revolt of 132-136 CE was the rebellion of Jews of the Roman province of Judea, led by Simon bar Kokhba. The result of which was a decisive Roman victory and led to the annihilation of the Judean population by Roman troops, suppression of Jewish religious and political autonomy by Hadrian, and Jews were banned from Jerusalem. The biggest change though was that Judea was renamed and merged into the Syria Palaestina province. And so, the Arabs flooded in and took over Judea, taking what was rightfully Jewish land that they now claim as their own. However, the second half of me is saying that a two-state solution is the best way to go, Jews had no homeland to speak of, yes, they had countries they stayed in but no real place of origin to point to on a map. To cast out the Arabs and specifically the Palestinians would be no better than anyone else who cast us aside and took us out of Judea in the first place.
The problem with Israel and Palestine is a long and complicated one, and so will be the resolution. But I do feel it is unfair to bully Israel, claims that they are attacking and oppressing Palestinians are largely nonsense and unjust. I feel it is a knee jerk reaction because there are Arabs and those of an Islamic persuasion, but when it’s those of Israel or those of a Jewish persuasion it’s completely different, it is, it would seem, fair game. For example, when Trump put into effect the travel ban for those going into America from a Muslim country, there was a worldwide outcry that it was against people’s human rights, it was wrong etc. But, did you know that there are currently 16 countries around the world who forbid admission to Israeli passport holders, but where’s that in the news? Where’s the outcry for that? What about Israeli’s human rights? Or do they not count the same cos 75% of them are Jewish?
In addition, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen do not allow entry to people with evidence of travel to Israel, or whose passports have either a used or an unused Israeli visa. As a consequence, many countries will allow for a second passport to be issued to citizens wishing to circumvent this restriction although the Israeli immigration services themselves have now mostly ceased to issue entry or exit stamps to foreign nationals.