Can Stevie Wonder See Through “End the Occupation”?
This week we hear from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (ETO) that they’ve taken credit for Stevie Wonder’s refusal to perform at a fund-raiser in Los Angeles which raises money for the Friends of the IDF. In and of itself, that’s a good thing, and Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends were happy to sign onto the document asking Mr. Wonder to reconsider his commitment.
But here we have another Jewish-led peace group (Josh Ruebner heads it up) bleating for an end to an occupation of only 22% of historic Palestine. A good time to review Paul Eisen’s “Speaking the Truth to Jews“, which we have excerpted here as “End the Occupation!”
Let’s take a somewhat cynical stroll down the path of ETO’s strategy and see how mean-spirited and anti-Semitic it really is. First, we note a few givens:
One, that Israel is a Jewish supremacist state
Two, that Israel is an expansionist state that may not stop at the borders of historic Palestine to achieve its goals
Three, Jews are the “Chosen People” and merely occupying their “Promised Land”
Four, “Occupation” is a means to achieve expansionist dreams of a Jewish “Greater Israel”(The map of “Greater Israel“, according to Wikipedia, shows us a Jewish state extending from the Nile to the Euphrates. This map was shown this to writer by Orthodox Rabbi Aharon Goldstein in Ann Arbor back in 2003 just prior to the start of our vigils.)
And now we ask:
Does ETO support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state? By its deafening silence on this vital topic we assume they do. Objections?
Does ETO demand full and immediate Right of Return for millions of Palestinians displaced from their homes and villages by Jewish forces? True, they give lip service to ROR, but again the strong demand is missing.
Does ETO question “Israel’s” legitimacy as a nation-state? Nope, check it out.
Does ETO recognize the Zero Sum game that the Jewish state is playing, and call for its peaceful dismantlement? Negative.
So we note it is with a lot of Anti-semitic nerve that ETO calls for an end to this God-ordained process of establishing a Jewish “homeland” in Greater Israel, when ETO in fact supports the establishment and maintenance of a Jewish supremacist state. Who do they think they are that they can try to stand in the way of this natural phenomenon, and tell Bibi Netanyahu that he cannot have the 3,000 new settlements planned in the wake of UN recognition of Palestine?
Josh, if you believe that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state, why are you attempting to limit its natural growth? Finally, are you truly a citizen of “Israel” as per Discover the Networks? The peace movement would really like to know.
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