I almost spit out my toast this morning as I read this dangerously ridiculous "Op-Ed" piece by Sandy Tolan in the LA Times (yeah, I know. But I really enjoy the comics).
Here are some of the outrageous lines:
THE HISTORY of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be glimpsed through a series of maps. First is the sepia-toned map of Palestine under the British Mandate, circa 1936. On its surface it suggests one unified country where Arab and Jew can live together between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. This is the map that some Palestinians still place on their walls: A whole Palestine, representing the dream of an independent, secular, democratic and Arab-majority state. Many Israelis still see this map as representing their dreams too: Eretz Yisrael, the whole Jewish homeland. [Me: Seems the "dream of an independent, secular, democratic and Arab-majority state" includes the landslide election of a radical Jihadist genocidal Hamas government]
Second is the United Nations partition map of November 1947, which divided Palestine into two states — one for Arabs (who were to get 44% of the territory) and one for Jews (who were given 54.5%), with Jerusalem and Bethlehem under international stewardship. For Zionists, it was a triumph born of the Holocaust and the belief in much of the world that Jews needed and deserved a haven. For Arabs, who were the majority population, it was a disaster. Why, they asked, should their homeland become the solution to the Jewish tragedy in Europe? They fought the partition, and in the 1948 war that followed, 700,000 Palestinians fled or were driven out and became refugees... [Me: "a triumph born of the Holocaust"? What a disgusting line]
The convergence plan also would deny the Palestinians' dream of having East Jerusalem, including the Old City's Haram al Sharif, the third holiest site in Islam, as the capital of their state. Although returning some parts of East Jerusalem to Arab ownership, a fixed border along Olmert's lines would divide neighborhoods and families, and Israel would retain control over the Old City, including its holy sites. These are red lines for both Palestinians and Muslims worldwide and a central reason for the collapse of the talks at Camp David. [emphasis mine]
No mention that Islam's third holiest shrine sits atop Judaism's Holiest Shrine.
No mention that Jews are indigenous to Israel (Jews from Judah) and that the Arabs are not (Arabs from Arabia).
No mention of the historical, religious and national ties that the Jewish nation has to the Land.
No mention to the fact that political Zionism predates the Holocaust by half a century and that religious Zionism has been around since the Jews were dispersed by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago (apparently we're just Holocaust victims looking for a place to live)
And I don't know what Mr. Tolan is smoking but the 1929 Hebron Massacre attests to the fact that Palestine was not "one unified country where Arab and Jew can live together."
Take a look HERE and educate yourself.
Read the full LA Times Editorial HERE
Let the LA Times know what you think. Write to the Editor HERE
Let Mr. Tolan know that his propaganda will not fly. Visit his site and send him an email HERE.