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Protesters included: (L to R) Renanah and Joe Gemeiner (Stop Illegal Arab Occupation), Ezra Ridgley (The Jewish Heritage Project), Goldi Steiner (Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights), seen with author Doris Epstein (Canadian Institute for Jewish Research) (Photo: Ezra Ridgely)

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On a frigid, sunny, Sunday afternoon, February 21, a group representing a variety of Jewish organizations, gathered together in a small parkette in Toronto, waving Israeli flags and carrying signs. They were there to protest the brazen surge of Illegal Arab occupation of Israeli land.

For 15 years Regavim, an organization in Israel dedicated to the protection of Israel’s land and resources, has been fighting to prevent illegal seizure of  State land  and uphold the rule of law pertaining to the Jewish State.

Just last week the IDF prevented Palestinians from erecting new tents at the site of the demolished illegal herding village of Khirbat Humsa in the Jordan Valley. The UN called for international support in favour of the Palestinians. The community of 100 is located in an IDF firing zone, in a remote location, off a dirt road.

Since 2009, under the Fayyad plan, Arab construction has been rampant in the area of Judea and Samaria called Area C. (Areas A and B are under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority and not one single Jew lives there). With the help of donations from the Gulf States, massive European Union funding, and two million of US money from the Obama regime, Regavim reports that the PA has built some 60,000 Illegal structures.

They are part of a master plan devised by former PA Prime Minister, Salim Fayyad, whose stated intention is to build toward the establishment of a Palestinian state on the entire West Bank and the Gaza Strip, within the l967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital, regardless of Israel’s sovereignty in all that territory. His strategy is widespread illegal construction and development. 

This “facts on the ground” tactic is most glaring in the Ma’ale Adumim region, where hundreds of illegal residential structures, funded by the EU, have created a chain of PA outposts particularly along the Jerusalem Dead Sea Highway and in the southern Hebron Hills area. “There is no doubt about it”, says Naomi Khan of Regavim. “European activism has been the most decisive factor in the progress of the Fayyad Plan.”

“The method is simple,” she explained. “E.U. vehicles station water cisterns and solar panels in strategic spots in Area C. Bedouin clans then create encampments around these critical resources and the rest is history.”

For decades the legal and historical rights of Palestine, “the Jewish homeland”, approved by the League of Nations in 1920  and enshrined in international law, have been ignored or challenged. “Owners can’t be occupiers,” states Mark Vandermaas, founder of Israel Truth Week. 

The occupation lie has held forth for decades. There is a shocking lack of awareness and information on the topic of Israel’s legal  and historical rights.  Years ago, not enough attention was paid  to the emerging anti-Israel narrative.  The Arabs took advantage of this and mounted a huge propaganda machine, fueled with false data, distorted versions of history and out and out lies.          

“The deafening silence on this topic (Israel’s sovereignty) is what has allowed the BDS movement to thrive;  it is the very lifeblood of the charge of Israeli occupation,“ writes Naomi Kahn. “The message of Israel’s legal rights must be at the center of public discourse.”  

In l922, following WW1, the League of Nations, declared the area east and west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean, including the biblical heartland of the Jewish  people,-  Judea and Samaria, solely Jewish sovereignty and sealed it with legally binding documents valid under international law regardless of the passage of time. The League of Nations Mandate for Jewish Palestine unanimously approved by the world community, was allocated to the British, by the League, to oversee and facilitate Jewish immigration and development. In order to placate the Arabs, Britain, illegally, gave away land designated solely for the Jewish people, east of the Jordan River, to the Hashemites and it became Jordan.

The sovereignty of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel began in approximately 2000 BC, whereas Islam did not begin till the 7th century CE. In 1920, the League of Nations gave the Arabs sovereignty in all the other previously occupied Ottoman lands.  

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The Arabs in Israel and those who claim to be refugees, are for the most part, the descendants of Illegal immigrants who flooded into Palestine when Jewish resettlement drained the swamps,  restored the barren lands and improved the standard of living. In violation of their mandate, the British turned a blind eye to these immigrants, while blocking Jewish immigration – even those  fleeing the Holocaust  who had nowhere else to run.  

In 1882, there were fewer than 150,000 Arabs in the land. In 1933, in a period of three to four months, approximately 36,000 Arabs illegally entered Palestine from Syria. Thousands more came from other neighbouring Arab countries.

”Six million Jews who had the biblical, historical, indigenous and legal rights to live in the Jewish homeland were killed, while huge numbers of Arabs were allowed to enter illegally”, said Renanah Gemeiner, who helped organize the demonstration. “By not proclaiming loud and clear our land rights, including Arab non-indigeneity to the land, we are not only victims of our destruction, but architects of our demise.”

Despite all this, the Israeli government has taken hardly any military, law enforcement or diplomatic steps to prevent the Arab land grabs, according to Regavim. The Palestinians and their European co-conspirators want “facts on the ground” in areas that are of vital strategic importance,“ Kahn reported.

“Everyone who does not stand up for our land rights, has blood on their hands,” Gemeiner believes. “By proclaiming our land rights, soldiers would have been better protected, communities in Judea and Samaria would have been stronger and safer. Soldiers, children, women and men would have lived instead of being struck down by Arab terrorists.”

Goldi Steiner, co-founder with the late Salomon Benzimra of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights, has devoted many years to bringing awareness of Israel’s legal legitimacy to the world, even to Israel. “It is up to the Government of Israel to step up to the task. A task that has been neglected by successive governments over the years,“ she declared.  

“It is time overdue to defend our hard won land, declare sovereignty, not just on parts, not just on Area C, but over all the land that is ours, given to us under international law in San Remo in 1920, and the Mandate for Palestine, 1922 signed by 51 nations and unanimously approved of by the world community.”

On Monday, the coalition announced the appointment of Agnes Imani as Chief Administrative Officer. Agnes is the founder of Jews Against Antisemitism Canada and of the widely covered Antisemitism Toolbox, a 6 part lecture and hands on series.

She was awarded a certificate for her work on the ‘Antisemitism Toolbox’ by MPP Gila Martow, was named as one of the top 13 superstar Canadian activists by TheJ.ca, and one of 20 top movers and shakers by Yorkregion.com. Agnes sits on the Education Committee of CILR, and is also active in the Canadian chapter of #EndJewHatred.

Born in Hamilton, Doris has many years of experience as a multimedia journalist. She has worked in radio, television and print journalism and written on a variety of topics especially the crucial issues in Canadian and Jewish life today. She is also Co Chair of the Canadian Institute of Jewish Research in Toronto.

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