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There should be an annual prize for the country or group that tells the biggest, the grandest, and the most outrageous lie. My nomination for this year and previous years is BDS, and their associates, for the big lie about Israel being an occupying state, an apartheid state, and a brutal state.

As part of this lie is the lie about the nature of the Palestinians, that they are a peaceful, loving and oppressed group waiting to fill the world, especially Jews and Israelis, with their love and affection. The success of their lies, as expressed by BDS and their associates, in an unsuspecting and naive world makes them deserve this year’s “Biggest Lie in the World” prize. 

The lie begins with the denial, rejection, and attempted destruction of more than 2000 years of Israelite, Jewish and Israeli civilization in the Holy Land.   

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We have all heard the unproven allegation that Israeli soldiers killed 12 year old Muhammad Al-Durrah. That allegation scene gave sympathy to the Palestinian cause.  Postage stamps in the Middle East carried his image. Only after 13 years of anti-Israel publicity was it determined that the Palestinians were probably to blame for the killing. That is a long time to castigate Israel.

It was excellent false publicity for BDS and the Palestinians, but disastrous for Israel. THIRTEEN years to refute the Al-Durrah lie. That lie was definitely a winner.  

We have also heard the lies about Israelis killing Palestinians children, being anti-gay, poisoning the Palestinian wells and oppressing the now independent Gaza. Each small but persistent lie has left its mark. 

The biggest and most persistent lie is that Israel is an occupying nation. Think about it for a moment. An occupying nation like Canada, comes to a land that has a population and culture, occupies land already being used by the earlier culture, kills many of its people, and dominates or subjugates the earlier culture. Is that what happened to Palestine and Palestinians? 

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In 1890 Jews began to enter what was then called Palestine. Except for a brief post Muslim-Christian period around 1400, Jews had always lived in “Palestine” and their passports showed that “Palestine” was their country. That however was not true, as Palestine was not a country but was an area of land, named by the Romans and annexed by the Turks.

The people who lived in what is now Israel were mostly poor peasant farmers, often tilling land owned by Syrian landlords. There were a few cities, the largest of which was Jerusalem which was 80% Jewish in the 1890”s. The total population in the 1890’s reached a maximum of 500,000 people.

Since this desolate land was owned and ruled by Turkey, how could a few hundred poor Jews in the late 1800’s move to Israel and conquer it from Turkey and occupy it? The answer is simple. The Jews wanted the land to become a haven for all Jews. This they could not do as peasant farmers, so they bought the land from the Turks – one piece of farmland or swampland at a time – and with the financial help of worldwide Jewry, and the large number of Jewish immigrants and Arab workers from neighbouring Arab lands, turned the pitiful Turkish land into healthy productive farms. Jews also improved impoverished cities and created Tel Aviv on the shores of the Mediterranean. Then, in 1948, as the British left, the Jews claimed the land as theirs and called it Israel.

But wait. There is more to the story than Jews living in Palestine for generations and beginning in the 19the century, buying, living in and developing most of Israel. There is a political side to the story.

In 1948 the Turks lost the war to Britain and with it lost the area called Palestine to the British. In 1921 at a United Nations conference in San Remo, Italy, it was declared that the land composed of all of the land which is now Israel, including Judea and Samaria (the West Bank of the Jordan River) and about 1/2 of what is now Jordan, would be reserved as a sanctuary for Jewish immigrants.

This was adopted by the new League of Nations on July 24, 1922 and by the United Nations on November 2, 1917 codifying into international law, and granting historical rights to the Jewish people, and only to the Jewish people, when Jewish Israel had a small population of about 500,000 people, living on a small portion of this area originally designed by the United Nations to be reserved for Jews. 

A 1910 map of Palestine, written in Yiddish. (Image: @elderofzion)

A small part of this area, not including parts that are now Jordan, was accepted as Israel by the United Nations, but not accepted by the 5 attacking Arab countries.

In 1967, in a defensive war against the huge odds of fighting 5 much larger Arab states, the IDF, the Jewish army, defeated its attackers and claimed all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Judean desert as its own. It has since given the desert to Egypt, and Gaza to Hamas. Judea and Samaria, or the west bank of the Jordan River remains in Israeli hands. 

The Israelis are therefore not occupiers. They are owners, as purchasers of land, under international law, and most importantly to the world, by conquest in a defensive war.  

Did Israel occupy the land by killing the natives as done in Canada and the United States? 

No. In fact most of the ancestors of the Palestinians entered Israel in the early 1900’s as labourers for Jews who had purchased land.

Based on the above, is the idea and propaganda that Israelis are occupiers of Palestinian land true?

I don’t think so. It took 13 years to refute the Al-Durrah lies. I hope it takes less time to refute “the big lie” of Israeli “occupation and all the BDS smaller slanders about Israel. 

Are the Palestinians an oppressed people looking for peace, love, and affection? I don’t think so. They are discontented, ungrateful, insurgents, who have developed a society based on the hatred of Jews and the destruction of Israel.

It is time to expose the real Palestinians, their society, discontents and lies, to the world. It is time to give BDS their achievement award – the Biggest Lie in the World prize. 

Jonathan Usher was born in Montreal. He graduated from Queen’s Law School in 1963 and moved to Toronto where he has lived since. In the past 20 years of retirement he has become a very prolific and published letter-to-the-editor writer and conservative, social iconoclast.

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