By Daphne Anson
While cameras roll an ageing Israel-bashing luvvie with the chutzpah to say that he’s an honorary Jew because he lives in New York takes a stroll in Hebron, one of the ancient holy cities of Judaism, and takes it upon himself to solve the Arab-Israel dispute by prescribing sacrifices only from Israel, naturellement.
Not a word, of course, about the long and dismal record of Arab rejectionism, as told well in this Speedy Media video (an oldie but a goody):
To quote David Singer here:
“Richard Gere must have lapped up all the media attention during his visit to Israel and especially Hebron. He has little conception of the Jewish-Arab conflict extending over the last 100 years and the refusal of the Arabs to accept any entitlement of the Jews to have their own State despite the decisions of the League of Nations and the United Nations.
Wonder if Breaking the Silence told him of the 1929 massacre of the Jewish community in Hebron and why Jews have every legal right to settle in Hebron under article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine.
The publicity he has received must however seem to him a welcome relief masking any questions from the media concerning his failure to achieve anything in Tibet for the last 35 years….
He should go back to America and take note that the Congress voted 502 votes to 12 in 2004 confirming that Israel must be recognised as the Jewish State by the PLO and that Israel could not be expected to withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines in any peace agreement.”
And to quote a member of the Schneerson family, who experienced the Arab Riots of 1929 in Hebron, where her parents ran a dairy:
‘I remember that I went up in the afternoon on the Friday [23 August] to serve the milk; I used to go on the road to Jerusalem on the main highway; nothing happened when I was walking, but when I was walking back I saw these little groups … of about ten Arabs here and there, talking. And as I was nearing home, one of them threw a stone at me and hit me in the cheek, and of course I started screaming and ran to the house, and as I ran up the stairs my father opened the door, dragged me in and shut the door again quickly. “We are leaving, we are going to our [i.e. her] grandparents,” he said, which was only down the road actually…
We took few belongings; we didn’t have time…. [M]y father said we were going to the hotel, and sure enough we went through the back way and ran through the different yards, and got to the hotel and there were already different people there. There was an elderly couple that came on holidays … and the doctor was upstairs, he was staying there; and a few of our friends came and then later I found out there were 33 souls staying there, my aunties and Uncle Sholem and his wife, and so on, and some friends. I’ll never forget, we locked all the doors, and they said we would be safer upstairs, so we all walked upstairs …
There we were, Esther [her sister] and I, standing at this big window, upstairs in the hotel, and when we were looking out to another house not very far at all, and it was called the Yeshiva School… where Orthodox young men were learning the Torah … that’s the house where they stayed, where they lived.
And … we could see the Arabs – they had hardly any guns but there were these long swords – screaming “Kill the Jews, kill the Jews” in Arabic.
And first they opened the doors, and a few minutes later they came out and … we could see the blood … on those swords … Anyway, the next thing, all of a sudden, the Arab who was the owner of the hotel – my grandparents were just running it, of course – and this wonderful man, this Arab, who was in his vineyard with his two wives … heard apparently of the massacre that was going on, and came running up with his wives … and said: “Come on, you are not safe here. Come down quickly.” He took us down the back steps to his home. It was one big room and off it were the bedrooms (and whatever other rooms), but we, all 33 of us, went into this room and sat down; and he locked the doors and put his two wives on guard outside the door…
We stayed there a day and a night, and then at one time the Arabs kept knocking and the women would say: “There are no Jewish people here … just our friends who are so afraid of you, you mustn’t do it.” They went away, lucky us! …
[M]y auntie had a baby, and she had her hand over the baby’s mouth because the baby was just starting to cry, and there were these Arabs standing outside…. You could smell the fear! … Then … this voice from outside near the school shouted “Help! Help!” It was our cousin; Slonim was his name. My father jumped up and he was running towards the door and the uncles got up and said to father: “Where do you think you’re going?” He said: “I’m going to help … they’re killing him.” They said: “You can’t do anything.” It was a really shocking moment.
… [Eliezer Dan] Slonim was the bank manager [the local branch of the Anglo-Palestine Bank], and he had all these people working for him, and amongst them was a friend of his, an Arab, a great friend of his, working there with him. And these Arabs were running up the steps to his home and he came up and saw his friend and he said: “Thank G-d it’s you. Now I feel safe.” And the fellow took a gun and shot him.
Then the others ran in and they stuck a sword down his wife’s throat. The couple had two boys, so they killed one of them, but the other one miraculously survived. They had a neighbour, a very big fat woman, wearing these big, big clothes that were hanging down, and she lay down on top of the other child. His name was Binyamin Slonim, and he is still alive today, somewhere in Israel…
These Arabs went around and killed and killed and massacred. Our baker, our poor darling baker; they lit the primus stove, and they put his head on it, and another was found upside down in the toilet. The toilet was just a hole in the ground; and they just did atrocious things….
[W]e saw bodies lying in different parts of the road. We saw bodies lying on the ground and being picked up, and when we came to the big square in front of the police station, there were so many dead lying around and so many people sitting next to them howling, crying, moaning, holding their heads. It was a terrible picture: there were bodies and blood everywhere, and one poor woman, whose husband was on a stretcher, was on her knees and her dress was all red with blood and she was crying for her husband and the scene was just absolutely shocking.’
In common with the rest of the ignorant anti-Israel “intelligentsia” Mr Gere might learn something too from David Brog, Executive Director of the Maccabee Task Force, in this lucid lecture for Prager University that even a five-year-old might be expected to comprehend:
In the uploader’s words:
Why don’t the Palestinians have their own country? Is it the fault of Israel? Of the Palestinians? Of both parties? David Brog …shares the surprising answers.
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