Note: I gave up blogging a while back because it appeared that few were reading them and fewer still were discussing them. However, I like expressing my opinions on public issues and so will resume periodic blog posts. If no one reads them, that’s their loss, not mine.
Recently the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 which states that Israel’s settlement activity in Palestine constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”. The resolution demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligation as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
I agree wholeheartedly with this resolution. But I would have taken it one step further. I believe Israel should be required to remove it’s army of occupation from Palestine IMMEDIATELY.
Here’s why. In 1967 the Palestinians and other Arab countries attacked Israel. Within a few weeks Israel defeated her enemies. Israel then put an army of occupation in Palestine. Now, half a century later, the occupation army is still there. Still worse, Israelis have been moving to Palestine, taking homes and land from Palestinians (often without paying for them) and building Israeli settlements on that land.
To help you understand how that feels to the Palestinians, consider the following. Suppose Germany had won World War II and then put an army occupation in the United States. Suppose that occupying force was still here. And, finally, suppose Gerrmans came here and took your home, and the homes of your neighbors, forcing you out and moving in to your and your neighbors homes. That would be manifestly unjust. So is what Israel is doing to the nation of Palestine.
Some of the Jewish settlers justify their settlements by saying Palestine, historically was part of Israel that had been called Judea and Samaria. The fact is those were separate kingdoms since at least the nine hundreds BC. That’s nearly 3,000 years ago. Calling Palestine part of Israel, based on history, just doesn’t work.
Israel’s army of occupation in the nation of Palestine is illegal. Israel should be required to remove those occupying forces. Our nation’s continuing support of Israel should be conditioned on their doing that. Unfortunately, that is not likely to happen soon.