Wednesday, August 17, 2022

What, exactly, is an Israeli settler, from the point of view of the Arab terrorist? I ask because Sunday morning I woke up to news of an Arab terror attack in Jerusalem on private cars and a bus that all told, wounded 8.

Some of the victims were tourists from Brooklyn, yet according to Elder of Ziyon (Data point: Palestinian media calls terror victims "settlers," Arab media calls them "Jews" (or "Israelis")), local Arab media referred to the collective victims as “settlers.”

Elder correctly notes that calling the victims “settlers” implies that they are guilty and deserved to be attacked. But Jerusalem is a cosmopolitan city and a major tourist magnet. Anyone could have been riding in that bus or in a private car on the streets of Jerusalem: a Thai worker, religious pilgrims of various faiths and nationalities, a Jerusalem Arab, Nancy Pelosi. Or, as in this case, Jewish tourists from Brooklyn. The percentage of actual settlers that are likely to have been on that bus or in passing cars—that is to say Israeli Jews who actually  live in Judea and Samaria—is likely to mirror the percentage of actual settlers in Israel, fewer than five percent.

The world, of course, likes to play fast and easy with the definition of “settler” when it comes to Jews. To the haters, every Jew who lives in Israel is a “settler” because the haters deem Jews living in their indigenous territory as European squatters on Arab land. But even if you consider every single Israeli Jew to be a settler, the tourists from Brooklyn certainly do not qualify. They don’t live in Jerusalem. They don’t live in Israel. They aren’t staying. They haven’t made Aliyah. How then, does the media get away with calling these Brooklyn tourists “settlers?”

The answer is, no one cares. The word “settler” is an excuse, a pretext for murder. The accusation is enough: the passengers MIGHT have been settlers. Therefore terrorists can kill them. But the only reason terrorists try to kill them is because they might have been JEWS. 

The others who die? Not a problem. They can be martyrs for the cause.* That is, if they’re Muslims.

Well, that covers any Muslims who happened to get in the way. But what about the others? Through the years, many non-Jews have been killed in Arab terror attacks. And they are definitely not settlers.

The answer? Who cares? Maybe they weren’t Jews, but they MIGHT have been Jews. Good enough reason to eliminate them. Because they might have been settlers.

But again, I’m left with the question: What is a settler? It can’t be someone like me who lives in Judea. Because the Arabs are the latecomers to the region and my people have been in Judea for thousands of years.

You and I know, of course, that this is the entire point of the settler designation: to make it seem the other way around: as if the Jews originate in Europe, while the Arabs originate in “Palestine.” Which is complete bullpucky, and which is why I won’t call Arabs “Palestinians.” That narrative is an inversion of the truth.

Arabs are not Palestinians, because there has never been a state called Palestine, and certainly not an Arab state by that name. Hence there can be no such Arab nationality, there being no nation with which such a nationality might be associated.

Arabs are Arabs. They come from Saudi Arabia. Jews, meanwhile, are Jews. They come from—HELLO—Judea.

The Arabs and their worldwide fan club want you to think they come from Eretz Israel, so they gave themselves a fake name—Palestinian—and the media swallowed it whole. But that doesn’t mean you or anyone else has to believe it or use it. Just as no one needs to invent the name "settler" for Jews who happen to live in Judea, to make it sound as if the Jews have never been there before—as if the Jews invented the history of their sojourn in their God-given indigenous territory.

Some swallow whole the line that all Israeli Jews are settlers, no matter where they live. Others believe that only those who live over the Green Line are "settlers." But all those who use the word "settler" as epithet, fall into one or both of the following two categories: Ignorant, stupid sheeple with no critical thinking skills, or antisemites—and yes, that includes progressive, self-hating Jews—who think that throwing around words like “Zionist” and “settler” lends legitimacy to their hate for the Jewish people.

After all, if the media, who does this for a living, can call tourists from Brooklyn, “settlers,” then who are they—the masses—to question this?

The fact is, they don’t have to. So they don’t. Because all’s fair in love and war and stealing Jewish land.

*'cause they want our land.

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