Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Land that was seized from the Arabs"

Reuters has a new kid reporting on its Middle East block but the agency's Arabist line is safe with Crispian Balmer.  With assistance from Israel-hating astrology freak Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Balmer sweeps away the 3,500+ year history of Jewish civilization and communities in the eastern portion of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") with the following historical reconstruction:
More than 430,000 Jews live in well over 100 settlements established across the West Bank and East Jerusalem on land that was seized from the Arabs by Israel in a 1967 war.
Balmer doesn't mention that the land was part of the Jewish national homeland for centuries before invasion, conquest, occupation, and expulsion of the Jews by successive waves of colonizers including the Romans and the Arabs, the latter whom are, of course, indigenous to the Arabian peninsula -- not Israel, Judea and Samaria, nor Jerusalem.

For Balmer, as for the rest of the Arabist amnesiacs at Reuters, Middle East history begins in 1967.

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