October 2, 2014

The World Post, and a site affiliated with the Huffington Post often publishes some of the worst anti Israel bias seconded only to al Jeezera . And, apparently they are at it again. First it was Mark Levine of the University of California at Irvine and Gil Hochburg of UCLA. This time it was  Charles Cogan, of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. World Post pulled the blog off his web page.

If you want to read his original entry on which this article retorts go here 

It’s disgraceful that a person of letters would distort history the way Professor Cogan is doing here, but I guess that’s part of our devolution of society that our academic historians no longer are interested in truth but only a politically correct narrative that expresses a distorted history.

That’s what Stalin’s people did. He really should be ashamed of himself.

In  his short article “Bibi’s never, never land,” he writes that Netanyahu, “skirted the issue”  to his statement:

“I’m ready to make a historic compromise, not because Israel occupies a foreign land. The people of Israel are not occupiers in the land of Israel. History, archaeology and common sense all make clear that we have had a singular attachment to this land for over 3,000 years.”

Professor Cogan referenced the above, which was a stretch at best to his belief that too many Zionist’s still hold that Palestine is ” a land without a people for a people without a land.”

He then qualifies the statement in the next paragraph remarking, “Unless you regard as invisible the 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank (by Israeli estimates), Israel is certainly occupying the land they live on.”

I guess this is supposed to show the complete dismissal of the Palestinian population by the criminal Israeli government. Maybe that’s because it’s a Jewish government?  After all the forces that advocate this kind of view  believe Jews are insensitive, overbearing and since they already have all the money why not insult the Prime Minsister of Israel’s intelligence with such an outrageous accusation.

Even Jews who profess this hatred, who professor Cogan might be one, have been brainwashed into thinking their own people are about as evil as the Nazis said they were. So, why not promote statements like “a land without a people,  for a people without a land” now in 2014. It fits with the vindictive narrative that you experience all over the internet.

The expression “a land without a people for a people without a land” is from the 19th century. Historian Anita Shapira in her book “Land and Power, the Zionist resort to Force, 1881-1948 confirms that  the slogan “was common among Zionists at the end of the nineteenth, and the beginning of the twentieth century.” This citation is not exclusive by any means. You can get this from any history of Zionism that you pick off the book shelf. The professor knows this, like most others know it, they just won’t admit to it.

It’s an historical expression, like “tippie canoe and tyler too” or “praised the lord and pass the ammunition.” It’s context is totally 19th century. But, Professor Cogan wants us all to believe that it continues to be popular in Zionist thought.

What the professor leaves out is that 19th century Palestine was  a very empty place, prompting some to quote a slogan like that. Palestine was in a severe state of decline. Poverty was everywhere, industry had fallen off to almost nothing to what it had been during the hey-day of the Ottoman Empire. To the credit of the Zionist movement by the way, by the onset of ‘World War I, Palestine was beginning to show signs of economic prosperity. In less than forty years, the Jewish presence turned that wasteland around.

Mark Twain in “Innocents Abroad” wrote in 1867 going for days out on the road and not passing one human being. Jerusalem had a population of only 26,000 people compared to today of close to one million.

According to the Ottoman census of the 19th century that region had only 300,000 people just before the Jews began to arrive. That Ottoman region, better known as the Levant, covers today’s, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan and the northern sections of Saudi Arabia and part of Iraq. That same area today contains almost 30 million people.

Before the Professor ends his invective he calls Prime Minister Netanyahu’s assertion a “pipe dream,” that Israel might partner with other Arab states in the area against the Jihadists or Iran if they come close to building a nuclear device.

How does he know that? Has he not been paying attention lately or is he privy to some intelligence in the area that the rest of us don’t have?

It’s been fairly well publicized that Israel has been conducting back channel negotiations with the Saudis in reference to forward bases in an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. It’s also fairly well known that Israel has a pretty good relationship with Azerbaijan with the same purpose in mind. Of course, these relationships are kept on the down low because of the obvious problems they could cause with those countries’ Muslim populations.

I would suggest professor  Cogan immerse himself a little more into the current events of the middle East to avoid embarrassing himself again in this matter.

Can I take an “Oh Brother” moment?

 

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