Tuesday, June 05, 2007
After Holocaust Revisionism now Coems Six Day War Revisionism
June 5, 2007
Boycotting the Jews
June 5, 2007
Palestinian rocket attacks against Israeli civilians are intensifying,
Hamas leaders are calling for the destruction of the Jewish state and Gaza
descends into chaos. For the British left that naturally calls for a
boycott of, you've guessed it, Israel.
Britain's University and College Union last Wednesday urged its 120,000
members to shun Israeli academic institutions. The next day, Unison,
representing 1.3 million public-service employees in the U.K., said it
will discuss a boycott against Israeli goods at its annual conference
starting June 19. This follows a call in April by 130 British doctors to
expel Israel from the World Medical Association and a call that same month
by the National Union of Journalists to boycott Israeli goods.
In the case of the university teachers, boycotts violate the very essence
of academia, the free exchange of ideas and research. But the obsession
with Israel has little to do with unbiased scientific inquiry; instead,
it's a perversion of the truth. For the professors' union, Israel is
supposedly an "apartheid state" uniquely deserving of punishment. The same
holds for the other groups listed above.
Not every criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. But the inverse, that
criticism of the Jewish state is never anti-Semitic, can't be true either.
To judge Israel by standards different than those applied to any other
nation is racist in effect if not intent. That racism has become the
British left's not so new defining ideology.
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8. The Six Day War June 5, 2007
By BRET STEPHENS
No Pyrrhic Victory
June 5, 2007; Page A22
On the morning of June 5, 1967, a fleet of low-flying Israeli jets
surprised the Egyptian air force on the ground and destroyed it. This act
of military pre-emption helped save Israel from what Iraq's then-President
Abdul Rahman Aref had called, only several days earlier, "our opportunity
. . . to wipe Israel off the map." Yet 40 years later Israel's victory is
widely seen as a Pyrrhic one -- "a calamity for the Jewish state no less
than for its neighbors," according to a recent editorial in the Economist.
And the alternative was?
The Six Day War is supposed to be the great pivot on which the modern
history of the Middle East hinges, the moment the Palestinian question
came into focus and Israel went from being the David to the Goliath of the
conflict. It's a reading of history that has the convenience of offering a
political prescription: Rewind to the status quo ante June 5, arrange a
peace deal, and the problems that have arisen since more or less go away.
Or so the thinking goes.
Israeli soldiers by Western Wall, June 1967.
Yet the striking fact is that all of Israel's peace agreements -- with
Egypt in 1979, with the Palestinians in 1993, with Jordan and Morocco in
1994 -- were achieved in the wake of the war. The Jewish state had gained
territory; the Arab states wanted it back. Whatever else might be said for
the land-for-peace formula, it's odd that the people who are its strongest
advocates are usually the same ones who bemoan the apparent completeness
of Israel's victory in 1967.
Great events have a way not only of reshaping the outlook for the future
but also our understanding of the past, usually in the service of clarity.
"Why England Slept" was an apt question to ask of Britain in the
mid-1930s, but it made sense only after Sept. 1, 1939. By contrast, the
Six Day War laid a thick fog over what came before. Today, the pre-1967
period is remembered (not least by many Israelis) as a time when the
country's conscience was clear and respectable world opinion admired
"plucky little Israel." Yet these were the same years when Israel lived
within what Abba Eban, its dovish foreign minister, called "Auschwitz
borders," with only nine miles separating the westernmost part of the West
Bank from the Mediterranean Sea.
It is also often said today that the Six Day War humiliated the Arabs and
propelled the region into future rounds of fighting. Yet President Aref of
Iraq had prefaced his call to destroy Israel by describing the war as the
Arabs' chance "to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since
1948." It is said that the war inaugurated the era of modern terrorism, as
the Arab world switched from a strategy of conventional confrontation with
Israel to one of "unconventional" attacks. Yet hundreds of Israelis had
already been killed in fedayeen raids in Israel's first 19 years of
It is said that the Palestinian movement was born from Israel's occupation
of Gaza and the West Bank. Yet the Palestine Liberation Organization was
already in its third year of operations when the war began. It is said
that Israel enjoyed international legitimacy so long as it lived behind
recognized frontiers. Yet those frontiers were no less provisional before
1967 than they were after. Only after the Six Day War did the Green Line
come to be seen as the "real" border.
Fog also surrounds memories of the immediate aftermath of the war. To read
some recent accounts, a more sagacious Israel could have followed up its
historic victory with peace overtures that would have spared everyone the
bloody entanglements of its occupation of the Sinai, Gaza, the West Bank
and the Golan Heights. Or, failing that, it could have resisted the lure
of building settlements in the territories in order not to complicate a
In fact, the Israeli cabinet agreed on June 19 to offer the Sinai to Egypt
and the Golan to Syria in exchange for peace deals. In Khartoum that
September, the Arab League declared "no peace with Israel, no recognition
of Israel, no negotiations with it." As for Jewish settlements, hardly any
were built for years after the war: In 1972, for instance, only about 800
settlers had moved to the West Bank.
It's true that the war caused Israel to lose friends abroad. "Le peuple
juif, s.r de lui meme et dominateur" ("the Jewish people, sure of
themselves and domineering") was Charles de Gaulle's memorable line in
announcing, in November 1967, that France would no longer supply Israel
militarily. Such were the Jewish state's former friends.
On the other hand, Israel gained new friends. The U.S., whose declared
policy during the war was to be "neutral in thought, word and deed," would
never again pretend such indifference, something that made all the
difference to Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tens of thousands of
American and European Jews immigrated to Israel after 1967, sensing it was
a country not on the brink of extinction. Christian evangelicals also
became Israel's firm friends, expanding the political base of American
support beyond its traditionally narrow, Jewish-Democratic core.
None of this is to say that the Six Day War was an unalloyed (or unironic)
blessing for Israel. By gaining control of the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip, Israel swapped its old territorial insecurities for new demographic
ones. As Palestinian numbers grew, Israel's efforts to find a new
strategic equilibrium -- first through negotiations with the PLO, later
through unilateral withdrawals -- became increasingly frenetic. Who knows
whether they will succeed.
Then again, when the sun rose on June 5, 1967, Israel was a poor,
desperately vulnerable country, which threw the dice on its own survival
in the most audacious military strike of the 20th century. It is
infinitely richer and more powerful today, sure in its alliance with the
U.S. and capable of making concessions inconceivable 40 years ago. If
these are the fruits of Israel's "Pyrrhic Victory," it needs more such of
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From NGO Monitor
Summary: Many politicized and EU-funded NGOs that contribute to the
demonization of Israel are holding activities and publishing reports
coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of the 1967 War. These
activities portray a one-sided view of events, repeating the Palestinian
narrative and providing a distorted history of the war. The NGOs involved
include the EU-funded Machsom Watch, War on Want, and ICAHD, as well as
Amnesty International, Sabeel, Rabbis for Human Rights, and Christian Aid.
These events are further exemplaries of biased political agendas that are
inconsistent with promoting universal human rights, and highlight the
danger of government funding for these NGOs.
Many NGOs are holding activities during the week of June 5, 2007, to
coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the 1967 war. These activities
which range from demonstrations and lobbying to lengthy and biased
reports, portray a one-sided view of events, based on the Palestinian
narrative. These initiatives provide a distorted history of the war,
most notably by ignoring Nasser.s eviction of UN peacekeepers, strangling
the port of Eilat, the military build-up and threats to destroy Israel
made by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria prior to the fighting. The policy of
Arab rejectionism subsequent to the war and the history of UN Resolution
242 are similarly omitted.
These events are spearheaded by politicized, EU-funded NGOs such as
Machsom Watch, War on Want and ICAHD as well as Amnesty International,
Sabeel, and Rabbis for Human Rights, as analyzed in detail in the
Kibush 40 Coalition
A group of NGOs, known for their anti-Israel political agendas (many of
which received funds from European governments), have formed a coalition
called Kibush 40 (Occupation 40). Members include the US Campaign to End
the Israeli Occupation (including Friends of Sabeel and Pax Christi),
Enough (an NGO group including War on Want), ICAHD, and Machsom Watch.
The coalition was formed for "six days of actions to mark forty years of
occupation, on June 6 to 12, 2007.. Kibush 40 puts the entire
responsibility of the conflict on Israel and uses the rhetoric of
demonization, calling for .days of action. because .the Israeli government
evades negotiations that would end the occupation and lead to a just
peace, the lives of Palestinians continue to be crushed daily by closures
and economic strangulation, [and] their land confiscated for settlements
and their communities made into prisons by the Segregation Wall..
The six-day .convergence. will include protests, calls for boycotting
Israel, and .direct actions.. For example, The US Campaign to End the
Israeli Occupation is holding "a protest, teach-in and lobby day" on June
10-11 and Enough is holding a "major national demonstration and rally" in
London on June 9, under the banner .The World Says No to Israeli
Occupation.. A flyer advertising the event utilizes an image of Israeli
soldiers aiming automatic weapons at Palestinian schoolgirls. Ismail
Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, will
deliver a videotaped message to the demonstrators. The Enough coalition
lays sole blame on Israel and attributes Palestinian suffering not just to
the .Occupation. but to the creation of Israel itself.
Amnesty International.s .Enduring Occupation. Report
In conjunction with the anniversary, Amnesty International has issued a
press release and 52-page report employing .Durban Strategy. rhetoric,
entitled .Enduring Occupation: Palestinians Under Siege in the West
Bank.. NGO Monitor has published detailed analysis of Amnesty's
disproportionate publications that focuses primarily on Israel using
claims that lack credibility or have been proven false. (See here for NGO
Monitor.s coverage). This report is no exception. It is replete with
unverifiable claims, factual distortions and misstatements. The report
places full responsibility for the conflict on Israel, with minimal
reference to Palestinian terror. There is no mention of widespread
corruption within the Palestinian economic and social systems, the
international boycott of Hamas as a terror organization, and the continued
mismanagement of funds by the Palestinians. Emotive language is employed,
such as the highly charged opening implication that Israel deliberately
kills Palestinian children. The report also falsely implies that Israeli
security measures are enacted solely to benefit .settlers. or in order to
discriminate against Palestinians on the basis of race. Most
disturbingly, Amnesty abuses Holocaust terminology and metaphors, such as
the "Wall of Death" (page 10), which is associated with the Auschwitz
Moreover, the report completely misrepresents Israel.s separation barrier,
ignoring the precipitous decline in terror attacks following the barrier.s
construction. Amnesty instead attributes the decline in terror attacks to
the so-called 2005 .cease fire. with Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist
organizations, ignoring the many suicide bombings, shooting attacks,
Qassam rocket attacks, and kidnappings of Israeli civilians during that
time, as well as the hundreds of attempted attacks that were thwarted by
the very security measures that Amnesty condemns. Amnesty does not
distinguish between civilians and combatants when referring to Palestinian
casualties, nor does the group acknowledge the systematic use of civilian
human shields by Palestinian terror groups. The authors of this Amnesty
document provide no sources to verify their statistical claims, and many
of the other statements repeat the unverified claims of Machsom Watch,
B.tselem, Yesh Din, and Peace Now.
June 5th Initiative
The .June 5th Initiative for Israeli-Palestinian Peace . which describes
itself as a .civil society initiative. is endorsed by a number of Israeli,
Palestinian and international NGOs. While the participants claim to
advocate .a peaceful compromise based on the .two-states for two peoples.
formula on the basis of the 1967 borders,. this is a partisan, political
activity which falls outside the remit of these organizations. NGOs
supporting the initiative include the EU-funded Machsom Watch and the
Parents Circle-Family Forum, Combatants for Peace, Yesh Din, and Rabbis
for Human Rights. The week-long event includes international activities
such as a Tel Aviv screening of a .presentation on the Israeli
checkpoints., marches, academic conferences, art exhibits, tours, and mock
The website contains a section on Endorsements where NGOs and individuals
have pledged their support of the initiative. An endorsement letter which
calls for .an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and end to the
occupation. is included for organizations and individuals to sign in
Hebrew, English and Arabic. The June 5th Initiative lacks transparency
regarding funding and it is unclear whether individuals or organizations
endorsing the initiative have donated money. Endorsements have been
received from a wide range of organizations such as the Palestinian Human
Rights Monitoring Group which in a 2004 press release, argued "[b]y such
acts of violence, Israel is bringing disaster to its own people.". Other
organizations include the Norwegian Peace Association and the Holy Land
Christian Ecumenical Foundation which frequently draws a moral equivalence
between the acts of terrorists and Israeli counter-terrorism operations.
Other NGO Activity
KAIROS is asking congregations to hold prayer sessions on June 3rd for "a
lasting peace for both Israelis and Palestinians". Despite KAIROS' mention
of .suicide bombings and other forms of attacks. within Israel, it accuses
Israel of being responsible for the current conflict and cites to
B.Tselem.s disputed statistics on Palestinian casualties.
Friends of Sabeel-North America is promoting a conference organized by the
Voices for Middle East Justice. While the conference organizers professes
that "Israel has the same rights to safety and security within its borders
as any other nation of the world", they omit any reference to Palestinian
violence and declare that they .oppose and reprove any efforts to
influence United States public policy that deny or ignore the
disproportionate violence that Israelis inflict upon Palestinians..
Christian Aid has released a report to coincide with the anniversary
entitled .Israel & Palestine: A Question of Viability,. which minimizes
the role of Palestinian terrorism and corruption as a major factor in
Palestinian poverty and Israeli security measures, and instead lays blame
on the .occupation. and the .settlers..
Rather than promoting peace and human rights for both Israelis and
Palestinians, the NGOs involved in the events described above are
exploiting the fortieth anniversary of the 1967 War as a further occasion
to demonize and internationally isolate Israel. Moreover, these events
are another opportunity for NGOs to promote the Palestinian narrative and
engage in historical revision regarding the war and even Israel.s
creation. Such activities are blatantly political and government funding
of the NGOs for these goals is counterproductive and unjustified.
1. In 2006, attempted terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians
actually increased dramatically. In addition to the many attempted
stabbings, shootings, mortar, and rocket attacks, 71 attempted suicide
bombings were thwarted by Israeli anti-terrorism measures.
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