November 17, 2012


Hatched by Dafydd

According to Politico, here is the first tweet sent from the Associated Press anent a barrage of rockets:

Air raid sirens wail in Jerusalem, signaling a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel's capital.

And here is tweet 2, a half hour later:

Air raid sirens in Jerusalem signal a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel's self-declared capital. [Emphasis added. - DaH]

Now maybe it's just I, but -- isn't every capital a "self-declared capital?" Does any sovereign nation have a capital that was picked by some other country? What lunacy is this?

The lunacy comprises a combination of raw Jew hatred and politically-correct, line-toeing "presstitutes" who slavishly ape any position taken by the far Left. Here, the rule is that every country in the world can select its own capital city except the Jewish state, which must first get a seal of approval from all the antisemites at the Untied Nations. Jews are born guilty, you see, and have no rights, not even the right of sovereignty.

The AP, along with the rest of the Progressivist media, long ago bought into this cheery pronunciamento from the massmind. Hence, AP was appalled when one of its own paladins accidentally allowed as how the city that has been the legal capital of the state of Israel since its founding in 1948 and is still the legal capital today -- that is, Jerusalem -- should be called Israel's capital. They swiftly "corrected" their earlier "erroneous" tweet.

And judging from the first few comments, a vast, journalistic-industrial disinformation campaign has successfully convinced much of the country that the "legal" capital of Israel is Tel Aviv, which has never been true.

(Some left-liberal purists claim that, because Jerusalem was divided from the War of Independence in 1948 to the Six Day War in 1967, Tel Aviv was the capital. But as usual, the "purists" are wrong. Jerusalem has always been Israel's "self-declared capital," and no other was ever considered by any Israeli Jew. The confusion may have arisen because until 1967, East Jerusalem was controlled by Jordan. During some of that time, the Knesset met in Tel Aviv; but that was always a temporary, de facto expediency, not a de jure designation of a capital.)

Back to the appeasement mine. In fact, AP felt so strongly that Israel has no right to pick its own capital that it sent yet a third missive, this time an explanatory e-mail that is as insulting as it is snippy:

The air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem after the start of the Jewish Sabbath in the holy city, claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians as a capital and located about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Gaza. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket landed in an open area southeast of the city.

Actually, the context in which Palestinians claim that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel is that they deny that any country named "Israel" exists at all! Instead, they routinely refer to it, when absolutely necessary to do so, as "the Zionist entity," as if the entire nation of Israel and all its eight million people are nothing but a terrorist cult... a description that far better fits the West Bank and Gaza strip.

The lunacy continues: AP either buys into the idea that there is no such place as Israel, or else they believe that Palastinians should get to take Israel's capital for their own instead, despite the fact that they have never controlled Jerusalem or any part of it. The only areas ever rulled by Palestinians are those Israel, Egypt, or Jordan gave them for refugee purposes, which do not include the city in question. (Jordan controlled East Jerusalem for a few years, but Palestinians do not control Jordan and never have.)

Here is the timeline of who has ruled Jerusalem over the last few millennia:

  1. Obviously, there weren't any "Palestinians" ca. 2600 BC, when some archeologists believe Jerusalem was founded; we skip two thousand years to Roman times.
  2. The Roman Empire held it until the split between West and East, in AD 285; after that, Jerusalem was controlled by the Eastern Roman Empire, which eventually became the Byzantine Empire.
  3. In AD 634, Persia (under Omar ibn Hattab) wrested it away from the declining Byzantium.
  4. The Christian knights of the First Crusade conquered Jerusalem and environs in 1099, founding the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  5. Saladin -- a Kurd, which is ethnically Persian -- took it away from the Christians again in 1187; thus Jerusalem was controlled by Christians for 88 years.
  6. After a brief (1244-1250) interlude under the control of the Khwarezmian Tartars, Jerusalem was held by the Mamluks (none of them Arabic), who ruled Egypt until the 16th century.
  7. In 1517, the Turkish Ottoman Empire conquered Egypt and so also Jerusalem. The Ottomans remained in control until 1917.
  8. In that year, the British took control of the the Holy Land after demolishing the Ottoman Empire.

Notice the curious discovery: Until the 20th century, no Arab dynasty had ever ruled over any part of modern-day Israel.

The British Mandate was subsequently divided, via the League of Nations, into three parts: The Iraq Mandate, the Transjordan Mandate, and the Palestinian Mandate. (Despite the name, the Palestinian Mandate was not ruled by Palestinians, but by Brits.)

  1. In 1948, Great Britain withdrew from its Arab mandates, and Israel declared its independence. For the very first time in 1948, Jerusalem was partitioned between Jews and Arabs; specifically, between the new nation of Israel and the nation of Jordan, with Jordan controlling the eastern half of the city (which includes most of the holy sites, such as the Temple Mount).
  2. On December 13th, 1948, the Israeli Knesset proclaimed Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
  3. And of course, in the Six Day War of 1967, Israel captured East Jerusalem and all the territory up to the west bank of the Jordan River.

Conclusions: Despite many conquerings, western Jerusalem has never, in all human history, been ruled or controlled by any Arab country, nor by the Arab subgroup now called Palestinians. They were ruled by many Moslem empires -- Persian, Mamluk, and Turkish -- but never by Arabs (Palestinians are Arabs).

East Jerusalem was controlled by Arab Jordanians from 1948-9 to 1967, about 19 years; but Palestinians are a despised and powerless people in Jordan, though they make up much of the population. The three kings of Jordan during the only period in which Arabs controlled any part of Jerusalem -- Abdullah I, Talal, and Hussein -- were Hashemites originally from Mecca; in fact, Abdullah and Talal were both born there (Talal's son Hussein was born in Jordan in 1935).

In other words, Palestinians have no claim whatsoever on any part of Jerusalem, other than the radical argument that proceeds, "We want it, they have it, let's go get it!" Or in this case, "We want it, they have it, let's get the United Nations to go get it for us!" (Yep, they can't even manage their own looting.)

Finally, it makes not a whit of difference whether other countries choose to locate their embassies in Tel Aviv, rather than Jerusalem; none of that makes Tel Aviv the capital, because nothing done by San Salvadore or Saudi Arabia or even the United States is binding upon the location of Israel's own capital. Thus, there is no logical, legal, philosophical, moral, or religous argument that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, and "journalists" who pretend that there is some question about it are either lying in their teeth because they hate Jews, or they are kow-towing to the Arab League and other Moslems out of fear or bribery or trendy leftist cant.

For heaven's sake, American news media, put an end to this farce and stop making yourselves look foolish and antisemitic! Be a mensch. The Palestinians may "claim" Jerusalem; heck, in the mid-19th century in San Francisco, Joshua Norton proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico, and King of the Jews. But calling a tail a king doesn't make it a king.

It's Alfred Jarry-esque to argue that Yemen or Belgium or Monaco gets to pick Israel's capital city, any more than Canada should get to pick Belgium's capital. You think? It always amazes me how fools of the press can tie their brains into Gordian Knots, just to support the Party line.

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and will remain so until either (a) Israel legally changes to a different city, or (b) Israel is conquered, or (c) destroyed. Since (a) will never happen, and (b, c) seem highly unlikely at this juncture, it's time for newspapers, TV and radio news, and internet services just accept that they cannot rewrite reality.

They can only behave like nitwits; that is the God-given freedom of the press.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, November 17, 2012, at the time of 11:40 AM


The following hissed in response by: GW

A completely off topic comment. Over at Drudge, they are running a headline, "Big lizards scare Secret Service ahead of Obama's Thailand visit..." In the first 1/10th after reading it, my thought was, good God, what did Dafydd write?

The above hissed in response by: GW [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2012 8:41 AM

The following hissed in response by: mdgiles

Not correct. The Arabs conquered Palestine from the Byzantines in 632AD. The ruled the area under the Rashidun Caliphate from 632AD to 661AD. And under the Umayyad Caliphate, from 661AD to 750AD. Those were the only purely Arab regimes to ever rule in the area Israel now occupies. All of 118 years.

The above hissed in response by: mdgiles [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2012 10:23 AM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh


Ah, you are correct; I must have missed that in the article I was studying.

While it's true that Arabs ruled Jerusalem for 118 years shortly after Mohammed's death, I will at least point out that both those dynasties were built on families from Mecca (pals of Mohammed), in what is now Saudi Arabia... so they were decidedly not "Palestinians." (That is, they were never from the area now encompassed by Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza.)

So still, the so-called Palestinians have no claim whatsoever to any part of Jerusalem. (Other than covetousness, of course.)


The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 19, 2012 12:18 PM

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