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Mark is the director of the Office for Israeli Constitutional Law (OFICL), advocating Jewish rights to all the Land of Israel under International and Domestic law and lectures and educates about Jewish legal rights.
From 2002–2006, Mark was INN-TV's news editor, producer, and studio anchor, and he served as the General Manager of Israel Independent TV news from 2006-2009.
I received a rather nasty reply on my Youtube page to an Israelity! program I did criticizing Israeli praise for the United Nations Partition Plan—what I refer to as the Jewish Nakba.
I have stated before that I do not censor anyone because they disagree with me or criticize me or my positions (or my tie or kippah). I did not approve this comment because the language used did not live up to my acceptable standards for publication on my site, but I did respond to the writer. I want to share a (censored) version of the letter and my response. I want to stress that the Internet has made communication so easy, both for Lashon Tov and Lashon HaRah (good speech and evil Speech), and we need to use our communications to push for positive change not promote hatred and contempt.
Here's my response to the comment with the original post quoted:
I'm sorry I cannot post your comment because of the language used.
However, I will address your comments.
"You're a Jewish traitor to your people. You think that by kissing the Arab **** you'll be spared if the Arabs ever won. You are a disgrace to the 30,000 brave Israeli boys & girls who sacrificed their lives fighting with honor for their country & homeland."
Obviously, you have no understanding about what I stand for. International law says all the Land of Israel/Palestine belongs as an inalienable right to the Jewish People and may not under any circumstance be partitioned, divided, ceded, or leased to any other authority.
I am the director of an Israeli organization called the Office for Israeli Constitutional Law (OFICL). OFICL fights to secure the rights that were recognized as belonging to the Jewish People in the Jewish National Home.
Arabs, likewise, also have the right of self-determination in their territories recognized under International law. However, the right of Arab self-determination does not exist anywhere between the Mediterranean Sea and the border of Iraq. Those borders include what today comprises Israel with all Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (AKA West Bank), the Golan, all of Jordan, and the Gaza Strip.
This recognition is based on numerous International laws including:
There is no valid legal basis on which to challenge me when I state that what we call the State of Israel today was created as a country under International Law 25 years before the UN tried to impose an Illegal solution to the "Palestine Question." The country in 1920 was not yet an autonomous country, but it was created as a Mandated Country.
The UN Partition in 1947 was an attempt to cover up the 25 years of British violation of International Law, in which hundreds of thousands of Arabs illegally poured across the border into Palestine, while Jews, who under international law were supposed to be assisted in their return home, were instead thrown into gas chambers and crematoria because illegal British White Papers cut off their escape home. The British were obligated (Article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine) to assist the Jewish return to Palestine
As an Israeli, I want justice for the more than 76% of my land that was stolen by the British and given to create new Arab country in the bread basket the Land of Israel. I want justice for my Jewish brothers whose lives were lost fighting to get back the Golan Heights that was stolen by the French and British conspirators. I want Justice for the lives of my Jewish brothers and sisters that were lost while trying to live in Hebron, Kfar Eztion, and Jerusalem and were massacred by Arabs. I want justice for the Jewish soldiers who gave their lives to reconstitute Judea/Samaria, Gaza, and Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty. I want Justice over the state of war the British malfeasance perpetrated with UN backing that emboldened the Arabs to massacre my people in my country, and Yes, I want justice for all the Arab refugees who have a right to be resettled elsewhere according to UNHCR policy.
"You should go to Israel, coward ugly orthodox American Jew & tell the tough secular Israelis to their faces your ridiculous interpretation of history. U sit safely in the US & dare pass judgement on brave Israel & its people."
I am an Israeli.
I live in a mixed (religious/secular) community in a place much of the world is now calling "occupied territory."
My son will be serving in the Israeli army in a few years. He already has given much thought about win which branch of the military he would like to serve.
What right do I have to speak out?
I have spent many hours over the past ten years in the Knesset meeting with Israeli leaders. I have every right to criticize them as an Israeli voter. I know many of Israel's politicians on a close personal basis. I have met with Prime Ministers, presidents, and Knesset members on many occasions.
Our Chairman has traveled to the UN in New York to meet with representatives of different countries in order to fight for the protection of Jewish rights in Israel.
I do not criticize IDF soldiers or the People of Israel.
When I criticize, I criticize those who specifically are doing the wrong.
I do not clump all Haredim, Secular, or National Religious people into one group. I direct my commentary at those within the group who are doing a wrong.
I will criticize any Israeli policy that would dishonor those soldiers who gave their lives to protect the State of Israel.
You suggest I should, "tell the tough secular Israelis to their faces your ridiculous interpretation of history."
I do just that.
I will continue to do just that.
I do this both one on one and to groups. That is my job as a journalist, public speaker, and as director of the Office for Israeli Constitutional Law. I speak about Jewish legal rights. Not every one is willing to listen, not everyone is willing to accept what I say. However, I do back up what I say with facts. Yes, I know what I am talking about. I don't even have a problem countering an objection like one I once received that stated simply, "U R A liar."
Yes, I do criticize Israeli leaders who speak as if the UN Partition did Israel a favor. I know it helped end the illegal ban on Jewish immigration to Eretz Yisrael, but the Mandate for Palestine was not terminated because it was fulfilled. It was terminated because the British, after violating it so badly, caused a violent revolt, and the Brits fled with their tails between their legs.
We are still at a loss because of the failures of the League of Nations and the UN to properly enforce the Mandate for Palestine as it was their responsibility.
I don't know in which country you live, but I am exercising my rights as an Israeli citizen to change this country for authentic peace, in all the Jewish National Home.
As Thomas Jefferson stated in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, "That to secure these rights (the rights endowed by their Creator), governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government..." I therefore reserve my G-d given right to get up on my soap box and speak. And as an Israeli I will work to replace whatever government and leaders that do not protect the rights they were empowered with the task to secure.