War With Words

There is war with words. Words can be worse than sticks and stones. And Arab propaganda ministers are the masters of the word war. With labels, they legitimize terrorism.

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Gary Fitleberg

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There is war with words. Words can be worse than sticks and stones. And Arab propaganda ministers are the masters of the word war. With labels, they legitimize terrorism.

Attacks against civilian targets in Israel should be called "terrorism", the New York Times' editor said.

Writing Sunday in his regular column in the paper's Week in Review section, Daniel Okrent said that his definition is simple: "Beheading construction workers in Iraq and bombing a market in Jerusalem are terrorism pure and simple."

Okrent added: "Given the word's history as a virtual battle flag over the past several years, it would be tendentious for the Times to require constant use of it, as some of the paper's critics are insisting. But there's something uncomfortably fearful, and inevitably self-defeating, about struggling so hard to avoid it."

There are a few other lies, myths and expressions of propaganda that need a much more accurate, honest and detailed explanation for members of the media. Let's now set the historical record straight with the truth.

Palestine and Palestinians

One of the greatest lies, myths and pieces of propaganda favored by members of the media.

There was never ever any independent Arab "Palestine" or "Palestinians" in existence Biblically, historically, legally, morally and rightfully. When the Romans conquered the "Holy Land", they renamed it based on Philistia, which became "Palestine", in order to insult the rightful owners, the Children of Israel, also known as Hebrews, Israelites, Jews (after the tribe of Judah and the area of Judea) and "Palestinians". Jews are the only legitimate, true-blue Palestinians who have any rightful claim to Palestine.

Occupied Territories and West Bank

One of the greatest lies, myths and pieces of propaganda favored by members of the media.

The ancient Biblical and modern "disputed territories" of Gaza, Judea and Samaria rightfully belong to Israel (descendants of Jacob) Biblically, historically, legally, morally, politically and rightfully.

The Arabs had an opportunity for an Arab "Palestine" when they were offered by the British land originally designated for a Jewish homeland in what was then Transjordan, today's Jordan. The British gave the land as a gift, a political concession under the British Palestine Mandate, reneging on the Balfour Declaration and setting aside the creation of a Jewish homeland in all of British-"occupied" Palestine.

The territories of Judea, Samaria and Gaza were "occupied" by the Arabs from Jordan and Egypt, respectively, for only nineteen years, from 1948 through 1967. They were only lost to the Arabs during the 1967 aggressive war to annihilate the lonely beacon of democracy and freedom amongst the 22 Arab or Islamist corrupt dictatorships, human rights violators, ruthless repressive regimes, state supporters of terrorism and tyrannies. The only Jewish state, Israel, created embarrassment for its neighbors in the very bad, medieval neighborhood known as the Middle East.

Legally, according to international law, when a nation attacks another nation and loses land, it becomes the aggrieved party's land, not the attacker's land.

There is no question that the land has been "occupied" - by the British and then by Arabs.

The concept of the "West Bank", then, is a recent phenomenon, which the Arabs created in 1948 when Jordan annexed the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria. Jordan "occupied" Judea and Samaria illegally from 1948 to 1967.

There is no "West Bank" mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Judea and Samaria are mentioned in the Bible, as the original homeland and territory of the Children of Israel. The tribe of Judah lived in that region. The name "Jew" derives from the tribal area of Judah. Ever hear of the "good Samaritan"? The Samaritans are not Arabs, but from Samaria.

Suicide Bombing

One of the greatest lies, myths and pieces of propaganda favored by members of the media.

These should be called what they are: homicide bombers and homicide bombings. Attacks are clearly not intended to commit only an act of suicide. The attackers clearly intend to commit as much mass murder and mayhem as (in)humanly possible.

Settlers and Settlements

One of the greatest lies, myths and pieces of propaganda favored by members of the media.

This term makes it seem as though the "settlers" and "settlements" are temporary. In fact, from an ancient Biblical point of view, these so-called "settlers" and "settlements" are nothing less or more than the Children of Israel returning to their G-d-given gift of Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel), also known as the "Holy" or "Promised" Land.

The actual "settlers" are the Arabs who hijacked the name "Palestinians". Most of them came to Jewish Palestine from Arab nations such as Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria during the 1920s to escape economic hardships and political persecutions in their own original homelands. In fact , the Arabs who falsely and fictitiously claim that the land belongs to them and that they have lived there for generations upon generations, or who "still have the keys" to their erstwhile homes, are also "squatters", living in the land as guests or illegal aliens.

Terrorists and Terrorism

As President George W. Bush rightfully declared in his infinite wisdom: "A terrorist is a terrorist." We shall not truthfully continue to call them gunmen, insurgents or militants in any accurate or honest media accounting, fiction writing, "news reporting" or story-telling.

Let's call a spade a spade. Let's identify terrorism and terrorists by telling the truth from now on.


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