On March 9th 2012,between 12 and 1pm two opposing groups met on opposite corners of the intersection of 19th and J.F.K. in Center City Philadelphia to express their two views. Their beef as it were was over the solution to the Palestinian Conflict, and who should be supported.
On the corner in front of 1880 J.F.K. Were nine members of the Granny Peace Brigade, for a rally called “Bubbies and Zadies for peace” which means Grandfathers and Grandmothers in Yiddish.
What they're espousing is the end of the Jewish homeland as a Jewish state, which would leave the Jewish people without any safe haven anywhere,” said Henry Frank from the pro-Israel opposition to the B & Z's for Peace, “I'm here to be anti-hatred and to strengthen the pro-Zionists.”
“Since the days of Lyndon B. Johnson, presidents from both parties have expressed support for the return of the occupied territories in exchange for peace. No nation other than Israel itself recognizes any of that land including Arab East Jerusalem,” said the Grannies in their leaflet
The Zadies ignore the fact that Israel was attacked by six of the surrounding Arab state in 1948 and that the land now occupied was in fact part of the historical homeland of the Jewish people, and that it was due to the '48 war that that land was claimed something that every nation has done when they have gone to war, especially where a war of aggression is perpetrated against them.
The Palestinians and leftist have been attempting to change the history of the region ever since the 1948 war through propaganda such as the idea that the '48 war caused by the Jewish people claiming the land of Israel as their own but, “This, of course, stands history on its head. It makes it seem that Israel's creation prompted the 1948 war, when it actually was a concerted aggression against the nascent Jewish state by half a dozen Arab armies intent on its destruction. Israel was on solid, internationally sanctioned legal ground to plant its flag on Tel Aviv and Jaffa under the 1947 UN partition plan. The UN called for creation of two states -- one Jewish, one Arab. Israel accepted partition; the Arabs flouted the UN mandate and went to war against the Jewish state.
“This myth that the Jews are and have always been the aggressor ignores the historic fact that it was Arab rejection of the two-state UN mandate that fostered the 1948 war.” said Leo Rennert
Ever since then the Jewish state has been calling on and off for a two state solution and extremist Palestinian Arabs such as the PLO, Hezbollah, and Hamas have been calling for complete control of the area and the “pushing of the Jewish people into the sea,” Hezbollah and Hamas have both stated as their end goal for the region.
The Irony of the event is that the spokes people on both side were Jewish, yet they had such vastly different views on the conflicted land. It reminded me of the old Jewish joke “If you put three Jews in a room you have five opinions,” only the lives and futures of children on both side are at stake, so this is no laughing matter.
“As a Jew I am concerned about the Human Rights of every person,” said Cy Swartz with the Bubbas and Zadies Peace Camp, How can we not recognize that we have displaced people.”
“To say that Israel hasn't recognized this is a revision of history, the Israeli government has recognized this sad fact, but faces an issue which the grannies have ignored and that is the duty of the Israeli Government to protect it's citizens,” said Zach Thomas
This is not to say that every Palestinian is to be feared, but when you don't know who your enemy is it is difficult to separate the wheat from the shaft.
One of the Claims made by the Anti-Zionist/pro-Arab movement is that the Jewish people stole the land from the Palestinians.
“The history of a distinctly Palestinian National Identity is a disputed issue amongst scholars,” said Assaf Likhovski a legal historian,“The prevailing view is that Palestinian Identity originated in the early twentieth century.”
For the Jews that have family in the region or who were saved themselves from destruction because the land was returned to them they see the problem differently.
They see Israel as the only place they can survive in peace, the one place in the world were they won't be hated and have their lives threatened by hate.
“I just came back from Israel two weeks ago my children and grandchildren are there, my son owns a Ben and Jerry's franchise factory there, they wont know the hate I've had to endure because they are in their own land,” said Milt Bolno.
The questions aren't who has the right to have their own land in the region it's pretty clear that they both do the question is when are the Palestinians going to accept the two state solution. Should the Israeli's be allowed to defend themselves, should they have a fenced border as we do here on the Mexico-American border and why is it Okay for us to have such a fence and not the Israeli's?