When Gaza Was Occupied . . .

UPDATE: Israel’s High Court of Justice this morning has rejected a petition against the Nakba Law that was passed last March. The Law–which now goes into effect–will enable the finance minister to withhold funds from municipalities and other government-funded bodies that actively work to deny Israel’s existence as a Jewish, democratic state or that mark Israel Independence Day as a day of mourning. It is long overdue.


It is amazing how international organizations such as the United Nations and countries around the world ranging from Brazil to Norway have so bought into the Palestinian myth of victimhood that they “out-Palestinian” the Palestinians. How many times have you heard or read that despite Israel’s withdrawal from every square millimeter of Gaza in 2005, it is still “occupied” because Israel blocks weapons from entering Gaza by sea and because Israel flies over the territory?

On Tuesday, the co-founder and main spokesman for Islamist Hamas laid this canard to rest once and for all. In an interview with the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, Mahmoud al-Zahar discussed why there would be no “Arab spring” in Gaza:

“Against whom could we demonstrate in the Gaza Strip? When Gaza was occupied, that model was applicable.”

Hmm . . . “When Gaza was occupied.”

Zahar is proud of the fact that every aspect of Gazan life including police services, educational services, social services, financial services, and –your humble servant would hasten to add– terrorist activities is under the exclusive control of Islamist Hamas.

Interestingly, al-Zahar’s pronouncement came one day after Israel’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Chaim Waxman, harshly criticized the U.N.’s complete lack of discussion of the ongoing Hamas rocket fire into southern Israel: “We have not heard a single word of condemnation from the Security Council.”

But why should Israel expect anyone at the United Nations to condemn such attacks? After all this would mean that the U.N. could no longer claim that the attacks are the result of Israeli “occupation.”

More than this, to condemn the attacks would mean that the U.N. would have to abandon the canard of Palestinian victimhood as Hamas has done–and make Palestinian Hamas responsible for its own actions.

In a world falling all over itself trying to out-Palestinian the Palestinians, this is not likely to happen any time soon.

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