Saturday, 7 January 2012

Settlements and settlers and 'occupied palestinian land'

It's time to start thinking about terminologies. Jews living in their ancient homelands, are living in the lands of Judea and Samaria. They should not be described as living in an area with the foreign and alien name of 'West Bank'.

Judea and Samaria was universally known as such until western media agencies decided to change the terminology. Call me petty, but we have to understand just why those with an anti-Israel agenda originally worked to change the name the areas were for thousands of years known by. 'Judea and Samaria' was known to christians and jews throughout the world until AP, BBC and Reuters etc got on the job.

The 'Elder of Ziyon' explains how an invented term was by way of media agencies substituted for the authentic terminology. Henceforth anyone using the terms of Judea and Samaria could be labelled 'right wing', as interlopers on arab land (in the 1950's arabs living there hadn't decided that they would now like to be known as ancient and venerable 'palestinians' yet. They still allied themselves with Jordan).

Language is potent. It is used to divest the people indigenous to the Land of Israel, the jews, of their rights. If the West Bank exists then the link with Israel is broken. It is surely under these terms more linked with the 'east' bank, i.e. Jordan.

Although the faux nationalism of so-called 'palestinians' who have flip flopped over their national identity since 1920, might find some conflict in identifying with Jordan at the moment. After all at this moment in time the struggle is to divest the jews of their land, not overthrow a petty dictatorship, albeit one of the most benign in the arab world.

It is surely time for people living in Judea and Samaria not to refer to themselves as 'settlers', living in 'settlements'. The feeling of these terms is of newcomers, of colonists, of people with no claim to the land other than force of arms.
Which of course is rubbish to anyone with a passing knowledge of the jewish people and not eaten up with hate for it.

The jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are villages, towns, and even a city of Ariel. There are no settlers. Those living in Judea and Samaria are inhabitants / villagers / residents of towns.

It's time to reject politically charged terminology that aims to divest jews of their rights as the indigenous inhabitants of their ancient homelands.

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