9.1 Israel:  Who is the Oppressor?

Adam Milstein reported in The Jerusalem Post reported that:

Activist teachers and administrators have increasingly injected antisemitism into American public and private high schools through expanded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) departments and policies and by promoting radical curricula steeped in Critical Race Theory (CRT), such as the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (LESMC). Through this ideology, American Jews are implicitly and sometimes, explicitly, portrayed as privileged white oppressors. By extension, the Jewish State, Israel, is described as an oppressive ethno-state engaged in apartheid, colonialism, and ethnic cleansing.

We are starting to see the consequences of this campaign. Highschool students, both in public and private schools around the nation are engaging in antisemitic bullying and harassment toward their Jewish peers. Amplified through social media and group chats, the phenomenon has become increasingly frequent in high schools. Antisemitism also rears its head in high school sports and a there’s a spike in antisemitic graffiti, like swastikas. Physical violence rooted in antisemitism has become increasingly common in the U.S. and worldwide, from Los Angeles to AtlantaPalm BeachNew York, and even in Australia.

For these reasons it was important to include some lessons about Israel and the Jews on this web site.

Disney made a movie called the Prince of Egypt based on the Bible.  According to the Bible the Jews fled oppression by the Egyptians.  The time this persecution is estimated to have occurred is 1300 BC which is 3,322 years ago.  The movie starts with a song of the Jews crying out for God to deliver them from oppression by the Egyptians.


 Jews have been oppressed and discriminated against for thousands of years.  One Jew who was discriminated against in 1894 (128 years ago counting from 2022) was Colonel Dreyfus of the French army.  He was accused of selling French military secrets to the Germans.  Dreyfus was found guilty by the anti-semitic French court and imprisoned on Devil's Island an island hell.  Theodore Herzl was a reporter who was sent to report on the trial.   Mr. Herzl saw that the trial was very unfair and realized that Dreyfus was innocent. He turned out to be right, the real villain was a French army major named Ferdinand Esterhazy who had a lot of gambling debt.  Major Esterhazy sold French military secrets to the Germans to get the money to pay off the people who wanted the money he owed them.  Many frenchmen believed that Dreyfus was guilty and antisemitic attacks on Jews increased in France.  Jews were unfairly blamed for what Dreyfus didn't do.  There is an excellent video about the whole shocking affair on  ZionismU's website.

Herzl realized that anti-semitism was behind the unfair trial of Colonel Dreyfus and that the Jews of Europe needed their own home country where they wouldn't be persecuted.  He joined other Zionists with the idea of returning the Jews to their biblical homeland of Israel.  At the time the powerful nation of Turkey was in control of the Jewish homeland and was against Jews returning to their land.  Much of the land was desert or swamps with mosquitos that spread Malaria.  Arabs who lived in the area were hostile to Jews and many attacked the Jews who lived there.  Many Jews thought a Jewish state was an impossible dream.  Despite the odds against them Herzl believed it could happen and told his fellow Jews, "If you will it, it is no dream." 

Six Arab nations promised to drive Israel into the sea once it declared independence.  King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia said there are 50 million Arabs what does it matter if we lose 10 million to kill all the Jews, the price is worth it.  The grand Mufti of Jerusalem said "I declare a holy war, murder them, murder them all."  There is a movie called Cast a Giant Shadow about what the situation was like for the Jews whose choice was fight or be annihilated and who it appeared would be annihilated even if they fought.

Israel declared its independence and the surrounding Arab states attacked.  Israelis fought desperately to save their country and won.  If they hadn't won they wouldn't exist.

The Jews have drained the swamps that were full of mosquitos and malaria.  They have built big cities in what was desert.  The picture below is of the founding of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

Notice you don't see any Palestinian Arabs in the picture.  Arab propaganda tells us that the Israelis invaded and drove out the Palestinians.  Israel was mostly empty and desolate.  Mark Twain visited Israel in 1867.  He wrote that Palestine is desolate and unlovely and that"

“The further we went the hotter the sun got, and the more rocky and bare, repulsive and dreary the landscape became…There was hardly a tree or a shrub any where. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country”

The picture below is Tel Aviv today as seen from the Mediterranean.  Jews have turned the desert shown in the picture above into the beautiful city you see below.

The Jews have made the desert bloom.


The Jews made Israel a place worth living in and then the Arabs immigrated en mass.  Ladislas Farago another man who traveled through Israel wrote a book about it called Palestine at the Crossroads that was published in 1937.  He wrote:

" One always finds in Palestine Arabs who have been in the country only a few weeks or a few months...Since they are themselves strangers in a strange land, they are the loudest to cry: 'Out with the Jews!...Amongst them are to be found representatives of every Arab country: Arabs from Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, the Sudan and Iraq. "

The Jews have revived the land of Israel so much that they even export food they grow to Europe. 


The technology and medicine they have developed in their tiny little country is used all over the world.  Jewish children who used to live in terror of persecution in Europe and the Arab countries can now live happily in a strong country that protects them.


While the Jews made the desert into a beautiful country and economic powerhouse Arabs came from neighboring states to get jobs.  Arabs come to Israel to get medical care.  Jews and Arabs benefitted from what the Jews did.  Sadly many Arabs did not appreciate what the Jews have done.  Arab terrorists attack Israeli civilians and fire rockets into Israel.  Israelis turn desert into farms and the Arabs burn them. You can see damage from Arab incendiary balloons below.


When I was a child I used to donate what little money I had to plant trees in Israel.  Israel created forests out of desert.  The trees I donated are probably dead.  The Arabs burn Israeli forests as you can see in the video below.


 Muslim countries go to war with Israel when they think they are strong enough to win and drive Israel into the sea.  So far the Arabs have failed.  Despite the attempts of the Arabs to destroy Israel, Jews in Israel are a lot better off now that they have their country back than they were when they were persecuted daily in Christian and Muslim countries around the world.

 I have included below a link to a fantastic web site with great videos about the history of Zionism called Zionism U.  I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a different perspective than the anti-Israel propaganda that is taught in American public schools.

Zionism U


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