Jewish Leaders - Conferfence of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations-- Objects to Obama Anti-Israel Policy
In the Obamanoid Administration's frenetic drive to harm and humiliate Jews, they unwisely picked on a sore point for most Jews. They demanded that Israel's government prevent a Jew from building a small housing development [ca. 20 units] on a plot of land that he had legally bought in Jerusalem, a plot that had formerly belonged to the notorious Arab Nazi collaborator and Holocaust collaborator, Haj Amin el-Husseini, British-appointed Mufti of Jerusalem. The State Dept objected because the plot was under Jordanian control --in the Jordanian-occupied zone of Jerusalem-- between 1948 and 1967, what Arab propagandists and Western journalists and diplomats call "East Jerusalem" or "Arab East Jerusalem." In fact, before Israel's War of Independence was initiated by Arab forces at the end of November 1947, thousands of Jews lived in what later became "East Jerusalem." Indeed, Jews have been the majority in Jerusalem since at least 1853, according to the French diplomat and historian Cesar Famin and the British writer Bartlett.
The Jews living in what became "East Jerusalem" began to flee the attacks of Arab irregulars in December 1947. First, from the Shimon haTsadiq quarter, quite close ironically --about 100 meters-- to the plot in question where the State Dept --apparently Obama too-- does not want Jews to build homes or to live. Later Jews fled the nearby Nahalat Shimon and Siebenbergen Houses quarters. Finally, the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Arab-occupied "East Jerusalem" was completed in May 1948 when the Jews were driven out of the Jewish quarter of the Old City, many of the men being held prisoners by the Arab Legion of Transjordan [now Jordan] for months.
When Jews were the majority in the mid-19th century, this was a majority in the post-1948 "East Jerusalem". That was in the Old City. All of the city was the Old City at that time. The Old City became part of the latter day "East Jerusalem." The Old City was off bounds to Jews from 1948 to 1967. So in the mid-19th century, Jews were the majority in what was later to be called by Arab propagandists and their journalistic pimps: "traditionally Arab East Jerusalem."
The major leadership group of the organized American Jewish community, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations [which groups some 50 Jewish groups together] has properly issued a statement on the State Dept's insolent, racist anti-Jewish behavior. To be sure, they did not use the terms that I use, but their statement is a useful clarification of some of the issues involved. Here is the statement [through Newsmax]:
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has long advocated and supported the unity of Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel. As such, we believe that legal construction by residents of the city should be allowed as long as it is in keeping with the standards and requirements of the municipality and the national government. We find disturbing the objections raised to the proposed construction of residential units on property that was legally purchased and approved by the appropriate authorities. The area in question houses major Israeli governmental agencies, including the national police headquarters. The United States has in the past and recently raised objections to the removal of illegal structures built by Arabs in eastern Jerusalem even though they were built in violation of zoning and other requirements often on usurped land. In addition to the Jewish housing, the project called for apartment units for Arabs as well.Notes to the statement:
It is particularly significant that the structure in question formerly was the house of the infamous Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini who spent the war years in Berlin as a close ally of Hitler, aiding and abetting the Nazi extermination of Jews. He was also linked to the 1929 massacre in Hebron and other acts of incitement that resulted in deaths and destruction in what was then Palestine. There has been an expressed desire by some Palestinians to preserve the building as a tribute to Husseini.
As a united city, Jerusalem’s Jewish and Arab residents should be permitted to reside wherever legal and security requirements allow. Hundreds of Arab families have moved into Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem and the same right should be accorded to Jewish residents in live where they choose in Jerusalem. To do otherwise would undermine and prejudge the status of the city.
No government of Israel has or can pursue a discriminatory policy that would prevent the legitimate presence of Jews in any area of its capital.
[in an article by Ronald Kessler, chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com]
1) the plot of land is not only close to the national police headquarters and several government ministries but to the Hebrew University's sports complex, to the Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus branch, and to the Hyatt Hotel.
2) at least 68 Jews were massacred in Hebron in 1929, on account of mass murder incitement by agents of the mufti Husseini. Hebron is considered one of the four Jewish holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Safed, and Tiberias.
3) a massacre of Jews took place in Baghdad in the Spring of 1941, during the Shavu`ot holiday. Iraqi investigators later concluded that this massacre --called the Farhud-- had been instigated by the Judeophobic agitprop of Husseini and his associates over a period of about two years, while Husseini was living there from 1939 to 1941. It was at the time of the massacre that Husseini fled, first to Iran then to Turkey then to Italy where he met Mussolini, and finally to Berlin where he met Hitler. Husseini asked Hitler "to solve the problem of the Jews in the Arab countries as the problem was being solved in Germany." He was pleased when Hitler told him that this was his purpose too.
4) The plot in question, once owned by Haj Amin el-Husseini [Husayni], formerly called The Shepherd's Hotel, is about 75 meters south of a cluster of Israeli govt buildings, including ministries. It is about 100 meters east of the Shim`on haTsadiq Quarter, a residential quarter of poor Jews who were mostly driven out of their homes in late December 1947 [12-29-1947]. One family stayed on, fleeing only in the first ten days of January 1948. The Jews in this neighborhood were the first group in the country who were driven out of their homes and could not come back after the war, whereas Jews were driven out of south Tel Aviv in the same period but could return after the Arab attackers in neighboring Jaffa were defeated in about April-May 1948.
Many readers may be unaware of the historical facts cited by the Conference of Presidents and by me in my post. That is, they are victims of the everyday, very conventional falsification of history regarding the Jews, Israel, and the Arabs that has been going on for many years and has long infected the State Dept, whether as falsifiers or believers. The position of the State Dept, indeed of Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton, is a rejection of Jewish human and civil rights. It is unacceptable for a supposedly democratic government to take such positions.
By the way, I can attest, as a resident of Jerusalem, that my Arab fellow residents of the city delight in the several shopping centers in the city. If you visit Jerusalem, you can see Arabs riding buses with Jews, eating at Jewish restaurants in the shopping malls, shopping, trying on clothes, spending money [yes, they have money for all the poor mouthing done on their behalf by Arab propagandists, their pimp Western journalists, fake Western "human rights" and "humanitarian" NGOs (supposed "non-governmental organizations" that often, indeed usually, get funding from --- governments)], being treated in hospitals with the Jews, etc.
SOURCE ON HUSSEINI:
"German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini: Zionism and the Arab Cause" in Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin, eds., The Israel-Arab Reader (Penguin Books 2008), pp 51-55.
MORE on Obama anti-Israel policy here.