The so-called “occupation” began in 1967, but Muslims murdering Jews did not. Paula R. Stern
On May 8, 2001, a Palestinian brutally beat to death two 13-year old
boys exploring a cave – Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran.

On August 9, 2001, a Palestinian walked into a pizzeria in Jerusalem
with a guitar case loaded with explosives and blew himself up, killing
15 people, including 7 children and a pregnant woman. One victim is
still unconscious.

On Octobr 7, 2004 32 people were murdered in two Sinai hotel resort
hotels by Palestinian terrorists who knew that Israelis frequented the
hotels. Among the dead, two brothers – Gilad, aged 11, and little
Lior, aged 3.

On December 5, 2005, Palestinian terrorists attempted to enter a mall
in Netanya but blew up themselves and 5 others at the entrance.

On March 6, 2008, Rosh Chodesh Adar, eight students of the Mercaz
Harav Yeshiva were murdered by terrorists who entered the school and
opened fire.

On March 11, 2011, two Palestinian cousins entered the home of Ruti
and Udi Fogel. He murdered the couple and killed three of their
children, including four year old Elad, whom they stabbed in the
heart, and little Hadas, who was only four months old when they
butchered her.

On October 22, 2014, Chaya Zissel Braun, only three months old, and
Karen Mosquera were murdered in a ramming attack at the Ammunition
Hill train station.

Last week, early Friday morning, a 21-year-old terrorist living in El
Azariya – a neighborhood in Jerusalem, left his place of employment (a
deli in the mall in Maale Adumim), and used an axe to attempt to
murder a Jewish guard. The guard has a name, a family. He is Tzvika
Cohen. He is 48 years old. He is married to a devoted wife who is
staying by his side, praying for his recovery. He has four children
including an 8 year old and a 12 year old who is supposed to be
celebrating his bar mitzvah in just a few weeks. He has a community
that has rallied together to raise thousands of dollars to try to help
the family but what they really need is not something we can give them
– they need Tzvika, healthy and whole.

Two days ago, Arab snipers opened fire on a children’s playground.
Thankfully, there were no injuries.

Last night, an Arab mob ambushed two soldiers who had taken a wrong
turn. The soldiers were able to escape the mob and were finally
extricated safely by a massive force of soldiers rushing in to get
them. Their jeep was torched and destroyed.

Yes, I’m sure it’s because of the “occupation”…because sheesh,
whenever I’m angry and think the world is being unfair, whether I am
right or wrong, the first thing I do is pull out my rifle and fire at
a playground with children in it, or pick up an axe and start stabbing
a father of four children from behind, start up my car and ram it into
innocent people. If I see people lost in my neighborhood, of course, I
burn their vehicle.

It must be because of the “occupation”, right? The “occupation” that
began in 1967, right?

Well, think again. It was happening before 1967. If it wasn’t, why did
Palestinians attack a house and murder a woman and her two children in

Why did they open fire on a synagogue in Shafir in 1956, killing three
children and a youth counselor?

Why did they murder a member of Kibbutz Beit Guvrin in 1957, and
another from Kibbutz Bonen in 1958, and another from Kibbutz Lehavot
Habashan in 1959?

And why did they shoot two hikers near Masada in 1959?

Could it be that it was not because of the 1967 “occupation” but
because of the 1948 creation of the State of Israel?

Think again. It wasn’t only since 1948. It was happening before that,
and if you don’t think so, explain why they murdered 67 people in
Hevron, including their peaceful longtime neighbors, 46 yeshiva
students and teachers in 1929?

And why did they loot, rape and murder Jews in 1834, in the city of
Safed, because…because…because they could?

Perhaps it is only in the land of Israel where Muslims feel threatened
and therefore attack Jews?

Well, that was an interesting idea, but history shows you are wrong…

What of the Allahdad incident in Mashhad, Iran in 1839, when Jews were
forced to convert to Islam? Or the destruction of Torah scrolls and
the burning of a synagogue in Meshed, also in 1839. There, too, the
Jews were forced to convert. And there was another massacre in 1867 in
Barfurush – all outside the land of Israel, disconnected except for
the fact that the hatred was the same and the victims were of the same

In 1465, Arab mobs in Morocco slaughtered thousands of Jews, leaving
only 11 alive.
What happened in 1066 wasn’t because of the “occupation,” just as it
wasn’t because of the “occupation” in 1966 and it isn’t because of the
“occupation” in 2016.
And, on 1066, Muslims murdered an estimated 4,000 Jews in one day. One
day…and no “occupation.”

So, here we have a quick review of a just a few of the man instances
covering over 1,000 years of attacks on Jews, killing even more than
we are experiencing today, innocent Jews who died at the hands of

Is it REALLY because of the “occupation?”

Are you ready for the truth?

What happened in 1066 wasn’t because of the “occupation,” just as it
wasn’t because of the “occupation” in 1966 and it isn’t because of the
“occupation” in 2016. Tzvika is in the hospital, fighting for his life
for one reason. Those children were nearly murdered for one reason. My
friend’s car was nearly hit with a boulder thrown at her as she made
her way home last night, for one reason.

Then, in 1066 and then, in 1966, and now, in 2016 – there is one and
only one reason.

We are Jews. We believe. We live our lives dedicated to our beliefs –
in one God, in one land for this one people. And the hatred that drove
the Cossacks to burn my grandmother’s synagogue in the Ukraine, and
the hatred that drove the Nazis to murder my husband’s grandparents
and my great-grandmother and great aunts and all of my father’s family
that remained in Russia, and the hatred of the Arabs today, and the
hatred we see in France and Germany and England and in the United
States – none of it ever had anything to do with “occupation.”

We owe it to ourselves, to our children and grandchildren, and to
Tzvika, to be honest.

It is not about the “occupation.”


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