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Reader comment on item: Chris Christie and the "Occupied Territories" Incident
in response to reader comment: Israel lost the war of language

Submitted by Bamaguje (Nigeria), Apr 22, 2014 at 08:04

Richard,

You are quite correct on the importance of language in influencing debate. If 'Judea Samaria' had been in use instead of 'West bank', I bet most people would immediately appreciate that it's Jewish land (as per 1922 partition), and that it's Palestinians who are the occupiers.

As you already pointed out, Palestinians already have their own state - Jordan - as per the 1922 partition of British mandated Palestine, which unequivocally places Judea, Samaria and Gaza in the Jewish portion.

Another dubious use of language in this conflict is the word "Palestinian" for Arabs in the area. It gives the erroneous impression that Palestinians are indigenous to the area, and Jews are foreign occupiers.

When Roman emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea & Samaria to Palestine, there were hardly any Arab speaking peoples in the area. It is therefore disingenuous and fradulent for the later Jihadist invaders and other Arab migrants who now populate the areas to now call themselves 'Palestinians' - a term that previously applied to Jews.

With regards to Israel not standing up for Judea & Samaria, I'd say that is no longer the case as continued Arab belligerence has boosted the strategic importance of the so-called occupied territory to Israel's security.

Perhaps because Israel hoped for peace with her Arab neighbours, she dilly dalied on the issue. Hence, shortly after the 1967 war, the Jewish nation offered to return the so-called occupied territories in exchange for Arab recognition and peace with Israel. Thankfully, the hateful Arabs - still intent on destroying Israel - refused with the infamous 3 no's - no peace, no negotiation, no recognition.

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