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Friday, December 2, 2011

"Palestine" Once Meant The Jewish Community in the HolyLand

Many of you have probably seen "The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive - Where Do You Get Off."  In it, Edward G. Robinson solicits funds to help rehabilitate refugees from Europe in pre-State Israel, and he calls it "Palestine."  This is not about Arabs, not at all.

It's a well-written, well-produced, convincingly acted, no surprise considering that the star is Edward G. Robinson, fund-raising appeal to help the struggling Jewish community -mostly Holocaust survivors*- in the HolyLand aka "Palestine." Obviously, even though the year it was produced is 1948, it predates the declaration of the State of Israel.

Apparently, at that time, it was clear to many/most that Palestine was the name of the Jewish Homeland.  In marketing the principle is to use the most easy to recognize name/term.  Only post-declaration of the State of Israel did the Arabs, or their anti-Jewish supporter adopt the name Palestine and invent a new nationality to compete with Jewish History.

The original aim of  Islam was to supplant/replace Judaism.  That's why it adopted many of our Biblical characters and narrative.  That's why its followers have been trying to steal our Land and destroy our State.

We must be inflexibly strong and determined to win it all back!

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
Have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath
*according to the pictures/film clips illustrating it


Netivotgirl said...

Thanks for posting this Batya! What with the situation dire for Jews the world over, I wish EVERY yid could see this!!! History is repeating itself! Nowhere in the world is safe for us except Eretz Yisrael! I hope I never have to even visit the US again. (I grew up in a rural area and suffered severely as did my entire family from anti-Semitism.) Jews in America forget that America is far more than Miami, NYC, Cleveland and all the modern metropolitan areas. In all the boonies, KKK style anti-Semitism is rampant!

Batya said...

Netivotgirl, thanks. No doubt if people only knew more history, there would be fewer awfully dangerous policy decisions.

MAOZ said...

I recall seeing in a certain book, a photo of a British Army field casualty tag -- used to identify the wounded individual who may be in no condition to communicate his personal details when evacuated to medical facilities in the rear. Anyway, this particular document was dated, IIRC, sometime in 1941. And it identified the wounded man as a Palestinian by the name of...Moshe Dayan!
[What was the nature of the wound? Eye injury, of course.]

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this article, Batya.

My mother told me we were Palestinian Jews (not Israelis) when I was 4 years old (when the movie Exodus came out). That's because her mother was born and raised in Haifa in the days of the British mandate and made yerida to the States when she was in her 20s, likely due to Arab pogroms (unfortunately, I never got to meet my savta, Nazira Cohen Mizrahi. She passed away when I was 2).

Her yom neshama was this past Tuesday, 3 Kislev.

Chava Dorit from Yerushalayim

Batya said...

maoz, don't forget that the Jerusalem Post was called the Palestine Post, and it wasn't an Arab paper.
a, li'ilu'i nishmata, thanks for the memories