THEY MUST GO - 1981
Rabbi Meir Kahane,
Arabs and Jews – Only Separation (Kahane style)
The State of Israel … will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex…
“Today, I am in the minority. The state is democratic. Who says that in the year 2000 we Arabs will still be the minority? Today, I accept the fact that this is a Jewish state, with an Arab minority. But, when we are the majority, I will not accept the fact of a Jewish state with an Arab majority.” (Na’ama Saud, teacher from the Israeli Arab village of Araba, May 28. 1976)
“Let the leaders of the Zionist movement…find their national some uninhabited country. (Arab writer Issaw Darwazeh in the Haifa newspaper Al-Karmel, 1921)
January 28, 1980 – Wise Auditorium – Hebrew University - Jerusalem
The hall is packed to overflowing with more than six hundred students who are on their feet, singing the anthem. The auditorium fairly shakes as the loud, proud voices sing: In the name of freedom, we shall give our lives. Arab Palestine is the land of our struggle. We have seen the path from the Negev to the Galilee. Our front will be triumphant. – The song: Not the “Hatikva,” but the Fatah (PLO) national anthem.
“And the L-rd said unto Abram…Lift up now thine eyes and look from the place where thou art, northward and southward and eastward and westward. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed forever.” (Genesis 13:14-15)
“We do not recognize the right which you call “historic” of the Jewish people to this land-this is our fundamental principle…In this land only the Palestinian Arab people have historic right.” (Mahmud Muhareb, chairman of the Arab Student Committee, Hebrew University in Jerusalem 1978)
“And if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those that you let remain of them shall be thorns in your eyes and thistles in your sides and shall torment you in the land wherein you dwell.” (Numbers 33-55)
Some years ago I was arrested by the Israeli police force and charged with “incitement to revolution” The grounds? I had reached the conclusion that it is impossible to find a solution for the Arab-Jewish confrontation in the Land of Israel (both the state of Israel and the lands liberated in 1967); that the Jewish state was inevitably headed toward a situation like that in Northern Ireland, that the only possible way to avoid or migrate it was the emigration of Arabs.
The pity is that vital years have passed since my original proposal, wasted years that saw the Yom Kippur War produce a major psychological change in Arab thinking. In the aftermath of that war and its political consequences, vast numbers of Arabs, who in 1972 were depressed and convinced that Israeli sovereignty could not be destroyed, are today just as convinced that time is on their side, that it will not be long before the Zionist state collapses. The necessary corollary is, of course that hundreds of thousands who were potential voluntary émigrés nine years ago are now determined to stay and await the day of Arab victory. But, they must go.
Time runs out
Alongside the rapid growth of secular nationalism is a startling return to and growth of Muslim fundamentalism at least as nationalistic and bitterly anti-Israel. There is little doubt that the rise to power of Khomeni in Iran gave tremendous impetus to the religious insurgence among Arab Israelis. In a January 1979 symposium on Islam among the Arabs of Eretz Yisrael, Moshe Sharon pointed out that “Islam is the outstanding expression among the Arabs of Eretz Yisrael of their nation entity.” He pointed to a spontaneous religious revival among Israeli Arabs as a form of national identity. This included a rash of new mosques and a large number of young Arabs sprouting beards and traditional clothing (a la the Muslim Brotherhood) and seeking to study in the Muslim college in Hebron.
But, religious or secular, bearded or beardless, town or village, the Israeli Arab dreams of his own sovereign Arab Palestine. And in the meantime he shapes his political struggle by stages.
(Rabbi Meir Kahane H”YD warned us of the coming terror and war, of Muslim identity and growth. The problem? No one listened, no one understood and no one wanted to acknowledge the truth, and so the people of Israel suffer today’s tragedies bg.)
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