‘Trying not to agitate’ Arabs while visiting Judea and Samaria

In an interview published Wednesday, US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides again used his false claim that he “tries not to do things to agitate people” as an excuse to boycott (“not visit”) Jewish communities in legal and historic Jewish territory. heart of Judea and Samaria where more than 500,000 live, or nearly 10% of the Jews of Israel. The only people who are “not agitated” by the boycott of Nides are the Palestinian regime’s terrorist dictatorship, Israel haters and Jews and left-wing extremists. Yet his very act of boycott and do not going to Judea and Samaria “agitates” most Israeli Jews and millions of Jews and members of the pro-Israel community in the United States and around the world, refuting its alleged theme of avoiding such distress.

It’s its own mini-BDS movement. Shame on Nides, US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The Nides boycott also attempts to delegitimize 500,000 Jews and the legitimate right of the Jewish people to rebuild and resettle in Judea and Samaria. These resettlement rights are guaranteed to the Jewish people under binding international law, including treaties to which the United States is a party.

Nides has also previously used the same pretext of “agitation” when he first announced his discriminatory Israelophobic policy of refusing to visit Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, but being prepared to travel there to meet with Palestinian Authority terror incitement Mahmoud Abbas and other officials. (To seeUS Ambassador Nides boycott of Judea/Samaria condemned by ZOA: Mort Klein Op-Ed in JPost», February 3, 2022)

In his interview, Nides also expanded on his “agitation” excuse, saying he wouldn’t spend a day walking through the Western Wall tunnels because it would “intentionally agitate people.” By boycotting the tunnels, Nides further attempts to delegitimize Jewish rights and to agitate and insult Israel, Jews and pro-Israel communities around the world.

Nides’ “agitation” pretext recalls similar pretexts the British Mandate government used to act against Jewish rights and the Jewish community in the 1920s to 1940s. Following the Arab riots and massacres of Jews in Eretz Israel in the 1920s and 1930s, the British banned Jews from blowing the shofar at the Western Wall on Yom Kippur, as it might “agitate” Arabs, and illegally slammed the door on Jewish immigration. just when the Jews desperately needed a place to go to escape the Nazi massacre – because they didn’t want to “agitate” the Arabs.

Moreover, responses to Nides’ interviews repeatedly agitated against Israel in other regards, including:

  • Nides proudly announced that America is now donating an (increased) amount of “nearly $450 million” of US taxpayers’ money to fund various PA government functions for Palestinian Arabs. This $450 million frees up money for the PA to continue paying $400 million a year to Arab terrorists to murder Jews and Americans (“pay to slay” payments). These U.S. payments circumvent and render meaningless the intent of the Taylor Force Act, which was supposed to limit funding until the PA ends its heinous payments to kill.
  • Nides also reaffirmed the Biden administration’s resumption of U.S. support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA, which promotes hatred and violence against Jews. (Former President Donald Trump had correctly halted US aid to UNRWA.) Nides failed to mention that UNRWA is a bloated, wasteful, and corrupt agency that inappropriately perpetuates and expands Palestinian Arab refugee status. , generation after generation (instead of resettling presumed refugees); hides rockets for Hamas; is made up of Hamas operatives; and teaches Arab children to hate and yearn to murder all Jews and destroy Israel.
  • Nides stressed that one of his main goals is to work for a “two-state solution”, and repeatedly repeated the lie that this “solution” would be good for Israel. The “two-state solution” is the euphemism for creating an Iranian-proxy-Hamas-Fatah-Hezbollah-Palestinian-Arab terror state on land legally designated for the Jewish homeland. Such a state would endanger the continued existence of Israel.
  • Nides attacked Jewish “settlement growth and outposts” (Jews living on legal Jewish land) while keeping quiet about the 72,000 illegal Arab structures built in Area C of Judea and Samaria, which is designated for the Israeli administration under the Oslo Accords. Moreover, Nides bragged about his unconscionable pressure on Israel to ban Jews from building homes on Jewish land. Nides said:Each time one of these problems occurs, they [Israel] receive calls from me.”

In sum, Nides claims strong sensitivity against the “agitation” of the PA terrorist dictatorship, which pays Arabs to murder Jews, but Nides has no problem “agitating” against and hurting Israeli Jews and America’s greatest human rights ally, the Jewish state of Israel.

Morton A. Klein is the National President of the Zionist Organization of America.

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