Earlier today we got a comment from David Wilder, spokesman for the religious settler community in Hebron. Born in the U.S. in 1954, Wilder moved to Israel/Palestine in 1974. His voice is not often heard in the US mainstream media, so we asked him if we could highlight his comment as a post. He agreed. Here it is:
Let’s get the facts down straight: ‘Palestine’ was named such, 2,000 years ago, following the Roman occupation, destruction of the Second Temple and victory over Jewish revolts. The Romans, attempting to change the identity of the land area, called Jerusalem ‘Aliea Capitalina’ after a god of Jupiter, and Judea was changed to ‘Palestine.’ However, this was the name of a land area – not of a people.
There has never been a ‘palestinian people,’ as such. Or perhaps, there was. My mother-in-law, born in Jerusalem to Jewish parents in 1924, was labeled a ‘palestinian’ but the occupying British at that time.
There was never a ‘palestinian’ culture, heritage, leadership, parliament, or anything else. Today’s ‘Palestinian people’ is the biggest PR bluff the world has ever swallowed, invented in part by Haj Amin el-Husseini, a Nazi Jew-hater-killer, and adopted by his successor, Yasir Arafat. The world’s acceptance of such a ‘people’ and its denial of Israeli-Jewish rights to our land, is an abject denial of the San Remo Accords, by which Great Britain was mandated to form a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in a land area, including what is today South Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Sinai, of course, including all of Judea and Samaria.
International demands to remove all Jews from their natural, historic homeland, including Hebron, Jerusalem, Beit El and Shilo is nothing less than a modern-day form of anti-Antisemitism, the likes of which led to the slaughter of some six to seven million Jews 70 years ago.
However, we are not going anywhere. We are here to stay. In all our land. Forever.
David Wilder, Spokesman, The Jewish Community of Hebron
P.S. For another perspective on the Hebron Jewish community, see Scott Roth’s post, The boy on the horse.