Avi Lewis

10 questions for pro-Palestinians that I never got an answer for:

1.⁠ ⁠When you say “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free” what happens to Israeli Jews like myself? There are 7 million of us and we form a majority of the inhabitants living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean sea. We want our own state. What happens to us when you “free Palestine”?

2.⁠ ⁠You say “Globalize the Intifada”. During the Intifada Palestinians murdered hundreds of Israeli Jews on busses, in synagogues, in cafes and restaurants. At it’s height a Palestinian suicide bomber exploded himself in a hotel filled with Holocaust survivors celebrating the Passover holiday, killing dozens. Is this what you want to “globalize”? What does your global Intifada look like?

3.⁠ ⁠Why do you care about the Palestinians so much? Of all the people around the world going through a tough time why are you singularly fixated with them? Also, if you truly are passionate about Palestinians, why don’t you show any care for the Palestinians in Lebanon that are barred from citizenship, the 400,000 Palestinians that were expelled from Kuwait, the Palestinians massacred in the Al Yarmouk camp in Syria? Why didn’t you protest then? Do you actually care about Palestinians or is it only about Israel?

4.⁠ ⁠Who are the Palestinians? Where do they come from? Why aren’t they mentioned by any 19th century traveller in the Holy Land? Why aren’t they mentioned in any historical text prior to the foundation of the PLO in 1964? Not in the Quran, medieval texts, the Bible, Roman texts. Why do so many Palestinians have surnames that indicate countries of origin abroad such as Masri (Egyptian), Al-Kurd (Kurdistan), Hijazi (Hejaz) or Maghrabi (North Africa)? As predominantly Muslim-Arabs, are Palestinians culturally, ethnically, linguistically or religiously distinct from Jordanians? Every group can collectively self-define themselves of course, but they can’t stake a claim to their own historical truth.

5.⁠ ⁠Where do Jews originate from? You tell us to “go back to Poland”. My grandfather for example was born in Poland. He survived the Holocaust while his entire extended family perished. 3 million Jews were murdered in Poland. After WWII he left Europe and never looked back. In school, my grandfather was never regarded as a Pole by his classmates – but as a Jew. Poland doesn’t want us and I have no desire to live there. Jews arrived in Poland in the 16th century. But our history predates that. Jews are mentioned in the Quran, the Bible, Greek and Ancient Egyptian historians – all written before they got to Poland. Also, most Jews living in Israel today are Mizrahi – the descendants of Jews that were expelled or fled Arab countries. Should they go back to Poland too?

6.⁠ ⁠Do you acknowledge that Jews have a right to access and worship at Jewish holy sites such as the Western Wall, Machpela Tomb in Hebron, Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, and Temple Mount in Jerusalem? If not, why not? Would you make the same argument against Muslim prayer at Al Aqsa?

7.⁠ ⁠How do you explain all archeology found in the Holy Land that points to a rich and vibrant Jewish civilization going back thousands of years? The Dead Sea Scrolls? Who built the Temple Mount and Western Wall? The Tel Dan Stele? If you believe all of these are fabrications then how do you explain the fact that Bani Israel [the Children of Israel] are mentioned 43 times in the Quran – written before the Holy Land was conquered by the Islamic Caliphate? How do you explain that the Waqf, the Islamic society that controls Al Aqsa today, confirmed the existence of Solomon’s Temple?

8.⁠ ⁠Do you truly believe that once Israel caves into all demands (short of national suicide) that there will be peace? Will Iran stop pursuing nuclear weapons? Will Islamic Jihad lay down their arms? Will Hamas and Fatah stop fighting? The Muslim Brotherhood? Hezbollah in Lebanon have 150,000 rockets trained on Israeli cities and ready to fire. The Houthis in Yemen are disrupting global shipping. Is this all just about Israel?

9.⁠ ⁠Why do you call for our demise? Seriously, no other other country has it’s right to exist questioned. Even for bad behavior. Not Russia, North Korea, Sudan nor Afghanistan. Nobody calls for complete destruction of countries. Why just us?

10.⁠ ⁠Does Israel have a right to defend itself in any way, shape or form? If so, what in your mind would be a legitimate Israeli response to Oct 7th? If you went through what we did and you had children and daughters in Hamas captivity would your answer still apply? Would you still call for a premature, unconditional ceasefire? If you don’t believe Israel has a right to defend itself, then why not? Why are Jews the exception to your progressive value of accepting minorities?

About the Author
Avi was formerly a news writer at the Times of Israel. Originally from Australia, he served in the IDF and today works in Israel's thriving Hi Tech sector in Tel Aviv. He lives near Modi'in with wife and 3 kids
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