Read all of this trenchant commentary in Arutz Sheva by Yocheved Golani (thanks to Nicolei):
The defenseless passengers on an Air France plane, a BOAC aircraft, a Japanese jumbo jet, aboard KLM, Lufthansa, Pan Am, Sabena, TWA and other airliners were not “occupying” the planes conveying them to innocuous destinations when Islamic terrorists kidnapped, terrorized and slaughtered them throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The civilian victims scattered across the countryside of Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 had not “occupied” Pan Am 103, either.
Vacationing Christian Puerto Rican tourists weren’t “occupying” Ben-Gurion airport on May 20, 1972. when pro-Islamic terrorists ambushed and sprayed them with bullets upon arrival.
Sleeping Israeli athletes invited to 1972’s peace-promoting competitions in Munich were not “occupying” the Olympic Village when Arab radicals besieged and murdered them, disrupting the games promoting international friendship and trust.
Unarmed children at Ma’alot weren’t “occupying” their school the day Arab terrorists forced them to jump to their deaths from the building during interrupted celebrations of 1974’s Israel Independence Day.
Elderly Dora Bloch and her fellow travelers were not “occupying” Athens airport in 1976 when Arab terrorists hijacked a planeload of passengers to Uganda, resulting in Dora’s murder and the rescue of her terrorized former companions.
Wheelchair-bound tourist Leon Klinghoffer was not “occupying” the Italian ship Achille Lauro when fundamentalist terrorists humiliated, then drowned the man by throwing him overboard, on October 7, 1985.
Teen hikers Yosef Ish-Ran and Koby Mandell of Biblical Tekoa did not seek to “occupy” the cave they were dragged to in 2001, and where their captors bludgeoned them to a terrifying death, then smeared their blood on the walls.
The employees of various faiths and ethnic backgrounds who reported for work that day were not “occupying” New York’s Twin Towers when they were shocked, burned, smothered, blasted and shattered to death by Arab terrorists on September 11, 2001.
Daniel Pearl was not “occupying” Pakistan when he researched the links between Richard Reed and bin Laden before he was betrayed and beheaded for being a Jew, and therefore an “enemy” of Islam, in 2002. Entrepreneur Nicholas Berg was not “occupying” Iraq when Arab terrorists slowly, agonizingly, carved his Jewish head off his neck for public intimidation in 2004. The American businessmen murdered in Saudi Arabia were minding their own business when they were doing business with Muslim colleagues.
So why are they all dead? Is it truly because the Jews of Israel will not cede land to the rabble that, prevented by their compatriots from returning to their native countries in 1948, now fraudulently claim to be Palestinians? No. There are two glaring contradictions to the specious argument.
One: In 1948, Arab leaders wouldn’t permit Arabs unwilling to live among Jews to live in any Arab state. The artificially created refugees were used and abused by their own brethren as violent political pawns against a nascent Israel.
Two: Sharon promised in June 2004 to “evacuate” disputed land before 2005. Within hours of that announcement, Yasser Arafat and Hamas respectively swore to annihilate and kidnap/murder military and civilian Jews. Clearly, the problem is not about “giving back” land, which never legitimately belonged to Arabs anyway.
The chaos, murder and mayhem are not about the merits or demerits of democracy, the West or Christianity, or international law. It’s not about the Jews “controlling” the very same “media” that incongruously condemns Judaism, its practices and the Knesset. It’s not about Israel inside or outside red, green, yellow or blue lines. It’s not about the Israeli Right, or Jewish settlers (they’d be called “citizens” in any other society that inherited, purchased, won and/or annexed land). It’s not about present-day Israel versus the borders of ancient Israel, nor about the alleged occupation of Arab lands.
It is about armed insanity, the calculated manipulation of public opinion via propaganda, coercion and attacks against unarmed civilians and their political leaders. And the scale of horror stands to rise now that Iran has saluted the world with a nuclear arms program.
It’s about jihad.