Wall of Lies

A short film that uncovers the lies of "Israel Apartheid Week."

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The Lies

LIE 1: JEWS HAVE LITTLE HISTORICAL CONNECTION TO ISRAEL

Jews have lived continuously in the land of Israel for over 3000 years; the Arabs arrived through multiple invasions, beginning in the 7th Century AD. In the year 70 AD, when the Jewish civilization was already over 1000 years old, the Romans forced most of the Jews of Judea and Samaria (now the West Bank) into exile. By the end of the 19th Century, the majority population of Jerusalem was Jewish.

LIE 2: THE KORAN DESCRIBES JERUSALEM AS HOLY TO ISLAM

The Koran does not mention Jerusalem because Mohammed never set foot in the city. Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim armies in 636 after the death of Mohammed. Muslim jihadists claim that the Koran mentions “The Furthest Mosque” — Al-Aqsa in Arabic – and that this is a Koranic reference to Jerusalem. This is a lie. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem had not been built when the Koran was written, so the reference is to some other (or any other) “furthest mosque.” In contrast, Jerusalem is and has always been a holy city to Jews. The daily prayers of the Jews are focused on Jerusalem. The Hebrew Bible mentions Zion and Jerusalem a total of 809 times.

LIE 3: THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON IS NOT JEWISH

This lie is one of many designed to steal the history of the Jews in order to justify erasing them from the Middle East. When the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, it immediately began a campaign to delegitimize Israel by rewriting history with the intention of denying Israel’s right to exist. Among its false claims is that the remains of the Temple of Solomon – the Western Wall – are in fact the remnants of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Al-Aqsa Mosque was deliberately built on top of the Temple after the Muslim conquest to humiliate the conquered. This is the same imperialistic tradition that prompts jihadists today to build a mosque at Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attack.

LIE 4: ISRAEL OCCUPIES ARAB PALESTINE

This is a genocidal claim made by the Muslim Students Association and other pro-Arab groups. It is genocidal because it obliterates the Jewish state. If Israel is actually “Occupied Palestine” then there is no legitimate Jewish state in the Middle East.

In fact, there never was an Arab state called “Palestine” and no one even claimed there was until well after the United Nations created Israel in 1948.  The land on which Israel was created by the U.N. was also used by the colonial powers to create Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. It was land that had belonged to Turkey for 400 years. The Turks are not “Palestinians” and are not even Arabs.

There never was an Arab country called “Palestine” or inhabited by “Palestinians.” Before the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1964, which was sixteen years after the birth of Israel, no Arab political entity was called by that name.

LIE 5: ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE

“Apartheid” refers to the system created by South Africans in which “non-white” residents of that nation were denied citizenship and basic civil rights, and were forced to live in separate residential areas with segregated and inferior educational and medical services. Those wishing to demonize and destroy Israel now falsely call it “an Apartheid state.” But the only true Apartheid states in the Middle East are Islamic states in which Jews are not allowed to live and where Christians, Baha’is and other religious minorities are objects of discrimination and persecution.

LIE 6: THE ARABS WANT PEACE AND A STATE ON THE WEST BANK

The Arabs rejected peace and a state on the West Bank first in 1948 when it was offered to them by the U.N. and then in 2000 when it was offered by Presidents Clinton and Barak. In 1949, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which the U.N. had designated as a homeland for the Arabs, were annexed respectively by Jordan and Egypt. When the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed in 1964 its covenant made no mention of liberating the West Bank or Gaza from Jordan and Egypt. The PLO leadership stated that its goal was to “push the Jews into the sea.” Today the “liberation” of Palestine “from the river to the sea” is still the goal of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA). The war in the Middle East is about the desire of the Arabs and Muslims to destroy Israel; it is not about the desire for a Palestinian state.

There are 1.4 million Arabs living in Israel with civil rights that are the envy of the Arab world.  Israeli Arabs vote in Israel’s elections, have representatives in the Israeli Parliament, sit on Israeli courts and on the Israeli Supreme Court, and serve as tenured professors teaching in Israeli colleges and universities. The Arab citizens of Israel have more rights, and enjoy more freedom, education, and economic opportunity than the inhabitants of any Arab or Muslim state.

LIE 7: THE HOLOCAUST IS EUROPE’S PROBLEM; PALESTINIANS HAD NO ROLE IN IT

The Arabs generally and the “Palestinians” specifically were supporters of Hitler in the 1930s. The father of Palestinian nationalism, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was a devoted Nazi who spent the war in Berlin and worked with members of the Third Reich to plan death camps for the Jews of the Middle East. Today he is revered by the Palestinians as the George Washington of their cause. The Muslim Brotherhood translated Mein Kampf into Arabic in the 1930s and called for the destruction of the Jewish state at its birth. Today Arab leaders call for the destruction of the Jewish state and routinely deny that the Holocaust with which their forbears collaborated actually took place.

LIE 8: ISRAEL’S SECURITY FENCE IS AN “APARTHEID WALL”

This is two lies in one. The West Bank fence is a fence, not a wall. About 97% of the fence is made of chain-link material. The remaining 3% is concrete, designed to repel sniper fire in particular areas. The fence was built in 2003 in response to thousands of suicide bombings and rocket attacks on Israeli citizens by Palestinian terrorists, sponsored and armed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The fence was built to keep out terrorists, not Arabs.

In the years since the construction of the fence, terrorist attacks have declined by more than 90%. The fence is Israel’s legitimate defense against a ruthless and amoral terrorist aggressor.

LIE 9: ISRAEL IS THE CAUSE OF THE REFUGEE PROBLEM

The Palestinians claim there are 5 million Palestinian refugees who fled Israel during the 1948 war. This is false. There were only 500,000 Arab refugees from the 1948 war – an unprovoked war that Egypt and four other Arab states had launched against the newly created state of Israel. In the aftermath of the war, 500,000 Jewish refugees were driven out of the Arab states in the Middle East. There are no Jewish refugees today, sixty years later, because Israel resettled them. Why are there still Arab refugees? The Arabs have been given billions of dollars by Israel and the United States to relocate their refugees. But the Arabs are still in refugee camps. While Israel resettled Jewish refugees, no Arab country would take in the “Palestinians” who were forced into camps and were kept there by the Arab regimes to stir up hatred against the Jews. The refugee “issue” has been created by the Arab regimes as a weapon in their war against the Jews. It should be resolved by resettling the inhabitants of the refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza where almost all of them have lived all their lives.

LIE 10: ISRAEL COMMITS WAR CRIMES BY KILLING CIVILIANS

This is the Big Lie, coming as it does from Palestinians who have made terrorist attacks on civilians a weapon of choice, and who make martyrs and national heroes out of suicide bombers.

The Gaza strip was a base for 7,000 rocket attacks against schoolyards and townships in Israel before the Israelis responded in 2007. During Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza rocket sites there was one civilian death for every 30 terrorists. By contrast, a 2001 study by the International Committee of the Red Cross found that the civilian-to-military death ratio in wars fought since the middle of the 20th Century has been 10:1 – ten civilian deaths for every soldier death. In other words, the Israelis protect civilians at a rate 300 times greater than any other national army. As Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz observes, “No army in history has ever had a better ratio of combatants to civilians killed in a comparable setting.”


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Comments (25)

(19) Anonymous, April 22, 2011 2:24 AM

Muslims View World Conquest

The muslims are not safe themselves because of islam. The Non-muslims globally are actually the main target of islam for annihilation. Why are we asleep when everything is clear? Just as Israel is hated by the islamists so are the non-muslims everywhere. Plateau State is at its critical point too because of islamic encroachment. Nigeria is both boiling and preparing for the worst of its time. Islam has invaded banks, ministries, security, etc. while Nigeria non-muslims day dream. Please fighting for Israel is fighting for all.

(18) Anonymous, April 13, 2011 10:16 AM

African-American student leaders offended by Apartheid label

"The use of the word ‘apartheid’ by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in its characterization of Israel is patently false and deeply offensive to all who feel a connection to the state of Israel,” the letter reads. “Your organization’s campaign against Israel is spreading misinformation about its policies, fostering bias in the media and jeopardizing prospects for a timely resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Such irresponsibility is a blemish on your efforts.” SEE: http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=215811

(17) reed, April 7, 2011 5:24 PM

comment on from the river to the sea

it was impossible to hear the commentery because there were two voices speaking at the same time

(16) Ann Brady, April 7, 2011 12:52 PM

Harvesting Campus Youth for Evil

Yet another superb - and necessary - presentation. I will show this to my teenage grandson, whose school treats the Shoa as "Holocaust lite" and does little to educate our future adults about truth and reality. Nia:weh!

(15) Rafi, April 7, 2011 6:27 AM

Lies Refuted

I made my own version of the Wall of Lies: http://www.liesaboutisrael.org/ Delegitimization of Israel is the biggest obstacle to peace. Study the facts!

(14) Rose, April 7, 2011 2:23 AM

Excellent video and strong valid answers to counter the accusations against Israel. Continue to spread the word and remind the world that the Jews have survived for 2,000 years and we shall not give up the Land of Israel.

(13) sarah, April 6, 2011 8:01 PM

Uh! Like maybe its time to make Aliya already?????

Hanging out in America now seems like staying in Germany of the 1930s. How about saving your skins by coming to where you belong??

(12) sherri, April 6, 2011 12:09 AM

What is wrong with people?

I grew up in Minnesota...it's a very white bread place with little intergration of people that aren't white christians. Blaming the Jews without the benefit of knowing the truth is typical, especially when the economy is tanked, there are no jobs, and so on. It's always the Jews. As Tevya said "I know we are the Chosen people, but can't you choose someone else once in a while?"

(11) ELIZABETH, April 5, 2011 9:44 PM

frustrated supporter of Israel

How can Israel be pushed into making peace with a people whose only goal and passion in life is to see every jew killed? Why do your politicians continue to bend to international pressure? Looking to foreign powers for help has never done Israel any good and it won't do now.

(10) Anonymous, April 5, 2011 1:00 PM

Show the video

I pity the people who believe the lies spread by palestinean. Pls show this vidoe to all your friends and colegues.

(9) Michele, April 4, 2011 8:27 PM

muslims should change their mindset & do something more productive

The videos are frightening. How can this lunacy be stopped? A lie told many times starts to sound like truth & there are So many lies perpetrated by Muslims. One of the biggest lies is: that they actually want peace. What they actually want is the unspeakable. Imagine if all this effort, money, time & other resources that are being spent on hatred and negativity were to be used for something good? Imagine how many schools they might have by now, how many hospitals and nice living conditions? When is the average Muslim/ Arab gonna try to stop blaming Israel for every problem they have and realize that they can actually live a good, decent life if they pooled their resources into doing something positive for their communities instead of so many resources being thrown away on terrorism?

(8) Alan, April 4, 2011 5:34 PM

Responsibility

We have been scapegoats throughout the centuries, it has not changed and I don't see it changing anytime soon. It seems people find it easier to blame the Jews, the consistent minority, rather than take responsibility for themselves, their community or their country. It is much easier to sluff off their woes on us as we must have caused all the problems of the world, after all, we own the land, the jobs, the media, the banks... we own the world. Wake up! This is WW11 Chapter11 and no country or people is immune!! The oppressor this time has a new base, but the approach is the same, without the ovens, at this moment. Remember, NEVER AGAIN!! Speak up and SPEAK OUT!!

(7) Katriel Calderon, April 4, 2011 12:37 PM

L Cohen above me said it in its most simple yet essential role. It truly saddens me the hatred that is sometimes directed at us. As Jews our community is our backbone, collaboration is truly needed to its utmost capacity. David Horowitz might be fighting an up hill battle but at least hes trying

(6) L., April 4, 2011 11:11 AM

God bless.

Israel, you are so brave... Thank you for being here. I love you, Jews. =)

(5) Helen Ferrieux, April 3, 2011 10:19 PM

Hatred

The hatred shown in this video is terrifying. I am frightened - for Israel, for the Jews, for the world.

Keith, UK, April 10, 2011 11:08 PM

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee".. Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 41:10

Don't be afraid, Helen.. HaShem has everything under control.. He Loves Israel with all His Heart.. Good WILL prevail, even though these are evil times we live in and many in the world may be against us.. Israel will NEVER be destroyed whereas the evil that you are seeing now will.. Shalom.. Keith.

(4) Anonymous, April 3, 2011 10:07 PM

Jewish

People wake up the Jew is God's Choicen People. People God gave the Jewish Land Israel to Abram and Abram seed. The Jewish people Israel College Student read your BIBLE.... Don't be hood winked by a bunch of Satanic lies. Israel belongs to God and God's people is Isreal Jewish. Read Exodus all of it Open your own eyes......

(3) Dr. Alex Pister, April 3, 2011 7:37 PM

Just to set the record straight

Seems as though everything that’s old is new again. Just to set the record straight: No amount of “Jewish activism” on campuses will ever help reduce the astronomical amount of Jew hatred we see these days. It’s ludicrous to think that “If only we got the truth out there, countered their lies……then they’d stop hating us Jews”. There is one and only one reason for all Jew hatred. The problem is whenever its stated that the Al-Mighty is sending us Jew hatred as a wake up call to do Teshuva it is countered with accusations that only a self hating Jew who blames the victim and doesn’t believe in a strong military thinks this way. There are even Jews who will mislabel the Purim story as a successful military campaign. As in the Purim story all successful military outcomes in Jewish history are preceded by real and substantive changes in the Jewish People’s behavior as it pertains to their observance of the instructions for living given to them in the Torah by G-d. Absent this reality and no amount of world acceptance, or pro –israelism will ever help the Jews to overcome Jew hatred. Rather than looking to the “David Horowitz Freedom Centre” for our hope for success as Jews we should look no further than our precious own Heritage of the Torah. Especially at this time of Pesach, acceptance of the Ten Commandments etc. we would all do well to look to take up the opportunity of reconnecting to our only source of hope-Our Torah and it’s author, Hashem.

L. Cohen, April 4, 2011 1:54 AM

Teshuva is the key....

However, I think that in our generation and what we as jews are facing globaly, doing teshuva is the easy part. The hard part is and always was since our exile is getting along with each other. I think that the religious community who is aware of our mission in this world, has a responsibilty as older brothers to try and breach the gap between us and our fellow jews. We are commanded to love our fellow jews no matter what. Lets work on this important and critical mitzvah today, and fight our enemies with our merits.

Ellen Applebaum, April 4, 2011 2:05 AM

Both views David's and Pister's are correct and not enough

Dr. Pister, both views are a form of Tshuvah. Our sin as a people is the absence of lovingkindness. A strong Israeli army and love for Israel and the Jewish people including a study of Torah leading to wanton acts of lovingkindness. Each of us as Jews finds a path to Torah --- and it may not "look" the same for each of us.

(2) Paul, April 3, 2011 4:50 PM

Excellent video.

Excellent video.

(1) Mordechai, April 3, 2011 3:18 PM

teshuva, tefillah, tzedaka

The wall of lies is a fine idea, and perhaps a necessary one, but all Jews listen to the call of our sages, and to our ancestors, this is not the time for political activism, this is the time for TESHUVA, TEFILLAH, AND TZEDAKA. The Jews in Persia were only saved from the hands of Haman by means of teshuva and prayer, the Jews of Egypt were only saved by means of crying to our Father in Heaven! Hashem is trying to tell us something. Look at history, the German Jews tried to to tell the world about the innocence of the Jews through political activism, and nobody listened no matter how much they shouted. Nothing will work and it will only get worse. Return to Torah, return to mitzvohs, say shema Yisrael and we will be saved, G-d willing!.

Nechamah, April 3, 2011 9:25 PM

a time for everything

What did our forefather Jacob do when he worried about his family? He sent gifts, prepared for war, and THEN prayed. WHat did G-d say to Moses when he was praying at the Red Sea and everyone was freaking out? 'What are you praying for -- move!!' We have to DO something aside from (but not negating) Teshuva, prayer and giving charity. One of our roles in the world is to be a light, to fight for justice and against oppression. We accomplish that in the mundane world by being involved in it as humans and Jews. We are not angels; we are humans living on this planet and need to affect change ourselves, and not leave everything to the Almighty. Don;t rely on a miracle -- DO something real in this world. It is not upon you to complete it, but you must not shirk from it either.

Ellen, April 4, 2011 2:15 AM

What do you believe that speaking the truth emet, is not a form of mitzvah?

Personally, I am too emotionally attached to Israel and the Jewish people to speak with any eloquence on the matter. As a Jew I need people like David to speak for me - because the truth is too close to my heart to speak. Thank you David and Alan H. for saying what is in my heart.

Ann Brady, April 7, 2011 1:15 PM

The Truth

Ah, Mordechai, thank you. The world hates G-d's chosen people because the world does not want to hear about - or even consider - answering to HaShem. Instead, it idolizes people and ideologies that exclude G-d. I do not believe we can have 'world peace' as long as the lie of G-d not existing and being the G-d of Israel, the world and the universe is maintained. We do not possess G-d, we belong to Him and only Him.

 

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