The Right of the Strongest

To gain understanding of the disagreement between Israelis and Palestinians, and their ongoing fight for the same land the, a dialogue is required. The mistrust between the two people will make it difficult to get a picture of the contradicting points of view without talking to both of them directly. Even though you wouldn’t let your enemy defend your case, I discovered that the people who are involved will not always be the best at representing themselves.

Background: A group of 11 Norwegian youths has this week been exploring the Holy Land together with my organization, JAI, for two weeks. During these days, they have taken part in the conflicted life of the region. The core of the political disagreement relates to the question of land ownership. To dig deeper into this issue, they were invited to a Palestinian farmers where they were contributing with the season’s olive tree planting.

The group had just started the planting of 200 olive trees when the leader of the radical settler organization ‘Women in Green’, Nadia Matar, arrived with two other Israeli settlers. Matar had an aggressive approach towards the international group and said loudly “your grandparents have killed my grandparents in the holocaust and now you are helping the Arabs to steal our land. This is the land for the people of Israel. You are helping the wrong people. You are like the Nazis.” At the same time, Israeli soldiers appeared, who counted a higher number of armed military compared with olive planting Norwegians. The military canceled the olive planting and ordered the group to stop their work and return to the bus which was escorted back to Bethlehem. Read the Palestinian news article about the incidence: http://www.imemc.org/article/63126  and watch the recorded video from the olive field: http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/utenriks/her-blir-norske-elever-skjelt-ut-som-nazister-paa-vestbredden-3727428.html#.T1kGZK4Tlc4.facebook

The meeting with Israel was somehow more calm. The group was invited to an Israeli settlement for a talk and a discussion with an Israeli settler. A Palestinian man, employed in our NGO joined the meeting in the Synagogue, but instead of screaming, he left the room due to the lack of common ground. In the following I will make a comparison of the two different meetings with the Palestinian – during olive planting, and the Israeli – and the discussion.

Parties: Yassin Da’doua, a Palestinian farmer who claims ownership to the land of Beit Iskaria, south of Bethlehem. The other side of the table, an Israeli settler, Ardi Geldman, living in Efrata settlement in the Gush Ezyon block who claims the land belongs to the Jewish people.

Actions: The Palestinian farmer illustrates his presumed ownership by planting olive trees on his land. The Israeli settler Geldman, on the other hand, is supporting and benefiting from the construction of settlements exclusively for Jewish nationals.

Argument: The Palestinian farmer base his right on his property document. The papers are approved by the Israeli government. The Israeli settler argues that the old testament of the Bible, Torah, gives the Jewish people the right to the land. His second argument is the presence of Jewish people two thousand years back in time.

Supporters: The documents of the Palestinian farmer is legally accepted by the state of Israel, and proves the personal ownership of the land. In addition the International law declares that the land is on the Palestinian side of Green Line – meaning the land is not a part of Israel as a state. The arguments of the Israeli settler is supported by some religious societies around the world, and the Israeli government who provide the settlement with necessary applies.

Protection: The presence of the international group from Norwegian will give the Palestinian farmer a protection in the field. The appearance of the organized settlers will threaten the farmer’s right. In theory, their call for the armed soldiers should contribute to make a fair solution based on the rule of law. But in reality, the army will reject the property documents despite approval from the Israeli government, and deny any Palestinian activity on the land. This will give a protection to the argument of the Israeli settler.

Conclusion: The next morning, 100 planted olive trees were uprooted and the land was prohibited from the Palestinian farmer. The nephew of the land owner was arrested due to his act of planting olive trees despite the order from the soldiers to stop working. In the case of this spesific farmer, this could be the first step towards a long lasting process in court. While facing the judge, the legal question is not «who is the right based owner of this land?». The land is presumed to be Israeli state land, and the mission of the Palestinian farmer is to once again prove that it belongs to him.

In the case of the Palestinian people – this is no more radical than a continuous process of transmitting land from Palestine to Israel, which has been going on since 1948. The difference between now and than is that today the land grab violates international law, and the Palestinian people has no means to fight back. At the same time, the world community has an opportunity to influence the govern of Israel. But the problem seems to be that the world, through UN, gave Israel the power to form a state, but without enough restrictions. Criticizing Israel later is too sensitive because of the horrible history of the Jewish people.

My beautiful friend in front of the Western Wall where the Jewish people come to pray. Her prayer goes like this: "Everyone should live in peace and love one another. Religion, skin color, or other differences shall not separate us, but make us create a better world for the entire humanity"

I am left with one question. When is it ethical accepted to fulfill a right of action you know, presume or believe in, when people or society disagree with you? An act without support might be seen as terror, but in a different situation it might be a brave decision – but how do you know?

In the settlers view, the level of believe was relevant. He was sure of his right to build on the land of Efrata, and did so without any concern of the international law and its supporters claiming the opposite.

The Palestinian farmer’s situation is different. He, along with the Norwegian group helping out with the planting, kept on with the act until we were forced by the armed military to stop. Because of our lack of negotiation tools which could compete with their weapons, our moral could not be tested. Our work was rejected by military order,  not because of our strong moral and ethical consciousness.


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  1. Women in Green’s response to the false report of “IMEMC News” by Ghassan Bannouna of Thursday, March 8,2012, entitled:»Israeli settlers uproot and take 100 olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers»

    The article should really be entitled:

    «Tens of Norwegian anti-Israeli JAI activists plant trees in Netzer on Israeli land,

    to help Arabs steal land from the Jewish People»

    And now for the facts:

    We, the Jewish People, are embroiled in an ongoing battle for reclamation of our land, our historic birthright, the Land of Israel.

    The Jewish People are, and have been, the indigenous inhabitants of the Land of Israel for over 4000 years. We have been continuously present here, in greater or lesser numbers, despite enforced exile and dispossession by a series of foreign invaders and conquerors – with the Arabs and Moslems only the latest in a long line.

    With the advent of the national liberation movement of Zionism, and with the help of G-d, the Jewish People have returned to our G-d given biblical Homeland, especially to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,where the very first Jewish «settlers» lived thousands of years ago- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and later the Judges, Kings, Priests and Sages of our people. At a time when Europe was still a forested haven for primitive tribes, and Islam did not yet exist, Jews flourished in their homeland and developed the spiritual and ethical heritage that has transformed human civilization.

    Today’s 750,000 Jewish residents living in Judea and Samaria should not be labeled «settlers», which is a mistranslation of the Hebrew «mitnachalim», but rather «heirs» or «inheritors» of the land. We have been here for over 4000 years and we are here to stay. In contrast, as Joan Peters points out throughout her lengthy and well-documented book “From Time Immemorial”, almost all the Arabs living in Israel or in Judea and Samaria, are not “native” to the land, but rather immigrants from Syria and Saudi Arabia attracted by the Zionist return and economic development of the Land of Israel.

    In a conference held in Tul Karem in 2010, Salem Fayyad called for the planting of ten million trees: «The great challenge against the occupation and the settlements is to increase the investment and agriculture on the lands in area C.» As you might know, since the infamous Oslo agreements in 1993, in which Israel sadly abandoned large parts of Judea and Samaria to the control of the Palestinian Authority ,the area has been divided into area A, B and C. Areas A and B-which include the Arab cities and villages- are unfortunately totally controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Area C which includes the Jewish communities, the hills in between the communities and the roads, is Israeli controlled. That is where the Arabs are waging a battle to take over all the as yet undeveloped public lands.

    Our organization, Women for Israel’s Tomorrow-Women in Green is dedicated to safeguarding our homeland, and combatting the organized Arab trespass that seeks to take control of Israel’s public lands. The Arabs do this both by massive illegal construction of thousands of houses on state lands in Israeli controlled area «C», and by an agricultural jihad, in which the Arabs, backed by almost unlimited international financing, steal lands by cultivating them. Their goal is clear: an Arab takeover of all the areas between the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, in order to choke them and prevent their growth.

    For the past few years our organization is trying to stop and block this Arab take-over of public, nonprivate lands – by planting trees on those barren plots, so as to reclaim them for the Jewish People. We operate in accordance with up-to-date maps that delineate all the public lands. We do not plant on privately-owned land. Moreover, we do not claim personal ownership of the land,or even of the trees that we plant. We have only one aim: the safeguarding of lands that belong to the Jewish People, for our children and all future generations.

    Our Arab enemies, backed by the UN, the Palestinian Authority and leftist international anti-Israeli organizations, come almost every day, and –in broad daylight – uproot the trees that were planted by Jews on public lands. They burn and destroy irrigation systems, and they physically attack those Jews working in the fields.

    That is what happened this past Wednesday, 7-3-2012,when tens of Norwegian JAI activists joined our Arab enemies, and came by bus to Netzer, in the heart of Gush Etzion, a 15 minute drive south of Jerusalem, between the Jewish communities of Elazar and Alon Shvut. They travelled halfway across the world in order to illegally plant tens of trees on a plot of public – not private- land, where Jews had planted months ago. Arabs had subsequently uprooted all the Jewish trees, and then invited the JAI activists to plant there in order to steal that land away from the Jews and the Jewish state. If it is true that the trees that were illegally planted by the radical JAI activists have now been uprooted, as mentioned in the IMEMC report, we applaud that and thank those who upheld the law.

    The Arab claiming ownership of that piece of land is simply lying – his so-called documents are either non-existent or fabricated and forged. He is a dangerous and violent man, who was arrested a few months ago after he attacked a Jewish farmer with a hoe, and almost killed him.

    The Arabs, and Moslems, of course, are fighting for far more than the possession of this or that piece of land – they aim for nothing less than the destruction of the State of Israel. Extremist anti-Israeli organizations like JAI and many others, knowingly and deliberately support this planned destruction, by denying the Jewish People’s connection to their homeland, and often by delegitimizing the very existence of Israel as the Jewish State . They certainly do not accept any Jewish presence in Israel’s biblical homeland, and thus collaborate with the Arabs to do all they can to steal the Jews’ land and to expel them.

    That is why I told the group of young Norwegian radicals: «the generation of your grandparents helped the Nazis kill the generation of my grandparents. Now you once again are on the wrong side, you are helping those who want to destroy the Jewish State, you are helping those Arabs who want to finish off what the Nazis did not finish – the destruction of the Jewish People by destroying the Jewish State. You are collaborators. Read history books. Learn the facts. Wake up and realize that you are shooting yourself in the foot. One of the slogans in the Palestinian Authority is «First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People». First they want to get rid of the Jews; then of the Christians. The real war in the Middle East is not about this or that settlement. It is a war of Islam against Western Civilization. The Arabs want to take over Judea and Samaria in order to destroy all of Israel, as a first step. The next step will be a jihad by millions of their followers in Europe to turn Europe into Eurabia.”

    Thus,when we fight for the right of the Jewish People for its Biblical Homeland, we also fight for the survival of western civilization.

    When the European Union, the UN, Oxfam and any other organization, funds the Arabs with million of dollars for illegal Arab construction and agriculture -it really is in order to help the Arabs in their quest to destroy Israel. More and more Europeans are starting to realize this and understand that they need to defend Israel’s right to its Biblical Homeland, in order for them to safeguard their own European countries from Arab and Moslem take-over.

    By the way, there is no greater proof of the disingenuousness and hypocrisy of these young radicals, and their European “peace” activist backers, than the fact that they pour their time and money into false Arab land claims in Judea and Samaria, and blithely ignore the slaughter of thousands of civilians by the murderous Assad regime. The agenda of these so-called humanists stands revealed: pure unadulterated hatred of Jews, and collaboration with the genocidal enemies of Jews, the Arab successors and students of the Nazis. The shameful record of the large majority of the Norwegian populace under Quisling in the Nazi period, where their indifference and hatred of their Jewish neighbors allowed the Nazis to deport and murder most of Norway’s 2000+ Jews, stands in clear contrast to the behavior of their Danish neighbors. Many of the grandparents of the modern Norwegian radicals and “humanists” were anti-semitic and morally inadequate, and many of their children and grandchildren are, sadly, worse – they replace indifference to genocide with active assistance to those who support terror and murder of Jews.


    As our Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu has said: «2012 is not 1944». We would like to add: Not only are we not going to allow Ahmedinajad to nuke us; we are also not going to allow the Arabs to take away our land. We are here to stay, in our G-d given Biblical Homeland.

    The time has come for the government of Israel to unequivocally establish the true status of Judea and Samaria, and to apply Israeli law.

    We are not deterred by the consequences of such a move, including the possibility of granting citizenship to those Arabs of Judea and Samaria who will pledge loyalty to the State and its laws. Israeli sovereignty throughout the entire Land of Israel is the one and only Israeli alternative.

    In every generation, each individual and every nation has to decide whose side they want to be on. On the side of the Hitlers, the Ahmedinajads, the Assads, ElKayeeda, Fatah-Hamas…or on the side of Israel. When you decide, please don’t forget G-d’s words in the Bible:

    «Blessed is everyone who blesses you, O Israel, and cursed is everyone who curses you.» Numbers 24:9

    With blessings from Israel,

    Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover

    Women in Green

  2. what was your grandparents name nadia, i asked my grandmother and she was 6 years old when the war came, and she told me that she didn’t kill judes, is that a lie?

  3. What a great thing to only relate to two sides. The wrong one, and the right one.
    What a wonderful thing to know you are on the right side. Since God has defined that the right side is the side your are on!!
    What a fantastic thing to be able to tell others what side their on, without knowing them, and actually not seeing them.
    What a beautiful thing to have a beliefe without a fraction of doubt.
    Thats great!. Why doesn’t we all do that? What a precious world it would be!!

  4. Tilbaketråkk: The Norwegians, the settlers, the zealot, the olive seedlings-- and the Palestinian's suit against 'Nobody'

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