Actuality History

Islamist Nazi Collaborator is Transformed into a Moderate / Prof.B.Rubin

April 27, 2012
Suppose you read in the Washington Post about a democratic politician who was a refugee from persecution by a dictatorship. Would you be surprised to learn that he was in fact a vicious antisemite, a radical Islamist, and—by the way—a wanted war criminal for his collaboration with the Nazis?

Racife's Two Jewish Communities / Yossi Bailin

Many of the Jews exiled from Spain in 1492 went to Holland. There, no one forced them to convert to Christianity; they even felt welcome. In the middle of the 17th century, Dutch sugar merchants allowed their Jewish friends to join their journey to Recife, Brazil, the port of exit for sugar exports to Europe. Recife, like the rest of Brazil, was under Portuguese colonial control, but Portugal was struggling to control all of the giant country. Recife was one of Portugal's weakest points, so it was exploited by the Dutch and the French.

The Truth about Settlement Growth / Sharyn Mittelman

Apr 12 2012
The current Israeli government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu has often been unfairly accused of expanding settlements at faster rate than previous Israeli governments. For example, John Lyons in the Australian recently wrote:

"...Mr Netanyahu - whose party, Likud, has recently had a drive to recruit settlers and who is overseeing a major growth of settlements..."

The Revisionist History of Sari Nusseibeh / Prof.Efraim Karsh

October 11, 2011
Sari Nusseibeh has done it again. In an article titled "Why Israel Can't be a 'Jewish State,'" published on the Jewish New Year of all dates, the supposedly moderate president of al-Quds University goes to great lengths to explain why Jews, unlike any other nation on earth, are undeserving of statehood.

Where Is The Palestinian Ben Gurion / Prof.Efraim Karsh

September 15, 2011
Sixty-four years after partitioning Palestine into two independent states – one Jewish, the other Arab – the UN General Assembly is set again to vote on the same issue. While this time around Palestinian leaders appear to be preaching compromise, closer scrutiny reveals this to be a tactical rather than a strategic change of heart, stemming from the different circumstances of the two votes and aimed at disguising their lingering unwillingness (or perhaps inability) to live with a two-state solution.

Texts, Lies and Videotape:Answer to Prof.Benni Morris / Prof.Efraim Karsh

There is an on-going debate between 2 historians - Prof. Benni Morris and Prof. Efraim Karsh - on the Palestinian Refugees Issue. 3 articles were published on this web site by the 2 professors:July 10,July 17 and 24.Enclosed a link to Prof.Benny Morris article from Aug 3.

Letter to the Editor :Prof.Efraim Karsh Response to Prof. Benni Morris, The National Interest
August 10, 2011

Not Stealing Palestine but Purchasing Israel / Daniel Pipes

June 21, 2011
Zionists stole Palestinian land: that's the mantra both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas teach their children and propagate in their media. This claim has vast importance, as Palestinian Media Watch explains: "Presenting the creation of the [Israeli] state as an act of theft and its continued existence as a historical injustice serves as the basis for the PA's non-recognition of Israel's right to exist." The accusation of theft also undermines Israel's position internationally.

Palestinian imagery: A Star-of-David-shark devours Palestine.

The Palestinian Refugees on the Day After "Independece" / Lt.Col.(ret.) Jonathan D.Halevi

The gap between Israel and the Palestinians on the refugee question cannot be reconciled. The Palestinians demand a "just peace," which implies recognition of the right of return according to their interpretation, and rejects any compromise on the issue.

The Jewish Identity of Jerusalem in Greek and Roman Sources / Rivkah Fishman- Duker

For ancient Greek and Roman pagan authors, Jerusalem definitely was a Jewish city. This article draws on references to Jerusalem from nearly twenty different sources, dating from the third century BCE to the third century CE, which are included in the late Professor Menahem Stern's comprehensive anthology, Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism. An examination of these texts indicates the unanimous agreement that Jerusalem was Jewish by virtue of the fact that its inhabitants were Jews, it was founded by Jews and the Temple, located in Jerusalem, was the center of the Jewish religion.

An Open Letter to Turkish Friends( in Turkish and English)/ Prof.B.Rubin

The Turkish text is followed by an English translation

Kıymetli dostlar,

İsrail’de, bizler, hayatlarını kaybeden Türkler için son derece üzgünüz. Bu çatışmayı istemedik. Tamamıyla haklı olduğumuzu, herşeyi doğru olarak yaptığımızı ve hata yapmadığımızı iddia etmiyor, ancak, dostluk ruhu içerisinde bu konuların tartışılabildiğini ve en iyi şekilde çözülebildiğini ifade etmek istiyoruz. Aynı zamanda Türkiye’deki deprem dönemindem beri gelişen karşılıklı işbirliğimizi ve ortak anlayışımızı da hatırlıyoruz.

Just Say "no": I Get Personally Invited to Help the Obama Administration Engage - and thus Strengthen - Terrorists / Prof.B.Rubin

Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” A good Middle East equivalent, at least among the anti-democratic forces, would be: That which does not scare me makes me bolder.

Can things get worse with the Obama Administration’s foreign—and especially Middle East--policy? Yes, it’s not inevitable but I have just seen personally a dangerous example of what could be happening next. In fact, I never expected that the administration would try to recruit me in this campaign, as you'll see starting with paragraph seven.

The Significance of Passover for Contemporary Arab and Muslim History / Prof.B.Rubin

One of the greatest little challenges of my life--at least in terms of needing to react instantly--came when I was sitting in a meeting with high-ranking Egyptian officials during Passover. One of them asked me if it was true that the Jews had a holiday about defeating the Egyptians. I realized I had about ten seconds maximum to come up with the best answer.

And it then came to me: "Ah, I replied, those were jahiliyya times."

The Myth of the Palestinian Refugee Crisis / Prof. Efraim Karsh

Efraim Karsh is head of Mediterranean Studies at King’s College, University of London, and the author most recently of Islamic Imperialism: A History (Yale). Mr. Karsh gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Roger and Susan Hertog in supporting the research on which the present article is based.

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