Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly
debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been
published in dozens of newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
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After lobbing almost a hundred rockets, mortars, and
missiles at Israel, Israel National News reported on
June 20th that Hamas’ military wing agreed to an
Egyptian-brokered ceasefire …
“In response to the Egyptian efforts to try and stop
the aggression on our people, we at Al-Qassam
Brigades and all resistance factions declare our
commitment to stop this round of confrontation, as
long as (Israel) commits to stopping its crimes,”
said a statement from Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam…
He must be--or have been--one helluva important
"Palestinian" dude…right ?
We'll see shortly, but first some background is in
Ever since a now comatose Prime Minister Sharon
announced plans for a unilateral disengagement from
Gaza about eight years ago, adjacent towns in Israel
proper have come under increasing attack. The
hundred projectiles recently fired were among
thousands which preceded them.
Qassam rockets have frequently targeted communities
such as Sderot and Ashkelon, deliberately aimed at
terrorizing civilians. Whereas Israel tries its best
to carefully pinpoint those responsible for the
murder of its people, the Arab victims of choice are
the most innocent. Not only is greater shock value
derived from this, the reality is that, in Arab
eyes, there are no Jewish innocents. Jewish
preschoolers had earlier been killed in such
volleys, helping to set into motion Israel's
previous assault on Gaza's terror apparatus.
Thousands more of these led to Israel's broader 2008
Now, when choosing this major weapon of terror,
Hamas (which, like most other Arabs, denies a Jewish
State of Israel's right to exist with or without the
disputed territories) gave careful thought to the
name that it should go by.
The "militant wing" of the organization (the folks
that actually fire the missiles and blow up the
buses, teen night clubs, pizzerias, and such) had
already been named after one of the Arabs' main
heroes in the fight against the Jews, Sheikh Izz
ad-Din al-Qassam. It was decided to name this weapon
in honor of him as well.
Given this honor, surely such a man must have had
some great credentials in the "Palestinian" Arab
movement...don't you think?
Of course !
Old Izzy made his name via butchering and
disemboweling "Zionist invaders" during the early
Mandate period after World War I.
So, what else do we know about this legendary leader
of the "Palestinians?"
Well, for starters...
Hamas' hero--like many if not most other "native
Palestinians"--was born elsewhere, outside of
"Palestine." In Izzy's case, Latakia, Syria…you
know, where Arabs are now butchering Arabs too.
In just one three month period alone during those
early days, the League of Nations Permanent Mandates
Commissions documented scores of thousands of other
Syrian Arabs pouring into the British Mandate of
Like numerous other Arabs moving into it from
elsewhere, they came to take advantage of the
economic boom going on because of the influx of
Jewish capital. And for every Arab
newcomer--settler--that was documented, many more
slipped in under cover of darkness and were never
recorded. Add to this the fact that, for a number of
reasons, the Brits were more concerned about
entering Jews than entering Arabs. Despite this ,
lots of evidence exists which shows that--just like
the murderous Sheikh--most so-called "Palestinian"
Arabs were no more native than most of the
returning, forcibly exiled, Diaspora Jews.
Now think about this for a moment...
So many Arabs were recent arrivals into the Mandate
that when UNRWA was created to deal with the Arab
refugee situation, created as a result of the
invasion by a half dozen Arab states of a reborn
Israel in 1948, UNRWA adjusted the definition of
"refugee" from the prior meaning of persons normally
and traditionally resident to those who lived in the
Mandate for a minimum of only two years prior to
Also keep in mind that for every Arab who was forced
to flee the fighting that the Arabs started in their
attempt to nip a nascent Israel in the bud in 1948,
a Jewish refugee was forced to flee Arab lands-- but
with no UNRWA set up to help them.
Indeed, thousands of Jews fled the same Syria that
the Sheikh immigrated to Palestine from. Greater New
York City alone now has tens of thousands of these
folks. Many others moved to Israel and elsewhere.
The celebrity, Paula Abdul, is from a Syrian Jewish
refugee family on her father's side.
But, while Arabs see it as their natural right to
settle anywhere in the Dar ul-Islam and what they
claim as purely Arab patrimony (despite the fact
that scores of millions of non-Arabs also live in
the area and have been conquered and forcibly
Arabized by them), when Jews moved into their sole,
reborn state (as opposed to almost two dozen for
Arabs), Arabs declared this to be al nakba...the
Hundreds of millions of Hindus and Muslims could
arrive at a less-than-perfect modus vivendi in the
1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent--at
virtually the same moment in history that Arabs were
rejecting a similar offer over what was left of the
Palestine Mandate after Arabs had already been
awarded the lion's share in 1922 with the separation
of Transjordan--yet the mere thought of anyone else
gaining a mere sliver of the very same political
rights that Arabs demand for themselves (be they
Kurds, Imazighen/"Berbers", Copts,www.ekurd.net
black Africans, Jews, or whomever) was out of the
question. The conflict we have in the Middle East
today is largely all about this subjugating Arab
mindset which refuses to understand no justice but
So, my now better-informed readers, the next time
you hear or read about "Qassam" rockets targeting
Israeli civilians, please consider the deadly irony
And, oh yes, I almost forgot...
Izzy's modern day counterpart, Arafat himself, was
born in Cairo, Egypt. And thousands of other
Egyptian Arabs had preceded his own migration and
settlement in Palestine somewhat earlier in the wake
of Muhammad Ali and son Ibrahim Pasha's military
excursions in the 19th century…more Arab settlers
establishing Arab settlements in Palestine.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has
done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern
Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-Arab
propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured
on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has
publicly debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles
and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world. Visit his
Gerald A. Honigman, a longtime contributing writer
for ekurd.net. Honigman has published a major book,
Quest For Justice In The Middle East--The
Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater Perspective."
By Gerald A. Honigman for EKurd.net, June 21, 2012. You may reach the
author via email at: honigman6 (at) msn.com.
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