Women in Green emphasize the need to educate our children about our rights to the Land of Israel.
We are often invited by various youth groups for meetings and joint discussions, where we are asked to present the position of the “settlers” i.e of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.
Basic questions come up in these meetings, such as: why are we here in the Land of Israel? What is our overall position on the Arab-Israeli conflict? What is our solution to the complex reality? etc.
These meetings are fascinating. Many times these meetings are the first chance these teenagers, who come from all over the country, have to meet a “settler” in person. Even though each group has it’s isolated islands of knowledge and familiarity with the real, historic facts, we mostly encounter alarming ignorance.
Granted, our teenagers have heard something vague at some point or another regarding “the British Mandate”, but they aren’t aware of the fact that in the resolution about handing over the mandate it says that “the Mandate will be responsible for fulfilling the declaration made by the British government on February 2nd 1917, which was accepted by the other Powers, to assist in the establishment of “the national home for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel”.
As weird as it may seem, it turns out that there aren’t many students in Israel who know about the fact that the British were bound by international law to establish a national home for the Jews, in Israel, on both sides of the Jordan River.
The conversation continues and we discuss the colloquial term “Palestine”, and here as well, we encounter total ignorance. Very few students know that that name was given to the region by the Romans, after the destruction of the 2nd Temple, with the deliberate intent of erasing the fact that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews from the consciousness of the general population at the time.
When we quote famous Arab leaders who openly admitted that the term “Palestinians” is pure fiction, the eye and ears of the students open in complete surprise. They were never told about Zuheir Mohsen, senior member of the PLO, who said in the 1970s:
“There is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. We emphasize the Palestinian issue only for political reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is simply a new tool in our ongoing war against Israel”.
The above are only a few examples. It turns out that entire chapters of the history of the Jewish people in their land and the right of the Jewish People to its land, have been concealed and are intentionally being suppressed from the consciousness of Israeli students. Thus, a generation is being formed here which is receiving its information from the sedition and the lies and the distortions being spread across the internet and the hostile media, both in Israel and abroad.
The People of Israel are unlike any other nation. While other nations, especially the European nations, disintegrate their nationalism and the “I” becomes the most important thing to them, the nationalism of the People of Israel has global role which is second to none. This nationalism is not egotistical. Our nationalism advances the entire world towards a better, loftier and more virtuous future. Our overall ambition is setting the world as the Kingdom of G-d.
Israeli teenagers are drafted to the IDF at an age that is critical for their future, and the vast majority of them do so out of great love and an enormous sense of purpose. Withholding from them the information and truth surrounding the past and future of our people and our Biblical, historical and international rights to this land is no less than a grave injustice to them.