Middle East Monitor / May 22, 2023
The Times of Israel published an article on Thursday which readers say called openly for the genocide of the Palestinians. The article was deleted by the newspaper, presumably due to the backlash, but it remains accessible on the Internet Archive.
“In order to make peace and move forward, Palestine must be obliterated,” said the article’s author, Jeffrey Camras. “It [Palestine] is an affront to society, morality, humanity. It represents lies and anti-Semitism, oppression and terror. Nothing more.”
Camras made his call for the obliteration of Palestine while living in Chicago. He describes himself as having “a deep love for the Jewish people and the state of Israel.” He also describes himself as someone who “resides in the diaspora.”
After writing his article, Camras also advocated for the right of conquest. “How to say this simply. They lost! They don’t get to dictate any terms. What world do we live in that every country throughout history has established its borders and conquered land through war, and we collectively decide we don’t do this anymore with Israel in 1948?”
The right of powers to take possession of territory by force was proscribed after the Second World War. The practice was added to the list of crimes against peace, introduced in the Nuremberg Principles. Drafted in 1947, the principals are a set of guidelines for determining what constitutes a war crime. The document was created by the International Law Commission of the UN to codify the legal principles underlying the Nuremberg trials of Nazi party members following World War Two.
“No one cares about the Palestinians,” claimed Camras. “Care for them solely exists in the form of anti-Israel advocacy, not pro-Palestinian support.” He cited the fact that six million Palestinian refugees still live in refugee camps in surrounding countries to support his claim. He omitted to say that Israel has consistently refused Palestinian refugees to exercise their legitimate right of return to their land following the ethnic cleansing that started in 1948. That is why millions of Palestinians remain stateless. The right of return is a fundamental principal under international law. There are no conditions under which derogation is permitted in the implementation of this basic right.
Following the expulsion of three quarters of the Palestinian population, Israel introduced the discriminatory “Law of Return“. Based on “the right” to undo injustices carried out three thousand years prior to Israel’s creation, it permitted Jews in the Diaspora to “return” while denying Palestinians the same right, even though they were expelled two years prior to the introduction of the so-called Israeli Law of Return.
It was unclear when the article was removed from The Times of Israel website, but according to the version seen by MEMO in the Internet Archive, the entry was posted on Thursday, 18 May, at 3:32pm. This means that the call for the obliteration of Palestine coincided with the hateful Israeli “Flag March” in occupied Jerusalem. The march is condemned internationally because of the provocation and racism of thousands of extremist Israeli settlers rampaging through Palestinian neighbourhoods in the occupied city.
ORIGINAL TEXT :
Moving Forward on Palestine
The Times of Israel / May 18, 2023
In order to right a wrong, in order to make peace and move forward, Palestine must be obliterated. It is an affront to society, morality, humanity. It represents lies and antisemitism, oppression and terror. Nothing more.
No one cares about the Palestinians. Care for them solely exists in the form of Anti-Israel advocacy, NOT Pro-Palestinian support. This is proven by the refugee camps; the West Bank and Gaza being occupied by Jordan and Egypt between 1948 and 1967. Generations later, the descendants of those who became refugees during the 1948 War of Independence are maintained in the camps without opportunity for livelihood or improvement; this occurs in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan, their fellow Arab brethren.
To deal appropriately with our enemies, we must understand them. The very concept of statehood is a foreign concept, implemented by Britain and France in the region for their benefit. Prior to this were emirates, an evolved, modern form of the tribe. There was an emirate of Jerusalem, and other locations in Palestine, under the rule of the Ottomans. It’s a model that works for the region. It can work for us too.
There is a such a bitter hatred towards Jews from Palestinians that it has manifested in horrific ways. Suicide bombings. Intifida. Terrorism. Adulteration of history, such as being descended from the Philistines; declaring Palestine an existent country prior to Israel; refusal to make peace.
How to say this simply. They lost! They don’t get to dictate any terms. What world do we live in that every country throughout history has established its borders and conquered land through war, and we collectively decide we don’t do this anymore with Israel in 1948? Let alone that a people returning to its land after horrific expulsion and exile is the fulfillment of every value the West proclaims to have.
Need I remind you that if the Arabs chose to, there could have been ZERO war in 1948. There would have been 2 states, per the 1947 UN Mandate plan. And we allow the Arabs to try and murder the Jews and drive them into the sea, and now they get a second chance? What is that? There is no justice or reparation here. The Palestinians need to be reeducated. To not hate Jews, learn their TRUE history, not antisemitic wistful thinking that glorifies children’s death in the name of Allah. I even dare say buried deep in Palestine are the descendants of Jews who either converted to Islam or Christianity, or were forced to convert to Islam and Christianity. There may even be a Tikkun, an opportunity, for their return to our civilization, their return to HaKodesh Baruch Hu.
The Palestinians get to play every side of the coin, behaving like a backwards fundamentalist society but being treated as a rational, democratic minded society. These are our grievances with the West, with America and Europe, and it also shows the limitations of Western thinking and Democracy.
Israel (and you the reader) needs to put its faith in the Torah and Hashem in order fulfill our destiny. Establish sovereignty over Har HaBayit. Do this today! Establish Jewish prayer and a Korban Tamid today! Conquer remaining biblical lands in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Do this diplomatically or militarily. Do not be weak with your enemies. Expel anyone who does not accept Hashem’s Sovereignty, which recognition of Jewish sovereignty is the litmus test. Deadly resistance will be met accordingly. Any peace loving Arab will be offered residency rights. This will be a model for peaceful coexistence, a Jewish model, a way to be a light unto the nations. We ourselves have lived as non-citizens in every civilization of the world. We know what it’s like to oppressed and persecuted for not being a Muslim, or for not being a Christian. A dhimmi, the Muslims called us. We are not like that. We know how to treat our neighbors right. The Torah commands us to!
The Arabs talk oft of their Pan-Arab utopia. Arabs can find citizenship in this entity, and can be residents in ours. The world demands human rights for the Palestinians. Well, to the Palestinians, if you want these rights, you have to give up your nationhood. Because it is a lie. An affront to morality, Truth, and Justice. And a dark stain on the fabric of human history. And I will not apologize for not dying.
Citizens of Israel and Am Yisrael, stop being afraid! Stop waiting for approval from America and the West. Know yourself and walk with Hashem.
Jeffrey Camras has a deep love for the Jewish people and the state of Israel; he was raised in the United States and has lived in Israel as an adult. He currently resides in the diaspora, in Chicago, IL.