Newton D. Bowdan: Should Israel give back land it won? No.

Thursday, February 06, 2014
To the editor:

The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its activists assume that it is illegal for Israel to occupy some of the lands of the five nations that have repeatedly made aggressive war on it, one of the presuppositions that “justified” the firing of an actress who advertised for an Israeli company based in the West Bank.

This company, SodaStream, is supposed to have been oppressing the Palestinian people by employing 500 of them. The backers of BDS accept the claim of the defeated invaders that they are entitled to Jerusalem and the West Bank (but they would settle for all Israel) as part of a future Palestinian state. But they never had such a state.

They had Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, and they were left high and dry on the shores of their defeat. It is important to realize that defeated aggressors have no rights to the lands of the victorious defenders, viz: Germany and Japan. Unfortunately (perhaps) victorious aggressors, viz: America, in its wars against the Native Americans, get to keep their land. At least Israel was defending itself. Should we, as an aggressor against the American Indians, give them back their land? Then why should Israel, as a victorious defender, do so? Thus the reasoning of BDS don’t cut it.

Newton D. Bowdan

South Hadley