The Jewish students who call for Ben & Jerry’s to evacuate ‘illegally occupied’ Vermont land are making the case for Ben and Jerry.
The students are claiming that Ben & Jerry’s headquarters in Vermont is occupying the land lawfully belonging to the Abenaki Indians.
This was done in response to Ben & Jerry’s not permitting ice cream to be sold in the West Bank in protest of Israel’s landgrab in the West Bank.
The students have an interesting point, but in a strange way they make the case against Israel’s land grab in the West Bank.
Both Ben and Jerry and the state of Israel are involved in land grabbing.
This is not unusual. Land grabbing is something that we human beings have done since the beginning of time.
What may be different in the two land grabs is that Native Americans were given reservations that were their own sovereign nations. The Palestinians have not been accorded such. Well, they were given their own inviolable areas, but that pact was violated.
Additionally, Native Americans were not restricted from joining the larger American society. Many did so.
In contrast, Palestinians are restricted from joining the larger Israeli society.
There is a difference.
Palestinians have been harassed and subjected to second class status by the state of Israel. This has occurred both in the West Bank and the Gaza strip.
The students are young and tragically uninformed about the history of Israel. They are also tragically uninformed about the history of Palestine.
There were Palestinians living in what is now Israel for thousands of years. The land now known as Israel was called Palestine.
The Palestinians did not suddenly rush into the various territories after the state of Israel was created.
They were already there.
The United States and Great Britain seeking a beachhead to control the oil and gas reserves in the Middle East, the Suez canal, and the eastern Mediterranean created the state of Israel to do just that.
To that end, the western powers helped populate Palestine with Jews from around the world.
It was always a one-sided agreement against the Palestinians with the United States and Great Britain falsely posing as neutral powerbrokers.
And that is how the state of Israel came to be.
It takes much money and organization to relocate people. Only government money can provide that.
No one lifted a hand to help the Jews for 1875 years. There was no serious movement of Jews into Palestine for 1875 years.
After Edwin Drake piped oil out of the ground in 1858, and after the energy efficiency of oil was realized, it was only a matter of time before other areas of the world were explored for oil.
First was western Pennsylvania in the late 1800s; second was Spindletop in Texas in 1902; third was the discovery of oil in Iran in 1908.
Very quickly geologists became aware of the vast oil reserves in the Middle East.
That is why the state of Israel was created. The Jews were used to colonize the Middle East for the powers that be.
That is why it was necessary to take the land away from the Palestinians.
No amount of wishing can make it go away.
To date both the state of Israel and its chief benefactor, the United States of America, have chosen not to give the Palestinians a fair stake in the game.
Consequently, the landgrab continues. The harassment of Palestinians continues.
Ben & Jerry’s was making a statement.
What is that statement?
In short, what goes around comes around. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Truth is truth.
The young students, no doubt pumped into a frothing frenzy by the ultra-conservative Likud party, strike back against Ben and Jerry’s by comparing their land grab in the Middle East with the land grab by European settlers of native American lands.
Well, they’re right.
They are absolutely right.
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