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Mythsandfacts The “Mandate for Palestine,” an historical League of Nations document, laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine.

Myths and Facts Eli E. Hertz, President Involvement in Public Affairs - Hertz is active in numerous international, industry and community associations and panels. He also devotes a great deal of time and resources to numerous charitable organizations. His activities and work in advancing charitable contributions and the U.S.- Israel relationship has been cited in the United State Congressional Record by several Representatives. Other activities: CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors); AIPAC, The America Israel Public Affairs Committee (Member of the Executive Council); Past U.S. member of the Joint High Level Advisory Panel to the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Commission. Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Executive VP); The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Past trustee); AAJLJ - American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Member Board of Governors); President of Myths and Facts, Inc.; Recipient of ZOA's Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award (2005). Hertz is also the publisher and sponsor of books and articles regarding Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Most notably are Myths and Facts, a Guide to the Arab-Israeli conflict (September, 2001 edition). Reply, a reply to the Advisory Opinion of 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) (2004, 2006); This Land is My Land, Mandate for Palestine - The legal aspects of Jewish rights (2006, 2008, English and Hebrew). Professional Business Background - Eli Hertz, a recognized pioneer in the personal computer industry, was the Founder, CEO and President of Hertz Technology Group, a company dedicated to providing a range of technology-based solutions for efficient workspace environments. Hertz has authored and published many industry-related articles and books. Most notably, his bestseller, Now That I Have OS/2 2.0 On My Computer, What Do I Do Next? (Co-authored 1994, Van Reinhold), discussed IBM’s then newly created operating system (70,000 copies sold). "Marketing Computers," an ADWEEK magazine, called Hertz the "Zelig" of the computer industry: "Able to shift with industry changes, Hertz is a barometer for the future." In 1982 he started Hertz Computer Corporation, which has won numerous awards for design excellence, outstanding performance and exceptional support from such prestigious industry publications as BYTE Magazine, PC Magazine, PC World and Computer Buyer’s Guide. Educational Background - Hertz received an MBA and BS in Management Science and Economics from Long Island University, and an advanced degree in Manpower Management from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology. Military Service - Prior to his arrival in the U.S. in 1974, Hertz served nearly seven years in the Israeli Defense Force as a paratrooper and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. Inventor – Hertz was granted United States Patent No. 7,113,762 B1, September 26, 2006. Personal Data - Eli E. Hertz is a resident of New York City, where he lives with his wife and three children. Mission Statement - The organization is devoted to research and publication of insightful subject matters regarding global U.S. interests, including the promotion of Democracy, Freedom and Human Rights, particularly in the Middle East. The objective being to provide policymakers, national leadership, the media and the public-at-large with information and viewpoints that are founded on factual and reliable content. Myths and Facts, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") and all contributions to it are deductible as charitable contributions as provided in IRC section 170.

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The Origins of the Collapse of Palestinian SocietyJune 11, 2018  |  Eli E. Hertz  What caused the collapse of Palestinia...
06/15/2018
The Origins of the Collapse of Palestinian Society

The Origins of the Collapse of Palestinian Society

June 11, 2018 | Eli E. Hertz

What caused the collapse of Palestinian society? In addition to serious cleavages dating to Ottoman times that existed in local Arab society, it was the absence of an alternative Arab infrastructure after the British pulled out of Mandate Palestine. Because Palestinian Arab society had been so dependent on British civil administration and social services, Britain's departure left Arab civil servants jobless. As a result, most social services and civil administration ceased to function in the Arab sector, disrupting the flow of essential commodities such as food and fuel, which added to their hardships and uncertainties.

In contrast, Jewish society in Palestine, or the Yishuv as it was called in Hebrew, had established its own civil society over the span of three decades under the Mandate. The Yishuv created its own representative political bodies and social and economic institutions, including health and welfare services, a public transport network, and a thriving, sophisticated marketing system for manufactured goods and food - in short, a state-in-the-making. It was best described by the 1934 British report to the League of Nations:

"During the last two or three generations the Jews have recreated in Palestine a community, now numbering 80,000, of whom about one-fourth are farmers or workers upon the land. This community has its own political organs, an elected assembly for the direction of its domestic concerns, elected councils in the towns, and an organization for the control of its schools. It has its elected Chief Rabbinate and Rabbinical Council for the direction of its religious affairs. Its business is conducted in Hebrew as a vernacular language, and a Hebrew press serves its needs. It has its distinctive intellectual life and displays considerable economic activity. This community, then, with its town and country population, its political, religious and social organizations, its own language, its own customs, its own life, has in fact 'national' characteristics."

During that same period, the Arabs of Palestine, however, had invested all of their energies into fighting any form of Jewish polity-in-the-making. Although the British encouraged creation of an Arab Agency parallel to the Jewish Agency that had orchestrated and financed development of the Jewish sector, a similar Arab organization failed to develop. So it was no surprise that when the British departed, the Palestinian Arabs remained unorganized and ill-prepared not only for statehood (which they rejected in any case), but also for sustained conflict with their Jewish adversaries. In the end, the war caused horrific casualties for the Jews and left thousands of Palestinian Arabs without their homes.

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What caused the collapse of Palestinian society? In addition to serious cleavages dating to Ottoman times that existed in local Arab society, it was the absence of an alternative Arab infrastructure after the British pulled out of Mandate Palestine. Because Palestinian Arab society had been so depen...

How and why did Palestinian Arabs leave, and who was responsible?June 4, 2018  |  Eli E. HertzIt is important to set the...
06/15/2018
How and why did Palestinian Arabs leave, and who was responsible?

How and why did Palestinian Arabs leave, and who was responsible?
June 4, 2018 | Eli E. Hertz

It is important to set the historical record straight: The overwhelming majority of Palestinian refugees left what was then the newly-established State of Israel on their own accord due to structural weaknesses within Palestinian society and their leadership.



The pressure of wartime conditions triggered the collapse of what was already a fragile Palestinian society, particularly when Palestinian leaders chose to oppose the Jewish state by a show of arms rather than by accepting a UN plan for their own state. Those events set the stage for the forceful expulsion of countless other Palestinian Arabs from Jewish-held areas. That military necessity resulted after seven Arab armies invaded western Palestine with the goal of exterminating the newly born State of Israel.



On their own accord, an estimated 600,000 Palestinian Arabs fled a war zone, which their leaders had created. An estimated 250,000 to 300,000 of those refugees in 1948 left even before their homes became part of a war zone.

The human tragedy of being uprooted notwithstanding, Palestinian refugees were neither hapless targets nor innocent bystanders. The first stage of the 1948 war was a fierce interethnic or anti-Zionist civil war in which Palestinians were the aggressors and the initiators; the second half was an all-out war involving regular armies, whose participation the Palestinians engineered. The violent path that Palestinians chose – and the ensuing fear, disorientation, and economic deprivation of war – led to their own collective undoing.



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Nakba. The Arab Self-Inflicted CatastropheMarch 27, 2018  |  Eli E. HertzNakbaThe Arab Self-Inflicted CatastropheMay 15 ...
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Nakba. The Arab Self-Inflicted Catastrophe

Nakba. The Arab Self-Inflicted Catastrophe
March 27, 2018 | Eli E. Hertz

Nakba
The Arab Self-Inflicted Catastrophe
May 15 - The Nakba Day

As the British began to dismantle their Mandate [The British Mandate] and leave western Palestine, Israel's War of Independence began (November 30, 1947‑ May 14, 1948). During the war, Palestinian Arabs became belligerents in the conflict, and by its end, rather than accept a Jewish state after five-and-a-half months of warfare, Palestinian Arabs called upon their brethren from seven surrounding countries to invade and crush the nascent Jewish state. Six thousand Jews - 1 percent of Israel's Jewish population - lost their lives during the War of Independence.

The Arab League's April 10, 1948 decision to invade Israel and "save Palestine," marked a watershed event, for it changed the rules of the conflict. Accordingly, Israel bears no moral responsibility for deliberately banishing Palestinian Arabs in order to "consolidate defense arrangements" in strategic areas. With the pending invasion following Israel's declaration of independence, it is no exaggeration to say that the new Jewish state's very existence hung in the balance.

The new Jewish state found it imperative to eliminate all potential pockets of Arab resistance in key areas if it was to survive. Dislodging all Arab inhabitants from sensitive areas in proximity to Jewish settlements, establishing territorial continuity between blocs under Jewish control, and ensuring control of key transportation arteries were military necessities. As May 14th approached, Israel could not afford to risk a Fifth Column at its rear to add to all other aspects of its militarily inferior situation.

The cost of defeat was hammered home by a stream of dire warnings from Arab capitals, with perhaps the most chilling for Israel coming from Jamal Al-Husseini as vice-chairman of the Arab Higher Committee [AHC], who publicly declared:

"The Arabs have taken into their own hands, the Final Solution of the Jewish problem. The problem will be solved only in blood and fire. The Jews will be driven out."

Three years after world Jewry had lost a third of its people in the Holocaust, Israelis were not about to test whether Al-Husseini's words were merely rhetoric or a real threat, and so they prepared for the worst. The cost to Israel to halt the Arab onslaught and gain the upper hand was horrendous. During the first four weeks following the Arab invasion, 1,600 Israelis were killed - a quarter of all the war's casualties. It was as if on a per capita basis the U.S. military lost 80,000 soldiers in Iraq in one month.

Objectively, the claim that Palestinian Arabs were innocent bystanders ignores the facts: The sides in the conflict were not two rival empires, outsiders, or rival caliphs. It was a conflict between two national or ethnic groups. Palestinian Arabs represented one side in the conflict - the side responsible for starting the war.

By their own behavior, Palestinians assumed the role of belligerents in the conflict, invalidating any claim to be hapless victims. Explains scholar Benny Morris:

"One of the characteristics of the Palestinian national movement has been the Palestinians' view of themselves as perpetual victims of others: Ottoman Turks, British officials, Zionists, Americans." Arabs never recognize that they are victims of their own doing.
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As the British began to dismantle their Mandate [The British Mandate] and leave western Palestine, Israel's War of Independence began (November 30, 1947‑ May 14, 1948). During the war, Palestinian Arabs became belligerents in the conflict, and by its end, rather than accept a Jewish state after fi...

International Law Prohibits Using Children to FightApril 23, 2018  |  Eli E. HertzArticle 38 of the United Nations Conve...
04/23/2018
International Law Prohibits Using Children to Fight

International Law Prohibits Using Children to Fight
April 23, 2018 | Eli E. Hertz

Article 38 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (adopted in 1989) condemns the recruitment and involvement of children in hostilities and armed conflicts. In 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted a treaty that raises the age limit for compulsory recruitment and participation in combat to age 18. Article 36 of the same UN document calls on states to protect children against any kind of exploitation.

When Arab children are killed or injured, it makes headlines in Western media reports. But rather than investigate who is behind the participation of children in armed confrontation, Western journalists tend to report what they see on the streets.

Moreover, the age-old news adage, "If it bleeds, it leads," is all the more true when the victims are children. No matter what the circumstances, the sight of a wounded or dead child is heartrending.

Hamas is killing Palestinian children because they make effective delivery systems for killing Israelis. They also sacrifice them because wounded or dead children paint Israelis as heartless and cruel in the eyes of the world, and the Israelis themselves.

The death of Arab children on the front lines - extolled as shahids or martyrs - has become a cynical weapon in the arsenal of Hamas and other Arab leaders. As long as the deaths of children serve their cause, Palestinian leaders will continue to employ this strategy. Using Palestinian children as combatants and targeting Israeli children must stop; the world community must take a clear moral stand.
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Article 38 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (adopted in 1989) condemns the recruitment and involvement of children in hostilities and armed conflicts. In 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted a treaty that raises the age limit for compulsory recruitment and participation i...

Hamas in Gaza - Kill and Be KilledApril 9, 2018  |  Eli E. Hertz What kind of society consciously and purposely sacrific...
04/09/2018
Hamas in Gaza - Kill and Be Killed

Hamas in Gaza - Kill and Be Killed
April 9, 2018 | Eli E. Hertz
What kind of society consciously and purposely sacrifices its own youth for political gain and tactical advantage?

Today the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Arabs nurture a blind hatred of Israel. They have created a cultural milieu of vengeance and violence - preparing their children to be sacrifices in a death cult.

Palestinian Arabs are killing their youth because they make effective delivery systems for killing Israelis. This tactic encourages Palestinians to enlarge the role of their children by using them as human shields, direct combatants and suicide bombers - glorifying, rather than mourning their deaths.

The death of Arab children on the front lines - extolled as shahids or martyrs - has become a cynical weapon in the arsenal of Arab leaders. They have learned that when their children are killed, they gain world sympathy, as the death of any child is considered a tragedy and consequently portrayed as such in the media, regardless of circumstance.

A criminal Palestinian Arab leadership, along with intimidated Palestinian parents on the West Bank and Gaza, exploit their children to engage in armed conflict - in opposition to values held by the rest of the civilized world and in flagrant violation of international law and common decency.

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Today the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Arabs nurture a blind hatred of Israel. They have created a cultural milieu of vengeance and violence - preparing their children to be sacrifices in a death cult.

President Trump to Meet Mahmoud Abbas at the White HouseMay 1, 2017  |  Eli E. HertzTrump Should Ask, Who is Humiliating...
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President Trump to Meet Mahmoud Abbas at the White House

President Trump to Meet Mahmoud Abbas at the White House
May 1, 2017 | Eli E. Hertz

Trump Should Ask, Who is Humiliating Whom?

On April 19th 2017, two Palestinian sisters from Gaza were traveling to Jerusalem for one of them to receive cancer treatment, when a routine search of their medical supplies uncovered explosive materials concealed in tubes of medicine.

It is as a result of instances like this one - in addition to stabbings and car rammings that have been frequently occurring at checkpoints - that Palestinian women and patients who appear to be in obvious pain are no longer exempt from thorough physical scrutiny when entering and traveling through Israel. This increased hardship for innocent Palestinians has been caused by their own leadership.

Mahmoud Abbas, the current President of the Palestinian Authority, claims that Palestinians feel humiliated and harassed when Israeli authorities search them and their belongings; when they are prevented from traveling freely because of checkpoints, roadblocks, closures and curfews. They say they feel "corralled" behind security fences and ugly concrete walls.

Israel is criticized for these measures even by those who understand the causal relationship that makes such security steps necessary. The cynical use of the movement of innocent Palestinians, including people in need of urgent medical treatment and Palestinian day laborers crossing to work in Israel is used as a convenient cover for the perpetration of terrorist acts.

Meanwhile in Israel, every Israeli is searched numerous times during the course of a day. Israelis are asked to open their bags and purses for inspection. In most cases, they are subjected to body searches with a metal detector every time they enter a bank or a post office, pick up a bottle of milk at the supermarket, enter a mall or train station, or visit a hospital or medical clinic. As a matter of routine, Israelis' car trunks are searched every time they enter a well-trafficked parking lot.

These ordinary daily humiliations now extend to similar searches when Israelis go to weddings or bar mitzvahs. No one abroad talks about the humiliation Jews in Israel are subjected to, having to write at the bottom of wedding invitations and other life cycle events, "The site will be secured [by armed guards]" - to ensure relatives and friends will attend and share their joyous occasion.

To date, no one protests the fact that, since the 1970s, Jewish schoolchildren in Israel are surrounded by perimeter fences with armed guards at the schoolyard gates. Not one Arab village in Israel or the Territories has a perimeter fence around it. Guards are not required at Arabic shops, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, wedding halls or schools - either in Israel or in the Territories. Palestinians also do not need armed guards to accompany every school trip, youth movement hike or campout. They are not targets of terrorism.

Israelis are told, in effect, to disguise themselves when traveling abroad - not to speak Hebrew in public and not to wear garments that reveal their Jewish/Israeli origins. Even Israel's national airline - El Al - has been forced to remove its logo from the tails of its aircraft at certain airports, out of concern for the safety of its passengers. This followed several attempts to down Israeli civilian aircrafts with missiles - one of which blew up a Swissair flight in mid-air from Zurich to Tel Aviv in February 1970, killing all 47 passengers and crew aboard.

On the other hand, Arabs who frequent Jewish cities and towns in Israel wear their traditional Arab headgear without fear of being attacked or harassed.

All this begs the question: Who is humiliating whom?
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Israel's Enemies Fail to Label Israel the AggressorApril 19, 2017  |  Eli E. Hertz Draft resolutions attempted to brand ...
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Israel's Enemies Fail to Label Israel the Aggressor

Israel's Enemies Fail to Label Israel the Aggressor

April 19, 2017 | Eli E. Hertz
Draft resolutions attempted to brand Israel as aggressor and an illegal occupier as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War, were all defeated by either the UN General Assembly or the Security Council:

A/L.519, 19 June 1967 , submitted by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. "Israel, in gross violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the universally accepted principles of international law, has committed a premeditated and previously prepared aggression against the United Arab Republic, Syria and Jordan ..."

A/L. 521, 26 June 1967, submitted by Albania. "Resolutely condemns the Government of Israel for its armed aggression against the United Arab Republic, the Syrian Arab Republic and Jordan, and for the continuance of the aggression by keeping under its occupation parts of the territory of these countries;"

A/L. 522/REV.3*, 3 July 1967 , submitted by: Afghanistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Ceylon, Congo (Brazzaville),Cyprus, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, Yugoslavia and Zambia. "Calls upon Israel to withdraw immediately all its forces to the positions they held prior to 5 June 1967."

A/L.523/Rev.1, 4 July 1967, submitted by Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

"Israel to withdraw all its forces from all the territories occupied by it as a result of the recent conflict;"
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Draft resolutions attempted to brand Israel as aggressor and an illegal occupier as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War, were all defeated by either the UN General Assembly or the Security Council:

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