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Arab girls with sign promoting the lie that they have lived there for decades. Aerial maps prove no Arabs lived there.

A fictional Palestinian Authority village is on the throes of becoming a reality that threatens a Jewish presence next to the Talmudic-period Jewish village of Susiya and which would be a catalyst to support the blood libel that all of Israel was stolen from Arabs.

Arab Susiya, with several dozen tents and structures, has been built like a Broadway stage, complete with props that enable the Arabs to spin the yarn that it has existed for centuries but that the mean IDF is trying to destroy their ancient lifestyle.


The U.S. State Dept., the European Union and lazy and inherently biased international media have swallowed the tale that is chock full of romanticism and anti-Zionism.

The southern Hebron Hills until recent years was a forgotten rural region. Archaeological evidence clearly proves that Jews lived in Biblical and Talmudic times until as late as the 9th century, coinciding with the birth and rise of Islam.

Modern aerial photographs and academic researchers have categorically established that Arabs never lived in Susiya, but the world prefers to believe starry-eyed fairy tales that Jews are land thieves.

For centuries, only a few thousand Arabs populated the relatively vast southern Hebron Hills. Other Arabs came from the Hebron area to stay in caves for two months during the season for planting and reaping wheat or to grave sheep and goats.

Other than that, they were never to be seen because their homes were elsewhere.

All of that changed soon after the early 1980s when the Jews returned after 1,500 years.

The presence of Jews in the southern Hebron Hills woke up the Arab neglect of the region, where the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate and the Jordanian occupation after the War for Independence in 1948 never issued a solitary deed of land ownership.

Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and Arabs in Hebron started getting antsy about the Jews moving into a strategic area from which Arabs staged several deadly terrorist attacks before the Six-Day War in 1967, but they had a problem.  Arabs did not want to move from the urban areas of Hebron and adjacent Halhoul and Yatta and into the mountain desert where the biggest crop is rocks.

The European Union and leftist organizations came to the rescue. They pay Arabs to live in the region and to claim that their families have done so for centuries.

B’Tselem, the EU and other pro-Arab group built structures for Arabs, gave them tents, solar power and water purification systems.

They have built new villages that never existed before, dotting the hillsides with a nearly contiguous presence trumpeted with a fictitious “historical claim.” For the record, the Jews have an older historical claim, as evidenced by the ancient synagogues in Susiya and in neighboring Samoa.

The focus of the creation of this lie has been Susiya, the largest Jewish community in the area, although less than 200 families live there. It is located several hundred yards from the Talmudic=period village, which is protected as a natural park.

The European Union and leftist groups have invested tens of thousands of dollars to bring Arabs to the narrow stretch of land separating modern and ancient Susiya. The IDF, with the approval of the Supreme Court, has issued demolition orders for some – but not all – of the illegal Arabs structures.

Most of them exist with the classic Bedouin and Arab ruse of cement buildings covered by tents to give the romantic impression they are inhabited by a group of Arabs whose love for the land is greater than the temptations to live a life of convenience in the city.

Their love for money and the love for hating Zionists are even greater.

The EU and leftists fund the Arabs to allow them to live through cold, windy and sometimes snowy winters, as well as the hot and sultry days of summer.

There are aerial photographs from two decades ago showing that not one Arab lived in Susiya, but the European Union is giving away free tickets to a play that is being billed as reality.

It has all of the elements that the anti-Israel establishment needs to beat their breasts and berate Israel for being so cruel as to destroy the lifestyle of Arabs and expel them from their ancient lifestyle, which in truth dates back to approximately 10 years.

The spokesman for the fake Arab Susiya is Nasser Nawaja, the author of today’s fiction presented as “opinion” by The New York Times. He wrote, and is quoted over and over by dummy journalists, that his mother was born in Khirbet Susiya.

And I was born in Antarctica, and you, dear reader, were born in Saudi Arabia.

Nawaja makes his living as a paid servant for B’Tselem and the European Union and whose job is to dupe the United States to adopt the illusion on which is based the Palestinian Authority claim to the rest of Judea and Samaria as well as all of Israel.

The oft-documented reports that the Palestinian Authority teaches that Haifa and Jaffa (Yafo) are part of “ancient Palestine” always were laughable and ridiculous, so thought the Israel government.

It now has woken up, years too late, and Foreign Minister spokesman Emmanuel Nachson shared with The a directive it issued to its emissaries around the world to put a finger in the dike to stop the flood of fabrications.

Unfortunately, the Foreign Ministry is using logic, which is of no use, and rests its case on “long-standing agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including the Oslo agreements,” which no longer are a reference point for anything except for a study of idiocy.

The Foreign Ministry also told its foreign staff:

These clusters of structures… were built illegally and adjacent to an ancient Jewish archeological site.

Contrary to Palestinian claims that these structures have been permanently inhabited for decades, in fact, only a handful of families resided there in the 1980s and they only used the structures on a seasonal basis….

On 4 May 2015, the Supreme Court declined to issue another temporary injunction preventing demolitions.

The government is not taking to heart Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely’s advice to emissaries when she took office two months ago and said that the world needs to be reminded that Israel – all of Israel – belong to Jews by Biblical birthright. Anyone who does not agree can take his complaint to God.

The European Union the United Nations and especially the Obama administration do not care about the logic of legal or illegal buildings because they have adopted the entire Palestinian Authority hate libel that Israel is an “occupier” and that Jews have no right to live where Arabs want to live.

This has nothing to do with the “West Bank.” It has to do with all of Israel.

The “government of Tel Aviv” has closed its eyes for decades to the Bedouin and Arab rape of the Negev, well inside the “Green Line.” The squatters, many of whom have been imported from Judea and Samaria, have stolen tens of thousands of acres of state land – their “ancient land” – and the government has done nothing except to pay them to procreate their population bomb by winking an eye at polygamy and doling out outrageous child benefits.

“Arab Susiya” will be Israel’s Waterloo if it falls to international ignorance, in which the State Dept. has a stake.

When Indian reporter Goyal Raghubir, supposedly one of the better journalists covering Foggy Bottom, asked State Dept. spokesman John Kirby last week if he has “a reaction to reports that Israel may demolish part of a village called Susiya in the West Bank for expanding settlements,” the spokesman was ready with a prepared answer:

We’re closely following developments in the village of Susiya in the West Bank, and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative. Such actions have an impact beyond those individuals and families who are evicted. We are concerned that the demolition of this village may worsen the atmosphere for a peaceful resolution.

A “peaceful resolution” in the eyes of the Palestinian Authority, the European Union and the Obama administration is the expulsion of every Jew from all of Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights and half of Jerusalem.

The “peaceful resolution” is build on the foundation of the lies of the “Palestinian people” and of Israel as “ancient Palestine.”

The international community has hidden its inherent anti-Semitism under propaganda spewed out as the truth by such groups as B’Tselem and Rabbis for Human Rights, who hand out to the media a perfume bottle full of a poisonous potion.

The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency, one of the foreign media’s favorite sources for lies, told its readers last week that “Susiya villagers reportedly built homes in 1986 on agricultural land they owned, after being evicted by Israel from their previous dwellings on land declared as an archaeological site.”

Horse manure.

I have been living in this area since 1991 and frequently visited the archaeological site of Susiya. There never was a single structure in “Arab Susiya” until the late 1990s.

The State Dept. will not believe me. The European Union will not believe me. The United Nations will not believe me.


It is not because I am an “occupier;” it is not because I am a “settler'” and it is not because they care about Arabs, or “Palestinians.”

“Mr. Bean” has the answer in his portrayal of someone at the entrance to Hell, where the devil tells the Christians, “Yes, I am sorry. I am afraid the Jews were right,”

The world cannot admit it, and that is why it adopts the lie of an “Arab Susiya.”

Just ask Mr. Bean, below.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. Gerald Steinberg has a great article detailing how the Europeans are funding these SUSYA lies against Israel.
    NGO Monitor
    July 21, 2015

    Khirbet Susiya (Susya) is a small Arab village in the South Hebron Hills. There are widely divergent narratives regarding the village and its history; according to Israeli authorities, the village’s structures have been illegally built. A protracted court battle ensued regarding the demolition of the village.

    The Israeli Supreme Court recently cleared the legal barriers to demolition, on the grounds that the structures were constructed illegally, entirely without permits or approved plans. (Under the Oslo framework, Israel is responsible for planning and construction in Area C, which is where Susya is located.)

    A number of governments, including the U.S. and European governments, are lobbying the Israeli government to prevent the demolition. In June, “a delegation of all European Union heads of missions to the Palestinian Authority visited Susya, accompanied by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.”

    According to the Times of Israel: (Elchanan Miller, “Awaiting bulldozers, South Hebron residents appeal for Western help,” July 19, 2015)

    Little wonder the Europeans have rushed to Susya’s aid. Practically the entire hamlet is being sustained by EU funding. The solar panels generating its electricity were donated by the German foreign ministry; the clinic and water purifying systems were donated by Italy, and the master plan which the Israeli court is to debate on August 3 was funded by the UK. Significantly, 22 of the 37 buildings scheduled for demolition are EU-funded.

    As with many such contentious issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict, many NGOs are active in promoting the Palestinian narrative, which is then repeated by the European and U.S. officials. These NGOs are themselves heavily subsidized by European and U.S. entities.

    The following NGOs involved in the Khirbet Susiya campaign:
    Rabbis for Human Rights is the leading NGO on this issue.
    RHR filed an injunction with the Israeli High Court to prevent the demolition of the village.

    It also “submitted a master plan for Susya [editors note – funded by the UK] and asked that it be reviewed by the court before the village’s houses are leveled.”

    Funding: Received NIS 50,000 in 2014 and NIS 337,046 in 2015 from the UK Consulate, as well as a project grant of $70,000 (2014-2015) from the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint government funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands). Additional donors include: Spain, EU, Misereor (Germany), Trocaire (Ireland), Norwegian Church Aid (Norway), Kerk in Actie (Netherlands), Church of Sweden, Foundation for Middle East Peace (US), New Israel Fund, and Moriah Fund.

    Argues that the demolition of the homes would constitute “the forcible transfer of an occupied population.”
    Staff member Nasser Nawaj'ah, field researcher for the Southern Hebron Hills, is a resident of Khirbet Susiya and part of the extended family prominent in the campaign against the demolition. Nawajah, who is widely quoted in the media about Susya, also set up an Avaaz petition on the demolition.

    B’Tselem alleges that “the demolition policy applied by the Israeli authorities in Area C, of which the planned demolition of Susiya forms part, is not based on considerations of planning, building, law and order. Rather, it constitutes the cynical manipulation of planning laws in order to restrict the presence of the Palestinian population and to expand the settlement enterprise.”

    Funding: 2013 annual budget of NIS 9,534,552 (accessed January 28, 2015). Donors include: European Union, France, DanChurch Aid (Denmark), Diakonia (Sweden), Norway, Christian Aid Ireland, EED (Germany), UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services (US), World Vision, Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint government funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), ICCO (Netherlands), Trocaire (Ireland), UK, and the New Israel Fund.
    Breaking the Silence

    States: “We, who served in the area, know this story up close. Some of us guarded the settlements around Susya, some of us took part in previous demolitions – but we all witnessed the consequences of our military control over the civilian population.”

    Funding: 2014 income of NIS 3,802, 165 million (latest available; accessed July 12, 2015). Donors include the European Union, Misereor (Germany), Broederlijk Delen (Belgium), Norway, AECID (Spain), Dan Church Aid (Denmark), ICCO (Netherlands), CCFD (France), Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Sigrid Rausing Trust (UK), SIVMO (Netherlands), Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Open Society Institute, and New Israel Fund.

    Released a position paper on a Negev village and Susiya (which it refers to as Bedouin) claiming “that it highlights the state’s common policy of forcibly displacing the Bedouin on both sides of the Green Line”

    Also released a film called “From Al-Araqib to Susiya” with the same theme, which was funded by Christian Aid.

    Funding: 2013 budget of NIS 6,359,272 (latest available; accessed July 21, 2015). Donors include the European Union, Switzerland, Germany (via EED and Medico International), Spain (via ACSUR), Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding of Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Netherlands), UN Development Programme (UNDP), New Israel Fund, Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, Oxfam-Novib (Netherlands), Christian Aid (UK), and Broederlijk Delen (Belgium).
    All That’s Left – Anti-Occupation Collective

    All That’s Left is “a collective unequivocally opposed to the occupation and committed to building the diaspora angle of resistance.” Contributors to their blog are affiliated with Jewish Voices for Peace and at least two were New Israel Fund Shatil fellows.
    In mid-June 2015, All That’s Left organized a solidarity event in Susya: “Over 70 Diaspora Jews, Israelis and allies are joining Palestinian residents of the South Hebron Hills to engage in building projects and action in solidarity with local Palestinian communities living under occupation.”

    The event was “organized in partnership with Ta'ayush, Breaking the Silence, and The Center for Jewish Nonviolence and others.”
    Avner Gvaryahu from Breaking the Silence is a member of the collective.
    NGOs have also been involved in building infrastructure in Susya
    Comet ME
    Provided water infrastructure to “more than 20 families as well as the community school and clinic in the communities of Wadi el-Rachim and Susya.”

    Funding: Received a two-year, €486,913 grant (2014 – 2015) from the EU (Partnership for Peace) “to promote socio-economic development of marginalized Palestinian communities in Area C.” Partners include Germany, Medico International (Germany), Netherlands, Ireland, France, Belgium, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swedish Postcode Lottery, and Swiss Olive Oil Campaign.
    Norwegian People’s Aid
    Sponsored structures in the village.

    NPA is a leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestments, and sanctions) campaigns.
    Funding: NPA receives millions of Euros in funding from Norway and European entities.

  2. At the rally for “Stop Iran Now” there was one recurring theme. Where is Chuck stop this deal. That we as Americans and free people have the responsibility to keep the promise of America. The most powerful democrat in the senate is the New York senator Chuck Schumer. I ask all Americans and Israelis to contact him and ask him “where is Chuck, kill this deal”. You might want to remind him he has Jewish grandchildren. Ask him if he wants them to grow up in a world without the protection of a Israel. If he wants to be a Queen Esther or a Hamen. If never again means anything to him. “WHERE IS CHUCK, STOP THIS DEAL”.
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    Please contact your OWN senators as well especially if they are democrats. Opening up billions to a country that vows our death doesn’t really sound like a great idea. This betrayal is for money and oil. Please let your friends know. If each of us SHARES THIS POST this we will get this done. We must do this together. We are Americans, this is not a dictatorship.

  3. Arabs residing in Israel always neglected even destroyed the land, turning it into stinking desert. So that is no way of living
    Arabs never lived anywhere in Palestine they only died there of misery or were ill all the time. aaaaaTheir children's eyeinfections were healed by Israeli doctors.otherwise they would all be blind.

  4. I am so sick of Arab lies, the gullibility of Europe led by an idiotic girl like Mogherini who seems not to have made progress politically since she was an undergrad when presenting an essay on the middle east crisis (in her opinion). Arabs are such liars it is part of their religion and inherent in their genes. Israel has already given up far too much for the sake of peace even the Temple Mount. Don't ever do it again Israel fight for what is rightfully yours.

  5. My daughter and I went to archeological Susya in August 1985 on a tour arranged by the Eretz Yisrael Movement. No one — NO ONE — was living there. It was hot, very hot, and very dry. We saw ancient Jewish structures (with a menorah carved above the entrance) that had been built below the surface of the land. Our guide explained that the underground houses were built after the Hurban, as evidenced by a horizontal line carved above the menorah. We descended down several steps and marveled at the lower temperature in these underground houses.

    We also visited an ancient synagogue, above ground. This shul was oriented to face North towards Yerushalayim and a cool breeze(!) came through. We saw the ancient mosaic floor with the words, "Shalom Al Yisrael." A corrugated metal roof had been added by residents of the nearby Jewish community of Susya. We were taken by bus to this modern Jewish Susya. It was a new community, only two or three years old, consisting of mobile homes arranged in a circle – like covered wagons in the American West. We were given water to drink. Water was piped to Susya from Jerusalem. We were told that the Arabs frequently cut through the water pipe…but at no time did we see any evidence of Arab settlement in the vicinity.

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