A while ago, MIL bought Shlomo a tablet. We’re not fans of electronic toys, but okay. It’s had its ups and downs.
Recently, Shlomo found a new game: Kids Planet Discovery. It had been there since he beginning, but we hadn’t noticed it before.
This game is basically a geography game. It teaches a bit about other cultures, and has an activity that involves placing countries, states, and provinces in their proper place on the map. This activity has two levels: easy and difficult. In the easy level, you get outlines to guide you. In the difficult level, it’s just one big land mass and you figure it out for yourself.
Naturally, I tried out the Middle East section.
It had Israel with a piece cut out (Judea and Samaria). So I was peeved. But you know who got that extra piece?
Not some made-up country that never existed, called “Palestinian Territories.”
Jordan got that extra piece.
And I’m happy.
Because before 1967, Judea and Samaria were part of Jordan. The Muslims who lived there were Jordanian citizens. And then Israel won the war, and Jordan decided that they didn’t care what happened with Judea and Samaria anymore – let Israel have it, for all they care.
So Israel took it.
It was never, for one second, “Palestine,” or “Palestinian Territories.” Judea and Samaria, as well as parts of Jerusalem, used to belong to Jordan.
When it was “Palestine,” *all* of Israel was “Palestine,” and it was under British or Turkish rule. “Palestine,” as an independent country, never existed.
Jordan decided that it wasn’t worth fighting Israel for. And Israel conquered it from Jordan, and took control.
Muslims who lived in Judea and Samaria during the 1967 war say, “One day we were Jordanian citizens, in the middle of a war. The next day, the war was over, and Israel had won. And then someone took the star out of our flag and told us that we’re not Jordanian citizens anymore, we’re Palestinians. And we were like, huh?? What just happened?”
Okay, so I paraphrased and translated. But that’s how people remember it.
One day they were Jordanians. And the next day someone declared them Palestinians, and took the star out of the Jordanian flag, to create a new one.
Out of the blue. Completely and totally.
Now, the same world that wrote, “Jews, go to Palestine!” a few decades ago, is saying, “Jews, get out of Palestine.”
And they’re making up pretend countries to prove it.
But I’m happy with Kids Planet Discovery.
They didn’t give Judea and Samaria to Israel, it’s true.
But they DID give it to the only other country that can actually lay claim to that land – Jordan.
Because if you don’t like Israel, at least be honest about it. Don’t make up pretend countries.