The EU routinely singles out Israel for condemnation, lately specifying borderline-racist labels on Israeli goods. To wit, foodstuffs originating in the “territories occupied by the state of Israel” must bear the indication of their origin, including the designation, “Israeli settlement.” (What they really mean is “Jewish settlement.”)
Yaacov Berg, CEO of the Psagot Winery in Judea said, “… because we are Jewish owners of a winery in a beautiful and hotly contested land, we are being targeted and punished. And we are being punished precisely because we are Jews living in Judea where we have every right to be, as do the Palestinian Arabs and Druze and the Christians.”
My friend, Jerry Verlin, has done extensive research on the fact that Jewish history in Israel goes back four millennia. During all that time Hebrews, in larger or smaller numbers, have always been present in the Land of Israel. In fact, Jews are the indigenous inhabitants of the Land of Israel.
Jerry decries the wholesale use of the term “settlers” by the mass media to label Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria. His salient point is that Western people, starting with Diaspora Jews who respect the legitimacy of Jewish presence in the land of Israel (even those who believe in slicing the land of Israel into two states), shouldn’t call Jews living to the west of the Jordan River border with Jordan “settlers,” while calling Arabs living there “villagers.” The media has firmly established “settlers” and “settlements” as dirty words, while “villagers” is a friendly term. In truth, “villagers” (or residents) describes all the inhabitants of the area, not just the media’s favorites, the Palestinian Arabs.
Perhaps the most egregious example of language referencing Jews and Arabs in Palestine was perpetrated by the Associated Press (AP) in 2014. The article describes a confrontation between small groups of what the UN’s partition resolution had called “the two Palestinian peoples” (Palestinian Jews and Palestinian Arabs). The AP’s 1/8/14 piece used these terms in sequence:
“Palestinians … Israeli settlers … Palestinian farmers … West Bank village … settlers … settlers … settlers … [Palestinian Arab] people … people kicked and spit at the settlers … attacks by militant settlers on Palestinians … settlers were captured and held by Palestinians … a stone-throwing clash between settlers and Palestinian farmers … settlers … West Bank village … village council … settlers .. [Palestinian Arab] farmers … farmers … farmers … village … the settlers ran away and the villagers gave chase … village resident … settlers … village … villagers … settlers.” This is but one example of setting up the bad Jewish “settlers” against righteous Arab “villagers/farmers.” (see Jerry Verlin – Brith Sholom Media Watch #992)