Sister: We were so close. After I married Moshe, you practically disappeared from my life.[…]Sister: Moshe opened my eyes to the false life that mother and father had us living – exchanging Christmas presents with the neighbors, doing everything we could not to offend anyone with our Jewishness. Moshe made me proud to be a Jew.
Saul: He turned you against your family. He brought you to live in a place that’s not yours, where you don’t belong.
Sister: Please, Saul, let’s not do this.
Saul: Haven’t you driven enough people from their homes already? Bulldoze their villages, seized their property under laws they had no part in making?
Sister: This land was promised to Abraham.
Saul: Ah, yes. Promise. A covenant with God made thousands of years ago. Doesn’t that strike you as a form of insanity?
Sister: You don’t understand, Saul. You never have. I love the life that God has given me.
Saul: How can you love making enemies? How can you love knowing that your very presence here makes peace less possible?
Sister: I have a family, a community, a life filled with faith and purpose. Saul…what do you have?
(Video clip/MRC-TV (and transcript) of the above segment is at David Horowitz’s TruthRevolt project.)
Saul charges, “He [sister’s husband] brought you to live in a place that’s not yours, where you don’t belong.” This charge echoes the Palestinian narrative that Jews don’t belong in the Holy Land (including Israel and the West Bank). This ignores the fact that the entire Land is the Jews’ ancient homeland and Jews have lived here for thousands of years as confirmed by historical records and the Bible. In fact, according to official records, Jews have constituted the majority population of Jerusalem since the mid 1860s. The “West Bank,” Judea and Samaria (as referred to both biblically and historically), constituted the heartland of ancient Israel.
Patinkin/Saul’s incendiary charge, “Haven’t you driven enough people from their homes already? Bulldoze their villages, seized their property under laws they had no part in making,” promotes the false accusation that West Bank settlements are constructed on the ruins of bulldozed villages from which Arabs were driven from their homes. Writer/lawyer/film producer Joseph Schick points out,
Alas, this Big Lie has been repeated so many times that most people in the world have come to believe it – baselessly equating West Bank settlements with forced, violent dispossession of civilians from their homes, thereby maligning the more than 400,000 Israeli residents in Judea and Samaria… In fact, in the still mostly empty West Bank, settlements were built alongside or across from Palestinian towns and villages. (Hebron is the only place inhabited by both Israelis and Arabs.) Palestinians were not expelled from their homes as a result of the construction of settlements, nor has any Arab village ever been bulldozed or otherwise evacuated in any way to make way for a settlement in Judea or Samaria.
Indeed, the last West Bank villages to be destroyed (aside from the four Jewish communities evacuated by Prime Minister Sharon in 2005), with people not merely driven from their homes but murdered, occurred in 1948 when Arabs looted and then completely destroyed all of the Jewish settlements in Gush Etzion, massacring 240 women and men.
In fact, Israel, a nation of laws, as a matter of policy removes only illegally built homes in Arab areas within its jurisdiction just as in Jewish ones.
His radical politics concerning Israel are known. For example, his 14-minute 2012 speech advocating boycott and sanctions of West Bank Jewish communities. He has supported the goal of having a Jew-free West Bank.
Now that he is also a producer of the series, will his role involve targeting Israel in future episodes? Monitoring is warranted.