With such libertarian luminaries as Murray Rothbard and Walter Block at odds with regard to the creation of Israel and its conformity or otherwise to libertarian principles, it seemed sensible to host a debate on the subject. The resolution: “Israel was founded on the basis of legitimate homesteading of land and reclamation of lost Jewish property from previous generations of Jews.”
Arguing in the affirmative is Rafi Farber, and in the negative is Jeremy R. Hammond.
Both sides were invited to submit whatever links they wanted for this show notes page.
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Rafi Farber’s Links
Rafi Farber is a libertarian activist who has lived in Israel since 2007.
Rafi’s blog: TheJewishLibertarian
The paper coauthored by Alan Futerman, Dr. Walter Block, and Rafi Farber, rebutting Murray Rothbard’s War Guilt in the Middle East article published in 1967:
The Legal Status of the State of Israel: A Libertarian Approach
Jews and non-Jewish Palestinians share a unique genetic heritage, evidence that indigenous Palestinians are actually Jews who were forcibly converted to Christianity or Islam:
HaAretz Article with study links
Jerusalem Post Article
Documentation that the vast majority of land owned by non-Jewish Palestinians was not homesteaded and therefore unowned from a libertarian standpoint.
Moshe Feiglin’s Solution to the conflict: The Feiglin Solution
Rafi’s Zero State Solution to the conflict
Rafi’s Platform if elected to Knesset on Feiglin’s Zehut Party list
Rafi’s most popular and widely read article: Vote Ron Paul and Let My People Go!
Why Rafi is Not a Zionist
Jeremy R. Hammond’s Links
Jeremy R. Hammond is an award-winning independent political analyst, publisher and editor of Foreign Policy Journal, and author.
Here are my sites:
And my books (the first two relevant to this episode’s topic, the third unrelated but given your audience, I’d like to have included!):
Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2016)
The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict (2009)
Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman: Austrian vs. Keynesian Economics in the Financial Crisis (2012)
Now for some resources I mentioned you can post at your own discretion, if you think your listeners might find them useful:
Rothbard, Murray N. “War Guilt in the Middle East.” Left and Right 3, No. 3 (Spring-Autumn 1967): 20-30.
Walter E. Block, Alan G. Futerman, and Rafi Farber, “The Legal Status of the State of Israel: A Libertarian Approach,” The Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law, 2016
Disturbances in May, 1921 – Reports of the Commission of Inquiry (Haycraft Commission), October 1921
Report of the Commission on the Palestine Disturbances of August, 1929 (Shaw Commission), March 1930
Report on Immigration, Land Settlement and Development (Hope Simpson Report), October 1930 (from https://unispal.un.org, no longer available online; my own archived copy):
Report of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, 1946
Rafi mentioned a table I’ve cited in my work showing that Jews owned only 5.8 percent (1,514,247 dunams) of the land in Palestine in 1943. This is from A Survey of Palestine: Prepared in December 1945 and January 1946 for the information of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry. Here’s the page (566):
Here’s a UN map showing land ownership statistics from 1945. I cited this without mentioning the source in the show (when I mentioned Arabs owned more land than Jews in every single district, including Jaffa).
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