VIDEO: Travis Allen, 72nd Assembly District Candidate, Believes Israel Has a "Divine Right" to the West Bank

Allen: Missing his Shield of David
This fall, voters in the 72nd Assembly District get to pick between two Republican yahoos: Los Alamitos mayor Troy Edgar and some businessman named Travis Allen. Allen made news earlier this year after it was revealed he had donated to Democrats in a previous life, a GOP sin worse than being a child molester (and this is not hyperbole on my part, right, Jeffrey Nielsen?). Allen is expected to lose, so he's hitching his campaign on an issue that most voters in the 72nd couldn't give a shit about: Israel, and its insatiable thirst to boot Palestinians out of the West Bank.

On his issues page, Allen goes from pertinent issues (education, taxes, budget) to the non-sequitor that is Israel. "As part of his service," reads his website, "Travis Allen is currently running for the California Legislature to begin a career of public service which will enable him to directly impact US policy toward Israel as our most cherished ally in the Middle East, and a bastion of Democracy and Security in an increasingly hostile environment."

Because that'll improve the atrocious asphalt streets in Westminster how?

But Allen is no mere chicken hawk; he's a war eagle for the idea that Israel should occupy as much land as they damn well please. He wants a "unified Israel that includes Judea and Samaria, the heartland of the Jewish people, and the recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided and eternal capital."

Judea and Samaria, of course, is the far-right term for what the rest of the world calls the West Bank, almost universally recognized as (at worst) occupied territory taken away from and (at best) the land for a future Palestinian state.

But not for Allen. He was in Israel during July hobnobbing with people who want Israel to formally declare the West Bank Israel. Check out this video of his trip, specifically around the seven-minute mark, where Allen not only shills for his Assembly campaign, but then says Israel was given to the Jews because of "destiny" and their "divine right" and supports Israelis who believe in a "manifest destiny" for Israel--how empire-loving of him! And check out the hot, buxom blonde next to him, the only thing that doesn't make the video unbearable...

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The tone of this article is vulgar and offensive but what is most shocking is its content.  The so-called "West Bank" has been Jewish land for over 3,000 years.  It is the Arabs who have been trying to destroy Israel and to throw Jews into the sea, and it is Israel who has consistently offered peace and accepted compromise.  All the partition plans since the early 1930s have been rejected by the Arabs and accepted by the Jews.  "Judea and Samaria" is no "far-right" term but a historical one.  Jews come from Judea the same way that Arabs come from Arabia.  The "West Bank" on the other hand was the term used between 1949 and 1967 to designate the territory west of the Jordan River that had been conquered and occupied by Jordan after Israel's War of Independance.  And, yes, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.  It was founded by King David three thousand years ago and was the capital of the Jewish kingdom for a thousand years.  This is a bit more ancient than Washington DC.  I had the pleasure and honor to attend Mr. Allen's talk in Jerusalem and I agree with every word he said.  He is right and we are proud of him.  He is on the right side of History, and he will win this election.


Dr. Emmanuel Navon, International Relations Professor at Tel-Aviv University, and Likud Candidate for the 2013 Knesset Elections.



Along with an obvious dislike of both Jews and Israel exhibited by columnist, Gustavo Arellano, he is also obsessed by an intense dislike of Republicans.

It's difficult to see how anything positive can come out of this man's view of the world.  If Mr. Arellano does not like the idea of Israel being a destiny of Jews, then what does he think of America?  That it’s just one big theft?  Then he needs to take himself and his column to a country where he'll feel more at home until he rethinks criticizing Israelis for feeling at home in Israel.  If he can’t then he can stay, say, in Saudi Arabia where I understand people feel at home – or else.


As Travis Allen said, both California and Israel are major centers of high tech and that there are many joint projects and joint ventures.  I point out that we both have a serious need for much higher levels of cyber security.  We are both vulnerable on this score and we need to work together for the sake of our economic and industrial resources.


Israel, like California, is also critically short of water.  California is entering at least a decade of likely serious water shortage due to a decadal Pacific Ocean cycle.  Israel has very advanced water use practices that California can undoubtedly benefit from.  As America’s biggest agricultural state, this is not an option.  It is urgent. 


Our relationship with Israel is one of mutual benefit and in terms of technology of high importance.


As to the rest of the anti-Semitic rant by Mr. Arrellano, Jews actually have the legal right to settle and live in Judea and Samaria.  First, it is disputed land.  In a context that is difficult to refute, since over 1 million Arabs live in Israel, it is only right that Jews can also live in Judea and Samaria, which is, after all, the traditional heartland of Israel.  In fact, before the 1948 war, there were many Jewish settlements that had to be evacuated due to military defeats.  These lands are now back under Israel’s control. 


The Arabs have to stop calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state along with the rest of the world's Jews and learn to live with Jews.  Leftists who hate the idea of Jews living in Judea and Samaria need to learn that Hitler's genocide began by demonizing Jews and then limiting where they could live.  Mr. Arellano does not learn from history.


Jarrow Rogovin, Los Angeles


Oh, Gustavo, you snarky little so and so you. I hope you don't mind me being casual. Considering how casual, unprofessional, sophomoric and under-informed your "journalism" is, I don't think you will. Here is the deal: you have taken a rather complex situation and reduced it to a bunch of uninformed snipes, silly asides and simplistic untruths. You do Travis Allen a disservice by this. You do yourself a disservice by this. You do journalistic standards a disservice by this and, worse, you do the men and women who are attempting to look at the Middle East conflict through new, educated, thoughtful eyes a disservice by this.


Mr. Allen's speech discusses his tour through all of Israel. It discusses the way Arabs and Jews may work together. It discusses hope for the Middle East. Your petty rant discusses ways that Arab and Jew might be separated and does nothing but further divisiveness, hate and conflict.


I would hope that as a "reporter" (although looking at your previous articles I do not know when they let you out of the food circuit) you would have researched that of which you attempt to speak. Is Judea and Samaria not the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people? It is - read a bible, old or new. Heck, read a Koran even. Is Judea and Samaria not the legal right of Israel. Well, study the history. Not the revisionist history but the actual founding of the Nation. Go ahead, I will wait. 


Please do not offend those who are working towards peace. Travis Allen, 2012.




May I add just two points that highlight the problems anti-Israel activists cause?


First is the unwillingness to recognize who is America's ally in this situation, whether or not you like Jews or Zionists or pro-Zionists.  In the 90-year old conflict in our region which began when Arabs, then led by an Islamic preacher, later to become the Grand Mufti of Palestine and during World War II a major propagandist for someone called Hitler, a major American enemy not to mention what he did to the Jews, began a terror campaign in 1920 in Jerusalem that continued not only all throughout the Mandate period but throughout the State of Israel's history until this day.  In other words, not only no compromise will they accept but their campaign strategy is simply to kill.  Is this the side America should be supporting?  Morally?  Politically? If the Arabs here achieve a "state of Palestine", will it go the way of Syria, Iran nor, or..., well, I'm sure there's one Arab state that is relatively peaceful, pragmatic, progressive, democratic, isn't there?


Secondly, as to religion.  Not only do Bible-believers recognize the religious legacy of Jewish nationhood, but Muslims, too.  Check your Quran/Koran.  I know Sheikh Palazzi from Italy well and this is what he asserts:


'THE QUR'AN SAYS:     "To Moses We [Allah] gave nine clear signs. Ask the Israelites how he [Moses] first appeared amongst them. Pharoah said to him: 'Moses, I can see that you are bewitched.' 'You know full well,' he [Moses] replied, 'that none but the Lord of the heavens and the earth has revealed these visible signs. Pharoah, you are doomed.'"     "Pharoah sought to scare them [the Israelites] out of the land [of Israel]: but We [Allah] drowned him [Pharoah] together with all who were with him. Then We [Allah] said to the Israelites: 'Dwell in this land [the Land of Israel]. When the promise of the hereafter [End of Days] comes to be fulfilled, We [Allah] shall assemble you [the Israelites] all together [in the Land of Israel]."     "We [Allah] have revealed the Qur'an with the truth, and with the truth it has come down. We have sent you [Muhammed] forth only to proclaim good news and to give warning."     [Qur'an, "Night Journey," chapter 17:100-104]


God wanted to give Avraham a double blessing, through Ishmael and through Isaac, and ordered that Ishmael's descendents should live in the desert of Arabia and Isaac's in Canaan. The Qur'an recognizes the Land of Israel as the heritage of the Jews and it explains that, before the Last Judgment, Jews will return to dwell there. This prophecy has already been fulfilled.'


Is Travis any less good for promoting what Muslims should be, based on their own writings and not the unfortunate turn their political philosophy has taken?  Perhaps faith-based policies could make headway where liberal, secular ones have not?


I think Travis, with his knowledge, his business experience and his world-view could be a very positive force in the political arena and I wish him the best success


I'm grateful that Mr Gustavo Arelleno's article is so short since it contains so much of the casual slander that passses for journalism these days. He must have served his apprenticeship at MSNBC where romps of fantasy regularly trump actual facts or he must have been very loosely educated.


In his video-taped talk Mr Travis made it quite clear, but not clear enough for Mr. Arelleno, that he wanted to encourage more partnerships between Californian and Israeli companies. The extra taxable revenues that would doubtless result from these collaborations would help to improve the "atrocious ashpalt streets" to which Mr. Arelleno refers and which animate him so much. What is going to improve the atrocious gaps in Mr. Arelleno's knowledge about Israel is quite another matter.


Judea & Samaria are part of ancient and historical Israel where Jerusalem was its capital a thousand years before Christ and sixteen hundred years before Mohammed. Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, beseiged 23 times, conquered and reconquered about 44 times and during all of that it has NEVER, not once, been declared the capital city of any other nation or state. Furthermore, throughout history there has never been an Arab/Palestinian government, president, prime minister, king, currency or a geographical area over which they have held defacto authority recognized by other sovereign nations, Never. This should be apparent even to the slowest of minds.


Before Mr. Arelleno's accusations of "occupation" can be sustained he will need to disprove the legitimacy of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Mandates System established and governed by Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations contained in the Treaty of Versailles and all the other peace treaties made with the Central Powers i.e. Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey.


 The Covenant was the idea of president Woodrow Wilson and contained his program of Fourteen Points of January 8th. 1918 while Article 22 which established the Mandates System, was largely the work of Jan Christian Smuts who formulated the details in a memorandum that became known as the Smuts Resolution, officially endorsed by the Council of Ten on January 30th, 1919 in which Palestine, as envisaged in the Balfour Declaration, was named as one of the mandated states to be created.


The official creation of the country took place at the San Remo Peace Conference (1920) where the Balfour Declaration was adopted by the Supreme Council of the Principal Allied Powers as the basis for the future "administration" of Palestine which would henceforth be recognized as the Jewish National Home. It was the Mandate System which gave binding legal effect to the aspirations contained in the Balfour Declaration.


The moment of birth of Jewish legal rights and title of sovereignty thus took place at the same time Palestine was created a "mandated" state since it was created for NO other reason than to "reconstitute" the ancient Jewish state of Judea in fulfillment of the Balfour Declaration and the general provisions of Article 22 of the League Covenant. This meant that Palestine from the start was legally a Jewish state that was, in theory, to be guided towards independence by a Mandatory or Trustee, also acting as Tutor ( this turned out to be Great Britain) and who would take the necessary political, administrative and economic measures to establish the Jewish National Home.


The details for the planned independent Jewish state were set forth in three basic documents which may be termed the founding documents of mandated Palestine and the modern Jewish state of Israel that arose from them. These were: the San Remo Resolution of April 15th. 1920, the Franco-British Boundary Convention of December 23rd. 1920 and the Mandate for Palestine conferred on Britain by the Principal Allied Powers and confirmed by the League of Nations on July 24th. 1922. These founding documents were supplemented by the Anglo-American Convention of December 3rd., 1924 respecting the Mandate for Palestine.


It is of supreme importance to realize that these documents are the source of Jewish legal rights and title of sovereignty over Palestine and the Land of Israel under international law. Therefore, it is impossible to "occupy" territory you already own regardless of the mistakes made by successive Israeli governments during the intervening years and, alas, there have been plenty of them but none significant enough to have revoked their root of title or legal sovereignty.


The Mandate System, in addition to all of its declared rights and obligations, survived the League of Nations and its legal force has been affirmed a number of times by the International Court of Justice. It is impossible to question Israel's legitimacy as a nation state without bringing into question the legitimacy of the other mandated states namely Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.


The Treaty of San Remo is really Israel's Magna Carta. Gustavo will have to GOOGLE the term Magna Carta for himself.


Israel is comprised of about 8,000 square miles of which around 4,500 square miles is the Negev Desert. This hardly constitues anything in the way of an "empire" for Mr. Travis to "love" but it does constitute a country which for the last 64 years has been an embattled outpost of western values surrounded by genocidal enemies whose undiminished goal is her extinction. It would be best for Mr. Arelleno not to get the two confused.


  As far as "occupied territory taken away from the land for a future Palestinian state" is concerned, the only land that was taken away was 80% of the Palestinian mandated territory, originally intended to be part of the reconstituted Jewish nation state, when Great Britain decided to create Trans-Jordan in 1922 and placed the Hashemite Sheik Abdullah on the newly constructed throne.


Someone may have said this before but after reading Mr. Arelleno's article I came away with the distinct impression that if after he dies it were possible to give him an enema you would be able to use a matchbox for his casket. Pending this procedure he should vote for Mitt Romney. If he ruins the country at least it won't be on purpose!


 Paul Schnee


 Zionist Organization of America

 Los Angeles.

paullucas714 topcommenter

Allen is Frank barbaros nephew.


What's up Gus?   I mean Gustavo.  This was the ancient land of the Philistines, who have been popularly regarded as "cultureless swine" but according to the reading I have been doing, they actually  had some of the most sophisticated culture including high arts.   It is more accurate to describe most of Huntington Beach as "cultureless swine"   


Good for Travis! Israel is our best Friend in the Middle East and we need to support them. I am glad Travis has the conviction to stand up to all the anti Israel bigots.

20ftjesus topcommenter

"The whole history of the world started here"?

GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @jlrjfi Yes, I hate Jews so much that I'm a longtime contributor to the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, where I began my journalism career. You blind supporters of Israel need to realize that rewriting boundaries again and again simply ain't going to work anymore.

GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @RobertFisherman Having Israelis settle the West Bank is hardly working toward peace. Spare us the political advertisements and historical revisionists.

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