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Western leaders betrayed Palestinians 70 years ago. There is no sign that’s about to change

Israel has been crafting a dishonest counter-narrative ever since the Nakba, one that historians scouring the archives have exploded

The National – May 13, 2018

On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians will commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new state of Israel was built on the ruins of their homeland. As a result, most Palestinians were turned into refugees, denied by Israel the right to return to their homes.

Israel is braced nervously for many tens of thousands to turn out in the occupied territories this week to protest against decades of its refusal to make amends or end its oppressive rule.

The move on Monday of the US embassy to Jerusalem, a city under belligerent occupation, has only inflamed Palestinian grievances – and a sense that the West is still conspiring in their dispossession.

The expected focus of the protests is Gaza, where unarmed Palestinians have been massing every Friday since late March at the perimeter fence that encages two million of them.

For their troubles, they have faced a hail of live ammunition, rubber bullets and clouds of tear gas. Dozens have been killed and many hundreds more maimed, including children.

But for more than a month, Israel has been working to manage western perceptions of the protests in ways designed to discredit the outpouring of anger from Palestinians. In a message all too readily accepted by some western audiences, Israel has presented the protests as a “security threat”.

Israeli officials have even argued before the country’s high court that the protesters lack any rights – that army snipers are entitled to shoot them, even if facing no danger – because Israel is supposedly in a “state of war” with Gaza, defending itself.

Many Americans and Europeans, worried about an influx of “economic migrants” flooding into their own countries, readily sympathise with Israel’s concerns – and its actions.

Until now, the vast majority of Gaza’s protesters have been peaceful and made no attempt to break through the fence.

But Israel claims that Hamas will exploit this week’s protests in Gaza to encourage Palestinians to storm the fence. The implication is that the protesters will be crossing a “border” and “entering” Israel illegally.

The truth is rather different. There is no border because there is no Palestinian state. Israel has made sure of that. Palestinians live under occupation, with Israel controlling every aspect of their lives. In Gaza, even the air and sea are Israel’s domain.

Meanwhile, the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their former lands – now in Israel – is recognised in international law.

Nonetheless, Israel has been crafting a dishonest counter-narrative ever since the Nakba, myths that historians scouring the archives have slowly exploded.

One claim – that Arab leaders told the 750,000 Palestinian refugees to flee in 1948 – was in fact invented by Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. He hoped it would deflect US pressure on Israel to honour its obligations to allow the refugees back.

Even had the refugees chosen to leave during the heat of battle, rather than wait to be expelled, it would not have justified denying them a right to return when the fighting finished. It was that refusal that transformed flight into ethnic cleansing.

In another myth unsupported by the records, Ben Gurion is said to have appealed to the refugees to come back.

In truth, Israel defined Palestinians who tried to return to their lands as “infiltrators”. That entitled Israeli security officials to shoot them on sight – in what was effectively execution as a deterrence policy.

Nothing much has changed seven decades on. A majority of Gaza’s population today are descended from refugees driven into the enclave in 1948. They have been penned up like cattle ever since. That is why the Palestinians’ current protests take place under the banner of the March of Return.

For decades, Israel has not only denied Palestinians the prospect of a minimal state. It has carved Palestinian territories into a series of ghettos – and in the case of Gaza, blockaded it for 12 years, choking it into a humanitarian catastrophe.

Despite this, Israel wants the world to view Gaza as an embryonic Palestinian state, supposedly liberated from occupation in 2005 when it pulled out several thousand Jewish settlers.

Again, this narrative has been crafted only to deceive. Hamas has never been allowed to rule Gaza, any more than Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority governs the West Bank.

But echoing the events of the Nakba, Israel has cast the protesters as “infiltrators”, a narrative that has left most observers strangely indifferent to the fate of Palestinian youth demonstrating for their freedom.

Once again, these executions, supposedly carried out by the Israeli army in self-defence, are intended to dissuade Palestinians from demanding their rights.

Israel is not defending its borders but the walls of cages it has built to safeguard the continuing theft of Palestinian land and preserve Jewish privilege.

In the West Bank, the prison contracts by the day as Jewish settlers and the Israeli army steal more land. In Gaza’s case, the prison cannot be shrunk any smaller.

For many years, world heads of state have castigated Palestinians for using violence and lambasted Hamas for firing rockets out of Gaza.

But now that young Palestinians prefer to take up mass civil disobedience, their plight is barely attracting attention, let alone sympathy. Instead, they are criticised for “breaching the border” and threatening Israel’s security.

The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved.

Western leaders and the public betrayed the Palestinians in 1948. There is no sign, 70 years on, that the West is about to change its ways.

May 14, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, Timeless or most popular | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. So many people are CLUELESS, about the TRUTH of History.

    “LUKE 8:17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

    “O, what a tangled web (((we))) weave when first (((we))) practice to deceive” ~ Walter Scott (((Parentheses))) added.

    Listen. We have been MASSIVELY DECEIVED regarding the TRUE identity of the so-called “Jews”. (10% “Sephardi”, 90% “Ashkenazi”). The 10% of “Jews” who call themselves “Sephardi” “Jews” are of BERBER-ARAB extraction,
    and their ancestors hailed from N. Africa. The 90% of “Jews” who call themselves “Ashkenazi” “Jews” are of SLAVO-TURKIC extraction, and their ancestors hailed from ancient Khazaria, between the Black & Caspian Seas. Now you know the TRUE identity of the so-called “Jews”.

    Read _The Non-Jewish Origins of the Sephardic Jews_, by Paul Wexler. Also, read _The Ashkenazic Jews: A Slavo-Turkic People in Search of a Jewish Identity_, by Paul Wexler. For further info. on this topic, you may also read: 1) THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE, by Arthur Koestler; 2) THE INVENTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, by Schlomo Sand; 3) THE WANDERING WHO?, by Gilad Atzmon. I don’t know if Paul Wexler is “Jew”-ish, or not, but the other three authors most definitely are (or were) “Jews”. I would also highly recommend you read THE GREAT DECEPTION: SYRIA, BRITAIN AND THE ROMAN CONSPIRACY, by Comyns Beaumont, IF you wish to discover the TRUE GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION of the people, places & events described in both the Old & New Testament. (You see, what these BERBER-ARABS & SLAVO-TURKS did, was HIJACK the very name & identity of the TRUE, ORIGINAL IBERI, or IBRI (Hebrews) of the Old & New Testament era, on their way to HIJACKING the entirety of Western Civilization! When did they do it? 1860 AD.

    Page 3 of the 1980 Jewish Almanac states: “Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an Ancient Israelite a Jew or to call a contemporary [modern] Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew.”

    Encyclopedia Judaica 1971, Vol 10:23: “Jews began to call themselves Hebrews and Israelites in 1860 [AD].”

    Also, it has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt, that Judaism is NOT the religion of MOSES. Read THE TALMUD TESTED: A Comparison of the Principles and Doctrines of Modern Judaism with the Religion of Moses and the Prophets, by Alexander McCaul. Did you know that there are NO ancient “Jew”-ish cities that have been archaeologically-excavated in (((Rothschild)))-“Israel” (est. 1948 AD, for the VERY FIRST TIME ~ EVER ~ IN HUMAN HISTORY IN PALESTINE)? However, there are A LOT of ancient GREEK cities that once existed there.

    Obviously, the so-called “Jews” have NO LEGITIMATE CLAIM whatsoever, to the land they stole from the Palestinians in 1948 AD. Period. The Arab world is ENTIRELY CORRECT on this one, from the perspective of the FACTS OF HISTORY. (For anyone who really wishes to get into the “nuts-and-bolts” of this topic, I seriously recommend Michael Tsarion’s 2-volume work, entitled THE IRISH ORIGINS OF CIVILIZATION.)

    Comment by Truth_Seeker | May 14, 2018 | Reply

  2. One thing I have never understood about the nation of Israel. In the 1930s the nation of Germany suppressed and murdered MANY people. Hitler killed a lot more Slaves than Jews. But lets say the Jews were very unfairly treated in Hitler’s Germany. OK so the world wants to make up for this.

    So WHY go and steal someone’s land in the Middle East? Why not give the Jews part of Germany for their nation state? Seems to me to be the fairest; if someone’s land has to be stolen.

    Just wondering.

    Of course if you do steal land in the Middle East you will have created a wound THAT CAN NEVER HEAL and that may be the reason Israel was not created in Germany.

    Now we have a continuous situation in the Middle East where wars can be started AT ANY TIME for the flimsiest of reasons; where WWIII is always just a few Jewish nukes away and the price of the worlds king commodity can be moved down or up like a soccer ball in a hot game, This seems to me to be an Ideal setting for the family behind the Balfour Agreement the Rothschilds

    Comment by Lou | May 15, 2018 | Reply


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