Can the Palestinians Get Justice And Human Rights By Calling Israel’s “Self-defence” Bluff?
“The two-state solution is dead (it was never born); the Palestinian state will not arise; international law does not apply to Israel; the occupation will continue to crawl quickly to annexation, annexation will continue to crawl quickly toward an apartheid state; ‘Jewish’ supersedes ‘democracy,’ nationalism and racism will get the stamp of government approval, but they're already here and have been for a long time.”
Gideon Levy, an Israeli journalist with conscience and integrity in Ha’aretz
The founding father of Zionism, Theodore Herzl, declared that the area of the Jewish State stretches “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates”; Rabbi Fischmann, a member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, subsequently declared in his testimony to the U.N. Special Committee of Enquiry on 9 July 1947 that “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon”; and more recently Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declared “If I'm elected, there will be no Palestinian state.”
“It’s important to say [that] this land is ours. All of it is ours. We didn’t come here to apologise for that.”
Tzipi Hotovely, incumbent Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister.
Despite its participation in the decades-long charade of “Peace Talks” and a “Two-State Solution,” Zionist Israel has in reality never intended to consider or honour either of these two concepts which are incompatible with the Zionist objective for a Greater Israel with an undivided Jerusalem as its capitol. As consequence of that objective, Israel has pursued an expansionist policy of undermining and fragmenting neighbouring Arab states by being instrumental in provoking the 2003 war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the current war in Syria, the ongoing efforts to incite a war against Iran by a U.S.-led coalition of Western nations, and the ceaseless barbarous persecution of the of an indigenous Palestinian population which constitutes nothing less than blatant and calculated ethnic cleansing.
“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!’” Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.
“The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war.”
Israeli General Matityahu Peled, in Ha'aretz, 19 March 1972.
“In June 1967 we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”
Address by Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the National Defence College, 8 August 1982
By virtue of its continued exploitation of the global sympathy generated by the Holocaust: “the Holocaust Industry”; by virtue of its control of Western governments and leaders such as Obama, Merkel, Hollande, Cameron, and others; by virtue of its immunity against UN condemnatory resolutions because of vetoes by a U.S. government controlled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and by virtue of its influence over or control of a fact-distorting mainstream media subject to concentrated ownership that favours state-corporate interests which include banking conglomerates, weapon manufacturers, and other major industrial concerns, Israel with its arrogant crimes against humanity continues to enjoy flagrant immunity from prosecution in accordance with international law.
Not only are those people who are reliant on the mainstream media for news routinely misinformed, but also those with a conscience and a capacity to think for themselves are sedulously hunted down and hounded. Jewish lobby and support for Israel groups are on a constant global watch for any pro-Palestinian activism or criticism of Israel which they venomously brand as anti-Semitism so that even university students and their professors are targeted with the consequence of suspension or dismissal. Jewish pressure on Western local and state governments to criminalise criticism of crimes committed by Israel is relentless as was recently made apparent by the Illinois State House of Representatives which unanimously passed an Anti-BDS Bill that will prevent the state’s pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel. By seeking to prevent pro-Palestinian activism and silence criticism of Israel, the Judaeo-Zionist lobby is gradually but surely undermining the democratic right to free speech, choice, and peaceful protest.
Faced with such biased and overwhelming odds, the Palestinian people have no realistic chance of ever achieving a globally recognised and UN endorsed statehood that will enable them to finally enjoy the freedoms and human rights that the hypocritical West claims to be upholding and fighting for; and which the swaggering racist Israelis — with Palestinian blood on their hands — audaciously demand for themselves. Numerous examples of Western hypocrisy and double standards include the fact that organised civilian opposition to Nazi occupation in Europe during World War Two was acclaimed as “The Resistance” while token Palestinian dissent against Israel’s brutal occupation is denounced as “Terrorism.”
For the past 67 years since the Palestinian Nabka (Catastrophe), the Palestinian people have allowed their hopes for justice and freedom to rest in the hands of various leaders and factions who are unfortunately motivated by self-interest and greed: an International Monetary Fund disclosure in September 2003 stated that from 1995 to 2000 Yasser Arafat had diverted more than £560 million of Palestinian Authority funds of which a sizeable portion ended up in a Swiss bank account. So not only have the Palestinian people been betrayed by Britain’s Balfour Declaration and the international community, but also by their own duplicitous leaders of the past and present.
“His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
The Balfour Declaration of 2 November 1917 was a letter from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary A. J. Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd. Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. (http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v06/v06p389_John.html)
Back in 1917, His Britannic Majesty’s Government — being somewhat preoccupied with the First World War and defending its own position as the world’s foremost imperial power — perpetrated the first of its betrayals of the Palestinian people by presumptuously promising to give away a substantial part of their land without even bothering to ask them. Britain’s second betrayal has been ongoing since the Nabka with its failure and complicity with the Israelis to abide by and honour “it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.” Is it possible that Her Britannic Majesty’s Government regards ethnic cleaning of the indigenous Palestinians as not being either a contravention of that understanding or of the Universal Declaration of Human rights? Or is it simply another case of Britannic colonial hypocrisy and double standards?
It must by now be evident to even the most naive and optimistic amongst us — as the rapacious Israelis gobble up more and more Palestinian land — that the Palestinian people have no chance of achieving either justice or statehood by any tried and tested means including armed resistance. Without a single tank, warship, or fighter aircraft with which to face one of the world’s best equipped military forces, the odds are insurmountable. Even though the Israelis have during and after their recent elections made it very clear that Palestinian statehood is out of the question, the ever accommodating U.S. has just announced a $1.9 billion deal to supply Israel (for defence purposes) with some 3,000 Hellfire precision missiles, 250 AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 GBU-39 small diameter bombs and 50 BLU-113 bunker buster bombs. Also included are 14,500 tail kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions for 220kg and 900kg bombs and a variety of Paveway laser-guided bomb kits. Needless to say, the U.S. will not be supplying Palestinian children with stones with which to defend themselves against continual targeting by the “world’s most [i]moral army.” (http://endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=451)
So what can the Palestinian people do? They can either continue to stand by as their heritage, their hopes, and their lands are gradually diminished to the point of oblivion, or they can recognise and accept the historical reality of the past 67 years that they are on their own and nobody is going to help them except themselves. But how? Sometimes when the odds appear to be overwhelmingly against you, the only option is to call the other side’s bluff which in this case is Israel’s — and its lapdog Western nations — criminally concocted contention that Israel is just “defending itself.”
Difficult as it may seem, the Palestinian people must take control of their own despairing destiny — even if it involves resorting to widespread and violent protests — by insisting that Palestinian leaders and factions without exception announce recognition of the state of Israel within the essential borders of 1967; and by renouncing armed conflict and calling for an internationally supervised removal/destruction of all rockets and offensive weapons in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
This would serve to deny Israel of the deceitful “self-defence” excuse which is also routinely echoed by Western nations submissive to the Judaeo-Zionist lobby; would serve to highlight Western hypocrisy and double standards if an immediate and positive Western reaction is not forthcoming; and would serve to expose Israel’s true intention of not seeking peaceful coexistence, but of maintaining the conflict that provides a smokescreen for its real intention of driving out the entire indigenous Palestinian population because Israelis maintain “this land is ours. All of it is ours. We didn’t come here to apologise for that.”
“De-Arabizing the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialised, evidence of its existence is being destroyed and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilisation and today’s Israel. The most glaring example of this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents. Israel is expelling families from Silwan and destroying their homes because it claims that King David built a city there some 3,000 years ago. Thousands of families will be made homeless so that Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived 3,000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove King David ever lived yet Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly along with their schools and mosques, churches and ancient cemeteries and any evidence of their existence must be destroyed and then denied so that Zionist claims to exclusive rights to the land may be substantiated.”
Miko Peled, Israeli peace activist and author.
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