The Nakba: 70 Years Of Ethnic Cleansing In Palestine . . . And The World’s Culpable Complicity

“The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.”

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitary forces ethnically cleansed and eradicated over 500 villages and cities in Palestine, killing thousands of Palestinians, displacing another 750,000, and taking over 78% of the land. The 70th anniversary of this event — which Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba,” or catastrophe — is due to be commemorated on May 15 at a time when Apartheid Israel’s brutal occupation continues unabated with an estimated seven million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world and still being denied the right to return.

That right to return to their pre-1948 homelands in historic Palestine — which every Jew on earth enjoys — is now being demanded by thousands of Palestinians from across the besieged Gaza Strip in “The Great March of Return.” As was to be expected and in keeping with its propensity for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, Israel’s response with impunity has been disproportionate, degenerate, and deplorable with over 40 unarmed Palestinians so far killed and some 5,500 injured.

To be equally expected was the world’s lack of any significant reaction as was also the case following the far more barbarically destructive assaults on Gaza during Operation Cast Lead[if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"></v:path> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"></o:lock> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="officeArt_x0020_object" o:spid="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;left:0;text-align:left; margin-left:11.95pt;margin-top:59.85pt;width:469.45pt;height:236.25pt; z-index:251660288;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square; mso-wrap-distance-left:12pt;mso-wrap-distance-top:12pt; mso-wrap-distance-right:12pt;mso-wrap-distance-bottom:12pt; mso-position-horizontal:absolute;mso-position-horizontal-relative:margin; mso-position-vertical:absolute;mso-position-vertical-relative:page' strokeweight="1pt"> <v:stroke miterlimit="4"></v:stroke> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:/Users/chauh/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.jpg" o:title=""></v:imagedata> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom" anchorx="margin" anchory="page"></w:wrap> </v:shape><![endif][if !vml] and Operation Protective Edge While the world’s reticence to criticise Israel is to some extent understandable due to the fear of being accused of the anti-Semitism which has by design mutated into the “New Anti-Semitism”, it does not relieve supposedly civilised societies from the responsibility of demanding justice and retribution for the victims of crimes against humanity.

“Ever since the Jews invented the libel charge of 'anti-Semitism' in the 1880s (The word 'anti-Semitism' was first printed in 1880.' The Jewish Encyclopaedia, Vol. I (1901), p. 641), it has been built up with Jewish money, organisations, propaganda, and lies (such as the Holocaust-Holohoax), so that now the word is like snake venom which paralyses one's nervous system. Even the mention of the word 'Jew' is shunned unless used in a most favourable and positive context.”

Charles A. Weisman, Who is Esau-Edom?, p. 63.

After 70 years of occupation it must be evident to any honest person with a modicum of intelligence that Israel’s parasitic inclinations will not be satisfied until its air, land and sea blockade of Gaza — that prevents the import of vital food, medical supplies, and the materials required for rebuilding destroyed infrastructures — has induced malnutrition, disease and death amongst the imprisoned and persecuted population; will not be satisfied until every drop of drinkable water which it has not already stolen, becomes too contaminated for Palestinians to drink; will not be satisfied until all Palestinian children have been traumatised by being arbitrarily arrested, interrogated without adult or legal council support, beaten, terrorised, and forced into signing confessions (written in a language they do not understand) that incriminate parents, relatives, and friends who are then held indefinitely under the misused Administrative Detention Order; will not be satisfied until every Palestinian home, hospital and school has been reduced to rubble with bombs supplied by courtesy of U.S. taxpayers; and will not be satisfied until every drop of Palestinian blood has soaked into the stolen Palestinian lands on which more illegal Jewish settlements will be built. And no, this is not an exaggerated anti-Semitic rant, it is a fact that has been endlessly reiterated by racist Israeli leaders who want all of Palestine and not peace.

Israel’s unashamed criminality could not be possible without culpable global complicity which includes mainstream media bias and censorship — led by Arthur Gregg Sulzberger’s The New York Times — of any news that is critical of Israel; includes nations who either abstain or vote against UN resolutions condemning Israel’s inhumane and illegal occupation with the U.S. having used more vetoes on behalf of Israel than it has on behalf of itself; includes mealy-mouthed Western political leaders who whitewash Israel’ barbarity against Palestinians — who don’t have a single tank, attack aircraft, or warship — with the disingenuous excuse that “Israel has a Right to defend itself”; includes the provision of military-related aid to Israel with the knowledge that it will be used for the continued oppression of the Palestinian people; and includes the hypocritical double standards by which Israel’s criminality is either favourably judged or just completely ignored.

By tolerating the iniquities of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people, outwardly high-minded but smug self-preoccupied Westerners are also confirming the reality that their cherished illusion of democracy is controlled and defined by powerful private interest groups including a corporate mass media that is definitely not “the voice of the people”; a military industrial complex dependent on endless “wars on terror”; extractive industries for oil, gas, and minerals; an agribusiness bent on exploiting the agricultural potential of developing countries; and last but not least, the Israel lobby organisations such as AIPAC in the U.S., that exercise pernicious control over corruption-prone “democratic” governments that have abandoned their commitment to the “Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

“The responsibility to protect embodies a political commitment to end the worst forms of violence and persecution. It seeks to narrow the gap between Member States’ pre-existing obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and the reality faced by populations at risk of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”

The UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.

As the hifalutin and well-intentioned pronouncements to be found in international treaties are either completely ignored or selectively applied — Israel has a carte blanche for its international law violations — the only hope for the universal enforcement of human rights must therefore as a last resort come from humanely compassionate, well-informed, and free-thinking citizen inhabitants of Western democracies.

“Democracy is popular because of the illusion of choice and participation it provides, but when you live in a society in which most people's knowledge of the world extends as far as sports, sitcoms, reality shows, and celebrity gossip, democracy becomes a very dangerous idea. Until people are properly educated and informed, instead of indoctrinated to be ignorant mindless consumers, democracy is nothing more than a clever tool used by the ruling class to subjugate the rest of us.”

Gavin Nascimento

Sorry Palestine, but don’t expect justice, human

rights, and an end to your Nakba any time soon!

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