Stuff You Won't Find in the History Books
God's Chosen People - The State of Israel Today
Even with the best will in the world, it is difficult to be a supporter of Israel as the nation it is today - a medieval, fascist, racist and brutal, military regime. But let's back up a few steps and look at a bit of history.
For reasons that history appears to have forgotten, the Jews abandoned their land some 2,000 years ago and were scattered to the four corners of the world - the diaspora - all strangers in a strange land.
It is reasonable that every nation of people should have their own homeland. In the case of the Jews, it's difficult to not be sympathetic to their wish to re-establish one in their old historical location.
But in spite of common rhetoric, the Jews have no valid historical claim to the land we know today as Palestine. In fact, it seems their tenure there was quite short, some 400-odd years at best, and even that residence period was shared with many other races of people. Their biblical homeland as a "right" granted by God is just an urban legend, especially considering the fact that 95% of the Jews today are descendants of the European Khazars and had never had any relation with Palestine.
History has been partially silenced and partially rewritten - to give Jews the pretence of 'a land without people for a people without land', but in fact it was no such thing. There are many scholarly references available on the inhabitants of Palestine during the past 2,000 or so years.
It seems clear that one aim of the Zionists was to denigrate, dispossess, and somehow 'fabricate away' all the real inhabitants of Palestine, making it appear that the homeless Jews were simply moving into an abandoned and unoccupied area of land that nobody wanted. A Jewish Harry Potter would wave his magic wand and these inconveniences called the 'Palestinians' would just disappear. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It appears that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, small numbers of Jews began to slowly return to the land of Palestine - including the portion we now know as Israel - and began to settle there.
I have read articles which gave the semblance of authority and detail that paint a disturbing picture in the early stages of the Jewish settlement of the lands in Palestine. I refer particularly to a time in the early 1900s when the Zionists in Palestine put out a world-wide call for 250 million US dollars - an almost unbelievable amount of money for that time.
From everything I have read and managed to document, the funds were indeed raised and were used to purchase arms - almost entirely from Poland at the time. And the arms were to be used to capture increasingly large portions of the Arab lands to be used for Jewish settlement.
If this is true, and I've seen nothing authoritative, nothing free of ideology or obvious bias, to tell me otherwise, this would have to be recorded as one of the strangest strategic blunders in modern history. A quarter of a billion dollars in the early 1900s was so much money, that the Jews could have bought the entire country of Palestine from the then current inhabitants and settled the country without a problem.
But instead they used the money to buy arms with the intention of taking the same land by force and violence. That process has never ended, and this is where the Zionists and I part company.
History records well that the Jews continued to settle in Palestine in increasing numbers, and to take by whatever means the possession of increasing amounts of land - simply by pushing out the (perhaps partly nomadic) current inhabitants - who still had all the necessary justification in the world to consider those lands their home by right.
Even though they did inhabit those lands for some time and, as much as we can sympathise with the plight of the Jews in not having their own homeland, this was not their land to take by force of arms and violence after an absence of 2,000 years.
In any case, the Palestinians were badly betrayed by the West, by the Jews, and by the League of Nations itself. For one thing, those who gave the land to the Jews to form the State of Israel - it wasn't their land to give. The Western powers not only abused their power to effectively steal lands from another people, but they lied to the Palestinians about their intentions.
I will leave it to you to do your own research on this topic, but in the end the Palestinians were surprised to find that much of their homeland had been summarily taken from them - partly to satisfy the Jews and partly the imperialist ambitions of the West. And here we have the seeds of a disease that has long since become incurable.
The one simple fact that nobody today appears interested in addressing is that a nation of people have had virtually their entire homelands taken from them by authority, by force and violence, by people who had no such right to do that. To the Palestinians, the land is theirs, it was taken from them without authority, and they want it back.
In spite of recriminations, battles, small wars, hostile declarations, the matter might still have been resolved peacefully in the end, if the Jews had been satisfied to stop with what they had. But they didn't stop. After the local skirmishes, the Jews in Israel captured and occupied progressively more land in Palestine until today they control perhaps 95% of it. And it appears very clear they will not rest until they have all of it.
David Ben Gurion, President of Israel, made clear the Jews' intentions in May 1948: "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."
I watched a very interesting interview with a Jewish historian granted to The UK Guardian newspaper, where he stated flatly that the intent of the Jews was to drive out all the Palestinians who remained in Palestine - and to kill those who refused to leave. The Guardian asked if there were no other solution to the problem. His reply was, "There is no solution. It's their land. We took it, and they want it back."
His words may seem harsh, but they appear to accurately reflect reality as it transpired. The Jews now occupy not only the land granted to it by the Western Powers to form the State of Israel, but about 95% of the remainder - and they show no sign of stopping.
It was for many decades hoped that some solution could be found, that Israel would return to the legal borders of the state provided to it, but there is no chance of that now.
Ever since the skirmishes in the 1960s and 1970s, the Jews in Israel have occupied progressively more land. In the middle 1980s, there was a pogrom of terrorism launched against the Palestinians the like of which the world doesn't often see. The powerful Israeli military moved into town after town, village after village, driving out all who lived there. In some celebrated cases, entire villages were massacred - every living person was killed for refusing to leave their homes.
For a time in the mid-1980s, it was so bad that some 800,000 Palestinians fled huge entire areas of the country, for fear of their lives. They abandoned their towns, homes, farms, livestock, everything, fleeing for their lives ahead of the Jewish military. It is to me a blot on the face of the entire world that every country sat back and watched, unwilling to take any action.
In this, and many other similar actions, large and small, the inhabitants and owners of those lands were driven out and forced into a smaller and smaller area in which they might live. Eventually, the Arabs held only the Gaza strip - a tiny 5-mile-long piece of desert - and the West Bank of the Jordan River.
Today, Gaza is a filthy concentration camp where residents are totally controlled by a perimeter held by the Israeli Jews. By all reports, it isn't a fit habitation for man or beast, and there is little chance that will change.
The Gaza Strip is a human tragedy almost beyond description, and it is made all the worse since it was created under the watchful eye of the Western world, most particularly the US, who had the ability to control it.
Gaza is a military quarantine zone, with no free travel in or out by any Palestinian without permission by the Jews. The radical element in the strip occasionally fires rockets into neighboring Jewish towns. Dozens of these have been fired and, according to all reports, only a small number have caused significant damage and only a few people have died as a result.
But in retaliation, the Israeli military bombs to rubble hundreds of Arab homes each time. That's meant to be punishment to the Arabs, but it is rather more diabolical than mere punishment.
Gaza is under an Israeli military blockade, which means that nothing enters or leaves without inspection and approval by the Jews. Israel claims it is preventing the import of weapons - and this is certainly something it would want to do - but the blockade is not about weapons at all.
The first category of items banned by this blockade is construction materials. And that means that no Arab homes can be rebuilt after the Israeli military destroys them. And after any dispute, real or imagined, the Israeli military bombs more Arab homes to rubble, homes which cannot be rebuilt due to lack of materials, forcing the Palestinians into a progressively more inhumane and inhuman existence.
The Jews have consistently targeted not only private homes, but all the schools and educational sites in Gaza. They have virtually destroyed the Gaza University, and recently destroyed two UN schools, killing hundreds of Palestinians including children. They have targeted the police stations, the public security offices, the property and other records locations - anything that will help to eviscerate the fabric of Palestine civilisation.
The Jewish historian referred to above, may have been telling the truth as is really is, more than anyone before or since. The Arabs are free to leave Gaza if they intend to migrate to another Arab country - which was the plan from the begining. In fact, the initial thoughts were that the Palestinian people were so scattered, weak and without leadership that they would just disappear into the night, leaving all of the land to the Jews. All of the violence in that area has occurred because the Arabs didn't act according to Jewish expectations. They didn't leave; they stayed, regardless of the pain and violence.
The West Bank has been steadily infiltrated by Jews entering lands which clearly are not theirs by all of the world's legal measures, to the point where the remainder will be useless for habitation by anyone.
The Jewish extremists who create the settlements in the West Bank with the active assistance and protection of the Jewish military, have taken and occupied all the locations that have water. The UN estimates today that the several hundred thousand Jews who now live illegally in the West Bank have control of 90% of all the water, leaving only 10% for the more than 5 million Palestinians who will need that land for their eventual homeland.
The entire world claims that these settlements are illegal, against all local and international law, but that doesn't stop the Jews from continuing to create new settlements. Even worse, when challenged with the facts of the lack of water, Israel's government glibly states that it isn't their problem, that if the Arabs don't have enough water then perhaps they should build desalination plants. Too bad even rich countries don't have the money for things like that.
The settlements of the West Bank are far more unjust and brutal than much of the Western press relates to us - especially in the US and Canada.
Every year, there are constant and numerous reports of olive trees in the Palestinian West Bank being burned, uprooted, chopped down or stripped of their fruit by Jewish settlers, under the protection of the Israeli military. Rabbis for Human Rights claimed that the olives from about 600 trees near the settlement of Havat Gilad were stolen before their Palestinian owners could harvest them. The attacks and damage go unpunished.
Typically, a group of Right-Wing extremist Jews will decide on a location for a new settlement and, with the protection of the Israeli military, will move in and begin construction. If the Palestinian residents cannot be driven off their land by fear, the Jews will typically douse with gasoline and set fire to all the olive trees on which the Arabs depend for their living. Either that, or simply chop them all down. Now, you have no reason to stay. Events like these are never reported in North America, but they are daily life in Palestine.
Here is a report prepared by Human Rights Watch, December, 2010 (980K), titled "Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories". You can download the .pdf file by clicking Here
The city of Jerusalem was settled by many Palestinians and was to the capital of their new home. But by all reports the Jews have been systematically driving Palestinians out of Jerusalem and filling it with Jews instead. The Israeli government's official position is that they will never relinquish that city to the Arabs because it will be a Jewish capital.
Palestinians have been forced from their homes in Jerusalem, often, according to reports, by forced sales, by confiscation, by fraudulent documents proving that a Jew had prior ownership of the home and the current title was therefore invalid, and so on. Arab homes are destroyed by the Israeli military and bulding permits are not issued for replacements. The Palestinians are simply being driven out, small part by small part, until none will remain.
Netanyahu called Israel’s sovereignty over the entire city “indisputable”. Israelis and Palestinians view Jerusalem as their capital and east Jerusalem holds several sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
The case of the Shepherd’s Hotel, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of the city, has been seen as a typical example of Jewish expansion in a predominantly Arab neighbourhood. The American millionaire Irving Moskowitz, who purchased the building in 1985, plans to demolish it and build apartments in its place. The hotel sits amid several diplomatic missions, including the British consulate.
The US and Britain have asked Israel to stop the building project but aides close to Mr Netanyahu said the issue was not up for discussion.
One hope the Palestinian people clung to for such a long time was the promise of the 'right of return', which meant that if and when this sordid story reached a conclusion, they would all be able to return to the lands they had once owned, even if within the borders of Israel itself, but also and especially in all the illegally occupied areas. They would have the right to return to their towns, their lands and homes and continue with their lives.
The Jews in Israel, and their government, fought this hope for decades but it appeared too resilient to die. The Palestinians simply would not relinquish their right to reclaim their own lands and homes. So the Israeli government found a clever solution.
In reports that were extensively documented at the time, the Israeli military invaded all the then Palestinian-occupied territories, entered all the municipal buildings, some schools, hospitals and other places, and seized all the records - including all the hard drives from all the computers. These were the locations that contained all the land records of the Palestinian people and, after these records were seized they were presumably destroyed.
So now the Palestinian people can have their 'right of return'. If they want to resettle lands that are rightfully theirs, all they need do is prove prior ownership. But without records, there is no proof of ownership of anything, so we can kiss this hope goodbye. No Palestinian will ever return to any of his prior homes or land.
There have been countless 'peace talks', all of which have been sabotaged at the last minute by the Jews themselves. At the crisis point of yet another hopeful round of talks, the Israeli military will conduct yet another unprovoked campaign, will permit and encourage yet more new settlements in the West Bank, will renege on the right of return or some other critical issue, and the talks collapse. The fact is that Israel, and the Jews in it, do not want 'Peace'; they want victory. And to them, victory is the cleansing of the entire country of Palestine - cleansing of Palestinians - so that all the land will become part of the State of Israel.
With each round of peace talks, for example during late 2010, Israel has again approved more illegal settlements, has demanded oaths of allegiance to the Jewish state from all Palestinians, and the talks are dead one more time.
There will never be peace in that part of the world, not until all the Palestinians are gone or dead.
In one of the boldest and most repugnant displays of hypocrisy and arrogance I have ever witnessed, the West, led by the US and Canada's Stephen Harper, have cut off all funding to the Palestinians because they have the effrontery to make a unilateral declaration of their statehood and to apply for UN membership as such.
The world seems to have forgotten, if it ever knew, that this is precisely how Israel became a state - by unilateral declaration. Israel was NOT created by an act of the UN or the League of Nations; it was created simply by saying, "We are now a state", and browbeating the US into recognising that state. There never was any formal process, so why is that wrong now for the Palestinians?
Let's address this issue, since it is one that colors the Middle East very much, and accusations of terrorism have indeed been a black mark against the Arabs fighting for their land and their country.
"Terrorism" as we have come to know it - the suicide bombings, the airplane hijackings - began here. It might be useful to try to remember how and when this all started, because before the tragedy in Palestine there was no such thing as 'terrorism'.
Terrorism should be used to mean blind and usually violent acts of anarchy, but the word has become a label so badly over-used, and with such emotional baggage attached, that it isn't easy to describe it sensibly. Today we have internet terrorism, economic terrorism; the word is applied to seemingly everything we dislike.
From my own memory, the evolution of what we might properly call (and condemn as) terrorism began in the Middle East with plane hijackings, as a way to draw the world's attention to the plight of the people in Palestine. And deteriorated after that. How and why would such a development occur?
By the late 1960s, the Palestinians had already watched themselves be driven off their lands for perhaps 40 years, suffering violence and death in the process. They had been, at least in their eyes, betrayed by most of the world, and there was no sign of anyone coming to their aid. I can still recall the first acts that we now refer to as terrorism, the hijacking of a plane somewhere in the Middle East, as one of these acts motivated by resentment and desperation, designed to attract international attention.
It seems to me that it is quite easy for us to demonise the Palestinians if we close our eyes to their almost-century-long progressive misfortune. After generations of attacks and massacres, of being progressively driven from their homes and land, after decades of injustice and betrayal, I believe almost all people would begin to fight back in any way possible.
This in no way justifies the attacking and killing of innocent civilians, but these acts existed and persisted on the part of the Jews for decades. The Palestinian people had no organised military, nor any arms of consequence, and it was therefore entirely civilians who perished under the persistent onslaught by the Jews. The Palestinians responded by throwing stones - the only weapons they had - which resulted in many killings.
If the Palestinians had arms, they would attack the Jewish military instead of the civilians. But they have no arms, no means of defending themselves. And eventually, desperation and even a simmering hatred of the people who have been brutalising you for decades, will lead to the kind of activity we have seen - the attacking of civilians who are the only available target. It's easy for us to term this 'unforgiveable', but we haven't lived there. They have.
A question that has always been in my mind is why the Western world is so ready to condemn Arabs for something the Jews have been doing for decades. I do not know the total death toll of the Palestinians, but it is at least in the hundreds of thousands if not more, and virtually all of those have been civilian deaths.
And those deaths were not the result of lost military battles but of ordinary people resisting while being driven out of their land. These are mass civilian murders by the Jewish state, most of which go unannounced, and all of which go unpunished.
Israel does a great job of publicising the occasional (and brutal) acts by the Palestinians, but we read virtually nothing about the savage brutality of the Jews. It isn't the Arabs that were dropping phosphorus bombs on Jewish children, but the other way around. The UN has repeatedly condemned Israel for hundreds of such brutal acts, but the Western press is almost always silent.
In 2010, it was Israel that attacked and boarded a relief vessel headed for Gaza and killed 9 members of the crew. Israel claimed 'self-defense', but some crewmen were shot 5 and 6 times in the back of the head. The world was angry for a few weeks, Israel defiantly refused any international investigation and, with the protection of the US, the matter died. It's always been the same.
Israel has such a pervasive and powerful military that Palestine is helpless. The people cannot fight battles because they have nothing to fight with. They cannot defend themselves in any useful way, but all we read in the West is about Israel's need for 'security'. Well, what about the Palestinian people's need for security?
It's easy for us to say that the other side should stop their actions first, but that has never helped because Israel constantly provokes, either by attacks, by building new illegal settlements, or other actions. The Jews persist until the Arabs retaliate, and then blame the victims for the intensive 'cleansing' actions undertaken against them.
What are the Palestinians to do, as they watch what is left of their country become further absorbed by the Jews? At what point do patriotism and hopelessness become 'terrorism'? For how many decades would any of us endure such treatment as the Palestinians have endured in their country, before we began to fight back? With no military there would be no army or air force to battle Israel. Not that it would help much against such a superior force.
So what would be done? The only remaining actions are the more desperate ones of defiance, perhaps some with international implications, actions to perhaps get the attention of the world and put an end to the grave injustices being done.
And that is very much what has happened in Palestine. The Arabs there have endured more than 80 years of increasing and genuine 'terrorism' at the hands of the Jews, watched their homeland gradually disappear under the military might of the Israeli military, with no help from anywhere.
Who among us, experiencing this first-hand, living the experience, would not eventually be filled with resentment and even hatred for the occupying forces, and want to punish and retaliate in whatever way was possible?
"We don't want no stone-throwing Palestinians scratching the paint on our nuclear missiles."
That isn't meant as a bad joke. According to former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright, "With the same deadpan, expressionless, emotionless, glazed look, Madam Albright repeated: "Those Palestinian rock throwers have placed Israel under siege," adding that the Israeli army was only defending itself..."
It has often been said that if you repeat a lie five times, most people will believe it. I accept this statement, and for sure it has succeeded in the context of claims about Israel's need for "security". Israel's stated goal is to be the fourth-largest military power in the world, and it is well on its way. Israel invests a hugely disproportionate part of its GDP into arms and weapons - research, manufacturing, trading - and has perhaps the largest and best-trained (and most ruthless) military in the Middle East.
Israel receives 3 billion dollars each year from the US, largely for arms and weapons.
Israel has spy satellites, submarines, an active but small navy, the strongest and best-equipped air force in the Middle East, and is now estimated to have some 400 nuclear missiles. It is by some measures the fourth-largest military in the world. It has attacked many countries on its perimeter and is contemplating an attack on Iran. Are all these the signs of some poor downtrodden sandy republic without the means to protect itself?
Israel is one of only two countries, the other being the US, that carry out state-sponsored murders. By their reasoning, anyone they don't like, in any country, is a valid target. Of course, other countries cannot do that to them because that is against international law, but the Jews, like the Americans, are not subject to the laws of other countries. And Israel has a documented history of sending agents to other countries to assassinate or murder those who stand in their way. Is this a sign of a sadsack nation that can hardly defend itself?
In late 2010, Jewish agents using fake UK passports, killed a man in Dubai, and escaped. But they've been active much longer than this. When Mordechai Vanunu released details of Israel's nuclear bomb program, he was lured to the UK by a woman planted by the Mossad, kidnapped and returned to Israel to stand trial. There have been many of these incidents, using counterfeit passports from Australia, Canada, the UK and other countries.
Also in late 2010, Israeli agents on motorcyles planted bombs on the passenger cars of two nuclear scientists in Teheran, killing both and escaping. How do you avoid categorising the country of Israel as a terrorist state?
Israel has one of the most extensive spy networks in the world, the Mossad, which is responsible for all these killings and more. These agents spy on friends and enemies alike, as with the case of Jonathon Pollard who was convicted for spying on the US. There have been so many reports of Israeli telecom equipment eavesdropping throughout the US and other countries where their equipment has been installed. Even Bill Clinton was recorded as stating his conviction that the White House phones were tapped - and not by the Secret Service.
All claims about Israel defending its security are pure rubbish, and it is astonishing that so many people and so much of the Western media regurgitate this package of lies.
Hardly. Israel today is about as democratic as Apartheid South Africa was, and has about the same level or dispersion of 'human rights and freedoms'. Israel is fascist and racist, by design, and the Zionists have no intention of changing these policies. A distasteful part of the campaign for Israel's 'security' is the oath that all citizens must now take, pledging allegiance to the "Jewish" state.
Almost all rights and freedoms in Israel belong only to the Jews; Palestinians have virtually no rights of any kind. They can be arrested without cause, held indefinitely, imprisoned without charge, and convicted on the basis of hearsay. They are forced under torture to sign confessions in a language they do not understand; court proceedings are only in Hebrew, which many or most Palestinians cannot understand, and they are not permitted to have counsel or a translator.
Torture of Palestinians is rampant all through Israel and especially in the prisons; it occurs even on the streets and in schoolyards on children. Many are so terrified that they refuse to seek medical treatment. Jewish organisations, the International Red Cross, Human Rights Watch and many more, have all confirmed hundreds if not thousands of cases.
Palestinians cannot plant so much as a tomato vine, to say nothing of a fruit or olive tree, without written permission from their Jewish overlords. They cannot build any structure without a permit - which is virtually impossible for them to obtain. The list is endless. More than one member of Israel's government has boasted that the Palestinians have lost everything and been turned into 'hewers of wood and drawers of water' for their masters.
Israel as a democracy, as a bastion of freedom and human rights, is a travesty. It is unbelieveable that the World will not gather the moral courage to sanction this country of brutal Right-Wing religious extremists, demand some sanity and humanity in the treatment of Palestinians, and put an end to this festering boil of the Middle East.
It is primarily Israel that wanted Iraq and Libya destroyed as challengers to its own Middle East hegemony and military supremacy, and it appears to be primarily Israel that is behind the push to destroy Syria next, and Iran as well.
Israel's leaders have often boasted that they control the US - and its foreign policy - and we should consider this claim as factual, and take it seriously.
Countries like Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Iran, have never presented any credible threat to the US or the West; it is only Israel's political ambitions that have forced these conflicts, and continues to force them. Just as Iraq and Libya were falsely demonised, Iran is suffering the same fate and will almost certainly be attacked.
If we have a third world war - and we almost certainly will - it will likely be from this source. The world needs to wake up, and soon.