Zionist expulsions, dispossessions and killings of the indigenous people of Palestine continue right up until this very day. The Nakba then, not only has a continuous, decades-long history, but it has a future for as long as Zionism endures.
Annexation has revealed that the notion that there is a spectrum of Zionism (from left to right or moderate to extreme) is in practice a myth, or at best wishful thinking.
This is how Palestinians describe the expulsion of 850,000 Palestinians from their homes by Israeli forces in 1948.
This horror lies at the foundation of Israel. And it flows from the nature of the Israeli state.
Israel’s supporters portray it as a progressive, democratic safe haven that helps Jews escape antisemitism. In reality it is a violent, racist state that exists to serve imperialism.
Hitler’s words prove true. Sorry.
The Zionist movement, which argued for a separate Jewish homeland, emerged at the end of the 19th century in response to horrendous antisemitism across Europe.
Eventually Zionists decided on Palestine as the place for the new Jewish state. But an Arab population already lived there.
So Zionist leaders needed support from the great powers. And they made clear that they would act as imperialist lapdogs in return.
israelis conform to Hitler’s prediction
This was attractive to Western rulers, who wanted a friendly regime in the Middle East to help protect their interests. The Zionists first won backing from Britain.
They promised the British government that their settlements in Palestine could help consolidate Britain’s empire. Britain took control of Palestine in 1918 and more Jews moved there.
Zionism grew stronger after the Holocaust, as more people despaired about the possibility of overcoming antisemitism.
After the Second World War, the United Nations partitioned Palestine. It gave 56 percent to Zionist settlers, who made up just a third of the population.
This wasn’t enough for the Zionists—who then launched the Nakba. The new Israeli state grabbed 80 percent of Palestine by 1949, driving Palestinians to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Later, Israel proved its worth to the US. In 1967 it beat Egypt, Syria and Jordan in the Six Day War. This dealt a blow to the Arab nationalism of Egypt’s Gamal Abdul Nasser, which posed a threat to US influence in the region.
The US dramatically increased aid to Israel following the war. It has continued to fund, arm and back Israel ever since—last year it paid the terror state £2.8 billion. Between 1946 and 2016 it handed over almost £100 billion.
Israel today acts as a watchdog for the US in the Middle East. Though its vicious attacks sometimes cause concern for the US it remains a key ally.
Violations against reporters, including physical assaults and arrests, have increased in recent months, especially in occupied Jerusalem
“I am frequently asked if I have visited Israel, whereas yet, it is simply assumed that I have. Well, I don’t travel. I really don’t, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t visit Israel.
I remember how it was in 1948 when Israel was being established and all my Jewish friends were ecstatic, I was not. I said: what are we doing?
We are establishing ourselves in a ghetto, in a small corner of a vast Muslim sea.
The Muslims will never forget nor forgive, and Israel, as long as it exists, will be embattled.
I was laughed at, but I was right. I can’t help but feel that the Jews didn’t really have the right to appropriate a territory only because 2000 years ago, people they consider their ancestors, were living there. History moves on and you can’t really turn it back. (#92 ff.)” ― Isaac Asimov
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Cornered and afraid, 23-year-old Palestinian journalist Sondus Ewies spoke nervously to a group of Israeli officers who gathered around her while she was filming at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last month.
“I didn’t do anything. I was just filming and doing my job,” she recalled telling them.
Ewies took out her international press card, hoping to avoid detention, but she was met with a cold shrug by an officer who replied: “This is a false card which we do not recognise.”
Israeli officers detained Ewies and confiscated her personal phone. She was then taken in for questioning and handed a three-month ban on visiting the mosque compound, located in occupied East Jerusalem.
This was not her first run-in with Israeli authorities. Ewies has been stopped multiple times while on air and has also been beaten while she was covering various protests.
She told Middle East Eye that she was more afraid of the temporary ban than the actual detention.
Ewies lives in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Ras al-Amoud, just south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, making the latter a central part of her journalistic work. She said she was counting down the hours to enter the mosque compound after it was closed for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many Palestinian journalists face arrest and temporary bans from the compound on the grounds that they had filmed settler incursions there or Israeli forces assaulting worshippers.
In 2016, Israeli authorities drew up blacklists containing names of Palestinians, including journalists, prohibited from entering the compound.
Since the beginning of June, Israeli authorities have issued around 10 summons to journalists and photographers for interrogation due to their coverage of political events.
Ban on Palestinian news organizations
Ewies is one of many journalists who have endured harassment by Israeli forces while on duty.
Well-known local reporter Christine Rinawi, 31, had been working at Palestine TV, a station operating under the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) public Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, for 10 years when she was detained in December 2019.
The month before, then-Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan had issued a decision to close down the offices of Palestine TV for six months, claiming that its operation was a violation of the Oslo Accords, which banned the PA’s presence in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. The order was renewed in May 2020.
Immediately after the closure, the station’s staff in Jerusalem decided to challenge the decision and carry on with their work.
‘The officer told me … “You are forbidden from working in Jerusalem, whether in the street, underground or next to the bathroom or salon”‘
– Christine Rinawi, reporter
During the third episode of a live broadcast program in December, Israeli forces detained presenter Dana Abu Shamsia and cameraman Amir Abed Rabbo. Rinawi and another cameraman, Ali Yassin, were also detained shortly afterwards and taken to an interrogation center.
For Rinawi, the closure of Palestine TV was part and parcel of Israel’s restrictions on the Palestinian media’s documentation of Israeli abuses.
“They tried to assault us and they treated us like criminals,” she told MEE.
“The officer told me: ‘go work in Bethlehem or Ramallah. You are forbidden from working in Jerusalem, whether in the street, underground or next to the bathroom or salon’.”
During the course of Palestine TV’s initial six-month closure, Israeli intelligence summoned Rinawi five times for questioning.
Palestine TV is not the only Palestinian news outlet to be banned in Jerusalem by Israeli authorities. In recent years, Al Quds, Palestine Today, Qpress and the Elia Youth Media Foundation were all targeted with bans.
Over the years, Rinawi has suffered assaults as she performed her job. In 2019, she was pushed and shoved by Israeli soldiers during a live broadcast, which was interrupted four times. \
In 2015, shrapnel from a sound bomb hit her eye as she covered the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
A year earlier, she and her cameraman were shot with rubber-coated bullets while they reported the events that unfolded after the kidnapping and killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir.
More dangerous than weapons
Ata Owaisat, 50, from the town of Jabal al-Mukaber in Jerusalem, began his career as a photojournalist 19 years ago. He worked with the Associated Press news agency and Israeli news organisation Yedioth Ahronot.
He said that he has lost count of the number of times Israeli soldiers had broken his camera equipment.
“One of them told me word for word that ‘your camera is more dangerous than weapons’,” he told MEE.
“I have been beaten and humiliated while doing my work, faced obstructions and was questioned, strip-searched, interrogated and banned from Al-Aqsa”.
Owaisat’s journalistic career was abruptly brought to an end in 2013, when he suffered a severe injury and ensuing psychological trauma, including PTSD. He said he finds it difficult to talk about that day.
On 8 March 2013, Owaisat picked up his camera and went to cover clashes at Al-Aqsa, where Israeli forces were firing stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinians protesting against Israeli violations in the compound.
Owaisat was hit in the mouth by a metal object he couldn’t identify, which caused severe bleeding.
“I lost part of my teeth, upper lip and my face was deformed,” he recalled.
After he was hit, Owaisat momentarily lost consciousness but was soon awakened to kicks and insults before losing consciousness again.
Ambulance crews transferred him to the hospital.
“I saw death with my own eyes,” he said.
Afterwards, Owaisat faced many difficulties with eating, speaking and even smiling. He underwent multiple operations to restore his face and teeth.
He also stopped working for a year, after which he received a medical report detailing the psychological trauma preventing him from resuming his work.
Along with journalists in Jerusalem, Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip also face a plethora of violations.
The Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (Mada) reported 18 such violations during the month of May, including physical attacks, arrests and the closure of offices across the Palestinian territories.
US police departments under pressure to end training programmes with Israel
A recent report by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate Freedoms Committee also found that Israeli authorities carried out 760 violations in 2019.
Nasser Abu Bakr, the president of the syndicate, commented on the issue, saying that Israel focuses its restrictions and obstruction of journalists in Jerusalem, which it considers its capital.
He added that such incidents have increased in recent months, leading the syndicate to alert the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to the high number of infractions against journalists in Jerusalem and have called on it to intervene.
Abu Bakr told MEE that a delegation from the IFJ had demanded that the Israeli government stop its violations and recognise the international press card, to no avail.
“We provide support as much as we can. We have a meeting at the union next week, and the reality of journalists in Jerusalem will be the first on our agenda,” he said.
White supremacists, anti-Semites, neo–Nazis and religious fundamentalists find inspiration, and support, in Tel Aviv.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, right, stand at Babi Yar ravine in Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug. 19, 2019
The Chairman of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said that Donbass cannot accept Kiev’s neo-Nazi ideology, and it does not plan to become part of Ukraine again.
He made this statement on July 3 in an interview to the Govorit Moskva radio station.
“The people of Donbass do not consider reunification with Kiev. Ukraine’s anti-Russian and neo-Nazi ideology is alien to us, we have a different attitude to moral norms, traditions, historical values.
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs “Toria” Israeli firster Nuland was the “mastermind” behind the Feb. 22, 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych while convincing the ever-gullible U.S. mainstream media that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.”
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.
The future of Donbass is associated with Russia. Today, we focus on the promotion of integration processes with the Russian Federation; the chances of returning to Ukraine are zero,” the DPR leader said.
According to Pushilin, Ukraine openly demonstrates reluctance to peacefully resolve the conflict, and it uses hostilities to hide its own incompetence.
“Ukraine has huge debts, and it is on the verge of default; the war helps it stay above the water.
If the conflict is over, it will not receive the support it currently receives from its Western partners [Just like israel]
This means the loss of its main source of funding, the loans from the international organizations,” he noted.
“If there were an an Oscar for Best Dramatic Performance by a Nation-State, Israel would win hands down every year,” Finkelstein says. “And so they will manage to turn this illegal annexation, which will enable Israel to appropriate some of the best farmland, agricultural land in the Occupied Territories, that will preclude the possibility of a Palestinian state — they’ll manage to turn it into another agonizing, gut-wrenching compromise. I could write the script.”
Former head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal has warned that the postponement of the Israeli annexation plan is only a Zio-American hoax and a misleading tactic not intended to reverse or change it but to pave the way for its implementation.
Zionists are every bit of how they describe the Nazis. Actually they are worse.
The Greenberg National Institute is complicit in holding the detained dead bodies of killed Palestinians, often dissecting them without the family’s permission.
The Institute admits a history of unauthorized removal of organs, bone and tissue from Palestinians’ bodies.
And similarly, this is not the first time Israel withholds a murder victim to blackmail their families before allowing them to bury their loved ones.
Israel uses the Palestinian dead as ransom. Since the 1960s, Israel has killed and confiscated hundreds of Palestinian bodies and withheld them in clandestine cemeteries within closed military zones, refusing to return them.
In September 2019, the Israeli High Court re-affirmed that the state has the right to withhold Palestinian bodies as a political bargaining chip.
Furthermore, Israel’s practice to withhold the Palestinian dead is in grave violation of international humanitarian law stipulations that uphold the respect for the dead and their burial.
The Geneva Convention Additional Protocol II states that “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment” are prohibited.
The Greenberg Institute participates in the humiliation and degradation of Palestinians killed by the Israeli military, further participating in their criminalization after their death.
Hassan Manasrah, a 15-year old Palestinian child who was killed in October 2015 was held in the Greenberg Institute for five months before being returned to his family for burial, at 1:00 AM in March 2016. His body was completely frozen, contorted, and unrecognizable to his family.
Despite the fact that his family had no choice but to acquiesce to the harsh conditions imposed by the state to receive his body – including a guarantee of 20,000 NIS (5,830 USD) to ensure that only 30 people participate in the funeral – they refused to bury him that night due to his physical condition and had to wait for his body to “defrost” to be able to fit him into a grave.
The horrific images of Basem Salah’s contorted corpse after being withheld for a month in the Greenberg Institute’s morgue exemplify the neglect, mistreatment and dehumanization of Palestinians and the complete disregard for the sanctity of the dead at the Institute.
Palestine refugees are defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.”
Hamas participated in the Palestinian legislative elections for the first time in 2006 and won. Therefore, Hamas was “legally and democratically elected” for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).
These electoral process took place under presence of international observers supplied by the European Union (EU).
Last year,  Prime Minister Netanyahu took unprecedented steps to ban members of the United States Congress from entering the country.
That move came on the heels of an increase in demolitions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and ongoing detention of Palestinian children.
An estimated 80% of the 1.3 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza rely on aid and over half a million live in refugee camps.
Between 1948 and 1966 — just months before the 1967 occupation began — Israel employed a military government to rule over the tens of thousands of Palestinians who had remained inside the newly-
established state. Even though they were granted Israeli citizenship, these communities were placed under curfew and could only travel by permit.
The Invading Zionists left the Palestinians homeless and destitute dependent on foreign aid
Israel’s permit regime and separation policy are thus far from a unique invention; “It’s a very colonial and imperial way to subdue populations,” explains Berda.
Still, she adds, Israel has taken that colonial repertoire “to an extreme, because it is the most sophisticated population management system in the world right now.”
For Baconi, annexation cannot be understood separately from the Gaza blockade, which in turn cannot be disconnected from the practices affecting Palestinian refugees and citizens of Israel.
“These are all policies aimed at ensuring the least number of Palestinians are in the land, the most land is controlled by the Israelis, and that there’s a framework put in place to ensure a Jewish supremacist state,” he says.
PARIS, Oct. 18 1974—About four weeks ago Baron Edmond de Rothschild received a telephone call from a business associate who was worried about unauthorized foreign deposits of an Israeli investment company.
That call lead to the unfolding of a tale of misdeeds that is rocking the state of Israel and damaging its foreign fund. raising efforts.
An unusual investment company known as the Israel Corporation, in which Baron Rothschild is the biggest individual stockholder, is at the center of the storm.
Into it the 48‐year‐old scion of the famous banking family has poured roughly half of his $10‐million overall investment in the state.
Baron Rothschild, some 300 other stockholders — wealthy Jews and non‐Jews from all over the world and Israel —have injected $100‐million in capital and long‐term loans into the Israel Corporation over the last half‐dozen years in efforts to build up industry in the country and strengthen its economy.
No Decision to Withdraw
Interviewed in Paris, representatives of Baron Rothschild have disclosed the background of the affair and proclaimed his determination to take “whatever steps may be necessary justify continued investor confidence in the company.”
They have also denied rumors that Baron Rothschild is considering pulling his investments out Israel because of the scandal.
A representative said: “There is no decision to withdraw from Israel and in view of the close attachment of Baron Rothschild’s grandfather [also named Edmond] to the Zionist cause, it is highly unlikely he would withdraw.
The grandfather gave large amounts of money to the early settlers who sought refuge in Palestine from pogroms in Eastern Europe.
The caller three weeks ago told. Baron Rothschild that the Israel corporation had deposits in the International Credit Bank of Geneva, a bank that rumor had it—later proved correct—was in financial trouble
I’S this was true, in Baron Rothschild’s view, it amounted to a violation of executive trust since the board of directors of the Israel Corporation had never authorized an investment outside of Israel except in one minor situation, and in that case the investment was directly related to the economy of Israel.
Board Meeting Called
The Secret and the Obvious.. (1974)
Baron Rothschild, who is chairman of the board, called Michael Tzur, the former Director General of the invest ment company, and asked him if the report was true.
Mr. Tzur conceded that it was. Baron Rothschild caller a board meeting for Sept. 27 in Paris at which Mr. Tzur was relieved of his managerial functions and, lawyers and auditors were retained to investigate the situation.
Among those attending the meeting at Baron Rothschild’s Paris headquarters, 47 Rue du?? Faubork St., Honore, were Harvey Krueger, partner of Kuhr Loeb & Co., the New York investment bank, and Samuel Rothberg, one of the leader in Israel of a lay group supporting the sale of Israeli bonds in the United States.
These two men went to New York immediately afterward to retain the services of the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz and Mendelsohn and of the New York auditing firm of S. D. Leidesdorf & Co., which has had a good deal of experience in fraud cases.
The Proskauer firm designated George M. Shapiro, former counsel to Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York, to head the inquiry.
To one investigator it soon became apparent that they were dealing with an open and shut case of unauthorized conversion of company funds.
They found that $8.5‐million of short term interim deposits of the Israel Corporation were not with the International Credit Bank of Geneva but with the insolvent Inter‐Credit Trust of Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
[Tel Aviv District Court Judge Shlomo Levenberg has appointed lawyer Zvi Klir as receiver for all Tibor Rosenbaum’s investments and property in Israel at the request of the Israel Corporation, Reuters reported today.]
[Mr. Rabinowitz told the Minister Yehoshua Rabinowitz said that Lichtenstein concerns associated with Tibor Rosenbaum owes the Geneva‐based Banque de Credit International some $60‐million, and any effort to save the bank (which recently applied for a payments moratorium must include the salvaging of these firms.
[Mr. Rabinowitz told the Commercial Club here he had tried to persuade three leading Israeli banks to initiate the rescue efforts of the Rosenbaum organizations.
He had also met with other government officials in an effort to muster government support.]
The Geneva bank, which is no longer open for daily business, has applied for a moratorium on payments.
Since much Israeli and foreign Jewish capital has been deposited in this bank, Premier Yitzhak Rabin of Israel has asked directors of three leading Israeli banks — Bank Leumi, Bank Hapoalim and Israel Discount Bank — to participate in efforts to prevent its liquidation.
Among other things the Geneva bank had been used to finance arms purchases for Israel in Europe.
The board of directors of the Israel Corporation held what was called a “normal” meeting today in Paris to discuss the general problems of the company and to examine the latest information on the position of the Geneva Bank.
Informants said it was unlikely that the Rothschild interests would participate in any effort to pump new capital into the Rosenbaum institution.
Certain importance was attached to todays meeting because of the presence of Abraham Agmon, permanent secretary of the Israeli Finance Ministry.
Following the report of the legal and accounting task force, the interim management committee of the Israel Corporation on Oct. 7 filed a complaint with Israeli police stating that the $8.5‐million was transferred under the direction of Mr. Tzur without approval or knowledge of the board of directors.
The police are presently determining whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution.
Representatives of Baron Rothschild stress that the $8.5‐ million, even if It is totally lost, in no way endangers the solvency of the Israel Corporation, which last year earned $8.1‐million.
Earnings of the company were running even higher this year.
More important than the economic impact, they say, is the fact that two men holding positions of honor in the Israeli community — Mr. Rosenbaum and Mr. Tzur—are involved in this “extremely delicate situation.”
Additional deposits were made in Rosenbaum enterprises — which investigators have traced to the Vaduz trust—by companies in which the Israel Corporation is a shareholder.
These companies are Zim Navigation, the Israeli shipping line, in which the investment company shares a 50 per cent interest with Government agencies, and the company controlling the Haifa Refineries, in which the Israel Corporation has a 26 per cent interest, with the Government holding the rest.
The total deposits of these two companies is $14.8‐million. Here again Rothschild representatives stress, even if the funds are never recovered, the solvency of their two major enterprises is far from endangered.
These are “large, strong and profitable corporations,” said acting Israeli Finance Minister, Hahn Bar‐Lev to the Knesset Oct. 9.
Any losses may furthermore be diminished by attachments that are expected to be placed in credit proceedings on Mr. Rosenbaum’s assets in Israel.
Among other things, he owns shares in two Israeli cotton companies, the A.T.A. Company and the Lodzia Company.
The Israel Corporation was formed during the celebrated “millionaires conference” in Tel Aviv in 1968 when Israel was basking in the security won by the Six‐Day War and recovering from an economic recession.
The conference of international Jewish leaders, such as Baron Rothschild from France and Sir Siegmund Warburg and Sir Isaac Wolfson from Britain, was called by then Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir to create a new company that would promote development of basic branches of the economy using normal business practices.
Tax incentives were granted to provide a spur for personal involvement. These included ceiling on company tax and exemption from income tax on profits and dividends for longer initial periods than was customary. Company shareholders were also granted exception from capital gains and inheritance taxes.
The initial intention was to sell shares in the investment company in $1‐million blocks and to raise something like $350‐million.
The subscriptions were more modest, however (with capital and loans now totaling $100‐million) and the block participations were subsequently lowered to $100,000.
Shares have been sold most recently in South Africa and Iran. There are a number of American shareholders such as Mr. Krueger of Kuhn Loeb.
Some Criticism Voiced
In the early days of the company each million dollar participation brought with it a directorship. At one time there were 75 directors, creating an unwieldness that was not the best thing for efficiency and good management.
Baron Rothschild became chairman in 1971 and immediately reduced the board to 15 and set up a seven man executive committee to look after the company’s day to‐day activities in Israel.
Most of the $100‐million was invested by the Israel Corporation in Zim Navigation, the oil refineries in petrochemical companies and the development of tourism. Some $30‐million for instance, went into the refineries, freeing the government from the need to allocate that amount from its own resources for the establishment of a new refinery at Ashdod.
The Palestinian village of Isdud, about 50 km south of Tel Aviv on the Israeli coast, was taken over by Israeli forces during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. The town’s 4,000 Palestinian inhabitants became refugees. They were among the 750,000 Palestinians that were forced to flee their homes in what is now Israel in 1948, becoming refugees in the West Bank, Gaza and neighboring countries as the Jewish state was formed.
Some $9‐million went into petrochemicals, and $10‐million into hotels.
There has been some criticism in Israel of the companys cautious banker’s approach towards investing. The main aim was to back industry with financial resources, but it made little contribution to the managerial performance or efficiency of the companies it aided.
In keeping with its conservative policies, the company also held substantial cash reserves, so that, as the latest annual report says, “it is a position to back up its subsidiaries and affiliates in the case of temporary shortage of working capital.’
I Fears of an Israeli devaluation were probably one factor behind the decision of the company’s manager to deposit funds abroad. Now most of this money may have been lost.
The Israel Corporation has met its main goal of investing in projects in Israel.
But, as one commentator, Moshe Ater in the Jerusalem Post, put it, “the way in which it has done this calls for a reappraisal of its entire policy, and raises awkward questions concerning the role which private enterprise can (and does) play in Israel’s economy today.”
There were over 450 Palestinian cities and towns that were destroyed and depopulated by Zionist militias between 1948 and 1950, three-quarters of the Palestinian villages inside the areas occupied by Zionist forces.
Over 4 million acres of land were expropriated by the Israeli state from Palestinian peasants and landholders; 78 percent of historic Palestine was occupied.
In June 1967, Israel displaced over 400,000 Palestinians as a result of the Six-Day War.
The Nakba (setback) is the most prominent wave of Palestinians expulsion after the 1948 Nakba, resulting in Israel seizing the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Decades later, the UN Security Council still feels it accomplished its duty through Resolution 242 which considers Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied territories a “principle”, rather than an obligation.
The Nakba is synonymous with Israel’s military occupation – a term which has eclipsed colonialism and which shields Israel from accountability.
Political rhetoric does not confront Israel with decolonization; instead it focuses on military occupation and as a result, shifts attention away from the ongoing colonial expansion which is still displacing the Palestinian people.
Within the international community and especially in relation to the two-state compromise, diplomacy regarding Israel’s military occupation proved a veneer to refrain from acknowledging the UN’s role in Israel’s creation and maintenance.
Accepting Israel as a state marked the first collective normalization of Zionist colonialism in Palestine. Sovereignty, built upon the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from their land, was attributed to the colonial entity in Palestine.
Israel’s main concern is the ability to conceal itself. Its exposure weakens it. Once exposed, Israel faces questions about its legitimacy, its methods, its purposes. Israel does not want to be held accountable. It wants absolute freedom to reproduce itself and amass power. pic.twitter.com/tcjMhpfLQb
With Palestinians deemed a humanitarian urgency since 1948 and the classification further entrenched in 1967, the international community’s dismissal of the Zionist colonial project not only normalized colonialism, but also the ensuing military occupation of Palestine.
This has occurred due to the UN’s narrative of Israel’s international law violations, which are isolated from the earlier violence meted out by Zionist paramilitaries during the Nakba.
From 1967 onwards, the military occupation provided Israel with the opportunity to legislate violations in order to collectively punish Palestinians and increase the likelihood of gradual Palestinian displacement, thus appropriating more land for its colonial expansion.
To describe Israel only as a military occupation is inconsistent with Israel’s colonial identity.
Likewise, the calls to end Israel’s military occupation of Palestine ignore the colonial reality which supports the legislation depriving Palestinians of their movement, political expression, livelihood, basic necessities and freedom.
Umm Ahmad explained that, whenever Israeli forces fire tear gas into the camp, she usually covers the windows in her house with dampened towels. That way, she said, the water absorbs some of the gas, and limits the amount that enters her house:
“Now my children tell me when the soldiers are here and when they are shooting gas. We put wet towels on the doors and windows to try to protect ourselves, but this is not enough. We need gas masks and first aid training at the very least.”
Military occupation is a tool for colonial Israel; it does not define Israel and should not be exploited by the international community as the means to further deprive Palestinians of their anti-colonial endeavors, as is their political right.
For Palestinians, 1967 is a continuation of the 1948 Nakba, as is the military occupation of Palestine.
It is the international community that played upon equivalence between colonialism and occupation, making them synonymous to facilitate the two-state diplomacy.
In addition, the US consolidated its ties with Israel following the Six-Day War, which under President Donald Trump resulted in the so-called deal of the century which builds upon the two-state paradigm to pave the way for Israel’s annexation of the occupied West Bank.
Although the 1967 war reinforced colonial domination over Palestine, the UN is partial to the military occupation, as it provides an alternative, albeit incomplete, departure point for the current framing of Israel’s narrative and its dissemination.
The ongoing international law violations against the Palestinian people, including settlement expansion, now form part of Israel’s purported security narrative, which the UN has regularly defended, even as it issues weak statements condemning the transgressions.
The earlier Palestinian political unity and commitment to anti-colonial struggle post 1967 has been disrupted not only due to political rifts between Palestinian factions, but also due to the UN’s insistence on negotiations, which have in turn vilified the military occupation while normalizing Zionist colonization.
For Israel, 1948 was the initiation; 1967 was the path to secure complete domination over all Palestinian land, facilitated by the subsequent betrayal, decades later, of the Palestinian cause at a regional and international level.
A European Rothschild Enterprise
Remembrance of 1967 must take into account the earlier colonial process. The Palestinian people’s current predicament on the verge of annexation carries with it the international community’s complicity in diluting colonialism to the more preferable military occupation terminology.
Calling for an end to military occupation does not eradicate colonialism. On the contrary, the UN is protecting Israel’s colonial process by normalizing the steps of forced displacement and appropriation of territory, in the name of Israel’s security concerns.
Sometimes listening to the morning news on television is a bit like entering into an alternate universe.
Last Wednesday, the day after primary elections in New York State, CBS News reported that New York Congressman Eliot Engel was “facing a challenge” from Democratic Party challenger Jamaal Bowman. NBC News reported that Engel was “trailing.”
The reality, according to the New York Times tally of the results that morning was that Bowman had beaten Engel by a margin to 60.9% versus 35.6% with more than 82% of votes counted.
Even though it posted the numbers, the Times felt compelled to describe the apparently impending lopsided loss as if it were something less than that, as a “stiff challenge” for Engel.
The media deference to Engel derives from the fact that he is a protected species, possibly the leading Israel-firster in Congress.
In 2003, Engel supported the invasion of Iraq and in the following year he organized a group of fellow congressmen to demand cuts in the U.S. contribution to the United Nations office that assists Palestinian refugees.
He attended the infamous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to Congress in 2015 that many other Democratic lawmakers boycotted due to the insult to President Obama and afterwards called Netanyahu’s speech “compelling.”
Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo and Nancy Pelosi all had endorsed Engel, who has been in Congress for going on 32 years and currently heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Clinton explained that Engel “…is deeply committed to working with our allies to maintain American leadership on the global stage.” She was, of course, referring to Israel.
Engel was also endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus even though Bowman is black, a demonstration of how politics in Washington works.
Engel will in any event likely be replaced to chair the Foreign Affairs committee by a similar Jewish Israel-firster Brad Sherman of California, but his imminent defeat has already sent a shockwave through the centers of pro-Israel power in the United States.
Bowman, a progressive so-called Justice Democrat, is on record as favoring cuts in aid for Israel based on its human rights record.
He has attacked Engel for being on the dole financially from defense contractors and also for being an active promoter of a military attack on Iran, even though the Iranians pose no threat to the United States.
He has, in fact, made Israel something of an issue in his campaign, pointing out that Engel had been one of the few Democratic members of the House of Representatives to vote against President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015.
The JCPOA was the major foreign policy achievement of the Obama Administration and it set up a framework to prevent Iran from taking steps to produce a nuclear weapon.
It was strongly opposed by Israel and its American lobby even though the agreement enhanced U.S. national security.
In 2016, after the Obama administration abstained on a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, Engel responded with a House resolution condemning the U.N.
Engel often in his career has boasted about his close relationship with Israel.
Speaking at the 2018 national convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the U.S.’s principal Israeli lobby, he boasted how “There’s a bunch of legislation coming out of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
I want to tell you that I sit down with AIPAC on every piece of legislation that comes out. I think it’s very, very important. In the past 30 years I have attended 31 consecutive AIPAC conferences in March, I haven’t missed one.”
Some might suggest that serving in one country’s legislature and working for the interests of another country amounts to treason.
The other good news coming out of New York was that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her district with 72.6% of the vote.
AOC, controversial to be sure but no friend of the Israel Lobby, was running against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC reporter.
As is often the case, there is considerable back story to the two races and that back story is Jewish money, lots of it, intended to re-elect Engel and get rid of Ocasio-Cortez.
Engel received more that $1.5 million from one group alone, the so-called Democratic Majority for Israel and also obtained large sums bundled by the AIPAC-tied group Pro-Israel America as well as from other Jewish groups.
AOC was opposed by the not surprisingly well-funded Caruso-Cabrera, whose money largely came from pro-Israel and Jewish affiliated organizations
And more bad news appears to be coming from the Hudson Valley district currently held by yet another Israel-first congresswoman Representative Nita Lowey, who is retiring. Mondaire Jones, a gay Harvard-educated lawyer, has the lead based on early returns.
Jones calls himself a progressive and he is unlikely to emerge as a cheerleader for Israel if he is elected.
Representing parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City, Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight and Reform Committee, is meanwhile maintaining a small lead over Democratic challenger Suraj Patel.
Maloney describes herself on her website as a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish issues.
In fact, she goes far beyond that, actively sponsoring and otherwise promoting legislation favorable to Israel and the Jewish community, most recently being the sponsor of the waste of taxpayer money in promoting the holocaust myth through H.R.943, the Never Again Education Act.
Maloney is hanging on to a slim lead against Patel, though numerous postal and absentee votes have not yet been counted and the outcome could go either way.
Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly a shock to the Israel Lobby that a completely reliable Maloney might be in danger of losing her seat.
Caption reads: “We need to make sure that powerful voices for Israel within the Democratic Party like Grace Meng, Greg Meeks, Carolyn Maloney, and Eliot Engel can return to Congress to lead the fight for a strong American commitment to the safety and security of Israel”
Last week 116 out of 198 Republican congressmen signed a letter to President Donald Trump asserting their support for Israel’s annexation of much of the West Bank, due to start shortly.
The letter stated that the annexation was justified “based on the critical premise that Israel should never be forced to compromise its security,” indicating very clearly that actual U.S. national interests had nothing to do with it.
What is surprising about the Republican letter is that it was not unanimous, and the loss of Engel, replacement of Lowey and possible defeat of Maloney could be indications of a real shift among voters regarding what has been an assiduously cultivated overwhelmingly positive view of the Jewish State.
Recent opinion polls suggest that a majority of Americans do not support either Israeli expansion or its form of apartheid.
Israel is feeling somewhat vulnerable. Its Lobby stalwarts in the media and in politics are working hard to disengage the current anti-racism turmoil in the U.S. from any mention of Israel, which trained American police in their “anti-terror” tactics.
The Jewish state also practices a far more virulent and brutal racism than anything prevailing in America, something that is becoming increasingly clear to the public.
It is early days to be hopeful, but the New York primary election results, coming as they do from a state where Jewish groups wield enormous power, just might be an indication that some things are about to change.
During Israel’s 2014 onslaught against Gaza, Israel said ‘jump,’ and Obama and Biden jumped… to the tune of a quarter of a billion taxpayer dollars
By Alison Weir
President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor – and current Biden campaign senior advisor – recently described how Obama and Biden had helped Israel during its 2014 onslaught against Gaza.
Israel had said ‘jump,’ and Obama and Biden had jumped – to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars. (This is on top of the $10 million per day that Israel was already getting from American taxpayers.)
Here’s the story:
Tony Blinken served as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama and currently is a senior advisor to presidential candidate Joe Biden.
He recently participated in the American Jewish Committee’s virtual Global Forum.
During the Forum he debated with Republican former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland about which party is more pro-Israel.
In the course of the debate, Blinken boasted of an incident in which Obama and Biden had instantly done Israel’s bidding.
Keep in mind that Israeli forces had waged a massive air and land assault on Gaza in July 2014, killing about 2200 Palestinians – of which 1500 were civilians, including 500 children, 16 health care workers, and 9 journalists.
In response, Palestinian resistance fighters had killed 66 Israeli soldiers and 6 Israeli civilians and injured 550 Israelis – 85% of them invading soldiers.
In addition to the deaths, Israeli forces had damaged or destroyed 116,000 Gazan homes, leaving over 100,000 people homeless.
They had also destroyed or damaged 216 Gazan schools and 67 Gazan health care facilities.
Of the 11,000 Gazans injured, 3,300 were children; 1,000 of them are permanently disabled.
More than 1,500 Palestinian children were orphaned. (For more details go here.)
To demonstrate how pro-Israel the Obama administration was, Blinken proudly described to the virtual forum audience Obama and Biden’s role (and his own) in assisting Israel’s pulverization of Gaza.
He began dramatically:
“I got a call late one night from the Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, and he said, ‘Can I come over tonight? It’s something urgent.’
“And I said, of course, come on over.
“This is about 9 o’clock at night at the White House. And he and the military attache from the [Israeli] embassy laid out to me in detail why Israel urgently needed a replenishment of Iron Dome interceptors that were saving lives from missile attacks.”
(Gazan resistance fighters had begun launching rockets in 2001 following Israeli attacks.)
By 2014 the rockets – most of them small, home-made, largely ineffectual projectiles – had killed a total of 23 Israelis.
During the same time period, Israeli air strikes had killed thousands of Gazans.
“The next day,” Blinken continued, “I went to the Oval Office. I sat with President Obama and Vice President Biden.
I laid out what I’d heard from the ambassador and the military attache, and I got three words from both of them in response: ‘Get it done.’
“That was Friday morning. Tuesday, we had a quarter of a billion dollars from Congress to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome supply.
That’s the kind of real action — real deeds — that go to the heart of Israel’s security.”
Israel not ally – Congress to give it $38 billion
While Blinken was trying to claim that Democrats were more pro-Israel than Republicans, the fact is that politicians from both parties have kowtowed to Israel for decades, with only a few exceptions (see this, this, and this).
Today, a bill before Congress will give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over ten years – the largest military aid package in U.S. history.
The bill is co-sponsored equally by Republicans and Democrats. It has already passed the House, and last month the Senate Foreign Relations committee passed it in a unanimous voice vote, paving the way for it to be adopted sometime in the near future. U.S. media have failed to tell Americans about it.
While Americans are often led to believe that Israel is a U.S. ally, the reality is that Israel spies on us, steals our technology, involves us in wars on its behalf, and tried to sink a U.S. Navy ship, killing 34 Americans and injuring over 170.
The pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., the most powerful and pervasive lobby for a foreign country in our nation, is responsible for the massive financial and human capital that our politicians have expended on Israel, one of the world’s smallest nations – and one that was established through a war of ethnic cleansing.
The large majority of Gazans are refugee families violently expelled by Israel, their homes and lands confiscated for the new Jewish state.
Blinken’s 20+ years of senior foreign policy positions – more to come?
A longtime Israel partisan, Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over two decades.
He is close to Biden and is currently a senior advisor to the campaign.
On May 18, 2020 he was featured in a video by the Democratic Majority for Israel, which works to rally liberal and progressives to support Israel, despite its long record of human rights abuses and systemic racism.
(China’s) Mao Tse Tung was trained in Paris. So was Cambodia’s leader, Pol Pot. As boys, they were “turned” psychologically, that is, (raped) by priests. This is the pattern.
This is why it’s so important to know what they are doing to innocent little boys in the Army and Marines. Why is it that the homosexuals rise up so much faster than those who don’t. They are called “rising stars.”
This is what the State Department calls those who are controlled.~ Kay Griggs*
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion
Excerpt from Protocol 10
It is indispensable to trouble in all countries the people'srelations with their governments so as to utterly exhausthumanity with dissension, hatred, struggle, envy and even by theuse of torture, by starvation, BY THE INOCULATION OF DISEASES, bywant, so that the GOYIM see no other issue than to take refuge inour complete sovereignty in money and in all else.
...We replaced the ruler by a caricature of a
government -- by a president, taken from the mob, from the midst
of our puppet creatures, our slaves. This was the foundation of
the mine which we have laid under the goy people, I should rather
say, under the goy peoples.
In the near future we shall establish the responsibility of
By that time we shall be in a position to disregard forms in
carrying through matters for which our impersonal puppet will be
What do we care of the ranks of those striving for
power should be thinned, if there should arise a deadlock from
the impossibility of finding presidents, a deadlock which will
finally disorganize the country? ....
In order that our scheme may produce this result we shall
arrange elections in favour of such presidents as have in their
past some dark, undiscovered stain, some "Panama" or other --
then they will be trustworthy agents for the accomplishment of
our plans out of fear of revelations and from the natural desire
of everyone who has attained power, namely, the retention of the
privileges, advantages and honour connected with the office of
president. The chamber of deputies will provide cover for, will
protect, will elect presidents, but we shall take from it the
right to propose new, or make changes in existing laws, for this
right will be given by us to the responsible president, a puppet
in our hands.
Naturally, the authority of the president will then
become a target for every possible form of attack, but we shall
provide him with a means of self-defense in the right of an
appeal to the people, for the decision of the people over the
heads of their representatives, that is to say, an appeal to that
same blind slave of ours -- the majority of the mob.
The Gaza Strip affords Israel – and iHLS – a competitive advantage over other countries because of the real-time opportunities to test new products year-round. Israel has earned the moniker of “start-up nation” among business elites around the world.
In fiscal year 2019, the US provided $3.8 billion in foreign military aid to Israel. Israel also benefits from about $8 billion of loan guarantees. Almost all US aid to Israel is now in the form of military assistance, while in the past it also received significant economic assistance. Why?
Israel’s arms sales reached $7.2 billion in 2019, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.
“Despite the intense International challenges and competition, we have managed to keep Israel among the world’s top 10 security exporters with a market share of over $7 billion,” said Yair Kulas, head of the ministry’s exports and defence cooperation division.
According to a ministry report cited by the Jerusalem Post, exports to Asia Pacific made up 41 per cent of sales, Europe 26 per cent, North America 25 per cent, and four per cent each for Africa and Latin America.
Exports included different types of weapons and defence systems such as radars and electronic warfare systems, missiles and air defence systems, drones and UAVs, weapon stations and launchers and ammunition and armaments.
War, or rather maintaining an ongoing conflict, is for israel a lucrative business. The label “combat proven” translates directly into “healthy global sales” of firearms, drones and rockets.
In recent years, Israel faced accusations of selling weapons to regimes that are accused of committing human rights abuses including Myanmar.
During the last two Israeli wars on Gaza, “Operation Cast Lead” in 2009 and “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014, Israel used its full military force and weapons of questionable legitimacy.
In the words of David Halpin, a retired British surgeon and trauma specialist, Gaza was “used as a laboratory for testing what I call weapons from hell”. These included shells containing white phosphorus and dense inert metal explosives (Dime).
Many reports confirm Israel has used shells containing white phosphorus, known as WP. It is regulated under Protocol III of the Convention of Certain Weapons (CCW), part of the Geneva Convention, for use as a smokescreen, but not as a direct weapon against civilians or military targets close to civilians.
Most cases reported of individuals affected by WP in Gaza were civilians.
The Israeli military has also been accused of using Dime weapons in Gaza since 2006.
israel’s WMD war on S. Lebanon. israel has it that it’s everyone else poses the danger and they strike first. So no one does it except them! The accusations about others is always false.
WP sticks to the skin and causes severe burns. It eats bones and muscles and damages vital organs.
Recent research in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, shows that teratogens found in WP were present in the hair of “newborns with congenital birth defects or developmentally premature birth in a cohort of couples with documented parental exposure to military attacks”.
The Israeli forces say they have not used WP on civilians, or for any purpose other than illumination or screening.
New Jews [ foreign Zionists] are protesting against a British white paper that declares that Jews and Arabs are to live together in peace.
The Israeli military has also been accused of using Dime weapons in Gaza since 2006. This style of explosive was developed by the US army to have a maximum blast effect with a minimal blast radius.
Dime weapons operate at extremely high temperatures and can burn through body tissue. They also use tungsten, which is carcinogenic. Therefore, if civilians are not killed instantly by the explosion or later from their wounds, they can still die years later from exposure to tungsten.
According to Electronic intifada, Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor, reported that during Operation Cast Lead: “There were a large number of patients with horrendous injuries. Limbs had been cut off as if a huge axe had chopped through them with immense force, cutting through skin, muscles and bones. Bones would be shattered and severed.”
Dime munitions, however, are new, and not covered by the CCW. The first step would be bring them under this convention.
For WP which is covered by the CCW the only option is to prohibit it, to stop it causing further suffering.
The international community is obliged to make sure rules are respected, and to stop countries like Israel treating others as laboratories for weapons experiments.
The 34-day war israeli war on S Lebanon affected surrounding environment in a number of ways. The environmental implications of the conflict ranged from air and water pollution to forest fires and waste problems and have extended beyond the territory of the two countries, often affecting several countries in the region.
1. Sea Pollution: The most well-known and one of the most serious cases of the environmental damage caused by the Israel-Lebanon conflict is the massive oil spill that resulted from the Israeli bombing of the fuel tanks at the Jiyyeh power plant in Lebanon.
It is estimated that between 10,000 and 35,000 metric tons of oil have spilled into the sea (“Oil Spill”). The spill affected an estimated 150 kilometers of Lebanese coastline, including beaches, ports and marinas.
While most of the oil released burned out or spilled into the sea, it is estimated that significant amounts also seeped in the rock underneath that has potential to contaminate groundwater wells in the area (UNEP 45).
2. Air Pollution: The strike on the fuel tanks resulted in massive fires that burned for up to 27 days. The smoke from the fires released a number of pollutant into the atmosphere, including soot, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and methane. A combination of these pollutants is likely to cause respiratory problems for local residents (UNEP 45).
3. Land Pollution: In addition to the oil spill at the Jiyyeh plant, several other sites such as Beirut airport, several industrial factories, and petrol stations showed various levels of hydrocarbon contamination (UNEP 160).
4. Groundwater Contamination: Groundwater was also contaminated in several sites due to chemical spills, as in the case of Ghabris detergent factory in Tyre where bombing caused large quantities of chemicals being spilled into soil and water.
5. Cluster bombs: IDF used cluster bombs throughout the conflict. Cluster bombs contain several hundreds of smaller sub-munitions or bomblets in them and are usually dropped from the air.
The bomblets often fail to detonate on impact and remain on the ground until further contact with humans or environment. One cluster bomb releases enough bomblets to contaminate an area of up to eight acres (UNEP 150).
The unexploded bomblets present great hazard to civilian population and restrict access to agricultural land. It is estimated that there were up to one million unexploded bomblets in Lebanon after the conflict (UNEP 154).
6. Additional environmental problems: Some other environmental problems in Lebanon that were caused by the conflict include solid waste management, hazardous healthcare waste contamination, and damaged sanitation and wastewater infrastructure.