I read this comment to the article: ” Approximately equal number of Jews were expelled from Arab countries as Palestinians from Israel.” My answer: Zionism came in and seduced the Jews in Arab countries, when not able to seduce it terrorized them into fleeing to Israel, pretending this was a safe zone, when it was Israel who terrorized them in the first place. Once the Arab Jews ‘escaped’ terror or made their willing journey to “Israel” the European white Jewish rulers gave them low status, sterilized the women, stole babies and experimented on them- The Jews of Libya and When Israeli Doctors Killed Tens of Thousands of Arab Jewish Children
After Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, Netanyahu has set his sights on another strategic prize – the end of the refugee issue means the end of the Palestinian right of return.
In January, Netanyahu declared that UNRWA aims to perpetuate “the narrative of the so-called ‘right of return’, with the aim of eliminating the State of Israel, and therefore, UNRWA must pass from this world.” Netanyahu declared his strategic objective was to put the Palestinian right of return “to bed”.
In Trump and his national security adviser, John Bolton, the Israeli prime minister believes he has the perfect opportunity to do so.
No refugees, no problem
Standing in his way is UNWRA, a UN agency set up specifically to deal with Palestinian refugees. It is a target not merely because it provides Palestinians with a high standard of education, but because, in Israel’s eyes, it allows the descendants of first-generation refugees to maintain their refugee status in their host countries. It wants UNWRA to hand over its responsibility the UNHCR.
These statements have shot the plight of five million Palestinians refugees that lay dormant for decades, to the forefront of the Palestinian campaign. Four years ago, Land Day, when Palestinians revive their right of return by staging symbolic marches towards their former villages, was a one-day affair.
Thousands gathered in Arraba, Northern Israel; Sawawil, a Bedouin village in the Negev; and a few dozen in Jabaliya in Gaza. There were all of 70 demonstrators outside the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem, and by evening it was all over.
The two demonstrations so far this month have involved tens of thousands. Thirty one Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by snipers stationed on the border fence with Gaza to enforce the no-go zone. Protest camps have sprung up 700 metres from the border fence. There is no sign of the protest dying down, and we are still weeks away from the anniversary of the Nakba in May.
The Israeli Army was at first blindsided by the sight of 30,000 unarmed protesters marching towards the border fence. In a tweet captured by B’Tselem before being deleted, the Israeli army said they knew “where every bullet landed”. 773 Palestinians were shot that day with live fire.
A history of war crimes
The history of this conflict is littered with war crimes. The difference this time is that senior Israeli ministers not only feel that they have nothing to apologise for, they actively rejoiced in the killings.
Israel’s defence minister Avigdor Lieberman summed up his government’s attitude to the Palestinians of Gaza – and one suspects Palestinians in general – when he said: “There are no innocent people in Gaza. Everyone’s connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the border are Hamas military wing activists.”
When a video shot on 22 December by a sniper was screened on Channel 10, it evinced the same response. The video recorded one of the soldiers whooping in excitement as the Palestinian is shot : “Wow, what a video!… YES! That son of the bitch.”
Naftali Bennett, minister of education, told Ynet: “Since when do we judge a soldier according to the elegance of his speech? I prefer a cheerful soldier to a grieving father.”
The public security minister, Gilad Erdan, from Netanyahu’s Likud party, told Ynet: “I believe in the purity of the soldiers’ weapons and the ethics of combat. Hence, my principle is always to defend, indeed, soldiers who are on the battlefield.”
New form of protest
On the Palestinian side, there are new elements to this form of protest. Unlike the second or even the first intifadas, it has been so far wholly peaceful. No Israeli soldiers have been fired at, or indeed injured. Gaza’s arsenal of home-made weapons has been left at home.
It’s also leaderless. Hamas was initially reluctant to become involved, although it acknowledged that some of its members had been killed. Far from supporting the Gaza demonstrations, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president who faces isolation from Washington over his opposition to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, has continued to refuse to pay the salaries of public workers in Gaza.
Palestinian school girls sit behind a flag of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) as they attend the Life and Hope festival at an UNRWA school in the southern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah, near the border with Egypt (AFP)
Put another way, as tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are attempting, symbolically, to break the siege, Abbas is still reinforcing it. Neither Hamas nor Fatah have any bearing on what will happen next. This protest is genuinely popular.
The third element of the tactic at protesting is that it is infectious. If it continues, there will be a reaction in the West Bank. There are also talks in the Palestinian diaspora in Jordan about staging demonstrations at Israel’s border there.
By May, Israel could find itself in the situation in which it faces demonstrations on all its borders, which is why it wants to literally kill off this form of protest now.
The fourth element is that this action is a slap in the face for Israel’s Arab allies. Two months before Israel’s offensive, Abbas had been told in Riyadh by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that Palestinians would not get East Jerusalem as their capital and there would be no right of return for Palestinian refugees or their descendants.
The further Saudi Arabia, the Emiratis and Egypt attempt to bolster Israel and America’s plans for what Trump has called “the deal of the century”, the more they undermine the Palestinian cause and distance themselves from the very raw feelings of the Arab street.
One way or another, the unintended consequence of all of these stratagems to “put the refugees to bed” is that the refugee issue has regained its place centre stage of the conflict.
Kazim Ayesh spent 27 years as an UNWRA teacher in Jordan. He told me: “UNWRA is an international witness to the crimes against the Palestinian people. That is why they want to kill this witness and why they want to teach the next generation of Palestinians that Jerusalem is not the capital of Palestine and occupied Palestine is not your country.
“All Palestinians encourage their children to learn. They know it’s the only way to continue their lives and they go to the Gulf countries in their thousands. But for me as a teacher in UNWRA it is not about motivation.
“They have to learn to take back their rights. Their motivation is high. The camps will remain as a symbol of the refugee issue, whether or not you try to force the refugees out. We make sure they do not lose their Palestinian identity and that it is possible for them to plan to go back to their homeland.”
President Rouhani made the remark in the session of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, while inviting the entire Iranian nation to take part in Quds Day rallies.
“Quds Day is highly respected by Iranian people, all Muslims, and other nations around the world,” said Rouhani adding that the issue of Palestine and the Holy Quds is very important to the world.
“It has been 70 years now that the people of the region, especially the people of Palestine and the neighboring countries are suffering from aggression by the occupying Zionist regime,” Rouhani said, adding “the issue of Palestine can never be forgotten, despite all attempts by the Zionist regime.
“Today, the Zionists’ overt and covert intervention can be seen in almost every dispute among countries of the region,” the Iranian president said.
He went on to add, “terrorists who sustain injuries in the region, are sent to Zionist Regime’s hospitals for treatment. Terrorists are provided with arms and tasked with bombing the region to serve Israel’s interests. It is crystal clear that the Israeli regime is sponsor of terrorism in the region.”
Rouhani further maintained that disputes in the region and the Islamic world, such as disagreements between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and Egypt and Turkey, are beneficial to Zionism and terrorism.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has helped the Iraqi nation in their fight against terrorism and we hope to see Mosul liberated in the near future and serve as a symbol of victory of regional countries against the terrorists’ plots,” he said.
Iran will not let terrorism to spread in the region, said Rouhani adding: “If the masters of terrorism decide to spread terrorist acts to the sacred land of Iran, they must know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not let terrorists and their masters to do so”.
The president warned terrorists that Iran would not allow them to carry out their inhumane acts inside the Iranian terrorist, adding “combatting terrorism is a decision made by the entire Iranian nation. Acting against terrorist headquarters has been decided in the Supreme National Security Council and we have given our armed forces even more authority for countermeasure.”
He also said: “”We will not let terrorists to turn Iran into a battlefield. Their masters must know that Iran is different from other countries of the region,” Rouhani continued.
“The new US administration must know that the Iranian nation will neither remain silent not tolerate any intimidation and pressure, but rather it will respond adequately,” he warned.
Terrorism has been a term largely associated with ‘radical Islam’, and jihadist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS, in the latter part of the 20th and early 21st century, but that hasn’t always been the case.
In the early days of Israel, systematic violence and terror was prevalent as newly arriving Europeans clashed with indigenous Arabs. The catastrophic results of this unlikely encounter has permanently mired the region in a state of eternal conflict.
Few are aware about the actual roots of modern terrorism – pioneered and perfectly choreographed to attract maximum international attention and intimidation – by Zionist Jews – members of Menachem Begin‘s right-wing terrorist organization known as Irgun.
Their targets: British colonial citizens, assets and businesses in Palestine, and the native Palestinian population itself.
IRGUN TERROR: Jewish terror training camp in 1947 (photo: Archive of Jabotinsky Institute in Israel/CC BY 2.5)
Jewish terrorists at the time also invented the concept of the modern suicide bomber, when in Jerusalem in 1946, a female Jewish fundamentalist recruit, known as ‘The Girl in Red’, killed 12 innocents in the world’s first-ever terrorist suicide bomb attack.
In addition to carrying out violent terrorist bombings, the same Jewish gangs also ran various organized crime rackets, brutalizing communities. Clare Hollingworth, the Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman correspondent in Jerusalem in 1948, reported on the gangs while on assignment in West Jerusalem:
“Irgun is in fact rapidly becoming the ‘SS’ of the new state. There is also a strong ‘Gestapo’ – but no-one knows who is in it.”
‘The shopkeepers are afraid not so much of shells as of raids by Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern Gang. These young toughs, who are beyond whatever law there is have cleaned out most private houses of the richer classes & started to prey upon the shopkeepers.”
They also collaborated with some of Europe’s worst regimes and movements. Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, chronicled some of this in columnist and Israeli historian Tom Segev’s study of the Irgun Jewish terror units: “In the second half of 1940, a few members of the Irgun Zvai Leumi (National Military Organization) – the anti-British terrorist group sponsored by the Revisionists and known by its acronym Etzel, and to the British simply as the Irgun – made contact with representatives of Fascist Italy, offering to cooperate against the British.”
After terrorist gangs drove the British out of Palestine, and the native Palestinian population was killed off or driven out of what the newly arrived European Jewish terrorists organizations considered to be “their Israel”, terrorist leaders like Begin, David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Shamir and others, were then elevated to national leadership positions in Israel.
“To the Israeli government, the periodic slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza is referred to as, “mowing the grass”, a chore that frequently needs repeating. But this violence is wearing on the world’s conscience, including moral objections from more and more Jews”, as observed by American journalist Lawrence Davidson.
The hardened political shell which has facilitated the endless violence and constant conflict has been the same from the very beginning: Zionism, the radical belief that God has promised the Jewish people a pure Jewish State in Greater Israel, to be taken by any means.