Here is my review of Ilan Pappé's book "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine"
Zionist views have been overwhelmingly influential in the United States.
"The Story of Israel" that I place in quotation marks to indicate its
mythological nature, has been presented repeatedly, but most famously in
the novel and movie, "Exodus". It is the story of victims struggling to
an empty land where they make the desert bloom and stand proudly with
weapons in hand shouting "never again".
This appealing, heroic,
justice-loving scenario is a fabrication. Ilan Pappé, an Israeli Jew,
has, in this book, presented the facts upon which true justice must be
From its inception late in the 19th century, mainstream
Zionism, considered early on as a kind of lunatic-fringe within Judaism,
put forth the clearing of the indigenous people, the Arabs living in
Palestine, as a necessity for the creation of a Jewish majority there.
So it has happened.
Zionism struggled before WW2 because not
enough Jews were interested in going to Palestine, but the holocaust put
the movement over the top, not only providing the necessary influx but
also creating a feeling of guilt among the nations of the world (not
least Germany) that was leveraged into the creation of the State of
Israel and its financing and militarization since (read The Holocaust
Industry by Norman Finkelstein).
This book is a detailed
accounting of the horrors that occurred - the forced evacuation of
hundreds of villages, executions of villagers (over 31 events are
considered massacres), blowing up houses or setting fire to them with
the residents inside, military attacks on unarmed civilians - pure
terror by the folks who loudly denounce terror.
The parallel to
what happened in Kosovo is startling, particularly in view of the NATO
bombing that took place to stop the activity in the former Yugoslavia
compared to the lack of any effort to stop the cleansing of Palestine.
In fact, the United States cannot do enough to help the process as it
continues to this day.
Israel, like the United States, is a
country founded on injustice. The process could take place hidden away
in the vastness of the American west in the 19th century, but with
Israel it has been quite obvious all along. Shockingly, the world has
stood by, impotent in the face of the "special relationship" between the
US and Israel fostered by the political power of Zionists in the United
States. This history is a blot on both countries. The ethic-cleansing
has proceeded only because of US protection and not a few American Jews
hold dual citizenship, having taken up residence in the Israeli
settlements specifically to take the land from the natives.
the Senate confirmation hearing on Chuck Hagel demonstrated
conclusively, Congress is the puppet of Zionism. Senators fell all over
themselves questioning Hagel about his views on Israel while all other
matters were secondary.
Americans should wake up to the reality
of Israel, a county that is injustice institutionalized, a living
example of everything the American civil rights movement was out to end.
The founders of Israel state were full and mostly eager participants in
the eviction of the Palestinians, the destruction of their homes and
villages and the deliberate erasure of the evidence continued to this
day by the planting of "forests" by the Jewish National Fund. All the
facts are evident in the archives and in particular the diary of David
ben Gurion, who happily viewed empty villages flushed of the Arab
residents. This history is an outrage that any person, Jewish or not,
should find revolting.
There is only one future for Israel - as a
democracy for all people, not a place for one group (the Jews) to ride
herd on others. This will come as surely as it did in South Africa. The
BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement is a great way to make
progress in this.
When one's nation does wrong, only a few
citizens will have the courage to point it out. My deepest respect to
Professor Pappé, who was hounded out of Israel and now teaches in Great
Britain, for this outstanding documentary work. My deepest apologies to
the Palestinian people who have endured decades of injustice and are
readily labeled terrorists be those ignorant of the past and the people.