“American and democratic” is possible, but “Jewish and democratic” is not

Ending Jewish supremacy in Palestine involves and necessitates the ending of the existence of Israel as such by implementing the right of Palestinian self-determination and the right of return. The only way to do this is through the continuation of the Palestinian revolution and Palestinian resistance (sumoud), not through “liberalism” or “democracy” — as tried and proven impotent in the face of Jewish supremacy and, it appears, White supremacy in the U.S. as well.

As Richard Falk points out, “anti-Semitism, and its links to Nazism and Fascism, and now to Trumpism, are genuinely menacing”, but Jews who call Trump himself an anti-Semite (in the sense of having an animus against Jews) are being false and so are those who perceive that the Labour Party in the UK is “too tolerant of anti-Semitism”.

Consider these two missives in the news recently.

U.S. Politics

AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR FELLOW JEWS
To our fellow Jews, in the United States, in Israel, and around the world:

Now Trump is coming after you. The question is: what are you going to do about it? If you don’t feel, or can’t show, any concern, pain or understanding for the persecution and demonization of others, at least show a little self-interest. At least show a little sechel. At the very least, show a little self-respect.

U.K. Politics

Over 80 per cent of British Jews believe Labour is too tolerant of anti-Semitism within its ranks, poll finds

The poll also found that a further 65 per cent of respondents believe the Government does not do enough to protect British Jews, while 52 per cent said the Crown Prosecution Service could do more

By focusing on the fear of anti-Semitism as the overriding concern for American Jews instead of Fascist Zionism in the Jewish state, the open letter by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman to fellow American Jews exhibits the same moral blindspot as does Trumpism.

In Charlottesville Through a Glass Darkly, Richard Falk writes,

If the majority of Americans can watch the torch parade and urban riot of white nationalists shouting racist slogans, dressed for combat, and legally carrying assault weapons, in silence we are done for as a nation of decency and promise.

The same goes for Israeli Jews watching in silence the Jewish state continuing to dispossess Palestinian Arabs. Some have argued that Zionism at its core is White supremacy. There is truth to that argument, but it is also not the complete picture. There is a particularity to the Jewish nationalist movement that has now gone beyond secular nationalism and wedded itself to Judaism in the Holy Land, encoding both nationalist and religious supremacy in the basic laws of the Jewish state.

The fact that White supremacy is also anti-Semitic does not make Jewish supremacy in Palestine any less worthy of analysis.

The driving force of the hatred (bigotry) is the same in both cases — White supremacy on the one hand and Jewish supremacy in Palestine on the other, but that hatred is directed toward achieving two different ends — White “national purity” and supremacy in the US (or the West in general) and Jewish national purity and now religious domination in Palestine. Paradoxically (and confusingly), the former also includes Jews in its exclusionary or rejectionist formula.

Also complicating the issue of Jewish supremacy is that white European Jews colonized Palestine and, as the ruling elite in Israel, they themselves discriminate against Arab Jews, and “lesser” peoples who need to be civilized in classic colonialist fashion. The Jewish founding fathers of Zionism were explicit in their racism against Palestinian Arabs, which is why they had little compunction in ethnic cleansing them.

The millions of Zionists (Jews and evangelical Christians) in the United States today who advocate for Jewish supremacy in Palestine do so for various reasons, including the Bible, but the ultimate means of achieving the desired ends — a judaized Palestine — is to make Islam (and by extension Arabs, and especially Palestinian Arabs) the “only legitimized enemy of the Western order.”

In this way, Israel’s “right to exist as a Jewish state” in the Muslim Arab world [i.e. right to abuse Palestinian Arabs] continues to be sacrosanct in the Western world. White supremacists in the West cannot claim similar “rights”.

In a letter to Moshe Sharett in 1954, Ben Gurion wrote, “We must not separate religion from the state. The fate of the state of Israel and the Jewish people is one.”

… the immediate practical aim of transforming such a national self-definition into a concept in international diplomacy, specifically in the context of the so-called “peace process,” is to totally obviate the right of return for Palestinian refugees, before it is even broached diplomatically, and to diminish the international legitimacy of this right by conferring ultimate priority on a another principle agreed upon by the major players, this being “two states for two peoples.” Acceptance of this principle is a clear demonstration of sympathy with Israel’s demographic fears, even with respect to its own Arab citizens. Moreover, recognition on the part of the international community and the Arabs of the Jewishness of the state would inherently imply their rejection of the concept of a “state for all its citizens” as applied to Israel. This concept defies the notion of the Jewishness of the state as it operates on the ground in Israel, and irreconcilably juxtaposes the ideology and practice of the Jewish state against the principles of equality and democracy. (Azmi Bishara)

The population of Jews in Israel is 6,484,000 (74.7%) according to the Jewish Virtual Library. This site goes on to boast: “On Independence Day 2017 Israel’s population stood at a record 8,680,000. This is a 10-fold increase compared to when the Jewish state was founded in 1948” on the bones of Palestinian Arabs. And the site has the chutzpah and gall to talk about “diversity”, citing the remnants of Palestinian Arabs as 1,808,000 (20.8%) of the population — and boast of the growth of the Jewish population without mention of the denial of Palestinian right of return.

About annexed East Jerusalem, the site has this to say: “Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city, with a population of 865,700.” Jerusalem is the spiritual homeland for Jews, as it is for Christians and Muslims. By insisting on placing Jerusalem at the center of the political Jewish entity, Israel is pushing Palestinian Arabs out and claiming the physical city as an a prioriright for Jews worldwide.

I ask myself the question: If the supremacy of White Jews in power in Israel ends tomorrow, will Palestinian Arabs be saved? I fear not, because, by and large, Jewish supremacy of Arab Jews (the social identity category “Arab Jew” is “fiercely debated” in Israel, according to Haaretz) is not any less supremacist and fascist in their internalized Zionist logic than the virulent fascism of the White Jewish elite.

In Israel about 27% of Jews are Arab “by paternal country or origin”, according to Israel’s own tortuous “national” and “ethnic” classification system. Arab Palestine Jews, in keeping with Zionist denial that Palestine ever existed, are not calculated in this category but rather in the 37% of Israel’s population who are “from Israel by paternal country of origin”.

Regardless of how Zionism first manifested itself in Palestine, Jews by their millions everywhere, including those classified as Arab Jews, have suckled on the Zionist claim that Jews worldwide (as both an “ethnic” and “religious” group) have a moral and political right to some form of sovereignty in Palestine for far too long.

Ending White supremacy in settler-colonial countries like the U.S., Canada and Australia is a highly desirable goal. But doing so does not involve or necessitate a radical shift in the political system in the sense of, for example, denying “the right” of the United States of America to exist as the United States of America. Though it has much to atone for, not least in its appalling history of slavery, The U.S. declared its independence from the colonial British without needing to transfer the indigenous people outside their country and preventing their return, though it did displace them internally.

But ending Jewish supremacy in Palestine involves and necessitates the ending of the existence of Israel as such by implementing the right of Palestinian self-determination and the right of return. The only way to do this is through the continuation of the Palestinian revolution and Palestinian resistance (sumoud), not through “liberalism” or “democracy” — as tried and proven impotent in the face of Jewish supremacy and, it appears, White supremacy in the U.S. as well.

“American and democratic” is possible, but “Jewish and democratic” is not.

Photo:  Israel’s “Jerusalem Day” at Bab el-Amud, meaning “gate of the column” (Damascus Gate in English), in Jerusalem’s Old City, May 24, 2017

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My Experience with Quora’s Collapse Detectives

… there were several revealing “analyses” to the “problem” with my answer trotted out on Collapse Detectives.  I have chosen two conversations to post below. The first one is typical of rhetorical tactics/pseudo-logic we often note among Israel apologists (notice the condescending and also accusatory tone Graeme Shimmin uses, even as he is invoking Quora’s “civility” policy as guidance for me). The second exchange with Altuğ Gür I believe stems from sincere confusion about anti-Semitism, Israel as a Jewish State, and the nature of political Zionism.

See what you think…

A few days ago, an answer I wrote to a question (How does Israel justify being a democracy when it blocks websites? ) asked by Radi Annab on Quora was “collapsed” by Quora Moderation.  That means it becomes invisible to the community.

Answers on Quora are collapsed when they are reported as breaking Quora “Be Nice, Be Polite” policy or any other policy.  There is a strong perception among many readers that Quora’s Zionist members aggressively and maliciously report and collapse answers criticizing Israel and Zionism (often on the basis of “anti-Semitism”), and engage in familiar hasbara dirty tricks like causing questions to be deleted and erasing relevant topics (in order to limit circulation) or merging one question with another by way of hiding certain answers they don’t like.  If a writer is found to be in repeated violation of Quora policies, he or she is banned, as I was recently and then reinstated.

After I was reinstated on Quora and my answer to Radi Annab’s question was collapsed, I received constructive feedback from another writer on Quora, René Alix, who believed that Quora Moderation is not biased in its practices against Palestinian Arabs or anyone; that much of the activity there is automated and mechanical.  He explained how, for example, one could train the bot to “revert” relevant topics associated with a question it does not recognize as relevant (the bot does not seem to understand that a question about Israel more often than not is also about Palestine and Zionism and cannot be answered properly without reference to these two topics).

Because Quora Moderation does not explain why it collapses answers beyond a general reference to “a policy violation”,  René Alix recommended that I check with a Quora blog called Collapse Detectives, where one might be able to get informed analyses and guesses from other Quora members regarding the collapse of an answer.  In the past, several of my collapsed answers were uncollapsed by the moderators with an apology that the collapse was “a mistake”.  I never quite understood how these “mistakes” occurred in the first place, and so my suspicion of biased activity on the part of the moderators had simply intensified.

This time, taking René Alix’s excellent advice, I submitted a question to Collapse Detectives regarding my latest collapsed answer to: How does Israel justify being a democracy when it blocks websites?

I got two useful tips there – one was that Quora had a policy against posting images with text.  I had posted a cartoon by the Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff  that included the words “No Criticism Allowed”; and the other suggested I focus my answer, so that it is directly responsive to the question.  I went ahead and deleted the cartoon and added the following brief introduction to the answer to help focus it:  “Israel can no more justify being a democracy by blocking websites than China or Saudi Arabia can. It justifies its action in different ways as described below.”  Quora Moderation responded to my appeal positively after I made those changes and uncollapsed the answer.

However, there were several revealing “analyses” to the “problem” with my answer trotted out on Collapse Detectives.  I have chosen two conversations to post below. The first one is typical of rhetorical tactics/pseudo-logic we often note among Israel apologists (notice the condescending and also accusatory tone Graeme Shimmin uses, even as he is invoking Quora’s “civility” policy as guidance for me).  The second exchange with Altuğ Gür I believe stems from sincere confusion on his part about anti-Semitism, Israel as a Jewish State, and the nature of political Zionism.  The reason I write on Quora, in the first place, is to clarify these issues for the reader.

See what you think:

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Thanks, Kieran. What is confusing to me about this policy is exactly that. I am commenting on the practices of the Israeli government and their effect on Palestinians. Can you take a look at my answer and give me an example of a phrasing that breaks the BNBR policy and explain why?

Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin

Here’s a few: “misinformation”, “criminal”, “typical Zionist tactic”, “hate-mongering”, “Apartheid regime”, “spew hatred”, “illigitimacy”, “brainwashing”, “dogma”, “Zionist myths”.

Note that it doesn’t matter if those descriptions are correct – the BNBR policy is not about whether things are correct, it’s about talking to people in polite language.

Here’s a trick: imagine you are discussing the question in a university with a group of professors. Write as you would talk to them, not as if you are addressing a political meeting.

The people telling you that the answer doesn’t answer the question are right BTW. The question is “How does the Israeli government justify…” As far as I can see this answer don’t answer that question.

You can listen to the people here who are trying to help you or not, but if you don’t you answers will continue to be collapsed and eventually you’ll be banned.

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Sounds like you have not read my answer. There is a difference between using strong language gratuitously and using it to reflect a substantiated reality when the situation warrants it, and Quora is far from an academic forum; in fact it encourages a personal point of view.

There is also a difference between being rude to people and the use of “civility” to chill speech on Israel and its unconscionable practices toward the Palestinian people.

But I take your point about “not answering the question”. I understood it as rhetorical, in that Israel’s action disproves its claim to democracy. I have added the following introductory sentence to the answer: “Israel can no more justify being a democracy by blocking websites than China or Saudi Arabia can. It justifies its action in different ways as described below.”

Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin

Try and listen to what the people who are trying to help you are saying. There is literally no point in arguing with me. I don’t make the rules or have any influence on them whatsoever.

You can complain all you like that the rules shouldn’t be what they are, but again you are wasting your time doing so. The rules have been what they are ever since Quora started and they are not going to change. If you don’t like that then your only option is to stop using Quora.

If you refuse to moderate your tone you will be banned. Again there is no point in arguing with me about this – it won’t be me who bans you, and I will have no say in it, I’m simply try to help you understand what the situation is.

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Graeme, I have already been banned once and don’t wish to be banned again, which is why I am trying to understand the rules that malicious reporting by people who do not like what I have to say about Israel, Palestine and Zionism use to allow moderators to collapse my answer. I will not, however, compromise the integrity of the content of my answers. I go out of my way to substantiate what I say. You think, for example, that “Apartheid” is not appropriate language to use in connection with Israel (just to take one of the examples you cite above). I doubt Quora policy is meant for me to be polite toward Israel and to shy away from accurate and substantiated descriptions of its practices. If that were the case, then I myself would not wish to write for Quora.

Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin

You obviously don’t want to be helped to follow the rules, so there’s nothing more we can do.

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin

 That answer will not be uncollapsed due to the changes you’ve made.

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin

Try to read the sentence below very slowly and carefully so you finally understand:

It is not up to me which answers are collapsed or who is banned.

Okay? Do you get that now?

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Yes, I get that, thank you, Graeme. What I am saying is that Quora policy is not designed to eliminate answers concerning Palestine, Israel, Zionism that do not tow the line in accordance with Israeli official hasbara. Do you know otherwise for sure?

Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin

I know for sure that it isn’t designed to make people ‘tow the line’ on Israel or any other topic. The policy is politically neutral. You can read it for yourself here: What is Quora’s “Be Nice, Be Respectful” policy?

Your arguments that BNBR policy is wrong or shouldn’t apply have been presented hundreds of times before and have failed hundreds of times. In fact they are so common that we play a game called “BNBR bingo” with them.

Have a look at the list I wrote here: What exceptions to the ‘Be Nice Be Respectful’ policy are there? Ask yourself if the arguments you are making about how you don’t have to follow the BNBR rule or it shouldn’t apply to you are on that list. If they are then they will not work.

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Graeme, I am all for following BNBR rules, which is why I am trying to understand them.

I am not arguing that BRNB policy is wrong; I am arguing that your interpretation that I am breaking policy by using strong but well-substantiated language to describe Israel’s actions is wrong.

It looks like we both agree that BNBR policy is meant to be neutral even when it comes to Israel, Palestine and Zionism.
My experience of several collapsed answers “by mistake” that were uncollapsed goes to show that (I have written over a 100 answers on these topics).

The one answer that seemed to contradict this about the policy was a moderation decision that appeared to conflate anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism. This was ironic, because I was writing about that very issue in the world outside Quora, and discussing how a top barrister has slammed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the UK as lacking clarity in its references, rendering it useless as a legal tool.

I write “seemed” and “appeared” because I don’t know for sure, as no reason is usually given, hence my trying to gain insight from experienced Quora people o this forum.

Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin

Well, good luck with it. I don’t think there’s anything else I can do to help.

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

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Altuğ Gür

The way I see it, your answer contains disparaging statements against Jews. Most probably it is the reason it violates BNBR policy.

I’d recommend readjusting the tone of your answer (as well as shortening it a bit, as it goes all over the political landscape while trying to answer the question, in my opinion) so that it doesn’t discriminate against a person, race, members of a religion or nationality.

It is one thing to criticize Israeli government, which is perfectly fine, and something else to generalize an entire nationality.

For example, try “Israeli government’s colonialistic approach…” instead of “Jewish colonialism…” and then reread your statement. Does it sound like the truth? If not, simply remove it, as it does not reflect the objective truth but rather a statement of a personal belief.

Hope this helps.

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Altuğ Gür, I just saw your comment (the answer has been uncollapsed based on two changes I made – removing the image and adding a short introductory statement to the answer to help focus it.) But thank you for your sincere observations.

Regarding your comments re: “disparaging statements against Jews”, allow me to share with you why, from a Palestinian point of view, references to Jews in a negative light do not stem from an animus against Jews (i.e.-anti-Semitism), but are rather a necessary part of the discourse imposed on us by the creation of the Jewish state in the heart of Palestine against the will of Palestinian Arabs (Muslims and Christian) – the vast majority inhabitants in Palestine, even after intensive Zionist Jewish colonization of and immigration to Palestine.

As I wrote (on Quora, later published here and several other places):
‘”The Jews are our misfortune” was the Nazi pronouncement emanating from virulent anti-Semitism that led to disastrous consequences, but the phrase is literally and objectively true in Palestine, where the Zionist Jewish entity is ensconced, actively practicing a brutal settler-colonial regime. Palestinian resistance against Israel is neither driven by anti-Semitism nor by “Islamic” terror.’

Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

Why Israel has a law that gives police the power to block certain websites from Israelis

In blocking websites that expose its illegitimacy, the Israeli Government is also continuing a long tradition of brainwashing its own Jewish population with Zionist dogma and myth, in the same way it mobilized to “educate” American Jews after 1967, when Zionist myths began to unravel …

The new Israeli law giving police power to block websites that purportedly publish “criminal” or “offensive” content follows a similar blockade of various websites in Palestine by the 13-year president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas — all in the name of “law and order”, “peace” and “fighting terrorism”.

The equation is simple and has long been propagated by Israel through its hasbara apparatus: Palestinian armed resistance to Israel’s oppression equals terror. Hasbara misinformation against Palestine and Palestinians on the Internet is legitimate paid work in Israel; Palestinian outlets speaking for the Palestinian struggle for liberation are illegitimate (criminal) forms of expression and activity:

Since before the “war on terrorism” in the West even began, the very concept of terrorism has been reduced by Israeli propagandists into an arena whereby Palestinian armed resistance by individuals or Hamas or any other militant Palestinian group is automatically regarded as terror. In a catch-22, non-violent Palestinian resistance, on the other hand, is dubbed as “incitement to terror”. [Source: Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns]

Israel is taking advantage of a world-wide political development concerning freedom of expression that is meant to combat terrorism. Turning the tables around in a typical Zionist tactic of portraying itself as victim, Israel is exploiting this global dilemma in how to balance freedom of expression in legitimate arenas with hate-mongering — especially the kind reflecting intolerance and populism that might foment acts of violence and terrorist “cell formation”.

But there is a big difference between websites that educate on Israel, share facts that expose Israel’s Apartheid regime in Palestine and influence opinions to stand up for Palestinian rights and liberation on the one hand, and websites that spew hatred with the objective of inciting terrorism and wanton destruction on the other.

In blocking websites that expose its illegitimacy, the Israeli Government is also continuing a long tradition of brainwashing its own Jewish population with Zionist dogma and myth, in the same way it mobilized to “educate” American Jews after 1967, when Zionist myths began to unravel “as a result of Palestinian history books published in English, such as Nafez Nazzal and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod’s work, as well as an increasingly visible Palestinian armed resistance movement.” [Source: On American Zionist Education: An excerpt from ‘The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans’]

Since the failure of the so-called two-state “solution” (or Oslo Accords) to the problem of partitioning Mandate Palestine in 1948 and the creation of a Jewish state on a territory of Palestine, there has been a significant shift in how Israel is perceived worldwide, especially in connection with its claim to being the only democracy in the Arab world.

As Ilan Pappe explains in Ten Myths About Israel, Israel was never a democracy before or after 1967, when it occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip and annexed East Jerusalem:

Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East. In fact, it’s not a democracy at all. … The myth that a democratic Israel ran into trouble in 1967 but still remained a democracy is propagated even by some notable Palestinian and pro-Palestinian scholars — but it has no historical foundation. … Systematic cruelty does not only show its face in a major event like a massacre. The worst atrocities can also be found in the regime’s daily, mundane presence. … The litmus test of any democracy is the level of tolerance it is willing to extend towards the minorities living in it. In this respect, Israel falls far short of being a true democracy… Israeli Land Policy Is Not Democratic. …The Occupation Is Not Democratic… Destroying Palestinians’ Houses Is Not Democratic. … Crushing Palestinian Resistance Is Not Democratic. …Imprisoning Palestinians Without Trial Is Not Democratic. … What we must challenge here, therefore, is not only Israel’s claim to be maintaining an enlightened occupation but also its pretense to being a democracy. Such behavior towards millions of people under its rule gives the lie to such political chicanery. [Source: No, Israel Is Not a Democracy]

Having been founded by settler-colonial European and East European Zionist Jews, whose political vision was very much shaped by the Western civilization from where they originated (including the practice of European sovereignty, domination and subjugation over non-Western peoples), Israel has always boasted of being a Western-style democracy.

Israel has also angled to be compared favorably with the Arab world’s democratic deficit, directly and indirectly implying that the obstacle to democratic change in the Arab world was to be found, not in the region’s historical institutional framework, but rather in “Arab culture” — i.e., Islam itself. [For a discussion of this latter hypothesis, see Eric Chaney’s article, Democratic Change in the Arab World, Past and Present: https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2012a_Chaney.pdf]

Mandate Palestine today is under Israeli sovereignty — all of it. It is true that the Palestinian Authority has administrative control of the West Bank and Hamas has a similar control in the besieged Gaza Strip since 2006, when it won the legislative elections and then was prevented from governing.

But such control is severely limited and contingent on Mahmoud Abbas’s continued cooperation with Israel’s “security needs” over and above the much more urgent needs of the Palestinian people to realize their rights, especially self-determination and dignity.

Unfortunately, the United States and its foreign policy allies vis-à-vis Israel, the European Union and Great Britain, have long enabled Israel’s brutal policies against the Palestinian people. Under the Oslo Accords (1993) and the Paris Protocol (1994), aid to the Palestinian territories was “militarized” to complement (not fight against) the vast US military aid given to Israel to secure its own territory in Palestine.

In other words, aid to Palestinian Arabs ignored the human reality of a people struggling to survive for seventy years — first their ethnic cleansing and denial of return to their own land and homes and then occupation, annexation of East Jerusalem, siege of the Gaza Strip, and uninterrupted and continuing Jewish colonization meant to complete their dispossession.

Today over 12 million people live in Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip — primarily Jews and Palestinian Arabs, both Christian and Muslim. As estimated in 2014 by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), there are 6.08 Palestinian Arabs currently living in the Palestinian territories, including Israel (worldwide, Palestinians number an estimated 12.37 million).

Each one of these people, and not only Jews, is entitled to full human rights, “including religious liberty; freedoms of expression and association; equal opportunity regardless of ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, etc.; and due process of law.” That includes access to information on the Internet.

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Note: This post was first published as an answer (and then collapsed by malicious reporting) on Quora to the question: How does Israel justify being a democracy when it blocks websites?

Converting Jews worldwide to Zionism

Recent polls indicate that young Jews no longer buy what Israel packages and sells to them. Predictably, that is only spurring Brand Israel to redouble its efforts.

Lawfare as used by the Zionist organization The Lawfare Project and others is meant to persuade every Jew in the world (and not just Israeli Jews) that his or her Jewish identity, welfare and security are inextricably related to the continued suppression of justice, equality and freedom of Palestinian Arabs or, in other words, to the Apartheid Zionist Jewish state.

Lawfare is a tool used by Zionist organizations to suppress pro-Palestine activity by conflating anti-Semitism (in its sense of “anti-Jewish animus”) with anti-Zionism, the ideology that perpetuates Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.  A case in point is the lawsuit against San Francisco State University (SFSU) currently being heard in a U.S. federal court brought by the right-wing Zionist organization The Lawfare Project, which

relies on the complete conflation of anti-Jewish animus with criticism of Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights to assert that SFSU violated the constitutional and civil rights of Jewish students and community members. The true intent of the lawsuit is clear: to ensure that advocates for Palestinian rights are punished for standing up for human rights and justice for Palestinians, who have been dispossessed, occupied, and deprived of basic human rights for 70 years.

What The Lawfare Project is doing is simply consolidating the final stage “in the evolutionary method of Zionist policy” in Palestine as described in a long letter (written by Chaim Arlosoroff in 1932) addressed to Chaim Weizmann (an early Zionist born in Belarus) that appeared in the October 1948  Jewish Frontier under the title “Reflections on Zionist Policy”:

… The next “stage” will be attained when the relationship of real forces will be such as to preclude any possibility of the establishment of an Arab state in Palestine, i.e., when the Jews will acquire such additional strength as will automatically block the road for Arab domination.  This will be followed by another “ stage” during which the Arabs will be unable to frustrate the constant  growth of the Jewish community through … immigration, colonization and the maintenance of peace and order in the country…

The farcical decades-long “Peace Process” notwithstanding, the Zionist movement has so far succeeded in precluding the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in any part of Palestine, claiming all of it for Jews (the “Hebrew Nation”) worldwide.  Having established Israel through the ethnic cleansing of non-Jewish Palestinian Arabs seventy years ago, and occupied the rest of the Palestinian territory a mere nineteen years later, the Zionist movement is today all out to consolidate and build on its achievement using, not only the economic, military and political strength of Israel itself (which is already considerable), but also the worldwide support of Jews (while also cultivating the support of American evangelist Christians).

Whereas the kind of brainwashing in which The Lawfare Project is engaged is standard fare in many synagogues and has been working, with very few exceptions, for decades, recent polls indicate that young Jews no longer buy what Israel packages and sells to them.  Predictably, that is only spurring Brand Israel to redouble its efforts:

Brand Israel says that ‘Instead of stating dry facts, professionals must highlight Israel’s decency, morality and the diversity of the Israeli society in general’. This is an act of self-deception. Israel is a society where a plurality of Jews support the physical expulsion of Israel’s Palestinians and where ‘Death to the Arabs’ is the favourite chant of the Right.

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“Sick and tired of the way German and other racist history gets imposed on us to muzzle us.”

“you can’t pick and choose as you please. You try to censor us for describing the accuracy of what’s taking place and try to impose your own discourse of European racist history by playing the anti-Semitic card.”

The following revealing and at times maddening discussion was cut short by Facebook (the post was flagged as spam) because of the nudity in the photograph illustrating the article we were discussing, so I have reprinted the discussion here.

In the blog post on Medium, which was titled Israel is in the heart of the Muslim Arab world, not in the “Middle East”, I made the point that “Israel … is an interloper — it does not belong in the Arab world where it was planted by force, against the will of its Palestinian-Arab inhabitants, both Muslim and Christian — the overwhelming majority in 1947–48. The Western colonizers who founded the apartheid state have imposed many elements of their culture on Palestine (some good, some bad) while at the same time stealing (co-opting), not only land and erasing Palestinian history but also traditional Palestinian Arab culture and food and making it their own.”

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Amazia Ido
: On everyone of the participants in the Tunic project thousands othrs detest it. Sadly you portray here a monolithic Israeli  society, ignoring the similarities between the hostile peoples who have to find way to share the land

Rima Najjar: Amazia Ido, I am making a point whose validity you are unable to see and wish simply to deflect.

Arwa Merriman: Amazia, hard to share land as you say when people homes are being confiscated, their olive groves are being bulldozed, people are being thrown into prison without being charged with a crime (see the many cases of Palestinians going on a hunger strike while in prison in order to combat this injustice) and refugees are not allowed to return to their homes. The territory of Palestinians is growing smaller and smaller as they are hemmed in and policed and what little land they do have is covered with Israeli settlements and checkpoints. This does not sound like a desire to share to me.

Najib Alaoui: Very well put, Rima. I often use the medical imagery of a forced surgery to carry out an unwanted transplant. The body is the Middle East, with all its diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious mix, and the transplant organ is the colonial Israel that was taken from the Western body and planted into Palestine.  As is well known in medicine, such transplants would always be rejected by the whole body. This is the natural order of things, where foreign bodies would be rejected by default. Instead of dealing with the foreign intrusion, the sponsors of the said catastrophic project proceeded to uproot, cut off, and poison the rest of the body to make room of the new imported foreign unwanted and chopped up toe!

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: Actually, Mesopotamia, or “Middle East” was a part of the Hellenistic world. Then came the era of the Arab raids…

Najib Alaoui: You can keep your delusional lies to yourself. “Hellenistic world?” What  planet/world did you come from?  You mean the Byzantine and Roman invasions that were kicked out by the indigenous populations?  And please take your racism away to someone who might put up with it.

Rima Najjar: “Middle East” was coined by the British reflecting its European-centered view of the world – differentiating between the “near East” -i.e. Turkey and the “far East” – i.e., China.  Shouldn’t regions of the world be designated by reference to their own culture, rather than how they are situated in relation to European powers? In the case of the “Middle East”, that would be the Arab world, and the Zionist Jewish entity is an interloper there.

Rima Najjar: I like the surgical analogy, Najib. The patient has been rejecting the foreign body for a long time now.

Em B. Karmi: Time for Chemotherapy to kill that cancer!

Najib Alaoui: Foreign cultures and practices forced upon the people of the region.

Najib Alaoui: Identity theft

Eugene Makhlouf: Najib Alaoui … and Identity assassination on the other side of the coin.

Najib Alaoui: Yes, absolutely. It’s like the other guy, in a different comment, calling it ” Arab raids” ( note the racism?), and then ” Hellenistic world”. Never mind role reversing and disgusting projection right there!

Ahmad W, Ayase: Eugene Makhlouf well, the identity of the occupier should and must be assassinated in the occupied lands. european identity to be practiced in europe.

Christopher Ben Kushka: discourse like this brings me to the point where i think it would be a good idea for non-germans and non-jews to study german history.

Rima Najjar: I don’t understand your point, Christopher.

Christopher Ben Kushka: biologistic terminology is totally unfit imho to portray a political situation correctly and help implement political solutions. beside the 100s of made-up “anti-semitic” events made up by zionists to foster their cause, there is also real anti-semitism.  one of its trademarks is portraying jews as parasites living on and off the “organism” of the peoples they are alien to. it portrays “the jew” as being a wanderer through time and space with no original place to call home and therefore being bound to bring havoc and destruction over the “host peoples”. That’s why.

Rima Najjar: “biologistic terminology”?? How is that a comment on my post?

Christopher Ben Kushka: surgery, transplant, foreign organs being rejected by palestinian body, a “natural” state of a society….. and so on and so forth. this is not political and neither historic analysis, but biologistic. and while your article allows is not unambiguous, it is the discussion and comments here which further deepen my worries. sorry for not keeping my mouth shut, but i´m not looking for a fight tonight, nor for a learned discussion. not tonight, but happy to continue any other time if you like to

Rima Najjar: Christopher, I see.  It fits exactly with the topic under discussion here.  What is the Zionist project but a transplant operation explicitly meant to prey on the Palestinian body politic? I am sick and tired of this deflection.

Christopher Ben Kushka: it is a colonial settler state occupying, killing and oppressing and ethnically cleansing the indigenous palestinian population. tell me one single aspect of israel´s horror regime there which is not included in that one sentence; plus: tell me why we should be any less motivated to stop the injustice and terror committed by the israeli state when we solely cling to political terms?

Najib Alaoui: Christopher, you can’t pick and choose as you please. You try to censor us for describing the accuracy of what’s taking place and try to impose your own discourse of European racist history by playing the anti-Semitic card? Sorry, we don’t subscribe to European racist discourse and we don’t use it. We talked about politics, and used very apt illustrations to describe what happened. I find your attitude very hypocritical too. What is ” settler” and “ethnic cleansing” if not a transplant?  You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Najib Alaoui: Sorry, Rima, I hadn’t seen your previous comment where you addressed the same point! I’m also sick and tired of the way German and other racist history gets often imposed on us, as a tactic to muzzle us from describing exactly what’s taken place.

Christopher Ben Kushka: a) i´m not censoring and it would be very difficult for you to prove otherwise. b) the line of argument here is pretty much the same used by xenophobes in europe to portray the “muslim/refugee/african” menace to the “real” inhabitors of the land. c) describing it as a transplant ultimately calls for the removal. now while rima at least should know that i´m dedicating much of my life to the palestinian cause and that includes the end of israeli racist rule. but when avoiding biologistic terminology you are free to fight for the political liberation while leaving an open door for “all sons and daughters of the land” -including the sons and daughters of the colonisers- to live there; as long as they are willing to decolonise their minds, give up their privileges and grant all indigenous people their rights. as much as you can teach people hate and racism, you can also re-educate them and teach them compassion, democracy and rights. in contrast: you cannot teach cancer to stop growing, nor an implant to withdraw. that´s the difference between a political and a biologistic perspective. – d) last but not least: we´ve recently had this discussion on rima´s wall about a cartoon using features which were almost identical to the ones of nazi-era cartoons. i´m not forcing the european racist discourse on you. but you cannot deny that the palestinian perspective doesn´t exist in some kind of a bubble unconnected to the rest of the world. (btw: i invest much of my energy into trying to convince the german public that vice versa it is totally illusionary to see middle east politics *solely* from the standpoint of german guilt for world war II and the annihilation of european jewry. same standards i apply here.)

Najib Alaoui: You are just trying to use diversion tactics.  I’m familiar with your kind of tactic and I won’t buy into it. You can use that with someone from Europe where it might apply, but I’m not the one for that. I’m not a fan of your kind of patronising either.  If you want to discuss the topic of Israel, being a foreign body, that was picked up from European and planted into Palestine, as part of the colonial project against ALL of the Arab world, you are welcome. If you want to discuss German history, that’s a different subject, and you may need a different post for that.

Christopher Ben Kushka: would you point out please where i´ve been patronising?

Najib Alaoui: Your whole take is patronising.  You can give your viewpoint, but don’t try to dictate to us how we should describe the realities or the history of it all.  As Rima in the article,  and others pointed out regarding identity , you are trying to project your own viewpoint on what we actually said.  The Israeli occupation of Palestine is nothing like that of the refugees that escaped to Europe. You do your own standing and contributions no good by resorting to these kinds of conflations.

Christopher Ben Kushka: you are right. it´s a slippery road conflating arabic refugees to europe with israeli rule over palestine.

Najib Alaoui: Thank you for the discussion, Christopher. Talk some other time. Peace.

Christopher Ben Kushka: salam, najib! [Sends photo featured above]

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: So…., because we live among a sea of muslims, we should not be allowed to swim? much more to swim naked? In that case, I think the problem is with the conservatism of the sea, not with our nakedness. Right?

Rima Najjar: Λάμπρος Καλλένος – you know very well that’s not the point here.  I personally have nothing against nakedness, although I prefer not to see it in public.

محمد يوسف: I wonder if muslims would be granted sharia rights in Europe living among sea of Christians and Atheists.

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: Of course not. Why would they?
They are free to stay away.

محمد يوسف: Exactly.. so the Israelis are.. living among us in our own land after they occupied it with Zionist Europe’s help .. Why are we supposed to accept this?

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: You are not supposed to accept it. As any people under foreign occupation, the Palestinians have the right to resist their oppressors.
But anyone thinking to impose sharia stupidity in Europe will obviously face our resistance.

Ahmad W. Ayase: ^ your countries need to resist israel then instead of supporting it on every criminal case, if not, I will come with my sharia and i will be your neighbor

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: Are you threatening us? Are you serious? 🙂 🙂
Μολών λαβέ. [“Come and get it,” according to Google Translate]
Search your history. You will find the meaning of this there.
In addition, we will also support any social and political movements against sharia in any country that is still imposed.

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: In addition, we will also support any social and political movements against sharia in any country that is still imposed.

محمد يوسف: So why are you objecting on Israelis or anyone living in the Islamic region to follow our way of life when you refuse for Muslims to follow their own way of life in your region… isn’t that hypocrisy ?

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: Dear, you are making gross logical mistakes.
> So why are you objecting on Israelis or anyone living in the Islamic region to follow our way of life when you refuse for Muslims to follow their own way of life in your region… isn’t that hypocrisy ?>

Rima Najjar: Λάμπρος Καλλένος what do you know about sharia law?

Λάμπρος Καλλένος: I know that sharia law is oppresive, without tolerance and tottaly without freedom.

Rima Najjar:  That is not true; you should educate yourself.

محمد يوسف: LOL god I used to thınk only Americans are stupid.

Michael Katz: I don’t disagree with this, Arabs and Muslims are clearly the majority in that area, but I think it’s most helpful to frame things in terms of individual rights, as opposed to collective rights of ethnic/religious groups… The latter is the basis for Zionism, Nazism, and other forms of ethnic nationalism… The U.S. is majority white and Christian, but the people who define it as a white Christian country are generally looking to violate the rights of minorities… I’m not saying anyone here is looking to do that, I just don’t want to give Zionists any opening to make that claim.

Rima Najjar: My post and the discussion here, Michael, is about culture and identity – not about “ethnicities”.

Christopher Ben Kushka: yes, but you portray “the” arab/muslim culture as pretty monolithic- which it surely isn´t. when it comes to nudity, i think it makes a great difference whether you´re forcing your nudity on someone else, or just enjoy it in a private space. in the context of the photos here: were conservative people chased away to make space for this particular photo?

Rima Najjar: Christopher, of course we are using generalities in such a discussion, and the point is not about nudity.  Tunick’s activity is used here to illustrate a general truth – that the Zionist Jewish state in Palestine is an interloper, a fact often disguised by the use of “Middle East” instead of “Arab World”.

Michael Katz: I understand your point, I know you’re not advocating for fundamentalism, but I think some left-leaning people, who might be inclined to support the cause, could see it that way… In other words, I don’t think criticizing nudists will win people over in America… That’s all I’m saying… Right now, support for Israel is about 70%… If we can shave off just over 20%, it’s a whole new ballgame… This happened with same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization over a period of about ten years… It’s happening now with Palestinian rights… When it reaches critical mass, members of Congress will start to flip, and the funding will get cut.

Abraham A. van Kampen: Are you ready for this … Most Israelis have NEVER been to the Middle East, other than Israel. They’ve never set foot outside their own confines, unless they have dual passports.

Rima Najjar: What’s your point, Abraham?

Najib Alaoui: Except the ones from the Maghreb, many of them go back, as they have families or family friends still living in the region, but unfortunately, Zionism has brainwashed them into Netanyahu mentality too. I think it’s very accurate to describe Israel as a European country in the Middle East. This is just a fact. As the resolution of the situation, then there is international law and Palestinian rights that make that very clear what should be done.

Abraham A. van Kempen: Thanks for the question Rima … Most Israelis have a myopic view of the Middle East … they really don’t know what it feels like being in the Middle East. I do have the comparative advantage of having two European nationalities and passports so I can freely travel, using different passports incase one country doesn’t want to recognise the stamp of another. I don’t meet too many Israelis elsewhere in the Middle East unless, as I’ve stated earlier, they have dual passports. Israelis are not allowed to enter elsewhere. I’d like to see a change. But first the Israelis need to recognise the value of the other. Someday!!!

Najib Alaoui: They can’t, Abraham.  Israel is illegally occupying Palestine. We can’t just normalise it without resolving the problem. Arab states have already been deceived into many concessions so many times, but Israel just uses them and does even worse things that were part of the condition for the concessions in the first place. The Palestinian cause is the core of everything and anything to do with any of our interaction with it. They think they are so smart to try and negotiate separately with different entities, but it won’t work.

Mati Milstein: Does not declaring an entire region to be Muslim exclude Christians, Jews, Bahais, Druze and other minority religious communities also indigenous to the region? PS I’m not making reference here to Zionism or Israel/Israelis.

Rima Najjar: Mati Milstein, no it does not; it is simply a fact that the vast majority of people in the Arab world are Muslims and their culture and identity, regardless of religion, is Arab.

Christopher Ben Kushka: which is why there are people self-identifying as arab jews.

Michael Katz: Rima, that’s what I mean… I know what you’re talking about, but this is a propaganda war… The way things are worded makes a difference… Zionists know left-wingers associate the term “Christian country” with violating rights… Then they’ll say Palestinians want the Muslim version of that… It gives them a chance to go off on a tangent and put Palestinians on the defensive, they should be on the defensive.

Matt Milstein: Drawing on my own personal experience, I know full well how Americans Jews and Muslims react upon being informed that they are living in the Christian United States. Certainly, this is accurate in some respects, but to unilaterally subject minority communities into an involuntary declaration of majority national religion most certainly takes a toll on both the communal and individual levels. While our region is without a doubt majority Muslim and certainly culturally  Arab regardless of one’s individual religion, I wonder if the experience of minority non-Muslim communities in the Muslim Arab world might parallel those of minority communities in the United States. In other words, do non-Muslim minorities in this region feel quite so comfortable when their world is declared to be Muslim?

Rima Najjar: Well, the culture is Arab, and that means a culture very much informed by Islam. This is the culture that Arab Muslims, Christians and Jews identify with. I understand what you are saying, Mati Milstein, but that’s another conversation altogether. If you have any thoughts about what I am actually saying in the piece, I’d like to hear it.

Najib Alaoui: Mati, the difference is between everyday practice, as we all know it, and ” what ifs”.  Everyone knows the region as Muslim/Muslim majority countries. It might also be fitting to point out, it’s the only region in the entire world, where many indigenous populations were able to keep their own ethnic diversity, religions, and cultural particularities. This didn’t happen in the West, especially not in Europe, and yet it’s the opposite that gets told by propagandists.

MA Assi: IsraHell has no future..apartheid regimes are doomed.. Whr is white South Africa??

Rima Najjar: Thanks to all who participated in this discussion.  I have expanded the piece to include the following:

“Middle East” was coined by the British reflecting its European-centered view of the world and differentiating between the “Near East” — i.e. Turkey, and the “Far East” — i.e., China. Shouldn’t regions of the world be designated by reference to their own culture, rather than how they are situated in relation to European powers? In the case of the “Middle East”, that would be the Arab world, and the Zionist Jewish entity is an interloper there.
The fact is, the culture of the Arab region is Arab, and that means it is a culture very much informed by Islam, a culture that Arab Muslims, Christians and Jews identify with. And it is a culture that European Zionist Jews regarded as inferior, in keeping with what Edward Said calls the “dispossessing movements of modern European colonialism.”

The notion that some cultures were advanced and civilized, others backward and uncivilized; these ideas, plus the lasting social meaning imparted to the fact of color (and hence of race) by philosophers like John Locke and David Hume, made it axiomatic by the middle of the nineteenth century that Europeans always ought to rule non-Europeans.

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Where is Israel? In the “Middle East” or in the heart of the Muslim Arab world?

Israel is an interloper — it does not belong in the Arab world where it was planted by force.

The term “Middle East” is often used to hide the fact that the region is largely Muslim and culturally Arab and that Israel, forcibly nestled at the heart of it, is a violent Zionist colonial imposition on the region — both politically and culturally.

How would it sound if you kept hearing on news reports about Israel the phrase “Arab World” substituted for every reference to “Middle East”? Wouldn’t that make you wonder what the Zionist Jewish state is doing there in the heart of it?

A similar subterfuge is constantly taking place by food editors, who often refer to Palestinian Arab cuisine taken over by Israel as Mediterranean to avoid mentioning the words “Arab” and “Palestinian” as in:

One of Israel’s most popular cafe chains … is about to make its North American debut with new outposts in Toronto and Boston. In Israel [the chain is] known for … its Mediterranean and Italian-style fare.

The image above is by the artist Spencer Tunick, whose career has been devoted to taking photographs of large groups of nude people in public locations. In 2011, hundreds of Israelis took part in a Tunick nude shoot in the Dead Sea.

Notice how the Israeli nude bodies in the image are forming the shape of Palestine, whose Palestinian Arab body politic was (and continues to be) preyed upon by the foreign body of the Zionist Jewish project.

To the vast majority of people in the Arab world, such liberal, some might say hedonistic, displays as the activity depicted in the photograph (hundreds of naked people floating in the Dead Sea and posing nude on the beach) are anathema. Tunick’s art event in the heart of a Muslim Arab conservative region, where many women still swim with all their clothes on, graphically illustrates how the violent imposition on Palestine of a colonial state with a Western ethos in the form of Israel can be out of place in the region and a target of detestation.

Israel, in other words, is an interloper — it does not belong in the Arab world where it was planted by force, against the will of its Palestinian-Arab inhabitants, both Muslim and Christian — the overwhelming majority in 1947–48. The Western colonizers who founded the apartheid state have imposed many elements of their culture on Palestine (some good, some bad) while at the same time stealing (co-opting), not only land and erasing Palestinian history but also traditional Palestinian Arab culture and food and making it their own.

“Middle East” was coined by the British reflecting its European-centered view of the world and differentiating between the “Near East” — i.e. Turkey, and the “Far East” — i.e., China. Shouldn’t regions of the world be designated by reference to their own culture, rather than how they are situated in relation to European powers? In the case of the “Middle East”, that would be the Arab world, and the Zionist Jewish entity is an interloper there.

The fact is, the culture of the Arab region is Arab, and that means it is a culture very much informed by Islam, a culture that Arab Muslims, Christians and Jews identify with. And it is a culture that European Zionist Jews regarded as inferior, in keeping with what Edward Said calls the “dispossessing movements of modern European colonialism.”

The notion that some cultures were advanced and civilized, others backward and uncivilized; these ideas, plus the lasting social meaning imparted to the fact of color (and hence of race) by philosophers like John Locke and David Hume, made it axiomatic by the middle of the nineteenth century that Europeans always ought to rule non-Europeans.

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Note: Part of this article was first published on Quora as an answer to Why does Israel have a negative image across the Middle East?

What is immoral about the founding of the Jewish Zionist state in Palestine?

The world cannot keep pretending forever that the emperor has clothes. Sooner or later, the world will not only see Israel exposed, it will make Israel take stock of the moral consequences of its own founding.

The same immoral foundation that applies to Israel’s fifty-year occupation of Palestinian land also applies to the founding of the Jewish Zionist state in Palestine in 1948.  After all, the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip resulted from the catastrophic partitioning of Palestine into three parts and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine’s non-Jewish Palestinian Arabs.

Logic dictates that the world should awaken to the immoral nature of the Zionist Jewish colonization of Palestine in 1948 by European immigrant Jews against the will of its Palestinian Arab inhabitants, just as the media now appears finally to be awakening to the criminal nature of the 1967 occupation [see, as just one example,  One Long Atrocity].

One “long atrocity” is preceded by another and follows the same Zionist plan of theft of Palestinian land [see Legalizing the theft of Palestinian land has been Israeli policy since Day 1] and Jewish colonization. This is no secret:

The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government, the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment. (article first published by Global Research on April 29, 2013).

In recent developments, President Donald Trump has confirmed his support of Israel’s illegal settlements and his opposition to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which confirms the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” According to Rabbi Fischmann, “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.” (http://www.globalresearch.ca/gre…)

There is one difference, however, which addresses the comparative morality of the actions of the Haganah, the military arm of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, in 1947-48 on the one hand, and what the Haganah turned into after 1948 – the so-called  “Israeli Defense Forces” (IDF):

The rapid events of the [1967] war made it too difficult for Israel to ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, as it did in hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages during what Palestinians call the Nakba of ‘48 — the ‘Catastrophe’ in which they lost their homeland. (Can the 1967 war offer an opportunity for peace?)

The extent of the literal cover-up of Palestinian homes and depopulated villages often by planting woods over the area funded by American Jews through the Jewish National Fund (JNF), whose tax-deductable status in the US is now under attack, can be best viewed in the map called “Colonialism in Destru(a)ction” produced by De-Colonizer. The map details Palestinian, Jewish and Syrian localities destroyed since the beginning of Zionism until 2016:

The breakdown by historical layers (destructions before 1948, during the Nakba and from 1967 to 2016), is visually reported by the use of three different colors both in the legend and on the map itself. It aims to show the historical continuum of the ongoing colonial project until today, and gives an indication on what might be the future if there is no political international substantial mobilization to stop Israel.

Already 750 000 Palestinians and some 130 000 Syrians have been expelled, it was about time to map their loss and destruction, and to name what’s going on here: settler-colonialism.

In solidarity with those who have lost everything.

The world cannot keep pretending forever that the emperor has clothes. Sooner or later, the world will not only see Israel exposed, it will make Israel take stock of the moral consequences of its own founding.

As Palestinian scholar-activist Nada Elia expressed it, “… we must understand, and emphasize, that this violence [in Palestine] did not start in 1967, and that “ending the occupation” alone will not end it.” (Liberal Zionists think the ’67 occupation is all about them)

And as the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said put it:  “As Arabs, we demand acknowledgement and reparations. We cannot accept that the ‘redemption of the Jews’ required the dispossession of millions of Palestinian people. We must rethink our common past if we want to have a future, and it is time to honestly state that we are fated to have a common, not a separate, future.” (Edward Said:  A Lesson that will not die, a vision that cannot fail.)

Please read Palestinian refugees and the right of return  to get a sense of the scope of the human tragedy involved as a result of the creation of the Zionist entity in Palestine.

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Featured photos: On the left, the Naksa (Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip); on the right, the Nakba (the 1948 founding of Israel).

Note:  A version of this blog post was first published and then “collapsed” in Quora as an answer to the following question: Will the world wake up to the immoral foundation of the Zionist state in Palestine, as they are to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 occupation?