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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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?

 

Are attacks on Israeli police in East Jerusalem terrorism?

In all justice, we should be condemning the brutal oppression and erasure of Palestinians meant to ensure the “Jewish character”, i.e., the “right” of Israel to exist as a Jewish state on stolen land

East Jerusalem is occupied by Israel. It is also illegally annexed. It is also illegally separated from the rest of the West Bank by an illegal wall. In Jerusalem, Israel boasts of 220,000 illegal Jewish settlers settled on land confiscated from 300,000 Palestinian residents who are now landless. It boasts of 50,000 illegally displaced Palestinian Arabs and 685 illegally demolished Palestinian homes that have rendered 2,500 Palestinian Arabs homeless [see sources for this information here]. All of this is legalized through Israel’s jurisprudence, but never legitimized as its fundamental human rights violations are enshrined in military occupation law.

Although the US and Israel both reject the concept of state terrorism (i.e. acts of violence practiced by official state agencies), the above description of Israel’s policies and actions in East Jerusalem should be regarded as terrorist activities. Israel’s violent activities are premeditated, political in nature, and aimed at civilians – i.e., all the factors generally accepted to constitute elements of terrorism.

The nature of Israel’s violence in Jerusalem (as well as in the other occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) is highlighted by the extrajudicial and brutal erasure of Palestinians who exercise their internationally recognized right to resist as described by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/33/24 of 29 November 1978:

2. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, particularly armed struggle;

Israel has a long history of extrajudicial killing of Palestinians in and outside Palestine and also a history of trying to prevent reporters from exposing its policy of extra-judicial killing. As Palestinian resistance increases, so does the proliferation of Israel’s extrajudicial killings:

Human Rights Watch has documented numerous statements since October 2015, by senior Israeli politicians, including the police minister and defense minister, calling on police and soldiers to shoot to kill suspected attackers, irrespective of whether lethal force is actually strictly necessary to protect life. (Israel/Palestine: Some Officials Backing ‘Shoot-to-Kill’)

So, what to make of the incidents that took place on June 16, 2017, in which three Palestinian young men reportedly conducted two attacks on Israeli police in Jerusalem?

two Palestinians were shot dead after opening fire at and trying to stab a group of Israeli police officers on Friday night, police said. At the other, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police…. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the stabbing but the militant Palestinian organisation Hamas and the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said the three attackers and were their own members…. Palestinian media named the attackers as Adel Ankush, 18, from a village near Ramallah, Bra’a Salah, 18, from the same village, and Amar Bedui, 31 from Hebron.

Since September 2015, Palestinian assailants have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. In that time, about 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. Israel identified most of them as attackers.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded by social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state. (Israeli police officer stabbed to death in Jerusalem attack)

The excerpt from The Guardian above lays out all the dimensions of the tragedy, but in the wrong order. The reference to the Islamic State is in the subheading of the article, “Three Palestinians armed with knives and a home-made gun launched two attacks and were shot dead in attack claimed by Islamic State”, but the refutation of it is buried inside the story. The Israeli side of the report is up front, the Palestinian side is literally in the last line of the report. The three young men involved are said to have “entered Jerusalem from the West Bank,” as if occupied and illegally annexed East Jerusalem is not part of the West Bank and as if the village of these young men, Deir Abu Mash’al (Dayr Abu-Mashal/Meshal), northwest of Ramallah does not share the same confiscation of land by Israel and Jewish settlement ringing it as does East Jerusalem.

Here is a little bit of information from the village profile online that will connect the dots for you:

The Israeli government confiscated hundreds of dunums of lands in Deir Abu Mash‟al to open Israeli bypass road no. 465. This road is constructed and open to connect the Israeli settlements surrounding the village with each other. The real threat of bypass roads lies in the buffer zone formed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) along these roads, extending to approximately 75 m on the roads‟ sides.” (Deir Abu Mash’al (Dayr Abu-Mashal/Meshal), Ramallah gov.)

In all justice, we should be condemning the instigators of the violence in Jerusalem, the brutal oppression and erasure of Palestinians meant to ensure the “Jewish character”, i.e., the “right” of Israel to exist as a Jewish state on stolen land. We should do what the United Nations General Assembly has already done (Resolution A/RES/33/24):

7. Strongly condemns all Governments which do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of peoples under colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation, notably the peoples of Africa and the Palestinian people.

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This blog post was first published on Quora as an answer to: What do you think of the recent attack against Israeli police in Jerusalem? Is it terrorism? 

Palestinian Arabs violate Israel’s “right to exist” simply by existing themselves and procreating on their own land  

‘What will Israel do when there are five million Palestinians living in Gaza?’

In his book The Battle for Justice in Palestine: The Case for a Single Democratic State in Palestine,  Ali Abunimah uses a sort of test for moral action to address Israel’s claim of legitimacy and its “right” to exist as a Jewish state in historic Palestine.

Here is Ali Abunimah’s answer to the “only question” about the Jewish entity now – its legitimacy.

He writes:

Let us accept, for the sake of argument, that Israel has a “right to exist as a Jewish state”—or to maintain its “Jewish character” or “Jewish and democratic character,” to use other common formulations—and that this means in practice that Israel has a right to maintain a Jewish demographic majority. Let us also leave aside for now the fact that the Jewish majority within Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries was created when Zionist militias, and later Israel, expelled most of the indigenous Palestinian population in 1947 and 1948 and then prevented their return.

… Every right when with-held must have a remedy, and every injury its proper redress. If a person bears a right, then there must be some venue—usually a court of law—where she can seek to have that right enforced, to have an equitable penalty imposed on the violator, or to obtain some other form of legal relief.

By opposing Israel, by insisting on their internationally recognized right of return and their right for self determination, by simply procreating, Palestinian Arabs, the indigenous inhabitants of Israel and its occupation, are then said to be violating Israel’s “right” to exist.  In order to maintain its “right”, Israel must resort to remedies.  The following are some measures, as excerpted from Abunimah’s book, that Israel could take (and in many instances does take) against violators:

1) The “threat” from Palestinian refugees is dealt with by abrogating their right of return.
2) Violators in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are expelled, a step that would serve the dual purpose of reducing their existing numbers and eliminating the risk of future violations by Palestinian babies who might be born to those expelled.
3) Failing that, Israel could issue restraining orders against Palestinian parents to limit the number of children they are permitted to have or engage in other practices designed to deter the births of Palestinians and encourage those of Jews.
4) Similar measures could be used against other non-Jewish violators as well. Among political or legal measures, Israel could punish and prevent violations by stripping Palestinian citizens of Israel of their right to vote or by maintaining a separate regime for Palestinians in Israel and in the occupied territories that allows Jews to get on with running the country without any challenge to their power and control of resources.

These preposterous measures “flow naturally from the assertion that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state, yet it is impossible to think of a single measure that does not do outrageous violence to basic principles of human rights, equality, and antiracism.”

In other words, Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is a right to abuse non-Jewish Palestinian Arabs.  It is difficult to envision a policy that Israel can practice toward Palestinians in order to preserve its “character” that is not morally obscene.  What answer can there be for the question Sara Roy has recently asked?

If the Israelis were thinking clearly, one person said, ‘everyone could benefit. All they must do is give us a window to live a normal life and all these extremist groups would disappear. Hamas would disappear. The community must deal with … these groups, not IDF tanks and planes. Our generation wants to make peace and it is foolish for Israel to refuse. The next generation may not be as willing as we are. Is that what Israel truly wants?’ In the first six months of 2016, the Ministry of the Interior reported that 24,138 babies were born in Gaza, averaging 132 a day. In August 2016 alone, 4961 babies were born, or 160 a day: more than six babies every hour and one baby every nine minutes. The distance between Gaza City and Tel Aviv is 44 miles. ‘What will Israel do when there are five million Palestinians living in Gaza?’

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What’s the “only question” about Israel that we must ask now?

In its pseudo-liberal brave vein of being the “fourth power” in an Apartheid state, Haaretz has a running series of opinion pieces, mostly written by Jews, weighing the pros and cons of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.  This is probably a tricky undertaking for the English/Hebrew Israeli newspaper, as legislation in Israel against those backing BDS is a burgeoning reality and activists can be punished on “suspicion of incitement” if they possess BDS materials.

The latest such opinion is the carefully phrased piece by veteran leftist Haaretz reporter Gideon Levy, in which he poses the following questions about BDS:

“…The only question is whether Israel deserves such a punishment, like the one imposed on apartheid South Africa in an earlier era, and whether such steps are effective. And one more question: What other means have not been tried against the occupation and haven’t failed?”

It is so sad that Levy and people like him are still phrasing “questions” about Israel in this way – by confining Israel’s misdeeds to the “occupation” and by framing BDS activism as “punishment” to Israel rather than as a fight for justice in Palestine.

The “only question” about Israel that we should ask is this:  Is Israel’s “right” to exist as a Jewish state legitimate?

For so long, Zionist myths have erased Palestinians just as they propped up a false vision of Jewish “reclamation, triumph and hope” in Palestine.  The lies behind that unconscionable vision are now tumbling down and we should hurry up Zionism’s demise by finally asking the right question.
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WHY THIS BLOG? BECAUSE THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES & WE NEED TO SAY SO

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I have started this blog in response to being banned from Quora, a social network Question/Answer internet presence that spews out hasbara misinformation on Palestine/Israel/Zionism, while at the same time belligerently “voting down” and “collapsing” answers that try to shift the reigning paradigm on the struggle for liberation in Palestine – i.e, the paradigm that limits any possibility of resolution to the ‘two-state solution’, the refusal, as Donna Nevel puts it, to acknowledge Zionism, and therefore Israel, as illegitimate from the beginning of its existence.

A lot of dirty tricks are going on at Quora, designed to muzzle speech on Palestine, starting with their policy of defining anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism, and removing “topics” such as “Zionism” related to a question and adding instead “Jewish ethnicities and culture.”  The most galling thing about this site is that it passes itself as a trustworthy conduit of information on the internet and a place to increase “knowledge” in the world.  This may be true about the site, except of course when it comes to Palestine, the big exception to free speech around the world.

I had put a lot of effort in answering questions on Quora, because I wanted, even if in a small way, to counteract Quora’s flood of misinformation about Israel.  The Zionist Jewish entity, as Ramzy Baroud expressed it in a brilliant piece on Aljazeera recently, has been “distracting from history – or the current reality of the horrific occupation of Palestine” for nearly 70 years.

“Incapable of sustaining its founding myths, yet unable to offer an alternative, the Israeli government is now using coercive measures to respond to the budding movement [of pushing for a paradigm shift in order to understand the roots of the conflict in Palestine]: punishing those who insist on commemorating the Nakba, fining organisations that participate in such events and even perceiving as traitors any Jewish individuals and groups that deviate from its official thinking.”

In the belief that submitting to censorship leaves the world distorted, I invite you to ask questions here and I will answer them here and host guests who will answer questions as well.  This blog will be the place where we can say, “The emperor has no clothes.”
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