Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tyrrany of Terror

I don't believe Americans and Canadians know enough about the situation in Palestine to form an opinion...much less a policy. As things here in Canada start to heat up regarding Canada's policies in the Middle East I am going to share some of the stories I know but through the words of others. I hope this makes sense...

"When we [followers of the prophetic Judaism] returned to Palestine...the majority of Jewish people preferred to learn from Hitler rather than from us."
Martin Buber, to a New York audience, Jewish Newsletter, June 2, 1958.

"We Created Terror Among the Arabs"
The Deir Yassin Massacre

By WILLIAM MARTIN

On April 9, 1948, members of the underground Jewish terrorist group, the Irgun, or IZL, led by Menachem Begin, who was to become the Israeli prime minister in 1977, entered the peaceful Arab village of Deir Yassin, massacred 250 men, women, children and the elderly, and stuffed many of the bodies down wells. There were also reports of rapes and mutilations. The Irgun was joined by the Jewish terrorist group, the Stern Gang, led by Yitzhak Shamir, who subsequently succeeded Begin as prime minister of Israel in the early '80s, and also by the Haganah, the militia under the control of David Ben Gurian. The Irgun, the Stern Gang and the Haganah later joined to form the Israeli Defense Force. Their tactics have not changed.

The massacre at Deir Yassin was widely publicized by the terrorists and the numerous heaped corpses displayed to the media. In Jaffe, which was at the time 98 percent Arab, as well as in other Arab communities, speaker trucks drove through the streets warning the population to flee and threatening another Deir Yassin. Begin said at the time, "We created terror among the Arabs and all the villages around. In one blow, we changed the strategic situation."

From about 1938 on to the founding of Israel, Begin was the leader of the Irgun. That group regularly assassinated English soldiers in Palestine and frequently hung their booby-trapped bodies in public places. Under Begin, the Irgun blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946, killing 97 British civil servants. The Stern Gang, under Shamir, also assassinated the U.N. representative to Palestine, Count Bernadotte, in 1948.

But Deir Yassin was not the only massacre by the Israeli Defense Force. That army, under Moshe Dayan, took the unarmed and undefended village of al-Dawazyma, located in the Hebron hills, massacred 80 to 100 of its residents, and threw their bodies into pits. "The children were killed by breaking their heads with sticks ... The remaining Arabs were then sealed in houses, as the village was systematically razed ..." (Nur Masalha, The Historical Roots of the Palestinian Refugee Question).

We read further. According to Yitzhak Rabin's biography:

We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Alon repeated his question: "What is to be done with the population?" BG waved his hand in a gesture, which said: Drive them out! ... I agreed that it was essential to drive the inhabitants out.

Continuing the narrative, Ben-Gurion University historian Benny Morris writes in "Operation Dani and the Palestinian Exodus from Lydda and Ramle in 1948", Middle East Journal, 40


At 13.30 hours on 12 July [1948]... Lieutenant-Colonel Yitzhak Rabin, operation Dani head Operation, issued the following order: '1. The inhabitants of Lydda must be expelled quickly without attention to age. They should be directed to Beit Nabala,... Implement Immediately.' A similar order was issued at the same time to the Kiryati Brigade concerning the inhabitants of the neighboring town of Ramle, occupied by Kiryati troops that morning... On 12 and 13 July, the Yaftah brigades carried out their orders, expelling the 50-60,000 remaining inhabitants of and refugees camped in and around the two towns....

About noon on 13 July, Operation Dani HQ informed IDF General Staff/Operations: 'Lydda police fort has been captured. [The troops] are busy expelling the inhabitants.... Lydda's inhabitants were forced to walk eastward to the Arab legion lines; many of Ramle's inhabitants were ferried in trucks or buses. Clogging the roads... the tens of thousands of refugees marched, gradually shedding their worldly goods along the way. It was a hot summer day. The Arab chroniclers, such as Sheikh Muhammed Nimr al Khatib, claimed that hundreds of children died in the march, from dehydration and disease. One Israeli witness described the spoor: the refugee column 'to begin with [jettisoned] utensils and furniture and, in the end, bodies of men, women, and children.

There were many other such villages with Arabic names that have almost been expunged from memory--but not quite. These facts have always been known to some historians, however they have been consistently denied by the official Israeli histories, as, indeed, Israel has never taken any responsibility for the exodus of Palestinians from the land of the present state of Israel.

Within the last 10 to 20 years, however, there has been an exponential increase in historical studies of the origins of the state of Israel which have coincided with the release by Israel of many, but not all, of the historical and military archives. Ben-Gurion University historian Benny Morris, as well as others, have systematically mined these documents and found numerous instances of massacres, and, by the way, not one shred of evidence for the frequently repeated official Israeli lie that the Palestinians fled Palestine because the surrounding Arab states told them to.

In fact, according to UN estimates, which some say are conservative, 750,000 Palestinians fled the site of the present Jewish state in 1948. Those refugees and their descendents now number about 4.5 million and constitute the largest and longest standing refugee population in the world. Many live in squalid refugee camps distributed in the surrounding Arab states or in the West Bank or Gaza, many retain the titles to their land, recognized by the British before 1948 or the Ottomans before that , and many retain the keys to their front doors of their former homes in what is now Israel, whether or not those doors still exists.

The '67 War generated a second wave of about 300,000 refugees from the West Bank and Gaza who were either expelled through direct or psychological methods or fled the Israel aerial attacks on the territories which included the extensive use of napalm.

The reader is invited to read the Hagana's Plan D , which has been available in English since the 1960s and was a military strategy of 1948 that entailed the evacuation of the Palestinian population from the areas of a future Jewish state.

Those who invoke the suicide bombings against mostly Israeli civilians to infer the righteousness of the Israeli cause live in a twilight of psychic denial of an otherwise unambiguous historical record: the state of Israel was founded on terrorism and ethnic cleansing.

The suicide bombings inside Israel, the first of which only occurred in 1994, after 25 years of occupation, is only a side show. That is a symptom and long way from the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

There will never be a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until Israel takes responsibility, under U.N. Resolution 194, calling for reparation of the Palestinian refugees, and recognizes the immense suffering it caused at that time. We need also to recognize the US is giving unqualified moral support to a state that is based on racial purity and one that is intrinsically expansionist.

William James Martin is a visiting Instructor of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. He can be reached at: martinw@email.unc.edu

10 comments:

ArabsKillingArabs said...

How many hundreds of Africans were murdered these last few months in Darfur by ARABS? Should we blame IZL? No, its the Arabian Nuts!

Anonymous said...

This is the usual total crap. The residents of Deir-Yassin were told to leave because some of their members were arming the enemy. Many left and those that remained behind fought it out with the Israeli army. They gambled, they lost and now they whine, WHAAAA, Whaaaa, Whaaa.

Tsedek said...

Abu-Issa, as usual there are two versions (maybe more even) to this -

one is given the choice what to believe according in which direction their sentiments push them.

For the other side of thise the Deir Yassin story please read:

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/deir_yassin.html

Take care & be well,
Tse.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, this is total b.s., but the propoganda machine keeps spitting it out.

Abu-Issa said...

a.k.a.,

Not sure what your comment has to do with my post, except to perpetuate the sterotype of 'Arabs as killers'...

Considering that I am an Arab, who with other Arabs (and Israelis, Canadians, Americans, etc.) is trying to intelligently discussing the situation in Palestine and what has brought us to this point...am offended by your generalization.

Abu-Issa

Abu-Issa said...

Tse,

It's always a breath of fresh air to hear from you, thank you for your comment and the link. I read the article you linked to about Deir Yassin and somehow still felt horrified and disgusted at what had happened.

However, in William Martin's article he cited the Deir Yassin massacre as only ONE of many events in Palestine at the time designed to force the Palestinian inhabitants to leave 'voluntarily'...and to begin what was for some a 'death march'.

"One Israeli witness described the spoor: the refugee column 'to begin with [jettisoned] utensils and furniture and, in the end, bodies of men, women, and children."

And how that continues today as the effort to get Palestinians to 'voluntaritly' leave what's left of Palestine (Gaza and the West Bank). I realize now that it was a long article as witnessed by the two anonymous comments (so far) who obviously didn't get the jist of what I was saying through other people's words:

"When we [followers of the prophetic Judaism] returned to Palestine...the majority of Jewish people preferred to learn from Hitler rather than from us." Martin Buber, to a New York audience, Jewish Newsletter, June 2, 1958.

Jews are peaceful people by design but when it came to Palestine, somehow the collective consious chose to use lessons learned at the hands of the Nazi's rather than from the core of their beliefs...and as such created "terror among the Arabs".

Jews, Christians and Muslims CAN live together as witnessed in a pre-1900 Palestine. I hope to re-unite Palestine and all of her people.

Abu-Issa

Abu-Issa said...

Schlemazl,

Your comment...

I think that as first step they ought to remove the objective of killing all Jews from their charter. I know it won't be easy for them as that is all they are about.

...is what I would expect from you regarding your blatant racist attitude, but please do your research:

Though the document calls for armed struggle, there is nothing in it incompatible with the establishment of a secular democratic state which recognizes and respects the three major religions.

Indeed, article 16 of the document states:

The liberation of Palestine, from a spiritual viewpoint, will prepare an atmosphere of tranquility and peace for the Holy Land in the shade of which all the Holy Places will be safeguarded, and freedom of worship and visitation to all will be guaranteed, without distinction or discrimination of race, colour, language or religion.

And article 19 states:

The partitioning of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of Israel is fundamentally null and void, because it is contrary to the wish of the people of Palestine and its natural right to a homeland, and contradicts the principles embodied in the Charter of the UN, the first of which is the right of self-determination.

Under American pressure, Arafat and the PLO eventually amended the Charter so as to accept the reality of a Jewish state on 80% of historical Palestine leaving room for a Palestinian state on the remainder. However, one democratic state based on non-discrimination with equal rights for Jews, Christians and Muslims is closer to American/Canadian values than a state created specifically for one ethnicity whose laws uphold the superior rights of one race or ethnicity, namely the Jewish one, over that of another, namely the minority Palestinian citizens of Israel. In amending the Charter so as to accept the two state solution, we have actually moved away from basic American/Canadian values of non-discrimination based on race.

Those liberals who worked for the dissolution of the white supremacists governments of Rhodesia and South Africa need to explain their slavish devotion to the state of Israel which is based on Jewish supremacy.

Abu-Issa

Anonymous said...

Haniyeh has stated many times "We will never accept Israel." Blah, blah, blah, and "there is nothing in it incompatible with the establishment of a secular democratic state which recognizes and respects the three major religions" - Puleez, wipe out Israel kill all the Jews, make all the Christians want to leave is more like it. Too bad we're not all as dumb as you think we are. Keep posting your crap so everyone knows how stupid you are.

shlemazl said...

Abu-Issa:

"...is what I would expect from you regarding your blatant racist attitude, but please do your research"

I can only assume you are finally running out of your loonie ideas. Calling me racist makes you look even more ridiculous.

My comment related to your post "why Hamas refuses to recognize Israel". For the answer I pointed you to the Hamas charter, which clearly states

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."

Alright, you are 100% right. I am a racist and Hamas are angels. Have fun in loonieland.

Tsedek said...

Abu-Issa - I'm not convinced it was all that cut and clear. I'm hearing stories of Israeli's and Palestinians that contradict each-other but are proven both true. That could only be if there were many more shades to this. If all jews those days were bad and all Palestinians innocent, the stories the jews are telling are not true - while they're actually documented and all. If all Palestinians those days were bad and all jews innocent, it wouldn't add up just as well according to personal witness accounts and facts on the ground.

There is more to it than plain black&white....

Hopefully one day this fact will be recognized so both won't feel threatened by the other anymore and sane people (from both sides) can finally start to lead this land into the place it was meant for: a peaceful - coexisting country.

Take care,
Tse.