By Ameen Izzadeen
For the Zionists, the Palestinians do not exist. If they exist, they are not people; they are things – things to be wiped out. Two years after Israel occupied much of Palestine, Golda Meir, Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister from 1969 to 1974, told Britain’s Sunday Times in an interview published on June 15, 1969: “There was no such thing as Palestinians. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country from them. They did not exist.”
The big lie – that Israel was set up in a land without people for a people without land – continues with the help of an international Zionist network that includes the corporate media, corrupt politicians and pressure lobbies.
Prior to the setting up of Israel, Albert Einstein, the famous Jewish scientist, asked Chaim Weizmann, the leader of the World Zionist Movement: “What of the Arabs, if the Palestine was to be given to the Jews?”
Weizmann replied: “What Arabs? They are hardly of any consequence.”
Quite contrary to this Zionist lie, numerous documents and statements in addition to history and archaeology prove that the Palestinians who are Arab Muslims and Arab Christians have been living in the land in question before the Zionist state of Israel was set up in 1948 for the European Jews such as Ukrainian born Golda Meir and Ben Gurion, the Polish born first prime minister of Israel.
History and archaeology show that long before the Jews set foot on Palestine, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Ammonites, the Moabites and the Edomites had been living there. Their descendents and a large number of Jews, in the 7th and 8th centuries A.D adopted Islam as their religions and Arabic as their language while there have been a substantial number of Arab Christians for the past 20 centuries.
Even the Balfour declaration — a document through which Britain, the world’s biggest coloniser, plunderer of third world resources and land robber, gave the Zionist movement the pledge in 1917 that a Jewish state would be set up in Palestine — recognised the existence of non-Jewish people in Palestine.
“… nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,” declared the document prepared by the then foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour, who probably thought Palestine was his grandmother’s ancestral property.
In spite of the evidence, the Zionist propaganda has prevailed in the West: There was no “such thing” as Palestinians. If they exist, they are the bad people, the colonisers of the Jewish land and therefore Israel is justified in weeding out these “absent but present” people.
The Zionists are today doing exactly what the white Europeans – pardon me for using this racist term — did to the Native Americans and what Britain did to Australia’s Aborigines centuries ago. They are all perpetrators of history’s biggest crimes against humanity. Just as the Israelis kill the Palestinians today, the Western colonisers committed genocide on the Native Americans. So they try to cover each other’s nakedness or whitewash each other’s crimes against humanity. No wonder, barring a handful of socialist and right-thinking academics and activists, the West blindly supports Israel’s crimes against humanity. Take Wednesday’s vote at the emergency session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council in Geneva for a debate and probe on Israeli war crimes in Gaza. It was passed with 27 voting in favour, one against and 17 abstentions. As expected the United States used the only negative vote while its European allies had a streak of bleeding in their hearts to abstain from the voting.
Besides the US’ negative vote, its continuous use of the veto at the UN Security Council, its come-what-may backing of Israel’s war crimes and its lopsided statements that often blame the Palestinians, have given a fillip to the Zionist state to commit more and more war crimes, which includes the killing of children.
A 22-year-old pregnant Palestinian woman told al-Jazeera, probably the only television channel that gives a balanced coverage of the war, that she had found refuge in a Gaza Church because she feared the Israelis would kill even her child in the womb.
Stone-hearted, these Zionist Nazis refuse to learn a lesson from Jewish history. Some three millennia ago, the Pharaoh ordered the killing of the boy child the Jewish women gave birth to when they were living in slavery in Egypt. Today, the Zionists are the Pharaohs. Nay, they are worse than the Pharaoh, for he killed only the first-born boy child while they kill little boys and girls indiscriminately. They derive a perverted pleasure from killing the Palestinian child whom they regard as tomorrow’s terrorist. Far from it, he is a Palestinian Moses.
As the attack on Gaza by Israel continues for the second week, the death toll has risen to more than 750, with one third of the dead being children. In other words, every 90 minutes, a Palestinian child has been killed by Israeli fire in the past two weeks. The Western world’s silence or inaction to prevent the massacre of Palestinian children was disturbingly quite in contrast to its reaction when Malala Yousafzai was shot and injured by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan 2012.
How can Barack Obama hold on to his Nobel Peace Prize in a manner that he would not part with it when he selectively condemns Hamas for firing rockets at Israel but allows Israel to indiscriminately attack civilian targets and kill children? He knows it iss the US-supplied missiles and aircraft that are being used to kill the Palestinian children, women and the elderly. He is not unaware that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu started this war with the aim of destroying the Palestinian unity government between Hamas led by Khalid Mishal and Fatah led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama also knows that Netanyahu through this war is trying prop up his party’s electoral prospects in the face of criticism even from allies that he is not doing enough to oppress the Palestinians.
Obama is also probably aware that Netanyahu was using the death of the three Israeli teenagers to reignite the process of re-dehumanising the Palestinians ahead of unleashing Israel’s brutal force on Palestinian civilians.
By defending Israel’s war crimes at the UNHRC, Obama is only exposing his country’s hypocrisy with regard to hauling the Sri Lankan government before the same council for committing alleged war crimes during the last stages of the war.
Obama is a slave of Zionist lobbies such as the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). These lobbies fund the campaigns of US presidential candidates and prospective and existing lawmakers, who in return ensure that nearly US$ 4 billion is given annually to Israel as military and economic aid.
The Zionist-controlled corporate media in the West play no less a role in hiding Israel’s crimes. In keeping with the Zionist agenda, the Western corporate media dehumanise and demonise the Palestinians. That the Palestinians are freedom fighters in a struggle to win back their state is rarely or never mentioned in the Zionist-controlled western media. That Hamas, the Palestinian faction which controls the Gaza Strip, had no role in the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli teenagers during an excursion in the West Bank early this month finds only a rare mention in the Western media. Also finding no mention in the Western media is the subsequent fatal burning of a Palestinian teenager by Israel settlers. Instead, the Western media harp on the insecurity of Israel, the tenth most powerful military in the world and a nuclear power. They also try to smuggle into their news reporting the Zionist propaganda material that Israel is only acting in self-defence, that Israel carries out hi-tech precision bombing to avoid civilian targets, that Hamas started the war, that Israel’s is the most moral army in the world and that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.
One such pro-Israeli media group, NBC, on the pretext of security concerns, ordered its veteran correspondent Ayman Mohyeddin to leave Gaza after he witnessed and reported in chilling detail Israel’s killing of four Palestinian children playing on a Gaza beach.
The western media underreport the Palestinian suffering. They hardly mention the Palestinians’ legitimate right to fight the occupying force and win back their state. They won’t talk about or show the Palestinian freedom slogans one of which reads, “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bomb my country, starve us all, humiliate us all…. But I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.”
More than 1.8 million Palestinians are living in a 350 square kilometre prison called the Gaza Strip with two gates – one in the north controlled by Israel and the other in the south by Egypt. They cannot even take a boat and escape via sea because the sea is controlled by the Israelis. Tens of thousands of Palestinian people who are displaced by and fleeing from the Israeli bombardment of residential areas, schools and hospitals tried to enter Egypt via the Rafah border crossing. But the pro-Western Egyptian regime of President Abdel Fateh al-Sisi does not see it as a humanitarian necessity to keep it open, because it sees Hamas, a friend of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi, as an enemy of the Egyptian state.
With its anti-Hamas bias, Egypt cannot play the role of honest broker to work out a ceasefire. Last week, it announced a ceasefire without consulting Hamas or the Palestinian unity government. Hamas rightly rejected it and made its conditions known to the world powers for a meaningful ceasefire. The conditions stem from the legitimate aspirations of the besieged people of the Gaza Strip. But the latest moves for a ceasefire with the active participation of the UN and the US manifest an Israeli bias as they come at a time when Israel finds its ground offensive costly in the face of Hamas’ brave resistance.
The Palestinian crisis will not end until the US ends its hypocrisy and holds the scales of justice evenly.
(This article first appeared in the Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka)
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