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Full text of Introducing Palestine, Peace not Apartheid
by Zahir Ebrahim
Email: humanbeingsfirst (nospam) gmail.com
03 Apr 2007
An unreview of distinguished former American President Jimmy Carter's book. Why I don't plan to read it until the former President kindly responds to my rather straightforward Open letter on the subject - which I also faxed to the Carter Center as well as to his Press Secretary - and offers some clarification. This book is indeed a very courageous and unusual voice of an American President, but why did it not go all the way? What is not stated is more meaningful than what is stated, which is already visible to all and sundry in the world - except of course in America. But what is unstated by this courageous man remains also pusillanimously unstated in the entire Western Hemisphere. WHY??? And now the "representative" Palestinian leadership, I am told, has accepted Eretz-Yisraelis demands of even relinquishing their right of return! To this egregious state of affairs, only a bold and truthful voice of a distinguished former American President could have stood up - why did it not? Indeed, his camp is so overrun by the Zionists, that 14 scholars resigned in protest to his book! Anyone else requires further proof of co-optation of all illustrious leaders of this nation - even those who dare to tell a "partial truth"? Why are/were there so many Zionist exponents in the Carter Center? Why are there so many Zionist exponents in the President Bush Administration? Why is Zion running America? Why is the American public tolerating the sacrfice of their sons and daughters, of their nation, of their foreign policies, of their goodwill, for Zion? All essays and open letters cited in this "unreview" can be read on http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org
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[A condensed version of this analysis appears in the footnotes of the essay "The endless trail of red herrings"]
I excitedly purchased the distinguished former American president Jimmy Carter's new book "Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid" and put it on my bookshelf to read the moment I got the chance. Alas, this book will now surely always sit there gathering dust and unread, because before I could get to it, I read the following account in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz about this book that greatly disturbed me. A new red herring has been cleverly introduced into the discourse space, albeit enlarging it somewhat, but not sufficiently for me to waste my time chasing down yet another distinguished red herring. Please permit me to humbly elaborate briefly. A more detailed analysis of the subject matter may be gleaned in my essay "The endless trail of red herrings".
I have humbly constructed an "Open Letter to President Jimmy Carter" seeking his compelling and erudite elaboration on the questions raised here. I pray that he generously responds to this rather ordinary plebeian's plea for clarification so that I can be freed to take his book off my bookshelf to read as excitedly as when I first purchased it. Else it shall await a "Robert Jackson" (as noted in my "Open Letter to Amnesty International, USA"), perhaps long after my short sojourn in this world is over, but surely, he shall come! That is the hope, and indeed the prayer of all peoples who have ever experienced the largesses and munificences of any pirate, and any emperor!
Before I delve into the account of the Israeli newspaper, please allow me to call upon the great Christian Saint who explained the "pirate and emperor" metaphor for the benefit of all humanity in the 4th century AD, in the following way:
“When the King asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: 'the same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.' ” (St. Augustine in his magnum opus “The City of God against the Pagans”, Page 148).
Well let's witness where the former American President Jimmy Carter stands on pirates and emperors. In his speech at George Washington University, as reported by the Associated Press and carried by Israeli newspaper Haaretz at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/834962.html, he noted:
'He said he was not accusing Israel of racism nor referring to its treatment of Arabs within the country. "I defined apartheid very carefully as the forced segregation by one people of another on their own land," he said. ...
On the West Bank, Carter said, Palestinians were victims of oppression, their homes and land confiscated to make way for subsidized Israeli settlers.
"The life of Palestinians is almost intolerable," he said. "And even though Israel agreed to give up Gaza and remove Jewish settlers from the territory, there is no freedom for the people of Gaza and no access to the outside world."
"They have no real freedom of all," Carter said.
By apartheid, Carter said he meant the forced segregation of one people by another. He said Israel's policies in the territories are contrary to the tenets of the Jewish faith.
"There will be no peace until Israel agrees to withdraw from all occupied Palestinian territory," he said, while leaving room for some land swaps that would permit Jews to remain on part of the West Bank in exchange for other Israeli-held land to be taken over by Palestinians.
"Withdrawal would dramatically reduce any threat to Israel," he said.'
The distinguished former President noted the definition of "all occupied Palestinian territory" very carefully suggesting that 'he was not accusing Israel of racism nor referring to its treatment of Arabs within the country. "I defined apartheid very carefully as the forced segregation by one people of another on their own land," he said'.
This might be forgivable oversight of failing memory for today's younger generation or even lack of geography knowledge for an ordinary American, but for a 39th former president of a lone superpower nation who is also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and who dares to speak out serendipitously in favor of a beleaguered peoples, but only goes part of the way as if some enormous invisible barrier is blocking him, it is entirely inexplicable, and very troublesome.
Perhaps despite being a president who once had all the secrets of the State (and the world) at his finger tips, he hadn't rightly been informed by the '14 members of the Carter Center's advisory board' who resigned to protest his book, or by the 'Jewish groups and some fellow Democrats' from whom he 'drew fire', of the Jews own history of laments of the type disclosed in this essay, including this very poignant one:
"The state of Israel founded in 1948 following a war which the Israelis call the War of Independence, and the Palestinians call the Nakba - the catastrophe. A haunted, persecuted people sought to find a shelter and a state for itself, and did so at a horrible price to another people. During the war of 1948, more than half of the Palestinian population at the time - 1,380,000 people - were driven off their homeland by the Israeli army. Though Israel officially claimed that a majority of refugees fled and were not expelled, it still refused to allow them to return, as a UN resolution demanded shortly after 1948 war. Thus, the Israeli land was obtained through ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants. This is not a process unfamiliar in history. Israel's actions remain incomparable to the massive ethnic cleansing of Native Americans by the settlers and government of the United states. Had Israel stopped there, in 1948, I could probably live with it. As an Israeli, I grew up believing that this primal sin our state was founded on may be forgiven one day, because the founder's generation was driven by the faith that this was the only way to save the Jewish people from the danger of another holocaust." (Tanya Reinhart: “Israel/Palestine - How to End the War of 1948”, excerpt from very first page)
It is incredulously bizarre that President Carter should so circumspectly state that 'He said he was not accusing Israel of racism nor referring to its treatment of Arabs within the country.' Not possessing the distinguished credentials of being a former President of the lone superpower country in the universe, and not having won any Nobel Peace prizes either, I must confess I cannot understand the tepidity or wisdom of President Carter. As a mere plebeian, I must rather straightforwardly ask him and the reader, why? Why is Jimmy Carter not accusing Israel of racism, nor referring to her treatment of Arabs within the country?
What is a courageous former President - guarded 24x7 by the Secret Service, and possessing all that he may ever desire in the world already in the back pockets of his accomplished and full life - so fearful of, that he should go out of his way to assert his definition of "Apartheid" in the title of his book to: "I defined apartheid very carefully as the forced segregation by one people of another on their own land", and deliberately restrain himself from not seeing the direct and immediate parallels with South Africa? Did he come by this arbitrary definition through whim, fear, or through some "ubermensch" principle of morality?
Please permit this rather plebeian scribe to have the chutzpah to remind a distinguished luminary-scholar-humanitarian-extraordinaire of the modern political world of the words of Haim Cohen, former judge of the Supreme Court of Israel (as noted by Tariq Ali in “To be Intimidated is to be an Accomplice” http://www.counterpunch.org/ali03042004.html):
‘ “The bitter irony of fate decreed that the same biological and racist argument extended by the Nazis, and which inspired the inflammatory laws of Nuremberg, serve as the basis for the official definition of Jewishness in the bosom of the state of Israel” (quoted in Joseph Badi, Fundamental Laws of the State of Israel NY, 1960, P.156)’
And all can easily glean the expansion of this statement by the former judge of the Supreme Court of Israel, in “Zionism as Jewish National Socialism”:
"According to Halachah, classic Judaism's laws and customs, for example "compassion towards others" extends to Jews only. Murder or manslaughter is judged mildly when the perpetrator is Jewish and the victim a non-Jew. Also according to Halachah, it is accepted for a Jew to kill a non-Jew if he is laying claim to "eternal Jewish land". This is what the settlers' religious organisations are alleging. There is no corresponding law in Israel's judicial system but in effect it influences the system as punishment of such crimes is very mild. Israel's state terrorism, theft of land and occupation, demolition of houses, the building of the Wall etc including the so called 'extra-judicial killings' (assassinations), are seen by Zionists as legitimate defence of the Nation and therefore fall under international law - which Israel ignores [..] Buber critisised Nazism while commending the Jewish Religion (Hassidism) but keeping quiet about its dehumanising of non-Jews (goyim). These double standards act to increase Israel's chauvinism and hatred of all non-Jews." (Lasse Wilhelmson “Zionism as Jewish National Socialism” http://www.israelshamir.net/Contributors/wilhelmson.htm)
And we can trivially see empirical evidence of "These double standards act to increase Israel's chauvinism and hatred of all non-Jews" in despicable racist "ubermensch" statements like the following one by Moshe Katsav, former President of Israel, that inexplicably seem to remain incognizant among the powerful and distinguished critics' of Israel-Palestine blot on humanity, including the author of "Palestine, Peace not Apartheid":
"There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred meters away, they are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to different galaxy." (Moshe Katsav, President of Israel, The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2001)
It is incredible how powerful the lapses of some short term memories can be – perhaps Moshe Katsav has forgotten the Jewish Ghettos from New York to Poland that the Jews inhabited not too long ago themselves. Furthermore, this was their unfortunate 'state of being' when they were free and no military occupying power was constricting them to death. The beleaguered peoples whom the erstwhile former President of Israel finds so easy to belittle as "not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to different galaxy" on the other hand are living under a brutal Israeli military occupation after they were already once evicted from their own lands when the Zionist state was first constructed in their peaceful midst and forced into the subsequently second whammy of military occupation of even that small parcel of land – generations have been wasted under the murderous occupiers watchful gun turrets. Shame! What has happened to the humanity of these Israelis? Why should the world take any sympathy on these peoples anymore for their holocaust? They are handing the same systematic genocide to another innocent peoples – only spread out across generations and in plain sight of the silently spectating world. Witness the following comments of an American President Harry S. Truman from his Diary July 21, 1947. Every word of it is reflected in the Zionist Jews’ own merciless actions in Palestine since the founding of Israel in 1948:
“The Jews, I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler not Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog.”
So upon which "ubermensch" principle of morality has the distinguished President Carter come up with his definition of Apartheid? Hasn't he even bothered to read the late Daniel Pearl's wife, Marriane Pearl's touching autobiographical book in memory of her murdered husband "A Mighty Heart", in which on page 15 she writes of the newest and latest DNA technologies being employed in Israel for the ultimate in racism and Apartheid that even far surpasses South Africa:
"Last October, at a film festival in Montreal, I won an award for a controversial documentary I made for French and German public television about Israel's use of genetic screening. Under Israel's Law of Return, almost any Jew has the right to return to the ancient homeland. But how do you make sure someone is actually Jewish? To determine who qualifies, Israeli authorities have used DNA testing to examine applicants' genetic makeup. My film explored the political and sociological implications of this process, which are confusing and disturbing." (Marriane Pearl "A Mighty Heart" page 15)
I am only assuming that the former President Carter does not receive his daily briefings from the White House anymore, and therefore may not have kept up with the latest news in racism of Israel's innate makeup! Can some courageous reader put the afore asked questions before the former American President publicly where he is compelled to respond as the world continually fawns their oohs and aahs at just the thought of a former President of the United States of America even thinking of criticizing Israel?
I am sorry that I am less than impressed. One does not need to be in possession of the title of "President" to see the difference between "good and evil" or to be "beyond" it. Or indeed, does one?
Seems like all the moralist thinking of people like Hannah Arendth in profound lamentary books such as "Eichmann in Jerusalem - A Report on the Banality of Evil" is mainly confined to the crimes committed against the mighty "ubermensch" themselves! As I humbly noted on Time Magazine's 'The Middle East' blog in response to an amazing article by Phil Zabriskie titled "Reading Between, Over, Around the Lines..." March 8, 2007, at http://time-blog.com/middle_east/2007/03/between_over_around_the_lines.h (only the comment reproduced below):
' "There might well be a fair number of people who think that a state of conflict, marked often by violence and at times death, is the natural state of things here, that endless cycles of mutual antagonism, persecution, and victimization is how its supposed to be, a kind of prophecy foretold."
I am not an expert on prophesy, but certainly commonsense suggests that evil flourishes because many good people choose to remain silent, and those who perpetuate it ["state of conflict"] are usually ordinary peoples - as noted by Hannah Arendth in "Eichmann in Jerusalem - A Report on the Banality of Evil". And when she observed the "ordinaryness" of Adolph Eichmann, she was "reprimanded", putting it charitably. Because we always like to perceive that horrible crimes are only committed by super horrible peoples, and ordinary peoples have no role in being "good Germans".
I would like to draw your kind attention to "the endless trail of red herrings" on this topic that even conscionable and distinguished writers, in mainstream, as well as dissentstream, keep perpetuating, unable to see past the mythologies and red herrings with their own good commonsense.
Please see my humble article on http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org with the above title.
I hope you do publish my comment - it is very difficult to have an ordinary person, a plebeian, have his voice heard - it's always the special interests who get the airwaves/mainstream to themselves. Perhaps Time can be courageous enough to change that - and run my article as their cover story? A plebeian can dream of a time when their own voices can inform the peoples, can't he?
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Given the stark and brutish reality of deliberate and endless trail of red herrings on the ground, anyone not coming out loudly against Zionism itself as the world silently spectates its global power-plays, and not demanding its immediate and outright dismantling and full restitution to its victims, is complicit in the on going murder and genocide of an innocent peoples, all their self-flagellation, and words of remorse, and yes also words of sympathy, notwithstanding.
Why did President Jimmy Carter not title his work "Palestine, Justice not Apartheid", and not develop it accordingly? As a scholar and world statesman, he must surely be cognizant that lasting peace is only a harvest of justice. Any other peace is only temporary acquiescence to slavery on the part of the victims:
"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves" (General Shlomo Lahat)
Indeed, worse than slaves on their own ancestral lands and properties at the hands of manifest aliens:
"If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" (Ben Gurion in "The Jewish Paradox")
"Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country." (Ben Gurion, presumably quoted by Noam Chomsky in Fateful Triangle, noted from the web)
Which emperor or emperor-makers is Jimmy Carter trying to appease, or is mortally afraid of?
When he had the moral strength to speak up in favor of a beleaguered peoples, why not go all the way to blanketly advocating fair justice for them, with full restitution, and dismantling of the first cause celebra that is even as we speak, also championing the invasion and destruction of yet another innocent peoples in another nation?
What, or who, has so powerfully co-opted a former distinguished President of the United States of America such that even when he tells the truth, he only tells half of the truth?
To jog the erstwhile President Carter's conscience to go all the way to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, here is a collection of quotes by Israeli leaders that appeared in Dawn, May 20, 2002 in its Features section. Titled ‘The old will die and the young will forget’, it is reproduced below in its entirety despite some duplication with quotes above, in order to re-illustrate the stark reality to the conscionable former American President of his beloved nation being held hostage and made complicit in the blood of the innocent for the construction of a bipolar "Zion that will light up all the world" - hopefully not in flames! A complex confluence of vested interests emanating from the very heartland of Christian America that was once founded as an august Republic.
It is very depressing and disheartening to me to see the statements of the Great American patriot Ben Franklin below becoming true, and indeed being deliberately brought to fruition by a handful of monumentally criminal misanthropes who are not only giving their entire peoples a bad name, but also co-opting this nation founded as a Republic, into "imperial mobilization" on the Grand Chessboard. One for which America's sons and daughters are paying the price as the world is held hostage on the verge of an Armageddon, while the Zionist exponents and neo-con war mongers sit pretty in their comfortable homes cheer leading the endless wars, and for which, one fine day, the price shall indeed have to be paid in full - as notes this beautiful poem fragment by W.H. AUDEN, "September 1, 1939":
"I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do Evil in return."
It was indeed to protect the sanctity of a noble world's religion, and a mighty peoples, and to avert such a price upon an entire peoples with the humble offering of a supreme sacrifice, that the young Jewish American Rachel Corrie donated her precious life in defense of a beleaguered humanity - as noted in my essay "Dialog Among Civilizations: Whytalksfail? Part-1" (http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/dialog-among-civilizations-). Something for President Jimmy Carter to carefully ponder upon as he tepidly tippy toes around the ephemeral benchmarks of real power in the modernity du jour:
--- begin excerpt, Dawn, May 20, 2002, Features section
'HOW does the Jewish mind think? Some time ago, Mr Khurshid Anwer sent me the following set of questions I want to share with you today:
“I don’t know something called International Principles. I vow that I’ll burn every Palestinian child (that) will be born in this area. The Palestinian woman and child is more dangerous than the man, because the Palestinian child’s existence infers that generations will go on, but the man causes limited danger. I vow that if I was just an Israeli civilian and I met a Palestinian I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him. With one hit I’ve killed 750 Palestinians (in Rafah in 1956). I wanted to encourage my soldiers by raping Arabic girls as the Palestinian woman is a slave for Jews, and we do whatever we want to her and nobody tells us what we shall do but we tell others what they shall do.” — [Ariel Sharon, now prime minister, in an interview with Gen Ouze Merham, 1956]
“There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies; not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbours here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred metres away, there are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy.” — Israeli president Moshe Katsav, The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2001
“The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, the more they want ...” — Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel, Aug 28, 2000, The Jerusalem Post, Aug 30, 2000.
“[The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.” — Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the Beasts”. New Statesman, June 25, 1982.
“The Palestinians would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls.” A former Israeli prime minister in a speech to Jewish settlers, New York Times, April 1, 1988.
“When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.” — Raphael Eitan, former Chief of Staff of the Israeli forces, New York Times, April 14, 1983.
“How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.” — Golda Meir, March 8, 1969.
“There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed.” — Golda Meir, former Israeli prime minister, June 15, 1969.
“The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June, 1967, and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war.” — Israeli Gen Matityahu, March 19, 1972.
David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli prime minister): “If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?” Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp 121.
Ben Gurion said in 1948: “We must do everything to insure they (the Palestinians) never do return.” Assuring his fellow Zionists that the Palestinians will never come back to their homes. “The old will die and the young will forget.”
“We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October, 1983.
“Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that ... I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.” — Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, Oct 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.
“We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimetre of Eretz Israel... Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.” Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli forces — Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot April 13, 1983, New York Times April 14, 1983.
“We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do return,” David Ben-Gurion, in his diary, July 18, 1948, quoted in Michael Bar Zohar’s Ben-Gurion: the Armed Prophet, Prentice-Hall, 1967, pp 157.
“We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria. The weak point is Lebanon, for the Muslim regime (there) is artificial and easy for us to undermine. We shall establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the Arab Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb and move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai.” David Ben-Gurion, May, 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, a Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York, 1978.
“We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” Israel Koenig, The Koenig Memorandum.
“Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only the books do not exist, the Arab villages are not there, either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.” Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969.
“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?” Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!’” Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published by The New York Times, Oct 23, 1979.
Rabin’s description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet: “We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters” Uri Lubrani, Ben-Gurion’s special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. From The Arabs in Israel by Sabri Jiryas.
“There are some who believe that the non-Jewish population, even in a high percentage, within our borders will be more effectively under our surveillance; and there are some who believe the contrary — that it is easier to carry out surveillance over the activities of a neighbour than over those of a tenant. I tend to support the latter view and have an additional argument....the need to sustain the character of the state which will henceforth be Jewish...with a non-Jewish minority limited to 15 per cent. I had already reached this fundamental position as early as 1940 [and] it is entered in my diary.” Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency’s Colonization Department. From Israel: an Apartheid State by Uri Davis, p.5.
“Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours... Everything we don’t grab will go to them.” Ariel Sharon, then Israeli foreign minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov 15, 1998.
“It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.” Yoram Bar Porath, Yediot Aahronot, of July 14, 1972.
“Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.” Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895, entry.
Later, Mr Khurshid Anwar wrote to say: Benjamin Franklin, an inventor, statesman and philosopher was one of the founding fathers of the United States, a signatory to the Declaration of Independence and of the US Constitution. A speech he made at the constitutional convention in 1789, is very relevant even today:
“There is a greater danger to the United States. This great danger is the Jew. Gentlemen, in whichever land the Jews have settled, they have repressed the moral level and the degree of commercial honesty. They have remained apart and unassimilated. They attempt to strangle the nation financially, as in the case of Portugal and Spain.
“For more than 1,700 years they have lamented their sorrowful fate ... namely that they have driven out of their motherland; but, gentlemen, if the civilized world of today should give them back Palestine and their property, most of them would immediately find pressing reasons for not returning there. Why? Because they are vampires, and they must live among Christians and others.
“If the Jews are not excluded from the United States through the Constitution within less than one hundred years, they will stream into this country in such numbers that they will rule and destroy us and change our form of government for which we have given so much. If the Jews are not excluded within 200 years, our children will be working in the fields to feed the Jews”. “I warn you gentlemen, if you do not exclude the Jews forever, your children and your children’s children will curse you in your graves. Their ideas are not those of Americans even when they have lived among us for ten generations. The Jews are a danger to this land, and if they are allowed to enter, they will imperil our institutions.”
Mr Anwer then concluded: “The Americans may have adjusted themselves, willy-nilly, to the presence of the Jews because of their guilt over the Nazi holocaust, for domestic political reasons and for the role of their watchdog over the Middle East oil, but every word of Benjamin Franklin is true when it comes to the Palestinians.”
Thank you, Mr Khurshid Anwer, for putting things in perspective. '
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