The Israeli government today announced that it had withdrawn a bill that proposed the expropriation of land and the forcible transfer of tens of thousands of Bedouins from 35 unrecognized villages in the Naqab (Negev) desert in the south of present-day Israel.
Known as the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government scheme was met with mass protests throughout historic Palestine, including several “Days of Rage.”
As Linah Alsaafin and Budour Youssef Hassan commented for The Electronic Intifada in September:These protests have succeeded in drawing local and international attention to the threats posed by the Prawer proposal, and mobilized youth to take to the streets, including many who were not politicized. They also managed for the first time in a while to unite efforts across the fragmented sections of Palestinian society for one cause, as Palestinians in the 1948 territories, the West Bank and Gaza Strip all organized protests on the days of rage.
These protests, which faced state violence and intimidation, are being credited for making it impossible for the bill to move forward to become law, at least for the time being (Haaretz reported today that it “is not clear whether the bill has been shelved or just temporarily postponed”).
As news emerged that the bill was about to be withdrawn, some Israeli officials, such as foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, stated that in its current form, the plan had been, if anything, too generous to Bedouins.
“It shows that popular action, legal advocacy and international pressure can succeed in defending the rights of 70,000 Arab Bedouin residents of the unrecognized villages in the Naqab to live with freedom and dignity on their own lands and in their villages.”
Now let’s hope it stays ‘shelved’.
Journalists and Zionists consistently reference hatred that Palestinians exhibit towards Israelis. Sometimes even calling Palestinians anti-Semitic. But is that a fair criticism? Are an oppressed people able to be racist against their oppressors?
Many Palestinians do hate Israelis. And sometimes their hatred manifests itself as racial hatred towards the Jewish people. However, when Israel claims to be the sole representative of the Jewish people, when Israel demands to be defined and recognized as a Jewish State, when Israel claims to be the rightful heir to artifacts and reparations from the Holocaust, when Israel grants citizenship to every Jew in the world… can you blame the Palestinians for such a manifestation? Hateful sentiments within the Palestinian community does not say anything profound. It does not illustrate that the Palestinian people are innately anti-Semitic; mad in their hatred and willing to do anything to exterminate the Jewish people — it doesn’t help either that Palestinians have been consistently aligned with Nazi ideology starting with the extremely racist movie Exodus, much of this ideological work has been done in the United States, but that discussion is much too in-depth for the purpose of this argument.
The point that is being made is that hatred Palestinians hold towards Jews is not intrinsic to their community. It does not occur within a vacuum. Palestinian Christians and Muslims lived peacefully with Jews in the land of Palestine for many centuries. Colonialism, read Zionism, was the catalyst. As it is wrong to call a black person in America racist against white people, so it is wrong to call a Palestinian racist against Israelis. Palestinian hatred is the result of ethnic cleansing; massacres of Palestinian villages by Jewish forces; the creation of the largest open air prison in the world; the occupation of not only Palestinians in the West Bank, but Palestinians in Israel; the systematic dehumanization of an entire people and the continual erasure of their culture; house demolitions; environmental racism; the imprisonment of their children; the creation of the largest and longest living refugee crisis in the world; and much more.
Zionist hero David Ben-Gurion wrote:
If I were an Arab leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs… There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Aushwitz, but was that their fault? They only know but one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why would they accept that?
Ben-Gurion was right. The Palestinians don’t accept the theft of their land nor the occupation of their lives. Resistance is birthed by the human desire to be free. Their hatred is justified.
I love everything being said about the term illegal immigrant, but could we keep Elie Wiesel out of it? That might be the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever read in my entire life; I am literally ill at the repetition of that fucking quote. “No human being is illegal” unless they are Palestinian, then they should be sent into refugee camps, according to the VEHEMENT Zionist, Elie Wiesel.
So glad somebody finally said it.
The West Bank is divided into three administrative divisions as per the Oslo Accords. These divisions are:
Areas A: Areas under complete Palestinian security and civil (Palestinian Authority) control. This includes the major Palestinian cities and population centers. Outside of military operations and raids, there is limited Israeli presence in this area. This area makes up approximately 18% of the West Bank.
Areas B: Areas under Palestinian civil control, and Israeli security control. Many Palestinian villages and smaller population centers fall within this area. Areas B constitute approximately 21% of the West Bank.
Areas C: Areas under full Israeli civil and security control. Areas C constitute the majority of the West Bank making up approximately 61% of the land. It is in these areas where the majority of settler activity takes place.
So you see all those orange areas on the map? You see how large they are? All the Palestinians living there live under full Israeli control in every single aspect, yet are not Israeli citizens, and have 0 rights within Israel, while their settler neighbors are considered full Israeli citizens with the full array of rights.
If that’s not Apartheid, I don’t know what is.
Ramallah as seen from Deir Dibwan
What should be a 5-10~ minute drive has now been made into an hour long drive due to Israeli road-closures and road-segregation
Oh my god. I always knew they were close but I never realized how close. Fuck.
Mr. Shepard Rifkin
American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel
149 Second Ave.
New York 3,N.Y.
When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks.
I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people.
Sincerely yours, (Signed, ‘A. Einstein’)
From the description:
You are bidding on an original letter from Albert Einstein to Mr. Shepard Rifkin. Written in 1948 it cautions that any catastrophe befalling the fledgling nation of Israel will come from the actions of either its creators (Britain) or its citizens. Coincidentally the letter was written the morning after the Israelis carried out an unprovoked massacre of Palestinian civilians in the village of Deir Yassin.
Life value compared in font size.
The immigrants arrived today and were greeted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself at a special ceremony, a stark contrast to Israel’s treatment of Africans. The Zionists were welcomed with open arms, while Knesset Members Miri Regev and Danny Danon called Africans “a cancer in our body” and “infiltrators”.
More than 4,800 American, Canadian and British Jews have or will be making aliyah (“ascent”) this year; immigration to the Land of Israel — one of the basic principles of the Zionist ideology.
(Photos: Getty Images / Reuters)
nope nope nope fuck no
“Detention Camps”. Okay Israel, whatever you want to call them.
*Shade has been tossed*
don’t fucking tell me this isn’t colonization
*This is a post that is not intended to speak for every single American Jew.*
Biggest Question Made By Non-Jewish Pro-Palestinians: Why is it that the majority of the Jewish community in the USA and Israel and other parts of the world Pro-Israeli?
I am a Jewish anti Zionist Pro Palestinan and I live in the second largest Jewish community in the USA, and let me tell you something: If I never joined Tumblr, I would probably still be Pro-Israeli.
Jews are not born as Pro-Israelis because that would be really ridiculous, actually. We are made into Pro Israelis. Why? Well, let me give you a few reasons why, and they all make sense. The whole process is a very long one that goes throughout your Jewish life and it’s really effective and it lets you not ask any questions whatsoever because you’re so confident that Israel is the best because everyone keeps telling you so.
- Propaganda is provided by our synagogues. Talk about how amazing Israel is is quite constant. You hear rabbis giving sermons about how Israel has given the Jewish people as a whole strength. You are offered trips to Israel with your rabbis or by others in the temple. You are shown beautiful photographs of Israel. You are told that without Israel, the Jewish people would all be gone. You are told to be proud of an army that is not even yours (ya know, the IDF). You are encouraged to make Aliyah. You are encouraged to study in Israel. You are encouraged to visit Israel after your bat/bar mitzvah. It’s all there, in your face. You really can’t escape it ever.
- In many of our prayers, the word “Yisrael” is mentioned. Some people will lie to you and say that it means “The State of Israel” when it truly refers to that simple region of the world and/or the Israelites. The Jewish people are often referred to as Israelites, and we make up Israel. Simple? Yes? Okay. In prayers, we will refer to our ethnic group which is the Jewish people. People will actually lie to you and tell you that it is a true message from G-d that the state and the land is meant to be ours. As if it was destiny.
- We are encouraged to make the “birthright” trip. The “birthright” trip to Israel is usually spread around in synagogues and you make this trip when you are about 18. When you go on this trip, it’s a whole full week of brainwashing done by the IDF and by the Israeli government. It’s the perfect motive to make Jews from the USA feel like they’re actually Israelis and to make them feel powerful and patriotic towards a nation they aren’t even citizens of. On this trip, they are not shown or told about the Palestinians or the occupation that is going on. The young Jews who go on this trip are taken to places which make Israel look beyond perfect of perfect.
- In synagogue, you will rarely ever hear someone acknowledge another religious group living in Israel. This also contributes to “Never talk about the Palestinians. They don’t even exist” thing that constantly goes around in the Jewish communities. People only mention the Jews in Israel, so you’re left thinking as a child, “There are only Jews? Well, I know that the entire world wants to kill me because I’m Jewish, so that sounds like a paradise! A Jew-Only paradise!”
- They repeat that Israel is our “saviour-land” and that we were blessed by G-d because we have it. We are constantly kept in this fear that without Israel, we would all be dead by now. Without Israel, we would be nothing.
- In the Jewish communities, a large amount of racism against Arabs is widespread and dangerously serious. In the Jewish community, it’s a racism that has gone way beyond the barrier of “okay” (well, there isn’t even an “okay” barrier when it comes to racism). So, when we hear something about an Arab nation doing something, there’s an eruption in the community and the racism against Arabs increases.
There are so many more ways that Pro Israeli lifestyles of the Jewish community comes about, but those are the simple ones. Those go on, still go on, and will continue to go on until a different kind of education takes place in the religious places.
I was a Pro-Israeli until the end of the summer of 2012. I was in Israel for the first time of my life and I felt so amazing, it’s a bit difficult to explain. I felt the proudest when I stood at Kotel and made all of my prayers to G-d, thanking Him for providing me with a happy and healthy life. Israel made me feel safe. The solders walking around with their riffles sling on their shoulders made me feel safe, and those soldiers were all over the place.
It was night time in Tel Aviv and I was walking with my father and we were both eating ice cream. I asked him, out of simple curiosity, “So, what’s going on with the Palestinians? Why do they hate us? Well, actually… who even are Palestinians? What are they?”
The propaganda had worked so well on me that I didn’t even know WHO Palestinians were until I had arrived to Israel, nor did I know why they were there.
My father and I took a long walk in the small town square, and we took a little walk along the shore, then on the board walk. The time it took for him to explain the Israeli occupation of Palestine to me was about two hours and thirty minutes. I had already eaten my ice cream. I had already drank all my water. I had gotten tired, but I was still interested in this group of people I had never heard of before in my life.
My father explained everything to me. He explained the entire timeline to me, starting from 1914 all the way to the summer of 2012. He gave me information on both Fatah and Hamas, and he even explained some of the inner workings of the Israeli government.
I was horrified.
I was horrified and utterly disappointed. I look back now thinking, “How could I be to disgustingly ignorant? How could I be so uninformed?” but then I realise, “You didn’t know any better. How could you?”
My father is a liberal Zionist who wants a 2 State Solution (which really makes no sense at this point, but whatever do what you want).
I went from being a full on proud Pro Israeli to being an Anti Zionist Pro Palestinian in the timespan of about eight months. I crammed myself with history and news on the region, and I became more informed than ever.
So, why are Jews in the USA so Pro Israeli?
The real answer is simple: They keep us in a state of constant fear that everyone wants to kill us. They keep us in a community which has everyone in a tight cocoon of racism. They want us to be uninformed. They want us to keep spending our money on Israel. They want us all to go to Israel and fight for Israel. They scare us into loving Israel. They scare us so much and tell us, “We’re only scaring you to tell you the truth.”
The Jewish community has every single right to be traumatised by the Holocaust. We have every damn right to be angry at Anti Semitic comments done by “Pro Palestinians”. We have every fucking right to be scared.
Because we’re so scared, they know to use that.
But you know what the real truth is?
“We’re scaring you because we’re scared, too.”
“We’ve reached the point of great power that we’re so convinced we can keep it that way and never share it with anyone.”
“We’re so scared that we need to keep you scared. We need to scare others so they can understand how scared we are.”
The answer, really, is simple.
This is a great write up by Aitana, I think anyone that wants to gain a little bit of insight into the massive propaganda machine that targets American Jewish communities should read it.
This is an amazing write up that many people will find extremely useful.