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Posted on December 27, 2008

By Abu al-Sous (Salah Mansour)*


General view of al-Maliha (Jerusalem) taken soon after Nakba, and in the foreground Israeli Jews looting Palestinian properties.

While living my childhood in occupied Palestine, I witnessed unexplainable negative emotions (often in the forms hatred and anger) from Israelis, many of whom were young soldiers humiliating Palestinians daily whenever they can. I always knew there is more to it than just the normal hatred or anger between enemies. However, I could not understand what's the source of this abnormal hatred and anger? Frankly, I thought that we Palestinians should be angrier, not the Israelis, after all Israelis are the ones who dispossessed and thrown us out of our homeland; not the other way around. Years passed, I immigrated to the United States, and I was in touch with more Zionists (Jews and non-Jews alike). Overtime, I developed a theory for this unprecedented negative emotions, which I like to share with you in this small article.

Briefly, I believe the source of this negative emotions is deeply irrational, and its core is very emotional. The more I researched the Zionists movement (especially from its founders), the more I found that the vast majority of Jews (especially before WWII) were not Zionists and many thought it will be dangerous to Jews, which explains why over 99% of the emigrating European Jews preferred America over the "Jewish state" to be in British occupied Palestine! However, the Holocaust was a deeply traumatic experience which shocked the Western Jews who survived the genocide. As a result, the extreme and the fringe in Jewish politics became the mainstream, and the "Never Again" slogan was born. For the average Westerner, this slogan may not sound harsh; after all European Jews suffered European anti-Semitism for centuries. On the other hand, to us, the Palestinian people, this slogan implies "Never Again" regardless of the price; "Never Again" even if others become the victim, "Never Again" period.

This slogan carries behind it deep negative emotions, which is rarely analyzed or debated; it is a taboo to discuss. Many Western Jews felt betrayed by their respective nations who persecuted them for centuries, and many of these nations openly collaborated with Nazi Germany, who often handed their Jewish citizens to the SS. This was deeply a traumatic and a very humiliating experience not only to European Jews, but also to the European nations (no exception) who witnessed the genocide and at minimum turned their heads the other way. Those who survived the Holocaust found in the Zionist ideology their salvation. Zionism gave them the feeling of empowerment where Jews and Jews alone (no gentile or Goyim) must be the masters of their own future, and they promised themselves never to be the victim again. Consequently, I believe this is the moment when the Spartan Jew was born and the "Never Again" slogan became its moral facade.

When Israelis strikes at Palestinians; they are not only sending messages to Palestinians, they are not only retaliating against Palestinian violence, they're also sending messages to their deprived self-esteem (for lack of a better term) and to the rest of the world that the Jew will not be the victim again. From my experience, rarely you rationally can discuss the conflict with neither a Jew nor a Westerner without the memories of the Holocaust being so close behind; I always felt those memories even when not a word of the Holocaust was mentioned; simply it is there, simply it cannot be discussed. That is the primary reason why discussing this conflict with many Jews and Westerners is very frustrating; you want to discuss the real issues (dispossession, ethnic cleansing, & colonization), but you can't. Sadly, the emotional barriers are so great to overcome, especially when those emotional barriers cannot be discussed. Often in such discussions, the Palestinian is painted as the anti-Semitic, and Palestinian resistance to Israeli war crimes becomes "terrorism". Sometimes I wonder why the West is scared of confronting this emotional barrier? Could it because this barrier masks the way Westerners treated their Jewish citizens for centuries? Could it be that discussing this particular problem will open a Pandora's Box? I don't know if I am right or wrong, however, I am certain that this emotional barrier should be studied further; I believe this taboo contains few of the important keys that are essential to resolving this conflict.

This analysis explains why often many Israelis believe that: Arabs understand only the Language of Force; as if the Language of Force knows how to discriminate between an Arab and a non-Arab! This racist and derogatory slogan (often repeated openly by Israeli leaders) gives the Spartan Jew the moral green light to respond as he wishes to Palestinian violence, and as a result also he compensates for his deprived self-esteem. In that respect, the Spartan Jew sees no Palestinian resistance to Israeli war crimes, he sees only Palestinian "terrorism"!


Newly arrived Bulgarian Jewish colonizers living in the recently ethnically cleansed Palestinian village of al-Bassa (1950), click here to find more how the indigenous population left their homes.

Some of you may say: Palestinians also carry negative emotions (hatred and anger as well), however, in my opinion the source of these emotions isn't the same; the source in the case of Palestinians is more rational than emotional. Palestinians have been dispossessed and ethnically cleansed of their homes, farms, and businesses so they make way for the persecuted European Jews, and now they see alien colonizers living in their looted homes, and tilling their fields which they've farmed for generations. From my experience, this is a deeply emotional and a very humiliating experience as well. It should be noted that Palestinians directly deal with this traumatic event by directly confronting their oppressor, and they clinch to whatever is unique in their national identity (i.e. art, food, literature, folklore, customs, dresses, history, ...etc.).

Sadly, it scares me to think that we Palestinians started to look also for the Spartan amongst us; I seriously hope not. The Spartan Jews is no example. In my humble opinion, every victims has the right to defend his family and home by all possible means; this is a God given right which I extend even to the Israelis who deprived us from our homeland. However, the victimhood gives no moral grounds to become a Spartan; gives no moral ground to dehumanize the other! Once you become a Spartan, you will always live by the sword, and sadly the sword becomes the preferred communication tool.

Finally, I wish to tell every Westerner and a Jew reading this article how this conflict has little to do with religious differences; this conflict would have been the same even if other Arabs dispossessed Palestinians. We Palestinians don't wish to become anybody's psychological experiment; we don't want to become a make me feel good pill, we don't wish to become anybody's punching bag. We Palestinians don't wish to become anybody's messiah, and definitely we don't wish to be crossed for somebody else's sins. Sincerely, I wish Palestine was a commodity that can be bought and sold; I would have sold it. I could be one of the few Palestinians who actually empathizes with Jewish suffering, however, my homeland is so dear to give, no human can do that! For us Palestinians, Palestine is not only our homeland, Palestine is our identity; Palestine is the intoxication of our memories; Palestine is the Jewel of all Jewels. My homeland, Palestine, isn't for sale.

Our DATE is 60 years LATE, God willing sooner or later we shall return.
* Salah Mansour is the founder and editor of PalestineRemembered.com, the largest Palestinian online community.

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Posted by Rachamim on April 23, 2017 #158438

Palestinians already have a nation, Jordan. They form 80 % of the population in a nation formed out of 77% of Mandatory Palestine. Even its Queen is a Palestinian. Stop trying to steal the indigenous homeland of the Jewish People and stop whining.
Posted by Rebecca on November 23, 2014 #155529

I agree with you 100% percent- which is why I grew up anti-Zionist. If I had an opportunity to meet Ben Gurion- I would SPIT IN HIS FACE. He cudn't care less about the Jews and exploited the holocaust and my grandparents suffering in the war.
I agree with your other points as well.

But you are missing the point. political zionism is what I'm against- but I am not against Israel. From the time that every Jew is able to talk- we are imbued with a love for our land. This has always been the case. It always was our land and it always will be. Each time we pray, no matter where we are in the world- we try to figure out which direction is our Temple Mount- and we face that direction. For hundreds of years, Jews dreamed of returning to their land. Read any of our literature, it's full of yearning for the land of Israel, this is in books that were written before the religion of Islam was ever invented. Some Jews managed to make the difficulty journey and come to Palestine, but most couldn't, and the conditions for the Jews there were extremely harsh.
Our connection to Israel has nothing to do with political Zionism, and it's never going to go away, no matter how much you try to wish it would.
But, you still haven't answered a few questions that I often ponder:
1) The classification of a Palestinian is someone who lived in the state of Israel from 1946. That is no co-incidence that that is A MERELY 2 YEARS B4 THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL. That is b/c the majority of the "Palestinians" who wax poetic about their connection to palestine- only lived there for a few years!!!!!!! At best, they came to the land once the Jews started coming, and the land started becoming prosperous. prior the the large immigration of Jews- the land was desolate and barren, unused, reeking of poverty. the land was dry, unable to be irrigated. Read about Mark Twain's account of his journey thru Israel. The Jews took this desolate land, with barely any inhabitants and figured out an irrigation system to make it grow.

2) At the same time that the hundreds of thousands of palestinians became refugees, around 1 MILLION JEWS BECAME REFUGEES B/C OF PERSECUTION FROM ARABS IN THE LANDS THEY HAD LIVED IN FOR 2 THOUSAND YEARS.

now, I ask you, refugee from palestine- where are those Jewish refugees today??
Are they living their lives out in anger over the land that they were forced to flee?
Have they set up shop next door and lobbed rockets into their old homes to try to get them back?
Have they refused to go with their lives and made themselves permanant refugees bec they are angry?
Have they ruined their own lives, and their childrens lives to spite those whom they hate?
Or have they made peace with their pain over their stolen homes, businesses, and thousand year old communities that were uprooted?
Are they now successful businessman, built themselves new lives with strength and determintation, educating their children to love, not hate, to focus on building good futures for themselves, not ruining their own lives and their childrens lives b/c they are angry at something that happened 60 years ago.
at the end of the day- which group of refugees has fared better?
Posted by Webmaster on November 23, 2014 #155526

@Rebecca Assume you are correct, then why over 90% of the polled young Jews say that it was the Holocaust that shaped their Jewish identity and it was not the exodus? The mass a majority of Jews are secular, but when it comes to the the so called Promised Land and Israel, they are all Jewish all of a sudden? Anyhow, if you monitor Zionists literature during WWII, they didn't care much about the Holocaust and what was happening in Europe, they just exploited to the teeth later on and that continues until now. See Abraham Burg's new book: The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise From Its ashes, and pay especially attention to the Jewish Bunds. Anyhow, Israel was not created to solve the "problem" of the Arab Jews .... there was no problem there, at length we've destroyed that myth here http://www.palestineremembered.com/Articles/General/Story2126.html And more myths have been destroyed based on what has been declassified from the Zionist archives here too http://www.palestineremembered.com/ZionistFAQ.html
Posted by Rebecca on November 23, 2014 #155521

This article fails to mention Judaism's connection to Israel and to Jerusalem. Even the Jews who opposed Zionism (and continue to oppose) LOVE Israel. I grew up in an American Jewish home, where I was not allowed to play the Israeli anthem b/c we are anti-Zionist, yet I grew up with a strong love for Israel, as did Jews for thousands of years before me. Israel is who we are, it is who the Jewish people always was and it will forever be a part of our identity. Taking the holocaust, and saying that was what made Israel important to the Jews is incredibly untrue. Look into a bible and read about Israel and Abraham. Look into one of our prayerbooks that we have been using for 3 times a day for 2 thousand years and you wont find a page that does does not talk about our yearning to return back to our country, our home. The palestinians were abusing the Jews in Israel long before the state of Israel was established.
Incidentally- at the same time that you claim that hundreds of thousands of palestinian refugees were created in 1948- around ONE MILLION JEWISH refugees were created when they had to escape from the arab lands that they had been living in since the destruction of the second temple.
Posted by Cliff Page on November 11, 2014 #155458

The Spartan Jew is an incisive battle within the mind for an understanding of the evil that lurks within another man and a search for the cause of that maligned condition that analyses the disease and its contagion from the dispassionate perspective of sadness not hatred, not with revenge but questioning. It is a love story of lost childhood, family, harmony and peace wafting through the mind as a dream destroyed by a mighty black cloud of a torrential storm of lightening, thunder, hail and pelting rain that is real and crashes down on the musings of another time and place, leaving only one thing in the mind... the jiber jabber of and tinkling sounds of innocent children playing in the dusty streets of joy, in the mid-day sun,when love was alive and life was free and neighbors were friends and family...and peace seemed eternal. The Spartan Jew is a piece of precise literature.
Posted by schwartzberg on June 1, 2014 #154561

... great site... i hope i helps in persuit of the Point of the my comment here, which is that even though our Homeland(s?) (prefer "is") are not for sale we would find a peaceful Resolution.

Maybe because our Homeland is (rather than homalands are) not for sale.
Posted by Avraham on April 20, 2014 #154237

Though I rarely find an article on this website I agree with in any substantive manner, this article did get one important point correct: a portion of Israeli anger at Palestinian nationalist violence is a visceral statement that we refuse to be victimized. But that's the only thing right in the article.

The author completely misses the mark in thinking that Zionism is a side-thought in Jewish life, and not the main source of Israeli fervor. To know the centrality of the Zionist idea in Judaism, it is enough to surf for a translation of the siddur, the Jewish prayer book, and read just how often a Jew prays for the restoration of the people to its land and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. The main prayers like the Amidah and the Grace After Meals pre-date the Second Temple, i.e. they are well over 2,000 years old. Both are loaded with references to the land, to Jerusalem, and the Return of the Nation of Israel to Zion and to the Land.

So why did more Jews move to America than Eretz Yisrael (BTW, about a 5-1 ratio, not 99-1). The #1 reason "only" some 50,000 Jews moved to Eretz Yisrael during the 19th century was because it was extremely dangerous especially for Jews, and until the Turkish capitulations (esp. 1856 and onward), Jews had virtually no rights, including no right to own land or to build where they rented. As rights increased, Jewish immigration increased. However, there is no denying that many Jews then and now embarrassingly cling to the comforts of their diaspora homes, rather than returning, even when Jews have full rights and it is no longer truly dangerous. Certainly modern Palestinian Arabs can recognize the phenomenon of "getting comfortable" already happening in their communities around the world. But that doesn't negate fundamental national rights, does it?

And that leads me to my final point, which I'll phrase as a question: Why do Palestinian Arabs feel that dispossession can never cause a nation to lose its national rights...except when it comes to the Jews?
Posted by Miri Barak on March 9, 2013 #149049

Hello Salah I appreciate your article about the Spartan Jew, and the contribution of the holocaust to it. I only want to add that this kind of Jew developed even before the holocaust, in the early days of Zionist immigration to this country. their offspring born here rejected the diaspora Jew and developed this kind of traits, the physical power became dominant, they despised the culture brought by European Jews, the culture, the intellectual hoard, the first decades of 20th till the holocaust were characterized with the development of such a society - appreciating the physical power. It was intensified after the holocaust, and the holocaust was a very powerful political weapon of Ben Gurion and the rest till very day. They play on the guilt feelings of all collaborative countries with the Nazis. The new Israeli Jew even despised the Jewish refugees coming from the holocaust because they did not fight, as we say "they went like sheep to the slaughter". They received a very cold reception when they came here, nobody wanted to listen to their experience there, and they learned to be silent. Ben Gurion said one time that if he could choose to save 50,000 miscellaneous Jews or 10,000 who benefited Israel he would have chosen those 10,000. Amazing, no? Ben Gurion and the Zionists were obsessed with power and building a strong Israel was the ultimate goal which surpassed any humanity or morality. From this came the Nakba, also the attitude toward the Oriental Jews, or the Arab Jews, who brought to Israel by falls promises and intimidation and were used as the unskilled workers. Here I added my few cents to your excellent review.
Posted by Thank God all of us arent "Spartan" like on July 29, 2012 #145369

From a truly Western point of view the only recourse of action to completely eliminate the genocide currently being committed on the Palestinian people is to adopt the current Israeli government into Palestine and naturalize every non-Palestinian as a citizen of Palestine. No worries, no stress, and probably a lot less hazardous to the region.
Posted by Webmaster on June 9, 2012 #144393

This is a reply to the below comment from Hagai.

Thanks for visiting the site and for writing the below reply. If I have to guess, you have not read our Zionists FAQ section. With regards to Germans and Palestinians, actually it was few who actually collaborated during WWII, the mass majority either were neutral or they've supported the war effort against the Germans and their allies (I know this was the majority based on the interviews we have done), at length we have replied to this Zionist Myth:
http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story420.html
Any how,  I am wondering what its your point? May be you are not aware that there are many Israelis (Stern Gang) tried to <a href="http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story799.html"> collaborate</a> with the Nazis, therefore what do you think should be done to Israelis and Jews? I hope you don't miss the below scanned page!! Hold on to your seat.<br> <a href="http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story799.html"> http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story799.html</a><br> So what do you think Zionists should do now to Germans (note I am not saying Nazis) and many European nations who collaborated with them in this crime? Based on your writings you're advocating their dispossession?</p> <p>With regards to the immigration of Jews and how that could have helped diminish the Holocaust's affect; again what is your point? If you have not noticed Palestinians were (and still tare colonized people; it is their right to refuse more Jewish immigrants especially when land of the free and the home of the brave (USA, your most loyal ally/servant) <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis">refused</a> their entry; their excuse that those Jews didn't have a returned address! I guess you have not heard about the the recent Jewish rioting in Tel Aviv against African immigrants? or about the MS St. Louis in 1939, click below for details:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis"> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis</a>. Actually what you wrote enforces the main point behind this article, Palestinians cannot and will not pay for the Holocaust; not only it is unfair it's immoral; I hope you agree that it should be Never Again for anyone; not just <i>only</i> for Jews!</p> <p>Any how, Zionists at the time were not interested in saving Jews per say; their priority at the time was saving Jews as long they come to Palestine. The ones who were actually working to save European Jews were called the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Jewish_Labour_Bund_in_Lithuania,_Poland_and_Russia">Bunds</a>; who were anti-Zionists many of whom lead the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (their book was allowed into Israel only recently, see Abraham Burg recently book). If you are interested to learn more about this subject click below for the letter Ben Grunion send to his son in 1937, and Abraham Burgs most recent book.<br> <a href="http://www.palestine-studies.org/files/hebrelett.pdf"> http://www.palestine-studies.org/files/hebrelett.pdf</a><br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Holocaust-Over-Must-Rise-Ashes/dp/0230618979"> http://www.amazon.com/Holocaust-Over-Must-Rise-Ashes/dp/0230618979</a><br> One thing I have to credit you, your below comment didn't mention the Bible or the Promised Land myth; I guess that is coming my way anytime soon! Usually secular Zionists pull that card as a last resort effort to win the argument, <a href="http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story418.html"> here</a> is our reply just in case.. It will be a day when Zionists and their supporters send us an original responses backed with original research rather than copying and pasting bankrupt Zionists propaganda</p>

Posted by Hagai on June 9, 2012 #144385

Dear Salah

I read with great interest your article on the roots of negative emotions of israelis, and perhaps zionists in general, towards palestinians. You correctly point out the holocaust as one source of emotions that, rightly or wrongly, feeds militarism in Israel. However you neglect to mention that the palestinians were by no means a neutral party in the second world war: The leader of the Palestinian cause, Haj Amin Al Husseini, allied himself with the nazis, and spent the war as a personal guest of Hitler in Berlin. He recruited bosnian muslims into the SS and created a special SS corps that hunted down jews and resistance fighters in the balkans. Please, could you explain the source of this animosity among the palestinians towards the jews, particularly in Palestine, before 1948, and before a single palestinian peasant was disenfranchised? How do you explain the arab revolt of 1936, aimed at halting jewish immigration to Palestine, which would have prevented the holocaust altogether, or the massacre of the jews of Hebron in 1929? Were there massacres of muslims by jews that precipitated these actions, or are they otherwise justified in your opinion? How did the jewish immigrants, and also the established jewish community (the jewish community in Hebron was not composed of immigrants) earn this treatment at the hands of the muslim community in Palestine?
Posted by Blake on April 8, 2012 #143080

A wonderful website. Many thanks
Posted by Jewish Voice For Peace on February 28, 2012 #142088

Dear Salah,

It's pretty simple: I'm in. When Jewish Voice for Peace asked me if I would renew my membership, there was no question about my response—"Count me in."

I'm in because I want to be part of the change and hope Jewish Voice for Peace represents to me. I can't imagine not being in, and I'm hoping I am not alone. Will you join me?

I grew up in a New York Jewish household, in the shadow of the Holocaust. Like my family, I believed the creation of a Jewish state was a necessary and wonderful thing.

I did not know about the 750,000 Palestinians who became refugees or the more than 400 Palestinian villages that were erased when Israel was created. As I came to understand what
had happened, Israel’s use of the history of Jewish suffering to perpetuate occupation became a great sorrow in my life. I watched my government support Israel as it prevented Palestinians from having access to water, education, health care, the things that allow people to live and thrive.

When Israel commenced its 2009 assault on Gaza, I realized I had to take action. What Israel was doing, supposedly in the name of Jews like me and for our benefit, was unconscionable. And just when I needed a way to express my outrage, there was Jewish Voice for Peace. Finally, a Jewish organization that helped make sense of my sadness and helped me express my desire for peace and justice. As the bombs landed in Gaza, I signed up to become a member.

Since then, I have told everyone who would listen to me why I joined. Jewish Voice for Peace is the only national Jewish group that truly represents me and others like me who believe that peace in the Middle East must be achieved through full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. I wanted to be a part of this growing, effective, powerful movement.

Jewish Voice for Peace gives me hope, and gives me tools to act. JVP gives me the opportunity to show that those who were victims of oppression have a special responsibility to make sure that they are never guilty of the injustices that were inflicted upon them. And JVP gives me the tools to own that responsibility myself, acting strategically alongside others.

I hope you will join me and others today. We will all be stronger for it.

Jethro Eisenstein, Board Member
Jewish Voice for Peace
Posted by stefan on January 10, 2012 #140864

Dear Mr. Mansour

A very insightful article. I am from a Jewish family that rejected Zionism, but I can recognize even within myself the feelings that have led so many other Jews to embrace Zionism, and you have captured their essence.

I would add a few points.

1. The "Spartan Jew" was born earlier, especially in response to persecution in tsarist Russia. But it was the Holocaust that turned the Spartan Jew into a mass phenomenon.

2. Although the Spartan Jew arose out of real persecution, Zionist propagandists and rabbis routinely exaggerate the extent of anti-Semitism, often seeing it where it does not really exist. This is to inculcate the paranoid (but unfortunately self-fulfilling) idea that the whole world is against us, stimulating our fear and reactive aggression.

3. There is a central sexual element in the mentality of the Spartan Jew. He yearns to recover his "masculine" identity. Persecution undermined his self-esteem not only as a person but also specifically as a man. Traditional Jewish society was extremely patriarchal, but in an unusual way. Respect as a man was won by means of religious (and later secular) learning, not physical prowess. When that society broke down and Jews became part of modern society, the criterion of masculinity changed and to regain respect the Jewish male felt he had to remodel himself as a man on the Gentile pattern. Zionism was an ideal means of doing this.

Respectfully
Posted by PalestineSpring on January 4, 2012 #140725

Jewish people have the hatred because their institutions have suppressed the Palestinians' mass expulsion and tell them Arabs inherently hate them. I know this growing up as a Jewish American.

The holocaust and the Western media's stereotypes of Arabs makes it easier for them to believe this.

Jews like me have a very hard time challenging the propaganda. I knew something was wrong but wasn't aware of al-Nakba until my 40s.

I still can't talk to family and friends because they have a war mentality. They believe criticism endangers them.
Posted by JewishAmericanPrincess on December 13, 2011 #140163

I am 22 have never been outside of America - I am a nursing student - but my grandparents are from Mexico but I have recently been writing a report for school on the Holocaust and Google for information and this site came up.

It is not about the Holocaust, but it covers the State of Israel, so part of my paper.

www.Palestineremembered.com

It has been very interesting reading quite the opposite that I read and am told here in America - it is like a completely different story.

Why do Arabs not make a bigger issue of the fact that after Israel was created, they murdered, and ethnic cleansed Arabs from the new Israel?

Why do you not have a more vocal organization here in America.

The Jewish community have many Jewish politicians.

Why do you not fight more in the press and have an organization like the Jews do and tell the truth of what happened?



This is what I was reading on the website WIKIPEDIA:

"On 3 January 1919, Faisal and Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the World Zionist Organization signed the Faisal–Weizmann Agreement for Arab-Jewish cooperation, in which Faisal conditionally accepted the Balfour Declaration based on the fulfillment of British wartime promises of development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and on which subject he made the following statement:"

""We Arabs... look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organisation to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help them through; we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home... I look forward, and my people with me look forward, to a future in which we will help you and you will help us, so that the countries in which we are mutually interested may once again take their places in the community of the civilised peoples of the world."

So if this was the initial intention - what went wrong?

Why did Israel attack and murder so many Arabs, or make them leave their homes and go to refugee camps in other countries.

Why does Israel have such a terrible opposition to friendly Arabs who have shared their history and geography together for so many years.

Under different rulers - Romans, Turks, Europeans....everyone suffered.

Why fight each other?

Why did they cause this problem.

Arabs did not cause the Holocaust - so why did Jews turn on them as soon as they got an Israeli State / Country?

Arabs must have suffered as much in WWII in their own homelands - in fact there were very few Jews in North Africa / Arabia at that time - they were Italian, French and British Colonies!

Arabs suffered under these colonial regimes.

There were very few Jews in Arabia / Palestine / North Africa at that time.

So would somebody please explain what went wrong?

So why hate the Arabs and turna against them in such a brutal way as to ethnically cleanse, murder, kill, arrest, torture, burn villages, push them out of homes and occupy them.

Why did they do that?

They had the word of the Arabs.




Arabs were not in France, Austria, Italy, Germany, Check,, Poland or anywhere else giving Jews to the German Nazi's to murder.

Why do the Jews hate the Arabs so much?

They were victims of the same Ottoman Empire - if not more than Jews.
Posted by LawrenceofArabia on December 13, 2011 #140162

*^*^*^ Lawrence of Arabia *^*^*^*^

I recently watched this movie - the story of a lowly British soldier that unites the Arab tribes against the Turkish Military that had ruled Arabia for 400 years!

Although the movie does not go into great detail of the Arab Revolt and it is all about France and Britain carving it up - it reminded me of the fact that:

There were no Jews in that movie.

Where were they?

If Jews claim that Israel is their country and has been for thousands of years - where were they when the fighting began to free Arab countries from the grip of the Turks?

Anyone?
Posted by Ihaveadream on December 13, 2011 #140161

I am British Citizen that lives in America, Christian.

I have fought in British wars - in Northern Ireland (1972 thru 1974)- one white Christian tribe (Catholics) fighting and hating against another white Christian tribe (protestants).

I have fought in Rhodesia - a white Christian minority against black African Nationalists from all over Africa supported by Communist regimes - the White claiming the blacks cannot run their own country, and the new black Marxist communist dictator tribal cleansing, and ruining the country while the world looks on.

A hundred thousand killed, Millions dispossessed, countries torn in two, feuding militia, politicians that lie and deceive, murder and steal.

I have witnessed Beirut - Christians ruling Muslims (in the constitution) Muslims, Druze, Arabs, fighting against Christians and Israeli Jews invading (1982).

A hundred thousand killed, millions dispossessed, countries torn in two, feuding militia, politicians that lie and deceive, murder and steal, civilians that only want peace used by both sides as bait.

And Israel / Palestine - White Jew against Arabs, hundred thousand killed - a constant civil war.

A hundred thousand killed, hundreds of thousands dispossessed, countries torn in two, feuding militia, politicians that lie and deceive, murder and steal, civilians that only want peace used as bait.

Why?
Posted by Mohamed elassi on November 7, 2011 #139382

The Society that produces Dahlan, Rjoub, Abed Rabu and Ereqat may not have a case and cannot proclaim cause. According to the people values and way of life, they will always have the appropriate leader. Nothing will change in the life of the people until they act on change. The people silence is freedom for the dictator to act without fear and precaution.
Posted by Mohamed elassi on August 14, 2011 #137019

The Slogan Land for Peace is missing its compliment. The land part is understood according to the Philistine people necessity, but the peace part is absurd mandate. Israel is in peace and its borders are protected. Israel does not need more peace. On the other hand negotiation for peace is just like the magnet of two poles. You cannot have the force of magnet without the two poles. The same theory is applicable to the Arabs peace march with Israel. You cannot demand land from Israel without the remedies, peace and force. Without force, Israel will not relinquish land for the Philistine. Israel will not have peace with or without Hamas until it is truly threatened.
Posted by Mohamed elassi on August 14, 2011 #137017

hello
Posted by Webmaster on April 5, 2011 #132450

Here is part of my correspondence with a Zionist who accused me of being full of hatred for Jews; I guess he expected me to welcome Zionists into my country in open arms and willfully leave my country so they can have their "Jewish state", and I thought it is relevant to retain because it contains important notes that I did not cover in this article:

The Palestinian people have been dispossessed and ethnically cleansed by persecuted European Jews; if you wanna call our resistance to Zionist colonization, occupation, dispossession, and ethnic cleansing as hatred/terrorism to Jews; then that is your problem! We are not different than the Vietnamese, Lebanese, Iraqis, Afghans, ...etc who fought oppression with all possible means; those people have been called worse and now they are being called heroes!

I have written a popular article about what you have written called the The Spartan Jew. The psychological ploy you have used is meant to deflect the core issues of the conflict; it is carefully analyzed in this article:
http://www.palestineremembered.com/Articles/General/Story11920.html

The cheap tactics of exploiting antisemitism and the Holocaust as a shield to sell Israelis and Zionist war crimes sells pretty well in the US and Europe; go sell this where there is market for it. Europeans are the ones who took turns gang rapping their Jewish citizens; not Palestinians. Ironically the best selling car in Israel is the Volkswagen Jetta; what a transformation once Europe has vacuumed itself of its Jewish citizens! No Wonder, Hertzl and Jabotinsky called antisemitism their greatest ally! Continue diverting your negative energy towards Palestinians; continue using us as the punching bag; I can feel remotely the spartan Jew in you; it says: oh yaah. The Spartan Jew may have created a state although racist and criminal; but will never live in peace. That is no surprise; you have equated both! I truly feel sorry for you!

Our DATE is 62 years LATE, we shall return; it is a matter of time only.

Take care,

Abu al-Sous (Salah Mansour)
Chicago - USA
Posted by Webmaster on February 20, 2011 #130767

Here is part of my correspondence with an Israeli writer about this article, and I thought it is relevant to retain:

As a Palestinian I know how Jews feel; may be I am the only one. When I came to the USA I passed a toll booth for cars, I thought it is a military check point. You might laugh, but that was true. I was pulling my passport out! The idea that we both psychological disturbed. When I live in a cage, I thought everybody lived like us and the truth that is not normal. When an Israeli friend visited me her in Chicago, he was surprised that no metal detectors are needed when you enter malls or when you enter restaurants. What I am trying to tell you that both of us do not know what is normal; that is sad; is that life? Once upon a time we Palestinians knew peace; you Jews never and I believe will never know peace. For you peace is security; it is not. We had very little before Nakba, but we had peace. I can see it in the eyes of the refugees I have met; they describe Palestine as paradise. I wish you can understand Arabic; they are all posted at the site. You have no idea how Nakba is a generational wound. I call it pain transfer. Zionists have transferred their generational pain to us, and now we transfer our pain to ourselves and to others. It is viral! It is contagious! The conflict and pain transfer continues! This conflict threatens world peace as you are seeing now.

I often hear Israelis Jews say what you said: if we didn't do it to you, you would have done it to us. I believe this thought process is a result of the Spartan Jew theory. I believe it is wrong for two reasons: First I have interviewed 600 people, and the interviews are all posted on the site. I have not heard one person telling me they had bad feelings towards their Jewish neighbors, by the way; also they didn't love them as well. I assure you that our people never thought that Jews will kick them out; at most they thought that you will rule the country. It should be noted that many Palestinians also left during the 1936-9 uprising and they returned. I know many refused to move far from their villages so they can return. Palestinians recognized the Zionist plan only at the end by Sept. 1948 and onwards after 80+% of us already left. The 2nd reason is how Muslims and Arabs dealt with Crusaders!! You are aware they were allowed to stay!! Many of us Palestinians around Hebron are not Arabs (many converted to Islam), same goes to Jaffa, Acre, and Bethlehem! In other words, what you wrote is a result of the fortress mentality you wrote about in your article where winning is everything!! I say no to that, it is how you win, that is everything. I say wining is easy! I urge you to read the following article where I have articulated a response to this point:

http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story422.html
http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story423.html

It is ganna take time; but I believe eventually you will recognize the fortress Zionists created easily can be destroyed; the fortress mentality hides deep insecurities and that can be easily destroyed. Not with bombs; not with weapons, but with ideas. That is why time is Zionists main enemy; not bombs.

Might is not right ! Might is not right! Might should only provide the protection to the right!

Our DATE is 62 years LATE, we shall return.
Take care,

Abu al-Sous (Salah Mansour)
Chicago - USA
Posted by Elias on February 8, 2011 #130283

JLenihan, Dont post silly BS and propaganda here. The Palestinian refugees deserve to NOT be refugees and to NOT be kicked out of their country. Why should we have to pay the price for what EUROPE did to their (your?) jews?

Moreover, the zionist movement deliberatly organized events to take european jews to Palestine with the help of the british. The jews didnt spontanously flee to Palestine, it was organized and after they came they have the nerve to kicked out the natives and create a state on OUR LAND.

How dare you even suggest that we have demanded the whole world? We want what is rightfully ours, nothing else, we dont want Miami, Russia, Argentina, Norway, Spain etc, we want our country Palestine, that is all!!!

Your the one who is saying that Palestinians should agree to loose their country and be massacred, exiled and opressed to keep foreign jews happy!!! Well keep dreaming, your propaganda wont help you the day justice comes. Even as i write this, israel is self-destructing. Israel has no chance of remaining in any part of Palestine, most of the colonializing jews will return to either their countries of origins or move to the US or the UK.
Posted by JLenihan on January 22, 2011 #129411

Boiled down to the basics, the above article says that Jewish refugees ought to have remained in Europe and been gassed by the Nazis, in order to make Arabs happy. Arab refugees however, deserve the whole world.
Posted by kristine gillespie on November 5, 2010 #125168

As an American I am embarrassed and confused by our "leaders". I think a lot of the inequity in our treatment of Palestine and Israel is biased on guilt over what happened during the holocaust, complicity with the British for the help they got from the Haganah during WWII...the US knew of the extermination camps long before they went public with it. And Leon Uris was a great propagandist for the state of Israel. The reality is so much more brutal...the people who supposedly decreed "never again" were speaking to headlines. Perhaps they learned how from the Nazis, rather than why not. In America it is tantamount to calling yourself a Nazi to oppose Israel...and so very untrue.
Posted by Yaniv on October 18, 2010 #123920

Dear Salah,
Thank you for this thoughtful article, which is full of empathy. It is rare in this conflict to find someone who genuinely tries to understand the deep motives of both sides, especially the other side, without taking the easy way out by adopting a prejudicial or racist point of view. I deeply respect the humanist outlook on your part.
I think you are right in that Israeli society is dominated by a sense of post-trauma. The underlying emotions shaped by the Holocaust and years of war have a profound influence. Maybe that's why political discussions here tend to flame up very quickly, people start to shout slogans and rarely can a thorough exchange of ideas take place.
Both our peoples' histories present a very heavy burden. I am in part optimistic because I see many Israeli people of the younger generation who, acknowledging their history as well as that of the other side, really want to put their future first and live peacefully. I sincerely hope this will be possible. Meanwhile I will continue to educate myself about the Palestinian story.
Posted by Webmaster on April 12, 2010 #109542

I like to introduce you to a documentary I have seen lately called : Into the Arms of Strangers.
http://www.amazon.com/Into-Arms-Strangers-Stories-Kindertransport/dp/B00005MEPK
This documentary tells the story of 10,000 German Jewish children who managed to immigrate out of Germany in late 1930s, on the eve of Kristallnacht .

What is amazing about this documentary that it shows </font></p> <ul> <font size="3"> <li>How the "so called civilized West" (peoples & Governments) rejected the persecuted European Jews at a time of need;</li> <li>How they became so smart in finding excuses not to save European Jews, especially the children.</li> <li>How the US congress rejected 20,000 entry visas for such children based on flimsy excuses.</li> </font> </ul> <p><font size="3">It should be noted that those 10,000 children were allowed entry into Britain under the strictest conditions, such as they should work as house maids and their parents should not be allowed to follow.<br> <br> As the Western people turned a blind eye and their hearts become of stone, Palestine was forced to receive hundreds of thousands of persecuted European Jews (especially the German and Russian Jews) beyond its capacity and against the wish of its indigenous population. Ironically, America refused entry to those persecuted European Jews even to the state of Alaska!<br> <br> As this injustice was brewing in Germany, <a href="http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Famous-Zionist-Quotes/Story638.html">Ben Gurion</a> (the first Israeli PM) stated in December 1938:</font></p> <blockquote> <p><font size="3">"If I knew it was possible to save all [Jewish] children of Germany by their transfer to England and only half of them by transferring them to Eretz-Yisrael, I would choose the latter----because we are faced not only with the accounting of these [Jewish] children but also with the historical accounting of the Jewish People." (<a href="http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-Remembered/Story592.html">Righteous Victims</a>, p. 162) For those of you who thinks this is an exception or an anomaly think twice; Zionist at the time thought the most important thing is creating the "Jewish state" and not necessarily saving Jews; they were mostly considered a human material that was essential to building the state.</font></p> </blockquote> <p><font size="3">Every time I hear Westerners makes an anti-Semitic comments, I remind them that I (the Palestinian) is the one who pays for their anti-Semitism, and their anti-Semitism legitimizes the Zionists state on the expense of the Palestinian people. For those who like to know more about this subject, I suggest reading about the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis">MS St. Louis</a> ship which was sailing in the late 1930s from one port to the other looking for any state to allow its passengers in. Sadly, one of the excuses given by the American officials that the German Jews on board had neither a valid return address nor a valid visa, and the ship was forced to return to Europe. Later on during WWII, some of its passengers were murdered in the Holocaust:<br> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis</a><br> <br> The Holocaust should be a warning to all humanity that the Jewish slogan of "never again" must be never again to any one; never again to watch silently the persecution of others irrespective of race, nationality, or religion. </font></p> <p><font size="3">Our DATE is 62 years LATE, we shall return.<br> <br> Sincerely,<br> <br> Salah Mansour (Abu al-Sous)<br> Chicago USA</font></p>

Posted by Shahin on April 5, 2010 #108925

Hello Salah, I would recommend you read How Israel Lost: The Four Questions by Richard Ben Cramer if you have not. The author in the book confirms your theory evidently through his own experience.
Posted by Terry Allen on April 1, 2010 #108491

Hello Salah Mansour.
I very much enjoyed your thoughts on the Spartan Jew. It helps a westerner like me, to order my own conflicting thoughts on the subject.
Posted by Webmaster on March 23, 2010 #107504

In 1891, 'Ahad Ha'am (a leading Eastern European Jewish essayist) issued a warned of the increased militancy amongst the Jewish colonizers at the time in Palestine:

"The secret enabling our people to survive is ... that already in antiquities prophets taught it to respect only spiritual power and never to admire physical power. Therefore, it has not succumbed, like all ancient people, to a loss of identity when faced with stronger adversaries ... However, a political idea alien to the national culture can turn the people's heart away from spiritual power and produce a tendency to achieve its 'honors' by achieving physical power and political independence, thus severing the thread linking it with its past and losing the base which sustained it through out history." (Occupied Minds, p. 8) </p> </blockquote> <p>...similarly he stated,</p> <blockquote> <p>"[All the leaders] even if loyal to the state and wishing it success will necessarily seek this success in terms of alien culture which they have absorbed. They will implant this influence through moral influence and even by force ...  such a state of the Jews will be mortal poison to our people and will grind its spirit in the dust ... this small state ... will survive only by diplomatic intrigues and by constant servility to the powers that happen to be dominant ... It will really be, much more than now, 'a small miserable people', a spiritual slave to whoever happens to be dominant looking enviously and greedily at the fists of its mighty neighbors, and all its existence as a 'state owner' will not add an honorable chapter in its history. Isn't it preferable for 'an ancient people which has been a light unto nations' to disappear from history rather than reach such a final goal?" (<a href="/Articles/General/Story17134.html">Occupied Minds</a>, p. 8) </p> </blockquote>

Posted by Miri Barak on February 27, 2010 #104921

Concerning your article, which I read with great interest. First, thank you for your compassion towards our tragedy in WWII.

I think that you are right and you hit the nail on its head. Holocaust! Israel made and still making use of this painful historical past in every way it can. Because the holocaust is so horrible, it allows us to ignore other people's suffering, we suffered the most, therefore we have the right to make other suffer without paying for it, or even acknowledging it.

On the other hand we always overreact (even among ourselves), you are right on that too. As if every minor incident is a threat to our existence. As a child I was taught that we are so weak and threatened by the all Arab countries around us.

We learnt the wrong lesson from the Holocaust and that is very painful, instead of being sensitive to the other, to minorities, to any sign of Fascism, we use it as an excuse to be Fascist ourselves. This can be said about most of our leaders, politicians, with some exceptions. The late Prof. Leibowitz said that occupation corrupts, how right he was! He called the Jewish soldiers in Gaza Jewdo-Nazis and turned to be Persona non Grata.



What can be seen now after I am educating myself about the Nakba (doesn't even appear in Babylon Dict.) I can see a continuation of what was done in 1948. Only after 1967 war Israel could not ethnically clean the territories she took and to this very day hasn't decided what to do with all the Palestinian population.

It is a reverse logic, the victim get to be blamed for being a victim, we see that many times with raped girls and women that get blamed for seducing the rapist. You live and learn.



Miri
Posted by ابوفنونه on February 22, 2010 #104499

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

To all zionsisms

whom are belong to jews, cristians, muslems religons,or any kind of people.

I have to say that zionism never have a regligon any way, their believes only considered how to hate, how to steel from others, how to loot, how to bogi, how to kill for one cent or doller.
But when you face them with real truth they are saying we are jews, and we are suffering for the naziems masqra. And now I will ask them, how many of them born to Profit Ishaq, and where they are now and how many?, I will ask where are the jews whom are escaping from eygpt because of Faroon the king, and how many of them disapeared in the desert, when they refused orders of ALLAH, to inter Palestine, and where the jews who are refused to fight against the Palestinians
because these Palestineans are braves and highly stronger and that before thousands of years. When they said to Profit MOSA go and fight with your GOD while we are staying. And to whom
these Plestians are belong and after Profit Ishaq or before hem, and who born before Profit Ishaq or profit Ismaeil. and why Palestinians stayed in Palestine and the Israiles left to every where.
I am asking about those jews who killed many of PROFITS, and the last was our profit Issa (JESUS), where they are, and what they done with the latest PROFIT(MOHAMMAD) pease be
upen all of those profits.
I remembered one women of these zionism, she said one day I escaped from europe to Palestine because of strongly hating against us by crestians. and I ask why all people all over the ground feel unlikly and hating these zionisms. and I have not to think once that all that people are wrong, and
the zionisms are the right. because they have to ask themselves why other people are fully respecting, and we are not. I am sure that they will never ask themselves this quistion, becaaust they already knows the reason which come from their wrong doings against all the humanity.
I will say more with more details in future or in one of my next posts.
Posted by attari on February 21, 2010 #104438

Dear all, Palestine is our beloved state. We can overcome the problem of Jews by acting on the principles of Islam. To get knowledge of Islam, plz visit

www.dawateislami.net
Posted by Mazin Qumsiyeh on February 13, 2010 #103596

A friend wrote to me that

" My visit to Yad Vashem in 2006, during the war with Lebanon, was a painful
lesson. The museum of the Shoah is being used to indoctrinate young
Israelis, esp. the military, that the whole world is and always has been
against the Jews, and that the only solution is for Israelis to be firm and
resolute against the whole world, even if it means being inhuman to the
Palestinians. The "righteous among the nations" are cited as flukes, as
anomalies, with no explanations offered for their sacrifices because for the
Israelis though these people did something good, their motivations MUST
remain in the shadows (e.g. Christian faith; social justice; their own
experiences of oppression, etc.) so that the survival of the State of Israel
can remain the one and only center stage concern. Yad Vashem is an immoral
propaganda museum, and as such is a disgrace to the State of Israel and to
Jewish moral and prophetic tradition. There is great risk in this symbol of
moral obtuseness: if the Jewish people are AGAINST the whole world, then
Israel's role as the priestly people, as the people through whom God has
revealed himself through the Torah is fundamentally undermined. The Jewish
people thus LOSE their spiritual role in the history of the world, fail in
their duty of faithfulness to the Mosaic covenant, and run the risk of a
kind of spiritual suicide. Anyone can see that this spiritual suicide might
become a prelude to a material one, alas. The individuals you mention who
have the courage to oppose the apartheid policies of the State of Israel are
in fact true heirs of the Biblical prophets, whose messages of apocalyptic
warning were meant to show a "way out" when the ancient people of Israel had
lost their way. It is pretty clear that the Israelis of today have truly
lost their way both spiritually and politically, and absolutely need the
help of prophetic voices."
Posted by Leilani on January 19, 2010 #101305

this article was great. it is not easy to talk to jewish people about this they just cannot seem to understand their own people are capable of having done what nazis have done. However palestinians are not responsible for the holocaust. I can say I have shared this with a jewish friend who answered to me that........palestinians have billions of muslims friends who HATE Israel and the jews and my friend does not need a " friend like me Leilani" to " join forces" with them..... I am NOT a terrorist! I just say that palestinians need their own justice I say they had their people murdered and displaced and that it is time some israelis or jews LEARN about it. I seek peace and justice. YET look what happened to me when I talked about that with my friend?? :-(
Posted by Mira Samara on February 1, 2009 #66040

This is a great article! I wish it can be published for the world to see and not just the Palestinians or members of this community.
I look forward to reading more logical and balanced articles like this even though what is happening to Palestinians is making me furious.
Posted by IVOR THOMPSON on February 1, 2009 #65987

WONDER IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPPENED TO RAS EL AIN AFTER 1946
.IHAVE SOME LATE PHOTOS OF THE RAF CAMP BUT THE VILLAGE SEEMS TO HAVE VANISHED.

IVOR
Posted by Webmaster on January 16, 2009 #63987

The tie that binds Zionism is the holocaust. The holocaust is a double edged sword. On the one hand it keeps the Jews in fear that if they don’t toe the Zionist line they can face another holocaust-just like that. On the other hand the continuous reminder of the shame, degradation and torture of the Jewish people help to sustain the anger and rage which might simmer down in a population well pampered with money they didn’t even have to work hard for.

The fie of this anger is continuously fed with stories of the holocaust and the terrorists Arabs that hope to bring another holocaust on the Jewish people if allowed. From birth to school to army conscription stints the hate gauge is kept up, and then when they’re finally unleashed then the world get a look at a brand new massacre.

Zionism uses Jewish children not for the freedom of Jews but for its own ulterior motives. The Jews got a country but they are still fighting even fifty years on

They-the Zionists are not Jews but they found you vulnerable and decided to use you and a good job you have done for them. But day by day more Jews are realizing that Israel is not a haven for Jews. Its just a source of human power for men who want to use them to do their dirty work for them.

I ask the Israelis does the words ‘Greater Israel’ sound familiar? Who do you think will bring it about-empty whole countries of its original inhabitants and repopulate them with Jews. Will you let your sons and daughters and several more generations of your children to become fodder for this murderous cause? Will these kids really know peace when all the Arabs are vanquished? If they are vanquished

danoj
Posted by Webmaster on January 15, 2009 #63848

Gerald Kaufman, a governing Labour Party British Member of Parliament, declared Thursday that Israel was taking advantage of the guilt many non-Jews feel over the Holocaust to ruthlessly press ahead with its offensive in Gaza.

Kaufman, a frequent critic of Israel who was raised as an Orthodox Jew, sharply criticized Israel in a House of Commons debate on Gaza, saying that "The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploit the continuing guilt from Gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians."

The MP also commented on the claim that large numbers of the Palestinian victims were militants, saying that "I suppose the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants," he said.

Kaufman urged the British government to impose an arms embargo on Israel.
Posted by cj on January 5, 2009 #62447

The following is with all respect and sympathy for the oppressed Palestinian people:

People have to be careful to distinguish between Jews and Israelis, Jews and Zionists, and Jews and Pro-War Israelis. It's gotten to the point where I hear Palestinians and others using "The Jews" to describe everything the state of Israel does. They do not speak for Jews worldwide, plain and simple. I'm certain that most of my American Jewish friends certainly don't refer to al-Qaeda or other violent Muslim groups - who DO NOT speak for all Muslims around the world - as "The Muslims", or much less "The Arabs." That would be racism, religionism, whatever you want to call it; that is exactly what calling Israelis "The Jews" amounts to. The problem is with Israel, not the Jews.

Thank you.
Posted by ofer on January 3, 2009 #62109

Jewish terrorists should be treated the same way all other terrorists are. During the conflict cases like Deir Yasin have been repeating themselves. Who ever tries to critisize them in Israel is being called "traitor" by right winged extremists. I think that war and terror are being forced on most people by the ones whom for them its the main reason to live. Jewish, Arabs, Druz and all of the simple men who share this place just want to live in peace. Nobody wants war. Yet some people do, and those same people are the ones that we call leaders. If they are called Hamas or Bejamin Netanyahoo they are all made from the same matirial. All they want is to make people feel hurt so they can control them. I wish someday people of Israel and Palestine will understand that the entire war is nothing but a pupit show; That when they fight each other they just give their "leader" a reason to be called like that.
Posted by Joy on January 3, 2009 #62055

I liked the article, don't know if it's some point of view, but it was a good one, very possible.
I'm a palestinian living in Lebanon, lived my childhood in Kuwait, studied in Jordan, in all my life I always had the feeling of enstrangement, never belonging, I never felt attachment to anywhere, as if I belong to nowhere...I wish if i could for one time in my life enjoy the smell of nature, for a scent of a peice of land where my Ancestors put their seeds...I was deprived from this blessing and I; like millions of Palesinians suffer a special case, it's painful...
Posted by gabrielle o'connor on January 3, 2009 #62038

Hello Ofer
Just "google" "Deir Yasin' sometimes spelt "Deir Yassin" and lots of things come up. It was a village wher the Irgun massacred 240 or so inhabitants - the village had a non-agression pact with a neighbouring Jewish village because they saw, early in 1948, what was happening. The Irgun ignored this pact. You will get google results from both spellings.
Posted by ofer, previously known as jew on January 3, 2009 #62036

Why Jews had taken Deir Yasin?
Im not trying to provoke. Its just that Im not so familiar with that.Im not kidding. Can you direct me to an objective source of information in the web that conferms what youve said?
To be honest Im the last person to critisize Palestinians. Traveling aound the world made me understand that nobody wants war for nothing. Humen nature wants peace, dosent want to deal with the waste of time of war. I dont realy believe that the arab world is so angry with Israel just because of primative pride, like many Israelies think.
Posted by gabrielle o'connor on January 2, 2009 #62030

We are going to have to stop meeting like this, "Jew". (I wish you would change your userId it seems somehow disrespectful to address you as "Jew".

I was referring to the fact that prior to May 1948 Jews had taken, eg. Deir Yasin - several miles outside the area proposed for the Jews and well inside the territory proposed for the Arabs. A lot of Arabs left their homes after hearing about this massacre, fearful for themselves, and the Jews took those villages/towns also. That is one example - there are others. I agree with you that the lines drawn by outsiders determining the boundaries were illogical in many cases, given the Jewish population cf the Arab population. But that is history. and I doubt Israelis would ever countenance a majority of Arabs in Israel.
Posted by jew on January 2, 2009 #62027

An answer to the comment answering my comment.
As it is shown in the maps of this site, the zionist armed forces were holding only the territory that was given to them by the UN, in may 1948. However a demographic map following thet map explains why the UN Partition was far from being fair to the native residents of Palestine. Tel Aviv and Haifa were the only regions where there was a majority of jews. According to these facts Arab rejection to the separation is definitely understandable. The Jews were not ready to accept being under Arab control but were expecting the Arabs in their given territories to be under Jewish control. It is wrong and assymetric; physically, spiritually and politically.
Yet, nobody said this problem couldnt be solved in unviolent ways. But passion was strong among the Arabs(for a good cause) and this was the way that was chosen to solve this injustice, and was the prefered way after that and still is.
Imagine what would have happened if Arabs chose differently. How israel could have looked today, with an Arab majority in the Kneset. Yes, to remind you, Israel is a democracy and its Arab citizens get fully represented by their leaders in the Parliament. If Arabs didnt start the war, the Zionist army wouldnt have committed the crime of kicking people out of their houses; the huge inhumane crisis of refugee camps wouldnt exist.
I am not a big fan of my home counry, Israel. I dont like the people's mentality, the politicians, the artificial culture and the lack of authentity which governs most aspects of it. But as a Jew, I cannot forget that this counry at its basics was founded as a refugee camp for Jews. And Judaism is not a violent culture, no matter how unsuccesful I think it is, and as refugees from the holocaust, the last thing Jews looked for in Palestine was war(although they found it very comfortable to unleash their revenges from history on the week Palestinians, as the author of the spartan jew claims).
In conclution, I believe the one side that can really lead to end this conflict, and stop the Israeli over used aggresiveness, is the Arab side. I believe that with enough intention, Palestinians can get compensetion for all they deserve. But continuing to use violence will lead to more violence, just like it happened before.
Posted by Sheikh Ismail on January 2, 2009 #61951

We the Muslims have no unity.Remember divided we fall,united we stand.There is no Muslims standing.I saw many Prostestants and Catholics having unity at dining tables.We the muslims hate either of sunnis and shias.One notable thing we should remember is all the dacoities,lootings,terrorist activities carry the Muslim name.As a Muslim community we could not prevent the terrorism.We should remember Islam stands tall but Muslims are watched as a culprits.Islam have failed to contain the terrorism,Muslims too failed.Finally before Qayamat,not a single Muslim will not have the characters what a Muslim is suppose to have
Posted by gabrielle o'connor on January 1, 2009 #61928

In answer to the comment posted by "Jew" in fact the Jews had taken far more than they were allotted by the UN Partition Plan before May 1948. They had taken land that was allocated to the Arabs so that when the Independent State of Israel was declared, Egypt and Jordan came in to protect the rest of the land that was allocated to the Palestinians,and if they hadn't, then Israel would have taken the West Bank and Gaza. Eqypt saved what is now Gaza from further incursions by Israel, and Jordan protected what is now the West Bank. History cannot be re-written by the victors in this case, because contemporary newspaper reports tell the story as it happened.
Posted by jew on January 1, 2009 #61910

I agree that Israel has grown up to be a paranoid nation because of the Holocaust. Being in a position of domination has become a value to Israeli citizens beyond logical reasons. But the truth is that at the beginning of Israel's foundation, not only the Holocaust caused this. Right after its foundation, Israel's 600, 000 citizens were attacked by all Arab nations around them, who drastically exceeded Israel in numbers and firepower. These nations included those who were not of Palestine and were therefore not fighting for rights to land or any logical reasons, rather religious or emotional ones. The conflict with these countries, which lasted decades, was the main source for Israel's protective identity. It's not only the Jewish history in Europe that is responsible for the Spartan Jew but the illogical emotional mentality of the region.
Posted by Paula L on January 1, 2009 #61888

Mr. Mansour has a point but, as the cynic that I am, I think it is one of our worst human traits to visit upon others what was visited upon ourselves. As an abused child grows up to abuse others or a pedophile's victim becomes a pedophile himself, so the most persecuted people in the history of Europe have become the tormentors of another people who had never done them harm. And the rest of the world watches and does nothing.
I think putting the words "empathy" and "human" in the same sentence is wishful thinking.
Posted by George Y. Krikorian on January 1, 2009 #61816

The Spartan Jew is becoming a copy of the German Nazi or the Waffen-SS during WWII, going after the same Jews ... It is a pity that no one learns from history. This is not the way to solve a problem: violence has never solved anything!

As for selling Palestine, the Jews can sell their own Israel: they are the ones after the money!
Posted by gabrielle o'connor on December 31, 2008 #61795

Great article. What a pity it cannot be read by everyone who continually state that the solution to the Palestine/Israel problem is for the Palestinians to accept the status quo, ie to lie down and let Israel take all it wants from the Palestinians and leave them the dregs.

Israel has created a huge problem for itself - it cannot give back the West Bank because the settlers just won't go, and if they were forced, it would create civil war. They cannot just create little bantustans for the Palestinians, because even the US wouldn't accept that, and without US support they would disintegrate. And they cannot annex the West Bank and Gaza because, as people claiming to be a democratic country, they would then have to give the Palestinians the vote, and then in one generation the Palestinians would outnumber the Jews. Politically, here is no solution for Israel. The moral (and legal) solution is that they must return to the 1967 borders. The West Bank can then run as a normal country, and Gaza will settle down, as Hamas will have no further beef with Israel.
Posted by jackie cox on December 31, 2008 #61793

I read your discussion about the spartan jew, I don't personally have access to the problems that existed with the various cultures to make a conclusion as to why the jewish people are so hateful, or appear to be so hateful as to murder the masses of innocent women and children which they certainly do, to a people whose homeland they stole from them. Historically, when they joined the United Nations it was under the promise they would settle this account, return the homes of those they took, or settle with them. This promise has yet to be fulfilled. I have come to believe that while those who control the laws, academia, and the published media like to group peoples under a single banner, This Idea runs parallel to classifying the intelligence of the other species under one word, instinct. Its easy to call everyone who goes to a mosque a moslem, a synagogue, a jew, a church a christian etc etc. To me this is ibvalid and merely serves to point that the languages are still in a primative state, unable to define reality, but, to admitt this would be to admitt that the entire basis on which you supposidly live your life is at best a lie, and that the laws are invalid, made without access to the variables, or for some other reason, like predatory, for the sole purpose of giving one man power over another so he may steal his assets, Or in the case of academia it would be to admitt that most of what you teach as fact is at best trivia, based on unfounded principles made without access to the variables as well, and that academic ventures are in the education business to make money and create classes of peoples, favoring the wealthy who have the cash to buy nobility degrees. The reality is simple really, as our instrumentation changes we change with it, our languages change, new words come into being that displace the words left by the preliterate scribes who wrote down absolute truths that time revealed as lies. Examples are too many to name but a few: the earth is flat and square, with a foundation, It is the absolute center of the universe and the sun, moon and stars rotate around it, mental illness is caused by demons, not brain damage and enzymatic imbalences, Illness is caused because you broke moses laws, The earth was created in 6 or 7 days, Its about 6,000 years old the list goes on and on. The only way people can continue to pretend they believe is through literary hypnosis, chanting the same things over and over, rituals. Fear that to disbelieve will bring you and your family harm. The real truth is that only real truth can exist, truth being the absence of a lie. We know very little about the real truth, My belief is that there is a spiritual world unseen by most and that truth is an ancient word ment to describe God. We are all of us individuals and bo one is the same and that all the land is holy land and all the children are chosen people. I studied the jewish community very closely, there are like any religion a lotta sects;Hassidic, ultraorthodox, orthodox, conservative, modernistic, etc. Similar to the moslems, they pretend to be intolerent of the others. The jews are similar to the Inuit Tribe of Indians, They n believe they were the only living survivors of the last great ice age, and that the rest of humanity evolved from them. A majority of jews pretend to believe they are gods chosen people and that everyone else comes in second to first, their secular communities neighbors are either servants, hirelings, customers, or enemies. The world is theirs, as they populate it to the 4 corners it is the others who must dissappear into time. They believe that deception is the key to tikum olam 9 a complete undoing of the world , to make way for their every growing population explosion. Their goal is to individoally and collectively control the productive assets, and ther is no crime unless you can describe it and that if your gang is large enough, this can happen. I am similar to the palestinians in that I tried to go into a business someone in their group felt was theirs, I faced an unending wall of strangers willing to act against me. They destroyed my business, my family, had the police shoot my dog, imprison my 15 year old daughter for 5 years trying to get her to connect me to murder crimes. My spouse barely escaped with our son, and is afraid to be around me. I fought a large jewish group in court and won a small victory. They had to end their pseudo zealous selfserving business because a federal government fired them because they were using a gobernment agency for ethnic cleansing. The head rabbi called me up and said " we will make your life a living hell " Since then I have been in prison four times, they have clout in some courts ( whatever they say is fact---whatever you say is hearsay---The facts are they will win the accuse, right or wrong "deception " They believe in it. When you are a commercial criminal gang this large you can do things, they real biggy was after WW1 The world court declared Germany would pay for the cost of the war, The bailiffs went to germany and took over the german infrastrusture, the people were virtual slaves, meinwhile Hitler, his mom was jewish, decided to go into the greeting card business, he went to the effort of the poems and the artwork , but when he tried to get them published, he was told that he was not in fact jewish and the greeting card industry was an established jewish business. He became so mad, that he left austria and went to germany and entered politics and his promise was to rid germany of the jewish bailiffs, in fact the jews altogether. Hw was elected. In 1949 he advised the 900,000 jews to get out of germany because he felt they would sabatogue his war effort which he felt was inevitable because of communist russia--karl marx--jewish. give according to your ability and receive according to your needs " utopia " The Vikings fell for the trick.To get all the assets under one owner, the government, and when the government failed then get title to the assets, It took 150 years but it worked out well for them. The world class mafia, armed with international law has reared its ugly head. the law is that anything goes, slavery, genocide, with enough money, you can have anything you want. If its not for sale, then ethnically cleanse the region and simply take it, with legal title and all, anything is fair in war, and your neighbor is your ultimate enemy. Personally I have devoted my life to instrumetation, I believe everyone is the same and the only thing separating them is the awareness that they would be no different than anyone else if they had lived their lives. Sure what Hitler did was a horrific crime, In my opinion, murdering innocent people and indeed destroying nature is a crime. I believe the children, armed with one book will join under one banner, the truth, and go into the future searching for truths instead of memorizing trivia and theoretical academic constructs that are just a lot of fiction, for want of a better understanding of reality I believe all children are good, or want to be, and armed with one book will soon see through the veil of ignorance and make this earth a better place, respecting the other vetrabrates with languages, cultures, families, emotions, they meet fall in love and many live happily ever after, the ones lrft are equiped with the assets to live in a natural world. I have hope, and respect, for all people, and pray that we see reason, and quit the chase for who can pile up the biggest pile of trash, fueled by lust and greed, Blaming everything on their respective gods. Good luck and may god bless america and indeed the world
Posted by Efat Giakoub on December 31, 2008 #61757

Al ah Almansour,
You are absolutely right in every single word. Your article represents every palestinian's feelings. I am a Palestinian who lives in Europe and I feel very embarrassed that I am considered an Arab because of the attitude of the arabic republics towards the situation that is taking place these days, as I know that they have the power to stand up for the palestinian rights.
Thank you for expressing our feeling,
Respectfully Efat Giakoub.
Posted by jackie cox on December 31, 2008 #61756

If you were told as a child that you are superior to the others " goyim " and all your friends and neighbors were like this ( secular community ) then you would be like that. Your neighboring communities would be viewed as servants, hirelings, customers, or enemies. The average jewish family has 5.7 children per family. They were disposed from germany becuase so many of them were there as bailiffs to collect the costs of WW1 as granted by the world courts. The germans lost far more people that the jews. Anyone would be the same as anyone else if they had been raised like them. Its too bad when people believe its OK to take the lands and resources of others, thats why we have wars, people fight back against injustice. Perhaps with one book the children of the future will abandon the words of preliterate scribes that dictate their uninformed lives, and we can diminish and make the world a better place and worship " Truth " an ancient word ment to describe god, truth being the absence of a lie, is in reality all that exists. Different constructs of truth have been created in an effort to conceal untruths, or lies. The world and beyond is an incredible complex and interesting reality, of which we know so little, the discovery of these things will bring us ever closer to the truth, which is all that exists. Don't let yourself become a slave to someone elses wishes and desires, respect every thing and everyone, don't make decisions without access to the variables, and protect yourself against those that do, because they act without respect, and this era of vast unawareness must end and be replaced with a world ruled by respect, kindness and caring in our search for the truths that may save us from this impending doom we burden ourselves with by overpopulating and denaturing the earth on which we rely for the continuation of life itself. Live the Golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Posted by Jon C on December 31, 2008 #61736

I felt the article was a very interesting analysis of the psychological perceptions of both Israelis and Palestinians in the present day conflict. As a Jew, I never put much thought into the attitudes of the "Spartan Jew" (I'll use this term since it was used in the article but to a 3rd party that term maybe be offensive if taken out of context). I felt that the conclusion that the militant Israeli's hostility comes from the insecurity of years of oppression and the holocaust, was a very fair and logical conclusion. It is similar to the belief explained by Chris Hedges in his book "War Is a Force That Gives us Meaning" that nations will always see themselves on the defensive end of conflict. Hence, the author's conclusion in the emailed article would agree that the notion of "Never Again" is defensive at heart, but to a certain extent has been bastardized to draw at a negative emotion from within Israel, and has resulted in violence on my people's part.
Posted by spirittreewoman on December 31, 2008 #61732

thanks for the email. I was quite aware of the israelie's intent on the palestinians. My people have suffered many years of genocide. From the day we allowed the colonizers on our land, that is the day the destruction took place. I understand everything you are talking about only because of the similarities in their attack on my people. They use their churches, their bible and the government system to abuse my people. The sexual abuse and the torture that took place within the residential schools have had a long term effect on my people, including myself. I hated myself, i hated who i was, i disliked my people, my family and what my culture reflected, but as the years went by, i realized who i was and it took years for me to like myself, to fit into my own skin and to realize that i have lost so much. We as indigenous people had no idea what was happening, and even today alot of my people are not well , although we struggle to try and find something we know we have lost....ourselves , and the government continues to take advantage of a very unhealthy race, by signing treaties that make no sense, by taking away our self identifying indentity, our language, our culture, our families. He use so many tactics such as taking away our land, our homes, our families, our culture. We are misrepresented as the first people. We are on this land they have occupied and they call it canada. I continue to see the destruction and the system taking advantage of my people. I see my people homeless, dealing with diseases and our inherent rights to this land we call mother earth. I see the palestinians struggling against a system that wants only to destroy. I see my indigenous people all over the world dealing with genocide. And they understand and know who has inherent rights to the land and that is why they bring war and their weapons. Canada has gotten quite strategic about their tactics. Destroy and conquer. Divide and separate. Devide us from ourselves. Our men are displaced, dealing with addiction, and jail. Our women are dying and going missing and our children are caught up in a system that makes no sense, because once you are caught up in this canadian government system, you can't do anything right for them, because every thing we do is wrong. So mothers lose alot of their rights to their own children and my people then become a commodity for this society. My people are dying and the silent screams for "help" is going un noticed. The government got very smart and started using our own people against each other. We've been pushed so far into poverty, that alot of my people need the money the government offers that they turn their very backs on their people. If the government can't control my people, then they sent in the churches and if this doesn't help, he took away our hunting and fishing rights, put us on small reserves and formed the chief and coucil. This is a way of controlling our people on their reserves. He disregards our hereditary chiefs and the elected chiefs get paid to keep our own people oppressed and dealing with many dysfunctions. Yes i understand what is happening and i can see it slowly destroying not only our land, but our people. But......we are waking up. It took year.....but we are waking up to the realization of this systemic racism, this destruction of a race and the inherent rights to this land. We are all dealing and battling for our rights, not only to our self identifying identity, but our culture, our language and our pride as native americans. I senf deep prayers out to the people in gaza and the palestinians who continue to stand strong. My partner is from palestine, he was born in the refugee camp. So when he speaks about what is happening, i understand and see so much similarities in the destruction of a race and their land. It's all about land, but we have to remember that the creator knows who the defenders of the land are. Stay strong palestinians, and know that we are a strong race. Your blood runs strong and your voices will be heard. In the end....you will be the ones standing strong. We as indigenous people are a strong race, that is why the creator picked us to stand against policies of genocide. If we were weak, we would not be standing here now.
Posted by aaronjlevitt on December 31, 2008 #61727

Dear Mr. Mansour,

I think your analysis is absolutely correct, and fits perfectly with the behavior and rhetoric I've encountered in the Jewish community, as well as my own reflections on the subject.

I'll add a couple of thoughts, regarding American Jews in particular. My experience has been that many of my people here, particularly those of the older generations who lived through the Holocaust period, rely on idealized images of Israeli strength/potency/dominance to compensate for their own deeply rooted sense of physical weakness and vulnerability. I think this anchoring of people's fragile self-esteem in romanticized views of Israel is a major reason why American Jews are often more ideological, and more difficult to engage rationally regarding Israel/Palestine, than the Israelis themselves.

I suspect that this is also a major factor explaining the American Jews who join extremist settler groups in Israel. Many, and I suspect most, of these settlers were not raised in religious families, but rather joined strictly observant Jewish sects in an attempt to compensate for low self-esteem and fragile self-concepts (particularly regarding their Jewish identity). At least one of these sects runs large, religiously-based rehab programs for Jewish drug abusers. While this is a worthy enterprise, many of the young people coming out of these programs are deeply troubled, and I suspect that they are heavily represented among the religious settlers.

One of the earlier posters mentioned the tendency for victims of abuse to become abusers, themselves, which reminded me of an encounter I had in Tel Rumeida, Hebron. While working with the ISM in Tel Rumeida, I was attacked by a group of five teenage/young-adult religious school students with Brooklyn accents. The striking thing about the attack was that these were physically very weak boys, almost incapable of doing me serious harm (they were unarmed), who clearly would never have dared to accost me (or anyone else) here in New York. Only with Israeli soldiers standing watch a few yards away, and knowing that my role as a non-violent activist prevented me from striking back, did they feel empowered to attack.

May we live to see the day when all Palestinians who desire to do so return to freedom and equality in their homes and lands in Palestine/Israel. And I pray, when that day comes, that my people will also return to their true and better selves.

Respectfully,
Aaron Levitt
Posted by Reem Mokhtar on December 31, 2008 #61714

Re: Ibrahim Ghoul

Israel doesn't want peace
By Gideon Levy

The moment of truth has arrived, and it has to be said: Israel does not want peace. The arsenal of excuses has run out, and the chorus of Israeli rejection already rings hollow. Until recently, it was still possible to accept the Israeli refrain that "there is no partner" for peace and that "the time isn't right" to deal with our enemies. Today, the new reality before our eyes leaves no room for doubt and the tired refrain that "Israel supports peace" has been left shattered.

It's hard to determine when the breaking point occurred. Was it the absolute dismissal of the Saudi initiative? The refusal to acknowledge the Syrian initiative? Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's annual Passover interviews? The revulsion at the statements made by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, in Damascus, alleging that Israel was ready to renew peace talks with Syria?

Who would have believed it? A high-ranking U.S. official says Israel wants peace talks to resume and instantly her president "severely" denies the veracity of her words. Is Israel even hearing these voices? Are we digesting the significance of these voices for peace? Seven million apathetic Israeli citizens prove that we are not.

Entire generations grew up here weaned on self-deception and doubt about the likelihood of achieving peace with our neighbors. In our younger days, David Ben-Gurion told us that if he were only able to meet with Arab leaders, he would have brought us peace in his time. Israel has demanded direct negotiations as a matter of principle and Israelis have derived great pride from the fact that their daily focus on "peace" has concealed their state's lofty ambitions. We were told that there was no partner for peace and that the ultimate ambition of the Arabs is to bring about our destruction. We burned the portraits of "the Egyptian tyrant" at our bonfires on Lag Ba'omer, and were convinced that all blame for the lack of peace lied with our enemies.

After that came the occupation, followed by terror, Yassir Arafat, the failed second Camp David Summit and the rise of Hamas to power, and we were sure, always sure, that it was all their fault. In our wildest dreams, we wouldn't have believed that the day would come when the entire Arab world would extend its hand in peace and Israel would brush away the gesture. It would have been even crazier to imagine that this Israeli refusal would have been blamed on not wanting to enrage domestic public opinion.

The world has been turned upside down and it is Israel that stands at the forefront of refusal. The policy of refusal of a select few, a vanguard of the extreme, has now become the official policy of Jerusalem. In his Passover interviews, Olmert will tell us that, "The Palestinians stand at the crossroads of a historic decision," but people stopped taking him seriously a long time ago. The historic decision is ours, and we are fleeing from this crossroads and from these initiatives as if from death itself.

Terror, used as the ultimate excuse for Israeli refusal, only helps Olmert keep reciting, ad nauseum, "If they [the Palestinians] don't change, don't fight terror and don't adhere to any of their obligations, then they will never extract themselves from their unending chaos." As though the Palestinians haven't taken measures against terrorism, as though Israel is the one to determine what their obligations are, as though Israel isn't to blame for the unending chaos Palestinians suffer under the occupation.

Israel makes a point of setting prerequisites and believes it has an exclusive right to do so. But, time and time again, Israel avoids the most basic prerequisite for any just peace - an end to the occupation. Of all the questions asked during his Passover interviews, no one bothered to ask Olmert why he didn't react with excitement to the recent Arab initiatives, without preconditions? The answer: real estate. The real estate of the settlements.

It's not only Olmert who is dragging his feet. A leading figure in the Labor party said last week that "it will take five to 10 years to recover from the trauma." Peace is now no more than a threatening wound, with no one still talking about the massive social benefits it would bring in development, security, freedom of movement in the region and by establishing a more just society.

Like a little Switzerland, we are focusing more these days on the dollar exchange rate and on the allegations of embezzlement leveled against the Finance Ministry than on the fateful opportunities fading away before our very eyes.

Not every day and not even in every generation do we encounter an opportunity like this. Although it's not for sure if the initiatives are completely solid and believable, or if they are based on trickery, no one has stepped up to challenge or acknowledge them. When Olmert is an elderly grandfather, what will he tell his grandchildren? That he turned over every stone in the name of peace? That there was no other choice? What will his grandchildren say?
Posted by Djigivara on December 31, 2008 #61701

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Posted by Neil C on December 31, 2008 #61699

I have always believed that if I were born into a different culture, that I'd react in similar fashion to that society, give or take one standard of deviation. Therefore, one part of my brain prefers to be sympathetic to all cultures, regardless how repulsive they may be to the other side of my brain.

However, the real issue is not philosophical, but rather practical: how to reconcile the three Mosiac religions. In this regard, I believe that one major obstacle is that the various news agencies are subjective in their reporting. This coupled with the typical American disdain for reading and analyzing the news is another principle obstacle.

Having taken the Palestian side more often than not, I began urging my pro-Israel friends to start reading the Israeli Internet news source: Ha'aretz. This news source clearly outlines on a daily basis, the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government and the Israeli fanatics. Interestingly, those who began reading Ha'aretz, have almost universally begun to change their attitudes on the conflict. What my previously pro-Israeli friends conclude is that: 1) Israel main objective is to take posession of the entire Levant, and 2) when there is relative calm, the Isrealis continually provoke the Palestinians, e.g., a) the June 2008 Gaza Beach artillery firings, b) targeted assassinations of 'suspected' terrorists, usually in vehicles carrying innocent family members, c) continual expansion of their religious settlements, d) the siege of Gaza, preventing the Gaza from establishing a civil society and e) most recently as the last 'cease fire' was ending, proclaiming that they will never vacate their large settlements in Palestine.

In summary, my previously pro-Israeli now believe that the Israelis are a very insidious people and believe that the Israelis themselves are the root cause of Antisemitism.
Posted by Ibrahim Ghoul on December 31, 2008 #61695

In response to Matthew - while the press concentrates on the veil covering Muslim women's faces, you should concentrate on lifting the veil of prejudice.
This is not about Israelis stealing Palestinian land, this is a conflict of cultures. And Palestinians have used every excuse they can dredge up to blame others for maintaining their own pathetic existence in the Arab world.
In the Americas, the indigenous population was overrun and their land taken away from them. The injustice remains, but despite the heroics of Wounded Knee, there are few rockets being launched from the reserves on which they have been relegated. The aborigines of Oz and the Maoris of New Zealand have, for better or worse, survived the English colonization, and learned to live in their corners of their traditional lands. The Hawaiians have lost most of their islands to pineapple farms, but do not demand aid from from the rest of the world.
Only the Lebanese seem to understand the Palestine issue - and that is why, they have reluctantly allowed Palestinians to settle in their land, but with the proviso that they live in designated, self-governed areas, which we deem refugee camps, totally separate from Lebanese governance. Any squalor and/or deprivation is solely the responsibility of the Palestinians.
It is interesting that even the Jordanian representative, Muashar, cites the relative better position of the Palestinians of the West Bank, who may yet attain their own self-governing country, only because they negotiate with the Israelis, rather than launch rockets.
It is the definition of insanity to continue to repeat the same behavior, and expect a different result.
Despite the interesting take on the "Spartan Israelis", remember that Ben-gurion accepted the UN decision to slit Palestine, giving the Jewish Palestinians (the official designation on passports as issued by the Mandate government) only a portion of the land that Balfour had promised - and it was the Palestinians who rejected the compromise, expecting to overrun the Jewish Palestinians within the week.
Lastly, Matthew, ask yourself why it is that Egypt closes the Rafah border, and restricts passage of goods and people into and out of Gaza, but all the ranting is focused on the restrictions enforced by the Jewish Palestinians? How come Hamas does not protest against Egyptian closed borders by launching rockets into the Sinai?
Posted by Mathew on December 31, 2008 #61667

Dear Abu al-Sous, thanks for your article.

You are right this "conflict" is not about religion but about plain and simple theft of Palestinian land by Israel.

The Jews have created the World's largest open air prison in Gaza where it has reduced the population to survive by eating grass -- there is/was no way in or out -- there is/were targeted assassinations -- bombs at any time -day or night -- continual non stop terror 24/7 !!!!!

Continued requests by the elected Palestinian Government (HAMAS) for a peaceful solution were dismissed and as a protest Palestinians continued to send their "home made" rockets into Israel in response to let the World know that in 2007--2008 there was this Warsaw type Ghetto situation being "allowed" and supported and paid for by US Taxpayers !!!

The Geneva Convention and many UN resolutions were ALL ignored by Israel and the US.

As with Lebanon in 2006 Jews are killing Arabs in Gaza at will and destroying any and all infrastructure that Israel has not destroyed previously again supported and paid for by American Taxpayers !!!!!

The logic of this is surely not unknown to Jews Worldwide and one can only wonder their long term objective !
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Israel with 250 NUKES the 4th strongest Military in the World created by the USA is just “completely” out of control!!

Shamefully it says a lot for the USA and its 80% Christians who have supported Israeli Nazi Zionist tactics for over 60 YEARS !!

The hypocrisy of Americans and Jews is shameful and shows their near total "ignorance" fed them by the US media as in the lead up to the US "War" in Iraq !!!

To really help Jews and Israel in its search for “peace” the USA must stop giving Israel $10 Billion of American Taxpayer dollars every year!!!!

The only solution is to educate the American masses --Jews especially - via personal contact and the Internet ----to explain with knowledge that it is a Jewish solution that is necessary -- Jews have to "rejoin" humankind and admit that they are not "chosen" but regular humans and rejoin "humankind"!!!

G.W.Bush called it a Crusade. A Judeo/Christion Crusade against 23% of the World's population who "adhere" to Islam.

Can any Jew or American still wonder "why do they hate us" ??????????

Israel is the out of control Jewish Nuclear super power in the middle of a sea of Islam.

HELP WANTED PLEASE -- the World may be counting on all of us humans yes you and the rest of us !!! NOW !!!!
Posted by Giulio on December 31, 2008 #61653

Dear Abu al-Sous, thanks for your article which brings honour to every Palestinian as it betrays the genuine good willing soul of you my dear people. Unfortunately, again as 60 years ago we have to witness a new year start in the blood and each and every of your thoughts and yearnings is good and I share the same feelings as if I lived these sensations on my skin.. But I don't know when all this massacre of bodies and souls will be ending.. Now in these days I don't see a solution...

You wrote rightly when you said this has nothing to do with a regious war I am 100 % with you.. this has to do with hanger of injustice and hanger of dispossession, in change of nothing but blood shed...

Unfortunately I have to tell you that western people don't live on their skin all what you are suffering in the body and in the soul.. I have lost any hope any help will come from outside.. Probably this half a century war has become a part of our present story .. as something which cannot be disclosed... Horrible!

I would just say that there are two choices among the number of possible solutions.. One is fighting to the end of lives and keeping the "rights" there and the other just at the opposite is: Nobody has rights (on both parts) coz they have beeen canceled by rivers of blood and we are simply here to find a way how, inch by inch, to share what is there... Probably you will need generations to start becoming "friend" .. and I know very well you have different degrees of involvment and attitudes.. But really I have lost any hope on the International Community and willing do something decisive to assist any of you..

I can only hope and pray you just change your point of sight and shift to a peacefull mediation but I insist this has to come by talking between parts ready to talk!!

If I was in the power I would have given back all your lands but nether me neither others will do on behalf of involved parties..

I am always strongly with you and your families and my heart tears apart when I hear of your children victim of this great historical western mistake.. Giulio
Posted by shirazi on December 31, 2008 #61650

I read your article with very much interest. I am indeed baffled with the situation in Palestine. What are the sins of the Palestinian Muslims to receive such horrendous treatment from the Jews? Muslims were never the enemy of the Jews. In fact, Muslims were always protecting the Jews from the persecution of the Christians. For almost 2000 years, the Jews were scattered all around the world. The Christians hated the Jews because they believe that the Jews were the ones who crucified Jesus. But strangely, in the past century, the Christians became allies to the Jews and helped to liberate the Holy Land for them. Why this sudden change of stand? Who are these Jews?
As you had rightly pointed out, the Jews who live in Israel today are immigrants from Europe. These are not the original Jews who are descendants of Abraham but rather the decedents of the ‘khazar’ tribe that lived in the Caucasian mountains who converted into Judaism. These so called Jews do not prescribe to Judaism but rather believe in the doctrine of Zionism. The Holy Quran points out about the emergence of this group of Jews:
O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guided not a people unjust.
Al-Maidah; 5:51
I would like to bring your attention to the underlined verse. God Almighty restricts Muslims to become friends with Jews and Christians, but the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) had friends who were Jews and Christians. In fact, the Prophet himself instructed the Muslims who were persecuted in Mecca to seek shelter in Abyssinia which was ruled by a Christian monarch. To have a clear understanding of this command, we must further look into the verse whereby God Almighty commands Muslims not to become friends with Jews and Christians who are ‘friends and protectors to each other.’
Therefore, this verse clearly explains that that would come a time whereby the Jews and Christians would become friends and allies of which we are witnessing before our eyes. I rest my case.
Posted by David Sal. on December 31, 2008 #61637

As a latino who still carries the
Palestinian 'effect' in my gene's (I came to this country as a 4 year old child from Mexico) I understand your 'passion' and 'respect' it very much.

I have been pro-Palestinian for many years and write about 100 emails each week to my Senators, President and many of the Jewish sites (Zionist) regarding Israel's criminal past and present. As the bombs explode in Gaza, as I write, I feel an intense desire to raise money, print anti-ZioNAZI posters and stickers and distribute them (as I distribute many of the handout brochures and magazines produced by the 'Washington Report on the Middle East magazine.' Like, 'Remember These Children,' please check-out www.RememberTheseChildren.com , the 'Nakba anniversery issure 300 copies!, and others).

Unfortunately, my local Palestinian friends are always reluctant to 'boycott,' 'march the synogogues,' etc. etc. But, after thinking about it I was no longer angry at them - remembering what happened to Proffessor Sammy al-Arian in the hands of the racist federal courts in Florida.

God Bless, I pray for Palestine and it's people,

Salaaaam!

TheAZCowBoy
Tombstone, AZ.
Posted by Marcelo on December 31, 2008 #61631

Thanks, very interesting (and moving) article.
Posted by jaxthots on December 31, 2008 #61624

As a psychologist, I find this insightful. It is commonplace for the victim to become the victimizer, simply changing roles in the familiar game rather than giving up the game. Thus, the humiliated, abused, emasculated victim (the father unable to protect his family during the Holocaust) becomes the cruel, sadistic, non-empathic (i.e., sociopathic), arrogant bully (emasculating Palestinian fathers by bulldozing their homes, committing massacres against which they are helpless, and driving their families into refugee camps). This employs the defense mechanism psychoanalysts call "projective identification" wherein the self-image of despised weakling is projected onto the "other" by manipulating the other into that position.

In the most recent example, Israel has repeatedly violated its cease-fire with Hamas including the killing of 6 Gazans in a Nov. 4 attack (while the US and world press were preoccupied with our election) on one of their lifeline tunnels to Egypt, and again on Dec. 2 killing two Gazan children with a drone-launched missile, as well as increasing rather than easing its strangulation of Gaza in violation of the cease-fire agreement. Hamas nevertheless honored the truce until its expiration on Dec. 19 before retaliating with its very low-tech rockets, causing one Israeli death. Israel, aided and abetted by a duplicitous press, then used this as an excuse to launch their genocidal, high-tech, machismo-proving attack killing some 360 as of this writing while only 5 more Israelis have died - a 60/1 kill ratio, as usual vastly favoring the bullies, protected as always by their indulgent, abuse-enabling Great Uncle Sam.

This is a classic, and sickening, addictive abuse relationship facilitated by a classic enabler (the US) that the watching world finds as appalling as it finds Israel’s excuses absurd. It is a “third degree game” (played for keeps) as described by transactional analysis founder Dr. Eric Berne, which is part of an ultimately tragic, self-destructive cultural script. The hatred that Israel is arousing and the soul-poisoning spiritual corruption this generates within the body politic will inevitably bring the Zionist experiment to an ignominious end. These forces are already visible to observers within Israel such as author Michel Warshawski (see “Toward an Open Tomb”).

Their only hope would lie in a 12-step type model involving abandonment of the extreme hubris upon which Zionism is based, acknowledgment of failure to achieve a decent society worthy of mankind’s trust and respect, “a fearless moral inventory” from 1948 to the present, and full, voluntary restitution to their many, many victims, perhaps determined by the International Court of Justice to whose judgment they should humbly submit.

But like the central protagonist in a classic Shakespearean tragedy, Israel appears instead to be rushing headlong and heedlessly toward the edge of the precipice above the flames.
Posted by Vera Pegna on December 31, 2008 #61617

The Times, Thursday, May 24, 1917. Page 5

THE FUTURE OF THE JEWS

PALESTINE AND ZIONISM

VIEWS OF ANGLO-JEWRY

In view of the statements and discussions lately published in the newspapers relative to a projected Jewish resettlement in Palestine on a national basis, the Conjoint Foreign Committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association deem it necessary to place on record the views they hold on this important question.

The Holy Land has necessarily a profound and undying interest for all Jews, as the cradle of their religion, the main theatre of Bible history, and the site of its sacred memorials. It is not, however, as a mere shrine or place of pilgrimage that they regard the country. Since the dawn of their political emancipation in Europe the Jews have made the rehabilitation of the Jewish community in the Holy Land one of their chief cares, and they have always cherished the hope that the result of their labours would be a regeneration on Palestinian soil of a Jewish community, worthy of the great memories of their environment, and a source of spiritual inspiration to the whole of Jewry. Accordingly, the Conjoint Committee have welcomed with deep satisfaction the prospect of a rich fruition of this work, opened to them by the victorious progress of the British Army in Palestine.

THE “CULTURAL” POLICY

Anxious that on this question all sections and parties in Jewry should be united in a common effort, the committee intimated to the Zionist organisations as far back as the winter of 1914 their readiness to cooperate with them on the basis of the so-called “cultural” policy which had been adopted at the last two Zionist Congresses in 1911 and 1913. This policy aimed at making Palestine a Jewish spiritual centre by securing for the local Jews, and the colonists who might join them, such conditions of life as would best enable them to develop the Jewish genius on lines of its own. Larger political questions, not directly affecting this main purpose, were left to be solved as need and opportunity might render possible. Unfortunately, an agreement on these lines has not proved practicable, and the conjoint committee are consequently compelled to pursue their work alone. They are doing so on the basis of a formula adopted by them in March, 1916, in which they propose to recommend to his Majesty’s government the formal recognition of the high historic interest Palestine possesses for the Jewish community, and a public declaration that at the close of the war “the Jewish population will be secured in the enjoyment of civil and religious liberty, equal political rights with the rest of the population, reasonable facilities for immigration and colonisation, and such municipal privileges in the towns and colonies inhabited by them as may be shown to be necessary.”
That is still the policy of the conjoint committee.
Meanwhile, the committee have learnt from the published statements of the Zionist leaders in this country that they now favour a much larger scheme of essentially political character. Two points in this scheme appear to the committee to be open to grave objections on public grounds.

NATIONALITY AND RELIGION

The first is a claim that the Jewish settlements in Palestine be recognised as possessing a national character in a political sense. Were this claim of prely local import, it might well be left to settle itself in accordance with the general political exigencies of the reorganisation of the country under a new sovereign power. The conjoint committee, indeed, would have no objections to urge against a local Jewish nationality establishing itself in such conditions. But the present claim is not of this limited scope. It is part and parcel of a wider Zionist theory, which regards all Jewish communities of the world as constituting one homeless nationality, incapable of complete social and political identification with the nations among whom they dwell, and it is argued that for this homeless nationality a political centre and an always available homeland in Palestine are necessary. Against this theory the conjoint committee strongly and earnestly protest. Emancipated Jews in this country regard themselves primarily as a religious community, and they have always based their claims to political equality with their fellow-citizens of other creeds on this assumption and on its corollary – that they have no separate national aspirations in a political sense. They hold Judaism to be a religious system, with which their political status has no concern, and they maintain that, as citizens of the countries in which they live, they are fully and sincerely identified with the national spirit and interests of those countries. It follows that the establishment of a Jewish nationality in Palestine, founded on this theory of Jewish homelessness, must have the effect throughout the world of stamping the Jews as strangers in their native lands, and of undermining their hard-won position as citizens and nationals of those lands.
Moreover a Jewish political nationality, carried to its logical conclusion, must, in the present circumstances of the world, be an anachronism. The Jewish religion being the only certain test of a Jew, a Jewish nationality must be founded on, and limited by, the religion. It cannot be supposed for a moment that any section of Jews would aim at a commonwealth governed by religious tests, and limited in the matter of freedom of conscience; but can a religious nationality express itself politically any other way? The only alternative would be a secular Jewish nationality, recruited on some loose and obscure principal of race and ethnographic peculiarity; but this would not be Jewish in any spiritual sense, and its establishment in Palestine would be a denial of all they ideals and hopes by which the revival of Jewish life in that country commends itself to the Jewish consciousness and Jewish sympathy. On these grounds the conjoint committee deprecate most earnestly the national proposals of the Zionists.

UNDESIRABLE PRIVILEGES

The second point in the Zionist programme which has aroused the misgivings of the conjoint committee is the proposal to invest the Jewish settlers in Palestine with certain special rights in excess of those enjoyed by the rest of the population, these rights to be embodied in a Charter and to be administered by a Jewish Chartered Company. Whether it is desirable or not to confide any portion of the administration of Palestine to a Chartered Company need not be discussed., but it is certainly very undesirable that Jews should solicit, or accept such a concession, on a basis of political privileges and economic preferences. Any such action would prove a veritable calamity for the whole Jewish people. In all the countries in which they live the principle of equal rights for all religious denominations is vital for them. Were they to set an example in Palestine of disregarding this principle they would convict themselves of having appealed to it for purely selfish motives. In the countries in which they are still struggling for equality they would find themselves hopelessly compromised, while in other counties where those rights have been secured, they would have great difficulty in defending them. The proposal is the more inadmissible because the Jews are, and will probably long remain, a minority of the population of Palestine, and because it would involve them in the bitterest feuds with their neighbours of other races and religions, which would seriously retard their progress, and would find deplorable echoes throughout the Orient. Nor is the scheme necessary for the Zionists themselves. If the Jews prevail in a competition based on perfect equality of rights and opportunity they will establish their eventual preponderance in the land on a far sounder foundation than any that can be secured by privileges and monopolies.
If the conjoint committee can be satisfied with regard to these points they will be prepared to cooperate in securing for the Zionist organisations the united support of Jewry.
(Signed) DAVID L ALEXANDER, President,
Board of Deputies of British Jews.
(Signed) CLAUDE G MONTEFIORE, President
Anglo-Jewish Association
London, May 17, 1917
Posted by Noah on December 30, 2008 #61613

A fine article passionate and reasonable at the same time. In the end I am left with the same unresolved question. What to do? 60 years and more than two generations after the fact much has changed. Even without the cataclysmic events of the past 60 years much would have changed. Does it make sense to pine for what was? If we could guess where Palestine might have been had it not been for partition and make that the target and as time passes make the goal of Palestinians a moving target moving toward where they might have been without partition?
Posted by Kamal Majed Shannak on December 30, 2008 #61610

Thank you for sharing this article. it speaks loud on a wrongly suppressed topic. for anyone who can out there, spread this article to friends and foes...you'll be amazed how much of a role we can all play. we don't need CNN or Foxnews to do the work for us.
Posted by Farid Shublaq on December 30, 2008 #61606

In 1962 I had a debate with a jew born in Alepo/Syria,in 1946 he left to Italy and lived there as Italian native... he has the italian nationality...he said to me if arabs agree the peace with Israel, we shall sell for them the barrel of oil to the europeans for fiftly dollars....it was their dream which we observe now...
Posted by ADAM AWAD on December 30, 2008 #61601

Very good article we need more pictures to show the world the truth facts and the real story tanks.
Posted by Bassam Hasan on December 30, 2008 #61599

Very inspiring, right on target.
Posted by Amal Radwan Al athamna on December 30, 2008 #61598

Thank you for this great article, waiting for the next one.
Posted by Iqbal on December 30, 2008 #61596

Now that you have mentioned Eastern European Jewish migration, can we revisit the 6m number of the holocaust. As an accountant its very simple. If we assume 30% were nabbed by the Nazis (the rest escaped eg Robert Maxwell - and they had the money to do so), then it means there were 20m Jews in Europe excluding UK and Russia in 1938 !!?? Removing the Scandinavian countries and the known Jewish populations of France and Italy,if we look at demographic comparison of population levels today vs in 1938, what this 6m figure means is that one in four persons in Eastern Europe was a Jew. Simply not possible !!

We are not denying the concentration camps but the figure was much much lower. A losing Nazi retreating army devoting its resources (rail,fuel,manpower etc) on a vast scale (6m) over a 13-15 month period. Simply not logically or logistically possible. 6m is a fake propaganda figure.

Of course the propaganda of this figure allowed the Zionists to create Israel. Aren't there any Palestinian scholars who have researched this 6m figure scientifically based on the demographics of 1938 extrapolated to today??

Don't the Arabs have the money to foot such research? Or are they buying the fighter planes that rust in the desert instead of buying the real weapons - the newspapers and other media that the Jews are so successfully using?
Posted by Samer Abu-El-Haija on December 30, 2008 #61594

Great article!! Good said! I appreciate and love it!

Thanks and go on with this great work.
Posted by Dalia on December 30, 2008 #61580

Very moving article, it should be widely published for every one to read.