Justice for Jews and Israel
Handbook of Israel Advocacy
Following are samples of the anti-Israel narratives and anti-Israel rhetoric. Though the content is a bit different in each case, the goals are the same:
A respectable Journalist: Rami Khoury
Rami Khoury is a respectable journalist who writes for the Daily Star in Lebanon. He is considered a moderate. This article is typical of the most moderate and sophisticated version of the Palestinian narrative. He will not admit outright that his goal is the destruction of the Jewish state, but falsifies history in order to discredit Zionism and make others reach this conclusion.
For an alternative Arab view of the events of 1948, see this article on the Palestinian Nakba.
Note that Khoury uses the formulation "Arab East Jerusalem," a Palestinian propaganda slogan meant to imply that there is a part of Jerusalem that is exclusively Arab.
Take the colonialism out of Zionism
A juxtaposition of several simultaneous events this week indicates just how difficult it is going to be to achieve any meaningful progress in Arab-Israeli peace talks, when the heart of the conflict is land that Israelis and Palestinians both claim as their ancestral patrimony. The four events are the American drive to secure confidence-building measures from the Arabs in return for Israelís freezing of its settlements in occupied Arab lands; Israelís demand that Arabs recognize it as a "Jewish state"; the Israeli governmentís forcible eviction of Arab families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah district of Arab East Jerusalem; and the speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, unconvincingly showing that he understands how the creation of Israel in 1948 was such a "trauma" for Palestinians, who were made homeless and forced into exile.
These events simultaneously highlight that ever since 1947-1948, the conflict has been and continues to be defined by Zionist-Jewish ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs that generates sustained Arab resistance. It remains totally in the realm of fantasy to expect the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world to formally recognize and live with Israel as a "Jewish state" when it evicts dozens of Palestinians from homes they own in East Jerusalem and replaces them with Jewish settlers. Such actions capture the single most sinister aspect of Zionism that Arabs have fought, mostly unsuccessfully, for the past 60 years or more.
Israelis now defy the United States along with the rest of the world in continuing their settlement and colonization of Arab lands occupied in 1967. The Obama administration will soon have to make the choice that has confronted all other recent American leaderships: Does it try to force Israel to comply with international law and United Nations resolutions and live according to rules that all countries are asked to honor? Or, does it succumb to Israeli obstinacy and the threats of the pro-Israel lobby in the US, and instead seek the easier route of demanding more concessions from the Arabs in order to placate Israel?
The problem with demanding more Arab concessions and "confidence-building" measures in order to make Israel feel secure enough to comply with the dictates of law and morality is that this approach has failed consistently. Israel continues to kill, imprison and expel Palestinians, and colonize their land. The Arabs, not surprisingly, no longer will accept to play the fool by making gestures to accept Israel while Israel keeps cleansing Jerusalem of its Arab inhabitants.
The most depressing aspect of all this, going back to the 1940s, is that Israelis refuse to acknowledge that what they see as the miracle of the birth of their state came at the expense of the indigenous population. About half the native Arab population of Palestine was exiled in 1947-1948, and they and their descendants now comprise the 4.5 million refugees who mostly reside in lands adjacent to their ancestral Palestine. Israel refuses to admit any role in the creation of the refugee issue, despite extensive documentation by Israeli, Arab and international historians of Israelís extensive ethnic cleansing campaigns that deliberately drove out or caused over 700,000 Palestinians to flee during the fighting.
Reuven Rivlin this week once again accentuated the Israeli collective blind spot when it comes to acknowledging major responsibility for the dismemberment and exile of the Palestinians. In remarks delivered Monday, according to a Haaretz newspaper account, he called for a fundamental change in relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel, urging the founding of a "true partnership" between the two sectors, based on mutual respect, absolute equality and the addressing of "the special needs and unique character of each of the sides."
In his speech, Rivlin was to say that "the establishment of Israel was accompanied by much pain and suffering and a real trauma for the Palestinians (in large part due to the shortsightedness of the Palestinian leadership). Many of Israelís Arabs, which see themselves as part of the Palestinian population, feel the pain of their brothers across the green line Ė a pain they feel the state of Israel is responsible for."
Thatís it? Rivlin admitted that the wholesale dismemberment, occupation and exile of Arab Palestine was something that "accompanied" the creation of Israel, but he would not admit that the two were causally linked. Native Americans also experienced some trauma when the American colonies were created and expanded into an independent country, but were these two independent and unrelated experiences?
If Israelis really want to coexist with the Arabs, they will have to summon the courage and honesty to admit how Zionism dismembered Arab Palestine in 1947-1948, and Jews everywhere must finally break the ugly bond between Zionism and colonialism.
In other words, if Israel wants to exist in the Middle East, it must acquiesce in the lie that Zionists started the war in 1948 and that the Arab crusade to destroy Israel was legitimate. Of course, once that is admitted, the basis is provided for destroying Israel.
A radical Columbia Professor: Joseph Massad
Joseph Massad was given tenure at Columbia University, presumably because his views about the Jewish question coincide with those of the Columbia Middle East Studies establishment. In this article, he "explains" that peace can only be achieved by dismemberment of Israel and therefore all Israeli peace initiatives are counterfeit.
The basic themes of this article are that any manifestation of Jewish national rights is inherently racist, Israel is a racist state, and the only way to achieve "peace" is to dismember Israel as a Jewish state.
Posted on May 5, 2007
Israel's struggle for peace is a sincere one. In fact, Israel desires to live at peace not only with its neighbors, but also and especially with its own Palestinian population, and with Palestinians whose lands it military occupies by force. Israel's desire for peace is not only rhetorical but also substantive and deeply psychological. With few exceptions, prominent Zionist leaders since the inception of colonial Zionism have desired to establish peace with the Palestinians and other Arabs whose lands they slated for colonization and settlement. The only thing Israel has asked for, and continues to ask for in order to end the state of war with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors, is that all recognize its right to be a racist state that discriminates by law against Palestinians and other Arabs and grants differential legal rights and privileges to its own Jewish citizens and to all other Jews anywhere. The resistance that the Palestinian people and other Arabs have launched against Israel's right to be a racist state is what continues to stand between Israel and the peace for which it has struggled and to which it has been committed for decades. Indeed, this resistance is nothing less than the "New anti-Semitism".
Let us start with why Israel and Zionism need to ensure that Israel remains a racist state by law and why it deserves to have that right. The rationale is primarily threefold and is based on the following claims.
It is important to stress that this Zionist rationale is correct on all counts if one accepts the proposition of Jewish exceptionalism. Remember that Zionism and Israel are very careful not to generalize the principles that justify Israel's need to be racist but are rather vehement in upholding it as an exceptional principle. It is not that no other people has been oppressed historically, it is that Jews have been oppressed more. It is not that no other people's cultural and physical existence has been threatened; it is that the Jews' cultural and physical existence is threatened more. This quantitative equation is key to why the world, and especially Palestinians, should recognize that Israel needs and deserves to have the right to be a racist state. If the Palestinians, or anyone else, reject this, then they must be committed to the annihilation of the Jewish people physically and culturally, not to mention that they would be standing against the Judeo-Christian God...
Comment - The article is truncated to ensure we are not violating copyright, and because by now you should have read enough to have understood the underlying principles. The thesis of Massad, a supposedly respectable Columbia University professor, is racist. He misquotes Ben Gurion and attributes to Ben Gurion preposterous sentiments about "God" - considering that Ben Gurion was an agnostic socialist. He certainly never believed that "God" promised the land to the Jews or that that was the reason for Zionism. Ben Gurion warned against the "Levantine mentality" not against Jews becoming Arabs. Massad repeats anti-Semitic shibboleths about Jewish exceptionalism (also known as "exclusivism" "chosen people" etc.). The whole point of Zionism of course, was not that Jews are exceptional, but rather that Jews ought NOT to be exceptional. Jews should be a nation like any other nation, rather than dispersed in the Diaspora to atone for sins real or imagined. Whether or not Naftali Tamir or anyone else ever made a silly and racist statement like the one quoted above, the fact remains that nearly half of Israel's Jews are descendants of refugees from Arab countries, and Israeli Jews including black African Ehtiopians as well. Europe, for that matter, is becoming increasingly Arabized. The demographic problem exists in Israel only if and because Arabs define themselves as enemies of Jewish self determination. The fear is that an Arab majority would turn Israel into just another Diaspora state in which Jews have no national rights.
It is amusing and appalling to see how Massad stands both Zionism and truth on their heads, and serves up a farrago of misquotes, racism and fiction as if they were established facts.
The Vulgar and Frank Version: A Palestinian Facebook Cause
This "cause" spells out the basics of the anti-Israel narrative: Arabs are Semites and therefore cannot be anti-Semitic (a deliberately ignorant misunderstanding of the word <a href="http://www.zionism-israel.com/dic/Anti-Semitism.htm">Anti-Semitism</a>, which was coined by German anti-Semites to refer to Jew hate). The Jews of today are impostors who are not descendants of the ancient Jews and they have no claim on the land.
israel is not a country
This cause does not attack any causes or individuals. Our goal is to reach a peaceful solution. It simply states that "Israel" is presently an Apartheid regime
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