May 15 is the anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel. For Jew
s, it represents the end of the longest occupation in the history of the world
. Palestinians commemorate this day as "Nakba" day, the day of the disaster. Portraits of suffering refugees and demands for "Justice" against "Zionist racism" adorn pro-Palestinian Web sites, advertisements, posters and leaflets. They remind us that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict did not begin with the 1967 Six Day War
The Arabs of Palestine present their case to the world in terms of justice, human rights, and suffering of refugees. The Nakba day platform is the center of the campaign. It is the backbone of the Right of Return campaign for Arab refugees, commemorated each year by the Palestinian authority. Its theme is that the Jewish occupation of Palestine began in 1948. Any serious analyst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and anyone seeking a solution to it must remember that the Arab Palestinians insist that the occupation began in 1948. "Ending the occupation" means ending Israel.
The demands for justice and appeals to liberal sentiment and international law hide a different reality, which is closer to the way that the conflict is really perceived in Arab Palestinian society. This reality was first expressed in the slogan "Filastin hi arduna, Wa al-Yahud kilabuna,"
first chanted in 1920. Those who love "justice" and slogans of "justice" and solidarity may want to take up this slogan. Put it on your Web sites oh lovers of freedom, and in your articles, and on your demonstration posters.
For your attention, Jews for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace and other so-called "liberal" Jews and others: Gather 'round all ye fighters for the rights of the oppressed, and consider what this slogan means:"Filastin hi arduna, Wa al-Yahud kilabuna,"
- "Palestine is our land, and the Jews are our dogs." A lesson in spoken Arabic that will enrich your understanding of the culture of the Arabs of Palestine. A step on the road to dialog and empathy.
This slogan was not born in 1967, after the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. This slogan was not born in 1948, after the Palestinian "Nakba."
This slogan was chanted by crowds whipped up by the Nazi Mufti Haj Amin al Husseini
and his sidekick Aref el Aref, in 1920, in the process of carrying out pogroms against Jewish communities in the land of Israel, not yet called "Palestine," and not yet under the British Mandate.
However, we are not concerned with ancient history, but with here and now. Here and now, Hamas sponsored Mickey Mouse look alikes
teach kiddies to blow themselves up for Palestine, and a four year old girl says that when she grows up, she wants to blow up, just like mommy, the suicide bomber.
That is really what "Nakba day" is all about.
You, dear readers, may think that such sentiments are remote from you as you are far from the Middle East. It is not so. A recent report on anti-Semitic activity in 2006
One striking example was the revival of an anti-Jewish slogan from the Middle East, chanted in Arabic, “Filastin arduna wa al-yahud kilabuna!” (“Palestine is our land and the Jews are our dogs!”) − documented at rallies in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City, among others. These demonstrations were organized by the IAC, ANSWER Coalition, the ADC, and CAIR. Another common catchphrase at anti-Israel and anti-war rallies in recent years (also in Arabic) has been: “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad will return!” evoking the Qur’an’s account of a battle between the Islamic Prophet and a Jewish tribe, which resulted in the subjugation of the Jews of Arabia. Notably, some of the more radical chants were in Arabic.
Filastin arduna wa al-yahud kilabuna!” - that is the real slogan of those who commemorate Nakba day, and all the "liberals" who sympathize with them, whether it is Yaffo in 1920 or San Francisco in 2007. It seems nothing much has changed. When you participate in Nakba day commemorations, you are carrying on in a hallowed liberal tradition that began with the pogroms of the 1920s - and even before.
Words are translated into actions. In many places there was a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2006. The Hezbollah had a Khaybar II missile, used against Israeli towns. In the Middle East, people have long memories.
These progressive sentiments are now being exported to a city near you, wherever you live.
Imagine please, that each year on VE day, the oppressed German people commemorated the disaster of the allied victory. Crowds of national-socialist Germans and their sympathizers congregated in universities and public places, insisting on the right of return and "justice" for the wrongfully evicted refugees of Polish occupied East Prussia, Gdansk (Polish occupied Danzig) and the Czech occupied south-east Reich (Sudetenland). The crowds would be chanting, "Death to the Jews," "Germany is our land and the Czechs are our dogs" and similar slogans. There might be a "Jews for Justice in Germany" movement in this twisted reality, supporting this "progressive" movement to revive the Third Reich. This not so very far from the spectacle that takes place every May 15, but the demonstrators are followers of a different Nazi, the Grand Mufti, carrying on the struggle that he initiated in 1920, to get "justice" for the Arabs of Palestine.
What is the real disaster, and what is the real justice? Until the mentality of Nakba day is banished, how can we have peace in the Middle East?
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