All that Juice

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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By Gilad Atzmon

 If you are upset by the undeniable fact that our greatest scientific minds are failing in their battle against Covid-19, you should be relieved to learn that the West’s greatest minds are momentarily occupied with a way more important battle: the war against antisemitism.

 The Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) reported a few days ago that the Alfred Landecker Foundation (Berlin) launched a new international ‘Decoding Antisemitism’ project to stop hate online using ‘Artificial Intelligence. ’Apparently, the multi-national team comprised of ‘discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians,’ will develop a highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online antisemitism. 

 The Jewish news outlet reports that studies have shown that the majority of anti-Semitic defamation is expressed in implicit ways – for example through the use of creative codes such as ‘juice’ instead of ‘Jews. ’The highly sophisticated algorithm is, presumably, designed to scan the net continuously and attribute security alerts to every possible reference to ‘juice.’ However, if you see law enforcement agents surrounding your local grocery shop you should assume that its owner may have issued a complaint to the manufacturer about the integrity of his last orange juice delivery.

 The genius AI application will also spot certain conspiracy narratives or the reproduction of stereotypes, especially through unusual images. I guess that we are referring here to images of an un-named orange who kept his underwear on.  It may as well be that the AI application will be sophisticated enough to trace the exact favourite fruit extract that drives the Open Society Institute.  

 Issues to do with COVID-19 are particularly important as far as the new AI application is concerned due to “the rise in conspiracy myths accusing Jews of creating and spreading COVID-19.” This is no doubt a demanding task for the state of art application, as most Jewish outlets actually openly admit a unique and concerning level of intimacy between Jews/Israel and the virus. Back on 1st April, Zionist outlets were the first to admit that Jews were as much as 8 times over-represented amongst Covid 19 death in Britain, at least in the first days of the epidemic.  As early as the 3rd of March, an Israeli company named Migal was quick to announce that it has the vaccine for Covid-19. The new AI system will have to learn to turn a blind eye to the fact that Jewish outlets openly admit  that Orthodox Jews in New York and in Israel consciously and strategically let the virus spread in their communities as they truly believed (and for a good reason) in herd immunity.

 Dr. Andreas Eberhardt, CEO of the Alfred Landecker Foundation told the Jewish outlet that “Antisemitism and hatred directed against minorities are putting the future of our open society in jeopardy. And the problem is only getting worse in the digital sphere. It’s essential that we use innovative approaches – such as using AI – to tackle these issues head on.” I guess that Dr. Eberhardt is correct and the next obvious question is why are the German academic and his institute  fighting antisemitism in particular rather than fighting hatred in general and universally?

 On my part, I could save the Alfred Landecker Foundation a lot of energy and resources. Instead of adopting a Stasi doctrine, scanning the net, spying on our profiles for poetic expressions and ‘juicy images,’ just ask a few basic elementary questions: why is antisemitism back on the rise? What is it that Israel and its Lobby are doing that is so upsetting to a growing number of people? What is it that we cannot talk about and why?

 I actually believe that one old Zionist text from the late 19th century answers all those questions. Bernard Lazare’s Antisemitism: Its History and Causes attempted to figure out why Jewish history is an endless chain of tragedies and expulsions.

 Lazare believed that if Jews want to dominate their fate they must emancipate themselves from their choseness, that unique racially oriented sense of privilege and exceptionalism.  Zionism in its early version, was for Lazare the way forward. Zionism at the time was distinguished by its total rejection and negation of the Diaspora Jewish culture and identity (Shlilat Ha-galut). When Zionism was a spiritual metamorphic aspiration, the Jews were loved and admired, their Jewish state was even ‘forgiven’ for its colossal crimes against the indigenous people of Palestine (The Nakaba). But when Israel drifted away from its idealistic roots, when it gradually became the ‘Jewish State’, the tolerance towards Israel’s actions and its lobby also started to fade away.

 The Alfred Landecker Foundation may do better using their historians, linguists and computer scientists identifying this shift in the Jewish universe rather than treating the rest of us as suspected bigots. 

Palestine – Anniversary of the Death of a Child – 30 September 2000

Palestine – Anniversary of the Death of a Child – 30 September 2000

October 04, 2020

By Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog

Palestine under siege for 72 years. A UK-prompted UN decision in 1947 allowed David Ben-Gurion, then the head of the Jewish Agency, to proclaim on May 14, 1948, the establishment of the State of Israel.

Mandatory Palestine in 1946

The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, a UN proposal, recommended a partition of “Mandatory Palestine” at the end of the British Mandate. “Mandatory Palestine” (picture to the left depicting Mandatory Palestine in 1946 – source: Wikipedia) was a geopolitical entity established between 1920–1948 in the region of Palestine, under the terms of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted the Plan as Resolution 181 (II).

This fastidious date and controversial decision in 1948 brought about misery for generations of people – Palestinians – on their own land, inflicted by a tiny country implanted on Palestine – but supported by a super-power to the point that this tiny country, called Israel, has itself become a super-power – on the verge of expanding herself not only over Palestinian territory, but over the entire Middle-East.

It shall not happen.

This tiny country, ruled by a minority of power-greedy Zionists, linked to a worldwide Zionist-dominated network over the western financial system, and hellbent to rule the world – as the Chosen People, has violated countless UN Resolutions calling for a halt of her deadly aggression on the Palestinian people. And not only on Palestine, but to stop her interference all over the Middle-East, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran – to mention just a few. To no avail.

The tragic and murderous photo series depicts the 20th Anniversary of just one indescribable crime. But it is also symbolic for Israeli-perpetrated atrocities that have been slaughtering Palestinians for the last 72 years – indiscriminately, children, women, men – and no end is in sight, because the west looks on and tolerates. It tolerates one outrageous brutality after another.

Tolerance with financial gain.

Weapons sales to Israel flourish – and trade with Israel is unaffected – as the Jewish people, victims of the Holocaust – that, indeed, shall never be forgotten! – are being used by their Zionist masters to continue instilling guilt on Europe, the world. It’s a strategy that works wonders. The victims cum guilt have become an alibi for today’s Israel getting literally away not just with murder, but with an ongoing genocide.

As things stand today, Israel is about to take over and absorb the Palestinian West Bank without serious opposition from its western NATO allies, the very hypocritical west that is officially propagating peace talks after peace talks – no end. Indeed, no end. Because Peace is not wanted. The United States of America wants full domination of the Middle-East. Its one of the planet’s most energy rich areas, but also one of the most strategic gateways between Eurasia and Africa. So, the symbiotic relationship of the tail wagging the dog, between Israel and the US of A will go on.

Should that take-over by Israel of the Westbank happen, then the entire once “Mandatory Palestine” would become Israel. This may be the “geopolitical” strategy, but are the people at large – all over the globe – aware of this diabolical plan?

When the legendary “Crack” – “There is a Crack in Everything, that’s how the Light Gets In” (“Anthem”, Leonard Cohen, London 2008 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wRYjtvIYK0&feature=emb_rel_pause) – will open our minds to the reality of what we humans are doing to ourselves, to humanity – to our fellow sentient beings – we may finally act and choose Justice over Greed, Love over Hate and Peace over War.


Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a water resources and environmental specialist. He worked for over 30 years with the World Bank and the World Health Organization around the world in the fields of environment and water. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for online journals such as Global Research; ICH; New Eastern Outlook (NEO) and more. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance.

Peter Koenig is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

Israel’s Jewish National Fund Is Uprooting Palestinians – Not Planting Trees

By Jonathan Cook
Source: Jonathan Cook

The Jewish National Fund, established more than 100 years ago, is perhaps the most venerable of the international Zionist organisations. Its recent honorary patrons have included prime ministers, and it advises UN forums on forestry and conservation issues.

It is also recognised as a charity in dozens of western states. Generations of Jewish families, and others, have contributed to its fundraising programmes, learning as children to drop saved pennies into its trademark blue boxes to help plant a tree.

And yet its work over many decades has been driven by one main goal: to evict Palestinians from their homeland. 

The JNF is a thriving relic of Europe’s colonial past, even if today it wears the garb of an environmental charity. As recent events show, ethnic cleansing is still what it excels at.

The organisation’s mission began before the state of Israel was even born. Under British protection, the JNF bought up tracts of fertile land in what was then historic Palestine. It typically used force to dispossess Palestinian sharecroppers whose families had worked the land for centuries.

But the JNF’s expulsion activities did not end in 1948, when Israel was established through a bloody war on the ruins of the Palestinians’ homeland – an event Palestinians call the Nakba, or catastrophe.

Israel hurriedly demolished more than 500 cleansed Palestinian villages, and the JNF was entrusted with the job of preventing some 750,000 refugees from returning. It did so by planting forests over both the ruined homes, making it impossible to rebuild them, and village lands to stop them being farmed.

These plantations were how the JNF earned its international reputation. Its forestry operations were lauded for stopping soil erosion, reclaiming land and now tackling the climate crisis.

But even this expertise – gained through enforcing war crimes – was undeserved. Environmentalists say the dark canopies of trees it has planted in arid regions such as the Negev, in Israel’s south, absorb heat unlike the unforested, light-coloured soil. Short of water, the slow-growing trees capture little carbon. Native species of brush and animals, meanwhile, have been harmed.

These pine forests – the JNF has planted some 250 million trees – have also turned into a major fire hazard. Most years hundreds of fires break out after summer droughts exacerbated by climate change.

Early on, the vulnerability of the JNF’s saplings was used as a pretext to outlaw the herding of native black goats. Recently the goats, which clear undergrowth, had to be reintroduced to prevent the fires. But the goats’ slaughter had already served its purpose, forcing Bedouin Palestinians to abandon their pastoral way of life.

Despite surviving the Nakba, thousands of Bedouin in the Negev were covertly expelled to Egypt or the West Bank in Israel’s early years.

It would be wrong, however, to imagine that the JNF’s troubling role in these evictions was of only historical interest. The charity, Israel’s largest private land owner, is actively expelling Palestinians to this day.

In recent weeks, solidarity activists have been desperately trying to prevent the eviction of a Palestinian family, the Sumarins, from their home in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for Jewish settlers.

Last month the Sumarins lost a 30-year legal battle waged by the JNF, which was secretly sold their home in the late 1980s by the Israeli state.

The family’s property was seized – in violation of international law – under a draconian 1950 piece of legislation declaring Palestinian refugees of the Nakba “absent”, so that they could not reclaim their land inside the new state of Israel.

The Israeli courts have decreed that the Absentee Property Law can be applied outside Israel’s recognised territory too, in occupied Jerusalem. In the Sumarins’ case, it appears not to matter that the family was never actually “absent”. The JNF is permitted to evict the 18 family members next month. To add insult to injury, they will have to pay damages to the JNF.

A former US board member, Seth Morrison, resigned in protest in 2011 at the JNF’s role in such evictions, accusing it of working with extreme settler groups. Last year the JNF ousted a family in similar circumstances near Bethlehem. Days later settlers moved on to the land.

Ir Amim, an Israeli human rights group focusing on Jerusalem, warned that these cases create a dangerous legal precedent if Israel carries out its promise to annex West Bank territory. It could rapidly expand the number of Palestinians classified as “absentees”.

But the JNF never lost its love of the humble tree as the most effective – and veiled – tool of ethnic cleansing. And it is once again using forests as a weapon against the fifth of Israel’s population who are Palestinian, survivors of the Nakba.

Earlier this year it unveiled its “Relocation Israel 2040” project. The plan is intended to “bring about an in-depth demographic change of an entire country” – what was once sinisterly called “Judaisation”. The aim is to attract 1.5 million Jews to Israel, especially to the Negev, over the next 20 years.

As in Israel’s first years, forests will be vital to success. The JNF is preparing to plant trees on an area of 40 sq km belonging to Bedouin communities that survived earlier expulsions. Under the cover of environmentalism, many thousands of Bedouin could be deemed “trespassers”.

The Bedouin have been in legal dispute with the Israeli state for decades over ownership of their lands. This month in an interview with the Jerusalem Post newspaper, Daniel Atar, the JNF’s global head, urged Jews once again to drop money into its boxes. He warned that Jews could be dissuaded from coming to the Negev by its reputation for “agricultural crimes” – coded reference to Bedouin who have tried to hold on to their pastoral way of life.

Trees promise both to turn the semi-arid region greener and to clear “unsightly” Bedouin off their ancestral lands. Using the JNF’s original colonial language of “making the desert bloom”, Atar said his organisation would make “the wilderness flourish”.

The Bedouin understand the fate likely to befall them. In a protest last month they carried banners: “No expulsions, no displacement.”

After all, Palestinians have suffered forced displacement at the JNF’s hands for more than a century, while watching it win plaudits from around the world for its work in improving the “environment”.

How Two Seemingly Unrelated Events Laid Israel’s Racism Problem Bare

A viral video showing an Israeli family mocking impoverished Palestinian children and a controversial New York Times editorial by famed Zionist commentator Peter Beinart have exposed the racist underpinning of the so-called Jewish state.

Source: MintPress News

by Miko Peled

Protesters attend a rally against Israel plans to annex parts of the West Bank, in Tel Aviv, June 6, 2020. Sebastian Scheiner | AP

Two seemingly unrelated items hit social media recently and both received a lot of attention. The first was an article by Peter Beinart that was published in the New York Times where Beinart claims he no longer believes in a Jewish State and calls for a binational state with equal rights in Palestine. The other, a video clip showing an Israeli family riding in a car when two children approach them. The car window opens and we hear the father ask the children in Hebrew, “Who wants to feed a Bedouin?” While these two seem unrelated, there is something equally disturbing about both of them.

A Jewish home in Palestine

One might think that the epiphany experienced by yet another liberal Zionist, and one that has access to the mainstream media, should be celebrated. After all, another well known Jewish American has reached the conclusion that Palestinians deserve equal rights in their own country. However, as we read this article there are several disturbing elements that dampen the excitement.

Beinart shares with the readers, “I knew that Israel was a source of comfort and pride to millions of other Jews.” He explains that this is why he believed in the Jewish state. One could argue that slavery was a source of comfort and pride for millions of white Americans, yet to support slavery is still abhorrent.

Peter Beinart
Peter Beinart, center, talks to people after speaking at the University of Washington Hillel, October 23, 2014. Photo | Joe Mabel

He goes on to describe a sentiment that one hears from many liberal Zionists. “One day in early adulthood, I walked through Jerusalem, reading street names that catalog Jewish history, and felt that comfort and pride myself.” Jerusalem was an Arab city for over a thousand years. In 1948, Palestinians in Jerusalem were subjected to a total and complete ethnic cleansing, and not a single Palestinian was allowed to remain in the city. Jerusalem then became the capital city of the state of Israel and the street names, which used to catalog the long and magnificent Arab history of the city, were changed.

“I knew Israel was wrong to deny Palestinians in the West Bank citizenship, due process, free movement and the right to vote in the country in which they lived.” What about the rights of millions of Palestinians languishing in refugee camps? This country that gave him, and Jews like him, such pride is denying millions of Palestinians their right to return to the lands and homes from which they were expelled.

“But the dream of a two-state solution that would give Palestinians a country of their own let me hope that I could remain a liberal and a supporter of Jewish statehood at the same time.” That was precisely what the scam of the Two State Solution was set to do. To allow liberal Zionists to support the crimes of Zionism and the creation of a racist state in Palestine while still feeling good about themselves.

The idea that the Two State Solution would give Palestinians “a country of their own,” is puzzling. Palestinians have a country of their own, it is Palestine. According to historian Nur Masalha, it has been Palestine for thousands of years before the establishment of the Zionist state on May 15, 1948.

The epiphany experienced by liberal Zionists who suddenly realize they can’t have it both ways is really not an epiphany at all. It is a compromise that allows them to continue to justify their patronizing attitude towards Palestinians. Beinart is not unlike another liberal Zionist, Avram Burg. Burg, a staunch Zionist who served as speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Jewish Agency, and in between, profited greatly from peddling Israeli weapons. He is a Zionist through and through, and yet, he too claims it is time for a single state. In a piece he authored in 2018, he writes, “Since 1967 Israel had occupied Palestinian territory.” Not unlike Beinart, he sees only the West Bank as Palestinian territory.

To feed a Bedouin

A disturbing video clip was recently shared on TikTok by Roy Oz, also known as Roy Boy, an Israeli entertainer who hosts various programs for children. In the clip, an Israeli family is driving comfortably in what appears to be an SUV, with young children in the backseat and the parents in front. The father, Roy Oz, is driving. As they drive, two young children approach the car. The children in the car are white, the children outside are brown. The landscape is barren, like a desert, and we can safely assume it is the Naqab region in southern Palestine.

The father opens the window and hands a cookie to the children outside and says to his children in Hebrew, “Who wants to feed a Bedouin?” He speaks to the children outside in Arabic and then turns to his children again, asking in Hebrew, “You don’t want to feed a Bedouin, Ariel?” One of the two children outside is older than the other and hands the cookie to the younger child. Then, the father turns the camera, showing his children’s faces and asks again, “Do you want to feed a Bedouin? You don’t?” We hear him also saying to himself, “they are so cute,” referring to the children outside.

The father then turns to the children outside and asks in Arabic how much money they want. “One thousand shekel?” He asks. “No, just ten” one of the children answers. “Only ten?” The father asks at which point the mother reaches out of the car and hands one of the children a coin.

Expressions of Shock

Expressions of shock came fast from Palestinian communities, who demanded an apology and an explanation. Some even said this was the worst expression of racism they had ever seen. But there is nothing shocking about this clip because this was a normal Israeli middle-class family expressing what countless Israelis express all the time. The appalling racism and patronizing colonial attitude toward Palestinian Bedouin children, as we see in the video, is the foundation upon which the state of Israel was established and exists throughout Israeli society.

Without structural, systemic, deeply ingrained racism, Israel would not exist. Furthermore, without this white supremacist attitude, no Israeli pilot would be able to push the button that releases the bombs which then burn and rip Palestinian children in Gaza to shreds. No sniper would be able to pull the trigger and kill and maim Palestinians. It is an essential part of Zionist education.

Many Israelis had expressed their displeasure at this expression of racism. However, their displeasure aside, this is nothing new or abnormal. It is not unlike the incident where an Israeli army medic, who is charged with saving people’s lives and had taken an oath to do so, executed a wounded Palestinian laying on the ground. The incident was caught on video and went viral, resulting in the medic being court-martialed and receiving a slap on the wrist. This medic also acted as he was trained, as he was taught, that a Palestinian life does not matter.

Recognizing that Palestinians have rights within a Zionist construct is a symptom of Zionist racist supremacy. This racism is what allows a family to drive by Palestinian children and treat them like animals in a safari. It is how the state of Israel is able to continue the Naqba, the systemic, catastrophic destruction of Palestine and its people for close to one hundred years.

Feature photo | Beinart speaks at a 2012 event in Atlanta after being banned from a Jewish book festival over his criticism of Israel. David Goldman | AP


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صمود يمنيّ أسطوريّ وسرّيّة عراقيّة ـ سوريّة أجّلا سقوط ترشيحا لأشهر…!

محمد صادق الحسينيّ

تعريف: تقع بلدة ترشيحا الفلسطينية في الجليل الغربي، على بعد عشرين كيلومتراً عن مدينة عكا الى الشمال الشرقي، كما تبعد ثمانية كيلومترات عن الحدود اللبنانية، مقابل بنت جبيل.

تقع ترشيحا على ارتفاع 600 متر عن سطح البحر وتحيط بها قرى: معليا/ فَسوطَهْ/ حُرْفيش/ البقيعة/ يانوح/ كُفُرْ سميع/ يانوح/ سُحماتا. وقد أقيم على أراضيها، بعد احتلالها، في شهر 10/ سنة 1948 / العديد من المستوطنات اليهودية وأكبرها مستوطنة معالوت الملاصقة، بل المتداخلة مع البلدة الفلسطينية حالياً، والتي تُدار عبر بلدية مشتركة مع ترشيحا.

كان عدد سكانها سنة 1948، قبل احتلالها من قبل عصابات الهاغاناه، 5700 نسمة، أما عدد سكانها العرب حالياً فيبلغ 4500 نسمة فقط، حيث يعيش الكثير من أهالي القرية المهجّرين في المخيّمات الفلسطينية في سورية ولبنان والشتات.

أما الآثار المسيحية والإسلامية في القرية فهي التالية:

1) كنيسة الروم الكاثوليك، التي بنيت عام 1945، وهي من أكبر الكنائس في الجليل.

2) كنيسة الروم الارثوذكس، التي بنيت بين أعوام 1905 و 1913 بدلاً عن الكنيسة القديمة.

3) كنيسة الروم الارثوذكس القديمة، غير الصالحة للاستعمال، والتي بُنيت سنة 550 م.

أما أهم الآثار الإسلامية في البلدة فهي التالية:

جامع الحمولة، الذي بني أواسط القرن الثامن عشر الميلادي.

مزار الشيخ مجاهد. ويقع على جبل المجاهد في أعالي البلدة.

الجامع الجديد. تم بناؤه في زمن عبدالله باشا، والي عكا، سنة ١٨٤٠. واستخدمت في بنائه الهندسة التي استخدمت في بناء جامع الجزار في عكا، الذي بني في الفترة الزمنية نفسها.

الزاوية الشاذلية. بناها الشيخ علي اليشطري، وهي بقيت لخدمة أهل الطريقة الشاذلية، واستخدمت كذلك كبيت ضيافة للزوار الذين يقصدون البلدة لسبب أو لآخر.

ترشيحا والنكبة

عند صدور قرار تقسيم فلسطين المشؤوم، في 29/11/1947، بدأ أهالي ترشيحا كغيرهم من أهل فلسطين، يبحثون عن السلاح استعداداً لتنظيم وتسليح أنفسهم للدفاع عن قراهم ومدنهم. وقد بدأت الأسلحة بالوصول الى فلسطين، من سورية ولبنان، ومن خلال أشخاص وطنيين وكذلك تجار السلاح، الذين كانوا يبيعون أسلحة من مخلفات الحرب العالمية الثانية.

تشكلت في ترشيحا سرية دفاع، من أهالي البلدة، أطلق عليها اسم: سرية ترشيحا، التي كان قوامها حوالي مئة مقاتل، وكان يقودها ضابط الصف، في الجيش البريطاني سابقاً، محمد كمال السعيد.

كما وصلت الى البلدة، بتاريخ 18/1/1948، قوة عسكرية، قوامها حوالى 350 مقاتلاً من فوج أجنادين التابع لجيش الإنقاذ، الذي شكلته الجامعة العربية. كانت هذه القوة، التي انضمّت الى سرية ترشيحا، تحت قيادة المقدّم العراقي: مهدي صالح ونائبه أديب الشيشكلي، الذي كان قائداً لكتيبة اليرموك الثانية، وأصبح لاحقاً رئيساً لسورية.

قررت قيادة هذه القوة، ومنذ وصولها الى البلدة، المبادرة الى شن هجمات وقائية أو استباقية، ضد مواقع قوات الهاغاناه اليهودية المتمركزة في المستوطنات المجاورة. وكانت أهمّ الهجمات التي شنتها قوات أجنادين وأهالي ترشيحا هي التالية:

أ) معركة قلعة جدين، التي تبعد خمسة كيلومترات الى الجنوب من ترشيحا، وشاركت فيها سرية ترشيحا وفوج أجنادين/ جيش إنقاذ/ وجمع من أهالي البلدة. نجح المهاجمون في الوصول الى المستوطنة وفرضوا الحصار عليها، تمهيداً لاقتحامها. إلا أن تدخل الجيش البريطاني لحماية المستوطنين قد حال دون استكمال المهمة. ولكن القوات العربية حافظت على الحصار مفروضاً على المستوطنة حتى سقوط ترشيحا لاحقاً.

ب) معركة كابري، والتي بدأتها قوات فوج أجنادين وسرية ترشيحا، وفصائل فلسطينية أخرى من القرى المجاورة. تم التخطيط للهجوم بهدف قطع الإمدادات، التي كانت تصل مستوطنة قلعة جدين من نهاريا. وبتاريخ 28/3/1948 وصلت إحدى قوافل الإمداد اليهودية، قادمة من نهاريا، الى منطقة السَدّْ بالقرب من بستان “أبو علي توسيس”، حيث وقعت في كمين محكم واشتبك معها الثوار العرب والفلسطينيين لمدة عشر ساعات متواصلة، بقيادة محمد كمال السعيد/ فلسطيني/ وخليل كلاس/ سوري/ واميل جميعان/ أردني/.

وقد أسفرت المعركة عن تدمير القافلة، ومقتل 46 من عصابات الهاغاناه، الذين كانوا يسيِّرونها، وكان من بينهم قائد القافلة بن عامي بحتر، وذلك على الرغم من تدخل القوات البريطانية لإنقاذ القافلة، والتي فشلت في ذلك بسبب التخطيط المحكم للعملية، من قبل الثوار، حيث كانوا قد أعدوا كميناً متقدماً آخر، باتجاه نهاريا، وذلك منعاً لتقدّم أية قوة إسناد للقافلة عندما تقع في الكمين. وهذا ما حدث بالضبط، عندما تقدمت قوة محمولة بريطانية لفك الحصار عن القافلة، وقعت في الكمين، الذي أسماه الثوار في حينه: كمين بن عامي. جدير بالذكر أنّ سلطات الاحتلال قد أقامت لاحقاً مستوطنة، في أراضي قرية أم الفرج القريبة، أطلقت عليها اسم مستوطنة بن عامي.

ج) معركة تين أبو شريتح، في 11/6/1948، والتي اندلعت إثر سقوط بلدة الكابري في أيدي عصابات الهاغاناه ومحاولة قوة منهم اختراق خطوط الدفاع عن ترشيحا، حيث قامت قوة من الهاغاناه، معززة بالمصفحات والأسلحة الثقيلة بشنّ هجوم من محورين، الأول هو محور معليا/ ترشيحا والثاني هو محور كابري/ ترشيحا. لكن يقظة الثوار والكمائن التي أعدّوها لمواجهة الهجمات اليهودية المحتملة قد أوقعت عصابات الهاغاناه في كمين محكم، دارت على أثر ذلك معركة انتهت بمقتل قائد الهحوم اليهودي، الكولونيل يعقوب، وفشل الهجوم. وقد أقامت سلطات الاحتلال مستوطنة، في منطقة تلك المعركة، أسمتها عين يعقوب.

د) الهجوم المضاد ومعركة تل الأحمر. بعد أيام قليلة، من إفشال محاولة التقدم اليهودية باتجاه ترشيحا، قرّر المدافعون عن البلدة، بقيادة الضابط العراقي مهدي صالح، شنّ هجوم مضاد، على مواقع الهاغاناه، بهدف فتح الطريق الى عكا، التي كانت لا تزال صامدةً ولم تسقط.

جاء قرار الهجوم المضاد إثر نجاح السرية اليمنية، التي كانت ترابط في مواقع التل الأحمر، بصدّ هجوم كبير على مواقعها، ليلة 18/6/1948، حيث كانت استطلاعاتها (السريّة اليمنيّة) قد حدّدت محاور تقدّم عصابات الهاغاناه المحتملة مسبقاً، وأعدّت لهم مجموعة كمائن وأوقعتهم فيها وانقضّت عليهم في قتال من مسافة أمتار وقضت على جميع أفراد تلك العصابات بالكامل. حيث كان صمود السرية اليمنيّة هو السبب الرئيسي في الحفاظ على بلدة ترشيحا وحمايتها من السقوط في أيدي عصابات الهاغاناه آنذاك.

لكن العصابات الصهيونية، وبمساعدة عسكرية بريطانية مباشرة، عبر القصف من البوارج البريطانية المرابطة قبالة ساحل نهاريا، الواقعة على بعد 15 كم غرب ترشيحا، واصلت ضغطها على ترشيحا كما واصلت حشودها العسكرية الكبيرة، استعداداً لدخولها وكسر مقاومتها.

حيث حشدت العصابات الصهيونية، تحت قيادة اللواء شيفا، كتيبتي مدرعات وكتيبة مشاة وكتيبة قوات خاصة، من لواء عوديد، وكتيبة قوات خاصة من لواء غولاني وأخرى من لواء كرمئيلي. وقد بدأ الهجوم الشامل، لهذه القوات على محاور ترشيحا جميعها، ومن بينها محور الجبل الأحمر الذي كانت ترابط فيه السرية اليمنية. بدأ هذا الهجوم بتاريخ 25/10/1948، ووصل ذروته يوم 27/10/1948، حيث شارك سرب من الطائرات الحربية الصهيونية، البريطانية الصنع من طراز بريستول ولانكستِر، في قصف مواقع المدافعين عن البلدة، ومن بينهم السرية اليمنية، بالقنابل الثقيلة والبراميل المتفجّرة عيار 200 ليتر. وقد استمرّت القوات المدافعة عن البلدة في صمودها الأسطوريّ حتى نفاد ذخيرتها بالكامل واستشهاد عدد كبير من أفرادها، بينهم متطوّعون يمنيّون، الى أن تمكنت قوات العصابات الصهيونية من دخول البلدة والسيطرة عليها بتاريخ 30/10/1948، وكانت بذلك آخر بلدة فلسطينية تمّ احتلالها من قبل تلك العصابات.

أيام مجيدة سطّر ملاحمها أخوة بالإيمان لفلسطين، اقترب وقت عودتها بحلة جديدة، ولكن هذه المرة بالنصر والظفر بإذن الله

وإعادة كل فلسطين إلى كل أهلها وعودتها إلى أمّتها.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

Quds Day: Reminder of Palestinian struggle

By Salman Parviz

May 21, 2020 – 14:5

Originating in Iran with the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Quds Day with the aim of forging unity among the Muslims and Arab nations so that they will unanimously express their backing for the Palestinian nation each year.

To mark the occasion amid the novel coronavirus pandemic the International Quds Day Conference was held online May 18 and 19.

This year’s Quds Day has special significance in the denunciation of the so-called “Deal of the Century” and proposed annexation of Jordan Valley and occupied West Bank, a display of shocking disregard for international law. The deal has given green light to Israeli sovereignty on the illegal settlements built since the 1967 war, which is now colonized by more than 600,000 Israeli Jews.

Protests in the region on May 15 marked the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba or “catastrophe”, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced into exile following creation of the Zionist state in 1948. It was another opportunity to denounce the policies of U.S. President D. Trump’s ultra-right policies and alliance with Israel.

While successive U.S. presidents and administrations have supported Israel, none has done as much in such a short time to embolden its right-wing settler-led colonialist government than Trump whose administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017, stalling the road map for a two-state solution.

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner worked closely with former U.S. special envoy for the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, to design the “Deal of the Century”. The plan was announced in January after several months of delay. What Palestinians saw as a “surrender note”, referred in one of the Tehran Times’ headlines as the “Highway to Hell” and what many consider “Heist of the Century”.

After three inconclusive elections in the Zionist state a three-year power-sharing agreement was announced in April which allows Netanyahu first bite at leading before handing power to Benny Gantz. At the heart of that agreement is the illegal annexation of large swathes of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and the Northern Dead Sea.

Israel is 21st century’s Middle East version of apartheid-era South Africa, the only remaining apartheid state where Palestinians remain, at best, second class citizens in Israel, under occupation in Gaza, East Jerusalem and West Bank.

Of historical significance is the plight of residents of Gaza Strip. In January 2006, Hamas won a sweeping majority in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections ending more than 40 years of domination by Fatah, the political faction built by the late Yasir Arafat.

Following the elections U.S., EU and Canada cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority despite Canada having helped to facilitate and monitor the elections. Worth mentioning is that the Israel-Hezbollah conflict ensued during the summer of 2006.

Gaza Strip was put under Israeli and Egyptian blockade in 2007 when the Hamas resistance movement started controlling the enclave. As a result of Israel’s stifling measures the UN has warned in the past that the Gaza Strip would become “uninhabitable” by 2020.

More than two million people cramped up in a 362 square kilometer area, deprived of their fundamental human rights including freedom of movement. Under strict air, sea and ground siege imposed by Israel and Egypt for the last thirteen years, Gaza Strip is considered the largest open-air prison in the world.

This prison verdict is backed by international community, mainly the Western powers and the U.S. During the siege the coastal enclave has undergone three major Israeli offensives.

Today around 6.5 million Palestinians live abroad as refugees or members of the diaspora.

Quds day is a reminder of the plight of Palestinian people.
 

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Israel: A utopian image or merely a mirage?

May 13, 2020 – 21:53

TEHRAN – While the founders of Israel had envisioned a utopia for Israeli settlers, now after 72 years, it has brought no freedom or justice to anyone except for some Zionist Jews and been involved in genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians an Israeli-American activist and author tells the Tehran Times.

‘Genocide and ethnic cleansing is the practice of Israel’ 

On promises by the founders of Israel, including Ben Gurion, who had envisioned a utopia for settlers in Israel based on freedom, justice, and peace,  Miko Peled says “Israel is an apartheid regime” which “has been involved in genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.”

He says Israel is “providing Jewish citizens who are Zionist with all the rights of liberal democracy.” 

He also says it “is true” that some Israelis are returning to their original countries as they are fed with governance.

‘Corrupt Netanyahu main reason behind Israeli political crisis’

Israel has been in a political crisis after three inconclusive elections and it is facing the growing prospect of an unprecedented fourth election.

Peled says it is mainly because “Israeli politics is controlled by the corrupt Prime Minister Netanyahu and his racist, violent allies.”

The deadlock ended now that Netanyahu got an agreement that he accepted and protects him and allows him to continue to serve as prime minister, he says, adding there was even social disobedience “about the fact that the man they voted for, Benny Gantz, who promised to unseat Netanyahu, lied to his voters and is now sitting with Netanyahu.”

‘Israel not a democracy but an apartheid’

On claims by Tel Aviv and its allies in the West that Israel is the only democratic country in the West Asia region, Peled says, “Israel is not and has never been a democracy. It an apartheid regime.”
 
He goes on to note that “the problem with West perspective is that it is a Zionist perspective which recognizing the legitimacy of Zionism and does not recognize the rights of Palestinians.”
 
 Israel sees Trump’s reckless policies toward Iran ‘a great thing’ 

Actually, in over a year that Israel has been holding three elections, each time Donald Trump has taken a step to promote chances of Netanyahu in elections. His administration moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognized the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory, and recently Mike Pompeo claimed that annexation of lands in the West Bank does not violate international law. However, each time Netanyahu’s party failed to win enough seats in Knesset to form a government.

“Israelis are actually very happy with Trump. His support for the Israeli regime and his reckless policies regarding Iran and the Palestinians is seen as a great thing,” Peled points out.

‘Racism in Israel comes even at expenses of public health’

Despite the coronavirus epidemic, Israel is refusing to release Palestinians who are held in crowded prisons, he said, noting, “Israel never respected Palestinian rights, even now that the spread of the Coronavirus is dangerous to all people.” 
“Racism in Israel is so strong that it comes even at the expense of public health,” the activist regrets.

 ‘2 million people of Gaza are heroes’

Gaza Strip is considered the greatest open prison on the earth.

Peled calls two million residents of Gaza “heroes” who are victims of “Zionist racism and violence”.

He also notes that except Iran, no country in the world cares about the miseries of the Gazans.

“They are victims of Zionist racism and violence and of the fact that the rest of the world, with the exception of Iran, do not care about them.”

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فلسطين كمال خلف الطويل

الجمعة 15 أيار 2020

لعلّ من بين كلّ أعوامها السبعين ونيّف، لذكرى نكبة 1948 هذا العام بالتحديد، مذاقٌ مغاير… لماذا؟ نظرة طائرٍ على فلسطين وما حولها، عند ذكراها الحالّة، تُري الناظر حزمة مشاهد كونية وإقليمية ومحلية، فيها من التداخل ما يوجب استدخالها في استشراف طيّات القادم:

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ــــ شلل «كوروني»، جزئي أو نسبي، لقدرات القوى الكبرى في خوض صراعات حاميةٍ أو حتى فاترة، سواء بينها أم بين حلفائها الإقليميين، وانعكاس ذلك على مسرح الحوادث تهدئةً أو «تباعد» اشتباك.
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ــــ تداعٍ اقتصادي يعمّ المنطقة، بفعل عاملَي سقوط سعر النفط والوباء الـ«كوروني»… لا يوفّر غنيةً أو فقيرةً من كياناتها، بل ينيخ بكلكله على مستقبلها، القريب منه والبعيد.
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ــــ ميزان قوىً رجراج في المنطقة، لا يسمح لقوة إقليمية بحسم الصراع لصالحها على حساب غيرها:

إسرائيل، أعجز عن كسر إيران، أو حليفاتها، حتى إن قدِرت على إيذائها سورياً، وقدِرت راعيتها، الولايات المتحدة، على إنهاكها بحصار العقوبات. في المقابل، نراها تتحضّر لالتهام جغرافيا القدس والمستوطنات والأغوار، بالتواطؤ مع الدولة الأميركية الترامبية، تحت اعتقاد أنّ جو الوباء كفيلٌ بشلّ أحدٍ عن فعل صدٍّ أو منعٍ أو كبحٍ.
تركيا، غير قادرة على إنفاذ رغائبها في الشمال السوري، من دون تمكين روسي وسكون أميركي، ناهيك بانكشاف اقتصادها أمام غائلة غارات خصوم الخليج وغيرهم، بسعي ضرب اقتصادها ولَيِّ ذراعها استراتيجياً. في المقابل، نراها تعوّض محدودية نجاحها السوري، عبر العقد المنصرم، بمطاولةٍ عابرةٍ لشرق المتوسط، و«متشاطئة» مع ليبيا غازاً ونفطاً.

السعودية، مكسورة في أعزّ ما تملك: مال النفط؛ مستنزفة بعبثها الحربي في اليمن، قليلة حيلة أمام من تعتبره خصمها التليد: إيران، وخاسرة في الشمال العربي. في المقابل، هي بين بين في الساحة الليبية، وممسكة بأعنة القرار المصري، بالشراكة مع حليفتها الإماراتية.

إيران، محاصَرة حتى الثمالة في معاشها، معوقة سورياً، متساكنة مع شيطانها التليد في العراق، وحتى لبنان، ومحاطة بسوار قواعد أميركية في البر والبحر. في المقابل، عندها من مقدرة المصابرة والدفع ما كسر مشعر غينيس.
طيّب، لنرَ كيف هو المؤثر الدولي عندنا: في الخلفية شبح الوباء المقعِد، للكل. هذا في عموم. أما في خصوص، فلم يعد هناك ما تستطيع الولايات المتحدة فرضه بالقوة، لا بل إنّ عملية إعادة تموضعِ لقدراتها قد بدأت قبل الوباء، وها قد تسارعت بعده، محفّزةً بنتائج ما سبق من فرط تمدد، بدّد 8 تريليون دولار في مجروره، وبدّد معه عشرية بكاملها، هي أولى عشريات القرن. والشراكة الروسية ـــــ الصينية ما زالت أقدر على الإعاقة منها على الفرض، سواء بالاختيار صينياً ـــــ وهو الآن آيل ـــــ أم بالاضطرار روسياً.

كيف ينعكس ذلك كله في، وعلى فلسطين الآن؟ من منظور اليمين الإسرائيلي (وإسرائيل كلّها الآن يمين… لكنّه قبلي ومحترب، فتوراً الآن وربما سخونةً ذات وقت)، ورديفه الترامبي، فشلل الوباء سانحٌ لقفزة ضمٍّ ما فتئ الأول يتلمّظ عليها لعقود، ويعقد الثاني عزمه على نصرته، إنْ من زاوية تمكين إسرائيل وكيلاً إقليمياً، أم لجهة تلبية مطلب بيئته الانتخابية المزمن… هذا في النية. طيّب، ما هي فاعلةٌ الإقليميات الثلاثة، سوى إسرائيل… والكونيتان، سوى الولايات المتحدة… وأضيف، أوروبا؟

برغم إقعاد الوباء العمومي، إلا أنّ الإقليمي الأكثر فعّالية فلسطينياً هو إيران، وعلى مسارح متعدّدة: سوريا ولبنان وغزة. ذلك أنها، ببساطة، من انكبّ ـــــ وما انفكّ ـــــ على بناء منظومة صاروخية، نوعية كما كمّية، عبر الشمال العربي، مع صلةٍ بغزّة، وعبر سنوات سبع ونيّف، صارت توفّر قدرة ردع ما قبل ـــــ متكافئة، وتكاد تشطب قدرة إسرائيل على شنّ حرب هجومية على المحيط. لكنّ إيران وحليفاتها، لم تبلغ بعد حدّ القدرة على كبح نية إسرائيل ضمّ نصف الضفة الغربية. ما الذي ينقص؟ غياب شريك عربي مركزي، واضطراب العلاقة الإيرانية ـــــ التركية سورياً، وافتقاد سند دولي فارق.

أين السعودية اليوم؟ هي تجرّب رفقة طريق مع إسرائيل، بظنّ أنْ تقيها من «غائلة» إيران، في مقامرة غير محسوبة للتيار المتنفّذ في العشيرة الحاكمة، وكفيلةٍ، مع انكسار «رؤية» هذا التيار، بنضوب خزائنه نفطياً وشعائرياً، وبخسائره اليمنية الفادحة، أن تهزّ الأرض من تحته، بغضّ النظر عن أي أثر لغواية اللهو والمِتع بعد طول تضييق. ذات الحال يسري على محيطها، وعلى «مصرها».

وبعلم أنّ تركيا، مِثلها مثل إيران، لا ترتفع مقاماً كقوة إقليمية إلا بخفض مقام إسرائيل، وبه فقط تصبحان «عُظمَيين» لا عاديتين… إلا أنّ إشغال تركيا نفسها في متاهةٍ سوريةٍ من صنع يديها، وبخطايا حساب أحمق أجراه صنّاع قرارها في خريف 2011، قد كفّ قدرتها على أن تكون وازنة كفايةً قبالة إسرائيل فلسطينياً، رغم اشتغالها على الناحية العقارية في القدس وغيرها، وبحساب عونها السياسي والإعلامي. ما تحتاج إليه هو أن تدرك، لتوّها، مركزية تنزيل إسرائيل من عليائها، عن أي شأن مشرقي آخر. لقائل أن يقول: وكيف لتركيا أن تفيق إلى واجبها الفلسطيني وهي مكبّلة بقيود ناتوية؟ والحال أنْ ليس من قيود تكبّل، وصفقة «س 400» شاهدة.

في الكوني، هناك مسألة أقيس عليها ابتداءً: لا ترى إسرائيل في روسيا أو الصين، حليفاً أو شريكاً أو صديقاً. من ينفرد بامتلاك هذه الصفات وأكثر (الراعي)، هي الولايات المتحدة. روسيا والصين، هما عند إسرائيل مشروعا تنافع، وفي حالة روسيا بالذات طرفٌ تدير معه ترتيبات منع اشتباك… ولا تني الولايات المتحدة تذكّر إسرائيل بسقفها الواطئ لمنسوب التنافع. كلتاهما ترى في ضمّ نصف الضفة، تخريباً لحلٍّ في فلسطين طالما تاقتا إليه، وعسفاً وخيماً بظلامة شعبها لن يلبث أن يوقد النار في غرب آسيا. لكن تنطّحهما لدور معيق، يحتّ من جموح الولايات المتحدة، لا يتصلّب عوداً إلا باستناده إلى جدار إقليمي صلد، أي تركو ـــــ إيراني، والذي صار أكثر إمكانية وسط تحديات الوباء واصطفافاته. يُضاف إلى ذلك، توق الصين بالذات إلى تعرّض «إيجابي» للولايات المتحدة، وليس أعزّ من جبهة لها من إسرائيلها، سيما وأمر خسفها الصلة الصينية ــــــ الإسرائيلية صار في التداول. أوروبا الرسمية، في المقابل، لا تجيد إلا الخنوع أمام الأميركو ــــــ إسرائيلي عند الحزّة واللزّة، لكنّ مجتمعاتها في مكان آخر، وسيحفزها في الضغط على رسمياتها شعورها أنّ تماسك المحلّي والإقليمي والأوراسي يتجسّد.

طيّب، هل لقوى الضفة ذاتها من وزن في هذه المعادلة؟ يصح القطع بانعدام ثقة الشعب الفلسطيني في الضفة بقياداتها المتنفّذة، بل وفي ذلك سر تورعه عن إلقاء ثقله في الصراع ثانيةً، طالما تثقل كاهله وتعوق فطرته. شرط عودته ليصبح الرقم الصعب في معادلة الصراع، اضطرارها أن تنزاح عن طريقه، بما فيه نزع قيد أمنها عن رسغه، وإخلاء حاجزه الحارس للاحتلال، وتحوّلها إلى محض سلطة بلدية محلية لا صفة سياسية لها. أول الأوليات، ألا تُترك لتقع في درك غواية الترامبية لها بالتقدّم بمقترح بديل، بل أن تُجبر على التمنّع، ولو اللفظي. إنّ هناك الآن فرصة من أشهر، ألحظ بصددها العوامل التالية:

المؤسسة الأمنية ــــــ العسكرية لإسرائيل خاشية ومحذّرة من عقابيل الضمّ. محميات مصر والخليج تتوسّل براعيها الترامبي، أن يتمهّل في الإذن بالضمّ خشية ما يفرز من عواقب. منظومة الأمن القومي الأميركي تعارض وتُنذر. اليهودية الأميركية منشرخة نصفين، أحدهما معارض. الأردن يتحسّس رقبته. أوروبا تضرب كفّاً بكفّ، فما غرب آسيا إلا رمية حجر. وعليه، فما كان من ضوء أخضر صار أصفر.

طيّب، كيف نحوّل الأصفر إلى أحمر؟ نقطة البداية هي عند «نخب» كلّ فلسطين، فإن التقت على قاسم مشترك أدنى، من دحر الاحتلال واستعادة الضفة، وفق برنامج عملاني، وأطلقت دعوة تقريب «سوري» بين إيران وتركيا يوقف الحرب، وبرهنت لنفسها أولاً، ثم لإيران وتركيا، وخلفهما لروسيا والصين، أنها رافعة داخلٍ وطوق، فتكاملت بها وبهم أساسات سندٍ من فولاذ، صار لزوماً للأطراف الإسرائيلية والأميركية والأوروبية أن تشعل الأحمر.
ولكن… إن أضعنا هذه الأشهر الدانية، فنكون كمن جدّد النكبة.

Gilad Atzmon on Truth, Faith and Palestine – Chester Interfaith Palestine Conference

 

 The following is a talk given at Chester Interfaith Palestine Conference 2019 on  (2.1.2019).

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 In the last few days Zionist and Israeli advocacy groups were desperate to cancel the  gathering of many local peace enthusiasts, intellectuals and religious leaders. Every Hasbara trick was put into play: Social media abuse, intimidating phone calls, smears and lies. But none of it worked. The pro- Israeli bigoted efforts backfired – – interest in the conference grew immediately, the local community stood for Palestine, peace, harmony and free speech!

Roderick Heather MBE, Chairman of Hoole Community Centre was subjected to vitriolic abuse.  I learned yesterday that Mr Heather decided to attend the conference meetings and to judge for himself whether it was a ‘hateful’ gathering. Apparently he was  impressed and announced to the group at the end of the first day  that they will always be welcome at the Hoole Centre.  Here is the message Mr Heather sent to North West Friends of Israel, the advocacy pressure group that led the campaign.

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One may wonder why Zionist operators are so desperate to cancel Palestinian meetings and are so fearful of my work in particular. As things stand, the law seems to be on their side. With the IHRA definition of antisemitsm  and current legislation designed to supress all criticism,  the Zionist advocacy groups could theoretically  seek to punish  everyone who even comes close to any disputes of the operation of  their community or their beloved state. You would expect Zionists to ignore Palestinian gatherings. If those gatherings were indeed ‘hateful’ they could have  locked many of us up behind bars a long time ago. Clearly, the friends of Israel know that the  reality is  different. Palestine solidarity is a peaceseeking mission. Despite my huge body of work, I have never been accused of making a single hate statement. Needless to mention, I do not need to mention that I have never been charged or even questioned by a any legal authority anywhere in the world about anything I have said or written. The same applies to Stephen Sizer. The Zionist Lobby groups accuse Palestinian solidarity gatherings of  being ‘hateful’  while knowing that this type of behaviour is something that Palestinian activism is free of.

Here are final words from Chester Interfaith Palestine Conference:

 Chester Palestine Conference November 2nd 2019

 The Chester Palestine Conference was even more successful on its second day.  We actually ran out of chairs!

 The theme for the day was “Grassroots for Palestine: making local links”.

 The day started with a brief interfaith service.

 Burnley Women’s Peace Group shared the experience of their Jerusalem Peace Pilgrimage this year. The images of Palestinian suffering were very moving. They are a Jewish, Christian and Muslim interfaith group.

 A Jewish Roma activist addressed the similarities between the Roma and Palestinian experience.

 Andrew Herbert from Chester’s Methodist Church spoke of his Palestinian house rebuilding experience with the Amos Trust.

 Gilad Atzmon the international jazz artist and author of best-selling books on Jewish identity politics flew in from Greece to give a wide-reaching presentation entitled “Zionism from Herzl to Bibi”.

Atzmon was born into a Jewish family in Tel Aviv, and conscripted into the Israeli regime army where he had a life-changing experience when he was shocked by the barbaric conditions imposed by the Israeli regime on the Palestinians during the Israeli invasion into Lebanon in 1982.

In his intellectual, philosophical and polemical style he engaged us to think deeply about the causes of the worsening trauma of the Palestinian people.

 Damien Short’s presentation on the Genocide of the Palestinians was unable to be shown due to technical problems. We will endeavour to distribute it to the conference attendees. Damien is a Reader in Human Rights at the University of London. His book “Redefining Genocide: Settler Colonialism, Social Death and Ecocide”, which includes a chapter on Genocide and Palestine, is highly recommended.

 The Israeli artist Zohar’s exhibition of Palestinian paintings is on show at Chester University Kingsway Arts Campus, Kingsway, Chester CH2 2LB for the month of November.

These accomplished and thought-provoking pictures are “witnessing the chaos and brutality inflicted on the Palestinian civilian population by an ever more confident and belligerent military power.”

(For insurance and practical reasons we were unable to show these at the conference).

 We look forward to the 3rd Annual Chester Palestine Conference in 2020 !


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Zionism root of Palestine plight, Rabbi Dovid Feldman says

All that is happening in Palestine today has been created or exacerbated because of the invention of Zionism, says Rabbi Dovid Feldman of Jews United Against Zionism.

“We find [the International] Quds Day to be a very important day… because what is happening in Palestine for decades is very painful… and we find this very painful as Jews, following Jewish religion where all these crimes are totally forbidden,” Rabbi Feldman said.

“All what we see today in Palestine was created or at least exacerbated because of the invention of Zionism, and therefore, we say that the solution is not necessarily the two-state solution, the solution is that this entire occupation should be stopped, all rights should be restored to Palestinian indigenous population,” he added.

The rabbi also noted that Muslims, Christians, and Jewish people co-existed and lived in peace in Palestine and there is no reason they should not be able to live together.
Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan during which demonstrators call for the liberation of Palestine and an end to Israeli occupation.
Muslims in more than 80 countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia and Indonesia, attended Quds Day demonstrations to support the Palestinians and condemn the Israeli occupation.
In August 1979, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, declared the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month International Quds Day, a day of global solidarity with Palestine.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in a war in 1967.

Zionism and the United States Congress

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The locus of the present day conflict in Palestine may not be in Palestine but in Washington, DC, and in the US Congress, because the US Congress supports, probably unwittingly for the most part, the ethnic cleansing and destruction of the Palestinian people.

When the US Congress in 2011 gave Israel’s Netanyahu 29 standing ovations, was it aware it was applauding a genocidaire, asks William James Martin

 

by William James Martin

The ideology, or political project of Zionism, which underlies the creation of the state of Israel, had in fact a Christian origin rather than a Jewish one, as writings can be found dating from the 1500s written by Christian clergymen in England advocating the migration of Jews to the Holy Land.

The migration of Jews to Palestine was also advocated by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The first Jewish presentations of Zionism were written by Moses Hess in 1862 and 20 years later by Leo Pinsker, both of the Russian pale, with each writer advocating a separate state for Jews.

Twentieth century Zionism was initiated by Theodore Herzl who, likewise, advocated a separate state for Jews in his book, Der Judenstaat, written in 1896. One year later he formed the World Zionist Congress that held its first meeting in Basel, Switzerland, in that same year.

What to do with the Arabs present in the prospective Jewish state dominated the thoughts of the founders of Israel from Herzl up until the actual expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948.

Thus Herzl stated: “[We shall] spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.”

Thus the concept of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians was introduced.

It is not rocket science; if you want to create a state exclusively of Jews, mostly European, in the heart of the Middle East, then you must first get rid of the Arabs.

In 1928, Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of the Revisionist wing of the Zionist movement, which advocated the revision of the British Mandate for Palestine to include the east bank of the Jordan and some of present-day Egypt, Jordan and Syria, and which was the progenitor of the present-day Lukud Party, wrote of the Palestinians in his booklet, The Iron Wall, that no people were ever willing to give up their land to another people through mutual agreement and that the colonization by European Jews of Palestine must be prosecuted by force and against the will of the indigenous people. It must be executed behind an iron wall of bayonets, using his metaphor.

By the 1930s, “transfer” of the Arabs was the unanimous preference of the founders of Israel. So-called transfer committees, headed by Joseph Weitz, director of land management for the Jewish Agency, were set up explicitly for the purpose of studying ways of “transferring” the Arabs out of Palestine.

At the beginning of 1948, despite 50 years of land purchases, Jews only owned six per cent of the land of Palestine. By the year’s end, the Israeli army controlled 78 per cent of Palestine in a process of ethnic cleansing that saw the destruction of 531 Arab towns or villages and 11 Arab urban areas, with massacres, large or small, at almost all of those towns or villages, the almost complete looting of Palestinian property and wealth, including looting of banks, confiscation of Palestinian homes and property, businesses, fields and orchards.

The Palestinian people lost everything. Those who survived the massacres lost their careers, their means of livelihood, only to find refuge in tent cities set up by the United Nations that were later to become squalid refugee camps of cinder block buildings dotted around the Middle East.

By just checking the timeline, one quickly disposes of the 60-year-old Israeli propaganda myth that the pre-state of Israel was innocently minding its own business when it was attacked by five armies of surrounding Arab states.

The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians began 30 November 1947 in Haifa when the Jewish army under David Ben-Gurion, along with the Jewish terrorist group, the Irgun, under Menachem Begin, began shelling Arab sections of that city. The ethnic cleansing of the Arabs of Haifa was completed by April 1948 when shelling by Jewish forces obliged Haifa’s Arab residents to flee toward the harbour where they attempted to board boats in order to escape. Thus the Arabs of Haifa were literally “pushed into the sea” by Jewish forces. Many of those fleeing were drowned when the boats were overloaded and capsized.

In March of 1948, Ben-Gurion finalised and distributed Plan D to his officers, which was a programme for destroying and depopulating Arab villages and eliminating any resistance. Already, by that date, 30 Arab villages had been depopulated of Arabs.

One revealing paragraph of this document states: “These operations can be carried out in the following manner: either by destroying villages (by setting fire to them, by blowing them up, and by planting mines in their rubble), and especially those populations centres that are difficult to control permanently; or by mounting combing and control operations according to the following guidelines: encirclement of the villages, conducting a search inside them. In case of resistance, the armed forces must be wiped out and the population expelled outside the borders of the state.”

The massacre at the Arab village of Deir Yassin, only one of many, but possibly the most famous, occurred 9 April 1948. Israel declared itself a state 14 May 1948, and it was the next day that the first regular soldier of an Arab army set foot in Palestine. By then, about half of the 750,000 to 800,000 Palestinian refugees had been generated and all of Palestine’s urban centres and been depopulated of Arabs.

Let me be clear: the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians began six months before the entrance into Palestine of any regular member of the surrounding Arab armies. And further, the intent of the Zionist movement to displace the Arab population had been in place for half a century.

One cannot understand the natural anger and resentment of the Arab people, and particularly the Palestinian people, towards Israel, and also to the West for supporting their oppressors and for being blind to their own suffering, without coming to a full understanding of the catastrophe, which the Palestinian people call the Nakba, that befell them in 1948. One cannot understand the same if one accepts the lie that the pre-state of Israel was just innocently defending itself, which is the fiction, I suspect, most members of the US Congress accept.

Nor can one understand the futility of the exalted “peace process”, ongoing now for the last 24 years, concurrent with the further erosion of Palestinian rights and freedom, and migration of new Jewish settlers into the West Bank and East Jerusalem, without understanding that Israel acquired its present status as a state not by negotiation with Palestinians, but by brute force and very much against the will of the indigenous people.

For the Arab people, Israel is an alien implant, imposed by Western powers, in the heart of the Arab world against the will of the Arab people.

The Palestinians living under occupation have been living in that situation for 45 years, deprived of basic human rights, abused and, more often than not, humiliated, suffering degradation on a daily basis, as their land and property and resources are hour-by-hour confiscated by the state of Israel, which also winks at settler violence and looks the other way as settlers, who have built their settlements on hilltops, dump their sewage onto Palestinian farmland, as they also cut down their olive trees, burn their fields and poison or otherwise kill their livestock, in order to make way for more settlers and settlements, as well as to make life as miserable as possible for the Palestinians with the intention of making their migration from Palestine more attractive than their continuing presence.

The Palestinian refugee population now stands at about five million — the largest refugee population in the world and the longest standing refugee population. There are no prospects on the horizon for any change in their situation.

Zionism is a political programme of clearing Palestine of Palestinian Arabs in order to create the space for an exclusive Jewish state. As such, its goal is to destroy the Palestinians as a people with an identity, as a people and with an attachment to the land of their births and the births of their ancestry. Such a project meets the definition of genocide under international law. Genocide is a crime against humanity was well as against its immediate victims. Genocide is a crime in which all of humanity is degraded.

When the US Congress gave 29 standing ovations to the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in his most recent appearance before this body, they were applauding a man whose has dedicated his entire life to the destruction of the Palestinian people and their ethnic cleansing.

The US Congress does not seem to know, or to care: Those who came to Palestine in the 20th century for the purpose of ethnically cleansing the indigenous people in order to establish a racially or ethnically pure Jewish state are the victimisers, not the victims; those who are being ethnically cleansed are the victims, not the victimisers. The US Congress has it backwards.

Did it not occur to the members of this august group that Netanyahu, after receiving 29 standing ovations, would return to Israel with an imprimatur from the US Congress to continue, or even accelerate, the disenfranchise of the Palestinians?

The day that the Knesset endorsed Oslo II by a majority of one, in 1993, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Zion Square in Jerusalem. While the demonstrators displayed an effigy of Rabin in SS uniform, Netanyahu delivered an inflammatory speech calling Oslo II a surrender agreement and accused Rabin of “causing national humiliation by accepting the dictates of the terrorist Arafat”. A month later, in November 1995, Rabin was assassinated by a religious-nationalist Jewish fanatic with the explicit aim of derailing the peace process. Rabin’s demise, as his murderer expected, dealt a serious body blow to the entire peace process.

There is a YouTube video, from 2002, of Netanyahu seated on a couch in the home of an Israeli family, unwittingly on camera, and bragging that he was able to destroy Oslo, and that he deceived the US president at that time, Bill Clinton, into believing he was helping implement the Oslo Accords by making minor withdrawals from the West Bank while actually entrenching the occupation. He boasts that he thereby destroyed the Oslo process.

He dismisses the US as “easily moved to the right direction” and calls high levels of popular American support for Israel “absurd”.

He also suggests that, far from being defensive, Israel’s harsh military repression of the Palestinian uprising was designed chiefly to crush the Palestinian Authority led by Yasser Arafat so that it could be made more pliable to Israeli diktat.

Netanyahu is playing the US Congress for fools.

Days before he received 29 standing ovations in Washington, Netanyahu sat in the Oval Office with the US president and told him that he would not accept 1967 borders as the basis of a solution. The 1967 borders basis for a settlement has been the consistent American position since the 1967 war (ie for 45 years), and under both Democrat and Republican presidents.

Netanyahu told the US president that Israel needed most of the West Bank because otherwise Israel would be militarily vulnerable, and also an indefinitely long presence in the Jordan Valley, because otherwise Israel would be militarily vulnerable. Of course, Netanyahu has a consistent policy of ethnically cleansing Jerusalem of Palestinians because it was given to Jews by God, or because it is the Jewish birth right. That leaves very little for the Palestinians, does it not? The original inhabitants of Palestine, the Palestinians, were promised statehood by the British Mandate for Palestine.

It is not true, by the way, that Jews were building the city of Jerusalem 3000 years ago, as Netanyahu repeatedly claims, and even if it were, it would not override international law’s injunction against ethnic cleansing. The archaeologists tell us that Jerusalem was an abandoned village 3000 years ago surrounded by a small agrarian population. This is during the purported time of David and Solomon and the purported United Kingdom. Jerusalem did not achieve any significance until the eighth century BC and then as the continuous development of a Palestinian settlement from which artefacts have been discovered representing a variety of Palestinians deities of which Yahweh was only one of several. There is not one shred of evidence for a Jewish temple dating from 3000 years ago, or any other significant engineering structures from that time.

Furthermore, it is unlikely that Netanyahu, or any other Israeli who claims to be derived from God’s Chosen People, possesses any genetic connection to the ancient Judeans. The burden of proof is on Netanyahu to produce a verifiable pedigree or genealogical tree stretching back 3000 years into the Iron Age. In fact, no living person is able to do that.

Netanyahu derives from European Jewish ancestry, who, in turn, derive mostly from the Russian Khazars, those living near the Volga and Don Rivers, who converted en masse to Judaism in the ninth century AD bringing a much larger population to Judaic belief than any population of Judeans of the ancient world, or their descendants.

Paul Wexler, a philological archaeologist at Tel Aviv University, in his book, The Non-Jewish Origin of the Sephardic Jews, writes that Hebrew and Aramaic made their appearance in European Jewish text only in the 10th century AD, and were not products of earlier linguistic developments. During the first millennium AD, Jewish believers in Europe knew no Hebrew or Aramaic. Only after the religious canonisation of Arabic in Islam and Latin in Christianity did Judaism adopt and propagate its own religious language as a high cultural code.

It is as likely that Adolf Hitler is a descendant of the ancient Judeans as is Netanyahu, for all anyone knows.

The locus of the present day conflict in Palestine may not be in Palestine but in Washington, DC, and in the US Congress, because the US Congress supports, probably unwittingly for the most part, the ethnic cleansing and destruction of the Palestinian people.

We Razed Arab Villages, So What? Says 100-Year-Old IDF General

We Razed Arab Villages, So What? Says 100-Year-Old IDF General

Introduction by GA: Earlier this month,  Israeli media outlet Arutz 7 interviewed 100-Year-Old Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak who was honest enough to admit that his “conscience is at ease” in regard to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine “because if we hadn’t done so, then there would be no state by now. There would be a million more Arabs.”

The IDF elder general also suggested that Israelis are as devoted now as they were in  1948  “He predicted that if a war breaks out again, Jews will be capable of the same kind of self-sacrifice as in 1948.”

100-Year-Old General: We Razed Arab Villages, So What?

 Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak: If we hadn’t done it, there would be a million more Arabs and there would be no Israel.

By Gil Ronen

 Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak is celebrating his hundredth birthday. Pundak was the commander of the 53rd Battalion of the Givati Brigade in the War of Independence and went on to supervise the establishment of the Armored Corps. He was also Ambassador in Tanzania and a founder of Arad.

In an interview on IDF Radio, Pundak confirmed that forces under his command razed Arab villages in 1948. “My conscience is at ease with that, because if we hadn’t done so, then there would be no state by now. There would be a million more Arabs,” he said.

Asked why he still finds it so important to lecture to soldiers, at his advanced age, he explained: “Just like in 1948, the country is in a state of danger – and if the Jews do not fight as we did in the War of Independence, the state is in danger.” He predicted that if a war breaks out again, Jews will be capable of the same kind of self-sacrifice as in 1948.

“When there is a war, people unite,” he explained. “Afterward, they form parties and become divided.”

He spoke with pain of the 145 soldiers who were killed under his command over the years, and said that if they woke up miraculously and saw the divided country of today, “they would run back to their graves.”

And yet, when asked if he feels proud of his country, he said that his pride runs “as high as the rooftop.”

Pundak, who was the governor of Gaza in the early 1970s, said that the credit that is usually given to Ariel Sharon for stopping Arab terror in Gaza in 1971 is mistaken. He said that Sharon was an unnecessarily cruel commander who once said at a meeting with officers that he would offer champagne to whoever killed an enemy fighter – and whoever brings him a wounded enemy “will drink soda.”

He said: “I told him, ‘You are not my commander, I am not coming to your meetings.’”

Jewish ethnic cleansing & genocide started 6 months BEFORE Arab armies even arrived

TIME LINE OF THE ISRAELI AGGRESSION AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS IN THE 1948 WAR

1947-9 : In all 750,000 Palestinians would find themselves living on the borders of the Jewish state, living in deplorable conditions, in massive refugee camps, their homes, orchards, farms, bank accounts and futures having been stolen by the Jews. And even worse (if that is possible) the Jews would blame the victims for their suffering, accusing the Arab armies of precipitating the war with their intervention on the 15th of May 1948. This LIE is so outrageous, it makes one weep. As is obvious to any sane person, the Jewish invasion of Palestine started 6 months before the Arab armies finally decided to stand up to the invaders. If only the Arab armies had invaded earlier.

 TIME LINE OF THE ISRAELI AGGRESSION AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS IN THE 1948 WAR.December, 1947 : The Jewish conquest of Palestine gets underway.

December 25th, 1947 : Invasion of al Mas’udiyya Israeli military operation : Haganah or IZL
Early February, 1948 : Invasion of Lifta
15th of February 1948. : Invasion of al Burj, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown terror unit from the Haganah. Israeli military operation : Terror campaign.
Mid February 1948 : Invasion of Qisarya Invading Israeli brigade : Palmach troops, headed by Yitzhak Rabin, occupied and destroyed the village. Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Early 1948. Barrat Qisarya was probably ethnically cleansed at the same time as the nearby village of Qisarya. Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown forces from the Haganah
February 17th, 1948 : Invasion of Fajja Invading Israeli brigade : Haganah and lrgun Israeli military operation : Terror campaign.
Mid February 1948 : Invasion of Daliyat al Rawha’ Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown troops from the Haganah. Israeli military operation : Mishmar Ha’emek Battle
March 3rd, 1948 : Invasion of al ‘Ubaydiyya
March 5th, 1948 : Invasion of al Manshiyya (Tiberias) Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown troops from the Haganah
Early March, 1948 : Invasion of al Manara
15th of March.  al Ghubayya al Tahta was ethnically cleansed on 15th of March and occupied on the 8th of April 1948. Invading Israeli brigade : Units drawn from the Palmach, as well as the Carmeli and Alexandroni Brigades Israeli military operation : Battle for Mishmar Ha’emek
March 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Wadi al Hawarith Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
March 26th, 1948 : Invasion of Qumya Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
March 26th, 1948 : Invasion of al Tira (Baysan)
Late March 1948 : Invasion of Qira Invading Israeli brigade : Terror campaign by a Haganah intelligence unit.
Late March or early April, 1948 : Invasion of Umm Khalid Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Late March or early April, 1948 : Invasion of Wadi Qabbani Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Late March, 1948 : Invasion of al Muwaylih
April 3rd, 1948 : Invasion of Ijlil al Qibliyya
April 3rd, 1948 : Invasion of Ijlil al Shamaliyya
April 3rd, 1948 : Invasion of Tabsur Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
April 5th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Lid, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
April 5th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Far, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Nachshon or Yoram
April 6th, 1948 : Invasion of Khulda Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
April 6th, 1948 : Invasion of Saydun Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
8th-9th of April 1948. : Invasion of al Ghubayya al Fawqa (al Ghubayya al Fawqa changed hands several time with Fawzi al-Qawuqji). Invading Israeli brigade : Some units drawn from the Palmach (strike force), and from the Carmeli and Alexandroni Brigades. Israeli military operation : Mishmar ha-‘Emeq Battle
April 8th-9th, 1948 : Invasion of al Qastal (on the 8th it was recaptured by Palestinian guerrillas, and during that battle ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini was killed). Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s Fourth Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
April 9th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Yasin. On this day the terror gang (IZL or ETZEL) lead by the former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin committed the infamous Dayr Yasin massacre, which resulted in the murder of 245 people, including more than 70 women and children. It is worth noting that 25 of the survivors were paraded around West Jerusalem as trophies, and were later brought back to Dayr Yassin where they were executed. Invading Israeli brigade : The terror gangs of Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL or ETZEL) and Stern Gang (LEHI) headed by the former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
10th of April 1948 : Invasion of Arab al Fuqara’ Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Coastal Clearing
10th of April 1948 : Invasion of Arab al Nufay’at Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Coastal Clearing
April 11th, 1948 : Invasion of Qalunya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly by IZL (Irgun Zvai Leumi or ITZEL) terror gangs and some Haganah troops. Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Nahchon
April 11th-12th, 1948 : Invasion of Nasir al Din Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade
12th April 1948 : Invasion of Abu Shusha (Haifa) Invading Israeli brigade : Combination of First Battalion of the Palmach, Carmeli and Alexandroni Brigades. Israeli military operation : The Battle for Mishmar ha-‘Emeq.
12th of April 1948 (village destroyed on 15th of April) : Invasion of Abu Zurayq Invading Israeli brigade : A combination from the Palmach 1st Battalion, Carmeli and Alexandroni Brigades Israeli military operation : The battle for Mishmar ha-‘Emeq
12th-13th of April 1948 : Invasion of al Kafrayn Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Carmeli brigade Israeli military operation : Battle for Mishmar ha-‘Emeq
12th-13th of April 1948 : Invasion of al Mansi Israeli military operation : The Battle for Mishmar Ha’emek
12th-13th of April 1948 : Invasion of al Naghnaghiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown Haganah troops Israeli military operation : The battle for Mishmar ha-‘Emeq
April 12th, 1948 : Invasion of Biyar ‘Adas Invading Israeli brigade : The Stern terror gangs
April 12th-13th, 1948 : Invasion of Ayn al Mansi Invading Israeli brigade : Unknown Palmach units Israeli military operation : The battle for Mishmar Ha’emek
15th of April 1948 : Invasion of al Sarkas, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Most likely Coastal Clearing
April 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Zalafa, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
April 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Manshiyya (Tulkarm) Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
April 16th, 1948 : Invasion of Saris. Possibly exchanged hands until May 9th, 1948. Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown brigade from the Haganah Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
April 17th, 1948 : Invasion of Wadi Hunayn
April 18th, 1948 : Invasion of Samakh. Exchanged hands several times with the Syrians until May 21st, 1948. Israeli military operation : Golani Brigade

April 19, 1948 : The Palestinian city of Tiberias falls to the invading Jews.

20th April 1948 : Invasion of Arab al Zubayd Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
20th of April 1948 : Invasion of al ‘Ulmaniyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
April 20th, 1948 : Invasion of al Mansura (al Ramla) Invading Israeli brigade : Either Giv’ati Brigade or Har’ el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
April 20th, 1948 : Invasion of al Mukhayzin Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Har’el
April 20th-21st, 1948 : Invasion of Miska Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
May 20th, 1948, or possibly mid April : Invasion of al Safiriyya Invading Israeli brigade : Either Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL) or Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Chametz
21st of April 1948 : Invasion of al Husayniyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)

April 22, 1948 : The Palestinian city of Haifa falls to the invading Jews.

22nd of April 1948 (fell in the Demilitarized Zone) : Invasion of Kirad al Baqqara Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
22nd of April 1948 (fell in the Demilitarized Zone) : Invasion of Kirad al Ghannama Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
22nd of April 1948 : Invasion of Balad al Shaykh Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Either Bi’ur Chametz or Operation Bi’ur Chametz
April 22nd, 1948 : Invasion of Kafr Sabt
April 22nd, 1948 : Invasion of al Majdal Invading Israeli brigade : Some unidentified troops from the Haganah
April 24th, 1948 : Invasion of Ghuwayr Abu Shusha Invading Israeli brigade : Some unidentified troops from the Palmach
25th of April 1948 : Invasion of Yajur Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Bi’ur Chametz
April 27th-28th, 1948 : Invasion of Saqiya Israeli military operation : Operation Chametz

April 28, 1948 : The Palestinian city of Jaffa falls to the invading Jews.

April 28th or May 3rd, 1948 : Invasion of al Dalhamiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly the Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Gideon
April 29th, 1948 : Invasion of Kafr ‘Ana Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Chametz
April 29th, 1948 : Invasion of Salama Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Chametz
April 29th, 1948 : Invasion of al Khayriyya Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Chametz

April 30, 1948 : The Arab quarter of the Palestinian city of Jerusalem falls to the invading Jews.

30th of April 1948 : Invasion of Madahil Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
April 30th, 1948 : Invasion of Yazur Israeli military operation : Operation Chametz
April, 1949 (fell on the Armistice line) : Invasion of al Latrun
Early April, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Naqquba Invading Israeli brigade : A force of 1,500 Palmach and Haganah troops Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
Early April, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Thul Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
Early April, 1948 : Invasion of Bayyarat Hannun Israeli military operation : Operation Coastal Clearing
Early April, 1948 : Invasion of Ghabat Kafr Sur Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Early April, 1948 : Invasion of Raml Zayta Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Early April, 1948 : Invasion of al Zababida, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Either mid-July or late April, 1948 : Invasion of al Wa’ra al Sawda’, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Dekal
End of April 1948 : Invasion of Sa’sa’, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown units from the Haganah. Israeli military operation : Possibly Bi’ur Chametz
End of April, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Dajan Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Chametz
First half of April, 1948 : Invasion of Umm Kalkha Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
Late April 1948 : Invasion of al Damun, Khirbat Israeli military operation : During or after the battle for Haifa
Late April 1948 : Invasion of Tulayl Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Mid April 1948 : Invasion of al Kasayir, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Mishmar Ha’emek Battle
Mid-April 1948 : Invasion of Hawsha Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Mishmar Ha’emek Battle
Possibly during the last week of April 1948 : Invasion of al Mansura, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Most likely the Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Either Bi’ur Chametz or Operation Bi’ur Chametz
Possibly early April 1948 : Invasion of Arab Zahrat al Dumayri
Possibly early April 1948 : Invasion of Lid, Khirbat Israeli military operation : The battle for Mishmar Ha’emek
Possibly late April, 1948 : Invasion of Wadi al Hamam
Possibly mid April 1948 : Invasion of al Rihaniyya Israeli military operation : The battle for Mishmar ha-‘Emeq
Second half of April 1948 : Invasion of Wa’arat al Sarris Israeli military operation : Operation Bi’ur Chametz
1st of May 1948 : Invasion of Ghuraba Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
1st of May 1948 : Invasion of al Hamra’ Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
1st-2nd of May 1948 : Invasion of Ayn al Zaytun
1st-3rd of May 1948 : Invasion of Biriyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
2nd of May 1948 : Invasion of Fir’im Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
2nd of May 1948 : Invasion of Mughr al Khayt Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
2nd of May 1948 : Invasion of Qabba’a Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
4th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Shuna, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Haganah and lrgun forces
4th of May 1948 : Invasion of Arab al Shamalina Israeli military operation : Operation Matate (Broom) (Sub operation of Yiftach Operation)
4th of May 1948 : Invasion of Jubb Yusuf
4th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Qudayriyya Invading Israeli brigade : Some troops from the Haganah and the Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Matate (Sub-operation of Operation Yiftach)
4th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Zanghariyya Invading Israeli brigade : Some unknown brigade from the Haganah Israeli military operation : Operation Matate (Broom) part of Operation Yiftach
May 4th, 1948 : Invasion of al Samakiyya Israeli military operation : Operation Matat (Broom). A sub-operation within Operation Yiftach
May 4th, 1948 : Invasion of al Tabigha Israeli military operation : Operation Matat (Broom)
5th of May 1948 : Invasion of Burayka Israeli military operation : Either during the battle for Mishma Ha’emek or during operation Coastal Clearing.
May 6th, 1948 : Invasion of Qatra Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade
9th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Ja’una Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Early May, 1948 : Invasion of Yaquq
Early May 1948 : Invasion of al Shuna Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Early May, 1948 : Invasion of Fardisya Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Early May, 1948 : Invasion of al Jalama (Tulkarm) Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Possibly early May 1948 : Invasion of al Jalama (Haifa) Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade
Possibly early May, 1948 : Invasion of al Majdal, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing

May 8, 1948 : The Palestinian city of Beisan falls to the invading Jews.

May 9th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Mahsir Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Makkabi
May 9th, 1948 : Invasion of Aqir Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade
May 9th, 1948 : Invasion of Bashshit Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
May 9th, 1948 : Invasion of Bir Salim Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti brigade

May 10, 1948 : The Palestinian city of Safad falls to the invading Jews.

10th May 1948 : Invasion of Arab Suqrir Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
10th-11th of May 1948 : Invasion of Dallata Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
May 10th-11th, 1948 : Invasion of Farwana Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Gidion Operation
May 10th-11th, 1948 : Invasion of al Ashrafiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Golan Brigades and possibly Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL) as well. Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
Possibly the 10th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Zahiriyya al Tahta Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
11th of May 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Daras. Recaptured briefly by the Sudanese army on July 9th. Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
11th of May 1948 : Invasion of Akbara Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
11th of May 1948 : Invasion of Qaddita Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
11th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Buwayziyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
11th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Khalisa Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
11th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Zuq al Tahtani Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
11th-14th of May 1948 : Invasion of Hunin Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
12th of May 1948 : Invasion of Simsim Invading Israeli brigade : Negev Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak
12th-13th of May 1948 : Invasion of Burayr Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
12th-14th of May 1948 : Invasion of Khubbayza Invading Israeli brigade : Most likely Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL) troops, which is the same terror gangs that committed several massacres against many Palestinians. See Dayr Yasin for example Israeli military operation : During or soon after the battle form Mishmar Ha’emek.
12th-14th of May 1948 : Invasion of Sabbarin Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
12th-14th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Sindiyana Invading Israeli brigade : Some units from the Haganah and the Irgun gangs. Israeli military operation : Either Operation Coastal Clearing or Operation Mishmar Ha’emek.
12th-15th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Butaymat. See Khubbayza for more. Invading Israeli brigade : Most likely Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL) terror gang, which is the same terror gang that committed several massacres against many unarmed Palestinians. For example, see Dayr Yasin. Israeli military operation : Battle for Mishmar Ha’emek
May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of al Hamidiyya. al Hamidiyya was evacuated a few days earlier. Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of Sirin Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of Tall al Shawk Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of al Sakhina Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of Awlam Israeli military operation : Some unidentified troops from the Haganah
May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of Hadatha Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade
May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of Ma’dhar Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
Possibly May 12th, 1948 : Invasion of al Jawfa, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
13th May of 1948 (possibly the July 9th, see Simsim for more details) : Invasion of Najd Invading Israeli brigade : Negev Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak
13th of May 1948   : Invasion of Jaffa
13th of May 1948 : Invasion of Barqa Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
13th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Batani al Gharbi Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
13th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Batani al Sharqi. Possibly re-taken by the Egyptian army until 10th-11th of June 1948. Invading Israeli brigade : Eighth Battalion of Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
May 13th, 1948 : Invasion of Kafr Saba Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Possibly May 13th, 1948 : Invasion of al Mirr Invading Israeli brigade : Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL)
First half of May 1948 : Invasion of Karraza, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
First half of May 1948 : Invasion of al Butayha Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Matate (Broom) (a sub-operation of Operation Yiftach)
First half of May 1948 : Invasion of al Wayziyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Mid of May 1948 : Invasion of Qumbaza, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
Mid of May, 1948 : Invasion of Umm Sabuna, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
Mid of May, 1948 : Invasion of Zab’a Israeli military operation : Opeartion Gideon
Possibly in the first half of May 1948 : Invasion of Kabara Israeli military operation : Possibly the Coastal Clearing Operation
Possibly mid of May 1948 (see the nearby village of al-Sindiyana) : Invasion of Umm al Shawf Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly units from the Haganah and the Irgun terror gang. Israeli military operation : Operation Coastal Clearing
14th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Na’ima Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)

May 14, 1948 : The Palestinian city of Acre falls to the invading Jews.

14th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Shawka al Tahta Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
14th of May 1948 : Invasion of Shahma Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti brigade Israeli military operation : First stage of Operation Barak
May 14th, 1948 : Invasion of al Bassa Israeli military operation : Operation Ben-Ami
May 14th, 1948 : Invasion of al Manshiyya (Acre) Israeli military operation : First stage of operation Ben-Ami
May 14th, 1948 : Invasion of al Sumayriyya Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Ben-Ami
May 14th, 1948 : Invasion of al Zeeb Israeli military operation : Operation Ben Ami
May 14th, 1948 : Invasion of al Na’ani Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : First stage of Operation Barak (lightening)
15th of May 1948 : Invasion of Umm al Zinat Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade’s Fourth Battalion Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Bi’ur Chametz
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Taqa, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Abu Kishk Invading Israeli brigade : Irgun Zvai Leurni (IZL or ETZEL)
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Haram
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Jammasin al Gharbi
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Jammasin al Sharqi
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Abu Shusha (al Ramla) Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Muhaysin Israeli military operation : During one of the operations launched by the Haganah to capture the important Latrun fort.
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Sarafand al Kharab Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Nachshon
May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Maghar Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
May 15th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of al Zawiya, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
Possibly May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Jarisha
Possibly May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Sawalima
Possibly May 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Shaykh Muwannis Invading Israeli brigade : Terror gangs of Irgun Zvai Leumi
Possibly on the 15th-20th of May 1948 : Invasion of Qannir Israeli military operation : Possibly operation Coastal Clearing.

May 15, 1948 The armies of the Arab states enter the civil war. The State of Israel is proclaimed, and more importantly the British wash their hands of Palestine. The Arab states can not ignore the massacres of Palestinians and the outright theft of all their property. They put together an army of about 20,000 and enter the war in support of their brethren, in an attempt to resist this brutal invasion of Arab land. Unfortunately, the Jews had between 40,000 and 60,000 well equipped fighters and the outcome was never in doubt unless the Arab states committed more troops and resources. Note that the Arab states could not support their brethren directly before May 15, 1948, or they would have ended up fighting the British (although some irregulars from these countries had joined the local Palestinian fighters).

16th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Muftakhira Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
May 16th, 1948 : Invasion of Kafra Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 16th, 1948 : Invasion of Yubla Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 16th, 1948 : Invasion of al Bira Invading Israeli brigade : Most likely by Golani Brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 16th, 1948 : Invasion of al Murassas Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 16th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Kawkab al Hawa Invading Israeli brigade : Third Battalion of the Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 16th-20th, 1948 : Invasion of Arab al Bawati Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Baysan valley clearing (Operation Gedion)
17th of May 1948 (fell after fierce defence by the ALA) : Invasion of al Nabi Yusha’ Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
18th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Sawafir al Gharbiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Barak
18th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Sawafir al Shamaliyya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Barak
18th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Sawafir al Sharqiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Barak
May 18th, 1948 : Invasion of Jabbul Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 19th-20th, 1948 : Invasion of Sarafand al ‘Amar Invading Israeli brigade : Second Battalion of the Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak
20th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Fatur Invading Israeli brigade : Most likely Golani Brigades Israeli military operation : Gidion Operation
20th of May 1948 : Invasion of Qaytiyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
20th-25th of May 1948 : Invasion of Harrawi Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
20th-25th of May 1948 : Invasion of Khan al Duwayr Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
20th-25th of May 1948 : Invasion of Khiyam al Walid Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
May 20th, 1948 : Invasion of Arab al ‘Arida Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 20th, 1948 : Invasion of Arab al Safa Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 20th, 1948 : Invasion of Masil al Jizl Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 20th, 1948 : Invasion of al Ghazzawiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Gedeon Operation
May 20th, 1948 : Invasion of al Khunayzir Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 20th-21st, 1948 (destroyed immediately after occupation) : Invasion of al Nahr Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : The second phase of Operation Ben-Ami
May 20th-21st, 1948 : Invasion of Umm al Faraj Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Ben-Ami
May 20th-21st, 1948 : Invasion of al Ghabisiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Ben-Ami
May 20th-21st, 1948 : Invasion of al Kabri Israeli military operation : Second stage of Ben-Ami Operation
May 20th-21st, 1948 : Invasion of al Tall Invading Israeli brigade : Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : The second phase of Operation Ben-Ami
21st of May 1948 : Invasion of Lazzaza Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
21st of May 1948 : Invasion of al Zuq al Fawqani Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
May 22nd, 1948 : Invasion of al Jammama Invading Israeli brigade : Negev and possibly Giv’ati Brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
23rd of May 1948 : Invasion of al Tantura Invading Israeli brigade : The Haganah’s Thirty Third Battalion (the Third Battalion of the Alexandroni Brigade) Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
24th of May 1948 : Invasion of Ammuqa Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
24th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Manshiyya (Safad) Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
24th-25th of May 1948 : Invasion of Jahula Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
May 24th, 1948 : Invasion of Indur Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Possible Baysan valley Clearing (Operation Gideon)
25th of May 1948 : Invasion of Baysamun Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
25th of May 1948 : Invasion of Mallaha Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
25th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Khisas (Safad) Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
25th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Mansura (Safad) Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach
25th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Salihiyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
May 27th, 1948 : Invasion of Zarnuqa Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak
May 27th, 1948 : Invasion of al Qubayba (al Ramla) Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of operation Barak
28th-29th of May 1948 : Invasion of Qadas Invading Israeli brigade : 30th of October Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
May 28th, 1948 : Invasion of Danna Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Gidion Operation
May 28th, 1948 : Invasion of Zir’in Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
May 28th-30th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Jiz Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Ben-Nun
May 28th-30th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Susin Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : One of the operations launched to capture the important fort and junction at al-Latrun.
29th of May 1948 : Invasion of al Muharraqa Invading Israeli brigade : Negev Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
May 29th-30th, 1948 : Invasion of Nuris Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
30th of May 1948 : Invasion of Kawfakha Invading Israeli brigade : Negev Brigade Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Barak
May 30th, 1948 : Invasion of al Mazar (Jinin) Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gidion
31st of May 1948 : Invasion of Huj Invading Israeli brigade : Negev Brigade
31st of May : Invasion of Hulayqat. Finally fell on the 18th of October 1948. The village exchanged hands several time with the Egyptian army between 31st of May and 8th of October. Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak
End of May 1948 : Invasion of Abil al Qamh Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
End of May 1948 : Invasion of al ‘Abisiyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
End of May 1948 : Invasion of al Dawwara Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
End of May 1948 : Invasion of al Dirbashiyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
End of May 1948 : Invasion of al Zawiya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
End of May, 1948 (fell on the armistice line) : Invasion of Dayr Ayyub Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati and Sheva’ (Seventh) brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Ben-Nun
End of May, 1948 : Invasion of al Samiriyya Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
Second half of May 1948 : Invasion of al ‘Urayfiyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Second half of May 1948 : Invasion of al Sanbariyya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Second half of May, 1948 : Invasion of Umm ‘Ajra Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
Late May 1948 : Invasion of al Manara, Khirbat
Late May, 1948 : Invasion of al Hamra Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Fourth Battalion of Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
June 1st, 1948 : Invasion of al Lajjun Invading Israeli brigade : Golani’s Fourth Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Gideon
June 1st, 1948 : Invasion of al Nabi Rubin (al Ramla) Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Barak
June 4th-5th, 1948 : Invasion of Qaqun Invading Israeli brigade : Third Battalion of the Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Coastal Clearing
June 5th, 1948 : Invasion of Yibna Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Barak
10th-11th of June 1948 : Invasion of Julis Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade’s Third Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
10th-11th of June 1948 : Invasion of Yasur Invading Israeli brigade : First Battalion of the Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Barak
8th of July 1948 : Invasion of Ibdis Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
8th-9th of July 1948 : Invasion of al Masmiyya al Saghira Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An Far
July 8th-9th, 1948 : Invasion of al Tina Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
9th of July 1948 : Invasion of Qastina Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation An Far
9th of July 1949 (fell in the Demilitarized Zone) : Invasion of al Muntar, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion and ‘Oded Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
9th-10th of July 1948 : Invasion of Bi’lin Invading Israeli brigade : First Battalion of Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
9th-10th of July 1948 : Invasion of Tall al Turmus Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
9th-10th of July 1948 : Invasion of al Jaladiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade
9th of July 1948 : Invasion of Bayt ‘Affa. Initially attacked on the 9th of July 1948, but the village exchanged hands several times with Egyptian and Sudanese soldiers until the second half of October 1948. Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade’s Second Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Barak (lightening)
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of Barqusya Invading Israeli brigade : Egyptian Muslim Brotherhoods, local Palestinian militias and some Arab Liberation Army volunteers Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of Mughallis Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of Tall al Safi Invading Israeli brigade : The First Battalion of the Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of Idnibba Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of Jilya Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : First stage of the operation Dani
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of Qazaza Invading Israeli brigade : First Battalion Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of Sajad Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 9th-10th, 1948 : Invasion of al Khayma Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
Possibly 9th-14th of July 1948 : Invasion of Summil
July 10th, 1048 : Invasion of Innaba Invading Israeli brigade : Yiftach and Eighth brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 10th, 1948al ‘Abbasiyya and many other neighboring villages, including the twin cities of al-Lydd and al-Ramla, were handed over with almost no fighting by H.M. King Abdullah. Invading Israeli brigade : Units of the Israeli Home Guard Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of Kuwaykat Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) and Carmeli brigades Israeli military operation : Dekel Operation
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of Rantiya Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s Eighth Armored Brigade and the Third Infantry Battalion of the Alexandroni Brigade. Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of Daniyal Invading Israeli brigade : Yiftach Brigade Israeli military operation : First phase of Operation Dani
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of Jimzu Invading Israeli brigade : Yiftach Brigade Israeli military operation : First phase of Operation Dani
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of Kharruba Invading Israeli brigade : Yiftach Brigade
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of Qula Invading Israeli brigade : Armored and Alexandroni Brigades
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of al Kunayyisa Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : First stage of Operation Dani
July 10th, 1948 : Invasion of al Tira (al Ramla) Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni and Armored (Eighth) brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 10th-11th, 1948 : Invasion of Jiddin, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) and Carmeli brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 10th-13th, 1948 : Invasion of al Barriyya Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 10th-15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Duhayriyya, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : First phase of Operation Dani
July 11th, 1948 : al Lydd was handed over by H.M. King Abdullah.
11th of July 1948 : Invasion of al Masmiyya al Kabira Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 11th, 1948 : Invasion of al Qubab Invading Israeli brigade : Yiftach Brigade Israeli military operation : One of the operations launched to capture the vital al-Latrun fort.
Possibly July 11th, 1948 : Invasion of al Jura (Jerusalem) Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 12th, 1948 : al Ramla was handed over by H.M. King Abdullah.
July 12th, 1948 : Invasion of Majdal Yaba Invading Israeli brigade : Second Battalion of the Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 12th, 1948 : Invasion of al Muzayri’a Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 12th,1948 : Invasion of al Haditha Israeli military operation : First stage of Operation Dani
July 12th-13th, 1948 : Invasion of Suba Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 12th-13th, 1948 : Invasion of Abu al Fadl Invading Israeli brigade : Either Har’el Brigade or Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : First stage of Operation Dani
July 12th-13th, 1948 : Invasion of Zakariyya, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Dani
July 12th-15th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Nabala Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Dani
July 13th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Abu Salama Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Yiftach Brigade Israeli military operation : First phase of Operation Dani
July 13th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Tarif Invading Israeli brigade : Ninth Commando Battalion of the Armored Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 13th-14th, 1948 : Invasion of Aqqur Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 13th-14th, 1948 : Invasion of Sar’a Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el’s Fourth Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 13th-14th, 1948 : Invasion of Sataf Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 13th-14th, 1948 : Invasion of al Lawz, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 13th-14th, 1948 : Invasion of al Maliha Invading Israeli brigade : Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL or ETZEL) and Yonathan Company of the Gadna (Palmach Youth Battalions).
July 14th, 1948 : Invasion of Ma’lul Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Dekel
July 14th-15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Mujaydil Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade
15th July 1948 : Invasion of Ayn Hawd. Withstood over two month siege. Invading Israeli brigade : A special force drawn from units of the Israeli Navy, Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Shoter (Police)
15th of July 1948 : Invasion of al Mazar (Haifa). al Mazar held out for over two months after the fall of Haifa. Invading Israeli brigade : A special force drawn from the Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades. Israeli military operation : Operation Shoter (Police)
July 15th, 1948 :  Some of al Buwayra, Khirbat’s land fell on the armistice lines. Israeli military operation : Second phase of Operation Dani (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
July 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Saffuriyya Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 15th, 1948 : Invasion of al Burj Israeli military operation : Second phase of Operation Dani.
July 15th-16th, 1948 (Possibly July 31st, 1948) : Invasion of Amqa Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade and the First Battalion of the Carmeli Brigade. Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 15th-16th, 1948 : Invasion of al Damun Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Dekel
July 15th-16th, 1948 : Invasion of al Ruways
July 15th-16th, 1948 : Invasion of Barfiliya Invading Israeli brigade : A force composed of Giv’ati, Kiryati, and Eighth (Armored) brigades Israeli military operation : Second phase of Operation Dani
July 15th-16th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Shanna Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Dani
July 15th-16th, 1948 : Invasion of Bir Ma’in Invading Israeli brigade : The First and Second Battalions of the Yiftach Brigade Israeli military operation : Second phase of Operation Dani
July 15th-16th, 1948 : Invasion of Salbit Invading Israeli brigade : Kiryati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 15th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Mi’ar Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Dekel
July 15th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Nahf Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 15th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Sakhnin Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
16th of July 1948 : Invasion of al Tira (Haifa). Held out under siege for over two months. Invading Israeli brigade : A special force drawn from the Israeli Navy, Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades.
16th of July 1948 : Invasion of al Sarafand. al Sarafand held out for two and half months after the fall of Haifa. Invading Israeli brigade : A special force drawn from the Israeli Navy, Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Shoter (Police)
16th of July 1948 : Invasion of Kafr Lam Israeli military operation : Possibly the Coastal Clearing Operation
July 16th, 1948 : Invasion of Ishwa’ Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 16th, 1948 : Invasion of Lubya Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 16th-17th, 1948 : Invasion of Hittin Invading Israeli brigade : The terror gangs of Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 16th-17th, 1948 : Invasion of Nimrin Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
17th-18th of July 1948 : Invasion of Hatta Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Either An Far or Operation Barak (lightening)
17th-18th of July 1948 : Invasion of Jusayr Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Possibly Operation Barak or Operation Yo’av
17th-18th of July 1948 : Invasion of Karatiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Third Battalion of the Giv’ati Brigade and the Ninth Commando Battalion of the Armored Brigade. Israeli military operation : Either Operation Barak or Operation Ya’ov
July 17th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Zayta Israeli military operation : Operation An-Far
July 17th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Artuf Invading Israeli brigade : The Fourth Battalion of the Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Second phase of Operation Dani
July 17th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr ‘Amr Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Dani
July 17th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Rafat Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Second stage Operation Dani
July 17th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Islin Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Fourth Battalion of the Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 17th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Ism Allah, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 17th-18th, 1948 : Invasion of Kasla Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 18th, 1948 : Invasion of Sha’ab Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 18th, 1948 : Invasion of al Birwa Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
July 18th, 1948 : Invasion of Ayn Karim Invading Israeli brigade : Irgun Zvai Leumi, Gadna (Haganah Youth Battalions) and the Home Guard.
July 18th, 1948 : Invasion of Shilta Invading Israeli brigade : First Battalion of the Yiftach Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dani
July 23rd-24th, 1948 : Invasion of Ajjur Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
24th-26th of July 1948 : Jaba’ fell almost three months after the fall of Haifa! Invading Israeli brigade : A special force drawn from the Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Shoter (Police)
24th-26th of July 1948 : Ijzim fell three months after the fall of Haifa! Invading Israeli brigade : A special force drawn from the Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades. Israeli military operation : Operation Shoter (Police)
26th of July 1948 : al Sawamir fell almost three months after the fall of Haifa. Invading Israeli brigade : A special force drawn from the Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Shoter (Police)
26th of July 1948 : the invasion of Ayn Ghazal took place after a 3 months siege. Invading Israeli brigade : A special unit drawn from the Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades. Israeli military operation : Operation Shoter (Police)
Early July 1949 : Mansurat al Khayt fell in the Demilitarized Zone.
First half of July, 1948 : Nitaf fell in the Demilitarized Zone. Israeli military operation : Second stage of Operation Dani
First half of July, 1948 : Invasion of Ajanjul Israeli military operation : Second phase of Operation Dani
July 1949 : al Nuqayb fell in the Demilitarized Zone.
July 1949 : al Hamma fell in the Demilitarized Zone on the Syrian border.
July, 1949 : al Samra fell in the Demilitarized Zone.
Early October, 1948 : Invasion of al ‘Imara Invading Israeli brigade : Third Battalion of Yiftach Brigade
October 15th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr al Shaykh Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
18th-19th of October 1948 : Invasion of Sufla Invading Israeli brigade : Sixth Battalion of the Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 18th-19th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr al Hawa Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Har’el Brigade (commanded by the Ethnic Cleansing champion, Yigal Allon). Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 19th-20th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Aban
October 19th-21st, 1948 : Invasion of Jarash Invading Israeli brigade : Sixth Battalion of the Har’ el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 19th-24th, 1948 : Invasion of al Burayj Israeli military operation : First phase of Operation ha-Har
20th October 1948 : Invasion of Kawkaba Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
20th October of 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Tima Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
October 21st, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt ‘Itab Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 21st, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Umm al Mays Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 21st, 1948 : Invasion of Ras Abu ‘Ammar Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 21st, 1948 : Invasion of al ‘Umur, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 21st-22nd, 1948 : Invasion of al Tannur, Khirbat Israeli military operation : Operation Ha’ar
October 21st, 1948 : al Walaja was handed over by H.M. King Abdullah on April 3rd, 1949. See al-Qabu, Jerusalem and Wadi ‘Ara, Haifa for more details. Invading Israeli brigade : Eighth Battalion of the Etziyyoni Brigade Israeli military operation : Either Operation Dani or Operation Ha’ar
October 22nd, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Nattif Invading Israeli brigade : Fourth Battalion of the Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 22nd, 1948 : Invasion of Allar Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el and Etzioni brigades Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
October 22nd-23rd, 1948 : Invasion of Kudna Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
October 22nd-23rd, 1948 : Invasion of Ra’na Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
October 22nd-23rd, 1948 : Invasion of Thikrin Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
October 23rd, 1948 : Invasion of Zakariyya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giv’ati Brigade’s Fourth Battalion Israeli military operation : Either Operations ha-Har or Operation Ya’ov
October 23rd-24th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr al Dubban Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
October 27th, 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Jibrin Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Last stage of Operation Yo’av and in coordination with Operation ha-Har (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon).
28th of October 1948 : Invasion of Hamama Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Third stage of the Israeli army’s Operation Yo’av.
28th of October 1948 : Invasion of Isdud Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av and Operation ha-Har
October 28th, 1948 (one day before the al-Dawayima massacre) : Invasion of al Qubayba (Hebron) Israeli military operation : Third stage of Operation Yo’av
October 28th-29th, 1948 : Invasion of Umm Burj, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Third stage of Operation Yo’av (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
29th of October 1948 : Invasion of Mirun Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ and Cammeli Brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
29th of October 1948 : Invasion of Safsaf Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
October 29th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Nakhkhas Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon).
October 29th, 1948 : Invasion of al Dawayima Invading Israeli brigade : Eighty-Ninth Battalion of Eighth Brigade, commanded by General Yitzchaq Sadeh, the founder of the Palmach. Israeli military operation : Operation Ya’ov (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon).
October 29th-31st, 1948 (a Palestinian Druze & Christian village) : Invasion of al Mansura (Tiberias) Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Alma Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Dayshum Invading Israeli brigade : The terror troops of Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade (committed several massacres) Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Fara Invading Israeli brigade : The terror troops of Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade (committed several massacres) Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Ghabbatiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly the terror troops of Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Marus Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Sa’sa’ Invading Israeli brigade : The terror soldiers of Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade and Palestinian Arab Druze unit. Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Sabalan Invading Israeli brigade : Golani’s First Battalion and Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Saliha Invading Israeli brigade : The massacre of 94 people by the terror soldiers of Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of Taytaba Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of al Farradiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of al Malikiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Ninth Battalion of the Sheva’ (Seven) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of al Ras al Ahmar Invading Israeli brigade : The terror gangs of Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade (committed several massacres in the upper Galili) Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
30th of October 1948 : Invasion of al Sammu’i Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
October 30th, 1948 : Invasion of Dayr al Qasi Israeli military operation : Hiram
October 30th, 1948 : Invasion of Kafr ‘Inan Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
October 30th, 1948 : Invasion of Suhmata Invading Israeli brigade : Golani Brigade’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
October 30th-31st, 1948 : Invasion of Arab al Samniyya Invading Israeli brigade : ‘Arab al-Samniyya was attacked by units drawn from four different Israeli brigades (Sheva’, Carmeli, Golani, and ‘Oded). Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
October 31st, 1948 : Invasion of Iqrit Invading Israeli brigade : ‘Oded Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
October 31st, 1948 : Invasion of Iribbin, Khirbat Invading Israeli brigade : ‘Oded Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
Late October or early November 1948 : Invasion of Dayr Sunayd Invading Israeli brigade : Giv’ati Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
Possibly end of October, 1948 : Invasion of al Khalasa Invading Israeli brigade : Negev Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
4th-5th of November 1948 : Invasion of Barbara Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly a combination of Giv’ati, Negev, and Yiftach brigades. Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
4th-5th of November 1948 : Invasion of Bayt Jirja Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly a combination of Giv’ati, Negev, and Yiftach brigades Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
4th-5th of November 1948 : Invasion of Hiribya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
4th-5th of November 1948 : Invasion of Ni’ilya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly a combination of Giva’ti and Nagav Brigades. Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
4th-5th of November 1948 : Invasion of al Jiyya Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
4th-5th of November 1948 : Invasion of al Jura (Gaza) Invading Israeli brigade : Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
4th-5th of November 1948 : Invasion of al Khisas (Gaza) Israeli military operation : End of Operation Yo’av
9th of November 1948 : Invasion of Iraq Suwaydan Invading Israeli brigade : Ninth Battalion of the Armored Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
Early November 1948 : Invasion of Dimra Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Giva’ti Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Yo’av
Early November 1948 : Invasion of Kafr Bir’im Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
Early November, 1948 : Invasion of Tarbikha Invading Israeli brigade : ‘Oded Brigade Israeli military operation : Last stage Operation Hiram
Early November, 1948 : Invasion of al Mansura (Acre) Invading Israeli brigade : Possibly Carmeli Brigade Israeli military operation : Hiram
First half of November, 1948 : Invasion of al Nabi Rubin (Acre) Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
Second week of November, 1948 : Invasion of Suruh Israeli military operation : Operation Hiram
December 1st, 1948 : Invasion of Tarshiha Invading Israeli brigade : Sheva’ (Seventh) Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation Dekel
27th-28th of December 1948 : Invasion of Iraq al Manshiyya. See al-Faluja for more details and related pictures. Invading Israeli brigade : Alexandroni Brigade Israeli military operation : Operaion Yo’av
End of February or beginning of March 1949. : Invasion of al Faluja
3rd of April 1949 : Yarda fell in Demilitarized Zone. Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
3rd of April 1949 : al Dirdara fell in the Demilitarized Zone. Invading Israeli brigade : The Palmach’s First Battalion Israeli military operation : Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
April 3rd, 1949 : Invasion of al Qabu was handed over to Israel by 1949 by H.M. King Abdullah (See al-Walaja, Jerusalem and Wadi ‘Ara, Haifa for more on this). Invading Israeli brigade : Sixth Battalion of Har’el Brigade Israeli military operation : Operation ha-Har
3th of April 1949 : Wadi ‘Ara was ceded under duress to Israel by his majesty Abullah.

Borreman: Zionists Are Apostates Who Reject Authentic Judaism

Eslam al-Rihani Jewish observant Hadassah BorremanJudaism is considered a monotheistic religion. How does it see the oneness of God? The Messiah? What does the Zionism present? And how we can fight it?
In an interview with Hadassah Borreman, member of the anti-Zionist Jewish organization in Belgium, she strongly accused the Zionists of being the most party which violates Judaism, and the most detrimental to the Jewish people.

“The Oneness of God is a key point in Judaism. At the end of the morning prayer, we recite the thirteen principles of faith of Maimonides (1138-1204). The first principle says: I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is the Creator and Lord of all creatures, and that He alone made, makes and will make all things,” she stated.

However, on the spiritual movements within Judaism, and the best way to worship God, the observant Jewish said “there are actually spiritual movements which adopt books like the Holy Zohar…”

“The non-Jewish origin Zionists have violated one of the 13 principles of Faith..”

“But what God asks of the Jews is to study the Torah in verbal and writing, along with practicing the Halokhoh (Code of Jewish Law), to behave just like our Sages have taught us with righteousness, truth, love with every creature,” she added.

Answering a question on the Messiah, how does she prepare for his coming and whether the Zionist entity has a role to play in this, Borreman believed that the Jew – faithful to the Torah – expects the Messiah every day.

Jewish Kabbalah“Three times a day we pray for his coming… The twelfth of thirteen Principles of Faith (Ani Ma’amin) says: I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, and even if delayed, I await his coming every day. Our Sages say that whoever rejects one of the thirteen principles, is subtracted from the Jewish people!” she noted.

Moreover Borreman assured that the Jews nowadays live in the worst ordeal with Zionism and its illegal entity in the Holy Land, “because it is heresy.”

It is an attack against our Jewish identity, this satanic ideology which has lost many souls Jewish in their by denying the Jewish faith for a nationalist policy,” she added.

“Zionism is also a Nakba for the Palestinian people who suffered and is still suffering today the barbarism of expansionist Zionist regime and its criminal army. The existence of the Zionist entity in Palestine is blasphemy. It is the source of conflict in Palestine and in the world.”

Zionism with its entity and its lobbies around the world (AIPAC, Mossad … CRIF) delays and prevents the Messiah!

Borreman also pointed out that “it is imperative that we recognize that the Zionist entity should be dismantled and the small groups that revolve around, and also the ideology of Zionism must be condemned and eradicated from our land.”

“Muslims and Jews must fight Zionism, injustice and immorality which is a matter of pride in the West, because Zionism – along with its entity and lobbies across the world – delays the arrival of Messiah,” she stressed.
Anti-Zionism JewsRegarding the similarities between the Jewish and Islamic spirituality, Borreman admitted that “there are similarities between Jewish spirituality and Islamic spirituality certainly!”

“Having read about Islam, discussed, worked alongside Muslims, I can say that there are many parallels in our respective times, which themselves are composed of diverse and complementary movements that have their own traditions,” she figured out.

“We are moving in the same direction which is Close to the Almighty. Jews and Muslims, we agree in principle in different areas of life, although the practical application differs. For example: Faith in the Oneness of God, prayer, fasting, eating Kosher-Halal, purity / purification, decency in dress and relationships, separation between men and women ..,” the observant Jewish added.

We must accept and dare say that until Messiah of the Jews or the Mahdi of Muslims arrives, we must learn to live together intelligently, in accordance with our differences. We must fight the common enemies: Zionism, injustice and immorality which bring chaos in society and are a matter of pride in the West. When the Messiah comes, he will reveal everything to everyone, everyone will see the truth about everything,” Borreman concluded.

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Israel Complicit in Global State Terrorism

 
My PhotoIsrael threatens world peace and security. It’s a global menace. The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAZN) is unequivocal.
 
Its new pamphlet headlined “Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression.” 
 
It discusses “the role of Israel’s government, its military, and related corporations and organizations in a global industry of violence and repression.” 
 
“The states most involved with this industry profit from perpetual war and occupation across the globe while maintaining vastly unequal societies of their own.”
 
“Maintaining and expanding” Israeli colonization of Palestine requires regional ethnic cleansing, military repression, and “accompanying atrocities.”
 
Israel “developed great expertise.” It exports it “on an industrial scale. Doing so is crucial to its economic and political power.”
 
It partners with Washington’s crimes. It collaborates with the worst of regional despots. It’s waging war on Palestine, other world communities, and popular movements.
 
Allied with America and other Western states, it seeks regional dominance and resource control. 
 
It wants its share of what Franklin Roosevelt’s State Department called a “stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.”
 
It referred to Saudi oil. Regional control is now sought.
 
Israel’s importance to Washington is reflected in “the growing significance of both oil and the arms trade to the world economy.”
 
Israel gets more US aid than all other countries combined. Most is military related. It’s vital to Israel’s budget. 
 
It covers about 18% of total spending. From 1949 – 2011, direct aid way exceeds official estimates. 
 
Included are $3 billion or more in annual congressional allocations, special trade advantages, preferential contracts, hidden amounts, weapons and munitions supplied, interest free loans, and various other exclusive Israeli benefits.
 
In 2002 dollars, multi-decade estimates range from $1.8 – $3 trillion. Official numbers place it between $115 – $123 billion. 
 
Most often, whatever Israel wants it gets. US taxpayers pay the tab. They have no idea how much it costs. In 2009, Israeli military spending accounted for “an additional 15.1% of (its) overall budget.”
 
As a percent of GDP, it’s “the biggest defense spender.” It’s for offense, not defense. Israel has no regional enemies. It invents them to hype fear. 
 
Washington does the same thing. They’re rogue partners in crime.
 
US-supplied aid funds regional instability, settlements, and other forms of occupation harshness. It also made Israel a “laboratory to develop weapons, surveillance technology, and” control populations.
 
Israel markets what it has globally. It exports death, destruction and human misery. It sells to allies and alleged enemies.
 
Its customers include Islamist, communist, capitalist, despotic, and nominally democratic states. Where there’s profit to be made, Israel seeks it.
 
Where there’s a way to further Israel’s imperium and ally with likeminded partners, Israel prioritizes it.
 
Israeli “crowd control, forced displacement, surveillance, and military occupation” expertise “place(s) it at the forefront of a global” repression industry.
 
Militaries, police, and other security forces brutalize people with what Israel supplies.
 
Government agencies, the IDF, and private Israeli corporations grossed over $2.7 billion in 2008. Doing so accounted for over 7% of Israel’s economy.
 
Israel has over 300 Homeland Security companies. They operate globally.
 
“No other country has such a large pool of experienced former security, military, and police personnel.” None were more able to field test “systems and solutions in real-time situations.”
 
None ever manufactured more out of whole cloth to do so. Israel has no enemies. It invents them and pretends.
 
Zionist organizations provide their own political and economic support. They share “intelligence information,” coordinate surveillance and repression strategies, and collaborate for profit.
 
Israel is a rogue terror state. It collaborates with others like itself. It plays a major global role. It limits free movement. It helps police communities. It undermines worldwide struggles for justice.
 
It’s well documented. It’s rarely if ever discussed publicly. It’s almost never challenged.
 
In his 1982 book titled “Israel’s Global Role: Weapons for Repression,” Israel Shahak discussed Israel’s ties with global repressive governments.
 
They included apartheid South Africa, El Salvador fascists, Somoza’s Nicaragua, Panama’s Noreiga, Gulf State despots, Uganda’s Idi Amin, Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, Iran under the Shah, Suharto’s Indonesia, Argentina’s military dictatorship, and others fitting the same mold.
 
“Israel ties its interests not with the masses fighting for freedom, but with their jailers,” said Shahak.
 
Haaretz once called Israel the West’s “watchdog.” It’s America’s regional cop on the beat. Turkey plays a similar role. So did Iran under the Shah.
 
Regional violence and instability remain prioritized over conflict resolution and peace. They’re anathema and spurned. A new book explains more. 
 
Avi Raz is a former Israeli journalist turned historian. He’s an  Oxford University Faculty of Oriental Studies Associate Faculty Member. 
 
His book titled “The Bride and The Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War” covers the two-year period following Israel’s West Bank occupation.
 
It goes where most others won’t dare. It documents ethnic cleansing. It exposes what Israel goes to great lengths to conceal.
 
Its arguments are irrefutable. Sound evidence affirms them. It occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem to stay. It considered annexing Gaza. It seeks expanded territory for a greater Israel. It’s the only country with no official borders.
 
Israeli officials acknowledge their international law violations. Raz explains Washington’s complicit role. His title derives from former Prime Minister Levi Eshkol quote he perhaps wished he never said.
 
He called the West Bank and Gaza the “dowry” Israel’s Six Day War won. “The trouble is that the dowry is followed by a bride whom we don’t want,” he said.
 
He referred to Palestinians. Before 1948, they were marked for ethnic cleansing. Israel wasted no time. It never stopped. Moshe Dayan explained. He told then Lt. General Yitzhak Rabin “that the aim was to empty the West Bank of its inhabitants.”
 
How mattered less than doing it. In 1947-48, Israel expelled or slaughtered about 800,000 Palestinians. It destroyed 531 villages, as well as 11 urban areas in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, and elsewhere.
 
In June 1967, it removed or killed another 200,000. Twenty or more additional West Bank villages were partially or totally destroyed. It was done “to obliterate the Green Line.”
 
Israel “encouraged” Palestinians to flee. They terrorized them to move east of the Jordan River. Thousands who tried returning home when fighting ended were called “infiltrators.” 
 
Hundreds were killed trying. Women and children were treated like men. Many were buried in mass graves.
 
Israel never intended to return stolen land and doesn’t now. It wants more. It wants all valued parts of Palestine. It wants Jewish exclusivity. 
 
It “prefer(s) land to peace.” It disguises its real intentions. It says one thing and does another. It’s operates this way throughout its history. Lying is official policy. So is subterfuge.
 
It wants Arabs marginalized and ethnically cleansed. Slow-motion genocide is policy to achieve it. Peace is anathema. 
 
Palestinians never had a legitimate partner. Israel never missed an opportunity to spurn what it won’t tolerate.
 
Brussels-based European Friends of Israel (EFI) calls itself “a political initiative which aims to improve the overall relationship between the European Union and Israel.”
 
Parliamentary national/Israeli friendship groups from all 27 EU states are involved. EFI’s purpose is political. Israeli needs and objectives are prioritized. Reality is suppressed to further them.
 
After decades of inflicting death, destruction and human misery on a scale few other countries can match, EFI declared Israel a “world humanitarian leader.”
 
It shocks how it subverted truth. Willful deception substitutes. It called the region’s most ruthless terror state a caring and liberal country.
 
On January 23, it plans a conference titled “Humanitarian aid – Israel as a world leader.”
 
It turned truth on its head. It said Israel has “aid teams posed to respond in the wake of natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the world.”
 
It creates enough of them on its own. It doesn’t give a damn about humanitarian needs at home or abroad. Claiming so is willful deception. Propaganda, myths, lies, and damn lies substitute for truth.
 
It’s been America’s way for generations. It’s Israel’s way since stealing 78% of historic Palestine in 1948 and the remainder in 1967.
 
It’s Palestine’s way to establish self-determination within 1967 borders. Israel wages war on Palestinians who try.
 
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
 
His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”
 
 
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.
 
 

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New York Times & the Jewish Terror State

BY OMISSION, THE NEW YORK TIMES WIPES ISRAEL’S CRIMINAL RECORD CLEAN

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Truth, Lies, and Omissions
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According to The New York Times, there is no siege of Gaza, no occupation of the West Bank, and never was there a Nakba (the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine). Three recent articles erase these key Israeli crimes from the historical record.
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How The New York Times erases Israel’s crimes

Robert Ross*
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The New York Times keeps the American public in the dark about the true nature of Israel’s occupation.
(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)

According to The New York Times, there is no siege of Gaza, no occupation of the West Bank, and never was there a Nakba (the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine). Three recent articles erase these key Israeli crimes from the historical record.

In a 13 December 2012 article entitled “Hamas Gains Allure in Gaza, but Money is a Problem,” Steven Erlanger explores the reasons for Gaza’s increasingly debilitating poverty. Never once in this 1,300-word piece does Erlanger even mention the Israeli siege on Gaza or the 2008 and 2012 Israeli bombardments as factors (much less the principal causes).
Instead, Erlanger goes through a long list of regional developments (the weakening of the Assad regime in Syria, sanctions on Iran) and, most emphatically, decisions by Hamas(new taxes and fees), which have supposedly left Palestinians in Gaza not only increasingly impoverished but also more resentful than ever of Hamas. “Gazans recognize that there is more order here,” Erlanger explains, “more construction and less garbage. But many resent the economic burden of financing Hamas and, implicitly, its military.”

No siege

So to the extent that the most recent Israeli onslaught is considered at all, it is Hamas’rockets, once again, that are blamed for Gaza’s misfortune. As if to prove his point, a 43-year-old butcher says to Erlanger, “things have steadily declined in Gaza.” Another Gaza resident adds, “it is a life of depression and deprivation.”
Erlanger does include the word “siege” in his analysis, but only amidst a quoted laundry list of problems Palestinians in Gaza now endure: “poverty, mismanagement, siege,unemployment, little freedom of movement,” Mkhaimar Abusada is quoted as saying.
And the siege, among these other conditions, is implicitly attributed not to Israel, but to Hamas: “If it can’t deal with these same issues,” Abusada concludes, “Hamas will find itself in the same position as it was before the war.” While Abusada, a political scientist at Al-Azhar University, certainly knows the origins of these conditions, Erlanger’s placement of his quotation makes it seem that even Abusada blames the siege on Hamas.
Either way, Erlanger does not provide any sense of how totalizing and devastating a ground, air and naval blockade (much less the two recent military assaults) of the densely populated territory actually is. An uninformed reader could easily conclude that the siege is something for which Hamas is responsible, not an imperially-imposed form of collective punishment foisted upon Palestinians by Israel, and not something that is directly responsible for Gaza’s poverty and “little freedom of movement.”
Thus, according to The New York Times, Hamas is responsible for Gaza’s problems; Israel has nothing to do with it.

No Nakba

A Times article about Palestinian refugees in Syria published three days after Erlanger’s Gaza story obscures the reason that Palestinians are refugees in the first place (“A Syrian airstrike kills Palestinian refugees and costs Assad support,” 16 December 2012).
With just eight words, the Times absolves Israel of any responsibility for the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to make way for a Jewish state.

Reporting on the Syrian regime’s recent attack on Yarmouk camp in Damascus, home to thousands of Palestinian refugees, the Times explains that the Palestinians there were “refugees from conflict with Israel and their descendants.” The Nakba, the original sin ofZionism and the State of Israel, is thus smeared into obscurity. It is transformed into something it is not, changed from the wholesale removal of one group of people by another to a conflict between two presumably equal sides, from which a bunch of Palestinians evidently fled.

The newspaper of record does not, of course, go on to explain that while UN Resolution 194 specifically grants the Palestinians in Syria (as well as those in Lebanon, Jordan and elsewhere) the right to return to their homes in what is now Israel, the Israeli government has always — and, at times, violently — denied this right.

No occupation

An article published the following day, on the so-called E1 land east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, fails to mention that this land and the broader territory of which it is part, is considered by international law to be a Palestinian territory currently under Israeli occupation (Steven Erlanger, “West Bank land, empty but full of meaning,” 17 December).
Reporting on Israel’s recent declaration to build settlements on E1, Erlanger reproduces the oldest Zionist myth in the book: that this is an “empty” land, over which now the “two sides” are struggling: “E1 [is] a largely empty patch of the West Bank,” Erlanger writes. And the “fight” over E1 “speaks to the seemingly insurmountable differences, hostility, and distrust between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Erlanger informs us.

Thus, the occupied Palestinian West Bank, with all its illegal Israeli settlements, Jewish-only roads, Israeli checkpoints, Israeli military incursions and Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes, is reduced to a territory to which two different groups are laying equally legitimate claim. The closest Erlanger gets to even hinting at the occupation is where he writes toward the end of the article that E1 is “largely state land.”
But this, like the unidentified and unexplained “siege” in Gaza, is far too vague for an uninformed reader to understand which “state” controls this land, under which conditions, and against whose rights, livelihood and sovereignty.

So there you have it: no siege, no Nakba, and no occupation. Such reporting is, at best, delusional. At worst, it is intentionally misleading. In any case, The New York Times serves Israel’s interests by keeping the American public in the dark about the true nature of Israel’s occupation.
It is easy to understand why so many Americans find the situation so apparently confusing when the people who report on it are themselves confused about the very basic historical, geographic and political realities.
*Robert Ross is an Assistant Professor of Global Cultural Studies at Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focus upon the political-economic geographies of Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and the United States. He is also a member of the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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Magician’s Diversion: Bleeding Syria to Death


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By Jeremy Salt – Ankara

According to various definitions, politicide can be used to describe the destruction of a government or a specific socio-political group, such as the Palestinians, when it overlaps with genocide. It can be extended to a state, a system and a country. Saddam Hussein attempted politicide by trying to wipe Kuwait off the map. In the 1930s the fascists committed politicide by destroying the Spanish government. Territorially, the country stayed as it was. It was simply emptied of its ideological content and turned into something else.

The destruction of governments, leaders and values who stand in the way of the interests of powerful governments is common practice. Since the Second World War the assassins have often been self-styled liberal democratic governments. There is virtually no global arena which has escaped their attention. In the past eleven years alone, in the Middle East, Iraq and Libya have been the victims of politicide. Their governments, value systems and leaders might have badly needed change but when change came it was not at the hands of the people but outside governments. Now Syria is absorbing their attention. Like Iraq and Libya, the justification for the onslaught on Syria of the past 20 months is the ‘dictator’ or the ‘regime.’ More plausibly, the real target is the country itself. Like Saddam and Qadhafi, the ‘dictator’ is the magician’s diversion, flourished with one hand so the audience does not see what is being done with the other.

The failure of the armed gangs to overthrow the government in Damascus seems to be bringing the possibility of direct military intervention closer. The US, Germany and the Netherlands are providing Turkey with six batteries of Patriot missiles, to be positioned near the Syrian border. About 2,000 foreign troops will be sent to Turkey to operate and protect the missile batteries, with an unstated number of Turkish troops assigned to protect them. The Patriots will be located in three southeastern provinces that are strongly Sunni Muslim, Gaziantep, Adana and Kahramanmaras provinces. For security reasons they will not be placed in Hatay, where more than half the population is Alevi (Alawi), and strongly opposed to the Turkish government’s intervention in Syria, or Diyarbakir, which, of course, is largely Kurdish and opposed to the government for other reasons.

Responding the day after NATO agreed to supply Turkey with the Patriots, Russia dispatched a batch of Iskander missiles to the Syrian military. These hypersonic weapons fly at 1.3 miles a second and weapons experts say they would be more than a match for the Patriots. Building up the specter of Turkey under threat, NATO spokesmen are claiming that the Syrian military is already using Scud missiles and is prepared to use chemical weapons but both these claims seem to be no more than part of the propaganda war. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO’s Secretary-General, condemns the firing of Scud missiles – without producing evidence that they actually have been fired – but not the very real planting of bombs in the middle of cities by the armed groups he and the members of his organization are supporting.

Turkey claims the Patriots are for self-defense, raising an obvious question: self-defense in the extremely unlikely event of an unprovoked Syrian attack or self-defense against a NATO attack initiated on Turkish soil? While the obvious target would appear to be Syria, the commentator Abdel Bari Atwan has argued that the missiles are being put in place with an attack on Iran in mind. If the US decided to use its air base at Incirlik, in Adana province, home to thousands of troops, for an attack on Iran, Turkey would be exposed to a counter strike. Hence the need not just for the Patriots but the anti-missile radar installation placed in Malatya province earlier this year, which is also seen by Russia as a dangerous extension of NATO’s European missile ‘defense’ shield.

Even if it is Israel which attacks, Iran would assume US involvement and strike back accordingly, again exposing US/NATO bases in Turkey and the gulf to counter strikes. Iran regards the decision to station the Patriots in Turkey as part of general NATO war preparations in the region, aimed at itself as well as Syria. Whether the US and/or Israel, despite their threats over many years, really intend to attack, is the subject of continuing speculation, of course.

If the target is Syria, NATO would probably intervene behind the screen of a ‘no fly zone’, likely to stretch as far as Aleppo and intended to place the entire city in the hands of the armed groups as the ‘capital’ of ‘liberated’ territory. Without the backing of a UN Security Council resolution the unilateral declaration of a ‘no fly zone’ would not even have the fig leaf of legal authority. In such circumstances, the shooting down of a Syrian plane inside Syrian space would be an act of war. The consequences would be so dire that it is hard to imagine NATO proceeding without the tacit consent of China and Russia.

There are no signs that this is forthcoming. Russia has a lot at stake and if anything, its position on Syria seems to have hardened. Despite the willful misreading of every statement coming out of Moscow in the western media, it has not backtracked on its commitments. It has said all along that its central concern is the integrity of Syria and not the future of any particular government. It has never been committed to the preservation of the ‘Assad regime’ as such. From the beginning it has insisted that the right of choice belongs to the Syrian people and not to the armed groups and their external sponsors.

All along Russia has also warned that it will not allow Syria to be turned into another Libya through a NATO attack. In the coming week, units of Russia’s Black Sea, Baltic and North Sea fleets will be gathering for military exercises off the Syrian coast. US warships have been active in the eastern Mediterranean as well, pointing towards the possibility of a Cuba-style maritime confrontation over Syria if NATO does intervene.

Again, a question arises: does NATO seriously intend to intervene in Syria, or does the stationing of these missiles in Turkey serve an array of propaganda and psychological warfare purposes?
Deciding to give Turkey missiles is one thing. Deciding to attack Syria is something else entirely. One cannot discount the possibility, but when the time comes, unless circumstances change, so that Russia and China are neutralized, it is hard to see NATO members agreeing on this. Yet, without direct intervention, neither does it seem possible that the armed groups will be able to overthrow the Syrian government on their own.

Thus NATO would seem to have backed itself into a corner, but only if we assume that the overthrow of the Syrian government is the prime motive behind its intervention in Syria. Hasan Nasrallah sees the intervention of the US and its allies as being aimed at the removal of Syria from the ‘regional equation’. This can be done by overthrowing the government but it can also be done by turning Syria into a dysfunctional state. This is how both Iraq and Libya were removed from the ‘regional equation.’ In both cases ‘the dictator’ was used as the lever to justify intervention. In Iraq the US chose to leave Saddam in place because he could always be used to keep Iraq on its knees. Only when sanctions had run out of steam and Iraq was poised to rebuild was the decision taken to remove him. Bashar is being used in the same way, but this does not mean that the US and its allies want the armed groups to replace him. They are treading their own fine line and adapting policies to changing circumstances on the ground.

In Al Akhbar newspaper the Syrian Vice President, Faruq al Shar’a, recently put forward ideas for a political solution as a way out of the deadlock. Here it has to be said that if the self-styled ‘Friends of the Syrian People’ had ever had the best interests of the Syrian people at heart, they would have reached out for a political solution one long ago, instead of blocking, undermining or dismissing out of hand every attempt to bring this crisis to a negotiated end. If there is some reason for Mr. Shara’a thinking that the sponsors of the armed groups are likely to accept a political solution now it did not come through in the interview with Al Akhbar. Indeed, if one shares Hasan Nasrallah’s recently expressed view that the prime objective of the US and its allies is to remove Syria from the ‘regional equation’ then all the destruction of the past 20 months makes perfect sense. There might come a time when these governments will show an interest in a political solution, but for now Syria can be allowed to bleed a bit longer.

If we ask ourselves what might finally drive these governments towards negotiations, one possibility is that the armed groups will finally reach the point of doing of what they have ostensibly been tasked to do, which is to overthrow the government in Damascus.With the armed groups poised to take over, we might then see their western sponsors changing tack, cutting back their financial and armed support (through pressure on Saudi Arabia and Qatar) and clamoring for intervention and immediate negotiations so they can ensure the succession of their ‘moderate’ protégés, Mu’iz al Khatib and the Doha council.

A diametrically opposite possibility is that the Syrian military will finally succeed in routing the armed gangs. This could also spark a sudden interest in a negotiated solution, with the aim of controlling the process of political transition. An increasingly important element in the thinking of the US and its European allies is ‘blowback.’ Many of the armed groups are as hostile to ‘the West’ as they are to the government in Damascus. With the fallout from Afghanistan on their mind, the US and its European allies do not want Syria to be turned into a new base of takfiri action against western interests and allies across the region. Of course we can’t know, but a gravely weakened Syria with Bashar still in place – rather like Iraq and Saddam after 1991- during a process of transition might end up as their preferred option. Threaded through all of this is the possibility that Syria will just implode, beyond the control of any of the external actors who have done so much to bring it to the present critical situation.

The degradation of Syria is a clear plus for the US and Israel. Needless to say, what is good for the US and Israel is always bad for the Palestinians. Syria has been the visceral enemy from the start. The breakup of Arab states on sectarian lines has been on Israel’s strategic agenda virtually since the beginning and nothing could suit its purposes more than the reduction of the Syrian state to squabbling ethno-religious enclaves. Whatever Israel does in the Middle East, Palestine is always the center of gravity of its strategy.

The central problem for the US and its allies is what must follow in Syria sooner or later. At some point, chaos will stop suiting their own interests. In the abstract an Islamic state presents no problems. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain are governed according to variations of Islamic law but all are pillars of western interests in the Middle East. The Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has shown that it has no intention of rocking the western boat. The Doha council is essentially Muslim Brotherhood. However, while it is being prepped by its sponsors as the next Syrian government, the Doha council has scant hope of ending up in the government offices in Damascus, or what is left of them. Having used the armed gangs as a bludgeon, their external backers, at least the US, Britain and France, if not Saudi Arabia and Qatar, now face the unpleasant prospect of them taking over, and then fighting amongst themselves over the spoils. Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that Syria could end up like Somalia. Another alternative is a Taliban-style government at the heart of the Middle East. Fearing the damage that might be done to their own interests, neither of these outcomes would suit the US and its European allies

The line being drawn by the US and its European allies between the ‘extremist’ and ‘moderate’ armed groups is artificial. When Obama declared Jabhat an Nusra a terrorist organization affiliated with Al Qaida, the head of the Doha council, Mu’iz al Khatib, asked him to take it back because of the movement’s central importance in the armed campaign. Its atrocities did not concern him. If slaughtering captives out of hand is terrorism, then Jabhat al Nusra certainly is a terrorist organization, but other groups are fighting their war by exactly the same means. This includes the so-called Free Syrian Army. The leading armed groups have rejected the authority of the Doha council and expressed their solidarity with Jabhat al Nusra. Some are already busy laying the foundations of a harsh Islamic state. The black flag of Al Qaida is being waved everywhere. ‘Moderates’ are virtually nowhere to be seen.

More than a year ago Syria was deliberately locked into a prolonged struggle with the armed groups. The situation has since metastasized far beyond the simple equations of authoritarian government versus legitimate protest movement or crimes of the ‘regime’ against crimes of the armed groups. In this proxy war being waged by outside governments the wellbeing of the Syrian people is not even a consideration. If it ever were they would not still be doing what they are doing.

Those participants or onlookers who supported the armed struggle in the name of democratic political transition can look forward to nothing more than a Pyrrhic victory. Syria is being ruined, destroyed before our eyes as an actor on the Arab stage, with the west playing the same game of divide and rule that has worked so well for it over the past 200 years.

– Jeremy Salt is an associate professor of Middle Eastern history and politics at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.

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Behind the pillars of cloud

The food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of agricultural sector.

Farmers are in the midst of the crucial olive harvest and olive oil production season and the destruction is a disastrous blow for food and economic security in Gaza [EPA]
 

Since its creation in 1948, Israel has used food and nutrition as a means to entrench its military and territorial occupation of Palestine. While all eyes are turned today to the savage eradication of children and entire families in Gaza through operation “Pillar of Cloud”, Israel pursues its long-term goal of decimating the means of food production, livelihoods and the ability of those in Gaza to make economic and political decisions about what they grow and what they eat.

Gaza and the rest of Occupied Palestine is being restructured as an entity where malnutrition is endemic, access to food is denied and people are forced to live under the constant fear of not having enough to eat.

In the last eight days, the food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of an agricultural sector impaired by six years of Israeli imposed siege, military campaigns and decades of occupation.

In the first five days of the assault, the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza estimated losses to the agriculture and fishing sectors to be above US $50 million.

 

According to our colleague Mohammad El Bakri, who is with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and other agricultural specialists in Gaza, farmers are in the midst of the crucial olive harvest and olive oil production season and the destruction is a disastrous blow for food and economic security in Gaza.

Water crisis


The targeting of tunnels by Israeli airstrikes has restricted the flow of food and fuel into Gaza. Few shops remain open and the UN has warned of an impending water crisis.

There are reports of bombing campaigns purposely targeting irrigation wells. The Ministry of Health in Gaza is out of 40 per cent of essential medicines and running low on basics like bandages and syringes.

Gaza’s dire situation began in 1948 when Zionist militia groups expelled over 700,000 Palestinians from their land, 200,000 of whom fled to Gaza and tripled its population.

Historically, Gaza had been known for the fresh water oasis of Wadi Gaza, an important stop on trade routes between Egypt and Syria. No longer an oasis, lands razed and levelled by Israeli bulldozers along Gaza’s eastern border (29 per cent of arable land) are now closed. Israeli naval ships harass and water cannon Palestinian fishermen, restricting them to three nautical miles from shore.

Polluted sewage is leaking into the coastal aquifer from water networks and buildings bombed by Israeli airstrikes in 2008-09’s operation “Cast Lead”.

Israel has also blocked the equipment needed to repair the damaged infrastructure. With tap water undrinkable, some people in Gaza are now surviving on 20 litres/day/person, while water consumption for the average Israeli is about 300 litres/day/person.

All of Gaza’s 10,000 smallholder farms were damaged in the 2008-09 onslaught, half a million trees uprooted and more than one million chickens were killed along with sheep, cattle and goats. The Israelis destroyed 60 per cent of the agricultural industry in Gaza, causing $268m in losses.

The proportion of Gazans judged “food insecure” increased to 75 per cent and in the aftermath, many households have been found to be chronically food insecure. Two years after the attack, the unemployment rate in Gaza was 45.2 per cent.

Isolated from fields

The West Bank has fared little better. The Oslo Interim Accords of 1995 carved the West Bank into Area A under Palestinian Authority control representing 3 per cent of the West Bank, Area B under joint control totalling 25 per cent and Area C, 72 per cent of the land, under full Israeli control including the agricultural land of the Jordan Valley.

In reality, the Israeli army can invade any area at any time. The bifurcation of Palestinian land and the construction of walls and barricades have isolated farmers from fields and markets, given impunity to violent Israeli settlers and disfigured the landscape.
 

Israel’s long-term goal in Gaza is not only the enforcement of the siege, but also a strategic application of de-development that forces Palestinians to be dependent on either Israel or international aid.

In 2007, the Israeli military created a calculation for the minimum number of calories allowed to people in Gaza. The caloric control mechanism ensures collective punishment, but not complete starvation. It is evident that this attack and Israel’s food policy for Palestinians enjoys support from the US government.

The consequences of the recent assault will only be visible when the dust has settled. But it will surely not depart from the aim expressed by former Israeli official Dov Weisglass in 2006: “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”

Rami Zurayk is Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and director of the Interfaculty Graduate Environmental Sciences Program at the American University of Beirut. Author of Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring and a guest author with Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Co-author of Control Food, Control People: The Struggle for Food Security in Gaza forthcoming from the Institute of Palestine Studies
 
Anne Gough is Instructor at Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Interfaculty Graduate Environmental Sciences Program at the American University of Beirut. Co-author of Control Food, Control People: The Struggle for Food Security in Gaza forthcoming from the Institute of Palestine Studies

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UK’s responsibility to the Palestinians


Introduction by GA: In the following Guardian letter a few Palestinians and Pro Palestinian activists call for the British government to acknowledge publicly the responsibility for previous British administrations for the Balfour Declaration and Palestinian suffering. I totally agree with the content of the letter, yet, it fails to address the most crucial and obvious fact.

The Balfour declaration was a direct outcome of some intensive Jewish Lobby pressure in both Britain and the USA.

Unless Palestinians and their supporters are willing to address questions to do with Jewish power and lobbying, we won’t be able to confront the menace caused by Zionism and the Jewish State.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/01/uk-responsibility-to-the-palestinians

Today is the 95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, when the then foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, signed a fateful letter to Lord Rothschild announcing that the British government “view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people”. Britain thus gave the zionist movement carte blanche to transform the overwhelmingly Arab state of Palestine into a Jewish one.

To further this aim, from 1920 onwards, Britain encouraged the mass immigration into Palestine of hundreds of thousands of European Jews, expressly against the wishes of the majority population. As Palestine descended into chaos, the British washed their hands of their responsibility for the mess they had caused and stood by while hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were terrorised into fleeing their homeland, as Palestine was transformed into Israel.

We call for the British government to acknowledge publicly the responsibility of previous British administrations from 1917 to 1948 for the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians, when over threequarters were expelled deliberately and systematically by the zionist army. Most of them remain refugees today without redress. The truth about their expulsions is still not officially established, since Israel officially denies any responsibility for it.

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Israel’s catalogue of savagery

Lawrence Davidson views Israel’s litany of savage behaviour, from the ethnic cleansing that started in earnest in 1948 and is ongoing to the starvation war waged on Gaza and numerous acts of wanton, petty cruelty.

Savagery ongoing

In my article “America’s billboard wars: Zionists vs. the truth, I noted that a Zionist organization run by the Islamophobe Pamela Geller is posting messages on buses and subways calling for support for Israel. The messages claim that Israel represents the “civilized man” in a struggle against jihadist “savagery”. I questioned Israel’s qualifications for civilized status in the earlier piece, but am drawn back to the subject by the almost daily revelations of the Zionist state’s questionable behaviour. It is not that the jihadist cannot be a savage at times; it is that the Israeli government seems quite incapable of being civilized. For instance:

Ethnic cleansing

On 16 October 2012 the Israeli organization Yazkern hosted dozens of veterans of Israel’s 1948 “War of Independence” for a look at what that struggle really entailed. The veterans testified to what can only be called a conscious effort at ethnic cleansing – the systematic destruction of entire Palestinian villages and numerous massacres. A documentary film by Israeli-Russian journalist Lia Tarachansky, dealing with this same subject, the Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe, is nearing completion. It too has the testimony of Israeli soldiers of the 1948 war. These latest revelations lend credence to the claims of Israel’s “new historians”, such as Ilan Pappe, who have written books based on evidence gleamed from government archives showing that, even before the outbreak of hostilities leading to the creation of the state of Israel, the Zionist authorities planned to ethnically cleanse as much of Palestine as possible of non-Jews. The aim of Yazkern’s effort at truth-telling is to break through the sanitized “mainstream nationalistic narrative” of 1948 and the accompanying denial of any legitimate Palestinian counter-narrative.”

OK. The Israelis were savages in 1948 and only a small minority will admit it. What about after “the War of Independence”? As it turns out the ethnic cleansing never stopped. Conveniently, the long-standing denial that it ever started has helped to hide the fact of its ongoing nature. Yet just this week we received the news that Defence Minister Ehud Barak has given the order to demolish eight Palestinian villages with some 1,500 residents in the south Hebron hills. The excuse offered by Barack is that the land is needed for military training exercises. According to the “new historians”, this is a standard Israeli government cover for ethnic cleansing. Sure, for a couple of years the Israeli army will use the land that held the demolished villages. Then, almost inevitably, the area becomes the site of a new Israeli Jewish settlement.

Starvation

On 20 October 2012 Al-Jazeera reported on Israeli documents showing that between 2008 and 2010 the Israeli army allowed food supplies into the Gaza Strip based on a daily calorie count that held the basic diet of a million and half people to a point just short of malnutrition. According to the Israeli human rights organization Gisha, “the official goal of the policy was to wage economic warfare which would paralyze Gaza’s economy and, according to the Defence Ministry, create pressure on the Hamas government”. Actually, this bit of savagery predates 2008. Back in 2006 Dov Weissglass, then an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, stated that “the idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger”. Of course, precedents for this can be found in the treatment of European Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. One assumes that Mr Weissglass was aware of this.

However, just as with the barbarism practiced in the “War of Independence”, in this case too there is a well practised capacity for national denial. According to Gideon Levy writing in Haaretz, “the country has plenty of ways … of burying skeletons deep in the closet so that Israelis shouldn’t be overly disturbed”. The military authors of the document that turned Weissglass’s hideous “idea” into savage practice, operated in “a country afflicted with blindness”. So, the present Israeli government does not have to worry about public unease over the fact that it is slowly but surely destroying the Gaza sewage system and rendering its water supply undrinkable.

Wanton cruelty

Then there are the petty acts of cruelty that can be considered tell-tale signs of savagery. For instance, the fact that Israeli customs officials held back the exam sheets for the October 2012 College Board tests bound for the West Bank graduating high school seniors. AMIDEAST, the organization that serves as the testing agency for the Palestinian territories, had made sure the Israeli authorities had the tests in their hands weeks in advance. Nonetheless, in an apparent act of petty vindictiveness, the customs officials held on to them until AMIDEAST had to cancel the exam. One observer has asked the question: “What has the SAT [tests] have to do with Israeli security?” Well, it might be that, in the mind of a savage customs official, the more college-bound Palestinians from the occupied territories, the more articulate witnesses to Israeli oppression. On the Gaza side of the equation, the US was forced to cancel a small scholarship programme for Gaza college students because the Israelis refused to let the students leave their open air prison, even if only to go to a West Bank school.

For anyone who might want to follow the grim procession of Israeli oppressive and barbaric acts on a day to day basis, I recommend the web site “Today in Palestine“, provided by the International Middle East Centre.

Challenge and denial

In the face of this persistent savage behaviour on the part of Israel, that country’s public support has finally begun to slip in the United States. Most recently, 15 prominent church leaders, representing major Christian denominations, wrote an open letter to Congress calling for

an immediate investigation into possible violations by Israel of the US Foreign Assistance Act and the US Arms Export Control Act which respectively prohibit assistance to any country that engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations….We urge Congress to hold hearings to examine Israel’s compliance, and we request regular reporting on compliance and the withholding of military aid for non-compliance.

So far, the Congress has turned a deaf-ear to this request, but the Zionist reaction was loud and clear. Leading the way in this effort was the head of the misnamed “Anti-Defamation League” (ADL), Abraham Foxman. Charging the Christian leaders with a “blatant lack of sensitivity” (one might ask just how sensitive one is supposed to be to an oppressor?) Foxman decided to punish the offending clergy by refusing to engage in ongoing “interfaith dialogue”. The Zionist reaction to being called out for their own savage behaviour is a classic example of denial.

Conclusion

Having “big brains” is a two edge sword for human beings. It means we can think all manner of creative thoughts and even exercise some self-control over our own inappropriate impulses if we care to try. However, it also means that we can be manipulated into thinking that we need not try – that we are the victims even as we are oppressing others and that any criticism of our actions is just another example of our victimization. Israeli culture, and indeed the culture of Zionism generally, is one ongoing project of self-manipulation to achieve just such a state of mind. And, to a great extent, it has succeeded. A recent poll taken in Israel shows that “a majority of the [Israeli Jewish] public wants the state to discriminate against Palestinians … revealing a deeply rooted racism in Israeli society”.

The Zionists are not the only experts in denial. The United States, Israel’s chief ally, has always been good at this gambit as well. After the 9/11 attacks any consideration of the possibility that United States foreign policy in the Middle East might have helped motivate the terrorism was anathema, and it still is over a decade later. Instead of taking a hard look at our own behaviour we are simply expanding our capacity to kill outright anyone who would challenge our policies in a violent fashion. Our answer is targeted killings by drones or otherwise – a bit of savagery we learned from the Israelis.

Machiavelli, who can always be relied upon to see the darker side of things, once said:

Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.

But yet, is it really inevitable?

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