Israel’s 60th Birthday


Israel 60: Let the refugees return by Dave

Edith Garwood – “Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations fail because the root problem has not been addressed”

Sixty years ago, more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes, not knowing where they were going, not knowing when they would return. This displacement of over half of the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine created the largest and oldest refugee population today and is the root of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. This tragedy is called Al Nakba in Arabic.

We are often told the Palestinians fled of their own accord, but British and Israeli archives opened in the late 1970s tell a different story. The indigenous Arabs — Muslim, Christian, secular — were systematically driven out of areas desired for a new Jewish state.

Jews fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe started migrating to Palestine in the mid-19th century. The United Nations, attempting to quell conflicts between indigenous inhabitants and the new immigrants, proposed dividing the area.

Jewish immigrants accepted it, but the Arab side rejected it as unjust as it gave 55 percent of the land to the new immigrants while they were only one-third of the population and owned only 7 percent of the land at the time.

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Blood is Rushing by Dave
April 30, 2008, 12:03 pm
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Can Israelis feel Palestinian hearts beating?

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JSF: Zionism is too Exclusive by Dave

Really excellent commentry on the Windsor Castle event by Jews Sans Frontieres. The end I found especially funny, when you read through the comments you can’t help but notice some truth to it:

Apparently, the royal celebrations of 60 years of ethnic cleansing of Palestine and relentless aggression towards its natives and neighbours was a bit of a damp squib, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency drawing on a report in the Jewish Chronicle.

Prince Edward became the first royal officially to participate in Israel’s independence celebrations at a JNF-UJIA dinner at Windsor Castle on Monday.

Standing in for his father, the Duke of Edinburgh who had been hospitalised with a chest infection several days earlier, the Earl of Wessex attended a champagne reception for the 300-strong gathering.

Even though he left before dinner, he greeted guests including Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Wow, how exciting! The Earl of Wessex no less, and even he had better things to do than break bread with a bunch of rich zionists. Ponder this, the Earl of Wessex? The Earl of an earldom that doesn’t exist greeting activists for a state that shouldn’t exist. Was there a message from the royals there?

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Florida Students hold “Blue and White on the Green” by Dave

A student group in Florida is celebrating Israel’s 60th Birthday in order to remind people that Israel “is a country like every other country.” The only problem is that Israel is NOT a country like any other. Its a colonial project where the Europian settlers ethnically cleansed the natives 60 years ago – which this group are now celebrating. Its also a racist country concerned with its “demographic problem” that it should have a majority Jewish population to remain a “Jewish State.” Not to mention the continued occupation, murder and dispossession of the natives population.

A Jewish student organization on Florida State’s campus plans to celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday with free hookah, Israeli food and an attempt to break the world record for biggest dance circle.

Hillel’s celebration, “Blue and White on the Green,” will go for 18 hours, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and ending at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Events include musical and dance performances on FSU’s Union Green, a showing of the movie “West Bank Story” and a bonfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

Melanie Annis, Hillel’s director, said the purpose of the event is to get people to recognize that Israel is more than what’s portrayed in the media.

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Israel unveils plans for $28 million 60th birthday bash by Dave
April 7, 2008, 7:53 pm
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Birthday Bash, a.k.a. disgusting celebration of 60 years of ethnic cleansing, plans are unveiled.

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel rolled out its plans for this year’s 60th anniversary celebrations Sunday, promising aerial displays, concerts and a nationwide laser light show in a package with a $28 million (¤18 million) price tag.
At a news conference to announce the events, Cabinet minister Ruhama Avraham Balila said some of the budget would go on projects which would last far beyond this year’s Independence Day celebrations, including a 1,200 kilometer (750 mile) trans-Israel bicycle trail, a footpath circling the Sea of Galilee and renovation of war memorials around the country.
Some of have already begun, while others run through September.
A stream of world leaders and other VIPs are to visit Israel for the birthday celebrations, with U.S. President George W. Bush scheduled to arrive on May 14, she said.
Israel declared statehood in 1948 after Britain ended 31 years of U.N.-mandated rule over Palestine. The date is marked in Israel according to the Hebrew calendar and falls this year on May 8.
One project is a youth drive to collect 1.5 million marbles, representing the number of Jewish children who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. The marbles will be encased in a monument to the dead children near Tel Aviv.
«We hope that when children see what one and a half million actually looks like, rather than as an abstract number, it will really bring home the reality of what happened,» said Haim Goldberg, head of the steering group for the anniversary observances.

While Independence Day is marked with by fireworks and dancing by Jewish Israelis, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and many of the 1.4 million Arabs who are Israeli citizens see the founding of the Jewish state as a tragic event which they call it al-Naqba, Arabic for «the catastrophe.
Avraham Balila acknowledged the sensitivity of the commemoration for Israeli-Arabs _ who make up about one fifth of the country’s population _ and said this year’s program would include a workshop on coexistence for Jewish and Arab youngsters and a Bedouin festival in the rundown Bedouin desert town of Rahat.



ALL US ELITES RALLY BEHIND ISRAEL AT 60 by Dave

Kissinger, along with every other living former secretary of state, has signed on as a vice-chair of the National Committee for Israel 60, which will coordinate events to celebrate Israel’s anniversary.

Co-chairing the national commemoration are former American presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

It looks like Israel has a strangle hold over US elite opinion.  I guess, with these big names, celebrations in the USA of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine are going to be quite spectaculor (not to mention sickening).  I had heard about Bush and Clinton chairing this commemoration from around last November – but it wasn’t confirmed.

Its not much of a surprise that Kissingers on board – war criminals have all got to look out for each other after all.  He learned that lesson after seeing what happened to Pinochet in the UK. Chomsky famously quotes his genocidal orders in Cambodia: “anything that flies on anything that moves.”  I’m sure he fits in well in Israel – this appears to be there unofficial motto.

The Trails of Henry Kissinger

Kissinger’s Cold War schemes of bombing Cambodia, the genocidal invasion of East Timor by Indonesia and the coup and related atrocities in Chile are all well researched in this 80 minute film.

 

Source the Jerusalem Post

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Is there a Progressive Zionism? by Dave
Jeffrey Blankfort debates Israel lobby and Zionism

Jeff Blankfort and Stephen Zune debate the existance of progressive Zionism and the importance of the US Israel Lobby.

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