Israel’s 60th Birthday

In Diaspora: Travel, Reflections, and a mind on Justice. by Dave
September 3, 2009, 12:29 pm
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In Diaspora is a touching account of the return home to Palestine of a Palestinian-America woman.  As a sample of her work I’ve included her post on her visit to her grandparents village, Umm el Zeinat, from which her family was uprooted in 1948.

As planned, yesterday we returned to my ancestral village, Umm el Zeinat, near Daliyat al Karmel, on Mount Karmel, in Haifa.  Of course when I say “return” this is much greater than my brother and me.  This return is about my family, about an oppression that they, along with all the people of Umm el Zeinat and the people of the other 500 destroyed villages of Palestine had to endure.  What we undertook is the greatest act of resistance against the Zionist movement.  Three generations later we remember, and though not under our own conditions, we return to a village from which they hoped to erase our traces.

On our way into the village we met a man and his wife, picking cactus fruit with their four children.  My uncle pulled over to ask then how well they knew the village.  As it turns out they are from the Fahmawi family of Umm el Zeinat.  We told them we were returning and they offered to guide us through the village.  Of course all that is left of the village is rubble from demolished homes, overgrown shrubbery, and trees– both indigenous and those planted by the state in an attempt to make it seem as though no one ever lived there.

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Israel celebrates 61 years! by Dave
May 5, 2009, 10:58 am
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Israel celebrates 61 years.

Obama congratulates Israel on 61 anniversary by Dave
April 30, 2009, 1:45 pm
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Obama congradulates European colonisers for ethnically cleansing native Palestinians 61 years past – a process that continues to this day.  From the Jpost:

The US bond with Israel is “as unshakeable as ever” as both nations pursue peace, President Obama said on Israel’s 61st birthday.

“On behalf of the people of the United States, President Obama congratulates the people and government of Israel on the 61st anniversary of Israel’s independence,” said the statement issued Tuesday by the White House. “The United States was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, minutes after its declaration of independence, and the deep bonds of friendship between the US and Israel remain as strong and unshakable as ever.

“The President looks forward to working with Israel to advance our common interests, including the realization of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, ensuring Israel’s security, and strengthening the bilateral relationship, over the months and years to come,” the statement continued.

Israel at 61: Denial of Catastrophe is at the root of the ‘conflict’ by Dave
April 30, 2009, 1:19 pm
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The following is by Lia Tarachansky a producer and journalist for The Real News Network.

As we celebrate the sixty-first anniversary of the creation of our state, Palestinians commemorate their Catastrophe, al-Nakba in Arabic. After all these years, it is time for us to recognize what has happened, and continues to happen in our name, and by hour hands.

Our national denial of the events of 1948, of the dispossession of at least 418 Palestinian villages, is at the root of our so-called conflict.  Many historians have uncovered what has actually happened, though the Israeli state and its educational system refuse to change the denial narrative.

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What I Witnessed Today in Gaza by Dave
December 27, 2008, 11:48 pm
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The following is moving eyewitness testimony from Gaza.

What I witnessed today in Gaza

by Safa Joudeh
It was just before noon when I heard the first explosion. I rushed to my window, barely did I get there and look out when I was pushed back by the force and air pressure of another explosion. For a few moments I didn’t understand, then I realized that Israeli promises of a wide-scale offensive against the Gaza Strip had materialized. Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzpi Livni’s statements following a meeting with Egyptian President Hussni Mubarak the day before yesterday had not been empty threats after all.

What followed seems pretty much surreal at this point. Never had we imagined anything like this. It all happened so fast but the amount of death and destruction is inconceivable, even to me and I’m in the middle of it and a few hours have passed already passed.

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Prime Minister of Canada on Israel 60 Anniversary by Dave
November 29, 2008, 2:28 pm
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Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing an audience at a celebration of Israel’s 60th ‘birthday’.

“All of my life, Israel has been a symbol, a symbol of the triumph of hope and faith”

He might trying reading some history, by Israel’s new historians, and his bland political rhetoric could become an energised outcry as all of his life Israel has been a triumph of ethnic cleansing, warmongering, aggression, lobbying and lies, all under the cloak of the Holocaust which he seems to believe Israel is the phoenix thereof, more like the angel of death.  How much longer will the Israeli criminals be seen as the victims, how much longer until Palestinians are recognised as such, rather than as ‘terrorists’.  How much longer do we have to wait on these powerful fools to force some measure of justice.  The world has waited long enough for peace, it is time for these fools to demand it.  I’m so angry listening to this with all the sycophantic fauning and, of course, Stephen, criticism of Israel is antisemitism and ‘those that threaten Israel also threaten Canada’.  Christ, with a world full of morons like this is there really any hope?   I mean this guy can REALLY bend over for lobby electoral support, he’s practically folded in two.

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‘Empty, 61-Year-Old Promise of Palestinian State Is U.N.’s Greatest Failure’ by Dave
November 26, 2008, 1:44 pm
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The following from Philip Weiss (it’s worth remembering that the Universal Declairation of Human Rights also enshrines the right of return, partly due to the request from Count Folke Bernadotte, who was researching a solution to the conflict for the UN, and was a strong advocate that the Palestinians have this right, and partly in his memory as he was assasinated by the Israelis):

All you need to know about the Israel/Palestine situation (as I say often on this blog) is that in 1947, four groups were promised states in Asia: Indians, Pakistanis, Jews and Arabs in Palestine. Three of these groups got a state. One hasn’t. For 61 years the Palestinians have been disqualified on one basis or another. That’s all you need to know. It’s not fair. Today the President of the General Assembly Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, a Catholic priest from Nicaragua, said just what I say on this point:

Today we recall that, 61 years ago this month, the General Assembly adopted the historic resolution 181, calling for the creation of a Jewish State and an Arab State. The State of Israel, founded a year later in 1948, now celebrates 60 years of its existence. Shamefully, there is still no Palestinian State to celebrate.

… As I stated in my first address to the General Assembly last September, I believe that the failure to create a Palestinian State as promised is the single greatest failure in the history of the United Nations. It has been 60 years since some 800,000 Palestinians were driven out of their homes and property, becoming refugees and an uprooted and marginalized people.

…We cannot avoid the bitter irony that next month we mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines the right to self- determination of these very same people. We are witness to decades of the terrible conditions endured throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, yet the promise – the right — of the Palestinian people to a homeland remains as elusive as ever.

What’s the lobby’s answer to this: The U.N. is morally bankrupt.