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The future of Palestine

The following letter appears in The Independent on July 21:

Palestinian nation under threat

Sir: The latest chapter of the conflict between Israel and Palestine began when Israeli forces abducted two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from Gaza – an incident scarcely reported anywhere, except in the Turkish press. The following day the Palestinians took an Israeli soldier prisoner – and proposed a negotiated exchange against prisoners taken by the Israelis, of which there are approximately 10,000 in Israeli jails.

That this “kidnapping” was considered an outrage, whereas the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and the systematic appropriation of its natural resources, most particularly that of water, by the Israeli defence forces is considered a regrettable but realistic fact of life, is typical of the double standards repeatedly employed by the West in face of what has befallen the Palestinians, on the land allotted to them by international agreements during the last 70 years.

Today outrage follows outrage; makeshift missiles cross sophisticated ones. The latter usually find their target situated where the disinherited and crowded poor live, waiting for what was once called justice. Both categories of missile rip bodies apart horribly – who but field commanders can forget this for a moment?

Each provocation and counter-provocation is contested and preached over. But the subsequent arguments, accusations and vows all serve as a distraction to divert world attention from a long-term military, economic and geographic practice whose political aim is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.

This has to be said loud and clear for the practice, only half declared and often covert, is advancing fast these days, and, in our opinion, it must be unceasingly and eternally recognised for what it is and resisted.

JOHN BERGER

NOAM CHOMSKY

HAROLD PINTER

JOSÉ SARAMAGO

MIEUSSY, FRANCE

41 comments ↪
  • boredinHk

    "But the subsequent arguments, accusations and vows all serve as a distraction to divert world attention from a long-term military, economic and geographic practice whose political aim is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation."

    I'm not sure this is all about the Palestinians.

    Haaretz has been on about the Iranian manoeuvres behind the medias understanding for a while – so there is another way of looking at this mess.Just who is distracting and diverting the attention from whom is debatable at least.
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/israel-falls-i

  • Adam

    Iranian manoeuvres behind the medias

    These manoeuvres behind the media may be new, or at least couple of months or years old. But the atrocities and war crimes the Israeli security policy has been committing against Palestinian in their own home is not new or couple of years old, but rather started soon after Jewish who were immigrants in Palestine decided to declare their state with the help of their own UN and western allies.

    The reality is that when the media reports a clash between Israel and Palestine, it’s usually in favour of Israel, and the public around the world hardly take any notice of the source of clash or the problem since it happens to often. Had the clashes happened one in a long while then more public would be aware of it. It natural for one to start ignoring incidents that happen more often, and this is the exact case for Palestinian.

    Because Palestinians have regularly and frequently been attacked and many war crimes have been committed against them, people around the world tend to ignore the details since it becomes common news. The Israeli have engineered this very intellectually and cleverly. But the tide is changing as the world attention is now focused on Middle East and the issues in the Middle East are discussed more on a regular basis around the world by everyone.

  • Roonaldo

    BoredinHK: this spin of "it was all done to take attention off Iran" is pure fiction. The Haaretz article is a classic case of interpreting events backwards to fit the spin. So, we are meant to believe that the Iranians sat down with Hezbollah and said, "Listen, we have to head off pressure at the next G8 summit. You go out and kidnap a couple of Israelis, hurl a few Katyushas over the border, and then Israel is bound to launch a full scale military attack across Lebanon."

    It's also clear from the "Yo Blair" debacle that the Brits were unprepared for all this. Whether that can be said for the boys at Langley is another matter.

  • Ros

    The kidnapping of the doctor and his brother, the letter doesn't suggest that the Palestinian kidnap of the soldier was in response? Which seems reasonable assumption as Hamas would have said so if it was.

    Names unknown, press Turkey only one to report. Which paper? No reports from Gaza about these two.

    Anybody able to provide sources for this claim, other than rely on Chomsky and co's outrage which at this stage looks like a rumour at best.

  • Addamo_01

    Speaking of rumous,

    There are more reports about the IDF soldiers being grabbed on Lebanese terrirotry:
    <a href="http://72.14.221.104/search?q=cache:Rbn7oBquCyIJ :www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1742306,00050004.htm” target=”_blank”>http://72.14.221.104/search?q=cache:Rbn7oBquCyIJ …” target=”_blank”>:www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1742306,00050004.htm &hl=it&gl=it&ct=clnk&cd=1
    http://english.bna.bh/?ID=47348

    What's more interesting however, is that Russia and Germany have offered to rescue the two soldiers.

    Imagine the political embarrassment for the US and Israel if this rescue is successful?
    http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/07/21/intelligen

  • Ros

    The article says

    Uhrlau’s continued role in such deals was apparently spotlighted by Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor. “It is now time for the same functionaries from Germany to get active again,” said Palmor in a German ZDF TV interview on Thursday

    Maybe an embarrassment, maybe they want a way forward.

    "Implementing our promise to free Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, our strugglers have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon," a statement by Hezbollah said.

    This statement was missed by all the rest of the media at the time. hmmm.

    Why is it necessary to prove that the soldiers had gone into Lebanon. If they did why didn't the Hizbollah border patrol hand them over to the legal authority. Surely Hizbollah is not the entity empowered by Lebanese law to hold unlawful entries into Lebanon.

    And this statement from Hizbollah was a Lie?

    “Hezbollah said it carried out the attack about 9:05 a.m., when its fighters managed to cross the heavily fortified border near Shtula, an Israeli farming town of about 350 people. Hezbollah guerrillas fired on two Israeli army Humvees, killing three soldiers and capturing two others. …Hezbollah's leader, Hasan Nasrallah, said an hour passed before Israeli forces set out to recover the captives, giving Hezbollah time to smuggle them to a place he called "safe and far, far, far away." He said the attack had been planned for months and was aimed at forcing negotiations that would win the release of three Lebanese held in Israeli jails. “

    Now this report!

    “The Lebanese Hezbollah movement announced Wednesday the arrest of two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon.

    Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were arrested as they entered the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border”

    This item is very interesting. The Lebanese police have conceded the right of ARREST to Hizbollah? Lebanese law allows for that? Or Lebanese law has the Lebanese police working with Hizbollah? Or maybe the Lebanese police in Aitaa al-Chaab are the Hizbollah government of South Lebanon’s police. South Lebanon’s police force is Hizbollah.? Is South Lebanon an independent state?

    It does seem at the very least that, if true, the BNA report would appear to be proof that the Lebanese government is actually working with Hizbollah, that is Hizbollah and its ally the Lebanese government have declared war on Israel. First report I have seen making that clear.

  • Sam

    In my opinion the future of Palestein and the people cast out from Jordan rests upon there being a solution to the 'Israel' problem.

    The Jews need to give back the (stolen) land they took from the paleostain people and stop bombing them (Arab people).

    Then maybe there will be peace in there middle east.

    What can we in are countrys do? we can agitate for change in 'Israel' – get them to realise that violence and oppression is not appropriate.

  • JohD

    Ros you have way too much time in your hands. According to these reports, the Israeli Commandos were not arrested for jaywalking, they were armed and assumed to be belligerent. It is not the role of anybody to determine why Hezbollah aparrently has the power to arrest, Kill or castrate them. Israel is, and has been in a State of war with Lebanon for 24 years.

    It should be obvious by now that Hezbollah is a legitimate militia in Lebanon, committed to the defense of the Homeland, and part of the Lebanese government. Why the Lebanese government should feel itself compelled to defend why they support, work with and ally themselves with Hezbollah is beyond me. Actually no, I do understand that Israel loves its victims to be defenseless and ostracised. But please, don't expect us to reccommend such behaviour, it is a contemptable attribute commonly found amongst cowards.

  • Addamo_01

    Ros

    The Lebanese police have conceded the right of ARREST to Hizbollah? Lebanese law allows for that? Or Lebanese law has the Lebanese police working with Hizbollah?

    You seem to be placing a great deal of importance on irrelevant details here. What else would you like to know?

    Was it a clear day or overcast? Did the IDF soldiers see tha Hezbollah combatatant comming or not? Was the wind blowing fom the west or from the south? What did the Hezbollah combatants have for breakfast?

    What difference does any of this make? The crux of the argument, and Israel's main issue has been that the sodliers were captures on Israeli sovereign territory. It appears Israel have lied (yet again) about what took place on the ground and theat their entire premise for the attack on Lebanon is a fraud.

    That fact of the matetr is that Lebanon is paying the ultimate price here, not Hezbollah.

  • Captain

    And these are the people who are innocent victims?

  • Addamo_01

    Yes, shame on these people for celebrating that those oppressing, brutalizing, and murdering them should have a taste of their own medicine.

    Bad for right Cpatain,

    How low can you get. Oh, and BTW. These innocent victims just had to say goodbye to 100 of their colleagues, but hey, serves them right Captain for cheering the capture of IDF soldiers.
    http://www.news.com.au/sundayheraldsun/story/0,,1…

    I wonder if any Jews in the ghettos or concentration camps ever lead out a oy, oy oy when they heard of German troops being killed. Surely not, given how pure they are and all that.

  • orang

    "It appears Israel have lied (yet again)"

    But on queue Condi- The Piano Player was suitably "Outraged" at Hezbollah.

    As any well trained musician she's following the conductor.

  • Captain

    I wonder if any Jews in the ghettos or concentration camps ever lead out a oy, oy oy when they heard of German troops being killed.

    Pure filth.

  • Captain

    So adummbooo, perhaps you could explain this as well.

  • Comical_Ali

    I wonder if any Jews in the ghettos or concentration camps ever lead out a oy, oy oy when they heard of German troops being killed. Surely not, given how pure they are and all that.

    Antony, you manage to attract such lovely people to your blog.

    So Addamo, when are you going to join Condell to sign up to fight?

  • Addamo_01

    Pure filth.

    Get used to it Captain. That's what you see when you look in the mirror.

    Here you are not mentioning a word abotu 100 Palesitinians being murdered boy oh boy, Palestiains cheering the capture of 2 IDF soldiers, well, that;s just not cricket is it.

    Antony, you manage to attract such lovely people to your blog.

    Sure, Captain is a fine example is he not Comical? The two of you are absolute basket cases. Forget that 100 Palestinains have been killed by Israel this past week, the rela outrage is when Palestinians cheer the captrue of IDF soldiers.

    So Addamo, when are you going to join Condell to sign up to fight?

    Right, and where exactly have I ever supported war or violence in any way Comical? I guess that's why you call yourself Comical right? You gave up long ago being taken seriously.

    You are trying that old bait and swtich by the loks of it. Those who opposd vilence can onyl prove they are serious by signing up for the military.

    Pure gold.

  • Captain

    Addumbbo, your shrill justification of the terrorist cheer squad is shameful.

  • Addamo_01

    Addumbbo, your shrill justification of the terrorist cheer squad is shameful.

    On the other hand, your shrill justification for the State Sponsored Terrorism, mass murder, child killing, civilian targetting of Israel is a badge of honour right?

    Yes it is Captain. It's really about time I was a terrorist for the State Sponsored terror of Israel don't you think.

    Did you like the new pictures of teh fresh kills Israel have aced? Great sutff huh? Any idea where you can get high res versions to blow up to poster size?

  • Addamo_01

    Incidently Captain,

    Capturing enemy soldiers is not terroirism but a recginised form of military conduct. After all, Israel does it all the time. In fact they like it so much they have 9000 of them incarcertated indefinitely.

    Unless of course, you consider the IDF to be a terrorist organisation?

  • Captain

    you are an islamist freak

  • "you are an islamist freak"

    So, because one criticises Israel and its sponsor, the USA, one is an islamist freak?

    Russians, Chinese, Indians, South Africans, and those who live in western countries and oppose the Israeli military control of Palestine are all islamist freaks?

    I do think a bit of realism would help put a few issues into proper perspective, and it certainly is not helped by this sort of inane mud-slinging.

    The implication that Islamists are freaks is nothing short of racism at its most extreme.

  • Comical_Ali

    So who was David Hicks again? I have a short memory…

  • Comical_Ali

    In fact they like it so much they have 9000 of them incarcertated indefinitely.

    That’s 9,000 who were charged with murdering or being accomplices in the murder of innocent Israeli civilians. Hardly anything that would constitute a "kidnap" let alone a moral equivalence.

    And if your definition of a soldier is someone who tries to strap a bomb to their chest or organises such a bombing – fine. You are entitled to your opinion. But your opinion and international law (which includes the Geneva Convention) are entirley two different things.

  • Captain

    Mannie, I have not called you an Islamist freak, only adumbo. Its pretty much like the ATO's deeming rules: if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, its a duck.

    There is nothing racist in calling Islmaists freaks. They are fascists intolerant of all views and lifestyles other than their own. They have narcissistic goals of a homogeneous society living under the rule of Sharia law. I'd say that is pretty freakish.

    Mannie, despite having left south africa, you clearly have some unresolved issues. You see SA everywhere. You identify with the perceived victim. Its understandable because of what you went through, but your judgement is shocking. Perhaps you were marginalised because of your sexuality. But you have got it very wrong to be ending up supporting those who would sooner kill you than talk to you.

    I don't know when you last visited Israel, but despite the comments here Israel is a pluralistic society where all people lived harmoniously before the wedge politics of the intifada. I have many happy memories of my interaction with Israeli arabs, bedouins and others who profited at all levels from an open society. This has sadly changed.

    I am also curious about your apparent lack of empathy for the Jewish residents of Israel who spend days living in fear in bomb shelters. Every generation of Israelis has faced existential annihilation. When do Jews have the right to live in peace?

  • M.Mayes

    Captain, you really have to learn to differentiate between "support" and plain and simple the rational minded arguements.

    putting all bias aside completely Israeli's obviously do not want to be bombed hence why they are trying to get rid of hezbollah, but at the same time it is completely wrong of them to essentially wipe lebanon off the map in order to do it. Hezbollah has barely suffered because of this conflict but the same cannot be said for lebanon as a whole.

    The conflict is disproportionate to the extent that for every 100 lebanese (most of which arent hezbollah) 10 Israeli's die (half of which are IDF) and casualties aside, the entire of lebanon has suffered structurally and economically as opposed to Israel which has a few buildings that had a corner blown off.

  • orang

    From Captain

    "you are an islamist freak "

    and then the explanation,

    "There is nothing racist in calling Islmaists freaks. They are fascists intolerant of all views and lifestyles other than their own. They have narcissistic goals of a homogeneous society living under the rule of Sharia law. I’d say that is pretty freakish."

    Who the fuck are you? To say something like that and then;

    "I have many happy memories of my interaction with Israeli arabs, bedouins and others .."

    Wow what a liberal you are Captain. As long as they know their place, under the fatherly guidance of non Islamist, "liberal" Jewish rule, they are OK. Is that it? Once the tom toms start, and the dancing around the camp fire, then they are Islamist freaks.

    Where did you get this morality, from the English Raj?

  • Captain

    I said interaction, I didn't say I was in command. More often than not, I had a commercial and collegial relationships. There was nothing political about this. I don't know how you can draw any moral conclusions from this.

  • orang

    Oh , you had "relationships" with Arabs? You mean they are human?

    Fuck what a revelation.

  • Captain

    Revelation to you but not to me.

    Now orang, tell us your personal connection to the issue. Lets understand you a bit better.

  • orang

    You're creeping me out man.

    Oh well, I'm 12 years old, well I will be in a few months…

  • Captain

    its obvious you are Ant's alter ego. Unrestrained aggression. If not, please put us in the picture.

  • Comical_Ali

    well that explains everything.

  • Addamo_01

    Captain,

    Here's some egg for you to wipe off your face. You must be furious at Netanyahu and co for this:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,173-227…

    AS ISRAEL wages war against Hezbollah “terrorists” in Lebanon, Britain has protested about the celebration by right-wing Israelis of a Jewish “act of terrorism” against British rule 60 years ago this week.

    The rightwingers, including Binyamin Netanyahu, the former Prime Minister, are commemorating the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the headquarters of British rule, that killed 92 people and helped to drive the British from Palestine.

    Fabcy that? Isrealis wanting to commemorate a terrorist act? And not only that, these lunatics want to erecet a plaque in it's memory:

    They have erected a plaque outside the restored building, and are holding a two-day seminar with speeches and a tour of the hotel by one of the Jewish resistance fighters involved in the attack.

    Simon McDonald, the British Ambassador in Tel Aviv, and John Jenkins, the Consul-General in Jerusalem, have written to the municipality, stating: “We do not think that it is right for an act of terrorism, which led to the loss of many lives, to be commemorated.”

    Just imagine Captain, if the Palestinians were to erect a plaque to celebrate the death of an IDF officer who was killed by them? Or Imagine Hezbollad erecting a plaque in Southern Lebanon to celelbrate the victory over Israel in 1996?

  • Addamo_01

    Comical

    That’s 9,000 who were charged with murdering or being accomplices in the murder of innocent Israeli civilians. Hardly anything that would constitute a “kidnap” let alone a moral equivalence.

    Bullshit.

    Most of those are not even charged you moron. By Israel's own admission, 1000 are there for no reason but adminsitrative.

    But your opinion and international law (which includes the Geneva Convention) are entirley two different things.

    Fine. Get the US to send them F-16's and Apache helicopters and overnight they wil cease to be terrorists but heoric soldiers right? And don't be so stupid as to talkabout nternational law (which includes the Geneva Convention) becasue Israel the champion of flouting that – beginnign with targetting civilians.

  • orang

    Don't worry though, Professor Dershowitz, sorry Law Professor Dershowitz, of HARVARD UNIVERSITY, is doing his level best to change these laws because the Pure IDF has to bomb the civilians in order to get to Hezbollah. We realize this is exceptional – but ..heh heh. We are after all exceptional people – Boom, Boom!

  • Addamo_01

    And don't forget to add that Dersh bad has it from the guy upstairs that all those who cheer for Israel will have their own monogrammed pair of angel wings set aside for them.

  • Addamo_01

    I just had a read of Dersh Bag's column.

    So according to Dersh, if you don't leave when Israel tells you to, you're a terrorist and you're a legitimate military target. If you leave when Israel tells you to (and after Israel destroyed all the roads you needed to follow their orders) – you're a legitimate military target anyway because terrorists use those roads, too.

    Sounds like the old "throw her in the water – if she drowns, she's not a witch" standard of justice to me.

    The incredible thing here is that Desh doesn't realise what a can of worms he has opened.

    1. Note that if Dershowitz's argument was applied consistently, it would justify any act of terrorism against Israel. After all, every able-bodied adult in Israel is an IDF reserve member, are they not? Of course, Dershowitz won't do that. He has one set of rules for Israelis and another set for everyone else.

    2. Even worse though, is that his rationale is very similar to the rationales used by Al Qaeda to get around religious prohibitions against the killing of innocent civilians. In fact, Dershowitz just legitimaized Osama's attack on 9/11.

    3. From 1933 to 1939 the Nazis certainly gave clear warning to Jews to get out of Europe …… so Dershowitz's logic suggests that those who remained (for a short while) chose to be victims? Ditto for those American native people who did not clear off the continent fast enough? And for Armenians in Turkey in 1915? How about Jews and others who remain in Israel despite the clear warnings of Hezbollah that it intends to destroy Israel?

    Oh, I forgot the 'Israelis don't count' corollary to everything Dershowitz says.

    Dershowitz has lost both his mind and his soul.

  • M.Mayes

    Interesting fact Addamo, it should not be forgotten that the Zionists were once Terrorists and if they hadnt realised their power for lobby they no doubt still would be.

  • Ian

    Yep, its shouldn't be forgotten.

    In 1920 Mario Buda invented the car/truck bomb. Or he would have had he owned either a car or truck. But all he had was a horse drawn wagon, so I guess he only invented the horse drawn wagon bomb. And he nearly blew up JP Morgan, the intended target, except that unknown to Buda, JP wasn't in New York, but in Scotland shooting pheasants, or was it peasants?

    Now Buda's idea for influencing people didn't take off and seemed destined to be forgotten even by history if it hadn't been for the 'freedom fighters' known to us as the Stern Gang. They dusted off old Buda's idea, replaced the cart with a truck, filled it with something stronger than a few sticks of dynamite and a pinch of gunpowder and on January 12, 1947 parked said truck outside a British police station in Haifa, Palestine and activated the timer. The explosion killed 4, wounded another 150. After that the 'brave' Zionist 'freedom fighters' turned car/truck bombs into an art form. Not content with blowing up the British they soon turned their 'freedom' weapon on passing Palestinian civilians too.

  • M.Mayes

    mmm indeed, not so fun when its happening to them though now is it.

  • "Every generation of Israelis has faced existential annihilation. When do Jews have the right to live in peace? "

    Most Israelis are Jewish, but 50% of world Jewry is not Israeli. Do they live in peace? Most of them outside Israel do, depending on which country they live in.

    Those Jews who are Israeli again mostly, support their government's actions with the Gaza and Lebanese invasions. I have a cousin who lives in Haifa, and he supports what his government is doing.

    "Mannie, despite having left south africa, you clearly have some unresolved issues. You see SA everywhere. You identify with the perceived victim. Its understandable because of what you went through, but your judgement is shocking. Perhaps you were marginalised because of your sexuality. But you have got it very wrong to be ending up supporting those who would sooner kill you than talk to you.

    I don’t know when you last visited Israel, but despite the comments here Israel is a pluralistic society where all people lived harmoniously before the wedge politics of the intifada."

    I was not marginalised in South Africa because of my sexuality. At that stage I was a heterosexually married man with a wife and three children. The gay life came in Australia after separation and divorce. Of course I see South Africa everywhere. I lived there for 51 years and see their racism in Australian society against the aboriginal population. I see their anti-semitism as I did in South Africa – not very different here. I see their rabid zionism here as I did in South Africa where one of my closest relatives was President of the South African Zionist federation. Intolerance and bigotry everywhere! This zionist relative was in Israel when I was there in 1951 and said: "Look, even the people who sweep the streets and polish your shoes are Jewish." Not true of course, but I was young and innocent. And I had an incident in Tel Aviv when the group I was with had left for Jerusalem without me and I had to get there from Tel Aviv on a Friday evening, and the taxi driver, who spoke Hebrew and a little English offered to take me for a certain amount, and he was taking a young Israeli in the taxi as well, and my hebrew was schoolboy level, and they bargained about my payment, the taxi driver intending to overcharge me, but the young Israeli wasn't having any and made him charge me less than he had wnated to -good old Jewish know-how!

    My judgement impaired? You seem to think that I don't know that Iran, Iraq, Saudi and the other middle east countries kill homosexuals? Are you aware that there are gay and lesbian people from arab countries in Australia who are not "out" to their families because they would be in fear of their lives, but there are gay and lesbian muslim groups in all the big cities in Australia.

    Antony's blog was about the future of Palestine, and that remains the main issue still. Israel occupies most of Palestine and intends to occupy the rest. What do you think is going on with the expansion of the settlements in the West Bank? What do you think the apartheid wall is all about? It is to steal more land and protect the settlers.

    When will it all be resolved? When the US stops supporting Israel with every means at its disposal. Rice's visit to talk about calming things down? As Eliza Doolittle said, "NOT BLOODLY LIKELY!" As she set out for her visit, Bush was arranging to send further missiles to Israel, so that "they can defend themselves!"

    50% of Jews live outside Israel. If they are worried that Israel is in danger, why aren't they there supporting Israel and fighting for them? Because it is more comfortable in Australia, USA, UK, Canada, France where they are safe! No bombs like in Gaza and Lebanon likely to fall on them!