Sunday 20 July 2014

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

The other night Channel 4's Jon Snow interviewed Israeli Government spokesman Mark Regev. The interview went on for nearly nine minutes, but I have to admit I didn't last beyond three. There's just something so disgusting about the sight and sound of a grown man justifying the murder of children on a beach, that I just couldn't stomach it any longer than that.¹ Neither can I bring myself to watch it again, so I can't quote the aforementioned spokesman accurately, but essentially his claim was that this incident was of course an accident and Israeli forces never knowingly target civilians, certainly not children. How one of the worlds most advanced militaries managed to miss-identify four children as Hamas militants with enough certainty to open fire on them is a question I'm sure we'll be waiting a long time to get an answer for. But the axiom remains, Israel does not fire upon children.
If this is true then it's certainly an improvement on Israel's historical practices. Beyond being indifferent to the murder of children, historically it has been a policy Zionists have actively pursued as a tactic to rid Palestine of those pesky Palestinians. Let's turn to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, with a passage from his book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. -

On 9 April 1948, Jewish forces occupied the village of Deir Yassin. It lay on a hill west of Jerusalem, eight hundred metres above sea level and close to the Jewish neighbourhood of Givat Shaul. The old village school serves today as a mental hospital for the western Jewish neighbourhood that expanded over the destroyed village.
As they burst into the village, the Jewish soldiers sprayed the houses with machine-gun fire, killing many of the inhabitants. The remaining villagers were then gathered in one place and murdered in cold blood, their bodies abused while a number of the women were raped and then killed.
Fahim Zaydan, who was twelve years old at the time, recalled how he saw his family murdered in front of his eyes:
'They took us out one after the other; shot an old man and when one of his daughters cried, she was shot too. Then they called my brother Muhammad, and shot him in front us, and when my mother yelled, bending over him — carrying my little sister Hudra in her hands, still breastfeeding her — they shot her too.'
Zaydan himself was shot, too, while standing in a row of children the Jewish soldiers had lined up against a wall, which they had then sprayed with bullets, just for the fun of it', before they left. He was lucky to survive his wounds.
Recent research has brought down the accepted number of people massacred at Deir Yassin from 170 to ninety-three. Of course, apart from the victims of the massacre itself, dozens of others were killed in the fighting, and hence were not included in the official list of victims. However, as the Jewish forces regarded any Palestinian village as an enemy military base, the distinction between massacring people and killing them 'in battle' was slight. One only has to be told that thirty babies were among the slaughtered in Deir Yassin to understand why the whole `quantitative' exercise — which the Israelis repeated as recently as April 2002 in the massacre in Jenin — is insignificant. At the time, the Jewish leadership proudly announced a high number of victims so as to make Deir Yassin the epicentre of the catastrophe - a warning to all Palestinians that a similar fate awaited them if they refused to abandon their homes and take flight.”

Call me cynical but I don't believe anything has really changed, this current assault on Gaza is just the continuation of Plan Dalet, the Zionist effort to ethnically cleanse Palestine. Whilst they tell the outside world that every effort is made to avoid civilian casualties, it's made abundantly clear to the people of Gaza that this is not the case. Again, as if they want them to know their real intentions.
It's a human trait that we tend to impose our own set of inner values on other people, we tend to assume that others think and feel and value life the way we do. I know I do, I'm constantly taken in by the pretences of government spokespeople acting out scenes of compassion. World events make it abundantly clear that this is not the case, there are those who place no value on human life and will have no problem lying to your face to cover this fact. Psychopaths can learn very well how to imitate emotions they're not actually feeling. Looking at what they're doing instead of listening to what they're saying is revealing. Then ask yourself this, could you sit on Channel 4 news and justify the murder of four children playing on a beach?

1. If you think you can fair any better then the interview is here -

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