By Jafar M. Ramini
It took the Zionists with all their money, political power and influence around the world over a century to steal Palestine from us, the legal owners. They used every trick and every guile in the book to convince the world that they were the only victims and they deserved all the compassion and support the world could offer them.
Those Zionists, in pursuit of their dream of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, were not bashful or even humane. They went about it with tenacity and they prepared for it well in advance. They financed their project from enthusiastic Jewish donors and by blackmailing and cajoling others.
They used the Bible. They used a very well oiled and financed propaganda machine and they used, and still use, state-of-the-art machinery of war to expand and consolidate their hold on our homeland.
Every Israeli leader, from Ben-Gurion to Benjamin Netanyahu, through, Golda Meir, Begin and Sharon had one goal and one target in mind. That target has never changed, it is to expel all Palestinians and replace them with Jewish migrants from around the globe. They waged war, after war, after war while proclaiming self defence and the world, especially the western world and in particular the United States of America stood by them and approved every despicable crime of genocide they perpetrated on us, the Palestinians.
This example of complicity was glaringly obvious during the last genocidal attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014, which left over 2200, mostly civilians, dead; over 100,000 wounded and traumatized and left Gaza in total ruin.
The Israelis could not have done this on their own and got away with it. They have willing partners and supporters from various western countries and they have enthusiastic collaborators from the neighbouring Arab states, who were and still are more than happy to sacrifice Palestine at the alter of their selfish tribal interests and safety.
We only have to look at the stance of the Egyptian government and its belligerent behaviour towards Gaza to see the picture clearly.
And where are the Palestinians in all of this? Either languishing in sub human conditions in refugee camps dotted around Jordan, Syria and Lebanon or living in Israel as unwanted guests in their own homeland and treated with suspicion, derision and racism. The rest are enduring the harshest and longest military occupation known to man and around 2 million of them are living in the most condensed open-air prison on earth, called Gaza. They are besieged from land, sea and air and they are at the point of suffocation. As one Gazan once told me, “ the Israelis and the Egyptians have put us in a cage, locked the door and thrown away the key in the sea.”
The rest of us Palestinians are scattered around the globe trying to eke a living and build a future for ourselves and our immediate families.
Why am I saying all this now? Because we have just witnessed the most appalling, racist, xenophobic and utterly cruel display of rhetoric emanating from most Israeli politicians during the latest elections in Israel last week. The incumbent Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, on the eve of the election vowed that there would never be an independent Palestinian state if he were re-elected. In fact he added belligerently, he intends to go on building more settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. His excuse was that anyone who thinks creating a Palestinian state is a good idea is inviting extremist Islam into Israel. As if to emphasise his racist, supremacist credentials, a must for any Israeli Prime Minister, he went on to say in a Face book post about the Arab Israelis:
“The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are bussing them out.”
Imagine for a moment if a Palestinian leader said something even remotely similar about the Israelis or the Jews and imagine what the ‘mainstream’ media would make of it. Cries of ‘anti-Semitism and remember the holocaust’ would ring from one side of the globe to the other.
Which brings me to today. It’s Sunday and the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will be meeting the various leaders of Israeli parties to decide which one of them will be clever enough to put a coalition of the willing parties together and form the new government.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the new coalition will include all the right wing and extreme religious and settlers’ parties with Netanyahu at the helm.
This disavowal of the two-state solution and the endemic racism does not sit easily with Washington and the Obama Administration.
“I did indicate to him,” Mr. Obama told The Huffington Post in a recent interview, “ that we continue to believe that a two-state solution is the only way for the long term security of Israel, if it wants to stay both a Jewish State and democratic and I indicated to him, that given his statements prior to the election it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible.”
Mr. Obama has also spoken of Washington’s need to “reevaluate its relationship with Israel”.
Mr. Abbas, if Mr. Obama, the President of the United States of America, the sponsors of the ‘fraudulent’ peace process is saying that he has to reevaluate his relationship with Israel why can’t you?
Perhaps it is about time both the PLO and the Palestinian Authority spent less times in meetings formulating committees and listen to Mr. Bassem Salhi, the Secretary General of the PPP, the Palestinian People’s Party who said: “The PLO and the PA needs to reevaluate all its commitments towards Israel and to start implementing the resolutions of the Palestinian Central Council in this regard. Especially by bringing war crimes charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama, while continuing to keep to script regarding Israel being a democratic and Jewish state is exasperated by Netanyahu’s rhetoric.
“We take him at his word”, said Mr. Obama, “ when he said that it (A two-state solution) wouldn’t happen during his prime ministership, and so that’s why we’ve got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region.”
Mr. President, may I suggest a viable option, sir?
Please stop supplying Israel with money, arms and political and diplomatic cover. Then maybe we the Palestinians and the entire world community may start to think that Washington is not after all is an Israeli occupied territory.
“If you want to know who rules over you find out who you are not allowed to criticise.” Voltaire.
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He was born in Jenin, northern Palestine, was educated in England and spent the early years of his working life in the Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. He has traveled far and wide, searching for the answer to a question that still eludes him.
Why does the United States of America support the Zionist line in such a blind folded way while ignoring the legitimate rights of the indigenous Palestinian people? Particularly as the Palestinian people harbour no ill feelings towards America and its people nor has ever caused them any harm. It is, Jafar says, a conundrum.
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