My views on the world including Israel have changed considerably from the time I wrote this article. This article will remain as it is just for the record. I may revise it in the future. Do not be a$$hole and post it on other sites. Thank you.
By the way, I am not a Muslim or a Christian. I am an Indian. I cannot be biased against either party in the conflict.
Based on the Old Testament, the Israelite kingdom# was supposed to have reached its greatest extent under David and Solomon, who are dated at 1004-928 B.C.E. After the death of Solomon, the kingdom was divided into two – Israel in the North and Judah in the south. Archeological evidence and recorded history show that the area where these two regions were supposed to be was occupied by several people including the Assyrians,* Babylonians,†, Medes‡ and Persians¤ during different periods in time. At one time, it was even occupied by the Greeks under Alexander the Great. Romans occupied Judea in 63 B.C.E. Continuous written records kept by the Romans are available from this period.
Jewish homelessness started with the Jewish revolt against the Roman empire in the first century. In the year 39 C.E., the Roman emperor Caligula ordered that his statue be set up inside Solomon’s Temple (Beit ha-Midkash) in Jerusalem. Caligula may have done this in order to establish his authority in Jewish lands or perhaps even to humiliate the Jews.
Even going by Roman records, Caligula was indeed a strange character. But treating monarchs on par with gods was a common feature in those times. Caligula was different because he ordered his deification during his lifetime. Apart from this, Romans procurators collected heavy taxes in Jewish areas. All this fuelled the rise of Zealots, a virulent group of anti-Roman rebels. Before he could do any more damage to Jews, Caligula became a victim of an assasination.
In the year 66, the Roman procurator Florus looted the Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. Enraged Jews wrought revenge on a small Roman garrison that was then stationed in Jerusalem. Cestius Gallus, the Roman ruler in Syria, sent in a larger force of soldiers. Even they were routed by the Jewish insurgents. After these victories, the ranks of Zealots began to grow and the idea of defeating the Romans grew stronger. This was a mistake because the Romans returned with a force of 60,000 and overran the Jewish stronghold of Galilee. Over one lakh Jews were killed or sold into slavery.
In the other Jewish stronghold of Jerusalem, the leadership was aware of the futility of the revolt and did not bother to join Zealots in Galilee. Embittered refugees from Galilee escaped to Jerusalem and were locked in a suicidal civil war. By 68 CE, most moderate Jewish leaders were dead. Meanwhile, Romans had laid seige to the city. In the summer of 70, the Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem, and initiated an orgy of violence and destruction. It is estimated that one million Jews died in the revolt. Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai, who opposed the revolt, arranged for his disciples to carry him outside the city disguised as a corpse. He then surrendered to the Roman general Titus Flavius Vespasianus, who granted him concessions that allowed Jewish communal life to continue. With the exception of this sect, Jews were totally wiped out. (The only other Jewish sect to survive the revolt were the Christians. Most Jews living today are descendants of certain converts from Central Asia. They are called Ashkenazi Jews. Ashkenazi Jews are not related to Jews from Palestine. There are however some Jews who can indeed
trace their origin to Palestine. They are called Sephardic Jews. Sephardic
Jews are a minority and are often subject to racial prejudice by
There would be one more major revolt against the Romans – the The
Bar-Kokhba Revolt (132-135 C.E.) In the words of Roman historian Dio
In the beginning, the Romans were not worried about the insurgents. But
little by little, the disturbances spread to all of Judea. The Jews rose in
rebellion throughout the country, inflicting increasingly heavy losses on
the Romans, sometimes resorting to ruse, sometimes to all out war. People
from other nations, attracted by the pillage, threatened to join them. The
entire world was seething. Finally, Hadrian dispatched his greatest generals
to fight them. The most famous was Julius Severus, the governor of Brittany.
Initially, the latter did not risk openly attacking the insurgents because
of their great numbers and the intensity of their desperation. Instead, he
preferred to undertake isolating them, forcing them to withdraw to their
strongholds and cutting off their provisions. Thus, he succeeded, slowly
but surely, to weaken and destroy them. Few Jews survived. Julius Severus
seized about fifty of their best fortresses; 985 of their most important
villages were reduced to ruins; 580,000 men died in ambushes and in battles.
The numbers of those that died of starvation, that were victims of epidemics
or that were burned to death cannot be determined. Almost all of Judea was
After the revolt, Jews were sold into slavery and many were transported
to Egypt. Judean settlements were not rebuilt. Jerusalem was turned into a
Roman city called Aelia Capitolina and the Jews were forbidden to live
there. Jews then went under the Byzantine empire and Christianity spread.
Over time, Jews migrated out of Palestine and Arabs settled in large
numbers. Thus, Jews ended up in large numbers all across Europe including
In 638, Muslim Khalifa Omar ibn al-Khattab brought an end to the
Christian Byzantine occupation and occupied Jerusalem. Prior to this,
Prophet Muhammad conducted his spiritual journey to al-Aqsa Mosque in
Jerusalem. Since Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed had his great vision of
ascension to heaven from the third shrine in Islam (al-Aqsa), all Arab and
Muslim rulers gave the city a prominence. From 638 onwards, Palestine was
ruled by Muslims. Between 1099 and 1187 C.E., the Crusaders occupied
Jerusalem and had established the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The
Crusaders were attacked and defeated by Saladin in 1187 and the city
retained its Muslim facade. In December 12, 1516, the Ottomans entered
Jerusalem. Palestine remained under the Muslim Ottoman rule up to the
end of WW-I. Many Arab kingdoms had flourished in the region before Christ.
Palestine practically had no Jews until 1878. That year, a Jewish settlement
was established inside Palestine under the guise of an agricultural
# – The Aegeans (who lived in the regions around the
Aegean sea, including Crete, the Cyclades, the Greek mainland south from
Thessaly, including the Peloponnese, and Macedonia, Thrace, and western
Anatolia) flourished between circa 7000-1000 B.C.E. From c. 7000-3000
B.C.E., they were part of the Neolithic Age. From circa 3000-1000 B.C.E.,
they were part of the Bronze Age. The Philistines, whom the Biblical books
say had originally settled in Palestine, were Aegeans. They lived in five
cities that together made up Philistia, from which the Greeks derived the
name Palestine. The Philistines fought with the Israelites in the 11th
century B.C.E. and were defeated by the Israelite king David in the 10th
century B.C.E. Philistines and the Isrealites would later come under
Assyria, Egypt, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Before the Philistines,
Palestine is referred as Canaan. Canaanites were invaded by the Philistines
who were in turn defeated by the Israelites. The Philistines left no records
and much of the information about their supposed existence in Palestine are
from the coloured accounts of the Old Testament. The old testament cannot be
taken as an historical document, as it is claimed to be inspired by God.
Jewish authors of the Old Testament had an inflated sense of their own
origins and embellished their work so much it was ceased to be of any
historical value. Archeological and other forms of evidence for Jewish
origins in Palestine point to a much later time and it certainly does not
compare in scale or glory of other civilizations that actually existed in
the area during the times mentioned in the Old Testament.
* – Assyrians were people from the ancient empire of
Assyria. The Assyrian kingdom began in a small region around
Ashur (northern Iraq) in 3rd millenia B.C.E. to span an
area stretching from Palestine and Anatolia (Turkey). Assyrians overran
Palestine and reached the Mediterranean Sea under Ashurnasirpal II
(883-859 BC). The Neo-Assyrian empire (circa 746-609 B.C.E.) occupied
much of the Middle East. After the Assyrian conquest of Jewish kingdom of
Israel, its population was absorbed by other peoples and the descendants
of the people of the Jewish kingdom of Judah were the only ones who were
still distinctly Jewish (Judah and Benjamin clans, the two of the original
12 tribes of Israel) and were then came to be known as Israelites. Before
the conquest, the ten tribes (the lost tribes of Israel)
constituting the Jewish kingdom of Israel was known as Israelites. Thus,
most of the descendants of the original Jews are now living as Muslims.
† – Babylonians were from the ancient region set
around the Euphrates and Tigris river systems. Babylonian king
Nebuchadrezzar II (605-562 B.C.E) occupied Palestine. Judah was destroyed
by the Babylonian invasion but was revived as the kingdom of Judea. Judea
went under firm Roman rule in 37 B.C.E under King Herod, a practicing Jew
of Arab descent.
‡ – Medes were from the kingdom of Media (in
ancient Iran or Persia), which was formed in 7th century B.C.E.
¤ – The Persian empire is originally dated from 6th
Zionist Colonization Of Palestine
For the sake of an argument, let us suppose Americans, who number
around 300 million, decide to go back to their mother country Britain,
whose population is 60 million, and decide to form their own country
there. Preposterous? Not quite. Jews of Israel have done just that in
Palestine. What makes this even more appalling is the fact that ancestors
of Americans left Europe only a few centuries ago while Jews had left
Palestine nearly 2000 years ago.
Successive emigration of Jews out of the Middle East wiped out the
entire population of Jews inside Palestine. After almost 2000 years, Jews
decided to claim their ancient homeland and they managed get away with it.
Like most people, I was under the impression that Jews have been living
in Israel for centuries and that they were being threatened by their
Muslim neighbours. Now, I realize that my sympathies were entirely
misplaced. What is even more galling is the fact that the Zionist movement
was almost entirely driven by Ashkenazi Jews, who had no links to
Palestine. If Sephardic Jews wanted to go to Palestine, there would
have been at the least some sympathy. Ashkenazi Jews and their demands
simply had no legitimacy.
Between 1870 and 1890, the Russian Zionist† group
Hovevei Zion and Bilu set up a series of Jewish settlements inside
Palestine. The Zionist movement recruited Jews to emigrate to Palestine
as they were facing religious persecution elsewhere.‡
The movement was financially aided by rich Jews abroad such as the French
Baron Edmond James de Rothschild. At that time, the world Jewish population
stood at nearly 8 million, most of them scattered around Europe. Uganda,
Argentina, Cyprus and the Congo were suggested by Zionist leaders as
possible sites for a Jewish state but they were rejected. Palestine was
chosen to be the subject of Jewish colonization. Apparently, it had not
surpise anyone that Jews “escaping persecution” could emigrate to a foreign
country with a stated objective of colonizing it!.
At the start of the 20th century, 25,000 Jews had already immigrated to
Palestine. The Jewish National Fund was founded to buy land in Palestine
for Zionists. Jews escaping persecution in Europe started pouring into
Palestine. The progressive wing in the Zionist movement favored a
Palestinian state for Jews and Arabs. The right-wing favored a homeland
for Jews only. Terrorism marginalized the progressives.
At that time, Palestine was under the Ottoman Turk empire. The Turks
got defeated in the First World War. The Arabs had helped the Allies to
defeat the Ottomans because they had been promised that Palestine and
other Arab territories under Ottoman occupation would be freed
immediately upon the end of the War. But the British refused to let go
off Palestine after the War. One reason for this was to help Jewish
migration into Palestine. In 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Lord
Balfour sent a letter to Baron Rothschild which later became known as
The Balfour declaration. He stated that Britain would use its
best endeavors to facilitate the establishment in Palestine of a
national home for the Jewish people. (The Rothschild gang’s interest
in Palestine seems to have been motivated by the discovery of oil rather
than any sympathy for the Jewish people. Rothschilds wanted a beachhead
in the Middle East and a Jewish homeland in Palestine would deliver that.
German interest in Middle East oil was the main reason for World War II
and the illegal establishment of Israel. The Rothschild gang today
controls Iran. Iran can nuke Israel any time it wants to. Israel
knows this and this is why Israel threatens Iran and goes to great
lengths to make the US rally with it against Iran.)
The then population of Palestine was 700,000 of which 574,000 were
Muslims, 74,000 were Christian, and 56,000 were Jews. In an interview
to the American Jewish Judge Brandeis, Lord Balfour admitted that
Britain was aiming for an eventual Jewish majority in Palestine.
In 1920, the San Remo Conference granted Britain a mandate over
Palestine and two years later Palestine was effectively under British
administration,and Sir Herbert Samuel, a declared Zionist, was sent as
Britain’s first High Commissioner to Palestine. Britain then submitted the Palestinian problem to the League of Nations.* In 1922, the League of Nations, which was the precursor of United Nations and was dominated by Britain and France, allowed the establishment for the Jewish people a homeland in Palestine. In Palestine, money from American Jews started pouring in and land was being purchased from Arabs at an alarming rate. Arabs, who lived by subsistence farming, found the cash difficult to resist but discontent for the new usurpers was building. In 1931, the British persuaded the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to step down in favour of Haj Amin (Muhammed Amin al-Husseini). Amin would later travel to Germany to support Nazi moves against Jews and provided the Zionists with a posterchild for the brand-new “Arab prejudice.”
With the outbreak of the second World War, British government published a
white paper restricting Jewish immigration and offering independence for
Palestine within ten years. This charade was enacted to win Arab support
for the Allies. However, the limit was way beyond the God-fosaken land could
handle. Immigration was set at 10,000 plus a bonus 25,000 refugees.
Zionists were outraged. They organized terrorist groups and launched a
bloody campaign against the British and the Palestinians. The aim was to
drive them both out of Palestine and to pave the way for the establishment
of the Zionist state. Meanwhile, American Zionists ensured that the United
States closed its borders to battered Jews wanting to leave Europe. The
only exit available for Jews living in Axis-occupied countries was
Palestine. Interestingly, some top Nazi officials visited Palestine at the
invitation of the Zionists.¤
Hostilities against the war-weary British grew. Terrorists led by future
Prime Minister Menachim Begin blew up the hotel where British high command
was located. Two British soldiers were picked randomly up and hanged in
retaliation of the execution of three Jews who attacked a prison. British
mothers and wives had had enough of their men killed by the Axis powers and
they were not very interested to spare any for the Palestinians. The
fledgling UN, which was vulnerable to the whims of the victorious allies,
made the recommendation for a three-way partition of Palestine into a
Jewish State, an Arab State and a small internationally administered zone
including the religiously significant towns Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The
Arab leadership opposed the plan, arguing that it violated the rights of
the majority of the people in Palestine, which at the time was 67%
non-Jewish (1,237,000) and 33% Jewish (608,000). Jews were offered 55%
percent of the land when they owned only 7% of it.
In April 1948, Zionist terrorists attacked the Jerusalem suburb of Deir
Yassin and systematically murdered 254 Palestinian men, women and children.
A mass exodus began, with more than 750,000 Palestinians fleeing to
neighboring countries. On Friday 14th May 1948, British mandate on Palestine
ended and Zionist leaders declared the establishment of the State of Israel.
It was immediately recognized by the US and Russia. Five Arab armies from
Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq then attacked Israel. During their
mandate, the British accumulated a huge cache of weapons inside Palestine.
When they quit, the British left behind the weapons, which the Jews (not
the Arabs) gratefully took charge of. Also, rich Jews living abroad had
armed Israelis with very sophisticated weapons. It was no wonder that the
Jewish “refugees” quickly routed the combined forces of the Arab armies and
occupied almost 80 percent of the country. A ceasefire was agreed but
Israel, the nation of “refugees who escaped persecution,” forced 1 million
Palestinians to leave their country. The West Bank was put under Jordanian
control and the Gaza Strip under Egyptian control.
In 1967, the Six-Day War broke out. It ended with Israel occupying the
Golan Heights; the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Old City; the
Gaza Strip; and the Sinai. Israel also pushed Jordanian forces out of the
West Bank and East Jerusalem. The conflict displaced another 500,000
Palestinians who fled to Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched an offensive against Israel on Yom
Kippur, the Jewish holy day of atonement, in hopes of regaining territory
lost in 1967. The Yom Kippur War lasted 18 days. Soon after the war,
Saudi Arabia led a petroleum embargo against states that supported Israel.
The embargo caused a steep rise in petrol prices and fuel shortages across
the world and lasted till March 1974.
In 1950, Israel granted citizenship to any Jew requesting it. Millions
of Jews have emigrated to Israel from far away places including India.
Today, the population of Israel is over 6 million. Israel completely
occupies about half of the territory originally allocated to the Arab
Palestinian state and exercises “considerable control” over the remainder,
according to the CIA World Factbook. The Factbook also says there are
187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, about 20,000 in the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and fewer than 177,000 in East
* – The League of Nations was a Britain-France setup. Its
main purpose was to legitimize the imperial ambitions of these countries.
The League however did not include the United States. It did not really
matter because in those days the US was happy playing the stooge for
Britain. Today, the situation is somewhat reversed. The main purpose of
the UN is to give legitimacy to foreign policy actions of the American
† – Zionism was a movement that tried to establish
a Jewish state in Palestine. Now, its job is to protect the state.
‡ – Jews do not subscribe to the Christian belief
that Jesus Christ was a messiah of God or that he was a “King of Jews.”
As a result, very few Jews converted to Christianity. Christianity took
off mainly among pagans living in the Roman empire thanks to
state-sanctioned terrorism and persecution (after Emperor Constanine’s
alleged conversion and bias against older Roman “pagan” religion) and
gradually spread across Europe. And, there was the belief that it was
Jews who conspired with Romans to get Jesus killed. Hence, Jews were
subject to religious persecution throughout the Middle Ages
Their hard work and persistence brought them success but it also brought
them unwelcome attention. Jews somehow found a way to flourish.
They exploited opportunities where others had found none.
Because the Catholic Church had banned usury for Christians, Jews ended
up in large numbers as moneylenders. Hence, they were seen as
“bloodsuckers” and noted for their “heartlessness.” In business, they
formed monopolies and cartels to keep outsiders stay out. The reason was
that they were difficult to bargain with and only other Jews knew how
deal with them. But, very few saw it that way. Jews were regularly
threatened with extinction. Being anti-Jewish, in thought and deed,
became politically correct. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the campaign
against Jews resulted in forced segregation throughout Europe. Jews had to
live in ghettos, residential areas set apart from the rest of the society.
Ghettos had high walls around them and with gates that were kept locked at
night and during Christian festivals. Because horizontal expansion was not
possible, ghettos grew vertically and were plagued by living hazards,
overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. During riots, Jews were surrounded
in all directions. Jews were also prevented from pursuing certain trades.
Limits were placed on the population inside a ghetto as also the number of
marriages allowed in a year. In the 16th century, Pope Paul IV established
the Jewish ghetto in Rome and required all Jews to wear an yellow badge
for easy identification. Martin Luther (the founder of the Protestant
religion) was also a Jew-baiter. Anti-Jewish themes either smouldered
or raged in Europe. It went out of favour only after Hitler brought it
to intolerable notoreity around the time of World War II. Evil Jewish
stereotypes can be found in such works as Merchant of Venice and
¤ – Paul Brenner has put forward a few documents
as evidence of Zionist-Nazi collaboration in his book
Documents. Among other things, the book mentions that after the
anti-Jewish race laws were enacted in 1935, only two flags were permitted
to be displayed in all of Nazi Germany. One was the Swaztika. The other
was the blue-and-white banner of Zionism. Reason? The author says both
the Nazi and Zionists had a common interest – Jewish emigration.
Some historians have expressed doubts about whether the
Jewish Holocaust was a result of deliberate killing. Some others have
asked for the evidence to be re-examined in a more objective manner.
Many of these doubters call themselves as “historical revisionists.”
Jewish/Zionist organisations considers this as “Holocaust Denial.” (In
fact, Zionists are extremely intolerant of even using the word “holocaust”
for any other purpose. This, in their opinion, demeans the memory of THE
Holocaust.) Historical revionists are of the opionion that large numbers
of Jews interned in concentration camps died out starvation during the
fag end of the war, when Nazis were in retreat on all fronts and German
cities were being bombed to dust by the Allies (See
Bombing). While Jewish/Zionist organisations claim that Jews died
inside gas chambers, historical revisionists claim that the massive gas
chambers were merely used to disinfect the millions of Jews in
concentration camps from diseases spread by physical contact. (Gas
chambers and fumigation rooms still continue to be used in jails
throughout the developed world.) They also claim that a technical
assessment of the gas chambers do not support the theory of mass
murder. Besides the alleged mass murder of millions of Jewish people
have only been supported by testimonies lasting less than an hour and
the truthfulness of these testimonies are not entirely above suspicion.
According to Israeli law, anyone who is a Jew enjoys the right of
“return” or the right of abode in Israel. Citizens of Israel today are
Jews who had migrated mainly from Europe, Africa, and the United States.
Even India has sent Jews to Israel. There is a small Jewish enclave in
Cochin (Kerala). Most of the Jews have emigrated to Israel. There are
some groups in Manipur and Mizoram who claim to be one of the lost tribes
of Israel and are keen on emigrating to Israel.
According to the Jewish Bible, Moses¤ led Jews from
Egypt to a promised land called Israel. Hence, Jews believe that
Israel is their homeland. But Jews emigrated from Palestine to live in in
Europe, Africa, and other parts of the world. Jews have been absent from
Palestine between 125 C.E. and the end of the 19th century. And, Palestine
was never entirely theirs and people belonging to other Semitic groups
such as Arabs, Akkadians, and even Ethiopians have lived there. It has
been occupied by almost every major power in the Middle East through the
ages. Before Jews left, it was occuppied by the Assyrians, Persians, and
Romans. After they left, it was under the Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders
and the Ottomans. Arabs have been in Palestine longer than Jews.
Despite many trials and tribulations in their new lands, Jews became
an affluent minority in whichever country they lived. They were seen as
exploiting the natives and accumulating ill-gotten wealth. Mark
[A Jewish beggar was an impossibility]… whenever a Jew has
real need to beg, his people save him from the necessity of doing it…
[The Jew had] a reputation for various small forms of cheating, and for
practising oppressive usury, and for burning himself out to get the
insurance, and for arranging cunning contracts which leave him an exit
but lock the other man in, and for smart evasions which find him safe and
comfortable just within the strict letter of the law, when court and jury
know very well that he has violated the spirit of it… [In Russia] the
Christian peasant and villager stood no chance against his commercial
abilities. He was always ready to lend money on a crop, and sell vodka
and other necessaries of life on credit while the crop was growing. When
settlement day came he owned the crop; and next year or year after he
owned the farm…
It became natural that others resented this and religious prejudices
came in handy. Pogroms in Europe decimated large populations of jews and
many others lived precariously.
But, why did they choose to return to Palestine? The only claim that
Israelis have on Palestine is that they are Jews. Going by that logic,
even Christians can claim Palestine because Jesus Christ styled himself
as the King of Jews. Americans can claim Europe and they left
that continent only a few hundred years ago, not the thousands of years
that Jews have been away. And is Palestine big enough to accomodate all
the Jews in the world? What about the future when there will be even
more Jews? Are they all going to be crammed up in that small piece of
Of course, not. Over the years, Israel has expanded its boundaries and
had built Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian lands. To pave for
this, the Israeli military has bulldozed or demolished hundreds of
thousands of Palestinian houses. Another big problem of Israeli occupation
is the fight over water resources. Water demand in Israel is far higher
than supply. So, Jews have systematically diverted water from Palestinian
lands. Many Jews have squatted on fertile agricultrual lands of the
remaining Palestinians. Israel has also banned Palestinians from sinking
new wells in the lands whatever land they continue to hold. Jews continue
to build and live in luxurious homes and apartments right next to
Palestinians who live in miserable conditions. Everyday Palestinians are
harrassed at checkpoints. Tank shelling and aerial strafing are daily
occurences. While Jews all over the world lose make a big fuss about
Holocaust, Israelis have no problem maintaining torture chambers and
prison gulags where thousands of Palestians suffer untold indignities to
their bodies and minds.
Thus Israel has denied the rights of a nation whose citizens had lived
there for centuries. Yet, Jews living in far away places had been given a
right to stay. Worse, immigration of Jews from other countries goes on
unabated. It was no wonder that in 1975 the United Nations General Assembly
adopted a resolution* which equated Zionism with racism and
racial discrimination. The Non-Aligned Movement declared Zionism as a
threat to world peace and security and called upon all countries to oppose
this racist and imperalist ideology.
One of the biggest sponsors of Israel’s xenophobic policy is the United
States. According to the
Report on Middle East Affairs:
Total U.S. aid to Israel is approximately one-third of the American
foreign-aid budget, even though Israel comprises just .001 percent of the
world’s population and already has one of the world’s higher per capita
incomes. Indeed, Israel’s GNP is higher than the combined GNP of Egypt,
Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. With a per capita income
of about $14,000, Israel ranks as the sixteenth wealthiest country in the
world; Israelis enjoy a higher per capita income than oil-rich Saudi
Arabia and are only slightly less well-off than most Western European
American aid is necessary because Israel is financially insolvent.
Apart from direct and indirect aid to Israel, Israel’s neighbours have to
be supplied with American aid. Thus, Egypt is the biggest recipient of
U.S. aid after Israel. The money goes to put Islamists and democracy
down. Jordan is next on the list in aid money. To facilitate this, Israel
and its benefactors have built a powerful lobby in the United States.
They also prevent any public discussion or debate about aid
to Israel. American taxpayers’ money is also used to lobby American
politicians and officials. Millions of dollars are spent on members of
Congress. Even loans given to Israel are usually converted into a
grant so that Israel doesn’t have to pay anything back. Budget cuts that
usually plague spending on American citizens don’t seem to affect aid
to Israel. It has been calculated that between 1949 and 1998, that every
Israeli had cost the American taxpayer approximately $23,240.
USA Today: No One Knows Full Cost of Israel’s
14 August 2005: Israel’s effort since the 1967 Mideast war to
fill the West Bank and Gaza Strip with Jews has grown from the scattered
actions of zealous squatters into a network of 142 towns and villages
that house nearly 240,000 people. Now that Israel plans to spend some
$2 billion to dismantle just 25 of the settlements for which U.S. aid
has been requested it raises the question of how much money has been
poured into populating these biblical lands with Jews, and exactly where
it came from.
The official answer: No one knows. Vice Premier Shimon Peres estimates
Israel has spent about $50 billion since 1977, when the hard-line Likud
government took over from his Labor party. Other former finance ministers
and government officials don’t discount a price tag commonly floated
but never documented of $60 billion.
“No one eye in the world saw the whole picture,” says Labor Party
lawmaker Danny Yatom, a confidant of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin. “Most of it is not camouflaged, but it is not possible to connect
A to B to C to D to E to F to G.” Calculating an exact figure is
impossible because much of the building was financed through winks and
nods, an opaque state budget and secret military spending that in some
cases violated Israel’s laws and undercut international peacemaking
efforts, according to official Israeli inquiries as well as Associated
Press interviews with past and present officials, settlers and their
Among the methods used, the interviews show, were government
subsidies, shadowy land deals, loopholes in military spending, and an
auditing bait-and-switch in which U.S. aid was used to free up billions
of dollars for spending on the settlements formally opposed by the
* – Moses is more of a religious myth than a real
historical person. There is no evidence that he led Jews from Egypt. The
books of the Pentateuch (the first four books of the Bible) that he is
supposed to have written to him mention him in third person. Moses even
describes his own death. He also called himself the humblest person on
the earth. A really humble person would not have done that. In any case,
the Genesis (part of the Pentatuech) mentions that the world was created
in six days and that the world is flat. Such traditions can never be
accepted as historical evidence. Interestingly, neither in myth nor in
reality, Jews have shown respect for the rights of the original
inhabitants. Any land is theirs because they said so.
* – In 1991, the UN General Assembly revoked Resolution
3379, as Israel agreed to negotiate with the PLO (Palestine Liberation
† – I had quoted from Mark Twain’s
The Jews selectively to make my point. Mark Twain was not anti-Jewish.
Please read the entire essay.
‡ – The New York Times, The Washington Post,
and The Wall Street Journal have
owners. The main American television networks ABC, CBS and NBC are run
by Jews (see Jews
In The Media). They are naturally sympathetic to Israeli causes.
The Final Solution
The independence of the state of Israel was proclaimed by its first
prime minister, David Ben Gurion, on 14th May 1948. Palestinians
observe the day as Al Nagba or The Catastrophe. After World
War II, Britain freed all foreign territories under the Ottoman empire
except Palestine. Britain did this to let Jews come to Palestine as
immigrants and then colonize it. Had Palestine become an independent state
immediately after the war, the state of Israel would never have happened.
The only viable solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict is the dissolution of the state of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state in its place under Arabs. If Jews want to live in Palestine, then they should do so at the pleasure of the Palestinians.
In the 90s, the ageing chief of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat agreed to let the Jewish state stay in exchange for recognition for his group and the establishment of a piecemeal Palestine state. This agreement was made under the Oslo Accord, which is better known as the Land-For-Peace deal. After spending years in hiding, Arafat had grown tired. When the opportunity came for what he thought was a comfortable retirement, he took it and in effect betrayed his people. And the Israelis, true to their nature, have made sure that this Palestine state remains on paper. Having conned the PLO, they have claimed that the establishment of a Palestine time will take 40 or 50 years. Ariel Sharon, when he was Prime Minister of Israel, publicly toyed with an idea of assassinating Arafat with all-round approval of Western media. (On the American C-SPAN, I saw the Washington Bureau chief of Jerusalem Post, incidentally a woman, wholeheartedly approving and defending the idea. I then understood why Palestian suicide bombers would not mind targeting civilians.)
Israel’s supporters often claim a high moral ground for Israel, reasoning that it is a country of laws, a place where everyone has equal rights, and so on. But facts speak otherwise.
… The public, in Israel and outside it, did not know previously that 38.8% of all settlement land is privately owned by Palestinians.
Nor did we know that the proportion is actually slightly higher than this in the “settlement blocs” that the current Israeli government hopes to keep permanently as part of Israel.
Settlements, the Israeli public presumed, stood on land owned by the state or by Jews.
Yet, the newly revealed figures fit into a known context: Israel rules the West Bank, but what happens there does not follow Israel’s own rules.
Since Israel’s conquest of the territory in 1967, settlement has been a tool in the battle for permanent political control, and both officials and activists have been complicit in putting the cause above the law.
The result is injustice to the Palestinian residents and an undermining of Israel’s legal institutions.
In the eyes of Israel’s legal system, the West Bank except for annexed East Jerusalem is under military occupation.
Israel’s courts have avoided ruling on the broad issue of whether all settlement in occupied territory is illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.
But they have acknowledged that the international laws of war codified in the 1907 Hague Convention apply.
That includes Article 46, which forbids confiscating private property for use by the occupying power.
So how did settlements, built with government support and often at government initiative, end up on private Palestinian land?
In the first years of the occupation, Israel regularly “requisitioned” land, ostensibly to meet provisional military needs.
Palestinian residents retained ownership, but not control, of their real estate.
On some of that land, the government established settlements.
Under Ariel Sharon, Israelis started squatting even in Palestinian Jerusalem with support from Israel’s top court.
Jews settle in Palestinian Jerusalem
The Guardian, 7 April 2003
After more than two years of legal and political wrangling, Mr Sharon’s office approved the plan last week and the first Jewish families have moved into new flats in the Ma’aleh Ha’zeitim settlement, beside the densely populated Arab district of Ras al-Amoud.
It is the first time a Jewish settlement has been built in a Palestinian area of Jerusalem since Israel seized control of the entire city in 1967.
The first settlers at the apartment complex, just a few hundred metres from the Wailing Wall, include a millionaire, Irving Moskowitz, and his son-in-law Ariel King, a far-right political activist.
The prime minister’s critics say that Ma’aleh Ha’zeitim is a political tactic to block the possibility of dividing Jerusalem as part of a peace deal.
It also undermines plans under the Camp David accords for a corridor to give Palestinians access to Muslim sites in Jerusalem’s old city without having to pass through Israeli territory.
Jewish groups argue that they are entitled to live on the land, and to remove the Palestinian “squatters”, under the Jews’ right of return.
The courts agree, even though no similar right is extended to Palestinians driven from their homes in West Jerusalem.
Moreover, the supreme court has ruled that Palestinians cannot buy property in the Jewish quarter of the city, even if they once lived there.
Moni Mordecai, director of the pressure group Peace Now, accused the government of using the war in Iraq as a cover for the decision.
In 2005, Israel surprisingly removed squatters from West Bank. (The Israeli miltiary however continued to lay seige/occupy/shell/straf the area.)
Nicholas von Hoffman wrote in the (The Huffington Post on 19 August 2005.
Settlers or Squatters
They call them settlers. Those persons being dragged out of their Gaza homes and on to our TV screens. Settlers is a name with a heroic cast. It evokes the word pioneer. Noble ground breaking. Community building. That kind of stuff.
But what if the same people were called squatters? Not so noble.
Squatters hints of persons being where they ought not to be, of occupying a place which doesn’t belong to them. If the settlers were called squatters, their tearful ejection might be seen in a different light.
The settler-squatters believe the land they have been thrown off of is theirs. God gave it to them. They have got an ancient book which gives them title, so when they moved in some thirty years ago, or as they might say, took it back, they did so by an act of divine eminent domain. Who can argue with that?
The evictees are given hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation [Moral Volcano: funded by American taxpayers]; they are lodged free and helped to replant themselves in dozens of ways. When Palestinians are evicted they are not carefully removed from their homes by unarmed, remorseful police. They are evicted with bulldozers and if the family happens to be in the building at the time, well, tough tiddy.
Why were the settler-squatters evicted in defiance of God’s plan? As a step toward a peaceful accord? Or because protecting the squatter villages was, from a military point of view, a pain in the neck?
Whichever answer is correct, the Gaza Palestinians still cannot leave their sandbox without Israeli permission. Entrance and exit by air, sea and land is controlled by their masters.
That’s OK. Yes, the Palestinians are locked up on their arid piece of real estate. Yes, they have no economy. Yes, they have no water. No weapons except a few home made pop guns, but they can fight. They can procreate. There are already 1.3 million and counting. With them it isn’t make love, not war. It’s make war by making love.
After the peace deal, civil services and other government employees were recruited from Fatah’s party and paid salaries with Western aid. Suffocated as it was by Israel, Palestinian economy remained dormant and the Palestinian Authority became entirely dependent on aid money, which could be turned off at Israel’s behest. As expected, aid was turned off in 2006 when Hamas – an armed group that is also the de facto ruler of Palestinian areas – won elections and came to power. Despite millions of dollars spent by U.S. diplomats to prop up the chances of Fatah candidates and Israeli efforts to create divisions in Palestinian ranks, Hamas managed to win thanks to its strict adherence to the one state solution – that of Palestinians. Khalid Mish’al, head of the political bureau of Hamas, writing in The Guardian had this to say:
Our message to the Palestinians is this: our people are not only those who live under siege in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip but also the millions languishing in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria and the millions spread around the world unable to return home. We promise you that nothing in the world will deter us from pursuing our goal of liberation and return. We shall spare no effort to work with all factions and institutions in order to put our Palestinian house in order. Having won the parliamentary elections, our medium-term objective is to reform the PLO in order to revive its role as a true representative of all the Palestinian people, without exception or discrimination.
Our message to the Israelis is this: we do not fight you because you belong to a certain faith or culture. Jews have lived in the Muslim world for 13 centuries in peace and harmony; they are in our religion “the people of the book” who have a covenant from God and His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be respected and protected. Our conflict with you is not religious but political. We have no problem with Jews who have not attacked us our problem is with those who came to our land, imposed themselves on us by force, destroyed our society, and banished our people.
We shall never recognise the right of any power to rob us of our land and deny us our national rights. We shall never recognise the legitimacy of a Zionist state created on our soil in order to atone for somebody else’s sins or solve somebody else’s problem. But if you are willing to accept the principle of a long-term truce, we are prepared to negotiate the terms. Hamas is extending a hand of peace to those who are truly interested in a peace based on justice.
For obvious reasons, Hamas’ victory seemed to have created more shockwaves Washington than in Israel. Israel was not willing to show that it was mortified by the outcome. The U.S. then got European countries to use the aid cutoff threat to force Hamas into accepting the “right of Israel to exist.” Although Hamas remained true to to its founding charter, there were multiple reports in Western media that Hamas agreed to recognise Israel. Western countries cut off aid. Israel then started its bombings, shellings, arrests and assassinations. Israel simultaneously started shelling and bombarding civilian areas in Lebanon to ensure that Hezbollah will be blamed for it.
BEKAA VALLEY – Four weeks into the war in Lebanon, the country’s civilians are still trying to adapt their lives to deal with the constant rain of death that falls unremittingly from the skies. The total casualties in Lebanon and Israel are estimated at close to a thousand, with the majority being civilians in Lebanon…
In our experience of the past few days, the media do come to the Bekaa Valley, but only when the Israelis hit a target. They seldom stay any longer than they have to, as the valley is under the constant observation of Israeli drones and air attacks are frequent throughout the day and night…
Meanwhile, the Muqdad family apologized that they would not be able to chat for long as they were preparing their sleeping bags to take to a farm, where they slept every night under trees. “At least trees can provide a good hiding place and shelter, and being in the open gives us a chance to run if we have to. If the Israelis pounded our houses, we would be trapped inside the concrete structures,” one member said. Such a scenario was all to easy to imagine.
Just a few hours earlier I had been to the farmhouse of the Jamaluddin family, where several members had been killed in an Israeli air attack last week. The seven family members had been sleeping when Israeli drones scored a direct hit with an MK bomb. A few ran out nervously to hide near the house, which belonged to the local mayor. The drone followed the fleeing members and they were killed, their blood spattered all over the place. The family’s Volkswagen station wagon was also hit.
With U.S. help, it had ensured the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Israel and the election of pro-West politicians. Lebanon is predominantly Muslim. However, Muslims are marginalised by more influential minorities. Apart from these people, Lebanon has tens of thousands of expatariate French and American nationals, not including tens of thousands of labourers from South and South East Asian countries. When the Israeli attacks began, these were the first ones to leave. The U.S. refused to call for a ceasefire and debated on a U.N. resolution to buy time for Israel to achieve its objective of permanently destroying Hizbollah. However, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah has managed to rally diverse ethnicities in Lebanon including Christians and Druzes behind him in his heroic fight against Israel’s high-tech military. Apart from the Hezbollah, there are many other things about Lebanon which irks Israel.
Lebanon is a democracy, despite having a sizeable Muslim majority. This denies Israel the high moral ground in Middle East. Although its economy was systematically destroyed by Isreal, Lebanon had somehow managed to bounce back. Its cosmopolitan cities, historical sites, scenic beaches, and resort locations hold far more attraction to Western tourists and expatriates than anything Israel has to offer. More than anything, Lebanon has a longer history of human settlement and has ample archeological evidence to back it all up.
Meanwhile, as every day passes, Israel expands Jewish settlements in occupied areas. To prevent criticism, Israel makes sure that everyone is told that new settlements have the approval of the United States. And why not? No US president or politician will risk his career by criticizing Israel. Whenever international criticism gets too hot, Israel gets United States involved. Despite being an avowed ally of Israel, United States is also involved in the Palestinian conflict as a peacemaker. The only reason for this is to prevent the United Nations or a third country from performing a neutral role. The U.S. covers all the flanks of Israel and actively prevents any other country from muzzling the Israeli position.
There are many reasons why United States goes out of its way to protect Israel. One is that Israel has a lot of influence in American media and politics*. Another reason is that United States itself is a nation of squatters. When Europeans came to America, they found the land overrun by Indians. Large numbers of Indians were then killed, cheated, converted to Christianity or sent to live in reservations. Just as Jews stole Arabs lands in Palestine, Europeans stole lands that belonged to Indians (native Americans). When United States gained Independence from Britain, it had only 13 states. Washington took advantage the anarchy that was prevailing in its southern neighbour Mexico and annexed the Mexican states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. Mexicans living in these areas were driven out and Caucasians (i.e., minus Hispanics. Apparently, they see a big difference.) were settled in their place. Thus, it is unlikely that the U.S. will challenge Jews who have colonized Palestine.
* – Zionists have an alphabet soup of organizations to fight for their interests – ADL (Anti-Defamation League), AJC (American Jewish Committee), AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), UJA (United Jewish Appeal), etc. Officials of these pro-Israeli lobbies have penetrated almost every level of America’s leading political, economic and social institutions. Almost 50% of the Democratic party’s money comes from Jewish contributers. With Republicans, it is 20%. (Explains why the current U.S President stretches himself so smuch to accommodate Israel’s Ariel Sharon.) One-fourth of editors in major American news magazines are Jewish. The New York Times does not hide the fact that it is pro-Jewish and pro-Israel. The Jewish lobby usually handles such criticism with great tact. The following story is one of the many disarming ways that Jews employ.
A Jewish man who was riding on the subway reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon. Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader, Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?
Moshe replied, I used to read the Jewish newspaper, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted; Israel being attacked; Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage; Jews living in poverty. So I switched to the Arab newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks; Jews control the media; Jews are all rich and powerful; Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!
p class=”Notes”>Sometimes, Jewish organizations do reveal their teeth. For example, the career of U.S. Senator William Fulbright, once the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was cut short after he repeated alleged in 1973 that Israel controls the (US) Senate. Any criticism of Israel or its influence is treated as anti-semitism. Critics are immediately branded as Nazis. When Ralph Nader, the third presidential candidate in the U.S. election, criticised the influence of pro-Israeli groups in Washington and the restricted freedom in America for discussing the Middle-East conflict, the The Washington Post bellowed in an editorial:
This is poisonous stuff. And if Mr. Nader doesn’t understand what such words actually mean, the less savory elements of American society certainly know how to read such code. But Mr. Nader, as always, is not backing down.
Perhaps, it would have helped if Mr. Fulbright and Mr. Nader used Matt Giwer’s tongue-in-cheek manual for Countering Zionist Propaganda.