Israel - Palestine : Propaganda and Reality

 

  • Introduction : The Legacies of Fear (no sources or photos added yet) The pogroms and the Holocaust led to an understandable Jewish fear, distrust and sometimes hatred of Gentiles (non-Jews). This led to the Zionist project for a Jewish state in the British Mandate of Palestine - and in turn to the Nakbah ("the disaster"- the original ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs in what Israelis call the "war of independence". This and continued attempts to ethnically cleanse Israel of Arabs in much slower motion ever since provide the second legacy of fear - the fear by Palestinians and Arabs of persecution by Israelis. Now the Israeli's legacy of fear from the past makes them fear today being driven into the sea or massacred in a second Holocaust(with little need) while Palestinians fear (with much more reason) being killed or made into a nation of refugees. The conflict is one-sided and long-running - but neither the conflict nor the solution to it are as complicated as they're sometimes thought to be.
  • Not Democrats Versus Terrorists or Good Vs Evil - The mountain of evidence that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not good versus evil or democrats versus terrorists but also involves organised killing of civilians under orders by Israeli forces - as well as the kidnapping and even torture of large numbers of Palestinian human rights activists and children and Israeli conscientious objectors. It's time to drop the pretence that Israel's government is too morally superior to negotiate with Hamas.
  • A Fair Peace Process? - Many right wingers claim the Palestinians have been repeatedly offered a fair peace but rejected it. In fact the Oslo II peace deal of 1995, while a small step in the right direction, fell far short of a fair settlement for Palestinians, with continued occupation and settlement in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers and settlers and Israeli control of the majority of West Bank land and water. In the case of the Wye accords under Netanyahu it was the Israeli government, not the Palestinians who reneged on the (equally unfair) deal. The reality of Ehud Barak's 'peace offer' rejected by the Palestinians at Taba in 2001, is that they were offered nothing more than they had been offered at Oslo.
  • The Gaza Charade – The withdrawal of 8,500 Israeli settlers from Gaza was orchestrated to divert attention from a massive expansion of Israeli settlements and Palestinians and Bedouins forced out of their homes in the West Bank - plus a land grab through the 'security wall'.This article includes includes photos and accounts from eye-witness 'Wendy Palestine' of the International Women's Peace Service

  • The Coup against Hamas - How the Israeli, US, EU and Egyptian governments have overthrown Palestinians' elected government by military force and economic sanctions - and are now trying to starve Gazans into submission
  • The Two Anti-Semitisms and the people who see beyond them - (finished except for photos) Anti-Semitism against Jews exists among some Palestinians - but so does anti-semitism and Islamophobia against Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims among many Israelis - and there are people in both communities who see a way to peace beyond this bigotry.
  • Israeli-Apartheid and the "demographic problem" - finished except for photosThe Israeli government may be outraged by comparisons with Apartheid but South African former anti-apartheid campaigners who have been to the occupied territories say the comparison is accurate
  • A Second Holocaust or Zionism and Ethnic Cleansing? - (finished except for photos) Which is more likely , a second Holocaust against Israelis or the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians by Israelis? And is the dominant strain of Zionism an ideology fit for the twenty-first century?
  • Extreme Politics - (finished except for photos) The Israeli government and columnists like Nick Cohen ask why we don't support moderate secular Palestinian leaders - the answer is that the extreme conditions of poverty, hunger , unemployment and constant killing of civilians and combatants alike by Israeli forces and sanctions leave such politicians with no support - and politics similarly become extreme in Britain in areas of high unemployment.
  • The Solution - (finished except for photos) - Since neither side has any moral high ground to look down on the other from there is no excuse for not negotiating with Hamas and stopping starving and killing Palestinian civilians. Nor does strengthening the side that's already massively stronger bring a fair and lasting peace closer. There are Palestinians and Israelis who want that peace and there are ways people everywhere in the world can help them get it.