The conflict in the Middle East is not between Arabs and Jews but between Arabs and Zionism and Zionist. In the month of May Israel and Jewish communities around the world will be celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday. Zionist simply refuse to admit that the birth of Israel was not a miracle birth where in one instant moment, there was Israel. It took the Zionists some 60 years of calculating planning and shear power and terror to create and found Israel. Tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed in the process and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians where forced out of their homes and farms, driven out by the Zionists terror. Famous terrorists like Begin and Shamir became Prime Minister. There are those courageous Jews who recognized the wronged done to the Palestinians and who see the needs for reconciliations and for righting the wrongs. Of course we have to note here the absence of one the most Jewish hypocrites in the world, Elie Wiesel who never, ever saw fit to even recognized the exiles of Palestinians. His denial of the Palestinian Nakkba is like that of those who are Holocaust denials. Thank you all for your courage and most of all for your humanity. When the rest of the world Jewish community and Israel recognized the Nakkba?
The statement transmitted below was signed by over 100 British Jews and published in the GUARDIAN.
In May, Jewish organisations will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. This is understandable in the context of centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocaust. Nevertheless, we are Jews who will not be celebrating. Surely it is now time to acknowledge the narrative of the other, the price paid by another people for European anti-semitism and Hitler’s genocidal policies. As Edward Said emphasised, what the Holocaust is to the Jews, the Naqba is to the Palestinians.
In April 1948, the same month as the infamous massacre at Deir Yassin and the mortar attack on Palestinian civilians in Haifa’s market square, Plan Dalet was put into operation. This authorised the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expulsion of the indigenous population outside the borders of the state. We will not be celebrating.
In July 1948, 70,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in Lydda and Ramleh in the heat of the summer with no food or water. Hundreds died. It was known as the Death March. We will not be celebrating.
In all, 750,000 Palestinians became refugees. Some 400 villages were wiped off the map. That did not end the ethnic cleansing. Thousands of Palestinians (Israeli citizens) were expelled from the Galilee in 1956. Many thousands more when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Under international law and sanctioned by UN resolution 194, refugees from war have a right to return or compensation. Israel has never accepted that right. We will not be celebrating.
We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations.
We will celebrate when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East.
Cllr Jonathan Bloch
Prof. Haim Bresheeth
Dr. Linda Edmondson
Brian Fisher MBE
Yael Oren Kahn
Prof. Adah Kay
Prof. Eleonore Kofman
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky
Prof. Emeritus Moshe Machover
Miriam Margolyes OBE
Dr. Brian Robinson
Prof. Steven Rose
Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead
Prof. Frances Stewart