Can the Palestinians Get Justice And Human Rights By Calling Israel’s “Self-defence” Bluff? – New Article by William Hanna

“The two-state solution is dead (it was
never born); the Palestinian state will not arise; international law does not
apply to Israel; the occupation will continue to crawl quickly to annexation,
annexation will continue to crawl quickly toward an apartheid state; ‘Jewish’
supersedes ‘democracy,’ nationalism and racism will get the stamp of government
approval, but they’re already here and have been for a long time.”
Gideon Levy, an Israeli journalist with conscience
and integrity in Ha’aretz
The founding
father of Zionism, Theodore Herzl, declared that the area of the Jewish State
stretches “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates”; Rabbi Fischmann, a member
of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, subsequently declared in his testimony to
the U.N. Special Committee of Enquiry on 9 July 1947 that “The Promised Land
extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria
and Lebanon”; and more recently Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declared “If
I’m elected, there will be no Palestinian state.”
“It’s important to say [that] this land
is ours. All of it is ours. We didn’t come here to apologise for that.”
Tzipi Hotovely, incumbent Israeli Deputy Foreign
Despite its
participation in the decades-long charade of “Peace Talks” and a “Two-State
Solution,” Zionist Israel has in reality never intended to consider or honour
either of these two concepts which are incompatible with the Zionist objective
for a Greater Israel with an undivided Jerusalem as its capitol. As consequence
of that objective, Israel has pursued an expansionist policy of undermining and
fragmenting neighbouring Arab states by being instrumental in provoking the
2003 war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the current
war in Syria, the ongoing efforts to incite a war against Iran by a U.S.-led
coalition of Western nations, and the ceaseless barbarous persecution of the of
an indigenous Palestinian population which constitutes nothing less than
blatant and calculated ethnic cleansing.
“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion
accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the
Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said
‘Drive them out!’” Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin
memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.
“The thesis that the danger
of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for
its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the
Israeli General Matityahu
in Ha’aretz, 19 March 1972.
“In June 1967
we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches
do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with
ourselves. We decided to attack him.”
Address by
Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the National Defence College, 8 August
By virtue of its
continued exploitation of the global sympathy generated by the Holocaust: “the
Holocaust Industry”; by virtue of its control of Western governments and
leaders such as Obama, Merkel, Hollande, Cameron, and others; by virtue of its
immunity against UN condemnatory resolutions because of vetoes by a U.S.
government controlled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC);
and by virtue of its influence over or control of a fact-distorting mainstream
media subject to concentrated ownership that favours state-corporate interests
which include banking conglomerates, weapon manufacturers, and other major
industrial concerns, Israel with its arrogant crimes against humanity continues
to enjoy flagrant immunity from prosecution in accordance with international
Not only are those
people who are reliant on the mainstream media for news routinely misinformed,
but also those with a conscience and a capacity to think for themselves are
sedulously hunted down and hounded. Jewish lobby and support for Israel groups
are on a constant global watch for any pro-Palestinian activism or criticism of
Israel which they venomously brand as anti-Semitism so that even university
students and their professors are targeted with the consequence of suspension
or dismissal. Jewish pressure on Western local and state governments to
criminalise criticism of crimes committed by Israel is relentless as was
recently made apparent by the Illinois State House of Representatives which
unanimously passed an Anti-BDS Bill that will prevent the state’s pension funds
from investing in companies that boycott Israel. By seeking to prevent
pro-Palestinian activism and silence criticism of Israel, the Judaeo-Zionist
lobby is gradually but surely undermining the democratic right to free speech,
choice, and peaceful protest.
Faced with such
biased and overwhelming odds, the Palestinian people have no realistic chance
of ever achieving a globally recognised and UN endorsed statehood that will
enable them to finally enjoy the freedoms and human rights that the
hypocritical West claims to be upholding and fighting for; and which the
swaggering racist Israelis — with Palestinian blood on their hands —
audaciously demand for themselves. Numerous examples of Western hypocrisy and
double standards include the fact that organised civilian opposition to Nazi
occupation in Europe during World War Two was acclaimed as “The Resistance”
while token Palestinian dissent against Israel’s brutal occupation is denounced
as “Terrorism.”
For the past 67
years since the Palestinian Nabka (Catastrophe), the Palestinian people have
allowed their hopes for justice and freedom to rest in the hands of various
leaders and factions who are unfortunately motivated by self-interest and
greed: an International Monetary Fund disclosure in September 2003 stated that
from 1995 to 2000 Yasser Arafat had diverted more than £560 million of
Palestinian Authority funds of which a sizeable portion ended up in a Swiss
bank account. So not only have the Palestinian people been betrayed by
Britain’s Balfour Declaration and the international community, but also by
their own duplicitous leaders of the past and present.
“His Majesty’s government view with
favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,
and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this
object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may
prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in
Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other
The Balfour Declaration of 2
November 1917 was a letter from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary A. J.
Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd. Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British
Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain
and Ireland.
Back in 1917, His
Britannic Majesty’s Government — being somewhat preoccupied with the First
World War and defending its own position as the world’s foremost imperial power
— perpetrated the first of its betrayals of the Palestinian people by
presumptuously promising to give away a substantial part of their land without
even bothering to ask them. Britain’s second betrayal has been ongoing since
the Nabka with its failure and complicity with the Israelis to abide by and
honour “it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may
prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in
Palestine.” Is it possible that Her Britannic Majesty’s Government regards
ethnic cleaning of the indigenous Palestinians as not being either a
contravention of that understanding or of the Universal Declaration of Human
rights? Or is it simply another case of Britannic colonial hypocrisy and double
It must by now be
evident to even the most naive and optimistic amongst us — as the rapacious
Israelis gobble up more and more Palestinian land — that the Palestinian people
have no chance of achieving either justice or statehood by any tried and tested
means including armed resistance. Without a single tank, warship, or fighter
aircraft with which to face one of the world’s best equipped military forces,
the odds are insurmountable. Even though the Israelis have during and after
their recent elections made it very clear that Palestinian statehood is out of
the question, the ever accommodating U.S. has just announced a $1.9 billion
deal to supply Israel (for defence purposes) with some 3,000 Hellfire
precision missiles, 250 AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles,
4,100 GBU-39 small diameter bombs and 50 BLU-113 bunker buster bombs. Also
included are 14,500 tail kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions for 220kg and
900kg bombs and a variety of Paveway laser-guided bomb kits. Needless to say,
the U.S. will not be supplying Palestinian children with stones with which to
defend themselves against continual targeting by the “world’s most [i]moral
So what can the Palestinian
people do? They can either continue to stand by as their heritage, their hopes,
and  their lands are gradually diminished to the point of oblivion, or
they can recognise and accept the historical reality of the past 67 years that
they are on their own and nobody is going to help them except themselves. But
how? Sometimes when the odds appear to be overwhelmingly against you, the only
option is to call the other side’s bluff which in this case is Israel’s — and
its lapdog Western nations  — criminally concocted contention that Israel
is just “defending itself.”
Difficult as it may seem, the
Palestinian people must take control of their own despairing destiny — even if
it involves resorting to widespread and violent protests — by insisting that
Palestinian leaders and factions without exception announce recognition of the
state of Israel within the essential borders of 1967; and by renouncing armed
conflict and calling for an internationally supervised removal/destruction of
all rockets and offensive weapons in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
This would serve to deny Israel
of the deceitful “self-defence” excuse which is also routinely echoed by
Western nations submissive to the Judaeo-Zionist lobby; would serve to
highlight Western hypocrisy and double standards if an immediate and positive
Western reaction is not forthcoming; and would serve to expose Israel’s true
intention of not seeking peaceful coexistence, but of maintaining the conflict
that provides a smokescreen for its real intention of driving out the entire
indigenous Palestinian population because Israelis maintain “this land is ours.
All of it is ours. We didn’t come here to apologise for that.”
“De-Arabizing the history of Palestine is another
crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and
culture in Palestine are trivialised, evidence of its existence is being
destroyed and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the
ancient Hebrew civilisation and today’s Israel. The most glaring example of
this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of
Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents. Israel is expelling families from Silwan
and destroying their homes because it claims that King David built a city there
some 3,000 years ago. Thousands of families will be made homeless so that
Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived
3,000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove King
David ever lived yet Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly along
with their schools and mosques, churches and ancient cemeteries and any
evidence of their existence must be destroyed and then denied so that Zionist
claims to exclusive rights to the land may be substantiated.”
Miko Peled, Israeli
peace activist and author.

Self-Defence Or Genocide?
William Hanna is
a freelance writer with published books the Hiramic Brotherhood of the Third
and The Tragedy of Palestine and its Children. Purchase
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