Israel and Palestine in 2018: Decolonisation, not peace

by Mazin Qumsiyeh, 17 May 2018. Letter from Albert Einstein to Shepard Rifkin April 10,
1948 “When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first
responsible for it would be the British [now Americans] and the second
responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks.”

From Palestine, I can only say thank you to all who work
tirelessly for peace and justice. As I get over 200 emails a day, I know of so
many who do great actions. From 2000 people who gathered in Oslo Norway to
protest the massacre and Gaza and show solidarity to lone individuals who wrote
letters to editor or acted in some fashion even with a donation or a prayer.
Each and every one of those people lights candles in the darkness. We will not
conquer darkness but we will at least see ourselves and fellow human beings in
new light. For that we are deeply thankful.
To our Muslim friends who begin the fast of Ramadan, they
know that the best and most difficult jihad is internal jihad: changing our
hearts and minds. May they find this month a real blessed season of reflection
and enlightenment and work for peace and justice. My only wish is for more
people to shed apathy and join the struggle. History and inner conscience will
not be forgiving to those who do not act. You cannot be neutral on a moving
train especially if you are Israeli, Jewish, or live in one of the Western
Countries that helped keep tragedies going (USA, England, France etc).
There has been 70 years of ongoing Nakba, conflict and
war since 1948 when the Zionist gangs ethnically cleansed hundreds of
Palestinian villages and towns by military force. That experiment continues to
cause unspeakable horrors here from wars to massacres (like that committed in
Gaza).  In 1948 there was on the other
side of the world a remarkably different vision. In 1948, Costa Rica abolished
its military. It has reaped benefits since then (see
) Dare we dream of a demilitarized world and of a sharing and living together
(see my 2004 book “Sharing the Land of Canaan”)
The truth about Israel’s killing of Palestinians:
Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh
Where you can donate to help Gaza
A Grotesque Spectacle in Jerusalem (by Myriam Goldberg in
NY Times): It was a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews
and Zionist evangelicals who believe that the return of Jews to Israel will
usher in the apocalypse and the return of Christ, after which Jews who don’t
convert will burn forever. Religions like “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism”
lead people “to an eternity of separation from God in
Hell,” Robert Jeffress, a Dallas megachurch pastor, once said. He was chosen to
give the opening prayer at the embassy ceremony. John Hagee, one of America’s
most prominent end-times preachers, once said that Hitler was sent by God to
drive the Jews to their ancestral homeland. He gave the closing benediction.
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