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Israel Turns 60

Posted on May 8, 2008
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Israel is marking its 60th Independence Day, which began at sundown Wednesday, with a great sense of pride but also uncertainty about its future and doubts about prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

Israelis have begun celebrating their nation’s diamond anniversary with fireworks and public cheer. The Jewish state was founded shortly after World War II and has known almost constant conflict as well as remarkable growth in the decades since. Many Palestinians, who refer to the country’s founding as “the Catastrophe,” are preparing to mark the occasion with something less than delight.


Israelis thronged Jerusalem’s streets as fireworks opened the celebrations on Wednesday, while an aerial display is planned over Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Israel declared itself an independent state on 14 May 1948, three years after the end of World War II and the death of six million Jews in the Holocaust.

But Palestinians know the foundation day as al-Nakba, or “the Catastrophe”.

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Also, check out the BBC’s look at the 60th anniversary from the perspective of Israeli Arabs.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 16, 2008 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

From one of Truthdig’s leading experts at posting stupidity—He’s here to share his “wisdom”.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 12, 2008 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

As usual, you neo-nazis don’t understand irony.  But I’m sure that Fadel would LOVE to see every Jew in Israel slaughtered—as would you Non Credo, and everyone else on that list who sees the EXISTENCE of Israel as a sin and a corruption.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 9, 2008 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

You’re a vivid example that some people think and speak through their rectums. And that’s why I feel like throwing up!

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By PatrickHenry, May 9, 2008 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

Israels rhetoric and saber rattling against Iran comes out daily.  They continue to try and sucker America into attacking Iran for them.

As to your claim that Iran has threatened “to wipe Israel off the map”:

Hillarious at it is, you buy the Israeli (jewist) media hook, lie and sinker.

If Israel is such a great nation as you portray, why don’t you do us all a favor and move there and invent some more shit, or are you too busy spying and posting positive B.S. for them?

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By PatrickHenry, May 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

What a wonderful and true analogy.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 9, 2008 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

Louise, great post indeed and very imaginative parable that summarizes the whole situation!

If we really had freedom of speech in this sad land of ours, your parable could be expanded to a full length scenario for a play to circle the theaters of the world and tell the sad story of Palestine / Israel.

But alas! The thought-police will not allow this to happen, so you should be happy and content that your piece gets to be published in a non-mainstream media outlet, and a score of people might pay attention to its merit and the truths it conveys.

Despite my pessimism, I still believe that your piece could be made into a full length theatrical production, then we might find a way to publish it. I am willing to contribute a little within my means if you have the motivation and time to pursue this worthy endeavor. Please keep me posted!

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By Louise, May 9, 2008 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

So one day in Podunk Middle America comes a knock on the door. The resident is greeted by a group of military attired, gun packing guys with very official looking papers.

“You have twenty four hours to gather your belongings and vacate your property.” You are told. “Why?” You ask. Thinking perhaps there is some great natural disaster coming, like a tsunami or a growing sink-hole. Like these “officials” have concern for your safety.

No. They inform you your house will be leveled in twenty four hours. Your property and the property of everyone else in Podunk Middle America will be cleared for construction of a new settlement.

“You are going to build me a new house?” You ask.

Only to discover the new house will be built for someone else. Someone from another country. Someone who doesn’t know you, or speak your language or even acknowledge you rights of existence.

Incredulous you explain you and your ancestors have lived on the land since the beginning of Podunk history. Unmoved, the officials explain YOUR land actually belongs to those strangers from across the world, because many thousands of years ago, their God said so.

Now how can you fight God?

So you gather what you can, being careful to take the LEGAL TITLE to your land, so you can re-claim it when the insanity is over, and you leave. Not sure where you are going, but you leave.

Now a Howard might say you left happily, because you recognized the strangers right to take what is yours away from you. That it wasn’t stealing, or in any way unjust or illegal. But sixty years later, when your descendents are still hanging on to that title, living in a refugee camp somewhere, and trying hard not to cry every time they hear of another village in your land leveled for the good of the strangers, you wonder.

Of course the displaced Jews were not relocated to Podunk Middle America, cause America didn’t want them.

Come to think of it, nobody else did either, but that’s another story.

Anyhow, just in case you have enough empathy and compassion to put yourselves in the painful shoes of those Palestinians who were kicked out of their homes and kicked off their land, try to imagine how that felt. Then try to tell yourself what a great little Nation State Israel has become.

Sixty years and still the few remaining Palestinians are being kicked out of their homes and off their land. And imprisoned and killed and the world that didn’t want the displaced Jews looks on.

Sixty years. Has it actually been sixty years? Sixty years and nothing has changed, except the harassment and the murder of the Palestinians has only gotten worse. Maybe those “Israelis” are really slow learners, eh?

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By Louise, May 9, 2008 at 8:51 am Link to this comment


Thanks for dragging up the same info you have been posting for eons. Would be nice if you could come up with some fresh and original ideas, then one might feel inclined to actually engage in some meaningful debate, oh well.

Oh, and thanks for the chuckle! That last line ...

“Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.”

Um-huh ... “liberal democracy” as defined by who? smile

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By Blackspeare, May 9, 2008 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

“Inherit The Wind” You said. “Non-Credo, Fadel, Cyrena, Patrick Henry, PT, Bubba and Truthreader13 all have the ideal solution to the “Israel Problem”

What you fail to realize is that the people you mentioned all believe in the American Dream——“Having all Blacks swimming back to Africa with a Jew under each arm!!!”

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By Bubba, May 9, 2008 at 6:08 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind, how is it possible to write such a dimwitted reply? Really, I’m serious. How do you do it?

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By weather, May 9, 2008 at 3:55 am Link to this comment
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What could have been one of the coolest places on the Planet is today a self-inflicted Global disgrace.

Humility eludes us, denial becomes us and trouble follows us - for some this essential lesson, this universal identification is still out of reach.

For all that Israel has they remain spiritually impoverished, intoxicated w/a sense of entitlement that seals their very selfish and paranoid motivations, so fortified w/denial Freud himself couldn’t cut it w/a chainsaw.

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By Howard, May 9, 2008 at 3:36 am Link to this comment

  U is the ” pig headed ” one.
Israel doesn’t threaten any one with its nukes. Never has. Unlike Iran.  Which continually threatens to wipe Israel out.  Israel has not even remotely bothered Iran.  Does not even border on the country.
Get real, man.

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By PatrickHenry, May 9, 2008 at 3:29 am Link to this comment

Why is Israel able to possess nukes while bypassing NPT and IAEA treaties and yet deny other countries peaceful nuclear power?

The Pig headed arrogance that is Israel, thats why.

If Israel is to survive this planet, it will have to learn to play with others.

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By nefertiti, May 9, 2008 at 1:22 am Link to this comment

truthreader13, May 8 at 3:09 pm
You said it beautifully, i have nothing else to add . Bravo .

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By Inherit The Wind, May 8, 2008 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

According to Non-Credo, Fadel, Cyrena, Patrick Henry, PT, Bubba and Truthreader13 all have the ideal solution to the “Israel Problem”:  Help Iran develop nuclear weapons and have them wipe out all those nasty Jews in one cleansing sweep.  This is clearly the Will of God and Marxist Economic Inevitability. 

Make sure you get the kids so none survive.

That’s the new “humane” model.  Kill all the Jews.
That’s how to have peace.  Nothing as peaceful as a dead man.

Funny.  It sounds just like an old one that’s been around for thousands of years.

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By Howard, May 8, 2008 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment

Here are a few more kudos.  Happy Anniverary

11.  Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
12. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin — 109 per 10,000 people — as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.
13.  In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the second largest number of startup companies after the US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).
14.  With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration hi-tech companies in the world — apart from the Silicon Valley, US.
15. Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US.
16. After the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.
17. Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
18.  On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.
19.  Twenty-four percent of Israel’s workforce hold university degrees — ranking it third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland — and 12% hold advanced degrees.

20. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

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By cyrena, May 8, 2008 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment


This should be a day of mourning for THE WORLD!

Israel..the cancer that keeps on growing…

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By PatrickHenry, May 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment

Howard, it would take a post about Israel to “smoke you out”.

The list you have repeatedly shown fails to mention the stolen technology by the Israelis to achieve these Jewish advances and every one has security flaws and “backdoors” meant to manipulate.

El Al racially profiles, something the U.S. government fails to do when they ask granny to take off her shoes.

Half of the 100 billion comes from the rest of the world which Israel blackmails with “anti sematism”.

Until such time as Israel is a signatory of the IAEA and other world inspection bodies, I don’t blame any of its neighbors for wanting nukes as a quid pro quo against Israeli aggression.

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By truthreader13, May 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment
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Sixty years of atrocities against the Palestinian
people who have been driven away from their homes, land and olive groves and are pushed into crowded and
blockaded “New Warsaw Ghetos”.
What Israel symbolize and stand for is what is wrong
with world today where might makes right and greed
and cruelty rule supreme.

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By DennisD, May 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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Does this mean the American taxpayer can finally stop subsidizing them or do we have another 60 years to look forward to.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 8, 2008 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

12. Israel even managed to get its hands on American hard-earn taxpayer money to finance the state-sponsored terrorism of their little empire.

13. They also managed to outsource American jobs and technological resources to Israel so they can brag about their achievements highlighted by Howard above.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 8, 2008 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Howard forgot to mention the greatest of Israel’s achievements, which I am adding as number 11:

11. Using a combination of money, intrigue, media control and blackmailing, tiny Israel controls the political-military machine in the greatest superpower of the world to the point that one can dare to say that Israel = political-military America or political-military America = Israel!

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By Regular Guy, May 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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That’s only because Israel has the ability to adopt modern science in a civilized, forward-looking society.  As a result, they have modern weapons and warfare techniques, which makes them more efficient at killing their attackers.

If the palestinians, and most all other arabs and persians, would join us in the modern world and let go of their stone-age ideologies, maybe the field would be a little more level.

What do you expect when one group is throwing stones, the other using automatic weapons and night vision goggles?

Its got nothing to do with who is right - more about who has the more modern culture and society.

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By Bubba, May 8, 2008 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

Neither do Israel’s third, fourth, fifth, and infinitum, ad nauseum wrongs make a right.

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By Bubba, May 8, 2008 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

They’ve done so well that they can afford to bully, blackmail and otherwise treat their neighbours like shit. Reminds us of another glorious nation, doesn’t it?

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By Bubba, May 8, 2008 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

Is Israel’s ethnic cleansing also the most economical, social, and industrial in the modern age?

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By Bubba, May 8, 2008 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

What planet are you uploading from?

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By P. T., May 8, 2008 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

Israel does that kind of thing all the time.  The number of Palestinian kids killed dwarfs the number of Zionist kids killed.

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By Howard, May 8, 2008 at 10:36 am Link to this comment


1.  The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
2.  Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
3.  The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel.
4.  The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.
5. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
6.  Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D;facilities outside the US in Israel.
7.  The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
8. According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
9.  Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.
10. Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

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By JimM, May 8, 2008 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

It isnt okay for the Palestinians to randomly cast rockets onto others including little kids, that they dont even know.

This is called simple morality, which the world could use a huge dose of now, regardless of anything else that can be said

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By P. T., May 8, 2008 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Sixty years of ethnic cleansing of indigenous people

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By Expat, May 8, 2008 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

^ death.  What kind of legacy is that?

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By Howard, May 8, 2008 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

Let’s see.  Left Gaza entirely 2 years ago…..results were immediate with rockets and misslies sent onto citizens in a most random murderous manner. Yet to stop.

Same with leaving Lebanon and then Hezbollah (not Lebanon ) attacks Israel starting their proxy war in ‘06.

22, yes, twenty two Arab lands surround Israel with zillions of acres and oil, and little Israel, the size of San Bernandino County in Ca,; just wishes to be left alone. 

To say that Israel is looking for more land is ludicrous.  Give us all a break.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 8, 2008 at 5:57 am Link to this comment

A Sad and Tragic Reminder!

A sad day for the Palestinian natives for what through terrorism, militarism and dispossession has become modern Israel. And they have the audacity to celebrate!

Only colonialist America who did the same to the natives of America will have an affinity with Israel, because both entities were established at the misery of others.

And if you lost the sense of basic humanity and justice, you can join in the party and get drunk with theirs and yours false glories!

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By Howard, May 8, 2008 at 3:39 am Link to this comment

Happy 60, Israel.

Finally back to their own country. Tremendous progress on all fronts. Would that their neighbors would try to emulate their success. 

Offer Israel peace and grow economically, socially, and industrially into the modern age.

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By PatrickHenry, May 8, 2008 at 3:31 am Link to this comment

60 years of a scheming people who have been kicked out of most everywhere they have lived.

6 mil, hardly.

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