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Palestinians Commemorate the ‘Catastrophe’ of Israel’s Creation

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Posted on May 15, 2010
AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Palestinian children hold drawings during a rally marking the anniversary of the “Nakba” in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Thousands of Palestinians marched Saturday to mark the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” of the creation of Israel in 1948, and to honor the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced into exile after the nascent state of Israel seized Arab land.

The demonstrators in Palestine carried keys to symbolize the “right of return,” the demand by Palestinians that those who fled and their descendants should be allowed to return to their land—a demand that Israel has categorically rejected. —JCL

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Thousands of Palestinians have briefly put aside bitter political differences to mourn the anniversary of Israel’s creation.

Palestinians marched through the streets of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, marking the “Naqba” or “catastrophe” of Israel’s creation in 1948. During Israel’s War of Independence that year, some 700,000 Palestinians fled or were forced to leave their homes and became refugees.

The demonstrators carried big keys, symbolizing the so-called “right of return,” a pillar of Palestinian nationalism. The Palestinians demand that refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to their former homes in Israel.

Israeli Arabs also joined the demonstrations. Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, told a rally that Palestinians will return with their keys to open the doors of their former homes.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Robert,  You are making me laugh too much!

You are so ridiculous you didn’t even see that Toot-toot (who has a picture of his face as an avatar) is saying YOU are a Zionist.

And you are too close-minded and too bent on assuming rather than learning that you didn’t even NOTICE the horse’s ass dis’ing you!

I gotta thank you! For once you are actually as funny as LeeFeller, even if you don’t mean to be.

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By Robert, May 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment

US Funds Israel’s Apartheid Roads Plan

Settlers benefit from Israeli-only routes

By Jonathan Cook

May 16, 2010 “Information Clearing House”— Jerusalem—“The construction of sections of a controversial segregated road network in the West Bank planned by Israel for Palestinians—leaving the main roads for exclusive use by settlers—is being financed by a US government aid agency, a map prepared by Palestinian researchers has revealed.

USAid, which funds development projects in Palestinian areas, is reported to have helped to build 114km of Israeli-proposed roads, despite a pledge from Washington six years ago that it would not assist in implementing what has been widely described as Israel’s “apartheid road” plan.

To date the agency has paid for the construction of nearly a quarter of the segregated road network put forward by Israel in 2004, said the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ).

The roads are designed to provide alternative routes to connect Palestinian communities, often by upgrading circuitious dirt tracks or by building tunnels under existing routes.

Meanwhile, according to human rights groups, Israel has reserved an increasing number of main roads in the West Bank for Israelis so that Jewish settlers can drive more easily and quickly into Israel, making their illegal communities more attractive places to live.

The US agency’s involvement in building a segregated West Bank road infrastructure would run counter to Washington’s oft-stated goal, including as it launched “proximity talks” last week, to establish a viable Palestinian state with territorial contiguity.

“The displacement of Palestinians from the West Bank’s main roads improves the appeal of the settlements by better integrating them into Israel,” said Suheil Khalilieh, the head of settlement monitoring at ARIJ. “Conversely, creating an inferior, alternative network of local roads makes travel between the main regions of the West Bank difficult and time-consuming for Palestinians.”

Israel proposed the creation of two separate road systems in 2004, after many of the West Bank’s main roads had been sealed off to Palestinians following the outbreak of the second intifada.

Ariel Sharon, the then-prime minister, argued that segregated infrastructure would create “contiguity of transportation” for Palestinians and help to alleviate economic hardship resulting from hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints that restrict Palestinian movement.”

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By Robert, May 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

By Inherit The Wind, May 16 at 9:15 pm #

This is getting just TOO funny!

Toot-toot is accusing Robert of secretly being a Zionist who’s taken on the persona of a narrow-minded, un-original, stereotyping pedant, who lifts long boring articles by other pedants in order to discredit the anti-Zionists!

I LIKE it!  What a GREAT perspective!  You’ve finally justified yourself, Toot-Toot!

But, sadly, Robert is exactly what he appears to be: a narrow-minded, un-original, stereotyping pedant, who lifts long boring articles by other pedants.

Still, I’m ROFLMAO at the idea!

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Hey Toot_toot,

You are absolutely correct that ITW is “a true nut job”. Those diversion attempts & slurs are just NOT working for that whimpering/whinny “damage control” zionist zealot.

ITW will NOT condemn the murders/killings of thousands of innocent Palestinian/Lebanese/Arab children, women, men, grandmothers, grandfathers…etc… by his beloved Israeli IDF “child killers” using mostly US made weapons & funded by the ole American taxpayer’s $$$.

Just take a look at the other threads…more and more people with facts/truth are posting about the lies, deceptions and Israel/zionism’s propaganda.

THE TRUTH ABOUT ISRAEL IS SLOWLY COMING TO THE SURFACE…and the likes of ITW and others are getting hysterical and paranoid!

Noam Chomsky will be writing about his treatment and the “no entry” into Israel!

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By Inherit The Wind, May 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

This is getting just TOO funny!

Toot-toot is accusing Robert of secretly being a Zionist who’s taken on the persona of a narrow-minded, un-original, stereotyping pedant, who lifts long boring articles by other pedants in order to discredit the anti-Zionists!

I LIKE it!  What a GREAT perspective!  You’ve finally justified yourself, Toot-Toot!

But, sadly, Robert is exactly what he appears to be: a narrow-minded, un-original, stereotyping pedant, who lifts long boring articles by other pedants.

Still, I’m ROFLMAO at the idea!

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By Dar, May 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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I’m tied of the old Zionist “the Arabs attacked Israel in 1948!” line.

Regardless of circumstances, they were RIGHT to attack it, since European Jews had no moral,legal, or historical right to establish a state there.

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By Robert, May 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

By rfidler, May 16 at 4:13 pm #

Robert:
You fell for it. Twice! Typical truthdiggers are totally immune to irony. I threw those epithets at you to demonstrate how they add absolutely nothing to the debate. You of course, missed it, and then perpetuated the truthdigger stereotype by throwing one right back at me. Nothing added, except confirmation of your intellectual laziness and pathetic hatreds.

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rfidler...I did not fall for any of your pathetic deceptions.


The Ole Zionist’s/ADL tactics are familiar to many of the informed in the US and elsewhere.

Zionists/ADL use these familiar tactics to attempt to quiet anyone who helps expose their subversive Zionist “Hasbara/propaganda”.


If that person is a gentile, they cry, “anti-semetic and/or Nazi, Israel/Jew haters” which is nothing more than a smoke screen to hide their “propaganda/damage control” deceptions.

Then they ignore the charges, hoping the information will not be given widespread distribution.

If the information/facts starts to reach too many people, they ridicule the information/facts and the person(s) giving the information.

If that doesn’t work, their next step is character assassination.


Zionists/ADL staff, almost NEVER try to prove the information wrong!


Yes…these deceptive zionist’s worn out methods are very much familiar here on TD and elsewhere on ADL’s agenda/arena.


One can see right through their programmed ways…DECEPTIVE SIDETRACKING, DIVERSIONS, ATTEMPTS AT CHANGING THE TOPIC…PR/DAMAGE CONTROL.

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By rico, suave, May 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

Robert:
You fell for it. Twice! Typical truthdiggers are totally immune to irony. I threw those epithets at you to demonstrate how they add absolutely nothing to the debate. You of course, missed it, and then perpetuated the truthdigger stereotype by throwing one right back at me. Nothing added, except confirmation of your intellectual laziness and pathetic hatreds.

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By Robert, May 16, 2010 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

By rfidler, May 16 at 12:16 pm #

guacamaya and Robert are a couple of Nazi-fascist racists. No doubt about it.

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Hey rfidler...Only a brainwashed fanatic zionist who supports Apartheid Israel & nazi=zionism would sling your type of slurs! “no doubt about it”! Your Israel is a racist state!

Non-Jews in Israel are 3rd & 4th class citizens!

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By rico, suave, May 16, 2010 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

guacamaya and Robert are a couple of Nazi-fascist racists. No doubt about it.

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By guacamaya, May 16, 2010 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

For Call me Roy

I find it hard to believe that you yourself believe the total rubbish you write. If many Americans support Israel it’s because the Jewish/Zionist owned media has fed them a pack of lies and they do not know better. However here outside the US it is a different story. Dr Joseph Goebbels Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, used to say “If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it”. Israelis have learned that lesson well and many now believe their own propaganda. Israel is a morally bankrupt country and the US will not be there to support it for ever and those chickens will come home to roost one day. You reap what you sow!

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By Robert, May 16, 2010 at 7:59 am Link to this comment

Israeli Apartheid and The Nakba -a new brilliant work by Anthony Lawson

By Gilad Atzmon

“Extract: There can be absolutely no doubt that Israel has created an inhuman, illegal and utterly disgraceful Apartheid state, and the international community will never be able to excuse itself if it takes no action against this blatant, ongoing and in-plain-sight crime against humanity.

Please join the millions of decent people around the world who are crying out against Israel’s ongoing persecution of the Palestinians. Send the link to this video to your elected representative and make sure he or she does something about it. You have to ask yourself: If I keep quiet , will it ever end?

Posted March 16, 2010

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25004.htm

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By Inherit The Wind, May 16, 2010 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

About what I expected.  All the neo-nazis crawl out of their holes, accuse Jews of being GENETICALLY evil, and demand that Israel commit suicide to “atone”.

Yeah, that’s going to happen. Any minute now…..

No point actually discussing what Israel SHOULD do (and there is much it needs to do) because NOBODY will discuss or even CONSIDER what the Palestinians need to do on their part—and there is much there as well. But totally unacknowledged.

It’s all one-sided and with blinders on and voices shouting a rational discussion is impossible.

Yet it always turns from Israel’s transgressions back to the old stereotypes: How The Jew is fundamentally evil, a cohort of Satan, and genetically twisted.  This inevitably leads to calls to eradicate The Jew from existence with the pipe dream that THAT will fix the world.

Not going to happen, either.

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By rico, suave, May 16, 2010 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

“after the nascent state of Israel seized Arab land.”

Is that the way it worked? Really?

I thought the United Nations seized the land and gave it to the Jews, who then fought to keep it despite Arab and British resistance.

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By Sodium-Na, May 16, 2010 at 2:28 am Link to this comment

For Call me Roy,

You put all the blame on the Palestinian Palestinian,Arafat,and the Arabs with a straight face and the Israeli leadership has no blame whatsoever from Ben Gurion to Benjamin Yahooo,Yahooo. You should be ashamed of yourself for parroting the written propaganda passed by AIPAC and ADL to their loyal propagandists across the United States. As brewerstroupe and Robert have shown that the records show complete opposite of what you have claimed. If you want peace,you can have it,if you do the following:

* Dismantle all illegal settlements from the West bank,withdraw your army back to the 1967 border,and help estasblish a Palestinian state,a two-state solution.

* Share Jerusalem with the Palestinians: West Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.
 

* Left the criminal embargo against the people of Gaza.

* Allow the true owners of Palestine,the refuggees,to return to their lands,farms and businesses.

Otherwise,forget about peace and let the Israelis enjoy their ghetto-unfortunately,from Ghetto to Ghetto as of old time in the European Ghettos,instead of being truly and genuinely an integral part of the greater Middle East and the Arab world.

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By Allison in Jerusalm, May 16, 2010 at 12:51 am Link to this comment
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Shame, shame, shame, TruthDig, for publishing this piece of propaganda as though it were news. This does not live up to your normally admirable standards of decency and journalistic inquiry.

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By brewerstroupe, May 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment

call me Roy

It is customary to acknowledge a cut and paste job, even if it is sourced from a deliberately obtuse Zionist writer such as Charles Krauthammer, from whom you lifted your contribution in toto:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/18/AR2010031802747.html

If it is from such sources that you learn your History of the Nakba, I suggest you expand your reading somewhat for Krauthammer is quite simply (and probably deliberately) misinforming you.

“The Arabs refused and declared war”

The U.N. Plan for Partition was shortlived. It was rescinded in favor of a U.S. sponsored plan for a bi-national state whereupon Ben Gurion unilaterally declared Israeli Statehood. Given that he had stated, in 1938: “after we become a strong force, as a result of the creation of a state, we shall abolish partition and expand into the whole of Palestine”, it is understandable that the Palestinians could not accept partition. Furthermore, Menachim Begin’s statement:
“The partition of the Homeland is illegal. It will never be recognized. The signature of institutions and individuals of the partition agreement is invalid. It will not bind the Jewish people. Jerusalem was and will forever be our capital. Eretz Israel [the land of Israel] will be restored to the people of Israel, All of it. And forever” ....indicates that neither side accepted the U.N. plan.

The Arab States did not declare War. Very reluctantly, they moved forces in to protect the Palestinian people who were being ethnically cleansed from the land of their birth. It is estimated that up to 400,000 had been expelled from their homes at gunpoint by May 15 1948 though the Arab League statement to the U.N. advising them of their intentions is more modest:

“The Zionist aggression resulted in the exodus of more than a quarter of a million of its Arab inhabitants from their homes and in taking refuge in the neighbouring Arab countries. The events which have taken place in Palestine have unmasked the aggressive intentions and the imperialist designs of the Zionists, including the atrocities committed by them against the peace-loving Arab inhabitants, especially in Dayr Yasin, Tiberias and others.”


http://www.mideastweb.org/arableague1948.htm

“Israel made peace offers in 1967, 1978 and in the 1993 Oslo peace accords”

I suggest you read “The Iron Wall” by Avi Shlaim among others. None of the so-called “peace offers” has ever addressed either the right of return or compensation for the nearly one million Palestinians who were forcibly evicted from their homes and land. Those lands comprise around 80% of Israel within the 1967 borders. Peace plans that do not take this into account are designed to fail.

There is a very simple key to understanding this. In 1919, the population of Palestine consisted of 10% Jews. By the end of WWII, this proportion had reached over 30% due to (mostly illegal) immigration.
The U.N. Partition Plan called for 56% of the land (including most of the coastal plain) to be given over to the Jews. I know of no indigenous people who would give up their rights under such circumstances.

I suggest that accusing the Arab League of hostility for refusing a deal that no-one in their right mind would accept exposes the accuser as a propagandist. Charles Krauthammer is one such.

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By Howard, May 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

the only catastrophe is their refusal to make peace with Israel after attcking tiny Israel in 1948.  Thinking they were going to eradicate Israel.  the countries surrounding Israel, who led the attacks, with their armed forces,  in ‘48 and ‘67—also still foment the Pal’s to not want or even have their own country.  Its in their intrest to not let it happen. A 2nd catastrophe. Ongoing.  Even yet.

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By Robert, May 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment

The Catastrophe

Al Nakba

How Palestine Became Israel

If Americans Knew

Last Updated May 15, 2009

“In the late 1800s a small, fanatic movement called “political Zionism” began in Europe. Its goal was to create a Jewish state somewhere in the world. Its leaders settled on the ancient and long-inhabited land of Palestine for the location of this state.1

Palestine’s population at this time was approximately ninety-six percent non-Jewish (primarily Muslim and Christian).2

Over the coming decades Zionist leaders used various strategies to accomplish their goal of taking over Palestine:

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By Robert, May 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

Ilan Pappe and the Nakba Deniers

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

By JOHN WHITBECK

“For anyone who possesses a strong stomach and an equally strong desire to know the truth, I strongly recommend Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s new book “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”, which makes painstakingly and painfully clear the extent to which the expulsion of the great majority of Palestinians from their homes and homeland between 1947 and 1949 (an expulsion absolutely essential to create a “Jewish state” in a country where, in 1947, the population was still 70% Muslim and Christian and these non-Jews still owned 94% of the land) was meticulously planned, programmed and documented, ruthlessly carried out and, thereafter, efficiently covered up, sanitized, erased from minds and memories and, to the extent necessary, denied. Pappe also makes clear that the cleansing spirit and cleansing practices have continued ever since, with public discussion in Israel of the “demographic threat” posed by those Palestinians still remaining in Palestinian never more openly conducted and with a recent poll showing 68% of Israeli Jews in favor of expelling all Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Unfortunately, this book, published in England (and available from amazon.com), is highly likely to go unreviewed and largely unnoticed in the United States, a country where objective historical truth is much less popular than “revealed truth” and pure fantasy and where the Israel-First Lobby starts with a distinct home-field advantage in pursuing its successful efforts to convince American public opinion that American interests and values are identical to Israeli interests and values and to make American foreign policy and America’s wars indistinguishable from Israeli foreign policy and Israel’s wars.”

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http://www.counterpunch.org/whitbeck01272007.html

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By call me roy, May 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

Israel and Obama
Israelis have been looking for peace—literally dying for peace—since 1947, when they accepted the U.N. partition of Palestine into a Jewish
and Arab state. (The Arabs refused and declared war. They lost.) Israel made peace offers in 1967, 1978 and in the 1993 Oslo peace accords that Yasser Arafat tore up seven years later to launch a terror
war that killed a thousand Israelis. Why, Clinton’s own husband testifies to the remarkably courageous and visionary peace offer made in his presence by Ehud Barak (now Netanyahu’s defense minister) at the 2000 Camp David talks. Arafat rejected it. In 2008,
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered equally generous terms to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Refused again. In these long and bloody 63 years, the Palestinians have not once accepted an Israeli offer of permanent peace, or ever countered with
anything short of terms that would destroy Israel. They insist instead on a “peace process”—now in its 17th post-Oslo year and still offering
no credible Palestinian pledge of ultimate coexistence with a Jewish state—the point of which is to extract pre-emptive Israeli concessions,
such as a ban on Jewish construction in parts of Jerusalem conquered by Jordan in 1948, before negotiations for a real peace have even begun.
Under Obama, Netanyahu agreed to commit his center-right coalition to acceptance of a Palestinian state; took down dozens of anti-terror roadblocks and checkpoints to ease life for the Palestinians; assisted West Bank economic development to the point where its GDP is growing at an astounding 7 percent a year; and agreed to the West Bank construction moratorium, a concession that Secretary Clinton
herself called “unprecedented.” What reciprocal gesture, let alone concession, has Abbas made during the Obama presidency? Not one.
Indeed, long before the Biden incident, Abbas refused even to resume direct negotiations with Israel. That’s why the Obama administration
has to resort to “proximity talks”—a procedure that sets us back 35 years to before Anwar Sadat’s groundbreaking visit to Jerusalem. And Clinton demands that Israel show its seriousness about peace?Now that’s an insult. So why this astonishing one-sidedness? Because Obama likes appeasing enemies while beating up on allies—therefore Israel shouldn’t take it personally (according to Robert Kagan)? Because Obama wants to bring down the current Israeli coalition government (according to Jeffrey Goldberg)? Or is it because Obama fancies
himself the historic redeemer whose irresistible charisma will heal the breach between Christianity and Islam or, if you will, between the post- imperial West and the Muslim world—and has little patience for this pesky Jewish state that brazenly insists on its right to exist, and even more brazenly on permitting Jews to live in its own ancient, historical and now present capital? Who knows? Perhaps we should ask those Obama acolytes who assured the 63 percent of Americans who support
Israel – at least 97 percent of those supporters, mind you, are non-Jews—about candidate Obama’s abiding commitment to Israel.
Wasn’t it grand seeing the Obama Administration get their nose rubbed in the filth in front of the cameras and next great photo op?

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