FM: John Whitbeck
For any of you who possess 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
indistinguishingable from Israeli foreign policy and Israel's wars.
While most of mankind, being comprised of peoples who have themselves
been the victims of colonialism and racism, views racial-supremicist
settler-colonial states founded upon the genocide or ethnic cleansing of
an indigenous population as an abomination, Americans, exceptionally,
are favorably inclined toward such states. The reason is simple. Until
very recently, America was itself such a state, and the official Israeli
narrative replicates the widely accepted American narrative of brave
pioneers bringing civilization and economic advancement to a backward
and savage land.
Furthermore, notwithstanding its history, America, as a nation, appears
to have no regrets and to be troubled by no sense of national guilt.
While, for reasons having less to do with bearing universal witness
against man's inhumanity toward his fellow man than with justifying one
particular instance of such inhumanity, there is a Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington, there are no museums there devoted to the genocide
of the Native Americans, to slavery or to the century of legalized
segregation which followed abolition.
In addition, a significant proportion of the American population
embraces a perverted interpretation of Christianity which ignores the
humane message of Jesus Christ and the Golden Rule and focuses the
devotions of its adherents not on God but, rather, on "God's Chosen
People", through whose success in ethnically cleansing Palestine and
provoking cataclysmic warfare these so-called "Christians" hope to
achieve their personal, selfish "rapture" and "salvation".
Still, even in America, where Nakba denial is as obligatory as Holocaust
denial is condemned, objective historical truth is available in
Professor Pappe's book for anyone who cares.