The Israeli Land-Grab Apartheid Wall built inside the Palestinian territories, here separating Abu Dis from occupied East Jerusalem. (IPC, 7/4/04).
Beginning of the Final Solution
"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly
and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time.
The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish
State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."
Ariel Sharon, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.
“What is driving the conflict is the radical inequality between the
Jewish minority, that rules all of the territory between the Mediterranean
Sea and the Jordan River, and the disenfranchised Palestinian majority, who
are paying the price for the luxury that Israel lives in…But what pays
for that normality for Israelis is the total dispossession of the majority
population. And Israel believes that it can hide them behind walls, in ghettos,
as was done to Jews in Europe in the 1930s and '40s”. Ali Abunimah “Electronic
The Palestine Chronicle conducted an informal internet poll on Wednesday which
showed that nearly 75% of the people questioned believe that the “reinvasion
of Gaza was preplanned”. This tells us that most people, who follow developments
in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, know that Israel’s actions are not
simply a spontaneous reaction to the kidnapping of one of its soldiers, but
are part of a broader strategy for achieving their political objectives. The
abduction of Gilad Shalit is simply being used as a pretext for more ethnic
cleansing and land expropriation. These are the means by which Israel has traditionally
achieved its territorial objectives.
The Gaza invasion is better understood in terms of the statement made by Ariel
Sharon at the beginning of this essay. Sharon’s comments are far from
original. In fact, similar statements have been made by every Israeli prime
minister since the founding of the state in 1948. David Ben Gurion put it this
way in 1937, “We must expel Arabs and take their places”. Ben Gurion’s
blunt declaration is no different from Sharon’s or any of his successors.
It merely summarizes the prevailing sentiment of the Israeli leadership for
the last 60 years.
Golda Meir elaborated on Ben Gurion’s comments by denying the existence
of the indigenous people altogether, saying, “There’s no such thing
as a Palestinian people. It is not as if we came and threw them out and took
their country. They didn’t exist”.
Meir’s denials may seem foolish but they are consistent with the stated
beliefs of every Israeli prime minister who has served since she left office
Yitzak Rabin’s assertions are nearly identical to those of Meir and Ben
Gurion. He said,
The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank, like a Python. (Alquds,10/25/03).
"[Israel will] create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions
which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the
Gaza Strip and the west Bank to Jordan. "
How different is this from Prime Minister Olmert’s comments three weeks
ago when he addressed the US House of Representatives, "I believed, and
to this day still believe, in our people's eternal and historic right to this
There is absolute unanimity among Israel’s leaders past and present, liberal
and conservative, on this one, critical issue. The rhetoric many vary, the politics
may differ, but there is no substantial difference. In reality, the settlements
went through their greatest period of expansion under the “dovish”
Labor and Likud; two parties, one policy.
The invasion of Gaza has nothing to do with the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier
or even with Hamas’ rise to power. It is simply a continuation of the
same, unalterable policy of annexation through brutality and subjugation. This
is simply the latest manifestation of Israel’s territorial ambitions.
The immensity of operation “Summer Rain”, suggests that plans have
been in place for quite some time and that the aims may be farther reaching
than is now apparent.
Could this be the beginning of “Transfer”; the Israeli scheme to
force Palestinians off their land by creating (as Rabin said) “conditions
which would attract natural and voluntary migration”?
It’s very possible. The intentional destruction of electric power plants,
water lines, bridges, and other vital infrastructure, as well as the cutting
off of food, financial resources and medical supplies, indicate that Israel
is tightening the noose on the Palestinians in an effort to make life untenable
in the West Bank and Gaza. Why else would they unleash their venom against objects
that are in no way related to the kidnapping of the soldier and will, probably,
only put him in greater danger?
Israel is doing whatever it can to make human survival impossible in the occupied
territories. It is paving the way for a second Palestinian Nakba.
Ariel Sharon knew that spreading misery’ throughout the territories was
the only way to deal with the “demographic problem”. He said, “You
don’t simply bundle people onto trucks and drive them away. I prefer to
advocate a positive policy, to create, in effect, a condition that in a positive
way will induce people to leave.” (Ariel Sharon Aug 24, 1988)
In the minds of Ehud Olmert and the Israeli leadership, the invasion of Gaza
is a “positive policy” which will “induce” vast numbers
of Palestinians to leave. The humanitarian crisis they are precipitating is
not seen as a disaster, but an opportunity. Every Palestinian, who is driven
from his homeland by grinding poverty, racism or violence, provides another
inch or two of ground for Israel to claim as its own.
And, when the unilateral borders are finally set and Israel owns everything
from the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, Olmert will have realized his
dream of “Greater Israel”. The rivers of blood that have fed that
vision will mean nothing.
Menachem Begin said much the same over 20 years ago when he proclaimed, “The
partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized…Eretz Israel
will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And, forever.”
God help us.
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