Saturday, December 10, 2011

All that you have done to our people
is registered in notebooks

Republican candidate for president Newt Gingrich this week called the Palestinians an "invented" people, repeating the claim made by Joan Peters in her 1984 book From Time Immemorial, the entirety of which book has been thoroughly discredited and is not even taken seriously in Israel anymore, although the claim still reverberates among large numbers of American supporters of Israel whose votes Gingrich craves.

 The assertion that there never was a Palestine is part of the process of legitimizing their dismissal, and elimination. And yet in the same rambling sentence, Gingrich says the non-existent Palestinians "had a chance to go many places." In this he refers to the mass slaughter and expulsion of Palestinians from their homes, villages and towns by Jewish gangs and militias upon the bloody formation of Israel in 1948, which the Palestinians call al Nakba, the catastrophe. It is often claimed that the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were made refugees then, the descendants of whom now total in the millions and still live in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, voluntarily left their homes, villages and towns.

By a vote of the UN General Assembly -- not the Security Council --  in 1948, the Jews who amounted to 12 percent of the population of Palestine were given just over half of Palestine on which to form a Jewish state. By way of various land thefts in the intervening years, Israel has expunged Palestinians from most of the rest of historic Palestine.


The ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues. The 40-year long, US sponsored "peace process" has been a guise to provide cover for the ongoing theft of land and murder and displacement of Palestinians. All one needs for proof of that is listen to mainstream American politicians, like Newt Gingrich.

Israel militarily controls the remaining Palestinian territory it has not yet seized, i.e. Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It militarily occupies the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where it rigidly restricts the movement of Palestinians, and tightly controls of the borders of Gaza, allowing in only limited amounts of food, fuel and other supplies. Gazans survive on UN food rations. The goal is to make life so unbearable for Palestinians that they simply leave.

The Palestinian Center For Human rights publishes weekly reports documenting the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The reports list killings and abuses of Palestinians by the Israeli military and Jewish "settlers," i.e. Jews who are actively engaged in the theft of Palestinian land. It documents Palestinians home demolitions and records the amounts of goods the Israeli military allows into and out of the Palestinian territories. It documents the frequent rocket attacks and bombings of Palestinian homes by the Israeli military.

The reports are breathtaking not only in their detail but in their length.

The title of this post is a line from a poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Our Country is a Graveyard

Mahmoud Darwish

Gentlemen, you have transformed
our country into a graveyard

You have planted bullets in our heads
and organized massacres

Gentlemen, nothing passes like that

without account

All that you have done to our people

is registered in notebooks 

Translated by Assad Abu-Khalil

(Originally posted here - Khalil, a UC-Stanislaus professor of politics, authors the widely read web log The Angry Arab, where he often comments on Palestine.)



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