Living on Borrowed Time in a Stolen Land

Communicating with Israelis may leave one bewildered. Even now when the Israeli Air Force is practicing murder in broad daylight of hundreds of civilians, elderly persons, women and children, the Israeli people manage to convince themselves that they are the real victims in this violent saga.

Those who are familiar intimately with Israeli people realise that they are completely uninformed about the roots of the conflict that dominates their lives. Rather often Israelis manage to come up with some bizarre arguments that may make a lot of sense within the Israeli discourse, yet make no sense whatsoever outside of the Jewish street. Such an argument goes as follows: ‘those Palestinians, why do they insist upon living on our land (Israel), why can’t they just settle in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon or any other Arab country?’ Another Hebraic pearl of wisdom sounds like this: ‘what is wrong with these Palestinians? We gave them water, electricity, education and all they do is try to throw us to the sea’.

Astonishingly enough, the Israelis even within the so-called ‘left’ and even the educated ‘left’ fail to understand who the Palestinians are, where they come from and what they stand for. They fail to grasp that for the Palestinians, Palestine is home. Miraculously, the Israelis manage to fail to grasp that Israel had been erected at the expense of the Palestinian people, on Palestinian land, on Palestinian villages, towns, fields and orchards. The Israelis do not realise that Palestinians in Gaza and in refugee camps in the region are actually dispossessed people from Ber Shive, Yafo, Tel Kabir, Shekh Munis, Lod, Haifa, Jerusalem and many more towns and villages. If you wonder how come the Israelis don’t know their history, the answer is pretty simple, they have never been told. The circumstances that led to the Israeli Palestinian conflict are well hidden within their culture. Traces of pre-1948 Palestinian civilisation on the land had been wiped out. Not only the Nakba, the 1948 ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians, is not part of the Israeli curriculum, it is not even mentioned or discussed in any Israeli official or academic forum.

In the very centre of almost every Israeli town one can a find a 1948 memorial statue displaying a very bizarre, almost abstract, pipe work. The plumbing feature is called Davidka and it is actually a 1948 Israeli mortar cannon. Interestingly enough, the Davidka was an extremely ineffective weapon. Its shells wouldn’t reach more than 300 meters and would cause very limited damage. Though the Davidika would cause just minimal harm, it produced a lot of noise. According to the Israeli official historical narrative, the Arabs i.e., Palestinians, simply ran away for their lives once they heard the Davidka from afar. According to the Israeli narrative, the Jews i.e., ‘new Israelis’ did a bit of fireworks and the ‘Arab cowards’ just ran off like idiots. In the Israeli official narrative there is no mention of the many orchestrated massacres conducted by the young IDF and the paramilitary units that preceded it. There is no mention also of the racist laws that stop Palestinians1 from returning to their homes and lands.

The meaning of the above is pretty simple. Israelis are totally unfamiliar with the Palestinian cause. Hence, they can only interpret the Palestinian struggle as a murderous irrational lunacy. Within the Israeli Judeo- centric solipsistic universe, the Israeli is an innocent victim and the Palestinian is no less than a savage murderer.

This grave situation that leaves the Israeli in the dark regarding his past demolishes any possibility of future reconciliation. Since the Israeli lacks the minimal comprehension of the conflict, he cannot contemplate any possible resolution except extermination or cleansing of the ‘enemy’. All the Israeli is entitled to know are various phantasmic narratives of Jewish suffering. Palestinian pain is completely foreign to his ears. ‘Palestinian right of return’ sounds to him like an amusing idea. Even the most advanced ‘Israeli humanists’ are not ready to share the land with its indigenous inhabitants. This doesn’t leave the Palestinians with many options but to liberate themselves against all odds. Clearly, there is no partner for peace on the Israel side.

This week we all learned more about the ballistic capability of Hamas. Evidently, Hamas was rather restrained with Israel for more than a long while. It refrained from escalating the conflict to the whole of southern Israel. It occurred to me that the barrages of Qassams that have been landing sporadically on Sderot and Ashkelon were actually nothing but a message from the imprisoned Palestinians. First it was a message to the stolen land, homes fields and orchards: ‘Our beloved soil, we didn’t forget, we are still here fighting for you, sooner rather than later, we will come back, we will start again where we had stopped’. But it was also a clear message to the Israelis. ‘You out there, in Sderot, Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Tel Aviv and Haifa, whether you realise it or not, you are actually living on our stolen land. You better start to pack because your time is running out, you have exhausted our patience. We, the Palestinian people, have nothing to lose anymore’.

Let’s face it, realistically the situation in Israel is rather grave. Two years ago it was Hezbollah rockets that pounded northern Israel. This week the Hamas proved beyond doubt that it is capable of serving the South of Israel with some cocktail of ballistic vengeance. Both in the case of the Hezbollah and the case of the Hamas, Israel was left with no military answer. It can no doubt kill civilians but it fails to stop the rocket barrage. The IDF lacks the means of protecting Israel unless covering Israel with a solid concrete roof is a viable solution. At the end of the day, they might be planning just that.

But this is far from the end of the story. In fact it is just the beginning. Every Middle East expert knows that Hamas can seize control of the West Bank within hours. In fact, PA and Fatah control in the West Bank is maintained by the IDF. Once Hamas takes the West Bank, the biggest Israeli population centre will be left to the mercy of Hamas. For those who fail to see, this would be the end of Jewish Israel. It may happen later today, it may happen in three months or in five years, it isn’t matter of ‘if’ but rather matter of ‘when’. By that time, the whole of Israel will be within firing range of Hamas and Hezbollah, Israeli society will collapse, its economy will be ruined. The price of a detached villa in Northern Tel Aviv would equal a shed in Kiryat Shmone or Sderot. By the time a single rocket hits Tel Aviv, the Zionist dream will be over.

The IDF generals know it, the Israeli leaders know it. This is why they stepped up the war against the Palestinian into extermination. The Israelis do not plan upon invading Gaza. They have lost nothing there. All they want is to finish the Nakba. They drop bombs on Palestinians in order to wipe them out. They want the Palestinians out of the region. It is obviously not going to work, Palestinians will stay. Not only they will they stay, their day of return to their land is coming closer as Israel has been exploiting its deadliest tactics.

This is exactly where Israeli escapism comes into play. Israel has passed the ‘point of no return’. Its doomed fate is deeply engraved in each bomb it drops on Palestinian civilians. There is nothing Israel can do to save itself. There is no exit strategy. It can’t negotiate its way out because neither the Israelis nor their leadership understand the elementary parameters involved in the conflict. Israel lacks the military power to conclude the battle. It may manage to kill Palestinian grassroots leaders, it has been doing it for years, yet Palestinian resistance and persistence is growing fierce rather than weakening. As an IDF intelligence general predicted already at the first Intifada. ‘In order to win, all Palestinians have to do is to survive’. They survive and they are indeed winning.

Israeli leaders understand it all. Israel has already tried everything, unilateral withdrawal, starvation and now extermination. It thought to evade the demographic danger by shrinking into an intimate cosy Jewish ghetto. Nothing worked. It is Palestinian persistence in the shape of Hamas politics that defines the future of the region.

All that is left to Israelis is to cling to their blindness and escapism to evade their devastating grave fate that has become immanent already. All along their way down, the Israelis will sing their familiar various victim anthems. Being imbued in a self-centred supremacist reality, they will be utterly involved in their own pain yet completely blind to the pain they inflict on others. Uniquely enough, the Israelis are operating as a unified collective when dropping bombs on others, yet, once being slightly hurt, they all manage to become monads of vulnerable innocence. It is this discrepancy between the self-image and the way they are seen by the rest of us which turns the Israeli into a monstrous exterminator. It is this discrepancy that stops Israelis from grasping their own history, it is that discrepancy that stops them from comprehending the repeated numerous attempts to destroy their State. It is that discrepancy that stops Israelis from understanding the meaning of the Shoah so can they prevent the next one. It is this discrepancy that stops Israelis from being part of humanity.

Once again Jews will have to wander into an unknown fate. To a certain extent, I myself have started my journey a while ago.

  1. Jews only law of return; read more. []

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz@onetel.net.uk. Read other articles by Gilad, or visit Gilad's website.

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  1. Michael Hureaux said on January 4th, 2009 at 9:15am #

    Israel is a good disciple of the United States, which is increasingly dominated by people most of whom neither know or care about the fact that the world looks the way it does today largely through the stupidity and selfishness of our own polity.

    The state of Israel is nothing more then a good little piggie student of our arrogance.

  2. sk said on January 4th, 2009 at 9:36am #

    FYI, a worthwhile talk by Joel Kovel that touches on the role of self-pity in Zionist thinking.

  3. Petronius said on January 4th, 2009 at 10:57am #

    Wow, those are strong statements by Gilad. What he omits however is what I recognized going to Israel, namely that Israelis share the deeply ingrained fear of many Jews (not all) of being threatened by the outside world, caused by aeons of European oppression. That is a very basic element in Israeli aggressions, to be the ones to strike the first blow, and not to become the traditional victim. It is also the reason why Israel will cling to its territories till the (very) bitter end. The tragic
    concomitant being that other people will have to suffer (recognized by the large demonstrations in Israel against the Gaza attack- see Al Jazeera English AJE). This Israeli fear is backed by the clear fact that violence does not pay off any longer in the Middle East, vide Iraq, Afghanistan and the Lebanon. The American power elite recognizes it and appoints Obama as the great accomodator (like Clinton), to exert power as an iron fist in a velvet glove. The Gaza attack, probably approved of by Rahm, is the last stand of Israel for violence under the Bush doctrine. It is a policy out of weakness and the lack of response by Russia, China etc points to biding their time to use world opinion to counteract American interests.

  4. bozh said on January 4th, 2009 at 11:05am #

    w. free and tender sextherapy and some waiting pals cannot lose; unless, US oks total expulsion of all shemites from the canaanitic-shemitic land.
    but, what’s holding up US? i think it’s the oil. too many lands depend on arab oil;
    that might stop flowing once US gives the IOF the nod to procede w. total expulsion of the shemitic-canaanitic people.

    and these lands, including euros must have said NO. any other explanation? thnx

  5. Max Shields said on January 4th, 2009 at 11:34am #

    Petronius
    Fear and domination is not unique to Jews. It is the tool of empire and has been for thousands of years in one form or another.

    Fear is the way you get the masses to go to war. There is nothing more primal than flight or fight. When that energy is focus by the power structure with guns and artilery, and the finger is pointed to an “enemy” and the enemy is demoniszed and dehumanized, the action is total war and annihilation and the rationale for those murderous actions are piled up in the kind of dialy talk described in this piece. We know, it’s here in the US. There are the “terrorists” who must be destroyed.

    Johnny gets his gun and marches off to war.

    What makes Israel a “special case” is the modern day intensity and the fact that the world now has laws and treaties in place which have “outlawed” this behavior. It is a pathology to see the world as dangerous to the point that you wish to “get them before they get you”.

    This kind of “mindset” would have the world in total war and would end the specious in one fell swoop. If you simply take the Israeli mindset and apply across the board, then we can begin now to eat our children. This is maddness and it is played out in its worst incarnation in this rogue state – Israel on the world stage.

  6. sk said on January 4th, 2009 at 12:02pm #

    Also, an excerpt from a review by Yitzhak Laor of 1967: Israel, the War and the Year That Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev:

    …Israeli generals were not panicked so much as determined to induce panic….Anyone who knew the details, including the CIA in Tel Aviv and the general staff of Israel, knew that Israel was not facing a ‘second Holocaust’, as the press, nourished by the military’s psychological operations, warned. Segev gives a careful description of this dynamic. The Israeli military undoubtedly faced real dangers; even so, a very small group of individuals floated an exaggerated, cataclysmic scenario for the benefit of ‘public opinion’ in the West and at home, a key part of Israel’s strategy to this day….Our truths lie beyond the facts; they are always rapidly subsumed in fiction and mythology.

    The review is entitled ‘Orchestrated Panic’.

  7. bozh said on January 4th, 2009 at 1:08pm #

    peres has commented that the sixday war was won in two hours. Martin Gilbert, Israel, a history, p.384.
    gilbert wrote the history as friend of some israelis and had sought advice almost solely from judaists or ‘jews’ as i say.
    peres said that after mordechai hod and rabin informed him that over 400 egyptian, syrian, and jord’n aircraft had been destroyed, many of which sat on runways.
    that and the fact that war was over in in just six days, shows/proves that arabs had no intention to attack isr.
    the fact that isr at that time had been de facto 51 US state further weakens isr’s case.
    we all know that US considers foreign lands, in which they have property, as its territory.
    thus attacking isr now or then means attacking US . thnx

  8. Hitman said on January 4th, 2009 at 1:33pm #

    Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev orders Ohmert to cease fire, end to bloodshed.

    04.01.09 23:13

    Russia has called for the swift implementation of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s ground offensive under way since late Saturday, Russian media reported Sunday, dpa reported.

    Moscow was seriously concerned about the situation, President Dmitry Medvedev told Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the telephone on Sunday, according to the Itar-Tass news agency said. The two leaders again emphasized the importance of the planned meeting of the so-called Middle East Quartet in Moscow, the report said. No date has been given for the meeting.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday called on both sides to end the bloodshed and the suffering of civilians.

    .

  9. Hitman said on January 4th, 2009 at 1:36pm #

    Hello folks: I have an opinion about what is going on in this evil world. something doesn’t compute in my brain. I mean, the main problem i see is that the whole world is apathetic, negligent and even hating the people of Gaza and the Palestines by not reacting against Israel. I see a sort of world-hatred and negligence for the community of Gaza and the Palestine people.

    Can somebody in this blogger explain to me why other governments are not invading Israel, even though it might spark World War III? I mean isn’t it better to accept the outcome of a war with Israel in that region, than having to watch Israelites killing Palestinians like dogs?

    .

  10. John Hatch said on January 4th, 2009 at 2:50pm #

    Hitman, I think you answered your own question.

    With the thoroughly corrupt and insane USA on its side, attacking Israel would undoubtedly unleash WWIII, and the end of the world. Israel has at least 200 nukes, which it would not hesitate to use in helping us all to commit suicide. Israel is on record as saying so.

    A worldwide boycott of America/Israel will hurt everyone, but not as much as death. It has to happen.

  11. Petronius said on January 4th, 2009 at 3:02pm #

    Of course Israel is a base for controlling oil resources in the Middle East, that is a sine qua non and self evident, I would say. However I tried to point out the constant fear of being beleaguered, which is an ingrained and often justified element in Jewish thinking. Therefore Israel is the perfect foil for American power, a forever wakeful guard dog in a large untamable region of diverging interests. However Israel is like America itself mired in the idea that the only way to deal with resistance is violence, because their adversaries would not understand reason. Having studied with Palestinians in the Lebanon, I found that many are reasoned and extremely bright, something that could not always be said about the under-educated but endearing American students there. The reality in life is that we cannot always afford the best of all possible worlds and many ‘progressives’ here dream the impossible dream, thinking that by writing, demonstrating and elections the establishment will be influenced and ultimately cave in. But as the despised French say: “one cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs”, and so I fear that a change in the capitalist system will only come about by violence and that the backlash from our present foreign policy, backing up Israel’s attack on Gaza will hit us and them sooner or later.

    btw. I noticed that people do not read carefully what is in these comments. for example shields writing that fear and dominance is not particular to jews. I never stated that at all. in fact they were often the victims in europe over the ages of induced fear and destructive domination. that this fear has become unhealthy is mainly due to lovely institutions like the inquisition and the concentration camps.
    as for the concern from moscow, it is clear that since no date was given for the so-called middle east quartet, says it all…no rush. and to suggest world war is sheer idiocy in my mind. armageddon is an insane notion of the ultra right religious sects.

  12. Max Shields said on January 4th, 2009 at 3:27pm #

    “btw. I noticed that people do not read carefully what is in these comments. for example shields writing that fear and dominance is not particular to jews. I never stated that at all.”

    And you never said they didn’t, hence my post.

    The pathology of the Zionist (or at least what appears to be a pathology) is this notion of the wandering Jew who was always watch “his/her” back and thus this need to be ever alert. While we can say this accounts for some behavior, some primal need for safety, it, like so many primal needs are readily turned on their head and exploited for other ends.

    So what could be a simple act of self-preservation has become a malignancy in the midst of the Palestinian homeland. I can think of no history of a people (a tribal group, ethnicity, racial make up) that has not had its trials and tribulations, and in many cases persecutions and genocides. That a group should actually take this persecution and turn it into a war machine is something of an exception.

    But the real point is not the analysis of history as much as the horror of what is happening in Gaza. There really is no history that can justify it.

  13. giorgio said on January 4th, 2009 at 3:29pm #

    Gilad,
    May your predictions, sooner than later, be fulfilled…
    Meantime, I see on the news that AshkeNazi Jew French Pres Sarkosy says that Hamas is to blame for the present plight of the Gazans.
    Howz that for chutzpah?

  14. Petronius said on January 4th, 2009 at 3:38pm #

    Max, I agree and it is truly a tragedy as well as pathological. Giorgio, angry labels do a solution make. Actually Sarkozy quoted our dear Baby Bush, who first said all the present problems in Gaza are the result of the Hamas actions. Well, so what else is new ?
    However:
    Though DV publishes excellent articles, I have found that some are using this comment section for getting their rocks off, which is hardly conducive to enlightenment. What strikes me also is that the discussion is mostly restricted to one group of commentators, indicating to me that other readers refrain from commenting because of the sometimes acrimonious content of the comments. Having myself tried to insert a sane voice, even though I would never even dare to claim correctness in my opinions, I have been called twice now an anti-Semite. That name calling is truly anti-revolutionary and in fact Che Guevara as reported by Debray, wrote in one of his many letters to Castro, that he kept like all true revolutionaries, the hot heads out of his circle, because they can and do turn on each other and ultimately onto you. Best is not to even reply to calumny (name calling, calumny and personal attacks) and to refrain from them, because in no reinforcement is no profit :-)

  15. Petronius said on January 4th, 2009 at 3:44pm #

    I meant to say: angry solutions do not a solution make….

  16. Petronius said on January 4th, 2009 at 3:44pm #

    angry labels…etc.

  17. giorgio said on January 4th, 2009 at 5:35pm #

    “Once again Jews will have to wander into an unknown fate.”

    Gilad,
    Your last paragraph just preceeding the sentence above is a jewel of psychological insight into Israel’s “self-centred supremacist” view of its place in the world. Just as there are mentally deranged people in this world, so there are also mentally deranged nations, and Israel is one of them: “a monstrous exterminator” with, as Norman Finkelstein neatly puts it, “a unique entitlement” where everything is permissble to Jews in their relationship to other peoples.
    A paranoia mentality which condones in advance any inhuman treatment of non-Jews, for the prevailing mythology is that ‘all people collaborated with the Nazis in the “destruction” of Jewry’.
    Menachem Begin, who led the attack on Deir Yassin in April, 1948, and systematically murdered over 100 men, women and children, later showed clearly this ingrained perverted mentality when reacting to criticisms on Israel’s human rights violations, remarked:
    “Nobody should preach us Ethics, nobody!”
    So much for Zionist moral high ground!

  18. MrCynic3 said on January 4th, 2009 at 5:47pm #

    Gilad Atzmon,

    You wrote:
    “This week we all learned more about the ballistic capability of Hamas. ”
    I am puzzled, what do you mean “ballistic capabilities”
    All these rockets are nothing but useless junk. They might have some
    psycological value but they mostly cause very little damage and
    most of them fell in the opent desert.
    When you exagerate the palestinian “capabilities” and the Iseaeli
    “vulnerabilities” to that “capabilities”, then you are playing into the
    Israeli propoganda claiming that Israel is an innocent helpless victim.
    The fact of the matter is that Israel is very safe and secure well into
    the foreseeable future. So, please stop fantasizing and building houses
    of cards.

  19. Tevye said on January 4th, 2009 at 6:33pm #

    Most Israelis are delusional, and talk just like a German NAZI would have in 1940.

    This Jew is fed up with Israel, and hope the Palestinians win back every inch of the land.

  20. Meead said on January 4th, 2009 at 9:24pm #

    Thanks for your notes. We need to speak up!

  21. dino said on January 4th, 2009 at 11:17pm #

    i can’t see any danger regarding Israel.Today ,more than all times before, Jewish intellectual establish what is moral and what is amoral.i think that is the principal service that Israel give to USA.For instance Bush needed some words for his so called “doctrine”and then appear the great inspirer:Anatoli Sharanski.Bush was very pleased,he said that that were exactly what he wanted to say.After Sharansky, crusades for “democracy” became an usual concept.An Israeli reporter speaking with an politician from Iraq asked him “if Iraq now will going along with the democracies like Israel and USA”.
    The same is valuable in establishing “the evil people”.Take for instance pres.Ahmadinejad.I heard him a couple of times and he seems to be a very intelligent and rational being.But not such is his reputation in entire world.Even in net sites like Antiwar is not possible to find something much different from the usual ” radical, lunatic etc”.A single person,a great one, wrote lauds on Ahmadinejad messages from his speeches,Paul Craig Roberts.Hamas had been demonized and as such he was left to be fix by Israeli army and justice.No word at least from
    Russia,China,India,Japan.No one leader from any country ask about
    the nuclear weapon holds by Israel ,although many in the world thing that Israeli people have some “strange point of view” and play oftentimes ,like today in Gaza,the frightful madman.So i can’t see any danger for Israel.Hamas agreed with the existence of Israel in 67 borders.Iran proposed in 2003 to stop helping the Palestinian resistance.So what is the problem,whole the world dance according with Israeli music.

  22. giorgio said on January 5th, 2009 at 3:11am #

    This is Mossad’s most disturbing secret service motto:
    “By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War.”

  23. mebosa ritchie said on January 5th, 2009 at 11:13am #

    gilad,there is nothing worse than a jew hating jew.
    read the hamas charter–
    “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.
    hamas will you gilad as you are a jew
    born a jew always
    you’re riding the wrong horse
    it’s not too late to back to your jewish and zionist heritage

  24. MrCynic3 said on January 5th, 2009 at 11:34am #

    mebosa ritchie ,

    Are you serious?!! From where you got that nonsense??
    Are you a good science fiction writer?! You must be.
    You are trying to insult everyone intelligence here. Knock it off.

  25. kahar said on January 5th, 2009 at 12:39pm #

    mebosa: “there is nothing worse..” than you.

  26. kahar said on January 5th, 2009 at 12:51pm #

    MrCynic, what is the point talking to the resident psycho? Most Jewish children (speaking from my experience with people in the UK some with dual israeli passports and properties) are thoroughly indoctrinated with the most venomous doctrine from birth, made to memorise and repeat it, and injected with hatred, racism and lies. They grow up into sick, slimey, disgusting robots serving israel.

  27. Suthiano said on January 5th, 2009 at 1:10pm #

    The doctrine is one of elitism… kids who grow up expecting to be kings and queens believe they have right to everything… and that everyone else is impediment to that “right”.

  28. bozh said on January 5th, 2009 at 1:12pm #

    let the free speech flow. imo, it’s good to hear from defenders of israel’s crimes.
    for one thing, their ‘facts’ and conclusions can be easily refuted which is big plus for us. new readers need us to educate them. and israel’s defenders provide an oportunity to do just that.
    the more they lie or imgine things, the better for palestinians. thnx

  29. Suthiano said on January 5th, 2009 at 1:23pm #

    This is true bozh. Over the last few days a lot of weak Zionist rhetoric has been crushed on these boards. Provides good example of courage needed to stand up to these bullies.

    “Negotiations for the acquisition of a Zionist homeland produced few results. Herzl’s audiences with the Ottoman Sultan in 1901-2 did not bear fruit; and in 1903 the British offer of a land grant in the Kenyan highlands of East Africa split the WZO [World Zionist Organization] from top to bottom” (Davies, Europe, 846).

    Zionists had cash, political backing… but lacked enough will to settle Palestine. European Jewry was very divided at this time… Even half of WZO was willing to take land in Kenya… which may have been “promised” in the bible too… same way Pope divided Earth for Spain and Portugal… Yanomamo’s living in Amazon basin did not believe in Portuguese “right to land” either…

  30. louisa said on January 5th, 2009 at 2:05pm #

    Thanks, Gilad.

    Nothing to add but Mahmoud Darwish’s poem:

    Our Country is a Graveyard

    “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”

  31. johndoraemi said on January 6th, 2009 at 1:35am #

    Gilad’s historical analysis is good.

    His military analysis is nonsensical. The Palestinians are winning something? That’s garbage.

    Hamas is powerful and able to take the West Bank and destroy Israel?

    This is so far from reality, I can’t believe he’s serious. The Hamas “ballistics” are useless fireworks that have NO TARGETING CAPABILITY. Does this factor into the battle? Gaza, as we type, is divided into three, cut apart and its cities surrounded.

    This is more the “final solution” and Nazi extermination of the Warsaw Ghetto than any opportunity for Hamas to do anything.

    Israel’s crime against humanity must be shown for what it is and that terrorist pariah state cut off from all aid and all political cover.

    Genocide is unacceptable. There must be consequences from the “civilized” world.

  32. Chirs said on January 6th, 2009 at 11:19am #

    One things for sure the zionist stranglehold on the media is slipping fast. We now know when, why, how and who these deluded talmudist psychopaths are and as before when they were kicked out of countries this time it will be global.

  33. Sunny Singh said on January 6th, 2009 at 2:01pm #

    Hi Gilad – great piece. Thanks. Am linking to it from my blog. Very best. S

  34. James said on January 7th, 2009 at 12:01am #

    Hi Gilad,

    After reading your article (and the subsequent letters) I wondered if I should take the time and energy to answer or at least discuss the main points of your article.
    I realized that doing so would be a waste of time (at this point you are probably saying – aha he can’t answer me). Any answer I would write would be immediately dismissed as lies, or the deluded ramblings of an indoctrinated Israeli (Yes thats right I live in Israel and if we can discuss anything later, I will even tell you where I live (no not the West Bank))).
    I hope you have a fruitful life aboard. I hope you will be able to look into yourself and stop hating (yes you do).

  35. American said on January 7th, 2009 at 8:52pm #

    Here’s a question about this History lesson:
    Why doesn’t the United States return its own ‘occupied’ land back to the Native Americans who were here first? In fact lets return the entire Western Hemisphere back to the natives. Every must go back to their native land. I guess that would mean the Jews would go back to…….Israel. Why do Palestinians have a claim to the land, Jews were there before them?