Finally. Someone has noticed what is going on in the Middle East. The UK Telegraph reports that Britain is "furious" with Israel because of the damage it is causing in Gaza. Is it because of the wholesale slaughter of innocent Palestinians -- the bombing of a Gaza beach that turned the entire family of 12-year-old Huda Ghalia into a smoking pile of human flesh and scattered body parts? No? Then, perhaps it is because of Israel using innocent Palestinians as human shields, gunning down children as they scurry fearfully to school, burying the wounded alive Jenin-style?
maybe Britain is at long last enraged by the
massacre of 19 Palestine refugees, mostly women and children in the
northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun on November 8. Maybe Britain was aware
of the little-reported six-day siege which had ended just the day before
the assault when Israeli ground forces had been withdrawn from Beit Hanoun
after slaughtering 50 and injuring many more. In response to the public
outcry at the November 8 slaughter, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
explained that it was caused by a mere "technical error." Olmert did admit
he was "uncomfortable" with the "event," but said military operations in
Gaza would continue, and that further mistakes "may happen."
Britain was one of 156 countries voting in favor of a
UN resolution condemning the Beit Hanoun massacre, but only after
"condemnation" had been replaced with "sorrow" over the incident, and a
call for Palestinians to stop lobbing homemade Qassam rockets into Gaza
settlements had been added. Israel ambassador Dan Gillerman voted "No"
before stomping angrily out of the session, and unconfirmed US ambassador
John Bolton also voted "No" while warning that such a resolution would
only "increase tension and serve the interests of those hostile to Israel
and that do not accept Israel's right to exist."
Those damn Palestinians, always making those seizing their land -- those killing and maiming them -- look bad. Why do they stubbornly insist on forcing Israel and the United States to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity? How long must the rest of the world be forced to listen to the Palestinian death knell -- a hysterical keening that incessantly batters the world's nervous system? Surely they can see there is only one solution -- a final solution -- and that is for them to leave, be forcibly expelled, or be exterminated.
Expulsion has been the only "option on the table" for years. Before he retired in 2002, House Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey (Tex.) told Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball" that he had thought about the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians "for a lot of years," and he believes that Palestinians living in the West Bank "should be removed." Armey said he's not against the Palestinians having a state, but he's "not content to give up any part of Israel" for that purpose. He suggested that the Palestinians should just get out -- set up housekeeping in the "many Arab nations that have many hundreds of thousands of acres of land, soil, and property."
In the course of my research to try and understand how Israel came so easily to occupy the US Congress, I came across a truly terrifying site whose lengthy July 3, 2002 manifesto, The Logistics of Transfer, laid out plans for the complete elimination of the entire Palestinian population within a few short years. In a cold, merciless and arrogant conclusion, its author states”
"When the world community accepts that Israel cannot and will not compromise her own identity as a Jewish state...and when Israeli Jews understand that the transfer solution is not just the only possible solution, but is also substantiated by the Torah, only then there will be no doubt that Israel will attain her goal.
"When two spouses truly do not get along and hate one another, it is foolish, useless, and cruel to force them to continue living together. They will never be able to share a bedroom. As Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once noted, Zohar Ha'Kodesh says that Eretz Yisrael is God's bedroom where He interacts with the Jews, His chosen people, and where others do not belong. They have no business being involved in the relationship between God and the Jewish people. This is especially true now, when all that remains as a home for the Jews is the tiny bedroom called western Eretz Yisrael."
But, what really sent me skittering to the corner was an article a month later, "The Growing Clamor for Ethic Cleansing," by Ali Abunimah, which laid out a neat plan for expelling Palestinians from their homes and land by Alan Dershowitz, a prominent Jewish attorney here, who was part of O.J. Simpson's defense "Dream Team."
First, Dershowitz says Israel should issue a warning that -- in response to a terrorist attack -- an entire Arab village or settlement, randomly chosen by computer, will be completely leveled. Dershowitz appears to be unclear on what is to be considered a "terrorist attack." I assume if you're walking home from work with wire cutters in your pocket to get through all the barbed wire that criss-crosses the area, it could be considered an act of terror...
And last (there's no in-between, Dershowitz cleans it all up in just two steps) -- The Arabs will not know which one of their villages or settlements will be erased in retaliation. Abunimah says Dershowitz’s use of the word "erased" very precisely reflects the force of Israel's response. Dershowitz says Arabs will be evicted without compensation. All houses and buildings will be completely demolished and the area completely bulldozed into a large field. After several such fields, Dershowitz believes that Arabs will lose any desire to commit "terrorist attacks," and more and more of them will leave Israel.
This, then, is the agenda of all but a handful of members of the US Congress and the majority of the American people? Somehow, advocating ethnic cleansing as a final solution to the problems of the Middle East says so much more about America than it does Israel, and hardly qualifies as a plan for peace. Somehow, anyone familiar with the relentless ferocity of the Palestine spirit as its people were forced to fight a lonely battle for the past 60 years in a futile attempt to hang onto their own land knows the Dershowitz theory -- those being dispossessed will finally hang their heads in defeat and quietly leave -- is destined to fail.
Because the last Palestinian standing will be waiting for Israel's bombs and tanks and bulldozers. And he'll have a rock clenched in each hand.
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