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Above Photo: A Palestinian Muslim woman heading to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City walks past Israeli security forces on July 28, 2017. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

…With AL AQSA Protests

IT WAS SUPPOSED to be a moment of celebration and reflection for one of those too-rare occurrences in the Mideast — popular protests by Palestinians had stymied the imposition of a new facet of Israel’s 50-year-long occupation. Instead, even after Israel backed down on the changes it had imposed at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, the situation in Jerusalem continued to spiral into familiar scenes of security forces chasing scrambling demonstrators.

Throngs of Palestinian worshippers flooded through the gates to Al Aqsa Mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City last Thursday. They reveled in victory after almost two weeks of boycotting Islam’s third holiest site to oppose new Israeli security measures on the compound.

After a brazen assault on July 14, using weapons smuggled into the holy site by three Palestinian citizens of Israel and leaving two Israeli border police dead, Israel had installed CCTV cameras, turnstiles, and metal detectors. The mosque compound is under Jordanian control and administered by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a Jordanian-Palestinian Islamic trust. The Waqf had called for the boycott and protests sprang up opposing Israel’s changes to the delicate — and perpetually tense — status quo.

It was only after Israel had removed all the new equipment installed at the site that the Waqf had called for people to return to Al Aqsa, which doubles as a Jewish holy site called the Temple Mount, where the two ancient biblical temples are said to have stood. As the returning worshipers planted a Palestinian flag over Al Aqsa Mosque – a symbol as nationally significant to Palestinians as it is religiously significant to Muslims around the world – Israeli border police crashed into the compound, firing rubber bullets and stun grenades. It was a new iteration, indeed, of the status quo.

Since Israel defeated the Second Intifada in 2005 – a Palestinian uprising sparked by a visit to the Al Aqsa compound by former prime minister and then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon — Israel has sought to send a message to Palestinians that opposing the occupation in any way will worsen their condition. It is the message punctuated by every home demolition, land confiscation, arrest, beating, killing, siege, and military assault. Yet in the mass action that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hardline government to blink last week, Palestinians halted their occupier’s plans with a determined collective voice, one that the recent spate of violent Palestinian attacks had failed to find.

 A general view of the Dome of the Rock in the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem on July 27, 2017, after Palestinians ended a boycott and entered the sensitive Jerusalem holy site, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

A general view of the Dome of the Rock in the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem on July 27, 2017, after Palestinians ended a boycott and entered the sensitive Jerusalem holy site, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

ALTHOUGH ISRAEL STATED that placing metal detectors and cameras at the entrance to Al Aqsa was solely a security measure, Palestinians saw it as a bold, public expression of Israeli sovereignty in the heart of an occupied city they hope to make a future capital.

Occupied by Israel along with the rest of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza 50 years ago, the “status quo” at Al Aqsa was negotiated for control of the compound. Over the past weeks, Israel has consistently denied its new security measures at the site had changed the status quo. However, the unilateral decision came on the heels of months of increasing Israeli checkpoints in the city, closures, a beefed-up presence of security forces, and an upswing in stabbing attacks by lone Palestinians, mostly against Israeli forces.

In an interview, Israeli officials did not rule out imposing further measure on the Al Aqsa compound down the road. “Basically it’s gone to the period it was before the deadly attack on the Temple Mount. But what will be implemented in the long term is [that] there will be other security measures that will be used and implemented,” said Micky Rosenfeld, spokesperson for the Israeli police just prior to Thursday’s prayer inside the mosque. “It’s a government decision,” he added.

Still, David Baker, a spokesperson in Netanyahu’s office, was unwilling to comment on why the government had, after nearly two weeks of letting tensions build, taken the advice of Israel’s Internal Security Service, Shin Bet, and reversed policy amid mounting Palestinian protest.

Netanyahu’s rightwing cabinet, the most rightwing in the country’s history, exacted a swift political price, as hardline political rivals moved to denounce his government’s decision.

“Every time the state of Israel folds in a strategic way, we get hit with an intifada,” Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister and head of a far-right party, told Israeli Army Radio Thursday, referring to Palestinian uprisings. “You seemingly benefit in the short term but in the long term, you harm deterrence.”

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian youth during clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the city of Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian youth during clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the city of Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

THE AL AQSA PROTESTS came at a time when large-scale mass protests for the Palestinian cause have been few and far between; even the commemorations of 50 years of Israeli occupation in June were quiet. Both Israeli and Palestinian leaders were caught off guard by the eruption of the largest mass demonstration since the death of a Palestinian teenager at the hands of Israeli settlers in 2014.

Palestinian discontent has been mounting for years yet none of the traditional leaderships have been willing or able to channel it, especially in Jerusalem. Hamas leaders in Gaza and Fatah leaders in the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority – the two main factions that dominate Palestinian political power — have been more consumed with internal divisions that are increasingly shaped by tensions in the Arab world. But when the Waqf, traditionally a center of religious – not a political – leadership, issued a call for mass civil disobedience against an act of intensified Israeli control, it filled a void and rallied people around the latest manifestation of a long-held grievance.

Palestinians across Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza came together to pray in public while abstaining from going inside Al Aqsa. Pouring into the streets, going to checkpoints and gathering around Jerusalem, people sent a message of refusal to comply with Israeli dictates in their city regardless of their leaders’ preoccupation with using Israel’s Gaza blockade as leverage – cutting Gazan’s electricity to exert political pressure.

“I’m astonished! This is a very historical moment,” said Amany Khalifa last Wednesday. She’s a community coordinator with Grassroots Jerusalem, an organization that networks Palestinian social and community groups throughout the occupied east of the city.

Sitting in Grassroots Jerusalem’s offices just off Salah Al-Din Street, in the cultural heart of Palestinian Jerusalem, in June, the 31-year old was pessimistic just ahead of the 50th anniversary of the occupation. Despite several “very local” protests against particular Israeli settlements in the city, she conceded that the occupied city offered an ideal situation for Israeli rule. Under direct Israeli rule and physically cut off by Israel’s wall from the rest of the West Bank – and even some East Jerusalem neighborhoods — Jerusalem can be a lightning rod for instigating widespread political action, but it is isolated from the center of Palestinian political life.

Khalifa was there during the 2014 protests when the brutal murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir sparked a wave Palestinian protest in Jerusalem against settler violence and expanding settlements, spreading throughout the West Bank. Thousands of young people poured onto the streets for days. They marched to the edges of settlements, engaging in fierce clashes with Israeli security forces. Then Netanyahu launched a war in Gaza, deflecting Palestinians’ energy and attention away from a budding popular uprising.

At the time, Khalifa believed it was the beginning of her generation’s response to unending Israeli rule — the start of a new era of struggle. Yet, by this past June her optimism had crumbled. “Perhaps we’ll have to wait for the next generation,” she said then. Now, the mass public prayers and protests that filled the streets outside her organization’s office seems have rekindled her sense of immediate possibility. “There is something grassroots now happening in Jerusalem,” she says about the Al Aqsa demonstrations. “People were communicating through Twitter and Facebook to mobilize.”

KHALIFA DOESN’T SEE the Waqf as a religious power center that is going to replace the political representatives that have disillusioned so many Palestinians. Instead, she described the trust as having put out a rallying cry around the specific aim of maintaining control of the compound.

It was a position essentially echoed by the Waqf’s director of the Al Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Al-Kiswani, who welcomed the idea of Palestinian politicians resuming a leadership role. “We are demanding the status quo, before [the metal] detectors,” Al-Kiswani told The Intercept last week, amid rumors of a deal with Israel to remove the security equipment. “If Israel removes all the changes inside and outside Al Aqsa, we have no problem to return. We actually look forward to return to our place.” Hours later, following a meeting with the Palestinian Authority, the Waqf declared the end of the boycott on prayer at the compound.

By the time Israel removed the last of the cameras early on Thursday morning, Palestinians had spent 13 days praying in the occupied streets outside the compound. As the public prayers had grown, so had the crackdown; clashes, arrests, injuries, and protester casualties grew more frequent. Israeli border police raided East Jerusalem hospitals in search of injured young people accused of involvement in the skirmishes. While the repression mounted, the crowds continued to swell.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 1,090 people were injured and four killed between during the time that the heightened security measures were in place. And, amid the heightened tension, a Palestinian attacker stabbed three settlers to death.

The crackdown and protests even continued after the policy reversal and the end of the Al Aqsa boycott. Palestinian discontent has yet to been ameliorated while Netanyahu has responded to his political crisis by striking a hardline tone, calling for the death penalty for the Palestinian who stabbed the settlers, while imposing new security measures that barred men under 50 from praying at Al Aqsa.

Police are on high alert during a demonstration on July 28, 2017, in Jerusalem. Religious leaders announced that, after closures and restrictions following a recent attack, the holy site of Al Aqsa mosque will open for prayer. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Police are on high alert during a demonstration on July 28, 2017, in Jerusalem. Religious leaders announced that, after closures and restrictions following a recent attack, the holy site of Al Aqsa mosque will open for prayer. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

AT THURSDAY’S RETURN to prayer, however, there was only one major difference in the demonstrations: People barricaded themselves inside Al Aqsa as Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas, rather than refusing to enter the compound as the blasts rang out. The following day, Palestinians across the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem came out in a second Day of Rage on Friday, after having protested en masse a week before.

“This is all provocations from Mr. Netanyahu personally,” said chief Palestinian negotiator and senior PLO member Nabil Shaath, on the phone from Ramallah on Thursday evening as post-boycott clashes raged at Al Aqsa. “He just doesn’t want his people or the Palestinians to feel there was victory for those in Jerusalem.” He added, “There has been a feeling of euphoria here.”

Having not lead the protests or had them originate under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction, Shaath and the rest of the PLO have very limited influence and little control over the direction of the demonstrations. Now, however, if they don’t support the protest, they risk quickly becoming its target. It is a far less stable situation for them than it has been in recent months.

In June, while marking the 50th anniversary of the occupation, the PA leadership was focused on President Donald Trump’s attempts to restart talks with the Israelis. Speaking to reporters in his Ramallah office to mark the occasion, Shaath’s policy priorities focused on Trump’s negotiation process and the PA’s decision to get Israel to cut electricity to the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Hamas are our brothers, but we will still put pressure on them,” Shaath said in June. At the time, he acknowledged that the PLO had little choice but to engage in a U.S.-sponsored negotiations process. Later, in a one-on-one interview, he conceded that the PLO couldn’t endorse the international boycott movement against Israel because of its economic agreements with the country, and said that Palestinians need to find “creative nonviolent solutions” to use as leverage against the occupation.

“Because they are creative, they have not yet been created,” Shaath said with a chuckle when pressed on what “creative solutions” the PLO had for ending the occupation after decades of failed talks.

After Israel backed down at Al-Aqsa Thursday, however, Shaath’s tone changed and he couldn’t overstress the importance of renewed protest and was eager to illustrate the role of PA in pressuring Israel to relent. Highlighting how Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had suspended the PA’s much-loathed security coordination with Israel, he put forward a defiant tone.

“We stopped coordinating with the Israeli armed forces and security! We stopped exchanging information! We stopped the actions that have been going on for the last 20 years or so,” Shaath boomed through the phone. “We are not going to resume security coordination the way it was,” he asserted, confirming that no coordination has resumed since.

WITH ISRAEL BACKING AWAY from even its latest restrictions on Al Aqsa — men under 50 returned to prayers at the compound Friday evening — Palestinians are learning that even the most modest demands are being won in the streets with mass actions.

Even as the usual level of tense, relative calm of Old City returned around the Al Aqsa compound, the campaign appears to have already galvanized Palestinians into new fronts for popular protest. Since the end of demonstrations in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday night, fresh clashes erupted over the weekend in the Israeli city of Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv and part of its municipality. Demonstrators poured into the streets after a police killing of a Palestinian citizen of Israel and wounding of another.

It still may be too early to know if these two weeks of protest will spark a broader popular revolt, but Palestinians have rediscovered the power of their collective voice — and both their leadership and their occupiers have taken notice.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    A very detailed report. However, it doesn’t get to the endless core need, a need that is continually pushed back, diverted, and manipulated by the crazed-clever Zionist invaders: END THE GODDAM ILLEGAL OCCUPATION AND PROVIDE FULL JUSTICE TO PALESTINE!

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    The Emperor Has No Clothes:

    The West Bank, Settlements and the Two State Solution

    By Miko Peled

    February 01, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – “American Herald Tribune” – Sadly, over the last seventy years Israel has had many successes at the expense of the Palestinian people. But the one success that is the most remarkable is getting Palestinians and the world to buy into the notion that the occupation of Palestine began in 1967, and that therefore, the solution to the Palestinian question is what is known as the two State Solution. This is a manipulation of reality that would make any magician proud.

    It has become completely acceptable to disregard the fact that the vast majority of Palestine has been occupied since 1948. Mentioning the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the eradication of Palestinian towns and villages, mosques and churches, schools and homes is now considered radical. Forty-nine years of occupation is the claim one hears over and over again, the fiftieth anniversary of the occupation is upon us, people say, and hard as I try, when I add forty-nine to the year 1948 I do not come up with 2016, but rather 1997.

    There is almost complete disregard by the international community for the crimes committed by the Zionists between 1948 and 1967. The erasure of the fact that these were years marked by dispossession, massacres, and unspeakable abuse of human rights by Israel, is a truly impressive magic trick. Two small areas within Palestine that were drawn by Israel and left out of the boundaries of Israel in 1948, i.e. the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, have become recognized as Palestine. But that is not all. Not a single inch of the West Bank or the Gaza Strip is under Palestinian sovereignty. All of the Palestine, from the River to the Sea is controlled by Israel.

    So when European countries recognize Palestine they too are behaving like fools in a magic show, happy to be part of the illusion of some great master of deceit. And indeed, as the world is led by the nose, fooled by the illusion of a Palestine that exists, Israel, the master of deceit, continues to shrink what little is left of Palestinian life and no one stands up to admit that the emperor has no clothes! There is no Palestinian state, there is no Two State Solution, there is no West Bank, and there is not a single inch of Palestinian sovereignty anywhere in Palestine.


  • DHFabian

    I can assure you that we don’t all agree with the perspectives of the US liberal bourgeoisie. This is especially true of those who have actually put some years into studying the region — the issues and history of the peoples of the Mideast.

    Let’s start with some basics. Jews are indigenous to this piece of land. Israel is both the historic and the modern Jewish nation. It’s the sole Jewish nation — a tiny country, roughly the size of New Jersey, one of our smallest states. It is surrounded by vast, oil-rich Arab countries, some of which seek a “100% pure” Moslem Mideast. These Arab states are armed to the teeth by China, Russia, AND the US.

    “Palestinians” is the name given to Israeli Arabs who are recruited to work toward the destruction of the Jewish nation. (Many other Arabs live and work in peace within Israel.) Whatever today’s liberals/conservatives imagine that Zionism is, it is (has had been from the start) about the restoration and survival of the Jewish nation. I urge people to take the time to study these issues for a broader perspective than we get from the media.

  • DHFabian

    There is no “illegal occupation” involved. Israel is both the historic and the modern Jewish nation. It was restored in 1948, recognized internationally as the modern nation of Israel. 100% legal. Palestine was simply renamed Israel in the late 1940s. Following the Holocaust, masses of Jews left Europe for their historic homeland, building the modern Jewish nation of Israel.To say that “Jews invaded Palestine” is like saying that Native Americans invaded this country.

    What we call “Palestinians” today is a specific political faction that exists to destroy Israel, implementing a “100% pure” Moslem Mideast.

  • DHFabian

    It’s more complicated than most Americans today seem to grasp. On the old “two-state solution:” In recent decades, Israel already ceded two sizable chunks of the country for this purpose, only to be met with demands for more land. Keep in mind that Israel is only roughly the size of New Jersey, one of our smallest states, surrounded by oil-rich Arab states. “Palestinians” are Israeli Arabs, all of whom live within easy traveling distance of an Arab border. Many of us do not agree that a “fair partitioning” of the Mideast would mean: 100% for the Arabs, 0% for the Jews.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    More silliness! The European ZioNazi thugs had no right in Palestine. Only British arms and mendacity put them there.

    The Arabs wanted a democratic Palestine early on.

    On February 21, 1922, a delegation of Arab leaders appeared in London to inform Secretary of State Winston Churchill that they could not accept the Balfour Declaration or the proposed Mandate and that they wanted their independence immediately. They insisted that the Palestinian government should be responsible only to the Palestinian people. It would provide for the creation of a national independent government in accordance with the spirit of the covenant of the League of Nations. This government would safeguard and guarantee the legal rights of foreigners, the religious equality of all peoples, the rights of minorities, and the rights of the assisting power.

    In the face of Arab pressure the British government issued a White Paper to interpret the Balfour Declaration to both the Arab delegation and the Zionist organization. This explanation, while it reaffirmed the Declaration, denied that it meant making Palestine “as Jewish as England is English” or that Britain had had in mind “the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language, or culture in Palestine.” The terms of the Declaration, it was further explained. did not mean “that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home,” but only that such a home should be “founded in Palestine.” The home did not mean “the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine,” but rather the development of a center in which Jews could take an interest and a pride. For the fulfillment of this policy, it was believed necessary, so said the White Paper, to increase by immigration the size of the Jewish community in Palestine.

    Soon thereafter, in order-in-council was issued by the British providing for the creation of a legislative council, consisting of the high commissioner and 22 members, 10 official and 12 elected (eight Muslim, two Christian, and two Jews). The Arab delegation. still in London, insisted again that only a constitution, which would give “the people of Palestine full control of their own affairs,” could be acceptable to them. Mr. Churchill replied that the creation of a national government at that point would prevent the British from fulfilling their pledge to the Jewish people. Hearing this reply, the delegation concluded that the undertaking to provide a Jewish national home was the reason why Arabs were being denied their rights in Palestine and why Palestine could not have an independent government the same as Iraq and Transjordan. They also concluded that self-government would not be granted until there were Jewish people sufficient in number to satisfy the Zionists. Later events supported the delegation’s conclusion.


  • Helen4Yemen

    100% impossible for any Ashkenazi to have ancestral ties to Palestine.

    Harry Katz DNA
    99.9% European
    0% Middle Eastern

    Repalce * with .

  • Helen4Yemen

    Note: “fellahin” is referring to the Palestinian farmers.

    David Ben-Gurion – 1918: “The fellahin are not descendants of the Arab conquerors, who captured Eretz Israel and Syria in the seventh century CE. The Arab victors did not destroy the agricultural population they found in the country. They expelled only the alien Byzantine rulers, and did not touch the local population. Nor did the Arabs go in for settlement.”

    David Ben-Gurion- 1918: “Even in their former habitations the Arabs did not engage in farming…their whole interest in the new countries was political, religious and material: to rule, to propagate Islam, and to collect taxes…the Jewish farmer, like any other farmer, was not easily torn from his soil…Despite the repression and suffering the rural population remained unchanged.”

    Itzhak Ben-Zvi – 1929: “The great majority of the fellahin do not descend from the Arab conquerors but before that, from the Jewish fellahin, who were the foundation of this country before its conquest by Islam.”

    Benny Morris: “The vast majority of Arabs who live in Palestine originated in Palestine, ‘originated’ meaning they have been living in Palestine for hundreds of years.”

  • Helen4Yemen

    The predatory state is

    • bigger than Kuwait,
    • 3 times the size of Bahrain and Singapore,
    • twice the size of Lebanon, Qatar, Jamaica.

    And this is Arab land totally grabbed by white folks
    from Lithuania, Hungary, Germany …stolen land,

    Total area in sq. km. (sq. miles)

    Bahrain … 780 (301)
    Singapore … 719.1 (277.6)
    Cyprus … 9,250 (3,571)
    Lebanon … 10,452 (4,036)
    Jamaica … 10,991 (4,244)
    Qatar … 11,586 (4,473)
    Kuwait … 17,818 (6,880)
    Israel … 20,770 (8,019)

  • Helen4Yemen

    For over a thousand years, there were no Jews living in Palestine

    In 1882 when European Jewry arrived in Palestine as Zionist
    colonial settlers, they found:

    • 400,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Muslims (78%)
    • 40,000 Arabic-speaking indigenous Palestinian Christians (6%)
    •15,000 YIDDISH-SPEAKING European Jews (3%)

    • All the 15,000 Jews were Yiddish-speaking migrants from
    Eastern Europe who had arrived in the 1830’s and 1840’s to live
    on Halukka (charity) sent them to from abroad. Make no mistake
    about it that these indigent Jews of Eastern Europe were sent to
    plant the seed for Jewish presence on that land before the
    stampede to colonize the land would begin by European Jewry.

  • Helen4Yemen

    At 99.9% European ancestry and 0% Middle East ancestry,

    why are you entitled to Arab land and not the Eskimos who

    like the Ashkensazi are at 0% Middle East ancestry?

    Harry Katz DNA
    99.9% European
    0% Middle Eastern

    Repalce * with .

  • Helen4Yemen

    Israel + I = Israeli . . . so funny! So phony!

    Where did the “Israeli” come from? The word “Israeli”

    was fabricated. It simply came out of nowhere, made up!

    Ben Gurion wanted to call the white Europeans “Israelite”,

    but he worried people would laugh at them. Then he added

    an “I” after “Israel” and created “Israeli”? Why “I”? He copied

    from Muslim countries whose national names end with ‘I”:





    They could have named themselves:

    • Israelian
    • Israelese
    • Israelish (Jewish)

    But they chose to COPYCAT from MUSLIM countries.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves …
    politically we are the aggressors and they defend
    themselves… The country is theirs, because they
    inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle
    down, and in their view we want to take away from
    them their country.
    If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an
    agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken
    their country
    . It is true God promised it to us, but how
    could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There
    has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz,
    but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have
    come and we have stolen their country. Why would they
    accept that?

  • Helen4Yemen

    ♦ Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall – 1923: The expulsion of the Arabs from
    Palestine is absolutely impossible in any form. There will
    always be two nations in Palestine – which is good enough for me, provided the Jews become the majority. by a softened formulation of our goals, or a tribe of money grubbers who will abandon their birth right to Palestine for cultural and economic gains. I flatly reject this assessment of the Palestinian Arabs.
    ♦ Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall – 1923: Compromisers in our midst attempt to convince us that the Arabs are some kind of fools who can be tricked They look upon Palestine with the same instinctive love and true fervor that any Aztec looked upon his Mexico or any Sioux looked upon his prairie. To think that the Arabs will voluntarily consent to the realization of Zionism in return
    ♦ Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall – 1923: We can talk as much as we want about our good intentions; but they understand as well as we what is not good for them.
    for the cultural and economic benefits we can bestow on them is infantile. Colonization can have only one goal. For the Palestinian Arabs this goal is
    ♦ Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall – 1923: Colonization itself has its own explanation, integral and inescapable, and understood by every Arab and every Jew with his wits about him.
    inadmissible. This is in the nature of things. To change that nature is impossible. small, immaterial borderland, then Palestine would still remain for the Palestinians not a borderland, but their birthplace, the center and basis of their
    ………………………………………………………………………………………….. exists now.”
    ♦ Jabotinsky – The Iron Wall – 1923: “If it were possible (and I doubt this) to discuss Palestine with the Arabs of Baghdad and Mecca as if it were some kind of
    own national existence. Therefore it would be necessary to carry on colonization against the will of the Palestinian Arabs, which is the same condition that

  • Helen4Yemen

    DNA has confirmed that the Ashkenazi have no trace of Middle East ancestry, zero, zilch!

    Name………………………. European DNA……. Middle Eastern DNA

    1) Alex Feinberg…………… 99.8% …………… 0%

    2) Dershowitz DNA………. 99.9% …………….0%

    3) Rabbi Hammerman…,,, 99.9% …………… 0%

    4) Tony Kushner…………… 99.9% …………….0%

    5) Joseph Cohen………….. 99.8% …………… 0%

    6) Bill Maher…………………..99.9% ……………..0%

    7) Neil Gaiman……………… 99.9% …………… .0%

    8) Jill Sobule………….. …….99.9% ……………..0%

    9) Alisa R Doctoroff…….. ..98.0% …………….. 0%

    10) A.J. Jacobs………………99.9% ……………. 0%


    replace * with .

  • Helen4Yemen

    When you look in the mirror, tell me what you see:

    a) Asian
    b) Middle Eastern
    c) European
    d) African

    Please give me your answer.

  • Margaret Flowers

    This is so based in fantasy that it is remarkable. There was no Jewish nation to restore. The Israelis took Palestine away by force – that was the war that Miko’s father fought in 1948. Before that, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes by Zionists.

    You have your analogies backwards. To say that they “simply renamed Israel” is like saying that settlers “simply renamed Turtle Island” without recognizing the theft and genocide of Native Americans that had to occur first. Jewish people had no claim to Palestine. Most of the Jewish settlers there are of European descent.

    Palestinians are not a political faction. They are a people with a country that has been stolen by the Israelis. Their sovereignty is recognized by most nations in the world and the fact that Israeli settlements are illegal is also widely recognized, even by the US. Israel is an apartheid state that is engaging in land theft, genocide and ethnic cleansing every day.

    I again urge you to listen to the interview. The story of Israel is steeped in myth.

  • Helen4Yemen

    1″ “The Israelis took Palestine away by force”

    The word “Israeli” offends me because it was a fake word that was manufactured with deception in mind. They just added the letter “I” after “Israel” copying from Muslim nationalities (Yemen-i,Iraq-i, Somal-i and so on). The idea was to make the Christian world believe that these snow-white Europeans are descended from the Israelite and it worked. The “Israelis” did not take Palestine by force, European Ashkenazi did since there were no “Israelis” then.

    2. “Most of the Jewish settlers there are of European descent.”

    95% of world Jewry is Ashkenazi. I think the settlers are all Ashkenazi 100%.

    3. “They are a people with a country that has been stolen by the Israelis.”

    Again it were the Ashkenazi who stole the land since there were no “Israelis”. Since most of the Ashkenazi are atheist, I do not refer to them as “Jews” but simply as Ashkenazi.