“Israel Has No Legitimacy”: An Interview With Miko Peled

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In Palestine, on Friday, March 30, Land Day, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated. This began six weeks of protests leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Nakba on May 15. Israeli soldiers fired at the demonstrators with live ammunition killing 17 and wounding over one thousand. We speak with author and activist Miko Peled about the violent occupation of Palestine by Zionists. The United States is a top supporter of the occupation through funding of the Israeli military and providing cover for Israeli violations of international law in the United Nations. Peled emphasizes that activists in the US have a responsibility to take action to end the occupation of Palestine and outlines many ways to do this, including an aggressive BDS campaign and support for legislation in Congress. Peled says “Israel” is an illegitimate state and the area should be called Palestine. He also speaks about his newest book, “Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

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Relevant articles and websites:

History of Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine: the Nakba by AlJazeera

Palestinians will not Cease to Demand their Rights by Basem Naim

For the First Time in 70 Years, Palestinians return to their Villages by Shatha Hammad

Violence Continues in Palestine, Israel Denounced by AlJazeera

Miko Peled

BDS Movement

McCollum Bill HR 4391: Promoting Human Rights by ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act



Miko Peled is a writer and activist born and raised in Jerusalem.  Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative he has written a book about his journey called “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” The book covers the work in which Peled’s family has been involved since his grandparents immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, describing their work and their life in detail. Peled’s maternal grandfather, Avraham Katznelson was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence; his father Matti Peled was a General in the Israeli army; in the 1970’s his father pioneered an Israeli Palestinian dialogue and eventually met with Yasser Arafat in an effort to convene him to recognize the State of Israel and adopt the Two State Solution.  In 1997 Miko’s sister Nurit lost her daughter Smadar in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem and that was what finally drove Miko to embark on the journey to discover Palestine.

  • il corvo

    First the fact, 17 Palestinians killed and over 1,000 wounded and all of them unarmed.

    And then there is the spin or concepts concerning that fact.

    If your bias is towards the Palestinians then you use the facts as propaganda or blame against Israel.
    If your bias is towards Israel then you will disregard the facts and justify the killings as self political preservation.

    When all of the rhetoric is said and done, what we are left with is that 17 human beings are no more and many will carry sever wounds for the rest of their lives and all of these folks have grieving families suffering from brutal loss.

    Where is the love and compassion by either side? Where is the caring for the injured and dead? Religion, politics and identity have been so intermixed that the human heart has been shrouded by the non reality of human belief and thought. This is the horror that the human mind has over the human heart. We must stay with the fact and then allow the human heart to cry over the needless loss of more of our species to fear and greed. As a species we must begin to say “never again”. The human heart must keep the human mind in check or we, as a species, will perish. It isn’t about “my people” but all people, separation breeds contempt and contempt is always destructive.

  • Linda Jansen

    “Where is the love and compassion by either side?” I guess you would have asked the gypsies, communists, gay, and Jewish people to have love and compassion for the people throwing them in the ovens and working them to death?

    “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”

    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  • il corvo

    Justice from whom towards whom and for whom? Justice is a concept. As Einstein asked “Is the Universe a friendly place?” And if it is then what do we do with our technology and science. For me Linda, true peace can not come into being until there is a psychological evolution and that would mean that each of our lives would be lived with the heart and mind holding equal sway. It would be a coherent mind and a compassionate heart.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    What you write could well have validity if we weren’t talking about Zionism and its adherents here. The entire racist-colonial enterprise Zionism and its adherents have no “human heart” as has been amply demonstrated for 100-plus years Ask any Palestinian….

    I, too, am a Palestinian.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    As always, Miko Peled gets it. Great post, great interview. Thanks.

  • il corvo

    My point exactly. When the mind separates us into groups, conflict will always follow. Our minds diminish and can overshadow our love and compassion. Zionism is but another example.

  • The recent false allegations against Russia in the Skripal case has had Russian diplomats being expelled all over the ”Western” world.

    Not a single Israeli diplomat has been asked to leave ”anywhere” after this latest mass killing of Palestinians.

  • si91

    As always, Miko Peled gets it wrong. By his logic, which states are legitimate?

  • si91

    Israel treats the Palestinians with more heart than any Arab state treats its own people.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    (Zio)Trollin’ around today, are you? Out, damned spot….