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Israel is a terrorist state.  It was founded on the genocide of the Palestinian people, dividing their land into two States. The Zionists then drove hundreds of thousands of Palestinians out of the artificially created state. The present attacks on Gaza represent but another chapter in the 60 years of genocide against Palestinians.

Genocide? The facts and figures in the paragraphs below come from Israel: the Hijack State by John Rose from Britain’s Socialist Workers’ Party.  They seem to me to justify the argument that Israel was founded on genocidal terror against Palestinians.

At Deir Yassin, the Irgun murdered between 200 and 300 men, women and children. It is recognised now as a historical reality, a reality that was used in other towns and villages to drive Palestinians out.

According to Benny Morris, an Israeli historian, an Israeli intelligence report of June 1948 says that on the eve of the UN partition Plan Resolution of 29 November 1947, there were 219 Arab villages and four Arab, or partly Arab, towns in the areas earmarked for Jewish statehood. The total Arab population then was 342000. By 1 June, 180 of these villages and towns had been evacuated with 239,000 fleeing the Jewish state areas. Another 152000 Arabs fled areas earmarked for the Palestinian state.

Why? The intelligence branch says the major cause was hostile [JP – i.e. Haganah/Isaraeli Defence Force] operations. In other words the Israelis drove out somewhere close to 400,000 Palestinians from their homes as part of their objective to expand their borders and create an exclusive Jewish state.

In the present criminal actions, the Israeli state is targeting not just military installations but a University, police stations, Government buildings, civil defence organisations and some mosques. The Palestinians say that after the fourth day of air strikes there are 370 dead.  The UN estimates about 70 of those are women and children.

There are acording to the Palestinians 1600 wounded.  The Israeli blockade of Gaza has destroyed or severely weakened the Palestinian hospital system so we can expect some of the injured to die soon.

This action is a crime against humanity. How are students, police, government employees and civil defence personnel legitimate targets?  And Israel knows that bombing anywhere in Gaza, because of the population density, will kill innocents.

This action is deliberately aimed at cowering the Palestinian people and Hamas, their legitimate and democratic representative. All it will do is reinforce the cycle of violence and see the futility of Palestinian rockets and suicide bombers re-emerge and grow in number.

Yet the West remains silent in the face of these Israeli crimes.  Israel is America’s watchdog in the region and its actions help US imperialism by creating mayhem and confusion among the Arab masses, enabling the US to control the region, in particular oil and its flows.

Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard has condemned Hamas and supported Israel.  Such is the logic of Australian imperialism which ties itself to a big power (now the US) to enable it to pursue its own interests in our immediate region and as an insurance policy for the future.

These criminal attacks show the real nature of Israel – an illegitimate state born of and continuing to use terror as its main weapon against the Palestinians.  For over sixty years the Palestinians’ crime has been to be Palestinian and to live in Palestine.

This is not about stopping rockets.  Hamas stupidly thought that lobbing missiles into open spaces in Israel would see the blockade lifted.  But Israel is going to an election in February.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu from the extremist Likud party is ahead in the polls.  He supports the attacks.

Tzivi Lipni is Foreign Minister and will be Kadima’s candidate for PM.  Ehud Barak heads Labour and is the Defence Minister.  So Livni and Barak have been driving the Government to launch this criminal attack on Gaza to boost their election chances in February.

All three have said toppling Hamas, the democratically elected governing party, is a priority.

Of course, if the terror attacks on Gaza and the forthcoming possible invasion don’t work, the election is Netanyahu’s.  Even if they do “succeed” in killing more Palestinians and toppling Hamas, Netanyahu can argue that the other two followed his lead and acted too late anyway.

300 dead and more on the way – all for electoral advantage.  Such is the moral bankruptcy of Zionism, the racist ideology that excludes or wants to exclude all but Jews from Israel.  Some want to create Greater Israel without any Palestinians, ie driving them out again.

The Arab masses are angry.  If that anger could be turned as well against their dictatorships and a US puppet like Mubarak fell, that would be a step forward for Palestine.

As I have argued previously the solution cannot be two states.  That formalises and legitimises further the genocide.  The solution must be one state for two peoples.

No solution will come from Obama or the Europeans or the UN.  US imperialism dominates the region and Barack will therefore support his attack dog.  The UN is a puppet of the imperialist powers.  The Security Council is the classic example, beholden to major imperialist powers.  In any event when convenient (eg Iraq) the US acts unilaterally.

The Arab masses hold the key.  Revolutions across the region can liberate Palestine. The mass of Arabs overthrowing the criminal dictatorships which rule them will unleash the incredible power of Arab workers and peasants and force Israel to stop its terrorist activities. It might make the US see its policy of support for Israel as a failure since the masses now control the region, not the Americans and Israel.

Until that happens however the logic of imperialism and racism will see the Israeli terror and genocide continue.

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Comment from Arjay
Time December 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm

It is also interesting that the Jewish faith basically owns the US financial system.Could there be a conflict of interest here?

They have become like the NAZIS whom they profess to detest.

Luckily the people who live on the Gaza strip are sub-human and deserve the Zionist outrage.Perhaps a soap opera would be appropiate.

Comment from John
Time December 30, 2008 at 5:52 am

Arjay

Jews do not own the US financial system and Palestinians are not sub-human. (Your comments are the logic of nazism. Sub-human is the way the Nazis described another group of human beings, the Jews.) Israel keeps the Palestinians in sub-human living conditions, having created a Palestinian bantustan.

Comment from John
Time December 30, 2008 at 11:37 am

Johann Hari has an interesting article in today’s Canberra Times (Deep chasm in Gaza bloodbath Tuesday 30 December). Johann argues the case against Israel, Bren Carlill the case for.

Basically Johann says that Israel withdrew from Gaza to tighten control of the West Bank and to destroy any political process with the Palestinians.

He also says that fact, and Fatah corruption, saw them vote for Hamas in a free and fair election, but this was not a rejection of the two state solution. He quotes a Uninversity of Maryland poll of Palestinians that found 72 per cent want a two state solution, while fewer than 20 per cent want to reclaim the whole of Palestine.

He says Hamas offered a long term ceasefire and de facto two state solution if Israel returned to its 1967 legal borders.
Israel instead punished the Palestinians for voting for Hamas, and this present ongoing attack is part of that process.

Comment from John
Time December 30, 2008 at 11:41 am

And Arjay, the Israelis are not nazis. Nazism was a specific response to particular economic circumstances coupled with a history of anti-semitism among some sections of European society.

Comment from baruch
Time December 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm

A return to 1967 armistice lines would mean that Gaza would be part of Egypt. Sure the “Palestinians” would like that.
The inaccuracies in the first paragraph beggar description, but truth has long been a casuality in this story.

Comment from John
Time December 30, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Thanks Baruch. I am not arguing for a return to 67 borders, Johann Hari is, but I assume he intends for Gaza to be part of Palestine, not Egypt.

Re genocide, here are some comments and figures.

Deir Yassin, where the Irgun murdered between 200 and 300 men, women and children, is recognised now as a historical reality, a reality that was used in other towns and villages to drive people out.

An Israeli intelligence report of June 1948 says that on the eve of the UN partition Plan Resolution of 29 November 1947, there were 219 Arab villages and four Arab, or partly Arab, towns in the areas earmarked for Jewish statehood. The total Arab population then was 342000. By 1 June, 180 of these villages and towns had been evacuated with 239,000 fleeing the Jewish state areas. Another 152000 Arabs fled areas earmarked for the Palestinian state.

Why? The intelligence branch says the major cause was hostile [JP – i.e. Haganah/IDF] operations.

In other words somewhere close to 400,000 Arabs were driven from their homes.

That seems to me to satisfy the present UN definition of genocide.

Comment from John Passant
Time December 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Baruch

I see you put the word Palestinians in brackets. You’re not joning Golda Meir in denying the Palestinians exist, are you?

Comment from baruch
Time December 31, 2008 at 5:57 pm

John,
Not really, but I join her sentiment when she said “the problem will continue until they love their children more than they hate ours”.
Palestinians ? During the British Mandate the inhabitants were called “Palestinian Arabs” and “Palestinian Jews”. Pre the mandate (for some hundreds of years) they were part of Turkey. And anyone born in Gaza 1948-67 would presumably be Egyptians. And anyone born in the West Bank of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordanin the same period would be Jordanians ? One would presume so. Seems to me that the land currently claimed to be “Palestine” has not (yet) ever been an independent Palestinian State. Or was ever described as such until very recently.

Comment from John
Time January 2, 2009 at 6:24 am

Thanks Baruch

As Israel murders Palestinian children, I think the Golda Meir statement needs turning on its head.

The blockade itself was and is an attack on all Palestinians.

But I think there is an even wider problem – the establishment itself of the State of Israel was necessarily an act of genocide by the UN against the Palestinians, and the Israelis (through the eyes of their ideology, Zionism, which is an exclusivist movement) then carried that to its logical conclusion by murdering Palestinians and driving 400,000 or so off their land. Not much love for children there.

Even before then, I don’t think the Irgun and Stern gang (or Haganah) showed much love for Palestinians or their children.

How many innocents did Zionism kill at the King David Hotel as part of its terrorist campaign for an Israeli state?

In Deir Yassin? In Haifa? There’s a patten here, from the establishment of the state of Israel, right through to the present day.

Britain and the Ottoman Empire were occupying forces so whatever they called the Palestinians is irrelevant in my mind. I think it is clear that for millennia a people lived in this region who came to identify themselves as Palestinians.