We understand why, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations (UN) adopted resolution 181, partitioning Palestine and creating a Jewish state. In the wake of the Holocaust, there was a widespread feeling that there should be some form of reward for Jews, even if it came at the expense of those who had nothing to do with the Holocaust.
Almost three-quarters of a century later, it is clear that this was a terrible mistake. Even before the establishment of the Israeli state, some 300,000 Palestinians had been expelled. Since then, Israel has launched pre-emptive wars against all of its neighbors, but, above all, it has waged war on the Palestinians who remained in Israel and on those who fell under its control when it occupied the part of Palestine that ‘he failed to capture in 1948, namely the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The time has come for the UN to acknowledge that Resolution 181 was a terrible mistake and to revoke it now and with it the legitimacy of Israel.
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Israel’s targeted assassination of AlJazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the ensuing police attack at her funeral and her brazen refusal to even open a criminal investigation, should be the last straw.
When we pair this with Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, the latest being Masafer Yatta, it confronts us with a simple question: Can Israel, as long as it is a Jewish state, ever live in peace with the Palestinians? ? Or are his only friends in the Middle East destined to be Arab despots?
For more than 50 years, from Roger’s 1969 plan to the Oslo Accords to John Kerry’s peace plan, Israel has clarified that he prefers a Greater Israel to a peaceful settlement.
Even within the 1948 borders, Israel has been unable to grant meaningful equality to its own Palestinian citizens. Even today, he continues to steal their land and pursues a policy of internal colonization, which he calls “Judaization”. How is Judaization different from the policy of Aryanization in Nazi Germany?
The 2018 Jewish Nation-State Act simply codified existing practices, making explicit what had always been implicit. Under this law, “Jewish colonization”, the colonization of new Arab lands, is a “national value”. This same law specified that only Jews were nationals of the State of Israel. Palestinians, including Arab citizens, were guests to be tolerated at best.
Israel is officially an apartheid state and under international law apartheid is a crime. The UN has no alternative but to rescind Resolution 181. It is also clear that a Jewish state and a democratic state are mutually exclusive.
Just imagine that the British government had a policy of reducing the black population of London with white Britons. This would be dismissed out of hand as racist, yet in Israel it is the norm.
How can we explain the fact that half of the Bedouin villages in the Negev are “unrecognized”, that is, they have none of the basic facilities that Jewish settlements have, such as schools utilities, running water or electricity? No polling booth is established in these villages. No matter how long residents have lived there, they are treated like squatters.
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Al-Arakhib has been demolished over 200 times. Umm Al-Hiran was demolished in 2018 to make way for the all-Jewish town of Hiran in its place. The Israeli state refused to consider a Jewish town coexisting with an Arab village. Like Adalah mentioned“Israel’s demolition of the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran and the forced eviction of the residents is an act of extreme racism embodying colonialist land policies, supported by the entire Israeli justice system [sic].”
Israel, from its birth, has been an abnormal colonial state where racism is the norm. Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed“Israel is not the state of all its citizens…Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people – and only them. When MP Bezalel Smotrich address Arab members of the Knesset, telling them: “You are here by mistake – because Ben-Gurion did not finish the job and chased you out in 1948”, he said aloud what the “left Zionist said in a low voice.
The question of whether, in an ethno-nationalist Jewish state, Palestinians will ever be able to live on an equal footing is a question Western politicians prefer to avoid. The most basic and simple questions, when it comes to Israel, are too difficult for them. Instead, they retort with cries of “anti-Semitism.”
The Zionist colonization of Palestine began in 1882, nearly 60 years before the Holocaust. Today, the Zionist movement is weaponizing the Holocaust against its detractors. At the time, however, the Zionist movement saw the Holocaust as a distraction from its main goal – building a Jewish state.
The Jewish press in Palestine even doubted the existence of the Holocaust, citing reports in the Nazi press to refute claims that the Jews were being exterminated: “Probably not even Goebbels in his wildest plans could have elicited the kind of treatment that the Hebrew press gave to news about the Holocaust.”
In a letter to President Rooseveltthe leader of American Zionism, Stephen Wise, admitted: “It is indisputable that no less than two million Jewish civilians were killed. I had underground cables and tips for a few months, telling these things. I succeeded, with the heads of other Jewish organizations, in keeping them [the cables about the systematic mass murder] out of the press.”
Yoav Gelberprofessor of history at the University of Haifa, observed: “The struggle on the Jewish front for the Zionist solution distanced the Zionists and the Yishuv, even before the war, from rescue attempts and strategies unrelated to Eretz Yisrael This is shown by Weizmann’s refusal to attend the 1938 Evian Conference.”
Noah Lucas describes: “When the European Holocaust broke out, Ben-Gurion saw it as a watershed opportunity for Zionism…Under conditions of peace…Zionism could not displace the masses of world Jewry. forces unleashed by Hitler in all their horror must be put to the service of the advantage of Zionism… By the end of 1942… the struggle for a Jewish state had become the primary concern of the movement.
Albert Einstein gave a clear warning of what would happen if a Jewish state was established. In a letter of January 21, 1946, he warned: “I favor the development of Palestine as a Jewish homeland, but not as a separate state. It seems to me that it is a matter of simple common sense that we cannot ask to be given political power over Palestine. where two-thirds of the population are not Jewish.
In his October 11, 1946 testimony to the Anglo-American Commission of Inquiry, Einstein confirmed: “I have never been in favor of a State… I do not understand why it is necessary. It is linked to many difficulties and narrow-mindedness. I believe it is bad.” Also in 1946, in a speech at the National Labor Committee for Palestine, Einstein expressed his fear of the damage that a Zionist state would cause to Judaism: “I am afraid of the internal damage that Judaism will suffer, especially the development of a narrow nationalism in our own ranks… A return to a nation in the political sense of the term would be equivalent to turning away from the spiritualization of our community that we owe to the genius of our prophets.
It was not difficult to predict the path that Israel would take. The idea of ”transfer” has been around as long as Zionism itself. Palestine was a land without a people for a people without a land. The Nakba was inevitable.
Any student of European history should know that a Jewish state is a throwback to medieval Europe. The French Revolution of 1789 ushered in Jewish emancipation and the separation of state and religion. Clermont Tonnerre told the Constituent Assembly: “We must deny everything to the Jews as a nation and grant everything to the Jews as individuals. Zionism hated Jewish emancipation because it would lead to assimilation. This is why Zionists welcomed the Nuremberg Laws of 1935.
In 1940s Europe, the Christian ethno-nationalist states – Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia – became the slaughterhouse of the Jews. Croatia was the only state under Nazi occupation to establish its own extermination camp, Jasenovac, for Serbs, Jews and Muslims. Slovakia was the first state to deport its Jews to Auschwitz. In a state where civil and political rights depend on adherence to a particular religion, those who do not belong to that religion are doomed to suffer.
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Israel was born in violence and terror. The UN partition plan provided for Jerusalem to be subject to an international regime. This was unacceptable to the Zionists. When UN mediator Count Folk Bernadotte, who had saved more Jews from the Nazis than the entire Zionist movement, visited Jerusalem in September 1948, he was assassinated.
MK Geulah Cohen of Lehi, the group that carried out the assassination, Explain when asked if she still supported Bernadotte’s assassination: “There’s no doubt about it. We wouldn’t have Jerusalem anymore.”
What is happening in Israel today is the product of a Jewish state. Sectarian violence and the pursuit of the Nakba are integral to the state itself. Israel is a failed state whose only values are the worship of Jewish militarism. It’s time for it to go.
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