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Third World Traveler: Israel Watch page

Posted by uscsjp on March 23, 2007

Israel Watch: History and Analysis of Israeli policy

“…The charge that criticism of Israel is implicitly anti-Semitic — is regarded in Israel and the United States as Israel’s trump card. If it has been played more insistently and aggressively in recent years, that is because it is now the only card left. The habit of tarring any foreign criticism with the brush of anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in Israeli political instincts: Ariel Sharon used it with characteristic excess but he was only the latest in a long line of Israeli leaders to exploit the claim. David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir did no different. But Jews outside of Israel pay a high price for this tactic. Not only does it inhibit their own criticisms of Israel for fear of appearing to associate with bad company, but it encourages others to look upon Jews everywhere as de facto collaborators in Israel’s misbehavior. When Israel breaks international law in the occupied territories, when Israel publicly humiliates the subject populations whose land it has seized — but then responds to its critics with loud cries of “anti-Semitism” — it is in effect saying that these acts are not Israeli acts, they are Jewish acts: The occupation is not an Israeli occupation, it is a Jewish occupation, and if you don’t like these things it is because you don’t like Jews. In many parts of the world this is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling assertion: Israel’s reckless behavior and insistent identification of all criticism with anti-Semitism is now the leading source of anti-Jewish sentiment in Western Europe and much of Asia…”

excerpted from the article “The Country that Wouldn’t Grow Up”
by Tony Judt; Ha’aretz,, 5/5/06

6 Responses to “Third World Traveler: Israel Watch page”

  1. Nishi said

    Israel, America & Europe are actually at fault for its failures, owing to its continued military occupation and illegal settlements. Despite giving lip service to peace, the Israeli army’s refusal to leave the occupied territories continues to be in direct contravention to what the preamble to UN Security Council Resolution 242 termed the “inadmissible taking of land by force.”

    But the international community, Palestinians and Arabs all bear responsibility as well. Indeed, the list of disappointments pre-dates Israeli statehood and the Nakbeh itself: the King-Crane Commission of 1919, the 1937 Peel Report, the British White Paper of 1939, the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry of 1945, and the UN Partition Plan of 1947.

    To be sure, Palestinians and Arabs are also to blame for their inability to empathise, recognise and understand the plight of the Jewish people.
    While European public and private support to Israel, especially in its founding years, is believed to be very extensive, the US has created a firewall of vetoes and political protection for Israel, in addition to providing massive financial support.

    After the US, Germany is the principal donor of both economic and mili-tary aid to Israel.

    In the face of Israel’s strength, the Palestinian national movement’s failure has now played into the hands of Islamists.

    The Hamas, which emerged during the first Intifada in 1987, grew more powerful in the 1990s, after the return of the PLO’s Yasser Arafat and the creation, as a result of the Oslo Accords, of the Palestinian Authority.

    Hamas’s rejection of the Oslo Accords bore political fruit as it became increasingly clear to Palestinians that the handshakes on the White House lawn would not produce the coveted end to the Israeli occupation, or even of Israel’s illegal settlement activities.

    Yet, despite history’s long train of failures, Hamas’s June 2007 seizure of control of Gaza, and its pariah status in the West, we are repeatedly told by the US that 2008 will be the year of a peace agreement. But the so called champions of Democracy civil society Human Rightas had not allowed Hamas to rule Palestine, only because of excuse that it is an alleged terrorist organization, are these champions are not supporting Friendly dictators and Terrorists in other countries, why this selective demonstration of rightiousness in palestine only?


  2. Israel was thrust upon Palestinians although the Crime Of Holocaust was committed by Europe and prior to that also in last 2000 years it it was Europe all the way doing ghastly crimes against Jews?

    Now certain fundamental questions are to be answered, by any one else claiming to be answerable;

    1. Whether the ‘Civilized world’ ever felt the hurt, sorrow and anguish of Hiroshima & Nagasaki as it was felt by the Japanese generations after 1945?

    2. Whether the ‘Civilized world’ ever asked the question that who was the country which stopped shipment of ‘PL 480′ to India for denial By Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Indian Prime Minister, to support “That Super Power” in the UN?

    3. Whether the Palestinians who died since 1948 because of “Israeli Terrorism” are less human being than the Dead of Manhattan?

    4. Why the ‘Civilized world’ had not cried on its rooftops when the Vietnamese were Napalm bombed in the year 1960 by the Americans?

    5. When the camp of innocent Palestinian people of ‘Sabra’ and ‘Shatila’ in Lebanon was bombed by Ariel Sharon (when he was in the army of Israel), why the ‘Civilized World’ had not taken the cause of those dead with the same fury like today?

    6. Whether the ‘Civilized World’ felt same rage when the innocent people of ‘Iraq’ were butchered for years together, & are still being bombed without any cause?

    7. Whether the ‘Civilized World’ ever asked the question that who gave birth to Taliban to fight Communists in Afghanistan by providing those Stinger Missiles and other strategic “Support”?

    8. Whether the ‘Israeli Terrorism’ is the root cause of all the evils being faced by the world today or it is any other sort of Terrorism.

    9. What are the reasons that just a week prior to the Manhattan, the share prices of Major American Insurance companies fell down abruptly?

    10. Whether the ‘Civilized World’ felt same rage when the innocent people of ‘Bosnia’ were butchered and raped for years together?

    11. Why the question was not asked from Ariel Sharon (the then Prime Minister of Israel) that why he visited Masjid-e-Aqsa (the most revered place for Muslims after Mecca) in his shoes, and what point he wanted to press except to provoke ordinary faithful? Only this provocative act had caused many scratches to the region and world than the Holocaust.

    12. If the attack of September the 11th had happened with any small African or Asian country then the civilized world would have awakened with the same fury?

    13. Which was the country, which kidnapped the President of Panama, a sovereign country, from his own country, for the alleged charges of drug trafficking?

    14. Can George Bush, Tony Blair or Ariel Sharon provide efficient governance to their own respective countries while locked and closed in two small rooms of their own headquarters surrounded by tanks, missiles and army of enemy, without electricity, water, food and modern communication facilities, facing all sorts of threat except ‘Death’ as promised by the modern day self proclaimed gods, to Late Yaser Arafat?

    15. What is the vision behind the theory of ‘New World Order’? Is it not confined to despatch forces to any part of world only because that ‘part’ is not submitting itself unreservedly? Whether the present ‘Fury’ is part of the theory of ‘New World Order’?

    16. Is it not a sign of Imperial Roman of Ancient history & Imperial Europe of near past revived again in a new more furious and ruthless form?

    17. Where are those weapons of mass destruction (WMD) for which Iraq was attacked by America?

    18. HOLOCAST the most bloody, inhuman act committed by Europe during II world war, then in lieu thereof why not the Jewish State be created in Europe and the suffering jews be shifted to Europe? In this way Europe will come out clean of its crime and be able to give much needed reprieve to Jews and Palestinians both.

  3. An impression had been created by some so called intellectuals that Israel was born because of a movement named as Zionism, and this motivated so many people to buy land in Palestine & that has given birth to present Israel. But it is a fact that No land was ever purchased by any one it was an unlawful occupation by guilt conscious of certain nations. Can you Sir enlighten us that from whom those alleged puchases of land were made & when. Whether those lands were transfered to the occupants under the supervision of any International force or by some other method, when this transaction took place.

    But the History you know better than me, but still I am giving short insight to that in the following paragraph.

    The United Nations, the successor to the League of Nations, attempted to solve the dispute between the Jews and Arabs in Palestine. On May 15, 1947 the UN appointed a committee, the UNSCOP, composed of representatives from eleven states. To make the committee more neutral, none of the Great Powers were represented. After spending three months conducting hearings and general survey of the situation in Palestine, UNSCOP officially released its report on August 31.

    A majority of nations (Canada, Czechoslovakia, Guatemala, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden, and Uruguay) recommended the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states, with Jerusalem to be placed under international administration. A minority (India, Iran, and Yugoslavia) supported the creation of a single federal state containing both Jewish and Arab constituent states. Australia abstained. Thus a Jewish state was voted upon, but would be smaller than the one promised in the League of Nations Resolution.

    For the first time, an Arab state would be created in Palestine as well. In September 1947 the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) reported in favour of partition in Palestine, a suggestion ratified by the UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947. The result would be the creation of two states, one Arab and one Jewish, with the city of Jerusalem to be under the direct administration of the United Nations.

    The General Assembly resolution required Britain to allow unrestricted Jewish migration into a port on the coast; however Britain refused to implement the resolution and continued to incarcerate Jewish migrants in Cyprus.

    On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions, in favour of the Partition Plan, while making some adjustments to the boundaries between the two states proposed by it.

    The division was to take effect on the date of British withdrawal from the Mandate Territory of Palestine. Both the United States and Soviet Union supported the resolution.

    The 13 countries (23%) that voted against resolution were: Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.

    The 10 countries (17%) that abstained were: Argentina, Chile, Republic of China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia.

    One state, Thailand (2%) was absent: The 33 countries (58%) that voted in favour of the partition were: Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian SSR, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, South Africa, Ukrainian SSR, United States of America, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

    Following the adoption of the plan, Arab countries proposed to query the International Court of Justice on the competence of the General Assembly to partition a country against the wishes of the majority of its inhabitants (it would place 36% of the Arabs inside the Jewish state). The Arab leadership opposed the plan, arguing that it violated the rights of the majority of the people in Palestine, which at the time was 67% non-Jewish (1,237,000) and 33% Jewish (608,000). Arab leaders also argued a large number of Arabs would be trapped in the Jewish State as a minority. Every major Arab leader objected in principle to the right of the Jews to an independent state in Palestine, reflecting the policies of the Arab League.

  4. Simon said

    It is 100% correct that actually Israel was thurst upon Palestinian people by Europe & America. Holocast was manufactured & created to give reason to fulfill the design of Zionism carved out in last more than one hundred years prior to occupation of Palestinian land by the so called UNO which is a forum of expansionists and Imperialists of the day.

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