The immense cruelty of Ariel Sharon Submitted by David Cronin on Thu, 01/09/2014 – 21:28
If it wasn’t for a brief encounter with Ariel Sharon, I may never have become a Palestine solidarity activist.
It was towards the end of 2001. I was among a number of reporters accompanying a European Union “peace mission” to the Middle East. On a Sunday afternoon, we waited for Sharon, then Israel’s prime minister, to give a press conference in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
When Sharon eventually appeared, I was struck by how venomous he was. My memory has — naturally enough — faded a little in the interim. But I’m fairly sure that there was a smirk on his face as he spoke of how Palestinians sometimes blew themselves up.
The gist of his lengthy monologue was that all resistance to the Israeli occupation amounted to “terrorism.” He seemed to be rejoicing in Palestinian suffering.
We celebrate the death of this Butcher of Beirut, who has the blood of thousands of Palestinians on his hands!
Calling it the “crime of the century”, the Palestinians say that finding out who killed Yasser Arafat is a national and moral responsibility. Two reports into the death of the former leader have determined that Arafat did not die of disease or old age, but the reports do not agree on what was responsible for his death. Al Jazeera‘s Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Ramallah.
Dr. Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian who was a senior lecturer at Haifa University from 1984-2007. His position as an Israeli academic gave him access to official Israeli historical archives. Through research this Israeli-born academic learned the truth about the Israeli narrative. This clip of a lecture he gave in the US clarifies what happened on 1948, May 15th as Yawm An-Nakba or “Day of the Catastrophe.”
“It was suggested to them that so few years after the Holocaust it wasn’t a good idea to portray the Jews as murderers, expellers, looters, occupiers, and colonizers. This was a conscious decision by the political elites of the West to atone for what Europe did to the Jews in the Second World War. The price was very clear, the dispossession of Palestine.”
Most of the Israelis believe that Muslims do not want to live in peace with Jews and are opposed to the idea of a Jewish homeland, but neither of those two misconceptions is true. Palestinian Muslims are ready to live in peace with Jews in Palestine, as long as everyone has equal rights, including the right to vote, which is not the case today. And Muslims are not opposed to the idea of a Jewish homeland. They just believe that a Jewish homeland should be in Khazaria or somewhere else but not in Palestine.
Everyone is talking about a two-state solution for Palestine, but a one-state solution through a referendum with the participation of all the people living in Palestine — Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people with other belief systems — would be the best solution. However, all of the disenfranchised Palestinians would have to be given the right to vote for it to be a valid referendum.
And for that to happen, all of the 5.8 million Palestinians in the diaspora would have to be granted the right of return and the right to vote in the referendum. If that happened, the plebiscite could be organized. However, most of the Jewish Israelis are opposed to this proposal because they would then be in the minority. Continue reading ‘Live in peace or go back to Khazaria’
As Palestine refugees face an increasingly dire situation in Syria, some have made their way to the Gaza Strip, as Yousef Al-Helou finds in this video report for The Real News. Palestinian refugees who fled the Syrian civil war are split. Some support Assad, the others support the opposition