Unhallowed Holy Land
Date published: 22nd January 2014
Before I begin, I would just like to say to please remain objective and open to the words I have written, and understand that I have researched this area for a long time before writing this article. When I first started researching this situation, I tried to remain impartial and unbiased to either side. To maintain no preference to either side and remain an outside observer, only looking at the facts. However, it soon became apparent that there is no other way you can look at this situation, once you realise the extent of the injustice taking place. Even if you are strongly affiliated with one side more than the other, you will soon realise that one is clearly in the wrong, and we now stand on the brink. The empty void where we will either see a great injustice against humanity go unnoticed and plunge into darkness, or we will see a peaceful resolution to what has been one of the world’s greatest unseen atrocities.
The topic I am referring to is the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
To understand what I mean, I will need to start at the very beginning.
It is a myth that the Jews and the Arabs have been long standing enemies and have been at war for over two thousand years, and one I intend to pull back the curtain on in this article. What I am about to discuss here is the true reason for these feelings of reckless contempt for one another now, and the past one hundred odd years.
For over a thousand years up until the end of the 19th century, on the most south eastern part of the Mediterranean sea, was a region that sat snuggly between Jordan and Egypt encased by the red sea known as Palestine. It was not defined as a country, or even called Palestine until the Roman empire conquered the region and named it so in 539 B.C, and for a long time after that it was known as part of the Ottoman empire, when the Muslim armies conquered in A.D 135 by Muslim leader Omar Bin Khatab, after taking back Jerusalem from the Romans and was under Arab rule until the end of the late 19th century. The land was conquered and overthrown many times before this too, by the Greeks, the Babylonians and other invading parties before that and so on (of which can be read in any good ancient history book). For those one thousand and more years, it was inhabited by Arabs and Jews alike, and if we go by what the Old Testament tells us, an additional two thousand plus years before that, it was inhabited and governed by the Hebrews before their exile by God. In both these time periods, the Jewish people and the Arabians lived peacefully together in this region dubbed as the 'Holy Land'.
After World War 1 in 1914–1918, there was a division into what we now call Israel and what was at the time known as Palestine, when the English took control of some of the regions there. Also, at the end of the 19th century there was a political movement establish by a minority group of European Jews know as Zionism. The intention of this political movement was to establish a country of their own, a place where they could call home, and they had their sights set on the 'Holy Land'. They believed this land was owed to them by some divine right, even though none of them could truly trace their linage back to the Hebrews that lived there over 2000 years before, and that even their own religious teachings state they were exiled from this land by God, never to return until he (God) deemed them fit to do so. They believed it was the land of King David (the king of the Jews) and they would reclaim this land for their own. Many 'true Jews' of the time were firmly against this as it contradicted the Torah and the Talmud (the Jewish holy books).
In 1882 began the first immigration of Jewish settler into Palestine with the help of the English and the Zionist political movement that had been in consort with the English. They paid their way handsomely into the good graces of the British Empire, and so the story begins
According to Ottoman records, in 1878 there were 462,465 subject inhabitants of Jerusalem, Nablus and Acre districts. 403,795 of those being Muslims (including Druze), 43,659 Christians and 15,011 Jews. In percentages that would stand at a 96.8% Arab majority, over a 3.2% Jewish community happily living side by side. (source: www.merip.org)
In 1882 - 1922, 83,694 European Jews immigrated into Palestine with the help of the British Empire. Population 757,182, (source: the first British census of mandatory Palestine 1922)
The Jewish integration began after WW1, when the British implemented the 'Balfour declaration' promising the Jewish people a home in Palestine (The Balfour Declaration dated the 2nd of November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild (Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild), a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland). The Balfour declaration of 1917 stated "his Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country". This is a statement that should be clearly remembered, as we are about to delve deep into a pit of deceit and betrayal by the British.
The Balfour declaration was a complete contradiction to that which was said to the Sharif of Mecca (Husayn bin Ali) a year previous in "The McMahon–Hussein Correspondence" of 1915–1916. Negotiations took place between the British High Commissioner in Egypt (Henry McMahon) and Sharif of Mecca (Husayn bin Ali) for an alliance between the Allies and the Arabs in the Near East against the Ottomans. On the 24th of October 1915, Henry McMahon sent a letter to Husayn bin Ali stating the independence of Arab states (with a few modifications to limits, but not limiting Palestine) . The letter stated “Great Britain is prepared to recognise and support the independence of the Arabs in all the regions within the limits demanded by the Sherif of Mecca. Great Britain will guarantee the Holy Places against all external aggression and will recognise their inviolability". This said, and with what was later agreed with the Balfour declaration, are in complete contradiction with one another.
The British empire continued to immigrate more Jewish settlers into the region within the time period of 1923-1931 estimated at 108,000 odd Jewish settlers (source: British government, Palestine royal commission report & 1931 census of Palestine). Within this time period also began a land stripping from the Palestinian people which began the first outbreak of conflict between Arabs and Jews within the region. The land stripping being authorised by the British Empire and turned over to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland and other Zionist party affiliates noted in 'The Report on Immigration, Land Settlement and Development' otherwise known as the 'Hope Simpson Enquiry'. Within this report it states that land purchased from the Jewish National fund would deny Arabs to ever lease the land, or to ever gain employment within that land and therefore became extra territorial. This was not within the agreement of the Palestine people, and thus caused conflict within the region.
From 1932-1936 (Hitler's rise to power in Germany) an increase in migration of Jewish settlers boomed at around 174,000, and an additional 119,800 from 1937-1945. Still within this time further land stripping continued causing major uprising within the Arab communities as they could see the promise made to them of becoming a recognised state was a lie. British forces were deployed and a supernumerary police force was established for the defence of Jewish Settlements (Source: British Royal Commission, Peel Commission and Palestineremembered.com)
In 1947 the British turned the conflicted issues over to the U.N (United Nations, establish in 1945) to help resolve the exponential mess that they had created. Instead the U.N decided to exasperate the situation further by implementing an unjust land divided for Palestinian Arabs and the Jewish settlers. The Arabs were to be given 43% of the Land, even though they made up 69% of the population and owned over 92% of the land. The Jewish settlers were to be given 56% of the land (that of which was the more fertile land), and only made up 31% of the population and owned roughly 8% of the land (the remaining land to be held as U.N/British military grounds). This was to be known as the U.N Partition Plan. This partition did not last more than a day, as the moment it was implemented, Zionist forces (The Haganah and the Palmach) immediately began a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing, and as the Palestinians had no army (and never have), this would be a pretty easy task. Zionist forces began to occupy major Arab cities like Acre and seized and destroyed many villages, forcing people from their homes and killing many innocent people. Roughly 400 villages were occupied, and destroyed within the first year of the partition plan agreement, like Deir Yassin. The massacre of Deir Yassin took place on the 9th of April 1948 when around 120 fighters from the Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lohamei Herut Israel Zionist paramilitary groups (aided by the Haganah) attacked Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, a Palestinian-Arab village of roughly 600 people. Over 100 villagers were killed in the massacre including the elderly, woman and children. Some were taken prisoner and paraded through the streets of West Jerusalem like some kind of warped idea of a victory trophy to show Israeli dominance over the Palestinians (it is believed they were killed after). It is also known that there had been a treaty written between the neighboring Jewish village Givat shoul and the Arab village Deir Yassin for a truce of non-violence between one another two months prior to the attack, which clearly demonstrated the intentions of non-violence from the residence of Deir Yassin. However, two months after this treaty they were butchered and expelled from their homes by the Israeli forces. This act was not one of war, it was one of hate, and the knock on effect it had changed the course of the coming year, as the other Arabs villages that had heard of the atrocity that took place, fled their homes in fear when the Israeli forces approached their villages, frightened the same could happen to them (source: www.deiryassin.org, www.alnakba.org among other sources).
The Israeli reports on the other hand, when put against eyewitness testimonies from residence of Deir Yassin and Givat Shoul, reported by the Haganah and Palmach inteligence state quite differently. Fabricating and twisting the truth to suit the Zionist agenda, playing down the attack, even though there is proof to state the opposite.
There are some people out there that have brought forth claims that the attack on Deir Yassin has been over dramatised, or embellished for further gain from both sides. However one thing is for certain. This is (among many others) a point in history that should never have happened if the U.N had actually done their job correctly as world peacekeepers, and had stepped in to prevent this atrocity, instead of allowing other countries within the U.N (such as England and America) to help further the Zionist agenda with funding and weaponry to advance the Zionist intention of total domination over a people that had no defence to what was happening to them. Although, it also makes complete sense, seeing as the founder members of the UN are in fact the US and the UK, giving themselves autocratic rights within the UN such as the power to veto resolutions (of which we will discuss later).
On May 15th 1948, the neighbouring Arab states chose to intervene, and deployed troops to help with the conflict, at the same time that Israel announced its statehood. Now the myth within this, is the Israeli forces were being pushed back into the sea by the Invading Arab armies who had superior numbers, but by a divine miracle, and superior intellect, Israel came out victorious and crushed the Arab armies. However, the truth is far from this, and very different to the national narrative of Israeli history that is told to the Israeli's living in Israel, and what we are told in the rest of the world.
The truth to May 1948 was not that the Israeli's were being pushed back into the sea, far from it. In fact the truth was there were not a large enough deployment of troops on behalf of the Arab states, and they were outnumbered 68,000 to an Israeli 90,000 strong army(source: The Sword And The Olive By Martin Van Creveld - Israeli military strategist). Not only this, but the battle would never step into Israeli claimed territory, as the Zionist force commenced a preemptive strike against the Arab forces within the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights and the west bank. With this preemptive strike, the Israeli forces crushed the Arab Armies (source: The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine by Mike Peled). It is of little surprise that people are so misguided when discussing these incidents, when it contradicts everything they have been taught, or told. However, when we look at the facts it makes sense, as how else would the Israeli's manage to fend off three invading armies, of superior numbers, that were pushing them into the sea, and still claim 500 villages all within the space of a year? Seems a little impossible to me, but I will leave you to make up your own minds and review my sources to draw your own conclusions.
After the war of 1948 (which the Israeli's call "the war of independence" and the Palestinians call "Nakba" meaning "the catastrophe") Israel had managed to claim 78% of land in Palestine. The Palestinian's with the help of Jordan and Egypt procured the remaining 22%, the west bank under Jordanian control and the Gaza strip under Egyptian control.
Although peace was declared at this time, over 700,000 Palestinian refugees languished in nearby camps, staring through barbed wire fences at their true homes that had been stripped away from them and destroyed. Out of 500 Palestinian villages that were claimed by Israeli forces in 1948 after the war, 400 were destroyed to make way for Israeli settlements and large farm lands.
With instability still within the region, as Israel continued to build more settlement on illegally procured land, it was inevitable another war was on the horizon, and so broke out again in 1967. This was to be the war that would wipe historic Palestine completely off the map as Israel claimed all the remaining land, and now all that remains of known Palestine (but under Israeli control and now known know as Israel) are Gaza and the west bank. In this war Israel displaced more than 400,000 Palestinians, of whom half were refugees from the 1948 war. Thus displacing the same people twice in less than two decades.
The UN made no efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis, and the remaining Palestinians within the occupied territories became second class citizens in their own country, with no rights, no home, and treated less than human.
At UN summits, other Arab nations attempting to champion the Palestinians fell on deaf ears, with the US and the UK vetoing any form of call to step in and help. The US has used its UN veto power to defend Israel's violations of international law over 40 times (source: jewishvirtuallibrary.org), and for a taste of what types of things the US are vetoing , here are a few key points in the Security council draft resolution on events in Gaza 13th July 2006:
Calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldier
Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, for the immediate and unconditional release of all detained Palestinian ministers, members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and other officials, as well as other illegally detained Palestinian civilians;
Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to halt its military operations and its disproportionate use of force that endanger the Palestinian civilian population and to withdraw its forces to their original positions outside the Gaza Strip;
Urges all concerned parties to abide by their obligations and respect in all circumstances the rules of international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 and refrain from violence against civilian population
These are not unreasonable requests, and the list goes on, still with no further unreasonable requests, but the US's response giving their reason to veto, well, I will let you decide
JOHN BOLTON (US UN Ambassador in 13 July 2006): "The resolution should have acknowledged that Israeli military actions were the direct result of repeated military attacks from inside Gaza, as well as the abduction of an Israeli military officer from Gaza. While the United States remained gravely concerned by the situation, it was steadfast in its belief that the best way to initiate steps towards a solution was the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli military officer. At the same time, he said, that attention should focus not just on Hamas, but on State sponsors of terror who backed them, namely Syria and Iran"
I personally find the above statement to be a little one sided, as well as moronic, as the first item mentioned on the resolution is the immediate release of said soldier. They also go into a rant about terror, yet the country in question (Israel) is not mentioned as conducting themselves in any acts of terror against a minority, in their actions of occupation, physical torture and repeated abductions of civilians. This leaves much to be questioned about their true motives for veto, of which we will come to later.
By December 1987, the Palestinians, realising no aid would be coming to help them, chose to take matters into their own hands and rebelled against their oppressors. This would become known as the first Intifada and would last until December 1993. The Israeli defence minister Yitzhak Rabin voiced a strategy adopted by the Israeli military of might, power and beatings to demoralise the Palestinians. This was later to become known as the 'break the bones' policy. Thousands of Palestinians were rounded up and imprisoned, the majority held without trail, or charge, in sub-standard conditions and were abused and tortured repeatedly.
During the first Intifada there were 1,121 Palestinian civilians killed, of which 241 were minors, in comparison to 114 Jewish civilians killed of which 4 were minor (source: www.btselem.org - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories). Then due to leaked footage after the intifada, it became clear that the Palestinians that were rebelling were not totting guns and rampaging down the streets shooting anything in their path. In fact at worst, they were throwing stones at soldiers and tanks proclaiming to cease the oppression and not fired upon anymore. This was covered in the main stream media as that the Palestinians were 'firing rockets' on Israeli forces, and so were met in retaliation with force. So "stones" are rockets and bullets? Yet tear gas, rubber bullets (of which might I add are large metal rounds covered in rubber) and live ammunition which the Israeli's used are "force"? Interesting terminology would you not say?
As the first Intifada wound down at the end of 1993, the Palestinians entered into a seven year peace agreement with Israel, with a false hand shake taking place on the white house lawn between Yitzhak Rabin (Israel Prime Minister 1992 -1995) and Yasser Arafat (Leader of the PLO - Palestine Liberation Organisation) hosted by Bill Clinton (President of the United States of America 1993 - 2001). This was dubbed as the Oslo I Accord (aka the Oslo Peace Accord, or Oslo I).
During this so called time of peace, in the first year alone (that being 1994), an additional 117 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, 16 of whom were minors (source: www.btselem.org), of which A Jewish settler killed up to 30 Palestinians at a mosque in Hebron (source: http://news.bbc.co.uk, among others). On top of that Israeli settlements and settlers doubled from 200,000 to 400,000 settlers (source: www.america.aljazeera.com, www.btselem.org among others)
Since 1967 Israel has demolished more than 28,000 Palestinian homes, businesses, livestock facilities and other structures vital to Palestinian life and livelihood in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Almost 1,700 Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories were demolished by the Civil Administration during the course of the Oslo peace process in 1993-2000 (source: Israel Committee against home demolition www.icahd.org)
What the Palestinians received in return for their co-operation in this agreement was a facade of power over a false dominion of fractured settlements/refugee camps in the west bank and the Gaza strip, surrounded by Israeli forces and road blocks set up at every road leading in, or out, with ID check points to control the and further oppress an already demoralised and broken people.
Yasser Arafat stated at the time that "the Palestinian people are liberated", but how can a people be liberated if they are surrounded by an oppressive force? It was a lie, and the oppression continued.
The Palestinian people soon saw through this false regime of the Oslo I Accord, and that the principles of the agreements would not be met. Considering some of the more obvious of those agreements not being met were that of co-operation of non-restriction of water, transportation, communications, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, and affirmed a Palestinian right of self-government within those areas through the creation of a Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority.
Soon civil unrest among the Palestinians became too much as they strived towards another attempt at resolution. Israel offered in the peace agreement 95% of the west bank back to the Palestinians. As you may have guessed this sparked a second Intifada (also known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada) which broke out late September 2000. Now I here you saying to yourself "hey, 95% isn't a bad offer", but let us look at this realistically. Imagine I came into your home, forced you to the bottom of your garden at gun point, fenced you in and left attack dogs on the other side, trained to attack and kill you if you tried to come back anywhere near the house. Another way to look at it this is a prison. The prisoners have 95% of the complex, the yard, the cells, and the canteen. The guards only have the walls, the towers and the outer perimeter, only 5% which is the control! Still sound like a good deal now?
The other catalyst for this second intifada was when Israeli police fired rubber-coated steel bullets, killing four Palestinian youths in the Old City of Jerusalem at the Temple Mount for throwing stones over the wall at the worshippers on the other side in protest to the offer made by Israel. Police then switched to live ammunition. Up to 200 Palestinians and police were injured (source: www.btselem.org, www.aljazeera.com, among other sources). In the first 10 days Israeli security forces killed 74 Palestinians and injured close to 3000. This would be the start of a five year uprising that ended in 2005 claiming more than 4000 lives.
431 Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinians in Israel including 78 aged under 18, 218 civilians were killed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip including 34 aged under 18, 218 Israeli security forces were killed in West Bank and Gaza and 83 Israeli security forces killed in Israel.
In 2006, elections were held by the Palestinians, in which the PLO led government was voted out of office, giving Hamas the required seats to form a majority government. Which at the time was not good thing, as Hamas had a more militant ideal on how to resolve the issue.
As the number of Israeli settlers increases, so does the number of Palestinian civilian casualties, with settlers allowed to walk the streets armed with automatic weapons in what is now known as the remainder of Palestinian governed land.
The situation for the Palestinians is comparable to the Apartheid in South Africa (1948 - 1994), but have suffered it longer and are still suffering now, and it has even been quoted from those that have seen both that the Palestinians have suffered worse treatment and conditions. The Apartheid lasted 46 years and was a terrible tragedy. The Palestine conflict has lasted over 66 years, and is still happening now, with no end in sight.
This has only been possible due to outside aid for Israel. The main culprits being the USA, and within that, the lobbyists who fund the American official candidates to aid Israeli in foreign policy campaigns.
AIPAC is the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. They have been in operation since 1951 and are one of the main contributors to candidates who vote in congress. From 1978 - 2012, pro-Israel committees have contributed $52,821,354 to a total of 2353 candidates, all of whom are to vote in charge to AIPAC's recommendations (source: Washington report on Middle East affairs - www.wrmea.org). AIPAC are a group who funnel the funds from all other pro-Israel lobbyists by being the governing body over them. Candidates are only allowed to receive $10,000 dollars per contributor, but with the help of AIPAC and its multiple subsidiaries that it holds power over, candidates receive well in excess of 5 to 6 times that figure per electoral campaign. If you are not already aware of AIPAC I would strongly recommended visiting www.wrmea.org, as they have accumulated a mass of data on this organization, that has been manipulating the American system for some time to get what it wants. AIPAC's action are illegal within American politics, but have managed to beat off every case held against them, by cleverly bypassing and manipulating the system.
Israel receives more diplomatic aid from the US than any other country in the world. For example: from 1946 - 1996 the total US aid given to south America, Africa and the Caribbean combined total to roughly 62.5 billion dollars. Population tallies 1.05 billion.
Israel from 1949 - 1996 roughly 62.5 billion dollars. Population tally 5.8 million
Let us put this into perspective shall we, that would equate to 62.5 billion divided by 1.05 billion, equaling 59.52. That is $59.52 per person for South America, the Caribbean and the sub Sumaran Africa combined populous. That same sum again performed with the populous of Israel being 5.8 million equates to $10,775.86 per Israeli citizen. Now keep in mind this is American tax payer’s money we are talking about here and over a shorter period of time.
When looking at the grand scheme of it, there are 190 recognised countries in the world, Israel (one of those recognised countries) receives one third of all the given aid per year by America.
In March 2003, the US government approved 10 billion dollars in aid for Israel, yet it withheld a 3.5 billion dollar grant to upgrade training for first aid responders (fire, medical, police) that would be first on scene to respond to a terrorist attack, a year and a half after the September 11th incident. Considering at this time they were fighting their so called 'war on terror', I would say this was a legitimate request (source: www.wrmea.org)
According to Jeremy M. Sharp (Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs) in his CRS (congressional research services) Report for Congress, America has given 118 billion dollars in military aid from 1949 to April 2013. Today it averages around 3 billion dollars a year, or better put roughly 8.5 million dollars a day.
I am no official in world aid funds, but to me that looks like a pretty ridiculous distribution of aid money in comparison to the population. Not only that, this is tax payers money. This uneven distribution of tax dollars could have quite easily (and rightly) been split along with one, or more of the other 190 recognised countries in the world, or since 2007 been better spent re-establishing the economy in America after the great recession, which impacted globally, due to the bankers and their outrageous antics in hedge betting, causing one of the worst fiscal crises the world has ever seen (but we will not get into that as it is a whole new article).
Israel is currently the most extensive violator of UN Security Council resolutions, and instead of being punished, or being brought up on charges, they are being paid, and handsomely for it too. Even some Israeli soldiers refuse to serve due to these circumstances, because they see what is happening and understand it to be wrong. As it currently stands (at the time of me writing this article) 1686 soldiers have refused to serve in the IDF (Israel Defence Force) (source: Yesh gvul refusenik watch http://oznik.com) and over 320 of these would be soldiers have been imprisoned for standing up to this fascist regime, and might I add, these are not just regular citizens, or privates. Some of them are corporals, lieutenants, captains, sergeants and majors. It is pretty telling when high ranking soldiers refuse to take part in an illegal occupation and are imprisoned for objecting.
However, the Palestinian people have not been faultless in this situation, as now I would like to touch on a subject that many of you will already be aware of, as these are the only things that are really reported upon in the mainstream media in regards to ths conflict. This is the act of suicide bombers. These are acts that I do not condone. In fact I believe it is an act of foolishness and idiocy. However, we have to look at this in perspective within the context of the situation. These acts are carried out by people that have given up all hope, that have lost everything dear to them, or have suffered (in their mind) such a great injustice, that they exact revenge in what they feel is the only way they have left to them. Not that I am saying this is justifiable, as normally were these acts are committed, they have harmed many innocent people within the conflict.
The excessive use of the iron fist that Israel holds over the Palestinian people is used beyond the point of excess, and the punch it packs is comparable to a child holding a magnifying glass over a line of ants on a sunny day. To attain the gauge of what I am talking about, here are some statistics:
Israeli is the fifth largest Nuclear power in the world. It holds between 200-300 war heads in its arsenal, making it the regional super power in the middle east.
Israel has roughly 3930 tanks at its disposal
362 F-16 fighter jets (the largest fleet in any country after that of the US)
205 AH series attack helicopters (all supplied by America)
The Palestinians hold none of the above to defend themselves. Yet the Israeli's use these vehicles on the Palestinians for crowd control, using live ammo.
So is it no surprise now that we see this influx in the appearances suicide bombers? To re-iterate what I stated, earlier, I do not condone suicide bombings. I personally believe it just exasperates the situation, and it also ruins the position the Palestinians hold as the true victims, by giving the media a spin to say these people are animals that resort to cowardly tactics that kill innocent people. Evil begets evil. To quote a very great man, one for whom was taken from us before his time in a great injustice:
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Due to the lack of freedom of movement for the Palestinians in Israeli with road block and check points, and the ruling passed that Palestinians are no longer allowed to work within Israel, unemployment rates at a static of roughly 53% of the population, and around 75% of Palestinians living in poverty. Earning less than £1.30 a day (according to World Bank estimates). Children are denied educations, because of schools and universities being shut down due to being blocked off from access by military check points, and worst of all, hospital access restricted by check points and road blocks, causing death and excessive illness due to lack of treatment for even the most minor of problems. A case was reported that a woman died in labour at a military check point, because of lack of medical aid. The child also died in birth.
Article 4 defines who is a Protected person: Persons protected by the Convention are those who, at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals. But it explicitly excludes Nationals of a State which is not bound by the Convention and the citizens of a neutral state or an allied state if that state has normal diplomatic relations within the State in whose hands they are.
It also states in a sub-category of article 4:
To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the occupying power must ensure sufficient hygiene and public health standards, as well as the provision of food and medical care to the population under occupation.
However, Israel’s argument is that of "Palestine" was never declared a sovereign state, and therefore does not fall under the category for eligibility under the Geneva Convention. So now we come full circle back to the British Empires betrayal of the Palestinians with the Balfour declaration and The McMahon–Hussein Correspondence, and the key relevance it now plays.
Due to these standards that the Palestinian people are put through, some of the worst details I have uncovered (and have many times brought me to tears) are that of the impact it has had on the children under occupation. In multiple studies near all children studied have been found to suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, difficulties in concentration and high levels of depression. In a study of 403 children aged 9-15 years from 4 different refugee camps were given tests, and conclusively showed multiple symptoms of stress, anxiety, PTSD, depression among many others (Source: Comorbidity of PTSD and depression among refugee by Abdel Aziz Mousa Thabet, Yehia Abed, and Panos Vostanis). In another case, a child as young as four years old was found by her mother attempting to hang herself from a tree (noted in the documentary Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority), and on the 29th of June 2009 at a U.N hearing for Operation Cast Lead, Dr. Eyad al-Sarraj, a well-respected Palestinian Gazan psychiatrist, appeared as a witness on behalf of the "Gaza Community Mental Health Programme" stating that 20% of the children in Gaza suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and carried suicidal ideations. 20%, that is a terrifying figure. That is a fifth of the entire population of children in Gaza. The population of Gaza is 1,604,238 (tally of last census), and 44.7% of that population are children aged 0-14 years. That is 669,844 children in Gaza, and a fifth of them suffer from PTSD and suicidal ideations. That is 133,969 children, and that is just in the Gaza strip, that is not including the west bank. I find this fact incredibly disturbing, that children so young are suffering in such a manor, and no help is being given and even being blocked, purposely, to further demoralise an already broken people, and the U.N in full knowledge of these facts, sits there and do not do anything, due to morons vetoing resolution after resolution that could help ease the suffering substantially.
Harvard international lawyer Roger Normand and his co-author Sarah Zaidi, in their book 'Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice', describe the UN as a “breathtaking dictatorship that enshrined their status as global enforcers” (p148), and that is exactly what they are, a dictatorship, but to one further point in my opinion. That they are also mercenaries for hirer and ready to pounce for the highest bidder. They are a farcical joke. They call themselves the peace keepers of the world, yet where were they when Ariel Sharon (Former Prime Minister of Israel) ordered the execution of countless unarmed Palestinian civilians? Where was the U.N when America attacked Afghanistan, a whole country in order to find and kill a so called terrorist organization they created? Not the army of that country, not the government of that country, but an organisation that resided in that country, with America killing countless thousands of civilians in their "war on terror". Where were they when it was brought to light that Americas so called interrogation tactics in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib during the Iraq invasion were deemed as torture and abuse, and paper trails led all the way up to high ranking officials in office like Donald Rumsfeld? Nowhere you say? Well then you would be wrong. They were helping them do it, by either purposely turning the other way to collect their bribes, or sending in the troops to back them up. This is the roll of our so called world peace keepers. They are a false face, a guise of world union, but in actuality they are just a big corporation helping spin the wheels of socialist agenda.
Another notable point is that of the illegally constructed partition wall. Oh, excuse me, I should say as the Israel government call it, a "Separation Barrier" (nice, elegant wording for big f***ing wall). This wall began construction in 2002, and is still incomplete. However some of its features are truly spectacular (and not in the good sense) as the wall stands at an astonishing 8 metres tall, over twice the height of the Berlin wall at 3.6 metres, and over 4 times as long at 403 miles to a comparable 96.5 miles... not to mention the amazing views (please note the sarcasm).
It was said by the Israeli's that this wall was built for security purposes, but it is clearly obvious this wall was built to further expand Israeli settlements within the west bank. There are currently over 420,000 settlers living inside the west bank and east Jerusalem (source: foundation for middle east peace - www.fmp.org, B'telsem and BIMKOM December 2005 report), and it is obvious this is not the end, when to quote Major General Ya'ir Naveh, head of Israels west bank occupation forces of the IDF: "we have no intention of leaving Judea and Samaria (west bank). We will remain here for hundreds and thousands of years".
To conclude, I wish to say that the problem does not lay with the Israeli people themselves, but more what they have been led to believe and all that they follow and enforce blindly. The people, who orchestrated these events and fought the war, are the same that wrote the history books, and have been forcing these twisted tales of deceit to be taught in schools as fact. However, slowly people are starting to wake up to the truth. Teachers, soldiers, citizens and others are now starting to rebel against this corrupt system, and have taken to fight for the Palestinian people and give them a voice. To list some of these noteworthy organisation:
Rabbi's for human rights
Human rights watch
Refusers solidarity network and Yesh Gvul
Coalition of women for peace
The ISM (international solidarity movement)
Which shows us there is still hope on the horizon. That there are still people willing to put their lives on the line to reveal the truth of which I would like to say a big thank you to, and apologise to those not listed and thank them too. As this article would never have been possible without their continued hard work in the occupied territories.
Now it is here I would like to state a point by saying that I am no anti-Semite (before anyone choose to go down that particular path). To be anti-Semitic would mean I would have a problem with the Jewish faith, or people, which I do not. In fact I have no problem with any faith. I actually believe that anyone holding any faith in God, or the afterlife is actually a good thing , as it helps most people come to terms with, and accept the inevitability of their own mortality. However, I would say and consider myself to be anti-Zionist, and there is an extensive difference. You see contrary to what you may think, or have been told by others, Zionists are not Jews. Zionism and Judaism are completely separate entities. Zionism, is in actuality a political movement. Judaism on the other hand is a religion. If we were to say that they are the same, that would be like saying Capitalism and Christianity are one and the same, and if like myself, you have actually read the bible, you would know that capitalism and Christianity mix about as well as oil and water. The same goes for Judaism and Zionism. Zionism contradicts, and goes against what the Torah and the Talmud teach, and therefore could not be less Jewish if it tried. Also, Zionism has followers outside of Judaism, for instance you have Christian and Catholic Zionists. Joe Biden, the American vice President, went on Israeli national television and stated he was a Zionist, and he is a practicing Catholic (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo-UXZ-1ups). So how could that be possible, if Zionism and Judaism are one and the same? That would be like me saying I am Catholic Hindu. Which would be preposterous. To answer the question, it is because they are not. Zionism just uses the guise of Judaism, because it was a political movement established by people of Jewish faith. However, In its process of conduct, and its main mission (the establishment of a Jewish state) is contradictory to Jewish belief, and therefore fundamentally flawed, and could never be in hand with Judaism. Zionism actually requires the illusion that it is a religion to hide behind to get away with what it has done, and it has been done by carefully manipulating people into believing that a political system is actually a religion. However, it cannot be a religion. Politics is politics, and it may be a political movement established (they say) for Jews, by Jews, but it is still politics all the same and can never change. I could never be against someones faith in God, but I can be against a fascist, political regime that undermines, damages and destroys peoples way of life, and that is what I am against. That is the fundamental difference. It is the same principle as the crusades. That was conducted under the guise of being in the name of God, but God never asked those morons to go rampaging across countries, killing countless thousands to convert others to the new faith that they had just found. It was a lie. An excuse they made up to go and steal other peoples property and land. They used the religion to draw the masses, as an excuse, to then conduct an act that they knew to be unlawful, by pretending it was the will of God, but it is not anything to do with God, it was to do with their own selfish greed, lust for power, and dominion over others that drove them.
The Israeli people have been tricked to believe this was a lawful and just war, and that they deserve and are entitled to this land by God. However, to reference from their own holy book the Torah (aka the old testament) in verses Deuteronomy 30:3, Isaiah 11:12, 27:12, 40:9, 41:14, 43:5-6, 52:12, 54:7, 56:8, Jeremiah 16:15, 23:3, 30:10, 31:9, 33:7, Ezekiel 11:17, 20:34, 28:25, 34:13, 37:21, 36:24. Hosea 1:7, Micah 2:12, Zachariah 4:6, 8:7, Psalms 53:7, 106:47, Leviticus 26:33, 26:34, 26:43 and 26:44 all stating that they were expelled from the holy land never to return, that the re-establishment of a home in the holy land is forbidden until God deems them fit to return, and even establishing any other land as a new home is also expressly forbidden. That they will have sovereignty over no land ever, until God deems them fit to, and that they may only dwell in the lands of others to seek refuge. So going by their own reasoning for starting this Holy crusade in the first place is already flawed. Also to quote from the Torah in the Ten Commandments laid down to them by God, from the hands of Moses, they have committed great sin against God in their actions to procured their "holy land":
Number 6: Thou shalt not kill
Number 8: Thou shalt not steal
Number 9: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
Number 10: Thou shalt not covet
Now you may say these things bare no relevance, as they are on a religious bases. However, let me ask you then, what are the Jewish People? They are not a race, they are a creed. So therefore it bares every relevance in this circumstances. They are not the ancient Hebrews of old, come back to claim their land with the divine right of God beside them gleaming in all his divine splendor. They are people of all different races brought together under one belief, which is Judaism. So there in lies the point. If they say they are doing this for the Jewish people, then we have to make point of the Judaic belief, and all that lies within it. There are even Rabbi's that agree with me on this, there is a group that even call themselves Rabbi's against Zionism, because as true Jews they understand everything that Zionism stands for is an affront against God.
However, now we have made the point that there is no birth entitlement to this land with the people that dwell there, as they are not the ancient Hebrews that originally lived there. What should we do? We cannot expel them from this land that they now dwell within. How can you expel millions of people that have lived in this land for as long as they now have? You cannot. It would be wrong and immoral. It would be like doing the same thing they have done to the Palestinian people. So what is the solution, how can we resolve this issue and right the wrong that has been committed? Because the vast majority of Israeli's are not at fault within this circumstance. They have been deceived, duped by those that originally conspired to steal this land, and those that still maintain the ground that they were right within their action to reclaim it. A land that never belonged to them, but they took it because they wanted it, and had the financial backing to make it happen. People like the Rothschilds and organisations like AIPAC, Zionist bigots that will not stop at anything to get what they want.
An idea that has been put forward (one that I personally agree with) is joint sovereignty of the land. To allow the Palestinian people the right of full citizenship. To hold no restriction over their movement within Israel, and to (by right) return to them land rights within Israel. Only by this action can we begin to undo what has happened, and then allow the bridges that have been burnt to be reconstructed to usher in a new era of peace. One where Palestinians and Israeli's can stand side by side as equals, within a country they can both call home. Unfortunately, this is something that I also understand is never likely to come to fruition. The powers that be will never allow such a thing, due to the level of corruption within the system. There is too much at stake for them to give it up now.
So now you know what I know, and like myself, maybe you now have the same lingering bad taste in your mouth as you consider to yourself, "what can be done", or you say to yourself "how can one person make a difference", or something to the likes believing there is not anything you as an individual can do about it, or to justify your inaction, cause you fear you alone cannot make a difference, but you are wrong. Your one voice does make a difference, when your voice speaks the truth. One voice speaking out for those without a voice, is still something, and will spread to others who may then also begin to speak these words to others. And when many stand unified to speak out for those without voices, all speaking with the same voice, well, that truly is a force to be reckoned with, and those voices will drown out all else that stands in their path.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article, and hope you found this information informative and useful. I would also like to thank all those in advance that choose to use this information to help spread the word to others, and help continue the fight of this great injustice, and help bring true peace to the Middle East, not through violence, but by the unification of mankind. Whether you are of different race, or creed, we are all one. We are no different to anyone else we stand beside, but by only our train of thought. Let us all try and get on the same page, so we can all become what we were destined to be. One world, one people and free.