Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Deir Yassin, Gilad Atzmon, and All This Jazz
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 28, 2010
INTRODUCTION on You Tube:
Truth and Jihad
The first mention of Israel in the Hebrew
Scriptures is in Genesis 32:22, when Jacob was renamed Israel for having
struggled, wrestled and then clung to the Divine. The word jihād is a noun
Gilad Atzmon, http://www.gilad.co.uk/http://www.gilad.co.uk/
is a world renowned, jazz musician, novelist, essayist, political and social
commentator who was born in Israel. Like all prophets, poets, and creative
musicians, Gilad speaks, writes and plays from his heart. And in the mold of
the Hebrew prophets of old, Gilad often uses humor to get his point across:
Jazz is my
It was in 1982, while serving in the Israeli Forces, that
the scales fell from Gilad’s eyes and his heart was broken wide open when he
experienced the inhumanity of war during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. He
is an expatriate in exile in Great Britain and regards himself as a
On June 23, 2010, I listened to this
podcast interview with Gilad:
As he spoke, Gilad inspired me to recall the day Jesus addressed the
settlers in Nazareth during the time when Maccabean Nationalism sought to
create facts on the ground in that area, by transferring Jewish settlers
from Judea into the Galilee with the goal to transform the Galilee of the
Gentiles into the Galilee of the Jews.
I cite Luke 4:17-29, when
Jesus inflamed the settlers:
The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was
handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes
of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to
them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing...
you the truth," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I
assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the
sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine
throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow
in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with
leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was
cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian."
All the people in the synagogue
were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town,
and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order
to throw him down the cliff.
2,000 years later, and the Divine
mystery we call God is still raising up Hebrew prophets; and by prophet I
mean one who points out danger and at least provokes some people to think
Gilad Atzmon, has been touring America this month and
will be performing for free and educating the crowd at the Billsboro Winery www.billsborowinery.com,
in Geneva, New York on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at a fundraiser for the Deir
Yassin Remembered Scholarship Program.
The Deir Yassin Remembered
Scholarship Fund is for college students who want to study in Palestine.
Deir Yassin was once a peaceful Palestinian village on the west side of
Jerusalem. On April 9, 1948 the lives of over 100 innocent men, women, and
children ended by the hand of Jewish terrorists from the Irgun and the Stern
Deir Yassin is 1,400 meters to the north of Yad Vashem, the
most famous Holocaust memorial, where the world is taught to “Never
Might we also never forget that 55 Million people died
during WW11 and among them were 6 million Jews.
Might we never
forget too, that on May 15, 1948, the British left Palestine and the Israeli
military forces consisted of three independent groups:
one was the Hagana. Within the Hagana there was a strike force known as the
Palmah. Outside Hagana there were two more independent smaller forces. The
bigger of the two was Etzel, which was the underground terrorist
organization of the opposition party led by Menahem Begin, and the smaller
one was Lehi, known also as the Stern Gang, a splinter group which separated
from the Etzel a few years previously." 
"The Deir Yassin
incident was part of the Middle East war of 1948, variously referred to as
the Israeli War of Independence, the First Arab-Israeli War, or the First
Palestine War. The conflict arose out of decades-old competing claims of
nationalist Jews and Arabs for sovereignty over Palestine (today Israel,
Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip). European Jewish nationalists,
organized as Zionists in 1897, sought to establish a Jewish state through
colonization of Palestine, while Arab nationalists sought an Arab state for
Palestine's Arab majority." 
There are many versions of what
happened in Deir Yassin on April 9, 1948.
One report by then
Colonel Dr. Pa'ill, [who later represented the Meretz Party in the Knesset]
a liaison officer representing the Palmah in the headquarters of the Hagana
in Jerusalem gave an interview in the magazine Monitin, on April 1981:
"Etzel and Lehi had decided to carry out one operation together. They
counted their men and discovered that together they could supply 130
fighters. Among the Etzel members there was one, Joshua Goldshmid, who lived
in Giv'at Shaul, a western suburb of Jerusalem close to Deir Yassin and he
was the one that pushed for Deir Yassin. The place itself was a small
village of 750 inhabitants. It did not have a strategic location and wasn't
situated on any important road....Since the Hagana was holding the lines of
communications, Etzel and Lehi asked David Sha'altiel, the commander of the
Hagana's Jerusalem district for a meeting. I'm telling you this to show that
I knew what was going on, because I was in the picture from the beginning.
Sha'altiel told them that the plan of the Hagana was, that when the British
army leave (shortly), they would take over Deir Yassin and level it to build
"It was Friday, the 9th of April 1948 and I went in
together with them. I had a tommy-gun with a disc magazine, 50 bullets and
proper boots. On that day I did not fire even one bullet. With me was a guy
with a good Leica camera capable of taking 36 still, black and white
pictures. Half of them were shot during the battle and half afterwards...The
raid was supposed to start two hours before dawn. The road to Deir Yassin
was open. It was not mined or obstructed because it was constantly in use.
The plan was that the van carrying the Etzel/Lehi members would drive on
this dusty road and a loudspeaker would call to the inhabitants to flee from
the village. I was walking on this very road. They (Lehi) didn't know who I
was. They were late and reached the village when it was already daylight…I
thought that now a small skirmish would develop, but there was actually a
From my battleground experience I noticed that the Arabs had only rifles.
All their shots were single shots. Only the attackers had automatic
weapons...Suddenly; at about 11 o'clock in the morning, I heard the
explosions of 2 inch mortar shells. I looked out of the window and I saw ten
Palmah fighters under the command of the late Jacob Wog, descending and
taking over the rest of the village…They (Etzel & Lehi), were not able to
carry out even their own task. We had to send in a tired platoon to finish
the job for them.
Suddenly I started to hear shooting from all directions in the village. I
ran there with my photographer and I saw gangs of Etzel and Lehi running
through the alleys. In my report I added: 'with bulging eyes' as if they
were 'running amok'. They were running from house to house. They got inside,
and butchered whoever were there by shooting, not by hand grenades! By
shooting! I called it hot-blooded murder. It was spontaneous, not planned. I
ran after them shouting:' what are you doing?' They looked at me as if I was
crazy, also with those bulging eyes. The photographer was taking pictures of
scenes that I can still see, even now, with my own eyes: A corner in a room.
A woman, children and an old man, butchered.
"On the Saturday, Etzel
and Lehi notified
David Shealtiel: 'Tomorrow we leave the place. We are a crash unit. We
don't hold to command posts. They were asked to at least bury the corpses.
'We don't care' was their answer. Two platoons of Gadna, seven and eighth
grade students (a pre-military unit of the Hagana), were brought to Deir
Yassin on the Sunday and they did most of the burying. They counted the
corpses. The Red Cross arrived later on. There were 254 dead out of 750
people who had lived in this village. A third was killed, a third was
evacuated and a third escaped." 
The massacre in Deir Yassin was
neither the first of its kind nor the most horrific, but "its timing, scope,
and historic long-term consequences have made Deir Yassin, in the words of
philosopher Martin Buber, "infamous throughout the Jewish world, the Arab
world, and the whole world."
Also infamous is the 1954 incident
when Israel attempted to bomb US government offices in Egypt and Israel's
1967 two hour attack upon the lightly armed spy ship the USS LIBERTY, which
resulted in 34 dead sailors and a still traumatized crew who were commanded
to keep silent by the LBJ Administration, who sacrificed the troops rather
than embarrass an ally. 
Another infamous fact is that,"through
the years, Israel has regularly spied on the US. According to the Government
Accounting Office, Israel 'conducts the most aggressive espionage operations
against the United States of any ally.' Secretary of Defense Caspar
Weinberger said of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard: 'It is difficult for me to
conceive of greater harm done to national security.' And the Pollard case
was just the tip of a very large iceberg; the most recent operation coming
to light involves two senior officials of the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC), Israel's powerful American lobbying organization." 
Might we also never forget that on December 2001, FOX News began a four
part series [that has since been removed from their website] regarding
Israel's spying on America.
However, Information Clearing House has
preserved those insights.
In Part One, Part I, host Brit Hume
"It has been more than 16 years since a civilian working for
the Navy was charged with passing secrets to Israel. Jonathan Pollard pled
guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage and is serving a life sentence. At
first, Israeli leaders claimed Pollard was part of a rogue operation, but
later took responsibility for his work. Now Fox News has learned some U.S.
investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in
spying in and on the U.S., who may have known things they didn't tell us
before September 11. Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron has details in the
first of a four-part series." 
Carl Cameron reported, "Since
September 11, more than 60 Israelis have been arrested or detained, either
under the new patriot anti-terrorism law, or for immigration violations. A
handful of active Israeli military were among those detained, according to
investigators, who say some of the detainees also failed polygraph questions
when asked about alleged surveillance activities against and in the United
States. There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11
attacks, but investigators suspect that they Israelis may have gathered
intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly
placed investigator said there are "tie-ins." But when asked for details, he
flatly refused to describe them, saying, "evidence linking these Israelis to
9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered.
It's classified information." [IBID]
Numerous classified documents
obtained by Fox News indicated that even prior to September 11; as many as
140 other Israelis had been detained or arrested in a secretive and
sprawling investigation into suspected espionage by Israelis in the United
States. Investigators from numerous government agencies are part of a
working group that's been compiling evidence since the mid '90s. These
documents detail hundreds of incidents in cities and towns across the
country that investigators say, "may well be an organized intelligence
gathering activity." [IBID]
"Why would Israelis spy in and on the
U.S.? A general accounting office investigation referred to Israel as
country A and said, 'According to a U.S. intelligence agency, the government
of country A conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the
U.S. of any U.S. ally.'
"A defense intelligence report said Israel
has a voracious appetite for information and said, 'the Israelis are
motivated by strong survival instincts which dictate every possible facet of
their political and economical policies. It aggressively collects military
and industrial technology and the U.S. is a high priority target…Israel
possesses the resources and technical capability to achieve its collection
After the dot-com bubble burst in 2000,
Israel's economy was devastated, but then came 9/11, and "suddenly new
profit vistas opened up for any company that claimed it could spot
terrorists in crowds, seal borders from attack and extract confessions from
closed-mouthed prisoners…Many of the country's most successful entrepreneurs
are using Israel's status as a fortressed state, surrounded by furious
enemies, as a kind of twenty-four-hour-a-day showroom--a living example of
how to enjoy relative safety amid constant war…Israel now sends $1.2 billion
in "defense" products to the United States—up dramatically from $270 million
in 1999…That makes Israel the fourth-largest arms dealer in the world…Much
of this growth has been in the so-called "homeland security" sector. Before
9/11 homeland security barely existed as an industry. By the end of this
year, Israeli exports in the sector will reach $1.2 billion--an increase of
20 percent. The key products and services are …precisely the tools and
technologies Israel has used to lock in the occupied territories. Israel has
learned to turn endless war into a brand asset, pitching its uprooting,
occupation and containment of the Palestinian people as a half-century head
start in the "global war on terror." 
Jesus called politicians
FOXES-meaning don't trust them!
Thinking people comprehend that all
governments lie, that politicians get addicted to gaining and keeping power
and that religion has been misused for eons.
Shortly after my first
of seven trips to occupied Palestine, in 2005, a USA Episcopal priest and I
exchanged a few emails before he left America to work with Yad Vashem, the
Jerusalem Holocaust memorial, where the world is taught to “Never
Forget” about the Jewish pain, but not a word is uttered there regarding the
I wrote to that priest about my concern regarding the fastest
growing cult in the US:
The cult of Christian Zionism which is
comprised of approximately 25 million US Christians who choose the simple
answers of fundamentalism rather than struggle with a God of justice, mercy
Christian Zionists, such as John Hagee cling to
Genesis 12:3: "I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you
I will curse: and in you all the families of the world are blessed" as if
God meant blessings to be political power and military might!
ancient Israelite's and today's religious fundamentalist Zionists hold to
the belief that a particular religion and race are more chosen, worthy,
special and esteemed by God over and above any other.
They choose to look down on their 'enemies' and many even pray to God to
smite their 'enemies' just as the ancients once did.
The fact that
Genesis 12:3 was promised even before Ishmael, the father of the Arab
nation, and Isaac, the Jew, were born is overlooked and ignored by Christian
Zionists, who also fail to comprehend that the very first mention of Israel
is when Jacob was renamed Israel for having wrestled and struggled with
Thus, in the Biblical sense, anyone and everyone who struggles
and wrestles with God is also Israel; for Israel is more than a geographical
location-it is a state of soul!
That Episcopal priest insisted that
the modern state of Israel is the fulfillment of the prophetic scriptures,
and God’s covenant with Israel is eternal, exclusive, and will not be
abrogated. He referred me to Genesis 12:1-7, 15:4-7, 17:1-8; Leviticus
26:44-45; and Deuteronomy 7:7:8.
I wrote back that for Christians,
the New Testament holds greater weight than the Hebrew Scriptures and I
referred him to Matthew 5:43-45, which not only critiques Genesis 12:3; it
blows it apart, for Jesus commanded his followers to, "Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
that despitefully use you, that you maybe children of your Father."
I asked that priest to consider the fact that blind allegiance to the
Israeli government has allowed our 'best friend' in the world to become a
very big bully.
I reminded that priest that God is always on the
side of the oppressed and if we truly love our friends, we hold them
accountable for their bad behavior.
I asked that priest to consider
how the views of Christian Zionism has come to see the political state of
Israel as a replacement for Jesus at the center of their Christian faith,
and that certainly is not Christian!
I reprimanded that priest
regarding how could he take Genesis 12:3 to literally mean blessings to
equate to land and political power, and ignore God’s promise in Genesis
21:17-20 to ‘make a great nation out of Ishmael’s descendants’ and that ‘God
was with the boy.’
I charged that priest that his way of thinking
allows for the continuing military occupation of Palestine and the
oppression of people that God also made promises too!
I riled that
priest when I cautioned him that Christians are supposed to be on the side
of the oppressed and marginalized and that what ever we do-or do NOT do unto
the 'least among us' we do it or NOT unto God!
I alerted that priest
that the Israeli government is using uninformed, misinformed Christians like
him to become apologists in support of their agenda of illegal occupation
and illegal settlements in the West Bank, occupied east Jerusalem, Golan,
and Gaza, on literal biblical misinterpretations taken out of context.
I admonished that priest to consider how blind allegiance to every act
of Israel as being orchestrated by God and therefore is to be condoned,
supported, and even praised, is heresy!
I angered that priest when I
said that whenever religion and politics get in bed together, we the people
for justice and peace always get screwed!
After three email
exchanges, I never heard from that priest again; but a parishioner of his
from his Central Florida church wrote me that he had moved to Jerusalem and
was now working at Yad Vashem!
Jesus' other name is The Prince of
Peace, and he was very clear that on the final day, there will be a lot of
wailing and gnashing of teeth by those who were so sure they were in,
because they are the one's who get left out.
The Spirit of the Lord
in on me...He[SHE] has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim
freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners...For I
the Lord love justice.-Isaiah 61: 1,8.
To attend Gilad’s Fundraiser
for The Deir Yassin Remembered Scholarship Fund or to donate to the Deir
Yassin Remembered Scholarship Fund please contact Dan McGowan, 315-789-3524
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Eileen Fleming, Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes
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Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's'
Life in Occupied Territory"