Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Palestinians' Never Ending Catastrophe
By Alan Hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 15, 2012
Alan Hart argues that Zionism’s mission is the complete
liquidation of the Palestinian presence in historical Palestine and that,
“unless the major powers led by America summon up the will to call and
hold Zionism’s monster child to account for its crimes, there will be a
final ethnic cleansing of Palestine at some point in a foreseeable
According to the Israeli academic Ilan Pappe, most
Israeli Jews have no idea of what they did to the Palestinians in 1948. He
also said that those who do know don’t think that what was done was wrong.
But that’s only the tip of an iceberg of ignorance.
The Nakba “is a process of ethnic cleansing, a
process that has been on-going for 64 years to date and is
Because of the mainstream media’s complicity in Zionism’s suppression
of the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the
conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, most Americans and
Europeans of all faiths and none have no idea of the enormity of Zionism’s
The Arabic word for what happened in the months before and after
Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence on 14 May 1948 is
Nakba, meaning catastrophe. That’s a one-word description of the fact
that upwards of 700,000 Palestinian Arabs were dispossessed of their land,
their homes and their rights, but complete understanding requires
knowledge of something else. The Nakba was not simply an event in
history. It is a process of ethnic cleansing, a process that has been
on-going for 64 years to date and is continuing.
A timely reminder of this fact was contained in an article for the
This Week in Palestine by Ibrahim Matar, an economist writing
He opened his piece by quoting a statement made by
Ra’anan Weitz, the director of the Jewish Agency’s Settlement Department
in 1948. “I ploughed Palestine into earth by ordering the demolition of
300 abandoned Palestinian villages from the Negev to the Galilee.” (The
quotation was from an interview Weitz gave to the Jerusalem Post
published on 7 March 1997).
Matar ended his piece with these words
of his own:
“…the Jews of the world must play their necessary part
in containing and confronting Zionism. As I never tire of
pointing out, silence is not the way to refute and
demolish a charge of complicity in Zionism’s crimes."
The bottom line to the
tragedy of the Palestinians is that the Catastrophe of 1948 is still
going on, as Jewish colonization of the West Bank continues to expand.
The objectives of the Jews have not changed since the early part of
the twentieth century. Their motto continues to be “dunum after dunum
of land” for the exclusive use of Jews.
The Jews claim that the
Palestinians wish to destroy Israel. The fact is that the Jews have
already literally destroyed Palestine, and in front of the watchful
eyes of the world community represented by the Quartet, they continue
with their policies and practices to complete the liquidation of the
Palestinian presence in historical Palestine.
Question: Is completion of the liquidation of the Palestinian presence
in historical Palestine really Zionism’s mission?
I believe the answer is “Yes” and, that unless the major powers led by
America summon up the will to call and hold Zionism’s monster child to
account for its crimes, there will be a final ethnic cleansing of
Palestine at some point in a foreseeable future.
I also believe
that Matar should be more precise with his language. His use of “the Jews”
implies that all Jews everywhere are responsible for Zionism’s crimes.
That is not so. But, if the rising global tide of anti-Israelism is not to
be transformed into anti-Semitism, making another great turning against
Jews everywhere inevitable at some point, the Jews of the world must play
their necessary part in containing and confronting Zionism. As I never
tire of pointing out, silence is not the way to refute and demolish a
charge of complicity in Zionism’s crimes.