The date is significant. It is one year
before the inaugural congress of the Zionist Organization, held in
and chaired by Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionism
movement. The congress formulated a Zionist platform, known as the
Basel programme. Just one year before the onset of the Zionist
The film below shows a bustling Palestinian society, “much like
that of Cairo, Damascus or Beirut, in an Arab city much like any
In 1896, Palestine had a population of 500,000 people, of whom
30,000 lived in Jerusalem.
Jews formed half the population of Jerusalem, but in Palestine as
a whole they comprised less than 5 per cent of the total.
Christians accounted for 10 per cent and Muslims 85 per cent.
This, according to the big lie of the Zionist racists, was the
“land without a people for a people without a land” – that is, the
British, French, German, Polish, Russian, American and other Jews
of various nationalities.
In the film below, you can see Arab Muslims and Arab Jews
coexisting peacefully: a veiled Muslim woman, a camera-shy
Orthodox Jew, and another Jew reciting a prayer at the Western
Wall, wearing a fez, and although he prays in Hebrew his everyday
language is Arabic.
You can see, too, Muslim, Christian and
Jewish holy places scattered across a few hundred square metres.
No occupation troops pushing, shoving, insulting and humiliating
the indigenous inhabitants. No JewishÜbermenschen,
the gun-wielding settler thugs whose very existence in the Holy
Land is a war crime.
Little did the innocents shown in this film know that, just a year
later, the plot for their eventual dispossession and ethnic
cleansing would be hatched in faraway Switzerland.
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