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On Wednesday, 3 March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, confirmed the “initiation of an investigation respecting the Situation in Palestine”. This will only “cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court” over a very short period of time, since 13 June 2014. Bensouda note that “the decision to open an investigation followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my Office that lasted close to five years.” There is certainly nothing hasty or ill-considered about this ICC decision. It should be remembered that, in 2017, it was Fatou Bensouda who declined to commence an investigation into allegations made about the conduct of the Israeli Defence Forces in the case of the Mavi Marmara protest vessel, in spite of clear eyewitness evidence. In that case, the Prosecutor “remained of the view that the information available did not provide a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation.” Undoubtedly, the evidence for this month’s investigation announcement must be pretty compelling.

An observation in the ICC statement concern’s an aspect that is too often overlooked: besides the decades-long suffering of the Palestinian people themselves, the Prosecutor’s Office is also “aware of the wider concern, respecting this Situation, for international peace and security.” The ICC recognises, as well, that its role is “to guarantee lasting respect for, and the enforcement of, international justice.”

The Situation

Last month, on 24 February, the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Lynn Hastings, spoke of his visit to the al-Buqai’a community the previous day to see how the people were coping after Israeli Occupation forces repeated seizures of their tent-dwellings, food, water tanks and livestock fodder. Hastings appealed to Israel, demanding that it “immediately halt all further demolitions of Palestinian homes and possessions, allow the humanitarian community to provide shelter, food and water to this most vulnerable group and these people to remain in their homes.” A 23 February UN data release on Israeli Occupation dem`olition and displacement, carried out in the West Bank since 2009, reveals the cruel inhumanity employed by Israel to pressure residents to give up and leave. Such crimes have been condemned by human rights organisations, including B’Tselem, AmnestyHuman Rights Watch and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights all of whom have observed that they are grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention. 

Even its allies cannot deny Israel’s crimes. In answer to a recent Parliamentary question regarding the demolition by the Government of Israel of a donor-funded water network serving 700 Palestinians during the covid-19 pandemic, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, James Cleverly, lamely admitted that the “practice causes unnecessary suffering to Palestinians and is harmful to the peace process.” He did say also that a government minister had “called on Israel to stop demolitions” and had even “raised his concerns about demolitions of Palestinian and humanitarian structures with the Israeli Ambassador”. He did not, however, indicate what measures, if any, would be taken to restrain Israel from undertaking further human rights abuses.

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Stolen babies

The world’s mainstream news media (and our politicians) kept silent over Israel’s recent cruelty towards the al-Buqai’a community, just as they are over yet another Zionist humanitarian outrage. No doubt in order to quieten growing concern that even the news media might no longer be able to ignore, Israel announced on 22 February that it will compensate Yemenite families for the abduction of hundreds of their children. This astounding announcement has, of course, been ignored.

Israel has been forced to acknowledge that hundreds of newborn babies and young children of Jewish immigrants, mostly from Yemen, mysteriously disappeared shortly after arriving in the country. Jewish American Heritage Month states that “for decades, human rights defenders and Jewish immigrant families have reported that thousands of children were abducted from their biological parents in the first years after Israel was created in 1948. In their opinion, these children, many of whom are of Yemeni descent, were given to Ashkenazi Jewish (Central and Eastern Europe) couples who lived in Israel or abroad. Doctors told the biological parents that the children had died in childbirth, but the bodies were never handed over.

In July last year, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, published an article, confirming that Israeli “Doctors Did Take Yemenite Immigrants’ Kids”. Even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged the atrocities, saying: “The time has come for the families whose infants were taken from them to receive recognition by the state and government of Israel, and financial compensation as well.” The Israeli Finance Minister, Israel Katz, confirmed compensation for Yemenite families to a total of 162 million shekels (US$50 million). After being told by hospital staff that their babies and young children had died, parents were denied any chance of seeing them to mourn and say farewell. The families were, moreover, denied death certificates! Hanna Gibori, a social welfare worker, from 1948 to 1954, testified that:Hospital physicians handed over babies for adoption straight out of the hospital, without the official adoption agencies being involved.” In the late 1950s, a callous law was passed containing a clause that removed the right of parents of an adopted baby or child to be present in court, either to give their agreement to an adoption permit or appeal against it. Other adoptions were carried out, with no legal justification at all and the whole practise could only be described as trafficking.

An Al Jazeera investigation revealed examples of how adoptive Ashkenazi parents of stolen children deceived them about their true parentage. When, as adults, two of them tried to discover the identies of their biological families, they found the records sealed and unavailable. There is a moving account of the reunion with his mother in the 1990s of one person, Gil Grunbaum, who, as a baby, was stolen by doctors at a hospital in northern Israel in 1956. In 2014, the poet activist, Shlomi Hatuka, published an account of her visit to other adult victims of the Israeli policy, revealing further, the human cost of this crime.

Fatal medical experimentation on Yemenite babies

A Knesset enquiry into medical experiments on Yemenite babies reveals a chilling ideological direction. For those who rely solely on the mainstream news media, this revelation should be gobsmacking, especially as this particular news item is already four years old and facts relating to it have been emerging ever since. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, in furtherance of its ideological ambition, Israel airlifted tens of thousands of Yemenite Jews to Israel. Writing in the Jewish Tikun Oram, Richard Silverstein notes that: “Within months of their arrival, reports began circulating of babies who disappeared from hospitals and medical clinics. The final count amounted to hundreds, perhaps even thousands of babies who were purportedly kidnapped from their parents or even killed.” Israel HaYom first broke the story, which included reports of US collaboration with Israel in the experiments. US National Institutes of Health paid Israeli hospitals to provide foetuses of dead Yemenite babies and corpses of adults that were used in medical experiments to determine why Yemenites did not develop heart disease. The sickening pseudo-scientific racism behind many of the experiments is outlined in the Tikun Oram (Repair of the World) account.

Pitiless agricultural sabotage

There is another, very recent Israeli war crime that the mainstream news media have also chosen to ignore, this time perpetrated in Gaza. On 18 February, Israeli forces flooded large areas of Gaza farmland with rainwater from massive reservoirs, causing substantial losses to the impoverished farmers. The following day, it repeated the exercise. Israel built the reservoirs to serve two purposes: The first gives Israel the power to restrict the normal flow of water into Gaza, severely limiting the farmers’ ability to irrigate their land and store water. The second enables it to open the flood-gates and inundate the land without warning. Greenhouses and other facilities get flooded, soil erosion destroys crops, many hectares are filled with mud and agricultural roads are severely damaged. To make matters worse for farmers, Israel has also fenced off much of Gaza‘s farmland adjacent to the Green Line. In some cases, this has prevented farmers from accessing most of their land. By choosing to flood the land at harvest time, Israel is able to inflict the maximum amount of economic damage.

It is not flooding alone that the farmers have to endure. Israeli Army incursions often lay waste to the land and, after checking that the wind is blowing away from the Israeli side of the Green Line, the Zionist regime’s aircraft spray chemical herbicides over the crops. Apart from the ruin, there is always the risk to the health of people who might eat crops without knowing that they had been sprayed. The spraying not only damage the crops but also poisons the soil, harming farmers and livestock, as well as polluting groundwater. Israeli forces also intimidate farmers and agricultural workers, occasionally opening live fire as well as assaulting them with stun grenades and tear gas. These assaults on Palestinian agriculture were also committed by Israel in January this year and also last year. If it’s harvest time in Gaza, it can be predicted.

Disrespect

Israel may have stopped bombing Lebanon but that does not mean it respects the country’s airspace. The Washington Times has reported Lebanon’s intention to lay a complaint with the United Nations against Israel‘s daily violations of its airspace, amid intensifying drone reconnaissance and mock air raids over the country. On one occasion, in January, the Lebanese Army recorded Israeli war planes flying over the south of the country for nearly six hours. The noise from Israeli drones and war planes is traumatic, especially for children, and the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) confirms these Israeli Air Force violations. Also in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which calls on Tel Aviv to respect Beirut’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Israeli war planes continue regularly to fly low over Lebanon on their way to bomb Syria, in order to avoid triggering Syria’s Russian-made aerial defence system.

Ending the silence

Opposition to Zionist atrocities is growing apace; how much longer can our news media ignore the voices of protest? Jewish Voice for Peace is promoting a documentary, OBJECTOR, which follows the story of Atalya, a young Israeli woman, imprisoned by her Government, who refused to serve in the IDF because of her disgust at such racist militarism and her commitment to equality and freedom. Meanwhile, Israel continues to enjoy its immunity, enabled by a combination of silence and hypocritical, empty expressions of tut-tut, oh dear! When the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs was asked what steps his Department had taken to press for an end to the incarceration of Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons, the answer was sadly predictable: “We remain committed to working with Israel to secure improvements to the practices surrounding children in detention and regularly raise this with the Israeli Ministry of Justice . . .” After decades of unremittingly abducting children, the affirmation that “our Embassy in Tel Aviv will continue to have a regular dialogue with Israel on this issue” and promising to “call on the Israeli authorities to comply with their obligations under international law” is, to Israel, nothing less than a green light.

Selective outrage

New Zealand prides itself on standing up for justice and human rights, as it did for example, only last month, after the military coup in Myanmar when we took the lead on the world stage in suspending high-level military and political contacts with the regime. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called for the international community to “strongly condemn what we’re seeing happen in Myanmar”. She announced measures that included travel bans on senior military figures, saying also that New Zealand wanted the UN Human Rights Council to hold a special session to discuss developments in Myanmar. Yet, when it comes to the decades of cruel human rights abuses committed decade after decade by Israel, New Zealand remains, for the most part, decidedly quiet.

Where is there any expression of outrage? Where is there the slightest sign of shame and regret that the world community has so utterly failed all victims of Israel’s ideologically-driven inhumanities? Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, our Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, addressed a rally outside Parliament, saying “here in New Zealand we understand just how important our democratic principles are and what it means to belong to an inclusive society.” Will she also condemn, unequivocally, the Israeli State’s undeniable war crimes? Will Jacinda Ardern announce that New Zealand wants the UN Human Rights Council to hold a special session (as she has with regard to the Myanmar coup) to discuss Israel’s relentless violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention human rights provisions?

Our Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) informs us that “Sanctions are a common tool for seeking to influence foreign governments and individuals to change their behaviour”, recognising also that: “The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) can impose sanctions in response to a threat to international peace and security.” MFAT should no longer be allowed to hide behind its fatuously-declared ‘evenhandedness’ approach when dealing with the consequences of belligerent Israeli military Occupation. New Zealand should instead be calling for Sanctions against Israel. Will Nanaia Mahuta, at last, show some concern and declare solidarity with indigenous Palestinians?

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Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

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    • The ICC has jurisdiction over human rights abuses by whatever party in Gaza and the West Bank. The UNSG directed the ICC to this course when accepting the PA’s request to be a party to the ICC.

      Israel can deflect this only where its own courts have dealt with the issue – which is what the article you linked to says.

  1. Quick off the mark to prove once again that you have a reading disability Gaby! You cannot even understand the Times of Israel article you linked to. Whatever the outcome of the various legal proceedings of the ICC, which are still to be resolved, Israel is not immune and neither are the various Palestinian Factions. The only difference is that the Palestinians are prepared to front up. The same can’t be said of Israel and its tame lapdog, Joe Biden and even he is reluctant to sully his reputation be talking to Israel’s Zionist leadership. In reality, Gantz, Netanyahu and a raft of ex-IDF and politicians will be isolated at home for years to come – or did you forget what happened to Augusto Pinochet.

    As for, ‘MFAT, ignoring this nonsense’, perhaps you hadn’t noticed, there is an international change in thinking. Calling people anti-semetic because they don’t condone human rights abuses isn’t cutting the mustard the way it used to. The end may also be in sight for the Israeli Air Force not giving a damn about the sovereignty over the airspace of other states. I would provide links but that would be a waste of time as you seldom show any inclination to look at evidence outside the comfort of your own little bubbles of propagandist opinion pieces.

  2. “Will Nanaia Mahuta, at last, show some concern and declare solidarity with indigenous Palestinians?” Sadly, when it comes to Israel, even ‘No-Nukes’ Lange, who could stand up to ANZUS, had to kowtow to any US/Israel threats. So, why would anyone expect Ardern and her Foreign Minister to join the international growing moral majority who are opposed to human rights abuses, whoever commits them? It’s easier to pick on a relative small-fry like Myanmar, even if it means siding with a compromised Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who is arguable guilty of collusion in human rights abuses. Ultimately the NZ Government will be tacitly accommodating of the inevitable sanctions (war crimes) that will impact on the weakest citizens of Myanmar. Odds on, the Government will also not cancel military contacts and arms orders from Israel, despite knowing the latter have been tested on the residents of occupied territories.

    To give both Ardern and Mahuta a bit of credit though, so far it seems neither have been photographed snuggling up to Zionist Israeli leaders. Perhaps fealty has its limits.

  3. Hey Gaby, are you really kiwi or do you work in that IDF run facility in Israel where any social media post is tracked and immediately shouted down by zealots to prevent any democratic voice holding Zionism accountable for the atrocities it commits?

    Every day Israel looks more and more like apartheid South Africa. Oh wait, when every other country finally imposed sanction on SA, Israel kept military ties. Makes you wonder – cultural similarity, familiarity and same overall aims – drive the black/Palestinian into oblivion. Thankfully people like Leslie continue to point out the every day evil the government of Israel commits in the name of its citizens.

    • Litmus test, nukey. Give us one, just one, signpost in Israel that is supportive of an apartheid policy. A sign like the ‘Blankes’ and Nie Blankes’ signs I saw all over South Africa. Waiting…….

      • Gaby, How many times do you have to be told in words of one or two syllables – ‘Blankes’ and Nie Blankes’ or any Yiddish equivalent are not the sole indicator of apartheid. Simply, apartheid, or separatism is a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race. Just one example that obviously pertains to Israel is having dual Court systems governed by differing legal codes. If you weren’t such a lazy propagandist and did a bit of objective research you would know that. Perhaps others might bother to waste their time giving you a myriad of other examples to ignore while you chant the same old garbage about signs.

      • I notice you ignore the first part of my post Gaby – are you a real kiwi or a shrill apologist working out of the Israeli Defence Force social media smear unit? Sure sound like it.

        Anyway, an easy sign is the creation of the continued theft of Palestinian land and the creation of the Gaza Strip as a Bantustan, just like in SA. Oh, plus all the checkpoints, Israeli-only roads etc with signs for Israelis, and the second class citizenship accorded Arab Israelis. Just ask Desmond Tutu – he lived under Apartheid and has visited Israel and says they are broadly similar.

      • Gaby your repetitive signpost rant is plainly stupid, but may be all you’ve got.
        We know that you try to defend violence and yet play victim on behalf of Israel. You are seriously confused about what you read here on TDB

  4. One of the most frequent deceits of Zionist hasbara is the pushing and pulling of the timeline. In any conflict, this can make an attack seem like a defence and vice versa. How many times have we heard that “seven well equipped Arab armies attempted to destroy the poorly armed and newly founded ‘Jewish State’?”
    This is the foundation on which this (Gaby) trope – “Palestinians’ horrific war crimes” – is built.
    Some simple historic facts utterly destroy this myth.
    By May 15 1948 when the Arab League notified the Security Council of their intent to protect the citizens of Palestine, the predominant motivation was contained in their declaration – a quarter of a million Palestinians had been forced from their homes and made refugees.
    In “Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians” Rosemarie M. Esber (PHD London, Johns Hopkins) uses British archives and oral testimonies from Palestinian survivors as well as previously used sources to demonstrate that there was a purposeful, systematic pattern by which Zionist forces depopulated Palestinian cities and villages before the end of the British mandate on 15 May 1948 and the subsequent intervention of Arab armies. She concludes that the total ethically cleansed before the League intervened was at least 400,000. Esber also uses Morris’ own research to demonstrate the premeditated nature of the Palestinian expulsion – as if Morris’ own words (from an interview with Avi Shavit) were not enough:

    “Interviewer: According to your new findings, how many cases of Israeli rape were there in 1948?

    Morris: About a dozen. In Acre four soldiers raped a girl and murdered her and her father. In Jaffa, soldiers of the Kiryati Brigade raped one girl and tried to rape several more. At Hunin, which is in the Galilee, two girls were raped and then murdered. There were one or two cases of rape at Tantura, south of Haifa. There was one case of rape at Qula, in the center of the country. At the village of Abu Shusha, near Kibbutz Gezer [in the Ramle area] there were four female prisoners, one of whom was raped a number of times. And there were other cases. Usually more than one soldier was involved. Usually there were one or two Palestinian girls. In a large proportion of the cases the event ended with murder. Because neither the victims nor the rapists liked to report these events, we have to assume that the dozen cases of rape that were reported, which I found, are not the whole story. They are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Interviewer: According to your findings, how many acts of Israeli massacre were perpetrated in 1948?

    Morris: Twenty-four. In some cases four or five people were executed, in others the numbers were 70, 80, 100. There was also a great deal of arbitrary killing. Two old men are spotted walking in a field – they are shot. A woman is found in an abandoned village – she is shot. There are cases such as the village of Dawayima [in the Hebron region], in which a column entered the village with all guns blazing and killed anything that moved.
    The worst cases were Saliha (70-80 killed), Deir Yassin (100-110), Lod (250), Dawayima (hundreds) and perhaps Abu Shusha (70). There is no unequivocal proof of a large-scale massacre at Tantura, but war crimes were perpetrated there. At Jaffa there was a massacre about which nothing had been known until now. The same at Arab al Muwassi, in the north. About half of the acts of massacre were part of Operation Hiram [in the north, in October 1948]: at Safsaf, Saliha, Jish, Eilaboun, Arab al Muwasi, Deir al Asad, Majdal Krum, Sasa. In Operation Hiram there was a unusually high concentration of executions of people against a wall or next to a well in an orderly fashion.
    That can’t be chance. It’s a pattern. Apparently, various officers who took part in the operation understood that the expulsion order they received permitted them to do these deeds in order to encourage the population to take to the roads. The fact is that no one was punished for these acts of murder. Ben-Gurion silenced the matter. He covered up for the officers who did the massacres.

    Interviewer: What you are telling me here, as though by the way, is that in Operation Hiram there was a comprehensive and explicit expulsion order. Is that right?

    Morris: Yes. One of the revelations in the book is that on October 31, 1948, the commander of the Northern Front, Moshe Carmel, issued an order in writing to his units to expedite the removal of the Arab population. Carmel took this action immediately after a visit by Ben-Gurion to the Northern Command in Nazareth. There is no doubt in my mind that this order originated with Ben-Gurion. Just as the expulsion order for the city of Lod, which was signed by Yitzhak Rabin, was issued immediately after Ben-Gurion visited the headquarters of Operation Dani [July 1948].”

    • Well, you certainly know all about deceit. Facts: The Arabs gambled on destroying the fledgling state of Israel in 1948, with the intention of committing genocide against the Jews. The Arabs fled as ordered by their leaders, expecting to return and murder any remaining Jews. They lost and have continued to lose. now they are irrelevant. The actual events of the war are still controversial, but it was the Arabs who set the tone for the bloodshed. End of story.
      https://www.science.co.il/Arab-Israeli-conflict/articles/Frantzman-2007-08-16.php

      • Sheer twaddle Gaby.
        The unsubstantiated bloviations of a student at your link are not credible. Few Israeli Historians (with the exception of Benidor Associate – of the Iran Yellow Star Hoax fame – propagandist Karsh) support the “Arab orders” lie – especially since the report from the military intelligence SHAI of the Haganah entitled “The emigration of Palestinian Arabs in the period 1/12/1947-1/6/1948”, dated 30 June 1948, showed up. It states:
        “At least 55% of the total of the exodus was caused by our (Haganah/IDF) operations. To this figure, the report’s compilers add the operations of the Irgun and Lehi, which “directly (caused) some 15% … of the emigration”. A further 2% was attributed to explicit expulsion orders issued by Israeli troops, and 1% to their psychological warfare. This leads to a figure of 73% for departures caused directly by the Israelis. In addition, the report attributes 22% of the departures to “fears” and “a crisis of confidence” affecting the Palestinian population. As for Arab calls for flight, these were reckoned to be significant in only 5% of cases.”
        So we have it from the horse’s mouth as well as independent observers:
        “Israeli vans with loudspeakers drove through the streets ordering all the inhabitants to evacuate immediately, and such as were reluctant to leave were forcibly ejected from their homes by the triumphant Israelis whose policy was now openly one of clearing out all the Arab civil population before them…. From the surrounding villages and hamlets, during the next two or three days, all the inhabitants were uprooted and set off on the road to Ramallah…. No longer was there any “reasonable persuasion”. Bluntly, the Arab inhabitants were ejected and forced to flee into Arab territory…. Wherever the Israeli troops advanced into Arab country the Arab population was bulldozed out in front of them.”
        – Major Edgar “Paddy” O’Ballance was an Irish-born British military journalist, who served in Palestine during the period.
        ….and Israeli Historians:
        “Undoubtedly, as was understood by IDF intelligence, the most important single factor in the exodus of April–June was Jewish attack. This is demonstrated clearly by the fact that each exodus occurred during or in the immediate wake of military assault. No town was abandoned by the bulk of its population before the Haganah/IZL assault… The closer drew the 15 May British withdrawal deadline and the prospect of invasion by Arab states, the readier became commanders to resort to “cleansing” operations and expulsions to rid their rear areas.”
        – Benny Morris.

        • And here’s what Benny Morris REALLY said.

          tps://www.haaretz.com/life/books/.premium-israel-had-no-expulsion-policy-against-the-palestinians-in-1948-1.5436863

          • Even my Granny knows Morris has tried to walk back many of his findings once they made their way into public discourse and earned him the hatred of the Zionist establishment. His attempts are risible.
            “A good historian always examines his conclusions. If he comes to the conclusion that things he wrote previously require a reassessment, he is obligated to face that. But a historian who, at the start of his career, determined that Israel is responsible for the mass flight of the Palestinians in 1948 and later changed his views until he became the darling of the settler right, is a pathetic phenomenon. Benny Morris has followed that path.
            He has betrayed two key duties of the historian: to be open-minded and recognize the extensive research literature that directly relates to his own areas of research; and not to distort his own previous conclusions due to current political insights.”
            – Prof. Daniel Blatman (Historian, Hebrew University)

            Nothing however can walk back the document he uncovered “The emigration of Palestinian Arabs in the period 1/12/1947-1/6/1948” quoted above. Care to comment on that particular document?

    • Whew – really scraping the bottom of the barrel this time – referring to a seemingly non-existent site. Well done Gaby!

      Now try giving an evidence based response to Brewer rather than your usual tosh and bluster!

        • Goodness me Gaby. You are identifying with the extreme right – are you a Kahanist?
          As Yehouda Shenhav (Ph.D Stanford University 1985, Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University specialising in political sociology of sovereignty) said: “Any analogy between Palestinian refugees and Jewish immigrants from Arab lands is folly in historical and political terms”.
          Read his “Hitching a ride on the Magic Carpet”:
          https://www.haaretz.com/1.5361803
          WOJAC (World Organisation of Jews from Arab Countries) went out of existence in 1999 after several members of the Knesset (themselves Mizrahim from Arab countries) objected to their activities.

          “I was five years old in 1950 when my family reluctantly moved from Baghdad to Ramat Gan. We were Arab Jews, we spoke Arabic, our roots went back to the Babylonian exile two and a half millennia ago and my parents did not have the slightest sympathy with Zionism. We were not persecuted but opted to leave because we felt insecure. So, unlike the Palestinians who were driven out of their homes, we were not refugees in the proper sense of the word. But we were truly victims of the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
          – Historian Avi Shlaim.

          “I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book:
          to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave,
          Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors.
          I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called “cruel Zionism.”
          I write about it because I was part of it.”
          – Former member of the Iraqi Jewish underground Naem Giladi.
          http://www.inminds.co.uk/jews-of-iraq.html

          For centuries, Jews were fully integrated into Arab society. The Prime Minister known as the “Father of the Iraq Parliament” in the thirties was Jewish – his brother was the Minister of Finance.
          What happened?
          Zionists ethnically cleansed Palestine, made war on Egypt in 1952 and launched the Six Day War on several Arab countries in 1967.
          “In June 1967 we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”
          – Menachim Begin.

          Now there are very few Jews in those countries. What would you expect?

        • The Tablet site with it new read on Zionist propaganda subsequently reappeared, unlike on at least two previous occasions. Of course, there is no need for a response to the ignorant propagandist offerings you have linked to. That has been eloquently and thoroughly done already by Brewer.

          One thing about your mindless comments is that you usually elicit excellent and informative responses. Pity that doing your homework is so tiresome for the respondents though.

    • Its a silly argument. Mizrahim may claim some links to the area but for members of a religion to claim to be indigenous 2,000 years after an “exile” that the foremost Israeli Historian states is a myth destroys all meaning of the word. As Erich Fromm said, if all people were to claim such a right the World would be a madhouse.

      “New research suggests that the majority of the world’s modern Jewish population is descended mainly from people from ancient Turkey, rather than predominantly from elsewhere in the Middle East.

      The new research suggests that most of the Jewish population of northern and eastern Europe – normally known as Ashkenazic Jews – are the descendants of Greeks, Iranians and others who colonised what is now northern Turkey more than 2000 years ago and were then converted to Judaism, probably in the first few centuries AD by Jews from Persia. At that stage, the Persian Empire was home to the world’s largest Jewish communities.

      According to research carried out by the geneticist, Dr Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield, over 90 per cent of Ashkenazic ancestors come from that converted partially Greek-originating ancient community in north-east Turkey.”
      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/scientists-reveal-jewish-history-s-forgotten-turkish-roots-a6992076.html

      “No “nationalist” Jewish historian has ever tried to conceal the well-known fact that conversions to Judaism had a major impact on Jewish history in the ancient period and in the early Middle Ages. Although the myth of an exile from the Jewish homeland (Palestine) does exist in popular Israeli culture, it is negligible in serious Jewish historical discussions. Important groups in the Jewish national movement expressed reservations regarding this myth or denied it completely.”
      – Israel Bartal, is Avraham Harman Professor of Jewish History, member of Israel Academy of Sciences, and the former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Hebrew University. Since 2006 he is the chair of the Historical Society of Israel.

      As Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, a Jewish professor of genetics at Hebrew University in Israel, put it, Palestinians are: “descendants of a core population that lived in the area since prehistoric times”, albeit religiously first Christianized then largely Islamized, and all eventually culturally Arabized.”

    • So those born in central Europe and Russia who have been Yiddish speaking for generations with little DNA traceable to the area of Israel, are all natives of Israel.
      Hasbara logic Gaby?
      How do you fare on defending the stealing of babies Gaby or is that OK.

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