I haven’t written in a while due to the large amount of research, finally the summer is close to being over and the fall semester will begin and hopefully I won’t get as lost in research as I have over the past few months.
So what has me jumping on here and writing? well it is the killing of thousands of innocent civilians in Gaza and the West Bank, but more importantly how Israel is churning out epic levels of propaganda in order to fool Americans and others into thinking Israel is just defending itself, really? by killing thousands of innocent civilians?
I first want to establish, by saying I separate Israelis citizens from their government, I also separate Palestinian terrorists from legitimate Palestinian defenders who don’t use terrorism as a tactic and I also acknowledge the many innocent civilians on bother sides. So when I say Israel or Israelis, I’m referring to those who want to expand Israel and advocate for ethnic cleansing. If you are an Israelis who disagrees with ethnic cleansing and expansion into Palestinian lands and the building of Israelis settlements, the use of the term Israelis doesn’t include you.
I do not hate Jews or Arabs one bit, I’m a humanist who believes everyone deserves to live in peace and safety. Since most of what I seen and read in the past is mainly produced by the Israelis propaganda machine, I learned Arabic in college in order to help me understand what is really being said by Palestinians, as I’ve found cases of Palestinian protest signs being incorrectly translated into English by mass media in the US.
So with all that said so far, I’ll say without any hesitation, that Palestine is not the aggressor, Israel is. How do I know? history tells the real story far better than I can.
If you spend a bit of time researching the region you’ll find that prior to 1948 UN partition resolution, Israel as a “state” only existed as private Jewish ownership of land in Palestine, which was approximately 1%-6% of what is known as Israel now, prior to 1947 it was under British control, then in 1948 under UN control and then through bribing and arm-twisting, of many UN nation members Israelis pushed for a vote to have Israel partitioned, rather than buying out land from Palestinians and blam! Israel as a state was born, consuming a bulk of Palestinian land, approximately 55%.
The geopolitical conflict over time is a bit more complicated, but a simplistic analogy is a easier way to describe what is going on between Israel and Palestine.
So lets say you and your family (Palestine) owned two large plots of land next to each other with a couple of houses, and one day the government (The UN) showed up and took one of your plots of land and gave it to me (Israel).
How would that make you feel? how would you feel to know the only reason I was given one of your family’s plot of land for free was because of my religious beliefs, some bribing of government officials and little else?
Then after a short time, we argued and fought over “why didn’t I just buy the house and land from you rather than having the government force it away from you and give it to me for free, I mean our family had lived in that house and farmed that land for generations. So out of our dislike for each other I put up a fence to show where the property line was, so then we had a fence dividing our yards, you know to keep you off my property and to keep you from wondering around, since you’re kinda like a child.
But then it gets better for me, I then decided that I should have special powers in controlling both plots of land, since I have a military force and you don’t and you’re not really able to take care of yourself. So since I have total control, I decide you’re a second class citizen in your own home and dictate to you what you can and can’t do, where you can and cannot go, and if you do go I have say over how you get there, including driving on separate roads, that are maintained by you, but I won’t let you import any building materials, just to be safe, well safer for me anyways
But wait it gets better for me (worse for you), each year I move the fence that divides our plots of land, one foot into your plot of land, slowly taking more of your property as each year passed, until I have enough space for me to build another house for one of my friends or family to live in, then I continue each year after that in hopes of building more houses for my friends and family, or maybe I’ll just build a house and sell it to somebody for profit, but your kind isn’t allowed to buy it.
So how long till you said something? how long till you did something?
And if I continued to move the fence even after you said something, telling me to stop, basically forcing you to try to stop me from moving it again and again, but to no avail, I keep moving it. But here’s the catch, since I’m in control, I dictate that you aren’t allowed to own any weapons, since I make the rules and laws for both of our properties and I say any hostile action by you to stop me from taking more of your property is perceived as terrorism, and since terrorism is bad, I can do what ever I want in retaliation when ever you use any force to stop me from taking more of YOUR property..
At what point do you defend your property from being slowly taken away? What do you do since I make the laws, and have economic and political control over your property?
Let’s say I could even restrict what you could buy at the store, slowly starving you and your family out, and allowing the sick and ill to die, since I restrict medical supplies to your house and I won’t let you take the sick or ill to any hospital outside of your property or you can go, but I won’t let you back onto your property.
So how long till you use deadly force?
So how does Israel get away with what their doing?
Well mainly they omit information to the world, and have probably one of the most developed propaganda machines ever devised and operated.
The Israelis narrative goes something like this:
“We just want to live in peace, but we keep getting attacked for being Jewish, the Palestinians want us dead..”
What they omit is the taking of Palestinian land by military force, as I described above and converting it to new Israelis settlements. They do this by destroying homes and farms, then pushing out the Palestinians by controlling their economy to force Palestinians to live in extreme poverty, so they have very little recourse on fighting back or rebuilding any destroyed homes.
Then to solidify this propaganda, anyone who argues against the Israelis narrative it is labeled as anti-semitic, Jew hating Nazi loving dirtbag who deserves to die along with the evil Arabs/Muslims.
But when groups of Palestinians do manage to get weapons and fight back, their labeled as terrorists, because Israel wants to live in peace, rinse and repeat until believed by the masses that Palestinians are the aggressors.
That is what Palestinians are living with on a daily basis, to not take sides in the issue is advocating people should not have basic human rights, and that apartheid is perfectly ok and acceptable.
Blaming the Palestinians for defending their land, their livelihoods, their families, their farms, their communities, their culture is offensive to say the least.
My heart goes out to the thousands of innocent civilians who have family members and friends who die, just so Israel can have more land and resources.