Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Hardcover)
by Ilan Pappe
Almost a million Palestinians were refugees by the end of 1949. Over 400 villages had been destroyed. 50 years later, it is called ethnic cleansing .That is what Ilan Pappe calls it. It is regarded under international law today as a crime against humanity.
He provides a clear chronological factual description of the expulsion of the Palestinian population , along with the documented strategy of the Zionist leaders who created the modern pariah, apartheid State of Israel, which includes both the 2nd Intifada and the attacks on Gaza and Lebanon in 2006.
The destruction of Palestinian villages, the afforestation (to which Prime Minister Harold Wilson contributed personally) covering and concealing their ruins by Golda Meir, are but one part of the Nakba of 1948, or the War for Independence in Israel . Only the degree of premeditation on the part of the Zionist leadership remains unclear. What was clear was the goal of a homogenous ethnic Jewish state in the whole of Palestine whose borders appear limitless.
Founding fathers like Theodor Herzl just wanted them to go , to disappear, and spoke of "spiriting the penniless population across the border". The Palestinians who owned more than 93% of the cultivated land in Palestine stood in the way.
The Consultancy, a small group of decision makers led by the insane David Ben-Gurion, finalised the Plan Dalet, which served as the masterplan for ethnic cleansing to create an exclusive Jewish state was through force of arms , systematic destruction, and by ethnic cleansing making the population flee and if they don't killing them. "The orders came with a detailed description of the methods to be employed to forcibly evict the people: large-scale intimidation; laying siege to and bombarding villages and population centres; setting fire to homes, properties and goods; expulsion; demolition; and, finally, planting mines among the rubble to prevent any of the expelled inhabitants from returning." Once out, they had to stay out.
On 24 May 1948, Ben Gurion the Messianic warmonger wrote, "We will establish a Christian state in Lebanon, the southern border of which will be the Litani River. We will break Transjordan, bomb Amman and destroy its army, and then Syria falls, and if Egypt will still continue to fight - we will bombard Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo. This will be in revenge for what they (the Egyptians, the Aramis and Assyrians) did to our forefathers during Biblical times."
UN resolution 181 requred Britain to intervene, they had 70,000 toops in Palestine but were struggling with massive problems at home and in Europe there was little appetite for further strife at any level. Nonetheless Attlee's Labour Government connived at the Israeli onslaught, and declared non-interference and withdrew their Police , whilst at the same time trying to prevent new Jewish immigrants reaching Palestine. Probably what the Foreign Office at the time considered an "even handed" policy. Fuck with both sides and call it neutrality...qv Lebanon 2006 and the orchestrated cluster bombing.
Remorselessly, over the years, the pogrom has rolled on, the stateless, landless ,oppressed and disposessed, herded by a zealous and unquestioning conscript military force into smaller and isolated territories. What is happpening in the Occupied Territories and Gaza today is simply an extension in time, but one supported willingly by a consensus led by the Zionist led US and the UK.
Excellent review by Stephen Lendman 8th Feb The American Muslim
Which ends on a contemporary and bitter note on the endless Palestinian internecine strife and American perfidy fashioned, indeed directed by their Zionist paymasters....
"Now there’s the further threat of one Palestinian faction facing off against the other. On one side is the besieged Hamas-led government already in tatters from months of harsh sanctions and daily Israeli assaults. On the other are corrupted Fatah forces loyal to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas acting as a quisling proxy comprador enforcer for Israeli and US imperial interests for everything he stands to gain selling out his people for crumbs handed him and his cronies. They’re being armed to the teeth to do it, and George Bush announced he’s helping further by transferring $86 million to Abbas while starving Hamas and most Palestinians. It’s taken the lives of dozens of Palestinians in recent days. They’re in the middle having no dog in this fight except their oppressive occupier they want expelled."
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