Saturday, November 22, 2003

From Philip Green, Sunday, Nov. 22nd.

Here are a few quotations from WRESTLING WITH ZION (posted by Philip Green, Nov. 19th).

From the philosopher Martin Buber, 1939: "And our attitude toward the Arabs? Almost all of us knew how to distinguish between the terrorists and the Arab people. But there's no hope that the Arabs will be able to distinguish between our thugs and the Jewish people, for very long. And then how shall we arrive at an understanding with the Arabs?"

From Hannah Arendt, 1945: "...the Zionists, if they continue to ignore the Mediterranean people and watch out only for the big, far-away powers, will appear only as their tools, the agents of foreign and hostile interests. Jews who know their own history should be aware that such a state of affairs will inevitably lead to a new wave of Jew-hatred."

From an interview with Gen. Moshe Dayan in the New York Times, after the 6-Day War:

Q: An it is necessary in your opinion to maintain this as a Jewish state and purely a Jewish state?

A: (Gen. Dayan) Absolutely--absolutely. We want a Jewish state like the French have a French state.

Too bad he didn't get one. That's a well-known Zionist comparison, and a well-known lie. In the French state, anyone can be a citizen, and all citizens have equal legal and political rights. Not so in Israel.

In today's New York Times (Sunday Nov. 22), Edward Rothstein expresses puzzlement that Jews from Martin Buber to Tony Judt today, as well as a growing number of Israelis, support the idea of a bi-national state. Why, he asks, isn't any other ethno-religious state asked to give up its identity? Funny he should ask. With the exception of Serbia (not an analogy that should make any Zionist happy!), no other nationalism in modern history, religious or otherwise--not Islamic in India/Pakistan, or Polish, or Croatian, or Bosnian, or Quebecois, or Basque, or Slovenian, or even Irish--has proceeded by demanding a nation inhabited almost entirely (90% in 1946) by other people! and then procured the nation by expelling most of them--what was euphemistically called "population transfers" in 1948, but is now known by its more honest title of "ethnic cleansing." Only American propagandists for Israel, what Tony Judt calls "useful idiots," don't know this (or pretend not to). Some say--this is so vile one doesn't even want to name names--that the Palestinians left "voluntarily" in 1948. Right, they so much would rather have lived in refugee camps than on their own lands. There may by now be no viable solution to the tragedy of Palestine, but intellectually the one viable solution is always to tell the truth, and not to lie.

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