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Palestinian Memory Bank
29 July
2002
In Nablus, thousands of Palestinians fill the streets, and shops, banks and offices open for the second day of the largest demonstration yet against the Israeli curfew confining residents to their homes. Nablus governor Mohammed Aloul calls on residents of other towns to ignore the now 40-day curfew and restore normal life.
2001
Violent confrontations between Muslim worshipers with Israeli police and extremist Jewish settlers who tried to lay the foundation stone for the alleged temple at the Aqsa Mosque, 20 Palestinians and 16 Israeli policemen were wounded.
1997
The PLC Commission of Inquiry on Government Performance issues its report recommending the dismissal of the entire PNA cabinet on suspicion of corruption and the formation of a new government consisting of technocrats and qualified professionals.
1990
Jordanian Minister Daoud Khalaf says Israel steals close to 59 billion cubic feet of water a year from Arab sources.
1989
Israeli commandos kidnap Sheikh Abdel Karim Obeid from south Lebanon. Obeid, 36, is a central figure in the Shi'ite movement in Lebanon.
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Celebrating evil
Celebrating evil
[ 10/05/2008 - 10:44 AM ]
Comment by Khalid Amayreh

Normal nations, like normal people, don’t celebrate their days of infamy.  In fact, they struggle to forget them. Some countries with a troubled past try hard to deal with their shameful legacies, often by openly acknowledging their sins and apologizing to their victims and to their victims’ descendants.
 
However, in Israel, which encapsulates evil and racism, ethnic cleansing is celebrated with utmost pride as a consummate national achievement and a glorious success story. “This is our manifest destiny,” many Zionists would ostentatiously argue, with glee and deep satisfaction apparent in the tone of their voices.
 
Sixty years ago today, one of the greatest thefts in history took place in Palestine: when armed Zionist gangs launched a massive campaign of murder and terror against the native Palestinians.
 
The marauding vandals of Zionism murdered thousands of innocent people, destroyed thousands of homes, bulldozed hundreds of villages, and expelled the bulk of the Palestinian people from their ancestral motherland.
 
This campaign of genocidal ethnic cleansing, as Israeli historian and political analyst Ilan Pappe argued in his recent book “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine,” was not an unintended consequence or fortuitous occurrence, or even a “miracle,” as Israel’s first president, Chairman Weizmann, proclaimed; it was actually the result of long and meticulous planning.
 
Now, sixty years later, the victims, these suffering and long-tormented Palestinian refugees, are still waiting to be repatriated and compensated for their seemingly unending nightmare.
 
Predictably, Zionism called the barbarian drive of ethnic cleansing “war of independence” and “national fulfillment”.
 
Zionism, a Godless and manifestly racist ideology to which many Jews have converted rather blindly, viewed the dispossession of the Palestinian community as a proper response to Nazism and the holocaust.
 
For their part, Europe in particular and the West in general saw the creation of Israel in Palestine as a long-awaited opportunity to dispose of the remaining European Jewry and also to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism, culminating in the holocaust.
 
As to the fate of the Palestinians, whose homeland was stolen from them in order to create a state for the victims of European racism, it was of none of anyone’s concern.
 
Bertrand Russell illustrated this inhumanity in a message he sent to the International Conference of Parliamentarians in Cairo, in February 1970.
 
“The tragedy of the people of Palestine,” he wrote, “is that their country was given by a foreign power to another people for the creation of a new state. The result was that many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were made permanently homeless. With every new conflict their number increased.”
 
Russell then asked: “How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty? It is abundantly clear that the refugees have every right to the homeland from which they were driven, and the denial of this right is at the heart of the continuing conflict. No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their country.  How can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?”
 
Today, Israel is celebrating sixty years of ethnic cleansing, home demolitions, land seizure, racism, murder and terror which continue to haunt those courageous Palestinians who are still clinging to their homeland despite the high price they pay, mostly in their own blood and the blood of their innocent children.
 
True, Palestinian resilience and tenacity have almost transcended reality in the face of the sheer evilness of Zionism.
 
But Israeli criminality continued to assume Nazi proportions as is evident from the ongoing genocidal blockade of the Gaza Strip, where 1.5 million Palestinians are constantly bombed, starved and murdered for electing a government that both Israel and the Bush administration didn’t like.
 
And in the West Bank, Israel has effectively transformed Palestinian cities, towns and villages into virtual detention camps as Gestapo-like Israeli soldiers are having an open season on helpless and unprotected Palestinians commuting to their homes, schools, colleges and workplaces.
 
I don’t really know if it is possible to count on an awakening of Zionist conscience. But, do Zionists have a conscience? How can “conscience” and “Zionism” be used in the same phrase?
 
Well, in order to have conscience, one has to believe in the difference between right and wrong, a characteristic that is conspicuously nonexistent in the collective Zionist mindset.
 
I really wonder how these self-absorbed Zionists could look at themselves in the mirror, knowing that they are living in stolen homes, built on stolen land whose lawful owners were banished and condemned to live a miserable life in squalid refugee camps for sixty years and continuing?
 
Ask any person with a minimal sense of honesty what he would call these depraved squatters and he or she wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that they are “thieves and criminals.”
 
Yes, undoubtedly, many of these same people had lost homes and businesses and other property in Poland, Germany, and Eastern Europe and also in some Arab countries. But do they have the right to kill or displace the innocent Palestinians and take over their homes, farms, orchards, to steal their homeland and banish them to the four winds?
 
This obscene injustice can’t be accepted, neither by the laws of man nor the laws of heaven. And wrongs must be corrected and injustices must be rectified, or there will be no peace.
 
There is no doubt that the creation of Israel was an act of rape of the highest order. It continues to be an act of rape and will always be as such till the end of time.
 
True, Israel is today an imposing reality that no one can deny. And it does enjoy certain political legitimacy in the eyes of many people.
 
But as a child of rape and a brat of oppression, Israel has no iota of moral legitimacy since it was founded at the expense of another people, the Palestinian people.

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what a lyes
Name: ofer Date: 10/05/2008 22:30:08
Country: Palestine Job: Other Job
ISRAEL IS FOR THE ISRAEL'S OUR COUNTRY BORN FROM LEGGAL AND HONESTY NOT LIKE YOU IN TERORISM AND KILLING CHILDREN. ISRAEL WILL NEVER BO UNITED FOR THE HEBREW. THIS AUTHOR WROTE THIS FROM JELLOSY OF THE SUCCESS OF ISRAEL/
a bunch of distorted lies
Name: Ora Date: 13/05/2008 04:07:56
Country: United States Job: Retired
You can distort history any way you want, facts speak the truth! Look back at the last 60 years,what have the Palestinians done to elevate themselves?besides spreading hatred??
A bunch of distorted lies indeed!
Name: Mahmoud Date: 13/05/2008 12:36:55
Country: United Kingdom Job:
The author of this article should have resorted to straightforward lies instead of distorted ones? Is that what your are saying Ora? ==== Ora and likeminded people suffer from a common case of prejudice, exasperated by a constant diet of Zionist lies purveyed by the Zionist controlled mass media. But do not worry Ora, your case is treatable, even at your age, open your mind and read the facts and you will discover that it is the Zionists who are distorting history and not the Palestinians and you can learn a lot from an Israeli historian who has discovered and exposed those Zionist lies:: http://www.ilanpappe.org/ ,, wishing you a speedy recovery.
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