US Complicity in Israel’s Crimes

Virtually the entire U.S. news media and almost every national politician bends to the desires of Israel’s government regardless of its behavior, a reality that enables the persecution and even slaughter of Palestinians, writes ex-Congressman Paul Findley.

By Paul Findley

While viewing the massacre of Gazans, you may wonder why 1.7 million Arabs are crowded on that tiny strip of seashore and are being bombed day and night into death and ruins by Israel’s powerful military machine. A glimpse of history is timely.

Facts set forth below are little known in America:

Sixty years ago 800,000 Arabs fled their ancestral homes in rural Palestine fearing death as a Jewish onslaught obliterated without a trace over 500 Arab towns, villages and hamlets. Massacres were reported. Those who fled are forbidden to return home.

A section of the barrier -- erected by Israeli officials to prevent the passage of Palestinians -- with graffiti using President John F. Kennedy's famous quote when facing the Berlin Wall, "Ich bin ein Berliner." (Photo credit: Marc Venezia)

A section of the barrier — erected by Israeli officials to prevent the passage of Palestinians — with graffiti using President John F. Kennedy’s famous quote when facing the Berlin Wall, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” (Photo credit: Marc Venezia)

Fifty years later, a survey show the refugee problem staggering: 766,000 in Gaza; 741,000 in Jordan; 408,000 in Syria; and 144,000 in Egypt; smaller numbers in other Arab states.

Gaza soon became a part of Israel Occupied Palestine. Refugees and their descendants struggle there for survival. Israeli controls are brutal. Potable water is nearly gone. Most of the population depends for survival on food and water distributed by United Nations officials. If supplies are not increased starvation not just malnutrition is certain. Arabs huddle behind high fences equipped with Israeli remote-controlled machine guns. A gate that once served as an occasional opening to freedom is now kept locked by the government of Egypt at Israel’s request.

Gaza has long been described as the largest open-air prison in the world.

Israeli punishment of Gazans became more severe seven years ago when they exercised the right of self-determination by electing the Hamas Party to manage local affairs. Once Hamas took control in Gaza, Israel and the U.S. government conspired in a sustained but unsuccessful attempt to destroy the organization. Hamas was reelected to a second term and recently achieved a cooperative arrangement with the Fatah organization that maintains a measure of authority in the West Bank.

Infuriated because all gates stay closed, Hamas sends rockets over the fence. They do little damage but incite Israelis to launch heavy lethal bombing.  Revenge is not commendable, but I understand why people penned up like cattle may welcome pain and discomfort for their oppressors.

The current assault on Gaza is Israel’s third in seven years. This is the first time Hamas has used sustained rocket fire, but it is no match for Israel’s artillery, missiles and bombs. Thanks to U.S. taxpayers, Israel has high-tech missiles that shoot down Hamas rockets while still in the air. Hamas has no such defense, in fact, no defense at all.

The late radical Rabbi Meir Kahane, wrote a book titled They Must Go. In it he contended that all Arabs must be removed from Palestine so an all-Jewish Eretz Israel, the dream of Zionism, can come into being. Eretz Israel consists of entirety of Palestine, including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, plus the Golan Heights, long a part of Syria, exactly the Arab territory Israel now controls.

All Arabs are not gone, but approaching two million are imprisoned in Gaza. Elsewhere in Occupied Palestine, 4.2 million Arabs are abused and denied basic liberties. Their property and livelihood are steadily being seized by Israel to provide illegal housing for Jews-only settlements. These Arabs are squeezed into an ever-shrinking part of their birthright. More than one-half of the Palestinian West Bank is now populated by more than 500,000 Israeli settlers. Zionist dreamers can boast they are more than halfway toward their dream.

Who is responsible for this tragic treatment of Palestinians? If you ponder that question, bear in mind that Israel could not possibly commit this criminal behavior without automatic, unqualified, U.S. government support year after year.

Pro-Israel lobby pressure controls all major news media. The U.S. Congress behaves like a committee of the Israeli parliament. No president since Dwight Eisenhower has had the courage to stand up to Israeli wrongdoing. Those who know the truth are afraid to speak out for fear of paying a heavy price maybe loss of employment.

All citizens of the United States must face the truth: Our government is complicit in Israeli crimes against humanity. This is an election year. We should elect a Congress that will suspend all aid until Israel behaves.

The bloody standoff in Gaza will stop if Israel opens the gate to Egypt and keeps it open. When that happens, Arabs living there can “breathe free,” a precious right our Statue of Liberty proclaims for all humankind.

Paul Findley served as a member of United States House of Representatives for 22 years. His books include Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the U.S.-Israeli Relationship.

8 comments for “US Complicity in Israel’s Crimes

  1. Rooster Osborne
    July 28, 2014 at 07:04

    You forgot to mention that this all started with the cold blooded murder of three Israeli teenage boys. But then, you probably would say that’s justified too. A rocket here a murder there, that’s ok with you. Its hard to believe that anybody with a shred of decency could elect somebody like you to Congress.

    • Aaron
      July 28, 2014 at 12:18

      “2. The three Israeli teens were killed immediately after being kidnapped.

      Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal recently revealed that the Israeli government knew that the three missing Israeli teens, who were abducted in June from Hebron in the West Bank, were murdered almost as soon as they were kidnapped. However, this was not revealed to the public, and instead the search for the missing teenagers unleashed to a brutal crackdown on the West Bank.

      Blumenthal says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used outrage around the kidnapping to whip up enough support to justify the aggressive military campaign that has ensued.”


  2. Hillary
    July 27, 2014 at 16:26

    In many people’s opinion the creation of Israel was a mistake and without U.S. support it could not have happened.
    The people of Gaza once again grieve for their murdered ones and try to live without freedom, fishing rights, health care, imports, exports , fuel, electricity, whose water is contaminated by Israeli sewage.

  3. bobzz
    July 25, 2014 at 18:06

    Arafat once said that the most powerful Arab weapon was the wombs of Arab women. If so, Israel is justified in slaughtering women and children (in their own minds and look-the-other-way-American-politicians).

    • TheAZCowBoy
      July 28, 2014 at 01:55

      Have you considered some psychiatric counseling Bubba. Your socio-handicapped commentary reflects a ‘troubled’ mind.

      • bobzz
        July 28, 2014 at 12:11

        Take a look at today’s show, Democracy Now. That is in fact what impolitic Jews are thinking. Kill the mother ‘snakes’ so they won’t have ‘baby snakes’. Watch the show, AZ.

      • bobzz
        July 28, 2014 at 12:28

        Apparently I should make clear that I was referring to an Israeli rationale for killing women and children, not mine. And I should have said ‘impolitic Israelis’, not Jews. If all those women and children and non-combatant men were ‘shields’, the number of dead Hamas warriors should be a lot higher than they are. The fact is those ‘shields’ are in no proximity to the warriors. Israel is killing the ‘shields’ so they will persuade the warriors to quit.

        • John J
          July 29, 2014 at 21:25

          Pardon me, Gaza has the highest population density in the world. Most are refugees (or progeny)displaced from their homes 65 years ago. There is nowhere to hide. And I remember photos of Israeli soldiers in the West bank and Gaza using Palestinian children as shields over the past 12 years or so.
          The question is, where is action on the international laws governing a continuing occupation, a growing land theft. Any oaf would anticipate frustration and potential violence after being subjected to what Palestinian refugees have experienced. And there seems no end, while Israel builds its Greater Israel.
          I’m sure that given fairness most Palestinians would accept peace over war. But then how many Israelis would forget the concept of a Greater Israel. Treating people badly over a religious ‘BELIEF’ renders that religious sect equivalency with fanatical Islam and fanatical Christianity.
          Religious beliefs should be a personal thing not a political thing.
          They lived in peace before it could be done again.

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