How Israeli Propaganda Succeeds

Pervasive Israeli propaganda has blinded many Americans to the injustice meted out to Palestinians, a “group think” that a new documentary calls “The Occupation of the American Mind,” reviewed by Abba A. Solomon.

By Abba A. Solomon

Harriet Beecher Stowe is reputed — in Stowe family legend at least — to have been greeted by President Abraham Lincoln with, “Is this the little woman who made this great war?” Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe’s novel that dramatized government-sanctioned human bondage, is credited, somewhat fancifully, with moving American public opinion about slavery and helping start the U.S. Civil War.

The documentary film — The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States — aims to explain why U.S. media, in contrast to most of the world’s, omits the Palestinian story, and thus why U.S. public opinion favors Israel so markedly. The film organizes the evidence in plain sight of the unnatural situation that has been maintained in U.S. news reporting — the tropes that reinforce Zionist ideology, and recognize only Jewish Israeli life as imperiled.

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)

Roger Waters narrates that during the July 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, lasting 51 days — using 20,000 tons of explosives — “The sheer scale of the attack provoked outrage and condemnation around the world. But in the United States the story was different. Polls showed the American people holding firm in their support for Israel.”

Aerial surveys of Gaza now show vast wastelands and ruins of that urban area, holding more than 1.8 million people, the majority exiles from present-day Israel. The film’s title, “The Occupation of the American Mind” communicates the hope that once the mechanisms are seen, they can’t be unseen.

During Israel’s operation Protective Shield (summer 2014), as during Operation Cast Lead (2008-09), the plea that “Israel has the right to defend itself” dominated American reporting. With deft editing, the film shows a risible sequence of Israeli spokesmen, American politicians (up to President Obama) and U.S. newscasters all repeating the same lines of Israeli vulnerability and Arab menace.

We can presume that by understanding the highly calculated effort of American public relations experts and Israeli officials to “explain” the asymmetry of power and suffering between Jewish nationalist forces and Arab civilians, inexorably losing homes and homeland — a passion for justice in Americans will be excited.

The United States is one gentile culture where the Zionist narrative dominates. Key to this is control of language, controlling thought. U.S. pollster Frank Luntz was commissioned to maintain this, producing a “dictionary” of language to use — a playbook for shading domination as defense.

“When a narrative is so dominant, without any visible dissent or complication, it’s extremely difficult to make clear to people that it is basically a propaganda story.  How do you make that clear when the spectacle is so unrelenting and total?” asks New York University scholar Mark Crispin Miller, one of the film’s media studies experts.

What would break the spell?  The New York Times made a baby step with its concession in an editorial January 2016 that the “Two-state solution” is “fading.” In a masterwork of understatement, an American official is quoted by the Times, saying of the settlements that began in late 1967 and continue in 2016, “It is starting to look like a de facto annexation.”

(Israel has moved 3/4 million Jews into the captured territories, including a surprisingly large proportion who’ve moved from the United States).

The argument that the occupied Palestinian territories are held by Israel for “security reasons” serves to screen territorial expansion, the film argues. “If you buy that (security) argument, then it’s a license to occupy indefinitely,” media and militarism critic Norman Solomon explains in the film. (Disclosure: Norman Solomon is my brother.)

The film reports the overwhelming financial contributions to American politicians advocating the Jewish nationalist narrative in Palestine, and shows clips from the many public devotionals that congressmen, cabinet members and presidents attend, to pledge what can fairly be described as Zionist allegiance.

Historian Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University says that American media provides “no sense of how this started, where the animus comes from. It’s completely inexplicable in the way it’s generally presented — these people (Palestinians) kill because they hate, and they hate because they’re irrational Muslim fanatics, or whatever.”

In American politics on this issue, we can notice things that don’t happen, as Sherlock Holmes noted the dog that didn’t bark. When American Jewish legislators speak of their devotion to Israel, no fuss follows, and brilliant non-Jewish politicians like Joe Biden have made careers steeped in American Zionism and mirroring that loyalty.

A Jan.6 article by Hillary Clinton for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles is an example of the predominant way of relating to Israel/Palestine by centrist U.S. politicians. Her alignment with Israel is slavish, with a promise to raise the U.S.-Israel relationship to “the next level.” Clinton proclaims her “deep emotional connection with Israel.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressing the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016. (Photo credit: AIPAC)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressing the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016. (Photo credit: AIPAC)

The procession of American presidential candidates at last week’s American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington (except for Sen. Bernie Sanders) gave a graphic demonstration of the place of Israel as something like an honorary U.S. state.

I hypothesize one contributing reason for the American atmosphere: for some American Jews, Jewish statehood is integral to their Jewish identity. Most Americans have not known Palestinians or Arabs, so making sense of the situation requires relating to what they do know — fellow Americans who are Jews. From that perspective, Americans can imagine Israel as just like the American Jews who are their neighbors, friends, and associates, with no idea of the complexities.

American demographic changes require that Arab-Americans remain a dangerous Other, for the phenomenon of Israeli-American “twinning” to continue. Otherwise, countervailing sympathy and empathy with Arabs will operate. For Israel’s purposes, Syria’s chaos and evisceration is a godsend, associating Arabs with danger.

With more exposure, the Ku Klux Klan-like behavior of settlers in the occupied Judea and Samaria and the Klan-like blending of religious identity and bigotry in Jewish supremacism may repulse Americans. However, for Americans to understand the Israeli violence systematically unleashed on captive Palestinians would be to sense a hint of the violence that the United States unleashed methodically in achievement of its North American empire.

That, and much of America’s direct and proxy military adventurism abroad since, has been invisible to the public, much as Israel’s infliction of death and suffering is invisible as precursor to “unprovoked” Arab attacks. Will Americans become conversant with Israeli, Zionist and Palestinian history, if their own is hidden from them?

One difference from the North American settler-colonialism is the Jewish claim of indigeneity, with accusations that Arabs are settlers in Palestine who should by rights move or be expelled from “the state of the Jewish people.”

A film of this sort can only review so much Zionist and Palestine history to set the scene.  The producers did a nice job fitting in a lot of content, selectively, in the time. (The U.S. organization Jewish Voice for Peace made an animated short, “Israeli/Palestinian Conflict 101,”that shows the challenge of compressing facts and sequences of events of Zionism and Palestine. Their summary is 6.5 minutes.)

Intended as an educational film to join the Media Education Foundation’s strong list, “The Occupation of the American Mind,” the work of writer/producers Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, is invaluable as a contrast to Israel’s fantasy world in media. (The film is not about an allied subject, the Zionist Occupation of the American Jewish Mind, where another fantasy world operates, where Jews heroically rebuild Jewish sovereignty.)

The film concentrates on American media dating from the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and the formalization of Israel’s Western-media Hasbara/PR institutions in reaction to horror at consequences of Israel’s Lebanon occupation.  (Bombardment and siege of Beirut, and massacre at Sabra and Shatilla)

The film’s coda surveys pro-Palestinian campus activism and alliance-building with African-American and other groups locked out of the American narrative, younger Americans awakening to the Palestinian perception of events. A series of Pew polls show that among American young people, Democrats, and independents, sympathy for Palestinian Arabs is growing, and the Republican Party is becoming the repository of unconditional Israel advocacy.

Among developed nations, the United States has an unusually high proportion of religious believers, and more Christian Zionists than U.S. Jews figure in the Republican Party’s embrace of militant Zionism. In the film, executive producer Sut Jhally makes that point: “In fact, it’s not accurate to call it the Jewish lobby. It is the Israel lobby,” not consistent with the views of most American Jews.

It is difficult to imagine that Americans will become conversant with subtleties of Zionist and Jewish history.  One might expect revulsion as the system of political contributions and targeted propaganda to ensure and manipulate American support is illustrated. Film clips of Israeli violence at checkpoints and demonstrations are followed by Media Education Foundation founder Jhally commenting:

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a presidential contender, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 21, 2016, (Photo credit: AIPAC)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a presidential contender, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 21, 2016, (Photo credit: AIPAC)

“The more Americans are able to see realities of the occupation with their own eyes, to see routine daily violence, to see repression and humiliation that never make it into mainstream news, the more they will question the image of Israel as this tiny little David up against this bullying Arab goliath, and start to wonder if it’s the outgunned Palestinians who are the Davids here.

“When that starts to become the dominant perception here in the U.S., all bets are off.  It all comes down to American popular perception.”

Noam Chomsky ends the film saying, “The U.S. government will support it as long as the U.S. population tolerates it.”

If the image of Israel becomes that of a cruel oppressor, may the shift be as consequential as when Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel (and its depiction of slavery) became part of a march to the Civil War? For Jews, what might a shift of U.S. public opinion about Israel mean? To the extent Israel is identified, naturally, as an indivisibly “Jewish” project — dismounting this tiger isn’t going to be graceful. Injury to Arabs in Palestine, and the manipulation of the United States, in the past Zionist century, will be reckoned.

Abba A. Solomon is the author of “The Speech, and Its Context: Jacob Blaustein’s Speech ‘The Meaning of Palestine Partition to American Jews.’” The film is available via streaming and DVD at www.occupationmovie.com . The documentary premieres in Massachusetts next month. [This article first appeared at Mondoweiss as http://mondoweiss.net/2016/03/the-occupation-of-the-american-mind-documented/#sthash.eovxdIin.dpuf ]

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20 comments for “How Israeli Propaganda Succeeds

  1. jimbo
    April 3, 2016 at 4:18 am

    It’s a war, right? Why doesn’t the Palestinian authority surrender and then let the Palestinian areas be subsumed into “greater” Israel and the Palestinian people agree to be Israeli citizens like the Israeli Arabs. Native Americans did it in the US as other peoples must have done throughout history. Just wondering.

    • April 3, 2016 at 5:53 am

      expulsion or extermination are the only options zionists are offering Palestinians.
      make life so unbearable that they leave, never to return.
      this goes for those Palestinians who have chosen israeli citizenship. they are treated as second class, and denied employment. even black Ethiopian Jewish citizens are discriminated against.
      those who do not leave will be buried.

    • J'hon Doe II
      April 3, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Native Americans did it in the US — jimbo
      ::
      The perfect example of contemptuous neglect of well established history. How can it not be known as to the systematic extermination of Native Americans and their banishment to barren “reservations” aka outdoor prisons???

      Yes, Ignorance IS Bliss… .

      • J'hon Doe II
        April 3, 2016 at 6:51 am

        jimbo — FYI:

        In 1937 Winston Churchill said of the Palestinians:

        I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger, even though he may have lain there for a very long time.
        I do not admit that right.
        I do not admit, for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia.
        I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race, a more worldly-wise race, to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.

        That set the trend for the Israeli state’s attitude toward Palestinians.
        In 1969, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said, “Palestinians do not exist.”
        Her successor, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol said, ‘Where are Palestinians? When I came here [to Palestine] there were 250,000 non-Jews, mainly Arabs and Bedouins. It was desert, more than underdeveloped. Nothing.”
        Prime Minister Menachem Begin called Palestinians “two-legged beasts.”
        Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir called them “‘grasshoppers’ who could be crushed.”

        This is the language of heads of state, not the words of ordinary people.

        • jimbo
          April 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

          This will sound namby pamby to some of you but bygones are just that, bygones. Native Americans are now American citizens. Black Americans have full rights (presumably), time marches on and things change. Whoever said what slur is irrelevant to the big picture. Yes, there is some discrimination against Ethiopian Jews and Israeli Arabs not to mention reformed Jews but not under the law – except for reformed Jews. Israel is a capitalistic/socialistic modern nation, not a dictatorship with economic opportunities. And look who has surrendered and done pretty well for themselves afterwards, Germany and Japan. Yes, the US keeps troops on their soil but WTF. But through negotiation a decent surrender could be worked out. Pride must be swallowed and a better future imagined for the Palestinians and the Israelis. And if this surrender I envision were done through the UN, like it was some grand gesture by the Palestinians with the world watching it might restrain the bigots. There are a lot of Bernie Sanders fans in Israel. The political pendulum can swing left there as well as in the US. And I have never heard the Israelis would never accept a surrender because honestly I never heard it offered as a option from any quarter. So, my Palestinian friends, Jimbo thinks you should just say fuck it and formally surrender. You lost. Hand the ball to Israel’s and see what they are are they going to do with it. Can they do to you worse than now?

          • April 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

            jimbo
            Palestine has made offers … offers which were met with more demands.
            you will not have heard of this because such news will not be brought direct to your t.v. by the main news outlets.

          • J'hon Doe II
            April 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

            Judgement is Crucial, jimbo.
            Why not have a look at the video?

            http://anonhq.com/50003-2/

          • leyoleiner
            April 3, 2016 at 10:52 pm

            thank you JIMBO for your comment… as i think there is an angle of correctness in your words… though there are limitations to your ideas about what should be the compromise done.
            Jordan was set up to be ‘the arabic palestinian state’ when ‘palestine’ was cut in two , giving over 75% of the ‘palestine mandate’ to the ‘Jordanian royals’ , and 20+% to ‘the jewish state’ … which never was allowed to ‘be jewish’, but only another satellite to British interests and UCC laws of commerce. The ‘courts of justice’ in Israel are not ‘jewish courts’, but UCC, Roman Laws courts… so where’s the ‘independence’ promised to the peoples of the Nation of Israel ??? !
            That most jews would be willing to compromise on a lot of ‘independence’, true independence, for the sake of a quiet life ”on the Promised Lands” has already been shown over the decades by the continued voting in of ‘MAPAI’/LABOR and LIKUD governments by so many delusioned and deceived israelis over the last 60 years, which has brought about a reaction by their children that enough is enough, and more and more ‘israelis’ are thinking of The Greater Israel as ‘the more correct solution’ to the state of continuing warfare (as George Orwell described in his books) with uncompromising and intolerant ‘pseudostinians’ (see ”From Time Immemorial” for more details) ruled by terrorist elitists run and supported by ‘globalist puppet masters’. Time to see the bankster systems that keep all of us tied … and for more, follow the money to Swiss ‘yellow brick roads’ Banking and BIS (bank for international settlements) PRACTICES.
            (You can search the work by Sean Hross on the net for examples, such as ‘giureh’ and ‘chatzefratz’)

          • John P
            April 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

            Excuse me Jimbo but Arab Israelis are not allowed to live where they choose, the political rules governing how their political parties can act are different, they receive far less infrastructure money and support (25% of the population) than they should and that’s just a start. As far as I know from the past, they can’t marry an Arab in the occupied territories and bring them back, or marry a Jew in Israel.
            We complain about Islamic extremism but Israel’s nature over the years has made a turn for the worse as the secular population wanes. Just look at the damage being done to Christian churches and Islamic Mosques. Many secularists Jews have left because of this change. How do you win against an ideology that thinks a ‘god’ gave them the land. Nope, they have to maintain a population advantage and control at all costs in their minds.

          • Deschutes
            April 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm

            You are are a clueless troll, and I daresay an idiot who doesn’t know anything about Native American history, nor about how Israel was created before, during and after WWII. Zionist Jews came from all over the world between 1900-1947 in massive increasing numbers to Arab Palestine. The Zionists were, and are incredibly militant and violent: they basically invaded Palestine, killing Palestinians by the thousands, driving them out of their towns and villages into squalid refugee camps in Jordan and other Arab countries. Put it this way: if you were living in your house for 30 years, and then some guy with a gun came and knocked at your door: he said to you “get the hell out of MY house”, pointed a gun at your face and told you “get out or I’ll kill you”. This analogy is exactly what happened to the Palestinians. The Zionists point to a passage in the Jewish Testament as justification for their taking Palestine away from the Palestinians, it is sheer lunacy. Your comment reveals astonishing ignorance also of what Israel has become: it is a fascist state, there is less and less tolerance for ANY liberal, tolerant or conciliatory views regarding the Palestinian question. Even progressive Jews in Israel, such as Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom says “only other countries can save us now, we have been overcome by extreme right wing Likkud party fascism. Israel is an apartheid state based on the Jewish faith. Arabs do NOT enjoy the same level of rights in Israel! There are “jews only roads” in the Occupied Territories, bulldozing Arab homes is commonplace, water is turned off in entire towns to force Palestinians to leave by gun-toting vigilante Zionist “settlers”. You need to educate yourself on what is actually happening, you are entirely brainwashed or more likely a hasbara troll playing dumb.

          • Robert
            April 6, 2016 at 6:25 am

            How about this. We have no control of what happened in History, what psychopathic animals did to enrich themselves in the past but we do have control over what happens now.
            Just because others in History let it happen does not mean we should let it happen now, under our watch, as our choices. Israel should just surrender to world opinion as it exist now and not as it existed hundreds of years under the watch of a lazy ill informed public that could only see their own personal enrichment and the willingness to allow others to suffer to feed their superior egos.
            Not on our watch and not in our time, fairness and justice for all and the right to the pursuit of happiness for all mankind, that’s our choice in our time.

        • Deschutes
          April 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm

          Thank you for posting this quote from the real Winston Churchill, revealing his racist and most colonial rationalizing mentality. This gem one would never find in the NY Times, Guardian, HuffPo, etc. But how revealing of his venal mentality is truly is. Little wonder ‘dubbya’ had a bust of this toad in the White House. Cheers, D.

  2. J'hon Doe II
    April 3, 2016 at 7:31 am

    “How Israeli Propaganda Succeeds” — Obama’s zionist appointments?

    Stanley Fischer took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on May 28, 2014, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2020. He was sworn in as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors on June 16, 2014. His term as Vice Chairman expires on June 12, 2018.

    Prior to his appointment to the Board, Dr. Fischer was governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005 through 2013.

    From February 2002 to April 2005, Dr. Fischer was vice chairman of Citigroup. Dr. Fischer served as the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund from September 1994 through August 2001. From January 1988 to August 1990, he was the chief economist of the World Bank.

    • leyoleiner
      April 3, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Glad you mentioned Stanley Fischer here… as he is an excellent example of ‘just because you might be jewish, and have israeli citizenship, does not make you an Israel advocate or promoter, NOR REPRESENTATIVE’… in fact, he weakened Israel’s positions in the financial world FORCING Israelis into the globalist, IMF-Fed-World Bank-BIS ‘conditions’ of slavery.
      Mr Fischer was ‘put into office’ in Israel to SERVE GLOBALIST AGENDAS, not Israeli ones. His ‘buying up over 100 BILLION DOLLARS in ‘Treasury Notes’ in the name of the Bank of Israel just before being ‘advanced’ into the Federal Reserve Bank management, supposedly ‘to serve under Janet Yellen’, tied the futures of the less than 10 million jews and israelis who are living in Israel to be de facto enslaved to the debt the USA is going to have to pay at some future time.
      i can try to give your writers here some credit for what you are telling us ‘readers’, but i find the writings unbalanced and unfair towards the Israeli experiences of having to continually ‘sacrifice israeli interests’ for some undefined and illusory promise(s) that jews and muslims will come to live in peace, ”because America and Europe said so”… never happened, and will never come to be under those ‘promises’.
      Without recognizing the globalist, bankster-rooted, Roman Empire based, NWO elitist-feudalist, ‘Teutonic’ managed (whether from Swiss, Belgian, German, Austrian, French, Italian, British, Norwegian, etc area of the world) AGENDAS of world domination, you will not find the answers that will change significantly the futures of the peoples of the world. The disproportionate causality blamed on ‘jews and Israel’ for the troubles in the world are delusional and illusional fantasies made up to comfort the minds of those who cannot cope with facts about the historical veracities and eternal truths that The Nation of Israel, not the same as ‘the Vatican generated, globalist state of Israel’, imply about Earth’s Real History.
      Also, i am not one who is not willing to compromise. But compromise has limits, and survival and well being for The Nation of Israel is THE prerogative… as the Lubavitcher Rebbe also said: if the best alternative for ‘rule’ over The Holy Lands is a non-jewish government who won’t compromise jewish safety and territorial integrity, better that than a supposedly ‘jewish govt’ who compromises the integrity… thus, bottom line is jewish safety to be jewish in the Holy Lands… and there is no safety when ‘psedostinians’ are at the helms, nor as we see in the world today, intolerant islamists.
      Yes, there are many ‘jews’ involved in criminal activities in the world… they are there ‘out of Catch22 circumstances’ mostly. As ‘the powers that be’ in history have railroaded many to ‘become managing laborers’ in the world domination ‘enterprises’ from generation to generation, being ‘tax collectors’ for the convenience of the feudal lords always threatening ‘jewish safety’ if not done.
      Thus, the use of ‘pseudostinians’ to hold ‘jews in check’ continues as a new invention by ‘the powers that are’ in the world, holding ‘jews and israelis’ ‘responsible’ when they could have been integrated into societies where their ancestors came from in the first place, be it Egypt, Turkey, Levant, Arabian Peninsula, and all other places they were transfered from ‘for Britain’s Royals’ convenience’ before WW2.
      For facts about who lived in ‘pseudostine’ i suggest checking Joan Peters’ ”From Time Immemorial” , just a work started to knock the state of Israel, which came to be an advocate of the Nation of Israel by showing the disinformation that has promoted the continuance of hatred of jews in the last 100+ years.
      That there is room for improvements , i also agree. But surely not the ways mr Solomon above suggests by his accussations , being that there is no acknowledgment of how much ‘israelis’ and jews in general have tried to do over the last 100+ years alone to live in peace with the many aggressive and violent ‘neighbors’ that is the reality of these areas, and which ‘the British Empire’ as well as ‘the American Fourth Reich’ and Jesuit-Templar-Illuminati-Vatican at present, have manipulated for selfish and self-serving profits… so why so much blame of ‘israelis’ when it’s been all part of the games played for so long, ay, even hundreds of years? … The God of Israel Will Eventually Show everyone Who Really Runs World Histories, as was done with Pharaoh(s), so will be done again and again, till ‘the world gets it’. Hoping we all don’t have to go through more lifetimes of repetitions of cycles that get us all nowhere.

      • J'hon Doe II
        April 4, 2016 at 8:36 am

        How does the Rothschild family fit into your view of “GLOBALIST AGENDAS” leyoleiner – if I may ask.

        BTW, comments by you on other sites sort of wander through, can I say, ‘alternate realities’???

      • Peter Loeb
        April 5, 2016 at 5:28 am

        THE GOD OF ISRAEL WILL SHOW EVERYONE…???

        ‘The God of Israel Will Eventually Show everyone Who Really Runs World Histories,
        as was done with Pharaoh(s), so will be done again and again, till ‘the world gets it’.”
        —“leoleiner” (above)s

        This assertion of divine mandate’s guarantee of impunity for Israel’s colonial brutalities no longer has validity if it ever did. (See Michael Prior CM, THE BIBLE AND COLONIALISM: A MORAL CRITIQUE and Norman G. Finkelstein’s THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY …).

        —Peter Loeb, Boston, MA, USA

  3. Ronald Burcham
    April 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    The Zionist/Likud element in Israel wants the Palestinians dead or gone.

    • leyoleiner
      April 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      TRANSFER OF POPULATIONS has been de facto ‘solutions’ in the past, used in all places of the world, Yugoslavia and Africa being amongst the last ones known by most… it’s only by the ‘pseudostinians’ that ‘the UN’ has declined to use this ‘solution’ … wonder why ? Maybe has to do with ‘control over the Temple Mount’ for their Vatican masters ?
      There are vast amounts of lands around, including the ‘state of Jordan’, explicitly set up ‘for palestinians’ decades ago, to go to… but for ‘political pressures on Israel’ these families have been denied these transfers amd used as pawns for decades, to keep the pressures high on jews and israelis. Nowhere in the world are these realities repeated, in the manners they have been used against jews and Israelis. See more on this in Joan Peters’ ”From Time Immemorial” and in David Bedein’s works on UNRWA, search on the net for more on that.

  4. Fergus Hashimoto
    April 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I agree with the author that Israel treats the Palestinians cruelly and uses excessive force against them, bribes US politicians, controls the MSM, has committed many war crimes, foments neoconservatism in the US, etc.
    My opinions are not strongly influenced by US media or US politicians, since I have lived only a few years in the US. I have known many Arabs throughout my life and became fast friends with several of them. I view Israeli policy with distrust and skepticism. I agree that the Zionist seizure of Palestine involved many underhand schemes and that the Jewish settlements in the West Bank breach international law.
    But nobody has ever given me any good reason why Israel should disoccupy Palestine. My readings of Palestinian history have not persuaded me that Israel has no right to the land it currently holds.
    As a matter of fact I think that pro-Palestinian claims rely on very tight framing of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, never taking into account anything that happened before 1948 or anything that happened elsewhere in the Middle East, and never considering certain very relevant cultural and ideological factors.
    In a word, Palestinian claims are based on short memories and a general indifference to facts.
    Whenever I read writings about Palestine by supporters of Palestinian claims, I am astonished at their glib generalizations, their slippery arguments, their doubletalk, lies, hypocrisy and their ominous silence on certain subjects.
    The more pro-Palestinian accounts of the issue I read, the more I sympathize with Israel. Perhaps someone can recommend a pro-Palestinian author who is not a BS artist. I would gladly read such an author’s writings.

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