Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Nakba Messes with the Zionist Mind

The contortions of the Zionist mind over the wholesale dispossession of the Palestinian people by Zionist forces in 1948 never ceases to amaze:

"There's no escaping [the Nakba]. We can argue about how and why people were dispossessed, it's just part of [Israel's] history now. What we can do is figure out how we can maintain a Jewish-democratic state while still being maximally inclusive of a Palestinian minority. This is from our Jewish-Zionist perspective, of course." (Nakba is part of Israel's history, Liam Getreu,, 16/5/12)

OK, it happened! There, I've said it. But it's just part of Israel's history OK? What's that? Palestine's history? Yeah, whatever. Look, the only thing that really matters here and now is that we maintain a Jewish majority in Israel (so we can claim to be a democracy) vis a vis our Palestinian minority, OK? But that doesn't mean we can't be nice to them. What's that? Palestinian refugees? What about them? Allow them to return? Get real! What part of 'Jewish state' do you not understand?

"Even as some Australian Palestinians and their supporters spent Tuesday evening disrupting commuters in Sydney in the course of their Nakba Day protests against Israel, SBS World News ran a segment on the recent resettlement of several dozen Iraqi Palestinian refugees in Australia. While the segment was framed by the SBS presenters as an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of Palestinian refugees on the anniversary of Israel's creation, in reality the story had very little to do with Israel." (Shhh, Australia is resettling Palestinians, Ahron Shapiro,, 17/5/12)

That's right, just because they were kicked out of - ahem - Palestine by Zionist forces in 1948 and denied the right of return to their ancestral homeland by Israel ever since, that has absolutely nothing to do with Israel.

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