Attempt to refute criticism of Israel, astounding
THE author of the letter, “Enough with all these horrible lies about Israel” (Pretoria News, October 3), is either highly biased or highly ignorant as far as the history of Palestine is concerned.
If Azad Essa, who is criticised by Gordon, has erred in some respects, I am sure he would, unlike the Zionists who have never conceded any wrongdoing, correct himself. Of course “when ignorance is bliss”, why should Gordon indulge in the folly of being wise?
“Those who take the trouble to educate themselves about the true picture of Israel, recognise these well-worn mantras for the lies they are”, Gordon says. Holism is the key to the attempted solution of all problems, not the selective and questionable historical data that Gordon presents (his own “canards”).
There are some well-known incontrovertible facts related to the forced takeover of Palestinian land.
“Creating a Jewish state in Palestine was a deliberate, drawn-out and violent process. Palestinians were dispossessed of vast swathes of land.
Over 80% of Palestinians in what became Israel in
1948 were made into refugees overnight. The process may have culminated in 1948, but it had begun in the early 20th century and it still continues today.
“To create the state of Israel, Zionist forces attacked major Palestinian cities and destroyed about 530 villages. About 13 000 Palestinians were killed in 1948, with more than 750 000 expelled from their homes, becoming refugees.
This was the climax of the Zionist movement’s first ethnic cleansing adventure in Palestine. Today, the refugees and their descendants number at least seven million. Many still languish in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries, waiting to return to their homeland.
The founders of the campaign, Stop the Jewish National Fund, the Jews for Justice and the Not in My Name Movements would contradict most of the propaganda that Gordon wants again to, wittingly or unwittingly, inflict upon the South African public.
The current headlines related to the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar, as sad as they are, are nothing compared to Zionist atrocities.
The “Israeli technology” that Gordon cites in his shallow attempt to refute Azad’s comments is akin to the attempts to ameliorate the tragedies of colonialism. These do not wash… the victims know better. EC Hassim