PALESTINE: JEWISH ZIONISM THREATENS A PEOPLE
Israel's unabated construction of illegal
settlements in the occupied territories
of Palestine is the main obstacle to the implementation of the two-state
solution. International criticism is ignored in Tel Aviv. Since punitive action
against Israel is not taken by the international community, Israel has the green
light for new settlements and the support of the majority of its Jewish
citizens. Jewish settlements in the land of Palestine proved useful in the past.
The Jews eventually got their state, but not all they wanted. "Judea and
Samaria" (West Bank) are also part of the "promised land", "our ancestral
homeland". "United Jerusalem is our eternal capital." New settlements have a
reason, a purpose.
Towards the end of the 19th century only
about 24 000 Jews lived in Palestine, then a province of the Ottoman Turkish
Empire, although the empire had a Jewish population of about half a million.
That was the result of investigations by British officials charged with the
administration of Palestine on behalf of the League of Nations (British Mandate)
after the collapse of the empire during World War One. In 1882 the Zionist
movement sent the first wave of Jewish settlers from Europe to Palestine. The
history of Jewish settlements had begun and never stopped. Conflicts and bloody
confrontations with the local population followed. In 1896 the Austrian Jew
Theodor Herzl, a jurist and journalist, published his book "Der Judenstaat", The
Jewish State. Herzl was convinced that his dream of a Jewish state in "the
promised land" would become a reality. He wrote: "... when many Jews cooperate
simultaneously, it is perfectly reasonable, and the realisation of the plan
offers no difficulties worth mentioning."
In his book Herzl outlines in
detail how to organise, finance and administer the future state. To the
astonishment of the reader, the local people, who lived in that land, Arab
Palestinians, are never mentioned in the Jewish State, as if Palestine were a
vacant stretch of land waiting to be populated and developed. What would be
the fate of these people? What Herzl, president of the first Zionist Congress in
Basle, Switzerland (1897), leaves in the dark, is brought to light by the
English Zionist Israel Zangwill. The Arabs should be expelled ("transferred")
from their homeland.
"We cannot allow the Arabs to block so valuable a piece of historic
reconstruction. ...And therefore we must gently persuade them to 'trek'. After
all, they have all Arabia with its million square miles. ...There is no
particular reason for the Arabs to cling to these few kilometers. 'To fold their
tents' and 'silently steal away' is there proverbial habit: let them exemplify
it now. " - In: Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of
"Transfer" in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948; Institute of Palestine
Studies, 1992, p.14
Ethnic cleansing is racism. But according to biblical geography "the
promised land" belongs to "God's chosen people", the Jews.
There is a strong and
growing campaign in Israel calling for the annexation of "Judea and Samaria."
Religious nationalism is hard to beat.
"What's important is not what the nations say, but what the Jews do."
(David Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister)