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COUNTERPOINT TO Raoul Lowery
Contreras’ December 12, 2012 commentary:
Cowardice, Israeli Patience
want peace or supremacy?
By Lamont Phemister
Today, righteous Jewish scholars and
dissidents show us we are deceived about past and present
acts of Zionists, and their ambitions for future.
Mikko Peled, son of famous Israeli General Mattityahu Peled,
he was deceived about Zionism and says Zionists should go
down on their knees and beg forgiveness from the people they
have so blatantly wronged. JStreet members are repelled by
Israeli behavior and regard it as self-destructive.
JStreet founder, Jeremy Ben-Ami says JStreet represents 70%
of Jewish Americans.
The 1918 book "Eretz
Israel" by David Ben-Gurion, says
Palestinians are largely descendants of Jews who lived in
the Holy Land since return from
about 539BC. Early Arab conquerors did not force
conversion. Some forced conversions occurred hundreds
of years later, but Jews were generally protected, and Jews
fleeing Christian persecution were given refuge in Muslim
lands. Jews prospered highly under Islam. Israel's noted demographer Sergio DellaPergola
reports only 2,000 Jews in the Holy
Land in 1690. Muslims are largely
not late arrivals in
immigrated to the Holy Land in late 1800's but became a
flood after Great Britain conquered Palestine in WWI. Ben-Gurion's memoir
reports Zionist Jews wrote as early as 1878, of concealed
ambition to seize the land. Ben-Gurion wrote of
his zeal for the forced "transfer" (expulsion) of
Palestinians in the 1930s. His 1937 letter to his son
declares intentions to conquer all of Palestine.
began expelling Palestinians in 1947 and expelled 200,000
before Arab nations attacked
on May 15, 1948. Second prime minister of Israel, Moshe Sharett's 1950s diary reveals Israel sought a
pretext for more war for conquest.
rights for Jews to live anywhere in the
Holy Land. Perhaps, but their willingness to
kill and expel Palestinians who never left is immoral and
unjust. It foreits any claim on land.
both sides have committed ugly atrocities. But the
magnitude of Zionist violence makes Palestinian acts shrink
in comparison. Zionists are the invaders since the
declaration of 1897. Invaders forfeit the right
of self defense.
has a history of deceiving Americans. It denied
bombing US libraries in Egypt in 1953.
Israel continues to deny intent when it
killed 34 US
sailors 6/8/1967 when its jets and torpedo boats tried to
sink our USS Liberty ship to prevent American radiomen
learning how far Israel
Egypt. False information
helped promote the false claims of WMDs in Iraq. Israeli Prime
Minister Netanyahu was recorded boasting of manipulating America and derailing Oslo agreements. Israel is under
the influence of belligerent settlers who want more
The good of mankind demands that Israelis
must be able to live in peace and security within the
borders before the 1967 conquests.
and the Arabs offer peace to
when it abandons conquest and withdraws from the Occupation.
Until Israel does
this, we will know peace negotiations are only a stalling
tactic. A just peace with
Palestine is the only way Israel can
achieve legitimacy. America
has caused Muslim nations to hate us because we enable Israel to behave
with impunity. When
recognizes Free Palestine it will help heal antagonism and
show Israel that it
must act justly.
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