The following arrived in my inbox a short time ago, it’s good to see Rebecca is still working for peace even though her home has been targeted by malicious vandals, reportedly by that David Horowitz person of whom I am well aware since he and I have tangled before ourselves. He would sell out world Jewry to assuage his Islamophobia and hatred of Palestinians in particular.
It’s amazing how many Israelis cannot fathom what the rest of the world is fully aware of, Israel was and is carved out of the vibrant and already long existing legally created state of Palestine against the will of the indigenous Palestinian people. It is a travesty and for far too long Palestinians have waited for justice. How can Palestine not exist if Israel is literally carved out of it with the Balfour Declaration, which itself admits Palestine is a country, starting the ball rolling by a cynical British government terrified of losing the first world war and desperate for any possible help, even from Revisionist Zionists?
I joined JVP in 2001, jarred by the second intifada into finally beginning to face the full truth of Israel’s history. Within a few months of joining, I had become comfortable speaking publicly as a Jewish person against the 1967 occupation, and proudly wore our t-shirts saying so into the streets.
At the first JVP retreat I attended, Dr. Joel Beinin gave a lecture about the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”)– the destruction of more than 450 Palestinian villages and expulsion of over 750,000 people that was part and parcel of the establishment of Israel.
I thought I had already learned so much– but I am ashamed to admit now that I had never heard about the Nakba before (even though it has been well documented by Palestinian and other sources). In one evening, my understanding of the deep roots of Palestinian dispossession at the hands of Israel– far beyond the 1967 occupation– had vastly expanded.
I have continued to learn ever since, and now understand that there is an ongoing Nakba that has never ended. Every time a Palestinian home is demolished, Gaza is attacked, a refugee attempts to return even for a visit and is denied, or a Bedouin village is destroyed, the Nakba continues.
69 years after the founding of Israel, 50 years since the occupation, on the 29th day of the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners for their most basic and fundamental rights, and one week before Trump’s first visit to Israel as President– our responsibility to educate ourselves and our communities, most especially Jewish communities, about the Nakba are clearer than ever.
Confronting the Nakba is not optional. Because working for a truly just peace without addressing it is impossible.
The Revisionist Zionist forces have personally attacked Rebecca and her family with reprehensible flyers making false accusations against her and others. I am a reformed Zionist as well. It is time for all good people to come out and speak truth to power and end the culture of impunity that has allowed Apartheid Israel free reign of terror against indigenous Palestinians. It is past time for Israeli officials including the self-admitted war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu to be brought to justice.
I guess after Israel gets through with him and Sarah due to their corruption and stealing.