The title of this article is a direct quote from Miko Peled, author of “The General’s Son” and a peace activist. His father ‘was a war hero turned peacemaker.’
Explanation by Miko Peled regarding the creation of the State of Israel at the expense of Palestinian Arabs in the region refers to many myths perpetrated by Zionist Jews of Israel and the United States. He shines a light on the world’s unwillingness to accept Palestinian claims, though those claims are supported by historians. Peled describes the rich life of Palestinians, but explains they had no militia to stand up to military attack and invasion. When describing Israel’s invasion and occupation of Gaza and other longstanding Arab regions, and the fact of the involuntary departure of so many Palestinian Arabs from those regions of Palestine, which the new Jewish State chose to usurp, Peled includes this statement :
‘…it had been an unprovoked, systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Jewish militia involving massacres, terrorism, and the wholesale looting of an entire nation.’
After the pre-emptive strikes by the Israeli army had wrought destruction to Egypt (15,000 Arab casualties, while only 600 Israeli casualties, with Israel having nearly tripled it’s territory … all in six days), the generals of Israel were looking to use their enormous stockpiles of Russian made arms to further their expansion. Reading from his book, Miko Peled quotes his father’s statements made after this June, 1967 attack and crushing defeat against Egypt. General Matti Peled spoke against continued aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza :
‘At the first weekly meeting of the General Staff after the Six Day War … when the meeting was nearing its end, my father raised his hand. He was called on, and he spoke of the unique chance the victory offered – to solve the Palestinian problem once and for all… they had a chance to offer them (Palestinians) a state of their own in the West Bank and Gaza. He claimed with certainty that holding onto the West Bank and the people who lived in it was contrary to Israel’s long-term strategy. Popular resistance to the occupation was sure to arise, and Israel’s army would be used to quell that resistance, with disastrous and demoralizing results. It would turn the Jewish state into an increasingly brutal occupying power and eventually into a bi-national state.’
Peled connects the dots of the Zionist takeover with current circumstances :
‘And this is precisely the reality in which we live today, nearly four and a half decades after that… Can we really expect that five million Palestinians will keep living under a regime that is democratic for Jews, but is brutally oppressive towards Palestinians? With about six million Jews and about five or five and a half million Palestinians living under the same rules, the same government, but with different laws… My father, who was a military expert, spent the remainder of his life, after he retired, from the military, fighting for justice for the Palestinian cause… … My father’s predictions have all come true.’
Miko Peled goes on to describe the Israeli attacks on Gaza during Jewish religious celebrations in 2008. He explains that, while Israeli had warned Palestinians of impending attacks by flying over Gaza dropping thousands of leaflets, the people had no chance of surviving these attacks :
‘I can only imagine the mother, seeing these warnings, knowing that this horror was impending but also knowing that there’s nowhere to go. There’s nowhere to run, there’s nowhere to hide, there’s nowhere to save her children from the bombs, and from the fire, from the smoke and from the chemicals, and from the phosphorus that consumes the flesh and won’t be extinguished, because Gaza is locked down. Gaza is under siege, a siege that was imposed by Israel, on the people of Gaza. So, for these young Israeli pilots … this was really nothing but shooting fish in a barrel, as they began the merciless onslaught that began at exactly 11:25 in the morning’ on 27 December 2008. And that date … will be forever etched in our memories as the darkest, and most shameful day in the long history of the Jewish people.’
Now a new date, 14 November 2012, and the days since, are vying for this title of the most shameful days in the history of the Jewish people.
While Peled doesn’t deny the truth of rockets being fired into southern Israel from Gaza, his comparisons come from personal experience and are stark. Hamas rockets create a ground crater about the size of a large soccer ball, and come usually in response to Israeli military actions against Palestinians near the border at Gaza. Children present may be scratched up from broken glass and may be in shock. The one-ton bombs dropped on civilians in Gaza can level a city block.
‘Children aren’t scratched, and they’re not in shock by that … they’re decimated. They are burned. They choke from the fumes and they are buried in the rubble.’
Later on, after telling the story of meeting with Palestinians in San Diego, California after the death, by Palestinian suicide bomber, of his niece, Peled returned home, wondering how to continue on. He makes this statement about meeting with the Palestinians :
‘It was comforting to know that we’re all very similar, and it was liberating to know that we don’t have to be enemies. But it was heart wrenchingly difficult to realize … that I did not have full possession of the truth. And that is what I think Israeli supporters, mostly Jews .. that’s where I think most of them are. And I think it’s time for Israeli Jews and American Jews to join what was very eloquently described by Clovis Maksoud as ‘the constituency of conscience.’
In a comparison many are making today, Peled recalls South Africa and The South of the United States :
‘…Y’know, one can only imagine what white South Africans went through when they saw that apartheid was coming to an end.
Clearly they wanted to hold on to their way of life, corrupt as it may’ve been. The whites in the southern states were probably trying to hold on as much as they could when they saw the end of legalized segregation and discrimination and racism come to an end in this country. … Zionists in Israel are now doing the same : trying to hold on. We see brutal tyrants everywhere these days doing the same thing : holding on, even as they fall one by one.’
He calls Zionist Israel a ‘racist regime’ and warns that we are nearing the end :
‘The Zionist dream of an ethnically homogenous state was shattered by the zionists themselves with their insatiable hunger for land. In their own hands, they created a bi-national state where almost half of the population are not Jewish or Israeli, but are Palestinian Arabs.
He goes on to predict victory by the non-violent struggle for freedom by the Palestinian people.
‘It seems surprising that Israeli soldiers, young men and women who are raised in what is seemingly a democratic society, are willing to enforce this brutal occupation… they do it very willingly, and they do it very brutally… the Zionist education system taught these young men and women that Palestinian life is worthless… For those people who do want to associate themselves with Israel and with Zionism, and drape themselves in the Zionist flag, the flag that has come to symbolize intolerance, hate, racism and brutality, they can feel free to do so. But they need to know this : that when the trials begin, and the tribunals take their place … ‘
He continues warning that the people now choosing to support the brutal Israeli Zionist agenda will, in the end, be forced to ask forgiveness, while those supporting freedom for Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and a truly democratic Israel will carry on. Peled finishes his comments :
‘The rest of us will move on and, along with the rest of the Middle East, we will follow the example of the people of Egypt to create something that will surely be a tremendous accomplishment : a democratic secular state in our shared homeland : a state where Muslims, Christians and Jews live as equals, and educate their children to love their diverse homeland with its multitude of cultures, it’s rich history, and it’s promising future.’
From the description of the video :::
Uploaded by AlternateFocus on May 21, 2011
Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. Born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family, his grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His Father, Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai.
Miko’s unlikely opinions reflect his father’s legacy. General Peled was a war hero turned peacemaker.
Miko grew up in Jerusalem, a multi-ethnic city, but had to leave Israel before he made his first Palestinian friend, the result of his participation in a dialogue group in California. He was 39.
On September 4, 1997 the beloved Smadar, 13, the daughter of Miko’s sister Nurit and her husband Rami Elhanan was killed in a suicide attack.
Peled insists that Israel/Palestine is one state—the separation wall notwithstanding, massive investment in infrastructure, towns and highways that bisect and connect settlements on the West Bank, have destroyed the possibility for a viable Palestinian state. The result, Peled says is that Israelis and Palestinians are governed by the same government but live under different sets of laws.
At the heart of Peled’s conclusion lies the realization that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals in their shared homeland.
While Israel finishes a fifth day of relentless bombings of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, all financed and supported by the United States government, many Americans continue to believe the propaganda coming out of Washington and Israel. This article will eventually be followed up with more information explaining the historical relationships among the Palestinian Arabs of Gaza and the Jews of Israel and America, and the relationship of Israel to the rest of the world, since the inception of the imperialist State of Israel. History shows the undeniable connection of the imperialist United States of America to the creation and ongoing military support of the state of Israel. The truth of the differences of opinion regarding Israeli official aggression against Palestinians, especially in Gaza, will be shown. Generally, as with the people of the United States in relation to U.S. military imperialist conquests, many Jewish people of Israel and the United States do not support these aggressive, murderous attacks on Gaza by the State of Israel.
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Since 14 November 2012, after decades of struggle including routine intermittent attacks against individuals, Israel, using funds provided by the United States of America, has begun an all-out war against the civilian Palestinian population of Gaza. These attacks are being excused by much of the world as retaliation for attacks on Israel. History shows us that any attacks by Hamas or anyone in Gaza or Palestine against Israel were defensive maneuvers and were in response to ongoing destructive and murderous attacks by Israeli soldiers against the Palestinian people in Gaza.
We are receiving reports directly from Gaza about many civilian casualties. Over three hundred people have been injured. Updates are being reported via every social media tool, including twitter.
UPDATE Sunday 18 November 08:47 U.S. Pacific time :
Late yesterday afternoon (nighttime in Gaza), we listened to many explosions over the microphone Harry Fear left on as he slept. Drones circled nearby continuously for hours. Some of the explosions were heard as we listened to Gazans singing in prayer.
Many Palestinian children in Gaza have been killed by Israeli bombs in the past five days. The total death toll at this point is 69, 24 of whom were children. It has consistently been reported as 80% of the dead are civilians.
The resistance group al Qassam has downed an Israeli helicopter in the last hour, and resistance forces are firing on Israeli warships, which have been firing indiscriminately on the people of Gaza. Explosions have now been heard in Tel Aviv, reinforcing the reports that resistance fighters are firing back at Israel.
A nearly full term fetus was killed inside the womb of a Palestinian woman by shrapnel from an Israeli bomb.
UPDATE Sunday 18 November 11:27 U.S. Pacific time :
In Gaza, at the hands of Israel in the past five days : 71 people have been killed, 25 of whom were children. More than 600 people have been injured 250 of whom are children.
UPDATE Monday 19 November 15:13 U.S. Pacific time :
The death toll in Gaza is now 108, including journalists who were intentionally targeted.
this video is part of today’s update, a reading of the names of the dead :
UPDATE for the sake of this graphic :::
This tally illustrates the situation in Gaza from Wednesday evening to 19/11/2012 18:00 GMT.
UPDATE 21 November 2012 5:22pm in Gaza :::
tweet one hour ago via Harry Fear @harryfear :
Recent update from Gazan Ministry of Health: 147+ killed (11+ today); 2000+ injured #GazaUnderAttack
UPDATE 21 November 2012 9:44pm in Gaza :::
Word just in of a ceasefire, which seems to have occurred and been reported just afternoon EST by Reuters via Huffington Post :::
Irael-Gaza Truce Deal Agreed To, Israel Will Not Lift Gaza Blockade
Reuters | Posted: 11/21/2012 12:25 pm EST Updated: 11/21/2012 2:05 pm EST
Unfortunately, there is not yet an agreement to tear down the fence and stop the blockade : ‘Israeli sources said Israel had agreed to a truce, but would not lift its blockade of the Palestinian territory.’
Also unfortunately, Reuters is not shy about repeatedly blaming Hamas for firing rockets, while paying no attention to the apartheid being foisted on the region by Israel. The firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas would likely be eliminated by a dismantling of the apartheid system.
Harry Fear, a reporter and documentary producer, has been keeping the world up to date in a minute by minute narrative of realtime attacks in Gaza.
This photo shows the beauty of the region from which Harry Fear is continuing to provide updates of the situation in the Gaza Strip.
”The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder. When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.” Noam Chomsky
more photos documenting the true history of Israeli attacks against Palestinians in Gaza
this report will be updated
screenshots (from various online video reports) by wiseoldsnail