Een land zonder volk…

Deze maand bombardeerde Israël een van de grootste boekhandels in Gaza. De Samir Mansour boekenwinkel was nog maar een van de weinige bestaande en maakte deel uit van het Kahil kantoorgebouw.

Niet alleen hun land werd geroofd maar ook hun literatuur, hun geestelijk en cultureel erfgoed. Deze vorm van genocide is al decennia lang gaande en gaat onafgebroken verder.

The Great Book Robbery – Witness


Comrade Morlock


Detail from Rand, McNally & Co.’s New 14 x 21 map of Turkey in Asia, Asia Minor, 1895


1. The Palestinians are the inhabitants of Canaan who never left.

“Then there is the question of the exile of 70 AD. There has been no real research into this turning point in Jewish history, the cause of the diaspora. And for a simple reason: the Romans never exiled any nation from anywhere on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean. Apart from enslaved prisoners, the population of Judea continued to live on their lands, even after the destruction of the second temple. Some converted to Christianity in the 4th century, while the majority embraced Islam during the 7th century Arab conquest.” —Schlomo Sand, Israel deliberately forgets its history

“Jews break down into three genetic groups, all of which have Middle Eastern origins — which are shared with the Palestinians and Druze.” — Blood Brothers: Palestinians and Jews Share Genetic Roots — Haaretz

2. Palestine’s name has been used for thousands of years.

“Palestine became a predominately Arab and Islamic country by the end of the seventh century. Almost immediately thereafter its boundaries and its characteristics — including its name in Arabic, Filastin — became known to the entire Islamic world, as much for its fertility and beauty as for its religious significance…In 1516, Palestine became a province of the Ottoman Empire, but this made it no less fertile, no less Arab or Islamic…Sixty percent of the population was in agriculture; the balance was divided between townspeople and a relatively small nomadic group. All these people believed themselves to belong in a land called Palestine, despite their feelings that they were also members of a large Arab nation…Despite the steady arrival in Palestine of Jewish colonists after 1882, it is important to realize that not until the few weeks immediately preceding the establishment of Israel in the spring of 1948 was there ever anything other than a huge Arab majority. For example, the Jewish population in 1931 was 174,606 against a total of 1,033,314.” —Edward Said, “The Question of Palestine.”

Wikipedia can guide you through the evolution of Palestine’s name:

  • Philistia, established c.1175 BC.
  • Palaistinê or Palaestina, names used during the Persian and Hellenic periods.
  • Paralia (Palestine), the coastal province of Palestine during Hellenistic and Roman times.
  • Syria Palaestina or Roman Palestine, a Roman province (135–390 CE).
  • Palaestina Prima and Palaestina Secunda, two Byzantine provinces in the Levant from 390 to 636.
  • Palaestina Salutaris, alias Palestina Tertia, a Byzantine province established in 6th century, covering the Negev and Transjordan.
  • Jund Filastin (638–10th century), a military district of the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphate province of Bilad al-Sham.
  • Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem (1872–1917), also known as the “Sanjak of Jerusalem”, an Ottoman district commonly referred to as “Southern Syria” or “Palestine”. The district encompassed Jerusalem, Gaza, Jaffa, Hebron, Bethlehem and Beersheba.
  • Mandatory Palestine (1920–1948), a geopolitical entity under British administration

3. Zionists engaged in ethnic cleansing.

“Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul, Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta, Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis, and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.” — David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister

“Arab armies entered the conflict only after Zionist forces had committed 16 massacres, including the grisly massacre of over 100 men, women, and children at Deir Yassin. Future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, head of one of the Jewish terrorist groups, described this as “splendid,” and stated: “As in Deir Yassin, so everywhere, we will attack and smite the enemy. God, God, Thou has chosen us for conquest.” Zionist forces committed 33 massacres altogether.[4]” —A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict


Uitgelicht: bron – Video: Al Jazeera

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