The Nakba is our Holocaust

By Khalid Amayreh • May 16th, 2008

“This morning we saw pictures of the Warsaw ghetto at Yad
Vashem and this evening we are going to the Ramallah
ghetto.”

(German Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke during a visit to
Ramallah in March 2007)

Basking in their usual insolence and self-absorbedness,
Israeli leaders have been visibly irate over the
highlighted commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the
Palestinian Nakba, the destruction and ethnic cleansing of
the Palestinian community in 1948.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has been quoted as saying that
there can be no Palestinian state unless and until the
victims learn to forget the word Nakba.

“The Palestinians will celebrate their statehood when they
erase the word Nakba from their lexicon,” said Livni, whose
father, Eitan, who died in 1991, played an active part in
effecting the genocidal campaign of murder and terror that
culminated in the establishment of Israel.

Last year, Livni had the temerity to say that the creation
of a Palestinian state on parts of the West Bank would have
to address Israel’s Arab citizens.

For those unacquainted with Zionist phraseology, the
venomous remarks were an obvious allusion to diabolic
Zionist designs to ultimately expel more than 1.5 million
Israeli Arab citizens whose presence in Palestine predated
the establishment of Israel by hundreds if not thousands of
years.

Similarly, an Israeli diplomat at the UN reportedly
complained on Thursday (15 May) that the mere use and
circulation of the word Nakba carried a whiff of
anti-Semitism, and that the word itself ought to be banned.

The obscene raving came after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki
Moon telephoned Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas and expressed empathy with the Palestinian people in
honor of the Nakba anniversary.

You see the brutal ugliness of the Zionist mentality. They
want even to ban the use of words that remind humanity of
the greatest theft and act of rape in history, carried out
by a people who claim to adhere to the Torah, the Holy
Scripture that taught humanity, among other things, “thou
shall not steal.”

Obviously, Livni, who is now celebrating 60 years of theft
and ethnic cleansing, wants her victims, the Palestinians,
to forget the Nakba and relate to their own extirpation and
deportation from their native homeland, as a rosy event.

The evil-minded lady wants us to hail the massacres, the
terror, the ethnic cleansing and all the Nazi acts that led
to our own destruction, dispossession and dispersion. In
short, she wants us to adopt the Zionist narrative and
effectively become bona fide or kosher Zionists in order to
be accepted as “true peace partners.”

But that obviously cannot happen and never will. Indeed,
asking Palestinians to forget the Nakba is as outrageous as
asking Jews to forget the holocaust. The Nakba, after all,
was more or less the Palestinian holocaust. And it still
is.

How else can the native people of Palestine be expected to
relate to the violent seizure of their homeland by brutal
East European Zionists, eager to avenge the holocaust?

How else can any Palestinian, indeed, any honest human
being, relate to the genocidal destruction of Palestine
under the pretext that “Jews have got to live somewhere.”

As far as I know, true Judaism categorically forbids all
forms of theft. But Zionism, which often pays lip service
to Judaism and the Torah, has stolen an entire country from
its indigenous inhabitants.

And the process of stealing and ethnic cleansing is
continuing unabated.

It is true that Zionism has not yet used gas chambers to
liquidate its victims. But Israel is murdering Palestinians
in large numbers each and every day. Does a day pass
nowadays without a Palestinian child, man or woman being
murdered by these thugs and child-killers who call
themselves the “Israeli Defense Forces?”

Just look at how Israel, which the liar of the White House
George Bush was audacious enough to call “a light upon the
nations,” is reducing Palestinian towns and villages to
real concentration camps, very much like Nazis did at the
Ghetto Warsaw.

As diabolical as it was, the holocaust lasted only for a
few years. Yes, it was a few years of utter hell. We don’t
deny this fact despite cynical Zionist efforts to utilize
Jewish suffering to inflict comparable suffering on the
peoples of the Middle East.

But the Palestinian Nakba, although lesser in scope and
slower in motion, is still ongoing sixty years later.

Palestinians are still being killed, maimed, tormented,
humiliated and deported. Palestinian homes are still being
demolished; Palestinian farms and orchards are still being
bulldozed and decimated; Palestinians are still being
blockaded and starved in ways reminiscent of the holocaust.
And above all, Palestinian land is still being stolen and
raped by Zionism.

Today in every junior high school in America, students read
Anne Frank, while in every high school Elie Wiesel’s
‘Night’ is requisite reading. This is the man who says
brazenly that he readily identifies with Israeli crimes and
that he couldn’t bring himself to say bad things about
Israel.

The victims of the first Kristallnacht enjoy the world’s
approbation and sympathy, while at the same time having
succeeded in demonizing an entire people, for whom
Kristallnacht still remains a night without end.

Israel, as Spanish Philosopher Santiago Alba-Rico wrote two
years ago, may not be the most unjust and criminal State in
History, but it is the one that has been at it for a longer
period of time and with greater impunity.

And Palestinians may not be the most oppressed people in
the history of mankind. But they are undeniably the most
uninterruptedly tormented people in modern history.

As a people, Palestinians have more or less survived in
spite of history. But their very survival shouldn’t be
viewed as irreversible given the specter of genocide and
obliteration that is still hovering over their heads every
morning and every evening.

Let us not fool ourselves. The nearly daily statements and
remarks and warnings that we keep hearing from Israeli
rabbis, politicians and generals are a vivid reminder of
similar anti-Jewish statements made seven decades ago in
Germany by Nazi figures.

In fact, the Holocaust didn’t start with Auschwitz-Birkenau
in 1943 or even with Kristallnacht in 1938. It began much
earlier with a venomously racist discourse that is very
much similar to the present Israeli approach toward the
Palestinians.

Israel, which has been trying to convince the world,
particularly the West, that it must be perpetually
dominant, hegemonic and imperial in order to survive, is
slowly but surely trying to obliterate the Palestinian
people in the name of the holocaust and in the name of
“Never Again.”

Today, in the name of “Never Again,” Israel is transforming
Palestinian towns and villages into concentration camps,
where the lives of millions of hopeless and helpless
citizens are at the mercy of the moods and whims of Israeli
occupation soldiers and officers, very much like the lives
of many Jews were once at the mercy of the moods and whims
of the Gestapo, SS and the Wehrmacht.

Today, the Palestinians are a people without human rights
and dignity, without civil rights, without a known fate,
and virtually without a future because Zionist Jews have
decided to fulfill Jewish nationalism in way similar to the
manner in which German supremacists wanted to exercise
their nationalism nearly seven decades ago.

And as Jews, Russians and other Europeans paid a dear price
for the Nazi folly, Palestinians and other peoples of the
Middle East have paid and continue to pay a dear price for
Zionist madness and fascism.

But just as the Germans eventually paid even a dearer price
for their own madness, Zionist Jews will undoubtedly will
pay a colossal price sooner or later for their wanton
criminality and arrogance. This is if they continue to
allow themselves to be duped by the big lie called Zionism.

Eventually, the dynamics and forces that caused the
downfall of Nazism and Stalinism will also bring about the
downfall of Zionism. It may take some time, but it will
happen.

(end)

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