Neturei Karta is an anti-Zionist Jewish organization (made up of Orthodox Jews and Rabbis) who oppose the collective punishment methods of the Israeli government.
Due to the "Present Absentee" Israeli law, Christians/Muslims who have already been given Israeli citizenship are not even allowed to return to their homes within Israel due to their refugee status within Israel.
Just as unrestricted Mexican immigration would either create riots in America or preference given to Mexican immigrants over the local population would create a second-class citizenry, unrestricted Jewish immigration into Palestine resulted in
the Arab Christians in Israel decreasing from 21% in 1949 to 13% in 1990, and to less than 10% at the end of 1998 but
in the Palestinian territories, Christian representatives constitute more than double their proportion in Palestinian society.
This disproportional representation is a further indication of the Palestinian Authority's desire to allow the Christians a sense of security.
Official Hamas statement in 2007: "(Hamas) would not allow anyone (in Gaza) to sabotage Muslim-Christian relations."
Alex Awad, Dean of students at Bethlehem Bible College and Pastor of a Baptist Church in Jerusalem, says that in 34 years , almost all Christians have not been attacked, insulted or humiliated by Muslim neighbors. "That’s a very long time”, Pastor Awad says and
Pastor Awad blames many persecution stories on Christians who seek sympathy and money from Christian Zionists in Western nations. “That’s sad,” he says.
Since non-Jewish Israeli citizens are treated as second class citizens due to the Israeli "Present Absentee" law, you can imagine what rights Palestinians have in the UN designated Occupied Territories.
Miko Peled is a Jewish Israeli who grew up in a well known Zionist family.
Miko, whose father was an Israeli General, finally became an anti-Zionist activist when he realized that "Zionism is a racist, colonial idea" (end of quote).
Watch the free docudrama, " The Promise " on Hulu (not Hulu Plus), to see an accurate depiction of life in Israel from the viewpoints of both sides in this tragic conflict.
Open a new window to watch the youtube videos below while you are reading the post and
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Jewish Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi shows his documentary " 5 Broken Cameras" to Israeli school children who are visibly affected by the brutality of Israeli soldiers.
The israeli school children voice their concerns in the youtube video titled :
""Five Broken Cameras" screened to Israeli youth ".
684 Israeli combatants/officers from all units of the IDF have so far signed the January 2002 "Combat Troops' Letter" in which
they declared their refusal "to fight... in order to
humiliate an entire people" (end of quote).
In a booklet published by Breaking the Silence, 30 Israeli soldiers who served in the West Bank have described the army's day-to-day actions with descriptions of
night-time arrests and
injury" of children, who are handcuffed and blindfolded and
denied recourse to lawyers, either on suspicions of stone-throwing or arrested in order to gather information on their relatives and neighbors.
B'TSELEM is a Israeli Human Rights Organization that was established by a group of prominent Israeli academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members.
Watch the B'TSELEM Youtube video titled :
" Orthodox Jewish woman harasses Palestinian mother ",
where a Palestinian family has to literally live in a cage and the children cannot play outside.
Watch the Youtube video titled : " Kalandia - A Checkpoint Story ",
its a video recorded by a Jewish woman about the kind of abusive and humiliating lives Palestinians go through in Israel.
Another youtube video ( 2003 documentary film by Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir) titled :
" Checkpoint - Israel Defence Forces Documentary ".
One can imagine what happens when the camera is turned off and there are no jewish observers.
Even in America, cops are known to beat up their own citizens when there are no cameras around, so one can imagine what happens to innocent palestinians who are considered as enemies by a minority of Israeli checkpoint guards.
Why is the Israeli government in the business of instigation ? so that
the subsequent adverse reactions by a tiny number of palestinian militants will give the Israel government the excuse to not make peace through a comprehensive peace deal as outlined in Brian's blog ( link at the end of this post ).
In the history of mankind, the stronger group usually engages in "ethnic cleansing" ( example: forceful removal of Indian tribes from their homes by the US government) and
the weaker group usually engages in terrorism ( example: terrorism committed by Native Americans against the families of American settlers ).
Terrorism by Native Americans lasted almost 300 years from 1622 through 1911.
Here is one American historian's narrative in 1832 on terrorism committed by Native Americans on the families of civilian settlers:
"The men and children were chopped to pieces," wrote historian Kerry Trask, "and the dead women were hung up by their feet and
their bodies mutilated in ways too gruesome for contemporary observers to record in writing " (end of quote ).
The reason Native Americans committed terrorism against American settlers is because
the US government never made a comprehensive peace deal with the Native Americans, till the Native American nations were reduced to nothing.
So similarly, a tiny minority of the Palestinians resort to terrorism because
the Israeli government has a stranglehold on the Palestinians through various collective punishment and ethnic cleansing methods.
We know that ethnic cleansing operations by the Israeli government is a much more powerful force than terrorism, by looking at the female life expectancy in Israel, compared to the UN designated Occupied Territories:
Israeli female life expectancy : 83.49 years.
Palestinian female life expectancy : 77.17 years.
Remember, its the muslims (Ottoman Turks) who allowed Jews to immigrate to Palestine in the 1800s, so good relations between Jews and Muslims would go back to what it was during the 1800s, once a comprehensive peace deal is agreed to.
Facebook has a page titled " Arabs and Jews refuse to be Enemies".
Once a comprehensive peace deal is agreed to, we can see many more people joining organizations like
Combatants for Peace, a Bi-national movement of Israelis and Palestinians who dropped their arms in order to lead a non-violent struggle against the occupation of palestinian territories (as designated by the UN).
In 1850, Jews were 4% of the total population of Palestine since
most Jews had converted to Islam and had become Muslim Palestinians since 7th century Muslim rule.
The remaining Jews were treated relatively well and that is why the Jews fled the persecution of Europe to Palestine (name given to the area by the Romans ).
If the majority muslims in Palestine (during the 1800s) treated the Jewish immigrants like how the US government treated Native Americans and Blacks, the Jews would not have left Europe for Palestine in the 1800s.
Even though historically, the Jewish military acquired Palestine through genocide, killing all non-jewish civilian men, women, children and babies ( Deuteronomy 20:16) the muslims during the 1800s still welcomed the Jews back into Palestine.
But it turned out that nationalist Zionists were not grateful to the generosity of the muslims.
Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen of Beth El-Keser Israel states that
the rightful owners of Palestinian lands were forced to become tenant farmers due to
The (Muslim) Ottoman Land Code and Registration Laws of 1858 and 1859 which had the effect of
fraudulently transferring Christian/Muslim farmers ownership of Palestinian lands to powerful Arabs who in turn sold those lands to Jews.
The first "stone" was thrown in 1908 when Zionists encouraged Jews to forcefully push Arab tenant farmers off their lands and homes (ethnic cleansing) and
to only employ Jews and not to employ non-Jews.
Christian and Muslim farmers suddenly found themselves forced out of their homes and land that had been in their family for centuries.
As soon as the first "stone" was thrown by the Zionists,
Najib Nassar a Palestinian Christian published Al-Karmil, warning Palestinians about Zionism which in turn led to the anti-Zionist Muslim-Christian Associations.
Would Americans riot if there were unrestricted Mexican immigration into this country ? likewise, some Arabs rioted because
the Zionists wanted unrestricted Jewish immigration and so
the Jews who only comprised 4% of the total population of Palestine in 1850,
by 1947, Jewish immigrants grew to over 30% of the total population of Palestine.
By 1945, the Jews had purchased only 6% of the total area of Palestine but
the 1947 U.N. Resolution 181(II) gave the Jews, 56 % of Palestine ( over a 400% increase in Jewish agricultural lands ) and even though
the Christians/Muslims were twice the population of the Jews, the Palestinians got 44% of Palestine ( a 59% reduction in Palestinian agricultural lands ).
In their 1947 report to the UN General Assembly, the UN Special Committee on Palestine stated that:
"The Arab (Christian/Muslim) population, despite the strenuous efforts of Jews to acquire land in Palestine, at present remains in possession of approximately 85 per cent of the land (Palestine)" (end of quote ).
What if the UN came to you and said an Indian wants 56% of your land (because 1800 years ago his ancestors owned your land) and
the Indian wants most of your best agricultural lands and
you get 44% your land even though there are two of your family and only one of the Native American ,
what would you say to the UN ? and
that is what the UN did to Palestine in the 1940s which lead to decades of conflict.
In his book "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine", Jewish Israeli historian Ilan Pappé of Haifa University, asserts that Plan Dalet was a "blueprint for ethnic cleansing":
"... this ... blueprint spelled it out clearly and unambiguously:
the Palestinians had to go ... The aim of the plan was in fact the destruction of both rural and
urban areas of Palestine........and their inhabitants expelled" (end of quote).
Aharon Zisling, the minister of agriculture, told the Israeli cabinet on 17 November 1948:
"... Jews have behaved like Nazis and my entire being has been shaken " (end of quote).
Arab governments had to interfere militarily in 1948 because
before the Israeli government declared independence in 1948,
the Israeli military and well organized Zionist terror groups had already penetrated deep into the UN designated Palestinian State encountering
little opposition from unorganized Palestinian militants.
Sadly, for hundreds of thousands of Christian/Muslim Palestinians who fled from their homes in fear (1947-1948) due to hearing about 24 reported massacres (example: Deir Yassin massacre) by Zionist terror groups,
the Israeli government did not just take 56% as designated by the UN but rather
the Israeli government took 100% of Christian/Muslim Palestinian homes
(In effect, the Zionist leadership went back on their 1940s promise of giving all palestinians within Israel, permanent residency).
Even though palestinians were promised legal residence by Jewish leaders in the 1940s, they were not allowed back into Palestine (today's Israel) even though
the UN passed UN Resolution 194 in December 11, 1948, calling for the return of refugees back to their legal residency in Israel.
All property rights should be addressed comprehensively, whether it be Jewish property rights in Arab countries or Arab property rights in Palestine.
If there is no evidence of terrorism, those Palestinians with legal residency promised by both the UN and Jewish leaders during the 1940s should be allowed to return.
The UN would never have given statehood to Israel if the UN knew that the legal residency of Palestinians could be changed at anytime and for any reason against the wishes of the legal Palestinian residents of Israel.
If the Israeli government was truly a Peacemaker,
it would have stipulated in the 1949 Armistice Agreements that it would work closely with the border patrol of Arab countries to monitor their borders to make sure
the PLO does not cross the borders into Israel since
the Arab countries had limited resources and manpower to monitor the movement of hundreds of thousands of palestinian refugees of which
a tiny minority ( the PLO) was seeking revenge for the killings and expulsions of Palestinians from Israel during the 1947-1948 period.
Before 1967, the Israeli government always had the intention of taking Gaza and the West Bank and the way they did it is by provoking small attacks from the Arab states and then
following up with a huge bombing campaign as listed below:
(1) Incursion by the Israeli government into the Syrian territory of al-Hamma in 1951
(2) Invasion of Egypt by the Israeli government in 1956
(3) In 1966, the Israeli government attacked Jordan's West Bank.
(4) April 1967, Israeli government invaded Syria.
(5) Surprise first strike by the israeli government against Egypt in June 1967 which started the Six-Day War.
Yitzhak Rabin, who served as the Chief of the General Staff for Israel during the Six Day war stated:
"I do not believe that Egypt wanted war" (end of quote ).
In 1967, when the Israeli government had total control of the West Bank and Gaza,
the Israeli government could have annexed the West Bank and Gaza and those Palestinians who did not accept Israeli citizenship or residency, would have been subject to deportation.
Israeli Arabs (20% of the Israeli population ) have accepted Israeli citizenship.
The period after 1967 ( when the Israeli government had full control of Gaza and the West Bank) was described by
Jewish Israeli Professor Benny Morris as an "all-pervading element of humiliation", caused by
the protracted occupation which Dr. Morris says was "always a brutal and mortifying experience for the occupied" and
was "founded on brute force,
repression and fear,
collaboration and treachery,
beatings and torture chambers, and
daily intimidation, humiliation, and manipulation" (end of quote ).
Jewish Israeli Professor Jeff Halper founded the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions.
According to Professor Halper, since 1967, Israel demolished over 18,000 Palestinian homes, a process now routine, and nearly always for no security reason.
Dr. Halper calls it "a national obsession, collective punishment, in defiance of international law that Israel disdains.
For Palestinians, it's traumatic and devastating.
It renders men powerless and emasculating for being unable to provide a family home" (end of quote).
In 1967, why didn't the Israeli government annex both the West Bank and Gaza and give Christian/Muslim Palestinians full residency or citizenship rights ?
because then the Israeli government would not have been able to do the following ethnic cleansing operations
( because the following would have been illegal if the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza were given full residency or citizenship rights after 1967) :
extrajudicial assassinations of suspected militants,
mass detentions without trials of suspected militants,
forced migrations of non-militant civilians,
forced relocations of non-militant civilians,
forced deportations of non-militant civilians,
confiscation of lands belonging to non-militant civilians,
severely restricting non-militant civilians from building,
severely restricting non-militant civilians from expanding agricultural lands,
severely restricting college educated, non-militant civilians from finding work ( resulting in only one in eight college-educated non-militant Palestinians finding degree-related work) ,
unrestricted Jewish settler migration into the West Bank and Gaza.
The Israeli sociologist Baruch Kimmerling once identified as “politicide" the stifling of the educational opportunities available to Palestinian kids.
As long as the ethnic cleansing operations were not complete, the Likud Party of Israel stated the following in their 1999 charter :
“The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river" (end of quote ).
While the Zionists were in the business of instigation ever since 1908,
Hamas in 2004 promised a 10 year truce and using President Reagan's "trust but verify" program, we could have determined whether Hamas was following the truce agreement but
as usual the Israeli government was not interested in the 10 year truce.
Today, the Israeli government subjects the Palestinian moms/dads to numerous humiliating and abusive checkpoints where kids see their parents being humiliated and abused by checkpoint guards and
after seeing the regular humiliating treatment of their parents, a very tiny number of palestinian kids grow up to be terrorists.
In 2008, an Israeli soldier in command of a checkpoint outside Nablus was relieved from duty after he refused to allow a Palestinian woman in labor to pass through.
Jewish Author Yehudit Kirstein-Keshet says the border crossings, checkpoints and closures demonstrates "Israel's imprisonment of an entire population in a web of closures and checkpoints".
The US has an average of 10,000 gun murders every year, while over a 19 year period (1989-2008),
the average annual deaths due to terrorist suicides in Israel was 47,
does that mean since there are 212 times more murders in America due to mostly illegal guns (compared to suicide bombings in Israel ),
we need 200 times more checkpoints in the US to check for illegal guns ? but
even though the US has about 10,000 gun murders per year ( mostly by illegal guns) , we do not have checkpoints looking for illegal guns because
checkpoints would mean collective punishment of the innocent.
Since the Israeli government refused to have a comprehensive peace deal decades ago, Hamas came into existence in 1987, due to human nature.
Its human nature to rebel against the aggressor (the Israeli government), as the Native Americans rebelled in horrific ways against the US government.
In light of the 1988 report by the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices,
the UN condemned the Israeli government in 1989 for "war crimes and an affront to humanity".
While the UN was condemning the Israeli government in 1989,
Hamas carried out its first attack against Israel in 1989, abducting and killing two soldiers because
in the Gaza Strip in 1988, once every two weeks a Palestinian child would suffer from a shot to the head due to the collateral actions by Israeli government personnel.
Hamas was founded in 1987 in the midst of the Israeli government's hatred towards the Palestinians for not conforming to the Israeli government's colonial ambitions (details in the second half of this post ).
Hamas returned the Israeli government's hatred by writing the Hamas Charter.
The Hamas Charter welcomes good relations with Jews, but they want the Zionists out of power and Israel to cease to exist.
According to Hamas Charter Article Thirty-One:
"The Islamic Resistance Movement is a humanistic movement.
It takes care of human rights and is guided by Islamic tolerance when dealing with the followers of other religions.
Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet with each other.
Islam prevents the incursion on other people's rights" (end of quote ).
The other quotes from the Charter are in reference to the 7th century conflict between the Medina Muslims and the pro-Meccan Jews.
When hatred meets with hatred, the resulting conclusion is that both the Israeli government and Hamas want the other side out of power.
Does that mean the US government should not negotiate with Hamas ?
Britain only recognized the existence of the US government, decades after 1776
(The British even burned down our capital in the war of 1812) so similarly,
Hamas will recognize Israel if the Israeli government makes a comprehensive peace deal with Hamas and the Hamas Charter of 1988 will become void.
In fact, in 2010 Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal stated that the Charter is "a piece of history and no longer relevant".
According to the 2010 Amnesty International Report:
" Israeli government often stopped international aid and humanitarian assistance from entering Gaza,
Israeli government personnel targeted and killed Palestinian medical staff,
used Palestinian civilians as "human shields",
and indiscriminately fired white phosphorus over densely populated residential areas.
Allegations of ill-treatment against Palestinian detainees continued and were rarely investigated.
Hundreds of Palestinians were administratively detained without charge;
others were serving sentences imposed after unfair military trials.
Israeli government personnel and settlers who committed serious human rights abuses against Palestinians enjoyed virtual impunity.
Permission to leave Gaza to receive medical treatment was denied or delayed for hundreds of seriously ill Palestinians and at least 28 individuals died while waiting for permission to travel ". (end of quote).
Today, The Israeli government is in the business of instigation by carrying out extrajudicial assassinations,
blockading Gaza [resulting in the health, nutrition and longevity of kids (45% of Gaza residents) being adversely affected ] and
Gaza is subject to rolling blackouts and unhealthy water quality while the Israeli government controls Gaza's airspace, coastal sea and access to the West Bank,
in order to make sure that the Gaza inhabitants rely on the Israeli government for all their basic necessities.
A 40% increase in poverty among Gaza fishermen between 2008 and 2011 due to restrictions by the Israeli government on the Gaza fish industry, while
the poor Gaza fishermen are subject to random firings from the Israeli government navy.
There is no piped water going into Gaza homes because
most of Gaza's groundwater is taken by Israel and
in the West Bank,
its called collective punishment,
where Palestinians have two hours of running water per week due to jewish settlers and Israel using 80-85% of the groundwater,
Palestinian students are not able to attend classes on time or miss classes altogether if the West Bank checkpoints are closed for days.
Watch the Youtube video:
" THEY WANT US TO BE SILENT - Checkpoints In the West Bank "
and you will see how inconvenient, abusive and humiliating checkpoints in the west bank are,
even when Jewish observers are around.
All major roads are basically off-limits to Palestinians, making it impossible to do normal business
(constantly keeping Palestinians at an economic disadvantage) ,
Amnesty international accuses the Israeli government of abusing and torturing palestinian prisoners,
pervasive closures resulting in cutting off palestinians from their work,
the slow annexation and confiscation of privately held palestinian lands through settlements and settlement expansions while
the Israeli government keeps the palestinians in poverty by not allowing palestinians to expand and create settlements
and the Israeli government prevents palestinians from expanding and creating agricultural lands.
Watch the Youtube video titled :
" Occupation 101 - the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "
where a Palestinian mother of several children had to move twice into tents from her homes because
the Israeli government wanted her family's productive agricultural lands for settlement expansion.
The most desirable, privately held Palestinian lands in the West Bank are confiscated (without compensation ) under a 'military firing zone' classification, and then
the Israeli government issues orders for the evacuation of Palestinians from the villages in that range, while allowing contiguous Jewish settlements to remain unaffected.
When humans perceive that certain actions are just, there is no outcry even though they are atrocities to others (example: the terror bombing of Japan by Truman ).
Truman's terror bomb even resulted in nuns being burned alive when the bomb exploded right above a church in Nagasaki (Nagasaki was the center of Christianity in Japan ).
Is collective punishment the right thing to do ?
Was it right to sacrifice the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese kids through the atom bombing of two Japanese cities and the incendiary bombing of scores of Japanese cities because
Japan asked for a conditional surrender since they did not want their homeland being occupied by the US government ?
Instead of treating the Gazan rockets as a criminal act, the Israeli government chooses to see every rocket attack as an opportunity for collective punishment instead of
working with the Hamas authorities to bring the rocket squads to justice since Hamas had already promised in 2004 that they were ready for a 10 year truce.
The 10 year truce would stipulate that Hamas and Israeli authorities would work together to make sure no rockets are fired from Gaza.
The Gaza rocket squads ( who have killed 28 Israelis from 2001 through 7/18/14 ) are made up of members who have the same mentality as school shooters in the US
( remember, school shooters in the US have killed many more people compared to the Gaza rocket squads during the same time period ).
School shooters in the US grow up feeling unloved by their community and
in the case of the Gaza rocket squads, they grow up feeling unloved by the Israeli government when they see and experience the following :
(1) Missile attacks from the Israeli government collaterally killing, horribly dismembering or maiming their kids or parents.
Israeli Human Rights organization B'Tselem, states a ratio of civilians to targets of 1:1.44, meaning
for every extrajudicial assassination of an accused militant, there is a collateral death of a civilian adult or kid
(2) seeing the regular humiliations, strip searches and abuse faced by their parents and loved ones at border crossings.
(3) Blockade of Gaza causing shortages of medical supplies and food, adversely affecting the health and longevity of kids who comprise 45% of the Gaza population.
(4) Destruction of infrastructure (example: utilities and sewer systems) by the Israeli government causing very unhealthy and unsanitary conditions
(5) not allowed to visit their mosque in Jerusalem
(6) not allowed or severe restrictions in visiting other palestinians in the west bank.
The Israeli government knows that in every war, war crimes are committed by both sides ( example: US government personnel suffering from PTSD were involved in shooting unarmed Iraqi civilians ).
Amnesty International, in the past, has accused Israeli government personnel of using Palestinians as human shields even though
the Israeli government has adequate shielding using tanks, planes and other sophisticated hardware.
Knowing for decades that both the Israeli government personnel and Hamas are capable of using human shields,
why do you think the Israeli government has no problems going to war in Gaza knowing that
45% of the residents in Gaza are kids under the age of 14 and potential human shields ?
and why does the Israeli government not want to accept the 10 year truce offered by Hamas in 2004 which can be verified through President Reagan's "trust but verify" program ?
and why does the Israeli government not meet Hamas request to stop the blockade of Gaza that is affecting the health and longevity of the kids in Gaza ?
Because as long as the kids in Gaza are not related to politicians in the Israeli government, the cease fire has come only after
hundreds of children in Gaza have been collaterally killed.
The present cycle of violence started in 2000 when (as usual) the Israeli government overreacted by killing stone throwing israeli-arabs in Jerusalem.
The Israeli government does not overreact to stone throwing jewish settlers who throw stones at Palestinians.
The Youtube video titled:
" Settlers throw stones at woman and baby "
shows Israeli soldiers not overreacting to Israeli settler's children throwing stones at a Palestinian woman carrying a baby.
Stone throwers in America would have been subject to tasers, tear gas and shields but in the case of the Israeli government,
the Israeli government has no problems using lethal force against stone throwers.
Amnesty International stated that approximately 80% of the Palestinians killed during the first month of the 2000 Palestinian uprising were in demonstrations where
Israeli security services lives were not in danger.
The Israeli government will only negotiate with terrorists if those terrorists are holding the loved ones of Israeli politicians as hostages ? or
do you think the pro-war politicians will bomb the places in which the terrorists are holding their loved ones as hostages ? so
the bottom line is,
because pro-war Israeli politicians' children are not held as hostages or
the Israeli government does not care about the well being of the Palestinian children "hostages" or "human shields" in Gaza as seen in the youtube documentary titled
" Blood and tears of Gaza ".
SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT:
One solution is to create the Federation of Israel and Palestine ( FIP ).
Allow non-militant, law abiding Jews, Arab Christians and Muslims to move into any part of Israel or the West Bank or Gaza, creating the Federation of Israel and Palestine (FIP ) in which
anybody can move anywhere within the Federation.
51% of the seats in government within Gaza and West Bank will be Christian/Muslim Arab seats and
51% of the seats in government in Israel will be Jewish seats and thus
keeping the Christian/Muslim Arab identity within Gaza and the West Bank and keeping the Jewish identity within Israel.
For other solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, read part six of the following seven part blog :