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Israel (or rather Palestine): The facts

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posted on Apr, 10 2009 @ 01:59 PM
Zionism is a movement which was started by a number of European Jews in the 1890's. At the first Zionist conference which was convened in 1897 in Switzerland and lead by Theodor Herzl, an Austrian Jew, the 197 Jewish delegates passed the following resolution: "Zionism seeks to secure a publicly recognized, legally secured home in Palestine for the Jewish people." These Jews formed an organization called the World Zionist Organization. By 1914 the Zionists had 127,000 dues paying members world-wide.

Not soon after, the Zionists set out to implement their mission of removing Palestinians from the land. They set up "the Jewish National Fund" to buy land from under the Palestinians' noses and deposited it in a trust which allowed only Jews to use or rent it. Most Palestinians at this time were peasants working the land of Arab landlords. Theodor Herzl affirmed: "We shall try to spirit the penniless (Palestinian) population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in Palestine ... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."

Out of a population of 1,000,000 people in 1897 Palestine, only 5% - 50,000 - were Jewish. Those few Jews reacted negatively to Zionism. They neither saw the need for a Jewish state in Palestine, not did they want to aggravate relations with the Palestinian Arabs. At this time in the Holy Land, religions lived together in relative harmony, a harmony only disrupted when the Zionists began to claim that Palestine was the 'rightful' possession of the 'Jewish people' to the exclusion of its Muslim and Christian inhabitants.

In 1919 Ben-Gurion, who would later become the first prime minister of Israel, saw that the Zionists were creating a problem with no just solution. "No solution! There is a gulf, and nothing can fill this guilt ... I do not know what Arab will agree that Palestine should belong to the Jews. ..We, as a nation, want this country to be ours; the Arabs, as a nation, want this country to be theirs." Later, during the Arab revolt of 1936-39 against this takeover, Ben-Gurion continued: "This is an active resistance by the Palestinians to what they regard as a usurpation of their homeland by the Jews ... But the fighting is only one aspect of the conflict, which is in its essence a political one. And politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves." He then proceeded to strengthen the Jewish militant terrorist organizations like the Irgun with more guns and explosives so that they could, with bullets when necessary, force the Arabs into relinquishing their ownership of Palestine.

In 1938, he was most explicit on what land the Zionist intended to take and make part of "Greater Israel." "The boundaries of Zionist aspiration," he told the World Council of Poale Zion is Tel aviv, "include southern Lebanon, southern Syria, today's Jordan, all of Cis-Jordan (West Bank) and the Sinai."

Later he continued, "After we become a strong force as the result of the creation of the state, we shall abolish partition (the UN's partition which created Israel and left some of Palestine) and expand (Israel) to the whole of Palestine. The state will only be a stage in the realization of Zionism and its task is to prepare the ground for our expansion. The state will have to preserve order - not by preaching but with machine guns." As to the Palestine inhabitants who are in the way of all this expansion, his answer was always, "Drive them out."

Did you know that Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid? And in 1997, for example, Israel received $3 billion from the foreign aid budget, at least $525 million from other U.S. budgets, and $2 billion in federal loan guarantees. So the 1997 total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees to Israel was $5.5 billion. That’s $15,068,493 per day, 365 days a year.

posted on Apr, 10 2009 @ 02:18 PM
And if you calculate what the U.S. has had to pay in interest to borrow this money to give to Israel, the cost of Israel to U.S. taxpayers rises to $134.8 billion, not adjusted for inflation. Put another way, the nearly $14,630 every one of 5.8 million Israelis had received from the U.S. government by October 31, 1997, cost American taxpayers $23,241 per Israeli. That’s $116,205 for every Israeli family of five.
On average, the U.S gave more than $6.8 million to Israel each day and
gave $0.3 million to the Palestinians each day during Fiscal Year 2007.

Did you know that the percentage of Zionists who settled in Palestine owned 5.8% of land as of April 1st 1943, and that the Palestinians owned 94.22% of the land? Did you know that and after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War 80% of the Palestinian people were dispossessed of their homes, farms, and businesses?

Did you know that since 1967, 0 Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians and 18,147 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israelis?

Did you know that 123 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians since September 29 2000 while 1.487 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29 2000?

Did you know that at least 6,348 Palestinians and 1,072 Israelis have been killed since September 29, 2000?

posted on Apr, 10 2009 @ 02:31 PM
Did you know that 95% of Israel's lands (which is mostly owned by dispossessed and displaced Palestinian refugees) is open for development to Jews only?

Did you know that only one of the 45 Zionist Jews who sign the Israeli "declaration of independence" on May 14th, 1948 was born in Palestine. The other 44 were mostly Jewish refugees who escaped their anti-Semitic Europe countries, such as Tsarist Russia, Germany, and Poland.

Did you know that Israeli-Palestinian citizens live almost in segregated communities (or ghettos) because development is strictly limited outside their villages? Ironically, the word "ghetto" was invented to describe the living conditions of Eastern European Jews in Tsarist Russia!

Did you know that for just being "Jewish" you gain an automatic citizenship in Israel? Plus tens of thousands of dollars in subsidies too.

Did you know that Palestinian Muslims or Christians refugees, who were born in the country and later expelled, cannot gain Israeli citizenship? Of course, unless they convert to Judaism first!

Did you know that close to 4 million Palestinian Muslims and Christians are being subjected to Israeli laws that are different than the laws governing the 4.5 million Israeli Jews? Is this a "democratically" elected apartheid, or not, that is the question?

Did you know that in the occupied West Bank there are "Jewish Roads" and "Non-Jewish Roads"?

Did you know that just prior to the 1948 war, Jews owned under 7% of Palestine's land, and to increase their share after the war, they passed the "Absentees' Law" which dispossessed the Palestinian majority land owners who later became "absent". What is even more tragic was the passage of an oxymoron law, called "Present Absentees' Law," which dispossessed the Palestinian-Israeli citizens who became internal refugees in Israel. It is worth noting that the internal Jewish refugees were not dispossessed as a result of this racist law.

Did you know that Israeli soldiers use human shields in battle to minimize their casualties?

The concept of "transferring" European Jews to Palestine and "transferring" the Palestinian people out is central to Zionism. Ben-Gurion, the 1st Israeli Prime Minister, eloquently articulated this essential Zionist pillar, he stated in 1944:

"Zionism is a TRANSFER of the Jews. Regarding the regarding of the [Palestinian] Arabs this is much easier than any other transfer. There are Arab states in the vicinity . . . . and it is clear that if the [Palestinian] Arabs are removed [to these states] this will improve their condition and not the contrary." (Expulsion Of The Palestinians, p. 159) Note the usage of the word "transfer" to signify the uprooting of the indigenous population to make room for Jewish refugees. Nowadays this is a war crime called Ethnic Cleansing.


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