Israel’s ethnic cleansing manifesto

Ethnic cleansing

By Jamal Kanj

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister and head of the Yisrael Beitenu party, published on 28 November a new manifesto outlining his party’s outlook for Israel.

The platform, entitled “Swimming against the stream” and posted on Lieberman’s Facebook page, demanded that Israeli Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians “forfeit their Israeli citizenship and move and become citizens of the future Palestinian state”.

“It was Israel that came to us, we did not go to Israel”

It is worth noting that the labels “Israeli Arabs” and “Arabs”, when used to refer to Israel’s Palestinian population, were invented by the Zionists to avoid identifying those who remained in their homes – when Israel was forced upon them – as Palestinians. To their chagrin, however, Palestinians keep reminding Zionists that “it was Israel that came to us, we did not go to Israel”.

The Israeli foreign minister further suggested that Israel should create “a system of economic incentives” to entice Palestinians to leave their homes and towns that existed before Israel itself was created.

In contrast to this transplanted Moldovan, even South African-born white leaders never dared to suggest during the apartheid era that black South Africans be given money to move to black African countries.

Nevertheless, let us for argument’s sake agree with Zionism that one’s “Jewishness” trumps all other, that because Jews were uniquely persecuted and gassed in Europe, the original people of historical Palestine should make way for the only Jewish nation in the world and relocate to what Lieberman describes as “the future Palestinian state”.

Where is this “future Palestinian state”? Is it in the remaining 22 per cent of historical Palestine, otherwise known as the land occupied in 1967?

“Lieberman is an embodiment of Israel’s land grab policies that left no place for a viable Palestinian state”

Lieberman won’t tell us, simply because he lives in one of the many illegal Jews-only colonies built in the same area where “the future Palestinian state” is supposed to go. The transplanted colonist, like his fellow illegal settlers, has already seized 40 per cent of the land occupied in 1967 while more than 60 per cent of the West Bank’s water is reserved exclusively for Jews.

Lieberman’s manifesto wants the indigenous Palestinians… moved to a place where 40 per cent of the land has been earmarked for Jews-only colonies.

Lieberman is an embodiment of Israel’s land grab policies that left no place for a viable Palestinian state. For this, the ex-Moldovan qualifies for inclusion on the European Union list of illegal settlement products.

Moreover, I have no doubt that the nightclub bouncer-turned-Israeli-foreign-minister expects American taxpayers to finance his platform. These are the same taxpayers who paid for Israel’s withdrawal from Sinai under the Camp David accord and who advanced money for the so-called “redeployment” of Israeli army under the Oslo accord and, later, the Wye River agreement.

Lieberman’s manifesto wants the indigenous Palestinians moved out but he won’t pay for it. He wants them moved to a place where 40 per cent of the land has been earmarked for Jews-only colonies.

Jewish bigots in Western democracies

Sadly, the Zionists’ bigoted views are not limited to Israelis, but shared by others living in Western democracies. Take, for instance, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, New Jersey, a former vice-president of the Rabbinical Council of America.

“the Arabs who dwell in the land of Israel are the enemy… and must be vanquished”. (Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, New Jersey, USA)

Lieberman could have plagiarised Pruzansky’s personal blog which has a post dated 21 November calling for measures to “encourage Arab emigration – the payment of stipends, compensation for property, etc”, and asserting that the “Arabs who dwell in the land of Israel are the enemy… and must be vanquished”.

The man of the “Jewish” God, Pruzansky, suggested that “They (Palestinians) must be made to feel that they have no future in Israel – no national future and no individual future.”

That is what the proposed new Basic Law of the “Jewish state”, intends to do.

The Zionist obsession with the presence of non-Jews in historical Palestine is as old as Israel itself. Israel’s first prime minister, the Polish David Ben Gurion, in 1948 lamented the Jews’ failure to “clear the entire central Galilee region” of the Palestinians.

Today, in 2014, Moldovan’s manifesto calls foe the completion of the the ethnic cleansing that was started by his fellow Pole in 1948.


A version of this article was first published by the Gulf Daily News newspaper. The version here is published by permission of Jamal Kanj.

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