Sunday, December 31, 2006

While I believe that the IDF did assist in throwing out fifth columnists palestinians and that many of the so-called refugees lived in the territories less than 20 years, this is welcome if true:PA daily:
Arab leaders caused the refugee problem
PA columnist: Arab leaders initiated departure and made false promises of a speedy return

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

PMW has documented yet another corroboration in the official Palestinian Authority (PA) paper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that it was Arab leaders who were responsible for the flight of Arabs from the new State of Israel in 1948.

A backbone of PA ideology, and indeed of anti-Israel propagandists worldwide, is the myth that Israel expelled hundreds of thousands of Arabs from Israel and created the Palestinian "refugee" situation.

However, a regular writer for the official PA paper, Mahmud Al-Habbash, writes in a recent column that in 1948 the Arabs left their homes willingly under the instruction of their own Arab leaders and their false promises of a prompt return. He refers to these promises as “Arkuvian,” after Arkuv – a figure from Arab tradition - who was known for breaking his promises and for his lies – and states that the Arabs who left their homes, and became refugees did so believing their leaders’ deceptive promises. He places the blame and the responsibility on the shoulders of the Arab leaders and does not mention any so-called "Israeli expulsion."

Following is this most recent article, as well as earlier statements by Arab "refugees" that have appeared in the PA press, all of which corroborate Israel's historical narrative. The latter two testimonials are significant because they were corroborated by still other more public Palestinians, indicating that the responsibility of the Arab leaders is known in the Palestinian world. One was confirmed by Arab Member of Knesset, Ibraham Sarsur, who was then Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, and the other by a Palestinian journalist, Fuad Abu Higla, in the official PA daily.

The following are four statements corroborating that Arabs fled Israel under the instruction and the encouragement of Arab leaders:

1. Journalist writing about the events of 1948

Mahmud Al-Habbash, a regular writer in the official PA paper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, indicates in his column “The Pulse of Life” that the Arabs left Israel in 1948 only after political Arab leaders persuaded them to do so by promising the Arabs a speedy return to their homes in Palestine:

“…The leaders and the elites promised us at the beginning of the “Catastrophe” [[the establishment of Israel and the creation of refugee problem] in 1948, that the duration of the exile will not be long, and that it will not last more than a few days or months, and afterwards the refugees will return to their homes, which most of them did not leave only until they put their trust in those “Arkuvian” promises made by the leaders and the political elites. Afterwards, days passed, months, years and decades, and the promises were lost with the strain of the succession of events…" [Term "Arkuvian,” is after Arkuv – a figure from Arab tradition - who was known for breaking his promises and for his lies."] ”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 13, 2006]

2. Woman who fled Israel in 1948

"We heard sounds of explosions and of gunfire at the beginning of the summer in the year of the “Catastrophe” [The establishment of Israel and the expulsion from the land in 1948]. They told us: The Jews attacked our region and it is better to evacuate the village and return, after the battle is over. And indeed there were among us [who fled Israel] those who left a fire burning under the pot, those who left their flock [of sheep] and those who left their money and gold behind, based on the assumption that we would return after a few hours."
[Asmaa Jabir Balasimah Um Hasan, Woman who fled Israel, Al-Ayyam, May 16, 2006]

3. Son and grandson of those who fled in 1948

An Arab viewer called Palestinian Authority TV and quoted his father and grandfather, complaining that in 1948 the Arab District Officer ordered all Arabs to leave Palestine or be labeled traitors. In response, Arab MK Ibrahim Sarsur, then Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, cursed the leaders who ordered Arabs to leave, thus, acknowledging Israel's assertion.

Statement of son and grandson of man who fled:

"Mr. Ibrahim [Sarsur]. I address you as a Muslim. My father and grandfather told me that during the "Catastrophe" [establishment of Israel in 1948 and the expulsion from the land], our district officer issued an order that whoever stays in Palestine and in Majdel [near Ashkelon – Southern Israel] is a traitor, he is a traitor."

Response from Ibrahim Sarsur, Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel:

"The one who gave the order forbidding them to stay there bears guilt for this, in this life and the Afterlife throughout history until Resurrection Day."
[PA TV April 30, 1999]

4. Article by senior PA journalist

Fuad Abu Higla, then a regular columnist in the official PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida, wrote an article before an Arab Summit, which criticized the Arab leaders for a series of failures. One of the failures he cited, in the name of a prisoner, was that an earlier generation of Arab leaders "forced" them to leave Israel in 1948, again placing the blame for the flight on the Arab leaders.

"I have received a letter from a prisoner in Acre prison, to the Arab summit:
To the [Arab and Muslim] Kings and Presidents, Poverty is killing us, the symptoms are exhausting us and the souls are leaving our body, yet you are still searching for the way to provide aid, like one who is looking for a needle in a haystack or like the armies of your predecessors in the year of 1948, who forced us to leave [Israel], on the pretext of clearing the battlefields of civilians... So what will your summit do now?"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, March 19, 2001]


It is clear from these statements that there is general acknowledgement among Palestinians that Arab leaders bear responsibility for the mass flight of Arabs from Israel in 1948, and were the cause of the "refugee" problem. Furthermore, the fact that this information has been validated by public figures and the media in the Palestinian Authority confirms that this responsibility is well-known – even though, for propaganda purposes, its leaders continue to blame Israel publicly for "the expulsion."

Please feel free to forward this bulletin, crediting Palestinian Media Watch


Blogger BagelUndertheCouch said...

though i admit that there was some brutality on the israeli side in the war of independence that might have coerced some palestinians to leave, it WAS the arab legion that said that they should leave until they drive the jews into the sea. well why they hell aren't THEY paying reparations to the palestinians?!

people blame israel because it takes the focus off the ferkakta mess they have in their own countries.

11:36 PM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Anonymous said...

People blame Israel because they are the guilty ones. Then you get some wanna be jew zionist like shithead who wouldn't know the truth if it hit him between the eyes.

5:05 AM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Anonymous said...

If you don't speak Hebrew then get a translator for this one. This is straight from Israel's largest newspaper. Then maybe you will think twice about what you say, then again an idiot like you may not be able to comprehend what is being said.

If you must know this is my native tongue. Born in Israel and did not come to America until 1975.

שולמית אלוני

אכן כן, אפרטהייד בישראל

הצו החדש שהוציא אלוף פיקוד מרכז אוסר על הסעת פלסטינים ברכב ישראלי. פגיעה בזכות התנועה באופן כה בוטה, מצטרפת לשורת הפרות זכויות האדם שמנהיגה ישראל בשטחים

פורסם: 31.12.06, 08:47

הצדקנות היהודית כל-כך מובנית בתוכנו, עד שלעולם איננו מוכנים ליטול קורה מבין עינינו. פשוט לא יכול להיות שהיהודים, שהינם הקורבן האולטימטיבי, יעשו רע. ובכל זאת, מדינת ישראל מבצעת אפרטהייד מובהק ואף אלים בשטחי הגדה המערבית כלפי האוכלוסייה הפלסטינית הילידית.

ההתנפלות של ראשי הממסדים היהודים בארה"ב על הנשיא לשעבר ג'ימי קרטר , באה על שהעז לציין אמת הידועה והגלויה לכל: ממשלת ישראל באמצעות צבאה מקיימת שלטון אפרטהייד ברוטאלי בשטח הכבוש על ידה, תוך הפיכת כל כפר וכל עיר פלסטינית למחנה מעצר גדור או חסום. זאת על מנת לפקח על תנועת התושבים ולהקשות עליה. ישראל אף מטילה עוצר מלא כל אימת שהמתנחלים, שפלשו לשטחם של הפלסטינים שלא כדין, חוגגים חגיהם או מנהלים תהלוכותיהם.

לא זו בלבד אלא אף זו, אלופי הפיקוד, המוציאים פקודות, תקנות, צווים והוראות לעיתים מזומנות, שהרי הם האדונים המושלים בשטח, כבר עיקלו משארית אדמתם של הפלסטינים אדמות נוספות לצורך סלילת כבישים "רק ליהודים". כבישים נפלאים, רחבים, סלולים היטב, מוארים בלילה – כל זה על אדמה גזולה. כאשר פלסטיני נוסע על כביש זה, רכבו מוחרם והוא נשלח להסתלק מהשטח.

פעם, כשהייתי עדה למפגש כזה בין נוסע לבין חייל שעצר, לקח פרטים על-מנת להחרים הרכב ולשלח את בעליו, שאלתי את החייל, למה? הוא השיב: "זו פקודה, זה כביש רק ליהודים". שאלתי היכן יש שלט המעיד על כך ומורה לנהג שלא לעלות על הכביש? התשובה היתה נפלאה: "הוא חייב לדעת זאת מעצמו וחוץ מזה מה את רוצה, שנשים שלט ואיזה עיתונאי או צלם אנטישמי יצלם את השלט ויראה לכל העולם שיש אצלנו אפרטהייד"?

ובכן, יש אפרטהייד, ואין צבאנו "הנאור והכי מוסרי בעולם", כדברי מפקדיו, מסתפק בכך שהפך כל כפר וכל עיר למחנה מעצר וסגר את המוצאות והמבואות וניתק אותם מדרך המלך, לא די שאסור להם לנוע בכבישים שסללו למען "יהודים בלבד" על אדמתם, אלוף הפיקוד הנוכחי צריך להוסיף מכה נוספת משלו על הילידים בארץ שלהם. הנה המצאה "גאונית".

גם לפעיל הומניטארי אסור להסיע פלסטיני

האלוף נווה, המפורסם בפטריוטיות העליונה שלו, הוציא צו שייכנס לתוקף ב-19 בינואר, האוסר על הסעת פלסטינים ללא היתר. הצו קובע שלישראלים אסור להסיע פלסטינים ברכב ישראלי (היינו ברכב הרשום בישראל, לאו דווקא רכב עם לוחית זיהוי צהובה), אלא אם קיבל היתר מפורש לכך. ההיתר מתייחס הן למסיע והן לפלסטיני המוסע. כל זה לא חל, כמובן, על אלה המשרתים בעבודתם את המתנחלים, הם ומעבידיהם כמובן יקבלו היתר לצורך השירותים שהפלסטינים משרתים את אדוני הארץ, המתנחלים.

האמנם הנשיא ג'ימי קרטר, איש השלום, טעה בקבעו שישראל מקיימת אפרטהייד? האם הוא הגזים? האם העסקנים היהודים בארה"ב לא מכירים את האמנה הבינלאומית בדבר ביעור כל צורות האפליה הגזעית מיום 7 במרץ 1966, שישראל אישררה בחתימתה? האם היהודים בארה"ב שיצאו במאבק צעקני ומעליב נגד קרטר על שהוא כביכול פגע באופייה ובערכיה הדמוקרטיים וההומניסטיים של מדינת ישראל, לא מכירים את האמנה הבינלאומית בדבר דיכוי ושפיטה של פשע האפרטהייד מיום 30 בנובמבר 1973? והרי האפרטהייד מוגדר כפשע בינלאומי שבין היתר כולל הפעלת אמצעים שונים של שליטה על קבוצות גזע תוך פגיעה בזכויות יסוד. האין חופש התנועה אחת מזכויות אלה?

בעבר הכירו עסקני היישוב היהודי בארה"ב היטב את משמעותן של אמנות אלו, אבל משום מה הם משוכנעים שלישראלים מותר להפר כל אמנה. מותר להרוג אזרחים, נשים וילדים, זקנים והורים על ילדיהם בכוונה ושלא בכוונה בלא לשאת באחריות, מותר לנשל אנשים מאדמתם, להרוס יבוליהם ולכלוא אותם כחיות בגן חיות. עכשיו גם אסור יהיה לישראלים ולמתנדבים מארגונים הומניטאריים בינלאומיים להגיש סעד לאישה יולדת ולהובילה לבית חולים, ואסור יהיה לפעיל "יש דין" להוביל פלסטיני מוכה ונגזל לתחנת משטרה (תחנות המשטרה נמצאות ביישובי המתנחלים) כדי להגיש תלונה. האמנם יש מי שמאמין שכל זה אינו אפרטהייד?

ג'ימי קרטר אינו זקוק להגנתי על כבודו שנרמס בגסות על-ידי עסקנים אוהבי ישראל, אלא שאהבתם מעבירה אותם על דעתם ומעוורת את עיניהם. ישראל היא מדינה כובשת המדכאת זה 40 שנה עם ילידי, הזכאי לחירות ולריבונות משלו תוך חיים בשלום איתנו. כדאי לזכור שגם אנחנו הפעלנו טרור אלים מאוד נגד שלטון זר כי רצינו מדינה, ורשימת הקורבנות גדולה וארוכה.

3:55 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

I'll leave it up. Regardless of the source, if it is not true, then it is not true.

8:47 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger thecutter said...

of course Iby can't read it. (neither can I, but at least I admit it).

6:27 AM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Ibraham here it is translated into English and the source the original article came from.

Hebrew original:,7340,L-3346283,00.html
Yediot Acharonot, Israel’s largest circulating newspaper

Indeed there is Apartheid in Israel:

Shulamit Aloni:

Jewish self-righteousness is taken for granted among ourselves to such an extent that we fail to see what’s right in front of our eyes. It’s simply inconceivable that the ultimate victims, the Jews, can carry out evil deeds. Nevertheless, the state of Israel practises its own, quite violent, form of Apartheid with the native Palestinian population.

The US Jewish Establishment’s onslaught on former President Jimmy Carter is based on him daring to tell the truth which is known to all: through its army, the government of Israel practises a brutal form of Apartheid in the territory it occupies. Its army has turned every Palestinian village and town into a fenced-in, or blocked-in, detention camp. All this is done in order to keep an eye on the population’s movements and to make its life difficult. Israel even imposes a total curfew whenever the settlers, who have illegally usurped the Palestinians’ land, celebrate their holidays or conduct their parades.

If that were not enough, the generals commanding the region frequently issue further orders, regulations, instructions and rules (let us not forget: they are the lords of the land). By now they have requisitioned further lands for the purpose of constructing “Jewish only” roads. Wonderful roads, wide roads, well-paved roads, brightly lit at night – all that on stolen land. When a Palestinian drives on such a road, his vehicle is confiscated and he is sent on his way.

On one occasion I witnessed such an encounter between a driver and a soldier who was taking down the details before confiscating the vehicle and sending its owner away. “Why?” I asked the soldier. “It’s an order – this is a Jews-only road”, he replied. I inquired as to where was the sign indicating this fact and instructing [other] drivers not to use it. His answer was nothing short of amazing. “It is his responsibility to know it, and besides, what do you want us to do, put up a sign here and let some antisemitic reporter or journalist take a photo so he that can show the world that Apartheid exists here?”

Indeed Apartheid does exist here. And our army is not “the most moral army in the world” as we are told by its commanders. Sufficient to mention that every town and every village has turned into a detention centre and that every entry and every exit has been closed, cutting it off from arterial traffic. If it were not enough that Palestinians are not allowed to travel on the roads paved ‘for Jews only’, on their land, the current GOC found it necessary to land an additional blow on the natives in their own land with an “ingenious proposal”.

Humanitarian activists cannot transport Palestinians either:

Major-General Naveh, renowned for his superior patriotism, has issued a new order. Coming into affect on 19 January, it prohibits the conveyance of Palestinians without a permit. The order determines that Israelis are not allowed to transport Palestinians in an Israeli vehicle (one registered in Israel regardless of what kind of numberplate it carries) unless they have received explicit permission to do so. The permit relates to both the driver and the Palestinian passenger. Of course none of this applies to those whose labour serves the settlers. They and their employers will naturally receive the required permits so they can continue to serve the lords of the land, the settlers.

Did man of peace President Carter truly err in concluding that Israel is creating Apartheid? Did he exaggerate? Don’t the US Jewish community leaders recognise the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination of 7 March 1966, to which Israel is a signatory? Are the US Jews who launched the loud and abusive campaign against Carter for supposedly maligning Israel’s character and its democratic and humanist nature unfamiliar with the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid of 30 November 1973? Apartheid is defined therein as an international crime that among other things includes using different legal instruments to rule over different racial groups, thus depriving people of their human rights. Isn’t freedom of travel one of these rights?

In the past, the US Jewish community leaders were quite familiar with the meaning of those conventions. For some reason, however, they are convinced that Israel is allowed to contravene them. It’s OK to kill civilians, women and children, old people and parents with their children, deliberately or otherwise without accepting any responsibility. It’s permissible to rob people of their lands, destroy their crops, and cage them up like animals in the zoo. From now on, Israelis and International humanitarian organisations’ volunteers are prohibited from assisting a woman in labour by taking her to the hospital. [Israeli human rights group] Yesh Din volunteers cannot take a robbed and beaten-up Palestinian to the police station to lodge a complaint. (Police stations are located at the heart of the settlements.) Is there anyone who believes that this is not Apartheid?

Jimmy Carter does not need me to defend his reputation that has been sullied by Israelophile community officials. The trouble is that their love of Israel distorts their judgment and blinds them from seeing what’s in front of them. Israel is an occupying power that for 40 years has been oppressing an indigenous people, which is entitled to a sovereign and independent existence while living in peace with us. We should remember that we too used very violent terror against foreign rule because we wanted our own state. And the list of victims of terror is quite long and extensive.

We do limit ourselves to denying the [Palestinian] people human rights. We not only rob of them of their freedom, land and water. We apply collective punishment to millions of people and even, in revenge-driven frenzy, destroy the electricity supply for one and half million civilians. Let them “sit in the darkness” and “starve”.

Employees cannot be paid their wages because Israel is holding 500 million shekels that belong to the Palestinians. And after all that we remain “pure as the driven snow”. There are no moral blemishes on our actions. There is no racial separation. There is no Apartheid. It’s an invention of the enemies of Israel. Hooray for our brothers and sisters in the US! Your devotion is very much appreciated. You have truly removed a nasty stain from us. Now there can be an extra spring in our step as we confidently abuse the Palestinian population, using the “most moral army in the world”.

[Translated by Sol Salbe]

1:46 PM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

As a civilised nation, Israel has a free press (Unlike the mass Arab Islamic Fascist states that suppress the press).

There, any nut may state their case. Shulamit is a particular fool who believes that the Israeli Government should assist the Palestinian people in their quest to commit genocide.

Lets all laugh at you.

5:06 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger Abu Foxman said...

Hi Av I thought you might like this short video.

This is a slightly longer one you also might find interesting.

7:06 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger Abu Foxman said...

Okay I'm surfing youtube this morning. This one is great.

It has a little something for everyone.

7:16 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Thank you so much!

3:56 PM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger RR said...

Let's not forget that the Arab Legion threatened to brand as traitors any Arabs who didn't leave Israel during the War of Independence.

Let's also not forget that in some cities, especially Haifa, the Jews begged their Arab neighbors to stay and live together. All in vain.

You could bombard Israel-haters with the truth about the "Palestinian problem" until you're blue in the face, but their agenda is to demonize us no matter what - and the truth be damned.

2:54 AM, January 09, 2007  

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