It was bound to happen. The Israelis have decided to opt for outright ethnic cleansing. As of April 12010the Israeli military will be accorded the power to deport any Palestinian or any foreigner in the West Bank if their papers ‘aren’t in order.’ The IDF has already made it clear that the order will not apply to Israeli citizens in the West Bank —the illegal Jewish settlers. In fact, if you are Mongolian and can produce a faded newspaper clip announcing your grandfather’s bar mitzvah that will be sufficient documentation to acquire immediate Israeli citizenship and get a red carpet reception when you relocate to the occupied territories. They’ll even provide you with subsidized housing if you take them up on the offer. However, if you happen to be of the Palestinian persuasion, the IDF won’t worry if you’re married to a woman from Nablus or engaged to a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. If you’re not Jewish, you have to move on. Even if you were born in the West Bank but your mother made the mistake of being born in Gaza, you qualify for deportation. But what if both your parents were born in Jaffa, but they ended up being refugees in Gaza? You still get deported to Gaza because you’re not Jewish. What if your mother was a refugee from Nazareth who took refuge in Bethlehem and your father was born in Jerusalem but ended up in a refugee camp in Gaza. You’re still deportable because you’re not Jewish. There are all kinds of possibilities if you’re not Jewish. Given the way Israel has manipulated who gets residence and who does not, almost every Palestinian family might have a member who gets an expulsion order. And many of them could very well be turned into refugees for the second or third time around because they’re not Jewish and because that’s what Israel is all about — one set of laws and privileges for Jews or anybody remotely Jewish, no matter their nationality or place of birth, and another book of arbitrary rules tailor made for the expulsion of the indigenous population. If you’re lucky enough to be Jewish or a convert to Judaism, you get to come and go as you please. If you’re Palestinian, you just get to go to Gaza.
There is a real simple solution to all this nonsense — deport the Palestinians to their ancestral homes. A good percentage of West Bankers and Gazans were either born in what is now Israel or their parents were born there. If the Israelis insist on deporting them to make room for settlements, then it only makes sense to deport them to where they came from, which are the parts of Palestine that ended up being Israel.
This new Israeli law sets all kinds of precedents. We’ve got Russian and Moldavian born colonial settlers telling the natives of the Holy Land that they can’t even reside in the small slice of Palestine that everybody understood was reserved for the emerging Palestinian state. That just happens to be the dictionary definition of Chutzpah. Now it’s no use wasting time complaining to the Israelis. They go by rule number one — they will do whatever they think they can get away with. They got away with the Apartheid Wall. They’ve been getting away with war crimes since before the state was established and most recently in Gaza where they mercilessly slaughtered 1,500 residents with a permit issued by the Bush administration. This is the acid test for Obama. He knows exactly what he’s seeing. Unlike his predecessor, the zealous warmongering Armaged-don worshiping dispensationalist who learned everything he needed to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Revelations, this president understands exactly what he is witnessing — ethnic cleansing. He understands Palestinians are being asked to move along because they’re not Jewish. Not only that, because they’re Arab. And it’s not just Obama who fully comprehends what this policy is about. Hillary Clinton, who claimed Jewish ancestry when she was running for a New York Senate seat, must also have a good handle on the absurdity of her entitlement to Israeli citizenship. There can be no doubt that she’s perfectly aware that under Israeli law she has the right to settle in the West Bank and take up the space vacated by a deportable Palestinian. If that sits well with her, we’ll know exactly the kind of Secretary of State she’s destined to be. You don’t have to interpret what the Israelis are doing to the folks in the State Department or the United Nations or the Arab League or the European Union. They know what ethnic cleansing and racism look like. Even the Israelis know what they look like. They just happen to believe they have a God given right to be racists because they’re Jewish and the Palestinians are not. And if you want to argue with them and their dispensationalist followers, they’ll say it to your face. They’re always glad to put their scriptures on the table and prove to you that God promised ancestral Palestinian land to Jews from Moldavia. Like any theocratic state, Israel insists that its laws supersede international laws including the prohibition against the forcible removal of the population of an occupied territory.
At the very core of Zionism, there remains the steadfast belief that the expulsion of the native inhabitants of the Holy Land is a worthy state enterprise. Forget about all their propaganda, every Israeli knows exactly what the blueprint calls for — more land and less Palestinians by any mean necessary. The Israelis and their Amen Corner will deploy all kinds of words from their magic thesaurus to camouflage this transparent policy f ethnic cleansing. But there is nothing ambiguous about what’s going on here. The only ambiguity’s on how the world, especially the United States, will respond. Make o mistake, the Nuts and Yahoos in Jerusalem are putting Obama to the test. It’s not a trail balloon or anything like that. It’s a declared policy o radically alter the demographics of the West Bank by expulsion and expropriation. In the coming days we’ll see the metal Obama is made of. The President might do absolutely nothing, which the Israelis will take as a green light. He might even have the State Department issue a carefully worded statement of disapproval, which the Israelis will also mistake for a nod of approval. Or he could take a stand, as a man who has tasted the rotten fruit of racism, and do the right thing. And the right thing to do is to raise hell if a single Palestinian is deported, unless they’re deported to where they came from — Israel.
As the Quaker member of a Christian peace delegation to Israel and Palestine, I had the opportunity to talk with both Jews and Palestinians who are working to bring peace to this troubled land. I learned that there are many inside Israel who believe that their government is pursuing the wrong path by refusing to allow for the creation of a Palestinian state. I visited in Jerusalem with Rabbis for Human Rights who believe that Israel’s military occupation of Palestine is a violation of the principles of justice in the Torah. These Jewish rabbis work with Palestinian farmers to harvest their olives from groves that have been cut off from the farmers’ villages by the Separation Wall that Israel is building on Palestinian land. I talked in Tel Aviv with the leaders of Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, who told me that Israel’s security will best be served by a negotiated two-state solution with Palestine. Jewish members of Gush Shalom regularly go into the West Bank and join with Palestinians in protests over the building of the wall which they call the Apartheid Wall. I met with representatives of B’t Selem, the leading Israeli human rights agency that monitors conditions in Palestine. These Jewish human rights workers shared documentation of very serious human rights violations by the Israeli military in Palestine. I have great respect and admiration for my Jewish friends who are working for peace in a difficult situation
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The West and Muslim world are talking about 2 nation theory, where both the Palestinian and Israelis can live peacefully. But by going at current progress where Israelis are continuing with their settlement at West Bank, there will be nothing left for the Palestinian.
There cannot be peace if Israel continues thier hate and no land theory for Palestine. This leaves the Palestinian with no options but to fight for their land. And if they do they are termed as Terror attacks, attacks on freedom of Israel etc.