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Waging War on Palestine

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Israel's 1947-48 war was a walkover. Ilan Pappe's "Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" discussed what happened. Murdoch revisionism can't change it.

Israel's genocidal slaughter and displacement was well planned. Ben-Gurion and key Zionists had final say. They were merciless. They lay siege to Palestinian villages and population centers. They bombarded them. 

They burnt homes and other property. They reigned terror on defenseless people. They committed appalling atrocities. They raped helpless women. Nazis were hanged for similar crimes.

Hagana and commando Palmach units numbered about 80,000. They included naval, air, and ground units. They had tanks, artillery, and other heavy armor.

Palestinian forces numbered about 7,000. They were hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned. Fighting began in late 1947. Arab intervention was late, weak, and indifferent. 

Superior Jewish forces overwhelmed them. They might as well have stayed home for all the good they did. Israel's war was hopelessly one-sided. UN nations did nothing for Palestinians. 

They relegated them to their current fate. They ignore them now. They're indifferent to their suffering. Journal editors blamed them for Israeli crimes.

They piled on more for responding defensively to eight Israeli terror bombing days. They ignored premeditated Israeli slaughter and destruction. 

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They focused on potential harm to Israelis. They were practically unscathed compared to hundreds of Palestinians killed and injured. 

They said nothing about Israel targeting civilians, schools, mosques, residential neighborhoods, and other nonmilitary targets.

Murdoch spurns truth and full disclosure. His worldview is malevolent, distorted and one-sided. His editors claimed upgraded UN status violated Oslo.

They called the Accords "the legal basis for Mr. Abbas' Palestinian Authority and require negotiations with Israel to create a state."

Palestine, of course, is a state. Oslo was a Palestinian Versailles. It was unilateral surrender. It affirmed vaguely defined negotiating terms. 

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No fixed timeline or outcome were specified. Israeli officials obstructed and delayed. Concessions weren't made. Land theft continued. Settlements expanded exponentially.

Colonization is policy. So is ethnic cleansing. Palestinians got nothing for renouncing armed struggle, recognizing Israel's right to exist, and agreeing to leave major unresolved issues for later final status talks. They're still waiting.

Major issues include an independent sovereign Palestine free from occupation, the right of return, settlements, borders, water rights, and East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory and future capital.

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