Commemorating Palestine's Nakba - by Stephen Lendman
What Ilan Pappe described as "the ethnic cleaning of Palestine," Edward Said called its "holocaust," saying:
"Every human calamity is different, but there is value in seeing analogies and perhaps hidden similarities." He called Nazi extermination "the lowest point of (Jewish) collective existence." Occupied Palestinians today "are as powerless as Jews were" under Hitler, devastated by "power used for evil purposes," not self-defense.
As a result, they hang onto life by a thread, while Israel's military juggernaut systematically reigns terror against them, no one intervening to help. "Is this the Zionist goal for which hundreds of thousands have died," Said asked? Isn't it time for justice advocates to demand for Palestinians what Jews spent decades to achieve.
In his book titled, "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," Pappe documented Israel's master plan D (Dalet in Hebrew), a war without mercy:
-- depopulating villages and cities;
-- massacring innocent victims;
-- committing rapes and other atrocities;
-- burning, bulldozing, blowing up or stealing homes, property and goods; and
-- preventing expelled Palestinians from returning.
In all, systematic terror expelled about 800,000 Palestinians, killed many others, and destroyed 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods in cities like Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. It was genocidal ethnic cleansing, what international law today calls a crime of war and against humanity for which convicted Nazis at Nuremberg were hanged.
Under 44 years of occupation this June, Palestinians still experience daily institutionalized persecution with no power over their daily lives in a constant state of fear with good reason. They face:
-- economic strangulation;
-- collective punishment for any reason;
-- loss of basic freedoms, especially in Gaza under siege;
-- enclosures by separation walls, electric fences and border closings;