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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Exposing the lie of the naqba

Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.

Sometime during the course of the Sabbath here, Blogger restored service for Blogspot blogs. For those who don't follow me on Twitter, you may not be aware that Blogspot was down from 10:30 on Thursday night (Israel time) until sometime on Friday evening or Saturday (I have not checked yet when service was restored).

Im Tirtzu, which exposed the participation of groups funded by the New Israel Fund in the Goldstone Report, has published a 70-page booklet that refutes the myth of the ‘naqba,’ the claim that Israel inflicted a catastrophe on the ‘Palestinians’ by means of its birth. The book concludes that if there was a ‘naqba,’ it was self-inflicted.
The booklet is split into five sections, including, "They [the Arabs] attacked: The responsibility for creating the refugee problem," "They [the Arabs] abandoned: Haifa as an example," and "Since time immemorial? How long have Arab refugees really lived in Israel?" It also includes a long description of atrocities committed by Arabs against Jewish civilians pre-1948 and details what it describes as the support Palestinian society and Palestinian leaders gave to the Nazis during WWII. In addition, it includes a chapter entitled "they were expelled", which describes the expulsion of 900,000 Jews from the Arab and Muslim countries of the Middle East following the founding of the state of Israel.

The pamphlet reads "sadly, in recent years, the Arabs lies have received a platform of legitimacy, also within Israel. Of all places, among the Israeli elite, leaders in academics, culture, or law, who have "brought the idea of the Nakba into the Israeli public sphere."

The pamphlet doesn't try to say that no hardships were suffered by the Arabs who lived in what would later become in the land of Israel, rather that suffering did occur, but it was solely the fault of the Arabs who refused to accept the 1947 UN partition plan.

"Let there be no mistakes. No one is saying that the Arabs of Israel did not experience a disaster at the end of the 1940s; no one is trying to take away their subjective pain. True, Arabs of the land of Israel experienced a tragedy, a nakba in their words, and there is no desire or reason to blur this fact."

"The truth is, that the Palestinians and the Arab states carry 100% of the responsibility for the results of the war. Tragedy? Catastrophe? The blame is all theirs. A home-made catastrophe."

The pamphlet says that the Jewish Yishuv was willing to give up on the West Bank and the East Bank of the Jordan River, but that the Arabs "did not rest. They wanted more, they wanted everything. Their response to the Hebrew compromise was blood, fire, and billows of smoke. Death reared its head, in their cruelty, stupidity, and arrogance that knew no bounds, they brought destruction upon themselves."

The pamphlet continues "the myth of the nakba is an unprecedented and brazen fraud whose sole purpose is to make rewrite history. Under this myth, the attacker becomes the victim, and those defending themselves from massacre – become war criminals."

While the pamphlet doesn’t present exact figures on the demographics of the land of Israel pre-1948, it claims that without a shadow of a doubt the overwhelming majority of the Arabs living within the Green Line were "large groups of immigrants who made their way to Israel from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Yemen, Sudan, and elsewhere," largely to profit from the development brought to the area by the Zionist enterprise and the British Mandate.
Read the whole thing.

Now what they need to do is to translate it into English.

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