JSalloum on 21 Oct 2000 08:36:10 -0000

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Re: <nettime> Palestinians as Myth

What is this, some attempt at balance?, I think Nettime can do better. 
"Farah's" article would be pretty hilarious if people didn't take it 

>It's apparently by an Arab-American journalist/commentator, Joseph Farah
Race is no excuse and it is no label of authenticity or claim of intelligence.

>tell you that these are just phony excuses for the rioting, trouble-making
>and land-grabbing.
Yes, we all love to get hit with exploding bullets, 'rubber' bullets, 
tortured and burned to death. And the complete destruction of over 400 
Palestinian villages by pre-Israeli Zionist militias and the Israeli Army 
should just be forgotten, not to mention the explusion and ethnic cleansing 
of over 750,000 Palestinians from their in land in 1948, yes it was their 
land no matter what name you want to call it.

>Isn't it interesting that prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, there was
>no serious movement for a Palestinian homeland?
This is so stupid. There was countless Palestinian uprisings and 
protestations and a much larger one in 1936 when the immigration policies of 
the British mandate was becoming evident and in the '50's the fight continued 
along with the Pan-Arab struggle against Israel and the colonial powers.

>There is no distinct
>Palestinian culture. 
And the desert wasn't blooming before the zionists came, what dreck.

>Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from
>Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.
Huh? These is even more ridiculous to anyone who knows these countries and 
the people there. And what is your point, they are not black enough or green 
enough or different enough to stay on their land?

>The latest round of violence in Israel erupted when Likud Party leader
>Ariel Sharon tried to visit the Temple Mount, the foundation of the Temple
>built by Solomon. 
No, he in fact brought his entourage and hundreds of Israeli police and 
supporters onto the grounds of the Al-Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock to 
indimidate all the Palestinians he could come across. "What Americans are 
generally not told, but what Palestinians cannot forget, is that Ariel Sharon 
was held responsible, even by the Israeli Knesset, for the massacre of close 
to 2,000 unarmed Palestinian  men, women and children in the Palestinian 
refugee camps of Sabra and  Chatila in Lebanon. During the Israeli invasion 
of Lebanon, which General Ariel Sharon directed, Israeli troops surrounded 
the two refugee camps and allowed in Lebanese Phalangists who then spent two 
days raping, brutalizing and hacking to death hundreds of unarmed Palestinian 
civilians while the Israeli Army stood guard. Not only did American news 
media fail to include this critically important information, but many 
actually gave Sharon, who went to the site to demonstrate Israeli 
sovereignty, the opportunity to explain thathe went 
there "with a message of Peace."  (Eduardo Cohen quote)


ps: here is a quiz for mr. farah and co.

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 20:48:32 -0700 (PDT)
>         Charley Reese of the Sentinel Staff
>         The Orlando Sentinel - 2/8
>Just so you can keep up with the perpetual crisis in
>the Middle East, I have a little quiz for you.
>Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has
>nuclear weapons?
>     Answer: Israel.
>Q: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign
>the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars
>international inspections?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: Which country in the Middle East seized the
>sovereign territory of other nations by military force
>and continues to occupy it in defiance of United
>Nations Security Council resolutions?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates
>the international borders of another sovereign state
>with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What American ally in the Middle East has for years
>sent assassins into other countries to kill its
>political enemies (a practice sometimes called
>exporting terrorism)?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: In which country in the Middle East have
>high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that
>unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to
>prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing
>prisoners of war?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country in the Middle East created 762,000
>refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their
>homes, farms and businesses?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay
>compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and
>businesses it confiscated?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: In what country in the Middle East was a
>high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: In what country in the Middle East did the man who
>ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N.
>diplomat become prime minister?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country in the Middle East blew up an American
>diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship
>in international waters, killing 33 and wounding 177
>American sailors?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country in the Middle East employed a spy,
>Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents and
>then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country at first denied any official
>connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a
>citizen and has continuously demanded that the
>American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country on Planet Earth has the second most
>powerful lobby in the United States, according to a
>recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of
>69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has
>been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
>     A: Israel.
>Q: What country is the United States threatening to
>bomb because "U.N. Security Council resolutions must
>be obeyed?"
>     A: Iraq.

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