11 thoughts on “Nakba Memoir: Israeli Soldier Speaks of Horror – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. But of course if you mention the Nakba then according to Israeli propagandists like Tzipi Hotoveli, Ambassador to London, it is an ‘Arab lie’. And to keep it that way they keep all files in their archives locked in perpetuity.

    Instead of drawing universal lessons from the Holocaust Zionism only seeks to emulate those who drove the Jews out or to death

  2. Sorrowful indeed.

    The soldier feels for all refugees.

    Now let us consider that 127 Palestinian Jews were massacred and expelled from Gush Etzion in May, 1948, only weeks before the expulsions that this soldier witnessed.

    C’est le guerre.

    1. The Deir Yassin murders of Palestinians had already occurred but you don’t bother to mention that or the UK policy that refused to permit representation elections during the Mandate years – because the arriving Jews were outnumbered by the indigenous Semitic population. Zionism has never accepted the democratic principle that elections of the people governed should precede formation of the government. Israel is the most antiSemitic government on earth, a fact ignored by the ADL.
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      1. @Richard Cook

        The cycle of violence did not begin with Deir Yassin, which bloodshed began in the 1920’s (and we know who spilled first blood).

        1. @ Top Cat: Horses*t. The issue began when the First Aliyah began. The first Zionist immigrants were colonists. There were also Europeans who were quite familiar with colonialism. They were superior and the “natives” inferior, as in any colonial relationship.

          And hey, if you don’t believe me, let’s consult a eyewitness writing all the way back in 1891, Ahad HaAm:

          ” ….[the Zionist pioneers believed that] the only language the Arabs understand is that of force ….. [They] behave towards the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, trespass unjustly upon their boundaries, beat them shamefully without reason and even brag about it, and nobody stands to check this contemptible and dangerous tendency.” (Expulsion Of The Palestinians, p. 7

          Despite this, at first the Palestinians accepted, and often welcomed the newcomers. A friend of mine who is an expert in issues of Zionist history, writes this:

          Jerusalem in the mid 19th century was majority Jewish but there were no riots. It was not a Jewish presence they objected to but a Jewish nationalist and political presence in the form of colonisation.

          It became clear that the Zionist project left no room for them and that they were to be squeezed out (either quickly or gradually). Palestinian violence didn’t spring ex nihilo. It was spurred by the fraudulent deals which stole farming lands from Palestinian farmers and similar acts of depredation.

          I simply will not accept any false narrative which places all blame on the Palestinians, as you do. It’s not just wrong, but propaganda.

          Yet another warning, your comment is off-topic. Confine yourself to the subject of the post and don’t stray into other subjects.

          1. [comment deleted: I told you you may only publish a single comment in any comment thread. 2nd strike. 3rd & you’re out.]

  3. Dear Richard,
    I have just finished watching “Farha” and the heart continues to weep. So I thank you for continuing to bring forth the stories that tell the truth of the Nabka and the terrible irony of those who suffered in Europe then inflicting suffering on those who simply needed to be on their land in peace.

  4. Hello Mr. Silverstein, I read the letter you posted and your comments.
    I agree that all conflict is regrettable and that human suffering is terrible.
    But honestly I don’t understand the comparison you offer. During November 1947 the United Nations suggested a two state solution to the conflict. This was accepted by the Jewish participants but rejected by the Arab participants who declared their intentions to declare war and annihilate the Jews. They had no choice but to defend themselves or be wiped out.
    Historically most of the Arab refugees fled their homes at the instruction of their own leaders, who ordered them to leave until after the fighting was over.
    So how can you blame the Jews for what was forced upon them?
    Thank you for your time.
    Derek Peters

    1. @ Derek: In short, virtually everything you write is Zionist propaganda. None of it is true. There isn’t a shred of historical evidence for a single claim in your comment. I don’t know where you dug this up, but it comes right out of a 40 year old Hasbara Handbook. It won’t wash. But alas I have niether the energy nor will to rebut you point by point. Doing so would bore me to tears. Others may want to jump in to do so. If not, we’ll just let yr comment slip into the oblivion it so richly deserves.

      One cardinal rule here: if you want to make historical claims you use EVIDENCE to support them. YOu don’t spout propaganda and expect anyone here to treat them seriously. I doubt you will comment here again since you are a hasbara tourist. But if you do, garbage like this devoid of any proof or evidence will get you into hot water here.

    2. Derek, in Nov 1947 the UN General Assembly voted narrowly, to partition Palestine. The Arab League proposed representation elections in lieu of a partition but the General Assembly committee that drafted the pro-partition resolution referred to the Arab League democracy-first, proposal as “extreme.”

      In Dec 1948 the UN Security Council took up the GA pro-partition resolution and rejected it. You state, that the UN endorsed the partition of Palestine without a representation election, That is false.

      See: “The Rejection of Palestinian Self-determination” Jeremy R. Hammond (2009)

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