Citizen Action Monitor

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 19

Chomsky: The road ahead for Palestinians will lead to the horrific final solution already unfolding before us.

No 1671 Posted by fw, May 13, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dear Premier Wynne,

Below is my information gift for you on this, Day 19, the last day of my 19-day project to fill in some possible gaps in your knowledge base with respect to life and death in the Israeli Occupied Territories.

The words of the revered American scholar, Herbert Thelen, impelled me to act: “To act ignorantly when knowledge is available, to deny realities that patently exist and make a genuine difference, is the worst crime of civilized man.”

This campaign was launched in protest to your upcoming unconscionable, ill-informed trade mission to Israel, which will effectively legitimize seven decades of collective military brutality against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and undermine their non-violent BDS campaign.

Apart from auto-acknowledgments, I have not received any substantive replies to my messages — from you, your staff, or your ministers. I can only surmise that there is no moral justification to support your decision to trade with Israel, regardless of how reprehensibly they act.

Today’s gift is excerpted from an article by Noam Chomsky, a longtime outspoken critic of US-backed Israeli aggression in the Occupied Territories. The following passage captures the central theme of his piece:

The distinguished Israeli scholar Zeev Sternhell, reviewing the reactionary nationalist tide in his country, writes that “the occupation will continue, land will be confiscated from its owners to expand the settlements, the Jordan Valley will be cleansed of Arabs, Arab Jerusalem will be strangled by Jewish neighborhoods, and any act of robbery and foolishness that serves Jewish expansion in the city will be welcomed by the High Court of Justice. The road to South Africa has been paved and will not be blocked until the Western world presents Israel with an unequivocal choice: Stop the annexation and dismantle most of the colonies and the settler state, or be an outcast.”

Below is a repost of selected portions of the article. To read the original, click on the following linked title.

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On Israel-Palestine and BDS by Noam Chomsky, The Nation, July 2, 2014

Shrinking Occupied Territories

Shrinking Occupied Territories

Those dedicated to the Palestinian cause should think carefully about the tactics they choose.

The misery caused by Israel’s actions in the occupied territories has elicited serious concern among at least some Israelis. One of the most outspoken, for many years, has been Gideon Levy, a columnist for Haaretz, who writes that “Israel should be condemned and punished for creating insufferable life under occupation, [and] for the fact that a country that claims to be among the enlightened nations continues abusing an entire people, day and night.”

He is surely correct, and we should add something more: the United States should also be condemned and punished for providing the decisive military, economic, diplomatic and even ideological support for these crimes. So long as it continues to do so, there is little reason to expect Israel to relent in its brutal policies.

The distinguished Israeli scholar Zeev Sternhell, reviewing the reactionary nationalist tide in his country, writes that “the occupation will continue, land will be confiscated from its owners to expand the settlements, the Jordan Valley will be cleansed of Arabs, Arab Jerusalem will be strangled by Jewish neighborhoods, and any act of robbery and foolishness that serves Jewish expansion in the city will be welcomed by the High Court of Justice. The road to South Africa has been paved and will not be blocked until the Western world presents Israel with an unequivocal choice: Stop the annexation and dismantle most of the colonies and the settler state, or be an outcast.”

Israel wants to rid itself of the Palestinian burden. The road ahead [for those sincerely dedicated to the Palestinian cause] is not toward South Africa, as commonly alleged, but toward something much worse. Where that road leads is unfolding before our eyes. As Sternhell observes, Israel will continue its current policies. It will maintain a vicious siege of Gaza, separating it from the West Bank, as the United States and Israel have been doing ever since they accepted the Oslo Accords in 1993.

In the West Bank, Israel will continue to take whatever it finds valuable—land, water, resources—dispersing the limited Palestinian population while integrating these acquisitions within a Greater Israel. This includes the vastly expanded “Jerusalem” that Israel annexed in violation of Security Council orders; everything on the Israeli side of the illegal separation wall; corridors to the east creating unviable Palestinian cantons; the Jordan Valley, where Palestinians are being systematically expelled and Jewish settlements established; and huge infrastructure projects linking all these acquisitions to Israel proper.

The road ahead leads not to South Africa, but rather to an increase in the proportion of Jews in the Greater Israel that is being constructed. This is the realistic alternative to a two-state settlement. There is no reason to expect Israel to accept a Palestinian population it does not want.

Palestinians can hope for no such savior [as Cuba — Cuban internationalism played a leading role in ending apartheid and in the liberation of black Africa generally]. This is all the more reason why those who are sincerely dedicated to the Palestinian cause should avoid illusion and myth, and think carefully about the tactics they choose and the course they follow.

END OF REPOST — To read the entire article online, click on the above linked title…

Premier, let me know if you would like me to continue to send you these information gifts. There’s an endless supply.

Kindest regards,

Frank White, etc.

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Previous posts in this series –

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 18: Britain’s “Jews for Justice for Palestinians” publish list of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. But why the satirical title?

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 17: Israel bans Palestinian products from being sold inside Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 16: Why is anti-Semitism the only form of bigotry ever mentioned, never anti-Palestinian slurs?

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 15: Israel launches deadly airstrikes in Gaza, Western media spin the reports in Israel’s favour.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 14: Premier Wynne, your trade mission enables Israel to persist in its crimes against Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 13: Israeli soldier who executed wounded Palestinian gets hero’s welcome and calls for his release.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 12: Israeli soldiers shoot at Palestinian family harvesting crops, driving them from their fields.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 11: Planning international conference in locked down Gaza Strip keeps sliver of hope alive

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 10: Israeli moral compass so twisted that even most decent people now justify ruthless killing of Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 9: Ignoring its own founding rights, U.S. has aided Israel in denying those same human rights and dignity to Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 8: Open season on Palestinians — pregnant mother of two and brother, 16, gunned down at Israeli checkpoint.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 7: Palestinian youth reportedly in critical condition after being run down by young Israeli settler.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 6: Alarming rise in Palestinian children seized and prosecuted by Israel.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 5: Survivor of 1948 Israeli-led expulsion of Palestinians to tell her story in upcoming Canadian tour.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 4: Israelis and their supporters are in the process of learning the price of following the dictates of “Netanyahu’s mind.”

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 3: US accuses Israel of ‘excessive use of force’ in human rights report

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 2: Israeli Minster Calls for “Civil Targeted Killings” of BDS Leaders

Life and death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 1: Israel policy of expelling Palestinians from West Bank

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