A Question Posed by The Argentum Post Writer At A Presentation By The Jerusalem Fund For Education and Community Developoment

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March 18, 2015 by Alfred

On March 12, 2014 this writer of the Argentum Post presented a question to Dr. HaniAl-Masri, who is a policy advisor at Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network and also the Director General of Masarat, which, in Arabic translates to “Pathways”.

At the onset of this article, some readers may prefer to view this writer’s comment/question to Dr. Hani Al-Masri, but for more proper context, reading this article first may put some history in focus that will enhance the subject.

So, for the first option, reproduced infra is the paragraph that provides the links to the video of the event.  That paragraph, for convenience of the reader, is reproduced at the end of the article.

The specific question by the Argentum Post writer to Dr. Hani Al-Masri and his response can be viewed on this video separately on this video.    Of course the  presentation in-toto by this Dr. Hani Al-Masri can be also be viewed.   Note that notwithstanding the obvious linguistic challenge this presentation posed to Dr. Hani, there is no question that he is an inspiring and dedicated scholar endowed with a brilliant intellect and a good heart and soul.

Dr. Hani Al-Masri was giving a presentation on  “The Palestinian Issue : Dangers, Threats and Strategic Options” at the prestigious Palestine Center in Foggy Bottom when this writer  asked a question as regards to the potential constructive contribution the Neturei Karta group of Orthodox Jews can make to the peaceful resolution of the conflict which evolved as a result of the forcible take over of 75% of Palestine by the 1948 implantation of Israel in Palestine.

There seems however to be a veritable conspiracy of silence as regards to the existence of these noble orthodox Jews because there has been an extremely intense and sophisticated global cultural programmation campaign for decades inculcating the false notion that there is a legitimacy in said Zionist ideology as well as a legitimacy as regards consequent  horrific acts of aggression and destruction committed in its name against Palestinians’ properties and lives

Particularly after 1948 it became tantamount to heresy  which will characterize one automatically as an “anti-Semite” if one criticizes the said ideology and its destructive effects not only on Palestinians but on Jews as well, since from 1948 to the present the conflict which ensued as a result not only of revisionist Zionism but also as a result of post 1967 U.S. active participation in the repression of Palestinians as a result of its interests in fossil fuel dominance in the region and consequently of the U.S. enablement of these crimes against humanity.

The Neturei Karta group was created in 1938 in Jerusalem, Palestine,  before Israel came into existence.  There are now thousands of Neturei Karta Jews in the U.S. and globally.   At the time the Neturei Karta group came into existence, in 1938,  this writer’s parents who were Germans, were declared stateless and were desperately trying to escape the inchoative Nazi genocide of Jews and others.   At that time Palestine was under the occupation of the British Empire.    An empire which of course had aspiration to gain control of foreign lands, as all empires do, to invade, occupy, dominate and exploit these lands and their owners resources.

As the parents of this writer, as the organization Neturei Karta group of Orthodox Jews, did not support the Zionist ideology, pure and simple, and logically as well.   This writer’s parents likewise believed that one’s religion is a belief, pure and simple, and the concept of nationalizing their religion by violently dispossessing legitimate owners of lands anywhere was bizarre and abhorrent to them.

This is an important point as we now witness a major geometric order type progression in the stance adopted by decent well-meaning Jews of a variety of backgrounds and religious organization who are literal sickened by the false pretensions by mostly right-wing revisionist Zionist officials of Israel about the myth that “Israel speaks for all Jews”.

It is important that the American people see through the fog and let the sun burn it off so that the reality of Jewish strong opposition to the destructive policies of Netanyahu et al., particularly after the recent massacres in Gaza, not be any longer supported by our government and that the announcement by Netanyahu that there will no longer be any Palestinian state will be met by the global condemnation that is rapidly evolving and will undoubtedly lead to the strictest of economic sanctions and boycott as this delusional misleardership continues its construction of the world’s last Apartheid state.

The very essence of Dr. Hani’s presentation was that of a need for strength through unity among all Palestinians, religious and secular.

 It goes without saying that an analogous case can be made for both, Jews in Israel as well as those abroad, and if there is a sincere aspiration for a sustainable  peace agreement in the Palestinian – Israeli conflict, not only must Jews put aside their liberal, reform, orthodox differences, but they must embrace those well meaning humans of Jewish backgrounds who are secular and those who legitimately do not support the revisionist Zionist ideology, an ideology which in part is responsible for some of the horrendous human rights transgressions in history against the people in any nation.

Ironically the authocthonous residents of Palestine had their state before 1948 and now in 2015 they have to still endure their legitimate right to be free in at least a significant contiguous part of their land which after 1948 was lost  as a result of the nationalization of the Jewish religion when the British empire facilitated the violent take over, occupation, of 75% of Palestine by foreign Jews  mostly from East and West Europe and from the United States.

The venue of the presentation by Dr. Hani Al-Masri was at the prestigious Palestine Center in Washington, DC .   This center is part of the Jerusalem Fund For Education and Community Development.

This event was recorded in video and is, inter alia, available on YouTube video.

The specific question by the Argentum Post writer to Dr. Hani Al-Masri and his response can be viewed on this video separately on this video.    Of course the  presentation in-toto by this Dr. Hani Al-Masri can be also be viewed.

Notwithstanding the obvious linguistic challenge this presentation posed to Dr. Hani, there is no question that he is an inspiring and dedicated scholar endowed with a brilliant intellect and a good heart and soul.

4 thoughts on “A Question Posed by The Argentum Post Writer At A Presentation By The Jerusalem Fund For Education and Community Developoment

  1. aliceny says:

    Very well done – excellent supportive background material.

    Unfortunately, Israel now is doomed to reap the bitter harvest that Netanyahu and his criminal government have sown. May Almighty God have mercy on the Jewish people, especially upon those who wanted an inclusive, free to all, state of Israel.

  2. Eby Movahed says:

    Hi Alfred,      I wonder if you had any kind of exchange with the white haired women Ellen Siegal calling the group extremist.  Too bad Dr. Hanil al Masri is at times difficult to understand.

    • Fred says:

      Yes, I wish I spoke Arabic. Initially he was particularly hard to understand. Towards the end he sort of warmed up linguistically a bit. Afterwards when I spoke to him privately his english was even better. He seems like a kind hearted good person who is undoubtedly very balanced and scholarly.
      As for the woman who seem who commented on the “extremist” orthodox Jews who support the Palestinians, no, I did not have any exchange with her. I strongly feel that one must not judge people for being believers of any religion, since what matters is not what you believe in but what you make out of your beliefs. As one who guides himself along a secular humanist frame of reference and values, I found all of the many I met at these demonstration affable, humble, and felt that they have an uncanny sense of empathy for the suffering of the Palestinians.

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