Israeli Author Noga Kadman’s Book “Erasing Palestinian Villages from Israeli History” Contributes to the Ending of the Conspiracy of Silence4
November 2, 2015 by Alfred
On October 28, 2015, this writer attended an event sponsored by the prestigious organization Jewish Voice for Peace. The event is a series of the kind and is called the “Peace Café”. It features guest speakers comprising scholarly authors who present their most recently published book.
The guest speaker, Nora Kadman, in this case is an Israeli author and the name of the book she discussed, which was followed by a Q & A session is “Erasing Palestinian Villages from Israeli History / Erased from Space and Consciousness “.
This book constitutes a fascinatingly comprehensive account of how deliberately, obsessively, and systematically since Israel’s violent so-called “declaration of independence”, i.e. since the Judaic religion was rather bizarrely nationalized and morphed into a so-called “state” entity to be violently implanted into the land of the autochthonous Palestinians in 1948, hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns were depopulated and their legitimated owners were disposed of their properties while essentially being told, abide, leave, or die.
This resulted in the take over by European and North American Zionist colonialist Jews of about 75% of Palestine, a process which first was facilitated by the British imperialists and subsequently, after the Israel provoked war of 1967 and invaded the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights, when the United States became involved in this atrocity against the humanity of the Palestinians.
Author Noga Kadman, moved by commendable principles and intellectual curiosity decided to document and publish the truth about 418 villages and towns which have since then been mostly violently destroyed, had their names changed from Arabic to Hebrew, a widespread practice which resulted in the expulsion from Palestine of initially close to one million Palestinians and subsequently to the dispossessions and killing of hundreds of thousands, a process which continues to this day.
Often villages who resisted their illegal and immoral expulsions were tied to each other to creeks were they were cold-bloodedly gunned down while their houses were being demolished.
Israeli children have been taught that Palestinians “abandoned” their lands, even though Prime Minister Golda Meyer tried to get away with the grossly dishonest fabrication that “Palestine was a land without people for a people without land”.
There has been a veritable conspiracy of silence about these atrocities which further evolved into a campaign for the “Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine ” (the title of a book by one of Israel’s bravest, most principled, and most incisive historians, namely Ilan Pappe).
All kinds of false pretexts have been used by officialdom for these crimes against the humanity of the Palestinians and sadly and stunningly, the United States has adopted a policy of support and protection of those elements in the power structures of Israel which thereon after, with this enablement in synergy with the U.S. financial and military aid to Israel which amounts to about $ 20 million dollars per day, continued their regular thefts and massacres, most notably the massacre of the summer of 2014 of some 3,000 Gazans, including 500 children.
One of the most egregiously horrific and irrational fundamental pseudo-justifications given by the Zionist colonialist hegemonies who continue to this day to carry out provocations against Palestinians which then naturally result in desperate and violent reprisals by extremist groups of Palestinian, so that then Kafkaequelly and perversively this phenomenon can be exploited to tag all Palestinians who legitimately and peacefully protest against this barbaric injustice, as so-called “terrorists”, is the pre textual and ludicrous reference to the Holocaust and to the ancient Hebrew bible for Israeli atrocities, neither of one of which is rational and hence applicable.
With respect to said Hebrew bible reference, it happens to be a belief that thousands of years ago, a deity commanded the Jews via their prophet to seize the land not belonging to them and to kill those who defend their land.
First, from the Book of Deuteronomy :
“When Yahweh your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter and occupy, and he clears away many nations before you — the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites…and when Yahweh your God gives them over to you…you must utterly destroy them…Show them no mercy…For you are a people holy to Yahweh your God; Yahweh your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7.1-11; see also 9.1-5; 11.8-9, 23, 31-32).”
“But as for the towns of these peoples that Yahweh your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive. You shall annihilate them—the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites—just as Yahweh your God has commanded, so that they may not teach you to do all the abhorrent things that they do for their gods, and you thus sin against Yahweh your God (Deuteronomy 20.16-18).”
For a comprehensive article on this subject this writer was inspired by the scholarly theologian and author, Michael Prior.
Thus these utterly bereft of legitimacy narratives are seriously presented by Israeli and American corrupt and greedy politicians as well as by extremist fundamentalist Zionist Evangelists, not to mention the international law violating settlers ,as a wholly risible and rejectable defense for their misdeeds as one “required by their deity “in the pursuit for the land of others in their god-given “exceptionalist” status as “God’s chosen people”.
This writer ends this article calling with the observation that yesterday, November 1, 2015, Israelis marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzahk Rabin by a fundamentalist, right-wing extremist, Jewish nationalist assassin.
While thousands of decent Israelis mourned the death of this decent Prime Minister, who along with the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, received the Nobel Prize for Peace, Prime Minister Netanyahu and other members of his government boycotted the event, while our former President Clinton attended it and addressed the mourners.
Given that Israelis often compare the assassination of PM Rabin to the assassination of President Kennedy, Prime Minister Rabin is the subject of intense anger from extremist, brutal, and irrational opponents of peace talks, as well as opponents of the cessation of the international law violating settlement building. The Israelis who have this pathological mindset go as far as depicting their assassinated Prime Minister Rabin in photos altered to make him appear wearing a Nazi uniform.
As incredible as this statement sounds, even the mainstream media is now reporting it and, to wit, there is a report by William Booth in The Washington Post edition dated October 2, 2015 in an article titled “Rabin is Remembered as Peace Remains Elusive”
This grotesque phenomenon gets worse when soccer fans recently chanted the name of Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir, alongside calls for “Death to Arabs”.
For a new dimension of “adding insult to injury,” one can point to the November 9, 2015 return of Israeli misleader Netanyahu to our nation’s capital to demand an additional $45 million dollars in military aid, something which will be enthusiastically supported by our industrial-military complex which President Eisenhower warned us against in his farewell speech, and most obscenely Netanyahu will be also receiving an award from the extreme right-wing American Enterprise Institute for “notable contributions to public policy and social welfare”…!
The event will take place at the National Building Museum from 17:00 – 20:00 hours.
It goes without saying that there will be massive protest demonstration, but what is most important, is that said demonstration will be attended by, inter alia, decent, rational, humanist, peace aspiring, Jews whose numbers are swelling by an exponential rate, in direct proportion to the decomposition of the Netanyahu et al. intellect, morality, and political integrity, all in tandem with the decomposition of the false Zionist colonialist narratives.
Muy informativos y tristes tus comentarios. ¿En nombre de qué ideología los hombres podemos ser tan inhumanos?
Excellent expose of the present Israeli administration’s wrong headedness.
Great informative article, Fred.
I picked up some useful info here that I had not read before. Will definitely check out Prior’s
two books also. I suspect that he was not too popular among Scripture scholars who
ventured too far from the party line. But, being a Gael, especially from Cork, I doubt that he
worried too much about that.
For 14 years I directed a parish Scripture study group. When I first read the O.T. quotes from
Deuteronomy (among many other quotes from the nine Historical Books) that you cite here
I was shocked. How could Yahweh (God), whom we Christians believe and proclaim was, and is,
a God of pure love give such heinous orders to the Hebrews as they went about
stealing lands and killing and destroying everyone and all that existed therein — all in His name, the books’ authors would have us believe.
There are many O.T. Hebrew authors’ ‘facts’ that appear in the Historical Books that defy
belief. There is a vast difference between Divine Revelation to the finite human mind and
false, self-serving history, often used as a political cudgel.
Thanks for reporting on this vital new book. Have shared on Twitter and Facebook. Wish I could have been there!