18 August 2005

They Did Not Forget

Ben Gurion in 1948 addressed his fellow Zionists saying: “We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinians) never do return.” adding “THE OLD WILL DIE AND THE YOUNG WILL FORGET.”

About 8000 settlers supported by their government, unlawfully occupied 30% of a strip of land that is 360 sqkm in area, utilizing most of its resources while more than 1,300,000 Palestinians, who are the rightful owners of the land, were squeezed into what is left with little resources, making their lives a living hell.

The settlers today are being compensated with millions of dollars, part of which is U.S. money, for leaving the occupied land in Gaza, because of a change of policy or tactics of their government, while the Palestinians whose livelihood was destroyed, not to mention those killed, during the past decades are not given even an apology.

The evacuation gets more media coverage than it even needs, while the daily suffering of the Palestinians goes unnoticed.
As if the tears of the settlers are more precious than the blood of the Palestinians.

Is this the high price that Sharon mentioned he would have to pay for the “painful but necessary withdrawal?” Painful tears and psychological stress?!
Maybe he is paving the way for more compensation, and some might be in the form of land from the West Bank.

This evacuation is just a cosmetic cover-up for occupation.

No real peace can exist with occupation. The young do not seem to forget.

Let me quote Ben Gurion once more: "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.



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