Friday, May 29, 2009

Tony Karon on Naqba denial and Eitan Bronstein

The Rootless Cosmopolitan.

Negating the truth about the Nakbah — the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs from what became Israel in 1948 — has been a staple of Jewish-nationalist propaganda as long as I can remember: As a youngster in Habonim, I was told bubbemeis tales about foolish Arabs marching off into the wilderness like zombies after being hypnotized by radio broadcasts urging them to leave; a “miracle” on a par with the parting of the Red Sea that ostensibly gave the Zionist movement the “land without a people” about which it had fantasized. It should have been painfully obvious that this was a preposterous self-serving myth (which even then didn’t account for the fact that the ethnic cleansing was sealed by Israel in one of its founding laws that denied the right of any Arab absent from their property on the day of Israel’s creation to return to that property). But to suggest anything less than a miraculous conception and bloodless birth for the state of Israel was to deny its “legitimacy”, we were told. As international pressure grows for an historic reckoning between Israelis and Palestinians, the frenzy of denial and negation has intensified. Suddenly, Netanyahu is demanding that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state”, even though to do so requires that Palestinian refugees simply sign away their birthright, erase their history and identity. Even more bizarre, perhaps, is the effort by members of Israel’s parliament to outlaw commemoration of the Nakba. There are other Israelis, of course, who don’t deny the Nakba, but strive to reveal its history to their fellow citizens, precisely because the pathological denial of their own country’s own history as perpetrators of dispossession and ethnic cleansing, there can be no true healing between Israelis and Palestinians. One such brave and visionary Israeli is Eitan Bronstein, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last year. He graciously agreed to allow Rootless Cosmopolitan to republish an English translation of his article published in Yediot Ahoronot today article challenging the proposed Nakba law.

Eitan Bronstein's piece, here.

6 Comments:

At 8:48 PM, Blogger lotsofwordz said...

Still being a dumb antisemite, Gert?

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger lotsofwordz said...

"taking their ‘the Palestinians don’t exist’ stance apart"

ROFL.
In your dreams, little boy.
You are a sad, ignorant little boy who has never been outside of Leeds, with an obsessive hatred of Jews because the girl you fancy is going out with a Jewish hunk.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Gert said...

You've pinned me down, lotsofwordz, in a nutshell.

I'll let your comments stand as a testimony of the ridiculousness of some on the 'other side'.

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger The Sentinel said...

Well, I had my suspicions...

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Not sure what you mean, Sent...

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger The Sentinel said...

I'm being facetious - just joking!

 

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