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The Nakba Explained

The State of Israel was formed following the mass expulsion of nearly a million Palestinians. We take a look back at what happened.

15 May 1948 marks the Nakba, the Catastrophe inflicted upon the Palestinian people by the Zionists. To the Israelis though, the date marks the establishment of the Jewish State. Today, some 6.5 million Palestinian refugees cling to their right to return to their land. But how did it all start?

Pre-1948

Despite popular belief that the Palestine-Israel conflict is thousands of years old, it only really goes back to about the early 1900s.

In the late 1800s, Palestine was under Ottoman rule. At the time, Jews accounted for around 3% of the population, Muslims to 87% and Christians 10%. People from all three faiths lived together in peace.

Following the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, convened and chaired by Theodor Herzl, and continuing into the early 20th century, Jewish immigration to Palestine intensified. Between 1920 and 1939, the Jewish population of Palestine increased by over 320,000 people.

World War I brought the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, and Palestine became a British mandate. Then WWII broke out and with it, the holocaust. The post-WWII period saw a rise in anti-colonial nationalist sentiments and the winding down of colonial powers. Zionists saw an opportunity to establish a state for themselves during this period of decolonisation, ironically kick-starting a settler-colonial enterprise of their own.

With the defeat of Germany, a steady flow of Jews came from eastern Europe to settle in Palestine. Tensions ran high in the holy land, and on 29 November 1947, and against the will of the indigenous Palestinian population, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 181, stipulating the partition of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and giving the Arab population 43% of the land. The Arab League unanimously rejected the partition plan as unjust. War became inevitable.

The Nakba of 1948

15 May 1948 was the day set for the official termination of the British mandate. David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organisation at the time and later the first Prime Minister of Israel, declared the establishment of the State of Israel the day before.

War broke out and some 750,000 Palestinians were forced out, many of them fleeing as a result of direct assaults on their towns and villages, and others out of fear of massacres by Jewish militias. This exodus came to be known as the Palestinian Nakba, or the Catastrophe. Soon after, the first Israeli government passed a series of laws banning refugees from returning their homes or claiming their property.

In the 3 years from May 1948 to the end of 1951, some 700,000 Jews settled in the newly founded state. 19 years later, in 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and started constructing illegal settlements across the Palestinian territories.

The right of Return

During the Nakba, more than 400 Palestinian villages and town were depopulated or destroyed. Many of them were then either resettled by Jewish immigrants or rebuilt as Jewish towns and given Hebrew names. Following the Palestinian exodus of 1948, the UN set up refugee camps and humanitarian relief for the refugees, creating the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the process.

Today, the Palestinian refugees and their descendants are estimated to number more than 6.5 million. The UN passed Resolution 194 on 11 December 1948 to guarantee the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and villages and to be compensated for their loss, and has reaffirmed it every year since.

…the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property…

Israel, however, maintains that the return of Palestinians to their homes “threatens” its Jewish character, in what critics consider a demonstration of religious and ethnic discrimination against the indigenous Palestinian Muslim and Christian populations, particularly as Jews from all over the world are allowed to immigrate to Israel under Israel’s “Law of Return”.

Although UNRWA was set up as a temporary agency to provide relief for refugees until their return, the General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA’s mandate pending the just resolution of the question of the Palestine refugees. Today, UNRWA is severely underfunded, leaving millions of refugees vulnerable.

Palestinians continue to see the right of return as an essential component of a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, addressing historical injustices levelled against the indigenous non-Jewish population.

The Nakba that began in 1948 is still in living memory, and until it ends it will remain in the memories of those Palestinians still denied the right to live on the lands of their grandfathers.

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  • peepsqueek

    UNRWA definition of a Palestine refugee in 1952: “A Palestine refugee is [a person] whose normal residence was Palestine for a [minimum period of two years] preceding the outbreak of the conflict in 1948 and who, as a result of this conflict has lost both his home and his means of livelihood.”

    The definition of “refugees” omitted the reference to persons of Arab origin in the 1948 General Assembly proposal, and included stateless persons who had been residents of Palestine.

    It is worth noting that the Palestinian Arab refugees are the only refugees in the world whose status is permanently inherited. While every other refugee population in the world, such as the millions of displaced persons after the Second World War, has decreased with the passage of time, the Palestinian refugee population continually increases. Therefore, those refugees from 1948 have today become millions. The Arab world’s demand that 6.5 million of refugees be allowed to return to the State of Israel, known as the “Right of Return”, therefore becomes a powerful weapon, as an influx of that magnitude would cause the demographic destruction of the Jewish State. This would be in violation of Paragraph 11 of Resolution 194, which required that those returning should and desiring to “live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date.” The Right of Return, being a weapon for the demographic destruction of Israel, fits neither the “live at peace” clause nor the “earliest practicable date” clause. There is no practical, let alone moral, way for Israel to accept and enable its own demise.

    • Helen4Yemen

      BENNY MORRIS:

      1) “The revised book is a double-edged sword. It is based on many documents that were not available to me when I wrote the original book, most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives. What the new material shows is that there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah [the pre-state defense force that was the precursor of the IDF] were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves.
      2) In Acre four soldiers raped a girl and murdered her and her father. In Jaffa, soldiers of the Kiryati Brigade raped one girl and tried to rape several more. At Hunin, which is in the Galilee, two girls were raped and then murdered. There were one or two cases of rape at Tantura, south of Haifa. There was one case of rape at Qula, in the center of the country. At the village of Abu Shusha, near Kibbutz Gezer [in the Ramle area] there were four female prisoners, one of whom was raped a number of times. And there were other cases. Usually more than one soldier was involved. usually there were one or two Palestinian girls. In a large proportion of the cases the event ended with murder. Because neither the victims nor the rapists liked to report these events, we have to assume that the dozen cases of rape that were reported, which I found, are not the whole story. They are just the tip of the iceberg.”
      3) In some cases four or five people were executed, in others the numbers were 70, 80, 100. There was also a great deal of arbitrary killing. Two old men are spotted walking in a field – they are shot. A woman is found in an abandoned village – she is shot. There are cases such as the village of Dawayima [in the Hebron region], in which a column entered the village with all guns blazing and killed anything that moved.
      4) “The worst cases were Saliha (70-80 killed), Deir Yassin (100-110), Lod (250), Dawayima (hundreds) and perhaps Abu Shusha (70). There is no unequivocal proof of a large-scale massacre at Tantura, but war crimes were perpetrated there. At Jaffa there was a massacre about which nothing had been known until now. The same at Arab al Muwassi, in the north. About half of the acts of massacre were part of Operation Hiram [in the north, in October 1948]: at Safsaf, Saliha, Jish, Eilaboun, Arab al Muwasi, Deir al Asad, Majdal Krum, Sasa. In Operation Hiram there was a unusually high concentration of executions of people against a wall or next to a well in an orderly fashion.
      5) “That can’t be chance. It’s a pattern. Apparently, various officers who took part in the operation understood that the expulsion order they received permitted them to do these deeds in order to encourage the population to take to the roads. The fact is that no one was punished for these acts of murder. Ben-Gurion silenced the matter. He covered up for the officers who did the massacres.”
      6) One of the revelations in the book is that on October 31, 1948, the commander of the Northern Front, Moshe Carmel, issued an order in writing to his units to expedite the removal of the Arab population. Carmel took this action immediately after a visit by Ben-Gurion to the Northern Command in Nazareth. There is no doubt in my mind that this order originated with Ben-Gurion. Just as the expulsion order for the city of Lod, which was signed by Yitzhak Rabin, was issued immediately after Ben-Gurion visited the headquarters of Operation Dani [July 1948].”
      7) “From April 1948, Ben-Gurion is projecting a message of transfer. There is no explicit order of his in writing, there is no orderly comprehensive policy, but there is an atmosphere of [population] transfer. The transfer idea is in the air. The entire leadership understands that this is the idea. The officer corps understands what is required of them. Under Ben-Gurion, a consensus of transfer is created.”
      8) “Of course Ben-Gurion was a transferist. He understood that there could be no Jewish state with a large and hostile Arab minority in its midst. There would be no such state. It would not be able to exist.”
      9) “Ben-Gurion was right. If he had not done what he did, a state would not have come into being. That has to be clear. It is impossible to evade it. Without the uprooting of the Palestinians, a Jewish state would not have arisen here.”
      10) That is what Zionism faced. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population. It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads.

      • ILIVETHERE

        The Arabs’ announced objective in starting the war in 1947, annihilating the Jews, combined with numerous small scale successes in doing just that during 1947-1948, certainly did not endear the Arabs to the Jews, especially given the Jews’ recent experience with genocide. That the Jews reacted forcefully, and sometimes in kind, is not exactly a big surprise. War, especially when one side has the physical extermination of the other side as its objective, is not pretty; crimes are often committed (and crimes against the unsuccessful genocidaires are often unpunished, whether in Germany — hundreds of thousands of Germans raped/murdered by USSR soldiers — or the former Palestine Mandate). As for “ethnic cleansing,” consider how many Jews were left alive on the Jordanian/Egyptian side of the ceasefire lines (a handful, if any) and how many Arabs were left alive on the Israeli side of the ceasefire lines (hundreds of thousands).

      • Michael Abramov

        Yawn!

      • deceneu♔♘

        “Haganah [the pre-state defense force that was the precursor of the IDF]”
        You are soooo polite….I will call them what they were. A terrorist cabal .

    • deceneu♔♘

      Very nice scholarly commentary right up to the last sentence.

      You have failed to explain how do you know that there will be 6.5 million refugees returning to Israel, and you have also failed to explain how will the supposed return of these people will bring about the demise of the state of Israel.
      Using the same logic i will ask you why did the 20 million or so Jews around the world did not return or moved to Israel? I will guess that they like where they are.Same can be said about a large segment of the 6.5 million refugees.Not everyone of them will run back or move to Israel.
      Secondly how in the world are they going to bring the demise of Israel if they go there?
      Israel will still be Israel with all its jewish citizens will still have all the gov’t agencies in jewish hands including IDF.
      I think is exactly the opposite,Israel will benefit tremendously if a large number of refugees of Palestinian decent will go to Israel.
      You seem to forget that there was a time not to long ago when the territory that is the present day Israel had a population of only 3%jewish and they were doing extremely well.

      • peepsqueek

        Again, this is the UNRWA definition of a Palestine refugee in 1952: “A Palestine refugee is [a person] whose normal residence was Palestine for a [minimum period of two years] preceding the outbreak of the conflict in 1948 and who, as a result of this conflict has lost both his home and his means of livelihood.” –How does that apply to 6.5 million people today, when 1.5 million Arabs live in Israel now, on land that hypocritical activists say is ethnically cleansed?

        • deceneu♔♘

          Well it looks to me like the Palestinians don’t have an option where Jews live whether is next door or a million miles away, facts on the ground are what counts.
          My point was that if Israel accepts a certain number of Palestinians returning to Israel it does not mean that Israel will cease to exist.
          There are more Arabs living in Israel today than all the Jews in all the Islamic countries combined but that is b/c there were so many more Arabs in Israel than there were Jews less than one hundred years ago.In Israel Jews from a minority have become the majority do to a lot of emigration from Europe and other parts of the world.In the Islamic world Jews have always been a minority just like Christians.

          • peepsqueek

            Since the invention of Islam, Arabs have a historical track record. Egyptians were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic. Syrians (Assyrians) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Moroccans (Berbers) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Iraqis (Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians, Azides, etc) were not Arabs nor did they speak Arabic, Libya was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, the Sudan (tribal Africa) was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, Tunisia was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic. Why are they all called Arab Countries, belong to the League of “Arab” Nations, and live under some form of Islamic Sharia, which is Arabian? Religious philosophy is one thing, but complete take over is another. Jews, after a 5,000 year history have one tiny State.

  • peepsqueek

    1.5 Million Palestinian Arabs live in Israel proper as citizens, which is more than all the Jews living in all the Middle Eastern Countries put together. The right of return in the 21st century is not mathematically feasible, and it would allow for the banner of Islam to fly over 100% of the Middle East land mass. Which means that non-Arabs and Non-Muslims would not have the full right of self determination, nor would women in general, and Hamas and Fatah would be in instant conflict and jockeying for power, causing an immediate conflict.

    • Helen4Yemen

      Somehow you are so deluded to believe that Palestine belongs to the snow-white Ashkenazi? Why does it not belong to the Eskimos since the Eskimos and the the Ashkenazi are at exactly the same level of Middle East ancestry which is 0% for both?

      • Michael Abramov

        ‘What right do the Arabs have to live in Europe? They do not have any European genes and therefore they should return to their war ridden countries’.

        These are not my thoughts, but Helen4Yemen keeps using the argument that people should only live in the countries of genetic origin which is the same as Nazi ideology, but she is not censored. Why?

        • Helen4Yemen

          Your comprehension of English must be very low. The reason why it is important to show that the Ashkenazi has not genetic ties to the region is because he used the excuse of “returning back” to steal the land. You are confusing lawful immigrants with predatory leeches who seized land by force.

          • Mike Abramov

            My dear Helen,

            You have got to try and do better than that. Your argument is so weak that you should be ashamed of being the author. As for my English, please re-read what you have sent and note a number of grammar errors.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Show me one grammar error …?

          • Mike Abramov

            Only joking. You are so easy to wind up.

          • Helen4Yemen

            I am sure you forgot how many times I had to correct yours … right?

          • Mike Abramov

            Yes ma’am.

          • deceneu♔♘

            He’s trolling you

        • Sharleen Targon

          Place them in Israel. of course you all endorse Barbara Spectre and George Sorros at the same time keeping Israel Jewish only.

          • Mike Abramov

            Pure ignorance Sharleen. Israel is secular. The population includes Muslims Christians and many nationalities all living side-by-side. Go back and do your homework properly before you make any comments.

          • deceneu♔♘

            What a bunch of crap “Israel secular “hahahaha maybe Sharleen has never put foot in Israel to know that Israel is ruled by a rabbinical court and a lot of religious rulings are actual laws that people must obey or else.

          • Mike Abramov

            Yes, you are absolutely right. there are rabbinical laws, so what. It is a Jewish country.

            Your opinion about Israel is coming from a person that ignores the dominance of Sharia Law in 22 other ME countries, where women are 2nd class citizens, to be a heathen in KSA is punishable by death, where tribal conflict is so bad in Syria there has been in a civil war for over 5 years and where in Lebanon there are over 50 laws preventing Palestinians from working in certain jobs.

            Where would you recommend Sharleen to go on holiday?

          • deceneu♔♘

            Believe me ,i am no fan of forced government brainwashing called religion that is practiced in ME by camel jockeys calling themselves kings,sheikhs and other colorful names.
            They were not even smart enough to create their own fantasy ,sorry religion like Jews did.
            Having said that i will tell you that women are also treated as second class citizens by orthodox Jews although not nearly as bad as the women in the Muslim countries.
            Eliminate religion and bankers and you’ll have no more wars.

          • Mike Abramov

            I wish you had provided me with intelligent, well thought out answers previously. I was beginning to believe that you were a fraud. However, I will address your points.

            There is nothing wrong with religion. I am not religious by any means, but I grew up in a religious environment. Religion gave us the ten commandments and laws on how to conduct oneself in life such as allowing 10% of one’s earnings for charity. However, religion is also used as a tool by governments in many countries, to control the masses.

            The word ‘religion’ is a euphemism for ‘do it my way’. If you get rid of religion you end up with Communism or Fascism. If you get rid of the bankers, you will have economic disaster. The world is too big and too diverse for ‘one cap fits all’.

            Coming back to Israel-Palestine, both sides are showing intransigence and all this was avoidable 70 years ago.

          • deceneu♔♘

            So if you “don’t do it may way” than you’ll have communism of fascism.
            The world did just fine for many thousands of years without forced brainwashing till some guy decided that he talks to god and a lot of suckers believed him.
            As for bankers i only wish that the governments will keep the printing press and not allow a private cabal such as Federal Reserve and Central Banks to print money out of thin air and loan it to gov’t with interest.They have printed so much paper that is impossible for any gov’t to pay back what they borrowed.US,Greece perfect examples.
            So get ready for the next bankers scam: E-money cause is coming.

          • Mike Abramov

            Isn’t it amazing that we have moved away completely from the issue of Israel-Palestine. However, this does not surprise me. Many of the meetings i attend that are pro-Palestine are littered with devout Muslims or supporters of Chairman Mao and Karl Marx. Two extremes with one thing in common.

            May I correct you on your history. Religion was the only law, post Paganism. When religion became embedded through the Abrahamic religions, the tensions started….follow Jesus….follow Mohammed….follow the Torah. Basically people are 80% followers and 20%….thinkers.

            By-the-way, to know God is spiritual, not religion. You appear to be devoutly left-wing and therefore atheist?

          • deceneu♔♘

            I never dispute the fact that religion was the law,and sadly is still is toady in so many places. However i dispute the fact that religion was the only law.
            Hammurabi as the first known law giver, and you are entitled to have a different opinion, did not use religion exclusively to create a code of behavior.
            As far as religion being embedded through monotheistic creeds we are on the same page.Had it not been, we certainly would’ve not had so many wars.

          • Mike Abramov

            Thank you for your thoughts. I have very little to argue about in your reply. However, a few points

            Being spiritual has nothing to do with religion. This is an area you may need to research further before you right it off.

            The left-wing/right wing divide is extremely evident when I attend PSC meetings. I am considered right-wing for supporting Israel, which is a democracy. The European PSC supporters are left-wing supporting nationalism by way of a Palestinian state. Confused? I am.

          • Helen4Yemen

            You mean 70 years ago, the Palestinians should have handed over their land to snow-white Europeans from Brooklyn, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania …?

          • peepsqueek

            Where did Europeans come from?

          • Helen4Yemen

            Ah, you must be very advanced in age – you are forgetting that you already asked me this question and already answered it

          • peepsqueek

            You answer, as always, omits the most vital aspects of history, and are too narrowly focused on a single issue.

          • Helen4Yemen

            The “single issue” is the fake excuse the snow-white European used that he was only “returning” – only take what was his, right?

          • peepsqueek

            They developed a nation, which now has more Arabs than there are Jews in all Islamic Countries put together, and 20 million Muslims living in Europe, where the culture and tradition provides for men and women to show open affection and dance together, and the favorite meat is pork. Where women can choose and husband and put on a pair of shorts to go for a run or swim on a 90 degree day.

          • Helen4Yemen

            He could have developed his nation where his snow-white a– is from back in Europe. What have the Arabs got to do with this white man’s problems in Europe?

          • peepsqueek

            I always remind you to use a balance scale. Israel is only a problem because it is a successful nation. Had Jews failed to developed a nation to be capable of supporting 6.6 million people with no oil, no one would be trying to destroy them.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Listen: This snow-white European could be wrapped around with gold and diamond, I still want him to go home back to Lithuania, Poland, … If the white man keeps on clinging onto an area where he does not belong it simply means more wars … he can go home for the sake of peace.

          • peepsqueek

            Which makes you a hypocrite for moving your behind to America.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Did 6,000,000 snow-white Ashkenazi move to America from Eastern
            Europe? You are confusing legal immigrants with predatory leeches called European colonists.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Well, the single issue is that we have these snow-white freaking
            Europeans claiming to be descended from a guy called Abraham
            who was from Ur-Iraq, who heard voices telling him to go 1,000
            miles away to an inhabited land called Canaan and to take that
            land by force and to murder the natives. What have I left out?

          • peepsqueek

            As Muhammad claimed to have been a descended from Abraham. You cannot have it both way Helen.

          • Helen4Yemen

            What are you trying to say? Muhammad was
            Middle Eastern and so were Abraham-Isaac-Jacob. But how is snow-whitey known as the Ashkenazi related to Abraham-Isaac-Jacob at a confirmed Middle East ancestry of 0% but 99.9% European?

          • peepsqueek

            What are you trying to say? That all non-Muslims living for many thousands of years in the Middle cannot visit the birthplace of Muhammad, nor practice their faith in Saudi Arabia? If all the Jews that built the one tiny Jewish Nations were all brown, would that be acceptable to you? Would that be acceptable to all brown Muslims? Please be honest

          • Mike Abramov

            So, it was OK when the ‘snow-white’ British were there from 1919, but white Jews are unacceptable.even though they turned a desert in to an oasis?

          • Helen4Yemen

            The British were also there in Iraq and Syria and handed the land back to the natives. But Palestine was handed over to snow-white Europeans who have 0% connection to the land except their religion originated on that land.

          • Mike Abramov

            The British were not in Syria. Palestine was handed back in %’s. 82% to Palestine and trans-Jordan and the remaining 18% to the Jews. So what?

          • Helen4Yemen

            When you say to the “Jews”, do you mean to the
            snow-white folks from Lithuania, Poland, Hungary?

          • Mike Abramov

            Yes.

          • Helen4Yemen

            What has Arab land got to do with Hungarians,
            Lithuanians, Germans? Are they really descended
            from Abraham of Ur-Iraq?

        • deceneu♔♘

          For the same reason you thing that Palestinians have no right to RETURN to present day Israel.
          What right do Jews have to live in Europe?They certainly are not part of the aboriginal people of Europe

          • Helen4Yemen

            Yes, they are! The Ashkenazi are the whitest and purest of any European groups at a stunning level of 99.9% European and 0% Middle Eastern. Here are 10 samples that look almost identical because the Ashkenazi are a closely knit group that had been breeding among its own members for centuries. The Ashkenazi is in fact one of the purest and whitest of any European groups at a stunning level of 99.9% European.

            Name………………………. European……. Middle Eastern
            1) Alex Feinberg…………… 99.8% …………… 0%
            2) Dershowitz DNA………. 99.9% …………….0%
            3) Rabbi Hammerman…,,, 99.9% …………… 0%
            4) Tony Kushner…………… 99.9% …………….0%
            5) Joseph Cohen………….. 99.8% …………… 0%
            6) Bill Maher…………………..99.9% ……………..0%
            7) Neil Gaiman……………… 99.9% …………… .0%
            8) Jill Sobule………….. …….99.9% ……………..0%
            9) Alisa R Doctoroff…….. ..98.0% …………….. 0%
            10) A.J. Jacobs………………99.9% ……………. 0%

            Source:

            https://disqus*com/home/channel/semite/discussion/channel-semite/stunning_ashkenazi_dna/

          • deceneu♔♘

            Helen, Jews are not even part of the white race to begin with.Let alone being pure Europeans. The so called ashkenazi originate from a place that is in present day Turkey close to the border with Iran.

          • deceneu♔♘

            Jews are not even part of the white race to begin with.I try to give you the link but this site is blocking the link.They are original from a place in present day Turkey close to the border with Iran

        • Helen4Yemen

          You are super idiot! I am surprised I said that because I never resort to insults – ever! When did I say people have to live somewhere according to their genes? I bring up the DNA of the Ashkenazi because he claims he is not a white man like the rest of Europeans but Middle Eastern. So weird for a snow-white-European to say he is not white. He does say that his DNA reveals that he is half/half European-ME. But DNA in fact does reveal that this snow-white man is as pure white as they come at 99.9% European ancestry and 0% Middle East.

          Neil Gaiman
          99.6% Ashkenazi
          0.3% unspecified European
          0.1% East Asian
          99.9% Total European
          0.0% Middle Eastern

          https://twitter*com/neilhimself/status/278035051210498048

    • Michael Abramov

      Very well put my friend.

      • peepsqueek

        I have had a lot of practice attempting to get through to Helen, but thank you. I get Helen’s arguments, but she conveniently omits vital aspects from the bigger picture.

        • Helen4Yemen

          There is only one picture of the Ashkenazi – totally snow-white, totally European. Yes or no? WTH is his snow-white European a– doing on Arab land?

          • peepsqueek

            By your logic, why don’t Arabs stay in the Arabian Peninsula? Not that Jewish and Christian Arabs have the same rights!

          • Helen4Yemen

            No, the point that I was making was because lily-white Ashkenazi did say that he was native to that region and only “returning”. You see, if Palestine was colonized by, say the French, there is no need for any DNA data since the French do not claim to be from that region. But it is so strange for this white man -snow-white as he is – to say that he is not European but Middle Eastern.

            How snow-white is the Ashkenazi? Here are a few pictures:

            https://disqus*com/home/discussion/channel-semite/snow_white_ashkenazi_jews/

          • Helen4Yemen

            You are going back 1400 years?

            So you are saying because the Arabs arrived in the region 1400 years ago and snow-white Ashkenazi was following in their footsteps?

    • Helen4Yemen

      Why is it the business of the snow-white man from Poland,
      Lithuania, Russia where the banner of Islam is in the ME? Is
      Snow-white man Middle Eastern?

    • Helen4Yemen

      “Most of the Arabs in the United States are Christians
      that have left their homelands for a reason.”

      Got source?

      • peepsqueek

        Arab American Institute– Posted on April 15, 2017 in Washington Watch
        by James J. Zogby
        This year there will no Easter celebrations for Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt. Out of concern for their security and out of respect for the 45 Christians who were victims of two horrific suicide bombing attacks on Palm Sunday, their bishop declared that Easter services would be limited in his diocese to mass, “without any festivities”.

        That Holy Week began for Egyptians with news of those bombings served as a powerful reminder of the threats faced not only by Egypt’s Copts but by other Christian communities in the Arab World.

        It is only in Lebanon where, both because of their numbers and the unique characteristics of that country’s political system, Christians live in relative security. But in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, or Palestine, 2000 year-old Christian communities are at risk.
        =================================================================================
        The Detroit News recently reported on new ethnic sensitivity training courses for Michigan police departments in highly Arab American communities. As part of the training, one counselor reminds officers that most Arab stereotypes have no grounding in fact. As an example, the counselor says few people realize that most Arab Americans are not Muslim. In fact, the News reports, 75 percent of Arab Americans are Christians.

        Does it make sense the percentage is that high? According to Roy Oksnevad, director of the Department of Ministries to Muslims at Wheaton College, it does. “There’s always been a high percentage of Christians among Arab U.S. citizens,” Oksnevad told Christianity Today. “The majority of them come here because they were minorities in their native countries. Much of the reason they leave is the hard life under Islam but recently there has been a mass exodus due to renewed nationalism and an Islamic resurgence.”

        • Helen4Yemen

          WHAT HAS ANY OF THIS GOT TO DO WITH SNOW-WHITE ASHKENAZI SQUATTING HIS EUROPEAN A–ON ARAB LAND?

          • peepsqueek

            The relevance is that even Jewish and Christian Arabs do not have the same status on “Islamic Land”. This is why Jews from Europe and Jews from Islamic Countries needed to develop their own nation, which they have done. Same for non-Muslim Persians, whose number one destination is to the USA. The Bahai World Centre is in Israel.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Herzl never mentioned the Arab Jews – not once – it was all about the white Jew. The Arab Jews came as slave labor for snow-white Jew. What have the Arabs go to do with Lithuanians and Hungarians …?

          • peepsqueek

            Herzl, in the 1800’s– “The Jewish question persists wherever Jews live in appreciable numbers. Wherever it does not exist, it is brought in together with Jewish immigrants. We are naturally drawn into those places where we are not persecuted, and our appearance there gives rise to persecution. This is the case, and will inevitably be so, everywhere, even in highly civilised countries—see, for instance, France—so long as the Jewish question is not solved on the political level.” -Herzl considered himself to be an atheist new that Jews would have to form a nation eventually.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Only Ashkennazi Jews!

            Jews hatred = European!

          • peepsqueek

            Jew hatred comes from ideology. Italy was right next door to Germany, and Italians saved 80% of their Jewish population at risk to their own lives. And the captured Jews were treated decently in many places. While Jews in Islamic lands had to pay a special tax, and maintain a lower status.

  • Helen4Yemen

    PHILIP GIRALDI

    “The problem with Israel and its friends is that they are never satisfied and never leave the rest of us Americans alone, pushing constantly at what is essentially an open door. They have treated the United States like a doormat, spying on us more than any ostensibly friendly nation while pocketing our $38 billion donation to their expanding state without so much as a thank you. They are shameless.”

    • Michael Abramov

      Boring.

      • peepsqueek

        Helen does not understand that we all spy on each other, and that most of the money is to help Israel secure itself from terrorists, military, securing the sea, Iron Dome, missile defense, intelligence, and securing the borders. Western Europe is starting to see how much money it costs to secure airports, public transportation, patrolling the Mediterranean, intelligence networks, troops, and arms.

        • Helen4Yemen

          I look at the Ashkenazi and I am looking at a European,
          snow-white European, alien to the region. How did he
          think he was going to fool the world? Get a sun tan?

          • peepsqueek

            If that is you only criteria for building a nation and applying for UN Statehood.

          • Helen4Yemen

            No, only because snow-white Ashkenazi says he ain’t white but Middle Eastern! Did you hear that? It was me roaring with laughter …

    • deceneu♔♘

      Don’t forget that Jews through AIPAC make the official US policy in the Middle East.
      Btw since 1948 US has given Israel well over 250 billion dollars.

  • deceneu♔♘

    “With the defeat of Germany, a steady flow of Jews came from eastern Europe to settle in Palestine”
    Not so ,Jews started to go to Palestine after the agreement they had made with Hitler in 1932-1933 way before the start of ww2.

    “David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organisation at the time and later the first Prime Minister of Israel”
    Ben Gurion and his gang also happen to be a bunch of terrorists before the word “terrorist “become part of every day vocabulary .The bombing of King David hotel in Jerusalem is just one of his masterpieces.

    “Israel, however, maintains that the return of Palestinians to their homes “threatens” its Jewish character”
    Racism and bigotry and apartheid is state policy in Israel.
    I could only think of all the hoopla in the world media if US or any country in the world will ban Jews from emigrating to those countries.