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Plan D? Zionism devised that plan in 1935 to cleanse the Palestinians from their lands and villages

Plan D or beginning of “war of conquest”.

Zionism had many plans to be executed as the political climate and timing were appropriate. In the 100 years since the implantation of first colonies in Palestine, many plans have been carried out to occupy all of Palestine for the only the Jews, coming from all corners of the world.

With respect to Haifa, IIan Pappé writes:

From the morning after the UN Partition Resolution was adopted in November 1947, the 75,000 Palestinians in the city were subjected to a campaign of terror jointly instigated by the Irgun and the Hagana.

As they had only arrived in recent decades, the Jewish settlers had built their houses higher up the mountain. Thus, they lived topographically above the Arab neighbourhoods and could easily shell and snipe at them. They had started doing this frequently since early December.

They used other methods of intimidation as well: the Jewish troops rolled barrels full of explosives, and huge steel balls, down into the Arab residential areas, and poured oil mixed with fuel down the roads, which they then ignited.

The moment panic-stricken Palestinian residents came running out of their homes to try to extinguish these rivers of fire, they were sprayed with machine-gun fire.

In areas where the two communities still interacted, the Hagana brought cars to Palestinian garages to be repaired, loaded with explosives and detonating devices, and so wreaked death and chaos.

Prominent Israeli historian Ilan Pappé notes that, in Israel’s Plan Dalet (also known simply as Plan D), “veteran Zionist leaders” created “a plan for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.” They dispatched military orders in March 1948, Pappé explains:

“The orders came with a detailed description of the methods to be employed to forcibly evict the people: large-scale intimidation; laying siege to and bombarding villages and population centres; setting fire to homes, properties and goods; expulsion; demolition; and, finally, planting mines among the rubble to prevent any of the expelled inhabitants from returning.”

Plan D “spelled it out clearly and unambiguously: the Palestinians had to go,” writes Pappé.

“The aim of the plan was in fact the destruction of both the rural and urban areas of Palestine,” he adds, and it “contain[ed] a repertoire of cleansing methods that one by one fit the means the U.N. describes in its definition of ethnic cleansing.”

Morris is correct that Plan D did not explicitly call for “expelling as many Arabs as possible from the territory of the future Jewish state”, as Blatman suggests. But neither did it order that “neutral or friendly villages should be left untouched”, as Morris contends.

Under Plan D, brigade commanders were to use their own discretion in mounting operations against “enemy population centers”—meaning Palestinian towns and villages—by choosing between the following options:

—Destruction of villages (setting fire to, blowing up, and planting mines in the debris), especially those population centers which are difficult to control continuously.

—Mounting combing and control operations according to the following guidelines: encirclement of the village and conducting a search inside it. In the event of resistance, the armed force must be wiped out and the population must be expelled outside the borders of the state.[66]

Thus, while Plan D allowed for Arab inhabitants to remain as long as they did not resist the takeover of their villages by the Zionist forces, it did not order Haganah commanders to permit them to stay under such circumstances—as Morris falsely suggests in the second of his responses in Haaretz.

Nor is Morris incognizant of the critical distinction. In 1948, he explicitly notes that “brigade commanders were given the option” of destroying Arab villages (emphasis added)—which would obviously necessitate expelling their inhabitants—regardless of whether any of the villagers offered any resistance.

“The commanders were given discretion whether to evict the inhabitants of villages and urban neighborhoodssitting on vital access roads”, Morris writes (emphasis added). “The plan gave the brigades carte blanche to conquer the Arab villages and, in effect, to decide on each village’s fate—destruction and expulsion or occupation. The plan explicitly called for the destruction of resisting Arab villages and the expulsion of their inhabitants” (emphasis added).[67]

As Ilan Pappé expounds, “Villages were to be expelled in their entirety either because they were located in strategic spots or because they were expected to put up some sort of resistance. These orders were issued when it was clear that occupation would always provoke some resistance and that therefore no village would be immune, either because of its location or because it would not allow itself to be occupied.”[68]

By these means, by the time the war ended, the Zionist forces had expelled the inhabitants of and destroyed 531 villages and emptied eleven urban neighborhoods of their Arab residents.[69]

Pappé further notes how the facts on the ground at the time challenge Morris’s characterization of the Zionist’s operations as having been “defensive” prior to the implementation of Plan D:

The reality of the situation could not have been more different: the overall military, political and economic balance between the two communities was such that not only were the majority of Jews in no danger at all, but in addition, between the beginning of December 1947 and the end of March 1948, their army had been able to complete the first stage of the cleansing of Palestine, even before the master plan had been put into effect. If there were a turning point in April, it was the shift from sporadic attacks and counter-attacks on the Palestinian civilian population towards the systematic mega-operation of ethnic cleansing that now followed.[70]

In Haaretz, Morris adds that in the larger urban areas with mixed populations, under Plan D, the orders were for the Arabs “to be transferred to the Arab centers of those cities, like Haifa, not expelled from the country.” Morris also writes that the Zionists “left Arabs in place in Haifa”, and he cites it as an example of a place where Arabs “were ordered or encouraged by their leaders to flee”—as opposed to them being expelled by the Zionist forces.

But the details Morris provides in 1948 of what happened in Haifa tell an altogether different story.

By the end of March 1948, most of the wealthy and middle-class families had fled Haifa. Far from ordering this evacuation, the Arab leadership had blasted those who fled as “cowards” and tried to prevent them from leaving.[71]

Among the reasons for the flight were terrorist attacks by the Irgun that had sowed panic in Haifa and other cities. On the morning of December 30, 1947, for example, the Irgun threw “three bombs from a passing van into a crowd of casual Arab laborers at a bus stop outside the Haifa Oil Refinery, killing eleven and wounding dozens.”[72] (Ilan Pappé notes that “Throwing bombs into Arab crowds was the specialty of the Irgun, who had already done so before 1947.”[73]

And as Morris points out, Arab militias took note of the methods of the Irgun and Lehi and eventually started copying them: “The Arabs had noted the devastating effects of a few well-placed Jewish bombs in Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Haifa . . . .”[74]) Arab laborers inside the plant responded by turning against their Jewish coworkers, killing thirty-nine and wounding fifty (several Arab employees did try to protect their Jewish co-workers).[75]

The Haganah retaliated by targeted a nearby village that was home to many of the refinery workers. The orders were to spare the women and children, but to kill the men. “The raiders moved from house to house, pulling out men and executing them. Sometimes they threw grenades into houses and sprayed the interiors with automatic fire. There were several dozen dead, including some women and children.”

Ben-Gurion defended the attack by saying it was “impossible” to “discriminate” under the circumstances. “We’re at war. . . . There is an injustice in this, but otherwise we will not be able to hold out.”[76]

Marking “the start of the implementation of Plan D”, writes Morris, was Operation Nahshon in April 1948.[77] By this time, tens of thousands of Haifa’s seventy thousand Arabs had already fled.[78] The Haganah had been planning an operation in Haifa since mid-month, and when the British withdrew their troops from positions between Arab and Jewish neighborhoods on April 21, it provided the Haganah with the opportunity to put it into effect.[79]

The Haganah fired mortars indiscriminately into the lower city, and by noon “smoke rose above gutted buildings and mangled bodies littered the streets and alleyways.” The mortar and machine gun fire “precipitated mass flight toward the British-held port area”, where Arab civilians trampled each other to get to boats, many of which were capsized in the mad rush.[80]

The British high commissioner, Sir Alan Cunningham, described the Haganah’s tactics: “Recent Jewish military successes (if indeed operations based on the mortaring of terrified women and children can be classed as such) have aroused extravagant reactions in the Jewish press and among the Jews themselves a spirit of arrogance which blinds them to future difficulties. . . . Jewish broadcasts both in content and in manner of delivery, are remarkably like those of Nazi Germany.”[81]

It was under these circumstances that the local Arab leaders sought to negotiate a truce, and in a British-mediated meeting in the afternoon on April 22, the Jewish forces proposed a surrender agreement that “assured the Arab population a future ‘as equal and free citizens of Haifa.’”[82] But the Arab notables, after taking some time to consult before reconvening, informed that they were in no position to sign the truce since they had no control over the Arab combatants in Haifa and that the population was intent on evacuating. Jewish and British officials at the meeting tried to persuade them to sign the agreement, to no avail. In the days that followed, nearly all of Haifa’s remaining inhabitants fled, with only about 5,000 remaining.

While in his Haaretz article, Morris attributed this flight solely to orders from the Arab leadership to leave the city, in 1948, he notes that other factors included psychological trauma from the violence—especially the Haganah’s

 

While in his Haaretz article, Morris attributed this flight solely to orders from the Arab leadership to leave the city, in 1948, he notes that other factors included psychological trauma from the violence—especially the Haganah’s mortaring of the lower city—and despair at the thought of living now as a minority under a people who had just inflicted that collective punishment upon them.

Furthermore, “The Jewish authorities almost immediately grasped that a city without a large (and actively or potentially hostile) Arab minority would be better for the emergent Jewish state, militarily and politically. Moreover, in the days after 22 April, Haganah units systematically swept the conquered neighborhoods for arms and irregulars; they often handled the population roughly; families were evicted temporarily from their homes; young males were arrested, some beaten. The Haganah troops broke into Arab shops and storage facilities and confiscated cars and food stocks. Looting was rife.”[83]

This, then, is the situation Morris is describing when he disingenuously writes in Haaretz that the Zionist forces “left Arabs in place in Haifa” and that Arabs fled Haifa because they were “ordered or encouraged by their leaders”.

We can also compare Morris’s account of how the village of Lifta came to be emptied of its Arab inhabitants with Ilan Pappé’s. 1984 contains only one mention of Lifta, a single sentence in which Morris characterizes it as another example of how Arabs fled upon the orders of their leadership: “For example, already on 3–4 December 1947 the inhabitants of Lifta, a village on the western edge of Jerusalem, were ordered to send away their women and children (partly in order to make room for incoming militiamen).”[84]

Pappé tells a remarkably different story, describing Lifta, with its population of 2,500, as “one of the very first to be ethnically cleansed”:

Social life in Lifta revolved around a small shipping centre, which included a club and two coffee houses. It attracted Jerusalemites as well, as no doubt it would today were it still there. One of the coffee houses was the target of the Hagana when it attacked on 28 December 1947. Armed with machine guns the Jews sprayed the coffee house, while members of the Stern Gang stopped a bus nearby and began firing into it randomly. This was the first Stern Gang operation in rural Palestine; prior to the attack, the gang had issued pamphlets to its activists: ‘Destroy Arab neighbourhoods and punish Arab villages.’

The involvement of the Stern Gang in the attack on Lifta may have been outside the overall scheme of the Hagana in Jerusalem, according to the Consultancy [i.e., Ben-Gurion and his close advisors], but once it had occurred it was incorporated into the plan. In a pattern that would repeat itself, creating faits accomplis became part of the overall strategy.

The Hagana High Command at first condemned the Stern Gang attack at the end of December, but when they realized that the assault had caused the villagers to flee, they ordered another operation against the same village on 11 January in order to complete the expulsion. The Hagana blew up most of the houses in the village and drove out all the people who were still there.[85]

The lesson learned was also applied in Jerusalem. On February 7, 1948, Ben-Gurion went to see Lifta for himself and that evening reported to a council of the Mapai party in Jerusalem:

When I come now to Jerusalem, I feel I am in a Jewish (Ivrit) city. This is a feeling I only had in Tel-Aviv or in an agricultural farm. It is true that not all of Jerusalem is Jewish, but it has in it already a huge Jewish bloc: when you enter the city through Lifta and Romema, through Mahaneh Yehuda, King George Street and Mea Shearim—there are no Arabs. One hundred percent Jews.

Ever since Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans—the city was not as Jewish as it is now. In many Arab neighbourhoods in the West you do not see even one Arab. I do not suppose it will change. And what happened in Jerusalem and in Haifa—can happen in large parts of the country. If we persist it is quite possible that in the next six or eight months there will be considerable changes in the country, very considerable, and to our advantage. There will certainly be considerable changes in the demographic composition of the country.[86]

Note that all of this happened well before explicit orders were given to destroy villages and expel their inhabitants if anyone resisted occupation by the Zionist forces. From mid-March onward, in Morris’s own words, “In line with Plan D, Arab villages were henceforward to be leveled to prevent their reinvestment by Arab forces; the implication was that their inhabitants were to be expelled and prevented from returning.”[87] The Haganah “embarked on a campaign of clearing areas of Arab inhabitants and militia forces and conquering and leveling villages”.[88] Plan D implemented a

“new policy, of permanently occupying and/or razing villages and of clearing whole areas of Arabs”.[89]

Morris’s contention that what happened wasn’t ethnic cleansing because most Palestinians fled, as opposed to being expelled by the Zionist forces, becomes a moot distinction in light of how, for example, a massacre that occurred in the Arab village of Deir Yassin in April was “amplified through radio broadcasts . . . to encourage a mass Arab exodus from the Jewish state-to-be.”[90]

David Ben-Gurion (center) with Yitzhak Rabin and Yigal Allon during the 1948 war (Israel Defense Forces/CC BY-NC 2.0)

David Ben-Gurion (center) with Yitzhak Rabin and Yigal Allon during the 1948 war (Israel Defense Forces/CC BY-NC 2.0)

In the Galilee, “the Arab inhabitants of the towns of Beit Shean (Beisan) and Safad had to be ‘harassed’ into flight”, according to a planned series of operations conceived in April (“in line with Plan D”, Morris notes). In charge of these operations was the commander of the Palmach, Yigal Allon.[91]

On May 1, two villages north of Safad were captured. Several dozen male prisoners were executed, and the Palmach “proceeded to blow up the two villages as Safad’s Arabs looked on. The bulk of the Third Battalion then moved into the town’s Jewish Quarter and mortared the Arab quarters”, prompting many of Safad’s Arab inhabitants to flee.[92]

After five days, the Arabs sought a truce, which Allon rejected. Even some of the local Jews “sought to negotiate a surrender and demanded that the Haganah leave town. But the Haganah commanders were unbending” and continued pounding Safad with mortars and its arsenal of 3-inch Davidka munitions.

The first of the Davidka bombs, according to Arab sources cited by a Haganah intelligence document, killed 13 Arabs, mostly children, which triggered a panic and further flight. This, of course, was precisely what was “intended by the Palmah commanders when unleashing the mortars against the Arab neighborhoods”—which, “literally overnight, turned into a ‘ghost town’”. In the weeks that followed, “the few remaining Arabs, most of them old and infirm or Christians, were expelled to Lebanon or transferred to Haifa.”[93]

Yigal Allon summed up the purpose of the Palmach’s operations: “We regarded it as imperative to cleanse the interior of the Galilee and create Jewish territorial continuity in the whole of Upper Galilee.” He boasted of how he devised a plan to rid the Galilee of tens of thousands of Arabs without having to actually use force to drive them out. His strategy, which “worked wonderfully”, was to plant rumors that additional reinforcements had arrived “and were about to clean out the villages of the Hula [Valley]”.

 

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Part 13. How Israel in 1948 committed Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians, about 400,000 within days in first stage

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Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page of backlog opinions and events is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory

The Near-East region (current Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine) was the crossroad for all the ancient warrior empires. The people were more educated (had schools), more cultured, and more urban. The educated people spoke at least 3 languages, their mother tongue Aramaic, the previous occupier language and the current occupier.

During Jesus period, the educated people in the Near-East (current Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine) communicated in 3 languages: Their mother tongue Aramaic, Greek/Seleucid, and Latin. The Romans started their incursions in 60 BC.

The Jews in southern Palestine, mostly Bedouins, adopted the customs and tradition of the Land (Near-East civilization). In 200 BC, a few Jewish scholars wrote a mythical history (stories) for the Jews and codified customs as religious laws. They added a few restrictive customs that corresponded to their Bedouin life-style.

Jesus was Not a Jew, as agreed upon by the sect in Jerusalem through the Sanhedrin. The charismatic Jesus is from the province of Tyre (including Galilee and Sidon). The Temple of Jesus’ sect was in mount Carmel. All Jesus life was spent in that region, before he decided to march toward Jerusalem in the last 6 months of his life

The people in the Tyre province were forced to accept more restrictive customs (religious laws) from the extremist  Bedouin Jews in South Palestine who rebelled 100 BC against the Greek/Seleucid empire with capital in Damascus

Why Jesus decided in the last 6 months of his life to march toward Jerusalem? Most probably, he wanted to disseminate his teaching to the people in South Palestine. Trying to get inducted in the Sanhedrin would facilitate his mission.  The Sanhedrin was Not ready to admit this charismatic Stranger from the Tyre province and rob them of total control over the people in their “enclave”

La religion c’est toujours la religion: Les riches peuvent s’en passer quand leurs privileges sont assures er securises. Mais elle est necessaire pour nous les pauvres: Il n’y a que la religion pour endormir nos peines et aussi l’amour.

J’ai mes crises…Ce que le monde souffre aujourd’hui

March 30, 2018: Israel injured 1,100 unarmed Palestinians during their mass demonstration for “Homeland Day”. Most of these injuries were from live bullets.  A dozen were killed (martyred), particularly on Gaza border and the nasty Hebron (al Khalil) settlers

Notre Pere qui est aux cieux “Guide nous dans nos tentations”. Les passions sont bonnes: si seulement on a quelqu’un de bien et experimente’ pour nous guider. Si seulement on est pret a entendre et prendre au serieux les plus ages

En regime “democratique et liberal” les gouvernement dependent du bon vouloir des patrons

Tfadalou. Bi 2ool: drouri intifada sha3biyya 3aarimat. Lan antakheb, wa ma intakhabt saabikan. Keslaan baddo al naass tontofed 3anno.

7osni al 7ousayni insa7ab min al intikhabaat. Wa leish Walid 3am ye rekk 3ala eksaa2 Nabih? Ma houwi shriko bi kel business al fassaad

 

 

My grandmother, the Palestinian

A Love Story or a faked narrative?

Note: Be warned. This article is written by an extremist Zionist far-right Jew. It was meant to state that the name Palestine and Palestinians were created to bring the names of Jews and Israel to oblivion. I don’t mind very controversial articles: it is an opportunity for me to try debunking these faked world views. Sentences in parenthesis are mine

Dvora Marcia, my grandmother, was a Palestinian. I have the documents to prove it.

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My grandmother – taken in Tel Aviv 1933

She went to school in Palestine. She grew up in Palestine. Got married, had two boys and worked with her (first) husband in Irgun Hashomer to protect Jewish land from being stolen by Bedouin.

My grandmother worked as head secretary in the Israel Diamond Exchange and served as a liaison between members of Israel’s different underground resistance units (meaning Jewish terrorist factions), helping them pass messages between each other – all for one purpose… to free Palestine.

From the river to the sea, Palestine must be free!

(That’s what we in the Middle-East call Greater Syria, one people, one nation: current Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Iraq, including Cyprus)

Free from the British. Free to return to her natural state. To return to being what she always was – Israel, Zion.

My grandmother went to America to lobby for the foundation of the State of Israel. She distributed pamphlets and spoke on the radio. She spoke passionately in front of a number of different audiences, raising money and awareness for the plight of the people of Palestine.

My grandmother was a freedom fighter. Not a terrorist, she was a real freedom fighter, fighting for the right of her people, the Jewish people, to live freely in their homeland.

It was hearing my grandmother speak on the radio that compelled my grandfather to seek her out. He felt he had to meet her. Once I asked him why he, born in to a non-practicing Christian family, was interested and so moved by my grandmother’s plea to free Palestine and help the Jewish people rebuild their homeland.

He is answer was: “Because I thought that Jewish blood was worth more than Arab oil.”

(“Arab” is what the Israelis have been trying hard to define the Palestinian identity, so that they implicitly give the idea that the Palestinians can be safely transferred through successive wars of expansion to other ‘Arab” land. That’s what exactly Israel did since 1948. Palestinian families have been transferred 6 times, whenever they managed to survive) 

He then went on to tell me that, when he finally found her, it took him a total of 3 seconds to realize that he had to marry her. It wasn’t long before he did, becoming her second husband.

My grandparents danced in the streets of New York celebrating their joy over the end of the British Mandate and the official establishment of the State of Israel. Shortly afterwards, they left America and moved to Israel. My mother was born in Jaffa.

My grandmother, the Palestinian, had an Israeli daughter.

In a time when the world seems to have gone insane, everything is topsy turvy. Black is white, up is down and facts that were once understood by all have now become extremely confusing and too complicated to comprehend.

Palestine.

Palestine is a name given to the Land of Israel for the sole purpose of disconnecting the Jewish people from Judea, from Israel, from Zion. This was done in the 2nd century CE, when the Romans crushed the revolt of Shimon Bar Kokhba (132 CE), and gained control of Jerusalem and Judea which was renamed Palaestina in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel.

(The name Palestine was coined 12 centuries before the existence of any sect called Jewish. The Palestinians occupied the stretch of land from El Arich, Gaza and Eshkelon. The remaining land was called Canaan and Jerusalem was the Capital of the Canaanite Kingdom. The Jews were mere Bedouins south of current Judea and never reached any kinds of seas. Later, their warrior God Jehovah was used by the Canaanite during period of wars to incite the mercenary tribal Jews to cooperate and a tiny idol temple for Jehovah installed in Jerusalem close to their main temple. Mind you that Israel means “Isr El” or the land of El, the highest God among the gods of the Canaanite and Phoenician Gods. The same as the Idol Allah was the highest among the “Arabic peninsula” gods before Islam)

After World War I, the name “Palestine” was applied to the territory that was placed under British Mandate; this area included not only present-day Israel but also present-day Jordan. Leading up to Israel’s independence in 1948, it was common for the international press to label Jews, not Arabs, living in the mandate as Palestinians.

Words give meaning and form to reality, thus names are of vast importance. It is obvious that Jews belong in Judea, but who belongs in Palestine?

Palestine is and always was, a politically motivated name. It is a name that is meant to denigrate and destroy the Jewish connection to her homeland. If you will – calling Israel, “Palestine” is the original hate speech. (As calling Palestinians as “Arabs” is another hate speech)

And today, out of nowhere, there suddenly is a new people called “Palestinians” and they are demanding “Palestine” for themselves. And most people in the world go along with this story, furthering a narrative that is a perversion of history and one that steals and makes a mockery of the efforts my Palestinian grandmother and thousands of others like her to reinstate Palestine to her rightful status of being recognized for who she really is and always was – Israel (Meaning Palestine or Canaan?).

It’s probably the biggest media stunt in the history of the world. And everyone has accepted it. The world has recognized that there is a “Palestinian people” and they no longer mean what this term always meant – Jews.

Any people, the world agrees, has the right to self-determination (unless they are Kurds or Tibetan). Suddenly it becomes reasonable to give “Palestine” to the “Palestinians.”

When Palestine, Texas was named, its founders were not thinking about an Arab nation. Neither were the people of Palestine, Illinois. They were thinking of Zion, the country who America’s founders modeled her after. (Fake conjecture. Palestine is Palestine and Not Zion)

The “Palestinian narrative” is one big commercial that the world has swallowed, hook, line and sinker. This is based on the premises that if you repeat a lie enough times people begin to believe it. If enough believe it becomes fact. (The same mantra that Zionist Hasbara is applying: keep lying through your teeth and start believing your faked narrative)

But the facts are that there are Jews and there are Arabs. There are Israeli Arabs, Jordanian Arabs, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian Arabs. There are Muslim Arabs and Christian Arabs.

(A very confused mind trying to make some logic. Arab refers to the language Arabic, one of the slang of the Aramaic main language, as Hebrew is. The expansion of the Islamic Arabic tribes was done through the original people in each land, far more cultured and united: it is basically an Islamic expansion)

Arab “Palestinians” are a nationality invented to facilitate and justify cleansing Jews from Israel.

The “Palestinians” are stealing my history in order to steal my land. Stealing my land is one step before my annihilation. Without Israel there is no Jewish people. The “Palestinians” are claiming my history as their own. Denying my roots, to deny my future. (It is the way around. The Jews who immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century called themselves Palestinians.)

Words are powerful. Every single person who uses the terminology as defined by the Arabs who wish to establish the State of Palestine is complicit.

You are literally, wiping Israel off the map. (As Google wiped Palestine from the maps?)

We have all been complicit. It is time to change our language and return to the factual, historical definitions. Before it is too late.

It’s really not that complicated. Palestine was always Israel. Palestinians were Jews. (It is the way around. Read note #2)

For the love of Zion, my grandmother was a Palestinian.

Note 2I conjecture that all the minority people in the Middle-East are one people (Armenians, Kurds, Syriacs, Assyrians, Keldans, Yazidis, Sunnis from Syria and Iraq, Shias from Iraq and Syria, Greek Orthodox in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, Maronites from Lebanon, Druzes in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine…) we are One people. Let’s Not get hung on names that were attached to us in periods of foreign aggression on our land to divide us and control us. 

As a warrior empire invade our land, a few of us allied to the invaders and other resisted. The end result is that many flee, are transferred or stay and eek out a living. Let’s negotiate win-win deals among ourselves to re-start a civilization that we exported westward and eastward, our land, this hotbed for civilized nations for thousands of years.

Notes 3: The western colonial powers coined terms Semitic and Arian in the 20th century to differentiate their white racist ideology from the rest of the world. The Middle-East people and Islamic world were labelled Semitic. How a Jew likes to be labelled? According to color of skin or colonial passport he carries?

“Mon chere Ado” Part 3

A Kindia (Guinee’), pour nous rendre à l’école , un des chauffeurs de mon père nous y emmenait . Parfois, un certain Samir Asmar , un jeune libanais , nous chargeait dans sa camionnette , sous sous un soleil de plomb , et nous partions , nos casques sur la tête , à toute vitesse à travers la ville , en nous tenant solidement au garde-fous pour ne pas tomber .

(Pas notre plus jeune Samir, mon cousin)

Sauf que ma sœur aînée , qui était fragile, avait la peur au ventre et devenait blême comme un comprimé d’aspirine .
Il nous arrivait de rentrer à pied .

Alors , on devait traverser un petit bois qui nous menait jusqu’à la maison du curé , un Français vieillissant mais d’une gentillesse extrême , qui nous saluait avec des yeux pleins d’affections et un grand sourire.

Ensuite nous passions à côté de la cathédrale de Kindia qui jouxte le grand marché toujours grouillant de monde , entouré de boutiques tenues par des Libanais qui exposaient toutes sortes de marchandises .

La plupart d’entre eux qui, nous voyant passer, nous saluaient amicalement …
Au bout de quelques minutes , nous arrivions à la maison essoufflés et surtout assoiffés .

Et notre mère , qui nous attendait , avec son inquiétude maladive, nous servait des boissons fraîches : des jus d’oranges ou d’ananas que le cuisinier a pris soins de préparer .

En 1958, à neuf ans , me revoilà de retour en Guinée après avoir passé sept bonnes années au Liban auprès de mes grands-parents paternels . (J’etais dans le pensionat de Beit Chabab, boarding school. J’ai deja oublie’ le Francais et le Bambara)

De ce temps là , je garde un très bon souvenir en dehors des deux années où j’avais été interné à l’école des sœurs au collège du Sacré-Cœur de Beit-Chabeb , notre village. (Vous chez les femelles, moi chez les males)

Ma mère, que Dieu ait son âme , était apparue , pour quelques mois , le temps de nous inscrire comme internes , mes deux sœurs , mon frère cadet et moi , au collège des sœurs .

Je n’ai pas le souvenir d’avoir embrassé ma mère car elle était pour une inconnue qui apparaissait puis disparaissait subreptissement…

(Le meme cas avec mon jeune frere quand mes parents venaient un ete’ sur deux pour nous rendre visite. On fuyait, montant a pieds vers l’ecole: ils nous semblaient des inconnes)

Quelques années plus tard, en lisant “ Vipère au poing ” d’Herve Bazin , j’ai pensé à ma mère qui me paraissait comme Folcoche , cette mère sévère que ses enfants surnommaient ainsi , pour folle cochonne .


Aujourd’hui , je sais que la comparaison n’était pas appropriée , car ma mère était d’une gentillesse et d’une tendresse, et d’une générosité inégalable . Je dois dire que dans les années quarante et cinquante , l’éducation était un peu soldatesque dans le monde “civilisé ” .


Bref, en compagnie de ma mère, nous embarquâmes sur un DC4, un avion à hélices , pour la Guinée où nous attendait mon père .


Le voyage, fut long car les vols directs entre Beyrouth et Conakry n’existaient pas .

Il fallait faire quelques escales avant d’arriver à destination . Une première escale à Paris où nous avons dormi une nuit dans un hôtel qui me paraissait immense et d’un luxe auquel mon regard d’enfant n’était pas habitué .

Le lendemain , l’escale se fit à Tripoli , en Libye. C’était un petit aéroport désuet , non bitumé où nous avons débarqué pour quelques heures le temps de nous rafraîchir dans une espèce de hangar en buvant des bouteilles de jus frais .

Après , ce fit Casablanca , puis Dakar où nous avons passé la nuit dans un hôtel, moins luxueux que celui de Paris . Mais , le lendemain , entre Dakar et Conakry , l’avion a chuté de deux mille mètres à cause d’un trou d’air , juste au moment où on nous avait servi une collation .

Alors ce fut une pagaille des plus affreuse et en même temps des plus rigolotes parce que le passager qui se trouvait juste devant nous et qui n’était autre que Liés Bejjeni  (Elias), en essayant de soulever l’avion aves ses accoudoirs , a fini par les arracher , car il était doté d’une force herculéenne .

Aujourd’hui encore je ris en me rappelant cette scène !

Toujours est-il que nous voilà à Conakry . Mon père nous attendait pour nous emmener à Kindia, une charmante petite ville, à 150 km de la capitale .

Mon cher Ado !

Aujourd’hui , c’est la fête de la Vierge Marie et je regrette de ne pas être à Beit-Chabeb pour la fêter avec toute la famille et tous les copains . Je pense à vous tous et vous souhaite une très bonne fête …

Si tu participes au tournoie de pétanques  (non, je ne participe pas), tâche de nous ramener la coupe! Sinon , ce n’est pas grave, tu feras mieux au prochain tournoie .

Adonis reply:

J’ai fait l’auto -stop pour voir cette competition de petanque/boule a Haret al Ta7ta (Beit Chabab, la cour de l’eglise de la Virge Marie). Je suis arrive’ a 6:30 pm and repartis a 9 pm. Et ils jouaient encore.

Il y avait des joueurs de Sin el Fil, mais il n’avait pas droit a jouer: min ahlo. Comprener qu’il y a  au moin 5 groupes de petanque, qui ne se rencontrent que rarement a Beit Chabab. Si tu te decide a joindre un group il te faudrait une diplomacie extreme et assidue pour plaire aux autres membres.

Cette competition retenait 8 teams ou 24 joueurs. Ce qui est mieux: si tu dois consacrer une journee’, mieux vaut jouer que de regarder les autres joueurs. C’etait plus calme, organize’ et beaucoup a manger.

Quelques joueurs se prenaient trop au serieux et demandaient aux spectateurs de ne pas faire des gestes brusques ou de parler quand qulqu’un fesait un tir. Evidemmment, ce sont les joueurs moins doues.

C’est un peu depressif: ils deviennet plus age’ (bedain, stomach pendant, et barbes sales et nonchalent dans leur vestement), tandis que je rejeunisse aux fils des jours, affile’ et svelte.

Ils avaient besoin de temps pour me reconnaitre, et leurs critiques premieres se concentrent sur le teint de mais cheveux noirs et ma coupe. J

e crois que lire et ecrie rajeunisse, et avec ton train d’ecrire, je crois que je te verrais plus jeune. Ton ami Charlot y etait mais ne jouait pas: il etait le plus elegant avec des chaussures “signes” et portait une chemise mauve.

“My Palestinian grandmother witnessed the following events:

Joanna Choukeir Hojeily. August 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM · Eltham, United Kingdom

A Palestinian living in New York: “My grandmother witnessed the following events:

– she lived during the British mandate of Palestine and its turmoil
– the 1948 war and nakba (catastrophe) 
– the 1956 Israeli invasion of Gaza
– the 1967 six days war and Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank
– the 1973 war


Then she moved with my grandfather to Lebanon to witness:
– the 1978 Israeli invasion of Lebanon
– the civil war
– the 1982 Israel massive invasion of Lebanon and entering its Capital Beirut


Then she returned to Gaza to witness:
– the 1987 first intifada
– the Oslo peace agreement
– the 2000 second intifada
– the 2006 operation
– cast lead 2008/2009
– pillar of cloud 2012
– protective edge 2014

Last time I called her she asked me to take care of myself and to focus on my studies- hoping for a better future.

My grandmother’a calendar is full of war and bloodshed. She is in Gaza now and I’m in New York unable to go see her or see my family and beloved ones.

Since 1948 when she hears the drums of war, she gets dressed and prepares her papers and precious stuff getting ready to become forth, fifth, or sixth time refugee in her country.

Freedom is precious guys, if you live in freedom and dignity you never need to complain….”

Highway thieving in Lebanon: The militia/mafia “leaders” of an anomie system

The definition of an anomie system is that almost every deputy in the Parliament and politicians who served for many years end up owning at least one major basic business in the country. Every dollar spent by the citizens enrich their election reserves and staying power.

لصوص من بلادي !!!

طرابلس عاصمة لبنان الثانية تتحول الى أفقر مدينة على حوض البحر المتوسط ، لأن المسؤول فيها ، إما رأسمالي ، أو تابع لا قرار له ، أو جبان متخاذل ، أو مخدّر ومنفصل عن الواقع !

قانون إنتخابي يُفصّل على مقاس شخصٍ ، كي يفوز في الإنتخابات التي أنفق فيها السياسيون مئات ملايين الدولارات لشراء ذمم المهمشين والمدجّنين ، بحفنةٍ من الليرات ، والكثير من الأكاذيب !

– جبال لبنان الخضراء هُشّمت ، كي يملأ المسؤولون جيوبهم بالمال من شركائهم في صفقات المرامل والكسارات !3,000of them

– النفايات تملأ شوارع لبنان ، كي تضاعف النفاياتُ السياسية أرصدتها في البنوك ، بالمال النظيف المتأتي من صفقات الزبالة والمحارق والمطامر !

– العتمة أعمت قلوب اللبنانيين ، كي يحصل المسؤولون على حصصهم المالية من مافيات مولدات الكهرباء وشركات إستيراد النفط وسُفن توليد الطاقة الكهربائية !

– منطقة واحدة من لبنان ، تنعم بالكهرباء مجاناً 24 /24 ، بينما يغرق بقية اللبنانيين في الظلمة ، بسبب فساد وجشع قسمٍ من السياسيين ، وخبث ودهاء قسمٍ آخر ، وغباء وجُبن قسمٍ ثالث !

الشواطىء الرملية التي هي مُلك لكل اللبنانيين ، تُمنح هدايا سخيّة لأزلام وزبانية المسؤولين ، كي يستثمروها ويتقاسموا أرباحها !

كازينو لبنان الذي هو منجم ذهب ، يتحول الى “مغارة علي بابا” ، حيث توزع أرباحه حصصاً وغنائم ورواتب خيالية ، على أفراد العصابة وكل الحرامية!

طرقات لبنان محفّرة ومظلمة ومختنقة بزحمة سير أزلية أبدية ، والمشاريع الإنمائية مكدّسة في الأدراج ، لا تخرج منها ، إلا إذا ضمِن أصحاب الكروش من المسؤولين ، نصيبهم من صفقاتها التي يتمّ أغلبها بالتراضي !

البنوك تمارس الضغوط على المصرف المركزي ، كي تتهرب من دفع الضرائب ، وكي تراكم ارباحها التي تصل الى أرقام ضوئية !
— الجامعة اللبنانية تتحول الى دكانٍ طائفي للتوظيف ، يحشو فيه المسؤولون أزلامهم وأتباعهم !

وزارات ومؤسسات وإدارات رسمية تصبح ملكاً لزعماء الطوائف ومرتزقتهم الذين يحولونها الى أوكار وأسواق لإجراء الصفقات والسمسرات وكل انواع ” البيزنيس” !

– مليارات الليرات تذهب سنوياً الى ورثةِ رؤوساء جمهورية ورؤوساء حكومة ونواب سابقين يشكلون العصب الرئيسي للإقطاع العائلي والإقتصادي والسياسي في هذا البلد المنهوب !

– مليارات الليرات تهدرها خزينة الدولة سنوياً ، على إستئجار مبانٍ حكومية وجامعية ، من أجل تنفيع الأقربين والأبعدين من المحظوظين المحسوبين على المسؤولين !

– مليارات الليرات تذهب الى جيوب المسؤولين وزوجاتهم ، تحت مسمّى مقنّع هو “جمعيات خيرية وإنسانية” !

– أراضٍ ومشاعات تتحول بصكوك قانونية ، الى ملكيةٍ خاصة للمسؤولين وأبنائهم !

قضاة يعاقبون ويعفون ، يدينون ويبرّئون ، بناء على رغبةِ ومشيئةِ ومصلحةِ مُعلّميهم السياسيين !
ضباط فاسدون ومرتشون يصبحون من أصحاب الملايين !

الجنسية اللبنانية تُعرض في المزاد العلني لمَن يدفع أكثر من اصحاب السوابق والفاسدين والمجرمين ، وتُمنع عن مستحقينها !

– وزير يشتري فيللا بأسبانيا بملايين الدولارات !

– مسؤول يستفيد من قروض سكنية بملايين الدولارات ، كانت مخصصةً لأصحاب الدخل المحدود من أفراد شعب لبنان العنيد !
– موظفون في الإدارات العامة يتقاضون رواتب شهرية ، دون ان يذهبوا الى اماكن أعمالهم !

– موظف صغير في “أوجيرو” يحصل على مبلغ 31 مليون ليرة في شهر واحد !

– متسلطون يسرقون وينهبون ويشتمون بعضهم على مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي ، ويأججون النعرات الطائفية لنيل غنائمهم من البقرة الحلوب ، ثم يستدعون الى التحقيق مواطناً مخنوقاً ، لأنه كتب من قلبٍ مجروح ، نقداً لهم على صفحته الخاصة !

– شعب جائع وعاطل من العمل ويائس ومحبط ويحلم بالحصول على فيزا من سفارة أجنبية ، فيما المهرجانات الفنية تجتاح الوطن من جنوبه الى شماله !

وكل هذا الفساد والخراب والنهب والهبش والنتش واللطش والهدر والسرقة والبلطجة التي تصادر أموال خزينة الدولة وتقلص مداخيلها .. ليس سوى رأس جبل الجليد ..

لأن ما خفي كان أعظم بكثير ، ولا يكشفه لنا سوى النكايات والمهاترات والحرتقات بين السياسيين اللصوص انفسهم الذين حوّلوا الوطن الى “شركة مساهمة” تقدم لزبائنها خدماتٍ وسِلعاً بأسعارٍ هي الأغلى في المنطقة والعالم : أغلى فاتورة كهرباء ، ماء ، هاتف ، إنترنيت ، بنزين ، إستشفاء ، دواء … !!!!

لبنان هو البلد الذي يسير فيه فسادُ السلطة الحاكمة عارياً ، دون قفازات ، دون أقنعة ، دون حياء .. وهو البلد الذي يُعبد فيه الزعيمُ الطائفي الذي يغفر له قطيعُه المدجّن ، كل جرائمه وخطاياه ، ويتمنون له دوام الصحة وطول العمر ، كي يظل داعساً على رؤوسهم طول العمر!!!!!!!!


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