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“ENOUGH OF THE CLAPTRAP” – Kobi Niv on the most important truth about Israel in Palestine

I don’t know how many more texts I’ll yet translate, but I’m so glad to have translated into English this article by Kobi Niv in Haaretz (Hebrew), 2017/12/27, in which an Israeli-Jewish columnist states incisively & succinctly what I feel is the most important truth about Israel in Palestine. I agree with every word, & have felt this way for a long time now. Its title in Hebrew, Dai laKishkush, די לקשקוש, “ENOUGH OF THE CLAPTRAP”, is a riff on the Israeli left’s slogan Dai laKibush, די לכיבוש.
& I’ve made a meme of the first four pars because they say the essence of it all. I hope it will be widely read & shared.

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The Hebrew original of the entire text follows. המקור העברי כולו בהמשך

& here is my translation of the entire text:

ENOUGH OF THE CLAPTRAP
The occupation, the occupation, the occupation, the occupation – how many more times will we keep saying and hearing that it – whatever it is – is all because of the occupation, and that we can’t go on with the occupation, and that only ending the occupation will bring peace, and woe to us if we don’t end the occupation, and that the occupation corrupts, and Enough of the Occupation. And which occupation are we speaking about, the one whose ending will supposedly bring the peace and the sababa?[1] The occupation of ’67.

But the occupation of ’67 is the continuation of the occupation of ’48. This is the historical truth. The occupation of ’67 is the continuation – historical, incessant and inseparable – of the occupation of ’48.

The lie that we keep telling ourselves is that from ‘48 to ’67 there arose and existed here a model democratic state, without occupation and without oppression, but in ’67 there fell upon us the curse of the Six-Day War, which turned us, unwillingly and sadly for us, into occupiers & oppressors.

All this is as true as that a chicken is a giraffe. Because the State of Israel, in the borders of ’48 or ’67 or 2017, was conquered/occupied[2] from the Palestinians who lived in it, to establish, in their place, a state for Jews. The conquest/occupation of ’48 was the beginning of this process, and the conquest/occupation of ’67 was its continuation. It’s not the case that before there was no occupation here and now there is an occupation. All such talk is claptrap.

First of all – during all the years of the State of Israel’s existence, in its various borders, the vast majority of the Palestinians under our rule have lived under a military occupation regime. From the establishment of the state until 1966, in the sweet and little Israel of once upon a time, all the Palestinian “Israeli Arabs” lived under what was called “military government”. In ’66 this military government was as-it-were abolished, but in fact was replaced by a rule of police oppression. A year later already came the Six-Day War, and since then the decisive majority of the Palestinians under our rule continue living under an occupation regime. And in fact nothing has changed. That’s how it is here and how it’s always been.

Secondly – “the horrors of the occupation” that we do speak about today, for example the case of Elor Azaria, are like nothing compared to the horrors which that pure and tiny state perpetrated under the enlightened “left” governance of Ben-Gurion, like the blowing up of the homes in the village of Qibya with all its inhabitants, an action in which more than 60 civilians were killed, most of them women and children, in ’53, or the massacre in Kafr Qassem in which 43 civilians were killed, women and children among them, in ’56.

Moreover – during the ’48 occupation we destroyed numerous Arab villages, we killed and expelled their inhabitants, and on their ruins we established settlements. The ’67 occupation dis much more enlightened. We almost don’t destroy villages and don’t expel their inhabitants. We “only” build settlements on their lands.

This is why the occupation of ’67 is not the problem, and ending this occupation will not bring an end to the problem. The problem is the Nakba, and until the State of Israel acknowledges, loudly and clearly, its responsibility for the disaster of the Palestinians, our bloody war with them will continue.

Yet not only the government, but also the absolute majority of Israel’s Jewish citizens, including the most “leftist”, are not willing to even think about this.
Quite the opposite. What we all say to Palestinians who dare to just mention the Nakba is ”There was no Nakba, and if you keep saying there was a Nakba, we’ll do you another Nakba, got it?”

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1 sababa – an Arabic word, صَبَابَة‏ ,. that has become a commonplace Israeli-Hebrew slang term for all’s cool, everything’s fine.
2 The Israeli-Hebrew word kibush, כיבוש, means both conquest and occupation.

קובי ניב / די לקשקוש

הכיבוש, הכיבוש, הכיבוש, הכיבוש – כמה פעמים עוד נשמיע ונשמע שזה הכל, מה שזה לא יהיה, בגלל הכיבוש, ואי אפשר להמשיך בכיבוש, ורק סיום הכיבוש יביא את השלום, ואוי לנו אם לא נשים קץ לכיבוש, והכיבוש משחית, ודי לכיבוש. ועל איזה כיבוש אנחנו מדברים, זה שסיומו יביא לכאורה את השלום והסבבה? הכיבוש של 67′.

אבל הכיבוש של 67′ הוא המשך הכיבוש של 48′. זאת האמת ההיסטורית. הכיבוש של 67′ הוא המשך – היסטורי, רציף ובלתי נפרד – הכיבוש של 48′.

השקר שאנחנו מספרים לעצמנו הוא שמ-48′ ועד 67′ קמה והתקיימה פה מדינה דמוקרטית למופת, בלי כיבוש ובלי דיכוי, אבל ב-67′ נפלה עלינו מארת מלחמת ששת הימים, שהפכה אותנו, שלא ברצוננו, ולא עלינו, לכובשים ולמדכאים.

כל זה נכון כמו שתרנגול זה ג’ירפה. כי מדינת ישראל, בגבולות של 48′ או 67′ או 2017, נכבשה מידי הפלסטינים שישבו בה, כדי להקים בה במקומם מדינה ליהודים. הכיבוש ב-48′ היה ראשיתו של התהליך הזה, והכיבוש של 67′ הוא המשכו. זה לא שקודם לא היה פה שום כיבוש ורק עכשיו יש כיבוש. כל הדיבור הזה הוא קשקוש.

ראשית – במשך כל שנות קיומה של מדינת ישראל, בגבולותיה השונים, תמיד חיו ועדיין חיים רוב רובם של הפלסטינים שבשליטתנו תחת משטר כיבוש צבאי. למן הקמת המדינה ועד ל-1966, בישראל הקטנה והחמודה של פעם, חיו כל הפלסטינים “ערביי ישראל” תחת מה שנקרא “ממשל צבאי“. ב-66′ כאילו בוטל הממשל הצבאי הזה, אבל בעצם רק הוחלף בשלטון דיכוי משטרתי. שנה אחר כך כבר באה מלחמת ששת הימים, ומאז ממשיכים רובם המכריע של הפלסטינים בשליטתנו לחיות תחת משטר של כיבוש. ובעצם שום דבר לא השתנה. ככה זה פה מאז ומעולם.

דבר שני – “זוועות הכיבוש” שאנחנו מדברים עליהן היום, למשל מקרה אלאור אזריה, הן כאין וכאפס לעומת הזוועות שעשתה מדינת ישראל הקטנה והזכה ההיא, תחת שלטון “השמאל” הנאור של בן-גוריון, כמו פיצוץ בתי הכפר קיביה על יושביהם, פעולה שבה נהרגו למעלה מ-60 אזרחים, רובם נשים וילדים, בשנת 53′, או הטבח בכפר-קאסם בו נרצחו 43 אזרחים, בהם גם נשים וילדים, בשנת 56′.

זאת ועוד – בכיבוש של 48′ הרסנו כפרים פלסטיניים לרוב, הרגנו וגירשנו את יושביהם, ועל חורבותיהם הקמנו לנו ישובים. הכיבוש של 67′ הרבה יותר נאור. אנחנו כבר כמעט לא הורסים כפרים ולא מגרשים את יושביהם. אנחנו “רק” מקימים ישובים על אדמותיהם.

לכן הכיבוש של 67′ הוא לא הבעיה וסיומו של הכיבוש הזה גם לא ישים קץ לבעיה. הבעיה היא הנכבה. ועד שמדינת ישראל לא תכיר, בקול רם וברור, באחריותה לאסונם של הפלסטינים, מלחמת הדמים שלנו איתם תימשך.

אלא שלא רק הממשלה, אלא גם רובם המוחלט של אזרחי ישראל היהודים, כולל הכי “שמאלנים”, לא מוכנים אפילו לחשוב על זה.

ההיפך. מה שכולנו אומרים לפלסטינים שמעזים להעלות את הנכבה על דל שפתותיהם זה “לא היתה שום נכבה, ואם תמשיכו להגיד שהיתה נכבה, נעשה לכם עוד נכבה, הבנתם

 

 

 

 

It never happened לא היה ולא נברא

My English translation, today (70 years after November 29, 1947) from the Hebrew translation by Anton Shammas (2006), which was posted today on Facebook by Michael Kaminer

תרגומי לאנגלית, היום (70 שנה אחרי ה29 לנובמבר 1947), מתרגומו העברי של אנטון שמאס (2006), שהועלה היום בפייסבוק ע”י מיכאל קמינר

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“Israel” & “Australia” continuing their/our crimes against humanity

I feel I have to share these 5 articles (including one brave editorial) published during the past week in Haaretz & The Guardian:

Editorial: Israel’s Right to Steal Palestinian Land

Israel is acting like a criminal organization that operates according to its own laws
Haaretz Editorial Nov 17, 2017
https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.823308

Israel Arrests 15 in East Jerusalem for Conducting Polls on Palestinian Authority’s Behalf

Overnight raids part of Israel policy barring Palestinian Authority activities in East Jerusalem
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.824061

Israel Approves Plan to Send Asylum Seekers to Rwanda or Jail, Close Detention Center

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.823726

Manus Island: PNG police move into detention centre and tell refugees to leave

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/23/manus-island-png-police-move-into-detention-centre-and-tell-refugees-to-leave


Manus humanitarian crisis a ‘damning indictment’ of Australia’s refugee policy: UNHCR

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/22/manus-humanitarian-crisis-a-damning-indictment-of-australias-refugee-policy-unhcr

Best mates: I add this fairly recent pic of the happy “leaders” of these two settler-colonialist countries, although the responsibility for these crimes is not theirs alone, but of all those who have voted for them & their ilk for decades…

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‘This year, the Hebrew New Year and the Hijra (Muslim) New Year coincide exactly on exactly the same date. This is an opportunity to wish us all a good year…’

I’m translating this NEW YEAR message by עומדים ביחד نقف معًا [“We Stand Together”] because it feels good to know this, I am glad to see this, & even if I’m in another country, I extend my wishes with theirs, although my hopes go further, for  equality and partnership for Jews and Arabs in all of Palestine.

This year, the Hebrew New Year and the Hijra (Muslim) New Year coincide exactly on exactly the same date. This is an opportunity to wish us all a good year, a year of peace, a year of equality and partnership for Jews and Arabs in Israel, a year in which we’ll build a just society in this country, where people can live in dignity, earn a living in dignity, grow old in dignity.

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ANTI-ZIONISM / IS NOT / ANTI-SEMITISM (7), + a gallery of 6 previous memes

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Some different colors, some different fonts.

This is version 7. Below is a gallery of 6 previous versions, 2 published (1 & 2) & 4 not (tap or click on thumbnail to enlarge).

Hoping others will share the message, I think it’s urgent. Yesterday I wrote:

I posted this meme a couple of days ago using a “Stencil” typeface, & wrote:

Enough of the bald-faced Big Lie the pro-Zionists are pushing!
If anything’s increasing anti-Semitism in the world it’s the Zionist state’s crimes of commission & omission.
The post received very few likes, shares or responses. Since I think it’s important & urgent to spread this message, I’m trying different fonts & some color this time. Readers are also invited to suggest fonts, layouts, wordings of their own. IMHO, the difference between anti-Zionism & anti-Semitism need to be reaffirmed again & again, especially now, with the increasing conflation of the two by powerful pro-Zionist interests.
& see:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-york-senator-tells-floor-anti-zionism-a-form-of-anti-semitism/
http://www.france24.com/en/20170717-france-macron-zionism-antisemitism-netanyahu-israel-vichy-holocaust
& also many other pages on https://www.google.com.au/search?q=ANTI-ZIONISM+ANTI-SEMITISM&oq=ANTI-ZIONISM+ANTI-SEMITISM&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i60l2.2959j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

ANTI-ZIONISM / IS NOT / ANTI-SEMITISM (2)

I posted this meme a couple of days ago using a “Stencil” typeface, & wrote:
Enough of the bald-faced Big Lie the pro-Zionists are pushing!
If anything’s increasing anti-Semitism in the world it’s the Zionist state’s crimes of commission & omission.

 The post received very few likes, shares or responses. Since I think it’s important & urgent to spread this message, I’m trying different fonts & some color this time. Readers are also invited to suggest fonts, layouts, wordings of their own. IMHO, the difference between anti-Zionism & anti-Semitism need to be reaffirmed again & again, especially now, with the increasing conflation of the two by powerful pro-Zionist interests.

& see:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-york-senator-tells-floor-anti-zionism-a-form-of-anti-semitism/
http://www.france24.com/en/20170717-france-macron-zionism-antisemitism-netanyahu-israel-vichy-holocaust

& also many other pages on
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=ANTI-ZIONISM+IS+ANTI-SEMITISM&oq=ANTI-ZIONISM+IS+ANTI-SEMITISM&aqs=chrome..69i57.22681j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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