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durutti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-03 03:55 PM
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A History of Zionist Terrorism
Edited on Tue Sep-09-03 03:58 PM by durutti
In the relatively short time Ive been posting here, its become obvious that many DUers uncritically accept the right-wing Zionist line that the Palestinians are the aggressors; that they terrorize Israelis, and Israelis merely retaliate. In no other country (not even in Israel) is this propaganda met with anything but laughter. Only in the United States is it accepted by most people without the slightest grain of salt.

To demonstrate just how absurd it is to portray Israel as an innocent victim, Ive compiled a chronology of Zionist terrorism from the late 19th century to the present. For the purposes of this chronology, I have employed Benjamin Netanyahus definition: Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political purposes. I include wars because the wars Israel has fought have usually included the deliberate targeting of civilians.

1880s: Zionists begin settling in Palestine. Years earlier, wealthy Arabs had taken advantage of the Ottoman Land Code to register in their names land that didnt really belong to them. The Zionists would typically purchase the rights to the land from these absentee landlords, then kick out the lands Palestinian inhabitants, leaving them homeless and jobless.

1928: The Wailing Wall incident. The Palestinian Arabs, justly upset with being kicked off their land by the settlers, had by this point grown suspicious of the settlers (as had Palestines indigenous Jewish population). A disagreement over rights to the Wailing Wall erupted into a riot, with hundreds killed on both sides.

1936-1939: Palestinians go on a General Strike as a demonstration for self-determination. The strike turns into a revolt. The Zionists, aided by the British, respond with incredible force. 329 Jews are killed; 3,293 Arabs are killed.

1938: Irgun terrorists kill 76 Arabs by setting off bombs in markets and other public places. When an Irgun member is arrested by the British, the Irgun killed another 52 Arabs.

1939: The British decide to limit Jewish immigration. The Irgun responds, killing 27 Arabs.

**Throughout the 1930s, Zionists killed 338 Brits, assassinate 40 Jews, hijack a Syrian airliner, and invent the letter bomb.**

1940s: Zionists urge Western governments not to accept Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Chaim Weitzmans cohort Greenbaum says, One cow in Palestine is worth more than all the Jews in Europe.

1941: Stern Gang proposes to form Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, which will establish relations with the German Reich and protect Nazi interests in the Middle East.

1944: Stern Gang kills British minister of state Lord Moyne (who had favored a Palestinian state) in Cairo.

1947: Zionists kill international mediator Count Bernadotte, whod saved thousands of Jew from the camps during World War II.

1947-1949: Zionists commence campaign of ethnic cleansing, committing scores of massacres in Palestinian villages (most famously Deir Yassin) and driving 700,000+ from their homes.

1948: Zionists declare independence for the state of Israel, despite the fact that the General Assembly resolution proposing partition was not legally binding. Evidence indicates that theyd planned to annex the area allocated in the partition plan for the Jewish state", and divide up the rest of Palestine between themselves and Jordan. In the ensuing conflict, thousands died on both sides.

1948 1964: Palestinians in Israeli territory live under military rule. They arent legally permitted to vote or join labor unions. During this time (and still today), Palestinians are subject to humiliation, collective punishment, torture, and seizure of land and resources. Economic conditions and standards of living for those in the Occupied Territories are abysmal.

1950s: Ariel Sharon forms Unit 101. Unit 101 conducts numerous raids in which they massacre Arab civilians. Sharon personally slit the throats of sleeping Egyptian soldiers. He chewed out his officers for not killing two old Arabs when they had the opportunity. He laughed as a junior officer tormented an old Arab and then shot him at close range. He ordered his men to ambush and kill two Jordanian women and their way to a well. In 1953, Unit 101 sneaked into the West Bank village of Qibya, where they slaughtered 53 civilians.

1950-1951: Israeli agents bomb Jewish community centers in Iraq, hoping to inspire Iraqi Jews to come to Israel. Subsequently, Israel promises aid to Iraq if it revokes Jewish citizenship. Iraq does, and Israel responds generously.


1954: The Lavon Affair. Ben Gurion, wanting to provoke a war with Egypt, sends Israeli agents to attack American installations in Egypt, hoping the blame would be placed on the Egyptians. Ben Gurion blames the incident on his Defense Minister, Pinchas Lavon.

1955: Israel raids Gaza for no apparent reason. 37 are killed.

1956: The Sinai Campaign. Israel invades Egypt. At the same time, thousands more Palestinians Israeli Arabs are expelled from their homes. After the war, Israeli forces kill hundreds of Palestinians and loot their homes in the Gaza Strip.

1967: Six Day War. Israel conquers East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Gaza Strip. Around half a million Arabs are expelled from the conquered territories. 778 Israelis died in the Six Day War. Over 20,000 Arabs died. The USS Liberty is attacked, perhaps deliberately.

1968: Israel bombs Beirut Airport, destroying 13 civilian airliners.

1970s: Israel bombs civilian targets throughout Lebanon repeatedly, killing thousands. Also during this period, Israel begins sponsoring the terrorist South Lebanon Army.

1973: Yom Kippur War: Body Count: 2,552 Israelis; 15,000 Arabs.

1976: Israelis hijack Lebanese Muslim boats and give them to the SLA.

1978: Israel invades Lebanon, committing numerous atrocities and leveling entire villages. In once case, Israeli Lt. Daniel Pinto binds four Lebanese peasants hand and foot, tortured them, strangled them to death, and tossed them down a well. In another instance, the SLA herded 70 Muslims into a mosque and massacred them, while Israeli forces kept out reporters. 2,000 Arabs are dead by the end of this adventure.

1981: Israel bombs an Iraqi nuclear plant.

1982: Israel invades Lebanon again. The scale of the destruction is incredible. Israel bulldozes half the building in Beirut. Hundreds of Palestinians are killed in the destruction of the Rashidiyeh refugee camp. Anti-personnel bombs are used on the trapped residents of the Ein Hilweih refugee camp. Cluster and phosphorous bombs are dropped on school, orphanages, and hospitals. Ariel Sharon presides over the massacre of 800-3,000 in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps. The final body count: 487 Israelis and over 30,000 Arabs.

1982-present: Israel engages in limited military activity in Lebanon, killing thousands.

1985: 70 Tunisians and Palestinians killed in Tunis by Israel. 60 killed during Israels hijacking of an Egyptian airliner. Israelis kill two CBS cameramen.

1986: Israelis hijack Libyan airliner.

1987: The Intifada begins. Memorable for scenes of Israeli soldiers responding to stone-throwing demonstrations with live ammo. The practice of torture and collective punishment intensifies. Thousands are imprisoned without just cause. Journalists are barred from the Occupied Territories without a military escort. Numerous atrocities are committed, including the burying of four Palestinians alive by Israeli soldiers.

1990: Israeli soldiers massacre 27 worshippers at Al-Aqsa mosque.

1993: Israel and the PLO agree to the Oslo accords. The Intifada officially ends. The kill ratio: over 10 Palestinians to every Israeli.

1993-2000: Oslo in many ways tightens Israeli control over the Palestinians. More here: http://electronicintifada.net/referencelibrary/hrdocs/d... The number of settlements increases greatly during this period.

1995: Yitzhak Rabin assassinated by right-wing Israeli.

1996: Settlers and soldiers kill Palestinians during dawn prayers El-Ebrahimia Sanctuary.

2000: Ariel Sharon pays a provocative visit to the Temple Mount accompanied by large contingent of soldiers. Palestinians throw stones at the soldiers, who respond with live gunfire, killing 7 and wounding 250. The Al-Aqsa Intifada begins.

2000-Present: The Al-Aqsa Intifada. There is much more deadly violence from the Palestinian side during this intifada. The Palestinians are better-armed, but Israel still much more powerful. Israel intensifies its practices of torture (now officially illegal in Israel, but still widespread), collective punishment, land seizure, humiliation, and assassination. Human rights organizations are united in condemning Israels retaliatory actions as disproportionately deadly. 3 Palestinians are killed for every Israeli killed. 40 Palestinians are hospitalized for every Israeli wounded. According to the Shin Bets own statistics, almost 80 percent of those killed have no connection to any armed action against Israel. Israels conduct is described as state terrorism in a UN report.
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E_Zapata Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-03 04:10 PM
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1. Can't speak for people on DU, but:
in general, the US citizenry has been manipulated to be made to feel that IF they support Palestine openly that they are in support of Hitler's final solution. Quite the propagandic success story, really.

Bush says follow the money to fight terrorism. Israel's terrorist funding trail leads directly to the US Treasury.

My question today is: what the HELL does the average Israeli citizen think about all of this? Why don't they seem to have a voice? I can't imagine that support for Sharon is at 90%.

Oh yes - Sharon won the last election by a landslide.

How weird - the day before the election, due to campaign scandals, his support was in the dumper.

Election Day: landslide win for Sharon.

Do they use Diebold machines there?
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durutti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-03 04:16 PM
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2. There are some Sharon fans on DU
This message is primarily aimed at them.
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drewb Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-03 04:25 PM
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3. You seem to have done a lot of research...
This is quite a list you've made.

Very troublesome to say the least...

BTT...
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Lithos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-03 04:41 PM
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4. Locking
Not based on a recent article or news event.

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