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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:25 AM
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Captive Nation: How Gaza became a Palestinian prison
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 02:07 AM by Lithos
The only way to make sense of Israel's senseless war in Gaza is through historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. British officials bitterly resented American partisanship on behalf of the infant state. On June 2, 1948, Sir John Troutbeck wrote to Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin that the Americans were responsible for the creation of a gangster state headed by "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders." I used to think that this judgment was too harsh, but Israel's assault on Gaza and the Bush administration's complicity have reopened the question.

I served loyally in the Israeli army in the 1960s and have never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders. What I reject is the Zionist colonial project beyond the Green Line. The occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the 1967 War had little to do with security and everything to do with territorial expansionism. The aim was to establish Greater Israel through permanent political, economic, and military control over the Palestinian territories.

With a population of refugees crammed into a tiny strip of land with no infrastructure or natural resources, Gaza's prospects were never bright. Yet this is not an instance of economic underdevelopment but a uniquely cruel case of deliberate de-development. To use the Biblical phrase, Israel turned the people of Gaza into hewers of wood and the drawers of water - a source of cheap labor and a captive market for Israeli goods. Local industry was actively impeded so as to make it impossible for the Palestinians to end their subordination and establish the economic underpinnings essential for independence.

In 2005, Jewish settlers numbered only 8,000 compared with 1.4 million local residents. Yet the settlers controlled 25 percent of the territory, 40 percent of the arable land, and the lion's share of scarce water resources. Cheek by jowl with these foreign intruders, the majority of the local population lived in unimaginable misery. Eighty percent still subsist on less than $2 per day. Living conditions remain an affront to civilized values, a powerful precipitant to resistance, and a breeding ground for extremism.

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:31 AM
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1. I think the US had a lot to do with militarizing Israel -- from the beginning to
the new attacks by Sharon with Bush winking -- and to the end at Gaza as Bush was


Nixon armed right-wing religiously fanatical Israel which buried Liberal peace-loving

Israel and gave America a foothold in the ME/oil.

America and Israeli arms production is so intertwined that you can "barely tell them apart."

In other words, our interests are their interests.

There's an interesting book -- misnamed "The Secret War Against The Jews" by Loftus/Aarons.

It suggests that post WWII Nelson Rockefeller was the person whose authority had to be

sought for the new Israel homeland. Evidently he did finally agree ONLY based on there

not being any future hunting down of Nazis. And that post-period where Nazis were able to

flee and where many were brought into the United States -- See: Project Paperclip --

seems to be the answer to where we are right now. Nazis were used to found the CIA --

and put into the FBI -- and NASA.

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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:31 PM
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2. Written for The American Conservative
Amazing how popular that right wing magazine is around here!
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