Fedwa Wazwaz

Fedwa Wazwaz is a Palestinian- American born in Jerusalem, Palestine and raised in the US. By profession, she is a senior data warehouse programmer with the University of Minnesota. Read more about Fedwa Wazwaz.

Voices for Palestine 2

Posted by: Fedwa Wazwaz under Violence, Disasters, Education and literacy, Continuing education, Government, Politics Updated: July 31, 2014 - 9:06 PM

“He said: ‘Here is a she-camel: she has a right of watering, and ye have a right of watering, (severally) on a day appointed.’” (Qur'an 26:155)

 

People assume that the absence of violence is a state of peace.  I disagree.  You can have very dangerous forms of oppression from spiritual, mental and emotional abuse with the absence of violence.  It takes a skilled wounded or enlightened healer to hear the voice of the oppressed in the midst of a dominating abuser who has mastered the art of deception and projecting their sickness unto the victim.

In reality, peace is defined by the presence of healthy boundaries that allow everyone a path to the watering place, a path to growth, and a path to life.  When these healthy boundaries do not exist – the foolish condemn the violence, the wise condemn those who transgressed the boundaries and demand the boundaries be returned to a healthy state that allows everyone a path to the watering place.

Since the creation of the state of Israel – the plan was to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their land as I had explained in this blog:  Fighting for survival, not destruction of Israel.  Then and Now, peace was used a means to transgress the boundaries of the native Arabs from every aspect to allow Israel to dominate and overpower the native population and gradually expel them.  The Peace Process did not change any of this.  

Before Hamas

In this blog, I will introduce you to the first Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion.  Since the media has focused on Hamas, Hamas, Hamas, and Tunnels – I felt if we listen to the plans and aims of Israeli leaders before Hamas, we might see beyond the fear mongering and prejudice logic and hear the voice of the oppressed.   In his own words from the site Palestine Remembered:

"We do not seek an agreement with the [Palestinian] Arabs in order to secure the peace. Of course we regard peace as an essential thing.  It is impossible to build up the country in a state of permanent warfare. But peace for us is a mean, and not an end. The end is the fulfillment of Zionism in its maximum scope. Only for this reason do we need peace, and do we need an agreement." (Shabtai Teveth, p. 168)

"The Arabs cannot accept the existence of Israel. Those who accept it are not normal. The best solution for the [Palestinian] Arabs in Israel is to go and live in the Arab states---in the framework of a peace treaty or transfer." (Simha Flapan, p. 99)

Ben-Gurion clearly never believed in static borders, but dynamic ones as described in the Bible. He stated during a discussion with his aides:

"Before the founding of the state, on the eve of its creation, our main interests was self-defense. To a large extent, the creation of the state was an act of self-defense. . . . Many think that we're still at the same stage. But now the issue at hand is conquest, not self-defense. As for setting the borders--- it's an open-ended matter. In the Bible as well as in our history, there all kinds of definitions of the country's borders, so there's no real limit. Bo border is absolute. If it's a desert--- it could just as well be the other side. If it's sea, it could also be across the sea. The world has always been this way. Only the terms have changed. If they should find a way of reaching other stars, well then, perhaps the whole earth will no longer suffice." (1949, The First Israelis, p. 6)

Ben-Gurion told Nahum Goldman (one of the prominent Zionists leaders) before he died:

"I don't understand your optimism.," Ben-Gurion declared. "Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it's true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance. So it's simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipes us out".

I was stunned by this pessimism, but he went on:

"I will be seventy years old soon. Well, Nahum, if you asked me whether I shall die and be buried in a Jewish state I would tell you Yes; in ten years, fifteen years, I believe there will still be a Jewish state. But ask me whether my son Amos, who will be fifty at the end of this year, has a chance of dying and being buried in a Jewish state, and I would answer: fifty-fifty."

"But how can you sleep with that prospect in mind," I broke in, "and be Prime Minister of Israel too?"

Who says I sleep? he answered simply. (The Jewish Paradox by Nahum Goldman, p. 99)

Ben-Gurion was correct about many things: Thieves do not sleep well; usually they're afraid of retribution. This is exactly how the average Israeli feels.

With Hamas

Throughout the decades of negotiations for peace, Israel has not defined its borders.  As before Hamas, those borders continue to be dynamic and not static.  As I explained before, Hamas is a resistance group that does use crude rocket fire and does not discriminate between civilians and soldiers lives, in the face of very sophisticated military weapons that Israel has deliberately used to target civilians.  Read the findings of Goldstone Report.

Israel's ongoing assault on Gaza has killed more than 1000 Palestinian civilians - including 250 children - and injured 7000 civilians. It has devastated the civilian infrastructure, including the health sector, which is facing severe shortages. Israel is using the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip. UN reports indicate that 80 percent of the people killed in Gaza have been civilians, raising serious concerns about Israel's disregard for international and humanitarian law.

In Israel, two civilians have been killed by Hamas rocket attacks, some property has been damaged and more than 50 soldiers have died since the Israeli military invaded Gaza. The loss of life or infrastructure on either side is unacceptable.

Many voices across the spectrum and across the world are raising their voices against the Israeli grave violations of international law in Gaza.  These voices have researched, investigated and verified the story from the beginning to now.  Here are a few voices in this blog.  I will keep mentioning more in future blogs.

64 public figures, 7 Nobel laureates, call for arms embargo on Israel

Israel's military technology is marketed as "field-tested" and exported across the world. Military trade and joint military-related research relations with Israel embolden Israeli impunity in committing grave violations of international law and facilitate the entrenchment of Israel's system of occupation, colonisation and systematic denial of Palestinian rights. We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.

Besides the sophisticated heavy military artillery, Israel has responded by saturating the media and pubic square with psychological warfare - by attacking calls for investigations, silencing voices and hurling a hurricane of false accusations.  In an article in the Nation, Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked, Noura Erakat, a human rights attorney and activist responded to the following points:

(1) Israel is exercising its right to self-defense.
(2) Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005.
(3) This Israeli operation, among others, was caused by rocket fire from Gaza.
(4) Israel avoids civilian casualties, but Hamas aims to kill civilians.
(5) Hamas hides its weapons in homes, mosques and schools and uses human shields.

Israel's propaganda machine, however, insists that these Palestinians wanted to die ("culture of martyrdom"), staged their own death ("telegenically dead") or were the tragic victims of Hamas's use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes ("human shielding"). In all instances, the military power is blaming the victims for their own deaths, accusing them of devaluing life and attributing this disregard to cultural bankruptcy. In effect, Israel—along with uncritical mainstream media that unquestionably accept this discourse—dehumanizes Palestinians, deprives them even of their victimhood and legitimizes egregious human rights and legal violations.

Read her article above to hear her arguments. 

Freedom for Palestine: #GazaNames Project

Jewish Voices for Peace and Institute for Middle Eastern Understanding made a short video to introduce the faces and names of some of the victims of this massacre.  It is important for us to stop and read the names and look at the faces of those killed to help us overcome the dehumanization of Palestinians' campaign.

Worldwide protests

Protests broke out all over the world in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

On 7/26/2014 - at a rally in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza, Max Blumenthal, an award-winning journalist and author of the bestselling book Republican Gomorrah, and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel spoke against the Gaza slaughter.

I encourage you to follow the names of these voices on Facebook and Twitter to keep abreast of the current situation as it unfolds.  The voices of the oppressed are not always present and prevalent.  They must be dug out from the darkness of propaganda and psychological warfare and made conscious.  And we must condemn and stop the transgressions of boundaries which allow one party a right to the watering place and denies the other that same right.

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