Excuse Me, But Israel Has No Right To Exist

The phrase “right to exist” entered my consciousness in the 1990s just as the concept of the two-state solution became part of our collective lexicon. In any debate at university, when a Zionist was out of arguments, those three magic words were invoked to shut down the conversation with an outraged, “are you saying Israel doesn’t have the right to exist??”

Of course you couldn’t challenge Israel’s right to exist – that was like saying you were negating a fundamental Jewish right to have…rights, with all manner of Holocaust guilt thrown in for effect.

Except of course the Holocaust is not my fault – or that of Palestinians. The cold-blooded program of ethnically cleansing Europe of its Jewish population has been so callously and opportunistically utilized to justify the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Arab nation, that it leaves me utterly unmoved. I have even caught myself – shock - rolling my eyes when I hear Holocaust and Israel in the same sentence.

What moves me instead in this post-two-state era, is the sheer audacity of Israel even existing.

What a fantastical idea, this notion that a bunch of rank outsiders from another continent could appropriate an existing, populated nation for themselves – and convince the “global community” that it was the moral thing to do. I’d laugh at the chutzpah if this wasn’t so serious.

Even more brazen is the mass ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population by persecuted Jews, newly arrived from their own experience of being ethnically cleansed.

But what is truly frightening is the psychological manipulation of the masses into believing that Palestinians are somehow dangerous – “terrorists” intent on “driving Jews into the sea.” As someone who makes a living through words, I find the use of language in creating perceptions to be intriguing. This practice – often termed “public diplomacy” has become an essential tool in the world of geopolitics. Words, after all, are the building blocks of our psychology.

Take, for example, the way we have come to view the Palestinian-Israeli “dispute” and any resolution of this enduring conflict. And here I borrow liberally from a previous article of mine…

The United States and Israel have created the global discourse on this issue, setting stringent parameters that grow increasingly narrow regarding the content and direction of this debate. Anything discussed outside the set parameters has, until recently, widely been viewed as unrealistic, unproductive and even subversive.

Participation in the debate is limited only to those who prescribe to its main tenets: the acceptance of Israel, its regional hegemony and its qualitative military edge; acceptance of the shaky logic upon which the Jewish state's claim to Palestine is based; and acceptance of the inclusion and exclusion of certain regional parties, movements and governments in any solution to the conflict.

Words like dove, hawk, militant, extremist, moderates, terrorists, Islamo-fascists, rejectionists, existential threat, holocaust-denier, mad mullah determine the participation of solution partners -- and are capable of instantly excluding others.

Then there is the language that preserves "Israel's Right To Exist" unquestioningly: anything that invokes the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and the myths about historic Jewish rights to the land bequeathed to them by the Almighty – as though God was in the real-estate business. This language seeks not only to ensure that a Jewish connection to Palestine remains unquestioned, but importantly, seeks to punish and marginalize those who tackle the legitimacy of this modern colonial-settler experiment.

But this group-think has led us nowhere. It has obfuscated, distracted, deflected, ducked, and diminished, and we are no closer to a satisfactory conclusion…because the premise is wrong.

There is no fixing this problem. This is the kind of crisis in which you cut your losses, realize the error of your ways and reverse course. Israel is the problem. It is the last modern-day colonial-settler experiment, conducted at a time when these projects were being unraveled globally.

There is no “Palestinian-Israeli conflict” – that suggests some sort of equality in power, suffering, and negotiable tangibles, and there is no symmetry whatsoever in this equation. Israel is the Occupier and Oppressor; Palestinians are the Occupied and Oppressed. What is there to negotiate? Israel holds all the chips. They can give back some land, property, rights, but even that is an absurdity – what about everything else? What about ALL the land, property and rights? Why do they get to keep anything – how is the appropriation of land and property prior to 1948 fundamentally different from the appropriation of land and property on this arbitrary 1967 date?

Why are the colonial-settlers prior to 1948 any different from those who colonized and settled after 1967?

Let me correct myself. Palestinians do hold one chip that Israel salivates over – the one big demand at the negotiating table that seems to hold up everything else. Israel craves recognition of its “right to exist.”

But you do exist - don’t you, Israel?

Israel fears “delegitimization” more than anything else. Behind the velvet curtain lies a state built on myths and narratives, protected only by a military behemoth, billions of dollars in US assistance and a lone UN Security Council veto. Nothing else stands between the state and its dismantlement. Without these three things, Israelis would not live in an entity that has come to be known as the “least safe place for Jews in the world.”

Strip away the spin and the gloss, and you quickly realize that Israel doesn’t even have the basics of a normal state. After 64 years, it doesn’t have borders. After six decades, it has never been more isolated. Over half a century later, and it needs a gargantuan military just to stop Palestinians from walking home.

Israel is a failed experiment. It is on life-support – pull those three plugs and it is a cadaver, living only in the minds of some seriously deluded foreigners who thought they could pull off the heist of the century.

The most important thing we can do as we hover on the horizon of One State is to shed the old language rapidly. None of it was real anyway – it was just the parlance of that particular “game.” Grow a new vocabulary of possibilities – the new state will be the dawn of humanity’s great reconciliation. Muslims, Christians and Jews living together in Palestine as they once did.

Naysayers can take a hike. Our patience is wearing thinner than the walls of the hovels that Palestinian refugees have called “home” for three generations in their purgatory camps.

These universally exploited refugees are entitled to the nice apartments – the ones that have pools downstairs and a grove of palm trees outside the lobby. Because the kind of compensation owed for this failed western experiment will never be enough.

And no, nobody hates Jews. That is the fallback argument screeched in our ears – the one “firewall” remaining to protect this Israeli Frankenstein. I don’t even care enough to insert the caveats that are supposed to prove I don’t hate Jews. It is not a provable point, and frankly, it is a straw man of an argument. If Jews who didn’t live through the Holocaust still feel the pain of it, then take that up with the Germans. Demand a sizeable plot of land in Germany – and good luck to you.

For anti-Semites salivating over an article that slams Israel, ply your trade elsewhere – you are part of the reason this problem exists.

Israelis who don’t want to share Palestine as equal citizens with the indigenous Palestinian population – the ones who don’t want to relinquish that which they demanded Palestinians relinquish 64 years ago - can take their second passports and go back home. Those remaining had better find a positive attitude – Palestinians have shown themselves to be a forgiving lot. The amount of carnage they have experienced at the hands of their oppressors – without proportional response – shows remarkable restraint and faith.

This is less the death of a Jewish state than it is the demise of the last remnants of modern-day colonialism. It is a rite of passage – we will get through it just fine. At this particular precipice in the 21st century, we are all, universally, Palestinian – undoing this wrong is a test of our collective humanity, and nobody has the right to sit this one out.

Israel has no right to exist. Break that mental barrier and just say it: “Israel has no right to exist.” Roll it around your tongue, tweet it, post it as your Facebook status update – do it before you think twice. Delegitimization is here – have no fear. Palestine will be less painful than Israel ever was.

Sharmine Narwani is a commentary writer and political analyst covering the Middle East. You can follow Sharmine on twitter @snarwani.

Comments

If you think you know so much, please take the time before your opinion is "written in stone" and read From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters. Every fact is documented, all sources and legal documents are shown. After you read it, see if you can still make the same argument. Right now, you are missing half the history you should know.

First of all Israel has every right to exist. i) You say that Zionists are the problem because we took the land forcefully from the Palestinians but it was never theirs in the first place. Is your claim that you were THERE FIRST because no you were not. ii) You go into a rant about how Jews are the problem and we should take it up with Germany so you really are a half-witted swine (I'd prefer not to use harsher language). The Jews were given land that was rightfully theirs. No scratch that they SHARED the land. But it was not good enough for the arabs. They attacked Israel and killed many citizens. iii) The Jews have been living under an autonomous government for years and we left because we were unjustly kicked out by the Romans but then again nobody hates on them for that. iiii) Palestine as a country has never existed. The name was given to them by the British who controlled them which shows how ironic your argument is. The Palestinians have no claim whatsoever to the land. In fact if you knew anything about history you would know that they were kicked out of Jordan so why don't you send them back there.
You know the double standards held for Israel really amuses me because America took land from the Mexican's but they don't complain about it because America has a huge ass army. The British took land from the native americans but no one especially you care about that. The actual truth is you and all the other anti-Semitic shitheads like you are jealous. You are jealous because we made a barren land into a prosperous democratic society that is thriving in the economical and technological fields. Something almost all of the arab countries dont have despite your abundant resources. So instead of being proactive you become a cynical bastard and take out your aggression on the jewel of the middle east and falsely claim it is justified. So there you go you condescending bastard a valid argument without using Hitler or the holocaust.

Half of your history is missing.
i) You say that Zionists are the problem because we took the land forcefully from the Palestinians but it was never theirs in the first place. Is your claim that you were THERE FIRST because no you were not.

Yes, Zionists started colonizing Palestine since the 1880s, look it up. Palestinians were living their for centuries before millions of Sephardi and Anasazi Jews arrived.

ii) You go into a rant about how Jews are the problem and we should take it up with Germany so you really are a half-witted swine (I'd prefer not to use harsher language). The Jews were given land that was rightfully theirs. No scratch that they SHARED the land. But it was not good enough for the arabs. They attacked Israel and killed many citizens

Really? swine? Didn't get the parable with Germany? The Germany analogy shows that the Jews of Israel have become like their persecutors, the Nazis. By the way, the Haganah destroyed hundreds of villages and carried out 60-70 massacres before any Arab state "invaded Israel".

iii) "Palestine as a country has never existed. The name was given to them by the British who controlled them which shows how ironic your argument is. The Palestinians have no claim whatsoever to the land. In fact if you knew anything about history you would know that they were kicked out of Jordan so why don't you send them back there.

Palestine was a name recognized during the time of the Romans. The West Bank is occupied territory that Israel captured after starting the 1967 war by attacking Egypt so how can Jordan kick them out? Occupation and apartheid. If you studied history, you wouldn't defend Israel's violation of hundreds of UN international laws. By the way, assuming the Pals have no rights and were simply labelled Pals by the British, the same argument would suggest that Israel does not have the right to exist since it was co-created by Britain in 1948.

You know the double standards held for Israel really amuses me because America took land from the Mexican's but they don't complain about it because America has a huge ass army. The British took land from the native americans but no one especially you care about that. The actual truth is you and all the other anti-Semitic shitheads like you are jealous.

Wait a minute? So you are saying that Israel has a right to exist because of what America has done? Partners in crime? No one tries to justify what we did to the Mexicans or Native Americans today. Why are you comparing the "modern day, democratic Israel" to the US over 200 years ago?

'you are jealous because we made a barren land into a prosperous democratic society that is thriving in the economical and technological fields. Something almost all of the arab countries dont have despite your abundant resources.'

Most of those "Arab" countries have had their natural resources plundered by Western powers. Last time I checked Saudi was quite wealthy due to its oil reserves.

You are jealous because we made a barren land into a prosperous democratic society that is thriving in the economical and technological fields. Something almost all of the arab countries dont have despite your abundant resources.

Jealous? Really? Lol, only if that means I'm also jealous of Turkey and South Africa's apartheid. Israel only became successful through war and occupation. Its economy and wealth would never have taken off had Israel not launched land grabs after starting the 1967 war. Technologies like computers did not exist until the 90s. Real technological achievements in Israel are no more than a decade old, and contribute little to Israel's economy.

Israel also happen to be the biggest financial aid receiver from the US. So I don't see how "we made a barren land into a prosperous democratic society" really rings true in the face of apartheid.

So there you go you condescending bastard a valid argument without using Hitler or the holocaust.

The article pointed out, if you understand English, that the Palestinians were not responsible for the Holocaust of Jews, so why has Israel continued its Holocaust against the Pals?

Never theirs in the first place? Despite them having the legal documents and they being of the land as opposed to some insane members of an European cult with designs on it? I think you are all collectively insane infesting blogs with that absolutely insane claim. Did not even bother reading beyond the first line because I feel I know whats coming the same usual lame insane whines. Seek help.

A common misconception is that all the Jews were forced into the Diaspora by the Romans after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E. and then, 1,800 years later, the Jews suddenly returned to Palestine demanding their country back. In reality, the Jewish people have maintained ties to their historic homeland for more than 3,700 years.

But the truth is - even after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and the beginning of the exile, Jewish life in the Land of Israel continued and often flourished. Large communities were reestablished in Jerusalem and Tiberias by the ninth century. In the 11th century, Jewish communities grew in Rafah, Gaza, Ashkelon, Jaffa and Caesarea. The Crusaders massacred many Jews during the 12th century, but the community rebounded in the next two centuries as large numbers of rabbis and Jewish pilgrims immigrated to Jerusalem and the Galilee. Prominent rabbis established communities in Safed, Jerusalem and elsewhere during the next 300 years.

By the early 19th century—years before the birth of the modern Zionist movement—more than 10,000 Jews lived throughout what is today Israel.1 The 78 years of nation-building, beginning in 1870, culminated in the reestablishment of the Jewish State.

Israel’s uninterrupted Jewish settlement from the time of Joshua onward; the Balfour Declaration of 1917; the League of Nations Mandate, which incorporated the Balfour Declaration; the United Nations partition resolution of 1947; Israel’s admission to the UN in 1949; the recognition of Israel by most other states; and, most of all, the society created by Israel’s people in decades of thriving, dynamic national existence. So saying Israel has no right to exist might make you feel all warm and cuddly inside your cozy little bubble, but if you ever make it out into a real world you'll realize that you are going nowhere with this argument.

It looks like Iran recognizes Birobidjan as a Jewish homeland under Russian auspices, but not Israel under U.S. auspices..

I think you could have summarized your entire rant in 2 sentences: 'ISRAEL has not right to exist. Naysayers can take a hike. " Of course you would not like if someone threw in your face arguments about Palestinians being made-up people, not indigenous to the Levant area and no claim to their own land, other than the fact that they happen to be present in the area when the United Nations partitioned British mandate territories between Jews and Arabs. You say Israel has no right to exist because it has no borders in 60 years? What does Palestine have, except a dysfunctional government, dysfunctional economy, crumbling infrastructure and brainwashed fanatical population. Please let's avoid demagoguery and let's not throw Holocaust into this. Noone is blaming you for the holocaust even though your leaders did take a substantial part in it. You are asking why there is no peace in the Middle East - well it's because of angry, asinine fanatics such as yourself.

Neither Islam nor Judaism are naturally occurring things -- both are manmade philosophies, like all religion. Neither is more legitimate than the other. It's time to worry about other human beings, rather than killing each other because we believe our ancient fairy tales are better than someone else's. Both Zionism and the Palestinian liberation movement have become little more than justification to commit murder. It's time to put humanity first and stop fetishizing religion and ethnicity. Both sides need to stop the killing. Now.

Responding to Mike D. Excuse me, but there is no "both sides." Palestine is Arab land and it belongs to the Palestinians like Greec belongs to the Greeks. More importantly, they have every right to liberate the land as they see fit.

So when the Chinese atheists take over Eastern Russia and Siberia while the retarded Western neo-atheists and leftists(who fetishize "gays") bleat like sheep over Putin's anti-gay policies, ignoring the major demographic disaster that Russia is facing, are we going to see them on the frontlines defending Russia from the Chinese hordes?! And many of your White ilk do fetishize ethnicity.

Bravo Sharmine !!! Simply beautiful writing.

You have something that many people do not possess today;

a skill to write exceptionally well and factual and a voice without fear.
This is something that is diminishing in society today.

As for all the zionist liars and other hypocrites who've been commenting above ..... keep deceiving yourselves by making up stories and trying to
re-write history.

Freedom for Palestine ! Viva la Palestine !

Sharmine, you and your writing are simply GODLIKE. Bravo, well done, keep it up. It's our time now, we're gonna make it in the end with the help of people like you, and the end is nearing...

Keep it up the effort people!

Sharmine, marry me before the methane kills us all.
I want you to tell me how you became so smart.
All sentient humans are in love with you.

The genocidal entity currently styling itself "Israel" is a mere mole or wart on the enduring body of Palestine. Here today, gone tomorrow. Will it shrivel and disappear naturally, or will it be removed surgically? Time will tell, but either way, "You will not be here. We shall fight you until you leave the land you have defiled, and then we shall sprinkle the Haram al-sharif with rose water, just as we did after the Crusades."

Vive la Palestine !

The Zionists are not into facts. Simply read their comments below. The fact is under the British Mandate the last concensus was taken in 1931. And who were the majority? The British Palestine papers are clear on who lived there. The British and the Ottomans were quite clear on who lived there. Now 400 years of Ottoman rule & these Zionists from the 4 corners of the globe who were witnesses to nothing think they can rewrite history to tell us the land was empty. All the villages in Palestine are documented but these foreigners who witnessed nothing, whose recent emigration date to Palestine is known want us to believe their Zionist fiction that the land was empty. So the British and the Ottomans imagine they were ruling over people that never existed.

Palestine DOES NOT HAVE TH RIGHT TO EXIT ONLY ISRAEL DOES. So if the Zionists don't belong in that land then neither do the Arabs because the Arabs savagely waged war against the Byzantines and stole most of their land killing Christians and Jews. Besides when Israel was created Arabs were begged to stay in that land and those who stayed became Israeli citizens with equal rights. However the jews DID got kicked out of nearly all Arab countries. Also Israel is the only country in the Middle East who has achieved many scientific advancements which none of the terrorist muslims could have ever dream of. And the only reason the Islamic empires had many achievements was mostly in part due to them conquering Egypt and Iraq which had been under Greek and Byzantine influences which gave them all the knowledge of those civilizations otherwise the muslims would also like the Western Europeans draw blood form sick people in order to "cure" them. And lat but most importantly Israel is the only country safe for non muslims and that ridiculous claim that non muslims have been living under Islamic conquest without being unharmed is asinine because non muslims were subjected to pay the humiliating tax known as jizya yet muslims claim to respect every religion when Muhammad(warmongering pedophile) killed 900 jews, raped many women, had sex with a nine year old girl Aisha( whom he maried when she was 6 years old and practiced a sexual practice known as mufa khathat where he would have non penetrative sex with her on her thighs until she was 9 years old and muslims around the world still DO). Islam is a war mongering religion which should not be allowed to exist and I am proud to say that I am an atheist who was raised muslim I am a proud apostate and have ripped many qurans and burn them along with pig bones (* no I am not kidding I swear I have done this many times even in front of imams).

You sir, are a fascist Zionist idiot

you said you're an atheist, you were a muslim and I guess u think u found out the truth after being lied to, finally, after all these years of lies, you found the truth!!
that's way too good for you, but sorry, u haven't found any truth,
Palestine does not have the right to exist because arabs stole it from the byzantines, how stupid r you? or should I say, how uneducated r you? ethnically, Palestinians are NOT arabs, culturally & linguistically, similar, but they are not arabs, they may have a little bit of arab blood running through them, it's to be expected when you live in one region, people tend to intermix one particular region especially they've been ruled by the same empire numerous times, BUT, get this in your mind, DO SOME RESEARCH, ethnically, palestinians are NOT arabs, culturally, they are NOT arabs, linguistically, they speak an arabic dialect, but occupation, just like how the jews are forcing them to speak hebrew now, it causes them to adopt the language of the occupiers.

jews begged palestinians to stay? you're making me laugh, how could you even think that you've found out the truth when you're still so blinded by propagandas? first, again, do some research about this like you would do if you're gonna write a book that has be based on facts not using sources from propaganda websites. second, how on earth could you even believe this bullshit in your mind?
Zionists have no interest in having palestinians in palestine, not in the past, not now, not in a billion, or even zillion years, if you really believe in zionism, that is to create a jewish homeland in biblical stories, there's nothing they want more than for the palestinians to LEAVE. even IF their bullshit claims that palestinians want to peacefully leave their houses, they will NOT and NEVER beg the palestinians to stay, why on earth will they do that? they have to keep their demographic majority jewish! the palestinians want to leave? good, there's no need to waste any energy to get them outta here!

(c'mon, r u kidding me? let me ask you this, your neighbors tell you, HEY, LEAVE YOUR HOUSE NOW, WE'RE GONNA KILL THE OCCUPIERS, WE WILL WIN AND YOU CAN COME BACK ONCE WE'VE WON TO LOOT THOSE LOSERS' STUFF, RUN!!!! would you really, in the right mind of yours, simply because your neighbors said that, leave your house?????!!!!!!! well, I guess, as stupid as your mind are right now, you would listen to your dear neighbors and leave the house with your wife and children, thinking that your neighbors will help you kill the oppressors and not loot any of your possessions in your house!)

Hmmm the problem is, the zionists aren't the only ones to spread propaganda. In fact many more people think Palestine should be free, instead of Israel existing! The Palestinians use pallywood, where they stage Israeli war crimes, to trick foreign newsgroups to thinking they are the poor people who are fighting the oppressors. I'm not saying that not all of the incidents with zionists forcing people out of their homes is fake and how Israeli police fire on unarmed Palestinians with live ammunition but from all the videos they show on the news, you could tell it is all fake. A man pretending to be shot in the chest by a Israeli police during a protest but a few minutes later he is back on his feet? It's a bit discrediting don't you think? Also, while the Palestinians are the indigenous of the land, there were many other groups of people who inhabited land before the palestines settled there and the term Palestinian only came during the 1834 independence revolt against the Ottoman Empire wheras the Israelites had settled on the land long before and there was historical proof of that. The Israelites didn't die out like the other groups if people. The simply emigrated when Romans came clashing down. But while the land of palestine/ Israel is disputed, I agree of your argument that Palestinians are not Arabs, though they are known as of today. They were a mixture of the many past people of palestine, and they were only known as Arabs when they were converted into Islam. I don't like the ways of Israel dealing with things by ethnic cleansing and building settlements over disputed land, but you have to agree, Israel has made a lot of achievements in science and technology while boasting a high living standard in all out her land. But does that mean I like the ways of Hezbollah and Hamas dealing with Israel with their rockets fired at civilians and carrying out terrorist attacks on both innocent Israelis and worse, their own people?

There is a curse on Jews nation and the palastanian that's why they don't have their own land till qayamat the end of the world the resurrection. This dipute has no solution. They will lead misarable life by fighting with each other and later Syria will add with them.

Put simply you are an idiot. Israel has every right to their land and the biblical rights are true. Your too bias and don't care, get your mind in shape

You just went full retard... never go full retard..

Anyone who cites the Bible as justification for anything is a fool.

I think that to prove your arguement with more conviction some more facts might be needed.I have a few questions.

Who did Palestine elect in their first elections?

Is Hamas declared a terroist group?

Why?

This is ho you are defending. I sypathize with the Palestinian people, but both sides have made bad choices. I think that you have a few holes especailly about the history of the Palestinian state. If I was to take your arguement seriously I need more proof.

lets begin by answering your questions:

Who did Palestine in their first elections? Palestinians elected Hamas in a free election practicing their democratic right to chose whomsoever they will to rule in their own land.

Is Hamas declared a terrorist group? No.

Why? Hamas is resistance movement (also) practicing their right of resistance against occupiers. A right even stated in international law. An occupied nation or people have the right to fight for their land back just as you would if I came and kicked you out of your house.

you see if you read the article above carefully, you will understand who throws the terms "extremists", "terrorists" and for what reasons.

only a deluded would argue that an oppressor has the right to exist/oppress. only a deluded would call an oppressed a terrorist.

One of the main non-religious zionist argument seems to be that there were no capital city or literature and so forh and that the place was then for the taking. Well in my opinion that argument (too) does not hold at all. People lived here, had there houses and villages and towns. That is enough. If you want to make an indepandente state there you have to ask the people who live there, that is the only moral way to establish a new state.

As an American, I totally agree. I've seen through the lie of Israel since I knew I was created out of the aftermath of WWII. I agree that dissolving an illegitimate country for the sake of overall peace would be better, and even now the leaders of this so called country are about to attack Iran just because they want clean energy? The USA is the only country ever stupid / ignorant enough to use an atomic weapon... Well Russia tried, but failed horribly like they do at everything.

Arabs have been saying this bull for the last 70 years, and Israel is still there, still prosperous, still democratic, still culturally and scientifically prolific, still militarily strong. It's not going anywhere, no matter how much Arabs fantasize about its allegedly imminent collapse. Nor are Israeli Jews going to consent to live in Lebanon II, with themselves in the role of the Maronites. The fact of the matter is that the Israeli War of Independence was a war in which the Palestinian Arabs proclaimed their intent to commit genocide on their Jewish neighbors and attempted to do just that. They lost, and the result was a pretty much equal exchange of refugee populations - 750,000 Arabs left what became Israel, and 850,000 Jews fled Arab states for Israel. It's hardly Israel's fault that Arab governments chose to hold on to the wealth they confiscated from the fleeing Jews rather than use it to compensate the fleeing Arabs, as should have been done. Nor is it Israel's fault that the neighboring Arab States have seen fit to keep their Palestinian Arab "brothers" festering in refugee camps.

you said; " still democratic"

I dont think you know what that word means.
Isreal is not democratic.

Israel is democratic. Dumb.

Basic questions about "palestine":

When was it founded and by whom?

What were its borders?

What was its capital?

What were its major cities?

What constituted the basis of its economy?

What was its form of government?

Can you name at least one "palestinian" leader
before Arafat?

Was "palestine" ever recognized by a country whose
existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?

What was the language of the country of "palestine"?

What was the prevalent religion of the country of
"palestine"?

What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.

Have they left any artifacts behind?

Do you know of a library where one could find a
work of "palestinian" literature produced before 1967?

And, finally, since there is no such country
today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

Palestine is a geographical area, not a nation. Therefore it does not mean it doesnt belong to anyone. Its still someones country, peoples land. And you cant just drive in and start killing people and taking theyre homes from them. Fucking thieves. All your questions are irelevant, you have made people to refugees in their own country. Thieves.

"Palestine is a geographical area, not a nation"

Whose historical borders also include what is now Jordan. When are you going to stage protests and decry the occupation of that 75% of historic Palestine by the Hashemites?

Good day, Mr. "FuckIsraelAndJudaism"

yes well christians jews and muslims just aint gonna happen in our day and age. the muslims are way too wild as are the aurthodox jews. christians would be ok but even they would get attacked sooner or later. reality is this. isreal will have a war this will lead to a all out middleeastern war. they will not retreat like them or not. yes they have no legitimacy but what can be done otherthen just saying it. they wont be beaten in war so they should just accept they are there and call it a day. expantion however should be stopped

Israel is built and ocupied by those who believe they are "gods chosen race" and their right is superior to all lesser/inferior races/people who are gods second choice. This arrogance along with thousands of years of experience in killing prophets and achieving their own satisfaction regardless of the cost to others is what makes
Israel and its Jews the scums that they are. Polish it as much as you like, the fact remains that you/Jews have been persecuted throughout history for your selfish and evil actions/plans, yet you still have not learnt. That is why I believe you are indeed the "chosen race".... Chosen to be hated and despised by all of humanity because of your selfish and manipulative natures. Palestinians are no real threat to you... Your own despicable greed, arrogance will see you to your predestined fate. Good luck!

Jews don't think they are superior to others. What a fucking generalization. Don't take your anger out on all Jews or all Israelis. What about Muslims and Cristians? They believe that they are superior to Jews. Well some at least. I'm not even Jewish. I'm roman orthodox.

So not even one Jewish state has the right to exist, but 20 Arab, Muslim states DO? Sounds very racist to me!!!!!

Consider that only 3% of Palestine´s population was Jewish; it did NOT ´´always belong to us´´, and NO, your silly biblical prophesies and fairytales do not mean a thing.

No need, there's no such thing as a right to exist' anyway

Having your homes, shops, and churches burend, can't get a job-if there were any- because muslims won't hire Christians, children kidnapped and raped all with the police refusing to do anything is not a conspiracy by Christians. Their reaction is about survival. 100,000 left? That leaves 8 million who can't leave. Read your history of islam. Christians are worried about dying at the hands of state sanctioned mobs.

Aterrific article but a perspective that is generally regarded as anti-semitic in the west. Of course there can never be any discussion over Israel's right to exist without addressing the question of Palestine's right to exist. Presumably since the US support the Israeli ancestral and religious claim that this is the homeland for the jews then they would equally support an uprising of the plains indians in their own country ?

You make a fantastic point here. I work for a Jewish man who is pro- Israel. In 2012 Palestine was given recognition as a state. When I had to present him with a document of every place on the globe to sell our products to, he saw Palestine on my list and went crazy. He tends to be a shouter everyday anyway. He also likes calling a local clamping company to clamp anyone parking in the private block of offices who looks remotely Arab and uses the term 'rag head'. I am handing in my notice on Monday. He loves his trips to America of course.

All this discussion about "I was here First!"

It's not about who was whever first. If that were true we would have committees re-arranging people all over the planet Earth as we re-align the "Rightful heirs" to a piece of dirt.

People have historical documents, biblical references, and antropological documentation to prove a multiple of points.

Israel is here and that's the way it is. Get used to it and the arab world needs to quit acting as the terrorists they claim not to be.

By the way, Muslims are derived from the family of Abraham anyway and so are actually jews..whats that all about?

An excellent article and I agree with every point made. I think it is helpful to question Israel's right to exist from a moral perspective as healthy debate on such a thorny issue can guide a solution. Whereas debating thousands of years old myths and stories (the bible after all is only an interpretation of history and not meant to be taken literally as it is full of fantastical tales that are completely implausible. Noah's Ark for instance. In reality all the animals would have eaten each other. Quite frankly, it seems lunacy that anyone would believe any of it) leads to circular and competing narratives that have little resemblance to the current issue - that of two peoples occupying the same land but with one group having power over the other to the detriment of the other. I believe the only just solution is a state for all of it's citizens. This means Israel gives up the notion of a Jewish only state but shares power with the other inhabitants, who also have a right to shape their own destiny. I genuinely cannot understand why Israeli Jews would reject such a morally just compromise.

All I have to say about this subject is if the few hundred thousand original Arabs and now their descendents who were denied citizenship and had to accept living the life of a permanent refugee in their fellow Arab nations want the land that Israel occupies then take it back by force oh wait you and your kind have tried many times and failed miserably so quit blaming the Jews you need to blame your forefathers for being worthless cowards that failed to kill an enemy who was always outnumbered and strategically on the ropes since they always had their backs to the sea.

So much argument for nothing...Jews occupied the land…the Palestinians angry... so be it. The Jewish people liberated what was belong to them from the Palestinians who invaded the land from Arab countries and even if you all disagree...bad luck. Israel there and none of you can change it with emails or wars. Same as the treatment you gave to Jewish people in Arab countries which you my fellow Arabs expelled from their homes. Do you care about it? NO. Do I care about your winging? NO.

Simply great!!!! Keep up the good work sis, May Allah (swt) be with you!!!!!

I agree with one of the comments submitted below. I do not support Israel, and would even agree that it has no right to exist. But we have to realize that this approach leads to a slippery-slope. Virtually all states (there might, of course, be some exceptions) are founded upon violence and conquest. They are created, and their borders determined, through years of violence, war, genocide, etc. If we are to maintain that Israel has no right to exist, we must also maintain that the US (founded upon genocide and the conquest of half of Mexico), Turkey, China, Russia, etc, have no right to exist. The mere fact that these countries have existed for a significant period of time in no way justifies their right to exist. In short, Israel is no exception when compared to the way in which the majority of states have come into being.

It is not about "violence" and even "conquest". It is about colonialism. Had Rhodesia 'right to exist"?

"Jewish rights to the land bequeathed to them by the Almighty – as though God was in the real-estate business."
LMAO. Nice 1. Yes God's chosen people have a bit of an entitlement complex wouldn't you say, albeit absurd and delusional. Germany should have been annexed into three parts way back when, as they are the true culprits, or so the story goes...
Great Article Sharmine!
Wonder what storming Norman Finkelstein would say....

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