(Mr. Mohamed is a regular
contributor to MMN. He wrote the following letter in response to
Rabbi Joel M. Finkelstein's Letter to the Editor)
I want to thank
Rabbi Finkelstein for his letter responding to my article "Re:
America and Israel: You and me against the World".
is the standard Zionist knee jerk response to the Arab viewpoint
peppered with some moderation. Nevertheless, I welcome such a
dialogue in the hope that it will better improve our
understanding of the root and history of the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict. My only wish is that American Arabs/Muslims and Jews
would come together in greater numbers to establish common
grounds and seek a justifiable peace to the conflict between the
oppressor, Israel, and the oppressed, the Palestinians.
I'd like to inform
the Rabbi that I approached my local synagogue to start such a
dialogue. Initially I was invited to speak but the meeting was
cancelled at the last minute due to the objection of a few die
hard Zionists who don't want to hear the historical truth and
reality of the Zionist colonialist destruction and occupation of
Truth and Democracy
cannot co-exist with Zionism.
I'd like to briefly
respond to some of the Rabbi's statements. I've included a
bibliography, at the end, of books where interested readers can
learn more about Zionism and its dispossession and fleecing of
Palestinians of their homes, land, history, lives, dignity, and
I appreciate the
Rabbi's acknowledgement of the 1948 Palestinian tragedy that
resulted from the Zionist and western imposition of a colonial
state upon the Palestinians. The outcome of that tragedy is the
massacring of hundreds of Palestinians (www.deiryassin.org),
destruction of over 400 villages, destruction of hundreds of
mosques and churches, and the forcible expulsion of 800,00
Palestinian Villages: A Reign of Terror & Systematic Expulsion:
"In our country
there is room only for the Jews. We shall say to the Arabs: Get
out! If they don't agree, if they resist, we shall drive them
out by force." So said Professor Ben-Zion Dinur, Israel's First
Minister of Education, 1954 in History of the Haganah.
The Rabbi suggests
some form of compensation.
this day Israel has not even accepted any moral or legal
responsibility for the expulsion of the Palestinian refugees. As
recent as Camp David II, Barak said that Israel will not accept
any such responsibility but will consider some minor family
As far as what I
think is the solution.
90 U.N. Resolutions since 1947 that America supported as
solutions for the conflict, the current solution, which I
support to ensure peace and security for both Israelis and
Palestinians, is already expressed in the 1967 U.N. Resolution
242, 338 which demand that Israel withdraw from all occupied
territories and East Jerusalem occupied in Israel's pre-emptive
attack on the Arab countries.
Israel has never accepted any UN Resolution or any international
mediation (except America's pandering and biased pro-Israel
mediation) except UN Resolution 181 (partition), but then
refused UN Resolution 194 that gives the Palestinians the right
of return. Even today, Israel accepted the Fact Finding
Commission headed by George Mitchell to look into the cause of
the current bloodshed ONLY after it limited the scope and
condition of the investigation to only gathering facts without
conducting any investigation and for only one day with the
report to go to Clinton not the United Nations.
The solution is
there but as usual Israel thumbs its nose at the world given our
government's support, hypocrisy, cowardice, and double
standards. Expelling and Massacring an ethnic race has already
been committed by Zionist Israel as a solution.
people and government have accepted a two state solution since
1988, Israel has not. Israel does not speak for all Jews nor
does Arafat speak for all Palestinians. There are many peace
minded Jews in Israel, America and around the world who support
a peaceful two state solution with the removal of all
settlements. Unfortunately, they are the "silent majority".
Rabbi Finkelstein is
correct to say there are no Democracies in the Middle East. That
also includes Israel.
Zionism and Israeli
law give individual rights and freedoms only to Jews. Thus is by
a definition an Apartheid state that discriminates against
non-Jews including Israeli Arab citizens who are not allowed to
buy land, expand their homes, receive similar state services as
Jewish neighborhoods, and recently being killed by their own
country's police force.
Ami Ayalon, former
head of the General Security Service, severely criticized
Israeli policy towards the Palestinians. He said that Israel's
policy included elements of "apartheid" and that this was bad
for the future of a Jewish democracy. In addition, 25 Israeli
researchers submitted to Barak a comprehensive report which
calls for new governmental policy toward the country's Arab
citizen population. It states: "Land policy and planning in
Israel is based on patterns of discrimination which are at
variance with basic principles of equality and democratic
The perpetuation of
the myth that Israel is "the only democracy in the middle east"
only serves to insulate Israeli's and Americans from the truth
of a country imposing its Jewish will against Palestinian
Christians and Muslims.
Jews have lived side by side for centuries. It is not true that
Arab Jews were summarily expelled in 1948 to Israel.
enticed, and coerced many Arab Jews to leave, yet many still
The Rabbi wants the
Arabs to forget the past which is a convenient strategy for
Israel to sweep its guilt and shame under the rug.
Why haven't the Jews
forgotten the Holocaust?
Why must every
nation and company own up to its role in Nazi Germany and
compensate every Jew to the last cent or else?
Why must the world
have so many Holocaust museums, and see Holocaust movies, read
holocaust books and magazines to the extent that our Congress
funds the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and not fund the
W.W.II Veteran Memorial?
By this logic,
America should forget its colonial past and revolutionary war,
its civil war, the Vietnam war and so on instead of erecting
monuments to them. Blacks should forget slavery, Native
Americans and Aborigines should forget ethnic cleansing, the
Irish should forget the "troubles" and so on. Palestinians must
forget but Jews must never forget "NEVER AGAIN".
Only when we
confront the past as they are doing in South Africa can we begin
to redress the pain in the past and plant for a hopeful future.
Many groups have
thought of themselves as the "chosen people" like the Afrikaners
and many White Supremacist Groups. I applaud the editors of this
website for publishing the Rabbi's letter.
Do Jewish sites
publish critical letters of Israel?
Of course not,
similar to the Jewish owned or dominated papers such as the New
York Times or Washington Post.
They have never
published a letter from me (I've written hundreds) critical of
Israel. To an extent the fate of this conflict rests in America,
in the hands of American Jews and non-Jews.
powerful vocal minority of American Jews have one single issue
to lobby for regardless of its merits, humanity, human rights
implications, or our national interests. That issue is
Israel--my land right or wrong.
I would like to wish
Rabbi Finkelstein, his family, and his synagogue a blessed and
May God open all our
minds and eyes to the truth of His way and to peace for all the
children of Abraham: Jews, Christians, and Muslims and peace to
all the world. Amen
Here are some Books
I recommend for interested readers on the subject:
- 1. "The Question of
Palestine" by Edward Said
- 2. "Original Sins" by
- 3. "The Passionate
Attachment" by George Ball
- 4. "They Dare To Speak" by
- 5. "One Nation Under Israel"
by Andrew Hurley
- 6. "Righteous Victims" by
- 7. "Prophecy and Politics:
Militant Evangelists on the Road to Nuclear War" by Grace
- 8. "Assault on the Liberty"
by James M. Enes, Jr (the story of Israel's deliberate
attack and murder of American sailors in 1967--never
investigated by Congress or the press)
- 9. "Image and Reality of the
Israel-Palestinian Conflict" by Norman G. Finkelstein
- 10. "The Holocaust Industry"
by Norman G. Finkelstein
- 11. "Dangerous Liason" by
Andrew and Leslie Cockburn
- 12. "Fateful Triangle" by
- 13. "The Arabs" by Gerald
- 14. "Friend in Deed" by
Yossi Melman and Dan Ravin
- 15. "Open Secrets" by Israel
- 16. "The Samson Option" by
Seymour M. Hersh
- 17. "The Invention of
Ancient Israel" by Keith W. Whitelam
- 18. "The Wizards of Media
Oz" by Norm Solomon and Jeff Cohen
Many of these books
are difficult to find in bookstores for obvious reasons.
However, the best and only magazine that deals with this issue
in earnest and balance and has a bookstore with all these books
is the "Washington Report on the Middle East". They have a web
site or you can call them at 1800 368 5788.
Khodr is an American Muslim physician and a native from the
Middle East. He has worked in Academic Medicine and Public
health with national and international health experience. He is
a freelance writer who often writes columns on the Palestinian
cause, Islam and on America's Foreign Policy in the Middle East.
He lives in the Washington DC area.
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