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Shall We Outlaw Observation of the Holocaust?

Living with the Nakba revisionists- our sunshine is not for franchise.

The Nakba represents 63 years of Israeli occupation.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Each year as we approach 15 May, Palestinians and humanitarians all over the world but particularly those in Palestine, observe the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day that marks Israel’s 1948 creation in historic Palestine.

This happened 63 years ago. Fleeing the events of the Holocaust in Europe, those behind the establishment of Israel displaced more than 700,000 Palestinians, forcing them into different Arab countries, the West Bank, Gaza, and into graves.

More than 500 historic Palestinian villages were razed during the Nakba and the destruction of private property in Palestinian hands continues frequently to this very day. This behavior of Israel's led to almost five million Palestinians becoming refugees, many among them fully destitute,

Westerners regularly observe the tragedy represented by the Holocaust that wiped out human beings in Europe and Asia by the million.

There are endless movies, museums, school programs, and lists of resources for those who want to study the Holocaust and learn about this terrible time for Jewish people and many other cultures.

However in Israel if you seek to honor the Nakba event, the resources are limited to a pair of shiny silver handcuffs, though they might just use those terrible tie things that they like to bind the wrists of Iraqi citizens with.

Israel Rewriting History?

The ‘Nakba bill’ levies state fines against local authorities and state-funded bodies that organize or fund events commemorating the Palestinian ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s creation in 1948.

I agree that the numbers regarding the Holocaust could be different from what many claim, but nobody will ever convince me that it isn't the most atrocious catastrophe in world history. There is no way to put our minds around that kind of cruelty, and we believe this because we have been educated, the facts and figures and images have made us all an indirect witness to the Nazi savagery.

The Israeli government is outlawing observation of the Nakba, and I have to say that the connections between Nazi doctrine and Israel's politics are startling.

The obvious intent of this Israeli law is the denial of education, and let's just come out and say it: a dismissal of facts.

But what Israel would like to throw to the wind, refuses to take flight. The Palestinians will no more let this history slide into obscurity, than the Jews let the Holocaust fade from our minds.

It typifies the disrespect that the Palestinian population there is afforded. It doesn't amount to much. We already know that there are separate laws and roads and other governmental services for Jews and non-Jews, and that bigotry does not begin or end with the Palestinian Arabs.

Also in the gun sights of Israel 'hasbara' policy are Christians, and Jewish people who don't subscribe to the madness of Zionism. (Zionist Jews believe that they have a right of return to Israel through Biblical prophesy, and it is ironic because they in turn deny Palestinians the right of return)

The little girl with the yellow hat would be a 'criminal' under
Israel's new law. Nakba ceremony photo by Ide Erez

Matters like this should never arise. They frustrate and aggravate and fail to address responsibly or adequately, the terrible tragedy of the theft of Palestine, based on Israel's establishment.

On the 23rd of March this year, Israeli media reported the Israeli parliament's passage of two bills that ban events commemorating the Nakba and restrict residency in the Galilee and Negev.

The ‘Nakba bill’ levies state fines against local authorities and state-funded bodies that organize or fund events commemorating the Palestinian ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s creation in 1948.

The bill was criticized for vague language that prohibits any activity "which would entail undermining the foundations of the state and contradict its values."

The bill, proposed by lawmakers from the right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu, was revised from a three-year prison sentence to a fine of three times the event’s cost, which would double if it is violated again within two years.

That is not the only proposed change to existing law. A second bill establishes 'admissions committees' for communities of less than 400 families in the Galilee and Negev.

Ma'an News Agency writes:

The committees are legally authorized to reject potential residents based on a number of criteria, including failing to fit in with the community’s “socio-cultural” character.

The bill was also revised from its original form, proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu and opposition party Kadima, in which its provisions were not restricted to the Galilee and Negev, nor a maximum size of 400 families. An amendment was added banning rejecting residents based on “race, religion, nationality or physical handicap.”

The Nakba bill was supported by 37 members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, and opposed by 25, and the residency bill passed by 35 to 20.

The bills sparked furious debates on the Knesset floor, with United Arab List parliamentarians slamming the bill as racist and uproar over allusions to Nazi persecution of Jews, with Knesset member Uri Ariel of National Union yelling at UAL lawmakers, "Go back to Ramallah," according to reports in the Israeli press.

After the bill passed, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel immediately filed a petition claiming the bill sanctions discrimination against Arabs, Mizrahi Jews, amongst others, referring to cases in which members of these communities were rejected by admission committees without explanation.

The following Sunday, more than a dozen Israeli intellectuals issued a statement criticizing the Nakba bill as against “the principle of separation of powers.”

Haneen Zoabi, Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset.

Another person who was aboard the Mavi Marmara just less than a year ago as it was ruthlessly attacked by the Israelis, is Haneen Zoabi, Palestinian member of the Knesset.

She told The Electronic Intifada:

"Law will not influence the way we commemorate the Nakba. On the contrary, we must prove to our people and to the state that we will not be afraid from this law and that this will not succeed in oppressing our feeling or our identity. We will commemorate the Nakba in a much more impressive way this year than we ever did."

Zoabi continued, "This is a kind of law to control our memory, to control our collective memory. It's a very stupid law which punishes our feelings. It seems that the history of the victim is threatening the Zionist state,"

Elected in 2009, this Arab Knesset member represents the Balad party (National Democratic Alliance). She is the first woman to be elected on the list of an Arab party in Israel. She was one of 25 members of the Israeli Knesset (MKs) to vote against the bill on 22 March, compared to 37 MKs who voted in favor of it.

"The Nakba is not just part of the Palestinian history," Zoabi explained."

"It's also part of the Jewish history of this land. Because you need two in order to make Nakba. You need the victim and you need the oppressor. It was the Israelis who expelled the Palestinians and destroyed their towns and their villages and stole their land."

Human being tend to not take things like this in stride, There are simply too many wound up activists, millions of pissed off Arabs in the Middle east and worldwide, the dissenting Knesset members, the opinions of reknowned scholars, and then that nagging element called "world opinion."


This business of outlawing the observation of tragedy, particularly an event that led to such a massive Diaspora, is in part what has led to the Third Intifada which kicks off in just a few hours.

Israel has pushed and pushed and remained relentless in its pursuits of subjugating the native Palestinians, who had always lived with indigenous Middle east Jews throughout history, right up until the Nakba in 1948.

There are many interesting developments taking place. Turkey has officially requested the names of the Israeli Defence Forces soldiers who stormed last year's Freedom Flotilla, killing nine unarmed peace activists in international waters, who were passenters and crew of the Mavi Marmara which our writer Ken O'Keefe of Gaza, was aboard.

This is particularly interesting because a film released a few months ago, "Valley of the Wolves- Palestine", is specifically about a Turkish 'Rambo' style character who, along with his team, hunts down the IDF military assassins that attacked the Mavi Marmara, and blows them right into oblivion.

Never has a film shown so many members of the Israeli military being killed.

After losing nine citizens to Israeli bullets last year, Turkey's government remains extremely supportive of Palestine, and it isn't alone.

Egyptian activists will protest the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza, vowing to express their solidarity with the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

And don't forget the bond of brotherhood that exists between all of today's Revolutionaries and Resistance fighters in the Middle east.

They have been fully exploited and violently treated for too long. It might be time to put the seatbelt on.

Israel's decision to outlaw observation of the Nakba is an outrage; it bespeaks a hate for those who are different.

It also is perfectly consistent with the apartheid laws that Israel expressly enacted to maintain a degree of prejudicial control over a population that lived on the land now called 'Israel' for hundreds and hundreds of years.

We are raised to understand that this type of treatment for human beings is not acceptable, but is one group's needs ever more important than the next?

The Israelis will tell you that yes, their needs are more important than the Palestinians, that is because they are raised to believe they are literally superior, and we 'Goyam' are here to serve them. This is Zionism, and it absolutely does not represent the belief system of every Jewish person. In fact more Jews than ever are speaking out and verbalizing the disassociation with the Zionists, inspired by Theodore Hertzl, who had been an anti-semite prior to becoming the founding Godfather of the modern Zionist movement.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs

An interpretation of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, represented as a pyramid with
the more basic needs at the bottom Courtesy: Wikipedia

For me, all of this discussion; the establishment of a nation on other people's land, the resulting Diaspora that continues in force today, inevitably leads back to Maslow's hierarchy of needs; a theory in psychology, proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation.

Many psychology students are familiar with Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs; it is a theory of psychology that Maslow proposed in his 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation.

Wikipedia describes Maslow's hierarchy of needs as a pyramid consisting of five levels:

The lowest level is associated with physiological needs, while the uppermost level is associated with self-actualization needs, particularly those related to identity and purpose.

The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are met. Once an individual has moved upwards to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer be prioritized. If a lower set of needs is no longer be met, the individual will temporarily re-prioritize those needs by focusing attention on the unfulfilled needs, but will not permanently regress to the lower level.

For instance, a businessman at the esteem level who is diagnosed with cancer will spend a great deal of time concentrating on his health (physiological needs), but will continue to value his work performance (esteem needs) and will likely return to work during periods of remission.

Israel outlaws Palestinian memory of the Nakba - Tony Greenstein's Blog

Why is this May 15th different from all other May 15ths? - DesertPeace


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Rosen May 25, 2011 12:31 am (Pacific time)

The protesters were not unarmed, the blockade was legal and that movie is one of the most racist pieces of filth to hit the big screen since Mickey Rooneys bit in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Yes there have been war crimes commited and racist laws have been passed. Stick to those truths and stay away from the half truths and lies. Lies do not create lasting peace. Keep up the good fight.

anonymous May 18, 2011 12:03 pm (Pacific time)

You don't need to outlaw any Holocaust observances because they are already outlawed in Arab countries already and most Jews were kicked out from Arab countries. Do the Israeli Arabs need to observe Nakba given that they never left the land in the first place since they are still living and stayed there?

Editor: I don't know, maybe you should ask the millions of Palestinians who as a result of this Diaspora, live in refugee camps in places like Lebanon, what do you think?  This long ugly lit of internationally illegal behaviors of Israel's is continuing to emerge and there is no stopping it.  The Muslim countries you refer to, which are they?  I suspect they are actually countries that are more 'friendly' with Israel.  Whereas Iran, which is honest about Israel and its war crimes, has a healthy Jewish population with laws to protect them. 

Josh May 17, 2011 12:33 pm (Pacific time)

You speak of the need for education about the Nakba but then you apply the canard that "Fleeing the events of the Holocaust in Europe, those behind the establishment of Israel displaced more than 700,000 Palestinians, forcing them into different Arab countries, the West Bank, Gaza, and into graves."

You, sir, are rewriting history. David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, invited the Arabs of Palestine to stay and help build the country. The expulsions were the direct result of the invasion of five Arab armies that invaded Israel the day after its declaration of independence. These same Arab armies encouraged Arab Palestinians to flee, to avoid getting caught in what they promised would be the mass slaughter of Jews. Even PA President Mahmoud Abbas has acknowledged that his family and others fled Sfat, not because they were forced out, but because they encouraged to by the invading Arabs.

If you want people to take you seriously, stick with the facts.

Editor: I DO stick with the facts.  Watch Occupation 101 and then come back and try to make that point.  You won't and can't.  The Arab armies you refer to hesitated, they tried to see what the Zionists would do.  Hell, the Israelis even attacked  the British, do you know that aspect of history?  There isn't a semblance of an excuse for the way Israel has behaved.  Nobody has a right to displace a population and created a Diaspora.  And you try to throw out what Abbas did or did not say?  Nobody expects a stooge to dance. Nobody. 

ak47blog May 15, 2011 10:01 am (Pacific time)

Courageous, thanks. Every effort to suppress, dismiss, and ignore human self-dignity by hollow superiority complexes really alert and advertise to the world the U.S./Zionist organized crime sydicates perpetuation of mass murder and genocide.

Dr. Richard L. Matteoli May 14, 2011 6:59 pm (Pacific time)

The one thing to understand about Self-actualization is that it is not static. Self-actualization needs constant reinforcement and justification. This may be seen in social ritual which can become Culture Bound Syndromes existent in Repetition Compulsion. Social rituals give group identity. To keep the identity justified and continuous people use such things as laws, customs and rituals. An example of this is circumcision. There is nothing more powerful than getting another culture to accept and participate in a ritual - religious or otherwise. In fact circumcision, and other genital rituals are incorporations into the Jewish and thus other Jerusalemic religions from outside influences. With their use of circumcision under Mosaic Law, who according to legend did not circumcise, their god is Horus. As for circumcision being the Covenant of Abraham, which it is not, their god is Baal-Berith which literally means "Lord of the Covenant."

Anonymous May 14, 2011 4:59 pm (Pacific time)

Tim: I wish I had the energy to add to your article. It goes much deeper. You did great tho. thanks. Yeesh Tim, we are not that old, but do you feel really tired sometimes? Even to the point of giving up? We could never give up, because truth is in our bloodstream, but gosh darn Tim, I get tired. I have gotten to the point where I dont know if there is anything to do anymore. They took over the education system many decades ago, they own all the media, and so many are brainwashed they could not tell a square from a circle..Its frustrating. And tiring. 1984 I suppose. Anyway, I will keep you and Bonnie in my prayers..Hang in there, luv ya bro.

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