One can’t let Abraham Rabinovitch’s piece in The Australian titled: “’Breakout into Israel’ ahead” go by without comment. He says that the “next breakout from the Gaza Strip could be into Israel, with 500,000 Palestinians attempting to march towards the towns and villages from which they or their parents fled or were expelled 60 years ago.”
I guess Abe’s talking about the lands that the Israelis ethnically cleansed 60 years ago. When one ‘expels’ a people that have lived in a land for thousands of years it’s called ‘ethnic cleansing’. The alternative for many Palestinians who did not ‘flee’ their towns and villages was to run the risk of being murdered by David Ben-Gurion’s thugs, as so many of Palestine’s townsfolk and villagers actually were, or be forcefully removed from those towns and villages.
So, one needs now to ask; what’s the problem with 500,000 of those Palestinians that survived that ethnic cleansing and their descendants demanding they return to those towns and villages? What can the Israelis do if the Palestinian people from both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank collectively decide to get up and move in to Israel en masse to reclaim their towns and villages? It’s not like its 1948 when Israeli terrorist thugs could literally get away with mass murder during their ethnic cleansing operations. This time the eyes of a very communicative world would be firmly fixed on them. Their misdeeds would be known and reverberate around the world in minutes; not trickle out forty years later when some murdering soldier’s conscience gets the better of him.
Could it be that those peace-loving Israelis would rally to help the Palestinians create a new binational one-state?
Or would the Zionist thugs who would prefer not to share the land with the Palestinian people use force to stop them? And if the Palestinians resist that force to stop them? What then?
If the Palestinian people do decide to march home then the world must support them.