The Western mainstream media propaganda is portraying the Gaza/Israel conflict as one that the Palestinians, Hamas in particular, started. For example, in today’s New York Times there is an article which says: “Tens of thousands of Gazans protested Israel’s repeated raids to halt persistent Palestinian rocket attacks…“
It explicitly says that Israel is bombing and killing Palestinians because of the rockets that Hamas is launching into Israel. The reality is; Hamas is launching rockets into Israel in order to get the Israelis to stop killing Palestinians in the Gaza.
Let’s be clear about this; the Israelis were killing Palestinians in the Gaza long before the Palestinians started launching rockets at the Israelis.
The Israelis began killing Palestinians in 1947 when they began their ethnic cleansing of the Arab peoples out of Palestine in order to create the Zionist state of Israel. But not content with just the lands allotted to them by the UN in their totally misguided decision to partition Palestine, the Israeli Zionists wanted more – and still do.
Their long-term aim is to create a Greater Israel that includes the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank (or, as the Israelis call it, Judea and Sumaria) and, if they can get away with it after having tried twice before, southern Lebanon up to the Litani River; a Greater Israel that is free of all Palestinian Arabs.
Up until now the Israeli Zionists have always managed to hoodwink the West into believing that any actions they take against Palestinians and Arabs is as a reaction to actions the Palestinians or Arabs made first. This is a complete and utter myth. As the Israeli historian Illan Pappe wrote: “Clashes with Palestinian militias provided the perfect context and pretext for implementing the ideological vision of an ethnically cleansed Palestine. The Zionist policy was first based on retaliation against Palestinian attacks in February 1947, and it transformed into an initiative to ethnically cleanse the country as a whole in March 1948”.(1)
Nothing has changed.
A classic example is the last war Israel launched against the Lebanese people in 2006. They claimed that they attacked Hezbollah and the Lebanese people because Hezbollah had captured an Israeli soldier. Pure nonsense. The Israelis had planned their attack on Lebanon months before their soldier was captured.
Today the Israeli Zionists are claiming they are attacking the Palestinians in the Gaza to stop the Palestinian fighters launching rockets against Israel. This is rubbish. The Israelis are attacking the Palestinian people in the Gaza for the same reason that they’ve always attacked the Palestinian people in the Gaza – in order to eventually squeeze them out.
Even the ordinary Israeli people are slowly starting to wake up to what’s going on. It’s about time the rest of the western world did too!
(1) Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. (Oxford: Oneworld Publications Ltd., 2007.) p. xii.