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August 16, 2022

Palestine’s ‘terra nullius’ and children’s body armour

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Firstly, the Zionist regime of Israel is an apartheid regime. It is based on the dispossession, expropriation, expulsion and oppression of the Palestinian people.

This is documented in a regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, published by the Israeli Human Rights organisation and publication BTselem.

From The Palestine Question by Henry Cattan, p.27 Professor John Garstang:

‘For more than a thousand years (add 1,300), almost as long as English folks have inhabited this country, an Arab people has dwelt in undisputed possession of the soil of Palestine. Gentle by nature, hospitable and courteous in hearing, they form an ordered society, with their own doctors, lawyers, judges, government officials, landed gentry, small owners, agriculturists and peasants… The Arabs gave a cordial welcome to Lord Alenby’s Proclamation of November 1918, with its definite promise to the peoples of Syria and Palestine of ‘National Governments and Administrations deriving their authority from the initiative and free choice of the indigenous populations’… What has clouded the horizon for Palestine – and for Palestine alone of all the mandated territories – has been the imposition … of a difficult and hazardous experiment. “The Jewish National Home”, as a Jewish writer recognises, “is quite novel and finds no counterpart in international law… It is being created in a territory largely occupied by another race” …It is on record that in 1921 Mr Winston Churchill affirmed to a deputation at Jerusalem: “We cannot tolerate the expropriation of one set of people by another, or the violent trampling down of one set of national ideals for the sake of erecting another”.’ 

‘The Arabs found that, though constituting more than 90 per cent of the population, their status was not recognised in the mandate, which omits all mention of their name (‘non-Jews’). They found that their request in 1922 for the creation of a national independent government was dismissed as incompatible with the pledges made to the Jews. This meant in so many words that the pledge given in 1918 to the ‘indigenous populations’ must be broken (terra nullius). This was the first blow to British good faith, whereupon the Arabs relied. (Article 22, giving independence to Palestine from Turkey, in that the Palestinians would assist the British to fight the Turks in the First World War – Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq from the Ottoman Empire)’ p.22.

‘The Jewish immigrants showed no disposition to a normal co-existence with the Palestinians. Spurred on by Zionist political authorities, they were determined to establish, not a national home in Palestine, but to create an (ever expanding) Jewish state. For this reason, they opposed the attempt made by the Mandatory in 1923 to set up a Legislative Council comprising Moslems, Christians and Jews. They were hostile to the creation of any form of self-government as long as they were a minority’ p.29.

I am responding to the last letter to the editor regarding body shields for children, as well as the full-page advertisement taken out by a Palestinian man.

Certainly, Shireen Abu Akleh and many Aljazeera journalists like her have presented themselves in peace and yet were shot.

Given the boasting of the IDF and its arms traders, only some of which is given away by Jewish Voices for Peace in deadlyexchange.org, what is being sold here is expertise, not accidents. A whole industry of Israel relies on it and was documented in the movie The Lab an Israeli film some time ago.

I certainly don’t advocate for putting children on the front lines, but where in Gaza is a person safe anyway? It isn’t even expected to be inhabitable in the near future, and isn’t that the goal?

As for Hamas amassing monies, perhaps they want to be better equipped than the Jews were under fascism – that is, defenceless. I don’t know, but I do know this: the violence used by the oppressed to free themselves from their shackles is not morally equivalent with that of their oppressors who want to enslave or exterminate them.

The body armour was simply about the supposed democratic right to protest, but the taking of children in the middle of the night to be detained, interrogated, and dehumanised – have a look at deadlyexchange.org – no amount of body armour can defend against that.

Danielle Halicze, Ocean Shores

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  1. I disagree with your characterization of Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement. But regardless, Israeli is here to stay. There is not a country on earth, including America, whose human rights record is perfect, but it is only acceptable to call for the destruction of the Jewish state. As the example of Egypt shows, Israel will trade land for peace. But so long as Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran seek nothing less than the annihilation of Israel and celebrate the murder of innocent Jews as “resistance”, there will be conflict. The recent ceremony honoring the anniversary of the Lod Airport massacre, whose victims include American Christians on a religious pilgrimage, shows once again where the problem is.

    • I think you will find Israel isn’t doing so well. Even Henry Kissenger thinks it will cease to exist before 2030. The only good thing about Israel is that it’s a place to put those people so that they are not in our countries.
      People call for the destruction of Western countries all the time. People want to get rid of China and Russia too.
      Killing Zionists does not equal killing innocent Jews.

  2. Zionism is a nationalist movement that privileges one people at the expense of another. Zionism is anti-Palestinian racism. Israelis are in Israel today because Palestinians have been ousted.
    Why are the Israeli shills on here so willing to ignore the war crimes, violence, ethnic cleansing, land theft, apartheid, killings and Jewish terrorism all committed to achieve their version of Zion? They are guilty of arguing for Jewish supremacy, pure racism.

    • Zionism isn’t about privileging one people at the expense of another, they want to dominate all other people, including the ‘wrong type of Jews’ like me.


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