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‘The Ultimate Deal’: Crushing the Palestinian People Grain by Grain

The mission is not just to smash them, but to grind the Palestinian people up finely, grain by grain, each individual separated from his brethren

Odeh Bisharat
Odeh Bisharat
In this Sept. 13, 2016 photo, farmer Sam McCullough discharges quinoa from his combine into a container on a truck near Sequim, Wash.
In this Sept. 13, 2016 photo, farmer Sam McCullough discharges quinoa from his combine into a container on a truck near Sequim, Wash.Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Odeh Bisharat
Odeh Bisharat

It’s happening right now. The governor of the empire, Jared Kushner, and his assistant, Jason Greenblatt, have come to the region to do what the central Zionist stream has dreamed of doing for many years: Crush the Palestinian people – and not just its national movement, as Saeb Erekat believes.

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The first blow was in 1948, when the Palestinian people were broken into four parts: those inside Israel, in the West Bank, in Gaza; and in refugee camps around the world. Now the mission is not just to smash them, but to grind the Palestinian people up finely, grain by grain, each individual separated from his brethren – the West Bank separately, Gaza separately, and then within the West Bank, Ramallah separately and Jenin separately, while abroad the Palestinians in Jordan will be separated from the Palestinians in Lebanon.

And this whole project is being labeled “the ultimate deal.” I suggest we change the name to more suitably reflect the reality. How about “the ultimate crime” or “the ultimate destruction,” or maybe both of them together? There’s no doubt: the disgrace here is not just limited to those who are working to implement the “deal,” whatever it’s called, but belongs to the entire world, which remains silent.

In the past there were those who thought that it was possible to establish two entities here based on principles of justice, at least partial ones, and others who believed that it would be impossible not to have at least pinch of fairness here and a handful of good intentions to mitigate the evil decree. But reality proved the opposite to be true. For each stone built into a wall of an Israeli house, a stone was removed from an Arab house; for every Jewish community built, a Palestinian village was destroyed. Now the village of Khan al-Ahmar is next in line to be uprooted. Let’s congratulate the leaders of the mainstream Zionist enterprise for their tremendous achievement.

Forgive me for using the term “Zionism” even though there are Zionists who believe in a different path, the one of peace and reconciliation between peoples. But the painful truth is that more than 90 percent of the Zionist parties, whether in silence or with enthusiastic encouragement, watch the crushing of the Palestinians sympathetically and applaud everything the empire’s representatives do.

Indeed, once again the Israeli leadership is choosing the dark side, turning its back on the peoples of the region. In 1956 David Ben-Gurion hooked up with the dying empires of France and Britain against the Egyptians, whose leader dared to announce the nationalization of the Suez Canal. Later Israel upheld the Shah of Iran’s reign of terror against the Iranian people, a regime that led, because of its brutality, to an even more brutal regime.

Now Israel is an ally of Saudi Arabia, that vanguard of defense of human rights; of Egypt’s military dictatorship, and of everything that seems benighted in the Arab world. Israel is so absorbed in this role that it has adopted the extreme Wahhabist movement – the ideological basis of fanatic Islamic groups whose only message is hatred and violence.
In a video, Maj. Gen. Avihai Edrei, head of the Arab media department at the IDF Spokesperson’s Office, called on the residents of Gaza to adhere to Wahhabism against the Shi’ite threat embodied by Iran and its supporters. One can only be dazzled by the gospel of light that the Jewish state brings to the Arab peoples. In a previous video, Edrei asked Gaza’s women to stay at home.

It seems that the only stumbling blocks on the way to implementing this plan are the Palestinians, this time headed by the Palestinian leadership, and the progressive Arab and Jewish public in Israel, which includes many Zionists whose Zionism is different from that of Yair Lapid and Avi Gabbay. And I promise you that in a few years’ time, the respected Prof. Shlomo Avineri will write that this time the Palestinians also missed an opportunity. The opportunity to be crushed.

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