Can you belive this lady was fired? (fwd)
- Please call the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle to help Debbie Ducro get her
Firing Debbie Ducro, Free Speech?
This article was sent to Debbie Ducro, an American-Jewish journalist with
Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.
She published it, and was fired the next day!
"Quest for Justice", By Judith Stone
I am a Jew. I was a participant in the Rally for the Right of Return to
It was the right thing to do.
I've heard about the European holocaust against the Jews since I was a small
I've visited the memorials in Washington DC and Jerusalem dedicated to
lives lost and I've cried at the recognition to what level of atrocity
mankind is capable of sinking.
Where are the Jews of conscience?
No righteous malice can be held against the survivors of Hitler's holocaust.
These fragments of humanity were in no position to make choices beyond that
of personal survival.
We must not forget that being a survivor or a co-religionist of the victims
of the European Holocaust does not grant dispensation from abiding by the
rules of humanity.
"Never again" as a motto, rings hollow when it means "never again to us
" My generation was raised being led to believe that the biblical land was a
vast desert inhabited by a handful of impoverished Palestinians living with
their camels and eking out a living in the sand.
The arrival of the Jews was touted as a tremendous benefit to these desert
dwellers. Golda Mier even assured us that there "is no Palestinian problem."
We know now this picture wasn't as it was painted.
Palestine was a land filled with people who called it home.
There were thriving towns and villages, schools and hospitals.
There were Jews, Christians and Muslims.
In fact, prior to the occupation, Jews represented a mere 7 percent of the
population and owned 3 percent of the land.
Taking the blinders off for a moment, I see a second atrocity perpetuated by
the very people who should be exquisitely sensitive to the suffering of
These people knew what it felt like to be ordered out of your home at
gunpoint and forced to march into the night to unknown destinations or face
execution on the spot.
The people who displaced the Palestinians knew first hand what it means to
watch your home in flames, to surrender everything dear to your heart at a
Bulldozers leveled hundreds of villages, along with the remains of the
village inhabitants, the old and the young. This was nothing new to the
Poland is a vast graveyard of the Jews of Europe.
Israel is the final resting-place of the massacred Palestinian people.
A short distance from the memorial to the Jewish children lost to the
holocaust in Europe there is a leveled parking lot.
Under this parking lot is what's left of a once flourishing village and the
bodies of men, women and children whose only crime was taking up needed
and not leaving graciously.
This particular burial marker reads: "Public Parking".
I've talked with Palestinians.
I have yet to meet a Palestinian who hasn't lost a member of their family to
the Israeli Shoah, nor a Palestinian who cannot name a relative or friend
languishing under inhumane conditions in an Israeli prison.
Time and time again, Israel is cited for human rights violations to no
On a recent trip to Israel, I visited the refugee camps inhabited by a
that have waited 52 years in these 'temporary' camps to go home.
Every Palestinian grandparent can tell you the name of their village, their
street, and where the olive trees were planted.
Their grandchildren may never have been home, but they can tell you where
their great-grandfather lies buried and where the village well stood.
The press has fostered the portrait of the Palestinian terrorist.
But, the victims who rose up against human indignity in the Warsaw Ghetto
Those who lost their lives are called martyrs.
The Palestinian who tosses a rock in desperation is a terrorist.
Two years ago, I drove through Palestine and watched intricate sprinkler
systems watering lush green lawns of Zionist settlers in their new
condominium complexes, surrounded by armed guards and barbed wire in the
midst of a Palestinian community, where there was not adequate water to
and the surrounding fields were sandy and dry.
University professor Moshe Zimmerman reported in the Jerusalem Post (April
30, 1995), "The [Jewish] children of Hebron are just like Hitler's youth."
We Jews are suing for restitution, lost wages, compensation for homeland,
slave labor and back wages in Europe.
Am I a traitor of a Jew for supporting the right of return of the
refugees to their birthplace and compensation for what was taken that cannot
The Jewish dead cannot be brought back to life and neither can the
Palestinian massacred be resurrected.
David Ben Gurion said, "Let us not ignore the truth among
ourselves...politically, we are the aggressors and they defend
themselves...The country is theirs because they inhabit it. Whereas we want
to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from
them their country..."
Palestine is a land that has been occupied and emptied of its people.
It's cultural and physical landmarks have been obliterated and replaced by
tidy Hebrew signs.
The history of a people was the first thing eradicated by the occupiers.
The history of the indigenous people has been all but eradicated as though
they never existed.
And all this has been hailed by the world as a miraculous act of God.
We must recognize that Israel's existence is not even a question of legality
so much as it is an illegal fait accompli realized through the use of force
while supported by the Western powers.
The UN missions directed at Israel in attempting to correct its violations
have thus far been futile.
In Hertzl's "The Jewish State," the father of Zionism said, "...We must
investigate and take possession of the new Jewish country by means of every
" I guess I agree with Ehud Barak (3 June 1998) when he said, "If I were a
Palestinian, I'd also join a terror group."
I'd go a step further perhaps.
Rather than throwing little stones in desperation, I'd hurtle a boulder.
Hopefully, somewhere deep inside, every Jew of conscience knows that this
no war; that this was not God's restitution of the holy land to it's
We know that a human atrocity was and continues to be perpetuated against an
innocent people who couldn't come up with the arms and money to defend
themselves against the western powers bent upon their demise as a people.
We cannot continue to say, "But what were we to do?" Zionism is not
synonymous with Judaism.
I wholly support the rally of the right of return of the Palestinian people.
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