Re: Ibrahim Alloush on Zionist Wall
>Here's an article I translated from the Arab
>Nationalist list by Ibrahim.
>I agreed with your letter on the Berlin Wall (false)
>analogy, and actually a number of Arabic respondents
>One in particular yesterday sent by Eidaraws Alkassir
>did a very good job of refuting it and asking
>basically why we should give the enemy (imperialism) a
>free celebration of their victory in the Cold War. He
>acknowledged that the regimes in Eastern Europe were
>corrupt but said that their downfall only made way for
>far more corrupt regimes under the US domination - an
>event we have no reason to celebrate. He also
>indicated that the Berlin wall was built by the German
>state around itself, whereas the Zionist entity is
>building a wall around the West Bank, hence there is
>no similarity at all anyway, except insofar as both
>But anyhow, here's Ibrahim's article which doesn't go
>into Berlin, but does set the Zionist wall in the
I don't receive e-mails from the Arab Nationalist list
anymore, but I do have access to the archives from another
e-mail account, so I can view what is posted there. Most
of the time I get only garbage, as my computer can
only handle Roman letters, but the occasional English post
is worthwhile, and I did see that there. Thank you for
forwarding it to me, nonetheless, because that means I
can forward it to others, which I have done.
>The Dividing Wall: Racism or Occupation?
>Dr. Ibrahim Alloush.
>The so-called dividing wall, the basic part of which
>the Zionist Enemy has built in the western part of the
>West Bank is not only a tactical maneuver aimed at
>extorting more concessions from the Palestine
>Authority and other Arab regimes, nor does it serve
>only to irritate those who tied the destiny of their
>political plans to American-Zionist good will. It is,
>rather, the logical extension of the Zionist project
>that has been going on for more than a century.
>The wall, according to the reports that have assessed
>it, is in fact not one, but two walls. One of the
>walls is to be in the western region of the West Bank,
>the second in the eastern region. The walls will
>enclose the West Bank, which will be broken up into
>cantons, on all sides.
>The western wall is to run a zigzag course inside the
>West Bank far from the truce line of June 1967. By
>means of the wall the Zionists will absorb an area of
>West Bank territory amounting to 1,328 square
>kilometers, i.e., 23.4 percent of the total area of
>the West Bank.
>The eastern wall is to be constructed so as to split
>the Jordan Valley from the West Bank, enabling the
>Zionist entity to steal another 1,237 square
>kilometers of land, i.e., 21.9 percent of the total
>area of the West Bank.
>The upshot thus will be the seizure of 45.3 percent of
>the West Bank in one political blow.
>The territory thus confiscated includes some of the
>most fertile agricultural land and the richest in
>water resources in the West Bank. It also encompasses
>the basic Zionist Jewish settlements, in particular
>those in the environs of Jerusalem. These constitute
>the group of settlements that ring east Jerusalem and
>in which more than 180,000 Jewish settlers live. By
>including this area, the wall project also serves to
>take Jerusalem completely out of the political game.
>When the so-called defensive wall is complete it will
>encompass 343,000 Jewish settlers out of the total of
>about 420,000 currently in the West Bank, including in
>the environs of Jerusalem.
>Clearly the defensive wall project is simply the
>systematic extension of the program for the
>Judaization of Palestine that historically has been
>based on three interconnected elements: 1. Jewish
>immigration to Palestine and the concomitant expulsion
>of the Arabs from there. 2. Control of the land and
>the transformation of its identity. 3. All of this to
>be carried on in connection with the most powerful
>colonialist states � from Britain to the United
>The basic purpose of the defensive wall is to seize
>control of the land and Judaize it after having first
>spread Jewish settlements throughout the area � in
>other words; it is the story of the creation of the
>Zionist entity itself. On the basis of this, the
>wall aims at creating conditions of a brutal blockade
>which will starve the Palestinian Arabs living in the
>West Bank in order to force them to leave their land,
>at least to take refuge elsewhere in Palestine if not
>to go abroad. This is particularly true as regards
>the agricultural regions in the north of the West
>Bank, such as the areas of Jenin, Qalqiliya, and
>Tulkarm, where the wall is to cause the loss of
>extremely large tracts of land.
>Thus, the primary problem with the so-called
>protective wall is not Zionist racism any more than
>that is the main problem with the state of "Israel".
>The racism, which is most assuredly real, is rather
>the by-product of the occupation and the Judaization
>of the land. The primary problem with the colonial
>state of "Israel" is its very existence.
>For example, the projected wall will leave hundreds of
>thousands of Palestinians located between the wall and
>the territories occupied in 1948 in an atrocious
>situation in which they will be forbidden to move
>about at all at night and forbidden to move about
>during the day as well unless they first obtain a
>military permit. Since these restrictions will apply
>only to Palestinians who do not have "Israeli"
>citizenship, the measures are necessarily classified
>as racist. But to regard the racism as the essential
>issue, rather than the expropriation of the land which
>led to that racism, is in effect to accept the wall as
>a political measure and to recognize its "right to
>exist." This is a conclusion that must be rejected at
>all costs. To be distracted from the issue of
>occupation by the racism that results from it leads to
>the proposal of worthless "solutions" to the Palestine
>issue, such as a bi-national state in which Arabs and
>Jews are to be equal, or to a new wall that passes
>exactly along the line dividing the territories
>occupied in 1948 from the territories occupied in 1967
>� exactly like the wall that divides Gaza from the
>territories occupied in 1948.
>If we look at the wall in its historical context as
>another link in the strategy of the Zionist project to
>Judaize Palestine, i.e., the project that all segments
>of Zionist society cooperated to bring about, from the
>far right to the far left, then the logical solution
>becomes clear: resistance of all forms of Judaization
>and all its means, in particular the setting up of
>Jewish settlements anywhere in Palestine from the
>Mediterranean to the Jordan River.
>That does not negate the fact that the wall provides
>the Zionist enemy certain other advantages such as the
>ability to impose their version of a so-called
>"permanent solution," to impose their permanent
>control over all movements of goods and of people to
>and from that deformed Palestinian entity that they
>will call an "independent state." But these
>advantages will remain by-products of the strategic
>project of the Judaization of Palestine, which has
>been the basic program of Zionism since its inception.
>As to the illusion of putting a stop to armed
>resistance against the Zionist enemy, that is
>something that the wall will not be able to provide
>for very long.