Robert Leverant: Numbers
What Is Going To Happen To The Palestinians?
Today (4/20/03) I received an e-mail from Gush Shalom:
"Subject: [GushShalom] Surrealistic but all too real - Avnery on
price of war
[Uri Avnery analyses the eroded sensitivity of the Israeli state
system noticeable even inside Israel proper. He could have added
another surrealistic but all too real example. In Ha'aretz, April 18,
appeared a short item: 'Firms win tender to fly out illegal aliens.
Three tour companies won the tender issued by the Immigration Police
for arranging flights to deport illegal aliens - Eshet Tours, Graber
Tours and Ophir Tours. The main destinations will be Romania, Turkey,
China, India, Ukraine, Thailand, and Nigeria. The number of aliens
being expelled per year is estimated at 15,000-20,000. (Zohar
"More information on this in itself hair-raising subject in today's
Ha'aretz Hebrew (Click Here)]"
Surrealistic? ... "hair-raising"
The Ha'aretz article is a cornucopia of the surreal.
The neutral valence of the squib? Whose brevity and matter-of-fact
tone, are similar to Nazi staff memos that describe government
contracts to businesses like I.G. Farben and IBM.
Or is the "surrealistic" the normalcy of having a Jewish government
in a symbiotic relationship with private businesses that profit from
and participate in crimes against humanity? ... which, as in Nazi
Germany, are apparently legal in Israel ... but not legal under
Or the use of the word "alien"? (Palestinians from outer space?) ...
a further dehumanization in the vocabulary used to describe the
indigenous and cultured Palestinian peoples. (The numeric system that
Israel uses is Arabic!)
Over the last three years, as reported in Ha'aretz, other denigrating
names have been used in public and political discourse: "squatters"
(infers "illegal"), "terrorists", "lice", "cancer", and "vermin". The
last three were used by the German Nazis to describe the Jews.
Or does "surrealistic" refer to the unspoken key? that this is the
much-discussed (in Israel) last stage of the peace process. Or
that the numbers don't add up to sufficiently solve "The Problem"?
10 (yrs to 2013) x 20,000/yr) = (only) 200,000 ("illegal squatters"
a.k.a Israeli Arabs, legal citizens deported)
Already 20% of Israelis are Arabs. By 2010, 2015 the percentage will
be 30-40%. And this doesn't take into account the 1.5 million plus in
the West Bank and Gaza. In 20 years Palestinian Arabs will form a
majority in Israel and it will be like the situation in South Africa
in the 1980's, where a small white minority ruled a large black
This alone will force the situation to change. It can be done for few
years or so but not more than 10. And, according to Boutros Boutros-
Ghali, former head of the U.N., whose arithmetic this is, the
Israelis will have to end their Apartheid and cede power.
In the mid-Eighties Meir Kahane, the racist Rabbi now seen by many
Orthodox Jews in Israel as a Tzadak (a righteous man), said the same
about the numbers but proposed a different solution. "They are a
disease and going to overpopulate us and we need to get rid of them --
surgically remove them -- once and for all."
Isn't this what Hitler proclaimed? It was for everyone's good that he
was wiping out foreign and impure peoples.
Or is it "surrealistic" in a déjà vu with a twist of lemon way.
Hitler first tried expulsion. Unsuccessful, he and his Neocons came
up with the next solution, the second solution: the Final Solution.
Do you get it? The "hair-raising": the announcement may be a signal
to the Israeli public, that this is the beginning of the end for the
Palestinians. ... the beginning of their Final Solution.
Is this too "surrealistic"? a word that bypasses the paranoid turn
off, because it is reality based.
In the last two years in the Israeli press this extraordinarily
disturbing term from The Holocaust -- The Final Solution -- has often
been used in conjunction with the term "the expulsion" of the
By means of this repeated association, linkage is created
between "expulsion" and "Final Solution" in the minds of both
Israelis and Palestinians.
This linkage is an induction in the collective consciousness in which
genocide is normalized in Israel and made acceptable, as it was in
Upping the ante in racism, terror, and violence towards indigenous
peoples, whose land and resources are being stolen, is the historical
pattern of an occupying power.
The last stage of this incremental progression is genocide, where the
unthinkable becomes thinkable; becomes a logical hence rational move,
rather than seen as psychotic and hence ruled out, by the oppressors.
Three keynotes of a policy of genocide are: it is accompanied by a
colonial government that has swung to the extreme right; the
government, civilian or not, is ruled by the military with little
public input or influence; government policies are influenced by
the demands of religious fundamentalists with whom the rulers have a
These three keynotes describe the current structure of the Israeli
government (whose elected leader is a known war criminal).
The world perception of Israel is that it is a secular and democratic
state. In reality Israel is undemocratic and racist.
It could be no other way than this, because the purpose and
foundation of the state of Israel is ordained by a divine
commandment: to reclaim the original lands of Judea and restore the
ancient kingdom to its original boundaries of some 7500 years ago.
This divine commandment requires that the settlements continue
and be given the top priority in government policies and funding
because of the notion of return.
Thus this divine commandment ipso facto rules out a peaceful solution
( a one or two-state solution) short of the elimination of all Arabs,
whether of Christian, Muslim or secular persuasion.
So, dear reader, how will the rest of the Palestinians and Arabs be
eliminated from Israel?
Did anyone believe the Ovens were true... until afterwards?
Can you believe this?
For several years Israel has been doing medical experiments on
tortured Palestinian prisoners to discover a virus to genetically
attack and kill Palestinians, yet not kill Jews who share a the same
Is it too "surrealistic", meaning incredulous to the point of being
ridiculous, to think that Jews, after what they went through in the
Nazi Holocaust -- including medical experiments on Jews by the Nazis -
- would actually do this to another race?
Why is the Israeli government undertaking these experiments then?
For a science fair project?
Is it "surrealistic" because many Jews (some survivors and those
whose parents and relatives were in and sometimes died in the Camps)
know that genocide is what is in store for the Palestinians.
And that some may secretly and not secretly want a replay where the
Jews get to be on the top, the dominant partner, in the
sadomasochistic relationship called colonialism ... that ends in
murder and genocide?
Or does "surrealistic" refer to the fact that after the Holocaust the
Jews asked the international community for laws to protect human
beings from state and individual terrorism. And an international
court to punish any government and any and all individuals who
regularly and intentionally commit crimes against humanity.
I am writing this article, because, on the bottom line, the numbers
don't add up.
The numbers don't add up.
What is going to happen to the Palestinians?
It was said of the German Nazis that with one hand they executed and
with the other they wrote poetry. With one face they daily
slaughtered, starved, beat, murdered, and tortured innocent women,
men, and children. And with the other face they came home to their
nice houses where they loved their wives and children and saw
themselves as "good" fathers and people.
The same is true of the Israeli Nazis called the IDF who are and have
been murdering, raping, repressing, torturing, stealing, destroying,
bombing, starving, assassinating, collectively punishing, bulldozing,
and terrorizing Palestinians on a daily basis for fifty-five years
now. And many of their forebears the same before the founding of the
And all the while raising children, going about their lives, and
seeing themselves and presenting themselves to the world as good and
In psychology this process is called "splitting".
The origin of splitting is understood as originating in personal and
collective trauma. Trauma so severe and so repeated that, in order to
survive, the psyche completely disassociates from being present in
awareness to the emotional life during the traumatic experience(s).
Later the trauma, e.g. the Holocaust, may end but the process of
splitting does not end. It has its own periodicity and is easily
triggered by a stressor, an event, which stimulates the original
trauma and the attendant emotions of the trauma.
For instance, when a suicide bomber strikes and blows up a bus or a
cafe, an Israeli is thrown back in the terror of The Holocaust where
anything can happen and one is not safe. This is PTSD -- Post
Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
And each time this happens the trust in Never Again, one of the
promises of living in Israel in safety from Other, is damaged and
threatened at one's core.
Under these circumstances there can be, in the absence of awareness,
an acting out of one's core trauma on the Palestinians and Arabs; as
the result of amnesia, depersonalization and identity confusion which
are three keynotes of severe disassociation called "splitting".
This process is illustrated in an event that happened in mid-April of
2002 when Yaffa Yarkoni, the venerable "Singer of The Wars" sees,
i.e., becomes aware, of what happened to Palestinian males during a
sweep by the IDF of Palestinian towns.
"Instead of offering her traditional encouragement to the troops,"
she bitterly criticized the troops, the government and Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon in an anguished tirade that shocked her interviewer and
enraged many Israelis.
"When I saw the Palestinians with their hands tied behind their
backs, young men, I said, 'It is like what they did to us in the
Holocaust'," Yarkoni said. "We are a people who have been through the
Holocaust. How are we capable of doing these things?"
"Her words were deemed so offensive that the union representing the
nation's performing artists called off a planned tribute to Yarkoni
that had been in the works for two years. The head of the union said
it was forced to make the move after members of the public flooded
its offices with complaints and returned tickets purchased for the
event, and after sponsors canceled their financial support.
"Government ministers denounced Yarkoni. The town of Kfar Yona
canceled her performance at a Memorial Day event to honor Israeli
soldiers who have fallen in battle. Youth movements declared a
boycott of her music. The septuagenarian received so many hate calls,
her daughter said, that she is now too frightened to appear in
The surrealistic pillow that contemporary Jews rest their psyches on
is The Holocaust. Its strange music causes moral amnesia in the
hearts and minds of Jews in Israel and the world over.
1. Finkelstein, Norman. "Back to Basics: Expulsion -- The Next Stage
of the 'Peace Process". Public Lecture. University of Toronto.
November 6, 2002. www.normanfinkelstein..
2. de Chatel, Fancesca . "The United Nations is Just an Instrument at
the Service of American Policy"; an Interview With Boutros Boutros-
Ghali. March 17, 2003
3. See: http://www.kahane.org/ Kahane's views have been adopted by
many in the Israeli military. See: Newsmax.com. "Jewish Group
Outlines Plan To Remove All Palestinians" (Click Here) September 2,
4. In Jewish culture, to include Talmudic commentary, non-Jews are
circumscribed as being inferior to Jews ; their lives and culture of
lessor worth than that of Jews. See: Shahak, Israel. JEWISH HISTORY,
JEWISH RELIGION: THE WEIGHT OF THREE THOUSAND YEARS. London: Pluto
5. For a picture of how life is lived in the Occupied Territories see
the film, a series of video short stories filmed by three
Palestinains, : " Palestinian Diaries". 1991: Al Quds Television.
(Sometimes found in video stores.)
6. Pedatzur, Reuven. " Another appointment on the path to militarism"
Ha'aretz. May 17, 2003
7. Mualem, Mazal "Survey: "Israel Yet to Grasp Concept of Democracy."
Ha'aretz. May 16, 2003. Haaretz .
8. Burston, Bradley. " 'Jews-Only' Law Ignites Firestorm." Ha'aretz.
August 7, 2002.
9. Arnold Toynbee, British historian stating the Zionist claim in
1967: "We are Jews, the living representatives of Judah, one of the
12 tribes of Israel that conquered most of Palestine in the 13th
century B.C. We held Judah's share of the conquered territory for
seven centuries, till we were deported by Nebuchadnezzer in 587 B.C.
We were back again within less than half a century, and we then held
Judea, once more, for the next 773 years, till we were evicted by the
Romans in A.D. 135. We have never renounced our claim to the land of
Israel. We have always hoped, believed, and proclaimed that we shall
get this land back again. It is our land, we contend." See: Henshaw,
John Mitchell, "Leaders Crave Area from Egypt to Iraq" March 5, 2003.
For a visual picture (worth more than a thousand words) of the
confluence of the the men of the gun and the men of the yamuka, and
the contrast between the new settlers and the old, see the
film: "Israel's Shattered Dreams." Victor Schonfield,. 1998. MPI.
(Sometime found in video stores) . See also: "Palestine is Still The
Question". John Pilger. 2002.
10. Gabriel Ash. "Settlements: A User Guide". Yellow Times. May 16,
11. Mahnaimi, Uzi and Colvin, Marie. "Bio Arab Bombs Being Prepared
By Israel... Israel Pursues Nazi and Apartheid Bio-Germ Research".
Washington: Mer. 4/15/2002. Also: Margolis, Eric. " Does Israel Have
Smart Germs To Kill Only Arabs?" Toronto: The Toronto Sun. December
2, 1998. http://www.rense.com/political/isgerms.htm
12. See: Finkelstein, Norman G. Image And Reality Of The Israel-
Palestine Conflict (London: Verso, 2001).
13. Stout, Martha, PhD. THE MYTH OF SANITY, Divided Consciousness And
The Promise Of Awareness. N.Y: Penguin. 2001. Steinberg, Marlene M.D.
and Schnall, Maxine. THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR, Dissociation, The
Hidden Epidemic. N.Y.: HarperCollins. 2000.
14. See, for instance:Youmans, Will. "The Mad World of Alan
Dershowitz, Professor of Torture." Dissident Voice. September 10,
15. Curtius, Mary. " A Venerable Voice In Israel Is Muted After
Questioning Army's Actions. Los Angeles Times. April 19, 2002.
16. See, for instance:Youmans, Will. "The Mad World of Alan
Dershowitz, Professor of Torture." Dissident Voice. September 10,
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