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After the flour massacre, where Israel killed and wounded thousands of unarmed, starving Palestinians for food, I have nothing left to say. If you still believe that Israel is ‘defending itself’, nothing will change your mind. Propaganda has turned you into a robot. Eric Cantona
I think we’re heading for a two-state solution: Israel as a solid, Palestine vaporised into a gas. Frankie Boyle
Things are so bad in Gaza that porn stars have started referring to their pubic arrangements as Gaza Strip – an area that’s been so brutally pummelled that no child could ever hope to crawl out alive. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s2e2, BBC 2018
Israel is saying that people in the Gaza Strip are attacking them with kites. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s2e5
There’s also the interesting question of whether you can have a war if one side doesn’t have an airforce; navy; standing army; electricity; food; or water; and is a bunch of kids. Frankie Boyle, tweet 27th October 2023
The Romans changed the name of the region from Judea to Palestine. Then they banned all Jews from Jerusalem. Empires Special: Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: The Gifts of the Jews PBS 2000
Since the September 11th attacks on the US, Israel’s PR strategy has been to frame all Palestinian action violent or not as terrorism. To the extent that they can do that they have repackaged an illegal military occupation as part of America’s War on Terrorism. Professor Robert Jensen
The Opening Ceremony for the summer games of the twentieth Olympiad took place in Munich Germany on 26th August 1972: little did the world know what tragedy lay ahead. Black September, 1999
Entering the grounds was easy ... Unchallenged the intruders approached the Israeli team headquarters. ibid.
The Games went on. But there were also demonstrations demanding the suspension of the Games. There were nine hostages. The Crisis Management Team knew that – but they didn’t know how many terrorists they were dealing with. ibid.
The Israeli team accompanied their slain team-mates home. ibid.
In the Arab world the bodies of the five dead assassins were given a heroes’ welcome. ibid.
The Munich Massacre heralded the dawn of a new age of international terrorism. ibid.
The birth of modern terrorism ... The events took place in Munich in the summer of 1972. At around five o’clock in the morning a group of Palestinian terrorists called Black September entered the Olympic village armed with AK47s. Taking hostage members of the Israeli Olympic team they demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Terror Attacks that Shocked Britain
Everyone still lives with the consequences of Britain’s presence in Palestine. Jeremy Paxman, Empire I BBC 2012
They would have a land to call their own: at the expense of the Palestinians. Days that Shook the World s1e6: Kristallnacht/Birth of Israel, BBC 2003
Three quarters of a million Palestinians will never return to their homes. ibid.
September 11th 1970 ... Dawson’s Field, a disused British airbase in the Jordanian desert is the setting for one of the most audacious air terrorist attacks in history. In the first ever multiple hijacking three planes from America, Switzerland and Britain are being forced to land on the desert airstrip. Days that Shook the World s1e8: Black September/Lockerbie
For twenty minutes explosions rock the desert stillness. ibid.
In the following days Jordan launched an all-out war against the Palestinian guerrillas. In the following month known as Black September over 5,000 troops were killed on all sides. ibid.
Twenty-five years ago I made a film called Palestine is Still the Issue. It was about a nation of people – the Palestinians – forced off their land and later subjected to a military occupation by Israel. An occupation condemned by the United Nations and almost every country in the world, including Britain. But Israel is backed by a very powerful friend – the United States. So in twenty-five years, if we are to speak of the great injustice here – nothing has changed. John Pilger, Palestine is Still the Issue, ITV 2002
The heart of the conflict here is a struggle for land, for the hills and valleys of Palestine, for precious water and fertile soil. During the early twentieth century the great majority of the people of Palestine were Palestinian Arabs. In 1948 Israel was founded in the shadow of the Holocaust. For the Palestinians this meant the loss of 78% of their country. Today they are seeking only the remaining 22% of their homeland. For thirty-five years this homeland has been dominated by Israel. ibid.
This is bomb damage in Gaza. Although America is Israel’s main arms supplier, it’s not widely recognised that Britain also fuels the conflict here, even though it condemns Israel for its illegal occupation. During the first fourteen months of the Palestinian uprising, the Blair government approved two hundred and thirty export licenses for weapons and military equipment to Israel. ibid.
But a true sensitivity to that awful memory comes from the same basic humanity that recognises the suffering of the Palestinian people and the courage of their endurance. The truth is that the Israelis will never have peace until they recognise that Palestinians have the same right to the same peace and the same independence that they enjoy. Recently that great voice of freedom, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, asked this: Have the Jewish people of Israel forgotten their collective punishment, their home demolitions, their humiliations so soon? ibid.
The world often sees the issues of Palestine through the tragedy and horror of suicide bombings. An expression of despair by powerless people against an oppressor armed with modern weapons. The first female suicide bomber struck in January 1992; her name was Wafa Idris. The only daughter of a family of refugees who were driven out of their home near Tel Aviv. She was twenty-eight, an ambulance volunteer. What makes an ambulance volunteer, a carer, become a suicide-bomber? ibid.
It’s not simply an Israeli-Zionist assault. It’s an American assault. The two have to be brought together – that’s very important. We can’t simply say it’s all Israel because without the United States, and to some degree Britain and the European countries complicit, but really without the United States, Israel would be forced to be a normal country. John Pilger, interview Adam Hart
This is the longest military occupation [of Palestine] in the modern era. Israel holds the world record for lawlessness. John Pilger, lecture Freedom Next Time
In 1948, the year Israel’s right to exist was granted and Palestine’s annulled, Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt and other leading Jews in the United States warned the administration not to get involved with fascists like Menachem Begin who described the Palestinians in the way the Nazis used untermenchen – as ‘animals on two legs’. He became prime minister of Israel. This fascism, which was not often flaunted openly, was the harbinger of Likud and Kadima. These are today ‘mainstream’ political parties, whose influence, in the treatment of the Palestinians, covers a national ‘consensus’ that is the source of the terror in Palestine: the brutal dispossessions and perfidious controls, the humiliation and cruelty by statute. The mirror of this is domestic violence at home ...
There are the ubiquitous myths, too: that Israel has suffered terribly from thousands of missiles fired from Gaza. In truth, the first homemade Qassam rocket was fired across the Israeli border in October 2001, and the first fatality occurred in June 2004. Some 24 Israelis had been killed in this way, compared with 5000 Palestinians killed, more than half of them in Gaza, at least a third of them children. Now imagine if the 1.5 million Gazans had been Jewish, or Kosovar refugees. ‘The only honorable course for Europe and America is to use military force to try to protect the people of Kosovo’, declared the Guardian on 23 March, 1999. Inexplicably, the Guardian has yet to call for such ‘an honorable course’ to protect the people of Gaza. John Pilger, article New Statesman, ‘Come on Down for Your Freedom Records’; viz also website
They know that the horror now raining on Gaza has little to do with Hamas or, absurdly, ‘Israel’s right to exist’. They know the opposite to be true: that Palestine’s right to exist was cancelled 61 years ago and the expulsion and, if necessary, extinction of the indigenous people was planned and executed by the founders of Israel. They know, for example, that the infamous ‘Plan D’ resulted in the murderous de-population of 369 Palestinian towns and villages by the Haganah (Jewish army) and that massacre upon massacre of Palestinian civilians in such places as Deir Yassin, al-Dawayima, Eilaboun, Jish, Ramle and Lydda are referred to in official records as ‘ethnic cleansing’ ...