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What is Martin Luther King's name doing in the ruins of a Palestinian village?

The civil rights leader’s name mysteriously appears on a plaque dedicated to donors who contributed money to building a Jewish National Fund national park — on top of three destroyed Palestinian villages.

By Umar Al-Ghubari (translated by Richard Flantz)

Martin Luther King’s name appears on the donors wall of Ayalon Canada Park in the Latrun area, which Israel conquered in 1967 before it carried out an ethnic cleansing of the area. The site of the donors wall includes many stone panels on walls that were erected on the ruins of the Palestinian village Imwas, which Israel flattened in 1967. Imwas is identified with Roman-Byzantine town Emmaus-Nicopolis; it is believed that Jesus met two of his disciples there after his resurrection (hence why numerous Christian organizations throughout the world are named Emmaus).

A donor's list at Ayalon Canada Park, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s name. The park is built atop the ruins of three Palestinian villages depopulated and destroyed in 1967.

A donor’s list at Ayalon Canada Park, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s name. The park is built atop the ruins of three Palestinian villages depopulated and destroyed in 1967.

Last January people around the world marked Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday. King was a fighter for human rights and against racism in the United States, who has become a international symbol and a source of inspiration for oppressed peoples throughout the world. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at age 35, and was murdered on April 4, 1968.

The Ayalon-Canada Park is an Israeli national park that was established in 1972 on the ruins of four Palestinian villages conquered by Israel during the 1967 war, expelling all their inhabitants, demolishing their homes, and preventing them from returning to their lands. To this day they are being prevented from returning. One village, Deir Ayyoub, was occupied in 1948, while three other villages in the Latrun area — Imwas, Yalu, and Bayt Nuba — were conquered in 1967. This area is formally part of the West Bank, but in practice it has been annexed to Israel. In addition to the park, which extends over 12,000 dunams, a section of Israel’s Highway No. 1 also passes through the occupied territory. And of course there are no signs explaining that drivers or visitors are crossing the Green Line.

Immediately after conquering the Latrun area without hardly any resistance, the Israeli army instructed the 6,000 or so residents of the three villages to come out of their homes and to gather in central squares. From there the army sent them – some on foot, some in cars, some on donkeys and some in trucks – in the direction of Ramallah, some 30 kilometers away. One of the refugees I interviewed remembered that the Israeli soldiers yelled at him in Arabic “Yalla to Ramallah, Yalla to Hussein!” This was a planned and organized act of ethnic cleansing. Not under pressure or shelling, not in the course of a battle, and not a mass flight of inhabitants; this was a systematic case of expulsion. When some 400 men, women, and children from Imwas found shelter inside the Latrun Monastery near their village, Israeli officers came to the monastery a few days later and instructed the priests to hand over the villagers of Imwas who were hiding there. They then loaded them on trucks and buses and banished them to Ramallah.

The war ended after six days with a crushing Israeli victory. The refugees of Imwas, Yalu and Bayt Nuba heard on the radio (as well as from a loudspeaker on an Israeli army jeep on the streets of Ramallah) that the refugees could return, and started walking toward their homes. To their amazement they were blocked by the army at the outskirts of their villages, where they were informed that they had nowhere to return to, and were sent back. During those hours Israeli bulldozers were busy demolishing their homes, erasing three villages from the face of the earth.

IDF soldiers expel the residents of Imwas from their village during the 1967 Six Day War. (photo: www.palestineremembered.com)

IDF soldiers expel the residents of Imwas from their village during the 1967 Six Day War. (photo: www.palestineremembered.com)

In the early seventies the JNF was allotted the territory of the villages in the Latrun area. It removed or concealed the ruins of the houses, planted pine and fir trees, expropriated the olive trees of the expelled Palestinians, established recreation areas for Israelis, installed playgrounds with swings and slides for the enjoyment of visitors to the park — some of them adjacent to the demolished and abandoned Palestinian cemeteries. This is a familiar practice that was used against hundreds of Palestinian villages that were conquered in 1948, forcibly emptied of their inhabitants, and demolished by the state. The colonial groves of the JNF are a means of concealing the traces of the crime, while the JNF signs are a means of shaping a collective consciousness free of any mention of Palestinian history.

Canada Park was the park’s first name, in honor of the contributions that Canadian Jewry and the Friends of the JNF in Canada made to its establishment. Hundreds of names of donors are inscribed on the walls that were built among the ruins of Imwas, and some of the fences in the compound were built with the stones of the demolished Palestinian houses. When one reads the names of the donors and of the places they live in, it indeed turns out that most of them are Canadian and that most of them are likely Jewish. Some are from other countries, such as the United States, for example, and some are Christians – like Martin Luther King. Several years ago the JNF changed the name to Ayalon Park – a biblical name that Israel gave to the Imwas Valley. Recently new signs have appeared in the park, with the double name – Ayalon Canada.

It appears that the struggles of the refugees from the village and of human rights groups against Canada Park and the JNF have borne some fruit. The fact that Canada’s name has become associated with a project in occupied territory — in violation of both Canadian law and international law — has caused the Canadian government some embarrassment, and has led to anger among some donors who were not aware that their names appeared in such a park.

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his 'I Have a Dream Speech,'  Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his ‘I Have a Dream Speech,’ Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

If that is the case, it would not be unfounded to suspect that the JNF has used Martin Luther King’s name for its colonial project without his or his family’s knowledge (he died several years before work in the park began). Nonetheless, the question of King’s relationship with the JNF remains valid: after all, the JNF has done similar things in hundreds of other depopulated villages. A donation to the JNF, however, does not fit in with the life story and principles of Martin Luther King Jr..

The refugees of Imwas, Yalu, and Bayt Nuba are today scattered across Palestine, Jordan and other countries. Every village has a non-profit organization that represents its refugees and continues struggling for their right to return to their land. Last January, close to Martin Luther King’s birthday, representatives of Imwas’ refugees were guests of the French Emmaüs to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the death of the organization’s founder, Abbé Pierre. The ceremony included a screening of the film “Emwas: Restoring Memories,” by Dima Abu-Ghoush, a Palestinian director and a refugee from Imwas, as well as the inauguration of the “Place du Village Emmaüs en Palestine” in the Emmaüs community village in the French town of Lescar-Pau. This humble act was undoubtedly a moral and symbolic achievement for the refugees.

On the other hand, the refugees of Imwas are stunned and disappointed that Martin Luther King Jr.’s name is inscribed among the ruins of their homes, decorating the list of donors who support one of the more racist institutions in Israel. It is an institution that plays a major role in the expropriation of their property, the perpetuation of their refugee status, and the prevention of their return. The JNF, which prides itself, so it seems, on the fact that Martin Luther King is among its donors, has in fact made him into an accessory to a crime.

Umar al Ghubari is group facilitator, a political educator, and is documenting and photographing the Palestinian Nakba. This article originally appeared in Hebrew on Haokets.

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    1. Samson

      THE PRIME Minister of Syria in 1948, Khaled al-Azem, in his memoirs, published in 1973, listed what he thought were the reasons for the Arab failure in 1948: ” … the fifth factor was the call by the Arab governments to the inhabitants of Palestine to evacuate it and leave for the bordering Arab countries … We brought destruction upon a million Arab refugees by calling on them and pleading with them to leave their land.”

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      • David

        The repeated assertion by Israeli leaders and other Zionists that Palestinians fled their homes and properties because they were told to do so by Arab leaders to make way for incoming Arab armies has long-since been debunked. To quote John H. Davis, who served as Commission-General of UNRWA at the time: “An exhaustive examination of the minutes, resolutions, and press releases of the Arab League, of the files of leading Arabic newspapers, of day-to-day monitoring of broadcasts from Arab capitals and secret Arab radio stations, failed to reveal a single reference, direct or indirect, to an order given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave. All the evidence is to the contrary; that the Arab authorities continuously exhorted the Palestinian Arabs not to leave the country…. Panic and bewilderment played decisive parts in the flight. But the extent to which the refugees were savagely driven out by the Israelis as part of a deliberate master-plan has been insufficiently recognized.” (John H. Davis, The Evasive Peace, London: Murray, 1968)

        Mr. Davis’s observations are confirmed by the IDF Intelligence Branch Report dated 30 June 1948, entitled “The Arab Exodus from Palestine in the Period 1 December 1947 to 1 June 1948.” After studying the document, Israeli Jewish historian Benny Morris stated that “the Intelligence Branch report…goes out of its way to stress that the [Palestinian] exodus was contrary to the political-strategic desires of both the Arab Higher Committee and the governments of the neighboring Arab states. These, according to the report, struggled against the exodus – threatening, cajoling, and imposing punishments, all to no avail.” (Benny Morris, “The Causes and Character of the Arab Exodus from Palestine: The Israel Defense Force Intelligence Board Analysis of June 1948: Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. XXII, no. 1, January 1986)

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        • Samson

          Achmed, you are still selling the same nonsense and it does not matter if you are hiding behind Jewish sounding names and masquerading as “Ben” or “Andrew R” or “Eliza” or “Carman” or “David” or etc., you regurgitate the same nonsense and deny DOCUMENTED history! While you are in denial, here is another part of that DOCUMENTED history:

          ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1948, the Beirut Daily Telegraph quoted Emil Ghory, secretary of the AHC, as saying: “The fact that there are those refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agreed upon this policy unanimously…”

          That is part of DOUMENTED history in 1948, NOT the UNRWA revisionist propaganda.

          Question 1

          Post a link to the “day-to-day broadcast from Arab radio stations” shortly before and during the war.

          Can you do that, Achmed, or have you suddenly realized that you have no evidence to back up your foolish claim?

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          • David

            Samson

            Reality:

            Eminent Journalist, Erskine Childers conducted an exhaustive examination of the British radio-monitoring records for all of 1948. As a result he discovered that contrary to assertions by Israeli officials, the Arab leaders had not broadcast any evacuation orders to Palestinians, but had in fact implored them to remain in their homes. “…there was not a single order or appeal, or suggestion about evacuation from any Arab radio station inside or outside Palestine in 1948. There is repeated monitored record of Arab appeals, even flat orders, to the civilians of Palestine to stay put.” (Erskine Childers, “The Other Exodus,” Spectator, London, 12 May 1961)

            Moreover, Childers discovered that “Even Jewish broadcasts (in Hebrew), mentioned such Arab appeals to stay put. Zionist newspapers in Palestine reported the same; none so much as hinted at any Arab evacuation orders.” (Erskine Childers, ibid)

            Childers’ conclusions were verified by other scholars, including Walid Khalidi, professor of Middle East studies at Harvard, who studied Harvard’s collection of CIA radio monitored recordings of the region’s 1948 broadcasts. I suggest you do the same. Do some real research using valid documented sources.

            As Glubb Pasha, commander of the Arab Legion and an eye-witness stated, common sense reveals the utter absurdity of the Zionist claim that Palestinians left their homes by choice: “The story which Jewish publicity at first persuaded the world to accept, that the Arab refugees left voluntarily, is not true. Voluntary emigrants do not leave their homes with only the clothes they stand in. People who have decided to move do not do so in such a hurry that they lose other members of their family – husband losing sight of his wife, or parents of their children. The fact is that the majority left in panic flight, to escape massacre.” (John Bagot Glubb, A Soldier With the Arabs, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1957)

            To quote Israeli historian Simha Flapan: “The claim that the exodus was an ‘order from above,’ from the Arab leadership, proved to be particularly good propaganda for many years, despite its improbability. Indeed, from the point of view of military logistics, the contention that the Palestinian Arab leadership appealed to the Arab masses to leave their homes in order to open the way for the invading armies, after which they would return to share in the victory, makes no sense at all. The Arab armies, coming long distances and operating in or from the Arab areas of Palestine, needed the help of the local population for food, fuel, water, transport, manpower, and information.” (The Birth of Israel)

            In 2004, when asked by Ha’aretz journalist Ari Shavit what new information his just completed revised version of The Birth of the Palestinian Problem 1947-1949 would provide, Israeli historian Benny Morris replied: “It is based on many documents that were not available to me when I wrote the original book, most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives. What the new material shows is that there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves.” (Ha’aretz, January 9, 2004)

            Enough said. You are drowning in Hasbara.

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          • Samson

            Achmed AKA “David” AKA “Ben” AKA “Eva”, etc.

            Another DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE you deny:

            “FOLLOWING a visit to refugees in Gaza, a British diplomat reported the following: ‘But while they express no bitterness against theJews…they speak with the utmost bitterness of the Egyptians and other Arab states: ‘We know who our enemies are,’ they will say, and they are referring to their Arab brothers who, they declare, persuaded them unnecessarily to leave their homes.”
            British Foreign Office Document

            You are drowning in your Muslim Arab propaganda, while hiding behind a Jewish name “David”. Why would anyone trust a Muslim Arab who is not proud of his Muslim Arab heritage, hides behind Jewish (sounding) names, while spreading propaganda against Jews? You aren’t very clever, are you, Achmed?

            Enough said.

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          • Alex

            Thank you, David.

            What also bears repeating is that even if Palestinians had fled their homes and properties because they were told to do so by Arab leaders, they still had every legal or moral right to return to their homes and properties once hostilities had subsided, and that Israel never had any kind of legal or moral right to deny Palestinians their legal right of return under international law.

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          • Samson

            ROFLMAO …… whenever Achmed AKA “Dav” AKA “Ben” AKA etc. loses a debate, he melts away and transforms into one of his aliases in this case “Alex” to console himself, congratulate himself, admire himself and pat himself on the back. What a funny jihadi this Ben is.

            N.B: posted before by hitting the wrong reply button.

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          • Alex

            Correction:

            Thank you, David.

            What also bears repeating is that even if Palestinians had fled their homes and properties because they were told to do so by Arab leaders, they still had every legal and moral right to return to their homes and properties once hostilities had subsided, and that Israel never had any kind of legal or moral right to deny Palestinians their legal right of return under international law.

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          • Samson

            There is no such thing as “the right of return”, Achmed. In any event, keep hallucinating about “every legal and moral right” of which you understand nothing. Keep repeating the same nonsense over and over again “thanking” and admiring YOURSELF, while deluding yourself that you fool anyone. You really don’t have a life, do you, Achmed? Ok, try again with another one of your aliases. Perhaps then you can persuade us. Try again by posing this time as “Brian/Bryan” and do not forget to cite the law. ROFLMAO …. moron.

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    2. Samson

      “Immediately after conquering the Latrun area without hardly any resistance, the Israeli army instructed the 6,000 or so residents of the three villages to come out of their homes and to gather in central squares. From there the army sent them – some on foot, some in cars, some on donkeys and some in trucks – in the direction of Ramallah, some 30 kilometers away. One of the refugees I interviewed remembered that the Israeli soldiers yelled at him in Arabic “Yalla to Ramallah, Yalla to Hussein!” This was a planned and organized act of ethnic cleansing”.

      That’s complete LIE. Nothing but Muslim Arab propaganda driven by the same kind of hatred of Jews that led your people to embark on a war in 1948 to destroy the Jewish State and throw the Joss into the sea and instead of destroying the Joos brought as much destruction to you as it did to us.

      There is ample evidence that Muslim Arab leaders called on their Arab populations to leave the land of Israel (known at the time as “Palestine”) and go temporarily to neighboring Arab countries to create room for the invading Arab armies to move in and start indiscriminate slaughter of the local Jewish populations.

      You lost the war you started. We are still dealing with the damage and destruction you inflicted on us. Deal with yours.

      THE JORDANIAN daily Falastin wrote on February 19, 1949: “The Arab states… encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies.”

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      • Samson – The ethnic cleansing of the three villages in the Latrun area occurred in 1967. You say it didn’t happen because of alleged calls by Arab Leaders to Palestinians to flee in 1948!

        Can I suggest some further reading: http://zochrot.org/en/article/51029 – the facts are not in dispute, only how to interpret them and whether to forget or remember.

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        • Samson

          Another fool’s talk. There was NO “ethnic cleansing of Latrun”, moron, and your lies and propaganda are not facts. When there is war, civilians flee the war zones. That is natural. Here read about the Battles of Latrun 1948 and 1967 and get off that Zochrot propaganda. You might as well start referencing Electronic-Intifada or even Knife-Intifada – those killers of truth and accuracy.

          “ The Battles of Latrun were a series of military engagements between the Israel Defense Forces and the Jordanian Arab Legion on the outskirts ofLatrun between 25 May and 18 July 1948, during the 1948 Arab-Israel War. Latrun takes its name from the monastery close to the junction of two major highways: Jerusalem to Jaffa/Tel Aviv and Gaza to Ramallah. During the British Mandate it became a Palestine Police base with a Tegart fort. The United Nations Resolution 181 placed this area within the proposed Arab state. In May 1948, it was under the control of the Arab Legion. It commanded the only road linking the Yishuv controlled area of Jerusalem to Israel giving Latrun strategic importance in the battle for Jerusalem.

          Despite assaulting Latrun on five separate occasions Israel was ultimately unable to capture Latrun, and it remained under Jordanian control until the Six-Day War. Regardless, during the Battle for Jerusalem, the Jewish population of Jerusalem could still be supplied by a new road, named the “Burma Road”, that bypassed Latrun and was suitable for convoys. The Battle of Latrun left its imprint on the Israeli collective imagination and constitutes part of the “founding myth” of the Jewish State. The attacks cost the lives of 168 Israeli soldiers, but some accounts inflated this number to as many as 2,000. The combat at Latrun also carries a symbolic significance because of the participation of Holocaust survivors.

          Today, the battleground site has an Israeli military museum dedicated to the Israeli Armored Corps and a memorial to the Israeli war of Independence”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Latrun_(1948)

          Btw,
          Israel did NOT start the 1967 war with Jordan. Your Muslim Arab people DID! Start taking responsibly and stop blaming others for the evil you brought upon them and yourself.

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        • Samson

          That’s another fool’s talk. There was NO “ethnic cleansing of Latrun” and your propaganda is no substitute for facts. Here read about the Battles of Latrun 1948 and 1967 and get off that Zochrot propaganda. You might as well start referencing Electronic-Intifada or even Knife-Intifada – those killers of truth and accuracy.

          “ The Battles of Latrun were a series of military engagements between the Israel Defense Forces and the Jordanian Arab Legion on the outskirts ofLatrun between 25 May and 18 July 1948, during the 1948 Arab-Israel War. Latrun takes its name from the monastery close to the junction of two major highways: Jerusalem to Jaffa/Tel Aviv and Gaza to Ramallah. During the British Mandate it became a Palestine Police base with a Tegart fort. The United Nations Resolution 181 placed this area within the proposed Arab state. In May 1948, it was under the control of the Arab Legion. It commanded the only road linking the Yishuv controlled area of Jerusalem to Israel giving Latrun strategic importance in the battle for Jerusalem.

          Despite assaulting Latrun on five separate occasions Israel was ultimately unable to capture Latrun, and it remained under Jordanian control until the Six-Day War. Regardless, during the Battle for Jerusalem, the Jewish population of Jerusalem could still be supplied by a new road, named the “Burma Road”, that bypassed Latrun and was suitable for convoys. The Battle of Latrun left its imprint on the Israeli collective imagination and constitutes part of the “founding myth” of the Jewish State. The attacks cost the lives of 168 Israeli soldiers, but some accounts inflated this number to as many as 2,000. The combat at Latrun also carries a symbolic significance because of the participation of Holocaust survivors.

          Today, the battleground site has an Israeli military museum dedicated to the Israeli Armored Corps and a memorial to the Israeli war of Independence”.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Latrun_(1948)

          Btw,
          Israel did NOT start the 1967 war with Jordan. Your Muslim Arab people DID! Start taking responsibly and stop blaming others for the evil you brought upon them and yourself.

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          • Samson

            ROFLMAO …… whenever Achmed AKA “Dav” AKA “Ben” AKA etc. loses a debate, he melts away and transforms into one of his aliases in this case “Alex” to console himself, congratulate himself, admire himself and pat himself on the back. What a funny old turd this Ben is.

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    3. Samson

      The expulsion and ethnic cleansing of Jews from Arab countries

      Roughly 750.000 Palestinian Arabs fled the war Muslim Arabs imposed on Israel at the behest of their leaders. Compare that to the more than 1.000.000 Jews who were expelled from Arab countries with the overwhelming majority of them (those who survived slaughter by Arab mobs) fleeing and finding refuge in Israel. These Jews make up more than half of the population of Israel. Their houses, town and villages, their businesses and companies, etc. were all ceased and taken over by Muslim Arab governments and their populations. Those Jews who were expelled came to Israel with NOTHING but the cloth they had on their skin. What about them: the Jews who were ethnically cleansed from Arab countries? What about their land, their houses, their towns and villages? What about their businesses and companies?

      “A major obstacle to peace in the Middle East is the Palestinian refugee problem. Yet, a key component to understanding this problem has been overlooked and obscured in the current dialogue. Without understanding this element, a truthful discussion aimed at creating a lasting and cohesive peace in the region is impossible. This elusive component is the history of human rights violations, including ethnic cleansing,’ of the Jews from Arab countries. These Arab Jews and their descendents compose roughly 50% of the population of Israel”

      Read more here: http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1881&context=ilj

      Your people brought catastrophe on your people and our people, because of your Islamic fascism, racism and rejection of what is not Arab and Islamic, your greed and foolishness.

      Start taking responsibility.

      Stop blaming others for your own actions.

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    4. Eliza

      It would be interesting to drill down and establish the exact links (if any) between MLK and the JNF. It’s more than likely that Israel is just milking the few comments by MLK on record which appear supportive of Zionism, than that MLK was an active supporter of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

      But it would still be valuable to know. There is no evidence, as far I as am aware, that MLK ever gave more much thought to the consequence of Zionism upon the Palestinians. And equally, it was the spirit of the times to applaud Israel; the world was much closer in time to the Holocaust and Israel was still plucky little Israel and everyone’s darling.

      Even if becomes apparent that MLK was either an active donor or supporter of the JNF, all that this means is the great man just didn’t get it right on all things. Whilst we all think that it would be impossible to believe that if MLK had lived to see the apparent indefinite subjugation of Palestinians to enable Zionism to reach its goal, that he would not remain supportive of Israel, but how do we really know. Perhaps he would have just been another PEP; ie progressive except for Palestine.

      He was still great for the USA and for civil rights in the USA. Doesn’t mean that he got it right on Zionism.

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      • Carmen

        “He was still great for the USA and for civil rights in the USA. Doesn’t mean that he got it right on Zionism.”

        My sentiments exactly. I don’t know what the truth will finally reveal itself to be, but I’d like to believe he would have seen the Palestinian struggle for independence not unlike his own. This doesn’t fit with his personna at all. But he’d hardly be the first american to have a love connection with israel only to break up later.

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    5. Carmen

      Welcome to +972! If you are considering a post that acknowledges the Nakba, use the terms occupation anywhere or dare to suggest that Palestinians are equal to every other human being on the planet, be prepared to be addressed as “Achmed” and accused of hiding behind a “Jewish-sounding” name, such as David, Ben, Andrew, Eliza or Carmen. It comes with the territory. It’s nothing, if not amusing. “If I could have your attention while we go over the safety procedures. Please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, and if at any point you become disoriented, there’s nothin’ we can do about it.”

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      • Samson

        Achmed is a good Arabic name. You have problem with YOUR own Muslim Arab heritage? Wao! It is no secret that anti-Israel jihadis pose as Jews in the comment sections of Jewish websites ranting and raging against the Jewish State and Israeli Jews and accusing them of “apartheid”, “racism”, “ethnic cleansing” etc. and calling for BDS against Israel and Israeli Jews, either justifying Palestinian terrorism and the murder of innocent Jewish Israelis, or hypocritically pretending that there is no Palestinian violence, that Palestinians do not use public fund and infrastructure to teach their children that Jews are less than human, to hate and kill Jews, etc. You forgot, “Marnie”, “Pal Pronay”, “Manic Marnie”, “Israel”, etc. Those are your other aliases. In fact, here is an example of just one of your nasty, racist and anti-Semitic comments:

        “Carmen
        Monday
        February 22, 2016

        (…) It’s convenient and it’s disgusting that you zionist pigs continue to use the deaths of Jews to further your carnage on the Palestinian people with the goal to wipe them out or drive them out so you can steal all of what remains of PALESTINE. You should be ashamed, you, and everyone like you. Disgusting filthy beasts.”, http://972mag.com/political-persecution-wont-stop-us-from-breaking-our-silence/117265/

        Do you see what a hypocritical racist pig you are, “Carman”? On the one hand you preach the virtues of MLK, but on the other hand you practice hate and anti-Semitism. For someone who spends her life on Jewish websites ranting and raging against Jews and Israel, you must be really clinically.

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      • Ben

        That’s our Samson Daniel Whonoze. Let him run. He is trying as always to belligerently occupy the comment section. In his daily visitations he displays here, on a micro level, the spirit and practice of the occupation. He is its obtuse poster child. If he is too dumb to realize this, that’s not my problem. Let him run.

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        • Samson

          You are getting nervous and confused again, Ben. So, you can’t refute my arguments, you can’t even apologize for your/Carmen’s racist comment which I linked above, but instead you claim that we are “occupying the comment section of +972”? What an inane and obtuse comment.

          In fact, one will correctly argue that YOU who posts SIMULTANEOUSLY as “Ben”, “Brian”, “Bryan” “Carman”, “David”, “BruceCould”, “Pal Pronay”, etc. on this very site are inane and obtuse. You have at the very least admitted that “Ben”, ”Brian and “Bryan” are the same person, have you not?

          One will very correctly argue that YOU who spend 24/7 in the comment sections of Jewish websites using multiple Jewish sounding names to hide your jihadi background, while fixating on- obsessing with and ranting and raging against Jews and Israel EVERY SINGLE DAY and having no job to independently support yourself, are indeed an inane and obtuse imbecile. Unfortunately, you are just too dumb to realize what everyone has realized.

          Do you have a job, Ben? ROFLMAO…never mind!

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          • Ben

            Have you ever, even once in your life, told the truth? I’ve yet to see it. Actually, have you ever once written a single *sentence* that does not have a lie embedded in it? This is at once sad and amusing. Real life is that way. You’re not only an incorrigible troll, you’re an utterly incompetent troll. You aimed for a satisfying troll career and are a failure even at that. There’s always dishwashing or ditch digging. Nothing wrong with that. Time to visit your local career counselor. Your parole officer can refer you.

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          • Samson

            Ok, jihadi-Ben, you have no job. That’s fine.

            But here is yet another question: how do you make a living? Did you win lottery or are you receiving free monies from the government to eat and pay your bills, while not looking for a job, but instead dwell 24/7 in the comment section of Jewish websites fixating on- and obsessing about Jews and Israel?

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          • Ben

            I know you’re fascinated with me honey but my life is my own. Boundaries with someone like you are terribly important. Seek an answer to your boundless emotional emptiness elsewhere and above all try to seek goodness of fit in your life. I know you aimed for a satisfying troll career but it wasn’t meant to be. It’s OK. Somebody should have given you an aptitude test earlier in life and sat you down and gently leveled with you. Too bad you had to hear it from me at this late hour, so many years wasted. You’re heartbroken, I realize that, but people will still dislike you whether you are an Internet troll or not. As Heraclitus said, a man’s character is his fate. That goes for women too as the case may be.

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          • Samson

            LOL … Ben reduced to just ranting and talking gibberish.
            Get a life, moron, and get off this lunatic obsession with Jews and Israel.

            Get a job!

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    6. Eilon

      I don’t get this “ethnic cleansing” thing. Through the first three quarters of the 20th Century, the international community recognized mutual expulsion of minorities as being a reasonable way of resolving difficult international disputes. The same thing happened in India-Pakistan in 1948, Eastern Europe in 1945, Cyprus in 1974 plus other places.

      The World began to change its views about ethnic transfer in the late 1970s and this shift in opinion became universal in subsequent years. What 972 magazine doing here is RETROSPECTIVELY applying a standard of behavior that is now considered ABHORRENT but was considered REASONABLE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN 1948 and 1967.

      Furthermore, this article ignores the other side of the coin – the expulsion of 1 Million Mizrachi Jews by Arabs.

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      • Alex

        “Through the first three quarters of the 20th Century, the international community recognized mutual expulsion of minorities as being a reasonable way of resolving difficult international disputes.”

        No, the international community now recognize ethnic cleansing for what it is: A crime against humanity. And the Zionist colonial-settlers were the minority in Palestine, not the 750,000 indigenous Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed from Palestine by the Zionist colonial-settler minority.

        “Furthermore, this article ignores the other side of the coin – the expulsion of 1 Million Mizrachi Jews by Arabs.”

        Perhaps you should add “Aliyah” and “Zionism” to the list of things you don’t get.

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