Founder and executive director of the non-profit organization If Americans Knew (IAK) and president of the Council for the National Interest (CNI)—two organizations heavily concerned with the conflict between Israel and Palestine—Alison Weir, a freelance American journalist, first had her interest peaked by the situation in Palestine in 2000 while working as an editor for a small newspaper in Sausalito, CA.
“I knew almost nothing about Israel and Palestine eight years ago. I was the editor of a small newspaper in Northern California writing about the city counsel, the school district, the local fishing fleet. Like most Americans I skimmed the headlines over this very important issue, I accepted the confusion found there, and I moved on.”
After the interest in the back of her head gnawed at her curiosity to a breaking point—the curse of a writer—Weir started pouring over headlines and quickly came to some startling conclusions. What she thought she knew about the situation in Palestine turned out to be drastically different than what the reality was turning out to be. It soon became an obsession for the writer/editor to seek out and learn the full truth—a truth she briefly and articulately explains better than I ever could:
“One of the things I learned was that when I was born there was no Israel—it did not exist. There was Palestine, a region which had been around, of course, for many centuries…So, the question is: if Israel didn’t exist when I was born, where did Israel come from; and where did this conflict come from?
To answer that question you don’t go back a thousand years, or two thousand years, or whatever. You just go back to the late 1800’s and you find that Palestine was under the Ottoman Empire. It was a multicultural land; about 80% Muslim, 15% Christian, 5% Jewish, all living on the land, all practicing their religions fairly harmoniously without significant conflict at all.
So what happened to this land? You don’t change places chronologically, but you do geographically, and you discover that if you go to Europe there was a movement started…called Political Zionism, that developed a wonderful, shining slogan: A land without people for a people without land.
Zionism, political Zionism in particular, was the belief that there needed to be a Jewish state somewhere in the world. They considered Uganda, Argentina, they considered parts of North America for the Jewish state, and eventually they settled on Palestine because of biblical connections from 2000 years before. Now, if you’ll think of that slogan—A land without people for a people without land—that I grew up with, it sounds wonderful, I think we would endorse that. Except, it was not a land without people—it was fully inhabited…Nevertheless, the immigration continued by Zionists to Palestine to create a Jewish state; and as we know, indigenous populations do not, especially over time, welcome their colonists with open arms, especially as their colonists increase in number, and as it becomes clear that the intention is to dispossess 95% of the people who are already there. The immigration continued and the violence continued.
Jumping ahead now to 1947….The British had taken over the mandate from the Ottoman’s after WW1. After World War 2 the British, finally, with all the violence between the two groups—and against the British Empire as well—decided to turn over the question of Palestine to the United Nations to solve. The United Nations at this point had the option of affirming a bedrock principal of democracy, and of the United Nations itself, which was self determination of peoples; or they could revert to the medieval version where an entity gives someone else’s land away; divides it in half. Well, sadly, I believe, for the world and everyone, the United Nations, rather than determining self determination of peoples, in which the people there would decide their own land, their own government, their own country, etc., they decided to recommend a partition plan in which half of it would be given to a Jewish state; and half to a Palestinian/Christian state.”
Since after the State of Israel was created in 1947, its Zionist government—a Jewish political movement, not representative of the Jewish religion—have been committing a genocide right under our noses, occupying other peoples land, trapping them inside of their own towns, cutting them off from imported resources, and our western media sources have been ignoring, if not completely lying about it. Us in the western world have paid our tax-dollars to governments who send billions of those dollars to the Israeli’s to do what they have been doing the entire time, funding their military, and training their forces, even sending our own citizens to join their ranks, never hearing the truth of what we are blindly supporting. Well, take a look at this map which depicts the mass slaughter of the Palestinians over the last 97 years for an idea:
This year, since the 8th of July, when we were supposed to be distracted by the MH17 false flag operation in the Ukraine, the Israeli military, who occupy every square inch of Gaza with tanks, checkpoints, and machine guns, unleashed a brutal attack of bombings, tank shelling, and mass shootings. Though there have been many attempts at cease-fires, or so the press says, it seems within a few hours of every one a Palestinian elementary school gets blown to bits, or a mosque, hospital, or power plant. While this is happening the western media keeps showing us western politicians proclaiming their support for defending Israel. Well, you be the judge of who is defending against who. Right now the death count for the last 3 weeks is 1,400 Palestinians to 59 Israelis. Over 75% of the Palestinians killed have been civilians, many of them children. Every single person, except 3, of the Israeli’s killed have been soldiers.
The Israeli’s claim that Hamas, the democratically elected government of Palestine, is a terrorist network set on erasing the Jewish people from the land—western governments and corporate media sing the same song. The reason for the recent attacks on Palestine are in retaliation for 3 Israeli soldiers which were killed months and months back, who Israel’s government blames Hamas for kidnapping and killing, but which Hamas wholeheartedly denies.
Hamas has a series of tunnels dug all over the place which they claim they use to get water, food, and other vital resources into the country, as Israel has blocked anyone from sending anything over the border, but Israel has claimed, with the support of the western war machine, that the tunnels are being used for Hamas soldiers to get inside of Israel to kill innocent people. They, the Israelis, have used these tunnels, as well as stating Hamas militants hide inside of schools, churches, hospitals, and houses to use civilians as human shields, as an excuse to obliterate all of these types of places—which, by the way, are international war crimes.
For the record, though I don’t endorse Hamas or any of its tenets except seeking freedom, in their own defense, they don’t state they want to “wipe every Jew off the face of the earth” as the western media portrays, or as Jamie Weinstein, Senior Editor of The Daily Caller, recently stated they do—though Hamas believes it will come to that eventually in the day of judgement as the Koran states, and as the Torah also states. For the time being though, Hamas, as they state in their 1988, Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), is only interested in reclaiming the land of Palestine—the one that has been disappearing from their control as millions in their generations have been slaughtered for the past 100 years:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance is to Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will be rife, oppression spreads, evil prevails and schisms and wars will break out.” – The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), (18/8/1988).”
The problem is only getting worse before it gets better, and the solution begins with education on the subject. So, without further ado, here is an incredible half-hour long presentation by Allison Weir about her personal experience with going to Palestine compared to what she had heard through the western media beforehand and afterward. It’s an incredibly well spoken, informative, and heart wrenching presentation—and it is extremely important. Feel free to share it everywhere you can. The channel the video is from is in the info below, as well as links to contribute help to Allison’s organizations.
By Olan Thomas
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