No revisionist or post Zionist spin can plausibly deny that the War of
Independence was an attempt by a coalition of Arab states to annihilate us. But
as Goebbels used to say, “Repeat the same lie again and again and ultimately
people will believe it.”
Recent years have witnessed successful efforts
by increasing numbers of radical Israeli Arabs, in conjunction with their
kinsmen beyond Israel, to project into the public discourse a narrative which
portrays their antecedents as innocent victims of a conflict which led to their
dispossession and expulsion.
They mourn the consequences of the War of
Independence but suppress the fact it was their fathers who rejected the UN
partition plan and embarked on a war of annihilation against
Their approach is akin to Germans mourning the tragedy of their
losses during World War II, implying that it was a byproduct of Allied
criminality rather than Nazi aggression.
It is understandable that
Israeli Arabs lament the fleeing and even expulsion of their kinsmen in the
course of war. But in lieu of mourning their losses or commemorating
humanitarian tragedies, their leaders are promoting hatred of the people amongst
whom they live, garnering support for vengeance and delegitimization of the
They also seem quite nonchalant about the fact that they
are identifying themselves with those in surrounding Arab countries who aspire
to annihilate us.
Although Israeli Arabs have been described as a social
underclass similar to African Americans or Hispanics in the United States, they
undeniably enjoy the highest standard of living, level of literacy and freedom,
in stark contrast to the poverty and tyranny under which most of their kinsmen
in neighboring Arab countries languish.
Yet, notwithstanding this, a
significant number of Israeli Arabs continue inciting hatred against the people
amongst whom they live and the Zionist state which provides them with full
equality and the ability to benefit from all the services provided by an
advanced welfare infrastructure.
“Your independence is our Nakba
[catastrophe”] is a slogan constantly in use. “Jewish independence is our day of
mourning” was chanted by thousands of demonstrating Arab Israelis. Arab-Israeli
MK Taleb e-Sana proclaimed to Nakba protesters that “the Nakba is equivalent to
the destruction of the First and Second Temples.”
Those directing such
venomous campaigns, which frequently result in violence, do not appreciate that
by promoting such provocative public rallies, they not only outrage the majority
of Israelis, but are creating tensions which will ultimately make their own
lives in Israel intolerable.
THEY ALSO fail to take into account that the
majority of their neighbors are themselves refugees or descendants of refugees
from all over the world who found haven from persecution and violence in
In fact, a very large component of them – 850,000 – suffered
pogroms and persecution in Arab countries in 1948, and were forcibly expelled
and their properties and possessions confiscated.
One can visit virtually
every Arab city in the Middle East and witness the remnants of synagogues and
cemeteries from former vibrant major Jewish communities which were destroyed
because of Arab hatred.
Yet the descendants of these Jewish refugees were
fully integrated and no longer label themselves with refugee status.
contrast, Arab refugees have been deliberately maintained as pawns in the Arab-
Israeli conflict, and are the only refugee group in the world which continues to
be globally funded in order to serve as a vehicle to undermine an existing
Their squalid refugee status has been deliberately sustained for
generations, with their offspring being brainwashed with hatred into believing
that the day would come when they would return and repossess properties
forfeited in a war of aggression initiated by their antecedents.
a few drops of oil from barrels produced by the wealthy Arab states could have
provided far in excess of what was required to fund the resettlement and
integration of these refugees and their descendants into their own
The situation is even more outrageous when one realizes that
rehabilitation from their refugee status does not even necessitate adaptation to
a new cultural environment.
When a Russian or European Jew immigrates to
Israel, he must adjust to a totally different lifestyle in terms of language,
culture and even climate.
In contrast, an Arab need only travel a few
miles in order to attach himself to an identical cultural and religious
community to that to which he was accustomed from birth.
Of course, the
reason the vast majority of Arab Israelis are adamant about living in Israel is
because even as a minority they are better off socially, economically and
educationally in a democratic Jewish state than living amongst their own
There is nothing which precludes people in a democracy from
maintaining unconventional or even controversial customs as they deem fit in the
context of their private lives. But if Israeli Arabs publicly indulge in
activities which mourn the creation of the state in which they live as a
catastrophe and demand the right of return for their refugee brethren and their
offspring – a step which would end the Jewish majority in Israel – they are
playing with fire and provoking resentment among the majority of Israelis, which
will inevitably result in making their lives in Israel unbearable.
one visualize elements within a Jewish Diaspora community seeking to incite
hatred against the host community and undermine cherished national ideals or
symbols? In such a case, the bulk of the Jewish community itself would welcome
punitive action by the government to deter deviants from within their ranks
generating hatred and prejudice against them.
Thus, the government has a
responsibility not only to Jews but equally to decent Israeli Arabs who seek to
peacefully co-exist and prosper in this country, to ensure that any such
provocative organizations or groups (which many would consider treasonable), at
the very least, are effectively denied government funding.
such activity as treasonable, shocking though it may sound, is
The Nakba commemoration operates in complete synchronization
with the orchestrated global campaign to demonize and delegitimize Israel. It is
part of the new assault which seeks to suppress the reality that Israel fought
in 1948 to defend itself against forces seeking its annihilation.
amounts to an attempt to delegitimize Israel by transforming public discourse
about the rights and wrongs of the Arab-Israeli conflict to one in which “the
injustice caused to the Palestinians” is defined as the source of the problem.
If we fail to challenge and repudiate this false narrative, we do so at our
peril and expose ourselves to immeasurably horrendous long-term negative
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