Another Nakba Day has come and gone with its not-unexpected bloody consequences.
The Nakba must be the single most successful revanchist propaganda ploy ever –
one which dementedly ultra-tolerant Israel has allowed to gain momentum and
become a fixed feature of our surreal existence.
Never has a revanchist
cause been marketed as effectively. It wasn’t so even in the aftermath of the
Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 when France lost Alsace-Lorraine and seethed with
patriotic retributionist ardor to reverse its wartime losses. This
furious groundswell was then dubbed revanchism (from revanche, French for
revenge).Revanchism is inextricably tied to irredentism – the often
unsavory nationalist agitation whereby one country claims stretches of another’s
territory as property belonging to it.
World War II resulted from
precisely such a lethal combination of revanchism and irredentism. Hitler strove
to avenge Germany’s World War I defeat and (so he claimed initially) take
control of territories populated by Germanspeakers. He insisted that
Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland was Germania Irredenta (unredeemed Germany) – his
“last demand in Europe.”
That border region’s German inhabitants, Hitler
persuaded a world all too eager to be duped, deserve
self-determination. Germans cannot live as a minority anywhere. (Just as
Hitler’s next move was to portray Sudeten Germans as oppressed. He
staged a circus of provocation charging the “perfidious Czechs” with terrorizing
Sudeten women and children and murdering innocent villagers. Sounds familiar?
Just substitute Israelis for Czechs and Palestinians for Sudetens.
months after appeasing democracies let Germany have the Sudetenland, Hitler took
all of Czechoslovakia. His “last demand” wasn’t final after all. “I saw our
enemies in Munich,” he later recalled his 1938 powwow with Neville
Chamberlain. “They are little worms.”
Israel’s original sin is
refusing to surrender without a shot like Czechoslovakia. Its subsequent most
cardinal sin was having dared spoil Arab plans for its
annihilation. Because Israel impudently remained alive (and kicking), its
survival is denigrated as a Nakba – catastrophe.
The very term “nakba”
bristles with revanchism, and nobody knows better than the volatile, incited
Arab masses how to collectively fly off the handle in an orchestrated display of
premeditated pseudo-righteous indignation.
This is what we face each year
– to a lesser or greater extent – on the day they designate to lament the fact
that we at all live. Let there be no mistake: The bottom line of their grievance
is that not all our forebears perished in the Holocaust, that some had reached
this land pre-WWII and that others endured and came here post-WWII.
very assertion that the Nakba resulted wantonly out of the blue from Israel’s
birth in 1948 is in itself a gross distortion. The conflict didn’t begin
in 1948 – it reached its culmination then.
The Arabs violently opposed
the Jewish community which existed in this country pre-WWII and was ripe for
statehood before the Holocaust. The “Great Arab Revolt” of 1936-39 – fomented by
the still-revered Haj Amin al-Husseini and financed by Nazi Germany – delayed
Jewish independence. The Arabs denied asylum here to desperate Jewish escapees
from Hitler’s hell. Thereby they doomed these refugees to death. The blood of
these exterminated Jews indelibly stains Arab hands.
But that’s not all.
Husseini, in the role of pan-Arab prime minister, spent the war years in Berlin,
where he hobnobbed with Hitler, Himmler, Eichmann, et al. He broadcast Nazi
propaganda, recruited Muslims to the SS and actively foiled the rescue of any
Jews, even children, during the Holocaust.
The Arabs of this country were
avidly pro-Nazi, saluted each other with Heil Hitler, flaunted the swastika,
hoarded arms, harbored German spies and planned to heartily welcome Rommel’s
invading Afrika Korps.
The war that the entire Arab world launched
against newborn Israel, three years post-Holocaust, was explicitly geared to
complete Hitler’s unfinished mission. Not only was there no attempt to
camouflage this genocidal goal, but it was broadcast boastfully for all to hear
and be intimidated.
Two weeks pre-attack, on May 1, 1948, Arab League
Secretary-General Abdul- Rahman Azzam Pasha declared: “If the Zionists dare
establish a state, the massacres we would unleash would dwarf anything which
Genghis Khan and Hitler perpetrated.”
Lest any doubt linger, Azzam
reiterated his message the day seven Arab armies attacked: “This will be a war
of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the
Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”
But things, alas, didn’t turn out
as per Azzam’s bravado. Ever since, consequently, frustrated Arabs fume with
ferocious wrath about being unfairly denied their state under the UN partition
plan that they deliberately sabotaged.
Murderous Arab rampages already
greeted the November 29, 1947 UN General Assembly decision to divide this tiny
land into a Palestinian Arab state and a pitifully puny, terrifyingly vulnerable
Jewish counterpart (wedged mainly along the coastal highway between Tel Aviv and
Jerusalem was consigned to international administration, and
the entire unlikely shebang was to form one economic unit in the abiding spirit
of brotherly love. The pipe dream’s single outstanding shortcoming was the
palpable paucity of brotherly love.
The Arabs set out to thwart the
implementation of the UN decision. Now they pose as the hapless victims of the
war they instigated. They lost their own war and, ever since, are consumed by
the twin rages of irredentism and revanchism.
What they call “occupation”
doesn’t only relate to the territories that came under Israeli control in 1967.
Occupation also – and principally – refers to the territories that constitute
Israel since 1948. In other words, all of Israel is
illegitimate. Israel’s very existence is unacceptable. No Jews should be
It is somehow unfair that by dint of our ancestors’ good fortune,
they escaped the Holocaust – either before or during its perpetration. That is
the historical injustice which Husseini’s and Azzam’s spiritual heirs and
torchbearers lament under the Nakba moniker.
Like Hitler and his
mouthpiece Goebbels, Arabs honed the skill of disguising their aggressive
revanchism and irredentism as wretched victimhood. Exceedingly more than
in Czechoslovakia’s case, the world is all too eager to be
Defeat-spawned Arab revanchism is as unjustified as would have
been German revanchism after the Third Reich’s fall. Essentially our War
of Independence was an Arab-plotted epilogue to WWII. Hence the Nakba isn’t
about the undeserved displacement of innocents, who in all innocence merely
yearn for their parents’ and grandparents’ erstwhile homes.
back in 1949, after the first outcry to turn back the clock’s hands and
repatriate hostile Arabs inside minuscule Israel, David Ben-Gurion determined
that “just as it is impossible to resurrect 6,000 of our finest sons and
daughters who fell in the War of Independence which the Arabs forced upon us; or
heal the thousands maimed in that same Arab onslaught; or bring back the
millions who could have been saved from the Holocaust had the Arabs not barred
their entry to Eretz Yisrael; or breathe life into all those they massacred
before 1948 – so it is impossible for those called Arab refugees to demand the
right to return as if nothing had happened.”www.sarahhonig.com