The Balfour abomination.

His Majesty’s government views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

This is the declaration, written by Lord Balfour which commits the British government to the formation of a Jewish state. I’ve highlighted in blue the part of this statement which has been completely ignored in the intervening century since it was originally penned.

The impending centenary is seen as a cause for celebration according to the Prime Minister Theresa May, along with a good many of ‘our’ approving elected representatives. A source of pride, she claimed. I suggest if she really wants to know the truth, she should do some research. Whilst throwing taxpayers money at a commemoration to ‘the Holocaust’ in London, she should reflect on the forgotten victims of Jewish ethnic cleansing, hundreds of thousands of innocent Palestinians. There will be no museum or fancy designer monument for the victims of the Balfour Declaration.

Just as we are bombarded with stories of surviving Holocaust survivors, empathy for Palestinians terrorised enough to flee with whatever personal items they could carry is none existent. Not only did the British give away something ‘we’ didn’t own, our ‘glorious’ British Army stood by while the well armed Jewish militias were driving away the indigenous people who had already learned of the consequences of not escaping. We will never know how many were slaughtered by the marauding killers.

Surviving Palestinians still yearn to return to the homes they were so callously and forcibly evicted from. Many of their descendants are living as refugees in neighbouring countries. They are classed as stateless and subsequently have few rights.

… And this is where, after being complicit in the original crime, our politicians turn the other cheek and pretend that this crime is not ongoing. Unsurprisingly, the crime has become much more subtle now. The perpetual land grabs, by building walls and the daily demolition of peoples homes, progressively chips away at the shrinking area they could possibly call a state.

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The graphic above shows the extent to which Israeli Jews have systematically increased the theft of Palestinian land. What it doesn’t show is the water deprivation, the dozens of pointless checkpoints or the lack of electricity the Palestinians endure. The Israelis even smash solar panels used in the more remote areas, donated by the EU amongst others. These examples are the tip of the iceberg. Life is made a misery for the Palestinians, without doubt a deliberate Israeli government policy. The research for Theresa May I wrote about earlier need only go as far as finding a map like the one above. I suspect she knows all about the ongoing crimes of Netanyahu and his extremist colleagues but flagrantly disregards the inhuman treatment the belligerent IDF soldiers inflict on Palestinians.  Moreover, the vast majority of our politicians are in ‘friends of Israel’. Perhaps they should be a lot more careful about the company they keep.



Countless holocausts.

The mass slaughter of any group of people is despicable.

Mankinds propensity to methodically slaughter each other in huge numbers is nothing new. The English policies pertaining to the Irish potato famine were a primary cause of the catastrophe and then, to add insult to injury, the ‘gentry’ took advantage of the situation. There was more recently Rwanda. I could go on and on. There seems no limits to what we can do to each other using tribal, religious, ethnic grievances or simply just for conquest. Equating victim numbers to measure the severity of a murderous crime is impossible. Whether it is from persecution, starvation, brutality or ethnically cleansing a region, we don’t have a league table of senseless mass murder.

The ongoing and daily killings of Palestinians, the deprivation of basic human rights and the slow but significant ethnic cleansing is no less a crime than we’ve seen over thousands of years of human history. The difference in the crimes committed on the Palestinians is that they are being done in supposed enlightened times and even more importantly, in full view of the world. Netanyahu calls them terrorists, just as the resistance to the Nazi regime during the second world war were described.

Mr Netanyahu needs to consult International law. Resistance is permitted to an ongoing occupation (West Bank) and any reasonable person would agree, that to completely cut off a region from the rest of the world creates a situation whereby those imprisoned in this contained area should be allowed to free themselves by any means possible (Gaza). Does Netanyahu condone the Warsaw ghetto? Does he not see the similarities between Gaza and Nazi concentration camps?

This multi pronged attack on the Palestinians hasn’t been going on for five or ten years. It’s been happening for decades. Over that time, millions of refugees have been produced. Countless lives destroyed. Ethnic cleansing on a scale never before witnessed, not even by barbaric humans.

Victim numbers are irrelevant. The family of every victim suffers unbearable misery. The refugee suffers indescribable pain. Upheaval beyond our imagination.

Dozens of memorials, research centres and museums in at least 34 different countries doesn’t make a particular slaughter or a chain of events any more significant or more important than any other heinous crime.

Just because they believe they suffered more than any other doesn’t mean they are entitled to imprison over 500 children, many without any sort of judicial oversight. Because they were treated like shit doesn’t mean they can treat others like shit.

To consider a person from a different background, religion or ethnicity to be inferior is the kind of ideology that a very few high ranking Nazis may have had. For it to be prevalent amongst (certainly) the so called settlements and even amongst ordinary, every day Israeli Jews is a sobering thought. If we are to believe Abby Martins most recent report from Israel, it confirms a serious problem that is endemic in their society.

Chloe from the Israel Advocacy Movement tries to counter the report by Martin but fails miserably.  Chloe is not impartial. Abby Martin has been genuinely shocked at what she saw in the West Bank.

I’m tired of exceptionalism. I don’t think I’m better than anyone else. I don’t believe ‘my people’ have suffered more than any other people and the only primary holocaust is the one the one that can be stopped right now.