Palestine

How terrorism created modern Israel…

“State of Terror” – Thomas Suarez

Since British Foreign Secretary Balfour fraudulently signed away Palestine for a Jewish state in 1917, Zionism has been the driving force behind the decades of violence, subjugation, displacement and dehumanisation forced upon the Palestinian nation.

As this year’s centenary of the Balfour Declaration approaches this book is a timely reminder that a European land-theft movement based on ethnic nationalism, which hijacked Judaism and historic Jewish persecution, is the ideology behind Israel’s ruthless and perpetual expansionism.

Zionism created the mythical narrative of a covenanted “race” whose entitlement to Palestine was supposedly guaranteed by an ancient religious text and reinforced it with a fanatical, shocking and indiscriminate programme of murder and destruction.

By focusing upon the Zionist terrorism campaign of the 1940s and 1950s, Suarez has produced a comprehensive catalogue and analysis of the carnage from which Israel was born. With alarming symmetry to Nazi atrocities, Zionist violence was targeted against anyone who challenged its goals. This included the British, who by 1947 had openly recognised that no-one was safe from the terrorists, indigenous Palestinians, and even Jews. Most victims of targeted assassinations during this period were in-fact Jewish.

Such was the ferocity of this insurgency it is surprising that the daily reports of murderous attacks on British armed forces and civilians, recorded in detail by the UK government, have not had more influence on foreign policy. Even high-profile incidents such as the murder of Lord Moyne in 1944, letter bombs sent to Churchill, Bevin and Eden, and even, heaven forbid, the bombing of London’s Colonial Club seem forgotten.

The “peace-seeking democracy” of Israel still uses the same tactics, albeit now state-sponsored, to enforce its occupation and siege of Palestine and Britain remains wedded to this well-documented campaign of terror. As Suarez points out, the personalities and circumstances have changed but, criminally, nearly 70 years after Israel’s birth Zionism continues with its lethal attempts to create a racially pure state to which it claims messianic entitlement.

Originally published in a slightly edited form by The Morning Star.

Palestinian football

Shabab Al Khaleel (Hebron) have been crowned champions of the West Bank league, despite being held 1-1 by bottom of the table Markaz Shabab Al Am’ari, when second-placed Shabab Al Khader lost 1-0 at lowly Shabab Dora (Hebron). Shabab Al Khaleel last won the league in 1985. Khadamat Rafah ended their season as Gaza League champions, after a 3-3 draw at Shabab Rafah, with Al-Sadaka finishing as runners up.