Nakba Knockout

…In recent debates about the Palestinian “Nakba,” the claim has been made that there are two “narratives,” an Israeli one and a Palestinian one, and we should pay attention to both of them. That, of course, is true: Alongside the Israeli-Zionist claims regarding the Jewish people’s connection to its historic homeland and the Jews’ miserable situation, there are Palestinian claims that regard the Jews as a religious group only and Zionism as an imperialist movement. via Professor Shlomo Avineri

…It is important to note that the last time the question of Palestinian statehood took center stage at the General Assembly, the question posed to the international community was whether our homeland should be partitioned into two states. In November 1947, the General Assembly made its recommendation and answered in the affirmative. Shortly thereafter, Zionist forces expelled Palestinian Arabs to ensure a decisive Jewish majority in the future state of Israel, and Arab armies intervened. War and further expulsions ensued. – Abu Mazen AKA Abbas is the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the president of the Palestinian National Authority via nytimes.com.

But above and beyond these claims is the simple fact – and it is a fact, not a “narrative” – that in 1947, the Zionist movement accepted the United Nations partition plan, whereas the Arab side rejected it and went to war against it. A decision to go to war has consequences, just as it did in 1939 or 1941.

…Nakba Historiography
of East Prussia…

…Abbas mentioned the partition decision in his article, but said not one single word about the facts – who accepted it and who rejected it. He merely wrote that “Shortly thereafter, Zionist forces expelled Palestinian Arabs.”

That is like those Germans who talk about the horrors of the expulsion of 12 million ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe after 1945, but fail to mention the Nazi attack on Poland, or the Japanese who talk about Hiroshima, but fail to mention their attack on Pearl Harbor. That is not a “narrative,” it is simply not telling the truth. Effects cannot be divorced from causes. – Professor Shlomo Avineri

Nakba knockout!  Avineri, a lecturer of mine, is a firm leftist, but of the old Mapai version. via myrightword.blogspot.com

image of Mike Tyson’s PunchOut via birdunderrocks.blogspot.com

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