Israel: Deny, Deny, Deny

8 Aug

If Israel really is the “victim” of Arab aggression as it has claimed to be since its inception over 60 years ago, why is it attempting to erase controversial stains from its history? Israel is now cutting its 1948 “catastrophe” from its history textbooks:

The Israeli government will remove references to what Palestinians call the “catastrophe” of Israel’s creation from textbooks for Arab schoolchildren, the education minister said Wednesday.

The reference to “al-naqba,” the Arabic word catastrophe, as Palestinians call their defeat and exile in the war over Israel’s 1948 creation, was inserted by a dovish Israeli education minister in 2007.

The phrase remains contentious six decades later, a symptom of the continuing divisions in Israel. Many Israeli Arabs identify politically with their Palestinian counterparts in the West Bank and Gaza. As a result, some Israeli Jews accuse Israeli Arabs of disloyalty to the country.

Israel’s current government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-line Likud Party, includes members who favor cracking down on Israeli Arabs by ordering loyalty oaths or even moving them out of Israel.

“No other country in the world, in its official curriculum, would treat the fact of its founding as a catastrophe,” Education Minister Gideon Saar of Likud told Israel’s parliament on Wednesday.

Israeli Arab lawmaker Hana Sweid accused the government of “naqba denial.”

“It’s a major attack on the identity of the Palestinian Arab citizens of the state of Israel, on their memories and their adherence to their identity,” he told the Associated Press.

Since this “Al-naqba,” the Palestinians have been the victims of intense and barbaric sanctions, starvation, and slaughter at the hands of the Israelis, and they wonder why some Palestinians and Arabs might be opposed to ignoring the source of where it all started?

This is just another example of how foolish it is for the US to be involved in this bloody and bitter issue. Why is it in our interest to take sides in an ethnic, religious, and historically complex war in the middle of the desert?

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