Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fiction and Lies of the Nachba in a Taxi

A typical case of lies from the "Falestinian" fantasy associated with the "Nachbah" told to a friend of mine. 

"Today I had the most intriguing and unsettling experience – had to take a taxi – very pleasant driver who I engaged in conversation as I usually do as I’ve met some fascinating people and heard some amazing stories.
He told me he was a REFUGEE from JERUSALEM?? – Aha. Interesting beginning.
He went on to explain that his family were "Arabs of the Mandated Area" (Falestinians) who had had a farm in a village about 6 kilometres from Nazareth. They, had been there for generations, but the Zionists had gone in and exterminated everyone in the village in 1948."

Wait didn't he say that he was a refugee from Jerusalem or an unnamed village near Nazareth?

 Some places in the Mandated Areas were entirely destroyed and left uninhabitable; others were left with a few hundred residents and were repopulated by Jewish immigrants, then renamed.  I have presented the villages mentioned from "Falestinian" sources.
Please note that in all the cases the towns and or villages were built on top of sites that were once Jewish and the names are similar to those of the previous vanquished Israelite communities.

Additionally as to his claim that "the Zionists had gone in and exterminated everyone in the village in 1948." Then pray tell how did he come to be if as he claims "everyone was exterminated!!???" Additionally there are no stories of any alleged "massacres" or atrocities in the British mandatory or post War of Independence UN accounts of these villages? 

Below is a list of the Towns and villages according to the Mandatory Palestine Government Nazareth Subdistrict and their story.

al-Subeih- The small Bedouin village is not even indicated on any British Mandatory Government Map, ( see image from map) and there are no references to it any sources of the Mandatory Authorities.

Indur (Arabic: إندور‎) was a Palestinian village, located 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) southeast of Nazareth. Its name preserves that of ancient Endor, a Canaanite city state thought to have been located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the northeast. The village was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and its inhabitants became refugees, some of whom were internally displaced. In Israel today, there are a few thousand internally displaced Palestinians who hail from Indur, and continue to demand their right of return.  Sheikh Tawfiq Ibrahim, one of the leaders of the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine and an associate of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, was from Indur.The village was occupied by Israel's Golani Brigade on May 24, 1948. 
The Golani Brigade went on "cleansing and defending" the area until early June

Ma'alul was a Palestinian village, made up primarily of Palestinian Christians, that was depopulated and destroyed by Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Located six kilometers west of the city of Nazareth, many of its inhabitants became internally displaced refugees, after taking refuge in Nazareth and the neighbouring town of Yafa an-Naseriyye. Despite having never left the territory that came to form part of Israel, the majority of the villagers of Maalul, and other Palestinian villages like Andor and Al-Mujidal, were declared "absentees", allowing for the confiscation of their land under the Absentees Property Law.
Ma'alul with the Biblical town of Nahalal in the of the land of the Tribe of Zebulun, and also a Levite city (Joshua 21:35). Nahalal did not yield to the conquering Israelites initially, due to its strong fortifications, but they did pay taxes to them. 
Archaeological findings have identified remains from the Israelite period. During the Roman period was called "Mahalul". It flourished from the commercially strategic location during the Roman/Byzantine times (Mishna and Talmud). It is mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud (Megilla page 2, 2 1:1), and listed among the walled cities from the period of Joshua.

Al-Mujaydil (Arabic: المْجيدل‎ (also: al-Mujeidil) was a former Palestinian village located 6 km southwest of Nazareth. Al-Mujaydil was one of a few towns that achieved local council status by the Mandatory Palestine government. In 1945, the village had a population of 1,900 and total land area of 18,836 dunams – mostly Arab-owned. The population was almost entirely Christian and the town contained a Roman Catholic church and monastery.

The same area today
Sepphoris (Ancient Greek: Σέπφωρις), also known as Tzippori (Hebrew: צִפּוֹרִי), Diocesaraea (Ancient Greek: Διοκαισάρεια), and Saffuriya (Arabic: صفورية‎, also transliterated Safurriya and Suffurriye) is a village and an archaeological site located in the central Galilee region of Israel, 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) north-northwest of Nazareth.
Following the Bar Kokhba revolt of 132–135, Sepphoris was one of the centers in Galilee where rabbinical families from Judea relocated. Remains of a 6th-century synagogue have been uncovered in the lower section of the site. In the 7th century, the town was conquered by the Arab caliphates like much of the rest of Palestine. Successive Arab and Islamic imperial authorities ruled the area until the end of the first World War I, with a brief interruption during the Crusades.

The Village population made fearful from stories of atrocities and massacres on Arab League radio broadcast  during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and their  the incessant calls to make way for the victorious armies fled in mass.

The Claim of Ethnic Cleansing

Neither Ben-Gurion nor the Zionist movement ‘planned’ the displacement of the 700,000-odd Arabs who moved or were removed from their homes in 1948. On the contrary there was no such plan or blanket policy.

This is reflected in the Israeli Declaration of Independence were it states clearly;
“We appeal - in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months - to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the up building of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.”
Transfer was never adopted by the Zionist movement as part of its platform; on the contrary, the movement always accepted that the Jewish state that arose would contain a sizable Arab minority.

In 1947-48 it is well documented as to how the "Arabs of the Mandated Area" gleefully joined the invading Arab League armies and launched a war whose aim – which they have never denied – was to destroy the nascent state of Israel (and quite probably its inhabitants as well).

Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood leader and cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya'qub said in a televised sermon in 2009,
"If the Jews left Palestine to us, would we start loving them? Of course not! The Jews are infidels not because I say so but because Allah does... They aren't our enemies because they occupy Palestine; they would be our enemies even if they had not occupied anything." 
But – what can you do? – the Arab League armies were utterly defeated and beaten. And in the course of defeating them, the Israelis drove out the Irregular Palestinian forces, who were not ‘totally innocent ... peasants’ (a ludicrous phrase). Their villages and towns served as the bases from which their militiamen and armies attacked Jewish communities and convoys. And when the Jews were on the upper hand and defeat was possible the men ran and left their women and children behind as retold in the pro-Palestinian Zocrot propaganda YouTube interviews. The ‘innocent’ Palestinians were the aggressors – and dispossession was the price they paid for their aggression.

In the circumstances, had the Jews not driven them out, Israel would not have arisen and its (Jewish) population would have been slaughtered – or, at the least, the Jewish state would have been established with a considerable Fifth Column in its midst and rendered mortally unstable.

(Conversely, had the Arabs accepted the 1947 UN Partition Resolution, refrained from violence, and gone on with their lives as loyal Israeli citizens, nothing would have happened to them.)

Nevertheless, Israel emerged from the 1948 War with a 160,000-strong Arab minority (alongside 700,000 Jews) – a fact that tends to undermine the charge that there was a blanket policy of “ethnic cleansing”.

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