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Israeli Racism and Mass Murder Has Created 6.5 Million Refugees

Israel was not fighting back and winning in 1948 and 1967 any more than the U.S. government was fighting back and winning against the Native Americans when it was carrying out massive ethnic cleansing here. In both cases it was pure mass murder and ethnic cleansing.

In 1948 there were 34 separate massacres of Palestinian innocents carried out by the forces that established the racist Israeli state. About 13,000 Palestinians were murdered by the Zionists. Half of all Palestinian villages were destroyed. In addition 737,166 Palestinians were forcefully evicted from their homes. This brought on the first mass exodus of at least 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland.

Becky Johnson may see this as a victory of good over evil, but most of the world rightfully sees it as a crime against humanity.

In 1967 Israel decided to attack Egypt and Syria. Even Menahem Begin, who Albert Einstein criticized for carrying out the brutal massacre at Deir Yassin in 1948, and who was a minister in the government that attacked Egypt in 1967 admitted, “In June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.� (From Noam Chomsky, "The Fateful Triangle.)

In additionYitzhak Rabin, Israel's Chief of Staff in 1967, admitted, "I do not think Nasser wanted war. The two divisions he sent to The Sinai would not have been sufficient to launch an offensive war. He knew it and we knew it." (Le Monde, 2/28/68)

Likewise the Israeli government of that time has also admitted to their aggression against Syria. Moshe Dayan, the Israeli Defense Minister in 1967 who gave the orders to conquer the Syrian Golan Heights, stated of the Israeli settlers, 'They didn't even try to hide their greed for the land...We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn't possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn't shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that's how it was...The Syrians, on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us." (The New York Times, May 11, 199)

Israel’s 1967 war of aggression was used by the racist Israeli government to drive 773,000 more Palestinians from their homeland.

Many other acts of aggression and ethnic cleansing continue to this day.

Today there are about 6.5 million Palestinian refugees worldwide, including about 260,000 internal refugees living in camps.

As I stated earlier:

The refugee crisis of the native people of Palestine is the result of a conscious and systematic policy of ethnic cleansing by the Israeli government. Two of the largest expulsions and land thefts of the native population occurred in 1948 and in 1967, but this policy of ethnic cleansing continues to this day through continued expropriations, continued economic and physical violence against the Palestinian people, and a continued denial of the right to return for the Palestinian Diaspora while new Jews from the around the world are always allowed to immigrate (and are actually welcome if they are white).

Johnson’s claim that proper documentation can remedy and reverse home expropriations by the Israeli government is false. The Israeli government rarely recognizes Palestinian documents as legitimate.

The expropriation of Palestinian homes by the racist Israeli government was recently denounced by South Africa's Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu who during his trip to Israel saw many similarities between the treatment of Blacks in South Africa under Apartheid and the treatment of Palestinians by Israel. But Johnson is blind to racism as stark as the expropriation of homes for the oppressor nationality saying, "What you call racism, is really a favoritism."

Stop ethnic cleansing! End the over 3 billion in yearly U.S. military aid to Israel! Down with U.S. imperialism!

To n5667:

Speaking of the rights of Palestinians does not mean that one supports suicide bombers. Nor are many Palestinians carrying out or supporting such actions against civilians. In addition it is important to differentiate between attacks carried out against civilians and those carried out against legitimate military targets. I have never offered any support to any attacks on civilians, be they Hebrew speaking or Palestinian.

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