Said in his book, ‘The End of the Peace Process’ shows all too clearly how Arafat, badly prepared and only intent on preserving his own power and his return to “Palestine, arrived at Oslo prepared to give, give, give and get nothing in return and nowhere was this more evident than in his accepting the continued existence of a settler community of a couple of hundred people in Hebron the home to some 100,000 Palestinians. Hebron is coming back to haunt not only the PA but also, to some extent, the Israeli government, or at least to that degree that might provoke the more “reasonable” citizens of the Zionist state to debate what kind of Israel they themselves want. This leads me to draw up a nice little analogy.
Nationalism, we are told, went to bed as a sleeping beauty and then raised its head as a nasty demon. There is most definitely some truth in this for that nationalism that appeared after “La Grand Revolution” of 1789 was, along with liberalism, a progressive force. However, transported at the end of French bayonets and then surpressed after the revolutions of 1848, it was to reappear at the end of the nineteenth century in a more belligerent form and it was then to have its ultimate expression in the madness that was national socialism. The corruption though can be seen even in its original conception. Similarly, the very concept of a Jewish state, although to some extent, a reaction to the madness that was spawned in Europe, is a priori corrupt. That this had to be so was all too evident even before the ethnic cleansing of 1948. Of course, by deftly employing the madness that went before and by controlling opinion in a manner, which Dr Josef Goebbels would have been proud of, the real nature of the Zionist state has been papered over. Never, was that more evident than it is in Hebron at the moment for, while Israel cries foul and harks on about its security at every turn to justify all too blatent examples of man’s inhumanity to man, what is happening in Hebron is so blatantly obvious that it must be difficult for even Israelis to ignore the obvious parallels with that other national socialist state.
20,000 settlers are decending on Hebron, there is a pilgimage to some gobbly-gook tomb at a time when IDF troops and Palestinians are being attacked, settlers are refusing to leave a house that they have no right to, graves have been desecrated and history is being repeated and “moderate” Israel bleats, “extremists”, extremists” as if the Haganah, Irgun and Stern gangs Ben Gurion and Menachim Begin, the IDF, Shin Bet, Ariel Sharon, Ehud Barak, represented a face of moderation. The farce continues!
The picture shows the desecrated Palestinian cemetery.