Dismantle the Occupation Wall and Stop the Military Occupation of Palestine

Silence allows savagery to flourish, and solidarity makes space for hope.

In 2006, we are still living in an age of barbarism. In 2001, America and the UK invaded Afghanistan. Five years have passed and still the people of Afghanistan live in fear. Then, America and the UK invaded Iraq in 2003 to bring freedom and peace, and now the only freedoms left in that country are the freedom for American capital to use Iraqi oil as it pleases and for Iraqis to die without regard to age or gender.

On June 28, 2006, more than 60 years into their military occupation, Israel amplified its brutal attacks on the Palestinians in Operation Summer Rain. Roads and power plants have been destroyed, and Palestinians have been prevented from going outside. From the end of June until October, over 300 Palestinians were killed and over 1,500 were arrested. Thousands were wounded and hundreds have sustained permanent injuries.

We should accurately identify Israel’s slaughter and savagery, without letting the tragedies of the Holocaust blind us to continuing injustice. The lesson is not that one nation, formerly repressed, should be allowed to continue to repress others, but rather that there can be no excuse for one people to inflict cruelty on another people.

Shortly after the commencement of Operation Summer Rain, Israel invaded Lebanon once more on July 12, 2006. Despite the rhetoric, this invasion is simply the latest in a series of Israeli invasions of Lebanon, such as Operation Litani in ’78, Operation Peace for Galilee in ’82, Operation Accountability in ’93, and Operation Grapes of Wrath in ’96. Though this latest is called Operation Just Reward, it has manifested itself through unjust punishments of the Lebanese.

When the strong rule the weak, when the world serves to profit only the rich, this is called the age of barbarism.

When the distinctions between the strong and the weak disappear, when humanity moves according to the basic fundamental principles of cooperation and solidarity, this is called the age of enlightenment.

We are at a crucial moment of decision, in which people must choose between savagery and humanity.

Israel was established in 1948 under the auspices of British imperialism, and now the Israeli government oppresses and evicts the Palestinians from their land without end and with the approval and aid of US imperialism. Millions of Palestinians are now scattered over the world, unable to return to their homeland where their parents are buried and where their memories remain.

The remaining Palestinians have been posed with the choice: leave or submit. But they have chosen neither to leave nor submit, and in response to their legitimate right to resist military occupation under the Geneva conventions, Israel began work on the Separation Wall. Also known as the Apartheid Wall, it encloses Palestinian residential districts in concrete and barbed wire. Israel has plans to permanently annex the areas surrounding the wall. The cumulative effects of these actions are to deprive Palestinians of normal lives, of their family and neighbors, as well as of their remaining arable land and water resources. Israel has essentially created a prison out of their land, aided by the design of Oslo.

Qalqiliya, home to tens of thousands in the northern West Bank, is a typical example. Israel has built the wall around its edges, and there is now only one checkpoint through which people are allowed to pass to enter and exit the city. In addition, Qalqiliya’s economy has been ruined by Israeli sanctions, which prevents farmers from importing or exporting.

Palestine has yielded and compromised on countless occasions in the past 60 years, but received only suppression and death in return. Accordingly, to the Palestinians, fighting against Israel is a matter of living—in life, one can walk the streets freely. Though the sky, sea, and land are blocked, though the democratically elected government faces is being rendered incapacitated though Israeli, American, and EU offensives, the Palestinians continue to resist.

We create history with our own hands and feet.
Just as American history began with the genocide of the Native Americans, Israel’s history began with the slaughter and expulsion of the Palestinians. These two countries occupy Palestine with bullets and tanks, money and media, and they above all others are responsible for what has occurred. We want peace, not war, but we want a peace based on a popular outcry for justice, stemming from the voices of those who would end their repression and suffering, and not a peace based on the silence of the weak.

Today was the Fourth National and International Week against the Apartheid Wall. While Israeli and American money and power continue to write the pages of history, we met today to write the history of hope with our hands and feet. If they are engines of despair, we are humans creating hope.

We who maintain hope in this age of savagery demand the following of Israel and the United States.
– Cease construction on the wall and remove those parts already built.
– Cease Israeli military attacks against the Palestinians, particularly in the Gaza Strip.
– Ensure freedom and peace for all those living on the land of historical Palestine, regardless of race, religion, or nationality.

November 9, 2006
By the participants of the Fourth National and International Week Against The Apartheid Wall

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  1. The Apartheid Wall of Shame Zionist Iron Wall that incarcerates, ghettoizes, and colonizes four-million PalestiniansJuly 13 2006***Author’s note: if anyone not familiar with the term, Zionist’s “Iron Wall” …refers to http://www.mideastweb.org/ironwall.htm ***“One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” Rabbi Yaacov Perrin “Child is father to the adult. So every contemporary movement is the product of its past and there is no way to understand an important ideology without studying its history”. Lenni Brenner In the recorded history of human society, no state has imposed on people such the combined scales of the political oppression, economic strangulation, and mass incarceration as the Jewish State of Israel has subjugated millions of the Palestinian Arabs for so long.No nation in human history has built the gigantic walls in order to incarcerate, strangulate, ghettoize, colonizes, and punish collectively the whole population under its control as the Jewish State of Israel has been caging four- million inmates inside the biggest penal colony on the globe.From the inception of building a new Jewish state of Israel in Palestine, the Israeli Zionists had encountered the basic dilemma: in Palestine in the early 1900s, there was a population of overwhelmingly non-Jewish (700,000 Arabs) and a few non-Zionistic Jews among 55,000 Jews in the region.How did the Jews create a Jewish state in area where a majority of population is non-Jewish Arabs?There were only two ways you can resolve this dilemma: one is you create what you call the Apartheid system of Bantustans disfranchising the indigenous Arab population by ways of the separation walls, barbed wire fences, and thousands miles of trenches that encircled the entire Arab lands and neighborhoods. A second wall being built surrounding Gaza Strip had caged 1.3 million people inside the largest open-air prison on the globe.The other way is basically what Americans did in North America: you just kick out the indigenous population out of their homes and lands under the cover of war, as David Ben-Gurion said in February 1948 before he became prime minister of Israel: “The war will give us the land. The concepts of ‘ours’ and ‘not ours’ are peace concepts only, and in war they lose their whole meaning.”In other words, you have to wait for the right moment to throw people out (to transfer) of their homes, because it poses troublesome in the international laws, and it’s done under the cover of 1948 and 1967 wars ethnically cleansing Arabs who ended up in the permanent refugee camps out of their homes and lands.The down-to-earth racist Vladimir Jabotinsky, the father of Zionism and the Jewish state of Israel, once wrote that Zionist colonization in the Palestine must carried out in defiance of the will of the native population under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy toward Arabs. To formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy. Jabotinsky advised his colleagues: any native people – from Aztec to Sioux – make such enormous concessions on such fateful questions regarding their home and land only when there is no hope left. Only when not a single breach is visible in the iron wall, only then they would come to us for total submission.In other words, Jabotinsky, grasping the reality that Zionist state could never be peacefully attained, admitted in early 1900s that Zionism is a colonizing adventure of separating the colonizers (Jews) from the colonized (Arabs) with the unbreakable iron walls.During the conflict between the Ottoman Turks and the Arabs unfolded in the early twentieth century, Jabotinsky proposed an alliance with the Turks to undermine the unity of Arab world, realizing that Turkish imperial policy of divide and rule was corresponding with the Zionist interests.When British later replaced Turkey as a dominant power in the Middle East, Jabotinsky asserted that the Jewish state serves an imperial watchdog for British as saying: “if there is one outpost on the Mediterranean shore in which Europe has a chance of holding fast, it is Palestine, but a Palestine with a Jewish majority.”Since the US replaced the Great Britain in its imperial endeavor in the region, the Jewish state of Israel has been serving as the regional gendarme for new Rome, the USA.In this historical perspective, we could see a clear picture emerging from the present conflict in the region that the idea of separation walls has been a central mechanism of the Israeli Zionist project, in which the stewardship of Israeli state, from Ben-Gurion to Ariel Sharon, was, in every way, merely extension of the Jabotinsky’s “iron wall” policy.The Zionist project originated in the ethnically exclusivistic brand of nationalism that purported that blood ties and ethnic origin, not citizenship or comradeship were the basic foundation of community…that is, Israel is not a nation of citizens, a notion that is regarded a sine qua non of democracy, but a state of Jewish ethnocracy where you can not, for example, even get married or exercise their right to have a family if you are not Jewish or your Jewishness is doubted by rabbis. When Ariel Sharon, then-Prime Minister, pulled the 8,000 Jewish settlers out from the Gaza Strip last year, a gaggle of 600 press corps converged on the last pullout scene where emotionally stricken settlers cry over their departure and sent a long-winded dispatch about the new prospect in the coming peace process in the region.President GW Bush and Tony Blair of Great Britain praised Sharon “a man of courage and peace” and world looks at the Israeli disengagement as a positive movement for Palestinian Arabs.The fact of matter was that the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip was a dry run for the second phase Bantustan plan in the West Bank that divides it with the Apartheid Wall in three blocks – Jenin-Nablus, Bethlehem-Hebron and Ramallah. As “propaganda is the art of persuading others of what you do not necessarily believe yourself”, Sharon was happy to announce to the world that he’s done it for the sake of both the Jewish Settlers and the Arabs…in fact, he simply dumped an open-air jail on the Palestinian lap for just feeding, cleaning, and janitorial works for one and half million inmates, while he keeps his role as a warden encircling the premises with armed guards, barbed wire, trenches, walls, watchtowers, tanks, the patrol boats in the sea-side, and helicopter gunships in the air.And he also announced that the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) would unilaterally evacuate from the West Bank after he resettles the Gaza evacuees in new settlement camps and when he finishes his 9-feet tall cement wall of cinderblock dissecting Arab neighborhoods in tatters.Ehud Olmert, new Prime Minister of Israel, after Sharon collapsed and laying a vegetative coma in a pool of his own excrement, reiterated Sharon’s proposal for the unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank, saying that the separation between Jews and Arabs is inevitable…as Vladimir Jabotinsky century’s earlier advocated the “iron wall” separating between Jews and Arabs.And he added that the Jews would allow the Palestinians to gain independence, suggesting the “two-state solution”, touted eagerly and clamored enthusiastically as a viable solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by most of the Western media and Governments.Someone says: “Good fences make good neighbors”…Is this Wall a good one???Imagine you are living in a neighborhood where your residence is encircled by a 9-feet cement wall built by your neighbor…You are watched constantly over by your neighbor in the 24/7 and 365/year mode…You are under your neighbor’s discretion to gain a permission to leave whenever you go out to work or visit your friend…You are under your neighbor’s mercy for your daily food, power, water, fuel, and medicine supplies…You are subject to a Gestapo-style “anytime visit” by your nosy neighbor and taken away from your bed in the wee hour while your kids cry…You and your family are destined to live a life under these conditions for life without a single ray of hope…under the false pretense of “bi-national state” solution.And you are still requested by the world… “Release a kidnapped Jewish soldier immediately. Never mind about the 9,000 Palestinian detainees. One Jew life is worth more than 9,000 Arabs’!” Would anyone in the world tolerate the above-mentioned treatments on Arabs by Jews, if it were meant for them?David Ben-Gurion once said: “If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country…we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?” Another Prime Minister of Israel frankly admitted: “Had I been born a Palestinian, I would have joined a terrorist organization.” What’s worth an impoverished Palestinian nation devoid of territorial contiguity, meaningful sovereignty, economic viability, natural resources, free mobility, and security from Israeli assaults?At present, it is axiomatic that the Apartheid Wall of Shame, as a Zionist idea of iron wall, is meant for incarcerating, strangling, ghettoizing, and colonizing the four million Palestinians for life, rendering the “two-state” solution non-viable and meaningless rhetoric for the public consumption.

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