Tuesday, May 15, 2012

And a Happy Nakba Day to You!

1. Today is "Nakba Day," the day in which the Jews for a Second
Holocaust join their Islamofascist friends in mourning Israel's
creation and existence.

Being a fella with a good sense of commercial potential, I wanted to
suggest that we all print up Nakba Day greeting cards and send them to
tenured traitors and other aficionados of the Palestinian "right of

Here are some card slogans I have thought up – Halmark are you listening?:

One, two, three, MANY Nakbas!
Nakba-ize unto Victory!
A little Nakba never hurt anyone!
My professor went to Nakba Day and all I got was this lousy tee shirt.
Remove the illegal Palestinian settlements sitting on Jewish land!
Two-state solution: One for the Jews and One for the Kurd, but none
for the Arabs who live down the Lane
Bulldoze an anarcho-fascist today!
Help the Palestinian prisoners maintain their hunger strike!
End the Illegal Syrian Occupation of the Gilad
Don't wall them out – Fence them In!
I love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning!
When this drone is a rockin', we'll come a-knockin'!!
Rachel Corrie Pancake Syrup for Sale!
We switched your 72 virgins with a 72 year old virgin!

While we are on this, you probably know the Dolly Parton classic song
"Jolene." It is on youtube and you can see the lyrics here:

Well, I thought Nakba Day is deserving of its own song, set to the
same melody. It is to be called, Jenin. Not to be confused with the
anti-Semitic lying smear movie "Jenin Jenin" by terrorist Mohammed
Bakri, which my song can neutralize!

Here goes:

Jenin, Jenin, Jenin, Jenin
I'm begging of you please desist from sham
Jenin, Jenin, Jenin, Jenin
Let's attack it just because we can

Your terror is beyond compare
With flaming bursts of jihad flare
With choppers from the IDF so keen

The choppers fire and all is cool
Their Gatling guns with ammo full
And we know just what to do, Jenin

Let's round up terrorists in their sleep
There's nothing they can do to keep
Our agents from denazifying, Jenin

And I can easily understand
How we could snatch Their Terrorist Man
Cause you don't know what he means to me, Jenin

Jenin, Jenin, Jenin, Jenin
I'm begging of you please desist from sham
Jenin, Jenin, Jenin, Jenin
Let's attack it just because we can

You can have your choice of men
And we'll assassinate again
You''re the number one for me, Jenin

I had to have this talk with you
Our happiness depends on you
Cause termination's what we do, Jenin

Jenin, Jenin, Jenin, Jenin
I'm begging of you please desist from sham
Jenin, Jenin, Jenin, Jenin
Let's attack it just because we can

2. How 'Nakba' Proves There's No Palestinian Nation

By: Steven Plaut
Over the past few years, the term nakba has become the favorite
nonsense word of the Anti-Israel Lobby. Meaning "catastrophe" in
Arabic, it has been embraced by anti-Semites all over the planet to
refer to Israel's creation, which supposedly imposed a "catastrophe"
upon the "disenfranchised Palestinian Arabs."

Of course, the real catastrophe that befell the Arabs in 1948-49
was that they failed in their attempt to annihilate Israel and
exterminate its population, and for that they paid a price.

Meanwhile, Nakba Nonsense has been spreading. Google finds over
85,000 web pages referring to Israel's creation as a "nakba," and a
Yahoo search finds even more than that. The anti-Israel web magazine
Counterpunch cannot mention Israel without using the term. Even
Israel's leftist minister of education, Yuli Tamir, has ordered that
the nakba be taught as part of the curriculum in Israeli schools,
where Israel's schoolchildren can be taught to mourn their own
country's existence.

(Tamir, who was previously a professor of education at Tel Aviv
University, is so bizarre that in the summer of 1996 she published an
article in the Boston Review defending female circumcision in the
Third World and denouncing those who expressed disgust at the practice
– see http://bostonreview.net/BR21.3/Tamir.html.)

Nakba ceremonies are now held each year by leftist professors at
Israeli universities who mourn the very creation and existence of
their country.

The nakba of the late 1940's and 1950's that befell large
numbers of Jews living in Arab countries who were suddenly expelled,
persecuted, and stripped of their property does not interest such
people. Those Jewish refugees made new homes in Israel and actually
outnumbered the Palestinians who fled.

Meanwhile, an urban legend has been fabricated about the origin
of the term "nakba" – a fairy tale that claims the word was a banner
waved by Palestinians starting in 1948, and that its very use shows
how deep the roots of "Palestinian nationality" go.

So here is a little current events quiz: What is the real origin
of the term "nakba" and what is its original meaning?

If you get the answer to the quiz wrong – in other words, if you
say it refers to the events of 1948 – you are in very good company. I
myself would have flunked the quiz up until a few days ago, when I
stumbled on the correct answer. Not only does the bandying about of
the "nakba" nonsense word not point to any "depths of roots of
Palestinian nationality," it proves the very opposite: namely, that
there is no such thing as a Palestinian nation or nationality at all.

The authoritative source on the origin of "nakba" is none other
than George Antonius, supposedly the first "official historian of
Palestinian nationalism." Like so many "Palestinians," he actually
wasn't – Palestinian, that is. He was a Christian Lebanese-Egyptian
who lived for a while in Jerusalem, where he composed his official
advocacy/history of Arab nationalism. The Arab Awakening, a highly
biased book, was published in 1938 and for years afterward was the
official text used at British universities.

Antonius was an "official Palestinian representative" to
Britain, trying to argue the cause for creating an Arab state in place
of any prospective homeland promised the Jews under the Balfour
Declaration of 1917. By the 1930's Antonius was an active anti-Zionist
propagandist, and as such was offered a job at Columbia University
(where some things don't seem to change much).

He served as an academic fig leaf for xenophobic Arab
nationalists seeking to deny Jews any right to self-determination in
or migration to the Land of Israel. And he was closely associated with
the Grand Mufti, Hitler's main Islamic ally, and also with the
pro-German regime in Iraq in the early 1940's.

Antonius was so passionately anti-Zionist that he continues to
serve as the hero and mentor of Jewish leftist anti-Zionists
everywhere. For example, the late Hebrew University sociology
professor Baruch Kimmerling relied on Antonius at length in his own
pseudo-history, Palestinians: The Making of a People (Free Press,

So how does Antonius provide us with the answer to the
current-events quiz concerning the origin of "nakba"? The term was not
invented in 1948 but rather in 1920. And it was coined not because of
Palestinians suddenly getting nationalistic but because Arabs living
in Palestine regarded themselves as Syrian and were enraged at being
cut off from their Syrian homeland.

Before World War I, the entire Levant – including what is now
Israel, the "occupied territories," Jordan, Lebanon and Syria – was
comprised of Ottoman Turkish colonies. When Allied forces drove the
Turks out of the Levant, the two main powers, Britain and France,
divided the spoils between them. Britain got Palestine, including what
is now Jordan, while France got Lebanon and Syria.

The problem was that the Palestinian Arabs saw themselves as
Syrians and were seen as such by other Syrians. The Palestinian Arabs
were enraged that an artificial barrier was being erected within their
Syrian homeland by the infidel colonial powers – one that would divide
northern Syrian Arabs from southern Syrian Arabs, the latter being
those who were later misnamed "Palestinians."

The bulk of the Palestinian Arabs had in fact migrated to
Palestine from Syria and Lebanon during the previous two generations,
largely to benefit from the improving conditions and job opportunities
afforded by Zionist immigration and capital flowing into the area. In
1920, both sets of Syrian Arabs, those in Syria and those in
Palestine, rioted violently and murderously.

On page 312 of The Arab Awakening, Antonius writes, "The year
1920 has an evil name in Arab annals: it is referred to as the Year of
the Catastrophe (Am al-Nakba). It saw the first armed risings that
occurred in protest against the post-War settlement imposed by the
Allies on the Arab countries. In that year, serious outbreaks took
place in Syria, Palestine, and Iraq."

Yes, the answer to our little quiz is 1920, not 1948. That's
1920 – when there was no Zionist state, no Jewish sovereignty, no
"settlements" in "occupied territories," no Israel Defense Forces, no
Israeli missiles and choppers targeting terror leaders, and no Jewish
control over Jerusalem (which had a Jewish demographic majority going
back at least to 1850).

The original "nakba" had nothing to do with Jews, and nothing to
do with demands by Palestinian Arabs for self-determination,
independence and statehood. To the contrary, it had everything to do
with the fact that the Palestinian Arabs saw themselves as Syrians.
They rioted at this nakba – at this catastrophe– because they found
deeply offensive the very idea that they should be independent from
Syria and Syrians.

In the 1920's, the very suggestion that Palestinian Arabs
constituted a separate ethnic nationality was enough to send those
same Arabs out into the streets to murder and plunder violently in
outrage. If they themselves insisted they were simply Syrians who had
migrated to the Land of Israel, by what logic are the Palestinian
Arabs deemed entitled to their own state today?

Palestinian Arabs are no more a nation and no more entitled to
their own state than are the Arabs of Detroit or of Paris. They
certainly are not entitled to four different states: Jordan, Hamastan
in Gaza, a PLO state in the West Bank, and Israel converted into yet
another Arab state via the granting of a "right of return" to Arab

Speaking of Palestinians as Syrians, it is worth noting what one
of the early Syrian nationalists had to say. The following quote comes
from the great-grandfather of the current Syrian dictator, Bashar

"Those good Jews brought civilization and peace to the Arab
Muslims, and they dispersed gold and prosperity over Palestine without
damage to anyone or taking anything by force. Despite this, the
Muslims declared holy war against them and did not hesitate to
massacre their children and women…. Thus a black fate awaits the Jews
and other minorities in case the Mandates are cancelled and Muslim
Syria is united with Muslim Palestine."

That statement is from a letter sent to the French prime
minister in June 1936 by six Syrian Alawi notables (the Alawis are the
ruling class in Syria today) in support of Zionism. Bashar's
great-grandfather was one of them.

3. The 'Nakba' Debunked
Posted By Steven Plaut On June 2, 2011

The world media are filled with Goebbels-style Big Lies about the
"Nakba," the supposed "catastrophe" and "ethnic cleansing" of Arabs
when Israel was created in 1948.
But now an interesting source has come along to debunk this massive
campaign of lies and disinformation.
Consider the following citation (emphasis added):
The Arab armies seemingly entered Palestine [in 1948] to protect the
Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned
them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, imposed
upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into
prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in
Eastern Europe, as if we were condemned to change places with them.
The Arab States succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in
destroying their unity.
Ok, current events students, name the source for that quote.
The answer is … (drumroll) … Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), the
"president" of the Palestinian Authority, who wrote this in an article
in the Beirut magazine Falastin el-Thawra, in March 1976. (Item cited
in the weekly column by Ben-Dror Yemini in Maariv, May 27, 2011.)
And that is not the only useful citation from Abu Mazen, also cited in
the same column by Yemini. It turns out that last week the very same
Abu Mazen had an article in The New York Times in which he claimed to
tell his own personal "Nakba" family story. There he asserted that
the Jews expelled the Arabs right after the UN's partition resolution
of 1947 (which called for creating two new countries, a Jewish and an
Arab state, in the area of the British Mandate). Abu Mazen also wrote
that he and his family were expelled (from Safed) to Syria and forced
to live there in an old canvass tent.
Well, Ben-Dror Yemini did some homework. The UN resolution, first of
all, was in November 1947. The battle for Safed took place in May
1948. Second, Abu Mazen's family in Safed was very wealthy, with more
than enough ready capital to coast along comfortably for quite some
time. But most significantly, Abu Mazen's family went to Jordan, not
to Syria. Only much later did they move to Damascus. In addition,
Safed Arabs fled in large part in 1948 because they were expecting
retaliation for the pogroms they themselves had launched against the
Jews of the city in 1929.
And just who is the source for claiming that Abu Mazen was lying
through his fangs in that Times piece?
Why, none other than Anu Mazen himself, again. In 2009, he gave an
interview to the Palestinian Authority TV channel, telling about his
family's wealth and their move to Jordan.
Furthermore, that same week, left-wing Haaretz quoted one Ismail Fahr
a-Din from the Golan Druse village of Majdal Shams claiming he
remembered very clearly the Palestinian refugees arriving in that town
(back then still under Syrian occupation). Only one itsy bitsy
problem, though. Turns out, the "witness" is 57 years old and so, was
born 6 years after Israel's war of Independence.
More generally, I think that any time anyone suggests that we need to
empathize with the "Nakba" of the "Palestinians" they should be
directed to contemplating East Prussia.
East Prussia, where, in many ways, World War II began (in Hitler's
campaign for Danzig), was emptied out near the end of the war, with
hundreds of thousands of Germans fleeing the approaching Red Army and
the impending battles, and with hundreds of thousands more evicted
after the Soviets pushed through East Prussia into Berlin. In all,
1.8 to 2.2 million East Prussians were driven out or fled. That is 4
times the number of "Palestinian refugees" from 1948-49. Parts of
East Prussia were annexed by Russia, the rest being incorporated into
And what about mourning for their "catastrophe?" No one, not even the
worst bleeding-heart in the West, has ever believed East Prussians
deserve any sympathy or support or compensation for their "plight."
They were part of the German monstrosity that had launched the war,
and they became refugees as a direct result of the crimes and
aggressions of the German people, crimes they most enthusiastically
endorsed and in which they participated. Exactly like the
circumstances under which "Palestinian Arabs" became refugees as a
result of launching a genocidal war of aggression and then losing.
Think the "Palestinians" deserve compassion? Not until the East
Prussians are granted a "Right of Return."

See also http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=27761

And http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2008/05/palestinian-state-bans-commemoration-of.html
Jordan bans Nakba celebrations

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