The 1948 Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians at the heart of today’s Zionist genocide

How many of you know about Plan Dalet or “Plan D” which was a 1948 Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians? 800,000 Palestinians more than half of Palestine’s native population were uprooted by forces that would become the Isreali army. I doubt that many of you do because the governments, corporations and their corporate media do not want you to know of it. This is the kind of knowledge that is needed by everyday people so that they can see that their support for the Zionists in Isreal is wrong-headed and genocidal. It also is a warning that what happened to the Palestinians could happen to them should powerful, racist, guilt ridden and greedy capitalist forces suddenly want your land. (It has happened in Canada as Aboriginal lands were stolen through the genocidal greed of colonizers. It continues today.)

As Edwards and Crowell (2009) tell it “The goal of Plan Dalet or “Plan D” , in 1948 was to expel large numbers of Palestinians from Palestine. Isreali hstorian Iian Pappe wrote that the Jewish leadership had a map clearly showing which parts of Palestine were coveted as the future Jewish state. The problem was that within the selected areas the Jews were a minority of 40 percent (660,000 Jews and 1 million Palestinians):

‘But the leaders….had foreseen this difficulty at the outset of the Zionist project in Palestine. The solution as they saw it was the enforced transfer of the indigenous population, so that a pure Jewish state could be established. On March 10 1948, the Zionist leadership adopted the infamous Plan Daletwhich resulted in the ethnic cleansing of the areas regarded as the future Jewish state in Palestine. Palestine was not divided, it was destroyed, and most of its people expelled. These were the event which triggered the conflict that has lasted ever since.’

….Bernard Russel wrote in January 1970:

The tragedy of the people of Palestine is that their country was ‘given’  by a foreign power to another people for the creation of a new state. The result was that many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were made permanently homeless. With every new conflict their numbers increased. …It is abundantly clear that the refugees have every right to the homeland from which they were driven, and the denial of this right is at the heart of the continuing conflict. No people anywhere in the world accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate? (From page 38-39 Newspeak in the 21st Century (2009) by David Edwards and David Crowell from Media Lens Pluto Press.)

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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