Trying, so hard, not to be angry............ by ruthmouch

Trying, so hard, not to be angry............

........and failing.....

"Since the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and throughout the British Mandate period of 1918-1948, both the British and the Zionists were aware of the native Palestinian population. The solution to this "problem" - as far as the founding fathers of Zionism were concerned - was to de-Arabise Palestine and they embarked on an ethnic cleansing operation that expelled half of Palestine's population and demolished half of its villages and most of its towns.
The June 1967 war allowed Israel to take over the whole of mandatory Palestine, but that only deepened the settler conundrum it was already facing: More space brings more native population.
Seventy years after its establishment, Israel stands as a racist, apartheid state, whose structural oppression of the Palestinians remains the principal obstacle to peace and reconciliation."
Ilan Pappe

"Without knowing history, it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand the extent to which Israeli propaganda has succeeded in shaping a narrative about the creation of Israel that presents the Palestinians who were brutally expelled from their homes as the aggressors and the Jews as their victims. Without that history, it is impossible to understand the outrage Palestinians feel over having been portrayed as the bad guys for so long."
Henry Siegman

As Palestinians commemorate the Nakba today, it continues with the full support of the Israeli and American governments.

My house keys are on the left, the empty key rings are a recent gift. They represent "Handala' the Palestinian refugee child from the Shatila Refugee Camp in Beirut. Handala will not age until he can return home and embodies the pursuit of justice and peace.

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n10/henry-siegman/two-terrorisms
thanks for the remembrance
May 15th, 2018  
I can feel your pain reading this. Well done and said.
May 15th, 2018  
Wow--very effective photo and comments. I appreciate your background on a complicated international situation. And as your photo shows, it is tragically so often the children who suffer the most.
May 15th, 2018  
Heartbreaking. Potent photo
May 15th, 2018  
Your photo is very thought provoking and the link a much different point of view than I am used to. Thanks for the focus, Ruth. You always present an interesting view to a world that I, at least, have very little personal knowledge of.
May 15th, 2018  
Thank you for this. Very poignant photograph and my heart aches at the news.
May 15th, 2018  
It's amazing how little most people know about this. I suppose they've grown up to accept what is presented in the mainstream media.
May 15th, 2018  
unspeakable, anger is justified. thanks for the quotes,
May 15th, 2018  
Its good to hear opinions from others about the conflicts - the media doesn't always portray the truth!
May 15th, 2018  
I also am thinking how good it is for me to hear the other side of this story.
May 16th, 2018  
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