Why Don't You Go Back From Where You Came?
My friend and mentor, Annie Annab, writes daily letters to the media in regard to the Palestinians’ universally recognized right of return.
She often points out how many Jews enjoy rights and privileges in two countries, i.e., those who have dual American/Israeli citizenship, whereas the indigenous Palestinians have no rights anywhere.
Now, I will be called an anti-Semite, but consider, when Palestinians speak, no one listens.
Case in point is today when Amnesty International revealed that Palestinians carrying white flags during Israel’s Cast Lead horror were shot. Every Palestinian who subscribes to a list serve knew this months ago, but now it's made the news.
I am not Palestinian, but I find the world just does not want to know so no one listens when I speak of these things. It is not of immediate concern to them and they just do not care. Even when Amnesty or any other group speaks out, they are not interested. A few might say something but never act on it.
Recently, a couple of Palestinians have joined the ranks, but for a long while only so-called anti-Zionist Jews could present their version of the Palestinian story at Daily Kos. I say "so-called," because some of them did not advocate for right of return.
But what is telling to me is that many Jews were comfortable speaking before the group in regard to how their worldview was shaped by the Holocaust, but I could not get up and ask the presenters how in the hell could they presume to talk about social justice and not even mention the Palestinians?
And the Jews speak of this new religion the Holocaust when it happened to their ancestors and parents while the Palestinian speaks from personal exposure and experience. But then again, they just are not heard.
We’re supposed to be so grateful that there are Jews who support us, even, as in the case of the highly touted “kinder and gentler” Zionist Martin Buber, who for all his humaneness, lived in the usurped house of Edward Said.
On this point, I do not think this is the case for everyone. I tend to disagree with this blanket statement. I have seen writings by various Jews that have blown me away and never seen that sort of ego gratification. But then, the author is closer to this environment than I.
Two things here. Even the Jews brag about controlling the media. Quotes abound on this matter. So these Kos folk are playing games or extremely naive. And if they believe the diary of Anne Frank, written in ball point years before the invention of this writing utensil, then they are not facing facts.
But America is Zionist occupied.
So is Canada. The Chabad Lubavitch are everywhere with our "leaders". They are all very busy Judaizing our legal codes and removing our freedoms one by one as they communize our countries right under our noses.
The fact that I may not get up and speak freely in a forum about social justice is all the evidence that I need that if I want this position that’s good for my career I need to STFU. And the fact that Zionists who claim to be Palestinian supporters stop the conversation when we question the legitimacy of Israel, proves the point, also.
A Zionist who supports Palestine? I have never heard of such a creature considering Zionism and the Talmud teachings are all about acquisition!
Her mistake was to speak candidly instead of humbling herself before his so-called anti-Zionist self. I wonder if he would have written the same sentiment to an African-American. He presumed to tell her how she differed from other Palestinians he’d encountered. As if all nine million of us are alike.
Her mistake was not worshiping at the altar of the Palestinian sympathizer who doesn’t sympathize enough to hightail it back to Europe or America and leave Palestine to the Palestinians (and I know that some of them have no place to go; I'm not proposing to throw the Jews into the sea).
Her mistake was adhering to the highly radical notion of letting Palestinians interpret themselves for themselves and perhaps her naivete was in believing that there are spaces for us in public forums to speak freely about our own experiences when in fact there are not if one wants approbation from our Zionist and even anti-Zionist friends.