Voices of the silent majority
This video series is the truth about the occupation of Palestine. It was put together by good Jews and Christians that are sick and tired of seeing the Palestinians treated the way they are by the Zionists and the truth not being told. It's needed to counteract a very distorted history of Israel that I recently read here at Hubpages. This quote that starts off the first video applies very well to that distorted history of Israel.
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance ...
... it's the illusion of knowledge."
Occupation 101 Part 1
Part 1 first shows how similar the occupation of Palestine is with other occupations. Flipping from a news real from 1947 to a news real from 2004 with Israeli Defense Force soldiers taking over homes and IDF snipers not hesitating to shoot anything that moves, including journalists. It starts to show how the Palestinian situation is deeply disturbing. "You are about to witness images and testimony largely hidden from main stream America".
Occupation 101 Part 2
Part 2 shows how the IDF remove families from their homes and particularly how it effects Palestinian children. It shows the armed Israeli settlements spread out all over the West Bank, surrounded by barbed wire. "And the bottom line in all of this is to make Palestinians leave the country. It's a very hard term I know, but in a sense it's kind of ethnic cleansing." Both Palestinian Christians and Muslims are being discriminated against. Neither have the legal right to come to Jerusalem to worship. "Some of the first converts to the teachings of Jesus were Palestinians, so that's how long Christians have been in that land."
Occupation 101 part 3
"The presence of a Christian community within the Holy Land, can you imagine, where Jesus first stepped foot will no longer be there". The Root Cause of the Conflict; the myth that there was always a conflict between Jews and Muslims. A very small minority adhered to Zionism to start with. Zionism is the beginning of the conflict. The myth that Palestine was empty when the Zionists first came there. At the time of the first Zionist colony in 1878 the population was overwhelmingly Arab; Muslim and Christian Arabs totaled 96.8%. The Balfour Declaration conflicted with England's previous promise of self rule for the Arab inhabitants. In 1922 Muslim and Christian Arabs totaled 87.6% with 11% Jews. In 1931 Muslim and Christian Arabs totaled 81.6% with 16.9% Jews. With the rise of Nazi Germany the Jewish population doubled. "The Palestinians, they were not the Nazis, they were not responsible for the Holocaust, but they were the ones that paid the price." With the UN Partition Plan the Arabs were to be given 43% of the land despite the fact that they made up two thirds of the population and owned over 92% of the land. Jews were to be given 56% of the land all though they comprised only one third of the population and owned less than 8% of the total area. Jews were given the most fertile land. Zionist leaders took advantage of their superior military preparation and began occupying major Arab cities. Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Deir Yassin and other Palestinian towns and villages (by Irgun and Stern Gang Zionist terrorists) led to the flight of many unarmed Palestinians.
Occupation 101 Part 4
About 300,000 Palestinians had been expelled before the first Arab soldier entered Palestine. When the Arab armies entered the war there was a superiority on the side of the Zionists, Arab soldiers totaled 69,000 while Jewish soldiers totaled 90,000. "The Israeli army cleansed much of the territory and took over a large part of the Palestinian state". In 1948 the new state of Israel encompassed 78% of the land of Palestine. Most of the Palestinian towns and villages were erased from upon the earth. Of the 500 Palestinian towns and villages in 1948 400 were destroyed. This was counted by the United Nations. Jewish testimonies saying they got along with the Palestinians like brothers before Zionism. During the 1967 war Israel displaced more than 400,000 more Palestinians and occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Israel took on the "break the bone" strategy. Since 1967 over 400,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned, many without any charges. During the peace process of the Oslo Accord the lives of the Palestinians became much worse and the Israel settlements doubled in size and population.
Occupation 101 Part 5
"How can it be liberated if there is an army around it?" "The performance of the PLO in running the Palestinian authority and it's failures in negotiating with Israel have very much diminished support for the PLO leadership." In January 2006 the Palestinians voted the PLO out of office giving Hamas the required seats to form a majority government. "... settlements. Which are continually expanding. And what does it mean to expand? It means you steal more land." Accounts of more Palestinian orchards being confiscated for settlements and Israeli only bypass roads. Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians indiscriminately.
Occupation 101 Part 6
Comparing the occupied territories to Apartheid South Africa by an eye witness of both, who says the South Africans were much better off than the Palestinians. "Israel would not be able to do what it is doing without the American green light." "First of all there is the lobby, the US Lobby for Israel, AIPAC." From 1978 - 2006 Pro-Israeli Political Action Committees have contributed $43,724,035 to candidates who vote in Congress according to AIPACs recommendations. "Another factor is the fundamentalist Christian community" (John Hagee, Pat Robertson and many other US false prophets of the christian zionist movement). Dr. William Baker says "I as a Christian and a Christian pastor object. Not in my name and not in the name of over 115 to 120 million Christians do you dare say that we support injustice and deceit. We do not." (The christian zionist movement in the US has given Christianity a bad name.) The third factor is that the American media play a major role in continuing US support for Israel. "Information is being manipulated." "Israel, for example does not abide at all by International Law. The entire occupation is illegal. The violation in particular of the 4th Geneva Convention. By the rules of the 4th Geneva Convention you're not allowed to build settlements. You're not allowed to build roads. You're not allowed to expropriate land. You're not allowed to deport people. You're not allowed to restrict their freedom of movement." (Continued)
Occupation 101 Part 7
"You're not allowed to harm their economy. You're not allowed to make them unemployed or impoverished." The US taxpayer is paying for this. "Israel receives as much foreign economic assistance as all the countries combined in the world." Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa total US Aid from 1949 to 1996 equaled $62.5 Billion, per person $59. Israel total US Aid from 1949 to 1996 equaled $62.5 Billion, per person $10,775. In March 2003 the US Government approved $10 Billion in aid for Israel. How could that be spent in the US? From 1949 to 2006 US Aid to Israel amounts to $108 Billion. Today it averages $2 to $3 Billion per year or $6 to $8 Million per day. Israel is currently the most extensive violator of UN Security Council Resolutions. The United States has used it's Veto power more than 40 times in the UN to defend Israeli violations of International Law. The need to control oil. Gaza and the West Bank are considered a prison. Israel uses excessive force against the unarmed. IDF firing on children.
Occupation 101 Part 8
The Israeli occupation makes Palestinian lives unbearable. Israel is the 5th largest nuclear power in the world, between 200 and 300 war heads. Israel is the regional super power. Israeli tanks 3930, Palestinian 0. Israeli F-16 jets 362, Palestinian 0. The largest fleet of F-16s in any country in the world behind the United States. "At every stage they had used grossly excessive force against a completely defenseless civilian population." The walls and check points make Palestinians wait hours and hours to go very short distances. According to World Bank estimates unemployment is now reaching 53% of the population with 75% of Palestinians living in poverty on less than $2 a day. Education is effected, students cannot go to universities. Prevented to go to the hospital. A gigantic prison.
Occupation 101 Part 9
"Palestinians in Gaza have been under Israeli military control for over 38 years. For 1.3 million Palestinians were crowded together to make room for 8,000 Israeli settlers." The re-location of Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005 was portrayed as an unprecedented sacrifice, but in reality it was simply Israel finally complying with International Law. The evacuation of settlers from Gaza constituted only 2% of the entire Israeli settler population. Each illegal settler was promised $227,000 to relocate totaling $2.2 Billion, an expense Israel has asked the United States to pay for. Gaza is a prison with Israel controlling the borders, air space and coastal waters. Palestinians in refugee camps now number 4,255,120. If this video does not make you shed a tear for the Palestinian children then you are heartless. And this video series was release before the IDF rained white phosphorus down on Gaza during the winter of 2008–2009.
Occupation 101 Part 10
A short interview by Rachel Corrie (continued from previous video) before she was murdered by an IDF bulldozer operator. "As Israel completed it's withdrawal from Gaza the following day it issued orders to confiscate additional Palestinian land from the West Bank and continued the construction of the separation wall." This wall is twice the height of the Berlin Wall and 4 times longer, ripping through villages severing travel for work, health care and education. Separating farmers from their land and families from their loved ones. Illan Pappe, an Israeli historian and analyst says, "Anybody outside of Israel who supports a two state solution has to be very careful because what they mean in a two state solution is that 90% of historical Palestine will be Israel, in the rest 10% you'll have two huge prison camps, one in the Gaza strip and one in the West Bank." There is currently over 420,000 Israeli settlers living inside the West Bank and East Jerusalem (that was over 3 years ago). Over the coming years, Israel intends to expand that number by the thousands. Israeli Jews start to talk about Israeli propaganda. A report concluded "Suicide bombers often experience personal trauma related to the Israeli forces prior to their volunteering, such as the death or injury of a family member."
Occupation 101 Part 11
Currently 1674 Israeli soldiers refuse to serve the occupation (I'm sure that number is higher by now). At least 323 have been imprisoned for objecting. The Palestinians are the victims and the world should realize that. "Criticizing Israel for what they do ... that's not anti-semetic, that's humane." Said to Israel, "If you keep going down this path you are going to destroy yourselves. No enemy will have to destroy you, you're rotting from within, because of the methods you are using against innocent people." This has to stop.
In part 3 of this video series we learned that a very small minority adhered to Zionism to start with. With 14,100,000 results for a search for Jews against Israel and 283,000 results for a search for Jews against Zionism I think we can come to the conclusion that it is still a minority of the Jewish world that supports Zionism. Shlomo Sand said a mouth full with his book The Invention Of The Jewish People and he has good reason to call for a one state solution. This 3 page review of Shlomo's book is very revealing. There are many Jews both inside and outside of Israel that are calling for a one state solution.
To the Christian Zionist, have you forgotten the second part of the New Covenant? Matthew 22:36-40 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." The Palestinians are "thy neighbour" too. Don't allow John Hagee, Pat Robertson or any other US false prophet of the Christian Zionist movement to deceive you any more so you lose your inheritance. I wrote this web page called The Chosen 5 or 6 years ago to try to put those that are deceived by the Christian Zionist movement back on the right path.
Concerning the US media regarding Israel and the occupation, shut them off. It's all propaganda and lies anyway.
The US is not a sovereign country if it's politicians, both Republicans and Democrats allow the Israeli lobby to dictate US foreign policy. It's high time for Americans to step up to the plate. Do whatever you can to encourage your government to take a strong initiative to end the occupation.
All credit goes to Occupation 101
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