|One of the Yishuv posters (far left) at a demo in Ireland|
As well as intemperate remarks about "Zionists" (the latter page refers to "Zionist dogs"and "baby-killers" and there's a suggestion from one hothead that a swastika be displayed at the demo) one of the defining characteristics of such comments is the sheer ignorance displayed about the biblical and later history of Eretz Israel. Palestinian Arabs are assumed to be the "indigenous people" and a sovereign one at that. Commenters upload photos of Arab refugees but are unaware that Jerusalemite Jews were displaced as well. They seem to think that until 1948 Palestine was a paradise in which Arabs and Jews lived in harmony; disbelief and insults greet anyone who strays into the page to tell them about the Arab Riots.
Little wonder, given such ignorance, such willful obliviousness to the truth, that the iconic travel posters of Palestine produced during the Mandate by an artist from the Yishuv are used at demos demonising Israel.
As I've said before, the hijacking of history by those unable to defeat valiant Israel by force of arms is one of the propagandistic success stories of the post-1967 era.
New York-based Alex Joffe, in a newly-published, footnoted article (hat tip: reader Shirlee) observes:
'For nearly two decades the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been denying Israel's right to exist, and a recent "Nakba Day" was no exception. In a Gaza speech on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas, his personal representative made the following statement:
National reconciliation [between Hamas and Fatah] is required in order to face Israel and Netanyahu. We say to him [Netanyahu], when he claims that they [Jews] have a historical right dating back to 3000 years B.C.E.—we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a 7,000-year history B.C.E. This is the truth, which must be understood, and we have to note it, in order to say: "Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history."
This remarkable assertion has been almost completely ignored by the Western media. Yet it bears a thorough examination: not only as an indication of unwavering Palestinian rejection of Israel's right to exist but as an insightful glimpse into the psyche of their willfully duped Western champions....'Read the entire article here