‘Washington Post’ readers aren’t ready yet to learn about Nakba

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Janine Zacharia covers the Ameer Makhoul case in the Washington Post. Pretty good piece, except:

When Israel was created in 1948, the Palestinian Arab community was split between those who remained inside Israel’s borders — and became Israeli citizens — and those who relocated to the West Bank, Gaza or farther abroad. Today, Arab Israelis constitute one-fifth of Israel’s citizens.

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  1. Chaos4700
    May 27, 2010, 8:36 pm

    Ugh, disgusting. It’s like someone talking about how half of Poland’s citizens “became” German and the other half “became” Russian — and how the community was “split” when many of them “relocated.”

  2. pabelmont
    May 27, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Or how a few million European Jews became “refugees” and 6 million or so became “late.” Lot of actual or constructive “passive voice” going on here. No actors.

    “Those who relocated to the West Bank” is not, strictly speaking, “passive voice”, seeing as how the persons mentioned are said to have RELOCATED (THEMSELVES). However, there is no mention whatever of their general (what? 99.98 % ?) desire to return to their homes and you-know-who’s refusal to allow that to happen. And the UNGA’s repeated assertion that they should be allowed to return.

    Yes, on the whole, WaPo seems to have left a bit out.

  3. VR
    May 27, 2010, 10:04 pm

    It might candidly be asked – what did you expect from someone who came from the Jerusalem Post? All you have to do is go over the portfolio of her articles with JP, Bloomberg, and now WaPo, it is quite elementary.

    • VR
      May 27, 2010, 10:17 pm

      Here is a “classic” for you, watch Janine verbally fawn all over Wolfowitz in the JP about the murderous Iraq war –


      That should help you understand her bona fides, eh?

  4. Taxi
    May 27, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Oh the wicked old witch of postwick!

  5. Avi
    May 27, 2010, 11:12 pm

    those who relocated to the West Bank, Gaza or farther abroad.

    Wait, they relocated?

    What moving company did they use? Who did the packing and boxing?

    • VR
      May 27, 2010, 11:43 pm

      She was read the “Hebron” story when she was a kid, about how they just “moved” into the neighborhood.

  6. homingpigeon
    May 28, 2010, 1:36 am

    Yes indeed, some of them were even off having picnics in the hills outside of town. They enjoyed the view so much they just stayed there.

  7. Richard Parker
    May 28, 2010, 2:46 am

    “Pretty good piece”, indeed.

    Philip, you’ve been dumbed down by too many US newspaper reports and TV programmes, if you think this is even relatively good.

    No mention of the 3.10am night raid by no less than 16 Shabak agents on 6 May. No mention of the feelings of his wife and daughters when the Shabak goons burst in. No mention of the 21 days spent in solitary under the tender care of Shabak. No mention of the condition of Ameer when he finally appeared in court on 27 May. No mention of his previous travel ban. No mention of the charges brought against him.

    Electronic Intifada does a rather better job:
    link to electronicintifada.net

    Ameer Makhoul’s wife, Janan, who saw her husband in court for the first time since he had been arrested, said he was in constant pain and had impaired vision. She added: “He is very exhausted and he told me about the torture he underwent in his interrogation. Thirty-six hours without sleep tied to a chair stuck to the floor.”

    Makhoul, 52, is charged with assistance to the enemy in a time of war, conspiracy to assist an enemy, aggravated espionage and contact with a foreign agent. According to the indictment, he passed on “strategic intelligence” to Hizballah agents on at least 10 occasions via encrypted e-mails.

    The militant Lebanese group is said to have used Makhoul, whose organization is based in the northern city of Haifa, to provide information on security installations in the north.

    Makhoul is alleged to have provided details of the locations of two Shin Bet facilities, a Mossad office, a military base and a Rafael armaments factory, as well as trying unsuccessfully to gather information on the security arrangements of Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, and Ehud Barak, the defense minister.

    A senior Shin Bet officer told the liberal Haaretz newspaper: “Part of the information that Makhoul transferred could be delivered by anyone with a pair of eyes and Google Earth [a computer program providing satellite images]. But Makhoul, as an Israeli Arab, has freedom of movement and access across Israel.”

    Prosecutors also accused him of passing on the names of six Israelis as potential spies and providing analysis of trends in Israeli politics and society.

    For the opposite point of view, listen to link to israelnewsradio.net. This is really sick; a bit out-dated, but complete with looney tunes; it’s addictive.

  8. Richard Parker
    May 28, 2010, 3:03 am

    This is a computer-generated coded message to Hizbollah via Shin Bet (since they’ve confiscated the computer and its codes already):
    & &^% $&*()26 Acacia Avenue></(8^%3!.@3$%^!()&*^Lassie$%#@&^%)(*&^
    This gives the exact address of Yuval Diskin (head of Shin Bet) and the name of his chief guard dog (who is partial to smoked salmon, by the way).

    Perhaps the charges against Ameer Makhoul might look a little less than serious.

    • Richard Parker
      May 28, 2010, 3:38 am

      He’s accused of revealing details on two Shin Bet locations in Northern Israel, details about the Rafael defense industry facility in the North as well as a Mossad office located in northern Israel.

      Here’s a bit about Rafael, (a state-owned industry):
      link to rafael.co.il
      its address (somewhere in North Israel), is dead secret, so I can’t give it away. The Mossad office is located in the back room of a coffee-house in Nazareth.

      • Avi
        May 28, 2010, 12:11 pm



        Like you said, I don’t think Hezbollah cares about the locations in question. Their missiles are simply not that accurate, anyway.

        So, even if they knew the locations, they would miss.

        Then, of course, there’s the whole Shin Bet nonsense about actually providing Hezbollah with the locations. The truth is, that with enough digging online and in the Israeli press in Hebrew, coupled with the help of old satellite imagery and topography maps, one can arrive at said locations with relative ease. Yes, they are classified, but just like the pieces of a puzzle, put 2 and 2 together.

        As for the Mossad office, Richard, you could have just asked me. It’s not the backroom of a Nazareth cafe, by the way. It’s actually across the street from that cafe, in the stock room of a convenience store.

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