Way back machine: Senate hearings in ’77 were titled ‘The colonization of the West Bank territories by Israel’!

Yes, it was in 1977. I was wearing muttonchops. That’s a link to a Library of Congress record titled “The Colonization of the West Bank Territories by Israel,” a Senate hearing on “The Question of West Bank Settlements and the Treatment of Arabs in the Israeli-Occupied Territories” dated October 17 and 18, 1977. Fouzi El-Asmar, the Palestinian poet and author of the amazing book To Be an Arab In Israel, testified. El-Asmar lived behind barbed wire for a while, near Lyd. Also testimony from the great Dr. Israel Shahak, Professor of Chemistry, Hebrew University, where he describes how settlements are first referred to by their Arabic names, and then later biblical names.

There is one pro-Israel witness, Yehuda Zvi Blum, a professor of international law at Hebrew U. Today it would be all Blums. You can see where Sen. Jim Abourezk asks him:

I personally know of the former president or existing
president of Birzeit University who told me that he was taken summarily
with a bag over his head and dumped across the Lebanese
border in the middle of the night with no trial and no hearing and
no charges. Let’s take that one example. Do you approve of that

OK: What’s happened to my country, the U.S., that we can’t call colonization colonization and have the likes of Saree Makdisi and Mazim Qumsiyeh and Jeff Halper testify before the Senate? I believe the reason is the rise of the meritocracy, the new order of Jews inside the establishment, the Israel lobby as a fact of our elite culture. In ’77 the WASPs were still au saddle. As I hasten to add every time I make this point, it’s a great thing, generally, for everybody that the bluebloods were deposed, them too. But when it comes to Middle East policy it means that there’s no debate. 

Listen to the great Shahak:

First of all, I would like to point out that the creation of the settlements in a territory, whose inhabitants then cannot settle in the state which settles this territory violates, in my opinion, the right of equal justice, the right which says that the people should be treated under equal law. I oppose both inside the State of Israel and in every place and in every forum of the world the statement of my Prime Minister, Mr. Begin, that Jews have the right to settle in the land of Israel because rights should be given irrespective of religion, race, and nationality. As I said in my own country, I say here that if the Jews of Tel Aviv have the right to settle on the West Bank, then they have it only under conditions that a mutual and equal right should be given to all the people, let us say, people of the West Bank to settle in Tel Aviv. Every other situation violates the conditions of freedom as known in modern states and violates the very principles established by the American Revolution and of the French Revolution and the most fundamental rules of a modern democracy. It returns us to the principles which were employed by anti-Semites against Jews. I say this especially as a Jew.

And listen to this:

I believe that especially now the Israeli Government is creating a class of quislings which should not be confused by any means with the previous notables
of King Hussein. These last, are newly made men. Tn many cases they are criminals, as I have said, and it is the aim, like in many other atrocious colonial regimes, to make of those people leaders.

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  1. OOOOPSS! An inconvenient little truth unexpectedly popped up out of the black hole of memory.

  2. annie says:

    we’ve come along way since ’77/not. this is the first time i’ve read about this hearing with this title.

    What’s happened to my country, the U.S., that we can’t call colonization colonization and have the likes of Saree Makdisi and Mazim Qumsiyeh and Jeff Halper testify before the Senate? I believe the reason is the rise of the meritocracy, the new order of Jews inside the establishment, the Israel lobby as a fact of our elite culture.

    i believe you are right.

    • Hostage says:

      this is the first time i’ve read about this hearing with this title.

      I’ve cited it four or five times before, but not in connection with Prof Shahak’s testimony. I couldn’t resist telling Fuster that the policy of bantustanization was a fact and that he could look it up in the Library of Congress;-) I’ve cited Dr Mallison’s testimony on Israel’s failure to implement the minority rights provisions of the partition plan (casting doubt on its title to territory); the Jerusalem Post article in the exhibits which contains an interview with Sharon about his plan to establish blocks of inland settlements to disrupt the continuity of Arab population centers (i.e. bantustanization); and Senator Abourezk pinning Yehuda Blum down on the issue of the legitimacy of the government of Israel, i.e. the Jews simply named themselves the provisional government and then drove the Arab voters into permanent exile before conducting the first (sham) elections. Of course there’s lots of other great material here as Phil’s extracts illustrate.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      link to mondoweiss.net

      link to mondoweiss.net

      link to mondoweiss.net

      • annie says:

        yep, just reading about it in your second link now and there it is clear as day in the third and links to the transcripts in the fourth. thanks hostage, you’re such a wealth of information. i wish i could remember all this. luckily i have the archives. eventually it will all sink in. it’s hard to believe it’s all been there in black and white all these decades and no one has stopped it. no one.

  3. eljay says:

    The PRESENT is what matters! Peace, not “justice”! Holes in the hull of the ship of peace! Blue dot in a sea of green! I cannot consistently say that “ethnic cleansing is never necessary”!

    Damn you, Hamas!!! 8-o

  4. RE: It returns us to the principles which were employed by anti-Semites against Jews. ~ Shahak

    FROM THE GREAT AMIRA HAAS, 07/07/11:

    (excerpts) CRETE – Like an anti-Semitic caricature, Israel has extended its long tentacles around the globe in an effort to stop 10 decades-old ships from sailing to Gaza...
    …In anti-Semitic caricatures, the cunning Jew is doomed to lose and his control over the world is fated to come to an end. But Israel’s government is revising the caricature and sketching a glorious victory. A war of attrition, in the form of mysterious breakdowns and unprecedented red tape by the Greek authorities, thwarted the flotilla’s original plan to anchor off the Gaza coast. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly thanked the Greek government, he knew full well what he was thanking it for.
    We must now await future media leaks to know what exactly Greece received in exchange, other than closer military ties. Perhaps money, to complete the caricature? …
    Logic dictates that a government whose policy validates anti-Semitic stereotypes ought to worry Israelis and Jews worldwide. But the Israeli government is doing what its voters want and believe in. For there is one stereotype that has not been recycled here: that of the wise Jew…

    SOURCE – link to haaretz.com

    • Who would have ever guessed that one day an extremist, right-wing government of Israel would use “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” as its playbook. If that don’t beat all, I don’t know what does. Where, oh where, have all the Abba Eban’s gone?
      Thank you Ms. Haas for this brilliant commentary highlighting the propensity of the Netanyahu/Lieberman regime for doing very significant, long-term damage to Israel (and possibly Jews worldwide) in the pursuit of a misguided, short-term, domestic political agenda. Unfortunately, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him undergo psychological therapy or even keep him from shooting himself in the hoof(s)!
      I fear that Israel passed the “tipping point” some time ago. Que Sera, Sera.

    • annie says:

      dickerson! so good of you to notice this awesome article. i wish i could have included many more segments like the one you cited (fair use/bummer). check out Amira Hass, the flotilla, & Jewish stereotype, my post here on the same excellent article.

      • I wish I had had seen your post before I spent my time excerpting the same Haas article. I could have just linked to it. Alas, I only saw it a few minutes later.
        Why can’t I ever learn to read the posts in chronological (as opposed to reverse chronological) order?
        Oh well, I don’t suppose you can teach an old dyslexic new tricks.