New ad describing Palestinian dispossession hits Metro-North, NY

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I managed to shoot this short video today at a Metro-North Hudson line train station. You can see that Henry Clifford, who put up ads featuring maps showing Palestinian dispossession in July, is back at it with further proof of what Zionism meant for Palestinians– the loss of hundreds of villages.

I hope you can freeze the rame and read the ad. It’s based on info from PASSIA. 

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  1. Dutch
    October 5, 2012, 6:12 pm

    I have great respect for Henry Clifford.

  2. LanceThruster
    October 5, 2012, 7:35 pm

    CAMERA likes to claim that the concept of “purchasing’ the land is left out of the money quote.

    • Walid
      October 5, 2012, 11:12 pm

      There’s no denying that fair and square purchasing actually happened and it went on for years before the nakba and some of it shamefully, and Arabs tend to sweep that little piece of history under the rug, but this represents a minute part of title transfers. The 7oo,000 or so dispossessed Palestinians did not all sell their land or their rights to the land. In 1922, Jewish ownership of land stood at 3% and by 1947, it reached 7%. The numbers speak.

      • Abdul-Rahman
        October 6, 2012, 4:04 am

        This hasbara “purchasing” claim comes via shady actions and “deals” that evolved out of the Ottoman Empire’s 1858 Land Code in Palestine; that occurred during the Ottoman’s Tanzimat (reform period); Ilan Pappe mentions this quickly from 17:10 to 18:26 in this video

        The Palestinian Arabs (particularly Muslim men, often heads of households etc) did not want to register their land (that they had simply been living on and farming in peace largely with no care for Ottoman papers etc for hundreds of years at least) with the Ottoman bureaucracy for several key reasons. Registering land would have made them have to pay registration fees and heavy taxes to the Ottoman Empire and be put on the military draft list to be conscripted into the Ottoman army (that is if they were Muslim men in particular, it was only after the Young Turk Revolution in 1908 that non-Muslim male subjects of the Ottoman Empire could also be conscripted into the Ottoman military) this was the point of the Ottoman Land Code of 1858 from the Ottoman government perspective in Istanbul during the Tanzimat (reform period): that was to increase tax revenue and reveal more Muslim men available for conscription into the Ottoman military. Obviously Palestinian men (i.e. heads of households) wanted to avoid this (particularly since the Ottomans had been by this point in a centuries long period of largely disastrous wars in and around Eastern Europe and the Caucasus against the Czarist Russian Empire) and wanted to avoid the taxes, registration fees, and any chance of having to leave their farms and families to go fight in an increasingly unpopular Ottoman army. And this all was again amplified even more by the growing general anti-Ottoman sentiment among the Arabs in Palestine in particular in this period as it was only 24 years earlier that the Ottomans (via their Egypt Eyalet affiliates) had to put down a revolt in Palestine

        It was this 1834 revolt in particular that Israeli academic Baruch Kimmerling and Joel S. Migdal cite as one of the main foundational periods in the development of modern Palestinian Arab nationalism (putting aside nationalism as a largely modern phenomenon that many historians say germinated in Europe, and particularly with German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder in the 1770s CE)

        So to conclude it was from these absentee landlords, under the conditions put in place by the Ottoman’s 1858 Land Code, that (as Ilan Pappe notes) the Zionist organizations were able to “purchase” (in the end) less than 7 percent of the land of Palestine (I saw the number 6.6% to be exact)

        Some links to see on this issue:

        Simple link:

        By Stephen Halbrook from George Mason University

        And a quote from historian Dilip Hiro (from Virginia Tech University);

        “it is estimated that by the end of the Mandate not more than 6 to 7 percent of the total area of Palestine was sold voluntarily to the agency (Jewish Agency for Israel), and more important, the sale was not initiated by Palestinian peasantry; rather it was primarily absentee landlords and local landowners, in addition to foreign interests, who co-operated with the settlers.”

        From the book “The Essential Middle East” by Dilip Hiro

      • talknic
        October 6, 2012, 5:27 am

        Abdul-Rahman October 6, 2012 at 4:04 am

        The Hasbara (all of it) is illogical nonsense. Jewish folk and institutions purchased ‘real estate’ which is not ‘territory’. Territory belongs to all the legal citizens of the territory, whether they own ‘real estate’, rent or lease ‘real estate’ or are bums living under a bridge neither owning or renting any ‘real estate’.

        People who are not citizens and institutions not owned by the citizens of a territory, such as foreign banks, foreign companies, even foreign Governments, can own ‘real estate’ in a ‘territory’ but it gives them no right to have a say over any of the ‘territory’. E.g., Japanese and Chinese companies, individuals and Government institutions may own ‘real estate’ in Australia, however they have no sovereign rights over any Australian ‘territory’.

        The territory that became the State of Israel belonged to all the citizens of the territory. No one paid for it except dispossessed non-Jews who were never compensated for any ‘real estate’ they owned or their dispossession.

        BTW The JNF is full of bullsh*te …

      • Walid
        October 6, 2012, 6:15 am

        “So to conclude it was from these absentee landlords… ”

        Abdul-Rahman, that’s where my word “shamefully” comes from. I could have also said “shamelessly”. Some of those absentee landlords were from prominent Beirut families. But there were Palestinians that also sold their land, grabbed the money and headed for Europe or the Americas and on their way out screamed that the Jews had stolen their land. The new Jewish owners showed up with their deeds in hand and chased the tenants off that had no clue about the sale that happened. But again, this is a very minute part of the problem and what is behind the dispossession of the Palestinians. Most of the refugees were physically chased or spooked into fleeing.

      • sandhillexit
        October 6, 2012, 9:56 am

        Thanks for these links. To think that the Palestinians gathered an army in 1834 sufficient to face 2000 cavalry and 4000 infantry. What an interesting prospect. Very different from the swaggering we see from an army whose chief accomplishment appears to be the terrorizing of civilians.

      • thankgodimatheist
        October 6, 2012, 9:32 pm

        It’s mostly (not exclusively) Lebanese and Syrian landlords who sold Palestinian lands:
        “Memoirs of a Zionist Realtor who sold lands to Jewish Funds: Youssef Nehmani”
        “The Lebanese landlords of Sursok, Salam, Tayan, Tuweini, Khoury, Biham, Kabbani, Omran, Sabbagh, Kheir Dine Ahdab,…sold the Zionist Funds the most fertile lands.

        The same goes to famous Syrian families who owned vast fertile lands in Palestine…These feudal landlords sold prior to election campaigns and they ruled Lebanon and Syria for many decades, and still bear heavy influence in the social/political structure.”

      • Walid
        October 7, 2012, 11:12 am

        More from TGIA’s link. It talks about Palestinians selling their land as well as Lebanese selling land in Lebanon to Jews:

        “… In late April 1997, the Nazareth daily “Fasl Makal” listed the Palestinian landlords who sold their properties to Jews between 1918 to 1945, and based on British archives. You have Muhammad Taher Husseini (father of Amine Husseini), Moussa Kazem Husseini, Moussa Alami, Ragheb Nashashibi, Ibrahim Fahou, Youssef Fahoum, Toufic Fahoum, Yacoob Ghoussein, family of Rock, Awni Abd Hadi (leader of the Independence Party and who sold the lands in Wadi Hawareth (3amik Hawfar), Judge Kanaan…and all these people were the leading Palestinian politicians before the Nakba of 1948.

        Nehmani relates how he bought Hrawi Mountain and the lands in the town of 3adaissi (south Lebanon), Jahoula, and Buwaysieh in 1938, and the lands in Meiss Jabal, Muteleh, Manara, malikeyeh and Awlam in 1945…

        He bought Kherbet Sobh from Elias Katit where the two colonies of Hanita and Yaalon were settled. The Emir of the “Arab” Faghour (bedouin) sold the lands of the village Khassass in 1939, where the terrorist Zionist Hagana committed genocide in 1947.

        Nehmani bought lands from the family of Farhat in 1944, Ahmad Al Assaad, Mahmoud Al Assaad, and Salib Sobh (from Safad), Kamel Hussein, Ahmad Mardini, and Zaki Rokabi in the village of Kyam al Walid. Kamel Hussein, leader of the tribe Ghawarina sold properties in Hula.

        The Lebanese feudal lord, Khaled Chehab, had very strong ties with the Zionist movement and sold his properties in the village of Ghabissieh.”

      • seafoid
        October 6, 2012, 4:28 am

        I don’t understand why Jews paid for land. Wasn’t it all theirs anyway LOL. Didn’t G-d give it to them and aren’t they the human manifestation of G-d according to AIPAC?

      • gamal
        October 6, 2012, 6:11 am

        you need to read the Jewish National Fund by Uri Davis.

        i have copy in the UK it seems hard to come by now, it may clarify what sale meant at the time, including those by “absentee landlords” basically two Lebanese, one was called Sursuq, i forget the others name, tax farmers, who became “owners” with the march of globalisation, the Turkish Majlis refused to enact laws preventing sale of land to foreigners, proposed by Palestinian representatives, arguing, not unreasonably at the time, that all countries have laws allowing the sale of land to non-nationals, desperate as they were to keep up with international developments, who, at the time could have known where it would lead, also don’t know about glossing things over most Arabs i know don’t have a problem with it, people have the right to dispose of their property as they see fit, Germans and many other Europeans had bought farms etc in Palestine, in the JNF Davis records many instances of forced “sales” under British management, anyway real estate is not territory, why shouldn’t Jews own land in Palestine?

      • seafoid
        October 6, 2012, 11:22 am

        Jews own land in NY State. That doesn’t mean that the whole State belongs to them. The only place that this phenomenon actually works is in the occupied territories. If a Jew owns one house in a street in Hebron the city becomes Jewish and Israeli.

      • talknic
        October 6, 2012, 11:41 am

        gamal October 6, 2012 at 6:11 am

        “…anyway real estate is not territory, why shouldn’t Jews own land in Palestine?”

        No problem if allowed under Palestinian law. However residency/settling in occupied Palestine as Israeli citizens, even if one is non-Jewish, is illegal under International Law and conventions.

      • gamal
        October 6, 2012, 4:20 pm

        “However residency/settling in occupied Palestine as Israeli citizens, even if one is non-Jewish, is illegal under International Law and conventions.” absolutely.

        And in the context of the settlement of Palestine, land sales become a very different thing, it is a universal truth in such struggles many people become exhausted and the attempts to deter land “sale” by individuals to occupier/colonizers become increasingly brutal as the level of desperation and oppression become more intense. It is reminiscent of that tragic part of Guevara’s “Venceremos” where he describes the “justice” meted out to those intimidated in to giving information to Batista’s forces during the Cuban revolution, there is no easy way out for those who mount resistance, as they used to tell recruits to the IRA, “you are opting for death” and one might add not just your own. Hence the practice of injustice and in particular settler colonialism is an especially vile activity, whose ramifications are utterly devastating to all involved.

      • Blake
        October 6, 2012, 11:16 am

        “Israel” consists of some 22,000 sq km of land. Only about 1,500 sq km (some 6% of present-day “Israel”) was bought by the Jews and as many commentators have previously stated on other threads buying up property does not equate to taking over the whole country. I would hazard a guess Jews probably own that much percentage of American land – or even more.

      • homingpigeon
        October 7, 2012, 8:11 am

        An important point to emphasize in the discussion of absentee landlord sales is that according to the laws and customs of the area, which survive to this day, the act of purchasing real estate from a landlord does not entitle the new landlord to either evict or change the rent on the tenants. In the case of feudal peasant areas the new landlords would have been entitled to continue exploiting the peasants – along with practicing “noblesse oblige” – but not evict them.

        Also, I’m not sure it should necessarily be considered a shameful or treasonous act to sell land to Jewish immigrants or any other immigrants at the beginning of this affair. Immigrants also came from Bosnia, Circassia, Uzbekistan, Chechenya, Baluchistan, Bukhara, Africa, and even America and Germany and bought land. However as has been pointed out, Zionism subsequently claims the right of state sovereignty over areas purchased by Jewish immigrants and modern settlers – no matter how specious or tainted the purchase might be. Thus the act of selling Palestinian real estate to Jews has become an treasonous anti-social act, and codified in law as such. Hasbarists in turn will point to this as anti-Jewish discrimination on the part of modern Arabs.

      • Walid
        October 7, 2012, 10:39 am

        “Also, I’m not sure it should necessarily be considered a shameful or treasonous act to sell land to Jewish immigrants or any other immigrants at the beginning of this affair.”(homingpigeon)

        If this is addressed to me, the shameful tag was in reference to the Arab sellers that did it on the sly and afterwards claimed the Jews stole their land. The shameless part was in reference to the Arab landlords not telling the tenants about it and leaving them to believe the the new rightful Jewish owners were illegally kicking them off the land. But again, it should be noted that some bona fide sales did happen and at inflated prices that the Jews eagerly paid to get their hands on the land but this represented a very small portion of the land acquired by the Jews legally. Until the announced partition, the Palestinian Jews owned or occupied only 7% of Palestine; the UN for whatever reasons allocated 56% to the Palestinian Jews and 44% to the Palestinian Arabs that had owned or occupied 93% of Palestine as in the case of the evicted tenants we are discussing.

      • gamal
        October 8, 2012, 1:41 pm

        “at inflated prices that the Jews eagerly paid to get their hands on the land but this represented a very small portion of the land acquired by the Jews legally.”

        i wish i had my library to hand. In the JNF by Davis there is recorded the story of a land owner forced by a British Officer, who is quite squeamish about the process accompanied by an intense official of the JNF, to sell a parcel of land. The owner refuses all inducements until he is finally forced into agreeing a sale at a vastly inflated price, the JNF official then records the Arab took him aside and complaining that though he had no desire to sell the land the agreed price was ridiculous and that he could not in good conscience take such a sum for it and proposed a far lower price, the JNF official, from whose diary the story was taken, then gloats that in such a way the Yishuv was saved many thousands of pounds, the louche officer remarks that the Arab reminds him of the prophet Amos.

    • talknic
      October 6, 2012, 3:06 am

      Camera omits the fact that land was not purchased on all the sites.

      • Hostage
        October 6, 2012, 8:54 am

        Camera omits the fact that land was not purchased on all the sites.

        Yes, the first example that Dayan cited, Nahalal and Mahalul, was a case where the nearby Jewish settlement simply annexed the land after the Arab village had been destroyed during the war.

  3. Citizen
    October 5, 2012, 7:39 pm

    His first before/after map ad needs to be put back up too.

  4. talknic
    October 5, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Bravo Henry!

  5. radii
    October 5, 2012, 7:49 pm

    the inherent sense of American fairness has been piqued but good since 9/11 …(Netanyahu saying on live TV as the towers smoldered the attacks were “very good for israel” … the israeli spies we caught and let go … the Carl Cameron reports on FOX News about israel’s electronic “back doors” into all U.S. electronic communications … the massive israeli spy ring operating through front “art students” and “moving companies” in the year or two before 9/11 … renewed focus and attention for the Lavon Affair and the USS Liberty attack … the neocon fingerprints all over the run-up and prosecution of the Iraq war … Jonathon Pollard popping up in the news from time-to-time … the tragic murder of Rachel Corrie by an IDF bulldozer/tank … Mearsheimer and Walt’s ‘The Lobby’ article and book … the explosion of facts and interest due to the internet … sites like EI and this one … and most recently Bibi’s meddling in our internal politics and the shameless bullying of the U.S. to fight Iran in a war for israel’s regional objectives)
    … and the continued descent of israel into an apartheid, theocratic, extremist fascist state have turned the tide – the American public is no longer a patsy for israel’s agents to manipulate … and Americans want a just solution and two states

    • Les
      October 5, 2012, 10:27 pm

      The story of the Israeli art student spies on the tail of the 9/11 bombers is well known. What is not known is what Israel knew in advance of 9/11 which is why they sent spies here. I suspect that what Israel had shared with the US was contemptuously ignored by our intelligence agencies, a crime of enormous consequence not considered worthy of investigation by our Congress.

    • talknic
      October 6, 2012, 3:12 am

      Is the repeatedly lower cased ‘i’srael necessary? Being at the same level as those who purposefully lower case ‘a’rabs, ‘m’uslim, ‘i’slam, ‘p’alestinians isn’t a good idea.

      • HemiFaulk
        October 6, 2012, 4:28 am

        I concur.

      • radii
        October 6, 2012, 12:00 pm

        when israel starts behaving like a grown-up I’ll give it a grown-up capital “I” – just my personal take on it

      • Taxi
        October 8, 2012, 5:36 am

        When I don’t recognize a country’s legitimacy, and never will, why should I bother capitalizing it?

        And because I don’t recognize any religion on earth as being a cosmic instruction, I tend to not capitalize any of them either.

        But I do capitalize ‘Arab’, because no doubt, they legitimately exist – ‘jews’ on the other hand I consider a religious group that I tend to not capitalize, like ‘muslim’, ‘christian’, buddhist, hindu, etc.

        Oh yeah, I tend to not capitalize ‘atheism’ or ‘atheist’ either.

  6. Kathleen
    October 5, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Hope it stays up. Remember as a teenager seeing Moshe Dayan on the news and being intrigued with the man. That eye patch just drew a person right in. and something that he spoke the truth at least in this comment

    Dayan is some odd combination of Yul Bryner, Clint Eastwood and Putin. Is that possible?

  7. eGuard
    October 5, 2012, 9:23 pm

    They are maps 1 and 2 of the famous four. And btw, what is said?

  8. Walid
    October 5, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Finally; some really serious stuff starting to come out on behalf of the oppressed and dispossessed. Great ad.

  9. seafoid
    October 6, 2012, 1:59 am

    There are some great maps of the Nakba on the net now

  10. bilal a
    October 6, 2012, 5:35 am

    This ad is a fair unbigoted and non-inflammatory response to the hate and bigotry of Geller Spencer linked ads, and their Anti-Islamic Hate film project(s).

    LA Film Permit for ‘Innocene of Muslims” was finally released but with the redaction of the names on the permit.

    Since Jimmy Israel, Nakoula, and Alan Roberts names are already public, the redaction possibly hides new names, or Steve Goldberg / Goldenberg ?, identified by Cindy Davis as the first producer , not nakoula.

    We still dont know the funding sources for the film whose estimated cost of around 200k was not expected to come from the Israeli crime ring member Nakoula, who recently got out of jail.

    Zbigniew Brezinski is calling for an investigation into the conspiracy to produce the film with the aim of hurting America’s reputation in the Middle East, and inciting murder of us personnel.


    Here is Zbigniew Brezinski, former national security advisor, discussing the “Innocence of Muslims” video and its possible origins. Money quote:

    “There is some indication that there was a conspiracy involved here. The people who produced the film remain anonymous. Who paid for it? How was financed it? Why are they keeping quiet about it. What was the intent? Purely to amuse?”

    He then speculates that there might be “evil forces at work trying to provoke violence between us” and the Muslim world.

    My take: earlier Zbig avers that the administration is in the dark about this, but I wonder: the only known individual associated with the “film,” a thrice-convicted felon with numerous names and identities, has been taken into custody because of an alleged parole violation. He is now safely ensconced in a California prison, where he – and his story – are likely to stay for the next two years, long enough for the whole thing to die down and the trail to the real makers of “Innocence” to go very cold. My guess is that this is just the way the US government wants it – because revealing the “evil forces” behind what was obviously a planned provocation could be politically explosive.

    The elements that combined to create this toxic cinematic cocktail couldn’t be more suspicious: A “producer” with dozens of aliases, and a long criminal history, who suddenly goes into the movie business a month after getting out of jail: a “director” who denies any connection to the movie: a Christian propaganda outlet that “loaned” its facilities out to make the movie now claiming to have been deceived, along with the actors who had words put into their mouths without their knowledge or consent. Someone went to a great deal of trouble to cover their tracks.

    An elaborate prank – or a covert operation?

  11. Sassan
    October 6, 2012, 6:02 am

    The fact that this ad is up is a matter of free speech just like the other ad that was up in which some of you supported the defiling of.

    • justicewillprevail
      October 6, 2012, 11:21 am

      It’s not ignorant, racist, inflammatory junk, as Geller’s was.

      • MHughes976
        October 6, 2012, 12:47 pm

        A little bit of defacement, leaving the original message legible, seems fair enough to me as a way of continuing the argument or of showing that there are no good arguments on one or other side. If someone wrote ‘This was God’s will’ or ‘They asked for it’ or ‘A great blow for freedom everywhere’ over the Palestine dispossession map it would help to demonstrate the hollowness of the attempts made to excuse the outrage that has occurred.

    • talknic
      October 6, 2012, 11:34 am

      Sassan October 6, 2012 at 6:02 am

      I guess it’s OK then to mention savage Jews who dispossess, steal, murder, make war, illegally acquire territory by war, illegally annex, illegally settle, lie in Israeli courts, lie at the UN, lie at the UNSC, falsely accuse and who actively promote hatred and bigotry, all of which can be substantiated, without it being called anti-semitism. It’s just freedom of speech. Right?

    • ColinWright
      October 6, 2012, 3:52 pm

      Sassan says: “The fact that this ad is up is a matter of free speech just like the other ad that was up in which some of you supported the defiling of.”

      The equation doesn’t work. The pro-Palestinian ads don’t defame an entire ethnic group.

      When you find that billboard that begins ‘In any war between Christians and Christ-killers, choose the Christians…’ you just let me know.

      …but be sure and don’t deface it. That would be a violation of freedom of speech.

  12. Kathleen
    October 6, 2012, 7:34 am

    With accurate maps available showing the dispossession of Palestinians when the MSM puts up a map even for a second it is a map dividing Palestine and Israel based on the 67 line. Never shows the illegal settlements and the swiss cheese effect of Israel’s illegal confiscation of Palestinian lands

    Washington Journal never puts up an accurate map. Other outlets barely ever whisper about the issue

  13. just
    October 6, 2012, 9:40 am

    Thank you Henry Clifford for giving the oppressed a voice.

  14. radii
    October 6, 2012, 12:03 pm

    Einstein letter receiving a lot of press has this to say:

    “For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them,”

    … Einstein didn’t live to see that cancer take hold of zionists and spread like wildfire within israeli culture and politics as power grew exponentially due to the parasite attaching itself so firmly to its host the USA

    • Misterioso
      October 6, 2012, 4:50 pm

      Here’s another relevant observation made by Einstein in 1939:

      “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people. Despite the great wrong that has been done us [in the western world], we must strive for a just and lasting compromise with the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”

  15. Citizen
    October 7, 2012, 6:35 am

    Geller’s bigoted pro-Israel ad now going up in DC Metro area, and so are the two Christian tolerance ads:

  16. talknic
    October 7, 2012, 11:51 am

    Citizen October 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Problem, “a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages”

    The Geller ads don’t differentiate between Muslim radicals and the Jihad of every day Muslims

  17. Citizen
    October 11, 2012, 7:51 am

    @ talknic

    Yes, you are right about that. The ad counts on the fact that Americans don’t know the meaning of Jihad as actually practiced daily by most Muslims.

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