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In propaganda coup for Israel, NYT frontpager ascribes Gaza’s misery to Palestinian infighting

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The New York Times has published a long article about Gaza’s misery that begins on the front page today, and then takes up an entire inside page, under the headline, “With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming.’” The article is a manifesto from Hasbara Central — the Israeli propaganda arm — explaining the worsening Gaza tragedy as the product of Palestinian infighting. An Israeli general is quoted at length by reporter David Halbfinger; United Nations and human rights officials are not quoted at all.

The article states this theme from the start:

At the heart of the crisis — and its most immediate cause — is a crushing financial squeeze, the result of a tense standoff between Hamas, the militant Islamist group that rules Gaza, and Fatah, the secular party entrenched on the West Bank.

So Gaza is suffering because the Palestinians can’t get along.

Epitomizing the worst of NYT coverage, the article only gets to the Israeli blockade on Gaza — cutting it off from the world, shooting up its fishing boats, flooding its waters with sewage, and killing a wheelchair-bound demonstrator across a fence — in the 12th paragraph (and twice glancingly after that):

Israel has blockaded Gaza for more than a decade, with severe restrictions on the flow of goods into the territory and people out of it, hoping to contain Hamas and also, perhaps, to pressure Gazans to eventually oust the group from power.

Contain Hamas — from what? Hamas was elected. But the real killer is two paragraphs on: Hamas could choose to go to war again:

For Hamas, the deteriorating situation is leaving it with few options. The one it has resorted to three times — going to war with Israel, in hopes of generating international sympathy and relief in the aftermath — suddenly seems least attractive.

This is a lie. Israel started all three of those “wars.”  As Norman Finkelstein states in his new book on Gaza:

In the popular imagination confected by state propaganda, and dutifully echoed by everyone else in authority, Israel is almost always reacting to or retaliating against “terrorism.” But neither the inhuman and illegal blockade Israel imposed on Gaza nor the periodic murderous “operations” Israel has unleashed against it trace back to Hamas rocket fire. These were Israeli political decisions springing from Israeli political calculations, in which Hamas military actions figured as a null factor.

Finkelstein refuses to characterize these actions as wars — but as “massive military attacks against a civilian population.”

This long piece might have been written by Hasbara Central. Although  the article does quote the valuable Nathan Thrall explaining that Hamas has limited agency in Gaza, the thrust of the story is that the crisis has been going on for years, and it’s the Palestinians’ fault.

  • The article has 48 paragraphs, but only one one even mentions that the Israeli blockade “for more than a decade” might have anything to do with Gaza’a present state.
  • There is not one single mention of the destruction caused by Israel’s three attacks on Gaza since 2008, including the razing of hundreds of thousands of of homes and other buildings, which might just affect the Gazan economy. Also, in the last (2014) attack alone, Israel killed 500 children.
  • Halbfinger obviously interviewed a number of Gazans, but he must have asked them pointed questions, or else censored their answers — because not a single one of them seems to blame Israel for their plight, which is an impossible result in real life.
  • Halbfinger praises Israel’s new “concrete-and-electronic barrier,” calling it “an impressive display of ingenuity,” with the same starstruck tone Hasbarists once used about how Israel  “had made the desert bloom.” The article expresses sympathy for the fact that Israel must spend $1 billion on this barrier. But he couldn’t seem to find any “ingenuity” among Gazans, who must have survived the 10-year blockade purely by luck. (Nathan Englander’s new novel about Israel grants far more inventiveness to Gaza’s engineers.)
  • The last 3 paragraphs, which imagine a mass nonviolent protest against the blockade by Gazans, are interesting, and actually echo the end of Norman Finkelstein’s book. But why would the “mass nonviolent action” Halbfinger says Gazans are considering “easily lead to casualties and escalation?” Could it be he forgot to report that Israeli soldiers regularly fire into the buffer zone that eats up Gaza’s territory inside the high fences?

The story behind this story is that Gaza is in crisis worse than ever, the blockade is neverending, just like the occupation, and Hasbara Central understands that the suffering is starting to draw more of the world’s attention. It needs to provide a false explanation; Israel can’t ignore the bad optics. So: The suffering is caused by fighting between the Palestinians. The blockade is a minor afterthought.

And just when you thought that the U.S. political discourse was shifting at the margins — this article will enrage you.

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  1. dimadok on February 12, 2018, 12:46 pm

    Gazan Hamas rulers should use 130,000 trucks of concrete mix been sent there to re-build houses and sewage system. Instead, they build attack tunnels that go into the sovereign territory of Israel. And while getting free electricity for that from Israel, shooting rockets and mortar grenades. End of story.

    • Mooser on February 12, 2018, 1:03 pm

      Oh, well, you got your mutterers, and then there’s the sputterers.

      • dimadok on February 12, 2018, 1:54 pm

        Feeling a bit jittery today, Mooser?

    • eljay on February 12, 2018, 1:07 pm

      || dimadok @ February 12, 2018, 12:46 pm ||

      I completely agree that Israel should:
      – end its decades-long and on-going occupation and colonization of Palestine;
      – withdraw to within its / Partition borders; and
      – stop preventing the Palestinians from soliciting foreign investment and development in their sovereign state.

      • dimadok on February 12, 2018, 1:55 pm

        What prevents Gaza rulers from soliciting investments?

      • eljay on February 12, 2018, 2:06 pm

        No, really, I’m agreeing with you.

      • dimadok on February 12, 2018, 3:39 pm

        Thanks. Gaza is free to do whatever they like to. Israel is free to decide whether we like it or not.

      • eljay on February 12, 2018, 3:48 pm

        || dimadok: Thanks. … ||

        You’re welcome.

        || … Gaza is free to do whatever they like to. … ||

        Except that they aren’t. But they will be once Israel:
        – ends its decades-long and on-going occupation and colonization of Palestine;
        – withdraws to within its / Partition borders; and
        – stops preventing the Palestinians from soliciting foreign investment and development in their sovereign state.

      • dimadok on February 12, 2018, 4:20 pm

        Gazan borders are within the partition. Next question, please.

      • eljay on February 12, 2018, 4:40 pm

        || dimadok: Gazan borders are within the partition. … ||

        Gaza’s current borders are reduced from its Partition borders thanks to Israel’s theft, military occupation and colonization of territory outside of its / Partition borders.

        || … Next question, please. ||

        It wasn’t a question.

    • amigo on February 12, 2018, 1:12 pm

      ” Instead, they build attack tunnels that go into the sovereign territory of Israel”.dumaduck

      Which is easier duma —telling who is a Jew or recognising Israeli Sovereignty.

      • dimadok on February 12, 2018, 1:56 pm

        I don’t even have to try – it becomes easier every day.

    • amigo on February 12, 2018, 1:24 pm

      “Gazan Hamas rulers should use 130,000 trucks of concrete mix been sent there to re-build houses and sewage system. Instead, they build attack tunnels that go into the sovereign territory of Israel. ” dumaduck

      Hey , it,s a sly Arab Plan to excavate the foundations of the Sovereign Israeli territory and then sit back and watch the Historic Homeland collapse in on itself.

    • JohnSmith on February 12, 2018, 1:56 pm

      Congratulations, dimadok, on such an impressive reply! Not that I look at reply threads in such detail, but this is the first time I’ve noticed a reply by you and I am impressed by the level of ignorance and bigotry that would allow anyone to say such things! Stories about “attack tunnels” are largely unfounded and unproven–and where in your own psyche and the “things you’ve heard” are you able to picture extensive and mighty attack tunnels from which Mighty Hamas releases its unimaginably powerful fusillades upon a cowering Israeli army that had never imagined the existence of tunnels, period, and had, oops, allowed such impregnable and awe-inspiring complexes to be built? As opposed to the tiny, potentially deadly (to the builders and users) holes in the ground that allow some small influx of supplies to the otherwise totally cut-off concentration camp that is Gaza? And which are regularly bombed into oblivion, along with the rest of Gaza.

      I love this concept of “free electricity” gifted by Israel! Boy, those Palestinians are so ungrateful, they don’t know how good they have it, thanks to Massuh Israel! The luxurious amounts of water and electricity just given away to Palestinians by Israel–is there no end to the Palestinians’ greed for food, water, electricity, medical care and basic humanitarian assistance??

      The portrait in your mind, dimadok, of bestial and subhuman Palestinians is truly impressive! This is racist bigotry for the ages!

      • dimadok on February 12, 2018, 3:35 pm

        Well, John, here are few snippets for you.
        First, I have no problem with smuggling tunnels- they can build as much as they want, it’s not Israel’s problem, it is an Egyptian one. Which they have efficiently solved by flattening 500-meter radius of housing from each side of the Rafah border and by pouring water in it.
        Second, I do have an issue when tunnels go into Israel territory- my apologies for that, it is a bit insensitive of myself.
        Electricity- do you have a free one yourself or maybe you are connected to a power grid that gives it to your house for free. If not, then make sure to pay your bills, otherwise, you’ll be cut off. Gazan’s do not pay their bills, while still getting one.
        None of my current or previous comments had attempted to de-humanize Palestinians as people or as ethnic groups. You may check my records here.

    • Emory Riddle on February 12, 2018, 2:39 pm

      Gee dim, why do they have to do all these re-building? Something happen to Gaza? Repeatedly?

    • Misterioso on February 13, 2018, 10:39 am



      The Gaza Strip is still belligerently and illegally occupied by Israel.
      To wit:

      Human Rights Watch, 2005: “…Israel will continue to be an Occupying Power [of the Gaza Strip] under international law and bound by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention because it will retain effective control over the territory and over crucial aspects of civilian life. Israel will not be withdrawing and handing power over to a sovereign authority – indeed, the word ‘withdrawal’ does not appear in the [2005 disengagement] document at all… The IDF will retain control over Gaza’s borders, coastline, and airspace, and will reserve the right to enter Gaza at will. According to the Hague Regulations, ‘A territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised’. International jurisprudence has clarified that the mere repositioning of troops is not sufficient to relieve an occupier of its responsibilities if it retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will.”

      The International Committee of the Red Cross: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

      “In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1,800,000 people” – Amira Hass, 2015, correspondent for Haaretz, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.

      “‘The significance of the [then proposed] disengagement plan [implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda….’ Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’” (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

      Furthermore, Hamas has long since agreed to conclude a peace agreement with Israel based on the June 4/67 borders, i.e., a mere 22% of historic Palestine:
      “Ismail Haniyeh, addressing a rare news conference in the Israeli-blockaded enclave, signaled a softening of Hamas’s long-standing position prohibiting the ceding of any part of the land of what was British-mandated Palestine until 1948.”

      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      Needless to say, Israel rejected the 2010 overture and refused to use it as an opening for discussions as it did with Hamas’s recent offer based on its 2017 revised Charter. (

      • dimadok on February 13, 2018, 12:46 pm

        That’s situation on 2005 report.
        Now is 2018, Gaza-Egypt border is no longer being controlled by Israel. Rafah crossing is in control of Egypt.

    • CigarGod on February 13, 2018, 11:04 am

      DimDok: Regurgitation is such an unpleasant thing to witness. Particularly, when you so greedily gobble it up once again.

  2. Ossinev on February 12, 2018, 2:36 pm

    “What prevents Gaza rulers from soliciting investments?”
    Perhaps its the total Israeli blockade?You know in the real non Zio world “investors” don`t actually like blockades. It sort of well you know puts them off investing.
    Be careful not to drift off script Dimwitduck.

  3. jon s on February 12, 2018, 3:53 pm

    Here’s the incomparable Amira Hass. At least she’s willing to criticize Hamas.

  4. Donald on February 12, 2018, 5:07 pm

    Part of what they are doing, both in this article and in Friedman’s columns, is giving Israel permission to bomb civilians in Lebanon and Gaza.

    As for the blockade, the NYT basically supports it. They pay as little attention to it as possible. If anything one tenth as severe were imposed on Israel they would treat it as cause for war. But since it is Israel doing it to Palestinians they either don’t care or support it.

    • Frankie P on February 12, 2018, 6:14 pm

      Fortunately, permission from the NYT to bomb civilians in Lebanon is not worth the energy it takes to utter or scribble. Permission to bomb civilians in Lebanon is incrementally being withheld by Nasrallah and the brave fighters of the resistance. Yes, Israel has long depended on its air superiority to bomb civilians in south Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut, but it is now becoming clear that the cost is increasing exponentially. We should rightfully call this “price tag”. The 2006 on-air bombing (Nasrallah’s speech telling people to look to the sea off Beirut) of the Israeli ship and the huge losses of tanks in their military defeat in Lebanon, through to today’s increased number and range of missiles in Hezbollah’s arsenal, to the massive experience gained by Hezbollah fighters in real battles against brave crazy Takfiri in Syria all lead to an Israel that understands that the reality of the situation has changed. And they don’t like it. Not one bit. They don’t have the stomach for ANY ground actions in Lebanon or Syria. There are hard men waiting for them, waiting to kill and be killed, believing that God is with them. Any future bombings of civilians in Lebanon will come with a heavy price tag. There is currently a regrouping going on as various flavors of terrorsts in Syria are flushed out and destroyed. SAA will come out stronger; Hezzbollah will come out stronger; Iran’s influence will be increased. The misguided moves of the US, driven by pro-Israel neocons and cheered on by Israeli leaders who preferred ISIS to Assad have backfired bigly, hugely, substantially. Really, who gives a fig about the permission of the NYT? It’s meaningless, a Hollywood fantasy in an otherwise real world.

      • Donald on February 12, 2018, 7:22 pm

        I hope you are right regarding the deterrence factor. As for “ permission”, that was my way of saying that the NYT is laying the groundwork to justify Israel if it does come to war. And unfortunately I think it works with some readers. You can read the comments underneath this or any NYT story on Palestine. The worst ones are by racists, but there are also some pretty bad ones by people who I think probably mean well, but get their information from the NYT. I can’t necessarily blame them. Nobody can follow every issue. I think propaganda works to some extent or organizations and think tanks and politicians wouldn’t produce so much of it.

  5. Citizen on February 13, 2018, 5:51 am

    “The newspaper of record”
    “All da news good for youse”

  6. Ossinev on February 13, 2018, 6:51 am

    “They can solicit investments from Arab and Muslim world, including Zakat organizations and Murabah banks”
    Investment in what , how , where and when. Correction the when is perhaps easy to pinpoint. It would be in between the Zio bouts of destruction of infastructure which has been invested in.
    Keep it up. Like all Zios you think breaking wind is hilarious where as real civilised people just abhor the stench.

  7. Boomer on February 13, 2018, 7:00 am

    As further evidence of the extent of the “propaganda coup,” BBC World Service gave air time to the author of this piece, this story. That was doubly depressing, because BBC usually is better (less Zionist) than NYT on Gaza. But not now. In fairness, many readers and listeners might not perceive the bias . . . which is part of the problem. Poor Israel may have to mow the grass again. And Netanyahoo will reap the rewards.

  8. JimMichie on February 13, 2018, 8:23 am

    kudos to Mondoweiss for calling out the New York Times for this lie-ridden piece containing totally false contexts! Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.’s editorial board today added outrageous insult to journalistic integrity and the very fundamental basics in truth about Zionist Israel and its horrific terrorist treatment of Palestine and it s people.!

  9. pabelmont on February 13, 2018, 9:26 am

    ” Israel has blockaded Gaza for more than a decade, with severe restrictions on the flow of goods into the territory and people out of it, hoping to contain Hamas and also, perhaps, to pressure Gazans to eventually oust the group from power.”

    OK, NYT reports (tranquilly, might one say favorably?) on BDS applied by Israel against Gaza. Let us use this as ammunition in the fight — here at home FOR BDS against Israel.

    • dimadok on February 13, 2018, 12:50 pm

      Is Israel attacking BDS supporters in their home countries?

    • Brewer on February 15, 2018, 3:23 am

      It has nothing to do with ousting Hamas, Israel’s creation. It is about ousting Palestinians, the rightful owners of the land.

  10. Maghlawatan on February 13, 2018, 11:30 am

    Israel as reported by the NYT is Dorian Gray. Handsome, wealthy, talented.
    Israeli policy in Gaza is Dorian’s real face.

  11. John O on February 13, 2018, 12:15 pm


    So, Israel sent, or allowed to be sent, into Gaza 130,000 tons of concrete despite knowing it would almost certainly be used for “attack tunnels”. Dim or what?

  12. MHughes976 on February 13, 2018, 12:32 pm

    If it’s an occupation it is being operated immorally, without due regard for the ability of the people to live their lives normally and without due assurances that the situation is temporary. If it’s war it is being waged immorally by concentrating the effort on the civil population, in the hope that they will overthrow their leaders, and failing to make proposals for peace. If you say ‘in war all is fair’ then maybe you can evade this objection but then there is no right to accuse the other side of acting immorally against you.
    There was an article in the Economist a few years ago explaining the sheer stultifying grip that Israel exercises on economic life in the WB, which makes economic development hardly attainable and these considerations would apply a fortiori to Gaza. There was one more recently that rather made the heart bleed contrasting the hi-tech water supply in 48 Israel, all recycling and desalination, with the lo-tech sitation in the WB, all rust and leaking pipes.
    However, it may still be true that the NYT journalist found a lot of anger and recrimination between different groups in Gaza – an indication of comparatively free speech there, I suppose.

  13. Ossinev on February 13, 2018, 1:59 pm

    “Is Israel attacking BDS supporters in their home countries?”

    Do you mean attacking soft targets in pre-emptive F16 strikes or attacking them by buying their politicians ?

    Please do clarify.

  14. Spring Renouncer on February 13, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Yesterday I encountered the NYT article mentioned, and two others on the Middle East, and came away ENRAGED! Reading the NYT’s insidiously “smooth” and totally oblivious coverage of certain issues leaves anyone with an ounce of critical thinking feeling disoriented. I wonder: am I seeing all right?! Could this be an opinion piece?!! Am I the crazy one?!!!? And the Times is only the tip of the iceberg with regards to delusional US media, unfortunately… It is such a RELIEF that there are a few places like Mondoweiss, The Intercept etc. that exist and consistently call the MSM out on their BS!

    One of the other outrageous NYT articles I read yesterday was about the recent supposed confrontation between Israel and Iran. The article began with Israeli civilians being awakened by the frightening sound of sirens and phone alerts due to the shooting down of an Israeli F-16. The article had several sources, yet almost all of them were Israelis with Jewish backgrounds. The article was ostensibly about a conflict between two countries, but was only concerned with the repercussions of that conflict for the people and government of one of the countries: Israel, not Iran or Syria. Never once – even in tokenism – did the journalists question how Iranians felt being surrounded by nations violently destroyed by the US, Israel’s prime ally, or after their nuclear scientists were blown to smithereens. Even more egregiously the article did not AT ALL consider how the war-battered Syrians were affected by perennial Israeli airstrikes on their country let alone mention that Israel has illegally annexed a chunk of Syria, violates the country’s airspace with total impunity and seeks to create a land-grabbing buffer zone further into Syrian territory. You’d think that all of this information would be indispensable background when writing about tension among these countries. Instead, Iran is depicted as a monochromatic, aggressive, oriental force that is bent on expanding its shadow Empire at all costs… Israel is the victim ever innocent, ever threatened… ;//////

    Also the article Op-ed about targeted assassinations by Israel was somewhat ok, but in the end it too deifies Israeli military and political leaders, and legitamizes all sorts of historical myths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and totally skips over much atrocity… AND Israel’s long and conspicuous history of of political assasination is very well recorded and not at all controvertial: such facts can easily be presented outside of the opinons section. UGHHHH!

  15. Eva Smagacz on February 14, 2018, 5:45 am

    Dimadok, you said:

    “Thanks. Gaza is free to do whatever they like to”.

    Except for following, which depends on Israeli permission:
    Exporting anything (no permission from Israel – Egypt only allowed to open boarders to people not products by treaty with USA and Israel)
    Importing anything (some foodstuff allowed, only some medicines allowed, very little fuel allowed )
    Leaving Gaza via Israel (needs permit)
    Leaving Gaza via Egypt (needs Egypt permit which is issued with cooperation with Israel only)
    Having identity papers (issued only by Israel)
    Having internet (fully controlled by Israel)
    Having fish industry (fully controlled by Israel navy)
    Having visitors (fully controlled by Israel )
    Having agriculture (fully controlled by Israel border guards as they shoot farmers)
    Rebuilding housing destroyed by Israel (import of cement/glass not permitted)
    Rebuilding infrastructure destroyed by Israel (import of cement/glass not permitted)
    Rebuilding of UN buildings destroyed by Israel (import of cement/glass strictly controlled and rationed).
    Importing from anywhere but Israel (impossible in practice – Israel earns huge sums from selling to Occupied Territories at an inflated prices)
    Having electricity (unable to purchase as cannot trade and earn)

    but, dimadok, apart from that Gaza is free to do whatever they like to do. 97/108

    • dimadok on February 14, 2018, 11:12 am

      Well, Israel is a sovereign country that gets to decide what happens within its own borders, including who gets in and what goods are going out.
      Egypt does the same.
      Import of cement is permitted:
      Electricity: despite not paying their bills, it is still provided.
      Internet: who prevents them from having one? Israel? Again, it is free to decide whatever it wants to do with its own(!) resources- we do not own a thing to Gaza residents, except humanitarian cases (see the link above)
      You see the pattern here, Eva?

      Rockets for help doesn’t go far.

      • Eva Smagacz on February 15, 2018, 4:28 am

        dimadok, you are trying, but closer look really makes your comments naive to say the least.

        but the feel good story from COGAT website from 2015 is not going to cut it.
        Please go to and confirm that cement is strictly controlled (and totally inadequate, taking to account that Israel damaged and destroyed 40000 multi occupancy dwellings in Gaza)

        Tell me, is Gaza allowed to lay the internet cable that is not controlled by Israel? Do you think the Israeli Navy would allow the ship carrying the cable from, say, Europe, arrive at Gaza port?

        Do you think that destruction, by Israel of Gaza only power plant, and subsequent refusal to provide materials for its reconstruction, and the refusal to allow adequate fuel into Gaza, is NOT the example of Israel interfering outside its borders?

        Do you think that Israel preventing Gaza from trading or having imports via sea route is example of Israel NOT interfering outside it’s borders?99/110

  16. Brewer on February 14, 2018, 12:08 pm

    “we do not own a thing to Gaza residents” (sic)

    Sderot was settled by Jews in 1951. According to Walid Khalidi in All That Remains, it along with the settlement of Or ha-Ner, founded in 1957, were established on the village lands of Najd, which means “elevated plain” in Arabic.

    Najd’s Palestinian villagers, approximately 620 in 1945, were expelled on 13 May 1948, before Israel was declared a state and before any Arab armies entered Palestine. According to UN Resolution 194 and also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 13, Section 2, the villagers of Najd have a right to return home to their personal property and to their native village…………

    Najd’s villagers were mainly farmers and engaged in animal husbandry. “Fields of grain and fruit trees surrounded Najd on all sides.”

    Najd is fourteen kilometers from Gaza. Palestinian Arabs own 12,669 dunums in Najd although Israel refuses to honor their rights to their personal property, and refuses them their inalienable right to return home. In 1945 Jews owned 495 dunums of land in Najd and public lands consisted of 412 dunums…….

    – Khalidi, Walid, ed. All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated By Israel in 1948. Institute for Palestine Studies: Washington, D.C., 1992.

    These people and their descendants are imprisoned behind the Gaza fence, forbidden, on pain of death, to even visit their homes and property. You see the pattern here, Dimadok?

    • dimadok on February 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

      Expelled or left voluntarily?

      • Eva Smagacz on February 16, 2018, 5:28 pm

        Dimadok, you asked: Expelled, or left voluntarily?

        This quote from book by Dr. Walid Khalidi ( as published on www.
        “The expulsion of the inhabitants of Najd [took place] on 13 May 1948, before the establishment of the State of Israel directly. Israeli historian Benny Morris writes that the residents of the neighbouring village of Sesame were expelled at the same time by the Palmach brigade of Hanegov (Negev). The brigade launched a number of small attacks north and east, in coordination with the deployment of the Givati ​​brigade southward in the first half of May.”

        And here is direct quote from Benny Morris:

        “In coordination with Giv’ati’s local pushes southwards the besieged Palmach Negev Brigade during May carried out a number of small pushes northwards and eastwards. Burayr, northeast of Gaza was taken on 12-13 May. Its inhabitants fled to Gaza. The 9th Battalion troops killed a large number of villagers, apparently executing dozens of army-age males. They appear also to have raped and murdered a teenage girl.
        The same day, the inhabitants of neighbouring Sumsum and Najd, to the west , were driven out. In Sumsum the occupying
        troops found only a handful of old people. The blew up five houses and warned that if the villages weapons were not handed over the following day, they would blow up the rest. But inhabitants repeatedly returned to the village either to re-settle or to cultivate crops. At the end of May, a Negev Brigade unit, with orders to expel “the Arabs from Sumsum and Burayr and burn their granaries and fields”, swept through the villages, encountering resistance in Sumsum and killed 5 (or, according to another account – 20) and blew the granaries and a well. The troops returned to Sumsum yet again , on 9th of 10th of June, again burning houses and skirmishing with Arabs.

        So: expelled , or left voluntarily? What do you think, dimadok?

      • annie on February 16, 2018, 6:43 pm

        maybe dimadok thinks palestinians are so un-human they just voluntarily wander off and leave their villages in droves. remember the good ol days when people got banned for nakba denial. now this crap passes moderation. whatever.

      • Brewer on February 16, 2018, 6:32 pm

        Expelled at gunpoint around the same time as Deir Yassin Dimadok. Not that it makes a whit of difference, by every law in the book, not to mention morality, they are entitled to return to their property, no matter why they left.
        Wriggle and slither as much as you want. Even if you wish to rely on the U.N. partition which was neither legally binding (unless both parties agreed) nor within the U.N. mandate, nothing in it contemplated the transfer of proprietary rights. Zionists “own” very little of the land of Palestine and a reckoning is coming. Keep a bag packed at the ready.

      • eljay on February 16, 2018, 6:53 pm

        || dimadok: Expelled or left voluntarily? ||

        Rape victims chained in basement: Imprisoned or confined voluntarily?

      • Jethro on February 16, 2018, 6:54 pm

        It doesn’t matter, obviously.

      • Mooser on February 17, 2018, 12:59 am

        Ah, the old “they left voluntarily” shtik! Gosh, how that takes me all the way back.
        I’ll never forget it, the “they left voluntarily” was that little bit too much, the first thing about Zionism, even as a rather dull 11 and 12 year-old child, I knew had to be a lie.

      • Mooser on February 17, 2018, 1:12 am

        “remember the good ol days when people got banned for nakba denial.”

        Yeah, back when they thought banning the Zionist trolls would leave room for sensible, moderate Zionists to express themselves.

  17. jake41 on July 4, 2018, 9:12 pm

    Tunnels are a needed supply line when you don’t have any other choice. Got to feed the kids you know. The cure for that is to open the gates. Creating a state of Israel was a huge mistake, just ask Einstein, he knew about Zionism. Too bad so many people do not know right from wrong. Just remember war is money for those who make the tools.

    • Nathan on July 4, 2018, 9:53 pm

      jake41 – Albert Einstein used to refer to the State of Israel as “our State of Israel”. He was a supporter of Israel, and he bequeathed all his papers to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. There seems to be a lot of propaganda effort in the anti-Israel world to “prove” that Einstein was anti-Zionist. It’s not so.

      • jake41 on July 5, 2018, 12:58 am

        Thanks Nathan, perhaps I got caught in an untruth, I was basing my comment on a couple of letters that he wrote, that’s where I obtained that opinion. I got the impression that he had felt that the Jews could just live together with the Palestinians and all would be happy. Not to be evicted from their homeland by military force and be massacred along the way. Sorry to have mentioned it as it clouds my more major point that the Palestinian is just trying to survive and murdering them and stealing their land is wrong, but profitable to the occupier and his supporters.

      • MHughes976 on July 5, 2018, 4:39 am

        Well, he does seem to have told Alfred Lilienthal in 1952 that he had never been a Zionist. On the other hand he had sometimes given a pretty good imitation of being one, for instance in his letter to Nehru in 47. Disturbing ambiguity rather than moral clarity.

      • catalan on July 5, 2018, 8:25 am

        “Disturbing ambiguity rather than moral clarity.”
        Einstein was a morally divided man, unlike Eljay or Mooser. If everyone had their moral clarility, the world would already be at peace and in a just and universalist state. But alas, morally ambiguous men like Einstein are everywhere. I understand that the Ustashe of Croatia were also not men of any moral ambiguity.

      • eljay on July 5, 2018, 9:47 am

        || catalan: … Einstein was a morally divided man, unlike Eljay or Mooser. … ||

        Einstein was a genius who chose to support a particular brand of supremacism.

        I am not a genius and I choose not to support any brand of supremacism.

        || … If everyone had their moral clarility, the world would already be at peace … ||

        It’s a shame far too many people willingly choose injustice and immorality over justice, accountability and equality.

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