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The Great March of Return established itself as a new way for the Palestinian people to re-energize our cause and generate political pressure against the occupation in innovative ways without the devastating cost of military struggle; a way to put Palestinian rights back on the global agenda and reclaim the image of a people justly struggling for freedom and rights in the face of brutal and violent racist oppression.

Mistakes have also been made in this effort, however, which have harmed this peaceful approach and even jeopardized its future.

The Great March of Return must go on. There is simply no alternative to peaceful popular resistance. But we also need to take a step back and think about how we can reduce its cost in lives and injuries to our people, so that we may be able to nurture and grow this new form of resistance.

Our struggle for freedom is long, and its victory will be the fruit of countless efforts and sacrifices. The occupation state has been revealed as the main perpetrator of murders and massacres, and its aim is clear: to raise the cost of the Great March of Return until we ourselves abandon this path.

Beyond this obvious interest of the occupier, however, we must also be able to engage in reflection and self-examination, to objectively assess our successes and failures to date and to narrow the space available to the occupation to attack and kill our people.

Palestinians show their skills near tents during the Great March of Return, at the Israel-Gaza border in the east of Gaza City on April 11, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

What do we want from the Great March of Return?

Our struggle against the occupation is ultimately one of symbols and images; a battle to be waged in the global media and before the people of the world. It is this, more than any direct physical engagement with occupation forces, that can transform the broader conditions that allow the occupation to continue. And this can be done without spilling another drop of Palestinian blood.

The next phase of the Great March of Return must see an escalation in artistic, cultural and social actions. Instead of direct confrontation with occupation soldiers, the struggle should take the form of art exhibits, dance and theatre; children planting trees; university professors holding free classes in tents at the base camps; girls in our national dress; people painting, school and family trips; playgrounds and children’s games; novelists and writers sharing our story with the world; musicians bringing our music to the world –all of this taking place in the return camps.

Hundreds of peaceful and creative actions can be imagined. But what will they achieve? They will show the world that we are people who love life, that we keep our national consciousness alive in our hearts, and that we are the victims of a racist occupation regime.

Let us not underestimate this goal. The occupation devotes tremendous energy to create the opposite image: that we are people who love death, who seek chaos, burning and vandalism. The occupation will continue as long as it can justify itself in the eyes of the world. That is why it cannot tolerate our peaceful march and that is why it has done everything in its power to make our march look violent. The occupier cannot simply kill us for no reason; he needs to be able to justify his killing to the world. Otherwise, he would not spend so much time and energy creating these images that explain to the world why he’s killing us.

Peaceful resistance is a winning strategy because it destroys the propaganda foundation on which the occupation stands. It strengthens our moral legitimacy and our ability to develop a strong global advocacy for our just and human cause. It requires wise judgement and unwavering faith in its effectiveness. It demands continuous dedication to the work, to creativity and to minimizing harm to our people.

Now is the time to take a step back, to reflect and to plan for the future. Now is the time for the victory of peaceful Palestinian resistance.

A version of this post was originally published on Facebook on June 18, 2018 in Arabic. Translation by Denny Cormier and Peter Cohen.
Ahmed Abu Rtemah
About Ahmed Abu Artema

Born in Rafah, Gaza Strip, in 1984, Ahmed Abu Artema is a Palestinian refugee. An independent Gaza-based writer and social-media activist, he has written the book "Organized Chaos" and numerous articles. He is one of the original founders and organizers of the Great Return March.

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  1. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    June 18, 2018, 1:18 pm

    Yes! This is the voice of the original organizers of the march, before the political factions elbowed their way in and distorted its intended character.

    To get a fuller picture of the original conception of the march see the statement of principles of the International Committee for Coordination of the Great Return March. You can find it on the Facebook page of that committee and on the site of the American Friends Service Committee (afsc.org).

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      June 20, 2018, 3:27 pm

      Shenfield,

      Of all the condescending, smug, belittling insults directed these last days at the Palestinian people, yours takes the cherry. Right or wrong, it is for them, and *their* different political organizations, and the participating, heroic individuals to decide, not to a goddam “International Committee” or the saintly American Quakers, if to risk life and limb braving the Zionists openly. The only thing the so-called internationals have a right to do is to help and support, period.

      It’s not up to some bleating liberaloids who can’t even manage to change their governments to force a stop to the Gaza blockade (most of these liberaloids even continue to vote for imperialist parties, among other things) to order around the Palestinians.

      The pacifist author of the article here may be deluded (and carry at least some responsibility) but he is entitled to speak. Not us.

  2. Citizen
    Citizen
    June 18, 2018, 1:31 pm

    He’s right because the biggest essential win for the Zionists is their propaganda war complicit with US mainstream media and entertainment industry. The internet is the first dent in this hasbara.

  3. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    June 18, 2018, 1:33 pm

    And how do you obtain his book? Is it available in English?

  4. Marnie
    Marnie
    June 18, 2018, 2:09 pm

    “The Great March of Return must go on. There is simply no alternative to peaceful popular resistance. But we also need to take a step back and think about how we can reduce its cost in lives and injuries to our people, so that we may be able to nurture and grow this new form of resistance.

    Our struggle for freedom is long, and its victory will be the fruit of countless efforts and sacrifices. The occupation state has been revealed as the main perpetrator of murders and massacres, and its aim is clear: to raise the cost of the Great March of Return until we ourselves abandon this path.”

    Never stop.

  5. American Perspective
    American Perspective
    June 18, 2018, 2:28 pm

    “They will show the world that we are people who love life, that we keep our national consciousness alive in our hearts, and that we are the victims of a racist occupation regime.”

    Is it the author’s impression that the State of Palestine is not powerful enough or doesn’t get enough press attention? Does the author think that the Arab nationalist cause is lacking a voice to broadcast her illegitimate and petty grievances?

    This is what I mean when I talk about the Mondoweiss delusionalists.

    If the Arab nationalist cause lacked a loud enough platform, then this strategy would be brilliant. Maybe for the first time ever people would know that Arabic-speakers see themselves as a nation and want to preserve their racial purity at all costs.

    But that’s delusional. The powerful State of Palestine rules the world. It bends the U.N. to her every whim and controls the OIC and OPEC. Gaza’s problem is not a lack of military and political power. And it’s not a lack of attention.

    Gaza merely needs to surrender and de-Arabize. Either maintain the status quo or surrender. There is no third option.

    • andrew r
      andrew r
      June 18, 2018, 8:51 pm

      It bends the U.N. to her every whim and controls the OIC and OPEC.

      Like for example UNSC resolution 678 authorizing “all necessary means” to force Iraq out of Kuwait; no UN resolution has ever taken such language with Israel. Or UNSC 1973 which authorizes a “no-fly zone” over Libya; again, the all-powerful State of Palestine can’t get that for themselves.

      So basically, you’re a crank.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      June 19, 2018, 10:59 am

      @American Perspective

      Thank you very much indeed!!! Please keep spewing forth bafflegab!! (I presume you’re being paid by the word.) With advocates like you and your sidekick, mondonut, the entity known as “Israel” needs no critics.

      Your nonsense brings the following in depth article to mind:
      London Review of Books , Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018, “The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy” By Rabbi/Professor Henry Siegman, former Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress and the Synagogue Council of America.

      EXCERPTS:
      “Israel’s turkey shoot of Palestinians in Gaza was established when President Trump’s envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, vetoed a Security Council resolution that would have investigated the Gaza killings. This was justified on the same grounds: Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself. The invocation of Israel’s ‘sovereign right’ is the big lie at the heart of America’s responsibility for the collapse of the peace process. In Gaza, as in the West Bank beyond the pre-1967 armistice line, Israel is acting not in accordance with its sovereign right to protect itself, but to protect its occupation. What Israel’s military restores when it quells Palestinian protests is not law and order, but illegality and repression, reinforcing its theft of Palestinian territory in order to preclude the possibility of a Palestinian state, a goal it has achieved.”

      “B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have all accused Israel’s government and its minister of defence, Avigdor Lieberman, of targeting reporters and mostly unarmed civilians. Lieberman replied that there are ‘no innocent people’ in Hamas-run Gaza.”

      “Lieberman’s opinion of the value of the lives of Palestinians mirrors the view expressed by Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s minister of justice. A year before her appointment in 2015, Shaked posted on her Facebook page an article by Uri Elitzur, a settler leader, in which he said that Israel should target not only militants but the ‘mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which the snakes were raised. Otherwise more little snakes will be raised there.’

      “Shaked is a member of the settlers’ political party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home), whose leader, Naftali Bennett, is Netanyahu’s minister of education. In 2013 Bennett said during a cabinet debate: ‘If you catch terrorists, you simply have to kill them.’ When Israel’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, pointed out that this would be illegal, Bennett retorted: ‘I have killed lots of Arabs in my life, and there is no problem with that.’”

      “Pompeo, Haley and the Israel lobby – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) and allied organisations – are probably unaware of, or simply refuse to know about, the extent to which terrorism and war crimes marked the creation of Israel. Those who are told about this history dismiss it as a fabrication. What they deny or ignore is that these charges have been fully documented not only by historians, including Israeli ones, but by Israel’s own military. The point of recognising this history is not to justify terrorism by either Israelis or Palestinians, but to acknowledge the outrageous double standard that has been applied to the two parties and has undermined the possibility of a peace accord. Without knowing that history, it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand the extent to which Israeli propaganda has succeeded in shaping a narrative about the creation of Israel that presents the Palestinians who were brutally expelled from their homes as the aggressors and the Jews as their victims. Without that history, it is impossible to understand the outrage Palestinians feel over having been portrayed as the bad guys for so long.”

      “And the US has had Israel’s back, and not only when Israel’s security was threatened; it has also scuttled Security Council resolutions that might have changed Israeli calculations about the costs of its permanent subjugation of the Palestinian people. America’s assurances convinced successive governments that they could safely turn their country into an apartheid state, a transformation that far-right governments headed by Netanyahu have now made a reality. US administrations have allowed this situation in part because of the unique vulnerability of American domestic politics to the pro-Israel lobby – unique because of America’s large and influential Jewish community and its even larger influential Christian evangelical community. More recently, alt-right and neo-Nazi elements that form the most loyal members of Trump’s base have joined this circle of supporters: they now see Israel’s embrace of a religiously defined national Jewish identity (replacing its previous status as ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’) as a validation of their own Christian, racist, fascist and white supremacist ideology. White supremacists can now join with Netanyahu in castigating Jewish critics of Israel’s xenophobic and far-right nationalistic policies as self-hating Jews.”

  6. mondonut
    mondonut
    June 18, 2018, 2:55 pm

    There is simply no alternative to peaceful popular resistance.

    Sure there is. Depose the jihadist thugs that rule Gaza and commit the people of Gaza to true peaceful popular resistance (not the phony peace of the Great March). Use the time, energy and resources of Gaza to build a land for its people and not as a launch pad for the next inevitable conflict. Build homes, not tunnels. Convince your Arab bothers to the south of peaceful intent and get that border wide open. Show the Israelis and the world (for the first time) that the Palestinians know how to build a democratic society for its people and not a society for its warlords.

    • amigo
      amigo
      June 18, 2018, 3:35 pm

      mondonut, someone accused you of being a zionist creep and a facist .

      Why do you substantiate that accusation .

      ” commit the people of Gaza to true peaceful popular resistance “mondonut

      Don,t be coy.There is no resistance that is popular to the zionist entity.

      ” Build homes, not tunnels. ” mondonut

      WTF with.

      “Convince your Arab bothers to the south of peaceful intent “.

      Haven,t you been listening to the leaders of the rogue entity.They claim all “Arabs” (PALESTINIANS) are Terrorists.

      “Show the Israelis and the world (for the first time) that the Palestinians know how to build a democratic society”.mondonut.

      Notwithstanding your racist undertones ,they tried that and if I recall correctly , the People of Gaza democratically elected a government and the rogue entity arrested and jailed more than half of them within one week.

      Give it a rest buster.You wouldn,t want people to think you are not part of the smartest people in the universe —now would you.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        June 18, 2018, 6:24 pm

        @amigo
        – mondonut, someone accused you of being a zionist creep and a facist .
        – Don,t be coy.There is no resistance that is popular to the zionist entity.
        – WTF with.
        – Haven,t you been listening to the leaders of the rogue entity.They claim all “Arabs” (PALESTINIANS) are Terrorists.
        – Notwithstanding your racist undertones ,they tried that and if I recall correctly , the People of Gaza democratically elected a government and the rogue entity arrested and jailed more than half of them within one week.
        – Give it a rest buster.You wouldn,t want people to think you are not part of the smartest people in the universe —now would you.

        – Nobody accused me of being a of being a Zionist creep and a fascist. But despite the fact that it violates the site rules I would not put it past you or your like minded friends – it is what passes for intelligent discourse around here.

        – Attempting to peacefully live their lives and build a country does not need to be popular with Israel.

        – For openers, with the very same materials used to build tunnels.

        – I presume by “rogue entity” you mean Israel. And if you are claiming that all the leaders of Israel claim that all Arabs are terrorists, that is a bold faced lie. And an irrelevant response to Arab/Arab unity.

        – Racist? So now the Palestinians are their own race? And no, they have not tried it. After the 2006 elections the Palestinian politicians immediately refused to cooperate and have since squashed all future elections. Abbas is in year 13 of his 4 year term.

        – Smartest people in the universe? Nobody has ever accused us Irish Catholics of that.

    • bcg
      bcg
      June 18, 2018, 6:16 pm

      @Mondonut: So Israel jails people without charging them, and apparently has the right to hold them without charges indefinitely, but the Palestinians need to show the world they’re capable of civilization – I see.

      https://972mag.com/army-extends-administrative-detention-of-palestinian-feminist-lawmaker/136233/

      • amigo
        amigo
        June 19, 2018, 3:36 pm

        ” Nobody accused me of being a of being a Zionist creep “mondonut

        Allow me to correct that.

        “– Smartest people in the universe? Nobody has ever accused us Irish Catholics of that.”mondonut

        Your racist comment is noted .

        It,s “We Irish” Einstein and Irish is a nationality and Catholicism is a religion.

        mondonut , your,e not the smartest zionist creep around , are you buster.

        What passes for conversation with you buster is for everyone to agree with you.Go visit the J, post or there are lots of other zionist sites for folks like you .

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 19, 2018, 3:54 pm

        “.Go visit the J, post or there are lots of other zionist sites for folks like you .”

        “Amigo”, if they were tolerated at any site which has in interest in making Zionists or Zionism look good, or at least better than it is, they wouldn’t be here.

      • amigo
        amigo
        June 19, 2018, 5:34 pm

        ““Amigo”, if they were tolerated at any site which has in interest in making Zionists or Zionism look good, or at least better than it is, they wouldn’t be here.”Mooser

        The goal of this site is to show the true face of Zionism so I guess mondonut and co are a good fit.Why even a valuable contribution.

  7. Boris
    Boris
    June 18, 2018, 7:03 pm

    The next phase of the Great March of Return must see an escalation in artistic, cultural and social actions. Instead of direct confrontation …

    Good.

    It will take some time – maybe a hundred years or more – but Palestinians will learn how to peacefully co-exist with Israel.

    • annie
      annie
      June 18, 2018, 8:59 pm

      boris, it’s not going to take a hundred years and it will come about after israelis learn they can’t exist as an apartheid state and embrace equal rights as the key to their own survival.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      June 19, 2018, 11:00 am

      Boris: “It will take some time – maybe a hundred years or more – but Palestinians will learn how to peacefully co-exist with Israel.”

      They allready peacefully co-existed with Jews until the Zionist settlers came who were not interested in co-existence, but in the takeover of Palestine and getting rid of Nonjewish Palestinians.

      You are still the aggressor, Boris, the colonizer, the occupier, the expellant. (I’m using nice words now.)

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        June 19, 2018, 11:42 am

        If there does exist a way for Palestinians to live peaceably with Israel with reasonable mutual benefit and all that it would be good to have that way outlined so that reasonable people can start to work towards it. So Israel should state for all to see what it thinks a fair and final situation would look like. If that statement were not to propose anything that looked the least bit fair or mutually beneficial then world opinion might finally begin to press for some change. If it were to hold out something worth having then who knows what might be agreed. If there continues to be no proposal at all or more of the nonsense of negotiations without agenda then there is no reason for the Palestinians to expect anything more than the status quo indefinitely. Can anyone be expected to learn to live with that?

      • annie
        annie
        June 19, 2018, 3:40 pm

        If there does exist a way for Palestinians to live peaceably with Israel with reasonable mutual benefit and all that it would be good to have that way outlined so that reasonable people can start to work towards it. So Israel should state for all to see what it thinks a fair and final situation would look like.

        If there does exist a way for Israelis to live peaceably with Palestine with reasonable mutual benefit and all it would be good to have that way outlined so that reasonable people can start to work towards it. Palestinians have stated for all to see what they think are fair and final situations, and they have been rejected. so yes, I agree Israelis should start coming up with fair and final solutions, but i question whether they can or want to.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        June 19, 2018, 4:22 pm

        I too very much question it, Annie, but I think that it’s a short term demand that is just within the bounds of practicality. And it seems to me to be the logical response when people tell us that the Palestinians have a better way, if they would only choose. What is it? If not the present situation for ever, then what? If there is an answer only from private individuals or unofficial groups it’s just hot air. We need to hear from Israel officially.

    • Keith
      Keith
      June 19, 2018, 7:28 pm

      BORIS- “It will take some time – maybe a hundred years or more – but Palestinians will learn how to peacefully co-exist with Israel.”

      It is Israel and the Zionists who don’t want peaceful coexistence. That is the lesson of the Nakba and all of the premeditated massacres. That is the lesson of Deir Yassin which was targeted specifically because they reached an accommodation with their Zionist neighbors. They were made an example of how no Palestinians were safe from murder. That is the lesson of the murder of those Palestinians who dared to return to their homes following the end of fighting. Zionist Israel doesn’t want coexistence and has acted accordingly.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 19, 2018, 9:12 pm

        That is the lesson of just about everything the Zionists do.

        (Including their latest regulation about home demolitions.)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 19, 2018, 9:19 pm

        “It will take some time – maybe a hundred years…”

        Okay then, just for fun, let’s project out the definite Jewish demographic trends for the next hundred years, and see where we stand. So the Palestinians will know what to expect.

  8. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    June 18, 2018, 10:35 pm

    There is a famous quote by Robert Solow :

    ” Everything reminds Milton Friedman of the money supply. Everything reminds me of sex but I try to keep .it out of my papers. ”
    All kinds of everything remind me of Israel.

    “”https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/18/archaeologists-in-cambridgeshire-find-graves-of-two-men-with-legs-chopped-off

    “Mola unit was among those working on one of the UK’s largest ever excavations, at 40 sites strung along 350 hectares where the traffic-choked A14 from Cambridge to Huntingdon is being widened.

    Gdaniec finds the whole site quite sinister. “People talk about the archaeology of conquest, but I have never felt it as strongly as here. The Romans arrive, the people who were here are completely subjugated, everything changes and is never the same again. We are not seeing trade and peaceful co-existence here, we are seeing enslavement.”

    The Roman empire also collapsed. They all do.

    • Boris
      Boris
      June 18, 2018, 11:50 pm

      You’ve got it, Maghlawatan!

      Jewish civilization outlived Romans, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians and so on. We will outlast you as well.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 19, 2018, 8:19 am

        || Boris: … Jewish civilization outlived Romans, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians and so on. … ||

        Jewish isn’t a “civilization” that has “outlived Romans, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians and so on”.

        It’s a religion-based identity that hasn’t outlived Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and so on.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        June 19, 2018, 8:23 am

        Very boorish, Boris. You shouldn’t take the zionist propaganda so freaking serious, it’s all a game.

      • Boris
        Boris
        June 19, 2018, 10:21 am

        What propaganda, Marnie?

        It is a historical fact that in the past Jews had interacted one way or another with these peoples and cultures. Where are they now?

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        June 19, 2018, 11:10 am

        @Boris

        “Jewish civilization outlived…”

        Hardly. The entity known as “Israel” is the very antithesis of “civilization.”

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        June 19, 2018, 11:25 am

        A religion isn’t a civilization. Get a grip already and lay off the pipe. There’s nothing civil about ‘israel’.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 19, 2018, 12:04 pm

        || Boris: … It is a historical fact that in the past Jews had interacted one way or another with these peoples and cultures. Where are they now? ||

        It is an indisputable fact that they’re as dead and long-gone as the Jews who interacted with them.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        June 19, 2018, 12:54 pm

        Civilisation has existed continuously in all those places. They have changed their religion since ancient times, though some elements of their ancient culture, competing in antiquity with the antiquities of the Jews, are still recognisably there. Jewish culture too has changed from its ancient form because it has become quite open to atheism. Cultures survive to some extent by changing.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 19, 2018, 1:25 pm

        “Jewish civilization outlived Romans, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians and so on. We will outlast you as well.”

        So you figure about 6 million Jews in Israel, and another, oh maybe up to ten million nominal Jews in the diaspora, is enough to get the job done, “Boris”?

        That’s enough people to fill three fair-size cities! If you are willing to include the nominal Jews in the diaspora.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 19, 2018, 1:55 pm

        “Jewish civilization outlived Romans, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians and so on. “

        But those cultures and facets of their religious ideas live on, syncreted into Judaism. Especially the Persians and most of all, the Greeks. Jewish Hellenism was extremely influential. We also absorbed religious concepts from the Canaanites, so don’t forget them.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 19, 2018, 4:21 pm

        “Jewish culture too has changed from its ancient form because it has become quite open to atheism”

        Atheism might even be an advantage, ensuring that God can never come between a Jew and his Zionism. We hear lots people saying anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic, but when was the last time anybody said being a Jewish atheist is anti-Semitic?

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        June 19, 2018, 5:43 pm

        Boris, habibi . Israel is not “Jewish civilisation”

        1. It is not Jewish
        2 It is not civilised

        LOLZ ( laugh out loud at a Zionist)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 19, 2018, 7:18 pm

        “Jewish civilization outlived Romans, Persians, Greeks, Egyptians and so on” “Boris”

        And the Soviet Union, which it had a hand in making.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 19, 2018, 9:50 pm

        “Jewish civilization … ”

        No such thing. Civilized Jews adopted, and were part of, the civilizations of the people they lived among.

        Civilized European Jews adopted European civilization, civilized Middle Eastern Jews adopted Middle Eastern civilization, civilized Far Eastern Jews adopted Far Eastern civilization.

        American and Australian Jews are disadvantaged.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 20, 2018, 7:24 am

        || RoHa: … Civilized European Jews adopted European civilization, civilized Middle Eastern Jews adopted Middle Eastern civilization, civilized Far Eastern Jews adopted Far Eastern civilization.

        American and Australian Jews are disadvantaged. ||

        The most advantaged are those who have adopted Canadian civilization. Double-double, eh?  :-D

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 20, 2018, 9:40 am

        We can be sure they will be polite, albeit boring.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 20, 2018, 11:43 am

        “No such thing. Civilized Jews adopted, and were part of, the civilizations of the people they lived among.”

        What about the reign of the Hasmonean dynasty? Tell ’em, “Boris”, how civilized we were then.

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      June 19, 2018, 3:19 am

      I found the remarks of Ms.Gdaniec – who is a senior member of the Cambridgeshire archaeology service – rather odd, since according to the reports of this discovery the bodies come from the late Roman or early ‘Saxon’ period. So they reflect conditions at a time when the prosperity and rule of law that had, up to a debatable point of course, come with imperial rule were being replaced with conditions dominated by mercenary bands, factional and religious conflict and lack of any recognised legitimate authority. The consequences of the fall of empires can be terrible.

  9. umm al-hamam
    umm al-hamam
    June 18, 2018, 11:47 pm

    I certainly hope the world does in fact pay attention. The world has, so far, ignored peaceful Palestinian demonstrations unless they’re getting shot by Zionist snipers, and then it’s largely to blame the Palestinians for their own deaths. Will any large media outlets be showing these artistic, cultural and social events?

    Stokely Carmichael’s words, “In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.”, also seem to apply to the US’s puppet states, very much including the Zionist entity. My suspicion is that nothing short of overwhelming force will work, whether economic, socio-political or military, and Palestinians currently are not able to leverage that force alone.

  10. RoHa
    RoHa
    June 19, 2018, 2:57 am

    Meanwhile, in the West Bank,

    “On 17 June 2018, a new military order (Order No. 1797) will enter into effect. The order removes any option for Palestinians to challenge demolition orders that the Civil Administration issues for new structures, allowing Israel to demolish homes summarily.”

    https://www.btselem.org/planning_and_building/20180614_last_veil_disguising_west_bank_planning_policy_lifted

    • eljay
      eljay
      June 19, 2018, 9:48 am

      || RoHa: Meanwhile, in the West Bank … ||

      … Israel’s readiness to lift the veil on this matter indicates its plan to accelerate and expand the dispossession of Palestinians throughout the West Bank, and a conviction that it will not be called to task over this either internationally or locally.

      It’s a conviction based on a pretty solid track record of not being called to task on decades’ worth of (war) crimes.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      June 19, 2018, 10:48 am

      When Jew’s houses were demolished under the same British “Emergency regulations” in mandated Palestine they claimed that not even the Nazis had such punishing regulations. Go figure.

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      June 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

      But let these Irish sports personalities beware! Look what happened to Argentina – a mere draw against Iceland and a penalty messed up by Messi. Those who boycott Israel may, it seems, lose the support of the hand of God.

  11. Citizen
    Citizen
    June 20, 2018, 7:44 am

    The Palestinian Tipping Point https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/20/the-palestinian-tipping-point/ by @NatCounterPunch

  12. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    June 20, 2018, 1:55 pm

    @MHughes
    And it could get worse. The Zios might claim by way of retaliation that “Gaelic” football was in fact invented by the Ancient Israelites as was “hurling” and come to think of it cricket,golf,soccer,rugby(Union and League),baseball,hockey,tennis and table tennis,squash and badminton and Tossing the Caber to name but a few all fueled by those incredible calorie rich cherry tomatoes. Oh and of course kilts and sporrans were in fact ancient Israeli garments and accessories.

    • gamal
      gamal
      June 20, 2018, 3:11 pm

      “and sporrans were in fact ancient Israeli garments and accessories”

      why would the uncircumcised have a need for sporrans, the case makes itself, haggis, neeps and stovies, as Mr. Cohen demonstratedJews have an affinity for 3’s of things so thats probably one of theirs too.

      As Iran face Spain, what score would be best for Jews do you think, being a “people” is so tiring being no more than a person is at least facing a fundamental reality, you just another being, they are infinite.

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