I have now read this heartbreaking book, encourage everyone who is interested in the Palestinian question to read it too.
From a short review of Forrest’s book: The Unholy Land by A. C. Forrest. Review by: John P. Richardson. Source: Middle East Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Winter, 1973)
The most significant consideration about Dr. A. C. Forrest's The Unholy Land is not its bluntness in telling the less heard story of the Palestine refugees but rather the fact that it became a best-seller in Canada, where Dr. Forrest is editor of the United Church Observer. The book's success was aided by a certain notoriety gained following published accounts of a large bookstore chain's attempt to boycott it because of the subject matter.
The Unholy Land is predominantly an account of Dr. Forrest's travels and observations in the Middle East during several extended visits following the 1967 war. He readily concedes that his experiences caused him to change his views: ". . . I believe that Israel carries great responsibility for the present situation; and that it is Israel which could, with honor, take the initial steps that could lead to peace" (p. viii). The most vivid parts of the book deal with the Palestine refugees: their current status, their origins and their possible future. Dr. Forrest's plea for justice for the Palestine refugees is coupled with the conviction that it must not be accomplished without regard to legitimate rights of the Israelis. This focus on the human factor at the core of the Palestine problem makes The Unholy Land a compelling document, despite the fact that its twenty-five chapters, ranging from 2-12 pages each, result in an uneven pace. Dr. Forrest has included all too brief chapters on complex subjects such as Islam and Israel in international law.
Dr. Forrest closes with an appeal that might be more easily taken up in subjects other than the Middle East: a plea that Westerners, particularly Western Christians, more assiduously and courageously search out the facts on both sides of the Palestine question.
Forrest was pilloried by the lovers of Israel/Zionism because he “assiduously and courageously search(ed) out the facts on both sides of the Palestinian question.”
A lovely irony that their censure contributed to the book’s success.
Palestinian militants have figured out extremely inexpensive ways to violently harass southern Israelis ... kites, balloons and occasions (sic) endangered hawks come to mind.
Y’ur right DB. To think that endangered hawks are used to murder and maim peace-loving Israelis, living on land formerly stolen by the Palestinians, who don’t understand God willed it to the Jews a long time ago. They, the Palestinians, must learn, but for the time being, the carnage and terror wreaked by the kites and balloons and the hawks is terrible, striking fear into the hearts of Jews not only in the sacred motherland, but the world over.
I am powerless to help you DB, but I feel you pain.
CC of recent missive to Canadian PM J. Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
I read at the Government of Canada’s website ... Canadian policy on key issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in the section titled - Occupied Territories and Settlements:
“Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip). The Fourth Geneva Convention applies in the occupied territories and establishes Israel's obligations as an occupying power, in particular with respect to the humane treatment of the inhabitants of the occupied territories. As referred to in UN Security Council Resolutions 446 and 465, Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”
However, then I read of Canada’s vote in the UN General Assembly -
UN Resolution: A/RES/73/97
Title: Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly.
Vote tally (2018-12-07)
Canada voted NO, supporting those paragons of the principle of universality of international law; Israel and the United States of America, and seconded by important Canadian allies – the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (the Federated States of), and Nauru.
On December 7, 2018, Canada voted in the UN contrary to the stated aims of the Canadian government, and the opinion of a majority of Canadians and a clear majority of the world’s population as reflected in the above UNGA vote.
This is one of many such resolutions, again and again Canada voting against the interests of Canadians, against the stated position(s) of the Canadian government, against international law, and against basic human decency.
Why did/does this happen?
Whose interests do these Canadian votes in the UN represent?
Is it really Justin Trudeau’s unshakable love of and loyalty to the Zionist state of Israel?
The Zionist state which respects no law or authority beyond it’s own cruel violence, used continuously for many decades against its neighbours, coupled with its lethal racist mistreatment of the indigenous people of Palestine.
With federal elections looming this year (2019), Justin Trudeau must clarify and explain Canada’s current and future position on Israel/Palestine, and how Canadians can expect these positions to play out in the future in international fora such as the UNGA, as well as Canada’s economic, cultural, commercial and political relationships with the state of Israel.