Israel & Palestine (chapter 2)
Den ensidiga bild jag målat i första inlägget (Israel & Palestine) är visserligen helt sann men långt ifrån hela sanningen. Återskapandet av Israel var inget fridfullt intåg till änglakörers brus. Det var en brutal tillställning med en sanslös blodsutgjutelse och alla avskyvärda skamligheter mot oskyldiga civila som hör så gott som varje krigsscen till. Staten Israels officiella policy har hela tiden varit att förneka den folkfördrivning och etniska rensning som 1948 blev en smutsig nödvändighet för den nya statsbildningen. För att belysa detta citerar jag här ett utdrag ur en intervju med Benny Morris som är känd extrem-sionist och historieprofessor vid Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva. Intervjun är gjord av J. Anderson vid Portland IMC (läs hela):
The one-sided picture I painted in the first entry (Israel & Palestine), is completely true but far from the complete truth. The reconstruction of Israel was not a peaceful entry to silent angelchoirs. It was a brutal event with a frantic bloodshed and all the dispicable war-crimes that belong to almost any war-scene. The official policy from the Israeli state have always been to renounce the expulsion and ethnic cleansing that in 1948 became a dirty necessety for the newborn state. To put light on this matter I'd like to quote an interview with Benny Morris a well known extrem-zionist and professor of history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva. The interview was made by J. Anderson at Portland IMC (read all):
J. Anderson: Are you saying that Ben-Gurion was personally responsible for a deliberate and systematic policy of mass expulsion? B. Morris: "From April 1948, Ben-Gurion is projecting a message of transfer. There is no explicit order of his in writing, there is no orderly comprehensive policy, but there is an atmosphere of [population] transfer. The transfer idea is in the air. The entire leadership understands that this is the idea. The officer corps understands what is required of them. Under Ben-Gurion, a consensus of transfer is created."
J. Anderson: Ben-Gurion was a "transferist"?
B. Morris: "Of course. Ben-Gurion was a transferist. He understood that there could be no Jewish state with a large and hostile Arab minority in its midst. There would be no such state. It would not be able to exist."
J. Anderson: I don't hear you condemning him.
B. Morris: "Ben-Gurion was right. If he had not done what he did, a state would not have come into being. That has to be clear. It is impossible to evade it. Without the uprooting of the Palestinians, a Jewish state would not have arisen here."
When Ethnic Cleansing Is Justified
J. Anderson: Benny Morris, for decades you have been researching the dark side of Zionism. You are an expert on the atrocities of 1948. In the end, do you in effect justify all this? Are you an advocate of the transfer of 1948? B. Morris: "There is no justification for acts of rape. There is no justification for acts of massacre. Those are war crimes. But in certain conditions, expulsion is not a war crime. I don't think that the expulsions of 1948 were war crimes. You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. You have to dirty your hands."
J. Anderson: We are talking about the killing of thousands of people, the destruction of an entire society. B. Morris: "A society that aims to kill you forces you to destroy it. When the choice is between destroying or being destroyed, it's better to destroy."