Israel attempts to whitewash its atrocious history

Panorama of Jerusalem old city. Israel

(RINF) – It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world. A video posted to social media by Israel’s foreign ministry shows an everyday Jewish couple, Jacob and Rachel, in a home named the “Land of Israel”. A series of knocks on the door brings 3,000 years of interruptions to their happiness. First it’s the Assyrians, followed by the Babylonians, Hellenists, Arabs, Romans, Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans – all straight out of Monty Python central casting.

Jacob and Rachel are forced by the warring factions to relocate to ever smaller parts of their home until finally they have to pitch a tent in the garden. Their fortunes change only with the arrival of a servant of the British Empire, who returns the title deeds. A final knock disturbs their celebrations. On the doorstep are a penniless Palestinian couple, craning their necks to see what goodies await them inside.

The chauvinism in portraying Jacob and Rachel as the only normal folk, stoicly enduring barbarians butchering each other in their living room, is ugly enough. But it is harder still to take seriously an account in which the Palestinians suddenly appear out of nowhere in 1948, as Britain departs.

A mile from my home in Nazareth are the ruins of Saffuriya, a centuries-old Palestinian town until the Israeli army expelled the inhabitants in 1948 and blew up their homes. More than 500 villages were similarly razed.

In places where buildings were left untouched, it is Jews – not Palestinians – who squat in someone else’s home. But the falsification runs deeper.

Next to the rubble of Saffuriya lies the much older Roman city of Sephoris, where Jews settled nearly 2,000 years ago after their failed revolts against the Roman empire. A surviving synagogue’s mosaic floor reveals that the Jews of Sephoris worshipped the sun, so close had they grown to the area’s pagan population.

Other entanglements abound. In Nazareth’s old city is the world’s only “synagogue church”, where Jesus reputedly delivered his first sermon. It is a reminder that many local Jews would soon be calling themselves Christians, and later Muslims. Farther north, in the town of Bokaya, an ancient synagogue can be found next to churches and mosques. For centuries the Abrahamic faiths lived alongside each other in a communal harmony unknown in Europe.

In fact, contrary to Israel’s version of history, the most violent clashes – aside from the Jewish revolts – coincided with invasions by Europeans, whether the aggressive sectarianism of the Crusaders, or the British-backed creation of an ethno-religious “Jewish state” by Zionists. More usually, Palestine’s past was marked by cultural tolerance and genetic diversity. Conversions and intermarriages meant the region was a melting pot of identities and beliefs.

Israel, of course, prefers to obscure that history, because it leads to an obvious conclusion: the region needs less, not more, tribalism and dogma of the sort Israel favours.

The Jewish majority in Israel lives almost entirely apart from the Palestinians who stayed on their land and are today nominally citizens. Meanwhile, in the West Bank – known to Israelis as the Biblical kingdoms of “Judea and Samaria” – Jewish settlers lord it over a ghettoised Palestinian population subject to military rule.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been drafting a basic law defining Israel as belonging to a globalised “Jewish nation”, not the country’s citizens. And he insists that peace talks take place only once the Palestinians under occupation recognise Israel as such a Jewish state – a condition that, once viewed as risible, has now been adopted by Washington.

In a sign of the prevailing mood, Israel’s education ministry has recently banned from the curriculum two novels featuring romantic attachments between Jews and Arabs. At the same time, the “green line” that once demarcated the occupied Palestinian territories has been erased from Israeli classroom maps, implying instead that it is all Greater Israel.

Faced with Israel’s zero-sum policies and diplomacy, Palestinians have grown increasingly anxious about the future.

Last week a resolution from Unesco, the UN’s scientific and cultural body, gave voice to their concerns. It highlighted Israeli threats to the most important Muslim and Christian heritage sites under occupation.

Recognising the importance of Jerusalem “for the three monotheistic religions”, the resolution nonetheless warned that Israel was exploiting its illegal control to erase the Palestinians’ connection to such sites, especially Al Aqsa mosque.

Hoping to deflect attention away from these criticisms, Israel railed against the UN for denying primacy to its narrative. Al Aqsa must be billed equally as Temple Mount, Mr Netanyahu insisted, referring to a long-lost Jewish temple believed to be buried under the Jerusalem mosque.

But the ruined temple’s likely location leads to the opposite conclusion Mr Netanyahu has reached: not that the Jews have a stronger claim to sovereignty, but that the region’s peoples and religions are impossibly intertwined.

That should be the chief lesson for the current Jacobs and Rachels, many of them living in armed and relentlessly expanding colonies on stolen Palestinian territory.

This land was always shared, and there will be no peace until it is again.

Jonathan Cook is an award-winning British journalist based in Nazareth, Israel, since 2001.Visit his blog.

  • Dow Jones

    When the IOU I$I$ backed Saudi Mercan toilet paper dollah is finally flushed from the Wall St bankster crapper and the USSAN natives call a halt to their anglozionazi government pimps financing the whorehouse of xion in occupied, apartheid Palestine, how long do the squatters there imagine their slaughterhouse will survive before the locals storm the “fence” and burn the disgusting crime scene to the ground?

    About as long as Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen took to be destroyed by these same scheming satanist scum.

    Karma ALWAYS comes back to collect!

  • william beeby

    The jews wanted a homeland , which they got , but most of them do not want to live there at any price. Bit strange isn`t it ?

  • Zaphod Braden

    Today we witness the SECOND Israeli HOLOCAUST of Palestinians.
    The Canaanites/Amorites/Philistines/Midianites/PALESTINIANS were in PALESTINE long before ABRAHAM passed through from Babylon/Ur ……Israel’s “claim” to Palestine is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.

    Their monotheistic ONE & ONLY god is a WAR god.
    The Jews BRAG about and SELF DOCUMENT THEIR “holocausting” others and then “PLACE A YOKE” on Gentiles for SUPPOSEDLY doing the exact same thing to them.
    FUNNY that everything they claim the nazis did is an EXACT COPY of their own book..
    Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”

    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    SEXUALLY ENSLAVE any females “who have not KNOWN a man”
    a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
    TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
    YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
    And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
    For modern day reinforcement of these “rules” research/google “the KINGS TORAH”

  • Zaphod Braden

    Israel demands the Palestinians “recognize Isreal’s right to exist” —- WELL,
    How can People that “Do not EXIST” recognize their DENIER’S “right to exist”?!
    Where is Israel’s Recognition of the PALESTINIAN’S RIGHT to EXIST!?
    Palestinian DENIERS are Christ DENIERS.
    Israel is attempting to create a MYTH that the Palestinians “do not exist”
    That is standard “dehumanizing prior to exterminating”
    Israel also DENIES Jesus Christ.
    WHEN Israel acknowledges HIM at all
    Israel calls Jesus “the BASTARD of a Roman soldier and Mary, a PROSTITUTE”
    Israel claims that JESUS is in HELL, boiling in excrement.
    Israel is a HUMANITY DENIER.

  • Zaphod Braden

    Jacob was “NORMAL” !!!??? Jacob was a weasel who conspired with his mother to deceive his Father and STEAL the birthright from his brother, and after happily accepting meat from his brother, refused to SHARE his own food. Jacob was SCUM. Jacob and the case of the magical genetics – Found in: Genesis 30:37-39

    Abraham was thrown OUT of Ur for being a pimp and a blackmailer,
    something he did TWICE more in the bible[GEN c12 vs 11-20 &

    Good thing THEY wrote the history before the bulk of Humanity learned to read and got hold of it.

  • hvaiallverden

    Yeah, the scam of the century, not the bankers, witch is the scam of the millennium, where AGWs fire and brimstone cargo cult is brand spanking new born compared to this long lived and hard pimped scams, as the History of the so called Jews, an name invented, and faked into history as truths.

    How many times must one tell you this.
    Hebrews and Jews arent the same, not even the same people or blood, where the Hebrews are genuine Arabs, and have had various names but originate in the Yemen/Oman region, and is, originally Europeans, the sea people, witch have traded by the sea for eons, millenniums before the so called eurosentic bollocs we cal history wants anyone to have done it, even Africans are denied their sea kings, millenniums before they them self think it was.

    The Joows is known so I dont waist time on their scam and lies, other then to tell that they originate in south Siberia, and have invade Europa and the middle east since 700 and up to when the Khazarian empire was crushed by the Finns, they havent forgotten that.
    Infact the entire basin, of the Mediterranean sea, was European and white, even the Atlas mountain regions, all white.
    Look at the map, Europa is just an fly shit sice continent, thats it compared to Africa.
    And Africa isnt been escalated, just merely scraped some few bits of it.
    Like our land, where archeological evidences is hidden away, and they lie about everything up here as well, we have lived up here since the dawn of man, we have 2.5 billion year old bedrocks up here, megaliths, castles, city defense walls (age well, they say 2500 to 3000 years old), ancient boats, 10 000 year old house ruins, and yet they claim nobody lived up here and the Vikings is the name, and nothing else.
    The Viking era is an French 1800 Abisnt trippings and nothing else.
    Not even true, and Odin is an Turk.
    And yeah, and stop using Caucasians, as to describe White people, thats not true at all.
    With all respect.

    the truth is out there


  • Edward Huguenin

    “Don’t you dare criticize us, Israel has the right to threaten Iran and all our neighbors every day, but no one has the right to threaten us. Israel has a right to exist, but the Palestinians do not. Israel has a right to nuclear weapons, but nobody else does. Israel has a right to demand money from the US taxpayer, but nobody has a right to demand anything in return! Israel has a right to bribe and tell other governments what they should do, but no government has a right to interfere
    with Israel! All what we need from you putzes in DC are those ‘vetoes’ at the UN, that regular US aid check, and to kill our enemies for us! That is your job! Anyone who disagrees is just a filthy Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies!!!”

  • Johnny Canuck

    That POS is the most riduculous piece of Propaganda I have ever seen. Utter garbage. A five-year old might fall for this crap, but the whole World knows what ISIS-RA-EL is really about.

    By treating everyone like little Children, they have insulted the intelligence of most of the World’s Population. It’s for home consumption, obviously.