What is immoral about the founding of the Jewish Zionist state in Palestine?

On the left, the Naksa (Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip); on the right, the Nakba (the 1948 founding of Israel)

The same immoral foundation that applies to Israel’s fifty-year occupation of Palestinian land also applies to the founding of the Jewish Zionist state in Palestine in 1948. After all, the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip resulted from the catastrophic partitioning of Palestine into three parts and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine’s non-Jewish Palestinian Arabs.

Logic dictates that the world should awaken to the immoral nature of the Zionist Jewish colonization of Palestine in 1948 by European immigrant Jews against the will of its Palestinian Arab inhabitants, just as the media now appears finally to be awakening to the criminal nature of the 1967 occupation [see, as just one example, One Long Atrocity].

One “long atrocity” is preceded by another and follows the same Zionist plan of theft of Palestinian land [see Legalizing the theft of Palestinian land has been Israeli policy since Day 1] and Jewish colonization. This is no secret:

The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government, the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment. (article first published by Global Research on April 29, 2013).

In recent developments, President Donald Trump has confirmed his support of Israel’s illegal settlements and his opposition to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which confirms the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” According to Rabbi Fischmann, “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.” (http://www.globalresearch.ca/gre...)

There is one difference, however, which addresses the comparative morality of the actions of the Haganah, the military arm of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, in 1947–48 on the one hand, and what the Haganah turned into after 1948 — the so-called “Israeli Defense Forces” (IDF):

The rapid events of the [1967] war made it too difficult for Israel to ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, as it did in hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages during what Palestinians call the Nakba of ’48 — the ‘Catastrophe’ in which they lost their homeland. (Can the 1967 war offer an opportunity for peace?)

The extent of the literal cover-up of Palestinian homes and depopulated villages often by planting woods over the area funded by American Jews through the Jewish National Fund (JNF), whose tax-deductable status in the US is now under attack, can be best viewed in the map called “Colonialism in Destru(a)ction” produced by De-Colonizer. The map details Palestinian, Jewish and Syrian localities destroyed since the beginning of Zionism until 2016:

The breakdown by historical layers (destructions before 1948, during the Nakba and from 1967 to 2016), is visually reported by the use of three different colors both in the legend and on the map itself. It aims to show the historical continuum of the ongoing colonial project until today, and gives an indication on what might be the future if there is no political international substantial mobilization to stop Israel.

Already 750 000 Palestinians and some 130 000 Syrians have been expelled, it was about time to map their loss and destruction, and to name what’s going on here: settler-colonialism.

In solidarity with those who have lost everything.

The world cannot keep pretending forever that the emperor has clothes. Sooner or later, the world will not only see Israel exposed, it will make Israel take stock of the moral consequences of its own founding.

As Palestinian scholar-activist Nada Elia expressed it, “… we must understand, and emphasize, that this violence [in Palestine] did not start in 1967, and that “ending the occupation” alone will not end it.” (Liberal Zionists think the ’67 occupation is all about them)

And as the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said put it: “As Arabs, we demand acknowledgement and reparations. We cannot accept that the ‘redemption of the Jews’ required the dispossession of millions of Palestinian people. We must rethink our common past if we want to have a future, and it is time to honestly state that we are fated to have a common, not a separate, future.” (Edward Said: A Lesson that will not die, a vision that cannot fail.)

Please read Palestinian refugees and the right of return to get a sense of the scope of the human tragedy involved as a result of the creation of the Zionist entity in Palestine.


Rima Najjar is an activist for justice in Palestine, researcher and retired professor of English literature at Al-Quds University in the occupied West Bank, Palestine.

Note: A version of this blog post was first published and then “collapsed” in Quora as an answer to the following question: Will the world wake up to the immoral foundation of the Zionist state in Palestine, as they are to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 occupation?

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