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As I was sitting in a hotel room “two seas away” from the Arab-Israeli conflict and preparing to chose excerpts for reprint from last year’s “Nakba memorial,” I got mail from the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics “on the 64th anniversary of the Nakba.” I happily observed from the press release that the Palestinians are getting better in humor. 

The statement describes the Nakba as “ethnic cleansing and displacement (by Israel) of the (Palestinian) population.” It then goes on to say (seriously!) that: “The Palestinian population was 1.37 million in 1948 but by the end of 2011, the estimated population of Palestinians totaled 11.2 million. This indicates that the number of Palestinians worldwide has multiplied eight-fold in the 64 years since the Nakba.” 

Like in other areas such as science, arts and corporate culture, the Jews have messed things up: Their ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians worldwide has resulted in an eight-fold increase in the Palestinian population. So if the Zionists had intended genocide against the Palestinians, the Palestinian population today could have been around 100 million. 

Last year’s tickets to the opera are no longer good, but sadly last year’s Nakba memorial is still valid (“The Nakba: Blood and tears,” Hürriyet Daily News, May 17, 2011). Here we go: 

“(Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan [said]: ‘I don’t see Hamas as a terror organization. It is a resistance movement.’ And according to Mr Erdoğan, ‘calling them terrorists would be disrespect to the will of the Palestinian people.’

“I am not going to list the names of the victims of Hamas’ violent campaign, which prompted the civilized nations of the world to add the jihadists on a list of terrorist organizations. I am not going to list Hamas’ attacks against civilian and military targets either, as I don’t want to fill up a hundred columns with a boring catalogue of crimes. But let’s see how Hamas defines itself, its members, and its mission and better comprehend what the ‘will of the Palestinian people’ is about.

“The Hamas Covenant, proclaimed in 1988, declares members to be Muslims who ‘fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors.’ Very impressive membership criteria ... The charter calls for the eventual creation of an ‘Islamic state in Palestine,’ in place of Israel and the Palestinian territories, and the ‘obliteration or dissolution of Israel.’

“[The] charter defines ‘our struggle against the Jews,’ as very great and very serious: ‘The time will not come until Muslims fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslims! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him.’ That mission is almost impossible, especially the part about crying and speaking trees and rocks.

“And the charter goes on by outlining its peace mission: ‘The only way to engage in this struggle between truth and falsehood is through Islam and by means of Jihad until victory or martyrdom.’ Here, obviously, ‘victory’ means killing the last Jew tipped off by a rock or a tree; and martyrdom means getting killed by Jews. 

“Finally, there is a nice little piece of fatwa on defining who is Muslim and who is not: ‘Renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion of Islam.’ So, there is this peaceful resistance group whose charter claims members must raise the banner of Jihad in a very great and serious struggle, who should fight against the Jews for the dissolution of Israel, kill the Jews, or get killed in the name of martyrdom, and the same charter bans renouncing any part of Palestine with a self-declared authority to assert that doing so would mean renouncing Islam.

“[That is the Nakba which] Mr. Erdoğan said, ‘Once again Palestinians have been obliged to commemorate with blood and tears.’”

I sincerely hope, knowing this is just futile, that “The Nakba: Blood and tears” could no longer be reprinted.


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JJ Ahf

5/27/2012 9:16:53 PM

Oz which occupation? If Israelis occupy Palestinian territory so does Turkey with Kurdish territories.

american american

5/26/2012 11:38:09 AM

i guess that is why turkey doesn't make promises.

Oz_ man

5/22/2012 1:05:29 PM

Sandra if no side deserves to live in fear why don't you find the Israel's accountable. Don't ever accept an occupied people to be friendly or have nice words to say against their occupier and enslaver. If you make a claim to be civilized then you must back it up. Unfortunately the behavior of Israel is not befitting a civilized country. Never make a promise you cannot keep.

Sandra Jacoel

5/21/2012 2:28:44 PM

Oz_manx2, Neither side deserves to live in fear.

Oz_ man

5/21/2012 1:27:54 PM

Sandra I think I have made the point you cannot return something that is not yours. If the Israeli's have to put up with rocket attacks, what do you think the Palestinians have to put up with? Let me give you a few tips. A full airforce controlling their airspace, daily helicopter attacks, constant bombardments into civilians areas, dispossession of land. Would you like me to go on? Which country on Earth should have to put up with it?

Sandra Jacoel

5/21/2012 12:00:05 PM

Oz_manx2. American x2 is right. West bank and Gaza were captured from Egypt & Jordan not from Palestinians. It has never been their land, which isn't to say that they shouldn't have it now. They definitely should. Israel withdrew from Sinai and has peace with Egypt. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Gaza is not occupied by Israel but Israel still endures rocket attacks from Gaza. Daily! What country allows their peoples security to be compromised? None!

Oz_ man

5/21/2012 9:36:09 AM

JJ relevance and what is your point? As for your complaint about passion for Palestinians unless you have trouble reading but this article by Mr Bekdil mocks and ridicules Palestinians and their struggle for independence from occupation. If you have trouble with this issue I would suggest you read another article within this website.

JJ Ahf

5/21/2012 3:33:32 AM

Turks are strange people. They show so much passion for palestinians even though they have betrayed the Ottomans and Turkey, unlike jews. Religion eats brain cells you want a proof? Read all comments.

JJ Ahf

5/21/2012 3:27:44 AM

Oz_man Oz_man but Turkey belongs to Turks?

Oz_ man

5/21/2012 1:17:36 AM

American you cannot give back something that is not yours!
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