Monday, March 1, 2021

Israel founders were 'thieves', Israeli historian says

       Israel founders were 'thieves',     Israeli historian says

Early Jewish settlers in Palestine "looted Arab property", a new book by an Israeli 

historian has said, adding "authorities turned a blind eye".

In what has been described as the "first-ever comprehensive study" by Israeli historian 

Adam Raz described "the extent to which Jews looted Arab property" during the Jewish 

gangs' attack in 1948 on Palestinians and their homes, and explains why Ben-Gurion 

said "most of the Jews are thieves."

Writing in Haaretz, Ofer Aderet's review of Raz's book was entitled: "Jewish soldiers 

and civilians looted Arab neighbors' property en masse in '48. The authorities turned a 
blind eye."
Israeli historian Adam Raz, 21 December 2018 [Indonesian Solidarity Against Zionism/Facebook]

Another senior writer at Haaretz, Gideon Levy, commented that the words "most of the 

Jews are thieves", "wasn't uttered by an antisemitic leader, a Jew hater or a neo-Nazi, but 

by the founder of the State of Israel, two months after it was founded."

Levy said that the Israeli authorities "turned a blind eye and thus encouraged the 
looting, despite all the denunciations, the pretense and a few ridiculous trials."

The looting served a national purpose: to quickly complete the ethnic cleansing
of most of the country of its Arabs, and to see to it that 700,000 refugees would
never even imagine returning to their homes he explained.

The Israeli writer added: "Even before Israel managed to destroy most of the
houses, and wipe from the face of the earth more than 400 villages, came this
mass looting to empty them out, so that the refugees would have no reason to

Levy also said that the looters "were motivated not only by ugly greed to possess
stolen property right after the war was over, property belonging in some cases to
people who were their neighbors just the day before, and not only by the desire
to get rich quick by looting household items and ornaments, some of them very
costly…, but they served, consciously or unconsciously, the ethnic purification
project that Israel has tried in vain to deny all through the years."

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"Almost everyone took part" in the looting, he added, which "was the small
looting, the one that proved if only for a moment that 'most of the Jews are
thieves,' as the founding father said. But that was mini-looting compared to the
institutionalized looting of property, houses, villages and cities – the looting of
the land."

"Denial and repression" were part of the reasons why heads of Jewish community
 allowed the looting of Arab property in Palestine. He said: "Thirst for revenge
and drunkenness with victory after the difficult war might perhaps explain, even
partially, the participation of so many."

Levy said that "the looting reflects not only momentary human weakness but is
intended to serve a clear strategic goal – purifying the country of its inhabitants –
words fail."

Concluding his article, Levy said: "Anyone who believes that a solution will
ever be found to the conflict without proper atonement and compensation for
these acts, is living in an illusion."

He asked Israel to "think about the feelings of the descendants, the Arabs of
Israel and the Palestinian refugees, who are living with us and alongside us.
They see the pictures and read these things – what crosses their minds?"

He answers: "They will never be able to see the villages of their ancestors: Israel
demolished most of them, to leave not a shred," noting that "one small stolen
souvenir from the home that was lost might cause a tear to fall."

Adding: "Just ask the Jews enraged over any stolen Jewish property."

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