Saturday, May 2, 2009

More textbook propaganda from KBRM

Click on the title to be taken to kbrm.org.nz and to their latest advertisement in their "The Missing Truth" series.

I hesitate to get drawn into these kinds of "you said, he said, she said..." discussions. At various times, in various contexts, people say things which at another time, in another context, sound inflammatory, inhumane, and sometimes downright contradictory to positions stated previously or since.

However, the advertisement illustrates again that, in reality, rather than the missing truth, the KBRM advertisements are actually highly subjective, which is illustrated by the selectivity exercised in the content of the advertisements.

But just to play the game, here is another selection of quotes to read in conjunction with those selected by KBRM.

KBRM: [Our Arab neighbors] have much to give us, they are blessed by what we lack. Great territories, ample for themselves & their children. We do not covet their expanses... But if this region is to expand to the full, there must be reciprocity, there can be mutual aid — economic, political & cultural between Jew & Arab. — David Ben Gurion, 1st PM of Israel 1947

KBRM rebutted: We have no connection with the Arabs. Our regime, our culture, our relations, is not the fruit of this region. There is no political affinity between us, or international solidarity.-David Ben Gurion, 1st PM of Israel 1952

KBRM: "We still call upon the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to return to the ways of peace... we offer peace and neighborliness to all neighboring states and their peoples." - Israel Declaration of Independence 1948

[As usual with Israeli statements, the devil is in the detail. The "Arab inhabitants" are the Palestinians who escaped the ethnic cleansing and who were then placed under oppressive military rule for two decades; and notable by omission is any mention of the 7-800,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled during the war]

KBRM rebutted: "The Achilles heel of the Arab coalition is the Lebanon. Muslim supremacy in this country is artificial and can easily be overthrown. A Christian State ought to be set up there, with its southern frontier on the river Litani. We would sign a treaty of alliance with this State. Thus when we have broken the strength of the Arab Legion and bombed Amman, we could wipe out Transjordan; after that Syria would fall. And if Egypt still dared to make war on us, we would bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo. We should thus end the war and would have but paid to Egypt, Assyria and Chaldea on behalf of our ancestors. David Ben Gurion, !st PM of Israel 1948

KBRM: "I enter negotiations with Chairman Arafat, the leader and representative of the Palestinian people, with the purpose of having coexistence between our two entities, Israel as a Jewish state, and a Palestinian state, next to us, living in peace." — Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli PM 1993

KBRM rebutted: " I wish Gaza would fall into the sea...since that won't happen, a solution to the problem must be found." Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli PM, 1992

KBRM: "The end of Israeli control & responsibility for the Gaza Strip allows the Palestinians, if they so wish, to develop their economy and build a peace seeking society... The most important test the Palestinian leadership will face is in fulfilling their commitment to put an end to terror and its infrastructure..." Ariel Sharon, Israeli PM 2005

KBRM rebutted: "We'll make a pastrami sandwich of them, ... we'll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlements right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years' time, neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart." Ariel Sharon 1998

KBRM: " Peace is a common and enduring goal for all Israelis and Israeli Governments, mine included." - Binyamin Netanyahu, current PM of Israel 2009

KBRM rebutted: Netanyahu is a master of double speak, so let's turn to what the Palestinians think of his return, here: www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article840 which opens as follows: The recent election of Former Prime Minister Benyamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu of the extreme right wing Likud party does not bode well for the prospects for a comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. In fact, it is my belief that the Israeli leadership will be only too willing to continue consolidating the status quo occupation and repression of our people.

The remainder of the article serves to illuminate some facts which make a mockery of many KBRM's claims.

So I have shown it's usually easy to find statements by the leaders selected by KBRM to place them in a less than conciliatory light. There are many statements much more extreme which I could highlight, but I just don't see the point.

It's time for KBRM to dig their way out of the past and front up to today's reality: the increasing unwillingness of the world to stand by and watch one population, slowly shrinking into minority status in historic Palestine, live in militaristic hubris and obscene wealth while deliberately oppressing the majority purely on the grounds of race.

Is that apartheid?

Interestingly, the final Palestinian quote in the list is yet another offer of a long-term ceasefire:

We are prepared to accept a Palestinian state in the 1967 boundaries only as a temporary solution, without recognizing the Zionist occupation of any inch of our homeland. — Taher a-Nunu, Hamas spokesman 2009

Not many westerners know that Hamas has been offering Israel a cessation of hostilities in return for talks since 1995. At first, the intermediary was the Palestinian Authority, but on September 23, 1997, King Hussein of Jordan sent the then and current Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, a message conveying an offer from Khalid Mishal, Hamas' political head, of a ceasefire in return for discussions under the mediation of King Hussein.

If Netanyahu received the message, which is almost certain, he was not deterred from continuing with his preferred course of action, killing Mishal. The attempt was made two days later, September 25, 1997, and the end result was humiliation for Israel.

I think readers will agree this is not the Netanyahu KBRM promotes as a man of peace in this quote from the advertisement:

Peace is a common and enduring goal for all Israelis and Israeli Governments, mine included — Binyamin Netanyahu, current PM of Israel 2009

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