In Dutch, we have a saying: “Wie kaats kan de bal terug verwachten,” which literally means: “he who bounces the ball can expect it to be bounced back,” figuratively translated as “What Goes Around, Comes Around.” And, permit me to be blunt. It’s in my genes. The Dutch are known for telling it like it is, whether right, wrong, or indifferent.
In reference to Jonathan Cook’s article, “Jerusalem’s Old City: How Palestine’s past is being slowly erased,” let me cite what I wrote in my book, ‘Christian Zionism … Enraptured Around a Golden Calf:’
“So, what if the question is rephrased to reach the soul of every Jew, religious or secularist:
Would you want to load up all of Israel’s Palestinians on flatbed trucks; those who are documented as Israeli citizens and those who are undocumented and ghettoized as stateless captives, subsisting in the occupied territories, not going anywhere; and, haul them away, with barely clothes on their backs, blistering under the burning desert sun, to perhaps an Israeli secret processing plant, to be gassed until death; and, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) grabbing the loot to be divided among all the winners of war, like the kibbutzim, Israel’s spacious farming communities, ‘built on the ruins of hundreds of Palestinian villages, ethnically cleansed; an occupation that has crushed the rights of Palestinians and caged them into ever-smaller holding pens?’
What a painful memory of horror that only victims can feel and share, victims on all sides. (Page 119-120; Kindle Locations 2303-2309).”
Relax! Here are some other quotes: “Transporting all Palestinians from the Region to nowhere is wishful thinking, based on negative fantasies that defy reality. It is as mindless and absurd, if not accusatory and inflammatory, as the fear that Palestinians – helpless and defenseless – will throw the Israelis into the sea or worse, expel the Israelis back to their countries of origin. (Page 120; Kindle Locations 2310-2313).”
As I have stated to President Obama and others, “Despite Israel’s lethal arsenal, it goes against Israel’s collective conscience to sentence the Palestinians to a Final Solution. There is also good in the Israeli character. For many, certainly for my mother, the concentration camp has been a breeding ground for compassion and tolerance. So, another Holocaust, especially on shared soil, is out of the question.”
But to be on guard, you must balance the statement above with: “But what if the religious ultra-nationalists together with the secular ultra-nationalists (which I refer in my book as ‘the Party of the Neo-Pharisees) shine like 10,000 angels of light, blinding the world while executing gradual, slow-but-sure ethnic cleansing; a Holocaust against the indigenous Palestinians, in slow motion?” (Page 109; Kindle Locations 2059-2065)
Zionist leaders from David Ben Gurion to Binyamin Netanyahu have, according to world public opinion, taken many wrong turns in their territorial obsessions – their rage and blind ambitions – to expand their lebensraum. Instead of triumphing in peaceful harmony, they have capitulated to criminal misconduct – steal, kill, and destroy (John 10: 10) –, perpetrating heinous crimes against humanity, colliding against their Judaic conscience. [Biblical] Zionism, meant to be the light in the world, has become [Pagan-Zionism] a prayer without end.
Is Pagan-Zionism sustainable: create an exclusive community or kampf, a state for Jews-only; by deploying brute force without considering the consequences of the other; by unconscionably dispossessing and displacing ‘them’ from the land with no hope to ever return with neither compromise, concession or conciliation; them or us; the end justifies the means? This perversion and aberration, this depraved, distorted and deviant ideology can never have a happy ending. Ask Nazi Germany!
I worry. What goes around, comes around. I want Israel Palestine to survive. I am of Jewish descent. I, too, have a spiritual connection to the land. The region is my home, born as a refugee on the outskirts of Israel – Palestine on the Red Sea, a British Ship of Dutch parents. Inside my soul and within all of my being, I am attached to the splendor of its many colors, their tints and hues. I really do not know how to explain my love and deep devotion to the land, but I understand intuitively why neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis will ever leave. (Page 35; Kindle Locations 496-507).”
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