Heraclius writes in a comment on a DailyRnR post
The author of the comment had earlier said that Palestine was a Roman invention. Even the Old Testament in the form preserved by the Jewish world talks of a continuous non-Jewish presence in the land. Who was the priest at Jerusalem who greeted Abraham. The population of Jericho, Moses's midiani wife. The non-Roman gentiles in Maimonides (spelling?) record of the time of Jesus? A small number of Jews who converted to Christianity or Islam. They are the Palestinians. Neither them, nor their land is a Roman creation.
I quote Heraclius:
Now, does this mean Palestinians need to be shunted aside? No. Does this mean they have to resign themselves to their fate? No. But it does mean they have to be realistic about it. Thomas Friedman, Michael Oren, Edward Said, and Said K Aburish have all made the same points in their various books...namely, that the Palestinians have been used as pawns by successive decrepit Arab regimes as an excuse...a distraction for their populations. Hafez Assad was brilliant at this! Everytime a crisis came, let's fight for the Golan Heights. Arafat is the same way, overplays his hand, overstays his welcome in an Arab capital, then starts the cycle over again.
This is the essence of the misunderstanding between the the non-Jewish, thinking, but still pro-Zionist/pro-Establishment world and the Arab/pro-Justice Third World. Whie it is recognised that Palestinians do need a solution, the acceptable form of it is weak and distorted and even that form is unrealisable in the real world. I heard a similar remark from a slightly pro-peace Jewish professor a couple of months ago.
You see, 'realism' is a relative concept. While I am all for moderation, understanding, and a sense of compromise, I am not so sure what is being asked of me here. The way I see it, it means you've got to expect these crumbs because I am weak. I am also supposed to be emotionally and mentally weak because I can not labor under oppression the way the Jews did. Being mostly brown and non-european, a lower position is natural for us. If the world says that the a 70-year Israeli kingdom can be re-established after a gap of 2,000 years on Palestinian corpses, why is the Palestinian supposed to surrender and love his oppressor, while he represents a pluralistic tradition including pre-Abrahamic populations, the local Christian kingdoms, the Caliphic and Ottoman province of Palestine, and now, an Arab, Islamic, Socialist, and Orthodox Christian identity - a heritage of thousands of years. The Jewish claim of the land has nothing to do with what the world believes or supports. The reasons lie elsewhere.
The fact is, that Palestinians do not have money, might, military, corporations. The Palestinian 'elite', if there remains one, is not married into the business and political aristocracy of the West. There are no Rothschilds, no Einstein, no Leo Strauss from Palestine. Palestine does not have kids devoting their life and education to make WMDs, or be spies. There are no blonde haired American Palestinians to make Mordechai Vanunu go to Italy with them so he can be kidnapped. For a Palestinian academic, we have Edward Said - honest and powerless, rather than an illiberal Leo Strauss subverting american liberalism for his own ends. For committed women, there is Laila Khaled who rather let her Nicaraguan comrade get killed than fire a shot. This is the weakness, and lack of vigour that Palestinians are to suffer for.
The Palestinian will either look up to the world if the world believes in a sense of justice, or will look up to his oppressor and learn from him. The second is what horrifies me. Not just Palestinians, but many other nationalities and people actually look up to the Zionist enterprise as something to learn from and emulate. I was one of them. And I'll tell you what I 'learnt', when I believed in the Zionist enterprise.
* There is no such thing as morality, just a facade that you have to build. It doesn't matter how many Palestinians Haganah massacres, you just have to make the right noises about American and Jewish lives.
* There are no friends, it is ok to use and abuse the West and Europe, as long as you keep their elite friendly to yourself. Who cares about German and Russian victims of the War, but make sure there are Holocaust museums everywhere.
* Duplicity, racism, and sexism - display an image of intelligence, brilliance, and victimhood to blend in, and make the white European population love you inspite of your Khazar or Asian self. But make sure there are enough noises against black, arab, or socialist/catholic latino minorities.
* Tribal identity.
I am sorry if I sound too anti-Jewish. That is not my point, I do not believe that all or however many Jews actually do the above. My point is, that these are the reasons that speak for the Israeli success. And the rest of the world is learning from it, just like Strauss learnt from the Nazi party.
Non-assimilationist, and nationalist Jews need a home. The question today is whether the "world powers", as Herzl called them - will make other stateless and minority populations adopt the practices of the Haganah, Stern, Irgun, and Jewish Agency. No, I hear - because what Muslims experience is nothing like what Jews experienced. But Harzl wrote before anyone had heard of Hitler. No again, I hear - because you are weak, stupid, megalomanic, lazy, cammle jockey, brown, and incapable of it.
The palestinian has no choice but to fight, and keep on fighting, adopt Straussianism or something different, because there is no alternative. Herzl believed what he wrote can be fulfilled. If the Palestinian believes he cannot fulfill his destiny, he has lost the battle before it starts. Palestine and Israel are only names. The question is whether the world believes in justice or not. Do we have legal and moral questions or political and military issues. The issue is not legal, but political, I heard the professor say.
I refuse. I refuse to surrender to their Zionism. And I refuse to adopt my own Zionism and tribalism.
No racism, no inhumanism. We will prove Strauss wrong. There will be peace of the living, rather than peace by getting rid of the people you don't like.
I don't accuse Heraclius of actually being racist, or dishonest. But I am saying that many people do not understand the Palestinian situation, give too little importance to justice, or fail to see how they would react in the same shoes.