Dr. Randa Farah
University of Western Ontario
Department of Anthropology
Social Science Centre
London, Ontario N6A 5C2 Canada
Tel: (519)661-3430 Fax(519)661-2111 ext. 85088
This is a classic.
A short, succinct article that tells a lot, written by a young
Palestinian student in Washington State University, for which the paper
Under pressure, as usual, from pro-Israeli activists - had to
I am Israel
I am Israel - I came to a land without a people for a people
land. Those people who happened to be here, had no right to be here, and
my people showed them they had to leave or die, razing 480 Palestinian
villages to the ground, erasing their history.
I am Israel - some of my people committed massacres and later
Prime Ministers to represent me. In 1948, Menachem Begin was in charge of the
unit that slaughtered the inhabitants of Deir Yassin, including 100 men,
women, and children. In 1953, Ariel Sharon led the slaughter of the
inhabitants of Qibya, and in 1982 arranged for our allies to butcher
around 2,000 in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla.
I am Israel - carved in 1948 out of 78% of the land of Palestine,
dispossessing its inhabitants and replacing them with Jews from
Europe and other parts of the world. While the natives whose families
lived on this land for thousands of years are not allowed to return, Jews from
all over the world are welcome to instant citizenship.
I am Israel - in 1967, I swallowed the remaining lands of Palestine
the West Bank and Gaza - and placed their inhabitants under an oppressive
military ruleand OCCUPATION, controlling and humiliating every aspect of their daily
lives. Eventually, they should get the message that they are not welcome
to stay, and join the millions of Palestinian refugees in the shanty
ca of Lebanon and Jordan.
I am Israel - I have the power to control American policy. My
Israel Public Affairs Committee can make or break any politician
of its choosing, and as you see, they all compete to please me. All the
forces of the world are powerless against me, including the UN as I have
the American veto to block any condemnation of my war crimes. As Sharon
so eloquently phrased it, "We control America".
I am Israel - I influence American mainstream media too, and
always find the news tailored to my favor. I have invested millions of
dollars into PR representation, and CNN, New York Times, and others have
been doing an excellent job of promoting my propaganda. Look at other
international news sources and you will see the difference.
I am Israel - and you Palestinians want to negotiate "peace!?"
But you are not as smart as me; I will negotiate, but will only let you
have Your municipalities while I control your borders, your water, your
airspace, and anything else of importance. While we "negotiate," I will swallow
your hilltops and fill them with settlements, populated by the most extremist
of my extremists, armed to the teeth. These settlements will be
connected with roads you cannot use, and you will be imprisoned in your little
Bantustans between them, surrounded by checkpoints in every direction.
I am Israel - with the fourth strongest army in the world, possessing
nuclear weapons. How dare your children confront my oppression with
stones, don't you know my soldiers won't hesitate to blow their heads
off? In 17 months, I have killed 900 of you and injured 17,000,mostly
civilians, and have the mandate to continue since the international
community remains silent. Ignore, as I do, the hundreds of Israeli
soldiers who are now refusing to carry out my control over your lands
and people; their voices of conscience will not protect you.
I am Israel - and you want freedom? I have bullets, tanks, missiles,
Apaches, and F-16's, to obliterate you. I have placed your towns
Under siege, confiscated your lands, uprooted your trees, demolished
your homes, and you still demand freedom? Don't you get the message?
You will never have peace or freedom, because I am Israel.