Palestinians ethnically cleansed by Zionists
Your correspondent Mr Fitzgerald could read the unbiased history records on the Zionist war on the Palestinians, including ‘A Challenge to Justice’, written by US law professor, John Quigley, wherein he outlines in great detail the ethnic cleansing of the vast majority of the 1.2 million indigenous Palestinians.
At the time only 90,000 Jews were indigenous to Palestine. Significantly the religious communities had lived in harmony under Ottoman rule. Quoting historian Edgar O’Ballance “the Arabs of Palestine were ejected and forced to flee into Arab territory. Whenever the Zionist troops advanced, the Arab population was bulldozed out in front of them. By decision of Ben Gurion, they sent loudspeaker vans to order village inhabitants to flee. Barrel bombs were rolled into villages to send the inhabitants fleeing in terror.”
Israeli historian Illan Pappe says the Zionists destroyed more than 400 villages, massacred thousands of civilians and forcibly evicted almost a million Palestinians into exile.
In other words, European Jews having just endured the horrors of the holocaust, the Zionists were now carrying out the brutal ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people. Golda Meir attributed the success of the Zionist Haganah and Lehi forces to the arms and ammunition purchased by the Jewish Agency from Czechoslovakia,”shells, machine guns, bullets and even planes”.
The population of Palestine has specific rights under the UN Charter.The Charter contemplated that League of Nations mandates would be converted into trusteeships. Article 80 stated that nothing in the Charter’s chapter on trusteeship could alter the rights “of any states or any peoples or existing international instruments to which Members of the UN may respectively be parties”. Thus, the rights of the Palestinian people under the mandate instrument are preserved.
A partition of Palestine against the consent of the population would violate that population’s rights. The UN “cannot make a disposition or alienation of territory, nor can it deprive the majority of the people of Palestine of their territory and transfer it to the exclusive use of a minority in their country”.
No bias on Israeli human rights abuse
Anyone who dares to publically criticise the Israeli Government for human rights abuses, will be accused by a particular cohort, of being anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish. Martin Stern, Karl Martin, Desmond Fitzgerald, and Kevin McCarthy appear to fall into this category (Irish Examiner, October 1, and several letters over the past week).
They misquote or misinterpret what I have written, and seem to have developed the art of the half-truth towards the reality of Israeli human rights abuses and settlements on Palestinian lands, even to the extent of seeking to deny the Palestinian people exist.
Just to put the record straight, I have researched the issue of genocide to a considerable degree, particularly the Holocaust of the Jewish people in which almost six million Jews were massacred by the German Nazi Government, assisted in many cases by individuals and authorities in many other European countries, including France, Poland, Austria, Hungary, the Baltic States, Croatia, and others.
I visited Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1984, and it left a lasting impression on me. In 1997 the University of Limerick History society, at my suggestion, organised a Holocaust Forum which took place over three nights in November/December 1997. Speakers included the Israeli Ambassador Mr Mark Sofar, and a Holocaust survivor, the late Zoltan Zinn Collis. I, and many other Irish soldiers, have also risked our life on several occasions while serving as UN peacekeepers in the Middle East.
My opinions therefore are based on detailed research and real practical experiences rather than those of biased hurlers on the ditch, who seek to accuse me of bias.
A fair cop
The Gardaí should cop-in... not cop-out.
Does Trump have Irish ancestry?
I have just read an account of one Bernard Gallagher whom the author, Allen Foster, describes as “Ireland’s greatest hoaxer”. Mr Gallagher was born in Derry in 1856 and died there in the Workhouse in June 1926.
One of his lesser-known scams was executed shortly after the foundation of the State. He posed as a government engineer, in Donegal, and carried out a survey with a view to building a proposed wall between the two states.
I couldn’t agree more with Fergus Finlay’s column (Irish Examiner, Oct 4). No-one wins in a strike. We’d all do well to remember that.
Could Pope make peace in Aleppo?
Since politics and diplomacy continue to fail in the face of unspeakable evil being visited upon the men, women, and children of Aleppo, can I, as a Christian, humbly call upon Pope Francis to intervene urgently?
Not only by appealing to the warring protagonists but exerting his globally recognised moral authority by actually travelling to Aleppo now— and through his exemplary presence there — putting his own life at risk?
Other religious leaders might join him in a bold peace-making crusade for our time.
I appeal to others to support such a simple but radical proposal and in the hope that it might succeed in reaching Pope Francis directly through appropriate channels as a matter of extreme urgency at this time.
Doublespeak and political language
Who’s not fed up with party politics these days? People are clamouring for change in a way that they haven’t done since the 1960s.
Politicians getting stuff done is a numbers game. It takes more than politicians; it takes people, organised, to make the politicians do the right thing.
If we leave change to politicians, we may as well emigrate to Jurassic Park. Society is crying out for healthy, sustainable communities; social and economic justice; environmental stewardship, and a truly democratic society. The people united will never be defeated.
Thomas Jefferson used no books or pamphlets to help him write the Declaration of Independence. No speech writers, spin doctors, advisers, just pure inspiration.
Today politicians need to be told what to say. What we are witnessing in the political arena is the ‘Impostor Syndrome’ — politicians who pretend to talk the talk, who can’t walk the walk. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language. A classic example is from Donald Rumsfeld, a former US Secretary of Defense: “There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know.”
It’s time to give vegetarianism a go
More and more people are realising that they can save animals, improve their health, and combat climate change simply by ditching meat.
Studies show that people who eat plant-based meals tend to be leaner and less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, or cancer than their meat-eating counterparts. Furthermore, a Worldwatch Institute report indicates that at least 51% of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.
And then there’s the most compelling reason of all for swapping beef burgers for veggie burgers: stopping the horrific suffering involved in getting every piece of animal flesh to the table.
Animals raised for food live in misery and endure extreme deprivation before finally being loaded onto lorries and sent off to abattoirs, where their throats will be slit.
When you consider what we know of pigs, cows, chickens, and other animals — that they have distinct personalities and a will to live — it’s impossible to justify killing them for a burger.
As more humans see these animals for the wonderful individuals they are, the increasing number of those who will no longer feast on their flesh makes sense.
If you’re not yet one of them yet, then why not become a vegetarian.
Do it for animals, do it for the planet, or do it for yourself — but whatever your reason, just do it.
PETA has vegan starter kits for anyone who wants to give it a try, available online at www.peta.org.