Guardian

Gordon’s Jinn


I have long suspected that Neve Gordon lives in some sort of parallel universe where as if by magic, he manages to turn good into bad, wrong into right, true into false. After reading his CiF article of December 23rd, I’m even more dismayed by the man’s attempts to distort reality into something which serves his purpose.

This is the same Neve Gordon who recently called for boycotts against Israel as well as hosting a convicted Fatah organiser in his own home. Famous for holing himself up with Yasser Arafat in the Mukkata in Ramallah during the Second Intifada whilst the rest of his countrymen were under attack from suicide bombers, Gordon now tries to persuade us that there exists a Palestinian pro-peace movement which Israel is deliberately sabotaging.

“The objective is to put an end to the pro-peace popular resistance in the villages and to crush, once and for all, the Palestinian peace movement.”

Just in case you are now wondering how you managed to overlook this peace movement, Gordon even provides examples: “But over the past five years, Palestinians from scores of villages and towns such as Bil’in and Jayyous have developed new forms of pro-peace resistance that have attracted the attention of the international community.”

In Bil’in this ‘peaceful resistance’ has managed to injure some 170 IDF and police personnel. The weekly demonstrations are orchestrated together with the ISM – a Palestinian founded and led organisation with the following mission statement: “As enshrined in international law and UN resolutions, we recognize the Palestinian right to resist Israeli violence and occupation via legitimate armed struggle”.

In Jayyous, ‘peaceful’ demonstration has resulted in serious damage to the anti-terrorist fence which has significantly reduced the number of Israeli dead by terror attacks. Two years ago the residents of Jayyous celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the PFLP: hardly the most ‘peaceful’ of organisations.

Gordon’s delusion even extends to the dark days of the Second Intifada.  “It is often forgotten that even the second intifada, which turned out to be extremely violent, began as a popular nonviolent uprising”. The actual date of the start of the Second Intifada is, of course, unsure. Some say it began on September 28th 2000 when Ariel Sharon visited Temple Mount, although the fact that there had been unrest some two weeks previous to that when Fatah organised demonstrations all over the country in favour of the Right of Return to ‘Haifa, Birsaba (Be’er Sheva) and Beisan’ cannot be ignored. A year later, Marwan Barghouti explained the part he and Fatah played in inciting the violence of the first days of the Second Intifada.

“I knew that the end of the month of September [2000] would be the last opportunity before the explosion, but when Sharon arrived at the Al Aqsa Mosque it was the strongest (most suitable) moment for the breakout of the Intifada. This is because the subject concerns Jerusalem, and even more it regards Al Aqsa. The meaning of this – setting fire to the entire region and specifically [due to the fact] that the issue of Al Aqsa inflames and ignites the sensibilities of the masses.

I saw within the situation a historic opportunity to ignite the conflict. The strongest conflict is the one that initiated from Jerusalem due to the sensitivity of the city, its uniqueness and its special place in the hearts of the masses who are willing to sacrifice themselves [for her] with not even thinking of the cost.”

Rosh HaShana (New Year) 5761 (2000) fell just one day after Sharon’s visit to Jerusalem and the holiday lasted until October 1st. We had spent it, as usual, at my in-laws’ house near Rehovot. On the Sunday we were due to leave mid-morning and travel back home to the Golan via the West Bank, stopping off to see friends who had recently moved from Jerusalem to the village of Rimonim.

My in-laws are very religious people, so throughout the holiday we had heard no news on the radio or T.V. As we got into our car and prepared to depart we switched on the radio and were shocked to find that the whole country was ablaze.

The radio reports were confused; multiple incidents in many places, so we called our friends in Rimonim to ask if the route was open. “Don’t come” we were told; “It’s too dangerous”. We began to plan our route northwards with the aid of a map and the constant updates from the radio. Each time an incident was reported I checked to see if it meant changing our route. We quickly realised that our usual way home through Wadi ‘Ara would be impossible as there were reports of severe riots there, but we headed north, prepared to adapt the route as necessary.

As we reached the area of Netanya we got a call from another member of our kibbutz; a single mother also visiting family for the holidays with her two children. She was too terrified to make the journey alone and asked us to wait for her at a gas station so that we could travel in convoy. As we edged northwards on Highway 4 we could see burning tyres along the road at several points, the black smoke making visibility severely problematic. I decided that initially we would try to get to Haifa, and from there we would see how we could cross the Galillee which, according to the radio reports, was a hive of unrest.

We made tense, but reasonable progress until we reached the region of Furaidis. Reports were already coming in that a man had been killed when a stone hit his car. As we approached the intersection, stones and rocks flew, smashing onto the road around us. We could hear gunshots coming from the right. Trying to keep my voice steady so as not to add to the fright of our three children huddled in the back seat, I spoke to our friend following us on the speaker-phone: “Just make sure you keep close. Don’t let anything separate you from us. Just put your foot down”.

Breaking every traffic regulation in the book, we sped through that interchange until we got past Fureidis and didn’t stop until we reached Lev HaMifratz in Haifa. There we took a short break, eager to stretch our muscles which were aching from the tension, but hardly believing that we’d got away with merely a few dents in the cars. But evening was drawing in and we still had the whole width of the country to cross before reaching the safety of the Golan. Wadi ‘Ara was impassable and incidents were being reported on the Carmiel road, so we headed for the direction of Kiryat Tivon and from there I devised a route through various back roads and tracks, avoiding the numerous Arab villages on the way. We circumvented Nazareth by way of fields belonging to the kibbutzim in the area and with darkness now upon us, finally reached Kfar Tavor. From there it was plain sailing up to home and a much-needed cup of strong coffee. We then began trying to contact our eldest son who was stationed at the time in Gaza.

This is my experience of Neve Gordon’s ‘popular non-violent uprising’. Other Israelis experienced much worse on that day and in the weeks to come, and yet the Guardian allows and encourages Gordon to peddle his revisionist version of events to its willing audience of Israel-haters. It may be too difficult to get Gordon’s Jinn of lies and distortions back in the bottle as far as some of the CiF commentators are concerned, but despite that, the Guardian must be held responsible for the torrent of untruths it fosters.

57 replies »

  1. Oh, because of Ahmi’ and friends’ fine language… but then, if it is aimed at **zionists** then who cares, right?

  2. I would like to see if there were to be anyone brave enough to throw stones at any of the police officers or security personnel in one of the Arab states.

    Throw a stone and you will get a bullet.

  3. If I belonged to a people who tried to do a second Holocaust to the Jews only three years after the Nazis were defeated, I would feel a little uncomfortable talking about the evils of Zionism and my sacred “right of return”, don’t you think?

    This is why there are no Palestinian peace movements. Because admitting the truth of what they intended to do would destroy all their pretentious self-rightneousness, first step towards accepting the other.

  4. “This is why there are no Palestinian peace movements. Because admitting the truth of what they intended to do would destroy all their pretentious self-rightneousness, first step towards accepting the other.”

    Fabian from Israel – I think that they are incapable of admitting the truth as you and I might see it because, yes, to do so would give rise to yet more cognitive dissonance.

    But I believe more parsimonious explanations for there being no Palestinian peace movement are:

    (a) that those who want peace are quickly silenced by threats, or if they do not stay quiet then they are killed. In this I shouldn’t be surprised if the egregious Hamas took its cue from Stalinism and Nazism in more than its wish to annihilate the Jews – it would not be beyond them to have children spying on their parents, since most children go to Hamas-run schools.

    (b) the Islamist/Muslim morbid antipathy to any sort of compromise, which they see as defeat and shaming. To be able to make compromises is a vital prerequisite for making peace, and Muslims/Islamists also have more of an antipathy towards being shamed than most societies/peoples.

    (c) you will remember the reactions of the children of Gaza to the peace messages from the children of Sderot recently. One cannot really blame the Palestinian children, who have been raised to hate Israelis and Jews almost from birth, for their paranoia, but that incident gives a chilling insight into the emotional and psychological damage done to them by the Hamas education system.

    Children represent the future of a society and they also behave what they are taught. It is easy to perceive, from the demonstration, what sort of a future the parents and educators of Sderot want for their children – a peaceful one – but how does Hamas see Palestinian children? As objects from the terror conveyor belt they have carefully constructed in the nurseries and schools in Gaza. Terror from the cradle to an early and deliberate grave, whilst their leaders hide away in safety.

    It’s shameful and Hamas leaders and their supporters around the world should be charged in the international courts for human rights abuses and in particular for child abuse.

    Instead their useful idiots persecute Israelis in the UK and elsewhere.

  5. “so victims should always consider the aggressor may have been a victim in the past and this is somehow meant to make that aggression ok?”

    No. Palestinian Christians and Muslims, perhap most of all Christians and Muslims, had regarded Jews as an ethno-national group dispossessed of temple, city and land, as a punishment for their rejection of the prophets, to the respective humiliation of Jews and exaltation of Palestinian Christians and Muslims.

    They, perhaps of all peoples in the world, were among those most obliged to grant Jews at least a refuge from genocide, if not some kind of right of return, especially as Jews did so largely peacefully, paying some of the highest land prices in the world, for tiny areas of land.

    ‘No, funny though as i am currently reading his ‘Liberal Defence of Murder’, have you?”

    Ah well, that clears that up then. No, I haven’t.

    “world jewry are not a nation”

    Jews have been regarded as an ethno-national group since before the beginning of Christian and Islamic history.

    “Afraid not. Palestinians speak the same language come from a definite localised geographical location”

    And still live largely within the borders of original British ruled Palestine, too.

    “and are being oppressed in their own lands,”

    They, or their leaders, sought to exclude all but a tiny number of Jews from the land, historically in a highly discriminated against state, at that, then dispossess, then eliminate them. They then rejected partion, and only belated accepted it, 40 years late, and with a great deal of ambivalence, at that.

    “as the irish were”

    The Irish were never dispossessed of Ireland, forced to wander the world, for 2000 years, often as the ethnic incarnation of evil, discriminated against, persecuted and driven out, even from the lands of exile, to final endure genocide and ethnic cleansing even in the lands of exile, only to be told, when they had finally managed gain some kind of territorial autonomy and hold, in Ireland, that they were not a nation, and that they were alien, (non-Irish, in fact) predatory colonial intruders there too.

    Compared to the Jews, the Irish have little to moan about.

    “Jews have historically been oppressed in their own lands too, Germany, Poland etc.”

    Historically Germans and Poles didn’t regard Germany or Poland Jews’ land.

    “For you to claim a religion which is historically maligned has a right to the land of others is akin to suggesting homosexuals (another maligned group throughout history) have a right to set up their own state in say San Francisco.”

    Well…

    …if gays had been originally regarded as an ethno-national group, dispossessed of Gayland, forced to wander the world, for 2000 years, often as the ethnic incarnation of evil, discriminated against, persecuted and driven out, even from the lands of exile, to final endure genocide and ethnic cleansing even in the lands of exile, only to be told, when they had finally managed gain some kind of territorial autonomy and hold, in Gayland (subsequently renamed as Straightland, that they were not a nation, and that they were alien, (non-Irish, in fact) predatory colonial intruders there too….

    …it might be akin, yes.

    “You are not gonna cure homophobia by seting up Gaysville, and zionism was and is not the cure for jew-hatred.”

    Because of Jew-hatred the Jewish state of Israel is the second or largest Jewish community in the world (actually, it’s bigger than Ireland), and certainly the one most obviously Jewish.

    Unsurprisingly, it is the especial focus of Jew-haters today.

  6. No. Palestinian Christians and Muslims, perhap most of all Christians and Muslims, had regarded Jews as an ethno-national group dispossessed of temple, city and land, as a punishment for their rejection of the prophets, to the respective humiliation of Jews and exaltation of Palestinian Christians and Muslims.

    You are aware that there there were many jewish communities outside of the levant at the time the story of the temple is set. You are also aware that the idea of exile is a christian theory encouraged to explain the existence of the ‘christ-killers’ (btw just using the old anti-jew slur from christianity, not advocating the term) in lands far beyond the holyland. It was part of the punishment bestowed on jews from God, according to the jesus crowd and it was adopted whlesale by Judaism.

    Ah well, that clears that up then.

    Whats that?

    Jews have been regarded as an ethno-national group since before the beginning of Christian and Islamic history.

    Just because you keep saying something doesn’t make it so. People still think Palestine was empty, people still think Israel was attacked in 1967. Judaism started out as a tribal religion, but as soon as it started to proselytize it became just a religion, which is what it has remained unfortunately for the zionist narrative.

    The Irish were never dispossessed of Ireland, forced to wander the world,

    Nice hyperbole and I can see history isn’t your strong suit. So All those people who converted to judaism who weren’t from the levant, came from the levant just because their religion started there? How does that work?

    predatory colonial intruders there too

    Well Ben-Gurion admitted zionism was the agressor. And those jews who immigrated to Palestine were not from Palestine, they were from their countries of origin…which, let me remind you wasn’t palestine.

    Well…

    You seem fond of regurgitating long debunked falsehoods such as this world jewry in exile nonsense. It seems you take the bible to e a history book, you are aware it is fiction are you not?

    Because of Jew-hatred the Jewish state of Israel is the second or largest Jewish community in the world (actually, it’s bigger than Ireland), and certainly the one most obviously Jewish.
    Unsurprisingly, it is the especial focus of Jew-haters today.

    Well wasn’t that what the project was all about, cramming as many jews as possible into that area? Sure thats why Ben-Gurion would have chosen to only save half the children of Germany after all. But you neglect the fact that many Jew-haters support Israel, indeed many jew-haters like the idea of world Jewry all in one place surrounded by unfriendly states…and isn’t there a quote from a famous zionist about the anti-semites becoming the best friends of israel? After all both Finkelstein and Goldhagen agree on the agenda of certain philosemites.