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Time for a truthful Palestinian Folk Song


This is cross-posted by Elder of Ziyon

Last week, I saw a video (sent out to the Free Gaza mailing list) of an earnest, self-righteous folksinger, singing his heart out about how those evil Zionists have been oppressing innocent Palestinian Arabs, up to and including the Mavi Marmara. If you want to barf, you can see the video here.

The lyrics are filled with what can only be called outright lies, but lies that are accepted as truth by a huge percentage of the world. Here is how it starts:

In 1948 they were driven out at the point of a machine gun
Families fled in fear to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon
They fled around the globe, firmly held in terror’s grip
And about a million refugees ended up in the tiny Gaza Strip
In 1967 the IDF moved in
And the refugees in Gaza became refugees again
Settlers took their farmland, soldiers took the ports
And the people were surrounded by military forts

In 2007 they cut it off completely
No access to the borders, no access to the sea
The world began to see this unavoidable stamp
The most crowded place on Earth was now a concentration camp
Israeli jet fighters bombed Gaza from the air
And they kept out the supplies needed to rebuild and repair
They kept out the convoys of humanitarian aid
Anemic children going hungry, crushed and burned in bombing raids


Now, people listening to this in a concert have next to zero ability to think critically about these sincere-sounding libels. They get caught up in the moment – a purely emotional moment that has no bearing on logic or reality – and the hate that underlies these lyrics become, subconsciously, a part of them.

So yesterday I decided that it is time to write a folk song that actually tells the truth about Palestinian Arabs. Unfortunately, I cannot play guitar nor can I sing very well, so I cannot upload it to YouTube and cause countless clueless leftist heads to explode at the confluence of folk singing about an oppressed people and the truth about who is oppressing them.

But maybe one of my readers can.

So, without further ado, here is my song:

The pawns of the Middle East

In 1948 their leaders abandoned them

The rich Arabs packed up and went to Lebanon

Their confident leaders told them to get out of the way

So the Jews could be slaughtered and then they’ll be back to stay

But that’s not what happened. Their fighters didn’t fight.

Wild rumors scared them, and most then joined the flight

They ended up in Egypt, Syria, Jordan

The Palestinian Arabs thought they’d start over again

They thought that they’d be welcomed by the Arabs who said that they loved them

But they were placed in giant camps, and had to stay in tents

They thought that they were all Arabs, but they were only that in name

The other Arabs didn’t want them to remind them of their shame

Chorus:

Decade after decade, the Arabs let them down

They treated them like animals, and just used them as pawns

They thought that their problem was that they didn’t have a state

But the real problem was that they were taught only to hate.

They wanted jobs, they wanted land, they wanted to fit in

Their hosts only wanted the millions given by the UN

They kept them stuck in camps, in disgusting misery

They did everything possible to ensure they’d never be free.

The Arab states passed laws to let them know where they stand

They couldn’t work in certain jobs, couldn’t own any land

They had no choice, no rights, no control over their fate

And they raised a generation who was taught nothing but hate.

Chorus

Jordan never gave them an inch of “historic Palestine”

The entire world had no problem. They thought that this was fine.

The only land that Arabs would allow them to receive

Was the land that would be left over when they forced the Jews to leave.

Their new leaders taught terror, for them not to be so meek

Jordan slaughtered thousands of them in a matter of just weeks

And so it went, year after year, kept in dire straits

400,000 of them got kicked out of Kuwait

Decade after decade, the Arabs let them down

They treated them like animals, and just used them as pawns

They thought that their problem was that they didn’t have a state

But the real problem was that they were taught only to hate.


It didn’t take long  to write – maybe 45 minutes. I could write an entire album in a couple of days. Political folk-singers are overrated.

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  1. Elder of Ziyon

    Thanks.

    Al-Bashir to rap music:

    I am a member of the Muslim family,
    I was convicted by the racist ICC,
    They are trying to arrest me for crimes against humanity,
    for killing a few Muslims, what’s it to me?

    Troublemakers in Darfur with oil to burn,
    Chinese money, won’t they ever learn?
    The dudes at ICC must be on crack,
    Because my bros at the Arab League have got my back.

  2. Well done, EoZ – the entire myth has been sold to the point where even people I once assumed were rational and well-versed in the history of the region have bought into it.

    We now have the bizarre spectacle of an American administration pleading for the Palestinian leadership to negotiate the formation of a state, and their leaders absolutely refusing to do so – petrified at the thought of possibly being responsible members of the international community, and having to take responsibility for their actions and futre instead o playing the victim card endlessly.

    Like spurned lover, this administration “woos” Abbas with gifts:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-upgrades-diplomatic-ties-with-palestinians-in-bid-to-woo-abbas-1.303588

    U.S. upgrades diplomatic ties with Palestinians in bid to woo Abbas

  3. Hello CIF watchers,

    You may be interested in knowing that we at Dirty Garnet are campaigning for an answer from Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger over how exactly he’s worth £500,000 a year. Compare this to the Guardian having a single full-time reporter in Afghanistan and two for all of China’s 1.3 billion people.

    He blocked us from Twitter, and had a IP block put across the Graun e-mail system…but one of our readers managed to get the letter through. Not what you’d expect of a man who recently invited ‘Guardian/observer readers to get closer (and) more engaged to our journalists’ (http://www.guardian.co.uk/getextra/alan-rusbridger).

    Would any hypocrite nepotist of Rusbridger proportions be in a tenable position as editor of a national such as the Guardian?

    Pete, editor at dirtygarnet.com

  4. Well written EoZ. You have beaten Duvidl to it. Duvidl managed about three seconds of David’s video before he had to switch off, for fear of exploding with a projectile barf.

    Britain too has a twin for David; a nameless and absurd sour old Trot and sixties folk-singing failure. He is now on the “steering committee” of “Independent Jewish Voices”, Britain’s 645 named official Theobald Jews.

    The entertainment value of these stone-faced songsters is in the laughter to be had from watching how seriously they take themselves.

  5. “Wild rumors scared them, and most then joined the flight”

    strange, I always understood it was land WITHOUT PEOPLE for a people without land.

    didn’t anyone tell you, or have you just forgotten?

  6. No mention of Hamas and its eternal jihad until Israel’s extinction, Palestinian rejection of partition, Arabs threats to subject, expel or eliminate Palestinian or Israeli Jews.

  7. He call’s Israel ‘the kingdom of Goliath’, and the Palestinians ‘the children of Jerusalem’.

    The guy sounds like a white racist supremicist turned anti-Zionist, Palestinian nationalist.

    He also refers to the ‘fight’ to end the siege of Gaza.

  8. OK, I take back the ‘white supremicist’ thing.

    So, an anti-Jewish, pro-Palestinian Muslim and Christian ‘ethnically Jewish’ nationalist.

  9. fairtoall this is one of those very boring suburban legends that the internet is rife with, particularly the hate sites that never bother to actually check but attribute it to every Israeli leader in an attempt to vilify.
    — according to Wikipedia

    “Although usually assumed to have been a Zionist slogan, the phrase was in fact coined by a Christian Restorationist clergyman in 1843 and it continued to be fairly widely used for almost a century by Christian Restorationists. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century period in which this phrase was in common use, the Arab inhabitants of Palestine did not in their view constitute a coherent national group, “a people”, and, therefore, Christian Restorationists argued that the “land of Israel” should be given to the Jewish people.[1][2]”

  10. Germolene,

    This is what Gold Meir said in a statement to The Sunday Times on June 15th, 1969:

    “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”

    a land without people….?

  11. Who served in the Palestinian Brigade in WW2?
    Who wrote and bought the Palestine Post?

    The answer to both is Jews.

    There were no Palestinian people until they called themselves that in 1967 or so.

  12. Germolene, there is confirmation for your statement.
    “on March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here’s what he said:

    The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.

    For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
    http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=28222

  13. The Palestine Post bombing of February 1, 1948 was apparently the first car bombing in history. It took place during the first phase of the Israel War of Independence. (Palestine War of 1948) Nazi trained Arab terrorist Fawzi el Kutub prepared the ingenious device. Just after 11 PM, Abou Khalil Genno and two British deserters, Eddie Brown and Peter Cameron, brought a stolen British police van loaded with half a ton of TNT in front of the Palestine Post building and blew it up. One person was killed and many were injured in the bombing. The offices of the paper were in shambles, and the presses destroyed. Adjacent buildings, including a clinic, suffered damage as well. Foreign correspondents on the scene helped evacuate wounded.

    The linotypist was in the hospital and would lose an eye. Nonetheless, using borrowed equipment, a two-sided one page edition was put out the next day.

    The clippings below show a part of this historic edition of the Palestine Post, published February 2, 1948..

    The “Column One” editorial began, “The truth is louder than TNT and burns brighter than the flames of arson.”

    See clippings.
    The same bombing expert, and the same British deserters, who were not caught by the British, carried out the subsequent Ben Yehuda Street Bombing.