Saturday, June 16, 2007

The big lie that defines Zionism

The big lie that defines Zionism is that Zionists generally, both before and after the creation of the State of Israel, and Jews who support the State of Israel – whether Zionists or lite Zionists – are not, have never been, and never will be, interested in building a Zionist Empire across the Middle East.  There are examples of this lie too numerous to mention, but they all relate back to the original lie that Israel is not building an Empire.  The lie takes the form of hiding inconvenient facts like the Nakba and the attack on the Liberty.  It takes the form of the series of lies told by the lite Zionists to hide the huge role played by the Jews who took control of American foreign policy in order to trick the Americans into attacking Iraq.  It also takes the form of barefaced lies told about the honorable intentions of the Jewish people as expressed through their most righteous state, the State of Israel. 

Perhaps the biggest and most obvious of the lies is that the Six Day War was fought for purely defensive reasons, out of fear of an imminent ‘existential threat’ to Israel from the Arab States.  The statements of Israeli officials themselves completely and conclusively refute this lie.  Israeli leaders knew there was no ‘existential threat’, and started the war purely for the purposes of territorial expansion, intending, from the outset, to seize the Golan Heights, the Sinai, all of Jerusalem, and what is now known as the ‘Occupied Territories’.  The territorial expansion of Israel is part of an ongoing plan, a conspiracy, if you will, which dates back to the earliest days of the concept of Zionism.  Everything that Israel does, and all the lies told by Zionists and lite Zionists, are part of a conspiracy to hide the plan.  The plan needs to be hidden as it is utterly illegal under international law, and revealing what Israel is up to would force the world to put a stop to it. 

The big lies are all-pervasive, particularly in the United States, where American sponsorship of Israel is necessary to carry out the plan.  The American network PBS recently broadcast a documentary about the Six Day War titled "Six Days in June."  The same documentary was shown all over the world.  It was produced in Canada with an Israeli director.  The United States version was the only version that was censored of any reference to the suffering of the Palestinians.  Antonia Zerbisias writes (my emphasis throughout in red):

“The perfect illustration is a stunning $1.2 million Canada-Israel-France co-production, Six Days in June. Fast-paced and rich with archival footage, its stories are told not by ‘experts,’ nor pundits, nor academics. The people who we see are witnesses – as fighters, journalists, politicians, diplomats, refugees or survivors.

Two not-so-subtly different versions have already aired this week. Both about two hours in length, one ran in French, on CBC's sister networks Radio-Canada and the all-news RDI, the other in English on PBS. (A three-hour edition also aired to rave reviews in Israel.)

The PBS version repeats Sunday at 3 a.m.on WNED.

The French edition is what Montreal-based producer Ina Fichman calls the ‘international version,’ which was sold to Italy's RAI, Australia's SBS and elsewhere.

It depicts, among other historical facts, the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians by the Israeli army, a move the narrator delicately describes as ‘the first change to the demographics of the West Bank.’ It shows, through the eyes of a former Arab resident and an Israeli who photographed the event, that, where large villages stood, now are forests (many planted with Canadian charitable donations).

There is also a sequence, as related by the American-born Abdullah Schleifer, editor of Palestine News, as well as an Arab whose home was destroyed, about the overnight razing of a 700-year-old Palestinian neighbourhood in Jerusalem by the triumphant Israeli defence minister, General Moshe Dayan.

‘When I saw this destruction, there was a part of me that felt tremendous dread, that a whole new problem was going to be created,’ says Schleifer. He says this in the PBS version as well, but the horrifying context is stripped away for American sensibilities.

‘PBS is really not a liberal left-wing broadcaster,’ says Fichman. ‘It's subscription and sponsor-based, with members of the Jewish community among its supporters.

Fichman said that PBS demanded entire scenes and sequences come out, and others be softened.”

The issue was first raised in the Globe and Mail (partly quoted here), where Matthew Hays wrote:

“Indeed, Six Days has been praised by some reviewers for not shying away from the deaths of 6,000 Palestinians during the war, something that's clearly described in every version except the one for PBS. The filmmakers describe the reasoning behind this difference as a mix of concern about American attitudes toward the continuing conflict and what PBS subscribers might make of such an inclusion.

PBS ordered the changes so as not to offend its important Jewish subscriber base.  This is exactly the kind of thing which makes responsibility for the lie fall on the entire American Jewish community (note the weaselly response of PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler).  This continuing two-faced nonsense of lying while pretending to be above the whole issue is eventually going to place the American Jewish community in trouble.