Why Bombing Ashkelon is the Most Tragic Irony


Robert Fisk: Why bombing Ashkelon is the most tragic irony

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which – in any other conflict – journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza.

That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it – Askalaan in Arabic – were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza. They – or their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren – are among the one and a half million Palestinian refugees crammed into the cesspool of Gaza, 80 per cent of whose families once lived in what is now Israel. This, historically, is the real story: most of the people of Gaza don’t come from Gaza.

But watching the news shows, you’d think that history began yesterday, that a bunch of bearded anti-Semitic Islamist lunatics suddenly popped up in the slums of Gaza – a rubbish dump of destitute people of no origin – and began firing missiles into peace-loving, democratic Israel, only to meet with the righteous vengeance of the Israeli air force. The fact that the five sisters killed in Jabalya camp had grandparents who came from the very land whose more recent owners have now bombed them to death simply does not appear in the story.

Both Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres said back in the 1990s that they wished Gaza would just go away, drop into the sea, and you can see why. The existence of Gaza is a permanent reminder of those hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who lost their homes to Israel, who fled or were driven out through fear or Israeli ethnic cleansing 60 years ago, when tidal waves of refugees had washed over Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War and when a bunch of Arabs kicked out of their property didn’t worry the world …

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-why-bombing-ashkelon-is-the-most-tragic-irony-1216228.html

Also related, from Mondoweiss:

Skyredoubt translated portions of a piece in Hebrew by Benny Tziper, in Haaretz, only Haaretz, and posted it on his flickr site.

[…]A nice man was there at the entrance to the museum, an invalid of IDF from the Yom Kippur War, who was born and lived all his life in Ashkelon. From his knowledge and enthusiasm one could tell that he loves the city very much. He had no problem telling me how in 1953 the Arabs were expelled, and the long process of looking for a new name for the place started (the Arab name was Majdl), till it was decided to call the place Ashkelon. The entire communications between the authorities regarding the cleansing of the city of Arabs and Hebrewisation of the name is exhibited in the museum. I think that nobody makes the connection today between the fact that the Qassams land on Ashkelon and the fact that poor Arabs who did nothing wrong to anybody were put on trucks and expelled from their city to Gaza fifty five years ago, and since then they are there and Ashkelon is here. And this did not happen in wartime or as a result of hostilities, but from a cold calculation that the area must be cleansed of Arabs. There is a picture in the museum that shows the Arabs sitting and waiting in front of the of Israeli military government building. It sends shivers down my spine because it happens in the year I was born. And it is really, really hard for me to realize that at the time that my parents were happy with my birth, other people were put on trucks and expelled from their homes.[…]

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6 Responses to “Why Bombing Ashkelon is the Most Tragic Irony”

  1. Steve in Vista Says:

    The camp of the Saints, typologically and figuratively, is Gaza. Pray for the people of Gaza to be delivered from the Antichrist forces of Israel. St. Jerome taught that the “camp of the saints and the beloved city” in verse 8 are those loyal to God wherever they are.

    Rv:20:

    Satan Loosed

    7 And when the thousand years shall be finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison and shall go forth and seduce the nations which are over the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog: [3] and shall gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
    8 And they came upon the breadth of the earth and encompassed the camp of the saints and the beloved city. 8 … Scripture reference – Hab.: 1:6
    9 And there cane down fire from God out of heaven and devoured them: and the devil, who seduced them, was cast into the pool of fire and brimstone, where both the beast … Scripture reference – 4 Rg. (2 Kings): 1:10!
    10 And the false prophet shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (DRV)

    [3] -Ver. 7. Gog and Magog: after a thousand years (figurative: a long time) Magog the nation, will attack the Church. This nation designated as Magog is modern “Israel” the AshkeNazi creation of the Zionist antichrists, Gog is the Jew Antichrist.
    The names are taken from Ezechiel. In rabbinical books the names were used to signify the nations that would rise against the Messias. The names are to be understood figuratively and literally (i.e. the Khazar Ashkenazi Talmudic Zionist Lurianic Cabalist Antichrist Satanism) and signify the earthly powers that will make the last onslaught against the Church with their totally false Judaism which is Talmudic satanism. This has been occurring with increasing ferocity since the “establishment” of the satanic “state” of “Israel” in 1948. The: “ha maschiach” of the Talmudic Jews is the Antichrist. The True Maschiach or Messias is only and can be no other than Jesus Christ.

    Scripture reference – Hab.: 1:6

    Hb:1:6:

    6 For behold, I will raise up the Chaldeans, a bitter and swift nation, marching upon the breadth of the earth, to possess the dwelling places that are not their own. (DRV)

    This is the actual identity of the Zionist “Israelis”, they are Babylonians and not descendants of Abraham. This is the truth in God’s Holy Bible. The fact that God is said to raise them up does not mean He approves of them, it only means that He permits it for a short while.

    * * *

    From the Book of the Revelation –

    The Revelation of The Lord God Jesus Christ

    The Book of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist of the Revelation Given Him by the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.
    See at:
    THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

    The book was written in Greek by St. John the Evangelist, on the island of Patmos, about the year. 96 A.D.

    Note on parallel passages and commentary. The parallel passages are based on the full concordance thereof relating to, from the Council of Trent; the commentary is late 1940’s Catholic from the full consensus of the Church Fathers on the seven within seven structure of the book.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    hey steve:
    are you for real?
    I can’t believe an intelligent adult actually believes this whooeee…?
    wow…eye opening..

  3. rev'd up Says:

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    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3b3_1230864719

  4. Steve in Vista Says:

    Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ foretold and warned us When you shall see the abomination of desolation

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Anonymous — and what do you believe? “Are you for real?” What, are you part of the hip, cool Mountain Dew skater-dude crowd? You can’t write a thoughtful critique because doing so is beneath you? Maybe you should turn of the TV or your way cool iPod and read a book. Would that be “for real?”

  6. Anonymous Says:

    We hope you’re ok, Maurice. Just letting you know that your fans miss you!

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