My Personal Reflections!
My writings on Israel and the Palestinians have had many people ask me what my problem is with Israel and the situation that develops……I would now like to answer those many questions.
My opinion is based on first hand knowledge not some babbling bullshit from some obscure pundit who cannot spell Gaza much less find it on a map……
Since 1980 I have been a staunch critic of Israel. Mostly I criticize their policies toward the Palestinian people. My support for Palestine came from my days of working in the Middle East…..since my Arabic was not as good as it needed to be I was given an interpreter to travel with me…..his name was Rafiq and he was a Palestinian…..we were co-workers, colleagues and friends…..we worked in some pretty tight places in those days from Egypt to Jordan to Syria and Iraq……we were on holiday at his father’s farm in the Occupied Territories, the West Bank, one evening about dusk we were having a meal when there was the sound of heavy equipment being used……Rafiq and I went to see what all the noise was about…..we found the Israeli army uprooting Rafiq’s family’s olive trees…..Rafiq approached the soldiers to ask what the Hell was going on and what right did they have to destroy his father’s farm. A guard in the IDF told him to leave but Rafiq kept asking for an explanation and to see the legal papers that gave them the right to destroy……the soldier told Rafiq to leave or there would be trouble….Rafiq refused to leave and stood in front of a bulldozer……..a soldier gave him an order to depart….he would not…..and the soldier shot and killed Rafiq…..I was arrested before I could do anything and taken away to the local IDF office…….at the station I told the people that I wanted to file a report on what had happened because I was an eye witness to the murder.
I was handcuffed and thrown into a cell for 5 days…….when I was released I was told to leave the region and not to return……I insisted that I still wanted to file a report on the murder of my friend…..the man in charged smiled and said that I should pick my friends more wisely. At this point I was steaming…..I told the Israeli that my mother did not pick my friends for me and I sure as Hell was not going to let a toad like him do it either…..after a couple of uncomfortable moments (at least uncomfortable for me) I was taken to the airport and put on a plane with orders that since I was an agitator and a person of questionable character that if I ever returned I would be arrested and held as an enemy of the state.
Rafiq’s family, his father, mother and 2 sisters, moved to Gaza in 1990…….the farm had been confiscated in the name of Israeli national security……I begged the family to let me sponsor them for immigration……..he said he was born in Palestine and he would die there……….once they moved to Caza to live with the father’s brother I have lost track of them…..I try every contact I have to find them so far I have not been able to find them and I fear the worse.
Since those days I have had NO use for the state of Israel. My dislike is for the Zionists that run the country not for all Jews…..my dislike has nothing to do with religion. I despise any government that pretends to be democratic and that is exactly what Israel’s government is doing….pretending……any government that treats a portion of its population as 2nd class citizens is not democratic…….and the treatment Israel is giving to the Palestinian minority is despicable.
To my critics that would like to condemn my words and actions I have but one thing to say………if you have never seen or experienced first hand the Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people then it is time to go see for yourself or keep your opinions to yourself.