Auschwitz Survivor on Independence


— From The Electronic Intifada, 6 December 2018

Esther Bejarano was part of a group that traveled by boat from Marseille to Palestine. “We wanted to develop the country together with the Palestinians,” she recalls. “In general, the Palestinians helped us…We wanted to develop the land together. But it was different with David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir,” she says, referring to Israel’s founding Zionist leaders. “They turned Zionism upside down and then the Zionists said ‘we are the ones who own the land.’ That was not our idea.

She is appalled that when young Palestinians protest near the boundary fence – as they have been doing regularly as part of the Great March of Return rallies since last March, “They are simply shot” by Israeli snipers.

But in my opinion, Palestinians have a right to oppose what the Israelis do to them. They have a right to do that,” she asserts. “Or should they just be killed by the Israelis?

They say ‘Hamas sent its rockets to Israel and they are responsible for the war,’” Bejarano states, recalling Israel’s excuses. “But who started it? Not the Palestinians. It’s the Israelis who sent all the Palestinians out of the country.

Nota bene: Palestinians played absolutely NO part in The Holocaust. NONE.

Hamas vs. Likud

Roughly 12 million persons live in Palestine/Israel — half are Israeli, half are Palestinian. They both live within a single de facto state, but only one is a de jure state. That was true in 1948, it is true in 2018.

Resistance is the inalienable right of the occupied.

“When the British ruled Palestine, the underground Jewish army prided itself on hiding arms factories in grammar schools and synagogues. And as we know, in any besieged ghetto there will be ghetto fighters, and they will be treated as heroes by those on the inside, and terrorists by those on the outside. But if there are certainly men of violence among the masses of protestors, let us not forget that alongside the many Israeli soldiers who surely suffer some pangs of conscience, there are some, as we have seen on videotape, who high-five one another for using fancy sniper rifles to put big holes in human bodies hundreds of yards away.” 

Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action

Gaza is a prison with walls above its perimeter and barriers below those walls. Details available at Israel and Stuff.

Israel officially admits that it officially does not admit ownership of nuclear weapons. Iran is direct and truthful, it has no nuclear weapons.  

All secret information eventually surfaces. Recently among them: a plan to set off an atomic bomb on Sinai in the event that the six-day war took more than six days. Just to send a message to the neighbors, of course.

Hamas represents Gaza. If you want to negotiate with Gaza you have to negotiate with Hamas, the elected party of Gaza. Abbas is not even a puppet. The Palestine Authority has no authority. I understand that Israel possesses a tidy panoply of “defensive” military resources.

Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, never hesitates to demonize Hamas. Danny doth protest too much, methinks.

Danon vs. Hamas




Author: Bill Ziegler

I am a former resident of Delhi Township. These are memories of my life and times in that community during the 1950s and 1960s. A time capsule.

7 thoughts on “Auschwitz Survivor on Independence”

  1. Grrrrrrr… I am SO done and frustrated with national-patriotic propaganda that just REEKS of Joseph Goebbels and any other authoritarian, dictator, plutarchy-oligarchy Neanderthal-esque primate behaviors that litter human history!!! And the lack of or scarcity of “resources” is NOT a legitimate excuse today, in the 21st century, to exterminate other human beings that have JUST as many rights to living decently on this planet as anybody else!!!

    Thank you Bill for sharing this link with me over on my blog. ❤

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  2. I read this the day after I went to a demonstration about Palestinian rights in Exeter, in the U.K., where someone asked me why I cared about the issue and why I was there. Oddly enough, it wasn’t a question I’d asked myself. I went because it was right. I went because friends were going so I had a ride. (I live over an hour away.) I ended up saying, somewhat to my surprise, that I was there because I’m Jewish. That makes it my issue.

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    1. Thank you so very much for commenting here, Ellen. As serendipity always insists, I had just encountered “Notes from the U.K.” (via Henry Lewis’ MyQuest site) and am finding profound fun in your balance between the hideously odious and the inescapably absurd aspects of life.
      I’ve been a supporting member of Jewish Voice for Peace about five years now, it’s a movement that keenly observes that criticism of enormous governmental overreach does not reflect Judaic values.
      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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      1. Hitting Like on that doesn’t seem like enough, so I’ll leave a few words just to say yes to what you said about JVP. The idea that we’ve been oppressed and learned so little from it that we’ll oppress others amazes me, baffles, me, and makes me want to throw things.

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        1. I’ve spent the last 4 days in a seemingly unending stream of revisions on a post that kept me hostage. Now I find that it’s been 4 days since receiving your kind reply. Parenthetically speaking — (please accept my profuse apologies for this delayed response).
          Last week the North America Nakba Tour visited this town (this town being Cincinnati). I actually delayed reporting that event too, but plan to publish one before this coming weekend. This being Thursday 🙂
          By the way, this town has many Judaic organizations rooted in the 19th Century, when a good percentage of the population spoke German and Yiddish. The Hebrew Union College here actually predates the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. I have close relations who are Reform-Judaic: obviously another reason I find it so necessary to revise revised revisions. Keeps me honest. I hope 🙂
          Kindest thanks

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