• Lillian Rosengarten

Over 1500 Palestinians from neighborhoods in Jerusalem are facing imminent forced home demolitions and displacement by Israeli authorities The US government and Christian Zionists are in support.

At the request of Ateret Cohanim a settler organization funded largely by tax free donations from the US, Israel is dispossessing four large Palestinian families of their home and land in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on May 2. This is part to the Israel- US backed colonial expansion starting with the Nakba in 1948.

Silwan, south of the Old City’s walls has long been a target of ultra nationalist religious settlers. Over 30,000 Palestinians live in Silwan in substandard homes with poor infrastructure. About 500 Jewish settlers live in scattered settlements across Silwan. The plan entails the demolition of nearly 90 Palestinian homes to make way for a national park and a new development for settlers.

I am sick as I write this. One can see insanity that has allowed a country whose history is entangled with the horror of Nazi insanity, a pure white ideology, link with the Zionist dream of a pure Jewish state. The rest of the people became non people as we observe in both Nazi Germany and apartheid Israel.This is a diabolical nightmare. Is there no shame as the US in large part continues its silence? And may I say Germany, the country of my birth continues to align itself with Israel’s deception. Yes, I am ashamed as an American Jew and refugee from Nazi Germany and I cannot stand by to watch the carnage of Gaza, the rubble of destroyed homes and the maddening dispersement of those who are not seen as families trying to survive in a diabolical and thoroughly corrupt country. What can justify the brutal rampage of terror and murder where neighborhoods cease to exist as the Palestinian population is shoved underground as if they did not Live and feel like Us. In a rational world. where people respond with humanity and empathy, we are all the same, human beings.

There is another “delegitimization” created also by the Zionist propaganda machine which uses the word anti-Semite to label all who speaks against Israel’s apartheid program. This has created an enormous barrier against dissent. Anti-Semitism associates immediately with inflammatory hatred and destruction. This feeds directly into Jews seeing themselves as victims who delegitimize Israel. To delegitimize Israel serves to avoid real discussion and this has been a powerful tool for Zionism. In the words of Tony Judt the "delegitimization “ issue is a fraud. It is just another way to involve anti-Semitism as a silencer. I will close by saying that Fear mongering to Jews is in itself a form of terrorism.

As-Salaamu Alaykum

Lillian

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  • Lillian Rosengarten

Jews remain trapped in their identity as victims. 

It is utterly bizarre how Zionist Israel has become an incarnation of a racist, irrational Nationalism and how Palestinians suffer as victims of a cancerous monster  based on a  white supremacist concept. 

Jews were once victims  of a racist nationalist Nazi Germany that was also based on white aryan supremacy. Because of what has happened in Nazi Germany,  many Jews to this day remain identified as victims who are willing to sacrifice Palestinians for “a Jewish State.” They fail to see that Zionism is no more than a colonialist apartheid state.

I  speak as a Jew in horror of the crimes my people have perpetrated. Our story is not the story of past generations but the crimes perpetrated against Palestinians.  It is called Apartheid and segregation.  As a Jew today, I claim the right to speak out without the false label of anti-Semite.  Zionism was started as a liberation movement  which has become an ethnic, racist, nationalistic movement. The problem is this racist ideology has been confused to rid the world of anti-Semitism. I understand Zionism but I see it as a mistake, a catastrophic  racist ideology.  Israel’s zionist goal is the Judaization of Israel and to deny the existence of Palestinian people. Intellectual honesty is holding Israel responsible. Israel has succeeded to kill the 2 state solution with uncritical support from the US and the EU.  Instead there is the state of Zionist Israel. 

The EU and the US must acknowledge Palestine. We must have freedom for Palestinians so Israel can also be free. People say to me “Do you believe in one state?” I don’t discuss it any more. We have one state, Israel, an apartheid state. Our job is to say NO to apartheid and Zionism.I am not a hater of Israel but want my people to move themselves from the trap of victimhood. Therefore we must have an opening for questions and dialogue while recognizing  that remaining trapped as a victim is a part of Jewish identity that is threatened with annihilation and survival.   This is the sickness and we cannot affect changes until we understand the Jews who are stuck in  a mindset of identification as a victim. We can do this only with love and understanding while  making a distinction between Judaism and Zionism and siding with the oppressed and downtrodden. Our job is to say “NO” to apartheid and Zionism. I must add, to declare Israel an apartheid state is unbearable, but it is the truth.

As-Salaamu Alaykum

Lillian

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The Israeli Court which has often ruled against Palestinians and their interests, made waves a few weeks ago. It struck down a 2017 law passed by the far right wing Israeli Parliament that legalized the squatter settlements in the west bank on private Palestinian land. The Israeli gov't had traditionally made a distinction between settlements built on land taken by eminent domain, which were legal and those established on the farms of a Palestinian farming family, which were illegal. But the government has ratched so far to the right that it tried to legalize massive land thefts.


According to the court, the law"violates Palestinian property rights and equality" by privileging the "interests" of Israeli settlers. Up to 4000 settler homes were retroactively legalized. The nine judge panel ruled 8 to 1 that the law did not "provide sufficient weight" to the status of "Palestinians as protected residents in an area under military occupation." (YES!!)


IE, the Israeli supreme court ruled in accordance with the 1949 Geneva conventions. Alot of Israelis were furious over the ruling. The court also challenged the far right talking point that Israel is not really occupying the West Bank because it was not acquired from an established state. This talking point is wrong since it was acquired from Jordan which was the caretaker for Palestinian affairs there, and also because there is nothing in international law permitting the permanent occupation and statelessness of people just because they are stateless.


The ruling only affects 4000 of the hundreds of thousand of Israeli squatter-settlers in the Palestinian West Bank. These rulings are seen by the Netanyahu gov't as major setbacks The really big setback for Netanyahu was the ruling by the International Court of Human Rights. Alot of European individuals and companies will boycott Israel over annexation and continues war crimes. Incidentally, Europe is Israel's major trading partner.


It does not help Germany to make amends for its Nazi past to support Israeli as it inflicts harm on occupied Palestinians, but this is the ways it works.