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There Is No God Higher Than Truth

There Is No God Higher Than Truth

Gandhi on the Palestine conflict — 1938

“Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French…What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct…If they [the Jews] must look to the Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs… As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them. I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regard as an unacceptable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds.”

Mahatma Gandhi, quoted in “Land of Two Peoples” ed. Mendes-Flohr.  Pic from


After losing the vote on Palestinian observer status, Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, was dismissive of the entire exercise. “Today’s grand pronouncements will soon fade,” she said. “And the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded.” (New York Times)

In his response, the Israeli UN Ambassador, Prosor said, “The truth is that 65 years ago today, the United Nations voted to partition the British Mandate into two states: a Jewish state, and an Arab state. Two states for two peoples. Israel accepted this plan. The Palestinians and Arab nations around us rejected it and launched a war of annihilation to throw the “Jews into the sea”. 

This of course is not true the Palestinians were not consulted and it was the Jewish militias that began the carnage.

Israel has also announced further illegal settlements in Palestinian areas and other punitive measures in an effort to maintain their long-term program of humiliation and demoralisation of the Palestinian people.

These angry and ridiculous comments from the the UN Ambassadors for Israel and the United States of America and the follow up threats against the Palestinians for gaining UN observer status clearly shows that the game is up for Israel’s long-standing repression and state sanctioned land theft. In fact Susan E Rice will wake up tomorrow and find that the world has changed and the USA is being left in its wake.

It has become very obvious to the world that the actual position of successive Israeli Governments as opposed to its stated position is to make life so unliveable in Gaza that the Palestinians are forced to leave. It is ethnic cleansing by stealth. They have had no intention of ever handing back Palestinian land.

Israel has a long record of disingenuous negotiation on the two state solution. They have combined placatory words with a continuation of dispossession, assassination and humiliation. There can never be a fair solution to the plight of Palestinians under the current unbalanced situation where Israel holds all the cards and has the power of the USA standing behind it.

The Israeli Government has been able to mute criticism of its brutal repression of Palestinians by using a massive well funded international lobby to build on international world sympathy and guilt stemming from the terrible criminal treatment of Jewish people by the Nazis. Israeli Government spokespersons brand critics of Israel as anti-Semitic. Today for many people who were born long after the terrible days of Adolph Hitler, the criminal behaviour of the Jewish State towards Palestinians has almost dried up that sympathy and support.

The overwhelming nature of the UN poll makes the USA a big loser because the massive yes vote shows that the rest of the Western world is fed up with US support of countries whose actions are so extreme and so obviously unfair that they are an embarrassment. In fact it appears many outside the USA not indoctrinated by the Murdoch Press have had the blindfold removed. The game is up and the repression and the lies must stop.

The UN which was the overseer of the partition process was a guilty player in the disposession of the Palestinians. The UN breached its own conventions when it failed to consult or give the people of Palestine a say in the breakup of their country.

The UN must get off its numerous backside and insist on a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians that provides fairness and justice to the people on both sides and which restores the dignity to the people who continue to be cruelly dealt with by their oppressors.


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