The Crescent Report

September 16, 2010

Is Peace Compatible With Ethnic Cleansing? NO

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 3:13 pm

At the core of the Palestinian and Israeli issue if the fundamental universal principal of  Human Rights and the dignity of the divine human essence of all human beings. Check out the piece below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “Deliberate in justice is more fatal to the one who imposes it than the one on whom it is imposed.”

Is Peace Compatible With Ethnic Cleansing? NO.

A few days ago, a Jewish peace organization, which publishes a blog called “The Only Democracy”, reported that Israeli military forces razed Al Arakib, a small Bedouin Arab village in the Negev desert.  The destruction of the meager buildings and tents that houses the families of Al Arakib happened for the fifth time in the past two months, with the latest incident occurring just after the end of the sacred month of Ramadan.  Residents of the village were reported to have been in the dessert with no food, no water, and no shelter.

If Al Arakib had been a large place with many rich, important people, this outrageous act might have received some attention in the global press.  But the displacement of a few dozen poor, nomadic Arabs generated little notice, and virtually no outrage.

But while Israel destroys Arab villages, and evicts Muslim families from their traditional homes in East Jerusalem, the Likud Coalition government of Prime Minister Netanyahu is pursuing “peace” negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and the governments of Egypt and Jordan, at the behest of the Obama administration.  Most of humanity would call the pursuit of an end to this 62 year old conflict as a noble enterprise.  But in light of the continuous ethic cleansing of the non-Jewish population of Israel, I call it a farce.

The residents of Al Arakib, like the Bedouin and Palestinian people, claim indigenous ancestry in a territory that was seized, by military force, in 1948.  They are not a security threat to Jewish towns or settlements, or to the State of Israel itself.  They are largely poor people, just trying to maintain a precarious hold on an ancient way of life.  Yet an aggressively militarized nation can send soldiers into their village, destroy their homes, and leave them with literally nothing.

The United States government is well aware of this barbaric behavior.  Yet America remains silent, and the U.S. government continues to supply Israel with the military implements that make such reprehensible actions possible.

Peace and justice are wonderful ideals, but they cannot exist in a climate of ethnic cleansing.  And if Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama are serious about supporting a comprehensive peace settlement in this volatile region, they must use the full power of the United States to force an end to the destruction of Bedouin homes by Israel.

The photo opportunities of the “negotiations” between Netanyahu and Abu Mazen at the White House may be good media fluff.  But Israel’s destruction of the homes of innocent Bedouins is a moral outrage. And now, what is needed is an American government willing to step up to the plate to defend human rights, and restrain their Israeli ally and client from committing theses despicable acts.

Peace between Palestine and Israel will not be possible as long as this ethnic cleansing continues.


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