ISRAEL: FOUNDED ON TERROR
By Rev. Ted Pike
25 Mar 08
Zionist-dominated mainstream media vividly portrays Israel
as a tiny embattled nation seeking peace in a sea of Arab hostility.
1 Arabs, we are told, commit acts of terror while Israel only resorts
to violence out of self-protection. The facts of history paint a
very different picture.
Far from deploring terror, Israel has sanctioned terror to seize
and expand its territory since its beginnings. In 1944, Zionist leaders
in Israel faced two alternatives. They could continue to allow the
British and Arabs to occupy Palestine , who would continue to pressure
Israel to concede a Palestinian state. Or they could drive both British
and Arabs out. Israelis chose the latter.
Members of the Zionist ruling elite and their clandestine terrorist
enforcers--the Jewish Agency, Hagana, Irgun and the Stern Gang--began
to exert every possible terrorist means to dominate Palestine . Their
strategy was simple: the more respectable Zionist establishment would
take the "high road" and officially disavow terrorism.
Meanwhile, Zionist terrorists would commit any crime needed to disrupt
British occupation and to panic Arabs into flight. The
Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, available in most university libraries,
documents from British records more than five hundred violent or
terrorist incidents against Palestinians and the British occupation
between 1939 and 1948. These included bombings, booby traps
and landmines, kidnappings and torture of prisoners, bank robberies,
murders of Arabs, and assassinations of police and British officials.
Chief terrorists were David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak
Shamir and later, Ariel Sharon. Begin headed Irgun, and Shamir led
the Stern Gang. They cooperated intimately with the highest political
body of the Zionist establishment, the Jewish Agency, and the popular
Zionist resistance army, Hagana. Ben-Gurion headed Hagana and later
the Jewish Agency. 3
After 1944--when Ben-Gurion formally rejected the British plan
for partition of Palestine into Jewish/Arab states--most Israelis,
particularly the young, favored expulsion of British and Arabs.
Here is the short list of Zionist atrocities from 1944 to the present:
• Assassination of Lord Moyne on November 6, 1944 . Under
orders from Yitzhak Shamir, terrorists of the Stern Gang shot Lord
Moyne, British resident minister. Purpose: To drive the British
from Palestine .
• The King David massacre, July 22, 1946 . Begin's
Irgun terrorists, with encouragement from Ben-Gurion’s Hagana,
blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem , murdering 92. Purpose:
Destroy British records that proved the highest members of the Zionist
government backed anti-British terrorism. 4
• British sergeants hanged, July 12, 1947 . Begin, Shamir,
and Haganah authorized kidnapping and hanging of two British sergeants,
booby trapping their bodies and mining the area. During this time,
Shamir sent many letters and package bombs to British officials.
1947 also included multiple cases of kidnappings (including brutal
floggings of British soldiers) by Jewish terrorists.
• The Semiramis Hotel massacre, January 5, 1948 . Jewish
Agency leader David Ben-Gurion and Haganah leaders blew up the Seramis
Hotel in Jerusalem , killing 20 and wounding 17. Purpose: Terrorize
Arabs into fleeing Israel . 5
• Deir Yassin massacre, April 9, 1948 . Begin’s
Irgun soldiers killed 250 sleeping Arab villagers at Deir Yassin,
a suburb of Jerusalem . "25 pregnant women were bayoneted
in their abdomens while still alive. 52 children were maimed
under the eyes of their mothers and then were slain and their heads
cut off." 6 "…Menachem Begin, the leader of
the Irgun gang, himself admitted on December 28, 1950 in a press
interview in New York, that the Deir Yassin incident had been carried
out in accordance with an agreement between the Irgun and the Jewish
Agency and Haganah." 7 Begin was always proud of what he had
done, considering Deir Yassin a legitimate military target. Irgun
trucks drove throughout Judea , announcing by loudspeaker to hundreds
of thousands of Arabs that unless they fled Israel they would meet
the same fate. Deir Yassin and subsequent terrorist acts precipitated
flight of more than 800,000 Arabs from Palestine . In town after
town Zionist soldiers drove Palestinians out, usually killing any
person who delayed or attempted to take any possessions with them.
Arab towns were bulldozed, replaced with Jewish communities. 8 Begin
comments on the level of Palestinian terror generated by Irgun’s
massacre at Deir Yassin. “Out of evil, however, good came.
This Arab propaganda spread a legend of terror amongst Arabs and
Arab troops, who were seized with panic at the mention of Irgun soldiers.
The legend was worth a dozen battalions to the forces of Israel .” 9
Israel exiled these unfortunates to concentration camps in Lebanon
, the West Bank , and Gaza , refusing to allow them repossession
of their land and property or adequate compensation. 10 This is the
seminal cause of international Arab terrorism and the Mid-East conflict
that rages today.
• Assassination of UN mediator Count Folke Bernadotte,
September 17, 1948 . This killing by the Stern Gang was on
orders of Shamir. Purpose: To sabotage UN efforts to create a Palestinian
• Massacre at Dawayma, October 29, 1948 . Israeli soldiers
killed between 80 and 100 men, women, and children in Dawayma, a
suburb of Haifa . Purpose: Intensify terror generated by Deir Yassin
and compel the remaining Palestinians to leave Israel. 11
• Massacre at Kibya, October 14, 1953 . In an atrocity
condoned by the highest levels of the Israeli government and military,
Ariel Sharon led 700 crack paratroopers to attack the Jordanian town
of Kibya . They slaughtered 75 innocent men, women, and children
primarily by locking families in their homes and blowing them up.
12 Purpose: Collective punishment to avenge the alleged killing of
a single Jewish family.
• Massacre of Kafr Kassim, October 29, 1956 . 51
men, women, and children were murdered by Israeli troops as they
returned to their villages in the evening after work. 13 more
were severely wounded by the gunfire. Purpose: Terrorize Palestinians
into not siding with Egypt in case of war. 13
• Massacre of USS Liberty, June 8, 1967 . Israel
's jet fighters and torpedo boats repeatedly attempted to sink US
intelligence monitoring vessel USS Liberty during the 1967 Israel/Egypt
war. They killed 34 and wounded 171 American sailors. Purpose: Minister
of Defense Moshe Dayan ordered the attack ostensibly to protect Israel
's intelligence communications, even though the war was virtually
• Libyan airliner massacre, February 21, 1973 . Straying
over Israeli-controlled Sinai air space, a Libyan 727 commercial
airliner was intercepted by Israeli fighters and, despite the clearest
identification, shot down, killing 106. Purpose: Flexing Zionist
power against Libya . 15
• Massacre in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, Beirut
, Lebanon , September 23, 1982 . Gen. Ariel Sharon and Yitshak
Shamir, in cooperation with "Christian" Phalangist forces
sealed all exits and provided aerial flares, illuminating the slaughter
of up to 2,750 men, women, and children, according to a body count
by the committee of the Red Cross. Purpose: collective punishment
of Palestinians. 16
What About Arab Terrorism?
It was inevitable that Zionism’s threatened and actual expulsion
of Arabs from land the Arabs occupied from the seventh century should
incur hostility – even terrorism. Jews of Hebron were massacred
by Arabs in 1929. The Arab revolt in Palestine beginning in 1936
resulted in acts of violence against many Jews, followed by anti-Jewish
mistreatment during the 1948 war. Suicide bombings and rocket attacks
continue against Israel in recent years.
Who is most at fault? Consider this: If someone, claiming divine
right to occupy your house and land, drives you from them, condemning
you and your children to a distant, arid concentration camp for generations,
would you resort to violence?
There is only one word that describes the one who displaced you.
Aggressor. The Palestinians, fanatical and terrorist as many have
become, are nevertheless defenders of ancient rights and territories
that have been horrifically violated. They are victims hitting back.
Becoming "Civilized" Terrorists?
During the past 40 years, Israel's continuing atrocities are justified
as "collective punishment" of the Palestinian people. Israel’s
attack on Lebanon in 1982, described by Israel as such punishment,
killed over 19,000 innocent men, women and children. Under Sharon’s
invasion of the West Bank under Sharon in 2002, whole villages were
attacked with Hellfire missiles from Apache helicopters, with occupied
homes shelled by tanks or bulldozed over. 4,185 Palestinian men were
seized, beaten, jailed. The number of dead is still uncertain since
Sharon would not allow western observers to document the aftermath.
17 Israel's present policies in the West Bank and Gaza, routinely
killing large numbers of innocent men, women and children, remain
full of atrocities.
I have also written about one of the greatest atrocities Israel
still indulges in: the systematic and fiendish torture of many thousands
of Palestinian prisoners, incarcerated, most without trial, in Israeli
After leaders of the Third Reich committed atrocities against the
Jews during World War II, they were tried, hanged and buried, both
physically and under the contempt of humanity. The opposite
happened to the bloody and arrogant terrorists of Israel. Ben-Gurion,
Begin, Shamir, and Sharon were all elected to leadership of the nation.
This reflected the anti-Palestinian, terrorism-friendly mentality
of many Israeli voters. 19 The Encyclopedia
of the Palestine Problem documents, from United Nations records, more than 650 attacks by
Jewish settlers and the Israeli military against Arabs between 1948
and 1998. 20
Shamefully, evangelical Christians have given uninterrupted support
to Israel’s terrorist leaders. Evangelicals believe God brought
to birth the state of Israel by divine assistance at every stage.
Actually, statehood (i.e. expulsion of the British and Arabs) was
made possible by massacre – starting at Deir Yassin. Yet there
has never been an atrocity in Israel searing enough to alienate Christian
idealism, or even prompt criticism from major evangelical leaders. Dr.
Jerry Falwell said Begin was a "man of God." George Bush
described Sharon as a "man of peace."
What kind of a god would establish a nation on terror? A god who
is as evil as the devil.
1. See, Jews
Confirm Big Media Is Jewish.
2. The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, by Dr. Issa Nakhleh, Intercontinental
Books, New York, 1991, pp. 65-250.
3. Ibid, pp. 65-68, 269 and elsewhere provide abundant documentation of
the close cooperation between Ben-Gurion’s Hagana, the Jewish Agency,
Irgun, and the Stern Gang. So does Menachim Begin in his book, “Revolt!” and
in public statements.
4. Ibid, p. 269.
5. United Nations Security Counsel Official Records, Semiramis, 1948,
Document S/740 says, "Hagana terrorists made a most barbarous attack at
. . . the Semiramis Hotel, killing innocent people and wounding many. The
Jewish Agency terrorist forces blasted the entrance and then placed bombs in
the basement . . .the whole building collapsed with its residents."
6. Ibid, pg. 271
7. Ibid, pg. 272
8. Ibid, pp. 295-393. “They expelled 90 percent of the inhabitants
of the occupied area by massacre and force. They destroyed 425 Arab towns and
villages as well as 67 villages and localities of the Bedouin tribes (pg. 332).”
9. Menachem Begin. “The Revolt.” (London, W. H. Allen, 1983.)
10. Israeli propaganda says Palestinians did not flee because of pressure
from Israel. Rather, Arab leaders, fearing Palestinians would be caught in
crossfire between Jew and invading Arab armies, encouraged them to find temporary
shelter in Lebanon and Jordan. It says that, considering their lack of loyalty
to their ancestral lands and property, as well as the newly created state of
Israel, they are worthy of neither repatriation, repossession nor reimbursement.
Instead they should have been assimilated by wealthy Arab nations. The fact
that millions remain in virtual concentration camps is the fault of the uncaring
Arab world, not Israel. Israel also contends that after 1948 its hundreds of
Jewish settlements were built, not on previous Arab villages, but on barren
lands the Arabs had been too lazy to develop. Evangelicals accept these lies
11. Zionist soldiers admitted, "They killed some eighty to one hundred
Arabs, women and children. The children were killed by smashing their
skulls with clubs…In the village there remained Arab men and women who
were put in the houses without food. Then the sappers came to blow up
the houses." Quoted in David Gilmour, "Dispossessed: The Ordeal of
the Palestinians". (London: Sphere Books, 1980), pp. 68-69.
12. General Van Bennike, testifying before the United Nations Security
Council said: “Bullet-ridden bodies near the doorways and multiple bullet
holes on the doors of the demolished houses indicated that the inhabitants
had been forced to remain inside until their homes were blown up over them.” United
Nations Security Council Official Records, Resolution, 1953, S/3139/Rev. 2.
Quoted in The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, pg. 274.
13. The Israeli daily Kol Haam published on its front page the full story
of the Kafr Kassim massacre. It said: “…the men of the Israeli
Frontier Guard killed 47 Arab citizens in Kafr Kassim. The killing was carried
out in cold blood and for no reason.” Kol Haam’s story is published
in its entirety in The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, pg. 278.
14. The Encyclopedia of the Palestinian Problem, pg. 282.
15. Ibid, pg 283.
16. Ibid, pg. 284.
17. Here are typical Israeli atrocities during the Gaza invasion, as documented
by Human Rights Watch: “14-year-old Muhammad Hawashin was shot twice
in the face and killed on April 3rd, as he walked with a group of women and
children toward the local hospital. Wheelchair bound Kamal Zghair, 57-years-old,
was shot and run over by IDF tanks on April 10th as he wheeled himself down
the road to his home, equipped with a white flag. Afaf Disuqi, an unarmed civilian
responded to a knock on her door on April 5th and was killed by a bomb thrown
by IDF soldiers. Eye witnesses reported that the soldiers were laughing as
Disuqi was horribly mutilated by the blast.” “Human
Rights Watch Report Into Jenin Accuses Israel of War Crimes.” Julie
Hyland. World Socialist Web Site. www.wsws.org.
10 May 2002.
18. See, Torture
in Israeli Prisons.
19. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, hatred and racism toward Palestinians
is still intense. “Study:
Israeli Jews Becoming Increasingly Racist Toward Arabs.” 19 March
20. The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, pp. 413-433.
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