Obama’s al-Nakba Day Message

7:51 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

On the 64th anniversary of the events most directly linked to the destruction of over 500 Palestinian communities, towns and villages, President Obama had this to say today:

Sixty-four years ago, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the State of Israel–the realization of a modern day state in the historic homeland of the Jewish People.  Since that momentous day, the special bond of friendship between the United States and Israel has grown stronger.  Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values.  These values continue to enlighten and guide our efforts as we work with Israel, as well as with others in the region, to confront shared challenges and to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution that will usher in a future of peace, security, and dignity for the people of Israel and its neighbors.

Today, as Israelis celebrate their 64th Independence Day and their remarkable achievements over the past six decades, it gives me great pleasure to extend my best wishes, and the best wishes of the American people, to President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the people of Israel.

The past two days have seen fairly large demonstrations in Tel Aviv, as Israeli peace activists have sought to read out aloud the names of these 500-plus (and other, later) villages, towns and communities destroyed by the militant expansionist Zionist machine:

One of the activists that were called over brought a history book, out of which he started reading out loud the names of villages demolished by the Nakba, on which the city of Tel Aviv was built. Policemen warned him that if he keeps on reading he will be arrested. [emphasis added]

After a moment or two they fulfilled this threat. As he was dragged to the police van he kept on reading. “Shayka Muwannis, Abu Kabir, Salama….” The reading continued, though, from the cards held by those inside the blockade, one by one the names were read, repeated by everybody “Ijlil Shamalyyia, Sawalima, Yazur…” When a couple of dozens were reading out the names the cops stood helpless.

Fortrunately, here in the United States, we can list the names of these destroyed communities, histories, livelihoods and lives.  Perhaps AIPAC is crafting legislation to make it as unlawful for Americans to commemorate the Nakba as it has become for Israelis to do so.  Although, should AIPAC lobbyists craft such legislation, it would probably pass both lower and upper US houses by wide margins.

Here is the list:

Arab al-’Arida
Arab al-Bawati
Arab al-Safa
al-Ashrafiyya
Al-Bira, Baysan
Danna
Farwana
al-Fatur
al-Ghazzawiyya
al-Hamidiyya
Al-Hamra, Baysan
Jabbul
Kafra
Kawkab al-Hawa
al-Khunayzir
Masil al-Jizl
al-Murassas
Qumya
al-Sakhina
al-Samiriyya
Sirin
Tall al-Shawk
al-Taqa, Khirbat
al-Tira
Umm ‘Ajra
Umm Sabuna, Khirbat
Yubla
Zab’a
al-Zawiya, Khirbat
Beersheba
al-Imara
al-Jammama
al-Khalasa
Arab Suqrir
Barbara
Barqa
al-Batani al-Gharbi
al-Batani al-Sharqi
Beit Daras
Bayt ‘Affa
Bayt Jirja
Bayt Tima
Bil’in
Burayr
Dayr Sunayd
Dimra
al-Faluja
Hamama
Hatta
Hiribya
Huj
Hulayqat
Ibdis
Iraq al-Manshiyya
Iraq Suwaydan
Isdud
al-Jaladiyya
al-Jiyya
Julis
al-Jura
Jusayr
Karatiyya
Kawfakha
Kawkaba
al-Khisas
al-Majdal
al-Masmiyya al-Kabira
al-Masmiyya al-Saghira
al-Muharraqa
Najd
Ni’ilya
Qastina
al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya
al-Sawafir al-Shamaliyya
al-Sawafir al-Sharqiyya
Simsim
Summil
Tall al-Turmus
Yasur
Abu Shusha (Haifa District)
Abu Zurayq
Arab al-Fuqara
Arab al-Nufay’at
Arab Zahrat al-Dumayri
Ayn Ghazal
Balad al-Shaykh
Barrat Qisarya
Beisan (Beit She’an)
Burayka
al-Burj, Khirbat
al-Butaymat
Daliyat al-Rawha’
al-Dumun, Khirbat
Ain Hawd
al-Ghubayya al-Fawqa
al-Ghubayya al-Tahta
Hawsha
Ijzim
Jaba’
al-Jalama
Kabara
al-Kafrayn
Kafr Lam
al-Kasayir, Khirbat
Khubbayza
Lid, Khirbat
al-Manara, Khirbat
al-Mansi
al-Mansura, Khirbat
al-Mazar
al-Naghnaghiyya
Qannir
Qira
Qisarya
Qumbaza
al-Rihaniyya
Sabbarin
al-Sarafand
al-Sarkas, Khirbat
Sa’sa’, Khirbat
al-Sawamir
al-Shuna, Khirbat
al-Sindiyana
al-Tantura
al-Tira
Tiberias
Umm al-Shawf
Umm al-Zinat
Wa’arat al-Sarris
Wadi Ara (village)
Yajur, Haifa
Ajjur
Barqusya
Bayt Jibrin
Bayt Nattif
al-Dawayima
Dayr al-Dubban
Dayr Nakhkhas
Kudna
Mughallis
al-Qubayba
Ra’na
Tall al-Safi
Umm Burj, Khirbat
az-Zakariyya
Zayta
Zikrin
al-’Abbasiyya
Abu Kishk
Bayt Dajan
Biyar ‘Adas
Fajja
al-Haram
Ijlil al-Qibliyya
Ijlil al-Shamaliyya
al-Jammasin al-Gharbi
al-Jammasin al-Sharqi
Jarisha
Kafr ‘Ana
al-Khayriyya
al-Mas’udiyya
al-Mirr
al-Muwaylih
Rantiya
al-Safiriyya
Salama
Saqiya
al-Sawalima
al-Shaykh Muwannis
Yazur
Allar
Aqqur
Artuf
Bayt ‘Itab
Bayt Mahsir
Bayt Naqquba
Bayt Thul
Bayt Umm al-Mays
al-Burayj
Dayr Aban
Dayr ‘Amr
Dayr al-Hawa
Dayr Rafat
Dayr al-Shaykh
Deir Yassin
Ein Karim
Ishwa
Islin
Ism Allah, Khirbat
Jarash
al-Jura
Kasla
al-Lawz, Khirbat
Lifta
al-Maliha
Nitaf
al-Qabu
Qalunya
al-Qastal
Ras Abu ‘Ammar
Romema
Sar’a
Saris
Sataf
Suba
Sufla
al-Tannur, Khirbat
al-’Umur, Khirbat
al-Walaja
Ayn al-Mansi
al-Jawfa, Khirbat
al-Lajjun
al-Mazar
Nuris
Zir’in
Indur
Ma’lul
al-Mujaydil
Saffuriyya
al-Subeih
Abu al-Fadl
Abu Shusha
Ajanjul
Aqir
Barfiliya
al-Barriyya
Bashshit
Bayt Far, Khirbat
Bayt Jiz
Bayt Nabala
Bayt Shanna
Bayt Susin
Bir Ma’in
Bir Salim
al-Burj
al-Buwayra, Khirbat
Daniyal
Dayr Abu Salama
Dayr Ayyub
Dayr Muhaysin
Dayr Tarif
al-Duhayriyya, Khirbat
al-Haditha
Idnibba
Innaba
Jilya
Jimzu
Kharruba
al-Khayma
Khulda
al-Kunayyisa
al-Latrun
Lydda (Lod)
al-Maghar
Majdal Yaba
al-Mansura
al-Mukhayzin
al-Muzayri’a
al-Na’ani
Nabi Rubin
Qatra
Qazaza
al-Qubab
al-Qubayba
Qula
Ramla; see Exodus from Lydda and Ramla
Sajad
Salbit
Sarafand al-’Amar
Sarafand al-Kharab
Saydun
Shahma
Shilta
al-Tina
al-Tira
Umm Kalkha
Wadi Hunayn
Yibna
Zakariyya, Khirbat
Zarnuqa
Abil al-Qamh
al-’Abisiyya
Alma
Ammuqa
Arab al-Shamalina
Arab al-Zubayd
Baysamun
Biriyya
al-Butayha
al-Buwayziyya
Dallata
al-Dawwara
Dayshum
al-Dirbashiyya
al-Dirdara
Ein al-Zeitun
Fara
al-Farradiyya
Fir’im
Ghabbatiyya
Ghuraba
al-Hamra’
Harrawi
Hunin
al-Husayniyya
Jahula
al-Ja’una
Jubb Yusuf
Kafr Bir’im
al-Khalisa
Khan al-Duwayr
Karraza, Khirbat
al-Khisas
Khiyam al-Walid
Kirad al-Baqqara
Kirad al-Ghannama
Lazzaza
Madahil
al-Malikiyya
Mallaha
al-Manshiyya
al-Mansura, Safad
Mansurat al-Khayt
Marus
Mirun
al-Muftakhira
Mughr al-Khayt
al-Muntar, Khirbat
al-Nabi Yusha’
al-Na’ima
Qabba’a
Qadas
Qaddita
Qaytiyya
al-Qudayriyya
al-Ras al-Ahmar
Sabalan
Safsaf, massacre[5]
Saliha, massacre[4]
al-Salihiyya
al-Sammu’i
al-Sanbariyya
Sa’sa’
Safad
al-Shawka al-Tahta
al-Shuna
Taytaba
Tulayl
al-’Ulmaniyya
al-’Urayfiyya
al-Wayziyya
Yarda
al-Zahiriyya al-Tahta
al-Zanghariyya
al-Zawiya
al-Zuq al-Fawqani
al-Zuq al-Tahtani
Awlam
al-Dalhamiyya
Ghuwayr Abu Shusha
Hadatha
al-Hamma
Hittin
Kafr Sabt
Lubya
Ma’dhar
al-Majdal
al-Manara
al-Manshiyya
al-Mansura, Tiberias
Nasir al-Din
Nimrin
al-Nuqayb
Samakh
al-Samakiyya
al-Samra
al-Shajara
al-Tabigha
al-Ubaydiyya
al-Wa’ra al-Sawda’, Khirbat
Yaquq
Bayt Lid, Khirbat
Bayyarat Hannun
Fardisya
Ghabat Kafr Sur
al-Jalama
Kafr Saba
al-Majdal, Khirbat
al-Manshiyya
Miska
Qaqun
Raml Zayta
Tabsur
Umm Khalid
Wadi al-Hawarith
Wadi Qabbani
al-Zababida, Khirbat
Khirbat Zalafa

Meanwhile, the debate on what all this means in 2012 goes on.  Here is Al Jazeera, covering the current divestment proposal before the American Methodist Church, and other related issues.  Max Blumenthal and MJ Rosenberg have different views on what the solution might be.  This is the first instance I’ve seen where the differences in their views are so clearly articulated: