Monday, April 03, 2006
'It is shaming beyond all brief descriptions...
The Arabs of Palestine now enter their fourteenth year of exile. If you go among them in the hills of Judea, they will take you by the arm to a crest of land and point downwards, across the rusty skeins of barbed wire. 'Can you see it--over there beside those trees? That is my home.'
It is shaming beyond all brief descriptions to move among these million people, as a Westerner. It is shaming for many Jews, and some speak out as Nathan Chofshi has bravely done:
We came and turned the native Arabs into tragic refugees. And still we dare to slander and malign them, to besmirch their name. Instead of being deeply ashamed of what we did and tryign to undo some of the evil we committted...we justify o ur terrible acts and even attempt to glorify them.
Chlders, Erskine B. The Spectator, May 12, 1961, pp.672-75 reprinted in Khalidi, Walid, ed. From Haven to Conquest: Readings in Zionism and the Palestine Problem Until 1948.Washington: The Institute for Palestine Studies, 1987.