Dr. Salim Nazzal

Thank you Helen Thomas that you ended your long and successful career by telling the truth about Palestine. Your few words summarized the whole conflict.  Your few words made the right diagnosis for all the wars that have taken place in the Middle East. The reason for all these wars is obvious now to anyone with eyes, the establishment of the state of Israel at the expense of the indigenous Palestinians. Can anyone imagine how the Middle East would have been without Israel? There would be no wars, no conflicts, no racist ideology, no atomic arms, and no arms race with all the side effects of such militarization of the region.   Religious fanatics would most likely never have emerged.

Yesterday I was viewing the names of the Palestinians killed by Zionists whom I know in person. There are more than 50 of them.  Some are acquaintances, some are friends, some are my students, and others are close as well as distant relatives. I thought how different our history would have been if this deadly ideology has not been imposed on our country.

I thought that the history of the Middle East could have been totally different, and the thousands murdered could be today living and the millions spent on arms could have been devoted to peaceful construction.

With the arrival of an alien ideology to the region, the Middle East was overpowered with one of the most insane arguments in its history. An ideology which says, I have the monopoly to kill, the monopoly to expel, the monopoly to develop mass destruction, and any one tries to stop me is terrorist!!!

Therefore when Helen Thomas exposed them we all knew that Zionists would attack her, and their lying machine would elevate to full strength because she exposed a history of falsification.  I am sure this was not a surprise for her, since she knows very well that they declared themselves the owners of the absolute truth, and everybody else must be wrong following their measurements.   And their measurement for the right and wrong is against every existing law and common sense.

If a Polish Jew from Warsaw, travelled from his country with the sole aim to murder, and to displace Palestinians in Haifa or Jaffa in Palestine, the Polish Jew is in the defense position and the “aggressors”, and the “terrorists” are the Palestinians! This has been the logic of Zionist all along. And the latest attack on the unarmed flotilla activists in the international water, and the claim that the Israeli soldiers were in self defense position is just another lie in a long chain of lies.

Unfortunately, they were able to market their stories because they have the money to buy the conscience of politicians and the media in order to mute the free voices by not allowing them to speak in main stream media.  But there are strong indications that the Israeli stories are not working any longer. When Israel started imposing the last siege existing on earth on one and half millions in Gaza, we began to hear more and more voices critical to Israel.

Fortunately, the voice of Helen Thomas is not alone these days. There are more and more free and brave voices which break the Zionist taboo. For that reason the Zionists are now concerned about their place. They began to realize that after 62 years of crimes against humanity their grip on the international public opinion is getting weaker. This explains why Israel has begun to lose the balance, and the desperation and paranoia are obvious in the way it handles the conflict.

But for Palestinians, the picture was clear from the Zionists first day in Palestine. Zionists did not come to Palestine as refugees escaping from war to live in peace, if that were the aim Palestinians would have welcomed them. But rather came to Palestine with a sole goal to destroy the Palestinian society. They replaced the Palestinian society with people from several cultures, with nothing in common between them except Judaism. No one would be expected to accept this situation, and Palestinians resisted this macabre project from day one right up until today.

There is not one single Palestinian who did not suffer from the Zionist terror, and there is no Palestinian who does not have horrible memories caused by Zionists. Whether these memories are transmitted from grandparents or parents or lived personally.

There is no one who knows the murderers better than the murdered. And no one knows the occupants better than the occupied and no one knows the abuser more than the victim.  Three generation of Palestinians lived the Zionist terror which sought and is still seeking to destroy the Palestinian reality by absolutely any means, but they have failed in the past, they are failing now, and they will fail in the future.

Helen Thomas said that the Palestinian voice is not strong compared with the Zionist. That is true. Palestinians are aware of the fact that Zionists did everything to market their lies: they bribe, they pressurize and manipulate politicians, or buy the media; they even threat to turn countries in the Middle East into the Stone Age. Nevertheless Palestinians have a power which Zionist can never destroy, which is the profound love towards Palestine which they ploughed and planted it from times immoral.   In Palestine, Palestinians developed their culture, in Palestine they elaborated their folk songs, and in Palestine there were aware of the scared nature of a country witnessing the first encounter between the sky and the earth. And it is Palestine which makes them Palestinians. Looking towards a time where Palestinians can live in Palestine without Zionist check points, without Zionist torture, and without Zionism at all.

Dr. Salim Nazzal is a Palestinian-Norwegian historian in the Middle East, who has written extensively on social and political issues in the region. – snazzal@ymail.com



    Thank you, Helen, for your friendship and your kind words thru the years. I have enjoyed your correspondences and you are always, always thought of as a kindred spirit wherever you may go. Fair winds and following seas, gentle lady.

    thank you!
    an old friend

  2. Kathryn Scanlon on the 14. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    I cheered when I heard Helen Thomas say the words that are so true, and them that know that are afraid to say them.

    Please don’t resign Helen, we need you so badly now. You are the voice of the people.

  3. Mihail on the 14. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Encyclopedia Britannica (15th edition):

    “Khazars, confederation of Turkic and Iranian tribes that established a major commercial empire in the second half of the 6th century, covering the southeastern section of modern European Russia… In the middle of the 8th century the ruling classes adopted Judaism as their religion.

    The Jewish Encyclopedia:

    “Khazars, a non-Semitic, Asiatic, Mongolian tribal nation who emigrated into Eastern Europe about the first century, who were converted as an entire nation to Judaism in the seventh century by the expanding Russian nation which absorbed the entire Khazar population, and who account for the presence in Eastern Europe of the great numbers of Yiddish-speaking Jews in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Galatia, Besserabia and Rumania.

    The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia:

    “Khazars, a medieval people, probably related to the Volga Bulgars, whose ruling class adopted Judaism during the 8th cent. The Khazars seem to have emerged during the 6th cent., from the vast nomadic Hun (Turki) empire which stretched from the steppes of Eastern Europe and the Volga basin to the Chinese frontier. Although it is often claimed that allusions to the Khazars are found as early as 200 C.E., actually they are not mentioned until 627…Most Jewish Historians date the conversion of the Khazar King to Judaism during the first half of this century {A.D.}

    Academic American Encyclopedia, Deluxe Library Edition, Volume 12, page 66 states:

    “The Khazars, a Turkic people, created a commercial and political empire that dominated substantial parts of South Russia during much of the 7th through 10th centuries. during the 8th century the Khazar aristocracy and the Kagan (King) were converted to Judaism.

    Collier’ s Encyclopedia, Volume 14, page 65 states:

    “Khazars [kaza'rz], a semi-nomadic tribe of Turkish or Tatar origin who first appeared north of the Caucasus in the early part of the third century…in the Eighth Century Khaghan Bulan decided in favor of the Jews and accepted Judaism for himself and for his people

    The Cadillac Modern Encyclopedia, page 822, states:

    “Khazars (khah’-zahrz), a S Russian people of Turkic origin, who at the height of their power (during the 8th-10th cent., A.D.) controlled an empire which included Crimea, and extended along the lower Volga, as far E as the Caspian Sea. The Khazar Royal Family and aristocracy converted to Judaism during the reign of King Bulan (768-809 A.D.) and Judaism was thereafter regarded as the State Religion…

  4. Ali Haroon on the 14. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Truth, truth and nothing else. Ms. Helen Thomas lived upto the values which she was holding together all those years, especially during the era of George Bush – the invader – and the continuation of era during Obama presidency !!!!!!

  5. Ralph Alfieri on the 16. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Congratulations for your courage when you told the truth about the Israeli’s atrocity saturated conduct toward the Palestinians

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