CounterPunch has the article 71 Years Later, Zionist Terrorism Is Alive and Well.
Seventy-one years to the day Jewish terrorists in Palestine committed a heinous crime for which they continue to go unpunished.
The April 9, 1948 massacre of 107 Palestinians in the Christian Village of Deir Yassin (monastery of Yassin) has been whitewashed by Israel, the U.N., the media, and the so-called law-abiding civilized Western World – a world that lectures us on morality, the rule of law, and democracy – and a Western World that has sown the pestilence of wars, misery, and chaos – from as far as Libya to the west, and as far as Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Bangladesh to the east.
That is a part of the history that I only vaguely knew. The part that I vaguely knew was from “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit . Shavit is a grandson of one of the founders of Zionism. He describes some of what is in the CounterPunch article, but not all of it.
Here is another part of the CounterPunch article that hit home.
To cover their dastardly deeds, Israeli leaders, with the help of Jews in diaspora, planted pine forests in each of the 530+ locations of what used to be Palestinian villages.
As a child growing up in the 1950s USA, I contributed coins to help plant a tree in Israel to reforest “the desert”. I had visions of going to Israel one day to visit the tree that would have my name on it. I had no inkling of the history behind why trees needed to be planted. I doubt my parents knew either. As I grew into teen age years, I remember somebody saying “Do you really believe that there is a tree with your name on it?” I thought that was destroying my innocence. Imagine that here I am at 75 years old getting the rest of my innocence destroyed.
I am sure that there is a counter-narrative to the story the CounterPunch article told. I haven’t seen it, nor have I looked for it. As a result of this post, it will probably float to the surface.