Israel’s founding myths

From the word go the Zionist project denied the existence of indigenous people with rights to their land.

 Israeli Finance Minister and far-right politician Bezalel Smotrich is not the first to say “there is no such thing as the Palestinians”.

Golda Meir said it first in 1969.

This is a Palestinian’s house. They got chased to Gaza with what they had on their backs. Golda Meir took this house with all it’s belongings.

The Zionist project denied the Nakba, and all the dirty tricks used – the identification and assassination of the village headmen, the poisoning of the wells –  to make sure 700,000 Palestinians left and stayed away from their homes.

It took three decades of research to unpick the propaganda that claimed the villagers were told to flee by the advancing Jordanian army.

 And another four decades before the New Historians revealed the extent of massacres.

To this day, not all have been documented.

Every generation of Israeli Jews has worked hard to maintain the myth that a new state was being created in an empty space or to use the classic fake news slogan that Palestine was “a land without people for a people without land”.

To this day, few Israeli Jews will utter the word Palestinian.

They speak instead of ‘the Arabs’ as if seven million Palestinians living in their midst will melt away one day into the Arab hinterland.

Needless to say, there is a raging debate about the demographic reality too. 

Denial on this scale is not only a function of psychology. Although it is that too.

Israel’s creation is seen by its builders as a miracle of Jewish history.

Denial exists for practical reasons.

Because to acknowledge even one element of what happened, and continues to happen every day, is to cast doubt not only on Israel’s past but its future as well.