Remembering the Sons of Eilaboun

Gilad Atzmon on the truth behind the Zionist project.
Remembering the Sons of Eilaboun

The truth of the Nakba has been hidden for many decades. Not many people except the Palestinians are aware of the scale of 1948 ethnic expulsions and even fewer are aware of the atrocities occasionally performed by the nascent Israel Defense Forces (IDF). As a young Israeli pupil I was taught to believe that the “Arabs” (this is what we called them) just run for their lives. We were told that no one forced “them” to do so – they were just a bunch of cowards. We were taught that they are not as attached to the land as we, the Israelis, are. While they fled for their lives without fighting back, we, the “chosens,” schlepped all the way back to Zion after 2,000 years to reclaim “our” historic land.

The truth about the hundreds of massacres of Palestinian villagers committed by a young and well-trained enthusiastic IDF was absolutely hidden. There wasn’t even a hint that such a thing took place. We knew of only one massacre, the one in Deir Yassin. We were aware of it because the so-called “left” Israeli leadership used it to vilify their right wing political rivals – namely Menahem Begin who was directly responsible for this very massacre.

In the last decade, the horrifying exposure of Israeli brutality in the Nakba has started to filter through. Nowadays we know that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine was an orchestrated operation that was planned well in advance. As we learn in the early Zionist texts, the intention to wipe out the Palestinian existence in the Holy Land was apparent from the very beginning of the movement. The national Jewish aspiration was all about the erection of a Jews-only state in Palestine. The indigenous habitants on the land had to be expelled for the Zionist project to prevail.

It is rather obvious that the scale of Israeli atrocities in the Nakba is far from being fully explored. This alone may also explain why many of us tend to believe that Israelis are becoming more and more vicious as time goes by. We tend to believe that Israelis have ethically deteriorated. The truth of the matter is pretty devastating. Israel was born into a colossal sin. The birth of the Jewish state was a tragedy involved with an endless chain of barbarian massacres and other war crimes. As we learn from Hisham Zreiq’s film Sons Of Eilaboun, the first Israelis –the 1948 IDF soldiers – were at least as sinister as their grandsons in Gaza 2009.

Sons of Eilaboun is a story of one small village in the Galilee, one village among many. It is a story of one massacre, one massacre among many. It is a story of a small community that is tormented and traumatized for generations. Sons of Eilaboun is, in fact, the story of Palestine.

With very minimal means, Zreiq manages to deliver a very deep and authentic reading of Palestinian history. He also manages to portray the intense emotional impact of the Nakba on those who survived the horror. It is a documentation of villagers that were dispossessed and have run for their lives. But it is also an unusual story of a small Palestinian community that managed to return (thanks to UN intervention) only to find out that their houses were looted and they were left with nothing. As if this is not enough they soon found out that Israeli invaders had poked out their beloved brothers’ and sons’ eyes. One may expect that just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz Israelis soldiers would be slightly more compassionate.

You better see it to believe it.

Gilad Atzmon is a London-based jazz musician, writer and activist. His books have been translated into 22 languages. www.sonsofeilaboun.com, www.palestinethinktank.com

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Anonymous

Dude, your telling me if a big black bear was in your house eating your cookies and children for breakfast, you wouldn't be pissed? I can understand why Palestine is angry- their being occupied. But Israel? Besides if you look at the death toll in the whole conflict, comparatively speaking, the Israeli's are the ones with the bloody hands. You said "The Palestinians merely need to renounce violence against civilians." Like it's going to be that easy for Palestinians to renounce against civilians when their civilians are being killed in far more superior numbers.

Anonymous

Dude, your telling me if a big black bear was in your house eating your cookies and children for breakfast, you wouldn't be pissed? I can understand why Palestine is angry- their being occupied. But Israel? Besides if you look at the death toll in the whole conflict, comparatively speaking, the Israeli's are the ones with the bloody hands. You said "The Palestinians merely need to renounce violence against civilians." Like it's going to be that easy for Palestinians to renounce against civilians when their civilians are being killed in far more superior numbers.

tyler durden

palistine again? hundreds of thousands killed in sri lanka, sudan, chechnya. old news. and the old khazar nazi/survivalist conspiracy story. BORING. what we all need is nuclear war to give our meaningless lives some true excitement.

tyler durden

palistine again? hundreds of thousands killed in sri lanka, sudan, chechnya. old news. and the old khazar nazi/survivalist conspiracy story. BORING. what we all need is nuclear war to give our meaningless lives some true excitement.

Brownpeople

Nazi-Judeo Supremecist Zionist-apologist. Probably an IDF student living in Shitrael and trolling for opportunities to provide some meek rebuttal to the overwhelming evidence mounting against the insane and miserable lot of the Jewish Zionists. Israel is finished fella. Move on. That's what's boring. Your attempt to revise history and obfuscate with other atrocities the world over. It's time to face the music. The crime that is Israel is spoiling justice and peace the world over. There can be no addressing of justice anywhere until the Zionists Jews who invented the sick experiment of Israel are brought to account and the truth is exposed. Criminals the world over simply point to Shitrael whenever anyone accuses them of behaving badly. They simply say well if the West backs Shitrael and Shitrael is so obviously a Nazi-like state you have no credibility to tell us anything and we have every obligation to administer justice ourselves since you are clearly impotent to do so. Kaboom! Bring the source of all these injustices to bear and then we can focus on them individually. Israel must be recycled first and that is why it's in Adbusters and so many other magazines and blogs that haven't yet been completely infiltrated by IDF Nazis in Shitrael. That is why it's still being discussed because it's still being challenged by historical revisionist such as yourself. Bye bye little Zionist Nazi. Shitrael has already committed politicide as many have pointed out. Bye bye..

Brownpeople

Nazi-Judeo Supremecist Zionist-apologist. Probably an IDF student living in Shitrael and trolling for opportunities to provide some meek rebuttal to the overwhelming evidence mounting against the insane and miserable lot of the Jewish Zionists. Israel is finished fella. Move on. That's what's boring. Your attempt to revise history and obfuscate with other atrocities the world over. It's time to face the music. The crime that is Israel is spoiling justice and peace the world over. There can be no addressing of justice anywhere until the Zionists Jews who invented the sick experiment of Israel are brought to account and the truth is exposed. Criminals the world over simply point to Shitrael whenever anyone accuses them of behaving badly. They simply say well if the West backs Shitrael and Shitrael is so obviously a Nazi-like state you have no credibility to tell us anything and we have every obligation to administer justice ourselves since you are clearly impotent to do so. Kaboom! Bring the source of all these injustices to bear and then we can focus on them individually. Israel must be recycled first and that is why it's in Adbusters and so many other magazines and blogs that haven't yet been completely infiltrated by IDF Nazis in Shitrael. That is why it's still being discussed because it's still being challenged by historical revisionist such as yourself. Bye bye little Zionist Nazi. Shitrael has already committed politicide as many have pointed out. Bye bye..

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