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

i think you have been duped. no israeli or jew whould use the word 'NAKBA'. it is an arab term that jews either pro or against will not use. while this article might be true i doubt it was written by galid, me thinks it was mohammed.

Anonymous

i think you have been duped. no israeli or jew whould use the word 'NAKBA'. it is an arab term that jews either pro or against will not use. while this article might be true i doubt it was written by galid, me thinks it was mohammed.

Anonymous

Nope. Atzmon writes about it all the time. Do some research. And there's hundreds more like him that are finally telling the truth. Nakba is the accepted term for The Jewish genocide of Palestine and her inhabitants. Likely it is you who have been duped by your racist Zionist cabal that clings desperately to outdated fairytales of Jewish colonialist invasion and rule.

Anonymous

Nope. Atzmon writes about it all the time. Do some research. And there's hundreds more like him that are finally telling the truth. Nakba is the accepted term for The Jewish genocide of Palestine and her inhabitants. Likely it is you who have been duped by your racist Zionist cabal that clings desperately to outdated fairytales of Jewish colonialist invasion and rule.

riseup2011

Have any one of you actually gone to this region that you seem to know so much about and actually taken even one step to help create a better future. Have you spoken with a single individual who actually lives there – any one of the countless jews and Palestinians that strive everyday to transcend the hate inorder to create a peaceful solution so that their children can have a better future. Have you spent even one moment looking into the many peace organizations, such as: • Coalition Of Women For Peace – “We Jewish and Palestinian women, citizens of Israel representatives of various women’s organizations and individuals have agreed to coordinate and organize joint activities in order to work together for a just peace based on the following principles…” • Neve Shalom~Wahat al-Salam • Givat Haviva • Dialogue group • OneVoice • Building Bridges • Crossing Borders And so many more. Check out http://www.mideastweb.org/mewgroups.htm http://www.pcusa.org/worldwide/israelpalestine/resources/15peacegroups.pdf Since none of you mentioned having spent any actual time there my guess is no – It sounds like you form your “original thoughts” from the same limited way that you would be so quick to criticize from others – a few biased authors with an agenda (that’s how they sell their books), the media and their sound bites, perhaps a blog or two. Maybe I’m wrong, but It would seem to me that if you care one iota about the Palestinian people – you would stop the self-serving, mental-masterbation rhetoric and actually go there and do one thing for the betterment of the people there. Why not help create a better future so that all of their children don’t have to suffer for the sins of their fathers. Help break the chain of suffering – stop feeding hate.

riseup2011

Have any one of you actually gone to this region that you seem to know so much about and actually taken even one step to help create a better future. Have you spoken with a single individual who actually lives there – any one of the countless jews and Palestinians that strive everyday to transcend the hate inorder to create a peaceful solution so that their children can have a better future. Have you spent even one moment looking into the many peace organizations, such as: • Coalition Of Women For Peace – “We Jewish and Palestinian women, citizens of Israel representatives of various women’s organizations and individuals have agreed to coordinate and organize joint activities in order to work together for a just peace based on the following principles…” • Neve Shalom~Wahat al-Salam • Givat Haviva • Dialogue group • OneVoice • Building Bridges • Crossing Borders And so many more. Check out http://www.mideastweb.org/mewgroups.htm http://www.pcusa.org/worldwide/israelpalestine/resources/15peacegroups.pdf Since none of you mentioned having spent any actual time there my guess is no – It sounds like you form your “original thoughts” from the same limited way that you would be so quick to criticize from others – a few biased authors with an agenda (that’s how they sell their books), the media and their sound bites, perhaps a blog or two. Maybe I’m wrong, but It would seem to me that if you care one iota about the Palestinian people – you would stop the self-serving, mental-masterbation rhetoric and actually go there and do one thing for the betterment of the people there. Why not help create a better future so that all of their children don’t have to suffer for the sins of their fathers. Help break the chain of suffering – stop feeding hate.

recycle israel today

Fair enough but must we go to the moon to talk about it? Must I be a Vietnamese to protest the war? A Tibetan to support their struggle? Let's not oversimplify for some sort of score card. It takes many people doing many things to defeat the forces of bigotry and genocide. Such is the case with those of us who oppose the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The same people who support Palestine today supported the struggle in South Africa and yet how many of them went there? Instead of allowing yourselves to be divided and conquered by IDF agitators focus your energy on the source of the fire: Israel and it's inventors.

recycle israel today

Fair enough but must we go to the moon to talk about it? Must I be a Vietnamese to protest the war? A Tibetan to support their struggle? Let's not oversimplify for some sort of score card. It takes many people doing many things to defeat the forces of bigotry and genocide. Such is the case with those of us who oppose the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The same people who support Palestine today supported the struggle in South Africa and yet how many of them went there? Instead of allowing yourselves to be divided and conquered by IDF agitators focus your energy on the source of the fire: Israel and it's inventors.

BienViaje

You don't need to go there to know something about the conflict. And do you think that just because you talk to someone firsthand you're not getting a biased account? Besides they hate America over in Palestine, wtf would i want to go there even if I could afford it? P.S. Lets be serious, if there were "countless" amounts of Jews and Palestinians trying to end the conflict, there wouldn't be one. P.S.S You know, the Israeli's are like the cruel and self-centered colonists, palestinians are the half-crazed, sexist, morality lacking cousins of the Indians. Who won that war?

BienViaje

You don't need to go there to know something about the conflict. And do you think that just because you talk to someone firsthand you're not getting a biased account? Besides they hate America over in Palestine, wtf would i want to go there even if I could afford it? P.S. Lets be serious, if there were "countless" amounts of Jews and Palestinians trying to end the conflict, there wouldn't be one. P.S.S You know, the Israeli's are like the cruel and self-centered colonists, palestinians are the half-crazed, sexist, morality lacking cousins of the Indians. Who won that war?

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