[Marxism] Filmmaker: Israel's enthic cleansing must stop

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 18:37:32 MST 2014

In a move that surprised many ― and symbolises Israel's growing isolation
and global opposition to its crimes ― former Australian foreign minister
Bob Carr has publicly declared his opposition to Israeli policies of
apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

Carr's change in position was announced in a November 8 *Australian* opinion
“Why I am now a friend of Palestine rather than Israel”.

The shift is especially symbolic given that Carr, a member of Labor Right,
was key to setting up Labor Friends of Israel in 1977. Now, Carr is a
patron of Labor Friends of Palestine.

In his piece, Carr ponts out that Israel's occupation of Palestinian
territory in the West Bank and Gaza Strip “has lasted 47 years”.

“There are 500,000 settlers,” he says. “Up to 60 per cent of the Israeli
cabinet is on record as opposing a two-state solution. Palestinians have
been part of a peace process for 25 years.”

Carr points out the logic of the situation, saying: “Settlers won’t move.
The Israeli government won’t force them. So an indefinite occupation morphs
into the extremists’ goal of a Greater Israel.

“With one catch. It will have two classes of citizen.” As Carr points out,
the word for such a situation is “apartheid”.

“In 1977 when we launched Labor Friends of Israel we knew, to our disgrace,
none of their narrative,” Carr says. “Now Israeli historians ... have gone
to the archives of their army to tell the full story of how massacres were
used during the foundation of Israel in 1948 to drive out 700,000

The former “friend of Israel” asks: “Where do Palestinians stand now?
Gideon Levy wrote in the Israeli newspaper*Haaretz* that it leaves them
living with mass arrests (760 in a recent sweep, 260 of them children)
expulsions, demolitions.”

Carr notes the inevitability of Palestinian resistance, writing: “From the
writers of *The West Wing* came this. Discussing Gaza and the West Bank, a
White House adviser says to another, 'Revolutionaries will outlast and
out-die occupiers every time.'

“No other colonial rule has survived, let alone with rich settlers on
fortified hilltops with Los Angeles lawns, the wretched huddled in the
gullies, their 12-year-old kids subject to military arrest and-detention.”

Sincerity is a difficult thing to judge. It is not possible to measure how
much Carr's about-face represents a true change of heart as opposed to a
tactical shift recognising the need for a negotiated settlement in the face
of Palestinians' refusal to accept defeat.

It is also undoubtedly much easier to speak the truth when out of power and
retired. But none of that makes what Carr says any less true.

And is not just high-profile former politicans like Carr who are
discovering the truth about Israeli apartheid and history of ethnic
cleansing. Many Israelis are not taught the history of genocide and
dispossession through which the Israeli state was created.

Like many people who grow up in colonial-settler societies ― such as
Australia ― learning the truth can be a shock.

This is why Israeli filmmaker *Lia Tarachansky* sets out in her new film *On
The Side Of The Road*, to address the uncomfortable truth about the *Nakba*,
or “Catastrophe” ― as the Palestinians call the 1948 ethnic cleansing that
drive Palestinians off their land to allow the State of Israel to be

Speaking to Electronic Intifada, Tarachansky explained that making a film
on this topic ― which remains taboo in Israel ― was the result of a long
and ongoing process of rejecting Zionism.

When she was six, Tarachansky was brought from Ukraine to the occupied West
Bank by her mother. She grew up in the settlement of Ariel on land stolen
from the Palestinians, yet inculcated with the idea that the Palestinians
were an enemy of Jewish people.

Tarachansky now lives in Canada and is a reported on Palestine for The Real
News Network. She spoke with Electronic Intiafada's *Sarah Levy*.


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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