Final thoughts on Zionism’s success and Arab failure

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MY LAST POST: Final thoughts on Zionism’s success and Arab failure
April 25, 2013
by former ITN correspondent and Panorama reporter Alan Hart

Will Masada II be the endgame?

I am withdrawing from the battlefield of the war 
for the truth of history as it relates to the 
making and sustaining of the conflict in and over 
Palestine that became Israel, and the following is an explanation of why.

More than three decades ago when I made my 
commitment to this war effort, in the full 
knowledge that it would make me persona non grata 
in the eyes of the mainstream media I had served 
with some distinction, I believed that the single 
most amazing thing about the conflict was 
Zionism’s success in selling its propaganda lies 
– lies which were told not only to justify 
anything and everything the Zionist (not Jewish) 
State of Israel did and does, but also to 
establish and fix the boundaries of what could 
and could not be discussed in public discourse 
about Israel’s policies and actions. (I mean what 
could and could not be discussed by non-Jews, 
Europeans and Americans especially, if they 
didn’t want to be terrorized by smears and false 
charges of anti-Semitism which could result in 
them losing their positions and jobs).

What could be called the Mother and Father of 
Zionism’s propaganda lies is the assertion that 
all the Jews of the world are descended from the 
ancient Hebrews and therefore have a common 
ethnic origin and national heritage. In other 
words, according to Zionism’s assertion, 
Palestine is by definition the ancestral homeland 
of all the Jews of the world; and this, it is 
further asserted by Zionism, means that Israel 
has the right to sovereignty over all the land it 
occupies today and Jews from anywhere have the right to settle on it.

As Israeli historian Shlomo Sand explains in his 
book The Invention of the Jewish People, that is 
simply not true. And as I noted in my book 
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews (which was 
published before Sand’s work), almost all if not 
all the Jews who went to Palestine in answer to 
Zionism’s call had no biological connection to 
the ancient Hebrews. They, like almost all Jews, 
were the descendants of peoples from many 
homelands (mainly in Eastern and Western Europe) 
who converted to Judaism centuries after the 
brief rule of the ancient Hebrews ended and who, 
after their conversion, had only their religion and its rituals in common.

Though they subsequently converted to Islam and 
Christianity, it is possible that when Zionism 
declared itself to be in existence 1897 there 
were more Palestinian Arabs than Palestinian Jews 
who were descended from the ancient Hebrews.

Zionism’s claim that the Jews of the world have a 
right to the land now occupied by Greater Israel 
does not bear honest examination.

One of the most influential of Zionism’s 
follow-up propaganda lies asserted that Israel 
was given its birth certificate and thus its 
legitimacy by the United Nations Partition 
Resolution of 29 November 1947. As I document in 
detail in my book and have indicated over the 
years in more than a few articles and 
presentations of public platforms of all kinds, that is propaganda nonsense.

In the first place the UN without the consent of 
the majority of the people of Palestine did not 
have the right to decide to partition Palestine 
or assign any part of its territory to a minority 
of alien immigrants in order for them to establish a state of their own.

Despite that, by the narrowest of margins, and 
only after a rigged vote (rigged by Zionist 
pressure amounting to blackmail on the leaders 
and governments of some member states), the UN 
General Assembly did pass a resolution to 
partition Palestine and create two states, one 
Arab, one Jewish, with Jerusalem not part of 
either. But the General Assembly resolution was 
only a proposal – meaning that it could have no 
effect, would not become policy, unless approved by the Security Council.

The truth is that the General Assembly’s 
partition proposal never went to the Security 
Council for consideration. Why not? Because the 
US knew that, if approved, it could only be 
implemented by force; and President Truman was 
not prepared to use force to partition Palestine.

So the partition plan was vitiated (became 
invalid), and the question of what the hell to do 
about Palestine after the occupying British had 
been driven out it by Zionist terrorism was taken 
back to the General Assembly for more discussion. 
The option favoured and proposed by the US was 
temporary UN Trusteeship. It was while the 
General Assembly was debating what to do next 
that Israel unilaterally declared itself to be in 
existence - actually in defiance of the will of 
the organised international community as it then 
was, including the Truman administration.

The truth of the time was that Israel had no 
right to exist. It came into existence because 
Ben-Gurion had done everything necessary to 
guarantee that his Jewish forces would be more 
than sufficient in numbers and well enough armed 
to roll back and defeat any Arab military 
response to Israel’s unilateral declaration of 
independence, and that Zionist might would prevail over Palestinian right.

Thereafter Zionism was successful in convincing 
the Western world that poor little Israel lived 
in constant danger of annihilation, the “driving 
into the sea” of its Jews. The truth is that 
Israel’s existence has never, ever, been in 
danger from any combination of Arab military 
force. Despite some stupid, face-saving Arab 
rhetoric to the contrary, which played into 
Zionism’s hands, the Arab regimes never, ever, 
had any intention of fighting Israel to liberate 
Palestine. (When elements of the armies of the 
frontline Arab states went to war with Israel in 
1948, their objective was not to destroy the 
“Jewish state” but to hold the land that had been 
assigned to the Palestinian Arab state by the 
vitiated partition plan, and they failed 
miserably, as Ben-Gurion was confident they 
would, to do that. Also true is that Jordan, 
whose king had been in secret dialogue with 
Zionism’s in-Palestine leaders, would not have 
been a serious party to the Arab war effort if 
Ben-Gurion had not tried to grab Jerusalem; if, 
in other words, he had been content for the Holy 
City not to be part of either the Jewish or Arab 
state of the vitiated partition plan).

Israel always was the aggressor and oppressor, not and never the victim.

Its assertion, repeated over and over again, that 
it didn’t have Arab partners for peace was also a 
big, fat, propaganda lie (as the documented truth 
of history, including de-classified Israeli state 
papers, which are ignored by the mainstream media, proves).

When I made my commitment to the war for truth 
more than three decades ago, I believed that 
calling and holding Israel to account for its 
crimes, in order for there to be peace based on 
justice for the Palestinians and security for 
all, would remain a mission impossible unless the 
citizens of the Western nations, enough of them 
and Americans especially, were informed about the truth of history.

That seemed obvious to me because it was clear 
that, unwilling to confront the Zionist lobby in 
all its manifestations, the governments of the 
major Western powers were not going to use the 
leverage they have to oblige Israel to end its 
defiance of international law unless and until 
they were pushed to do by informed public opinion 
– by manifestations of real democracy in action. 
THE problem was that most citizens of the Western 
nations, Americans especially, were too 
mis-informed and uninformed to do the pushing. In 
other words, because they had been conditioned by 
Zionist propaganda, peddled without question by 
the mainstream media, most citizens were too 
ignorant to make their democracies work for 
justice and peace in the Middle East.

So my starting point was the belief that the real 
conflict is an information war between Zionism’s 
masters of deception on the one side and the truth tellers on the other.

The truth tellers were few in number but among 
those who produced major truth-telling works 
(books) were Jews of real integrity including, 
for example, the Jewish-American Alfred M. 
Lilienthal, the first two Israeli “revisionist” 
meaning honest historians – Avi Shlaim and Ilan 
Pappe, the Jewish-American Norman Finkelstein and 
Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer. (In such company 
the Gentile me felt secure in the frontline 
trenches of the war for truth. There was also 
comfort in knowing that we were taking on Zionism from the moral high ground).

Over the last 20 years or so, with their books, 
articles and public speaking, the truth tellers 
have made an impact but not on a big enough scale 
to change the outcome of the war.

The truth today is that the situation of the 
occupied and oppressed Palestinians is worse than 
it has ever been and is worsening as Israel 
continues its defiance of international law and 
gobbles up more and more Palestinian land and water resources.

Also true today is that there is a rising, global 
tide of anti-Israelism, but it has little or 
nothing to do with the work of the truth tellers. 
It is being provoked by Israel’s policies and actions.

Some people (including perhaps President Obama) 
hope that Israel’s growing isolation will bring a 
majority of Israeli Jews to their senses and 
cause them to insist that their government be 
serious about peace on terms the Palestinians 
could accept. That has to be a possibility, but I 
think it is much more likely that the rising, 
global tide of anti-Israelism will have an 
opposite effect. I mean that it will assist 
Zionism’s deluded leaders to reinforce the 
message that what is happening is proof of what 
they have always said – that the world hates 
Jews, and that Israel’s leaders must therefore do 
whatever is necessary to preserve and protect 
their state as an insurance policy, a refuge of 
last resort, for all Jews everywhere, even if 
that means telling an American president and the whole world to go to hell.

On reflection today I believe that Zionism could 
have been contained and defeated by now if the 
resources (yes, I do mean money) had been 
available to assist the promotion and spread of 
the truth of history on the scale necessary to 
empower the citizens of the Western nations, 
Americans especially, to make their democracies 
work for justice and peace, by demanding that 
their governments end their unconditional support 
for Israel right or wrong. (In my view, which is 
based on my own engagements with audiences across 
the U.S., Americans in great numbers would have 
been open to the truth of history if they had 
also been made aware that unconditional support 
for Israel right or wrong is not in their own best interests).

Because the resources were not made available, 
the war for the truth of history has remained the 
most asymmetric of all information wars. 
Zionism’s masters of deception have, as they 
always have had, virtually unlimited funds for 
the co-ordinated promotion of their propaganda 
lies. The truth-tellers are, as they always have 
been, without the resources needed to put 
together and implement a co-ordinated, winning campaign strategy.

The main providers of the resources necessary for 
winning the information war ought to have been 
seriously wealthy Arabs in general and seriously 
wealthy diaspora Palestinians in particular. They 
ought to have done for Palestine what seriously 
wealthy Jews did and still do for Zionism.

There are two main reasons why seriously wealthy 
diaspora Palestinians declined to play their 
necessary part in funding promotion of the truth of history.

Those who live in Western Europe and America are 
frightened that any association with the work of 
people who credibly challenge Zionism’s version 
of history would invite Zionist retribution which 
could result in their businesses being damaged and perhaps even destroyed.

Those who live in the Gulf States are frightened 
that assisting the truth-tellers could put their 
very comfortable positions and relationships with 
the rulers of those states at risk because they, 
the rulers, would not take kindly to blow back 
hassle from Zionism. (Zionist heavyweights in 
America do sometimes call Gulf Arab rulers 
directly to tell them what they should not do or 
allow. One such call was made to tell a ruler 
that he should not support Alan Hart and Ilan 
Pappe. The call was made after Ilan and I had 
made a joint presentation in the particular 
state, at its invitation, and had been promised support for our work).

Another possible reason why some seriously 
wealthy diaspora Palestinians have not assisted 
the promotion of the truth of history could be 
that they don’t understand (at all or well 
enough) that Western governments are not going to 
confront the Zionist monster unless the citizens 
of nations, the voters, are informed enough to demand that they do.

It’s also not impossible that some seriously 
wealthy diaspora Palestinians have not 
contributed to the information war effort because 
they believe but dare not say that Palestine has long been a lost cause.

The brutal truth about seriously wealthy 
non-Palestinian Arabs is that most of them don’t 
care about the occupied and oppressed 
Palestinians and the many others, refugees still 
living in camps, who were dispossessed of their 
homes, their land and their rights. The Arab 
masses do care but their elites don’t. (That 
statement is something of an exaggeration to make 
a point but it contains much truth).

Today I can quantify the cost of my own commitment to the war for truth.

If I had written a pro-Zionist book, I would have 
had wealthy Jews throwing money at it and me for 
global promotion of all kinds. But with Zionism: 
The Real Enemy of the Jews, (which is a complete 
re-writing of the entire history of the conflict 
exposing Zionist propaganda for the nonsense it 
is and replacing it with the documented truth of 
history), I was on my own. To fund the research 
and writing over nearly five years, then the 
printing and publication of the original, 
two-volume hardback edition, and then some 
promotion, I took out a loan against the security 
of the home my wife and I owned outright and have 
lived in for a quarter of a century.

At the time I decided to do so (with my dear 
wife’s complete understanding and support), I 
didn’t think I was being stupid. My previous book 
(Arafat, Terrorist or Peacemaker?) had earned me 
significant income from the sale of the Arabic 
newspaper serialization rights, and I assumed 
that my latest book would do the same, enabling 
me to clear the re-mortgaged debt on my home.

I was, of course, aware that there were truths in 
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews that would be 
more than uncomfortable for the Arab regimes and 
which they would not want their newspapers to 
publish. (When I was writing the book I had to be 
guided by the fact you can’t tell the truth about 
Zionism with telling the truth about why the Arab 
states were never a threat to Israel’s 
existence). But newspaper serialization of a 
two-volume book (which became three volumes in 
its updated American edition) would have taken 
only a relatively small amount of total content. 
Arab editors doing the serialization could have 
left out everything that offended their political 
masters and still had more than enough material 
to inform and entertain their readers.

But it was no go. My book was not only 
red-flagged by Zionism and therefore all the 
major Western publishing houses, this despite the 
fact that my extremely well connected and 
respected literary agent had on file letters from 
the CEO’s of some of them with rare praise for my 
manuscript. (One of the letters, which I quoted 
in the Preface to the original hardback edition, 
described my manuscript as “awesome
 driven my 
passion, commitment and profound learning.” It 
added, “There is no question it deserves to be 
published.”). For their part the Arab regimes 
were at one with Zionism in wanting the full 
truth of history to be suppressed to the maximum 
extent possible. They effectively endorsed 
Zionism’s strategy for dealing with me and my 
work – “Alan Hart and his book do not exist.” (I 
think my dear friend Ilan Pappe may well have 
been right when he said that Zionism was more 
frightened of my book than any other because of 
its title, which he described as “the truth in seven words.”)

Today I have to face the cost consequences of my 
commitment to the truth of history. To avoid 
being dispossessed of my home and land in the not 
too distant future because I don’t have the money 
to pay the principal sum of the outstanding 
re-mortgaged debt (I have been paying only the 
interest on it), I now have to sell and downsize. 
Preparing to downsize will require, among other 
things, months of my fulltime to sort through and 
dispose of much of what has been accumulated over 
decades and could not be accommodated and stored 
in a much smaller property with little or no 
land. And that in the proverbial nutshell is why 
I am withdrawing from the battlefield of the war 
for truth. The days when I could serve causes 
beyond self in order to feel that I was doing 
something useful with my life are gone. Like 
seriously wealthy diaspora Palestinians and other 
Arabs, I must now put my own interests, and above 
all those of my dear wife, first.

Back in the early 1970's when I was making Five 
Minutes To Midnight, my documentary on global 
poverty and its implications for all, I had a 
verbal boxing match with Mother Teresa in 
Calcutta. After a day of filming with her as she 
collected some of those dying from poverty on the 
pavements to give them a few more days of life 
with shelter and loving care, she invited my 
camera crew and I to a frugal evening meal with 
some of her sisters. The question I posed for 
discussion over the meal was this: Which is the 
most important word in any language – love or justice?

Mother Teresa argued with passion, sometimes 
angry passion, for love. I argued, with equal but 
not angry passion, for justice. If she was alive 
today I would say to her, “Mother Teresa, it’s 
justice not love that is required if the 
countdown to catastrophe in Palestine that became Israel is to be stopped.”

But it was not only my complete identity with the 
Palestinians’ irrefutable claim for justice and 
my admiration of the incredible, almost 
superhuman steadfastness of the occupied and 
oppressed that inspired, drove and sustained my 
commitment to the war for the truth of history.

I feared, as I do even more so today, that if the 
information war that probably could have been won 
by now is lost, the end-game will most likely be 
a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine, 
followed, quite possibly, by another great 
turning against the Jews, provoked by Zionism’s 
insufferable self-righteousness and contempt for international law

For three decades I have done my best to 
contribute to the understanding needed to prevent 
both obscenities from happening, but I have now 
reached and passed the outer limits of what I can 
do when there’s a lack of will on the part of 
seriously wealthy diaspora Palestinian and other 
Arabs to assist the promotion and spread of the truth of history.

In the days and weeks to come I will no doubt 
find myself wondering if I was naive to believe 
that Palestinian right could be assisted to triumph over Zionist might.

To those all over the world who down the years 
have expressed appreciation for my books, 
articles and presentations on public platforms of 
all kinds – Thank You, your moral support helped to sustain my commitment.

Final Footnote

A Palestinian friend once asked me if, on matters 
to do with Palestine, I was aware of the main 
difference between Arabs and Jews. He didn’t wait 
for me to respond. He said: “Arabs almost never 
do what they say they will do. Jews often do what they say they will not do.”

I said I thought there was an element of truth in that.
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