" Dear Mr Amr: I get your point - you are not interested in dialogue,
you are not
interested in compromise, you are only interested in "proving" that
the Jews of Israel have no historical claim on this piece of land. "
Amos Schocken, publisher of Haaretz
Amos; Wrong, again. I am very interested in dialogue and pragmatic compromises,
based on the reality that Palestinians and Israelis must share the land
and develop a relationship based on the history they have shared over the
last century. Indeed, it was NileMedia that specifically sought out a dialogue
Amos, I will not seek to repay you in kind, since I happen to have a
gut feeling that, inspite of our disagreements, you and many of the journalists
at Haaretz are interested in dialogue and compromise and peace and justice.
Yours is not the largest paper in Israel, but it is the only major Israeli
paper that NileMedia sought out. While we are bothered by the amount of
Zionist mythological baggage you haul around, we see that your current
coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict has been more balanced than
the tainted content of the American mass media machine.
Amos, you are famous on the pages of NileMedia, because I have published
your views uncensored and unedited. However, I see that you continue to
shelter the readers of Haaretz from the potent medicine we serve at NileMedia.
NileMedia is only interested in a dialogue that divorces itself from
Zionist Mythology, primarily because it would allow Israelis to accept
the Palestinians as natives to the land who like your grandmother also
claim descent from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Do not think this is a minor
matter. The Palestinians need to hear that Israelis now understand that
Zionism was a "dream" ideology that promised and delivered a century of
nightmares to the Palestinians. Israelis must also come to terms with the
fact that the Zionist movement leaders did not just come to build a country,
they also came to destroy another people's country. Further, as their memoirs
clearly demonstrate, these Zionist leaders knew from Herzel's time that
the requirements for building a "Jewish State" would require "transferring"
the native Palestinians.
This is not just idle academic sporting. I am out to encourage Israelis
to muster up the courage and show remorse for the Palestinian victims of
this audacious 19th century ideology called Zionism. You want practical
conclusions, print a full-page apology in Haaretz signed only by the Publisher,
Famous Amos. Tell the Palestinians that Amos Schocken has reconsidered
the wisdom of being a Zionist. Appeal to their hearts and minds, Amos.
I assure you that both Israelis and Palestinians will tune in. Tell them
that as a man born to the land of Israel, you cannot dream of living anywhere
else. Your love of the land is no less than theirs. But also convey to
them your regret that Zionist dreams were built on an assembly line that
included many parts imported from darkest corners of a Palestinian psyche
haunted by the nightmares of forced exile and brute military occupation.
The rest of the speech will need to come from your heart, Amos.
These Palestinian memories need to be honored by Israelis not only to
correct history books. The practical consequences will be to create a better
climate for a peace agreement that both sides can live with. Problematic
issues like resolving the "right of return" will also be easier to resolve
and to sell to the Israeli public. Men like Sharon and Netenyahu and Barak
will lose their ideological bearings and retire to oblivion. Initially,
expect to be assailed by many Israelis. That is when you pull out the DNA
lab results and tell them to their face "give it up, already. Stop rehashing
Zionist mythology. The Palestinians are natives to this land. What exactly
don't you understand about DNA? Let us, for once, deliver justice to these
unfortunate victims of Zionist dogma and let us start by issuing an unambiguous
Go on Amos, take the DNA challenge. Call up a DNA lab in Tel Aviv and
commission a study that will help you and every Israeli come to terms with
the Palestinian historic realities that were delivered as a by-product
of the process that created the State of Israel.