By Saul Gwakuba-Ndlovu
TWO Israeli drones were reported to have crashed and caused explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, just before the 23–25 August weekend.
No detailed information on causalities nor damages were given, but the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Hizbollah, identified the pilotless aircrafts as being Israeli, apparently dispatched from Lebanon’s neighbour, Israel, to attack the Lebanese capital indiscriminately.
The world has been experiencing numerous similar terrorist happenings in a number of some Middle Eastern countries for the past 71 years, that is to say since Israel was created in May 1948.
From that date up to now, millions of Arabs have lived in refugee camps as stateless, homeless, property-less people.
Meanwhile, millions of people of Jewish extraction have been assisted to go from various countries, where they had been living in relative peace and stability, to Palestine, an old country from which the British Government helped the Jews to carve up what they named Israel.
The question why Jews were scattered all over the world, particularly over the European and the Asian continents, arises and we find the explanation to that in the inter-clan, inter-tribal and inter-racial wars that repeatedly occurred all over those two masses of land, leading to the creation and use of the word ‘slavonic’, which means having to do with slaves in at least seven European tongues.
Jews were also adversely affected by those wars.
We need not look further than the military campaign of Alexander the Great who died on the northern shores (Mediterranean Sea) of Egypt aged 32 on June 13 323BC.
The city was later built where that military genius died and was named in his honour.
The name was feminised, just like most Hellenic place names.
In 332BC, Alexander had passed through Palestine en route to Egypt.
He had captured Tyre after a siege of seven months, then Gaza following a two-month-long siege.
Palestine thus briefly became a Hellenic colony.
But Alexander had left the Jews as he had found them, especially their religious beliefs and their mode of worship.
But a fairly large number of them joined his military campaign, in particular its intelligence section.
That was, in effect, the beginning of the hellenisation of their race, and would later feature quite prominently when Pompey became the head of the Roman Empire.
Jews had always been a despised, persecuted community long before Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party got into power in Germany in January 1933.
That is how one explains the founding of the Zionist Movement in the early 1890s, followed by the Balfour Declaration of November 2 1917.
They had tried to revolt against Rome in 70AD, but had been crushed by Emperor Hadrian who then changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitalina. The leader of the uprising was a little person called Bar-Cochba.
Whatever his origins and convictions were, Bar-Cochba led some 200 000 men against a considerably larger Roman legion under the command of Iulius Severus.
The Jews were routed and Jerusalem was seized as has already been stated. Many Jews fled from Palestine as the victorious Romans destroyed their homes and replaced their temple with that of Jupiter, constructed to honour their goddess Venus on Mount Golgotha and made the Jews feel really defeated.
It was during that period that some of them filed to a place that was known as ‘Bethar’ at that time, but was later named ‘Bittir’ and is quite near Jerusalem.
They built a fort there. But Emperor Hadrian did not spare any of those rebels; he massacred them where the fort’s remains still stand, and are referred to as ‘Khurbert el-Yahud’ (the Ruin of the Jews).
So, they sought refuge east, south, north and wherever else there was firm land.
However, desperate as they were, were they willing to be ruled by whomever they found, and from whomever they sought refuge and succour?
In Egypt, they had gone in search of food and took advantage of the position of one of their very own, Joseph, to settle and earn a living.
They later decided to go and settle in Canaan, the most fertile district of a much larger land, Palestine, complaining that the Egyptians were persecuting them.
It is most important to note that they claim that they were ordered by their god to go and settle in Canaan, and, that through military conquest, they would achieve their objective.
There is certainly something highly ungodly about a god who orders a people he calls ‘his very own’ to go and dispossess another people of their land and whatever else, to displace them and, eventually, overpower and rule them.
If that is not downright imperialism, it is the worst form of greed and lack of basic human feeling towards other human beings.
The British Government’s response to the request to give Jews Palestine as their homeland was most arbitrary in that there were other culturo-ethnic communities living, and had lived, there for time immemorial.
The British colonial secretary, Arthur Balfour, gave the Zionist Movement, represented by, among other personalities, one of its founders Dr Theodor Herzl, the following declaration on November 2 1917: “His majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endevours to facilitate the achievement of that object, it being understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by them in any other country.”
Readers will notice that the British Government said the Jewish people’s homeland would be ‘in Palestine’, but not that Palestine would be turned into a Jewish homeland.
Presently, however, some parts of some neighbouring states, such as East Jerusalem, formerly a territory of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, have been violently seized by Israel and incorporated into that tyrannical land.
Syria’s Golan Heights are also Israeli-occupied and have been so since the six-day-long June 1967 war.
The Egyptian-owned oil well on the Gulf of Aqaba was taken over and forced to supply Israel with oil during, and very much after, that war had ended.
We need not get into past acts of injustice committed by Israel, except only to indicate that if it were not because it has the active support of the US, Israel could not commit and sustain such crimes against its neighbours.
The British Government made the document quoted above before pulling out of its League of Nations mandate over Palestine; the United Kingdom should have grouped Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan together as a federation.
Jews could have been constitutionally encouraged to settle and invest in Palestine, and could now be playing peaceful roles in the social, economic, cultural and political development in a macro instead of their hostile micro-aggressive ethnic based state with its non-ending part in the Middle East Tragedy.
Saul Gwakuba-Ndlovu is a retired, Bulawayo-based journalist. He can be contacted on cell 0734 328 136 or through email. email@example.com