By Mazin Qumsiyeh
11 Nov 2023 – The Israeli government just downgraded the number of those killed in October 7 attack to 1200 from 1400. Haaretz Newspaper was able to name less than 980 (some yet to be identified). George Galloway wrote: “The foul allegations of rape have been dropped by the Israeli government. The forty beheaded babies has been downscaled to one dead baby, not beheaded, and killed by persons unknown.” Does the truth of what happened on October 7 matter? Yes it does because it is used to justify an ongoing genocide (of course nothing justifies genocide even exaggerated and fabricated stories). But why do many western leaders and western media parrot Israeli lies and not just about 7 October but for the past 75 years of committing atrocities against a largely defenseless Palestinian population? DOES THE TRUTH MATTER? The links below are a glimpse of the overwhelming body of evidence about Israeli/Zionist lies. You be the judge. In the end I will say why this is important if not CRITICAL to achieve peace.
The Zionist movement literally threw Palestinians into the sea (loading boats in Haifa and Jaffa) in 1948 to sent them to Lebanon and Gaza, Only AFTER this ethnic cleansing, they came up with the lie that Palestinians were going to throw Jews into the sea (see http://qumsiyeh.org/sharingthelandofcanaan/).
From these early lies sprung many others over the past 75 years. A book should be written about this as it is the most remarkable set of orchestrated lies in the history of global colonization. Here are some information and links from ongaza.org about lies and then I add a comment on why these lies will contribute to the end of the Israeli apartheid regime. Since western media puppets always start with the events of October 7, ignore history, ignore lies, and ignore preplanned and executed genocide, we can start with 7 October.lies about Hamas atrocities (beheading 40 babies, raping women, burning people alive etc.):
see also Why is Israel trying to HIDE this hostage interview?
Fabricating a picture of a burnt baby https://www.facebook.com/mazin.qumsiyeh.9/posts/pfbid0471gNBRhrK4iySTFbvt5qNvet6GMgywH7TdUnRsqVw7G1UWgdAA6y9SjsFjGHBnol
Israeli forces shot at their own civilians
also look up Hannibal doctrine.There were false flag operations like the Lavon Affair, or the bombing of Jewish community centers in Iraq to blame it on locals and scare Iraqi Jews to leave their country. Hasbara (propaganda) is a very common Zionist tactic to advance their project of colonization. During the October 2023 incidents Israeli leaders lied about Hamas killing and beheading babies, about Israeli soldiers killing Israeli citizens, or even about wanting peace and set the stage for ongoing genocide.
The Lavon Affair: Israel and Terror in Egypt http://www.mideastweb.org/lavon.htm
Three Worlds: Memoirs of an Arab-Jew (about Israel’s false flag operations targeting Jews to drive them out of Iraq) https://books.google.ps/books?id=XTWUEAAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y
Israel killed an American citizen and lied about it https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/24/middleeast/shireen-abu-akleh-jenin-killing-investigation-cmd-intl/index.html
This UN report on the shelling of a UN Compound that killed civilians (Qana massacre 1996 that contradict Israeli lies).https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N96/117/52/IMG/N9611752.pdf
https://youtu.be/ergrmLKmv7IThe current prime Minister Netanyahu is well known for lying to foreigners. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz (7/15/01) reported that: “… giving his audience (Likud leaders) a bit of advice on how to deal with foreign interviewers (Benjamin Netanyahu said): ‘Always, irrespective of whether you’re right or not, you must always present your side as right’”.
In private and thinking he is not taped, he gives a more candid assessment of where he stands: https://www.facebook.com/mazin.qumsiyeh.9/posts/10160919216451181
Israel’s history of lies
Israel lies to manufacture a case for genocide
Taking responsibility and then lying
https://twitter.com/dancohen3000/status/1714357542879457390Israel lied when it said an errant Islamic Jihad rocket fell in Al-Ahli hospital courtyard killing 471 civilians: https://sputnikglobe.com/20231018/what-could-have-triggered-gazas-deadly-hospital-blast-1114287684.html
Israeli history of attacking medical facilities
Hospital warned two and four days before it was targeted
UN says Israel intentionally and recklessly killed Journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh (a US Ctizen) https://www.ifj.org/media-centre/news/detail/category/press-releases/article/israel-un-concludes-that-idf-intentionally-or-recklessly-killed-palestinian-journalist-shireen-abu-akleh
Killing Aljazeera Correspondent’s Family Days After Blinken Demands the Channel’s Coverage be ‘Toned Down’
(Dozens of journalists were killed in 1 month in Gaza. Why target journalists and not allow others into Gaza if you have nothing to hide)
The self-declared “I am zionist” US president Biden questioned the number of people killed in Gaza as documented by the Ministry of Heath so in response, the ministry released the data with names, ages, and ID card numbers (Biden has no shame to dehumanize Palestinians and start to lie on behalf of his pimps. The list released did not include the names of the reported missing who are likely dead under the rubble.
You can find the list of names here but this grows daily by hundreds https://tinyurl.com/2y7fkrac
Now I did not expect everyone to look through the above in detail because of its length. But it is actually a tiny glimpse of a 75 year history of lies and myths that are used by a movement that never had any moral or logical justifcation for its existence. Zionists lie because they have to justify stealing land from indigenous people and to transform a multi-ethnic multi-cultural and multi-religious society to a Jewish state with countless laws that discriminate against the remaining Palestinians kept in Ghettos/concentration camps. Truth matters because lies and myths justify colonization, ethnic cleansing, and now accelerated genocide (2.3 million without food or water or medicines while their hospitals are taken out of service). As the lies are exposed Zionists resort to their last card: weaponizing “anti-Semitism” but even this trick is not working as opposition to the apartheid colonial regime comes from every quarter including hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world. Here is Dan Lieberman explaining how Israel is using the last card it has to defend the indefensible genocide https://dlieb10gmailcom.substack.com/p/a-call-to-action and see this on weaponization of anti-Semitism https://youtu.be/qJfYXVI_-Dc
Israel’s Military Rabbi Amichai Friedman: “This is the happiest month of my life… We’re finally realizing who we are. All of this land is ours. The entire land, including Gaza & Lebanon… We will destroy everyone” he said to cheering Israeli soldiers https://x.com/muhammadshehad2/status/1721239223091536228?s=20
This and other genocidal statements listed at ongaza.org plus the history of lies to sugar coat genocide (of which a glimpse is above) should shed any remaining fdoubt about why we must utilize all possible tools of resistance (especially truth telling, boycotts, divestments, sanctions) to end the nightmare.
If Martin Luther King was alive today, would he have made a similar speech about the US support of the genocide in Palestine to the speech a he made about Vietnam? Read his speech and judge for yourself https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm
But if not convinced, here is more about MLK Jr including his letter about Israel’s aggression
http://qumsiyeh.org/martinlutherking/Get a glimpse of Gaza that is now subject to genocide. Note that the photographer interviewed is a Christian Marwant Tarazi who was killed with his wife, a child, and many Chistians when Israel bombed of the church compound hey were sheltering in
A letter from a person who chose to stay in Gaza city despite the illegal and immoral order for ethnic cleansing of North Gaza
Remarks at media briefing by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk following visit to Rafah, Egypt.
Democrats are feeling the pressure of public sentiment in the US for ceasefire (will Biden sac his Zionist secretary of state and replace his his Zionist VP and change course to ensure a second term or will it be the orange monster Trump again?). Will the US and Israel implode anyway? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/calls-for-congress-ceasefire-gaza-israel_n_654d4d0ce4b0373d70b16b0f
Stay Human, keep Palestine alive, stay tuned and act
Mazin Qumsiyeh, associate professor of genetics and director of cytogenetic services at Yale University School of Medicine, is founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-president of the Middle East Genetics Association.
13 November 2023