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When Benny Morris was still an historian (the “old” Morris), he documented how the Zionist objective of creating a Jewish state in Palestine by ethnically cleansing it engendered Palestinian resistance. But after he metamorphosed into a State propagandist (the “new” Morris), Morris reversed cause and effect: he purported that Palestinian jihad-ism engendered Zionist intolerance. Coming to the modern period, he alleges that “since the fin-de-siècle, Palestine Arabs had been murdering Jews on a regular basis for ethnic or quasi nationalist reasons. . . . Arab mobs had assaulted Jewish settlements and neighborhoods in a succession of ever-larger pogroms.”[1]Benny Morris, One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, p. 19. But the old Morris found that it was the very real prospect of Zionist transfer that “automatically produced resistance among the Arabs.” Morris appears also to have forgotten what he earlier wrote about Zionist resort to self-serving epithets: “anti-Zionist outbreaks were designated ‘pogroms,’ a term that belittled the phenomenon, demonized the Arabs, and, in a peculiar way, comforted the Jews—it obviated the need to admit that what they faced was a rival national movement, rather than Arabic-speaking Cossacks and street ruffians.”[2]Benny Morris, Righteous Victims: A history of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-1999 (New York: 1999), p. 136. Is this perhaps why Morris now designates Arab resistance “pogroms”?

The new Morris laments that “historians have tended to ignore or dismiss, as so much hot air, the jihadi rhetoric” of the Arabs, and he counters that “the evidence is abundant and clear” that the struggle against Zionism was conceived by Arabs “essentially as a holy war.”[3]Morris, 1948: The first Arab-Israeli war (New York: 2008), pp. 394-95. But the old Morris—i.e., when he was still a historian—himself barely mentioned the “jihadi” factor and it was Morris himself who declared that the “chief motor” of Arab opposition to Zionism was not “jihad” but, on the contrary, the “fear of territorial displacement and dispossession.” To prove that Palestinian resistance was driven by a jihadi “impulse,”[4]Ibid., p. 395.
(Morris, 1948: The first Arab-Israeli war (New York: 2008), pp. 394-95.)
the new Morris—i.e., the State propagandist—cites these statements: a “penitent land seller” swore, “I call on Allah, may He be exalted, to bear witness and swear . . . that I will be a loyal soldier in the service of the homeland”; the mufti of Egypt declared that the Jews intended “to take over . . . all the lands of Islam”; the ulema of Al-Azhar denoted it a “sacred religious duty” for “the Arab Kings, Presidents of Arab Republics, . . . and leaders of public opinion to liberate Palestine from the Zionist bands . . . and to return the inhabitants driven from their homes.”[5]Morris, One State, pp. 53-54; Morris, 1948, pp. 395-96. It would not, however, be the first or last time that God and religion were invoked in a patriotic struggle: Stalin rehabilitated the Greek Orthodox Church in the battle against Nazism, Gandhi utilized the Hindu religion at every turn in resistance to British occupation, Bush conscripted a Christian god for homeland security and the War on Terror.In fact, although the old Morris noted that “the Arab radicalization often took on a religious aspect,” and that “increasingly the points of friction with the Zionists were, or became identified with, religious symbols and values,”[6]Morris, Righteous Victims, p. 123. he nonetheless recognized that the “chief motor” of Arab resistance was fear of displacement and dispossession. The new Morris reports that “even Christian Arabs appear to have adopted the jihadi discourse”of “holy war.”[7]Morris, 1948, p. 395 But doesn’t this suggest that opposition to Zionism, although utilizing the “jihadi discourse” of “holy war,” was not “anchored in centuries of Islamic Judeophobia”?

Morris purports that, in light of their “expulsionist and, in great measure, anti-Semitic” mindset, “it is unsurprising that the Arab mobs that periodically ran amok in Palestine’s streets during the Mandate . . . screamed ‘idhbah al yahud’ (slaughter the Jews).”[8]Morris, One State, p. 106. Yet, as Yehoshua Porath observed in his magisterial study of Palestinian nationalism, although Arabs initially differentiated between Jews and Zionists, it was“inevitable” that opposition to Zionism would turn into a loathing of all Jews: “As immigration increased, so did the Jewish community’s identification with the Zionist movement. . . . The non-Zionist and anti-Zionist factors became an insignificant minority, and a large measure of sophistication was required to make the older distinction. It was unreasonable to hope that the wider Arab population, and the riotous mob which was part of it, would maintain this distinction.”[9]Yehoshua Porath, The Palestinian National Movement: From riots to rebellion (London: 1970), pp. 91-92, 165-66, 297. If the Arabs shouted “idhbah al yahud,” it was because nearly every Jew they encountered was a Zionist, who, according to the old Morris, was bent on expelling them.


[1] Benny Morris, One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, p. 19.

[2] Benny Morris, Righteous Victims: A history of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-1999 (New York: 1999), p. 136.

[3] Morris, 1948: The first Arab-Israeli war (New York: 2008), pp. 394-95.

[4] Ibid., p. 395.

[5] Morris, One State, pp. 53-54; Morris, 1948, pp. 395-96.

[6] Morris, Righteous Victims, p. 123.

[7] Morris, 1948, p. 395

[8] Morris, One State, p. 106.

[9] Yehoshua Porath, The Palestinian National Movement: From riots to rebellion (London: 1970), pp. 91-92, 165-66, 297.

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  1. Rehmat says:

    Dr. Finkelstein – I’m sure you know that Theodor Herzl or US president Harry Truman bought the so-called “Jewish state” Zionist myth because both those guys knew that a great majority of World Zionist Congress are ‘self-hating Jews’. The loved to make fun of non-Zionist Jews. They even allied themselves with Nazis and Italian Fascists.

    On March 27, 2016, America’s oldest Jewish newspaper, The Jewish Daily Forward, reported that Otto Skorzeny (Jewish), one of Mossad’s most valuable assets, was a former Lt. Col. in Germany’s Nazi Waffen-SS, and one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite commando leaders.

    “The Führer, in fact, awarded Skorzeny the army’s most prestigious medal, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, for leading the rescue operation that plucked his friend Benito Mussolini out from the hands of his captors,” Dan Raviv boasted at the newspaper.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  2. RobinG says:

    An interesting find, but what makes you think Skorzeny was a Jew? When he died in Spain, it seems he was given a Catholic funeral.
    The Nazi Who Became a Mossad Hitman

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  3. Israel … according to the Bible.

    What was the people that existed before the Jews came to the ” ” ” promised land ” ” ‘ **

    • Replies: @Wally
  4. Rehmat says:

    Could you ask your source, why Mossad would hire a Christian in such a sensitive position while destroying 13% Palestinian Christian minority to less than 1% since May 14, 1948?

    Mossad only hires Jews, no matter which ethnic or skin-color they come in.

    “The very name Jesus was for Jews a symbol of all that is abominable, and this popular tradition still persists. The Gospels are equally detested, and they are not allowed to be quoted, let alone taught, even in modern Israeli Jewish schools,” wrote late professor Israel Shahak.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  5. Rehmat says:

    Former UNHRC special envoy for the Palestinian Territories (2008-14), Dr. Richard Falk wrote in a 2012 blog post: “It’s also relevant to observe that anti-Semitism was relatively rare in the Islamic world, which upheld freedom of worship by religious minorities although claiming a hegemonic role for Islam, especially in the era of Ottoman Caliphate. Until the problem generated by Zionism, anti-Semitism was not a serious issue in the Middle East, where Jews in most Arab countries were treated as an authentic religion and a respected minority. Throughout modern history Jews suffered from European anti-Semitism with Russia considered part of Europe.”

    • Replies: @Labeyacov
  6. Religion or any other crap that distorts the truth of the facts and deny the need for objective morality behaves like a mental parasite that transforms individuals in inhumane parts of a macro-system, passive and aggressive, cozy, but at the same time, mortally demanding .

    a particularly significant portion of humans ”have the potential” to be useful idiots, that is, to defend ignorance as if it were the purest and most crystalline of the reasons.

    What were ”just” impressions and observations made by philosophers, television and social network, became real and it’s a nightmare. The average(s) human being (even the precious ”higher iq”) is incredibly stupid and the fundamental cause perhaps not only cognitive, but of a psychological nature, lack of ultimate values.

    The individual becomes a faithful. He is capable of killing his own family, best friends, for the sake of their parasite-metaphysical. They become capable of self-annihilation in favor of this beast. He becomes the state itself, become inseparable.

    It’s like Faust, the pact with the devil/ignorance.

    If psychology was a science really need and honest, would put the majority of human beings in psychiatric quarantine.

    I was always antrophobic. Now I know why.

    • Replies: @Sean
  7. RobinG says:

    Trying to change the subject? It wasn’t a position, it was a contract hit. Why? Because it was effective. And BTW, why are you giving credence to Mossad or Israel having religious ideology? Zionism is political, and subverts anything for power.

    The other why? Skorzeny did it for money (and perhaps to satisfy his own psychological or philosophical desires).

    A notorious former SS officer known as “Hitler’s commando” reportedly worked as an assassin for Israeli intelligence.

    Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny, once described by British and American intelligence as “the most dangerous man in Europe”, was secretly recruited by Mossad after the Second World War, according to Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper.

    In 1962 he assassinated a former Nazi rocket scientist, the newspaper claimed. Heinz Krug, who worked under Wernher von Braun on the programme to develop the V2 rockets that were used to devastating effect against London in the final stages of the war, disappeared without trace from Munich. He was working on a missile programme for the Egyptian government at the time.

    It has long been suspected he was targeted by Israel, nervous of its then-enemy Egypt’s intentions.

    Ha’aretz claims he was murdered by Skorzeny on Mossad’s orders.

    Fearing for his life after several other scientists on the programme received threatening letters and calls from Israel, Krug hired the former SS officer as a bodyguard.

    But he was unaware the man he had hired to protect him was a double agent working for the Israelis.

    You, Rehmat, have harsh critics here at UR. If you have any fans, you’re doing them no favors by making bald allegations. Careless inaccuracies, and suppositions based on belief rather than evidence, taint your argument.

    Otto Skorzeny Funeral And Buring His Ashes 1975

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  8. Sean says:

    Religion or any other crap that distorts the truth of the facts and deny the need for objective morality behaves like a mental parasite that transforms individuals in inhumane parts of a macro-system, passive and aggressive, cozy, but at the same time, mortally demanding

    I think religions and nations are survival machines and while individuals may decide they wish to commit suicide, peoples unusual remain faithful to their primary objective of keeping themselves going. Morris has been frank about what he thinks Israel should do to continue as a Jewish state. If they israel did decide for survival, the neocons would be cease calling for the importation of similar problems to European -majority countries, and the West might even be allowed to save itself.

    • Replies: @Santoculto
  9. @Sean

    Religion and nation are not quasi the same thing. I’m not advocating for nihilism but the basic of sanity in the basis of a nation construction or people beliefs/organizational laws.

  10. Rehmat says:

    Why would I change the subject? I’m no professional Israeli propagandist. Are you saying that the Jewish daily Forward like Wikipedia or NYT or WSJ are not part of Israel Hasbara but owned by Iran’s Press TV.

    I bet your other reliable source would try to tell us that SS Adolf Eichmann was not a Crypto Jew working for the World Zionist Movement.

    In October 2015, Carmen Bretin Lindemann, daughter of Adolf Eichmann, in an interview with TN news channel, she accused Zionist Jews of falsifying German history under Third Reich.

    “Eichmann was not a bad person, he obeyed orders, and personally did not kill anyone. The history you know is not the real one. The version you know from movies and books is cooked-up by Jews to demonize German race. But due to Jewish control over media, world accept that history,” she said.

  11. Did the Jews, even many secular, also believe that ”the grreat flood” happened **

  12. Labeyacov says:

    Sure. Just like the Grand Mufti. What ignorant fools. Continue to try to justify their Jew hatred. Sad that many of them are self-hating Jews.

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