“America Don’t Worry! Israel is Behind You!”

By Nadia Hasan

I remember a few years ago walking through the wonderful narrow streets of the occupied Old city of Jerusalem, seeing a small shop managed by an old Palestinian man who was selling souvenirs to the tourists. I entered the shop, not because I wanted to buy something, I am not a tourist in my own land (despite the Zionist entity who is occupying my land allowing me to enter there just as a tourist) but because I was captured by the smell of fresh coffee that beckoned me from inside the shop. As I know my people, I knew that as soon as I set foot inside the shop I would be welcomed with this hot and stimulating beverage. I was right, after just a minute I was enjoying my drink and having a nice talk with the man. I made the rounds of his shop, looking at the hundreds small plates, pictures, colorful fabrics of all kinds of imaginative and very original T-shirts hanging on one of the walls. T-shirts with pictures of Jerusalem, with Holy Land slogans, with IDF motives (always wondering who might buy one of those!) and I saw one that scared me the most because of its realism. It was a simple T-shirt with the slogan: “America Don’t worry, Israel is behind you!”

When I left the shop I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I didn’t get it, I was thinking that the right way to say it is “Israel Don’t worry, America is behind you!” but not the opposite. Anyway, after a few minutes of confusing thoughts about who comes first, the egg or the chicken, I forget the whole thing and continued my walk in the Old city of Jerusalem.

This happened 3 years ago.

Today, watching the news and thinking of what is going on in the Arab Homeland this slogan came to my mind out of the blue and I started to realize the real meaning of it.

The recent events in Lebanon and in recent months in the Occupied Palestinian Territory of Gaza Strip proves that certain international and regional powers are continuing efforts to implement their “master plan” of chaos for the region as the first step in a greater plan to make their domination permanent.

This is not a conspiracy theory as many are saying, is just the result of decades of efforts from the imperialistic powers to gain the control of certain strategic areas in the Arab Homeland and to control Arab oil and monopolize their market. For that reason these incidents are not limited just to Lebanon. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with the huge amount of propaganda that we are not able to see the whole picture, the clear chain of events with similar patterns from the Gaza Strip to Baghdad to Somalia to Darfur to Beirut. Some elements can be different in each case, but they have one thing in common, the master colonialist project of United States and the high security risks that these events cause to its main settlement in the region, Israel. These places are strategically interconnected and the success of the US plan in the region depends being able to control them.

Today, US-led imperialism is threatening national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries. All recent interventions of imperialistic powers in different regions have resulted in divisions of countries and separation of peoples by ongoing wars. Kosovo and Iraq are just examples of the implementation of “divide and rule” policy of imperialism. And the new states that are the outcome of these policies are not more than controlled states which serve as bases for imperialistic activities.

The Arab region is not an exception and as long as the Arab ruling classes are either unable to protest or are participating in these externally designed and oriented plans, the only alternative is popular resistance. Resistance movements of any kind are just a threat for this goal.

The pro-imperialistic Arab regimes understand that their position is extremely fragile since they don’t have the support of the masses, and they compromised their own people’s sovereignty and development for the sake of their own survival. Adel Samara, in his book “Epidemic of Globalization” describes this situation very well: “As long as each regime is guarding a set of foreign interests inside the Arab Homeland, that regime has no alternative but to oppress the popular classes whose interests are in contradiction with the ruling comprador and its western capitalist allies. These interests vary from the plunder of raw material and oil to an open market where the regime becomes the agent that saturates it with foreign products and permits the spread of multinational corporations with their branches in many Arab countries chasing cheap and oppressed labor“. [1]

To protect these interests and to guarantee their share, the trickle-down reward, Arab regimes suppressed all forms of liberties and the current situation in Lebanon is just an example of that. Siniora’s government didn’t have another option than to back down the parliament decision of last week to make the communication system of Hezbollah illegal due the pressure from the supporters of the resistance, but immediately the Arab League foreign ministers have expressed support for Siniora, despite the fact that they are aware of the root cause of Lebanon’s crisis.

Israel is not standing on the sidelines in what is going on here, in fact it is very afraid that any resistance movement against its own expansionist and imperialist plans can take the control over a portion of what it considers its own domains. Israel is the central Key in this puzzle due its strategic location. For that reason, Israel is also doing its part of the deal calling the International Community to take a look of the situation in Lebanon and in the Gaza Strip and do whatever it can to stop this frightening crisis to the security of its own state. Indeed, insists that the International Community consider only the security interests of Israel alone as they attempt once again to convince us that religion and sectarian fights are the main reason for the disputes in the area. In doing so they cover the political motivations and especially the economic interests involved in the whole process.

How funny is that? Calling upon the International Community to take an action from a state who is ‘celebrating’ 60 years of occupation of others’ land, 60 years of dispossession of other people, 60 years of terror against civilians and 60 years of neglecting every single thing the international community has asked for.

If the US and all the western pro-imperialistic governments for that matters lose control over this area, the whole plan can came to an end, since they are not in a position to attack another country and take the control of all the natural resources without an some kind of convincing explanation for doing so, or at least not without a propagandistic campaign prior to the invasion to make it look like a “rescue plan” from the jaws of evil. What made the US hesitate launching new occupation is Iraqi resistance, which has truly worn down the US army. This is another reason why the target of all formal regimes in the west is resistance.

Escalation of tensions and conflicts in Lebanon and Palestine is in the American regime’s best interests because they know that no matter what happens Israel is there for doing what they have so far been doing better than anyone else: oppressing others, occupying, attacking and killing in “security’s name”, everything that is needed to make the master plan succeed. Anyway, they have more than 60 years’ experience doing just that.

Many Arabs like myself during those walks in the Old city of Jerusalem 3 years ago, developed a false thinking that the Jews control the US. This is a miserable way of thinking. Israel is the product of the interests and needs of the capitalist core two centuries before the Zionist organization of Theodor Herzl was even founded. Israel is doing a job in the Arab Homeland; its role is a functional. The last proof of that is the fact that, while Israel tried to end its aggression against Lebanon 2006 given the unsuccessful campaign, the US ordered Israel to continue until its final defeat!

And yes, America Don´t worry, Israel is behind you!

[1] Samara, Adel, Epidemic of Globalization: Ventures in World Order, Arab Nation and Zionism, pp 30, Palestine Research and Publishing Foundation

Nadia Hasan is a Palestinian activist who was born in Chile and who lives between various nations of South America and the Middle East. Her site is Palestina Resiste! and she dreams of the day when all Palestinians can exercise their Right of Return.



  1. May 19, 2008 at 16:33

    Yup. Untill its demise. When the Americans ever going to wake and say enough is enough. When the Americans are going to kick the lobby and consider it as traitors?

  2. Greg Bacon said,

    May 19, 2008 at 20:29

    Yeah, Israel is behind the US, alright. That sadistic bunch of Killer Clowns has been behind the US, humping and pumping for all they’re worth, since Israel realized, after they savagely attacked the USS Liberty, killing 34 Americans and wounding another 140+ and not paying any consequences, that’s when the Zionists realized they could get away with murder and have been pounding our backsides ever since.

    Most civilized countries have a term for that, and its called sodomy, but we tell our American bitch that’s a “special relationship.”

    Israel has been f***ing the US doggie style for so long, We the People think it’s a normal state of affairs.

    And oh, BTW, we need a couple more billion dollars and while you’re at it, go ahead and fight another war for us, against Iran.

    After that, if the world is still around, we Israeli Zionists will start humping and pumping the US again, getting you foaming at the mouth so you dumbasses will then attack Saudi Arabia.

    By then, our murderous campaign of ethnically cleansing the indigenous Palestinians should be almost complete.

    We will be a world class power, since we got our favorite bunch of mercs, the US, to fight our wars for land and water resources and you, the US, you’ll be an economic wreck, falling apart at the seams, since you wasted so much blood and treasure fighting wars for Israel.

    Think we Zionists care?

    Hell no, USA, you’re our bitch and you like it, don’t you?

  3. Bud said,

    May 20, 2008 at 02:44

    I’d like to see comment about Hasan’s concluding statement: “Many Arabs like myself during those walks in the Old city of Jerusalem 3 years ago, developed a false thinking that the Jews control the US. This is a miserable way of thinking. Israel is the product of the interests and needs of the capitalist core two centuries before the Zionist organization of Theodor Herzl was even founded.”

  4. Boris said,

    May 20, 2008 at 03:06

    Behind me???? I should be wearing a bullet proof vest & check my back for any knife sticking out!

  5. J. Morrison said,

    May 20, 2008 at 03:56

    Given that the U.S. is founded on 231+ years of occupation of Native American land, 231+ years of dispossession of indigenous peoples, 231+ years of terror against Native American civilians and 231+ years of neglecting these realities, it comes as no surprise that it’s willing to be Israel’s stooge when it comes to funding brutal occupations abroad.

  6. Timothy Bledsoe said,

    May 22, 2008 at 03:03

    I am so terribly ashamed of the my country the United States and of the idiot people. I want to take my family and leave but I don’t know where to go.

  7. Michael said,

    May 22, 2008 at 13:54

    Slaves of this system believe they are free.

    AIPAC rules America. Biggest lobby in Washington DC.

  8. Ofira Alkalay said,

    July 28, 2008 at 15:37

    ok… you guys didn’t get it… it’s a joke..
    as if.. America and Israel are “friends” but obviously Israel is kinda dependant on America…
    Israel is like Americas little sister, so when Israel says ‘don’t worry we are behind you” its not just saying Israel supports America, it’s also a kind of “chutzba” and as if small Israel is telling big strong America not to worry because they are behind it…
    as if America needs Israel… and as if Israel is that much of a big deal.. it is called self humor with a bit of attitude…

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