Is that possible??

Benny Morris exposes his nasty side

By Alex Kane

Israeli historian Benny Morris is famous for being part of the “New Historians” of Israel that exposed a great deal of Zionist myths about the founding of the state of Israel, including the falsehood that leaders of surrounding Arab states told Palestinians to leave their homes, and that they listened.  The truth, of course, is that there was a deliberate policy of expulsion carried about by Jewish forces, and that many Palestinians fled and became refugees because they were fearful for their lives.

Morris obviously has had a huge impact on the discourse on Israel/Palestine.  But he’s also an ardent Zionist who routinely expresses racist attitudes towards Arabs and Palestinians.  In a piece he wrote for Tablet magazine, where he interviews Israeli President Shimon Peres, he asks Peres:

Perhaps ending the 1948 war with this demographic was a mistake?

Peres: No, moral considerations took priority over demographic considerations. Ben-Gurion knew that every war and conflict takes place twice—once on the battlefield and then in the history books. He didn’t want things to be written in the history books that were in dissonance with the foundations of Judaism. He really believed that without a moral priority there is no existence for the Jewish people. To expel he saw as contrary to his moral values.

Morris’ question reveals a lot: he obviously doesn’t consider Palestinians as human beings.  Referring to them as “this demographic” is deeply dehumanizing, and he also seems to be suggesting that Israel should have just expelled all of the Palestinians in the 1948 war.

This is not a new revelation, however.  Morris is on record as saying that he is quite alright with ethnically cleansing Palestinians, and that it was a mistake to not “finish the job” in 1948.

This is from an interview published in Ha’aretz, via Counterpunch ( Morris’ answers are bolded by me):

They perpetrated ethnic cleansing.

“There are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing. I know that this term is completely negative in the discourse of the 21st century, but when the choice is between ethnic cleansing and genocide – the annihilation ofyour people – I prefer ethnic cleansing.”

And that was the situation in 1948?

“That was the situation. That is what Zionism faced. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population. It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on.”

The term `to cleanse’ is terrible.

“I know it doesn’t sound nice but that’s the term they used at the time. I adopted it from all the 1948 documents in which I am immersed.”

What you are saying is hard to listen to and hard to digest. You sound hard-hearted.

“I feel sympathy for the Palestinian people, which truly underwent a hard tragedy. I feel sympathy for the refugees themselves. But if the desire to establish a Jewish state here is legitimate, there was no other choice. It was impossible to leave a large fifth column in the country. From the moment the Yishuv [pre-1948 Jewish community in Palestine] was attacked by the Palestinians and afterward by the Arab states, there was no choice but to expel the Palestinian population. To uproot it in the course of war.”



  1. phishy said,

    July 28, 2010 at 19:39

    It’s funny to hear them speak of the need to create Israel for face genocide. What genocide? The war was over in Europe, the threat of the Nazi death(work) camps was gone. Could they not return to the homelands they all came from? Are they that racist that they simply can not live among those of us fortunate enough not to be one of “Gods Chosen People” ?

    Jews, before the creation if Israel, were completely out numbered in Palestine, they were the minority, and yet, they lived in peace and harmony with their Arab brothers. What the f#ck happened? How can they go through WW2 and the horrors of Nazism, being forcefully removed from their homelands, then turn around and use that as justification for doing THE EXACT SAME THING.

    If despising the actions of the state of Israel, and the horrors they have and are bringing onto the people of Palestine, and the rest of the world, makes me anti-semetic, well….. I wear THAT gold star with pride.

    I’m not a religious person, and it pains me to think a human being could honestly think they are more human than I because of some stupid collection of written words stolen from many different sources. It makes me sick to think of Government sponsored racism, terror, and murder.

    But if I was a religious person, be it muslim, christian or jew, I’d have a hard time supporting Israel as those Hebrews are from Eastern Europe and are no way related to the people in the bible. Those people, according to DNA, are the very people being exterminated in Gaza right now.

    So if I was a Jew, I’d have to side with them, as they are gods chosen people.

    If I was a christian, I’d have a hard time supporting Israel as they killed Jesus, who arguable was the first Jew. they worship a false god.

    If I were muslim, well, I don’t know what I’d think as being in the Western world I can’t learn about Islam for fear of being labeled a terrorist.

    This much I know for sure, if I was a Jew during ww2, I would have killed any damned german i could get withing choking range of. If I were a Palestinian i’d be doing more than throwing rocks, and I would be shot in the street like most children there.

  2. Amerikagulag said,

    July 28, 2010 at 21:46

    The phoney state of Israel is collapsing under the weight of its own lies.

  3. the cook said,

    July 29, 2010 at 03:38


  4. michael mazur said,

    July 29, 2010 at 05:46

    phishy, Jeff Prager last month said this on Facebook;

    `I was born a Jew. An Ashkenazi Jew, a Khazar. I had, as a child, very elderly relatives with numbers tattooed on their upper arms. A dozen of them. So I have EVERY RIGHT to ask questions and of course I was certain that I would confirm everything I had been taught in my very American schooling. I was wrong. I confirmed NOTHING and found a wealth of evidence that discredits the mainstream perspective so much so that it appears that at this point a Holocaust as it’s described historically just NEVER happened.`

    He gives several references at the end of his Holocaust Denying article which he found persausive.

    He should be given a hearing, and commended for his courage even if you may not agree with him.

  5. Eric Vaughan said,

    July 30, 2010 at 20:04

    Yes, so they could have a launchpad to get that oil! That was over 60 years ago, so I guess they’ll need a North American Holocaust in a must-win situation. (That just might’ve been the point of a 9/11 hoax all along.)

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