Please use these to replace the official Israel Apartheid Week (Palestinian Hypocrisy Week) graphics
We have yet again improved on the I.A.W. official graphics. Please use these, such as, when illustrating an article that you write, rather than the original. Distributing the original only serves to push the image higher in Search Engines.
Original and parody
The organisers make it clear that their priority is not to end alleged mistreatment of the Palestinians but to end Israel. Seventy years bring it back to 1948 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
The new twist is to describe Israel’s continuous existence as the on-going Nakba. The 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba (Arabic: النكبة, al-Nakbah, literally “disaster”, “catastrophe”, or “cataclysm”), occurred when around 700,000† Arabs left their homes, during the 1948 war. It lasted less than a year.
How do they extend that to on-going? Even though any figure coming out of the Palestine dispute is open to dispute the Palestinian Authority itself claims about five million in Gaza and the West Bank.
As with the smear labels apartheid, genocide and ethnic cleansing has ‘nakba’ been extended way beyond any common definition of the terms to a negative term to be attached to Israel without any reference to the facts? That would seem to be IAW’s intention.
The key image is iconic to the Palestinian concept of themselves as ‘returning’ to the homes their grandparents once lived in. One should ask, who takes the key to the door when they are ‘driven out’? The answer is someone who expects, shortly, to come back. Without meaning to, the metaphor of the keys reinforces the Israeli claim that, at least some of them, left at the urging of Arab leaders to make way for the Arab armies and expulsion of the Jews.
The iconic Palestine keys, as in the graphic, are always old-fashioned, large, ornate and tarnished. Most importantly they stand-out in photographs. For the record the modern pin tumbler lock was invented in 1848. In 1861 the smaller flat key with serrated edges of the classic Yale lock was introduced. Cylinder pin tumbler locks began to be manufactured in the United Kingdom about 1910. In 1928 Yale bought out the old-established British company H&T Vaughn and modern locks and keys as the standard for the British Empire including the Mandate of Palestine by .
Wrinkled, brown-skinned grandmothers waving a five centimetre long Yale-type key between two thin fingers would be much less photogenic.
Some of the reader will recognise Srulik, the small boy on the rope. He is an iconic image of the Sabra (native Israeli) spirit, similar to Uncle Sam in the United States. He was created by Israeli cartoonist Dosh(Kariel Gadosh 1921-2000).
Although he undoubtedly is still under copyright I feel Dosh would have approved his enlistment against the Israel Haters.
† The precise number of refugees, many of whom settled in refugee camps in neighbouring states, is a matter of dispute. 583,000 – 609,000 According to Efraim Karsh at the lower end – 935,000 according to Salman Abu-Sitta at the higher end. 711,000~726,000 by United Nations estimates is the commonly quoted figure, if only because we have to start somewhere.
There were 875,998 refugees in June 1951, according to the Report of the Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, which suggests that even by the liberal and unique UNRWA definition some of those receiving aid had an eye to the main chance. Not that much has changed. Latest census figures from Lebanon give a figure two-thirds less than claimed (and presumably receiving aid).
It’s not a question for this post BUT what exactly are UNRWA doing in Lebanon and Syria? Are they receiving a smaller budget because of the drastic drop in clients?