Castro is right, so is Helen Thomas

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

Zionist supremacists from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles are ganging up on two elderly targets these days. The first is the 84-year-old Fidel Castro, a man who apparently made up his mind about Zionism more than six decades ago. And the second is 89-year-old veteran American journalist Helen Thomas.

Castro’s crime was a few passing remarks he uttered recently, saying that the Swastika has become Israel’s real flag.

    “It would seem that the Fuehrer’s (Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s) Swastika is today Israel’s banner.” The ex-Cuban leader added that “the hatred felt by the state of Israel against the Palestinians is such that they wouldn’t hesitate to send the one and a half million men, women and children of that country to the crematoria where millions of Jews of all ages were exterminated by the Nazis.”

As to Thomas’s, she has been vilified and demonized for saying that all Ashkenazi Jews who had immigrated to Palestine from their native East European states, such a Poland, should go back to their native homelands.

Castro and Thomas didn’t cry blaspheme. Their remarks, though courageous, are factually true.

When speaking of the Swastika becoming Israel’s banner, Fidel Castro was only voicing what millions of people around the world are saying and whispering. In the final analysis, when Israel thinks, behaves and acts like Nazi Germany, Israel can be and should be compared with Nazi Germany.

For so many years, Israel and her immoral supporters and spin doctors have been utilizing the holocaust to justify Israel’s own slow-motion holocaust against the Palestinian people and other peoples in the Middle East.

Now, given her manifestly nefarious behavior, one can safely state that Israel is indulging in actions and behaviors that qualify her for the Nazi epithet. To be sure, this is not a new discovery. In a certain sense, one can claim that Israel has always been a Nazi state in one way or the other..

In the final analysis, the extirpation and partial annihilation of an entire people from their ancestral homeland is a Nazi act par excellence. Even Jews recognize this fact.

Hence, Israel and its hypocritical supporters can’t have it both ways, namely behave and act like as the Nazis behaved and acted, and at the same time continue to enjoy the fruits of the holocaust industry.

In the final analysis, European Jewry didn’t perish in order to leave propaganda ammunition for later-day Zionists to cover up genocidal crimes against another Semitic people, the Palestinians.

Castro’s courageous remarks have actually been echoed by many Jewish leaders both in Israel and abroad.

For example, Sir Gerald Kaufman, the veteran British Labor MP, remarked a few years ago that “Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism.”

Kaufman compared the actions of Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip with the Nazis who forced his family to flee to Poland.

Kaufman, who was brought up as an Orthodox Jew and Zionist, argued eloquently that Israeli crimes made the Star of David look like the Nazi Swastika.

“My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her hometown. A German soldier shot her dead in the bed.

“My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”

And, one might add, nor did they perish in order to provide a cover for Israeli soldiers massacring innocent aid activists in international waters in order to starve and savage 1.7 million men, women, and children in Gaza.

And now the Helen Thomas’s story. Responding to a passing question, the elderly veteran White House correspondent said that the ultimate solution for the Palestinian question should see European Jewry return home, to Poland, even to America.

Well, what is wrong with this most logical observation? For sure, some Jews have the right to live in Palestine, as equal and dignified citizens, but not as masters of violence and land thieves.

However, Jews, or more correctly descendants of converts to Judaism originating in the Khazar region, have no automatic right to claim Palestine as their patrimony especially if that dubious right is exercised at the Palestinian people’s expense.

Even religiously and theologically, there is no religious text in the Old Testament stating that the Almighty promised Jews a homeland in Palestine. There is a promise to the Israelites but not to Jews. Needless to say, the Israelites and Jews are not the same people since there are more Israelites, or descendants of Jacob or Israel, who are non-Jews than there are Jews.

Indeed, there is ample evidence that hundreds of thousands of modern-day Palestinians are descendants of the ancient Israelites? So, is it logical to say that Khazari converts have more right to Palestine than these Arabic-speaking Muslims and Christians who have been living in the land from time immemorial, certainly centuries before an Austrian Jewish Journalist envisioned a “Jewish” homeland in the land of the Palestinians.

Of course, Zionist leaders, who are actually pathological liars with little or no rectitude , can continue to repeat the stale historical lie, that “this is our eternal homeland.”

But the truth is that Palestine has never been the exclusive homeland of Jews. And the wheel of history doesn’t stop rolling.

Khalid Amayreh is a journalist living in Palestine. He obtained his MA in journalism from the University of Southern Illinois in 1983. Since the 1990s, Mr. Amayreh has been working and writing for several news outlets among which is, Al-Ahram Weekly, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), and Middle East International. He can be reached through