I am in pain. This diary will not be a reasoned presentation of fact. I do not want to make a reasoned statement of fact, even if I could, which is doubtful.
The very title of this diary is not a reasonable statement of fact.
It is the slogan which has been used for well over a century to justify the “supposedly” reasonable Jewish takeover, invasion, acquisition, domination of Palestine. Palestine is seen as “…a land without a people…”, an empty space which the Jewish people, the “…people without a land…”, can claim as their own and set up the state of Israel.
The FACT that this mode of thinking continues into the 21st century is a profound tragedy and a frightening indication that the human species might become extinct. This mode of thinking, of seeing others as less than human, less important, non-existent even, is the basis of war and injustice.
Einstein refered to this mode of thinking when he said that — with the splitting of the atom, everything has changed save man’s [sic] way of thinking and thus we drift toward unimaginable peril — to a space where we must ask along with the Palestinian poet:
Where shall the birds fly after the last sky?
by Mahmoud Darwish
Please fly on beneath the fold…