Partition blues are only for the Jews


History has seen many countries and geographical areas divided by partition. In Europe, two recent examples are Belgian and Luxembourg. Both countries were established by partitioning off southern parts of the kingdom of the Netherlands in the 1800s. Historical and present-day geographical partitions are usually due to existing ethnic, religious, cultural and language divisions and tensions, and this was the case behind the creation of the modern kingdom of Belgian and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The countries we now call Belgian and Luxembourg were once part of the Netherlands. In 1830, the Catholic Flemish and French speakers of south Netherlands (an area traditionally called the ‘Low Countries) rebelled against the northern Protestant provinces and the ruling Protestant House of Orange-Nassau, and in 1831 the kingdom of Belgian was created. An interesting and amusing fact in this is that despite the creation of Catholic Belgian, it did little to quell the tensions between the Catholic Flemish and Catholic French speakers, tensions that continue to this day. Despite sharing a Catholic faith, Flemish and French speakers of Belgian share little else.

Of course, there are numerous other examples of partitions around the globe, some famous examples being Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Korea, Kosovo, Sudan, to name just a few. It was only in 1993 when the country once called Czechoslovakia partitioned into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Of course, whilst not every partition has happened for the same reasons, the underlying issues are usually the same, simmering ethnic, religious, cultural and language differences.

After World War II Europe’s borders, particularly in central and Eastern Europe, changed radically, and with that came huge population displacements, transfers, and resettlements. The Sudetenland Germans were expelled from what was then Czechoslovakia, despite those Germans having lived in the region for almost a thousand years. Ethnic Germans, Poles and Hungarians were displaced from many parts of Eastern Europe. Modern day Gdansk was once the city of Danzig, part of the Duchy of Prussia.

You might not know this, but we now live in a stupid time with many stupid people. Our media is filled with profoundly stupid people. Our education system has been hijacked by radical Marxist ignoramus activists. What intrigues me is that so many stupid people, particularly stupid young people, seem to think that there has only ever been one country created from partition, the country called Israel. I can guarantee you that these stupid people, such as those who populate the now weekly festivals of Jew hatred across the West, are unaware of the other countries created by partitions due to ethnic, religious, cultural and language differences, and I can guarantee you that few would know anything about the greatest partition of all, the partition of the Indian subcontinent in August 1947 when the British decided to partition India between Hindus and Muslims, and with the stroke of a pen created modern day India and Muslim West and East Pakistan. At midnight on 14 August 1947, the Indian subcontinent was divided up into three geographical entities and two political entities, Muslim West Pakistan, Muslim East Pakistan, and Hindu India. The partition of August 1947 initiated one of the largest mass population transfers, replacements and resettlements of men, women, and children in human history, and the partition resulted in the mass slaughter of men, women, and children. It was saturated in bloodshed, a much bloodier event than the partition of British Mandate Palestine less than a year later. Once partition came into being, over the following hours, days, weeks and months, millions of people were forced to flee to safety, and millions were butchered. We will never know how many lives were lost in those hours, days, weeks, and months that followed the stroke of that pen at midnight in August 1947, but the conservative estimate is at least one million men, women and children were slaughtered. They were dragged off trains, raped, hacked to death, shot, bayoneted, and beheaded.

But even that partition did not resolve existing ethnic, cultural, social, and religious tensions. In 1971, less than twenty-four years after the subcontinent partition and bloodshed of 1947, the region once known as East Pakistan broke away from West Pakistan and the result that ensued was not just a bloody and vicious civil war, but also a full-scale invasion of East Pakistan by West Pakistan. It is estimated that up to 3 million Bengali Hindus and Muslims (Muslims never seem to have a problem murdering their own) were butchered by the West Pakistani army, over 10 million Bengali Hindu and Muslim refugees fled to India, and within what is now Bangladesh a further 30 million men, women and children were displaced.

Through history partitions have been traumatic and catastrophic, they involve the loss of human life along with the mass transfer and resettlement of peoples. Do you ever hear or read anything about Cyprus? No, of course you do not. Do you hear much about Kosovo? No, of course you do not. The Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 was a bloody and brutal event and it remains illegal under international law. The invasion resulted in the mass murder and displacement of thousands of Greek Cypriots, and since 1974 Turkey has steadily settled mainland Turks in what is now Turkish Cyprus, in houses and on land that once belonged to Greek Cypriots. But you do not hear any words of condemnation from organisations like the United Nations. The hypocrisy is staggering.

Yet here we are in 2024, and the world remains obsessed with only one historical partition, the partition that created the Jewish homeland now called Israel. Israel is the one Jewish country on the planet. Many demonise this one tiny Jewish state, many seek to delegitimise this one tiny Jewish state, many aim to cancel this one tiny Jewish state, many want to wipe this one tiny Jewish state off the map, and many desire the extinguishment and extermination of the Jewish inhabitants of this one tiny Jewish state.

Of course, the partition of British mandate Palestine remains incomplete, but that is not the fault of the Zionists in 1948, nor is it the fault of successive Israeli governments. No, that incomplete partition was and remains the fault of the Arabs, including the Palestinian Arabs, who rejected and still reject the original partition plan, who refused and still refuse to share the land with Jews, who declared war on the new Jewish state in 1948, and who have subsequently launched many wars against the Jewish state, the most recent being on 7 October 2023, and who, since 1948, have rejected every single peace plan and initiative. 

So why, despite numerous partitions across the globe, is there this obsession with Israel? On the weekends our cities ring out with the cries and screeches from progressives and Muslims chanting the homicidal “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

It is a pity these same people could not be consistent with their outrage. You might ask, why are there not similar protests every week lamenting the partitions of India, Sudan, Cyprus, Ireland and so on? You might ask, where are the endless UN resolutions against Turkey for its invasion of Cyprus fifty years ago? You might ask, why are there are not UN organisations devoted to refugees from other partitions? You might ask, why is there a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) which, as its name suggests, is solely concerned with Palestinian refugees from 1948 and their descendants? No other refugee or ethnic group gets their own UN agency. No other group of people on the planet has been accorded such special privileges. Why haven’t Palestinian refugees been resettled in neighbouring countries, just like the Sudetenland Germans were resettled in West Germany after World War II? Instead, Palestinian refugees have been deliberately left in refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan to be used as political pawns, and generations of Palestinian Arabs have been told the big lie that one day they will return to their homes in Haifa, Lod, Jaffa and so on. So it begs the question, why aren’t our indoctrinated and militant university activists and radicals asking these questions and protesting other injustices? What about the right of return for Sudetenland Germans, for Greek Cypriots, for Kosovan Serbs, for Anatolian Armenians? Yet there are no protests in the streets about this, instead there is deafening silence. Why the selectivity? Why the hypocrisy? There are two words…..Jew hatred.


91 responses to “Partition blues are only for the Jews”

  1. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    Thank you Cassie.

    Very well put. All of it.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Very well said, Cassie. What’s usually overlooked is that in 1947, the bulk of the Palestinian left their lands, voluntarily, at the behest of their leaders, who promised them they could return when the “Jews had been driven into the sea.”

  3. Mak Siccar Avatar
    Mak Siccar

    I echo duncanm’s sentiments . Thanks Cassie.

  4. P Avatar
    P

    This is excellent.

    I thank you Cassie.

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    On the weekends our cities ring out with the cries and screeches from progressives and Muslims chanting the homicidal “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

    Their forebears are those who fell for the North Vietnamese propaganda machine, about how the North Vietnamese were a bunch of gallant Robin Hoods, fighting for a re-unified Vietnam, and marched through the streets chanting “Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh – the N.L.F. is gunna win.” After 1975, there were sixty thousand summary executions, two hundred thousand starved to death or died from disease in the ‘re-education” camps, and nobody knows how many boat people were drowned, or murdered by pirates…

  6. Kneel Avatar
    Kneel

    “There are two words…..Jew hatred.”

    Maybe.
    Or maybe the two words are “oil” and “islam”.
    Admittedly, the second encompasses your two words…

  7. Robert the Irish Scot Avatar
    Robert the Irish Scot

    Thank you Cassie,

    Very well said and, clearly established facts.

    For the past 4 months I have been trying to point out these facts to many ignorant people. Irrespective of the age group from the younger generation through to my own (now 70+ myself) generation and with only a very, very few, all without exception have a blank look on their faces as much to say that is not correct.

    When I suggest that they actually read/study at least some history (as in at least the last 100 or so years the look of shear arrogance and I might say ineptitude is very clear to see.

    I have even offered to buy for several people a copy of Martin Gilberts “The Holocaust Years”, “Never Despair”, William Shirers “The Nightmare Years” just to name a very, very small sample and again I get “oh I cannot be bothered responses”.

    Keep up the great work young lady, whether we win or not I live by the saying, ” Better to die standing up than to live on my knees”.

  8. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Kneel, yes, at the heart of this conflict is Islam and its Jew-hatred. We see that in the way some Islamic preachers in the welcoming West, and certainly in Iran, continue with the invective against only this one ethnic group. It is an old and embedded ideology, full of false ‘truths’. In past ages, Christianity did its bit to promulgate this hatred too, and that also lingered in a cultural memory, as we saw in Britain and other democracies prior to World War 2. The WASP vs the Jews was a cultural feature in both New York and London society at that time. One might have thought it had diminished in recent years, but the current situation of Israel fighting for its UN declared right to exist as a partitioned nation, has brought up all of the old tropes.

    Thanks Cassie for an excellent piece on the singularity of attention to Israel’s partition in comparison to all others, something neglected in the coverage I’ve read so far and that should be discussed by a wider audience. (I’d suggest a small rewrite – it’s Belgium, not the adjectival Belgian, and tightening of detail – and submitting it to Quadrant Online to place it more firmly on the public record.)

  9. dopey Avatar
    dopey

    Oil and Islam. Israel has no oil. Sinai Desert has oil fields. Israel handed back the Sinai to Egypt as part of the peace agreement.

  10. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    What about the right of return for Sudetenland Germans, for Greek Cypriots, for Kosovan Serbs, for Anatolian Armenians?

    East Prussians? Pomeranians?

  11. Ceres Avatar
    Ceres

    Thank you Cassie for a quick history lesson on the partitions that have alreafy occurred. A timely reminder.

  12. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    In many ways the Arab-Israel wars is just another of the many local civil wars left over from the break-up of empires after the Great War. Slovaka and Chechia and the provinces of Yugoslavia are examples that festerred for decades until resolved a good part of a century later. Jews and Arabs both have legitimate claims to statehood but each for very different reasons. The refusal by Arabs to acknowledege the legitimacy of Jewish claims, and international support of that lack of acknowledgement, is the reason their small almost insignificant local civil war hasn’t been allowed to be resolved.

  13. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    What surprises me is not the hatred from Islam, that’s a given.

    What really stuns me is the abject ignorance and stupidity from so many in the West.

    Ignorance of history, ignorance and stupidity in not seeing Islam’s true intent, stupidity of not recognising the threat to the west and their very existence (most sharply brought into focus with the ‘Blair’s law’ microcosm of the left simultaneously championing Palestine and LGBTqwerty)

    Cassie said it well:
    .. we now live in a stupid time with many stupid people. Our media is filled with profoundly stupid people

    There’s also a meme going around which says something similar. Its along the lines of..
    we used to think people were ignorant, not stupid; but with technology that gives us access to all of humanity’s knowledge at our fingertips, it is clear that it is indeed stupidity, not ignorance

  14. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    (I’d suggest a small rewrite – it’s Belgium, not the adjectival Belgian, and tightening of detail – and submitting it to Quadrant Online to place it more firmly on the public record.)

    Lizzie, thank you so much and apologies to all. I did a spell and grammar check, and when I looked at “Belgian” I thought it didn’t look right but I was tired and anxious to send it to Dover to upload!

  15. Dragnet Avatar
    Dragnet

    Great stuff ! Hypocrisy, double standards and dumb-arse ignorance are the standard fare in contemporary “debate”.

  16. WolfmanOz Avatar
    WolfmanOz

    Great piece Cassie.

    Thank you for posting.

  17. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    What really stuns me is the abject ignorance and stupidity from so many in the West.

    Ignorance that in every instance of antisemitism in the past, always with unquestionable evidence, it was found later there was no evidence. That alone should make anyone suspect mass slanders about Jews are most likely, most probably certainly, based on false evidence.

    That should be the lessson learned from the past about this.
    It’s not taught in Holocaust education.

  18. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    Cassie, this is a superb historical reminder of the extraordinary cognitive dissonance – to put it charitably – of those (particularly the non Islamic dissenters) whose focus is solely on the so-called dispossession of the Palestinians.

    While one can reasonably advance the impoverishment of the modern history syllabus across this country as an explanation for the ignorance of the other examples of dispossession, the readiness to attack Israel is too profound to ignore.

    I have never understood anti-Semitism. But I can think of no other plausible reason for what is an unhinged attack on the Jewish nation, and indeed, Jewish communities throughout the world.

    It is so hard for me to understand. For me – Israel is an extraordinary nation of smart, courageous, hard working people who honour the traditions and achievements of their forbears. These are virtues that we should celebrate.

  19. Winston Smith Avatar

    Dopey:
    Oil
    More oil.
    more oil.
    OK, not a lot of oil, but there appears to be a fair amount of natural gas.
    The issue, of course, is how much it costs to get out of the ground and the cost to make it secure against terrorists.
    Israel is better off using nuclear energy to generate power and fissile material.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    From the Oz. Benny Morris is required reading on the Palestinian issue.

    UL
    20 hours ago
    Many Israelis are very religious but when the history of the Palestinian dispossession and oppression is written no Israeli will be able to claim ignorance of what was done in their name.
    Robert
    19 hours ago
    (Edited)
    PAUL
    Historian Benny Morris letter to the Irish Times:- part 1
    Israel and the Palestinians Thu Feb 21 2008 – 00:00
    Madam, – Israel-haters are fond of citing – and more often, mis-citing – my work in support of their arguments. Let me offer some corrections. The Palestinian Arabs were not responsible “in some bizarre way” (David Norris, January 31st) for what befell them in 1948. Their responsibility was very direct and simple. In defiance of the will of the international community, as embodied in the UN General Assembly Resolution of November 29th, 1947 (No. 181), they launched hostilities against the Jewish community in Palestine in the hope of aborting the emergence of the Jewish state and perhaps destroying that community. But they lost; and one of the results was the displacement of 700,000 of them from their homes. It is true, as Erskine Childers pointed out long ago, that there were no Arab radio broadcasts urging the Arabs to flee en masse; indeed, there were broadcasts by several Arab radio stations urging them to stay put. But, on the local level, in dozens of localities around Palestine, Arab leaders advised or ordered the evacuation of women and children or whole communities, as occurred in Haifa in late April, 1948. And Haifa’s Jewish mayor, Shabtai Levy, did, on April 22nd, plead with them to stay, to no avail.
    Most of Palestine’s 700,000 “refugees” fled their homes because of the flail of war (and in the expectation that they would shortly return to their homes on the backs of victorious Arab invaders). But it is also true that there were several dozen sites, including Lydda and Ramla, from which Arab communities were expelled by Jewish troops. ——

  21. Buccaneer Avatar
    Buccaneer

    The history of Kosovo is worth reading for those so inclined.

    The Scottish Clearances are also worth finding out about, huge dislocation of people with absolutely no recourse.

    Also, the history of the frisians is worth a read, many think Frisian is a close relative to the English language.

  22. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    Another factor not well known is Arab immigration into “Palestine” during the Mandate period – estimates are from about a third to half the Arab population of 1948. Also calling them refugees is a misnomer – internal displaced persons, still within their territory, as they knew it, of the Syrian provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Like “refugees” from (say) Sydney to Newcastle, but not even that far from their home – same language, same foods, same climate, same culture.

    The whole conflict is an anti-Jewish hoax, an invented rationale for perpetual warfare against Jews. What we’ve seen on the international front immediately after 7th October right into our local cities shows how successful it is.

  23. Old School Conservative Avatar
    Old School Conservative

    oh I cannot be bothered

    Far too prevalent Robert, actually endemic in Western society.
    For example, reading Cassie’s post would take far too much time and effort for most people. TikTok, X, and short Instagram posts are the medium today and the message of discrimination against Jews is far too rich in detail to be addressed by those with short attention spans.
    Just what to do about it though? I don’t have an answer, but I do respect your efforts in pointing out the facts to ignorant people.

  24. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Thanks, Cass.

    Staggering stupidity, hypocrisy and ahistorical ignorance is a dangerous and often deadly combination.

    Never forget, the “invented rationale for perpetual warfare against Jews” is incessantly megaphoned by the poisonous inbred slugs that populate the braindead lamestream meeja. The latter are as culpable and complicit for example, as the evil imbeciles “running” UNWRA.

    Cyprus – fantastic example – yep, we don’t hear much about that anymore.

    Given how prone the Christmas voting plastic türkiyes are to the gobbling.

  25. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Priorities of mainstream Jewish communal organisations over the last two decades….

    1. Cosy up to the multiculti brigade.

    2 Cosy up to Muslim organisations.

    3. Spruik every progressive cause from SSM to da Voice to trans gunk.

    4. Insist that the real threat to Australian Jews are Grampian Nazis so these communal organisations have pushed to ban the collecting and wearing of Nazi memorabilia and insignias. This ban has come into effect today. It is now illegal to fly the Nazi swastika flag, you will be charged and you could face a prison sentence of up to twelve months.

    But meanwhile, in the real world, Nazis are running amok, from Greens politicians to leftists to Muslims, and they’re laughing. Jew hatred is fashionable. After all, according to one Greens senator, we Jews are garbage.

    I will remind people here that we are yet to see anyone charged from that dreadful evening on 9 October 2023, when frothing and foaming Muslims and leftists (one of whom was the son of a current NSW Labor minister) danced in front of the Sydney Opera House screaming, shouting, and screeching “kill the Jews” and “gas the Jews’.

    I will remind people that every weekend our CBDs are saturated with Jew hatred, where Muslims and leftists screech, scream and shout “from the river to the sea”, which is a call for genocide.

    I will remind people that our Waffen Police have stood back and allowed all of this to happen. We’re told they are ‘monitoring’ the situation, I can only presume that the monitoring will stop when there are dead Jewish corpses on our streets.

    It seems that some in our Jewish communal organisations have had a very rude awakening, I guess that’s what happens when you’re too busy pushing the Voice, SSM and other fashionable crapola causes, along with sucking up to every leftist and progressive politician. Waking up to reality can be frightening. Some of us (myself and others) have warned about this for years, only to be laughed at, ridiculed, smeared and silenced. But at least now they’re now trying to do something but here’s the thing, it is too late.

    You reap what you sow.

  26. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    Superb essay Cassie.

    I am glad you mentioned UNRWA, because this is a subject that requires much more attention. As the IDF has shown, not only does UNRWA perpetuate the absurd notion in schools that every descendant of the Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 is born and will die a refugee, thus keeping hatred of Israel alive, but UNRWA have been active members of Hamas during the war:
    Weapons, including rockets and launchers have been found in UNRWA schools,
    UNRWA teachers imprisoned Israeli hostages in their homes, and
    Hamas fighters have been found with UNRWA ID cards.

    Australian taxpayers give millions of dollars every year to these evil racists, and it must stop immediately. I also hope that Israel expels them from Gaza and the West Bank during the de-Nazification phase, after the IDF wins the war.

  27. Buccaneer Avatar
    Buccaneer

    Cassie, many in the Jewish community swallowed whole the lie that the national socialists were far right, when in fact they were a bastardisation of the far left that simply leveraged nationalism in pursuit of the socialist dream.

    It’s totally understandable but regrettable that many prominent Jews aligned themselves heavily with leftist shibboleths in order to essentially attempt to keep their community within the herd. The hard part now is that one has to pick a side and we all know the result of picking the wrong side when the hard left gain total control.

  28. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The rest of that letter, from Benny Morris, in the Irish Times.

    The displacement of the 700,000 Arabs who became “refugees” – and I put the term in inverted commas, as two-thirds of them were displaced from one part of Palestine to another and not from their country (which is the usual definition of a refugee) – was not a “racist crime” (David Landy, January 24th) but the result of a national conflict and a war, with religious overtones, from the Muslim perspective, launched by the Arabs themselves.

    There was no Zionist “plan” or blanket policy of evicting the Arab population, or of “ethnic cleansing”. Plan Dalet (Plan D), of March 10th, 1948 (it is open and available for all to read in the IDF Archive and in various publications), was the master plan of the Haganah – the Jewish military force that became the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) – to counter the expected pan-Arab assault on the emergent Jewish state. That’s what it explicitly states and that’s what it was. And the invasion of the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq duly occurred, on May 15th.

    It is true that Plan D gave the regional commanders carte blanche to occupy and garrison or expel and destroy the Arab villages along and behind the front lines and the anticipated Arab armies’ invasion routes. And it is also true that mid-way in the 1948 war the Israeli leaders decided to bar the return of the “refugees” (those “refugees” who had just assaulted the Jewish community), viewing them as a potential fifth column and threat to the Jewish state’s existence. I for one cannot fault their fears or logic.

    The demonisation of Israel is largely based on lies – much as the demonisation of the Jews during the past 2,000 years has been based on lies. And there is a connection between the two.

    I would recommend that the likes of Norris and Landy read some history books and become acquainted with the facts, not recycle shopworn Arab propaganda. They might then learn, for example, that the “Palestine War” of 1948 (the “War of Independence,” as Israelis call it) began in November 1947, not in May 1948. By May 14th close to 2,000 Israelis had died – of the 5,800 dead suffered by Israel in the whole war (ie almost 1 per cent of the Jewish population of Palestine/Israel, which was about 650,000). – Yours, etc,

    Prof BENNY MORRIS, Li-On, Israel.

  29. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    This is a study from May 1948 a week before the establishment of Israel of Britain’s part in formenting the war in Arab favour as they left Palestine. It’s 30 pages and detailed.

    http://tenc.net/history/br-role.pdf

  30. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    As a side note,

    I find Palestine to be the natural end point of the pure welfare state.

    Slovenly, embittered, powerless, corrupt and ultimately tragic. UNWRA has similar charming qualities, but I’m waiting on the fall.

    UNWRA’s budget exceeds the value of Palestinian exports.

  31. calli Avatar
    calli

    Thank Cassie. While others “research” for the truth of the matter, it’s all there right in front of them. We’ve all witnessed some of the history that you’ve outlined. The recent stuff within living memory.

    I’m amazed at the deliberate obtuseness, the ability to look away from what presents itself clearly and search around for other reasons, anything to escape from the inevitable conclusion. The castles of conspiracy, the houses of cards built on ignorance and outright lies.

    Three months ago something horrible happened in plain sight. Something so compelling, so clearly despicable and inexcusable, it defies belief that it could be shrugged off. Yet there are those out there who persist in doing just that.

    Every opportunity was given to free the captured, an offering of three for one. Even now there is a chance of exchange. But no. Just more evidence of death in captivity. And still the silence from the UN, the Red Cross, our own media, our government.

    I tend to look at these things from a spiritual as well as a temporal viewpoint. This has been a moral test for our country. We have failed. In doing so, in walking away from Israel and from Jews living right here, it may well be that Israel’s Keeper will walk away from us. Pray that this does not happen.

  32. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    At midnight on 14 August 1947, the Indian subcontinent was divided up into three geographical entities and two political entities, Muslim West Pakistan, Muslim East Pakistan, and Hindu India. We will never know how many lives were lost in those hours, days, weeks, and months that followed the stroke of that pen at midnight in August 1947, but the conservative estimate is at least one million men, women and children were slaughtered.

    Partition of India. British India population 399 million. Deaths one million. Death rate 0.25%

    Partition of British Mandate of Palestine. Population 1.8 million. Deaths 21,000. Death rate 1.15%

    The Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 was a bloody and brutal event and it remains illegal under international law.

    Could the fact that Turkey is a member of NATO and Cyprus is not be of some consequence here?

    You might ask, why is there a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) which, as its name suggests, is solely concerned with Palestinian refugees from 1948 and their descendants?

    Could it be because the partition of Palestine is the only partition imposed unilaterally by the UN on the residents of a region?

    You break it, you own it.

    Of course, the partition of British mandate Palestine remains incomplete, but that is not the fault of the Zionists in 1948, nor is it the fault of successive Israeli governments.

    Does the Israeli policy of encouraging the dispossession of land from West Bank Palestinians aid the complete implementation of the UN’s partition plan?

    No, that incomplete partition was and remains the fault of the Arabs, including the Palestinian Arabs, who rejected and still reject the original partition plan, who refused and still refuse to share the land with Jews, who declared war on the new Jewish state in 1948,

    So except for Palestinians refusing to share land, inter-communal relations were reasonably amiable between 29 November 1947 and 15 May 1948?

    and who have subsequently launched many wars against the Jewish state

    Including the 1967 Six Day war?

  33. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Including the 1967 Six Day war?

    Eygypt blockaded the Straits of Tiran, and moved tanks and infantry into the Sinai Desert?

  34. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    Could it be because the partition of Palestine is the only partition imposed unilaterally by the UN on the residents of a region?

    It was a recommendation, not an imposition. Arabs refused it. End of story. The partition recommendation didn’t create Israel.

    The Mandate system imposed the partition of Syria into Lebanon, Syria, “Palestine” Jordan, part of Iraq. If your “imposed” partitions are illegitimate then these statess must be illigitimate too.

    Why do these same fake “legalities” and “histories” keep being regurgitated.

  35. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Katzenjammer
    Jan 8, 2024 9:45 PM
    This is a study from May 1948 a week before the establishment of Israel of Britain’s part in formenting the war in Arab favour as they left Palestine. It’s 30 pages and detailed.

    That link doesn’t work for me Katz. Does it include the 1946 false flag bombing of the British Palestine HQ at the King David Hotel which killed 91 people?

  36. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    and moved tanks and infantry into the Sinai Desert

    Those damned warmongering Gyppos. They never accepted that Israel’s plans for Syria were completely benign.

  37. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Why do these same fake “legalities” and “histories” keep being regurgitated.

    I think the point was, why UNRWA?

  38. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    This is the link to the pdf – http://tenc.net/history/br-role.pdf

    You mean targetting the British military centre of their whole Middle East enterprise with a warning issued with plenty of time to get out, while a war was going on between the British and the Irgun. Silly of the British to not heed the warning in the middle of a war, wasn’t it.

  39. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    I think the point was, why UNRWA?

    It’s a good question. The UN arleady had agencies attending to millions of refugees. Why did the UN think one particular lot who had been displaced only a few miles within their own territory needed a special agency and a revised definition of refugee? I don’t know.

  40. NFA Avatar
    NFA

    Well said Cassie.

    Fully agree with your commentary.

    We are indeed living our own Dark Ages of manifest ignorance and superstition.

  41. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    The Israeli issue is the only one to fester, and it festers because too many muslims will never accept the humiliation of losing to, of all people, the Jews.
    Unwra needs to be abolished.

  42. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    I see Baba the troll, who appears regularly on C.L.’s blog to spruik his own Jew hatred, has appeared. I’m flattered!

  43. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    I see Baba the troll, who appears regularly on C.L.’s blog to spruik his own Jew hatred, has appeared. I’m flattered!

    Pointing out that the reported 40 beheaded babies was a lie is Jew hatred apparently.

  44. calli Avatar
    calli

    Was the King David hotel bombing a “false flag” event?

    You can hardly claim to phoning in a warning and then pretend it was someone else. It was clear that it was done by a Jewish paramilitary organisation. It was also condemned.

    No dancing in the streets and baying for more. It remains a blot on the history of the newly established Israel, as do many other incidents of cruelty and oppression. No one has clean hands.

    I notice the furphy of “proportionality” came up again, this time with regards to the partition of India. I would be very careful with those figures.

  45. calli Avatar
    calli

    As for the 40 babies, the first time I saw the claim was on C.L.’s blog. It sounded as convenient and clumsy as a “million” dead, more like a Chinese Whispers than an actual report.

    But it’s a handy stick to beat all the other well documented reports around the head with. Which was probably its intent.

  46. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Pointing out that the reported 40 beheaded babies was a lie is Jew hatred apparently.

    But there were beheaded babies, it is not a lie. And whilst you’re lurking here, any condemnation of the barbarities of 7 October?

    And Babs, thanks for quickly confirming your unhinged Jew hatred. I don’t take anything you write seriously.

  47. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    calli
    Jan 9, 2024 7:48 AM
    Was the King David hotel bombing a “false flag” event?

    No. I was playing with Katz’s claim of the British “formenting the war in Arab favour”.

  48. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    I notice the furphy of “proportionality” came up again, this time with regards to the partition of India. I would be very careful with those figures.

    I agree. I used Cassie’s figures.

  49. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Baba gets the blues
    Because it’s all to do with Jews

  50. 132andBush Avatar
    132andBush

    Pointing out that the reported 40 beheaded babies was a lie is Jew hatred apparently.

    What calli said. It was, and quite unbelievably still is, a tool to beat Jews with.

    You had no hesitation to gleefully pick it up.

    Cassie
    Great post. Thank you.

  51. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    But there were beheaded babies, it is not a lie.

    The 40 beheaded babies was not a reference to an October 7 total, it was a specific alleged atrocity claimed to have occurred at Kfar Aziz where official figures now show the youngest casualty was 14 years old. It was a lie.

    The last figure I saw for Israeli deaths on October 7 was 1139 with a few still listed as missing. Isn’t that enough of an atrocity?

    Just how many were killed by the IDF though is unknown, but we know tanks fired on militants and their hostages holed up in houses and that Apache helicopters attacked cars and people fleeing the music festival.

    Exploding tank rounds do horrible things to human bodies, even babies. That is what they’re for.

    Lies are told for a reason. What was the reason for the Biblical 40 lie?

  52. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    No. I was playing with Katz’s claim of the British “formenting the war in Arab favour”.

    No you weren’t. You went off on a tangent, repeating a standard canard used often by obvious antisemites. It’s always so transparent while they think they’ve discovered a fresh and cunning strategy. All you did was introduce yourself to me as another one.

  53. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    The UN is wholly to blame.
    Without their funding and advocacy the whole thing would be done and dusted by now.

  54. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Nice work Cassie

    anecdote time:

    left the missus’ ancestral homeland in the Riverina yesterday but not before visiting the v trendy bar called Story-Teller where we had a few cocktails along with mother and Auntie Rhonda

    I was at the bar fixing to pay the tab and got to overhear the owner aka, The Red Baron, holding forth with his ‘wisdom’ on the perils in Palestine to a group of what looked to me like school teachers

    never heard so much crap before in my life and at that moment decided that I’ll never set foot in the joint again

    should have twigged when we went in … the first thing I noticed was the Baron’s aboriginal flag belt-buckle

    good luck Baron with mixing a political Negroni in country where they prefer to drink an Old Fashioned

  55. calli Avatar
    calli

    No. I was playing with Katz’s claim of the British “formenting the war in Arab favour”.

    This is a serious issue, requiring commentary in good faith, which is how I read it.

    And replied likewise. I was mistaken.

  56. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    the reported 40 beheaded babies

    baba,

    exactly how many is too many?

    … or are you just aiming for more accurate reporting?

  57. calli Avatar
    calli

    Lies are told for a reason. What was the reason for the Biblical 40 lie?

    As is “playing” with serious commentary.

    My view – a shocked and unconfirmed message about carnage, repeated down the line. Babies and small children murdered on other sites amplified it. It was then fixed to this particular site. It was soon disproved.

    But how convenient. Now we have morons saying the Oct 7 massacre was carried out by the Jews as a “false flag”. Sound familiar? It should. You ran that same stuff by the blog about the David bombing a few comments up thread. And then backtracked by claiming you were “playing”.

    Is Lakemba your Sydney address? Sounds like it.

  58. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    My view – a shocked and unconfirmed message about carnage, repeated down the line.

    President Biden saw the photos.

  59. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Ok, Calli, I apologise for my comment on the King David Hotel. It wasn’t a false flag, it was a terrorist attack by the Irgun.

    Neither am I suggesting that Oct 7 was a false flag attack. Hamas was responsible. But not every casualty on the Israeli side was directly due to Hamas.

  60. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Baba aka ‘Franx’ is a well known Jew hating troll from C.L.’s site.

    A noxious individual, but then all Jew haters are.

  61. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    Thanks Cassie. Another well written and clearly delineated discussion of the massive numbers involved in human displacements across the planet, and restricted pretty much to the recent history that is my lifetime. There is a much longer and far more barbarous history that is woven through many centuries of humanity.
    Ugly, brutal and bloody.

    But just the same, stupidity persists in ruling over ignorance everywhere you look.

  62. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    … or are you just aiming for more accurate reporting?

    MT, everyone, especially the families of the dead and missing deserves the truth. The truth is not anti-Semitic.

    Families of 13 people killed in October 7 Kibbutz Be’eri firefight demand probe

  63. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    I am not Franx whoever that is.

  64. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Does Babs believe the Holocaust happened?

  65. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    MT, everyone, especially the families of the dead and missing deserves the truth

    dont bother lecturing me on truth mate, I’m quite fed-up with dialectical game playing

    if you have the ‘truth’, then simply state it otherwise your point, a moot one

  66. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    The truth is not anti-Semitic.

    Firing off a particular style of questions, one after the other, is a sure sign of antisemitism. They’re always so transparent.

    A truth that’s told with bad intent
    Beats all the lies you can invent

    William Blake

  67. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    it was a terrorist attack by the Irgun.

    It’s been called a terrorist attack although it has no characteristic of terrorism. It was a military target. It was for a specific aim. It wasn’t to generate a general atmosphere of fear. They warned about it beforehand.

  68. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    President Biden saw the photos.

    Well if Biden saw the photos, that makes it official, it’s for REAL!!!

    Biden would have believed he was looking at pictures of Tutti Frutti Ice Cream.

  69. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Cassie,
    excellent piece. I cannot add anything except to say, to everyone who has contributed even more to add, not that it is needed, more meat to Cassie’s essay, I appreciate it.

    The links give me extra to read also.

  70. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    So except for Palestinians refusing to share land …

    Rather a large point don’t you think? It has lead to repeated attempts of a second Holocaust.

    , inter-communal relations were reasonably amiable between 29 November 1947 and 15 May 1948?

    No.

  71. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    Great piece Cassie! Well done, a great read and should be mandatory in all Australian schools!!!

    I did a spell and grammar check, and when I looked at “Belgian” I thought it didn’t look right but I was tired and anxious to send it to Dover to upload!

    I think your response to Lizzie should be:

    Quod scripsi, scripsi 😛

  72. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Apache helicopters attacked cars and people fleeing the music festival.

    There is an often repeated lie.
    This canard started with the notorious ‘Syrian girl’ who used IDF footage which included the Gaza fence as ‘proof’ of her assertion.
    Anyone repeating it is a terror apologist who does not care about the truth
    Israel continues to identify Israeli hostages inside Gaza whose dead bodies were transported, they were known to have been shot by hamas though.
    It is possible that vehicles crossing back into Gaza may have had hostages hidden in them and been unwittingly killed by the IDF, should the IDF simply have let all the murdering rapists return to repeat their infamy again and again as they promised?
    As for the deaths in Be’eri, when hostages are used an human shields, the responsibility for their deaths is always that of the hostage taker.
    Given the state in which their bodies were found it would be impossible to know if they had been murdered by hamas or killed by idf fire (mostly ashes, it took weeks to get even a DNA sample of the 12 year old girl)

    Sure let there be an investigation.
    Israel is a democracy.

  73. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    There is an often repeated lie.

    Before censorship – Helicopter

    There is a growing assessment in the security establishment that the terrorists who carried out the massacre on October 7 did not know in advance about the Nova festival held near Kibbutz Ra’im, and decided to come to the place after discovering that a mass event was taking place there. The security system’s assessment relies, among other things, on the investigations of the terrorists and the investigation of the incident by the police, from which it appears that the terrorists intended to reach Kibbutz Ra’im and nearby kibbutzim. According to a police source, an investigation into the incident also revealed that an IDF combat helicopter that arrived at the scene from the Ramat David base fired at the terrorists and apparently also hit some of the revelers who were there. According to the police, 364 people were killed at the festival.

    After censorship – No helicopter

    There is a growing assessment in the security establishment that the terrorists who carried out the massacre on October 7 did not know in advance about the Nova festival held near Kibbutz Ra’im, and decided to come to the place after discovering that a mass event was taking place there. The security system’s assessment relies, among other things, on the investigations of the terrorists and the investigation of the incident by the police, from which it appears that the terrorists intended to reach Kibbutz Ra’im and nearby kibbutzim. According to the police, 364 people were killed at the festival.

  74. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    According to a police source

    Probably removed because the single anonymous source rumour couldn’t be verified. But that doesn’t stop thousands of internet warrior antisemites knashing their teeth in pleasure at what would be a tragedy if true because . . . . well, as usual because Jews. You’re a sickening lot of spiteful idiots.

  75. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Baba,

    pretending that there is some nether-space where the real truth may be located but only via your arbitration, is also a lie

    more like a fiction
    or a story you tell yourself so you can sleep at night knowing how ‘good’ you are

    go phone yr mother
    read a book
    get a pen-friend
    or write yr memoirs

    the world is full absolutes
    Hamas will be hunted until the end of time itself and tomorrow’s Palestinian kiddies won’t be able to tell reality from nightmares

    monsters are in the shadows … get used to it

  76. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Associated Press
    Hamas attackers riding motor scooters and home made gyrocopters did all this. Definitely not IDF Apaches armed with Hellfire missiles and chain guns.

    Bonus: Highly skilled Zaka investigators. Donate here.

  77. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    MatrixTransform
    Jan 9, 2024 6:15 PM
    Baba,

    pretending that there is some nether-space where the real truth may be located but only via your arbitration, is also a lie

    Calm down, MT. Link to where I claimed any such thing.

  78. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Link to where I claimed any such thing

    ah, here we go, the call for something concrete

    but Baba, you’ve been stepping either side of the ‘truth’ all day

    dialectical gibber won’t work here

  79. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    I note my question above remains unanswered….

    Does Babs believe the Holocaust happened?

    The silence speaks volumes.

    Thank you everyone for commenting. Tis a pity the comments got hijacked by a Jew hater named Baba with an known and very unhealthy obsession with Jews and the state of Israel. But it’s good Baba came here to post, he proved the central point of my post.

  80. Katzenjammer Avatar
    Katzenjammer

    It’s handy having a comic example pop up with his red nose and big rubber ears on to remind us.

  81. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Cassie, Your question doesn’t deserve an answer. I note you made no attempt to rebut my observations concerning the accuracy of your post. I assume you are unable.

  82. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Baba, you are a dissembling, Jew hating liar.

  83. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Baby definitely has his own truth.
    The AP footage is of vehicles after they have been moved to a central location.
    There are loads of hamas videos post attack vidoesand eye witness reports by Israeli survivors including Mia Shem that hamas was setting vehicles on fire.
    The Apache helicopters were too busy at the border repelling invaders to shoot any one at Nova.
    You would only make that claim if you believed that 7 October was a false flag.
    A false flag btw that including making hostages, dead and alive available Hamas to parade through the streets of Gaza.
    60,000 videos including hundreds at nova alone.
    PS it’s not that hard to set a car on fire, hamas apparently brought their own fuel, and grenades, and RPGs.

    We all know people like you are not to be reasoned with.

    We all know people like you are not to be reasoned with. There’s a short film available of the Nova massacre

  84. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    After hamas, gazans and the muslim world in general wildly celebrating the massacre of 7 October it is interesting to see the back pedalling by hamas and it’s apologists over who was responsible.
    Hamas livestreamed murders on social media including media belonging to their victims so that families and friends saw their loved ones murdered, raped, tortured and abducted in real time.
    Yet we have to put up with sickening individuals telling lies even here at the Cat.
    the Idan family is just one example of what hamas videoed on the family’s own phone

  85. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Rosie, thank you for advising that the destroyed vehicles had been moved to a central location. It wasn’t obvious from the footage. Clearly sundry jabs and a couple of bouts of Covid haven’t unduly affected your razor sharp intellect.

    But please, enough of the wishy washy “people like you”.

  86. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Baba

    But please, enough of the wishy washy “people like you”.

    Quite right. “People” implies a link with the human race. You have yet to show evidence that you have such a link.

  87. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    The German language has a word for everything, BJ. You should check it out.

  88. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    I’m happy to insult “people like you” in English.

  89. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    LOL if you though ‘Apache helicopters ‘ would destroy cars yet leave them neatly lined up in rows.
    Or did you think the fleeing festival goers just sat in some bizarre parking bumper to bumper arrangement while they got shot at ?
    There are photos and videos everywhere of cars burning on the sides of the road as hamas ambushed people.
    There was a local guy who rescued over a 100 people who captured his multiple trips using different routes on his dash cam, he drove pedal to the metal past terrorists several times.
    ‘people like you’ don’t care about the truth.

  90. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    rosie

    People like Baba can’t handle the truth.

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