Arab tragedy self-inflicted / Op-ed: Palestinians insist on posing as victims instead of taking responsibility for their catastrophe (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Asaf Romirowsky Published: 05.22.12, 19:45)
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In the Israeli collective memory Holocaust Commemoration Day,
Memorial Day and Independence Day embody the story of the creation of
the modern State of Israel. These three days represent the modern
Jewish experience and the mantra propagated by the founding fathers -
From Holocaust to Independence - connoting the concept of the
enduring Jewish spirit of survival and the promise of Never Again.
Yet the resilience of Jewish-Israeli survival has been overshadowed
by the false Arab-Palestinian notion of being “occupied” and “robbed”
from their true destiny. Consequently, Israel is the “oppressor “and
Palestinian nomenclature demands that the “occupation” remains the
root cause of all problems, from social and economic woes to
For the anti-Israel community, these days have embodied the
Palestinian-Arab narrative, which argues that Israel had a “master
plan” to evict the Arabs of Palestine by any means necessary and rob
them of their land. Furthermore, the Holocaust in their view was the
only reason the State of Israel came to fruition in the aftermath of
World War II.
The recurring mantra found in Arab historiography hence maintains a
hypersensitive focus on discrimination and inequality. Generally,
Arab scholars tend to ignore the huge corpus of materials found in
the archives on the war and zoom in on what are legitimate or
illegitimate claims, using UN resolutions as the be all and end all.
Arab inferiority complex
The fact of the matter is that the Zionist movement had strived
towards a Jewish nation-state years before the rise of the Third
Reich and had a consistent presence in the land for thousands of
years. By 1939 the Zionist enterprise had all the making of statehood
already in place. As Middle East Historian Kenneth Stein details in
his book on the subject The land Question in Palestine, 1917-
1939, “an analysis of Jewish land acquisition and Arab land sales
makes it seem quite evident that a formidable Jewish national
territory was necessary and was already present in Palestine in
Arab rejectionism and the ongoing attempt to write and rewrite the
history of the Arab-Israeli conflict has become a common tool amongst
Palestinian sympathizers, and especially the Jewish ones among them.
For these reasons Israel’s establishment has been defined as the
Nakba Day, that is, the catastrophe of the Jewish state´s formation
and the realization amongst the Arabs of Palestine that their Arab
brethren betrayed them and left them stateless.
Fast forward to 1967. The miraculous military success of the Six-Day
War left the Arab world feeling weaker and more vulnerable, and as
such, Naksa Day was inaugurated to mark the setback felt by the Arabs
and Palestinians in achieving their goal - defeating Israel. This has
prompted the Palestinians and sympathizers to insist that they are
stateless not because of their own decisions, but rather, because the
West and Israel are to blame for all their troubles.
The internal Palestinian conviction chooses to ignore the fact that
the so-called Palestinian catastrophe is a self-inflicted one. It is
much easier to pose as a victim, especially as part of a more general
Arab inferiority complex, and to exploit the mentality of victimhood
than to take responsibility for one´s own action.
Asaf Romirowsky is an adjunct scholar at the Foundation for Defense
of Democracies and Middle East Forum (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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