The ethnic cleansing plan…

Does anyone remember before the invasion of Iraq last year, how Palestinians were worried that the ‘cover’ of the invasion of Iraq would be used by Israel to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians in the West Bank?

Does anyone remember before the invasion of Iraq last year, how Palestinians were worried that the ‘cover’ of the invasion of Iraq would be used by Israel to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians in the West Bank? Some of the material on the planning by Sharon/Bush factions is outlined in a book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed called ‘Behind the War on Terror’, but there were plenty of others discussing it. Almost a decade before, Netanyahu had lamented the failure to use the Tiananmen Square massacres of 1989 as a ‘cover’ to do ethnic cleansing in Palestine. There was a kind of relief when the plan wasn’t put into effect.

But I can’t help but think that the plan was just delayed a year, and is being put into effect now. I’ve been trying to present some of what’s been happening on the ground in this blog, over and above the high profile assassinations that are intended to provoke a major attack by Palestinians.

The plan is to deploy various divisions against the Arab countries to prevent their intervention, and then bombard the West Bank towns with heavy artillery to force the population to flee. Presumably, the United States would be committing major atrocities in Fallujah and Najaf at the same time (they are planning to move back in and start the slaughter soon) and no effective intervention would be forthcoming from any other quarters. Perhaps a UN resolution might be passed condemning it after the fact. Perhaps not. And in fact, the only wrench I could possibly see in these plans is if the Palestinians themselves refuse to flee under the attack, as they have refused to flee under so many previous assaults. If that happens, I suppose Israel would have to stop the slaughter after a certain number of casualties was reached… and await, and try to provoke, new pretexts… I might try to write about this in a bit more detail, with more documentation than a blog can offer.

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

Author of Siegebreakers. Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.