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University of Haifa
The Arab-Israeli conflict according to Psychology Professor Benjamin Beit Hallahmi

"If Israelis know about oppression, it is mostly from the

oppressor’s end of the gun sight."

Benjamin Beit Hallahmi,  Israeli

professor at Haifa University


              cited at http://www.jewishtribalreview.org/28israe.htm

Hallahmi listed as a Jew against Israeli Terrorism, and quoted as saying:

http://www.alinaam.addr.com/library/oisrael11.html and also http://www.islamic-paths.org/Home/English/History/Countries/Palestine/Conflict_Part09.htm 
'Before [the Palestinians] very eyes we are possessing the land and the villages where they, and their ancestors, have lived... We are the generation of colonizers, and without the steel helmet and the gun barrel we cannot plant a tree and build a home." Israeli leader, Moshe Dayan, quoted in Benjamin Beit Hallahmi, "Original Sins" Reflections on the |History of Zionism and Israel."



From http://emperors-clothes.com/gilwhite/pitch2nomap.htm

"Beit-Hallahmi argues

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“What has been done to the Palestinians is so fantastic and stunning that many cannot conceive of it as real. Invasion, defeat, humiliation and expropriation followed like thunder after lightning. The natives have been robbed, deprived of their identity and history. They had their homeland pulled out from under them. They have the right to ask why this has befallen them. The answer is that they should not have been a part of the story and have no real relation to it. They were innocent bystanders, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Moreover, they have become invisible, hidden victims. The Palestinian majority became a minority because its members were passive, peaceful and disorganised, no match for Zionism. They have been rejected as superfluous, and defined as strangers in their own land.” (1993, p. 88)

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But as Beit-Hallahmi concludes:

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“Israelis seem to be haunted by a curse. It is the curse of the original sin against the native Arabs. How can Israel be discussed without recalling the dispossession and exclusion of non-Jews? This is the most basic fact about Israel, and no understanding of Israeli reality is possible without it. The original sin haunts and torments Israelis; it marks everything and taints everybody. Its memory poisons the blood and marks every moment of existence.”

Can we speak of Israeli “collective responsibility” for the colonialist enterprise of Zionism? Are all Israelis responsible for this sin? People cannot be held responsible for a situation created long before they were born, and this is the case for most Israelis. They have been born into a colonialist structure which favors them over the class of non-Jews. They cannot be blamed for it. At the same time, a person may be held responsible for the continuation of a colonialist situation, once he or she is in a position to change things. Most Israelis today, born after 1950, cannot be held responsible for early Zionist injustices. They can, and should, be held responsible for the present reality of injustice, which is a direct sequel of early Zionist principles.

All Israelis have come to recognise Zionism’s original sin against the Palestinians. The terrible secret of the injustice is known to everybody, but cannot be openly faced. The awareness of the terrible injustice committed to create the state, and the pressure against discussing it openly, disfigure and warp any kind of moral discourse in Israel…

It seems that the only way Israel can have both a human and viable future is through reconciliation with the Palestinians. Peace may come only with a drastic change in Israeli self-image and a readiness to atone for the sins of colonialism. Only then will the war between Israel and Palestine end. Without such a radical change of heart, the war between Israel and the Arabs will extend indefinitely into the future. Continuing the present course, as is plainly evident from recent events, can only ensure perpetual bloodshed and untold suffering. (1993, pp. 216-218).

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