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Have the occupied Palestinian territories become the ‘Native American Reservation’ of our time?


Occuppied Palestine

Israel’s refusal to stop building illegal settlements in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem is a poignant reminder the Palestinians could share a fate similar to the indigenous American Indian people of the 1800’s.

According to the author, James W. Loewen, the U.S government’s model of wiping out nearly 54 million [1] indigenous people, with the remaining numbers relocated to desolate reservations, inspired Adolf Hitler to do the same against the Jews.

“Hitler admired the American concentration camps set up for Indians in the West and often lauded them to his inner circle for the effectiveness of American aptitude for promoting starvation and unequal combat, which inspired him for his own extermination of Jews and Gypsies.[2] [Romani people],” Loewen wrote.

Noam Chomsky, the political author and professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), believes today’s role reversal of the Palestinians becoming the indigenous American Indian people is merited, but up to a point.

“It’s bad enough, but not that bad. The leading figures of the US conquests were quite explicit about taking over everything, and ‘exterminating’-their word-anyone who stood in the way. What we’d call ‘genocide’ if anyone else were to try it,” Chomsky said.

By mid-2011, 131 illegal settlements were in the region, housing 498,000 Israeli Jews, of which the majority of settlements are on privately owned Palestinian land, not part of Israel.[3]

Israel occupies 77.5% of expropriated land, it terms, “State land”. This demographic change took more than 50 years of planning by the World Zionist organisation, a Jewish nationalist movement, exploiting Judaism, to advance colonisation in Palestine for a Jewish nation.

Integral to Israel’s land drive is an 8 metre concrete wall enclosure that surrounds illegal settlements. The idea was suggested in 1923, by the Polish Zionist, Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of the Jewish terrorist group, Irgun, in the Jewish Herald, stating: “This colonization can develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through.”[4]

Israel’s colonisation depends on exploiting natural resources. The Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea area have 37 illegal settlements of 9,500 settlers and up to 56,000 Palestinians, yet Israel pumps most of the water to its settlements, forcing the Arabs to ration water supplies. When supplies end, families risk contamination from polluted streams or make up the 67% forced to buy water in tanks from the Mekorot Company, which is expensive. [5]

To Palestinian farmer’s, water shortages limit the variety of crops grown, affecting an already crumbling economy, which Israel controls, to almost $1.83bn in lost annual revenue, [6] with complete losses in the West Bank and Gaza totalling around £4.4bn. [7]

Nazism rise to power in Germany was an important juncture for Zionism. Although, the persecution of Jews didn’t interest the Zionists, Hitler’s demise in 1945 provided the opportunity to take advantage of Jewish suffering, by sabotaging efforts to relocate Jews to other parts of Europe, instead increased Jewish migration into Palestine.

By 1946 the Jewish population rose to 602,586,[8] which was nearly four times the 1931 British Mandate population figure of 174,610, with 65% (approximately 1,339,763) being Arab as opposed to 759,717 (73.5%) in 1931.[9]

“There are multiple motives behind the settlement enterprise, such as cheap housing, but nationalist and religious ideologies (e.g. the belief the West Bank, or ‘Judea and Samaria,’ is part of the biblical ‘Eretz Israel’ play a very significant role,” said Human Rights Watch spokesman, Bill Van Esveld.

The Judaic significance refers to, ‘chosen people’ and ‘promised land’, prominent among settler motives, and forms the basis of Israeli claims over Palestinian land. Most Rabbis peddle Zionist interpretation in the Jewish Holy book, the Tanakh, focusing on (Genesis 15:18) that, ‘God promised Abraham’s descendants the land between the River of Egypt and the Forat (Euphrates)’, and in (Exodus 23:31), where ‘the border was set from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines; the inhabitants of the land would be delivered into your hand; and the people shall be driven out’.

According to traditional Jewish scholars it is not for the Jewish people to fulfil this promise but a pact between God and the prophet Elijah, yet to be delivered. Once delivered, it would signal the later arrival of the Messiah, who would redeem the Jews and all of mankind. Until then, God commands the Jews to remain in exile until it is time to be redeemed.[10] The term, ‘exile’, refers to Jews being loyal subjects to their nation of residence, and not establishing rule over the native population, including the land of Palestine. [11]

To gain unconditional public support, exploiting Judaism wasn’t enough. Zionism needed land. In 1901, a proposal was accepted by Zvi Hermann Schapira, a rabbi and professor of mathematics, to establish an institute, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), to aggressively purchase land for Jewish settlement,[12] and form a ‘Jewish territory’ in the process.

By the 1930’s the JNF using its leading influence, persuaded other land agencies to adopt its practices of retaining the legal title of the land, with leases granted to Jewish settlers.[13]

The first Zionist land purchase was in the Jezreel Valley, bought from the Sursuk family in 1925. The Judaic importance and its nearly 100,000 acres, of which at least 93,000 acres were fertile and arable, made it one of the most fertile lands in Palestine. The Sursuk family bought the land from the Turkish government for 18,000 Palestinian pounds (roughly $50,000). The Zionist movement offered Sursuk an obscene amount of 726,000 Palestinian pounds (approximately $2 million), which was accepted by the Sursuk family. [14] This kind of exploitive dealings was common practice.

Most land purchases were followed by Arab expulsion. A secret memorandum in 1930, written by Dr. A. Rupin, the Jewish Agency agriculture and settlement expert, to his Agency, confirms expulsion is built into Zionism, when he said, “Since there are hardly any more arable unsettled lands in Palestine, we are bound in each case of purchase of land and its settlement to remove the peasants who cultivated the land thus far, both owners of the land and tenants.”

It is believed 1270 Palestinian Arab families were removed from 13 villages. To avoid a public scandal, each family was compensated 24 Palestinian pounds (just above $50), seen as an exception to the rule, as normally Arab families received nothing, for example the land purchase of Hefer Valley, saw about 2000 Arab peasants dispossessed. [15]

The Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe, dismisses the argument of the Palestinians leaving on their own accord. In his research paper, later included in his book, ‘The ethnic cleansing of Palestine’, he reveals the official version of the 1948 Arab expulsion.

“On 10 March 1948, a group of 11 veteran Zionist leaders and Jewish officers put the finishing touches to a large scale military operation for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.[16] Military orders that evening, were despatched to units, preparing Palestinian expulsion from vast areas of the country. The detailed methods included: large-scale intimidation; laying siege to and bombarding villages and population centers; setting fires to homes, properties, and goods; expelling residents; demolishing homes; and finally planting mines in the rubble to prevent the expelled Arabs from returning. Each unit was issued its own list of villages and neighbourhoods to target in keeping with the master plan, Code-named Plan D (Dalet in Hebrew)”.[17]

Taking six months to complete its mission, more than half of Palestine’s population, over 750,000 people, had been uprooted, 531 villages destroyed, and 11 urban neighbourhoods had been emptied of their inhabitants.[18]

The squeezing of Arab lands, especially during 1948-1959, further expanded Israeli territory. Some of the villages included, the village of Umm Al-Fahm, with a population of 7000 and a land of 140,000 dunam*, by 1959 its population increased to 11,000 but the land was reduced to an astonishing 1500 dunam. The village of Tayyiba inhabited 3,500 people, with 45,000 dunam of land, by 1959 the population climbed to 7,000 but were left with only 13,000 dunam of land. The village of Tira with a population of 3100 people, owned 28,000 dunam, by 1959 the population rose to 5100 but only occupied 7,500 dunam of land. [19]

Deception was also used to expel Arab villagers, as witnessed in the Arab-Christian village of Ikrit in December 1948. The villagers were instructed by the Israeli army to leave their village temporarily, for two weeks, alleging land mines where found in the area and needed to be cleared for their safety. The residents moved to the nearby village of Rama, which became the Rama Refugee Camp, until it was safe to return.

Two weeks has now become 64 years. Instead of being resigned to their fate, in 1952 the villagers filed a lawsuit action, as they were instructed to leave for a limited time, so their property couldn’t be considered ‘absentee property’. The judges deceived the plaintiffs ruling in favour of the plaintiffs’ right of return to their land, but on condition of attaining a permit issued by the military governor. In reality, the Governor would never issue a permit. [20] The case still goes on.  The court’s decision underlines how complicit the legal system is with Zionism’s policies.

Resistance also came from individuals, such as the Syrian, Shaykh Muhammad Izz ad-Din al-Qassam. He was an Imam of a local mosque in Haifa and an educator by night, teaching literacy to labourers. It was his student’s experiences, largely ex-farmers, recalling how they had to leave their lands by the JNF, which had a profound impact on Al-Qassam, who decided armed Jihad, (resistance) was necessary to end Arab dispossession, and in 1930, he formed a small militant group.

By 1935, the group raided Jewish settlements and sabotaged British rail lines, but Al-Qassam wanted a national revolution and wrote to the Arab leadership in Jerusalem, to support an armed struggle, but was rejected, as the leadership felt Arab rights could still be achieved through negotiations.

When news reached the British of al-Qassam’s vision, military units were deployed around a cave near Ya’bad in Jenin, where he was hiding, with twelve of his followers. Soon afterwards, the British soldiers pounded the area with heavy artillery. Al-Qassam, rather than surrender, took a last stand and was killed.

Al-Qassam’s efforts were not in vain, who instantly became a symbol of resistance, epitomising the Palestinian land struggle. His martyrdom triggered the great Arab Revolt (1936-1939). His legacy lives on with the military wing of Hamas named after him, Ezzedeen al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades.

By the time Britain’s rule expired on 14 May 1948, the newly Zionist-aligned U.S government emerged as the leading global political power, and using its influence, forced the voting U.N nations to accept the two-state resolution, which the Palestinians rejected, giving 56% of the land to the Jews and 42% to the Arabs, the remaining land went to Christian and other small minority groups.[21]

The pressure for U.N Nations to vote was acknowledged by James Forrestal, the U.S Minister of Defense at the time, in his memoirs, stating, “The methods used to pressure and to constrain the other nations within the U.N. were close to scandalous.” [22]

Since then, political elites have conspired to view the Palestinians as the ‘unseen’ people, which is emphasised with the ‘peace’ broker, the U.S government, forging strong economic and political ties with Israel, while ensuring there are no Palestinian agreements in dismantling illegal settlements and reclaiming civil rights equal to the Israeli citizens.

Palestine’s full admission to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), in October 2011 is a historic small step for the Palestinians to address its rights with some authority, and with at least 112 countries endorsing Palestinian statehood, the pressure to be given full U.N membership, is growing and cannot be ignored for much longer.


*One dunam is approximately 1,000 square metres

1 Denevan, William. “The Native Population of the Americas in 1492”. 2nd edition Publication. 1992.
2 Loewen, James W., “Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”. Touchstone, Simon & Schuster. 1995.
3 Peace Now Settlement Watch Team, Report-“Construction of Settlements upon Private Land-Official Data”, March 2007.
4 Jabotinsky, Vladimir. The Jewish Herald (South Africa). “The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)”. November 26, 1937.
5 Ma’an Development Center, Parallel Realities: Israeli Settlements and Palestinian Communities in the Jordan Valley, 2012.
6 7 The economic cost of the Israeli occupation for the occupied Palestinian territory, A bulletin published by the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy in cooperation with the Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ), September 2011.
8 Palestine 1946: District and District Centers during the Mandate period. Source: Palestine Remembered
9 Census of Palestine 1931, Volume I. British Mandate of Palestine.
10 Leizer Fishberg, Jews Against Zionism group.
11 Rabbi Cohen, Ahron. “Declaration on ‘the Palestine issue’ by Neturei Karta of the UK”. 25 June, 2003. (Accessed 26 June 2012).
12 The composition of the group that met is the product of a mosaic reconstruction of several documents, as demonstrated in my book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2006). The document summarizing the meeting is found in the Israel Defense Force Archives [IDFA], GHQ/Operations branch, 10 March 1948, File no. 922/75/595, and in the Haganah Archives [HA], File no. 73/94. The description of the meeting is repeated by Israel Galili in the Mapai center meeting, 4 April 1948, found in the HA, File no. 80/50/18. Chapter 4 of my book also documents the messages that went out on 10 March as well as the eleven meetings prior to finalizing of the plan, of which full minutes were recorded only for the January meeting.
13 Lehn and Davis 1988: 24, 86-7.
14, 19 Fouzi el-Asmar, “Zionist land-aggression in Israel/Palestine”, 4th Edition. English translation by Uri Davis, 4th Edition.
15 Arakhim, (Hebrew Newspaper), “The Arab Population in Israel”, No. 3, 1971, p.10
16 The historian Meir Pail claims, in From Haganah to the IDF [in Hebrew] (Tel Aviv: Zemora Bitan Modan, n.d.), p.307, the orders were sent a week later. For the dispatch of the orders, see also Gershon Rivlin and Elhanan Oren, The War of Independence: Ben-Gurion’s Diary, vol. 1 (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense, 1982), p.147. The orders dispatched to the Haganah brigades to move to State D—Mazav Dalet—and from the brigades to the battalions can be found in HA, File no.73/94, 16 April 1948.
17 On Plan Dalet, which was approved in its broad lines several weeks before that meeting, see Uri Ben-Eliezer, The Emergence of Israeli Militarism, 1936–1956 (Tel Aviv: Dvir, 1995), p. 253: “Plan Dalet aimed at cleansing of villages, expulsion of Arabs from mixed towns.”
18 Ilan Pappe, white paper, p.7, “The 1948 Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”.
20 Yediot Aharonot, Hebrew newspaper. 30 June 1972.
21 Pappe, 2006, p. 35 Pappe speech given by the Pakistani representative to the U.N Sir Zafrullah Kahn on 28 November 1947
22 “Forrestal’s Memoirs”, p.363, N.Y., The Viking Press. 1951.


17 Responses to Have the occupied Palestinian territories become the ‘Native American Reservation’ of our time?

  1. Blake July 25, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    Brilliant article. Learning more everyday with articles like this. Keep em coming. Internet has killed Israeli PRopaganda.

    By the way, in 1907 60,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed out of Marj ben Amer in Northern Palestine when the Rothschilds bought up 200000 dunams of land so it began before 1925.

    • who_me July 25, 2012 at 3:53 am #


      i didn’t know that – interesting piece of information.

      • who_me July 25, 2012 at 4:59 am #

        i agree with blake that this is a great article. some asides:

        “2 Loewen, James W., “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”. Touchstone, Simon & Schuster. 1995.”

        that book, and it’s partner volume “lies across america” are highly recommended introductions to american history. the author takes the view that history is not dead things in the past, but a living part of today, and the best way to teach (and study) history is not memorising dull “factoids”, but to look at it from the perspective of those involved (as far as that is possible) and in how it effects us today in our lives. an interactive, open minded approach. the books are fairly neutral in that respect – something extremely rare in american historical narrative. if one is interested in american history, these two books are two of the best and delight to read.

        “Noam Chomsky, the political author and professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), believes today’s role reversal of the Palestinians becoming the indigenous American Indian people is merited, but up to a point.”

        yeah, he would work it that way as it lets off the israelis and jp. the genocide of native america began in the 1490’s, it’s still going on. the jewish zionist genocide of palestinians started only a century ago, yet has been equally vicious, and given it has been occurring after the indian genocide, and in spite of all the knowledge of that atrocity, has, by jewish power machinations, been made mainstream aok. indian genocide – bad, palestinian genocide – let’s pretend it’s not happening because jews are doing it, is what chomsky is really saying.

        the way the israelis treat palestinians, the history recounted in this article, besides mimicking the way native americans were treated, is also similar to how blacks were treated in the american south post reconstruction. as the nadir of american race relations occurred at the same time the rise of the jewish zionist project (roughly 1885-1930), the similarity between these two low points in history is probably no accident, since the rich jewish people in the usa supporting zionism, also benefited from and partook in the virtual re-enslavement of blacks during that time.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos July 25, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Although those familiar with the history of zionism know that the Golden Dream for Jews-Black Nightmare for Palestinians began at the turn of the 20th century, Nakbah is conventionally counted form 1948, when it was institutionalized as an Israeli project. As this article and Blake’s comment above point out, however, the “free-enterprise” Nakbah, before the creation of the state for Jews, made victims in the tens of thousands.
      When Israel ceases to exist, on the ground where the Knesset now stands, a monument much larger than the Washington Monument to the American soldiers who died in Vietnam would be needed to inscribe the names of Palestinian victims of zionist aggression.

    • Ridwan Sheikh July 26, 2012 at 1:53 am #

      I’m glad you liked the article Blake, and thanks for mentioning Rothschild’s personal quest in making what the illegal settlements are today. I had to omit this, due to trying to compress the mammoth 14 page article to the final 4 page revision, as the original inclusion of Rothschild’s historical reference was too detailed.

      You’re quite right, contrary to popular belief, the taking of Palestinian land was not a 1948 event, when Israel was created, but a process of gradual piece-by-piece over time policy.

      • Blake July 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

        Totally understand Ridwan and thanks to you for the brilliant article. Had a longer reply which I tried sending yesterday but I think there was a problem as it kept saying I needed to provide my correct password every time I wanted to comment.

  2. pgg804 July 25, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    According to the author, James W. Loewen “Hitler admired the American concentration camps set up for Indians in the West and often lauded them to his inner circle for the effectiveness of American aptitude for promoting starvation and unequal combat, which inspired him for his own extermination of Jews and Gypsies”. I wonder if there is any evidence to back that statement up? Why would Hitler admire something that resulted in the murder and destruction of the American Indian? That was an American deed. It’s more likely that FDR admired the American concentration camps. I recently viewed a speech of Hitler criticizing concentration camps – British ones. Commenting on the propaganda of the day, he discussed Great Britain’s horrendous treatment of the Boers in South Africa in the early 20th century in what are considered the first concentration camps ever created and how awful they were. I suspect that statement about Hitler has as much truth to it as all the others that might help sell a book, but don’t have an ounce of truth to them – such as 1) Hitler was a homosexual. I thought he killed all the homosexuals? 2) Hitler hated his mother. Not according to Hitler’s Jewish doctor who said he never saw someone so sad as when Hitler’s mother died. or 3) Hitler loved his mother to a degree that it was pathological. No says Dr. Bloch, it was normal affection. 4) Hitler planned to attack South America shortly after invading the Soviet Union. Laugh out Loud, you would have to be a complete idiot to believe that, no? British propaganda claimed this and FDR helped spread this nutty claim in order to bring the USA closer to war. If you repeat something often enough, people will believe anything.

    The American Indian was glorified in Germany by Karl May’s novels that were famous and widely read there, including by Hitler who mentioned them in at least one of his speeches. But it wouldn’t have the same impact on the reader if Mr. Sheikh wrote “Franklin Delano Roosevelt admired the American concentration camps set up for Indians…”, so Hitler is the boogeyman. And the ethnic cleansing and expulsion of at least fourteen million Germans, or “NAZIS” if you prefer, (with some estimates as high as twenty million expelled) from Germany’s former provinces would not emote the desired sympathy as the American Indian does. FDR, Stalin and Churchill formulated this plan together. (due to politics in Germany today where people are put in jail for “improper” views, the article uses a lowball figure of 12 to 14 million)

    But no matter what figure you use, historians agree that was the biggest mass movement of people and ethnic cleansing operation in the history of the world. Today Germans are still forbidden from buying land in what is today Czechoslovakia, where 3.5 million Germans were thrown out of the country and had all their property stolen from them after the war was over.

    What is fascinating is that the grandchildren and great grandchildren of the people that played such a big role in the expulsion of the Germans are expelling the Palestinians today. But that’s completely lost on Ridwan Sheik who talks about Hitler to advance the Palestinian cause.

    • Ridwan Sheikh July 26, 2012 at 1:34 am #

      True, while the only evidence of Hitler’s liking of U.S tactics to brutally reduce an entire people to live in squalor, comes from John Toland’s biography of Adolf Hitler, i don’t think you can discount the connection of the two, (Jewish concentration camps derived from Native American concentration camps), the similarities are there.

      Hitler was fascinated by the U.S governments methods employed to keep a people in check by creating a feeling of powerlessness. It was this American deed you speak of, which spurred Hitler to use similar methods against the Jewish people by embarking on the same principles of weakening a people, and ensuring physical combat was sternly in the German’s favour.

      • pgg804 July 26, 2012 at 5:34 am #

        A book itself is not good evidence, but it can present important evidence if it references original sources. I am not an expert on Hitler, but I do know that many things have been written about him that contradict each other and most have one thing in common – they make him look as bad as possible.

        I have no doubt Hitler wanted to weaken the Jewish people’s influence in Germany. I do doubt how “fascinated” he was by the USA’s treatment of the American Indian, even if he might have thought they used methods he felt were useful to adopt against Jews. You could also say FDR found the USA’s treatment of the American Indian useful in how they were going to deal with the Japanese population in the USA. The USA put 100,000 Japanese in “detention camps”.

        There is no doubt that by 1945 Jews had suffered much more than Japanese Americans and many had been deliberately killed by Germans, but you have to study everything to get a better picture of things.

        Immediately upon Hitler taking power in Germany, Jews worldwide declared a boycott against German goods. Hitler assumed power on January 30, 1933, the British newspaper Daily Express led its March 24, 1933 edition with the front page article “Judea Declares War on Germany”. There were no Nuremberg laws, Kristallnacht or putting the Jewish population in concentration camps by that date, all of which would happen years later.

        On March 24, 1941 an American Jew named Theodore Kaufman had his book “Germany Must Perish!” reviewed by the USA’s Time Magazine, one of the most important magazines in the country. The book review is several pages long and Time magazine gives the book a positive review. In the book Kaufman presents a plan to wipe the German race out. Several thousand doctors working around the clock would sterilize all the German men and when they are done with the men they would begin work on the German women.

        From Time Magazine’s archives:,9171,884346,00.html

        The entire book is presented here:

        In 1944 the USA’s Jewish Secretary of the Treasury presented to the world his plan for the destruction of Germany’s industry and turning Germany into an agrarian economy. Germany was to become one big farm under his plan. If fully implemented millions more Germans would have died.

        In addition by 1944 German cities were being wiped off the map, completely destroying them and murdering over one million Germans (most of them civilians). Tens of thousands of Germans were being burned alive by the allies in a matter of minutes. On February 23, 1945 the German city of Pforzheim was destroyed and 40,000 people were burned alive in 20 minutes.
        Great Britain’s RAF did this. On February 13 – 14 1945 the British and Americans burned 135,000 Germans alive in Dresden. Here is the actual film of 135,000 Germans being burned alive.

        The NAZIS placed a lot of the blame for the war on Jews and in the case of Germany fighting Great Britain and the USA, evidence retrieved from the archives show this is true.
        Much of what has been discovered is due to the historian David Irving. As he says in one of his talks, if a German soldier comes home to see thousands of people in his city burned alive, some people will want to take revenge and Jews were there for some people to take revenge upon. Irving also claims Hitler did not order that the Jews be killed. Hitler did not order the “Holocaust”. David Irving has challenged his adversaries to find a document with Hitler’s signature on it ordering that Europe’s Jews be killed. That challenge was issued about 30 years ago and no one has proved him wrong, despite their claims to have mountains of evidence against the NAZIS.

        David Irving’s speech on the holocaust:

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos July 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

          “I do doubt how “fascinated” he was by the USA’s treatment of the American Indian, even if he might have thought they used methods he felt were useful to adopt against Jews. ”

          I agree with you. There is no evidence that Hitler ever admired the Americans for their decimation of the Indians. On the contrary, there is indirect evidence to the contrary.
          I grew up with the novels of Karl May (“Old Shatterhand”) my uncle had, written in the 19th century by a German (May) who had never set foot in the US and wrote the kind of garbage that appeals to dumb youngsters: a romanticized view of the “Red Skins” and equally nauseating portrait of wise and kind whites who defended them from the bad whites. Adventures in the tall prairie grassland, the exoticism of the noble and peaceful savage, and only a shy hint of romance. You could not put them down; certainly not for geometry homework.
          The books were enormously successful all over Europe, not just in the Balkans, and especially in Germany. I recall my efforts to crawl noiselessly in between dining room chairs, learning to crawl unheard in the prairie like Winnetou…
          May died in 1912–there is every likelihood Hitler and his generations viewed the Red Skins through May’s lenses as fearless warriors defeated by greater fire power and cunning but worthy of respect, unlike the jews, whose image in Hitler’s time was of greedy and parasitic cowards.
          Aryans the Red Skins were not, but they were “braves” and taught the German readership that you should make sure you have greater fire power.

          • pgg804 July 27, 2012 at 5:35 am #

            I have never read May’s books but I heard about them from my parents. I didn’t know his books were so successful beyond Germany.

            At the end of WW II, two new superpowers emerged that would run the world. Americans knew they lived in the most powerful country in the world (the people in the USSR knew that about their country). Americans tend to think the whole world revolves around them. But until the end of WW I European powers called all the shots. No one consulted with the Americans. Europe had its own issues and the countries were concerned with each other. Europe did not have blacks or American-Indians so they were a non-issue (except for colonial policies). To the degree there was prejudice towards these people it was no greater than in the USA and probably far less. Blacks and American Indians were a non-issue in Europe. European prejudice was towards each other.

            But I once read in one of Chomsky’s books that Churchill was a bigot towards many of the darker peoples and he referred to Arabs as “niggers”. I don’t think Germans had mnuch to do with these people, maybe because Germany did not have the colonial empire England did. If Hitler was a bigot, it was toward Slavs and Jews. But I don’t think being a bigot or racist was that unusual in those days.

            Living in the USA, I have met people of many different backgrounds. One thing many people have in common is their ignorance about world history. Some talk about NAZIS and blacks or other non-Euroean minorities in the same breath and tie this into WW II. These Americans simply have no idea about anything when it comes to world history or WW II. They have no idea what the war was about and the events and issues that led to the war. They are simply stupid.

            One of the biggest distortions spread is about Hitler and Jesse Owens. Germans, including Hitler spent about as much time thinking about Jesse Owens and other african-Americans as Americans spend today thinking about the people living in the Faroe Islands and for the record, Owens said he was treated like shit in the USA and that didn’t change one bit when he came back from Berlin. He said the Germans treated him very well.

            Three years ago a German reporter who was at the 1936 Olympiocs said he saw Hitler shake Owens hand. Like every other country, I’m sure Germans wanted to see their athletes to win. But Owens received huge cheers from the crowd and his German opponent (Luz Long) in the long jump took him to the side and showed him how to measure his stride after Owens had faulted his first few jumps. Owens then successfully jumped and won the gold medal while Long won the silver medal. Meanwhile in the USA blacks were still called “niggers” by the American crowd in the 1950’s when they first entered professional baseball and this went on until the early 1960’s.


  3. happeh July 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    “Have the occupied Palestinian territories become the ‘Native American Reservation’ of our time? ”

    Nice try.

    The Palestinian Territories are the Nazi Concentration Camps of our times.

    • Ridwan Sheikh July 26, 2012 at 2:00 am #

      It really does go beyond that. Just like the Native Americans, the Palestinians have a rich history in being re-located in order to pave the way for Jewish settlements.

  4. who_me July 26, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    there are many ways the zionazi/fascist establishment can delegitimise a site opposed to jp/fascism. spamming a site with zionist propaganda (ala as in khalid/laura promoting the zionazi terrorism against the people of syria) is one way to neutralise it. another way is to spam it with obvious and subtle bigotry. still another is to spam it with material resuscitating obvious war criminals, portraying them as kuel dudes. cheering zionazis and nazis amounts to the same thing – they were on the same side, the ones with a lot money and able to control countries and continents.

  5. etominusipi July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    the Palestinians are agrarian, the native Americans were hunter-gatherers.

    they have both been victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

    i’d give this these a low pass mark for trying. but i don’t think it sheds much light on process.

    as for ‘propaganda value’, it scores negative. reminding the average US joe that he is descended from a racist, homicidal settler culture might seem just the thing to get him cheering for the bullies of Tel Aviv.

    isn’t Christian zionism, which is intellectually incoherent, in part a bizarre expression of guilt?

  6. who_me July 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm #


    “the Palestinians are agrarian, the native Americans were hunter-gatherers.”

    the vast majority of the native american peoples were agrarian. one of falsities of american history, as usually taught, is that europeans settled the new world. the new world was already completely settled when they arrived, and had been for 1000s of years.

  7. etominusipi July 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    thank you, who_me, for that important point of information.