The Other Face of Terror



“The present catastrophe may be laid almost entirely at your dooré. This will have the most frightful consequences in bloody chaos beyond anything ever hinted at in Palestine before.

éWe in the Arab world were stunned to hear that you permit open advertisements in newspapers asking for money to finance these terrorists, to arm them openly and deliberately for murder. We could not believe this could really happen in the modern world. Now we must believe it: we have seen the advertisements with our own eyes.”

To those who know the history of the Palestinian problem, it is not surprising that this statement was made by an Arab leader. It was made by King Abdullah (the first) of Jordan in 1947. The king said it in a letter titled “As The Arabs See The Jews” addressed to the American People and published in the American Magazine in November of that year. The terrorists he was referring to were the organized Zionist gangs that were roaming the Palestinian countryside, murdering innocent Palestinians and ‘motivating’ others to leave their homes and vacate the area. The objective of the Zionist terrorists was to cleanse the land of Palestine from its indigenous Arab population to make way for European Jewish immigrants who were ‘returning to their ancestral home in Israel.’

Since the administration of Harry Truman, successive U.S. Administrations have consistently sided with the Zionists in their dream for a homeland in Palestine. Starting in the early 1930s, but especially during the period 1945 through 1947, Arab leaders including Ibn Saud and King Abdullah, warned the United States and their western allies that their policies toward the indigenous population of Palestine was on the path of disaster. The warnings were repeated by many subsequent Arab leaders, especially by Anwar Sadat of Egypt in the 1970s and King Hussein of Jordan in the 1980s. The disaster was predicted not only for Middle Eastern nations but for the US and the other western democracies also.

King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, reportedly lectured Franklin D. Roosevelt on the ‘law of the desert’ when the two leaders met on the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal on February 14, 1945. When asked about his opinion and feelings about the anticipated ‘Jewish homeland in Palestine’, the king told FDR that he (the king) didn’t know how things were normally done in the west among big powers, but he knew a lot about the law of the desert. When two tribes have a dispute, the king is reported to have told FDR, and one wrongs the other, the party that is wronged exacts retribution from the perpetrating party; it doesn’t go to a third party to cause further harm. You, the Allies, seem to be allowing the Germans, the perpetrators of crimes against the Jews, to go free. You are also allowing and even encouraging the Jews, the wronged party, to take the land of a third party, the Palestinians, who had no part in the conflict and have wronged no one. You won the war against Germany; why don’t you give a piece of Germany to the Jews as their homeland and leave Palestine alone? While it appears that FDR accepted the king’s convincing answer and promised the king that the rights of the Palestinians will be respected, this understanding didn’t seem to have survived our great president.

In 1947, in his letter to the American People referenced above, King Abdullah of Jordan attempted to inform the American people about the history of Palestine:

Our case is quite simple: For nearly 2,000 years Palestine has been almost 100 per cent Arabé. I was puzzled for a long time about the odd belief which apparently persists in America that Palestine has somehow “always been a Jewish land.” Recently an American I talked to cleared up this mystery. He pointed out that the only things most Americans know about Palestine are what they read in the Bible. It was a Jewish land in those days, they reason, and they assume it has always remained soé.

Such fragmentary records as we have indicate that the Jews were wandering nomads from Iraq who moved to southern Turkey, came south to Palestine, stayed there a short time, and then passed to Egypt, where they remained about 400 years. About 1300 BC (according to your calendar) they left Egypt and gradually conquered most-but not all-of the inhabitants of Palestineé.

Only once, during the empire of David and Solomon, did the Jews ever control nearly-but not all-the land which is today Palestine. This empire lasted only 70 years, ending in 926 BC. Only 250 years later the Kingdom of Judah had shrunk to a small province around Jerusalem, barely a quarter of modern Palestine.

In 63 BC the Jews were conquered by Roman Pompey, and never again had even the vestige of independence. The Roman Emperor Hadrian finally wiped them out about 135 AD. He utterly destroyed Jerusalem, rebuilt under another name, and for hundreds of years no Jew was permitted to enter it. A handful of Jews remained in Palestine but the vast majority were killed or scattered to other countries, in the Diaspora, or the Great Dispersion. From that time Palestine ceased to be a Jewish country, in any conceivable sense.”

While King Abdullah’s letter presented a very good defense of why the United States and its western allies shouldn’t have helped and encouraged European Jews to dispossess the Palestinians of their homeland, he failed to site another major historical fact.

In his book “The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and Its Heritage,” renowned author Arthur Keostler painstakingly presents evidence that the European Jews ‘returning to Palestine’ never really had ancestors that came from Palestine. Koestler points out that European Jews are predominantly from Khazar origin. The Khazar Empire extended through a large area in Eastern Europe and north western Asia, with their major strength centered between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (referred to by the Arabs even today as The Sea of The Khazar). The Khazar Empire thrived from the seventh to the eleventh century when the Islamic conquests were progressing at lightening speed to the north in one direction, and to the west through the North African coast and southwestern Europe in the other direction. During the Islamic invasion by the Arabs in their northerly direction, the Khazar Empire was squeezed between two superpowers of the time, the Moslem Arabs and the Christian Byzantines. The Khazars were responsible for having retarded the advance of the Arab invasion, but they eventually met defeat in a major battle in AD 737 although they were able to continue the rule of their empire.

According to Koestler, the entire Khazar Empire, starting with their royal court and their military elite, converted to Judaism in mass around AD 740 to avoid potential forced conversion into Islam by the Arab invaders or to Christianity by the Byzantines. Eventually, the Khazar Empire was wiped out by the forces of Genghis Khan and most of the survivors immigrated primarily into present day’s Poland but eventually also into Russia and most other parts of Europe. Koestler goes on to provide evidence that the compelling majority of today’s Jews, especially those who came from Russia and Eastern Europe, and eventually immigrated to the United States, never really had Middle Eastern lineage. About the majority of today’s Jews, Keostler believes “étheir ancestors came not from the Jordan but from the Volga, not from Canaan but from the Caucasus, once believed to be the cradle of the Aryan race; and that genetically they are more closely related to the Hun, Uigur and Magyar tribes than to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” He explains that the dogma of the Chosen Race is a farce and the theory of ‘return’ of the European Jews to ‘The Land of Israel’ is a hoax.

It is obvious today that the only things most Americans know about Palestine are still from what they read in the Bible, from what is preached by unsuspecting Christian Zionists and from what the biased news media bombards them with, generally myths created by Israel and its public misinformation campaign. Our representatives in Congress, who are subservient to their re-election campaign contributors and to major financiers of such campaigns such as AIPAC, have generally repeated the mistruths scripted for them by Israel and the pro Zionist lobby.

While the terror attacks by the Palestinian radicals are reprehensible and are strongly condemned by the United States and the western allies, none of the western politicians uttered a word against the terror that was perpetrated by the founders of Israel. They conveniently forget that, in recent history, it was the Zionist gangs in Palestine who invented terror in the Middle East and introduced it to Palestine.

The Israeli Professor from Haifa University, Ilan Pappe, has recently stated that “éthe Jewish State was built on the ruins of the indigenous people of Palestine, whose livelihood, houses, culture and land had been systematically destroyed.” He is in the process of being expelled from his post for clearly uncovering the terror that caused the Palestinian Nakba. Such terror as used by the Zionist gangs included massacres of entire population of Palestinian villages after which news of the events was deliberately circulated to frighten the Palestinian population and make them leave their homes. They included bombs planted in various sections of Arab cities, which were intended to cause indiscriminate death, damage and fear. They included the demolition of entire villages, expulsion of their inhabitants and their replacement with imported European Jews. They included assassinations of international personalities including the head of the UN mission to Palestine. They included methods and locations that are still, today, being uncovered by Israelis of conscience like Professor Ilan Pappe. The most recent invasions of Palestinian Areas by the Israeli Defense Forces in the name of eliminating terrorists is a lame excuse for the continuous deliberate destruction of the Palestinian Society which the Zionists plotted early in the 20th century and have been implementing since 1948.

We in the U.S. have never spoken against this other face of terror, the Zionist terror of 1948 which continued through the most recent terror of invasions and assassinations. More regrettably, this other face of terror was financed by our aid to Israel, subsidized by U.S. tax payers and carried out with U.S. military equipment. What the Zionists did in Palestine, creating a “Jewish” state at the expense of oppressing, colonizing and enslaving the indigenous Palestinians should not be allowed to stand. The land must now be shared and the rights of the Palestinians must be fully restored. The Palestinians have no power to accomplish this objective on their own and need our help and the help of the world community.

One need not speculate that Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdullah gave the same lecture to George W. Bush on the ‘law of the desert’ that his father Ibn Saud gave FDR, when the two leaders met recently in Texas. Prince Abdullah brought with him an Arab plan to forgive the Zionists for their transgressions against the Palestinians and allow them to correct their mistakes by sharing the land with equal rights and opportunities for Israelis and Palestinians. It is about time we heeded Ibn Saud’s lecture and King Abdullah’s words when he told the American public: “The present catastrophe may be laid almost entirely at your door….” Let’s end the occupation and oppression and let’s find an equitable solution even if we, the only super power in the world, have to force such a solution.


Writer’s Note: The complete version of King Abdullah’s letter “As The Arabs See The Jews” is obtainable from the November 1947 issue of The American Magazine, copies of which are available from the archives of any respectable reference library. It is also available from the Web site of the Jordanian government archives.


Michael S. Ladah is a Friends Boys School graduate (class of 1958). He is the author of “Quicksand, Oil and Dreams: The Story of One of Five Million Dispossessed Palestinians.”

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