[47. Rewriting the history of Palestine

If there was a Nobel prize for spreading lies and rewriting history, blind supporters of Israel would consistently win it. General Carl von Horn, the Swedish Commander of the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine from 1951 to 1963 referring to Israel's method of reporting events said: "Never in all my life had I believe the truth could be so cynically, expertly bent."

This is exactly what Betty Berenson did in her letter [45] when she referred to Palestine as a land that was "barren, swamp- and malaria-ridden, with parasitic absentee landlords" in order to justify the usurpation of the land. In 1936, Ben-Gurion, commenting on the unfolding events in a speech to the Mapai Political Committee, said that "a people which fights against the usurpation of its land will not tire so easily." In any case, the land was not barren and Moshe Dayan has admitted that "there is not a single Jewish village in this country that has not been built on the site of an Arab village."

And this is how an eyewitness, Elizabeth Elliot, described Palestine in her book Furnace of the Lord: "I saw ... hillsides which for centuries had been cultivated and terraced by Arabs, turned into desert since 1948. The Israelis had neither knowledge nor inclination to preserve the olive trees and I saw hundreds of acres of crumbling terraces, dried vines, dying trees."

July 12, 1990]