[From the wife of the late Willis Carto. Jan]
To all Friends of Willis February 1, 2020
The new year started out with a big announcement by President Trump: Peace in the Middle East, promises made. But can these actually be fulfilled? The Palestinian leadership immediately turned the idea down, believing it to be a sham which will cost them dearly. Americans generally have no sympathy for Palestinians; the media and political powers in Washington have seen to that. There is more support in Europe for a country of their own, as they used to have. Outside the US Israel is often criticized in general; Americans have little knowledge of this. Only the US and Israel have declared Hamas a terrorist organization. Other Europeans and Asians don’t apply that degrading assignment to the Palestinian authorities. The Palestinians have been misled and lied to from the beginning of the founding of the State of Israel. It was their blood and sweat that turned a desert a thousand years ago into blooming gardens. British treachery drove them out of their homeland into Jordan where today refugees still are waiting to go home. Who has the right to their land? In 2013 the Jewish historian , Shlomo Sand , wrote a book: The Invention of the Jewish People in which he clearly explains who the original inhabitants were . DNA tests have proven that only 2% of present-day Israelis actually have a genetic link to Israel. Every Palestinian, according to these DNA tests, has more rights to that land than the Israelis of today . Starting with WW1, Jews came from Poland, Russia and Germany. But, as so often, might makes rights , and the Palestinians have been subjected to scorn and hate simply be asking to return to their homeland.
Watching Pres. Trump’s announcement in a press conference of the blessings that will be bestowed upon the hapless, powerless Palestinians, one can only wonder at the simplistic proposals he is promoting. They will have their own country, he states. On looking closer one realizes that they will keep their existing pockets of villages surrounded by Jewish “settlers “. Many of these were originally from Brooklyn and are the most rabid Arab haters. Should Mr. Trump be successful, it would be the miracle of this century. But with Bibi and Jared in charge of making peace between the Palestinians and Israelis, he should have perhaps considered less tainted negotiators, who really would be truly interested in peace having no axe to grain as those two.
Dr Robert John, who was a good friend to Willis and his work, wrote the attached article in the 1990s I believe. Willis had it reprinted in 1997. Dr. John was a well-known scholar and historian; his credentials go back to England, studying at the University of London King’s College . From 1966-1967, he was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of the 2-volume Palestinian Diary, published in 1970. It is still in print; check with Amazon. You will not find another essay like the attached by Robert John. Please read and inform yourself of the facts. Britain’s Balfour declaration of 1917—A critique.