Letter to Editor: Response to Ramzy Baroud's Ten Principles to Guide the Young Activist

By Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
February 04, 2014
À propos of the excellent advice from the stellar Palestinian journalist, Ramzy Baroud, to young Palestinian activists appearing in the column titled: Ten Principles to Guide the Young Activist, I would like to observe that Mr. Ramzy Baroud only forgot to mention that without the young activist also intimately learning the Art of War, Machiavelli, and the diabolical basis for the evolving tunes of the Mighty Wurlitzer, and wage a real struggle against the prime-movers rather than continually focussing on the foot-soldiers and trigger-pullers, that battle of Activism for justice will remain still-born!
It is more than just lamentable that most Palestinians, activist or not, in this day and age of iphones and ipads, do not even know to whom the Balfour Declaration is addressed. The primary document that instrumented their subjugation and almost a century long oppression, they strangely remain unaware of, while being expert in tweeting text messages and pouring their heart out in volumes on facebook. While many have surely heard of the document, almost none of the outspoken lot in Diaspora has evidently actually read it – if one is permitted to conclude their ignorance by their omissions that is.
Who, or what forces have deprived the latter day Palestinians of this knowledge of their own history?
How can the young activist wage an effective struggle against the long-running, systematic, and piece-meal usurpation of his homeland when diligent intellectualism has been replaced by plentiful talk by the ignorant activist to the equally ignorant Western audiences; by weekend street protest more in catharsis than in effectiveness before returning happily to the pursuit of the 'American Dream' the remaining days of the week; and by ineffective emotional sloganeering and book publishing rather than effective intellectual combat against a most diabolical adversary? Especially for the Palestinians holding on to their keys in their forced Diaspora where no one is shooting them and their brothers and sisters in the eyes?
The safety enjoyed by the Palestinian activist in the West is all but lost to his and her unwitting ignorance of, or witting silence on, the most diabolical methods employed, and still continue to be employed, in the theft and ongoing military occupation of Palestine. Whatever the Palestinian activist can say today has been said many times even by the oppressors themselves. What they don't say is what no one else is saying either.
This is what makes the Palestinian struggle continually futile --- the excellent “Buddhist” advice to keep the self and the ego in check by Mr. Ramzy Baroud notwithstanding. That general advice is useful for us all. But not particularly useful for waging an effective struggle to reclaim Palestine for the rightful owners.
The Palestinian activist neither really knows the enemy, nor evidently understands his own self, his own myopia, his own limitations as a victim whereby he continually tends to play the victim just like his nemesis, the eternal victims. He continually reaches for the straw handed him by the Western freedoms to purchase his silence on the most crucial prime-movers in exchange for securely pursuing his 'American Dream'; he looks to his own oppressors' civilization to speak for the Palestinian cause; happily accepts awards from them for his outspoken narratives of the theft of his own homeland; and then pats himself on the back for his great effort while still crying himself to sleep at night. As per Sun Tzu in The Art of War:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.’ --- Sun Tzu, The Art of War, circa 500 BC.
To remedy that lamentable fact of inefficacy, I include below the text and image of the Balfour Declaration. Item zero, or at least item eleven, on Mr. Ramzy Baroud's list ought to have been the advice to young activist to study it most carefully --- for it contains the elusive key which both unlocks and unravels the mystery behind their travails; the first step in ending it:
The Balfour Declaration addressed to Lord Rothschild November 2nd 1917
Caption The Balfour Declaration main text: Dear Lord Rothschild, ‘His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavor to facilitate the achievement of this object. it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.’ (signed) Arthur Balfour, Foreign Office, November 2nd, 1917.
A careful examination of this super Machiavellian text reveals that the Balfour Declaration permitted the Jews, solely by the fiat of imperial power, to live in any country in the world while simultaneously making the Jewish state in Palestine their new home without jeopardizing their “rights and political status” in their home country of birth or citizenship. Notice that the wording of the Balfour Declaration does not even mention the indigenous peoples of Palestine by name, only referring to them as “non-Jewish communities in Palestine”. It further does not mention their general “rights and political status” as a people as it does for the Jews, but only refers to some narrower “civil and religious rights” as “non-Jewish communities”. While on first glance these might appear equivalent to the layman, on careful examination with the eyes of a shrewd lawyer, the local “non-Jewish communities” are not accorded the same general unspecified “rights and political status”, as are the transplanted Jewish people in the land of another granted to the Jews.
While bearing only a few short imperial proclamations, the Balfour Declaration is the most treacherously worded document of its kind in the history of colonization. Observe the magic of its linguistics, wherein, the Palestinian peoples are not referred to as a “people”, but only as “non-Jewish communities”. Whereas, the same document refers to the Jews as “the Jewish people”. The simple, largely agrarian, indigenous Palestinian population, uninformed of the vagaries of deceit and the Machiavellian use of legalisms and linguistics, from day one were deprived of political status by the very wording of the Balfour Declaration.
The Palestinian activist also better come to learn to pronounce that name, Lord Rothschild, and what magical powers it possess such that an entire land grant by the British Empire, land which was not theirs to grant, is gratuitously issued specifically in that name! What forces must have prevailed upon the British empire which had previously no love lost for the Jews, to suddenly issue such an unjust proclamation?
Both, the young Palestinian activist as well as the seasoned Palestinian journalist who have experienced the fourteen feet tall separation walls in their homeland, and have survived the daily hell of the Israeli gun-turrets and checkpoints targeting their family and loved ones, are continually fooled into believing that the “Iron Wall” mentioned in the diabolical statement of Vladimir Jabotinsky's 1923 missive, The Iron Wall, represents that physical separation wall, or the Jewish guns, or the checkpoints, or the Zionist lobby in Washington:
'This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through.' --- Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923
Unless the Palestinian activist can understand that diabolical construct of the “Iron Wall”, and what power makes it independent of the “local population”, no “Buddhist” style advice is likely to make even a tiny chink in the inhuman armor which protects the theft of their land even today.
It is a power which lends the greatest graft in modern times, a pious moral cloak of respectability before which all Western powers, without exception, bow as they might bow before a deity:
'Two brief remarks: In the first place, if anyone objects that this point of view is immoral, I answer: It is not true; either Zionism is moral and just or it is immoral and unjust. But that is a question that we should have settled before we became Zionists. Actually we have settled that question, and in the affirmative. We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmet agree with it or not. There is no other morality.' --- Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923
What is the power behind that definition of Zionist “morality”?
All questions raised by this Letter to Editor are addressed, of course only to my admittedly still constrained understanding of the matter due to my limited abilities, in my book: Undoing the Theft of Palestine. It only opens a new chapter in the book of struggle, an uncompromising chapter; it is not the final chapter. That, I hope, will be written by the Palestinians themselves, someday. One day!
Undoing The Theft Of Palestine - From Genocide to Genesis in Zero Compromise By Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org First Edition October 2013
Please print and give a copy to a Zionist friend or enemy, as well as to a Palestinian friend, to let them both know that Palestinians are not alone in their struggle. It is a common struggle of all mankind against the primacy of common predators. And we know who these primates are!
That is the principal message which the young activist must take to heart and mind, along with the wonderful pearls of general personal wisdom offered by Mr. Ramzy Baroud. One can only admire him – the son of a freedom fighter. As a Muslim, I can only say: God Bless, regardless of his own personal beliefs and creed.
Thank you.
Zahir Ebrahim
California, United States,

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