The Holy Land Unveiled
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Americans assume that suicide bombers are driving the “Israeli-
Palestinian conflict.” And yet the death toll of Palestinians in the
last four years is six times greater than that of the Israelis. This is
true if you are counting civilians only, or counting both civilians
and combatants. The number of wounded is more than seven times greater
among the Palestinians than it is among the Israelis.
In the year 2004, the death toll of Palestinian children was actually
22 times higher than that of Israeli children. There were 179 Palestinian
children killed as compared to eight Israeli children, but the
media would have you believe that the figures are reversed.
Do not believe it.
In a detailed study of The New York Times in 2004, it
was discovered that they reported the
deaths of Israelis at a rate 3.6 times their reporting
on the deaths of Palestinians. The Times covered the
deaths of Israeli children 7.3 times as much as they
did the deaths of Palestinian kids. For the other
media, the distortion was even greater.
The major networks
reported on the deaths of Israeli children up to 13 times as
much as they reported on the deaths of Palestinian children, revealing a purposeful bias
designed to brainwash viewers.
But the death toll is only part of the story. Palestine, or the meager part of it that is left—that
which is supposed to have been “given” to the Palestinians for their state—is being destroyed and/or
stolen on a daily basis by the occupying Israeli military and by illegal Israeli settlers. Land is confiscated;
olive trees uprooted; homes demolished; political activists targeted and murdered; and
honest journalists gunned down as they attempt to cover these incidents.
The economy is intentionally undermined by the Israeli policy of closure and curfew. Restrictive
legislation against the Arab Israelis in Israel proper makes it difficult for them to function. Arbitrary
arrest and torture in the Occupied Territories make the lives of Palestinians a constant torment.
Years of distorted coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has led most Americans to believe
that it is the violence of Palestinians that prevents their dream of a state. In fact, it is a policy of the
government of Israel. This policy is nothing short of genocide.
While American media covers the minutiae of the so-called peace process, Israel continues to
consolidate its control over the West Bank. How it does so is described in my new book, The Holy
I spoke to businessmen and Palestinian National Authority officials and employees of non-governmental
organizations. I also spoke to cabdrivers, waiters and families in refugee camps. I spoke
with mothers and fathers and people who had spent time in Israeli prisons. My statistics were garnered
from human rights organizations, some of them Israeli. I saw it all with my own eyes.
It is important for Americans to come to grips with the truth about this situation. Our extremely biased policy toward Israel and our unwillingness
to see the results are undermining our credibility in
the Middle East—and everywhere else. More importantly,
it enables Israel to make the lives of
Palestinians a living hell (those who are not shot).
They are a people worn out by the daily struggle
for survival against all odds. As it is unlikely that
the status quo will change, it is equally unlikely that
the future for Palestinians will improve unless
Americans can read the truth.
I hope you will take the time to read this book
and to think about them.
In a democracy such as ours, the responsibility
for foreign policy ultimately rests with the people.
For this reason it is important that Americans have
a greater understanding of one of the most long-lived
conflicts that is uniquely affected by American
foreign policy. Only then can we all help save
the people of the Holy Land from genocide.
- Jenifer Dixon