By Jonathan Cook
"In the shadow of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's theatrics at the United
Nations last week, armed with his cartoon Iranian bomb, Israeli officials
launched a quieter, but equally combative, initiative to extinguish whatever
hopes have survived of reviving the peace process.
For the first time in its history, Israel is seeking to equate millions of
Palestinians in refugee camps across the Middle East with millions of Israeli
citizens descended from Jews who, before Israel's establishment in 1948, lived
in Arab countries....
But there is a more fundamental reason to be sceptical of this campaign.
Classifying Arab Jews as "refugees" skewers the central justification used by
Zionists for Israel's creation: that it is the natural homeland for all Jews,
and the only place where they can be safe. As a former Israeli MP, Ran Hacohen,
once observed: "I came at the behest of Zionism, due to the pull that this land
exerts, and due to the idea of redemption. Nobody is going to define me as a