Fake Quotes

FORGED, FAKED, AND MISLEADING QUOTES
invented or promoted to demonize parties to the
middle east conflict and undermine moderates
seeking peaceful reconciliation

 

FORGED QUOTE:
We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Reelection -of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

This is an outright Hamas forgery.
here (Op-Ed pg 2) and here

 

FORGED QUOTE:
Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.

This anti-Semites' wet dream was also invented by Hamas.
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FAKED QUOTE:
We must expel Arabs and take their places.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
David Ben Gurion, future Prime Minister of Israel, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985
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Actually, Ben Gurion wrote the opposite: “We need not expel Arabs”. When the original document in the Israeli archives was discovered to have been tampered with, Benny Morris, the historian credited with publicizing the falsified version, retracted his report. Here's a good account of the incident, written for a scholarly audience: (see towards bottom: Attempted falsification of archives by those using the documents):
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FORGED QUOTE:
The present map of Palestine was drawn by the British mandate. The Jewish people have another map which our youth and adults should strive to fulfill -- From the Nile to the Euphrates.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Ben Gurion

The “Nile to the Euphrates” paranoid delusion is sometimes amusing (see Arafat's claim of a secret message on the Israeli 10 agorot coin).  No cut'n'paster I've found yet has invented a context in which David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister, is suppossed to have articulated this particular version of the pervasive fantasy of Jewish designs on Egypt and Iraq.
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FORGED QUOTE:
It lies upon the people's shoulders to prepare for the war, but it lies upon the Israeli army to carry out the fight with the ultimate object of erecting the Israeli Empire.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Moshe Dayan (Israel Defense and Foreign Minister), on February 12 1952. Radio "Israel."

First clue: Radio So-called “Israel”.
Dayan did not become Defense Minister until 1967. He didn't even become Chief of Staff until 1953. Having him boast of erecting "the Israeli empire" is just silly, but having him deliver the pronouncement on national radio at a time when he was a junior officer is particularly clumsy.

 

FORGED QUOTE:
We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum"

(In some versions this forgery is attributed to Ben Gurion)

Not content to reproduce a report that on its own merits was obnoxious and controversial (and that was rejected by the Israeli government) the forger gilded the lilly by invented a purported Israeli government confession to use violent, criminal methods.

CAMERA.org:"Civil servant Israel Koenig's report on strengthening Jewish presence in areas were revealed by the Hebrew press, vividly debated, and rejected by the government. As controversial as Koenig's proposals were, however, there was absolutely no suggestion of using “terror,” “assassination,” “intimidation,” or “land confiscations” .

 

FAKED QUOTE:
There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies. Not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred meters away, there are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Israeli president Moshe Katsav. The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2001

Katsav was talking about terrosits of Islamic Jihad and a gang calling itself "Hezbulla-Palestine" after they took credit for murdering two 13-year-olds (sometimes reported as 14-year-olds). The boys had played hooky from school and went hiking in a nearby wadi. Terrorists cornered them in a cave and smashed their heads in with rocks. here
Propagandists try to make it apppear Katsav was talking about Palestinians as a whole.

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FAKED QUOTE:

Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine,Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.

Herzl was writing about squatters camping out on purchased land (at the time he thought that land would be in Argentina). This was not, as the propagandists purport, a master plan for ethnic cleansing Palestinians. In fact, the brazeness of the propagandists' deceit is astounding when one reads the passages excised from Herzl's diary. The suppressed lines are in italics:

When we occupy the land, we shall bring immediate benefits to the state that receives us. We must expropriate gently the private property on the estates assigned to us. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly … It goes without saying that we shall respectfully tolerate persons of other faiths and protect their property, their honor, and their freedom with the harshest means of coercion. This is another area in which we shall set the entire world a wonderful example … Should there be many such immovable owners in individual areas [who would not sell their property to us], we shall simply leave them there and develop our commerce in the direction of other areas which belong to us.
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FAKED QUOTE:
Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969.


Whoever selected this quote for propoganda cut out Dayan's words: "we purchased the land from Arabs and set up Jewish villages where there had once been Arab villages". Dayan was urging coexistence as the longterm solution to the area's conflict.
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FAKED QUOTE:
We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out'
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

This does not relate to the Palestinan population as a whole, but to the Arab population of Lydda and Ramle, two towns on the road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem where the Jordanian Army (the Arab Legion) had been threatening Tel Aviv during the invasion of 1948. The Jewish commanders were fretting about about leaving "a "hostile and armed populace in our rear, where it could endanger the supply route".
The population was forcibly removed about ten miles, to behind Arab army lines.

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MISLEADING QUOTE:
One of the most enduring and deceptive slogans of Zionism was coined by Israel Zangwill almost 100 years ago: Palestine was a

"land without people for a people without land."

After paying a visit to Palestine in 1891, the Hebrew essayist Achad Ha-Am commented:
" Abroad we are accustomed to believe that Israel is almost empty; nothing is grown here and that whoever wishes to buy land could come here and buy what his heart desires. In reality, the situation is not like this. Throughout the country it is difficult to find cultivable land which is not already cultivated.


Actually, it was Lord Sheffield who coined the phrase-- half a century before the Zionist movement arose. At the time the coastal plain of the backwater Turkish province of Palestine was, indeed, desolate, with most of the population concentrated in the inland hill country.  Broadway playwright Israel Zangwill adopted the phrase, but the by-then outdated concept was already challenged by other Zionists, notably Ahad Ha'Am.

 

MISLEADING QUOTES:
"How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to."
Golda Meir, March 8, 1969.
"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed."
Golda Meir Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969

This is usually presented to portray Meir as though she were insisting that the region was unpopulated. In fact, she was asserting that there was no formal Palestinian authority, or even national identity among the region's Arab inhabitants.

Golda Meir clarified her first statement with the second one to the Washington Post.

"There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people, and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist."
Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969; The Washington Post (June 16, 1969)

That there was no distinct Palestinian nation was precisely the point argued by the most significant Palestinian leadership (though not all) throughout most of Golda Meir's life. In protesting the Balfour Declaration in 1920 Palestinians insisted that the region was not an independent unit that could be administered separately, but rather an integral part of Southern Syria here. The evolving nationalistic consciousness of the Palestinian population over the course of time, and especially after 1967, may have by today rendered that position moot, but Meir cannot be faulted for understanding the argument exactly as presented to her throughout her lifetime by Palestinian leaders.

 

FAKED QUOTE:
[The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the Beasts". New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

Begin called terrorists who target Israeli children "beasts" example
A propagandist took the phrase and made it appear he was slurring all Palestinians.

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FAKED QUOTE:
The Palestinians would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls.
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Isreali [sic] Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir,  in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988

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FAKED QUOTE:
When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.
Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983.
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FAKED QUOTE:
The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time - August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000

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FAKED QUOTE:
"Jewish blood and a goy's [gentile's] blood are not the same."
Source, as attributed in internet versions:
Israeli Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, Inferring that killing isn't murder if the victim is Gentile. Jerusalem Post, June 19,1989.


This genuine quote is a fake when it is presented as a common Jewish/Israeli attitude inherent in Zionism. In fact, the hate mongering nut who preached it was indicted for racist incitement, a crime under Israeli law.
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MISLEADING QUOTE:
"Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our time is the emergence in the newly created State of Israel of the Freedom Party (Herut), a political party closely akin in its organization, method, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties."
[Begin, and Yitzhak Shamir who were members of the party became Prime Ministers.] Albert Einstein, Hanna Arendt and other prominent Jewish Americans, writing in The New York Times, protest the visit to America of Menachem Begin, December 1948.

This text is accurate. Einstein was a signatory to the cited public letter denouncing Menachem Begin's Herut party as fascistic. But the signers were hardly denouncing Israel or Zionism in those terms. Another signer was Irma Lindheim, President of Hadassah (the Women's Zionist Organization), and others were similarly prominent leftwing Zionist activists. Einstein himself was, of course, a noted public Zionist.
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