Mahmoud Darwish, the poet of Palestine, wrote in State of Siege: "In a land where the dawn sears - We have become more doltish - And we stare at the moments of victory. There is no starry night in our nights of explosions. Our enemies stay up late; they switch on their light in the intense darkness of this tunnel." Palestine was the biblical real estate most desired by many Jews as a national homeland. It, though, was not an empty land waiting for the Jews to establish their contemplated state. With Israel's "immaculate" conception in 1948 the Palestinians were forcibly evicted, brutalised and conveniently removed from all material or critical considerations. They were denied their right as a people and never considered as humans of any importance. In the world of today where the very denial of the "Holocaust" is deemed a criminal act, the same perpetrated by Israel is seen as their given right. Many Jews think that there are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing. A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. This argument goes to the heart of a dominant strand of Jewish thinking. The state of Israel was created with the motto being "never forget" (the "holocaust"). Their acts today speak of wilful amnesia as they eagerly set about destroying a people. The ferocity itself speaks of someone set out to vindicate the holocaust. That the people they choose to do so had nothing to do with it never seems to rein in their pent up demons. Matan Vilnai, Israel's deputy defence minister went so far as threatening the thoroughly tormented Gazans with a holocaust. Speaking to the Israeli army radio, Vilnai said: "The more Qassam rockets fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, the Palestinians will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our power to defend ourselves." Israel blatantly bulldozes all resolutions and conventions, secure in the knowledge that in this New World Order of selective morality it has a carte blanche to do so. It however justifies its repeated acts of aggression citing Article 51 of the UN Charter. It ignores the fact that the UN mandates this right subject to the scale and gravity of the attack. On the same premise Israel responded to Hezbollah's 'provocation' in 2006. Israel's Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, then, threatened to "turn back the clock in Lebanon by twenty years," back to the dark days of civil war when Israel allegedly killed twenty thousand civilians. The brutal Israeli 2006 offensive of Lebanon caused the deaths of over four hundred people, mostly civilians, many of them children. The war also displaced seven hundred thousand people and turned Beirut to rubble. In a horrific display of cold-blooded brutality Israel bombed ports, bridges, power stations, motorways, neighbourhoods, mosques, churches, the airport, a lighthouse, hospitals and people fleeing in their cars. The present onslaught on Gaza is actually a merciless and brutal rampage of murder and terror waged against a blockaded, beleaguered and starved people who want to survive and be free. Were these not the aspirations of the hounded Jews under the Nazi occupation? The West led by America and Britain portray the inhabitants of Israel as a people who faced "horrors" at the hands of Hitler only to be preyed upon yet again by Hamas, the "Nazis" of today. People, whose very survival from a meal to the other is an ordeal, are vilified as vampires set out to annihilate an armed to the teeth nuclear Israel. Today the major Western media, in a Jewish choke-hold, maliciously indicts an elected Hamas as the mother of all problems; as if all was hunky-dory before. It also portrays the current onslaught in Gaza as the first time Israelis are massacring Palestinians. The reality is that Israel has been killing Palestinians since 1948, forty years before Hamas was founded and seventy-five years before it was elected in a free and fair election. The massacres and atrocities are of such magnitude that prominent Israeli academic and author Ilan Pape was moved to record the same in his book, aptly titled The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Hamas has also been coerced, over time, to lay down arms and recognise Israel. The perpetual bloodshed and misery of the Palestinians is hardly a preamble to encourage that. Yasser Arafat shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin for forging the Oslo peace accords. He also was the first Palestinian leader to recognise Israel only to be branded a "terrorist" and rewarded with Israel bombing his compound time and again. He was put under house arrest till he was airlifted, fatally sick, to die in a Paris hospital. The hapless President, Mahmoud Abbas, cannot leave Ramallah without an Israeli permit. He also can do nothing to prevent Israeli military from assassinating and kidnapping Palestinian leaders, bombing and killing his own police force even in the West Bank. The erection of a 703-kilometer ("Berlin") wall to fence the West Bank is purportedly yet another act of Israeli self-defence. The International Court of Justice, in a 2004 decision, declared the construction illegal. Ironically the wall is set to be completed next year. The apathy of the Muslim world on this atrocity, as it has been with Kashmir, Afghanistan and Iraq, are writ as large as never before. Israeli planes use Egyptian air space to bomb Gaza that of Pakistan was used to devastate Afghanistan. Kuwait allowed its territory to be used for the occupation of Iraq while Saudi Arabia and Qatar are willing hosts to American military presence on their soil. The Arab League and OIC, toothless as they are, have even given up on the traditionally pathetic hand-wringing colloquy. The Bush era meant nothing but disaster for the world. His legacy is one of brutal wars and global economic chaos. The world was forced to believe that 9/11 changed the world hence giving some a license to occupy and kill. If, in the process, children and innocents got killed it was justified as nothing but that grotesque term in vogue; "collateral damage." Everything Bush touched turned to dust and ashes. The "birth pangs of a new Middle East" have morphed into painful throes of death. The catastrophic flash-points he leaves behind call for a fair and powerful mediator. The (hapless) United Nations has a given framework for arbitration but in reality it is (ironically) only the United States that can effectively work towards the re-creation of Palestine and also persuade Israel to accept the same. Jews influence all spheres of life in America. Any move seen to undermine Israel, as any "concession" to the Palestinians is viewed, is deemed a political kiss of death on Capitol Hill. President elect Obama will have to break away from these shackles and taboos at the very onset. If he gets caught up in the vortex of precedents he will jeopardise his own promised "change". It is impossible that a chaotic Middle East will usher in his promised "change" even within his own homeland. It is also imperative that the paradigm of "self-defence" and its umbilical surrogate "the War On Terror" be changed. It is time that the un-ending tragedy of Palestinians comes to an end with nothing less but the re-creation of a usurped Palestine. The writer is a freelance columnist E-mail: