Ein Hod and the Israeli Sin: Israeli Artists Participating Actively In The Zionist Crime
14 December 2010
By Gilad Atzmon
Israeli press reported today that the wildfire,
which has been raging in northern Israel since
Thursday, continued to spread on Saturday morning,
burning houses in the pastoral artists' village
which lies on the road to Haifa is an Israeli artists'
colony. It is located at the foot of Mount Carmel,
overlooking the Mediterranean coast. In the fifties,
a group of Jewish artists decided to make Ein Hod
into their home. They built studios and workshops.
Ein Hod is the only artists' village in Israel,
one of the few in the world. Israel and Israelis are
very proud of their artists' colony. Israelis are
totally devastated by the impact of the fire on their
beloved artist village.
there is something Israelis may prefer to hide.
Ein Hod's new artistic habitants are far from
being innocent. Ein Hod is in fact Ayn
Aawd, a 1948 ethnically cleansed Palestinian
village. Unlike very many other Palestinian villages
Ayn Awadwas not
destroyed. Though its habitants were brutally
expelled, most of the houses remained intact. The
Israeli Artists, are basically a bunch of plunderers.
They also turned the village mosque into a
restaurant/bar, the "Bonanza". It is obviously clear
that the Israeli artist community participated
actively in the Zionist crime.
uprooted Palestinian villagers who survived the 1948
invasion built a new village near by, also called
Ayn Hawd. Far from being surprising, the new
village is not legally recognized by the Israeli
government. It is denied all municipal services
(including water, electricity, and roads). In the
1970s the Israeli government erected a fence around
this new village in order to prevent it from
expanding. As it happens, Israeli artists dwell in
Palestinian homes while the dispossessed indigenous
owners are living in poverty around the corner with no
running water or electricity.
In the last
six decades the JNF planted millions of pine trees
around Israeli villages and towns. These newly
planted forests were there to hide traces of
Palestinian civilization and the 1948 Nakba. Ein
Hod also surrounded itself with pine trees. It
helped the Artists to concentrate on creative matters
and to evade the misery in Ayn Hawd. It
allows the artists to engage with ‘beauty' and avoid
the sin they are entangled with. Seemingly, the forest
between Ein Hod and Ayn Hawd is now
burned. Nature found its way to confront the Israelis
with his and her past and present. Yet, I am far from
being convinced whether the Israelis can be morally
awaken to the disastrous reality they are complicit
is just a symbol of Israeli morbidity. It is a symbol
of ethical blindness. But it is also a symptom of
In spite of
its military might, its ‘technological superiority',
its air force, its nuclear capacity and AIPAC, Israel
doesn't know how to deal with fire. It fails to deal
with the most banal domestic issues. Israel has been
caught begging the world to come to its rescue.
Zionism that was there to bring to life an authentic,
self-sufficient, civilized and ethical Jew has failed
all the way through.