[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsvIT4xXglk]Miko Peled – Myths of 1967
Published on Feb 28, 2013
At U of T Scarborough campus I had the chance to speak briefly with Miko Peled, a peace and justice activist originally from Israel. He is known for recently publishing his book: The General’s Son, which tells of his experience as an Israeli in Palestine. His father was General Matti Peled, famous for his role in the 1967 War (The Six Day War) in which Israel fought its Arab neighbours and seized the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights and started its expansionist policies.
General Matti Peled is also famous for obstructing the narrative that Israel was under an existential threat in 1967. One of Matti Peled’s more famous quotes explains: “To pretend that the Egyptian forces massed on our frontiers were in a position to threaten the existence of Israel constitutes an insult not only to the intelligence of anyone capable of analyzing this sort of situation, but above all an insult to Zahal (Israeli military).”
The idea that Israel is constantly under an existential threat is a complete myth that is continually retold by pro-Israel groups that attempt to shift the narrative away from the reality that Israel is the regional power and can dictate the situation on the ground while operating a brutal occupation and policies of land appropriation and discrimination based on ethnic criteria.
Miko Peled has been an activist for the one-state solution and has been speaking to people all over the world about what he feels is the inevitable democracy that will replace the state of Israel. “The problem is Zionism and the solution is dismantling the Zionist framework and instituting a secular democracy that does not discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians.” – Miko Peled