The Palestinian Authority is reverting to old oppressive tactics as its raison d’être is increasingly questioned, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
A visibly nervous Palestinian Authority (PA) has been clamping down on dissent following the cancellation earlier this week of a planned visit to Ramallah by Israel’s deputy prime minister, Shaul Mofaz.
Mofaz is widely viewed here as a war criminal for his role in the killing of thousands of Palestinian civilians, including hundreds of children, especially in the Gaza Strip, while serving as chief of staff of the Israeli army.
The cancellation of Mofaz’s visit to Ramallah came after dozens of Palestinian activists took to the street, shouting
“Mofaz assassin” and “Don’t let the child-killer enter Ramallah.”
Mofaz had intended to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, ostensibly to explore ways and means to resume stalled peace talks between Israel and the PA.
During his recent visit to the United States, Mofaz told American leaders he anticipated the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians in a few weeks.
Israeli sources, however, argued that Mofaz wanted to meet with Abbas only for publicity and in order to appear as capable of stirring the stagnant waters of the Palestinian-Israeli scene.
“This visit by this war criminal and child killer is totally unjustified. The so-called peace process is dead thanks to unending settlement expansion. So why would Abbas meet Mofaz? It is an insult to the Palestinian people, especially to the hundreds of families whose children were murdered at the hands of this criminal,” said one protester, Jamil, who gave only his first name.
Israel and most Jews view every Palestinian taking part in the resistance, even non-violent resistance against the evil occupation, a terrorist. So, don’t we have the right to call these virulent murderers terrorists?
The PA Interior Ministry deployed crack security personnel to suppress and forcefully disperse demonstrators. Eyewitnesses reported that at least six protesters sustained non-lethal injuries.
The scuffles and beatings generated a lot of anger and indignation, which culminated in Abbas’s decision to cancel the visit.
A group of activists said they had prepared a lawsuit demanding Mofaz’s arrest for war crimes upon his arrival in Ramallah.
One Fatah official was quoted as saying that Abbas decided to “delay” the meeting with Mofaz in consideration of popular opposition to it.
The Palestinian leadership, meanwhile, denied that Abbas and Mofaz were going to discuss the resumption of stalled peace talks. However, such denials seem to carry little weight in the eyes of most Palestinians. Indeed, most observers in occupied Palestine agree that the PA is eager to resume peace negotiations with Israel and is only seeking a face-saving formula to do so.
The PA leadership said repeatedly it would not resume stalled peace talks with Israel until Tel Aviv halted settlement expansion in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. But last month Abbas hinted that he would return to the negotiations table if the Israeli government agreed to release an undisclosed number of Palestinian prisoners, presumably in order to make the resumption of talks more palatable to the Palestinian public.
As no positive response came from the Israeli government, Abbas declared the peace process “clinically dead”, blaming Israel for its collapse.
Meanwhile, the PA is reverting to repressive measures that characterised its behaviour prior to the Arab Spring. For example, the PA security agencies have outlawed Al-Aqsa TV operations in the West Bank, accusing the pro-Hamas Gaza-based satellite station of incitement against Ramallah.
The press-fettering measure, coupled with the reported arrest of some pro-Hamas operatives in the West Bank, is already hindering efforts to promote reconciliation with Hamas.
Hamas has suspended the functioning of the election committee, arguing that it would be futile to hold elections at a time when the PA security agencies continued to launch a witch-hunt campaign against its supporters in the West Bank.
Another factor contributing to PA nervousness is the ascendancy to power in Cairo of Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist that is generally viewed as more sympathetic to Hamas than to Fatah.
In his keynote speech at Cairo University earlier this week, Mursi said Egypt would continue to support the Palestinian cause and pursue efforts to bring about reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.
Nonetheless, the bulk of the Fatah leadership seems to be resigned to the fact that a new reality is taking shape in Egypt and that Fatah has no choice but to deal with the new Egyptian leadership.
During the Mubarak era, the United States and Israel repeatedly pressured the regime in Cairo to bully the PA leadership into accepting Israeli dictates. Now with an Islamist president in power in Cairo, it is unlikely that the new regime will agree to play the role of “facilitator” or “enforcer” of American policy in the region.
Finally, reports revealing that the PA had asked Israel to apply for a $1 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have caused a lot of embarrassment to the PA leadership. PA officials denied any knowledge of the matter.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported last week that PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad asked the governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, to request the loan on behalf of the PA.
The IMF refused the request, arguing that it doesn’t want to set a precedent of a state taking loans for a non-state body.
The PA is facing a crushing financial crisis that has been described as the worst since its establishment 18 years ago.
Some observers view the PA decision to ask Israel to obtain an IMF loan as an expression of desperation as many donors have failed to make good on their aid pledges to the PA.
source: Ahram Weekly
Is there an institutional problem of paedophilia in the British Police Force and is that why many escape serious prosecution?
The problem in the British Police with paedophilia in their ranks has been a story that has been bubbling around for quite some time, but the mainstream media and judiciary has buried each and every case that has come to light. The first thing to note is the very careful use of words here, the British mainstream media avoid ever linking Police, Celebrities or the powerful with the word “paedophilia”, it is instead called… “Kiddie Porn” or “Child Porn” or various other euphemisms. On the other hand, if an average person is caught with images of child sex abuse they are almost always labelled as a “paedophile”.
The most recent case that has surfaced is most interesting for many reasons. Michael Vause (ex Police Officer) admitted ten counts of making indecent images & made 563 indecent images.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard how Vause was so ashamed of what he’d done that he couldn’t bring himself to speak about it, so he wrote it down to show to police.
So, let’s be clear here ~ upon being found out, he refused to speak to police at all other than in writing, hiding behind the “right of silence” to hide the full gravity of his paedophiliac crimes… What a charming man, who was working for West Yorkshire Police Force in their Professional Standards Department!
Vause admitted ten counts of making indecent images and was yesterday sentenced to a three-year community order with sex offender programme and supervision requirements.
He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for five years and must pay £85 costs.
Staggering! If this was an isolated case, then one could rule it out easily enough as a case of one lone nut-job…It is made worse when you consider that a rioter in London was recently jailed for 6 months for stealing some bottled water worth £3.50.
However, as the Daily Mail also reported today, 50 police officers have been arrested in child porn raids across the country. With Police officers being tasked with investigating child porn they inevitably come into contact with it. One can only imagine what is must be like to see all those images which are taboo and kept from the rest of society. Some Police in the course of their job must have to examine and classify pornographic images. That must have a seriously desensitising effect on some Police who are exposed to paedophiliac images. After a while it could even start to become normal to them. But being a police officer they will also know how to avoid detection. So who watches the watchers ~ who watches the police? Isn’t what we are seeing here just the tip of a much bigger Paedophilia problem within the British Police force?
- Adviser to Britain’s police chiefs jailed after downloading child porn
- Policeman killed himself after child abuse material found, inquest told
- An ex police officer who was a director of the body that runs the Great Yorkshire Show has been jailed for possessing 4,000 images of child abuse.
- Police officer accused of child porn offences found stabbed to death in ‘vigilante attack’
- A police sergeant who admitted using vile child porn websites after his fiancee reported him to colleagues was today spared jail.
- Police officer on indecent images of children charge
- An award-winning police inspector who protected Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister in the 1980s has been jailed for sending child porn to other paedophiles.
- Police officer jailed over indecent images of children
- Police officer charged with possessing indecent images
- Roads Policing officer PC Philip Strolin was charged last night and remanded in custody to appear before Swindon Magistrates’ Court today. The 50-year-old based in Buckinghamshire was arrested on Friday, November 19, and has resigned from the force.
- Philip Savidge, 26, of Alexandra Road, Burgess Hill, pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court today, Friday 2 September, to 42 offences of making and distribution of 54,323 indecent images of children, including the possession of 1,681 prohibited and extreme images.
Going back to the original story about Michael Vause, what is incredible and truly staggering beyond belief, is that the Wakefield Express article leaves you in the position of feeling sympathy for the abuser. It makes much of the suffering undergone by the Michael Vause as a result of having to resign from his job and seeking out mental health support, given his position in the community.
I rest my case…
On Thursday, the largest Presbyterian group in the United States rejected a proposal to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, three of many companies that enable and sustain the ongoing 45 years of Israel’s Military Occupation of Palestine.
The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 333-331 with two abstentions, to reject the divestment but affirmed a policy of “investment in support of peace” in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. That proposal passed with 369 for and 290 against with eight abstentions.
Rick Ufford-Chase, who served as a General Assembly moderator, the church’s highest elected office, when the divestment debate began in 2004, said he was “heartbroken” by the outcome because, “No investment will make any difference if we fail to dismantle the apparatus of the occupation,” and explained to the delegates they should be “naming the occupation for what it is: a form of apartheid. We must stand with our Palestinian brothers and sisters.”Rev. Katherine Cunningham, IPMN Vice-Moderator stated,
In reality, the divestment motion was supported by a broad alliance of Jews, Christians, and others who believe that nonviolent means such as divestment are an effective way to pressure the Israeli government into abiding by international law and respecting Palestinian human rights. It appears that church commissioners were swayed by a fear that divestment would cause irreparable harm to Jewish-Christian relations.
Photo of Christians and Jews for Divestment taken at the Presbyterian General Assembly-copyright unknown
Only if you truly love your friends do you tell them The Truth and the truth is-it is Apartheid in Israel Palestine. According to a UN report, Haaretzcolumnist Danny Rubinstein admitted that
Israel today was an apartheid State with four different Palestinian groups: those in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israeli Palestinians, each of which had a different status…even if the wall followed strictly the line of the pre-1967 border, it would still not be justified. The two peoples needed cooperation rather than walls because they must be neighbors. 
An apartheid society is much more than just a ‘settler colony’. It involves specific forms of oppression that actively strip the original inhabitants of any rights at all, whereas civilian members of the invader caste are given all kinds of sumptuous privileges.
On May 14, 1948, The Declaration of the establishment of Israel affirmed that, “The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations.”
However, reality intrudes, for “The truth which is known to all; through its army, the government of Israel practices a brutal form of Apartheid in the territory it occupies. Its army has turned every Palestinian village and town into a fenced-in, or blocked-in, detention camp.”- Israeli Minister of Education, Shulamit Aloni quoted in the popular Israeli newspaper, Yediot Acharonot, December 20, 2006.
How could a state founded on “equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants” come to be such a state of hypocrisy?
A Little History:
On July 5, 1950, Israel enacted the Law of Return by which Jews anywhere in the world, have a “right” to immigrate to Israel on the grounds that they are returning to their own state, even if they have never been there before. 
On July 14, 1952: The enactment of the Citizenship/Jewish Nationality Law, results in Israel becoming the only state in the world to grant a particular national-religious group—the Jews—the right to settle in it and gain automatic citizenship. In 1953, South Africa’s Prime Minister Daniel Malan becomes the first foreign head of government to visit Israel and returns home with the message that Israel can be a source of inspiration for white South Africans. [IBID]
In 1962, South African Prime Minister Verwoerd declares that Jews “took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. In that I agree with them, Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” [IBID]
On August 1, 1967, Israel enacted the Agricultural Settlement Law, which bans Israeli citizens of non-Jewish nationality- Palestinian Arabs- from working on Jewish National Fund lands, well over 80% of the land in Israel. Knesset member Uri Avnery stated: “This law is going to expel Arab cultivators from the land that was formerly theirs and was handed over to the Jews.” [IBID]
On April 4, 1969, General Moshe Dayan is quoted in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz telling students at Israel’s Technion Institute that “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You don’t even know the names of these Arab villages, and I don’t blame you, because these geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either… There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”[IBID]
On April 28, 1971: C. L. Sulzberger, writing in The New York Times, quoted South African Prime Minister John Vorster as saying that Israel is faced with an apartheid problem, namely how to handle its Arab inhabitants. Sulzberger wrote: “Both South Africa and Israel are in a sense intruder states. They were built by pioneers originating abroad and settling in partially inhabited areas.” [IBID]
On September 13, 1978, in Washington, D.C. The Camp David Accords are signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter. The Accords reaffirm U.N. Resolutions 242 and 338, which prohibit acquisition of land by force, call for Israel’s withdrawal of military and civilian forces from the West Bank and Gaza, and prescribe “full autonomy” for the inhabitants of the territories. Begin orally promises Carter to freeze all settlement activity during the subsequent peace talks. Once back in Israel, however, the Israeli prime minister continues to confiscate, settle, and fortify the occupied territories. [IBID]
On September 13, 1985, Rep. George Crockett (D-MI), after visiting the Israeli-occupied West Bank, compares the living conditions there with those of South African blacks and concludes that the West Bank is an instance of apartheid that no one in the U.S. is talking about. [IBID]
In July 2000, President Bill Clinton convenes the Camp David II Peace Summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. Clinton—not Barak—offers Arafat the withdrawal of some 40,000 Jewish settlers, leaving more than 180,000 in 209 settlements, all of which are interconnected by roads that cover approximately 10% of the occupied land. Effectively, this divides the West Bank into at least two non-contiguous areas and multiple fragments. Palestinians would have no control over the borders around them, the air space above them, or the water reserves under them. Barak calls it a generous offer. Arafat refuses to sign. [IBID]
August 31, 2001: Durban, South Africa. Up to 50,000 South Africans march in support of the Palestinian people. In their “Declaration by South Africans on Apartheid and the Struggle for Palestine” they proclaim: “We, South Africans who lived for decades under rulers with a colonial mentality, see Israeli occupation as a strange survival of colonialism in the 21st century. Only in Israel do we hear of ‘settlements’ and ‘settlers.’ Only in Israel do soldiers and armed civilian groups take over hilltops, demolish homes, uproot trees and destroy crops, shell schools, churches and mosques, plunder water reserves, and block access to an indigenous population’s freedom of movement and right to earn a living. These human rights violations were unacceptable in apartheid South Africa and are an affront to us in apartheid Israel.” [IBID]
October 23, 2001: Ronnie Kasrils, a Jew and a minister in the South African government, co-authors a petition “Not in My Name,” signed by some 200 members of South Africa’s Jewish community, reads: “It becomes difficult, from a South African perspective, not to draw parallels with the oppression expressed by Palestinians under the hand of Israel and the oppression experienced in South Africa under apartheid rule.” [IBID]
Three years later, Kasrils will go to the Occupied Territories and conclude: “This is much worse than apartheid. Israeli measures, the brutality, make apartheid look like a picnic. We never had jets attacking our townships. We never had sieges that lasted month after month. We never had tanks destroying houses. We had armored vehicles and police using small arms to shoot people but not on this scale.” [IBID]
April 29, 2002: Boston, MA. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he is “very deeply distressed” by what he observed in his recent visit to the Holy Land, adding,
It reminded me so much of what happened in South Africa.
The Nobel peace laureate said he saw “the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about.”
Referring to Americans, he added, “People are scared in this country to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful—very powerful. Well, so what? The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists.” [IBID]
In November 2005, this reporter attended the Gainesville, Florida, Anarchist’s Against the Wall Power Point Lecture by Jonathon Pollak, an intense young Israeli and committed activist and organizer for Anarchist’s Against the Wall/AAtW, a collaborative NONVIOLENT resistance and civil disobedience group of Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals dedicated to bringing the separation/apartheid wall down and ending the occupation of Palestine, which had then entered its 40th year.
Pollak said, “Although Israel marketed the Wall as a security barrier, logic suggests such a barrier would be as short and straight as possible. Instead, it snakes deep inside the West Bank, resulting in a route that is twice as long as the Green Line, the internationally recognized border. Israel chose the Wall’s path in order to dispossess Palestinians of the maximum land and water, to preserve as many Israeli settlements as possible, and to unilaterally determine a border.
“In order to build the Wall Israel is uprooting tens of thousands of ancient olive trees that for many Palestinians are also the last resource to provide food for their children. The Palestinian aspiration for an independent state is also threatened by the Wall, as it isolates villages from their mother cities and divides the West Bank into disconnected cantons [bantusans/ghettos]. The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem conservatively estimates that 500,000 Palestinians are negatively impacted by the Wall.
“We believe that, as with Apartheid South Africa, Americans have a vital role to play in ending Israeli occupation – by divesting from companies that support Israeli occupation, boycotting Israeli products, coming to Palestine as witnesses, or standing with Palestinians in nonviolent resistance.” 
“From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets taught…that the Jewish claim on the land of Israel was totally contingent on the moral and spiritual life of the Jews who lived there, and that the land would, as the Torah tells us, ‘vomit you out’ if people did not live according to the highest moral vision of Torah. Over and over again, the Torah repeated its most frequently stated mitzvah [command]:
“When you enter your land, do not oppress the stranger; the other, the one who is an outsider of your society, the powerless one and then not only ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’ but also ‘you shall love the other.’” 
In June 2005, this reporter interviewed a young American who moved to Israel because of the incentives of Aliyah who told me:
“Aliyah means ‘going up,’ and this deal was hard to pass by. I get fifteen hundred shekels or about thirty-six hundred dollars a year in increments to help with my expenses. I can apply for unemployment benefits after seven months, as long as I look for a job.
“I just completed Ulpan, which was five hundred hours of Hebrew language immersion studies that took five months, five hours a day, for five weeks. I get subsidized rent and just moved out of the Absorption Center Projects. All the new immigrants get room, utilities, and three meals a day for the first five months in Israel. We also receive free medical care and all the doctors here are dedicated. We can go to the university with 100 percent of the tuition paid by the government. College is much cheaper here; it’s about three thousand to four thousand dollars a year. Until I am thirty years old, I can receive up to three years of education for my master’s degree.”
Apartheid can be summed up as a structured process of gross human rights violations perpetrated against a conquered ethnic majority by a state and society mainly controlled by an invading ethnic minority and its descendants, mainly immigrants, that have been deemed part of the ethnic elite.The following nine categories make up the necessary, sufficient, and defining characteristics of apartheid regimes:
- Violence: Apartheid is a state of war initiated by a de facto invading ethnic minority, which at least in the short term originates from a non-neighboring locality. In all main instances of apartheid most if not all members of the invading group originate from a different continent. The invading ethnic minority and its self-defined descendants then continue to dominate the indigenous majority by means of their military superiority and by their continuous threats and uses of violence.
- Repopulation: Apartheid is also a continuation of depopulation and population transfer. One example is seen in the obliteration of the indigenous Bedouins that Israel denies free movement to graze their herds and are silently transferring the Bedouins to new locales, such as atop of garbage dumps.
- Citizenship: The indigenous people are often denied citizenship in their own country by the apartheid state authorities, which are ironically and irrationally, run and staffed by the recent arrivals to the country.
- Land: Apartheid entails land confiscation, land redistribution and forced removals, almost without exception to the benefit of the invading ethnic minority. Usually, members of the ethnic majority are forced on to barren and unfertile soils, where they must also try to survive under impoverished and overcrowded conditions.
- Work: Apartheid displays systematic exploitation of the indigenous class in the production process and different pay or taxation for the same work.
- Access: There is ethnically differentiated access to employment, food, water, health care, emergency services, clean air, and other needs, including the need for leisure activities, in each case ensuring superior access for the favored ethnic community.
- Education: There are also different kinds of education offered and forced upon the different ethnic groups.
- Language: A basic apartheid characteristic is the fact that only very few of the invaders and their descendants ever learn the language(s) of the indigenous victims.
- Thought: Finally, apartheid contains ideologies or ‘necessary illusions’ in order to convince the privileged minorities that they are inherently superior and the indigenous majorities that they are inherently inferior. Much of apartheid thought is shaped by typical war propaganda. The enemy is dehumanized by both sides’ ideologies, words and other symbols are used to incite or provoke people to violence, but mostly so by the invaders and their descendants. 
During this reporters first visit to Hebron, I learned 450 Israeli settlers and 3,000 IDF, eighteen- to twenty-one-year-olds patrolled the streets with their weapons at the ready. The IDF refused us access through one of the many checkpoints to me and my guide Jerry Levin, a former secular Jew and CNN’s Mid East Bureau Chief in the 1980′s who was kidnapped in Lebanon and held for nearly a year by the Hezbollah. On Christmas Eve, Jerry had a mystical experience of Jesus and miraculously escaped a short time later. [ Jerry shares that story in Reflections on My First Noel, HOPE Publishing House]
Jerry was a full time volunteer with CPT/Christian Peacemaker Teams and told me, “Most of the soldiers don’t like the CPTs. Whenever they won’t let us through, we just go another way, and always, eventually, get where we want to go.” 
The village of Hebron had once been a thriving Palestinian neighborhood, but now the narrow, winding stone streets between the colonists and the indigenous people are only connected to the other by a deeply sagging netting that the squatters hurl huge rocks, shovels, electronic equipment, furniture, and all manner of debris upon with hope it will break and hit an unfortunate Palestinian upon the head.
Jerry informed this reporter, “It gets cleaned out about every year or so. Come back in a few months, and this netting will be much closer to your head. The settlers just throw whatever they want onto the netting; they do what ever they want and get away with it. The CPT’s run interference by nonviolent resistance; we get the children and woman to where they need to be going and back again. Sometimes, the settlers curse and stone us all; it keeps it interesting.” [Ibid]
Hundreds of now empty formerly Palestinian homes have been spray painted by the colonists with Stars of David and graffiti such as: “GAS THE ARABS.”
When Minister of Intelligence in South African Government, Ronnie Kasrils visited Palestine’s West Bank and Gaza Strip, he wrote how it was “like a surreal trip back into an apartheid state of emergency. It is chilling to pass through the myriad checkpoints — more than 500 in the West Bank. They are controlled by heavily armed soldiers, youthful but grim, tensely watching every movement, fingers on the trigger…A journey from one West Bank town to another that could take 20 minutes by car now takes seven hours for Palestinians, with manifold indignities at the hands of teenage soldiers…The monstrous apartheid wall cuts off East Jerusalem…Bethlehem too is totally enclosed by the wall, with two gated entry points. The Israelis have added insult to injury by plastering the entrances with giant scenic posters welcoming tourists to Christ’s birthplace.” 
On the cover of my Memoirs from OPT, Meir Vanunu provided the photo of the enormous Orwellian sign Karlis refers to, that hangs upon The Wall next to the checkpoint that leads from Jerusalem to her sister city, Bethlehem: “PEACE BE WITH YOU”
The Wall or as Israel prefers to spin it as a ‘security barrier’, “is designed to crush the human spirit as much as to enclose the Palestinians in ghettos. Like a reptile, it transforms its shape and cuts across agricultural lands as a steel-and-wire barrier, with watchtowers, ditches, patrol roads and alarm systems. It will be 700km long and, at a height of 8m to 9m in places, dwarfs the Berlin Wall. The purpose of the barrier becomes clearest in open country. Its route cuts huge swathes into the West Bank to incorporate into Israel the illegal Jewish settlements — some of which are huge towns — and annexes more and more Palestinian territory.”
If The Wall is truly to keep out terrorists, why was it not built on Israeli land?
“It has become abundantly clear that the wall and checkpoints are principally aimed at advancing the safety, convenience and comfort of settlers.”- Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad.
“The West Bank, once 22% of historic Palestine, has shrunk to perhaps 10% to 12% of living space for its inhabitants, and is split into several fragments, including the fertile Jordan Valley, which is a security preserve for Jewish settlers and the Israeli Defence Force. Like the Gaza Strip, the West Bank is effectively a hermetically sealed prison…roads are barred to Palestinians and reserved for Jewish settlers. I try in vain to recall anything quite as obscene in apartheid South Africa.”
On December 20, 2006, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who received a Nobel Peace Prize for his relentless work confronting and challenging South Africa’s Apartheid regime spoke to The Guardian: “I’ve been deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land. I have seen the humiliation at the checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about…Israel will never get true security and safety through oppressing another people. A true peace can ultimately be built only on justice…If peace could come to South Africa, surely it can come to the Holy Land.” A nephew of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who refused to serve in the IDF and thus spent 18 months in jail, Jonathan Ben Artzi has pleaded: “Sometimes it takes a good friend to tell you when enough is enough. As they did with South Africa two decades ago, concerned citizens across the US can make a difference by encouraging Washington to get the message to Israel that this cannot continue…If Americans truly are our friends, they should shake us up and take away the keys, because right now we are driving drunk, and without this wake-up call, we will soon find ourselves in the ditch of an undemocratic, doomed state.” The Establishment of Israel’s very statehood was contingent upon upholding the UN UNIVERSAL DECLARATION of HUMAN RIGHTS and as a Member State, America is obligated to hold ALL other Member States to it. Read more… “On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations.” – May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the
establishment of Israel Justice requires equal human rights, liberty and self-determination for all
people. Justice requires honoring International Law and the Declaration of Human Rights. When the state of Israel complies, peace and security will flow from the Holy Land and it truly will be a land of milk and
honey for all of Father Abraham’s children-and The Churches should be leading The Way!
Dramatic Development after Swiss laboratory finds poisoning signs in Arafat’s belongings
On July 3, 2012, Al Jazeera published a report of the Institute of Radiation Physics at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland that claimed to have found significant traces of polonium in samples taken from Arafat’s personal effects, including his trademark keffiyeh. In other words, that Arafat had been poisoned using a highly unusual radioactive poison. The report was recognized as credible by practically everybody, except for the culprits. “The report is baseless,” was the line repeated by Hebrew media and attributed to a nameless senior official. In Arafat’s Assassin is…, I offered an analysis showing how Israel was the only possible perpetrator, with the help of a Palestinian agent working in Mukataa, the Palestinian Authority Headquarters in Ramallah. It didn’t take long until collateral corroboration emerged. Today, July 6, 2012, a video of a Palestinian prisoner acknowledging to have slipped the poison into Arafat’s food emerged.
After reading this for the first time, I thought that the webpage I was looking at had been phished. There were several odd issues. First, I read that in Hebrew at the Arutz Sheva website; the item didn’t appear in English (it may appear later today). Second, the item wasn’t mentioned by larger Hebrew news websites. Third, it was attributed to Al-Myadin, which later I identified as the Mideast Lebanon Satellite Channel. I had never heard of that network and the Hebrew transcription of the name—the only one I had—caused problems in the search. Finally, I found a Hebrew article from June 11, 2012, claiming that this is a Palestinian-Lebanese network recently founded by a journalist who left Al Jazeera due to its partiality. I have all the relevant names, though in Hebrew, with no reliable English transliterations for them. Thus, I won’t publish them here, though I will gladly provide them under request. Why was the story published now? Following the publication of the Swiss laboratory results, Arafat’s widow demanded the exhumation of the body and the Palestinian Authority agreed. If Israel knows what will be found (large amounts of polonium in his body), then there is no point in hiding the testimony anymore. From now onwards, it will be used to build up Israel’s deterrence. Eventually, I was convinced the item was credible enough. With this warning, here is the story.
A Healthy Man Suddenly Dies
Arafat was in good health until he suddenly fell ill on October 12, 2004. At the time he was besieged by Israeli tanks in the Palestinian Authority Ramallah headquarters. Israel feared Arafat was about to declare Palestinian independence from Israel in a desperate attempt to end the brutal repression the Palestinian Authority was suffering at the time. The only way Israel could stop that was taking out the only leader capable of performing the feat: Yasser Arafat. When his condition deteriorated, he traveled to Paris, where he died in a military hospital. The French found that he was basically healthy; he didn’t smoke, didn’t drink alcohol, and wasn’t poisoned with common substances. Below are two pages of the 10-page report issued by the French Ministry of Defense.
Arafat was Healthy | French Ministry of Defense
The French Ministry of Defense report strengthens the recent findings of the Swiss laboratory, since it discards common causes for Arafat’s death. Now, certain strange facts in the affair are finally being clarified. For example, samples of Arafat’s blood taken in Ramallah were sent to a lab in Tunis but disappeared along the way. If they were contaminated with radioactive materials, then Israel had a very good reason to sabotage the delivery. The disappearance was published at the time by Hebrew media and others.
The Swiss finding of polonium in Arafat’s garments and toothbrush hinted that the poison had been delivered through the food, or by spraying. Given the high toxicity of polonium, the latter was not probable.
The video broadcast by the Mideast Lebanon Satellite Channel fits all what have been described until now. Filmed in the Ktzi’ot Military Jail in Israel in 2006, the video shows an unnamed Palestinian prisoner claiming that he was a “mashtap” (Hebrew acronym of “meshatef peula,” a “collaborator” with the Shin Beth). He then adds that he got the help of one of the cooks at the Rammalah compound where Arafat was-and introduced poison into the soup and rice to be eaten by Arafat. The scenario described follows the assumed in Arafat’s Assassin is… If the video is true, then the Palestinian was in an Israeli jail as a protection measure by the Shin Beth. Usually, collaborators that have performed a substantial job for the Shin Beth get Israeli citizenship and are resettled within the Green Line borders (pre-1967 borders) after they are forgotten by the public.
Hebrew sources claim not only that the Swiss report is baseless, but also that Arafat was already irrelevant at the time. Israeli officials continue claiming that Israel didn’t poison him, openly ignoring or discrediting without explanations any supportive evidence. The ongoing events show not only that Arafat was relevant then, but that he is so also now. Further developments are expected.
The hopelessness of New Labour as a vehicle of change is underlined by their fixation with “judge-led” inquiries into anything that crops up. Remember the Hutton whitewash? Will a senior judge really recommend the fundamental reform of casino banking in the City of London and the careers of the banking squillionaires he undoubtedly knows so well at his club, lodge and golf course?
Which of these best describes most senior judges?
a) A fearless crusader for truth and social justice with unimpeachable morals and the intellectual stringency of a great philosopher
b) A very well paid establishment figure with an authoritarian streak who got his position from Jack Straw or his predecessors by very carefully in his career never stepping out of line with the very powerful.
Frankly, it makes no difference at all whether politicians or judges conduct the inquiry into banking practices. It’ll be the same old whitewash. Andrew Tyrie MP happens to be one of the very few decent people in parliament. But if he does chair the inquiry as Cameron proposes, be sure the forces of control will rapidly close over his head.
I didn’t bother to watch the Bob Diamond select committee appearance yesterday. In fact, I have come to terms with the (to me) shocking fact that I now believe our political system to be so corrupt that our horribly and increasingly unequal society will eventually, and rightly, be changed by extra-parliamentary means. Probably not in my lifetime, but one day. I never imagined I would end up believing that.
The political blogosphere will buzz today with parliamentary debate on the banks. It seems obvious to me that parliament is not going to do anything against the financial services paymasters of the politicians.
Parliament is irrelevant.
Following on from yesterday’s post, here is a tiny everyday example of those shared US/Israeli values Dianne Feinstein was on about.
Courtesy of the Guardian.
Meanwhile another 47 people are killed by a truck bomb in Iraq and over 200 maimed. A slightly larger toll than usual in a single incident so it actually made the media here, but again in Iraq such violent death is an everyday occurrence. That is over ten years of fear, carnage on an unthinkable scale, dire poverty and destruction of basic services. I bet the Iraqis are extremely grateful for the peace and security Blair and Bush brought them.
This is not pork,”
said William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy for the Jewish Federations of North America.
He was referring to the fact that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded 97% of its 2012 allocation for nonprofit grants to Jewish organizations. According to Daroff, the DHS makes the allocations based upon threat levels. The threat toward Jews is apparently much higher in the US than the threat toward Arabs or Muslims, for example, who are much more loved and protected in American society.
The program prefers recipients that have the “highest risk of terrorism-related activity due to their ideology, beliefs and mission.” Most of the groups that received the awards support the mission to displace Palestinians from their homes and lands, and to settle Jews in their place. Because of non-cooperation and even resistance from the Palestinians themselves, DHS apparently feels that the grants are necessary to protect the Jewish groups that support this ethnic cleansing activity.
The allocation may seem disproportionate, given the number of Jews in the total population, or even compared to crimes committed against other groups, such as Muslims and Arabs. However, it is consistent with Jewish representation in Congress, as measured by votes on measures sponsored by the largest and most powerful “Jewish” lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Congressional legislation written by AIPAC typically passes by margins approaching 97%.
In addition, Israel typically gets at least 97% of the aid funds it requests in the US budget, regardless of cutbacks in other areas, such as health, education and welfare. Furthermore, on a per capita basis, Israelis receive close to 97% of all U.S. foreign aid. The DHS allocation is therefore not unusual.
DHS considers the grants to be a small price tag to pay for the security of the community that provides and organizes a disproportionate amount of support for (and control of) elected officials. In fact, the grants help to assure that their recipients can support the groups in Israel that deliver a second “Price Tag” in the form of burning, defacing and vandalizing Palestinian churches and mosques, without fear of the same happening to them in the US.
It is therefore the gift that keeps on giving.