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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
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March, 2006

 

Israel's Sacred Terrorism*
By Edward W. Miller, MD

* Title of a book by Livia Rosach, who in1980 translated excerpts from the Sharett diary. Moshe Sharetts was Israel's first foreign minister, and its second prime minister (1954-1955).
Washington supports democracy and democratic movements, unless, of course, the "wrong party" or "wrong leader" happens to win. Bush applauded the election campaign for parliament in Lebanon, until he discovered that Hezbullah (Party of God) had captured seats in the "Resistance-Development Bloc." Washington then blew a fuse, questioned the election results and demanding Hezbullah "disarm."

Washington also applauded last year's elections in Iran (described by international observer teams as "open and fair," until on November 27th, 2005 when Iran's new and hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, denounced Western pressure to curb its nuclear program, saying: "You, who have used nuclear weapons against innocent people, who have used uranium ordnance in Iraq, should be tried as war criminals in court." Adding to the media bru ha ha was Ahmadinejad's questioning of the 6 million Holocaust death figure, and his vocal support of an end to the Israel State whose leaders had, for months, been threatening to bomb his Country.

The latest Washington "democracy upset" was the overwhelming victory of Hamas on January 26th, 2006, which Palestinian election results again threw Washington into a tizzy. The outcome was especially troubling to Bush and company, because of the secret US involvement in that political process, revealed in a January, 2006 Bush Press Conference as follows:


QUESTION: "Mr. President, the US government has spent about $2 million to help promote the Palestinian Authority in the lead-up to this week's elections. I wonder, sir, whether you feel like it's consistent with your push to spread democracy around the world if the US puts its thumb on the scale?"


THE PRESIDENT: "I talked to Secretary Rice about the story that you're referring to, and what she told me was, is that this money was part of a USAID package that had been in the pipeline for a while. The-kind of allegation or the insinuation that we were funding a political effort just simply isn't the case, as far as I can tell.


QUESTION: "Why, then, not disclose the USAID involvement?"


THE PRESIDENT: "It is disclosed-you just disclosed it." (Laughter). ([email protected] 26 Jan, 2006 )


In not one of these three cases, Lebanon, Iran or Palestine, has either the security, or vital economic interests of the United States really been threatened. Washington's noisy and public "stamps of disapproval" have rather been that of a puppet, speaking for its puppet- master, Zionist Israel, our client state, which has been forced to acknowledge before the world that its army had been kicked out of Lebanon by Hezbullah, that its atomic hegemony in the region is being threatened by Iran, and that its savage and illegal occupation of the Palestinian's homeland will certainly be made more precarious by a people now politically united under Hamas leadership. Hamas is basically a social service organization, born of the Intafada, whose military wing had been both supported and armed

by Israel to counter Arafat's corrupt Palestinian Authority (PA), which government, under the control of the United States, the European Union, Russia and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan had dragged the Fatah-led PA into an endless game where Palestinians had to jump through hoops to prove their worthiness, with no pressure applied to Israel to end the confiscation of land and expansion of settlements. (see Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 26 January 2006)

Israel's response to the Hamas win has been that of arrogant colonial occupier. As reported in the Israeli press by Gideon Levy: (Haaretz 19 Feb.): "The Hamas team had not laughed so much in a long time. Headed by the prime minister's advisor Dov Weissglas and including the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, the director of the Shin Bet and senior generals and officials, convened for a discussion with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on ways to respond to the Hamas election victory. Everyone agreed on the need to impose an economic siege on the Palestinian Authority. Weissglas provided the punch line: "It's like an appointment with a dietitian. The Palestinians will get a lot thinner, but won't die," the advisor joked, and the participants reportedly rolled with laughter."

The Israeli government's plans for economic terrorism against its captive population are gradually unfolding In the last United Nations report, published in December 2005, 37 percent of the Palestinians had difficulties obtaining food and 54 percent of the residents of the "liberated" Gaza Strip cut back the amount of food they consume. Child mortality had risen by 15 percent and the average unemployment rate reached 28 percent. To travel in the West Bank, Palestinians now have to traverse no fewer than 397 checkpoints and, in addition. Israel fears the spread of hunger only because of a possible world' reaction and not because of the bestiality it entails.

The Assoc. Press, Feb. 17 listed some measures Israel will consider against the Palestinian Authority after Hamas takes control of the legislature: Preventing commercial cargo from entering or leaving the Gaza Strip via Israel-the outlet for nearly all Gaza's current trade. Freezing the transfer of the roughly $55 million in taxes and customs royalties Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority each month. Israel will pay about $75 million in debts the Palestinians owe to Israel's electricity and water companies and Israeli hospitals.

Meanwhile on the ground, the economic terrorism of the Occupation becomes more evident: On February 16th, 2006 the Israeli Defense Ministry recommended barring the passage of Palestinians between the West Bank and Gaza Strip and prohibiting Gazan laborers from entering Israel. The Army Radio station reported that the ministry would recommend turning crossings between Israel and Gaza into international borders, thus further encumbering Gazans' movements, and on February 13th Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent reported that "While the international community had busied itself with the disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Israel completed (Sharon's wall) sealing off the eastern sector of the West Bank, including the Jordan Rift Valley, from the remainder of the West Bank. Some 2,000,000 Palestinians, residents of the West Bank, are prohibited from entering the area, which constitutes around one-third of the West Bank, and includes the Jordan Rift, the area of the Dead Sea shoreline and the eastern slopes of the West Bank mountains.

Meanwhile, violent terrorism against the indigenous Palestinian population continues daily. On Feb. 17th a Palestinian schoolboy was shot in his school bus, and a 33 year-old woman was shot dead while herding sheep. On Feb. 19th "Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians during confrontations with stone throwers in the West Bank refugee camp of Balata today, witnesses and medics said soldiers searching for suspected militants came across stone-throwing youths and opened fire. Two 18-year-olds were killed. A third youth was wounded in the incident, medics said. (West Bank correspondents in Nablus,)

Terrorism against the occupied people has an economic side as well: Six incidents were registered , in which a total of 1,000 Palestinian olive trees were cut down. The residents of the village of Salaam discovered 200 of their trees chopped down. The village has lost 900 trees since May 2005. ( New Trend 28 December, 2005 ).The harvesting of olives remains one of the few remaining economic supports of the Palestinians.

Israel has escaped paying for much of its criminal behavior by the veto power which its client state, the US, wields in the UN Security Council. For the past half century Americans, again and again, have experienced mixed shame and anger, as Washington, under pressure from our Zionist lobbies, used its veto power to prevent response to Israel's repeated human rights abuses. An in-depth article from Australia news (dated March 8th, 2003) covering 30 years of US-UN vetoes, listed some of the 60 such vetoes aimed at protecting Israel, as UN Council members again and again condemned her abuses of a captive Palestinian population. A select few from the list of vetoed Resolutions is self-explanatory: 1972, condemns Israel for killing hundreds of people in Syria and Lebanon in air raids; 1973, calls on Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories; 1979, calls for return of all inhabitants expelled by Israel; 1979, demands Israel desist from human rights violations; 1981, 18 resolutions condemning Israel's bombing of Iraq, and human rights abuses of the Palestinians; 1982, calls on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights; 1982, condemns Israel's invasion of Lebanon; 1995 affirms that land in East Jerusalem annexed by Israel is occupied territory. Every one of these acts represents terrorism.

In many ways Israel today has morphed into the fascist state of which Albert Einstein and other prominent American Jews warned Americans in that famous 1948 NY Times full-page add. Backed by a political-industrial base, Israel occupies parts of Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank. With no designated geographical border, no constitution, and no bill of rights, she hosts a supreme court that waltzes in step with her military. Her political behavior at home is apartheid, treating as a second-class Palestinian citizens, Ethiopian Jews and much of her Sephardic Jewish population. Because she has avoided most social and economic requirements demanded of an occupying power by the Geneva Convention (which Israel signed) the UN, Hamas and many NGOs have taken on this burden.

All, however, is not gloom. There are many Israelis, as well as American Jews, with a social conscience who are fighting the system. Recently, the chair of the Democratic Choice faction in Israel's Yahad Party, criticized what he termed "an apartheid regime in the occupied territories," adding; "The policy of apartheid has also infiltrated sovereign Israel, and discriminates daily against Israeli Arabs and other minorities. The struggle against such a fascist viewpoint is the job of every humanist."

Former Israeli education minister, Shulamit Aloni, stated (1 Feb. 2006) that Israel commits war crimes, "utilizes terror" and is "no different from racist South Africa."

I can show you Mussolini's books about fascism. If you read them you'll reach the unequivocal conclusion that ministers in the current Israeli government are walking on the same path. Many Israelis are sensitive to foreign critics such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu who commented: "I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon?"

There is also hope for a kinder, more decent Israel amongst the younger generation of Jews, many of whom are studying in the US. The ISRAELI PROJECT a Zionist propaganda initiative, devoted to educating press and public about Israel, recently carried out "face-to-face group interviews" with almost 150 randomly selected Jewish students under age thirty attending the top graduate schools in America. The surprising conclusion, repeated dozens of times over, was: "Students... are turning against Israel. Never.. has there been more outspoken opposition ... to the basic principles and tenets of Israel. If the current attitudes are not reversed, America's core commitment to-and alliance with-Israel may not survive." To be pro-Israel is unpopular and socially unacceptable on campus. Virtually every student interviewed said he or she had drifted away from Israel and toward the Palestinian point of view.

Maybe the world IS changing, and we can get this parasite off our payroll. We would both benefit from a less dependent relationship.



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