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Israel, The Elephant In Our Parlor
BY Edward W. Miller, MD
''The wellspring of regional division, the source of resentment and frustration far beyond, is the denial of justice and peace in Palestine.''
King Abdullah of Jordan addressing our Congress, March 2007
"It would be almost politically suicidal for members of Congress to espouse a balanced position between Israel and Palestine, to suggest that Israel comply with international law or to speak in defense of justice or human rights for Palestinians."
former President Jimmy Carter
This June, peoples of the Mideast, with mixed feelings quietly recall the 40th anniversary of Israel's 1967, "Six-Day War." The speed and scope of Israel's 1967 campaign were devastating to the Arabs, who had expected victory. Egypt, Jordan, and Syria lost almost all of their air forces and much of their armed weaponry. About 10,000 Egyptian soldiers were killed in the Sinai and Gaza alone, compared with 300 Israeli casualties on that front. In all, Egypt lost about 11,000 troops, Jordan lost about 6000, Syria lost about 1000, and Israel lost 700. As a result, Arab leaders endured loss of popularity at home while Israel's international prestige increased.
Today, 40 years later, their Sinai returned, Egyptians live in a tightly controlled state with Mohammed Hosni Mubarak as president. Mubarak keeps some 70,000 of the rival Muslim Brotherhood in prison. Many Egyptians recall the nationalist pride they once enjoyed under Nassar.
Today's Jordanians, whose grandfathers remind them that their land once comprised 76% of the original Palestine Mandate, (Transjordan ), now survive in a tiny country with few resources, since, in the '67 War the Israeli army pushed them east over the Jordan River. Their King Abdullah tightly controls a population stretched to its economic limits by Palestinian refuges who were dispossessed in both the '48 and '67 wars.
The Syrians, who, in '67 lost the Golan Heights to Israel, still mourn for their 120,000 once- prosperous farmers who once tilled that most fertile soil in the Mideast, and supplied agricultural products throughout the region and abroad.
The Palestinians, of course lost everything, including their UN-promised capital in East Jerusalem. Today they exist, either as second-class citizens in Israel proper, or, as ex-president Jimmy Carter reported in his recent book, as prisoners in the tightly controlled Bantustans of apartheid Occupied West Bank, or Gaza prison. Isolated by Sharon's still-expanding wall with its over 700 "checkpoints", Palestinians experience hourly delays and degrading insult by a surly Israeli military who regularly hold up ambulances with patients seeking urgent care in Israeli hospitals, often requiring Palestinian women in labor to crawl out and deliver on the ground.
More than 68 pregnant Palestinian women had to give birth at Israeli checkpoints during the last six years, leading to 34 miscarriages and the death of four.
Today, an increasingly-frantic Bush, his political hands, held tight in an Israeli grip, spouts: "Democracy, Democracy," but can't decide how to handle a democratically-elected Hezbollah Party in Lebanon or democratically-elected Hamas Party in Palestine. The PLO under Arafat was under the control of the Washington-Israeli Axis, and the PLO's stepchild Fattah, today under Abbas is similarly controlled.
Washington, urged by Ohmert's party in Israel has successfully arranged a civil war between Fattah and the duly elected Hamas Party... The infighting in the last two weeks has claimed over 141 lives, and has forced most of Fatah's militias from Gaza. Israel, in response, shut down the Gaza economy, starving the Gaza Palestinians. Other steps taken by the Washington/Israeli axis include: millions of dollars sent to Mahmoud Abbas. along with arms. Attempts to strangle the nascent Palestinian democracy by setting up a puppet regime in the cities of the West Bank with appointments by Mahmoud Abbas.
To make maters worse, the Zionist media both in the Mideast and the West, have unleashed a spate of propaganda to demonize Islamic Gaza. Those regimes which can be depended to walk in step with the Washington/Israeli Axis: Hosni Mubarak [Egypt], King Abdullah [Jordan], King Abdullah ["Saudi" Arabia] support Abbas, though their peoples, for the most part are sympathetic to the Palestinians.
Abbas' hands are not clean. He named Salam Fayyad to replace his rival Ismail as head of the Fattah militias in the West Bank. Fayyad has been involved in drug-running (Flashpoint..19 June, 2007, KALW)
While AIPAC and our Jewish-controlled media constantly refer to Hamas as well as Hezbollah as "terrorist organizations' Europeans in general who have access to many more newspapers and a freer media have a different view of the Mideast and Washington's subservience to the Zionist lobby. As reported in December 2004:
"Last week in a pole some 7000 Europeans were asked to pick, from a list of 15 countries, those which represented the greatest threats to world peace. Chosen for first place by the vast majority of those interviewed was Israel with the United States a close second."
Amongst the US media, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC constantly repeat Washington's designation of Hamas as a " Terrorist State' while reminding Americans that Hamas " refuses to recognize Israel".
Mideast expert and columnist Robert Fisk recently responded to this propaganda thus: "No one asked - on our side - which particular Israel Hamas was supposed to recognize. The Israel of 1948? The Israel of the post-1967 borders? The Israel, which builds - and goes on building - vast settlements for Jews and Jews only on Arab land, gobbling up even more of the 22 per cent of "Palestine" still left to negotiate over? Fisk adds: " And so today, we are supposed to talk to our faithful policeman, Mr. Abbas, the "moderate" .a "leader" we can trust because he wears a tie and goes to the White House and says all the all the right things?"
As for recognizing Israel, the entire Arab League, as well as the Hamas leadership, on several occasions have stated that all their members would recognize Israel as a trading partner and political equal as soon as Israel gets back behind the 1967 green line, gives up the illegal settlements, and returns East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as their rightful capital. To date, Israel has refused.
Though American Jews brag that "Israel is the only democracy in the Mideast", under Zionists Israel has assumed many of the trappings of fascism: military seizure of neighboring land, "extrajudicial assassination, and subjugation of other peoples.
Back in 1948 when Benachen Begin first introduced his "Freedom Party" to American Jews, Albert Einstein and other prominent Jews wrote this full-page warning letter in the NY Times:
"Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our time is the emergence in the newly created State of Israel, of the Freedom Party ...a political party closely akin in its organization, methods,
political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist right-wing chauvinist organization... This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs and British alike) and misrepresentation are the means and a "Leader State " is the goal. "
Begin's Freedom Party later morphed into the Likud, where many of whose members embraced the growing Zionist ideology.
Jewish writer Yeshayahu Leibowitz, now deceased, wrote in his 1992 book: Judaism, Human Values and the Jewish State:
"We call the acts of the Palestinians "terrorism" and their fighters "terrorists," but we are able to rule over the rebellious people only by acts regarded by the world as criminal. We refer to this as "policy" rather than "terror" because it is conducted by a duly constituted government and its regular army. Already today, the State of Israel, to which most of the world's nations were once sympathetic, has earned contempt and hatred throughout the world. Its very existence has come to depend on a thin lifeline stretching from the White House. Above all, the State which was to be the pride and glory of the Jewish people is rapidly becoming an embarrassment to them."
A few weeks ago many American Jewish groups met in cities across this country to discuss "The New Anti-Semitism." It must be evident to any ten-year old schoolboy, that with increasing access to the Internet, Americans are now reaching beyond our Jewish-controlled media to grasp the degree of violence and depravity, which for years has marked Israel's oppression of the Palestinians.
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