Israel’s History of Assassinating Palestinian Leaders

The IMEU, Nov 6, 2013

On November 6, several news outlets reported that the widow of former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat announced that the results of a Swiss investigation into her late husband’s death concluded he was poisoned with polonium, a radioactive substance.
In November 2012, Arafat’s body was exhumed in order for medical examiners to take samples of his remains to test for polonium, part of a murder investigation launched by French authorities at the request of Suha Arafat following the discovery last summer of traces of the highly toxic substance on some of his personal effects. In October 2004, after enduring a two-year siege by the Israeli military in his West Bank headquarters, Arafat fell seriously ill. Two weeks later he was transported to a French military hospital where he died. Doctors concluded he died from a stroke caused by a mysterious blood disorder.
At the time, many Palestinians suspected that Arafat was murdered. Over the years, he had survived numerous assassination attempts by Israel, and just six months before his death then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that an agreement he had made with US President George W. Bush promising that Israel wouldn’t kill Arafat was no longer valid, stating: “I released myself from the commitment in regard to Arafat.”
Two years prior to that statement, in an interview published in February 2002, Sharon told an Israeli journalist that he regretted not killing Arafat when he had the chance during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, stating: “I am sorry that we did not liquidate him.” In 2002, current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then in the opposition following his first term as prime minister (1996-1999), told the Likud party Central Committee: “We must completely and totally eradicate Arafat’s regime and remove him from the vicinity… This one thing must be understood: If we do not remove Arafat and his regime, the terror will return and increase. And only if we do remove them is there any chance of turning a new leaf in our relationship with the Palestinians.” When Arafat died, Netanyahu was serving as Minister of Finance in Sharon’s government.
PARTIAL LIST OF ISRAELI ASSASSINATIONS OF PALESTINIANS

2012 – On November 14, two days after Palestinian factions in Gaza agree to a truce following several days of  violence, Israel assassinates the leader of Hamas’ military wing, officials know that Jabari is in the process of finalizing a long-term truce, and that he is one of the few people in Gaza who can enforce it, they kill him anyway, marking the start of a week-long assault on Gaza that kills more than 100 Palestinian civilians, including at least 33 children, and wounds more than 1000 others.
Ahmed Jabari, threatening to escalate the violence once again after a week in which at least six Palestinian civilians are killed and dozens more wounded in Israeli attacks. Although Israeli

2012 – On March 9, Israel violates an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and assassinates the head of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhair al-Qaisi, sparking another round of violence in which at least two dozen Palestinians are killed, including at least four civilians, and scores more wounded. As it usually does, Israel claims it is acting in self-defense, against an imminent attack being planned by the PRC, while providing no evidence to substantiate the allegation.

Following the assassination, Israeli journalist Zvi Bar’el writes in the Haaretz newspaper:
“It is hard to understand what basis there is for the assertion that Israel is not striving to escalate the situation. One could assume that an armed response by the Popular Resistance Committees or Islamic Jihad to Israel’s targeted assassination was taken into account. But did anyone weigh the possibility that the violent reaction could lead to a greater number of Israeli casualties than any terrorist attack that Zuhair al-Qaisi, the secretary-general of the Popular Resistance Committees, could have carried out?
“In the absence of a clear answer to that question, one may assume that those who decided to assassinate al-Qaisi once again relied on the ‘measured response’ strategy, in which an Israeli strike draws a reaction, which draws an Israeli counter-reaction.”

2010 – In January, suspected Israeli assassins kill senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room. As in the past, the Israeli agents believed to have carried out the killing use forged and stolen foreign passports from western countries, including Britain, France, Ireland and Germany, causing an international uproar.

2009 – On January 15, an Israeli airstrike kills Said Seyam, Hamas’ Interior Minister and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

2009 – On January 1, an Israeli airstrike on the home of senior Hamas military commander Nizar Rayan kills him and 15 family members, including 11 of his children.

2006 – On June 8, Israel assassinates Jamal Abu Samhadana, founder of the Popular Resistance Committees and Interior Minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government, killing three other members of the PRC in the process.

2004 – On April 17, Israel assassinates Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a co-founder of Hamas and its leader since the assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin a month earlier. Rantisi is considered a moderate within Hamas.

2004 – On March 22, Israel assassinates the 67-year-old wheelchair-bound spiritual leader and co-founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, as he leaves prayers at a mosque in Gaza, killing nine innocent bystanders in the process.

2003 – On March 8, Israel assassinates Ibrahim Maqadma, one of the founders of Hamas and one of its top military commanders.

2002 – On July 23, hours before a widely reported ceasefire declared by Hamas and other Palestinian groups is scheduled to come into effect, Israel bombs an apartment building in the middle of the night in the densely populated Gaza Strip in order to assassinate Hamas leader Salah Shehada. Fourteen civilians, including nine children, are also killed in the attack, and 50 others wounded, leading to a scuttling of the ceasefire and a continuation of violence.

2002 – On January 14, Israel assassinates Raed Karmi, a militant leader in the Fatah party, following a ceasefire agreed to by all Palestinian militant groups the previous month, leading to its cancellation. Later in January, the first suicide bombing by the Fatah linked Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade takes place.

2001 – On November 23, Israel assassinates senior Hamas militant, Mahmoud Abu Hanoud. At the time, Hamas was adhering to an agreement made with PLO head Yasser Arafat not to attack targets inside of Israel. Following the killing, Israeli military correspondent of the right-leaning Yediot Ahronot newspaper, Alex Fishman, writes in a front-page story:

“We again find ourselves preparing with dread for a new mass terrorist attack within the Green Line [Israel’s pre-1967 border]… Whoever gave a green light to this act of liquidation knew full well that he is thereby shattering in one blow the gentleman’s agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority; under that agreement, Hamas was to avoid in the near future suicide bombings inside the Green Line…”

2001 – On August 27, Israel uses US-made Apache helicopter gunships to assassinate Abu Ali Mustafa, secretary general of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In response, PFLP members assassinate Israel’s Tourism Minister and notorious right-wing hardliner, Rehavam Ze’evi, who advocated the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza.

2001 – On August 15, undercover Israeli soldiers assassinate Emad Abu Sneineh, a member of the Fatah linked Tanzim militia, opening fire on him at close range.

2001 – On August 5, Israeli forces assassinate Hamas member Amer Mansour Habiri in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, firing missiles at his car from helicopter gunships.

2001– On July 29, Israel assassinates Jamal Mansour, a senior member of Hamas’ political wing.

2001 – On July 25, as Israeli and Palestinian Authority security officials are scheduled to meet to shore up a six-week-old ceasefire amidst the violence of the Second Intifada, Israel assassinates a senior Islamic Jihad member, Salah Darwazeh in Nablus.

1997 – In September, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to assassinate Khaled Meshaal, the chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, in Amman, Jordan. Israeli agents using fake Canadian passports attempt to kill Meshaal by injecting poison into his ear. The would-be assassins are quickly captured and in the ensuing diplomatic uproar Jordan’s King Hussein threatens to cut off relations with Israel and publicly try and hang the Israeli agents unless Israel provides the antidote to the poison. The Netanyahu government turns over the antidote, saving Meshaal’s life. As part of the deal, Israel also releases Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin from prison.

1996 – On January 5, Israel assassinates Hamas military commander Yahya Ayash, known as “The Engineer,” detonating explosives in a cell phone he is using. Over the next two months, Hamas responds by launching four suicide bombings that kill more than 50 Israelis. Israeli intelligence later concludes: “the attacks were most probably a direct reaction to the assassination of Ayash.”

1995 – In October, Israeli gunmen assassinate Fathi Shiqaqi, a founder of Islamic Jihad, in Malta, as he leaves his hotel in Valletta.

1994 – On November 2, Israel assassinates journalist Hani Abed, who has ties to Islamic Jihad, using a bomb rigged to his car.

1988 – On April 16, Israel assassinates senior PLO leader Khalil al-Wazir in Tunisia, even as the Reagan administration is trying to organize an international conference to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The US State Department condemns the murder as an “act of political assassination.” In ensuing protests in the occupied territories, a further seven Palestinians are gunned down by Israeli forces.

1986 – On June 9, Khalid Nazzal, Secretary of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is shot dead by Israeli agents in Athens, Greece.

1983 – On August 21, senior PLO official and top aid to Yasser Arafat, Mamoun Meraish, is shot and killed by Israeli agents in Athens, Greece. According to later Israeli press reports, future Foreign Minister (currently Minister of Justice) Tzipi Livni  is involved in Meraish’s killing.

1978 – On March 28, Wadie Haddad, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, dies in East Germany from slow-acting poison ingested several months earlier. It is later revealed that Israeli agents were behind his murder.

1972 – On July 8, Palestinian author and intellectual Ghassan Kanafani and his 17-year-old niece are killed in Beirut by a car bomb, believed to have been planted by Israeli agents. A member of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Kanafani was considered a major literary figure in the Arab world and beyond.

1972 – During the 1970s, Israel carries out a series of assassinations against Palestinians they accuse of being involved with the Black September militant organization, which is responsible for the hostage taking of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, resulting in the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes and officials. On October 16, 1972, Wael Zwaiter, a renowned Palestinian intellectual and the PLO representative to Italy, is shot and killed by Israeli agents in Rome. Israel accuses him of being involved with Black September, a charge strenuously denied by PLO officials and those who knew him, who pointed out that Zwaiter was a pacifist.

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Two Decades After Oslo: The Agreement That Uprooted Palestine

Mugs with pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a keffiyeh, right, late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, top right, and Gazan Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, top left, are displayed in a souvenir shop in Gaza City, Tuesday,9 Nov. 2010. (Photo: AP – Adel Hana)
Published Saturday, September 14, 2013
Twenty years ago in Washington, laughter filled the TV screens and love was born between two sides, one supposedly an occupier and the other its victim. Twenty years ago, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people announced the death of armed struggle and the birth of long decades of empty negotiations, which ripped out historical Palestine from its roots.

Gaza – Two decades ago, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin grabbed each other’s hands on the White House lawn in Washington DC. They celebrated the birth of the Oslo Declaration of Principles. However, Oslo was not the latest step in the national liberation project launched by Yasser Arafat in 1960, aiming for “revolution until victory.” It was to put an end to that revolution and remove the term “victory” from the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) dictionary, replacing it with “permanent defeat.”The defeat was called a “transitional self-authority” over the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Occupied Jerusalem and the interior of Palestine were not covered. At that time, the PLO’s thoughts did not go beyond peaceful coexistence and a just and comprehensive solution. It was no longer the time or place for arms. All efforts were dedicated to building the state before achieving liberation.Institutions were built and a Palestinian police force was formed to protect security and internal order in the lands occupied in 1967. Oslo provided the Israeli enemy the full right to self-defense. This was without any objection from the Palestinian side, which supported and entrenched these measures, transforming itself into a tool in the hands of the enemy to disarm the resistance in areas under its control.Twenty years were enough for the PLO to take off the robe of the Palestinian revolution and don the suit of security coordination. Twenty years and the permanent solution to the questions of Jerusalem, the refugees, the borders, the water, the prisoners, and security arrangements are still pending and Palestinian negotiators keep avoiding them. Twenty years have passed and settlements continue to spread like cancer in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem.

Political analyst, Adnan Abu Amr, told Al-Akhbar, “The Israeli enemy succeeded in transforming the negotiation process to one of buying political time to achieve important gains, mainly the expansion of settlements, construction of the apartheid wall, and relinquishing Palestinian control over 80 percent of territories.”

Twenty years and the refugee question remains the same, ever since the 1948 nakba and 1967 setback took away their villages and towns. Additionally, UN Resolution 194, calling for the return of refugees to their original homes and their financial compensation, was never implemented. It was merely ink on paper.

Twenty years have gone by and Palestinian negotiators still use the same methods, without learning their lessons. In the past, they committed numerous mistakes. But today, the maximum ambition is to establish an airport in the West Bank, explore for natural gas off the coast of Gaza, and inaugurate vital touristic projects in areas classified C. They are only concerned with receiving guarantees from the Israeli enemy to increase the number of permits for Palestinian workers.

Abu Amr indicated that the constant defeats suffered by the Palestinian side were caused by the weakness of Palestinian negotiators and a negotiating team that has not changed in 20 years. The occupation, on the other hand, has changed its negotiating team seven times to date and studied possibilities for political gains against their opponents who were only capable of giving concessions.
Abu Amr maintained that the PLO had options besides Oslo. It could have continued in the path of the first intifada and imposed its conditions on the Israeli enemy.

Twenty years were enough to extinguish the flame of Palestinian aspirations for liberty from occupation. All they care about today is their livelihood and daily bread.

It is true that Oslo accomplished the return of the Palestinian leadership to its land, along with 300,000 families. It built an independent Palestinian administration and produced presidential and legislative elections, but it stabbed the cause in the back.

The land that the PLO fought for historically is now purely Israeli. Palestinians are like aliens. Abu Amr said that the PLO overcooked the political agreement and succeeded in turning the page on resistance, when the Israeli side created the great illusion of the Palestinian Authority, now being contested by Fatah and Hamas.

Twenty years have gone by and will not return. They took with them the Canaanite, Islamic, and Christian identity of Jerusalem. Ultimately, Oslo, where Palestinian negotiators gambled with their fortunes, is a tragedy, whose chapters the Palestinians have endured.

In these long years, Palestinians stood by watching until they decided in the past few years to raise the slogan, “The People Want the Overthrow of Oslo.” The only officially recognized organization to join in the calls against Oslo was the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which maintained that it will remain on the side of the people’s movement, at any cost.

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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Despite all odds, the Jewish state is gaining

Despite all odds, the Palestinian cause is gaining (the Jewish state is winning)


THE GREAT GAIN; Cairo preparing official welcome ceremony for Haneyya

[ 21/07/2012 – 12:39 PM ]

Following the bombing of the building of national security, Syria declared a farewell to soft solutions.
We are witnessing a new stage in Syria where a new multi-pole world is under making.
The so called Damascus Earthquake and Damascus volcano planed by “Friend’s of Syria” failed to shake the Syrian Army and the people’s support. 

 

You already heard, from inside and outside, and will continue to hear lies, rumors, disinformation, intended
to break the unity of  the Syrian army (Humat Al-diar) and the resistance will of the Syrians.

Beware, not only the known Zionist contolled TV channels. but the dark rooms Hasabra outlets, whether Islamist or progressive liberal. Both are two faces of the same Shekel

Beware big names such as Azmi Bshaa and his likes fed for years to be used as required by their zionist. Don’t be fooled by what they said /did in the past.
Here is a progressive libral ex-libayan who led or at least was among Nato intelligence group to locate Kaddafi and kill him.
This TRUE Libyan (as called by Godden Duff) perfectly did it then using the Golden rule, he left the scene, most likely he called Golden Duff who wrote:  What Time is It?

Nuredin (in fact he is Dhalam-Ela-din)  who swallowed his tongue after the fall of Libya and never said a world about the human right, nor about the tribal wars, is upset with the result of Damascus attack.

He wrote : “We are witnessing the last (hard) days of Bashar “The Butcher” Assad, (the Alawite sectarian dictator (secular) President ruling Syria. Slowly but surely, the revolutionaries of the Free (NATO) Syrian Army (FSA) are closing (Losing) in on his (their) vipers’ nests.” Edited by me
He is dreeming now: ‘Any day, any week, any month now, it will be over and Assad will be all over our television screens – a pathetic, lifeless corpse or sliming his way down the steps of a plane in Moscow or Beijing.”

And, here defeated Khalid Amayerel, at deLibration, where he show his sectarian ugly face and acted like his Islamists Shabeeha fellows in Syria, writing in PIC, in a different language but the same shit inside.

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine
“A few years ago, a citizen of a key Arab capital in the Mashriq (the Asian part of the Arab world) intimated to this writer that his countrymen would even welcome the Israeli army as liberators in light of the reign of tyranny and terror they were facing at the hands of their regime.
“The terror, repression, corruption permeating through the country defies linguistic description,” he told me…..
Well, we can’t conceal the truth forever. In the final analysis, these manifestly criminal regimes have decidedly more harm than Israel. ….. the ignorant and evil regimes which in the name of Arabism and Palestine were effectively repressing, murdering and humiliating their own people were actually a greater and harsher enemy to the people in comparison to Israel.
An enemy is an enemy and one knows what to expect from one’s enemy. However “national” regimes and governments are supposed to serve and protect the people, create prosperity and welfare as well as maintain citizens’ dignity and human rights and civil liberties….
Therefore, the disintegration of the erstwhile Arab regimes is not and must not be viewed as a negative development for the Palestinian cause.
The opposite is true. Yes, maybe the Palestinian cause is losing some media concentration these days as TV viewers are preoccupied with more dramatic events elsewhere. But this is a temporary phenomenon that will disappear soon.
The important thing is that Palestinians should never bid on police-state juntas, even if their rhetoric filled the ether, to liberate Palestine and defeat Israel.

These are intrinsically terrorist and bankrupt regimes that nothing good may come from…. Interestingly, some of these evil people are now murdering Palestinians, while having the Chutzpah to claim that they are doing the killing for the sake of Palestine!!!

Today, we are witnessing the deepening of the Arab Spring. And, yes, the pangs of labor could be heard from many quarters. But that is quite natural as no one in his or her right mind had expected the stagnation and degeneration that hovered over the Arab world since before the downfall of the Ottoman state to disappear in a few months or even a few years.

But the train of freedom has already left the station and is traveling on the right track and will reach the correct destination sooner or later.


A year after train of freedom left:
Manoubia Bouazizi, 60, was detained in a court
in Sidi Bouzid after an altercation with a judge,

We will hear and actually we are hearing all kinds of rumors, disinformation, and lies intended to confuse us and derail the train of freedom. After all, the enemies from inside and outside will not just give up and raise the white flag so prematurely. We will be called names, we will be condemned and vilified. We will even be lumped with the Zionists, the Americans, and what have you, so that our image would be tarnished and besmirched.

But we shouldn’t pay too much attention to these barking dogs and the caravan must keep going.
One of the most crippling handicaps that caused the Palestinian cause an irreparable damage was that the very people who were supposed to lend the Palestinians a helping hand against Israeli criminality needed help themselves to deliver them from the clutches of their terrorist regimes.
Palestinian cause was betrayed twice,

Hence, the Palestinian cause was betrayed twice, first, knowingly by the tyrannical regimes, and second unknowingly by the thoroughly tormented and repressed masses (Islamists) for which Palestine became the 100th item on their agenda, thanks to unrelenting repression and persecution meted out to them by the regimes.

Hence we shouldn’t be dithering about the looming demise of some Arab regimes which excelled in making loud but mendacious voices about Palestine, Zionism and imperialism while in truth they were harboring dubious if not criminal agendas against the entire Umma.

“The right historical track. “
In the final analysis, only free people can liberate Palestine from the claws of Zionism. Dictators, who are so repressive of their own people, will not help the Palestinians in any strategic manner. The opposite is true.
Charity, after all, begins at home and if a certain regime behaves criminally towards its own citizens, it shouldn’t be expected to behave charitably towards others.
I have no doubt that the Palestinian cause is on the right historical track. The emancipation of Arabs and Muslims from the forces of dictatorship, tyranny and fascism is the first and indispensable step toward the creation of a genuine Arab Islamist force that would champion the ultimate task of liberating Palestine and defeating Zionism.
This is not going to be an easy task. But at the very least, for the first time in recent history, the Umma is putting its feet on the right track. 

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian  
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Parallels between Nazism, Zionists striking


Contributed by Nadia

by Wendy Campbel

This article was inspired by an article by the obnoxious, ubiquitous neoconservative talking head and author Bill O’Reilly. His syndicated article was printed in the local paper today, and the title was “Parallels between Nazism, jihadists striking”.
It was so outrageous I just had to laugh out loud. Honestly. So now I am going to write an article based on it and just interject MY observations which are almost exactly OPPOSITE of his observations. You’ll see what I mean later in the article about how outrageously hilarious his statements get. Of course, he tries to posture that he is completely serious. But does he really think Americans are that dumb? This arrogance will be his downfall along with his cohorts. The lies are becoming so transparent to many Americans. He’ll be laughed out of his high-falutin position for sure. I’m already laughing. Ha ha ha.

Anyway, here it goes. Please note that direct quotes from his article will have quote marks with his name preceding them.

O’Reilly: “Seventy years ago this month, Adolf Hitler began seizing the asset of German Jews. He had waited until the summer Olympics in Berlin were finished and the world had seen the might of the Third Reich. Already, Hitler had established concentration camps for “undesirables” and forced many Jewish professors out of their jobs. He had also harassed Catholics and Protestants who dared speak against his racist policies.”

Hmm…. Sounds an awful lot like what Israelis have been doing to the Palestinians for decades. There are over 10,000 Palestinian people, men, woman and children in what amounts to concentration camps in Palestine-Israel. In fact all of the Gaza Strip and Palestinian enclaves in the West Bank are comparable to open-air prisons. The Israelis dominate, humiliate and basically torture the Palestinians every day, in an on-going ethnic-cleansing campaign against the indigenous non-Jewish Palestinians and yet they are still expected to pay taxes to their torturers. It’s truly unbelievable, but you better believe it. It’s true.

Many activists such as Alex Jones warn Americans that our government is preparing concentration camps for dissident Americans who challenge the government’s policies, especially those which are supportive of Zionist Israel. Let’s hope he is just being paranoid. However, let’s not kid ourselves: there are many crazy Neocons in and around our government who would love to do just that. If you don’t believe me, check this website out: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/40258.htm and then check this out: http://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/departofantisemitsm.html

O’Reilly: “The parallels between the rise of fascism in pre-World War II Germany and the rise of Islamic fascism today are startling.”

First of all, according to many well-respected polling companies, well over a third of all Americans doubt the official version of 9/11. In fact, in some polls it’s 53% believe that 9/11 was an inside job, orchestrated by rogue elements in “our” government, as well as Israel ‘s. Let’s get that clear right up front here. The truth-out 911 movement is so big that even the mainstream media can’t ignore it anymore. Much of the credit goes to independent videographers, such as Dylan Avery and his “Loose Change”, which can be seen on the amazing website YouTube.com or http://www.loosechange.org. But he is just one of hundreds now doing a great job of asking the questions that must be asked and answered. Justice must be done to this crime of the century against the American people. The war in Iraq is not about justice for 911. 911 was the Riechstag or Pearl Harbor the NeoCons needed to roll out the war on Iraq and other Middle East countries, primarily for Israel ‘s benefit. There were no ties between bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Even the mainstream media confirms this FACT. There were no WMD. “Our” government couldn’t care less about “democracy”— not here, and not in Iraq . It’s about fighting wars for Israel ‘s “security” and actually Israel ‘s imperialistic ambitions; the American politicians who go along with this criminal scheme get to stay power, and line their pockets with gold from political contributions and lucrative reconstruction and corporate deals. Watch now as Zionist Hollywood goes into overdrive trying to convince Americans of the kosher version of 9/11. Any other version, they and the government claim, are just un-kosher “conspiracy theories.” There is only ONE kosher conspiracy theory that we are told we MUST believe and that is the one that asserts that evil jihadist Arab Muslims who operate out of caves and only have boxcutters for tools did it. Uh huh. Right. Sounds like the “one magic bullet” theory with regards to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

The rogue elements of our government and Israel ‘s had the motive and the means to make 9/11 happen, according to many. The motive was to re-make over the Middle East primarily in favor of Israel ‘s ambitions. Something that is happening, although it’s been rough. Wolfowitz and Perle knew it wouldn’t be a “cake walk” like they claimed. They said anything and everything just to make the war on Iraq happen according to plan, which was stated in the Project for a New American Century, which was based on the Wolfowitz Doctrine, which was based on A Clean Break.

Most of this is common knowledge these days to activists across the country and around the world. Wake up, America ! This is now an information war. Lots of propaganda and outright lies being pushed on you via the Zionist-dominated US media.

O’Reilly: ” Iran , a nation committed to wiping Israel off the map, is defying the United Nations by refusing to obey the nuclear disarmament treaty.”

To that, I write this: Israel, a nation that has been committed since 1948, and even before that with the birth of the Zionist movement in the 1890s, to wiping Palestine off the map, has been defying well over 70 UN resolutions for decades now as well as continues to refuse to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferating Treaty, which Iran HAS offered to sign along with the other countries of the Middle East. Israel is the ONLY country in the Middle East to have nuclear warheads. Double standards don’t breed good will.

O’Reilly: ‘Hitler defied the League of Nations and rearmed, creating a fierce military threat while openly advocating the diminishment of Jews and “Aryan racial purity.””

To that, I write this: Israel continually defies UN resolutions and peacekeeping efforts, and even deliberately kills UN workers, such as the four recent murders in Lebanon , and previously Ian Hook in Rafah, Gaza . Israel is a fierce military threat bludgeoning beyond all proportion its neighboring Gaza and Lebanon over a few captured Israeli soldiers! Unbelievable! But true! Even when Israel has many Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners! Thousands! And all this while many Israeli politicians, even entire Israeli political parties openly call for the “transfer” of all Arabs and Palestinians out of Israel , out of Palestine . And not many people know this, but Israel does not allow Jews to legally marry non-Jews inside Israel . In other words they advocate for Jewish “racial purity”. Even Israeli-American politician Eliot Abrams wrote a book about how can Jews survive in Christian America, and advocates strongly against Jewish people intermarrying with non-Jews. Many Jewish activists state that marrying non-Jews is tantamount to the Holocaust. It is well understood now someone who is Jewish is a complicated mix of racial ethnicity, culture, mindset and religion, with the religion part being the only expendable element to it. Many Jews are so-called “secular” which means they are not religious Jews and they don’t believe in God.

O’Reilly: “If Iran manages to obtain nuclear weapons, it, too, will become a menace to the entire world.”

To that I write this: Israel has already managed to obtain nuclear weapons, covertly. This truth was revealed to the world by a courageous man by the name of Mordechai Vanunu. He is a Moroccan Jewish man who emigrated to Israel , got a job at the Dimona nuclear plant there, not knowing at first what he was doing. Then he felt a pang of consciousness when he realized what he was doing, and he felt compelled to tell the secret of Israel ‘s vast nuclear weapons stockpile to the world. He did this in London , where he spoke to an Australian newspaper man, and the news was out. The Israeli Mossad spy organization then kidnapped him and brought him back to Israel where he was sentenced to 18 years of solitary imprisonment where he has only just recently been released. He also converted to Christianity while in prison, which some Israeli Jews consider a worse sin than exposing Israel ‘s secret nuclear weapons to the world. According to Israeli military history professor Martin van Crevald, Israel has nuclear warheads aimed at every European capital, and if Israel goes down, so too will Europe .

Israel, as the racist, apartheid, ethnic-cleansing Zionist Jewish state, IS a menace to the entire world, especially to the Palestinians and all of the Middle East .

O’Reilly: “But the most unsettling situation is here in the United States . According to polls taken in the 1930s, as many as 80 percent of Americans were against confronting Hitler at that time. Only Pearl Harbor caused public opinion to shift.”

OK. Here we go. As all serious 911 truth movement seekers know, the Neoconservatives actually called for a “Pearl Harbor style catastrophe” to happen in order for the New American Century to begin to happen with the blessing of public opinion, and starting with taking over Iraq . It was actually on their website. I kid you not. If you don’t believe me, do a google search on Project for New American Century and Pearl Harbor . Now the time has come for the average American citizen to become aware of all this. Can you handle the truth? That is the question. Now that you know the truth, are you going to do anything about it?

So it’s clear as day that the Neocons wanted 9/11 to happen to begin the takeover of the Middle East to suit Israel ‘s strategic interests and security. They had the motive. They had the means. The smoking guns are all over the place. The circumstantial evidence is vast. Just do your homework using Google and key words such as “dancing Israeli spies”, missing Fox News clips on Israeli spying in the US, Odigo workers warned, mistaken identity of Arab hijackers who are still alive, WTC7 pulled, WTC explosives, Israeli company was in charge of US airport security at the time of 9/11, Project for New American Century, Wolfowitz Doctrine, A Clean Break, etc. There are zillions of websites with this information, and if you cross-reference them, pretty soon, you will begin to connect the dots. Really, it doesn’t really take a genius to do this, just some time and objective, unbiased, honest thinking.

O’Reilly: “But five years after Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans still do not understand the worldwide jihad and buy into the false premise that there is no linkage between what is happening in Iraq, the polices of Iran, the murderous actions of al-Qaida, and the lethal anti-Jewish strategy of Hamas and Hezbollah.”

I say, many Americans still do not understand what Zionism is and how it is at the root of all the so-called terrorism, and how indeed it is state-sponsored terrorism, funded by our tax dollars and approved of by “our” government. Zionism is a racist ideology that has been lethal to all non-Jews who happened to have the innocent misfortune of living on land that Jews want for a Jewish state, the Jewish supremacist state of Israel .

O’Reilly: “While there are certainly rivalries and differences among all the Islamic fascists, their goals are very similar: Kill Jews and damage America .”

To which I say, while there are certainly rivalries and differences among all the Judeo-fascists, their goals are very similar: “Kill Arabs and use American resources to do so”. There is graffiti all over Israel with “Kill Arabs” and other such hateful mottos. I know it for a fact. I have seen it on the video footage from peace activists who have shared it with me, and it is even featured in my documentary “Neturei Karta: Jews Against Zionism”. See, not all Jews are Zionists, but the NeoConservative Judeo fascists are the ones who are dominating US foreign policy today. By the way, do a google search on the racist Zionist Israeli leaders Meir Kahane and Rehavam Zeevi, who openly called for the transfer of all non-Jews from Israel-Palestine, and referred to Palestinians as “lice” and “cancer”, and other dehumanizing slurs.

O’Reilly: “So why is history repeating itself? Why can’t we Americans wise up and see the Islamic fascist threat? I blame the news media first, and irresponsible politicians like Howard Dean.”

HA HA HA ….. HA HA HA HA HA HA…. HA .. HA … HA HA HA HA ha… O my God! What a RIOT!!!! :-)))))) Oh that is SOOO FUNNY! OK. I mean, can you believe that!?? He actually said “I blame the news media”! Soooo funny!!

Mr. Media Bulldog himself blames the media. That is just too cute.

The question really is: why can’t Americans wise up and see the Zionist-Christian-Judeo-fascist threat? By the way, Bush is a so-called Christian, make that a Christian Zionist. Giving billions of our tax dollars to a racist apartheid state such as Israel is just does NOT make sense! Its state-sponsored terrorism is just making the world a more dangerous place and fosters bad karma in the way of blowback in more ways than one. Not only by fostering counter attacks and bad will around the world but our country is going broke while it’s at it. It’s time to treat Israel in the exact same way that apartheid South Africa was treated. In order to dismantle the Zionist apartheid regime in Israel-Palestine, it’s time to boycott and place sanctions on Israel , cutting off all financial and diplomatic aid at the same time. Yep. That’s the way to do it. One way or another. It must be done.

As far as Howard Dean is concerned, he basically went down the memory hole by the so-called “liberal” media precisely because Howard Dean merely called for a more balanced and fair approach towards the Palestine-Israel conflict. So for O’Reilly to make a big deal about Dean is hilarious. Ha. Ha.

O’Reilly: “The hatred the committed left-wing press has for Bush is almost unprecedented.”

It’s a good thing he wrote “almost” unprecedented, because he’d really be showing his ignorance and disingenuousness big-time. After all, the Republicans’ hatred for Clinton truly WAS and IS unprecedented and they haven’t stopped hating him yet. Do you think it might have had something to do with the fact that Clinton actually wanted for there to be genuine peace and justice in the Middle East and even had Arafat come to the White House and shook hands with him?

O’Reilly continues whining indulgently, pathetically: “The liberal media is obsessed with Bush and devalue him 24/7. This means that even when the president is correct on policy, the Bush haters will not admit it.”

Gee, I wonder when President Bush ever was correct on policy. What does O’Reilly mean by that? Damned if I know.

O’Reilly snivels on: “They have succeeded, especially overseas, in convincing millions of people that Bush is the world’s greatest threat, not the fanatical Muslim jihad.” Actually, polls overseas show that they are convinced that the United States , led by Bush, and Israel are the greatest threats to the world, not the Arab countries.

Gee, do you think it’s because the on-going, unjustified war campaigns by the world’s only superpower the US and it’s “ally” Israel , with the fourth largest army in the world and piles of nuclear warheads aimed at its capitals, have anything to do with it? Even if 9/11 was actually done by some Arab terrorists all on their own (which most people no longer believe), it was not an on-going war endeavor by some superpower, super-armed country. And everyone knows by now that the war on Iraq is a complete mess and immoral, and that Israel is out of control on its genocidal expansionist military assaults on non-Jews in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and by its proxy US troops in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and if they get their way, Iran and Syria.

Mr. O’Reilly, it’s not about wanting to win the war in Iraq . It’s about how it never should have been fought in the first place! It’s well past time to bring the troops home now, with hundreds of thousands now dead, but better late than never. We owe the Arab people one HUGE apology! And HUGE reparations as well. And a new era of mutual respect, understanding and communicating. Like, Bush should consider debating the Iranian president. What’s he afraid of? Coming off like the village idiot that most people think he is?

O’Reilly: “The Iranian mullahs, bin Laden, Hezbollah and the rest of the racist killers well understand that America is a divided nation.”

Mr. O’Reilly, are you aware that “our” government and Israel ‘s have been purposefully trying to foster civil wars in Palestine and in Iraq and in Afghan and other Middle East countries? Don’t you think for a moment that Israelis and Americans who go to kill Arabs and non-Jews are racists??? As it says in the Bible, before you talk about taking the splinter out of someone else’s eye, take the beam out of your own eye! How self-serving and biased of you to only see it from your angle (and your Zionist bosses’ angle as we all know that the media is Zionist dominated. Just happens to be fact. Don’t bother with hurling the knee-jerk typical slur of “anti-Semite” at me. It’s a meaningless junk term anyway.)

O’Reilly: “Time after time, the Islamic fascists have attacked: time after time the United States and world have failed to respond with a knockout punch.”

Mr. O’Reilly, I do believe you are inciting hate-crimes and genocidal warfare against the Islamic Arab people. Say it ain’t so! By the way, if our troops got OUT of Iraq like they should have a long time ago, they would not get attacked “time after time”. I do not recall the Iraqi people inviting American troops over there to “bring democracy” or even get rid of Saddam Hussein. Au contraire, Mr. Potatohead.

O’Reilly: “Americans are certainly entitled to debate the wisdom and effectiveness of the current campaign to defeat Islamic fascism, but defeat it we must. For if we don’t, it’s just a matter of time before more of us lie dead in the streets.”

Last time I checked, Mr. O’Reilly, you were not any kind of leader, just a dopey talking head paid by his Zionist masters to spout their propaganda like an obedient pit bull on a short leash. You do that quite well, Mr. O’Reilly, but as you concede yourself, no one’s buying it.

The only Americans that are lying dead in the street now are the ones who are over in Iraq and shouldn’t be there. They’re not wanted there. They have no right to be there. They need to be brought home now. No one’s paying me to write or say any of this, unlike you. Your shameless, pathetic fear-mongering just isn’t doing the trick like you and your masters wish it would. Pity about that.

O’Reilly: “Like Hitler and his evil ambitions of seven decades ago, the jihadists of today are not going to stop until we make them stop. Somebody tell Howard Dean.”

To that I write, like Hitler and his evil ambitions of seven decades ago, the Zionist Christian and Judeo-fascists of today are not going to stop until we Americans make them stop. Get it, Mr. O’Reilly?

Somebody had to tell you.

Remembering Al-Hakim George Habash: A Revolutionary Life, a tribute to the great Palestinian Arab leade

Goerge Habash is dead: the revolutionary ascetic.
Posted by As’ad

I was very sad all day today. I would feel my tears on my face every time I would see his pictures on Arab TV stations which reported on his death. I told part of the story here before: on the first time I met Habash in Beirut when I was in high school. `Aziz woke me up after midnight. I did not know where I was going, but `Aziz was smiling. He knew that I would be happy. We went on his motorcycle.

We entered the living room in that apartment in Hamra Street, and there was George Habash and his wife, Hilda. I was 17 years old in 1978. Habash was drinking whiskey. I was mesmerized–by him, not by the whiskey. I never was affected by meeting a person, like that meeting. I never since then found anybody with his charisma. In my eyes, nobody had Habash’s charisma, although I am objectively critical of his political role and the experience of the PFLP.

Of course, the Western media will portray him as a terrorist, and House of Saud neo-conservative writer, Waddah Shararah (I disliked him when he was a Stalinist and I dislike him even more as a neo-conservative Arab but my consolation is that nobody reads him and those who read him don’t know what he wants to say–Sadiq Jalal Al-`Adhm once told me that Shararah writes as inside joke between himself) will repeat what he said before on Habash, that he was a terrorist. I know better.

I even know that he was a gentle man, not a violent man at all–current Zionist obituaries in the Western press notwithstanding. Ironically, the era of the early hijacking and “international operations” made him notorious worldwide in the early 1970s although he had nothing to do with that. That was the brainchild of Wadi` Haddad, who did not have the patience for “mass work” that Habash so favored, what is now called “collective action” in the political science jargon. So during the conversation, Habash brought up the issue of that right-wing student at IC (my obnoxious elitist high school) that I have “bothered.” I prevented the student from displaying books by right-wing organizations during an Arabic book exhibit at the school. I was merely observing–as I still do–the “isolation” of the Phalanges Party–the fascist party of Lebanon–in the wake of the `Ayn Ar-Rummanah massacre. The student’s father was Habash’s dentist, and the father complained to Habash. So Habash brought up the issue: and I so arrogantly–I get embarrassed when I remember–told him: there is no “wisatah” (mediation) in revolutionary matters. Who am I to talk like this to a symbol of world revolution at the time? Who did I think I was? How arrogant of me. I still remember what he said. He said: we can’t say that he (the fellow in question) is “in`izali”(isolationist) nor we can say that he is “watani” (patriotic).

I was deeply affected by the encounter, and my (personal) admiration for him grew. You often meet people you have read about, and then you lose your admiration when you see them up close. It was not like that in the case of Habash, although politically I was growing increasingly toward anarchism and opposed Marxist-Leninist organizations in college–one Stalinist organization threatened to kill me because they said that I was having a bad influence on their members who had left. But I managed to smoke Habash’s pipe afterwards–I hate smoking, but did not want to miss the opportunity to smoke his pipe.

So Habash was not in favor of “international operations” and he was adamant about that and was forced in late 1971 to expel his very best friend Wadi` Haddad over “the hijacking and international operations.” Haddad believed in actions, and nothing else, and that was not Habash. Habash’s family was of course expelled by Zionist gangs under the leadership of Itzhak Rabin (he talked about the expulsion in the Hebrew edition of his memoirs, but not in the English language–why harm Zionist propaganda in the English speaking world, he must have calculated) in 1948.

I saw Habash a few times over the years, and the last time was a few years ago when the publisher, Riyadh Najib Ar-Rayyis and Fawwaz Trabulsi suggested that I talk with Habash about writing his biography. Nothing came out of that, and he said that his wife did not agree: she wanted to monopolize the process. Habash was somebody you can disagree with: in fact, he had read a very critical article I had written on the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine back in 1987 in the Middle East Journal. I also gave him in that meeting another very critical article I have written about him for the Journal of Palestine Studies (titled “Neither Unity, Nor Liberation”).

Prior to the meeting, his entourage and my sister kindly asked me to not be too critical: they were worried about him because he had become too emotional and excitable. I noticed that. He would get very emotional. But he was mentally alert, although he would forget a date here and there. I offered some criticisms in that last meeting: about how the Front did not promote women’s rights, as it should have. He fully agreed, and told me that they are working on promoting more women in leadership positions. I told him that secularism was not pushed hard enough, and he also agreed. But what bothered me was his sense of resignation: he basically felt that he was willing to leave the Palestinian question in the hands of Hamas and Hizbullah because “we the left, have failed.”

It bothered me that he was not willing to be critical of the Islamists, or be interested in saving or reviving the Left.

I am very critical of the experience of the PFLP: many things along the way. Oil money (directly or indirectly) reached and corrupted all organizations of the Palestinian revolution. And during the experience of the Rejectionist Front (from 1974-1977), Habash and the PFLP allowed the regime of Saddam Husayn to exercise control over all of them in return for hefty subsidies. That was it. Between Zionism and imperialism, oil money, the Syrian and the Iraqi regime, and the lousy leadership of Yasir `Arafat, they succeeded in aborting the Palestinian revolution. Habash uniquely resigned from the PFLP leadership.

He wanted to found think tank. He gave me a copy of the plan–it was super secret in his mind, as he told me to not share with anybody. I read it later, and felt very sad. He basically had a vision of a think tank, organized Leninistically–with a politbureau and a Central Committee, etc. It never took off of course: he had no money. He barely had money to live, I know that. He also refused offers of financial help from wealthy Palestinians. But lest Zionist hoodlums begin their celebrations too prematurely: I still remember his last words to me: he said, as if to take himself out of a gloomy mood: “and there is and there will be a new Palestinian generation.” How true. Stay tuned.

Posted by As’ad at 8:28 PM

Commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Al-Hakim George Habash, we reprint three articles published in homage to this great man who remains an inspiration and a source for millions. The first briefly recounts the legacy of this great man, the second is an interview in which Dr. Habash in his own words describes the decisive moment of his life and the third is a tribute delivered in London by the Communist Party.
WRITTEN BY Yousef Abudayyeh – With the passing of Dr. George Habash, the Arab people as a whole along with peoples of the world struggling for liberation have painfully lost one of the towering legends of decolonization. Dr. Habash, popularly known as Al-Hakeem in dual reference to him being a medical doctor and the conscience of the Palestinian movement, is unmatched in Arab history.

He is the quintessential intersection of Palestinian democratic nationalism, pan-Arabism, progressive internationalism and egalitarianism.

Yet, even such monumental attributes are but a small part of Al-Hakeem’s legacy. It is his unparalleled principled character, humility, love for his comrades and people and unblemished history that coin him as the archetypical revolutionary leader. From the day he became a refugee in 1948, to founding the Arab Nationalist Movement and subsequently the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to emerging as one of the most beloved Palestinian Arab revolutionaries in the seventies, to his final departure in Amman, Jordan, Abu Maysa’s 83-year journey is that of Palestine itself. While many barter for mere crumbs the entirety of their once-existing principles, Abu Maysa gave up none – not an ounce. As purported “leaders” construct palaces through thievery from which to command their gangs of fear, he died just as he lived, in modesty, humility and enormous dignity. This is a leader who set the highest example by voluntarily vacating his top political seat while at the peak of his popularity. Al-Hakeem transcended all organizations, political parties, nation-states and borders. He spoke loudly for the deprived, fought for the needy and healed the wounds of the poor. He was Palestinian in heart, Arab in blood and egalitarian in his principles. He leaves a legacy of internationalism situating the Palestinian struggle within an anti-imperialist struggle that transcends the borders of any one state. Al-Hakeem shunned chauvinists and embraced democratic nationalists who valued unity and home-grown socialism. He rejected the blind mechanical importation of political theory, and argued that it must evolve from our particular Arab conditions. He understood the colonial nature of Zionism as an agent of imperial dominance while also recognizing that it is served by functionaries and servants from within the Arab ranks. He was an ardent advocate of the inseparable duality between national liberation and social equality. Unlike others, Al-Hakeem never saluted a Zionist, never “negotiated” under the Israeli flag, never traded kisses with our people’s killers, never knelt before a king and never stretched a hand in beggary.

He remained true to his belief, never oscillating from one political camp to the next in search of a seat of power. Abu Maysa lived and died never distinguishing along religious lines. He was deeply entrenched in the cumulative totality of our Arab history from the Gulf to the Ocean.

And while the wretched of our people searched for meager pieces of bread and drops of clean water throughout the Gaza Strip and the camps of exile, he did not reside in a palace, nor did he enjoy pay-offs of treason. Ironically, the passing of this exemplary unifying pan-Arabist legend comes at a time when our people in Gaza are tearing down fences to join hands with the Egyptian Arab people across imposed colonial divides. How sad it is to lose George Habash at a time when true leadership is scarce and despots are many. How painful it is to lose such a visionary at a time when our people appear to be led by local agents of Empire. How devastating it is to lose an icon of integrity and pride, when Arab pride is trampled every day, particularly by its presumed custodians. And how untimely his loss is when the need to enhance the democratic pan-Arab nationalist alternative is an existential necessity in today’s era of right wing ascendancy. With the loss of this refugee from the town of Lid, we are all painfully so much less, yet due to his life and legacy we are all so much more. How easy it is to pretend to be a revolutionary during times of luxury, and how almost impossible it is to live and die as one during impossible times. Such is painstakingly achieved only by the select few, of whom El Hakeem is undoubtedly unmatched. Farewell Abu Maysa! The struggle continues… The Free Palestine Alliance January 26, 2008

habash 2nd anniversaryAbout his uprooting during the 1948 battle of Al-Lid Palestine

Interview edited by: Adib S. Kawar, a chapter of his book “Testimonies of Uprooted Palestinians”

Al-Hakim George Habash was a born leader, the respect of whom was inevitable and willingly accepted by the people around him without demand on his part… generations of young and old Palestinians and other Arabs in complete devotion and dedication to the Arab cause in general and the Palestinian one in particular, which is in its core… Al-Hakim (doctor and wise man) George Habash, made irreplaceable and unforgettable favors to all those who accompanied and worked with the beginning of the Arab nationalist movement and Palestinian Arab struggle on the road of return to the stolen and occupied homeland, Palestine and its neighborhood, that is ours in the past, present and future. Al-Hakim exhausted his youth and up till the last breath of his life in the struggle for the cause.

He sacrificed his promising and lucrative profession as a medical doctor that he studied and worked hard to complete for long years, but he sacrificed the profession, wealth and his health without regret or request for gratitude. He deserves all the gratitude, respect and admiration by all his people… In the words of Dr. George Habash: Place and date of birth: Al-Lid Palestine 1927 I left Al-Lid twice, the first time to Yafa at age 13 after completing my elementary schooling. I had the patriotic feelings, simply general patriotic feelings, and I still remember demonstrations and resistance that were organized by Palestinian Arab citizens… In Yafa I joined the secondary Orthodox school, and remained in it up till second secondary. I would like to mention here my Lebanese teacher of the Arabic language, Munah Khoury from the Lebanese south. He left in us a deep and strong impression. Arabic as a language was for him his complete, beloved and full world, he was reciting poetry as if being sung, and I admire him today. I still remember him well.
I met him in Beirut when I joined the American University of Beirut, and I learned that he left later for the United States. As Yafa’s school was an incomplete secondary school, I had to move to Jerusalem to join the Terra Santa secondary school. Upon completing my secondary education I returned to Yafa where I taught for two years, and in 1944 I joined the American University. While in Yafa I used to frequently go the Orthodox Club to read newspapers and magazines that came from Egypt, in which I used to read literary and cultural topics. At the American University I was a top student, paying full attention to my lessons. In my spare time I used to practice my hobbies, especially swimming and sometimes I used to sing. I had a good voice. Politics was out of my mind, and never occurred to me that I would get involved in it, and that it would become my whole life.
This condition of mine remained constant up till the beginning of my fourth year in the university, my second year in the school of medicine. When one day a friend in the university, Maatouk Al-Asmar, approached me and said that there was a professor in the university – meaning Dr. Constantine Zureik – who was conducting small closed cultural circles, talking to a limited number of students (20 – 30 students) about Arab nationalism, and about the Arab nation and how and why it should resurrect. He suggested to me the idea of attending these circles. These were lectures the aim of which was enlightenment and stirring debate, and there were no organizational commitments.
To be specific, Maatouk told me about a person called Ramez Shihadeh who at the time had already graduated from the university. “I want you to meet him to talk about Arab unity and the salvation of Palestine and how to achieve these goals,” but as I was at the time planning to go back home, the meeting didn’t materialize. That was at the end of June/July 1948, when Zionists had been trying to complete the uprooting of Palestinians from their homes and land, which at the time had reached its peak. The year ended and the university closed its doors. I told myself that I should go to Palestine and to Al-Lid in particular. Zionist forces uprooted the people of Yafa to temporally settle in Al-Lid. But my parents asked me to stay in Beirut, and sent me money; my mother was always worrying about me a lot. My arrival surprised the family and my mother said, “What do you want to do son?” And my sister for her part asked: “What could you do?” I wondered whether I could fight. I had already started studying medicine and probably I could help in this field. There was in the hospital a doctor of the Zahlan family, and I started assisting him. Al-Lid, like other Palestinian Arab cities and villages was in severe conditions of confusion and worry. Zionists airplanes were bombarding Palestinians and frightening them.
Conditions were severe and horrible. I was involved in my work when my mother’s aunt came to the hospital and told me that my mother was worrying about me and asked me to return home. I refused and insisted on remaining in the hospital, but she insisted and I in my turn insisted on doing my duty. When I continued refusing then she told me that my elder sister whom I dearly loved had passed away. On my way back home I saw people in the streets in a severe condition of fright, and the injured, including some that I knew, lying unattended on the sidewalk. We buried my sister near our house, as reaching the graveyard was impossible. Three hours later Zionist terrorists attacked our house shouting and ordering us to leave in Arabic, “Yala Barah, yala barah ukhrojo”, go out, leave.
My mother and I, along with my sister’s children – including a baby whom we carried – walked with our relatives and neighbors. We didn’t know where to go. The terrorists were ordering us to walk, and we walked. It was a very hot day, and it was Ramadan. Some of those around us were saying “this is resurrection day” and others said, “This is hell”. Upon reaching the end of the town we saw a Zionist check point to search the people. We didn’t have any arms or weapons. And it seemed that our neighbor’s son, Amin Hanhan, was hiding money; fearing that they would steal it from him, he refused to be searched. The terrorists shot him dead right in front of us. His mother and his younger sister rushed to see him and started wailing. His younger brother, Bishara, was a friend and classmate of mine, and we used to study together. You ask me why I chose this path, why did I become an Arab nationalist. This is Zionism and they speak about peace? This is the Zionism I know, saw and experienced.(*) Al-Hakim referred us to details in the book: “Palestinian Struggle Experience. A full dialogue with George Habash”. One of the founders of ‘The Arab Nationalist Movement” and “The Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine”, and their first secretary general.
George Habash, a revolutionary life The following tribute was delivered to a meeting organised by the Communist Party
(http://www.cpgb-ml.org/) in Central London on Saturday 10 February 2008. Issued by: CPGB-ML Issued on: 10 February 2008 In his 1944 speech, Serve the People, Comrade Mao Zedong said these famous words: “All men must die, but death can vary in its significance. The ancient Chinese writer Szuma Chien said: ‘Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than Mount Tai or lighter than a feather.’ To die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai, but to work for the fascists and die for the exploiters and oppressors is lighter than a feather.”
Today, the heroic Palestinian people are continuing to resist, whether in the breaking of the barrier with Egypt to alleviate the genocidal siege of Gaza, or in the martyrdom operation at Dimona, the nuclear site where imperialism and its stooges do not demand inspections, to express a sense of grief at the loss of Al-Hakim, Dr George Habash, one of the greatest leaders of the Palestinian people, and, more importantly, to celebrate his glorious life and give real political vitality and clarity to the essential work of building solidarity with the Palestinian people in the British working class and in the anti-war and other progressive movements. Comrade George Habash, who has passed away at the age of 82, gave more than six decades of his life to the revolution. He was born into a prosperous Greek Orthodox family in the Palestinian city of Lydda. At that time, the Palestinian people were under the rule of the British colonial mandate, which was systematically preparing the way for the creation of a zionist settler colonial state, which, in the words of Sir Roland Storrs, the first British governor of Jerusalem in the 1920s, would form “for England a ‘little loyal Jewish Ulster’ in a sea of potentially hostile Arabism”.
In the summer of 1948, whilst studying medicine in Beirut, George went back home to help organise resistance to the zionist catastrophe that was sweeping over the Palestinian people, driving them from their ancestral homes and lands into exile and dispossession. At this time, he and his whole family, along with 95 percent of the inhabitants of his native city, were forced out at gunpoint by the zionist terrorists and ethnic cleansers commanded by Yitzhak Rabin. Years later, Habash was to observe: “It is a sight I shall never forget. Thousands of human beings expelled from their homes, running, crying, shouting in terror. After seeing such a thing, you cannot but become a revolutionary.”
During al-Nakba, the catastrophe, more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes and lands, made stateless and refugees. Graduating as the first in his class, Dr Habash eschewed the chance to pursue a lucrative career, opting instead to open a people’s clinic offering free treatment and a school for refugees in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian

Decision of Collaborators Furthers Palestinian Genocide

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By: Kawther Salam

Addameer, Al Haq, Al Mezan, Badil, Civic Coalition for Jerusalem, DCI- Palestine. NSAN Centre, Independent Commission for Human Rights, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Ramallah Centre for Human Rights Studies, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, wrote a statement:

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, Decision of Palestinian Leadership and International Pressure an Insult to the Victims

Yesterday, 2 October 2009, the Palestinian leadership, under heavy international pressure lead by the United States, deferred the draft proposal at the Human Rights Council endorsing all the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission (the Goldstone Report). This deferral denies the Palestinian peoples’ right to an effective judicial remedy and the equal protection of the law. It represents the triumph of politics over human rights.

It is an insult to all victims and a rejection of their rights.

The crimes documented in the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission represent the most serious violations of international law; Justice Goldstone concluded that there was evidence to indicate that crimes against humanity may have been committed in the Gaza Strip. Violations of international law continue to this day, inter alia, through the continuing Israeli-imposed illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The findings of the Mission confirmed earlier investigations conducted by independent Palestinian, Israeli and international organizations.

The injustice that has now been brought upon Palestinians has been brought upon everyone on this globe. International human rights and humanitarian law are not subject to discrimination, they are not dependent on nationality, religion, or political affiliation. International human rights and humanitarian law apply universally to all human beings.
The rule of law is intended to protect individuals, to guarantee their fundamental rights. Yet, if the rule of law is to be respected it must be enforced.

World history, and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land has shown us that as long as impunity persists, the law will continue to be violated; innocent civilians will continue to suffer the horrific consequences.

Justice delayed is justice denied. All victims have a legitimate right to an effective judicial remedy, and the equal protection of the law. These rights are universal: they are not subject to political considerations.

In the nine months since Operation Cast Lead, no effective judicial investigations have been conducted into the conflict. Impunity prevails.

In such situations, international law demands recourse to international judicial mechanisms. Victims’ rights must be upheld. Those responsible must be held to account.
The belief that accountability and the rule of law can be brushed aside in the pursuit of peace is misguided. History has taught us time and time again, that sustainable peace can only be built on human rights, on justice, and the rule of law.

For many years in Palestine international law, and the rule of law, has been sacrificed in the name of politics, and cast aside in favour of the peace process. This approach has been tried, and it has failed: the occupation has been solidified, illegal settlements have continued to expand, the right to self-determination has been denied; innocent civilians suffer the horrific consequences.

It is now time to seriously pursue justice, and a peace built on a foundation of human rights, dignity, and the rule of law. In Justice Goldstone’s words, there is no peace without justice.

As human rights organizations we strongly condemn the Palestinian leaderships’ decision to defer the proposal endorsing all the recommendations of the Fact Finding Mission, and the pressure exerted by certain members of the international community. Such pressure is in conflict with States’ international obligations, and is an insult to the Palestinian people.

As human rights organizations concerned with rights and justice, we declare that we will double our efforts to seek justice for the victims of the violations of human rights and international law without delay.

Source: Palestine Think Tank

Kawther SalamKawther Salam is a Palestinian journalist. She has had a career of over 20 years working for various newspapers and TV stations in Palestine. She is forced to live in the Exile in Vienna since 2002. Email this author

it is now official: Israel has selected a new Palestinian leader

it is now official: Israel has selected a new Palestinian leader

“During those conversations, Peres referred to the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, as a “Palestinian Ben-Gurion.”” (thanks Sobhi)
Posted by As’ad at 10:40 AM
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