It's something we have been warning about for some time now; and finally the PA itself has managed to raise the warning flag:
PA warns: Israel might carry out genocide in Palestine in case of war
between India and Pakistan
Occupied Jerusalem: 1 June
by Khalid Amayreh
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday warned that Israeli might carry out
massive killings of Palestinians, even a genocide, in case an all-out war
broke out between India and Pakistan.
"We are very concerned about the possibility, many Israeli leaders said on
several occasions that Israel would use a major international upheaval to
get rid of the Palestinians or perpetrate acts of killings on a very large
scale," said a PA minister Saturday.
The minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity intimated that PA
chairman Yasser Arafat discussed this "grave matter" with Omar Suleiman,
Head of the Egyptian Intelligence.
Arafat and Suleiman met in Cairo Saturday.
However, outspoken Palestinian spokesperson and former minister for
Parliamentary affairs, Nabil Amre, downplayed the possibility of an
Israeli-perpetrated genocide in case a nuclear war erupted between India
"This is unthinkable, but in any case our people wouldn't leave their
homeland under any circumstances," said Amre in a telephone interview from
He added though that Israel didn't need "a distraction" to commit massacres.
"They have been perpetrating massacres almost on a daily basis during the
past 2 years."
Like many PA officials, Amre placed much hope on the international
community to prevent Israel from effecting such a "nefarious design."
When asked if he could completely ruled out a possible collusion between
Israel and the Bush administration to effect or induce a mass deportation
of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in case of a major upheaval
between India and Pakistan, Amre sounded unsure, saying he hoped such
scenarios wouldn't ever happen.
Palestinian political analyst Ghassan al-Khatib disagreed with Amre's
"I think Palestinian leaders should view this possibility very seriously.
We shouldn't forget the strong security cooperation between India and
Israel. Any thing could happen," said Khatib in an interview Saturday.
He said Palestinians shouldn't count much on the international community
"because Israel has always ignored and defied the world as we saw recently
in regard to the massacre of Jenin."