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ARAB REGIMES COWER AND BEG; ISRAELIS CONTINUE TO KILL AND DESTROY

May 2, 2001

ARAB REGIMES DO NOTHING SERIOUS TO STOP THEM

SO ISRAELIS CONTINUE KILLING AND DESTROYING

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 5/02: Shimon Peres runs around the world, especially to the gullible American media, and especially to CNN and PBS, with soothing rhetorical jibberish while his Generals further demolish Palestinian homes making fools of those who believed in the "Oslo Peace Process" and its associated "agreements". Meanwhile the Ambassadors representing the weak and co-opted Arab "client regimes" practically begged Kofi Annan in a recent meeting for the U.N. Security Council to "do something to protect the Palestinians", while these very regimes themselves do nothing serious and lack even a little courage to insist on an emergency General Assembly session where Israel could be suspended, a la Apartheid South Africa of old.

ISRAEL DEMOLISHES REFUGEE HOMES IN GAZA CAMP

GAZA (Reuters - 2 May) - Israeli tanks and bulldozers thrust into a Gaza refugee camp early Wednesday, demolishing homes, killing a Palestinian gunman and wounding 14 people before withdrawing.

The raid on the Brazil camp was mounted hours before Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres was due to meet Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington.

The Israeli army said troops moved in to destroy buildings that Palestinian gunmen had used as cover to fire at soldiers and as bases for planting roadside bombs.

"I was asleep when the invasion started but when I recognized the noise of the tanks and bulldozers...I ran in my pajamas from the house. Soon the house vanished," said Palestinian farmer Mahmoud Hassan, 61.

Troops covered what the army called the "operational engineering activities" of the bulldozers with tank and automatic fire as Palestinians fought back with grenade launchers and automatic weapons during the four-hour raid. Three children were among the wounded.

Israel handed back much of the Gaza Strip to Palestinian rule in 1994 under the 1993 Oslo interim peace accords, but held onto a chunk to accommodate some 7,000 Jewish settlers who live next to a Palestinian population of 1.2 million.

It captured the strip, then administered by Egypt, in the 1967 Middle East war. Settlements on occupied land are illegal.

Last month Israel abruptly ended a similar incursion that demolished homes in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip after Powell sharply criticized it as an "excessive and disproportionate" response to Palestinian provocations.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said afterwards that the lesson for Israel was to weigh carefully any future handover of territory to the Palestinians because it cannot be reversed.

PALESTINIANS DEMAND PROTECTION

The Palestinian Authority denounced what it called a "planned aggression" which threatened regional stability.

"We continue to demand international protection for the Palestinian people exposed to the ugliest forms of aggression," a spokesman for the authority said.

Peres was expected to brief Powell on Israel's response to an Egyptian-Jordanian peace initiative aimed at halting seven months of bloodshed as a prelude to renewed negotiations.

A key element of the plan, endorsed by Palestinian leaders, is a halt to construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as one of several confidence-building measures.

Sharon, reiterating his demand for a complete halt to Palestinian violence, said Israel would have to wage a protracted struggle for its security and rejected the idea of halting the expansion of settlements.

"This will be a difficult and extended battle against terror," he said on a condolence visit with his security cabinet to the Jewish settlement of Ofra in the West Bank.

"We will not pay protection money...We will not pay for the cessation of terror. We will not pay (Palestinians) not to kill us," Sharon told reporters who asked about a settlement freeze.

Sharon's government has pledged not to build new settlements but officials have talked of increasing housing in existing ones to accommodate the "natural growth" of their populations.

Around 200,000 Jews live in 145 settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, home to three million Palestinians.

Palestinian gunmen ambushed and killed a settler from Ofra Tuesday, hours after an explosion in the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah killed a Fatah gunman and two children.

Senior Palestinian security officials said Wednesday they arrested two Fatah gunmen suspected of involvement in the blast.

Palestinians blame the bloodletting of recent months on Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"We believe that terrorism is occupation and settlements, as well as the exercise of oppression, closures and the killing of Palestinians," Jibril al-Rajoub, head of preventive security in the West Bank, told Reuters in response to Sharon's statements.

HOMES DESTROYED

Red-eyed from tears and lost sleep, residents of the Brazil camp sifted through the rubble of homes and farm buildings flattened by Israeli bulldozers during the night.

Officials of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees brought in tents, blankets, mattresses and cash handouts for the newly homeless. They told reporters 18 houses had been destroyed in the attack.

The operation followed a gunbattle in the Brazil camp on Tuesday in which troops killed a Palestinian police captain.

In the border town of Rafah, about 2,500 Palestinians marched in a funeral procession for the policeman, Mohammad Abu Jazar, 56, and Mahmoud Aqel, 19, the fighter killed overnight.

"We will avenge the blood of the martyrs and build a bridge of our flesh to freedom and liberation," the crowd chanted.

The Israeli army said a Palestinian sniper fired at an Israeli car in the Jewish settlement bloc of Gush Katif near Khan Younis Wednesday, slightly wounding the driver.

At least 402 Palestinians, 76 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs have been killed since the Palestinian revolt against Israeli occupation began in late September after peace talks reached deadlock.

ONE PALESTINIAN KILLED IN CLASH

By IBRAHIM BARZAK

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP- 2 May) - Israeli tanks and bulldozers charged into a Palestinian refugee camp Wednesday, tearing down houses used by gunmen and prompting a shootout that left a Palestinian teen-ager dead, officials and witnesses said.

Israeli tanks fired shells to cover the nighttime operation in Rafah, near the border with Egypt, said Brig. Gen. Abdel Razek el-Majaida, a Palestinian security commander. Eighteen homes were destroyed, according to the Palestinians and U.N. relief workers. Palestinian hospital doctors said Mahmoud Aqel, 17, was killed and at least 15 Palestinians were wounded.

The bloodshed came as Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres prepared to meet in Washington with Secretary of State Colin Powell for talks on a truce to end seven months of fighting.

The Palestinians said the Israeli demolitions took place in an area that is under Palestinian security control, according to current agreements. But Israel said it was responsible for security in the area.

The Israeli military called it a ``pinpointed, defensive action'' to stop the kind of heavy firing on its troops that took place Tuesday.

``They were using civilian buildings to shoot on us and we had to prevent future shootings from these buildings,'' said army spokesman Lt. Col. Olivier Rafowicz. At daybreak, dozens of Palestinian residents came to survey the remains of their homes. A 13-year-old boy sifting through the rubble was shot in the cheek by Israeli soldiers positioned hundreds of yards away, Palestinian witnesses said.

On several recent occasions, Israel has sent in bulldozers to tear down buildings that Palestinian gunmen have used for cover. The Israeli moves have drawn international criticism, and Israel has withdrawn each time after carrying out the demolitions.

Several thousand mourners attended a mass funeral Wednesday for the policeman who was killed in a clash Tuesday, and Aqel, the teen-ager killed earlier in the day. Masked gunmen fired into the air. One man, holding the Muslim holy book, the Quran, in one hand, had what he said were real explosives strapped to his chest. ``I am ready to blow myself up in the middle of the Zionist entity,'' he shouted to the crowd.

Meanwhile, Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon again came under criticism for not doing more to prevent attacks against Israelis. Sharon visited the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra to pay condolences Wednesday to the family of Assaf Hershkovitz, who was shot and killed a day earlier while driving his van on a stretch of road repeatedly targeted by Palestinian gunmen. Hershkovitz's father was fatally shot on the same road in January.

Sharon told Hershkovitz's widow, Hila, that ``people thought there was a solution that would take one day. There's no solution in one day.'' She responded: ``But there's not even a ray of light. We're in the same situation.''

In Maariv, a leading daily, editor Yaakov Erez wrote that Sharon, who assumed power two months ago, has not fulfilled his pledge to improve Israel's security.

``The warfare with the Palestinians has turned from being a bothersome nuisance into a near-war, and we are paying the price in blood every day,'' Erez wrote.

Meanwhile, Peres said that he planned to tell Powell and President George W. Bush that U.S. involvement is essential to stopping the Mideast violence.

Speaking in Jordan, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat also said he hoped to reach a truce with Israel. Both sides blame each other for the violence.

``We wish there would (be) an agreement,'' Arafat said after meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II. Jordan and Egypt proposed the truce plan that is under discussion.

The proposal calls for a monthlong cease-fire, which would be followed by a resumption of peace negotiations. However, Israel wants the truce to last two or three months before restarting negotiations.

Since the fighting began last September, 431 people have been killed on the Palestinian side and 72 on the Israeli side.


May 2001


Magazine



FEISAL HUSSEINI - DEAD AT 60 IN KUWAIT
(May 31, 2001)
Feisal Husseini will be buried tomorrow in Jerusalem with great circumstance. However whatever else he was, and many think he was a good and committed man, he was a fairly simple man and he certainly was not a great man.

SHARON SHOULD SURRENDER TO HISTORY
(May 25, 2001)
Like many nation states born out of war, Israel must re-evaluate its past in order to move forward, argues Mark Mazower*

THE GAZA GHETTO/PRISON
(May 25, 2001)
The "Gaza Strip" is a huge ghetto; created of course by the Israelis. In a sense it is also the largest prison in the world as the great majority of those who reside in Gaza are unable to leave and return through any of the handful of Israeli army checkposts which control who comes and goes.

APARTHEID ISRAEL
(May 24, 2001)
"There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies -- not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred meters away, there are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy."

WATER WARS
(May 24, 2001)
In the end its not really the "settlements" that will determine which civilization will prosper in the once Holy Land now so fought over by the descendants of Abraham. Control and use of WATER is even more at the heart of the conflict between the two competing societies.

CONTINUE THE INTIFADA
(May 23, 2001)
It's a terrible deal for the Palestinians actually -- they expected to give up their very justifiable struggle against the occupier in exchange for another promise to "freeze settlements". Gee...it was just last year that Yasser Arafat was proclaiming ad infinitum that no matter what there would be a Palestinian State by the end of the year!

WHAT THE "MITCHELL COMMISSION REPORT" REALLY SAYS
(May 23, 2001)
"Here's your lifeline Yasser, Nabil, Jabril, and all you Palestinian VIPs -- and you better grab it because it may be the last one you get".

THE MITCHELL COMMISSION REPORT -- A LONG SORDID HISTORY
(May 22, 2001)
The big fix is on of course with the "Mitchell Commission Report". Other madmen desperately scampering from one TV studio to the next are "Ambassador" Dennis Ross, now back at the Israeli/Jewish lobby from whence he came, and of course Senator Mitchell, himself retired from the most pro-Israeli political body on the planet ...

ARAFAT AND THE WORLD FORCED TO DANCE TO SHARON'S WAR TUNES
(May 21, 2001)
The Israelis are pushing their lies, schemes, deceptions, and brutality more than ever these days. It's all designed of course to demoralize and confuse the Palestinians, to twist and torture them into submission.

BREAKING NEWS - RAJOUB HIT
(May 20, 2001)
Jibril Rajoub is a favorite of the CIA, the headquarters of which he has personally visited numerous times in recent years on his visits to Washington. His force is the main one trained by the CIA in order to keep the Arafat Regime in power ...

TRUE MARTYRDOM
(May 20, 2001)
Mahmoud Ahmed Marmash -- 21 and now departed -- never knew anything other than Israel's brutal military occupation. He never knew anything other than Arab "client regimes" and the Arafat "Authority". He never knew anything other than a savage Israeli army, fueled by an increasingly racist ideology, armed and financed by America.

ISRAEL - APARTHEID IN THE MIDDLE EAST
(May 20, 2001)
A little trip back in history's lane will result in all kinds of close connections between Israel and South Africa in the days of Apartheid. And during that trip one will discover that Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin were at the top of the list of those promoting those relations.

THE ARAB AMERICANS and their "CLIENT ORGANIZATIONS"
(May 19, 2001)
There are many desperate and depressed people out there these days, especially among Palestinians, their friends, and the Jewish left that is mortified to awaken to find itself with Ariel Sharon as Prime Minister, the hoped for salvation of the Oslo "Peace Process" destroyed, and one of their false prophets, Shimon Peres, at Sharon's side.

SUICIDE BOMB, ISRAELI AIR STRIKES CAUSE NEW CARNAGE
(May 18, 2001)
A suicide bombing followed by retaliatory Israeli air strikes killed 16 people and injured 200 on Friday in one of the bloodiest days since a Palestinian uprising erupted nearly eight months ago.

ISRAEL'S ARMY - A NEW, PERHAPS DANGERSOUS, FREEDOM
(May 18, 2001)
TRIGGER-HAPPY troops set loose? Questions about the response of Israeli soldiers facing Palestinian demonstrators are being asked, and not just by Palestinians. But suspicions about individual behaviour are less relevant than the clear fact that the army, given its head by Ariel Sharon, has made a deliberate decision ...

SEVEN KILLED, OVER 50 INJURED IN SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK
(May 18, 2001)
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Hasharon shopping mall in the center of the coastal town of Netanya at around 11.30 A.M on Friday morning. Seven people were killed in the blast, one of them most likely the bomber himself.

ISRAELI ARMY ON THE RAMPAGE
(May 17, 2001)
The Israelis are more and more specifically targeting children, journalists, and Palestinians at all levels. The goal is to create such fear, such intimidation, such apprehension, that ...

MORE BLOOD AND MEMORIES FLOW ON "DISASTER DAY"
(May 16, 2001)
Yesterday was the 53rd anniversary of what the Israelis believe was the start of their independence and the Palestinians believe was the start of their ongoing and tortuous "disaster", the "nakba".

"SCHOLARS, INTELLECTUALS, EXPERTS BETRAY THEIR VOCATIONS..." - MER FLASHBACK
(May 15, 2001)
The recent orgy of 'activism' surrounding the new "Har Homa" settlement has given 'peace groups' and various Arab Americans groups something to do again.

THERE WERE WARNINGS THEN, THERE ARE WARNINGS NOW
(May 15, 2001)
It's 53 years now since Palestine was fractured, a Jewish State was born, the Palestinian refugee crisis created. There were warnings from both Arab and Jewish leaders what would result if a "Jewish State" were declared when the British withdrew from Palestine in 1948.

NO JUNITY, NO ALLIES, NO FUTURE
(May 14, 2001)
Let's get right to the bottom line here first. Those American Jews, and whoever else for that matter have been looking to what is called "JUNITY" (that's "Jewish Unity For a Just Peace" so they say) ...

AN AFFRONT TO CIVILISATION
(May 13, 2001)
I was on my way to Khan Yunis, a desperately poor Palestinian refugee town in the Gaza Strip, when we learned it was under heavy bombardment. Please, urged my Palestinian guides, could I postpone my visit to the next day?

IN MEMORY OF PROF. CHARLES BLACK
(May 12, 2001)
"Against hugh odds...they decline to submit, and instead go out on the streets and pick up stones. They are beaten without let or mercy. They are imprisoned under obscene conditions, after kangaroo trials, or no trials at all.

THREATENING WRITERS AND MORE ASSASSINATIONS
(May 12, 2001)
Of course what the Israelis are doing in so many areas to many classes of people is dastardly and deserves widespread condemnation. The first article details what the Israelis are doing to Palestinian writers who are citizens of Israel; the second to Palestinian activists who are struggling against Israel's occupation.

HASHEMITE COLLUSION AND REPRESSION
(May 11, 2001)
The Hashemite Regime of King Abdullah the Second is running more and more scared; and for good reason. After all, the collusion of this regime with the Israelis, going way back to the beginning of the conflict...

MAHMOUD DARWISH ON 53RD NAKBA ANNIVERSARY
(May 11, 2001)
Next Tuesday, 15 May, is the 53rd Anniversary of what the Palestinians call the Nakba, the "Disaster", and what the Israelis call their Independence. In a very unusual move some 250 Arab Professors and Intellectuals have issued a call for their own countries to finally join in a serious way the Palestinian struggle.

FROM HERZL TO SHARON - STEALTH DISPOSSESSION
(May 10, 2001)
"The removal of Arabs bodily from Palestine is part of the Zionist plan to 'spirit the penniless population across the frontier' by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."

THE POLITICAL PROSTITUTION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PALESTINE
(May 10, 2001)
We're talking here about political prostitution; for it too is an age-old profession and it too leads to many other vices.

THE POPE GOES VISITING
(May 9, 2001)
With the creation of a "Jewish State" in the Holy Land, in a sense a new era began twisting the modern-day concept of nationality back to one of ethnic and religious identification.

FROM HELL WITH LOVE
(May 8, 2001)
Ironically, in the early years of this ignoble "Peace Process", Dr. Sarraj himself -- a dignified psychiatrist and recipient of the Physician for Human Rights Award -- was arrested three times, tortured, and threatened with death...not by the Israelis but by the forces of the Arafat "Palestinian Authority".

ISRAELIS SEE THROUGH GLOSS OF LIFE AMID ORANGE GROVES
(May 7, 2001)
When the real estate sharks of California began to coax Americans to Los Angeles early in the last century, they stuck oranges on the trees to make the desert more alluring. The oranges are real enough in the groves on the hills around Jerusalem, but the hard selling is just the same.

WE ARE ACCUSED OF TERRORISM
(May 7, 2001)
The incomparable Nizar Qabbani was buried in Damascus earlier this week. "We Are Accused Of Terrorism" was one of his last poems first published a year ago; key excerpts from that poem follow.

GUNNING DOWN ISRAEL SHAMIR - Part II
(May 4, 2001)
Previously we outlined how the regimes-sponsored Arab American establishment, using the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) to try to control everyone as usual...

SHARON'S RISE TO THE PINNACLE OF POWER - HELPED BY THE ARABS THEMSELVES
(May 3, 2001)
Ariel Sharon's becoming Prime Minister of Israel didn't happen overnight. He pursued the job for a very long time and whatever one thinks of his person and policies he carried out a masterful political coup.

GUNNING DOWN ISRAEL SHAMIR
(May 3, 2001)
The worst thing that happened to the people of the Middle East in recent history was the imposition on them by the Western powers of the "Client Regimes" -- those who read MER regularly know what we are talking about...

ARAB REGIMES COWER AND BEG; ISRAELIS CONTINUE TO KILL AND DESTROY
(May 2, 2001)
Shimon Peres runs around the world, especially to the gullible American media, and especially to CNN and PBS, with soothing rhetorical jibberish while his Generals further demolish Palestinian homes making fools of those who believed in the "Oslo Peace Process" and its associated "agreements".

FORMER SHIN BET HEAD TALKS SOME SENSE IN PUBLIC....BUT WHY?
(May 2, 2001)
Motives are of course a very important aspect of life and politics...as is timing. And when it comes to someone who has been head of the Shin Bet, like Ami Ayalon, and who is saying these things now, at this particular crucial and sensitive time, there are good reasons to have many suspicions, and many questions, and many doubts.

EXTINGUISHING THE INTIFADA
(May 2, 2001)
A major effort is underway to somehow smother and snuff out the Intifada, one way or another. Those heading up the effort, in order of importance, are:

ARAFAT'S FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE THE INTIFADA BEGAN
(May 1, 2001)
Yasser Arafat often describes his struggle as a "long march" to the "spires and minarets" of Jerusalem, capital of his Palestinian state-to-be.




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