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HASHEMITE COLLUSION AND REPRESSION
May 11, 2001
MID-EAST REALITIES © - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 5/11:
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, is among the major reasons the Palestinian people have been so dispossessed and repressed for more than half a century now. And indeed there are many, especially among the majority of the Hashemite Kingdom's population of Palestinians, who would like to see the regime fall, just as happened to the cousin Hashemite regime in Baghdad many years ago.
Today's Ruler, Abdullah II, was installed in a modern-day CIA-inspired and lead coup just before his father passed on. And especially in view of the way Abdullah II is conducting himself, not to mention how he got to be in charge in the first place, it would indeed be historical vindication if he were at the least exiled to Great Britain, his mother's country, or to the U.S., his patron.
These updates about today's developments on both the East and West sides of the Jordan River in the area once known as The Holy Land and Palestine:
(For more background see: http://www.MiddleEast.Org/archives/jordan.htm).
JORDAN BREAKS UP PRO-PALESTINIAN DEMO
[Jerusalem Post Newswire - 11 May]:
Amman police used tear gas and dogs today to break
up a demonstration by Moslem worshipers in support
of the Palestinians, Israel Radio reported.
Thousands of worshipers left the city's mosques
following afternoon prayers and tried to stage a protest
march, but police blocked their way and employed tear
gas grenades and attack dogs when they would not
disperse. Two demonstrators were arrested.
In Jerusalem, Friday prayers on the Temple Mount
mosques passed peacefully. There were minor scuffles
before the prayers between youths and police, because
worshipers under age 25 were denied entry to the
Mount. Three youths were arrested.
Amman, Jordan - May 11, 2001
There is excessive violence being used at this moment by Jordanian
security troops against demonstrators in Al Mahata, Sweileh, and Al
Hashmi. Tanks, batons, and tear gas are being applied excessively to
peaceful demonstrators seeking to protest the establishment of
"Israel". These demonstrations have been called for by the Muslim
Brotherhood initially but many regular folks joined in. I have
eyewitness reports of excessive tear gas and women being beaten and
arrested in Al Hashimi. I have other eyewitness reports of excessive
violence used against demonstrators in Sweileh. The government had
warned that it would oppress demonstrations savagely, and you know as
far as that goes, Arab regimes always keep their word.
Ibrahim Alloush - Amman
JORDAN BREAKS UP PRO-PALESTINIAN RALLY
By Suleiman al-Khalidi
AMMAN, May 11 (Reuters) - Hundreds of angry Jordanians fought riot police on Friday after authorities sealed off most of the capital's downtown area to foil an Islamist-organised outdoor anti-Israel rally.
Scores of young people were injured and several arrested as police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse people, some of whom hurled stones, witnesses said.
The authorities earlier deployed armoured troops carriers and spread hundreds of anti-riot police on main streets to seal entrances leading to the site of the planned rally in the downtown Mahata area.
The powerful Islamic Action Front (IAF), the country's largest political grouping, had called its supporters to take part in the rally in defiance of a government ban on street demonstrations and rallies.
The Islamists and leftist opposition groups say the government's decision is illegal and a violation of their constitutional right of expression.
"We are not defying anyone but we insist on exercising our constitutional right to express ourselves peacefully," Abdul-Latif Arabiat, head of the Islamist Action Front, told Reuters before the clashes.
Friday's clampdown is the toughest handling of anti-Israeli protests since popular sympathy with the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation spilled last year into the largest street demonstrations in over a decade.
The Islamist rally was called to mark the 53rd anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, marking Israel's establisment and during which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced out or fled their homes.
Islamist sources said scuffles broke out betwen Arabiat and other prominent Islamist leaders with the police as they tried to resist being turned back away from the site of the rally.
Witnesses earlier said anti-riot police used teargas and dogs to break up an Islamist march in support of Palestinians after Friday prayers in Amman.
Qatari Jazeera satellite station said its Amman producer Tareq Ayoub was arrested after the station broadcast footage of the police attack on Moslem worshippers.
Hundreds of worshippers, chanting Islam's rallying cry of "Allahu Akbar," or God is Greatest, followed a call by the Muslim Brotherhood group by taking to the streets after praying at a mosque in the Amman suburb of Sweileh.
Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, is home to 1.6 million Palestinian refugees. A majority of Jordan's five million population are of Palestinian origin.
JERUSALEM BLAST WOUNDS AT LEAST TWO
(JERUSALEM (AP -- 11 May, 12:22 pm):
Israeli forces moved deep into Palestinian territory in
a retaliatory raid Friday, and Israeli officials rejected freezing settlement
construction as part of a proposed cease-fire deal.
The proposal, by a U.S.-led international commission looking into the
fighting, won praise Thursday from Secretary of State Colin Powell, who
said it ``may give us a launch pad'' to start a new Mideast initiative.
Also Friday, a pipe bomb exploded near the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem's
walled Old City, police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. He said two
people were lightly wounded.
In the Gaza Strip, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli
troops who fired live ammunition at several dozen stone throwers. In a
West Bank gun battle, two Palestinians were seriously wounded.
At daybreak Friday, Israeli tanks and bulldozers rumbled into the Deir El
Balah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, flattening five homes and a
Palestinian police station and firing machine guns, after several hand
grenades were thrown at a nearby army outpost. The army said those
who threw the grenades fled into the police station.
Twenty-seven people, all members of the same clan, were made
homeless in the Israeli incursion 700 yards into Palestinian territory - the
deepest since field commanders last week were given a free hand to
carry out such raids.
About four hours after the incursion, several Palestinians searched the
rubble for money and jewelry they had left behind in the hasty escape.
Israeli troops fired in the direction of the civilians and several journalists
from a tank-mounted machine gun, pinning them down for about half an
hour. The army said troops only fired into the air to prevent Palestinian
police from rebuilding the station. No one was hurt.
Since last week, Israeli soldiers have entered Palestinian areas about 25
times, killing five Palestinians and wounding dozens, Palestinian police
said. Troops razed about 60 houses and hundreds of acres of farmland,
said the Palestinian police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdel Razek Majaida.
In a telephone call to The Associated Press, the Democratic Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, a radical PLO group, claimed responsibility for the
grenade attack, saying it came in retaliation for the killing of a 4-month-old
Palestinian girl earlier this week by Israeli tank fire.
Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Israel does not intend
to recapture Palestinian territory. He said the incursions are short-term
and aimed at achieving security goals.
Since fighting erupted Sept. 28, 438 people have been killed on the
Palestinian side and 77 on the Israeli side.
Israel, meanwhile, rejected recommendations by the international
commission that it freeze Jewish settlement construction as part of a
truce agreement. The commission's report asks both sides to stop the
Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath said the Palestinians
accepted the plan and hoped Israel would do the same, to ``put an end to
Israeli Cabinet minister Danny Naveh, who often speaks for the
government, said Friday that halting construction ``is impossible.'' He
said the building was meant to accommodate natural growth in the
A poll in the Maariv daily indicated that 55 percent of Israelis approve a
freeze in exchange for a truce, while 39 percent are opposed. The Gallup
poll questioned 850 Israeli adults and quoted a 4 percent margin of error.
Palestinians say Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza are
illegal. They want to set up a state in those areas and demand that the
settlements be removed. Palestinian leaders often refer to settlement
construction as Israeli aggression.
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has suggested in talks with
European leaders that Israel limit construction to the existing borders of
settlements, without seizing new land, the Haaretz daily said.
However, Science Minister Matan Vilnai, a member of the Labor party in
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's broad-based unity government, said Peres
was referring to construction within the master plans of the settlements,
not their current built-up areas.
Many settlements have master plans encompassing territories many
times the size of the current enclaves.
ISRAELI FORCES RAZE PALESTINIAN HOMES
DEIR EL BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP - 11 May, 1:47pm) -
Israeli bulldozers flattened a police
station and five homes Friday in the deepest foray into Palestinian territory
since field commanders last week were given a free hand to carry out
such retaliatory raids.
In Jerusalem, a pipe bomb exploded in a flowerbed on the promenade
leading to the Jaffa Gate of the walled Old City, and two Polish tourists
were slightly injured, police said.
In the past seven days, there have been more than two dozen Israeli
incursions into the West Bank and Gaza Strip in which Israeli troops
razed 60 homes and hundreds of acres of farmland, Palestinian police
said. Four Palestinians have been killed and dozens wounded in the
Palestinians accused Israel of systematically slicing away at the
Palestinian areas. ``We might now be witnessing the gradual undoing of
the peace process,'' said Palestinian commentator Ghassan Khatib.
Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said he had no intention of
retaking land handed to the Palestinians in interim peace accords. He
said the incursions are short-term and aimed at achieving security goals.
The army would not say how many raids it has carried out.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers rumbled into the Deir El Balah refugee camp
at daybreak Friday after several hand grenades were thrown from a
passing car at a nearby army post, lightly injuring two soldiers. As tanks
fired machine guns, bulldozers flattened five homes belonging to the Al
Holi clan and a Palestinian police station.
The army said those who threw the grenades had sought refuge in the
Twenty-seven members of the Al Holi clan were made homeless. ``I
didn't even have time to wash my face,'' Saher Al Holi said. ``I just
grabbed the children, my wife and ran.''
Several hours later, Palestinian police climbed atop the ruins of their
station, salvaging black military boots and blankets. Al Holi and some of
his relatives picked through the rubble of their homes, hoping to retrieve
money and jewelry. Other family members pitched white tents provided by
the United Nations.
Suddenly, shots were fired from a machine gun mounted on an Israeli
tank about 600 yards away. Civilians and several journalists threw
themselves to the ground, ducking for cover. There was intermittent fire
for about half an hour, but no one was injured. The army said soldiers
shot in the air to keep Palestinian policemen from rebuilding their station.
Also in Gaza, at the Karni crossing, a 16-year-old Palestinian was killed
by Israeli troops who fired live ammunition at several dozen stone
Since fighting erupted in late September, 438 people have been killed on
the Palestinian side and 77 on the Israeli side.
Near the West Bank town of Ramallah, Israeli tanks shelled empty
buildings serving as cover for Palestinian gunmen who shot at Israeli
forces. Several gunmen wearing black ski masks rushed out of the
doorway of a high-rise, but quickly retreated under Israeli fire. Two
Palestinians were seriously wounded.
Israeli tanks also shelled Al Khader village in the West Bank, witnesses
The fighting came a day after the Palestinians reaffirmed that they
accepted without conditions a truce proposal made by an international
The panel, headed by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, said both sides
must take steps to halt the fighting, along the lines of a U.S. cease-fire
deal brokered in October, and that Israel must freeze settlement
Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday praised the findings, saying
the panel produced ``a very fine report.'' He said the report ``may also give
us a launch pad to start a new initiative'' in the Middle East.
However, Israeli Cabinet minister Danny Naveh said Friday that freezing
construction in settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was
``impossible.'' He said Israel must accommodate natural population
growth in the settlements where about 200,000 Israelis live.
The Palestinians want the West Bank and Gaza for a future state and
have demanded that the settlements be dismantled. Much of the world
regards the settlements as illegal under international law.
A survey published Friday indicated 55 percent of Israelis favor a
settlement freeze in exchange for a truce, while 39 percent are opposed.
The Gallup poll questioned 850 Israeli adults and quoted a margin of
error of 4 percentage points.
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.
(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."
(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 ...
(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
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