DEATH, REPRESSION, AND DESTRUCTION EVERYWHERE. SHARON'S POLICY TO PROVOKE VIOLENCE IS WORKING
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DEATH, REPRESSION, AND DESTRUCTION EVERYWHERE. SHARON'S POLICY TO PROVOKE VIOLENCE IS WORKING

July 26, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 7/26: Everywhere the settlements continue to expand even as the Israelis constantly twist their words as well as the facts. The Israelis know very well what they are doing and what they want -- they are taking the land and the resources from the indigenous people and then isolating the people in what amount to ghettos and concentration camps calling them "autonomous" areas. Everywhere the means of repression and control continue to expand -- military checkpoints, Jews-only roads, barbed-wire fences, huge trenches cutting off entire villages, computerized pass cards. It is a system of military domination and racist subjugation now considerably more advanced than when the white South Africans attempted to impose Apartheid down the throats of the Black population. Everywhere there is now the constant threat of assassination from tanks, attack helicopters, disguised commandos, missiles, snipers, and trick explosive devices. A wicked regime of home demolitions, sadistic torture, killings and forced submission to brute power is being used against an indigenous population which has now suffered for generations and been severely provoked to valiant forms of resistance and the new sacrifice of suicide bombings. This collection of reports from various sources in just the past few days tells some of the real story:

KILLING AND SNATCHING ACTIVISTS

JERUSALEM, July 26 (Agence France-Presse) - Israeli police and troops arrested 11 Palestinians in separate swoops in the West Bank overnight in line with the government's policy of "intercepting terrorists", army radio said. Two Palestinians belonging to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement were snatched on a volley-ball field near Qalqiliya in the northernWest Bank by a special border-guard unit. Five others suspected of throwing stones at Israeli cars were arrested by police in the village of Hussan near Hebron, while three more accused of "terrorist activities" were seized by troops at Deir Istia near Nablus. The government's policy to combat the 10-month Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation includes the killing of activists allegedly involved in anti-Israeli attacks as well as large-scale arrests.

PALESTINIANS VOW RETALIATORY ATTACKS
by LAURIE COPANS

JERUSALEM (Associated Press - 26 July) -- Thousands of Palestinians, warning that suicide bombers were ready to strike, marched through the West Bank town of Nablus in a noisy funeral procession Thursday for a senior member of the radical Hamas movement killed by Israeli forces.

Masked Hamas men carried the coffin of Saleh Darwazeh along the crowded streets, while about 20 militants fired guns into the air.

The supporters of Hamas, which has carried out numerous suicide bombings in the current conflict, said many more attackers could be called upon. ''There are hundreds more, there are a million,'' the crowd chanted.

Israeli troops at a hilltop base killed Darwazeh on Wednesday with several ground-to-ground missiles that slammed into his red Volkswagen as he drove through Nablus.

Israel said Darwazeh was involved in several recent attacks that killed eight Israelis and wounded more than 100. Darwazeh was also preparing another large bombing, the army said.

Meanwhile, an Israeli-Palestinian security meeting, mediated by the United States and aimed at easing the current tensions, broke down after only 90 minutes and failed to produce any breakthroughs.

Israeli army spokesman Yarden Vatikay said the security coordination meeting was ''not good'' and was filled with recriminations.

The Palestinians presented the Americans a list of 50 suspected Jewish extremists they want arrested by Israel. But Israel refused to accept it. Israel has given to the Palestinians a list of dozens of Palestinians suspected of involvement in attacks and demands that the Palestinians arrest them.

Palestinian intelligence chief Amin al-Hindi said he did not see the point in continuing the regular talks as long as Israel continues its ''policy of assassinations.''

The Americans organized the meetings in an effort to work out some semblance of calm in the Middle East, where more than 500 Palestinians and 100 Israelis have been killed in 10 months of bloodshed.

The two sides declared a cease-fire last month, but it has proved ineffectual.

The United States and other countries have criticized Israel's policy of attacking suspected Palestinian militants, like the one carried out Wednesday in Nablus.

But Israel insists the strikes are necessary to prevent further Palestinian attacks, saying that the Palestinian Authority has refused to rein in militants. In most cases, Israel says it hit the person targeted. But the Palestinians say bystanders have also been killed.

Late Wednesday, Israeli soldiers destroyed a Palestinian police post across from the Jewish settlement of Morag in Gaza after Palestinians opened fire, wounding a soldier and a settler. About 40 settlers were demonstrating against Palestinian gunfire attacks when the clash erupted.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, meanwhile, said Wednesday the European Union is pushing the Mitchell plan as the best way to try and end Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Based on recommendations made by a fact-finding commission led by former U.S. Senate majority leader George Mitchell, the plan calls for an end to violence, a crackdown on Palestinian militants by the Palestinian Authority and a freeze on building in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

''We think we have to get ... the Mitchell report implemented as soon as possible,'' Solana told reporters after talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul-Illah Khatib in Amman.

''This is our aim and I think it is the aim of a good number of countries.''

THE STORY BEHIND KILLING MUSTAFA YASSIN

[Palestine Media Center - 25 July]: The story of Mustafa Yassin started on Friday afternoon. Mustafa was sitting with Iman, his wife, and Farah, the one and half year old daughter. They were watching the news when they heard a noise on the roof of their one-story house.

Iman said that she asked Mustafa to find out what it was. He opened the window and saw that there was a group of under cover units who had Israeli army soldiers standing behind them. They asked Mustafa to come out of the house. He opened the door and Iman heard a shot. She went out to see what was going on when she saw the under cover units dragging her bleeding husband on the floor.

"I tried to go near him but the soldiers grabbed me and my daughter, and threw us on the floor, but I stood up and ran towards him. Mustafa raised his head and said," they shot me and I'm done". They put him besides an olive tree, I saw him move but then he died."

The Israeli under cover units killed Mustafa in front of his wife and little daughter. Iman continued, after killing him, they entered the house looking for arms but they couldn't find any".

The Israelis claimed that Mustafa was a member of the Islamic movement Hamas and that he was on their wanted list. But his wife denied his being a member of Hamas or any other movement.

Mustafa was a travelling salesman who worked inside the Green Line. A few days before his death while he was at work the Israeli soldiers arrested him for a few hours and checked his I.D., but he wasn't on their wanted list, so they released him.

His brother Ahmad Yassin said, "My brother wasn't involved in any political activity. His only interest was his family and his work to support them. This is a crime against a citizen peacefully sitting with his family inside his home. I don't know what law allows the killing of a man in his house in front of his wife and one and a half year old daughter."

Mustafa is one of many Palestinians killed without any reason. Israel always claim after such killings that the person killed was on their wanted list and that he was an activist in one of the Palestinian movements. Just a few days before this incident on July 17, 2001, Israel assassinated four people in their home claiming that they were on their wanted list. One of them was an active member of the Israeli Palestinian Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) which brings together Israeli and Palestinian teachers in various programs of reconciliation between the two sides which means that he was a man of peace.

PRESS RELEASE - Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Occupied Palestine) - 24 July

The Israeli Occupation Forces have continued their severe violation of the human rights and the International Humanitarian Law.

Yesterday Israeli soldiers shot Rifat Saber an- Najjar, a fifteen-year-old child from Rafa with live ammunition in the heart. It has been mentioned that the boy was buying some agricultural materials from a store 400m far from an Israeli military site, near Salah ad-Din gate; on the borderline that separates Egypt and the Palestinian occupied territories.

On the other hand, Mustafa Yasin, 19 years old, resident of Anin village in Jinin has been assassinated by especial forces that were disguised as chicken sellers. At the beginning, they went to a chicken store belongs to Soliman Saleh whom they claim that he is wanted to the Israeli authority, but they did not find Soliman. Then they moved to Mustafa's house and shot hem in the leg once he opened the door, them they took hem to unknown place.

Yasin was arrested on Sunday, 27/7/2001, due to his illegal work inside the green line, but he was released, as he was not among the wanted people for the Israelis. Witnesses assured that they saw Mustafa walking while being led by those especial forces. This proves that he was assassinated while under arrest.

The Israeli occupation army has also shot the Palestinian fisherman Muhammad Zayid, twenty-eight years old in his left leg yesterday evening.

The Israeli Occupation forces continue to escalate their aggression against the Palestinian territories. In east of Gaza, opposite to the settlement of Nhal Ouz, they broke into some areas at 10.30 am and bulldozed some agricultural lands belonging to: 1. Soliman Saleh Shamali, 22.5 dunams planted with olive trees. 2. Soliman Khalid Helis, 15 dunams planted with olive trees. 3. Rajab az-Zaza, 7.5 dunams planted with olivetrees.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli Occupation forces continue their comprehensive siege on the Palestinian territories where they have closed Salah ad-Din main road, which connects the southern and northern governates of Gaza.

The Occupation Forces based in the military sites at al-Heker road are acting in a humiliating way against the Palestinians who travel through that road which is the only transport road between the eastern and southern governates of the Gaza Strip.

Moreover, The Israeli forces continue to annoy and out pressure on the Palestinian passengers who travel through Rafah land terminal that connects Gaza with the outside world. The Passengers are some times forced to spend at least 5 days in the open air, at the Egyptian side of the terminal due to the slowing down of travel procedures and the reduction of number of the Palestinian staff working there.

In another escalation, the Israeli Occupation Forces announced early this morning imposing a comprehensive siege on Jericho where no one is allowed to leave the city. Besides, a curfew was imposed on Anin village last night.

On the basis of the above, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights considers the continuation of war crimes against Palestinian civilian by the Israeli Occupation Forces to be extremely dangerous. It warns of the consequences of the continuous drop of the economic situation under the siege and closure as a collective punishment.

ISRAELI BREACHES OF THE CEASE-FIRE
During one 24-hour period 7 pm Monday to 7 pm Tuesday

Gaza Strip: Israeli Occupation Forces: Wounded Mohammad Sweilah, 10 years, with shrapnel in Rafah. Wounded Mohammad Fayez Al Batnegie, 21 years, and Mohammad Mohammad Zayed, 28 years, with live bullets when the Israeli forces directly shot at them. Wounded Mohammad Hamza Abu A'rnoub, 26 years, with shrapnel when they fired at his home in Khan Younis. Beat Ali Mohammad Al Za'bout, 80 years, whom was later found unconscious on his field near "Netzarim" settlement. Bombed and opened fire at homes in Salah Al Din area in Rafah. Dredged the borderline in Rafah. Israeli settlers: Destroyed agricultural land, uprooted Orange trees, damaged a well and some equipment in Rafah.

Jericho District: Israeli Occupation Forces: Placed a closure on the city of Jericho. Closed the Karama entrance to Jordan, and prevented Palestinians from leaving or entering Palestine.

Ramallah District: Israeli Occupation Forces: Opened fire at residential homes in the town of Betunya, wounding Maram Ismail Selma, 4 years, and her brother Hamza, 2 years. They also opened fire at Al Taweel mountain area, Ein Areek and Surda villages. Arrested Saher Zuheir Ahmad Sabahi, and Mohammad Subhi Abu Qamar at the Surda-Ramallah checkpoint. Israeli Settlers: Murdered Nasser Hassan Ali Abu Al Eish, 32 years, when they hanged him from a tree near Al Bireh. Wounded two people when they stoned the residents of Al Mukheir village.

Nablus District: Israeli Occupation Forces: Attacked Khaled Mohammad Yousef Hamed, 35 years, while he was working on his land. Opened fire at pedestrians, and residential areas, causing damage to homes. Opened fire, threw gas and sound bombs at residential homes in the villages of Kufor Al Deek, Burqein, and Al Zaweyah. Opened fire at the home of Ibrahim Hawasheen, which led to the destruction of his windows, bathrooms, and water tanks in Beit Iba. Arrested eight people when they stormed into the village of Kifel Harith. Tightened its siege on the villages of Beit Furik, and Beit Dajan.

Jenin District: Israeli Occupation Forces: Stormed into the village of Ya'bed, and used tear gas, and sound bombs to scare the residents of the village. Stormed into and searched the home of Mohammad Saleh Sliman in the town of A'neen.

Hebron District: Israeli occupation forces: Arrested residents from the villages surrounding Hebron. Israeli settlers: Placed tents on the land of Zakariya Al Bakri in Tel Al Rumeida with the intent of confiscating it. Stormed into, damaged and robbed the home of Aymen Abu Al Ghilyat. Burned installations in Al Sahleh area, and attacked the Palestinian firefighters when they tried to reach the fire.

Tulkarem District: Israeli Occupation Forces: Erected three military checkpoints at the entrances of Jabara, Al Kafriyat, and Qifeen villages. Deployed military forces into the area surrounding "Beit Hefir" settlement. Dredged land, and uprooted olive, and almond trees in Al Shweika area. Hovered over Tulkarem in 4 military helicopters.

Salfeet District: Israeli Occupation Forces: Opened fire, threw tear gas and sound bombs at residential homes in the villages of Deir Istia, Hares, and Salfeet.

[Source: July 25,2001 - Palestine Media Center]


July 2001


Magazine



DISASTEROUS ARAB-AMERICAN AFFAIRS IN WASHINGTON-PART 1
(July 31, 2001)
The Arabs are so weak in the Middle East and in the world for reasons that go deep into history and culture. This isn't a genetic matter, it's the way they are politically and socially organized in "modern times" that creates an absurd situation whereby a small resourceless country like Israel can dominate some 23 Arab countries with a population nearly as large as the United States.

IMPRISONED, TRAPPED, AND UNPREPARED BY ARAFAT
(July 31, 2001)
Arafat has once again trapped and imprisoned his own people -- keep reading. Wherever he has set up his headquarters corruption, repression, nepotism, and scandal have followed. And always these realities of what we have termed the "Arafat regime" are exploited to further fracture and weaken the Palestinian people -- a people whose basic claim to independence, "return", and reparations should at this point be unassailable.

DECEPTIVE AND OUT OF FOCUS REPORTS
(July 30, 2001)
About that report published "in full" in the Saudi Royal Family London newspaper Al-Hayat over the weekend and then, it now appears erroneously, picked up by Israel's top newspaper Ha'aretz. We already mentioned that the whole thing seemed suspicious. And sure enough with the Monday dawn of a new week and a little fast checking it seems the author, long-time military analysis and close CIA confidant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Anthony Cordesman, says he didn't write it and the whole thing looks like a set-up.

AMERICAN STUDY: ISRAEL WOULD BE UNABLE TO REPEL ALL-OUT ARAB ATTACK
(July 30, 2001)
The report in Saturday's Ha'aretz is not up to their usual standards as names are misspelled and context missing -- it appears to be a journalistic quickie. But even so, and though the Israelis aren't going to admit it, they are becoming more nervous and insecure about their future. And among other reasons that's why they choose the heretofore unelectable Ariel Sharon as their Prime Minister.

CREEPING TEMPLE AND CREEPING EMBASSY
(July 29, 2001)
In 1967, as the Israeli army took control of all of Jerusalem, the Israeli Flag flew on what the Jews call "the Temple Mount" for the first time since Christ and Mohamed walked the area. Sensing what this could lead to General Moshe Dayan quickly ordered the flag lowered, turned the area that the Muslims call "the Noble Sanctuary", al Haram al Sharif, back over to the Islamic authorities, and though Israel claims sovereignty it's flag has never flown again over the area of the Temple Mount

THE BLEAK FUTURE TODAY IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM
(July 29, 2001)
It was "radical" groups that emplanted themselves in the city of Hebron a long time ago, back in fact when the Labor party was still supreme in Israeli affairs. And just look today at that city where the common forefather of both the Jews and the Arabs is buried.

POTENTIAL EXPLOSION IN JERUSALEM SUNDAY
(July 28, 2001)
Arab leaders have warned that a messianic Jewish organisation's plan to make the first move towards rebuilding the Biblical Temple in Jerusalem is a "dangerous step" that could lead to uncontrollable consequences.

JEWS PREPARE FOR JERUSALEM THIRD TEMPLE- AND SO FINALLY DO THE ARABS
(July 28, 2001)
After today's previous MER article was published -- "God War Emerging In Holy Land" -- this Agence France-Presse article has just come over the wires. Characteristically the representatives of the Hashemite Kingdom -- the regime that has been most complicitous in secretly collaborating with the Israelis for decades to control the Palestinians sandwiched between them -- are publicly posturing in one way while actually acting in another.

RELIGIOUS WAR EMERGING IN THE HOLY LAND
(July 28, 2001)
In the years since the turn of the millenium the Arab-Israeli conflict is being transformed into an even more dangerous and potentially cataclysmic Muslim-Jewish war. Ariel Sharon's "visit" to the Temple Mount last year, accompanied by a huge military force, helped sparked Intifada II -- make no mistake about that.

WAR CRIMES TRIALS FOR SHARON ET. AL.?
(July 27, 2001)
In the end the Israelis are likely to find a way to deal with this new situation. They have great resources at their disposal when it comes to the media, intelligence information, lobbying capabilities, help from key governments in the US, UK, and Germany. They have a long history of twisting things to their advantage one way or another. And those opposed to them have a long reputation for much the opposite in fact.

TWISTING ARAFAT UNTIL HE IS DEAD OR GONE
(July 27, 2001)
The Israelis probably prefer Arafat dead at this point; but not at their own hand, at least not directly. Indeed, many of those who used the "Oslo Peace Process" to end Intifada I probably thought Arafat would have either been assassinated or died by now, leaving behind a "peace process" legacy as did Anwar Sadat when he was gunned down by his own soldiers just a few years after reluctantly signing on-the-dotted-line at Camp David 1.

"WARNING! ELECTRIC FENCE" - "WARNING! ISRAELI ARMY"
(July 26, 2001)
NEWSFLASH Thursday Evening 9pm ET: An Israeli teenager has been killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank and three bombs have gone off in the West Bank near Israeli vehicles. The attacks came hours after Palestinians buried a militant killed in an Israeli missile attack. Israeli tanks also shelled Palestinian police posts in a village north of Ramallah and a checkpoint run by Force 17, an elite unit of the police, south of the town, not far from the site of the shooting, said Palestinian security sources.

DEATH, REPRESSION, AND DESTRUCTION EVERYWHERE. SHARON'S POLICY TO PROVOKE VIOLENCE IS WORKING
(July 26, 2001)
Everywhere the settlements continue to expand even as the Israelis constantly twist their words as well as the facts. The Israelis know very well what they are doing and what they want -- they are taking the land and the resources from the indigenous people and then isolating the people in what amount to ghettos and concentration camps calling them "autonomous" areas.

ISRAELI RIGHT STRIKES WHILE ISRAELI LEFT WRITES
(July 25, 2001)
The Israeli army is partially mobilized and positioned for a quick and multi-directional assault on the forces of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, ironically armed by the Israelis themselves in years past. Draft mobilization offices have been opened by the Israelis in key U.S. and European cities. The Israelis propaganda machine has been beefed up and already beginning to operate on all cylinders.

PALESTINIAN CIVIL WAR DRAWS CLOSER
(July 25, 2001)
"Israel says Arafat is not doing enough to bolster a US-brokered truce, demanding he arrest activists and stop attacks against armed Jewish settlers and soldiers in occupied areas of the West Bank and Gaza. But Arafat has said he is not in control of security in occupied areas. Palestinians blame Israel for the on-going violence"

WHAT'S UP FOR ARAFAT?
(July 25, 2001)
Ariel Sharon has always been scamming everyone. His long career in the military is full of deception and treachery in public while committing blood-curdling massacres in private. In the most notorious case of all, the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps of 1982 ...

OFFICIAL PLO VERSION OF CAMP DAVID
(July 25, 2001)
The latest dueling, in advance of the "big bang" which Arafat himself now says is definitely coming -- and whose real purpose by the Israeli right-wing is to end the "Oslo Peace Process" once and for all -- is a battle for public opinion conducted through a convoluted debate over who offered what to whom and who is responsible for the failing of the "peace process".

REGIONAL WAR POSSIBILITIES
(July 24, 2001)
The following two articles are from publications associated with Janes Intelligence Weekly in the U.K. But what's looked at here are the short-term implications and the correct assessment that the very weak and in most cases U.S.-controlled Arab "client regimes" in the region will find one way or another to avoid any military clashes with the vastly superior Israelis.

PALESTINIAN CIVIL WAR LOOMS
(July 24, 2001)
Those who have read MER for some time know that we have long indicated that one of the Israeli goals was to foment a Palestinian civil war. Some of the Israelis, dubbed the "peace camp", preferred to twist Arafat into totally succumbing and signing some kind of "end of conflict" agreement along with creation of a rump and everywhere-controlled Palestinian State.

NEW BATTLE FOR HISTORY
(July 24, 2001)
The latest dueling, in advance of the "big bang" -- whose real purpose by the Israeli right-wing is to end the "Oslo Peace Process" once and for all -- is a battle for public opinion conducted through a convoluted debate over who offered what to whom and who is responsible for the failing of the "peace process".

ARMIES AND POLITICIANS POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR "BIG BANG" AND THEREAFTER
(July 23, 2001)
Ehud Barak is in the U.S. explaining why his former "peace partner" Arafat is really a big thug who can't possibly be believed or trusted, and how he Barak proved it, kind of sacrificing himself he continually implies.

THE BIG LIES
(July 21, 2001)
Goebbels himself could not have done a better job. For those who don't recognize the name, check back in the not too distant history books under the heading Nazi Information Ministry.

ISRAEL SET TO ATTACK ACCORDING TO CIA
(July 20, 2001)
At first we had the adjective "cowardly" as a preface to "Arabs" in the headline. Let's be clear what we mean here. We're not talking about the Arab peoples, nor about those who do the brave struggling...and the real suffering...and the bleeding and the dying.

WAR DRUMS IN THE HOLY LAND
(July 20, 2001)
No way to know for sure, but if we had to predict at this moment the "Big Bang" (see previous "War Drums" articles for context) will be heard not this week but next after the Maccabiah games have ended and the G8 leaders survive Genoa.

AMERICANS GET ANOTHER WARNING
(July 19, 2001)
With the unprecedented "Red Zone" in Genoa; with key Washington buildings surrounded by concrete and high-tech survelliance; and with Americans warned again by their government to "beware" following on last month's Threatcon Delta alert; the "terrorists" have already accomplished a small part of their goal.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND ARAB LEAGUE OFFER LITTLE BUT WORDS AND A FEW BUCKS
(July 19, 2001)
It's that little old problem rearing it's ugly head again -- calls that come much too late and even then call for much too little. Worse yet the calls come in very self-serving ways from persons and institutions whose past records make them not very credible, and certainly not very potent.

FINALLY BURYING OSLO
(July 18, 2001)
The "Oslo Peace Process" -- which would have been more aptly named the "Rabin" or the "Clinton" -- has been brain-dead for some time now; kept alive only by extraordinary life-support efforts by its parent surrogates.

INDIA-PAKISTAN SUMMIT COLLAPSES, INDIA IMMEDIATELY ANNOUNCES MAJOR MILITARY ESCALATION WITH ISRAEL
(July 18, 2001)
With both Turkey and India the Israelis are developing formidable military, financial, and intelligence alliances surrounding the Arab and Muslim worlds. These relationships tremendously strengthen the Jewish State financially, militarily, and strategically at a very critical time.

TINDERBOX AWAITS MATCH
(July 17, 2001)
"This could result in a bloodbath and thereby set the entire region aflame. It's not out of the question that demonstrations could topple unpopular regimes in Jordan, Egypt or Saudi Arabia... The tinderbox is awaiting a match."

ARAFAT FADING
(July 17, 2001)
It's beginning to appear that it's just a matter of time now for Arafat to finally be gone. As far as the Israelis and Americans are concerned, it no longer really matters like it use to.

ISRAEL PUSHES PALESTINIANS TOWARD CIVIL WAR
(July 17, 2001)
"No power in the world can stop the resistance operations that come as a reaction to the Israeli aggression ... we have nothing more to lose."

ISRAELIS PUSHING HARD TO PROVOKE MORE PALESTINIAN ATTACKS
(July 16, 2001)
A few years ago when the Americans essentially forced Yasser Arafat to sign one of those deals, this one about Hebron, that was supposed to push the "peace process" forward, it was foreseeable that sooner rather than later Hebron would once again erupt.

MUBARAK REGIME EARNS ITS PAY ONCE AGAIN
(July 15, 2001)
Today the Egyptians hosted Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat in Cairo. It's a replay of this kind of thing they've been doing for quite some years now. The Egyptians are at it again, fronting for the Americans as they have ever since the original Camp David extravaganza in 1978.

WAR DRUMS FROM ISRAEL
(July 15, 2001)
Longtime top adviser to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Osama el-Baz, has issued a not-so-veiled warning to the Israelis not to attack Syria. The head of Egyptian military intelligence rushed to Israel a few days ago supposedly to warn the Israelis not to dethrone Yasser Arafat.

RACE TO NUCLEAR WAR
(July 14, 2001)
While the Israelis and the Arabs confront each other in a conflict that may now last for a very long time and even lead to a Middle East holocaust in the future; and while the other "peace process" in Northern Ireland also collapses due to its similar duplicitous nature; it is in the subcontinent that the race toward a possible nuclear conflagration is furthest advanced at this moment in history.

MORE U.S. DUPLICLITY - COLIN POWELL NOW IN CHARGE
(July 13, 2001)
It was another top General turned State Department Secretary who gave Ariel Sharon the behind-the-scenes "green light" back in 1982 - General Alexander Haig.

PREPARING FOR THE WAR OF HIS CHOOSING
(July 13, 2001)
What we feared has come true: Two ethno-national groups, living in each other's backyards, are going through a proces of regression to superstitious tribalism. The sounds of the drums are heard throughout the land calling both tribes to gather around the campfire, dress in the colors of war and head out to battle to eliminate the very last member of the other side.

INVASION WATCH?
(July 13, 2001)
What are we to call this situation? "War Watch"...no, the sides are far too uneven, it's not really going to be a war...not unless one or more of the Arab regimes should find itself cornered or facing revolution.

WEST WING PARTIALLY EVACUATED
(July 12, 2001)
A few barks from the sniffers dogs and even after all the security checks required to get into the White House grounds the Secret Service pulled the alarm and quickly began the evacuation procedure.

ISRAELIS GENERALS' PLAN TO "SMASH" PALESTINIANS
(July 12, 2001)
Israeli generals have updated plans for an all-out assault to smash the Palestinian authority, force out leader Yasser Arafat and kill or detain its army, according to a report published Thursday in London.

JANES "FOREIGN REPORTS" DETAILS ISRAELI INVASION PLAN
(July 12, 2001)
The report that a force of some 30,000 Israeli troops is preparing to take on Arafat's "Authority" and bring it to an end was just published in one of the most reputable international publications, one published by the Janes Intelligence network in the U.K. and available only to members who pay a sizeable yearly subscription fee.

ISRAELIS PREPARE WAY TO TAKE OUT ARAFAT REGIME AND TO TAKE ON IRAN'S NEW WEAPON SYSTEMS
(July 11, 2001)
Whatever the truth of Israel's latest allegations against both the Arafat Authority and Iran, there should be little doubt what the Israelis are really up to at this point, with Shimon Peres leading the charge.

BULLDOZERS PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE "BIG BANG"
(July 11, 2001)
It's all part of the same game. The Israelis think they have the Palestinians trapped. They publicly debate how to put them in their place with bulldozers, expulsions, invasion, awaiting the "big bang".

ISRAELIS UNDER SIEGE WITH ARAFAT FACING HIS OWN
(July 10, 2001)
Nearly half of the Israeli Jewish population got a stern warning yesterday - don't drink the water. Today Israel's lifeline, it's international airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, is under virtual siege with huge traffic jams as all vehicles undergo the kind of rigorous fender-to-fender inspection previously reserved for just "Arab" cars with special blue plates.

ALGERIA READY TO EXPLODE
(July 10, 2001)
While the legacy of British colonialism still lingers in Palestine and Kashmir, still threatening cataclysmic conflict in both regions, in Algeria it is the legacy of French colonialism, which also of course still has loud echoes in Lebanon and Syria.

WAR IS IN THE AIR - Part 2
(July 10, 2001)
The Egyptians are arming with missiles to deter Israeli strikes against Egyptian cities or strategic targets such as the Aswan dam. These may be conceived as deterrent weapons; but they also could be used in other situations.

WAR IS IN THE AIR - Part 1
(July 9, 2001)
"The stage, therefore, has been set for the outbreak of the next wear: wall-to-wall political approval for a military solution to the current crisis, the appropriate international preparations during the period of restraint."

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE "RIGHT OF RETURN" BUT WERE TOO AFRAID TO ASK
(July 7, 2001)
"Who will compensate me and my family for all the suffering we went through? Financial compensation cannot replace the right of return....The main thing is to go back to where I belong."

THE STAGE IS NOW SET
(July 7, 2001)
This is the way such things are done these days. Lots of testing of the waters. Lots of preparing the way. Lots of trial balloons. If (probably no longer when) the Israelis "remove" Arafat one way or another -- just as it was they who put him where he is in the first place -- it will no longer come as such a great shock.

FENCING THE PALESTINIANS IN - "UNILATERAL SEPARATION"
(July 6, 2001)
Having to a considerable extent succeeding in colonizing the "occupied territories", especially the most important areas around Jerusalem and the most cultivatable areas along with the crucial water resources, the Israelis are now ready for more fences and barricades.

STOPPING SHARON - PROBABLY TOO LATE
(July 6, 2001)
He's not likely to be stopped now. He's prepared most of his life for this moment in history. And as Israeli Prime Minister for just the past few months he's already visited the American President twice, Downing Street, and now both Germany and France, applauded in public more for his "restraint" as the "new Sharon" rather than for his war criminal past and the neo-apartheid oppression machine he now bears full responsibility for.

ISRAEL SHAHAK DIES AS CALAMITY HE FORESAW APPROACHES
(July 5, 2001)
Just what "cease-fire" is Sarid talking about? And if he really wants a serious outside force, why is he not appealing to the U.N. under Chapter 7 and why are not the Arabs included?

ISRAELIS TO NOW KILL MORE PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS
(July 4, 2001)
Ariel Sharon and his government are preparing the way to kill more Palestinian street and faction leaders using various forms of high-tech assassination. They are also preparing world public opinion not only for bringing the Arafat "Authority" to an end but for killing and expelling as many Palestinians as circumstances will allow.

THE REAL ARAFAT
(July 3, 2001)
Of course Sharon's comment yesterday is ridiculous. Problem is the strategy behind it is not. "You must comply, resistance is futile" is indeed the loud message from Sharon to Arafat; and Sharon does intend to prove his words in the weeks and months ahead, make no mistake about that.

THE REAL SHARON, MASKED AND PREPARING FOR ANOTHER "GREEN LIGHT"
(July 2, 2001)
Ariel Sharon has Yasser Arafat cornered now -- right where he wants him. Sharon has in essence forced Arafat to publicly call off the Intifada -- or else Sharon made it rather clear, most of all to his American allies, that he would call off Arafat's regime whatever the consequences.

5 PALESTINIANS KILLED SUNDAY
(July 1, 2001)
Five Palestinian militants have been killed by Israeli forces, three in a pinpoint helicopter attack and two in a clash with soldiers. The helicopter fired missiles at a car in which the three men were travelling near Qabatiye in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security officials said.

SYRIA STRUCK FOR SECOND TIME SINCE SHARON BECAME PM
(July 1, 2001)
The Arabs have an amazing tolerance for being struck. Partly it is because of their weakness of course; coupled with their long history of subjugation and occupation. But those who know Arab society also are aware that after taking it and taking it there sometimes comes a moment of powerful emotional uproar screaming for revenge.

SHARON PLAYS THE PALESTINIANS OFF AGAINST EACH OTHER
(July 1, 2001)
While Ariel Sharon uses the greatest pressure of all so far in order to bow the Arafat regime into submission -- the possibility of crushing Arafat's "Authority" through brut military force -- at the same time he holds out the carrot.




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