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Rivers of blood

February 2, 2001

Revisionist Zionism Triumping As Never Before

The bloodiness and racism of Sharon's past is fact. And these two articles help bring that past forward to the present.

Neither article is comprehensive though for there is so much more Sharon has done -- bloody as well as strategic. Neither focuses on the overall reality that this single man, Ariel Sharon, has done more than any other Israeli leader to create the "conditions on the ground" that now make the old "two-state solution" far more difficult, if not impossible, than it was in the years after the 1967 war, or at the time of the 1982 war, or even at the time of Madrid and Oslo.

A poll published in Israel today (Yediot Aharonot) shows that 65% of the Arabs in Israel do not plan to vote in Tuesday's election and that Sharon is leading Barak by an unprecedented 21% in the total likely balloting. Other polls also published today in Israel show margins of victory for Sharon between 17 and 22%.

Such a major Sharon/Likud victory may also soon lead to a break-up on the Labor and "One Israel" coalition, with Sharon manuevering to form a "national unity" government which would bring over some Laborites to his government, jettisoning what by Israeli standards passes for the "liberal" left -- Beilin and Ben-Ami among them. If this happens it will be a major revolution in Israeli politics, the Jabotinsky and Revisionist wing of Zionism triumphing as never before and in ways hardly imaginable just a few years ago.

As for the Palestinian situation, their plight is more desperate than ever, though many Palestinians and supporters refuse to recognize this basic reality. Not only are they now paying for decades of corruption, repression, and incompetence at the highest levels of their own leadership; but they also now face the results of having missed so many opportunities to properly organize themselves in serious ways for political, as well as military, struggle. And the following article by Haithem El-Zabri follows in that tradition of well regurgitating history past while not able to suggest "what needs to be done" in a serious and sophisticated way.

Suzanne Goldenberg in Beirut

'He destroyed my family. I can never forget'

[The Guardian - Tuesday January 30, 2001]: Nawal Abu Rudeinah's childhood ended on Thursday September 16 1982 when she was seven years old and a minor war hero called Ariel Sharon was Israel's defense minister.

On that day the 24 members of Nawal's family had crammed into a room near the entrance of the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, in the southern suburbs of Beirut. In the lanes outside Israel's Christian Lebanese allies - armed and trained by Israel and under Mr. Sharon's command as minister - were slaughtering hundreds of people.

The following day Nawal's mother crammed a rag into her daughter's mouth to silence her. From the darkened shelter the girl heard the screams of her cousin as she was raped and killed by the Lebanese militiamen and the death rattle of her uncle who had tried to save her.

On Saturday the surviving family members were discovered. The men were taken off to be shot, and Nawal was marched away at gunpoint, stepping over the corpses in the doorway. One of the dead was her father, with the cleaver that killed him embedded in his skull. Another was her pregnant sister, Amal, whose belly was slit open.

"As we were walking, we kept looking around, and saying: 'Who is this? Oh look, this is Mohammed, and this is Ahmed'," Ms Abu Rudeinah says. At least 800 - and as many as 2,000 - people had been killed over three days.

For years it was unimaginable that Mr. Sharon, who shares the blame for the deaths, could ever lead Israel. But time, and the four-month uprising in the West Bank and Gaza, have wiped out the stain of his bloody personal history, and next week, barring a miracle, Israelis will elect him their prime minister.

Visiting a West Bank outpost this month, Mr. Sharon gazed out over the Jordan valley and beyond, to Iraq and Syria. "Israel is surrounded by enemies," he said. "The Jews have one tiny country where they have the right and the power to defend themselves."

The comment might have been true 20 years ago, but since that time it has signed peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, and started negotiating with the Palestinians.

But after the intifada, which most Israelis see as a Palestinian betrayal, many Israelis are inclined to agree with him. People are yearning for an uncomplicated warrior who will promise them security, and nobody embodies that better than Mr. Sharon.

"If I could get my hands on him, I would kill him," says Ms Abu Rudeinah. "He destroyed my family. I can never forget that, or anything that happened that day - the way I had to step over the bodies, and the bodies lying everywhere in the street. I hope God strikes down Sharon, and whoever had a hand in the massacre."

Many fear his election could intensify the violence in the West Bank and Gaza, which has killed nearly 400 people. It could also bury the peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

"My great fear is that he has a lifelong penchant for grand strategic designs that go completely awry and that prove disastrous for Israel," says Joseph Alpher, a former director of the Jaffee Centre for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.

"This is his record. I listen to his statements about wanting to bring peace, and being more capable than [the prime minister, Ehud] Barak to bring peace, but he presents no reasonable or logical plan for doing so."

The first time Mr. Sharon put one of his "grand designs" into action was in 1953, when he commanded Unit 101, a force charged with retaliating against Palestinian raiders. After the brutal killing of a woman in central Israel, Mr. Sharon and his men blew up at least 45 homes in the West Bank village of Kibya, then under Jordanian control. Sixty-nine people were killed, half of them women and children.

Abroad, the operation caused outrage; in Israel it made Mr. Sharon into something of a hero. Unit 101 was expanded, and Mr. Sharon led other reprisal attacks in Jordan, Egypt and Syria.

Mr. Sharon left the army for politics in June 1973. He was recalled later that year to command the Israeli forces which eventually crossed the Suez canal, and helped turn around the 1973 war.

In the rightwing Likud party he became was a champion of the militant Jewish settlers. But in a sense he was marking time until his defining moment: Lebanon.

In October 1981, two months after becoming defense minister, he ordered the army to prepare a war plan and within months it was in Beirut. But the following year the massacre at Sabra and Shatila brought his career crashing down.

In 1983 an Israeli government investigation found him personally responsible for allowing the Lebanese Christian militias into the camps, ignoring the risk to the refugees, and taking no action to stop the massacre. It said he was unfit to be defense minister; he was forced to resign.

Mr. Sharon remains defiant about the massacre. Last week he told the Tel Aviv chamber of commerce: "What happened in Lebanon, which we didn't have any connection to or anything, was that Christian Arabs killed Muslim Arabs and as a result of the atmosphere of hysteria in Israel I was forced to leave my post."

But he has faced such questions only once during this election campaign. The new Sharon, as constructed by his handlers, is a grandpa in blue jeans cuddling baby goats at a farm in the Negev desert.

The idea is to make him more palatable to centrist voters who feel betrayed by Mr. Barak's failed efforts to bring peace. "Even those voting for Sharon do not trust him entirely," says Yossi Verter, a columnist for the liberal news paper Ha'aretz. "Deep down, they think he is an extreme right-winger who never voted for any peace plan.

According to Mr. Sharon, now is not the time to talk about peace. He proposes a series of interim accords that freeze the amount of territory under Palestinian control, and make no concessions on Jerusalem. He says he will not negotiate with the Palestinians until the intifada ends.

"Sharon is in effect killing the Israeli and Palestinian peace process not in terms of refusing to talk, but by refusing to offer anything," Mr. Alpher says.

Others say Mr. Sharon is more nuanced. Last week he sent his son and a lawyer to a secret meeting in Vienna with Mr. Arafat's money man, Mohammed Rashid.

Mr. Rashid controls the millions of dollars that flow in and out of the coffers of the Palestinian Authority, and is believed to be a principal stakeholder in its biggest earner, a glitzy casino in Jericho.

But in Beirut, and in the Arab world beyond, Mr. Sharon can never be rehabilitated.

In Sabra and Shatila, a walled-off field heaped with rubbish serves as the mass grave of the militiamen's victims.

Yamama Abdullah's husband and four of her children are buried there.

If you ask her or Ms Abu Rudeinah who was to blame for the massacre, they say "Sharon". Dozens of people claim to have seen Mr. Sharon on the roof of a nearby block of flats, watching the killing through field glasses.

And the thought of Mr. Sharon becoming Israel's prime minister brings the horror flooding back.

"Oh God, no, not Sharon," says Ms Abdullah. "If Sharon comes that means war - not only for the Palestinians but for all the Arabs."

RIVERS OF BLOOD - A New Sharon Episode
by Haithem El-Zabri

[Feb. 2nd, 2001 - Al Aqsa Intifada Organization]: Last night I had a terrifying nightmare: As I was walking near the Dome of the Rock, on the Haram Al-Sharif compound, I slipped due to a river of blood that was flowing under me. The more disturbing aspect is that this shocking scene is not far from reality if Sharon comes to power.

Sharon's Bloody Background

Sharon s bloodstained career started with the underground terrorist group "Haganah", and at the age of 22 he led commando units that attacked Palestinian civilians from behind the lines. In 1953, he formed an elite militia known as Unit 101, or "the avengers." This notorious unit operated without uniforms and carried out institutional terror in the Palestinian refugee camps and villages. One of Sharon's "achievements" with this unit was the attack on Qibya village, where he blew up 45 homes and slaughtered 69 civilians, over half of whom were women and children.

Following the 1967 war, Sharon was responsible for turning 160,000 residents of the East Jerusalem area into refugees. His brutal methods included blowing up houses, bulldozing refugee camps, imposing severe collective punishments, and imprisoning hundreds of young Palestinians suspected of being fighters.

Shortly afterwards, he was promoted to security chief in the Gaza area, where he suppressed Palestinian resistance with merciless repression and brutality. Sharon led massive manhunts for Palestinian Liberation Army members. These campaigns started with bulldozing Palestinian houses, including hundreds of homes in the Beach Camp, to create a grid of wide streets throughout the shantytown, thus facilitating his troops control and movement. Hundreds of resistance suspects were assassinated, and their families loaded into trucks and exiled to the Sinai Desert. Thousands of others were arrested and deported to Jordan and Lebanon. In August 1971 alone, Sharon's troops demolished over 2,000 homes in the Gaza Strip, displacing some 16,000 people for the second time in their lives.

Years later, when the Palestinians of Gaza heard about the massacres of Sabra and Shatila, few were surprised. "We knew what he was like long before that," one witness affirmed.

Sharon was first elected to the Knesset in 1974, and in 1977 was appointed by Manachem Begin as Minister of Agriculture and settlements. He handled his governmental duties with the same aggressiveness as the military, and quickly achieved a Jewish settlement boom in the West Bank and Gaza. His work included "Judaizing the Galilee" at the expense of Israeli Arab citizens, whom he considers foreigners. He encouraged takeovers of Arab properties in Jerusalem, and advocates that all Arabs should be expelled from the city.

The Invasion of Lebanon

As Defense Minister in 1982, Sharon was the principal architect of Israel's invasion of Lebanon. His tanks and artillery shells inflicted massive destruction on Palestinian population centers, especially the cities of Sidon and Tyre, most of which were leveled. Ain Hilweh (Sweet Spring), the largest Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon and home to 25,000 residents, was razed to the ground. Within a few weeks, 14,000 people had been killed, of which almost 13,000 were unarmed Palestinian and Lebanese civilians. Approximately half a million people were made homeless.

Israeli forces soon reached Beirut and laid siege to it, shelling and bombing it relentlessly. In order to spare the capital from this daily indiscriminate Israeli bombardment, the PLO forces were requested to evacuate, and received explicit assurances that Israel would not invade West Beirut or harm their families (under the American negotiated "Habib" agreement). In spite of that, and within two days, Sharon had occupied West Beirut, including positions encircling the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila.

The savage Phalangist militias, recruited, trained, armed and paid by Israel, were invited to enter the camps for a three-day killing spree. Whole families were exposed to horrific acts of torture, rape, dismemberment, and execution. Robert Fisk, of The Independent, witnessed the scene on the final day of the massacre, and reports that "there were women lying in houses with their skirts torn torn up to their waists and their legs wide apart, children with their throats cut, rows of young men shot in the back after being lined up at an execution wall. There were blackened babies bodies tossed into rubbish heaps alongside discarded US army ration tins and Israeli army equipment. I saw several Israeli flare canisters, still attached to their tiny parachutes. A dozen young men had been shot point-blank range through the cheek, the bullet tearing away a line of flesh up to the ear and entering the brain. Some had vivid crimson scars down the left side of their throats.

On the other side of the main road, one child lay on the roadway like a discarded doll, her white dress stained with mud and dust. She could have been no more than three years old. The back of her head had been blown away by a bullet fired into her brain. One of the women also held a tiny baby to her body. The bullet that had passed into her breast had killed the baby too. Someone had slit open the woman's stomach, perhaps trying to kill her unborn child. Her eyes were wide open, her dark face frozen in horror."

The death toll of this human tragedy is estimated at 2,000-3,000, the majority of whom were women, children, and elderly people. Only 50 people survived, permanently traumatized.

Israeli troops had participated directly in this atrocity by liaising with the murderers, supplying them with weapons, rations, and illuminating night time flares, as well as forcing fleeing victims back into the carnage. The Israeli observation post had a clear view of the camps, and surviving witnesses claim to have seen Sharon watching.

An Israeli tribunal investigated, and found Sharon "indirectly responsible" for the massacre. Yet, this man remained in public affairs, rising to its highest ranks, including Foreign Minister during Netanyahu s term, and subsequently, leadership of the Likud party. This same criminal is now the Israeli people s favored choice for Prime Minister!

Sharon's Perspective

Sharon has described the Palestinians as "bugs," depicting them - in his autobiography, Warrior - as infantile, timorous, and untrustworthy. He represents the worst in Israel s past of Arab-hating statements and policies. According to a former U.S. official, "Sharon has the same condescending disregard for Arabs that Southern plantation-owners had for blacks." Sharon boasts that "The Arabs know me, and I know them."

Regarding the Palestinian occupied territories, Sharon' statements stress that these belong to the Jews exclusively, "The land of Israel is holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but it was promised by God only to the Jews." He also stated that "Judea and Samaria - the so-called Occupied Territories are the cradle of the Jewish People" and "ours, ours, ours!"

Sharon has made it clear that he will not withdraw from any more than the areas already controlled by the Palestinian Authority (approx. 40% of the West Bank and Gaza), pledging that "Jewish towns, villages and communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as well as access roads leading to them, including sufficient security margins along them, will remain under full Israeli control& no nation or country on earth would give up territory and historical sites which are at the roots of its national existence." To summarize it bluntly, "No more land." He criticized Barak for negotiating on Jerusalem s future, saying that he "crossed a red line no government ever did."

Yossi Sarid, a Knesset member from the Meretz Party, says "Regarding peacemaking, he is the minister of ruination." Peace, Sharon informed the New Yorker recently, "cannot be achieved."

Sharon s ideology is extremely racist and he believes in state terrorism more than basic human rights and dignity. He is impulsive, uncontrollable, dogmatic, and undoubtedly a dangerous warmonger. "Palestinian violence," he warns, would be defeated by "creative" military action.

"Beware - Israel is strong!"

Sharon has recently sent a letter to American Congressmen stating that the Palestinian "war of attrition" nullifies the Oslo, Wye and Camp David agreements, and all commitments that Israel had made to the Palestinians. His response to the Intifada, he suggests, will include seizing full control over Area C, and the immediate deployment of IDF troops throughout the occupied territories.

Sharon reasons that the only way for Israel to achieve security for itself is by military solutions, and that the Palestinian issue should be dealt with through unrestrained military force. He will not hesitate to unleash a massive level of violence, with heavier doses of lethal carnage.

Understandably, the thought of Sharon becoming Israel's Prime Minister brings the horror flooding back to Palestinian refugees. "Oh God, no, not Sharon," says Ms Abdullah. "That means war - not only for the Palestinians but for all the Arabs." In a region as inflammable as a powder keg, Sharon is the spark that can ignite it, and his threat of war, should be taken seriously indeed.

It is almost certain that Sharon will order the Israeli army to intensify its attacks against the Palestinian towns and villages, using all means, including the tanks, helicopter gunships, snipers, etc. He will encourage home confiscations in Jerusalem and land confiscations throughout the occupied territories, as well as tighter sieges, mass home demolitions and increased tree uprooting. He will escalate the levels of repression and brutality in order to induce a mass transfer to Jordan, which is a solution he has been suggesting for a long time - "Jordan is Palestine."

The war against the Palestinians may be accompanied by pre-emptive strikes against Syria and Iraq, and could easily escalate to a regional war. It is unfortunate, and frightening, that instead of facing a war crimes tribunal, Sharon is in a position to cause wide-scale regional devastation.

What needs to be done

As has been demonstrated during the past 4 months of Intifada, the world community is not expected to take any effective measures for the prevention of the destruction, mayhem, and potential genocide that may befall the defenseless Palestinian population. The Palestinian Authority does not have the means to confront Israel's powerful army, and would be easily crushed if it attempted to protect its citizens. The Arab nations will only give out the routine slogans, condemnations, and other worthless lip service. The rest of the Muslim world might engage in angry demonstrations, but their leaders may be less responsive. The EU's and UN's indifferent hands will remain tied by their superpower ally, which will dutifully justify Israel s actions as self-defense against "Palestinian terrorism."

Therefore, the salvation of the Palestinian people and the region s stability is in the hands of the Israeli public, conscientious activists and supporters of the Palestinian cause worldwide, and NGO's.

First and foremost, the Israeli public should realize that by electing Sharon, it is voting for a bloody war against the Palestinians, whose scars will take generations to heal (if ever), and which guarantees that peace will not be attainable within our lifetimes. Furthermore, the conflict could escalate throughout the region and result in unforeseeable ramifications. Destruction and mayhem may reach unprecedented levels, and there will be losses on all sides. Needless to say, Sharon should not be given that opportunity.

Activists and supporters of Palestine need to do the utmost to secure an international peacekeeping force capable of protecting the Palestinians from the potential carnage that Sharon can inflict. This may be achieved by massive demonstrations in world capitals, intensive lobbying, greater media involvement, and any other means. In addition, they need to provide the Palestinians in the occupied territories with financial and moral support, to alleviate their suffering and enable them to endure the escalated atrocities against them.

NGO's should prepare to redouble their efforts for humanitarian assistance, medical supplies, food, shelter, blood banks, and campaigning for their governments to take concrete action. They need to be on full alert for immediate aid in a likely catastrophe, and to develop contingency plans for a potential Israeli blockade of incoming aid.

Enough Palestinian blood has been spilled in the past 4 months let us do everything in our power to prevent a potential human tragedy that Sharon could create.

God help us all.

February 2001


(February 27, 2001)
Was it the Likud Party, or the Labor Party, that authorized more illegal settlements in the occupied territories since the Gulf War and the Madrid Peace Conference?

(February 26, 2001)
For those who still needed proof of the cravenness and duplicity of Israel's Labor Party, the party that spawned "Peace Now" and "Oslo" among other gross deceptions, it came today.

Defectors say Iraq tested Nuclear Bomb
(February 25, 2001)
When Iraq was more overtly building nuclear weapons, the Israelis struck in 1981 destroying the Osirak reactor near Baghdad that could have provided the crucial processed uranium fuel.

"Go back, we don't want you"
(February 24, 2001)
General Colin Powell, now combining even more closely than usual the Pentagon with the State Department, was afraid to go to Gaza; and rightly so.

The Hebron MASSACRE - 7 long years ago
(February 24, 2001)
Abraham's dysfunctional family has had unbelieveable historical ramifications for which the focal point today is Hebron, site of Abraham's burial place, a religious site to both Jews and Muslim alike who are today quite literally at each other's throats.

Council on foreign relations help legitimize Sharon
(February 23, 2001)
The Council on Foreign Relations, New York-power elite-based but in recent years integrating more with the Washington government and corporate elite, has been for quite some time, to put it bluntly, a rather tricky and chicanery Israeli-oriented Zionist center when it comes to matters relevant to Israel.

Iraq - The great Cover-Up
(February 23, 2001)
As terrible as what the Israelis, with their superpower American ally (and European connivance), are doing to the Palestinians, what has been and is being done to the Iraqis and the Chechnyans is also truly appauling.

Arab expulsion admitted by Sharon Ally
(February 22, 2001)
One day maybe Israel -- like South Africa and Chile before it -- will have some kind of "truth finding" commission to try to purge itself of the past.

Protests in Jordan
(February 22, 2001)
If it weren't for the Hashemite Regime in today's Jordan, yesterday's Transjordan, and before that the East Bank of Palestine, the Israelis would never have been able to vanquish the Palestinian people in days past and would never be able to do to the remaining Palestinians what is happening today.

Powell and Sharon - Street protests?
(February 21, 2001)
Clearly, the US is rushing to court unpopularity across the world, contrary to expectations that the Bush national security establishment would conduct itself with a degree of sophistication.

"This is only the beginning"
(February 21, 2001)
The crippling is not just physical. Psychologically, culturally, economically, and even morally, the Palestinian people are being twisted and tortured beyond all recognition of their former selves.

Gaza Ghetto, Gaza Concentration Camp, Gaza Prison
(February 19, 2001)
For four months, the Gaza Strip has been effectively isolated from the world. Over 1 million Palestinians are caged in an area of not more than 365km2.

Locked in an Orwellian eternal war
(February 19, 2001)
President Bush Jr didn't seem so confident the other day as he told the world of the newly increased bombing of Iraq. But he made it clear that "until the world is told otherwise" the Americans are convinced they run the world and it is up to them to decide whom to bomb, whom to favor, whom to take out, whom to reward.

Arafat collapsing
(February 16, 2001)
The Arafat Regime is collapsing. Here are some of the details, twisted somewhat of course because the reports are from Israel's best newspaper, Ha'aretz, in view of the fact that Palestinian and Arab news sources are unable and unwilling to provide such insights.

The realization, "perhaps the dream"
(February 16, 2001)
Out of the cycle of violence the gradual, hesitant understanding - perhaps the dream - will grow, that the only way is through a struggle to create a land of Israel/Palestine that is undivided in both physical and human terms, pluralistic and open; a land in which civilized relations, human touch, intimate coexistence and a link to a common homeland would be stronger than militant tribalism and the separation into national ghettoes.

"Collective suicide" or Zionism united?
(February 15, 2001)
If there is a national unity government, it will be evident that the differences between Labour as the main branch of the left and the Likud as the main branch of the right are not that big.

Death and assissination
(February 14, 2001)
It didn't take long for the Israelis, now Sharon-led, to start creating the escalating provocations that will then bring about still more Palestinian rage which will then give the Israelis the excuse they seek to pulverize the Palestinians still harder, possibly destroying the regime they earlier created, and possibly leading to another Palestinian "nakbah" (disaster).

Israelis strike, Palestinians without strategy
(February 13, 2001)
The Israelis have had a long-term strategy for a very long time; and they have pursued it regardless of what party was in power and who happened to be Prime Minister of the moment.

Dozens of Palestinians wounded
(February 12, 2001)
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank Monday as Israel's rightwing Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon sought to forge a unity government.

"Holy war" is forever
(February 12, 2001)
Fifty four years ago when an international commission of that day was hearing from Jews and Arabs about what the new U.N. should do about Palestine there was testimony from very credible and very establishment Jewish Zionist sources opposing creation of a "separatist Jewish State" precisely because it would bring about an unending conflict with the Palestinian Arab population.

War preparations continue
(February 11, 2001)
The Arafat Regime, the "Authority", is near collapse -- not just financially, but credibility wise as well. The Israeli government is near "unity" -- with General Sharon in charge.

The PA is about to collapse
(February 10, 2001)
How ironic history can be. After generations of struggle and such suffering the regime that rules the Palestinians is now in the hands of Ariel Sharon representing Israel, the U.S. Congress representing the financial levers of the American Empire, and the European governments which in this situation operate on the pretense that they are better than either of the above.

Rocking Israel to its Biblical core
(February 9, 2001)
Well if King David was a nebbish (modern translation might be "nerd"), one has to wonder how history will record Ariel Sharon, the man with such a past whom the Jews of Israel have just overwhelming elected their leader.

Sharon maneuvers for starting position
(February 9, 2001)
It's time for serious political confusion and disinformation now. As the armies prepare themselves for the clashes likely to come in one form or another, the politicians maneuver for new starting positions.

Clinton pardoned Mossad spy for Israelis
(February 9, 2001)
The Israelis adore Bill Clinton, as all the pollsters know. Deep down even the common everyday Israelis know he was their man in the White House.

The many crimes of Ariel Sharon
(February 8, 2001)
Some incorrigible optimists have suggested that only a right-wing extremist of the notoriety of Likud leader Ariel Sharon will have the credentials to broker any sort of lasting settlement with the Palestinians.

Sharon wastes no time - Arafat bows
(February 7, 2001)
We will give him the benefit of the doubt. If he comes with good ideas that will bring us closer to the peace process, why not? The world has seen many such situations before.

Holy war for Jerusalem
(February 7, 2001)
We're on the way now to a new and expanded struggle, maybe even a religious war, Jerusalem the focalpoint.

The cold logic of Sharon
(February 7, 2001)
Many Israelis just stayed home. Others cast a blank vote. But a considerable minority thrust Ariel Sharon into the greatest electoral landslide in that country's history -- obviously as well an overwhelming majority of those who did vote.

Sharon wins and Peres wants in
(February 6, 2001)
He may be a brutish thug, he may fit the definition of war criminal, he may be a Jewish racist -- but now he is also the Prime Minister-elect of Israel, overwhelmingly swept into power in a way few imagined possible just a year ago.

All sides now committed to escalation
(February 6, 2001)
Now the real craziness begins. The Palestinians are committed to heating things up to demonstrate their resolve and their capabilities. The Israelis are committed to "stopping the violence" which means clamping the boot down on the Palestinians even more harshly.

The legacy of Ariel Sharon
(February 5, 2001)
This is a place of filth and blood which will forever be associated with Ariel Sharon. In Israel today, he may well be elected prime minister.

BBC casts doubt of Pan AM convictions
(February 5, 2001)
In advance of whatever the Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is going to produce as "evidence" of innocence today, the BBC has published the following story quoting the very Scottish law professor who arranged the trial in The Netherlands casting great doubt about the veracity of the verdict reached:

What's left of Israel's left
(February 5, 2001)
What's left of Israel's left is in a fractured and demoralized state of affairs. Not only is Ariel Sharon about to become Israel's Prime Minister, but in all likelihood he is to be swept into power tomorrow in a landslide unprecedented in Israel's history.

The Pan Am 103 Verdict
(February 3, 2001)
The papers are filled with pictures of happy relatives of the victims of the 1988 bombing of PanAm 103. A Libyan, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, was just found guilty of the bombing by a Scottish court in the Hague, his co-defendant, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, being acquitted... What's wrong is that the evidence against Megrahi is thin to the point of transparency.

Rivers of blood
(February 2, 2001)
The bloodiness and racism of Sharon's past is fact. And these two articles help bring that past forward to the present.

Waiting for Sharon
(February 2, 2001)
They believe a Sharon victory will be a boon for their cause. 'He will expose the true face of Israel,' says an activist in Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement in Nablus, 'and force the world, including the US, to address its real responsibilities to the peace process...

Israeli Arabs boycott Barak, await Sharon
(February 1, 2001)
As the extreme right-wing revolution in Israel nears, as Ariel Sharon and friends prepare to take over political power, the "Israeli Arab vote" will not be enough to save Ehud Barak, and in fact it will not even be mobilized on his behalf this time, though Yasser Arafat and his friends have surely tried.

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