Israelis strike, Palestinians without strategy
February 13, 2001
ISRAELI STRIKE, PALESTINIANS LEADERLESS AND WITHOUT STRATEGY
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. And of course the U.S. government has been the
co-conspirator in all this all along; and the Arab client regimes have actually
at times helped the Israelis accomplish their goals, if not consciously then
as the result of their misguided and self-seeking policies.
The result? Apartheid has taken hold since Madrid and Oslo in rampant fashion.
Jerusalem is everywhere surrounded by Israeli towns now called "suburbs" (including
Gilo), and approaching a quarter of a million Israelis live in towns and settlements
throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. And now the Israelis have a government
more ideolgically than ever committed to Jabotinsky's brand of Revionist Zionism,
with none other than Shimon Peres agreeing it appears to be the Foreign Minister!
As for the Palestinians, "There is no strategy whatsoever", a prominent
Palestinian activist told The Washington Post the other day, while Arafat has
been reduced to sending congratulatory messages to Sharon with rumors of his
own impending demise, either at the hands of the Israelis or of his own people,
gaining momentum while corruption, repression, and deception are omnipresent.
Meanwhile conditions for the Palestinian people now under the double-occupation
of the "Authority" and the Israeli Army are worse than ever:
ISRAELIS ASSASSINATE LONG-TIME ARAFAT "FORCE-17" BODYGUARD
GAZA CITY (Arabia-on-Line, Agencies, 13 February): The Israeli army carried
out a new assassination early Tuesday killing an officer in Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat's private security force.
Massud Ayyad's car was rocketed by an Israeli helicopter in the Gaza Strip,
Palestinian security officials said. Ayyad, a major in Arafat's Force-17 bodyguard,
was killed instantly when a helicopter fired four rockets on his car as he
drove in the Jabaliya area of the northern Gaza Strip, security officials said.
The Israeli army claimed Ayyad to be an agent of the Lebanese Hizbollah group
and had carried out a series of attacks against Israel. "Massud Ayyad headed
a dangerous Palestinian organization of the Hizbollah in the Gaza Strip and
carried out a long series of terrorist attacks," the army alleged in their
In court documents made public Tuesday, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Barak
said he considers Israel's policy of liquidating Palestinians suspected of
activities opposing the Israeli occupation to be justified. He claimed in a
letter to the court that Israel's policy, which has attracted widespread criticism
from human rights groups, was based on "international law." It followed an
appeal to the court by the widow of the Fatah chief in the West Bank town of
Tulkarem, Thabet Thabet, who was assassinated by the Israeli army on December
"International law allows a strike against someone identified with certainty
as being prepared to commit an attack against Israeli targets," Barak alleged
in the letter. "This pertains to a war situation in general and to the right
of self-defense specifically," Barak said.
The Palestinian Authority says that since the beginning of November, Israel
has assassinated around 20 Palestinians. They were all suspected of attacks
during the Intifada (uprising) that erupted in late September against Israeli
occupation. The Palestinians and many international organizations have branded
the Israeli policy as state terrorism. A total of 355 Palestinians, have been
killed in the violence that has raged across the region over the past four
and half months.
PALESTINIAN KILLED IN ISRAELI HELICOPTER ATTACK
GAZA (Reuters - 13 Feb) - An Israeli helicopter fired three missiles at a car
in the Gaza Strip Tuesday, killing a Palestinian military leader in an attack
that Israel called a clear message that militants must not harm its citizens.
The Israeli army said the man, Masoud Ayad, was setting up a Palestinian branch
of the Lebanese Hizbollah group in the Gaza Strip and accused him of being
behind a series of shooting, bomb and mortar attacks against Jewish settlements
in the strip.
"Anyone who intends to harm Israelis will not escape and the long arm of the
Israel Defense Forces will know how to locate and even the score with him,"
Israel's caretaker prime minister, Ehud Barak, said in a statement.
The Palestinian Authority issued a statement condemning the killing as "an
ugly crime" and said it was part of Israel's "assassination policy against
(Palestinian) cadres and citizens."
It denied Ayad was working on behalf of Hizbollah and said he had been a loyal
member of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction for the past
Palestinians in the Palestinian-ruled strip said Ayad, 60, had been recently
promoted to lieutenant-colonel from major in Force 17, Arafat's elite force.
They said he was also known as an arms dealer.
Palestinian Minister Says Uprising Will Continue
Palestinian cabinet minister Hassan Asfour told Reuters Ayad's killing would
not stop Palestinians from continuing their uprising and that Palestinians
were capable of retaliating against Israel's "aggressions."
"The Israeli will feel no peace and no security if the Palestinian does not
feel the same peace and security," he said.
Israel has been widely criticized by human rights groups for assassinating
Palestinian military figures whom they suspect of attacks against Israelis.
Palestinians say at least 20 activists have been killed since a Palestinian
uprising erupted almost five months ago.
Barak, defeated in an election last week by right-wing Likud party leader Ariel
Sharon, praised the Israeli security forces for "its attack on a senior terrorist."
Ayad's body was trapped under the twisted metal of the car, which was destroyed
by at least three missiles fired from a helicopter hovering overhead, witnesses
Smoke rose from the black and twisted metal of Ayad's car which was driving
along a road near the Erez crossing with Israel when it was struck by the missiles.
Hundreds of Palestinians shouting "Death to Israel," arrived at the scene soon
after the missile strike and one man held up a bloody kaffiyah taken from the
wreckage. A damaged Kalashnikov automatic rifle was also seen in the rubble.
Witnesses said the helicopter had been hovering for around three hours before
Some 389 people, most of them Palestinians, have been killed during the revolt.
They include 53 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs.
PROPOSED BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY RESOLUTION ON THE ELECTION OF ARIEL SHARON
Sponsor: George Galloway, MP 2/7/01
(4 MP sponsors as of today)
That this House notes with concern the election of Ariel Sharon as Prime Minister
of Israel; recalls his record of involvement in war crimes going back as far
as the 1950s and in particular the crimes committed during the invasion of
Lebanon in 1982, an invasion which reduced an Arab capital to ruins amidst
the ashes of napalm, phosphorous and fragmentation weaponry, and which culminated
in an Israeli inquiry finding Sharon 'personally indirectly responsible' for
the massacres in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Beirut between 16th
and 18th September 1982 in which almost 3,000 people were butchered; notes
that these victims were defined by the International Commission of Inquiry
as 'protected persons' within the meaning of the 4th Geneva Convention to whom
Israel had a special obligation under protocol to prevent the commission of
'outrages' against them; notes further the implacable refusal by General Sharon
to acknowledge the solemn and binding agreements signed by his
country during the Oslo process which he has declared dead; further notes his
offensive remarks against both Jordan and Egypt, the two Arab countries with
whom Israel has signed a peace treaty; expresses the fear that the election
of General Sharon may lead to a state of war in the Middle East; and asks Her
Majesty's Government immediately to freeze all sales of military equipment
to Israel and to recall Her Majesty's ambassador from Tel Aviv for consultations.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF WHAT THE ISRAELIS ARE DOING DAILY TO THE PALESTINIANS
Date: Monday - 12 February 2001
Atif Nabulsi, 35, was shot this morning while in his car near Rafat village
in Betonia, Ramallah. An ambulance was prevented from rescuing the citizen
by Israeli occupation forces who left him bleeding for an hour before
carrying him to Ofra military camp, where his corpse is still held until this
moment. During confrontations near Am ari refugee camp this afternoon, Sami
al-Qatari was shot in the head by occupation forces.
Ziad Abu Swai, 20, was shot dead this morning when Israeli occupation forces
opened fire at a bus transporting 25 workers. Another worker, Muhammed Barmeel,
45, is critically injured. In Al Khader's old quarter, confrontations broke
off resulting in a number of injuries. Israeli occupation forces later closed
the whole area and underwent
Military reinforcements took place around Hebron and an extremely strict military
closure remains in place. Arroub refugee camp was raided this morning. Dozens
of young students fainted and suffered breathing problems today, when Israeli
occupation forces fired tear gas bombs at a girl s school playground. Confrontations
later broke out in the neighboring Takrour village.
A woman, Wajdan al-Sa diya, and her son Ala were beaten by Israeli soldiers
in Jerusalem s Old City today and carried to hospital. Israeli forces opened
fire at those who tried to interfere when Wajdan and her son were
being physically attacked.
In Qalqilya, two Palestinians were injured during confrontations with occupation
forces yesterday at the southern entrance of the city. Fadi Amer, 15, was
shot with rubber coated metal bullet in the head. Mash hgour Taha, 16 was
also shot with rubber coated metal bullet in the head. They were both carried
to hospital in the city for mediation.
Israeli occupation forces closed Salah Din road, which liks the middle area
with the south of Gaza Strip. Witnesses said that military reinforcements have
taken place in al-Qarara area.
The imposed military closure on Nablus and its towns and villages has been
tightened even further. Entrances to Beit Forik village have completely been
closed. Israeli occupation forces are still based in two homes in Salem village,
placing its citizens under constant fire. Israeli occupation forces in Salem
also fired light and sound bombs regularly at the citizens.
Gaza Strip - Demolition and settlement activities
Israeli army demolished a home in Gaza and enclosed 22; vast areas bulldozed.
The Israeli army has started implementing the decision to demolish 22 Palestinian
homes in Gaza s Mawasi area, west of Khan Younis, in order to establish a military
base instead and on surrounding agricultural land. Israeli occupation forces
demolished one home, of nine inhabitants, without previous warning, yesterday
near Kfar Darom settlement in the Gaza trip and bulldozed a vast area of agricultural
land in the area. Israeli occupation forces since early morning yesterday
enclosed 22 homes in Mawasi, west of Khan Younis city after having ordered
its citizens to evacuate their homes in preparation for demolition. The inhabitants
refused to leave or evacuate their homes. Witnesses said that three Israeli
bulldozers protected by a tank and a large number of army forces spread in
the area since early morning. Israeli bulldozers yesterday began bypass road
construction starting from the military road block west of the area until Tel
Sultan, the only entrance to Mawasi area on the beach.