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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). The Arab "client regimes" -- individually and collectively -- remain far too weak, far too divided, far too co-opted, and far too corrupted, to do much about it.

The seeds for all this were planted quite some time ago, many by Ariel Sharon himself. And Shimon Peres, about to become Sharon's Foreign Minister, will it appears lend himself to all this and help "legitimize" it -- another despicable display of his own personal duplicity, chicanery and treachery.


JERUSALEM -- AP, 14 February: A Palestinian drove a bus into a group of Israelis waiting at a bus stop, killing seven and wounding at least 10 in what police said was a terror attack - one of the worst against Israel in years.

The driver fled in the bus and was caught after a high-speed chase by police who fired shots at the vehicle and seriously injured the driver.

The hit-and-run occurred at a crowded bus stop south of Tel Aviv. Many of the casualties were soldiers.

Several bodies covered by blankets lay by the roadside, as paramedics led away dazed survivors. Shoes, jackets and personal belongings were strewn across the road.

Police Commissioner Shlomo Ahronishki said he was "absolutely certain" that the hit-and-run was a terror attack.

Paramedics said at least 10 people were injured, including six who were in moderate or serious condition.

The bus, owned by the Israeli company Egged, had transported Palestinian workers from the Gaza Strip to Israel.

Witnesses said the bus ran into the soldiers as they stood at a bus stop in south Tel Aviv. The bus then raced southwards, towards the city of Ashdod, but about 10 miles to the south police opened fire on the bus, which crashed into the back of a truck and stopped, witnesses said.

Egged bus company spokesman Ron Rattner said the driver was a Palestinian who had clearance from security services to drive Palestinian workers into Israel.

The deaths deaths brought to nearly 400 the number of people killed in nearly five months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, including more than 320 Palestinians.


WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (AFP) - The United States said Tuesday the security situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories had seriously deteroriated since the weekend and threatened to spiral out of control.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said political assassinations carried out by Israel and attacks on Israeli settlers by Palestinians had to stop if peace talks were to resume.

"Our assessment is that the events of the last 48 hours represent a serious deterioration of the security situation on the ground at a time that we all recognize is very, very sensitive," Boucher told reporters.

"The use of Israeli helicopter gunships, Palestinian attacks against settlements and motorists, the use of mortars by Palestinians and the targeted killings by the Israeli defense force today are producing a new cycle of action or reaction which can become impossible to control," he said.

Boucher referred to the latest in a series of pinpoint strikes against Palestinian activists in which the Israeli army killed a senior officer in Yasser Arafat's personal bodyguard, accusing Massud Ayyad of being a terrorist.

Ayyad was killed when an Israeli helicopter gunship fired a volley of rockets on his car in the northern Gaza Strip. In Gaza and elsewhere, two Palestinians were killed in other incidents and gunbattles raged, leaving around 36 Palestinians wounded.

"Both the Israelis and the Palestinians need to do everything they can to stop the violence, to maintain calm, and to create the right environment for dialogue and negotiation," Boucher said.

He spoke as envoys sent to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon met with US State Department officials and a Palestinian official urged President George W. Bush "not to repeat the mistakes of the past" in the peace.

By Eric Silver in Jerusalem

[The Independent, UK, 14 February 2001]: An Israeli helicopter gunship killed an officer in Yasser Arafat's Force 17 bodyguard as he drove past a Gaza refugee camp yesterday. Israel alleged that Massoud Ayyad led a Hizbollah cell that fired twice on a Jewish settlement, plotted to kidnap Israeli soldiers and smuggled arms into the Palestinian territory.

It is the first specific allegation that the Lebanese Islamic militia is operating in the Gaza Strip or West Bank, and Israeli troops along the Lebanese border were placed on high alert against possible reprisals. Major Ayyad, 54, was said to have visited Hizbollah commanders in Lebanon last summer and to have operated under their orders ever since.

Major Ayyad was alone in his car when it was destroyed by rocket fire. It was the first assassination since December and one of the first acknowledged by Israel. The outgoing Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, said it sent "a clear message to anyone who is planning to attack Israelis that they will not be able to do so with impunity".

The Palestinian Justice Minister, Freih Abu Medein, denied that Major Ayyad, whom he knew personally, was a Hizbollah agent and accused Israel of a war crime in killing him.

Previous Israeli assassinations of Palestinians have been widely criticised by the international community.

The USresponded to events with a gloomy prognosis. Richard Boucher, the US state department spokesman, said events represented "a serious deterioration of the security situation on the ground at a time that we all recognise is very, very sensitive."

He added: "The use of Israeli helicopter gunships, Palestinian attacks against settlements and motorists, the use of mortars by Palestinians and the targeted killings by the Israeli defence force today are producing a new cycle of action or reaction which can become impossible to control."

Israeli spokesmen admitted Major Ayyad had not actually killed anyone, but claimed that his cell had made a series of potentially lethal attacks since December. They were said to have included two mortar shells fired at the Netzarim settlement, one of which hit a roof, and a strike at a civilian bus with anti-tank grenades.

The Deputy Defence Minister, Ephraim Sneh, dismissed suggestions that the killing was too severe for a man with no blood on his hands. "If we didn't touch him," he asked, "and tonight another mortar shell killed Israelis, how would I look their relatives in the eye?"

Israel arrested Nasser, Major Ayyad's son and an alleged member of his Hizbollah cell, last month. The first mortar attack on Netzarim followed the next day. An Israeli military spokesman, Brigadier General Ron Kitrey, said yesterday: "We had solid information that Massoud Ayyad continued intensive activity to carry out additional attacks." Some Israeli commentators have depicted the entry of Hizbollah into Gaza as the "Lebanonisation" of the Palestinian territories. General Kitrey refused to go that far, but noted "certain elements" reminiscent of the war in Lebanon.

A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was also killed in Gaza yesterday. Palestinian witnesses claimed he was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while he and a group of friends walked on a road near an Israeli guard post near Netzarim. The army denied opening fire in that area.

Meanwhile, Likud and Labour were reported last night to be close to a deal to form a national-unity government under Ariel Sharon, who beat Mr Barak in last week's elections. Mr Sharon has offered Labour two of the three senior portfolios: defence, foreign affairs and finance.


GAZA, Feb 13 (UPI) -- Israeli soldiers shelled Tuesday several Palestinian towns and refugee camps in the West bank and Gaza Strip, wounding more than 100 people and causing damages to several houses, Palestinian sources said.

The sources said that the fiercest clashes took place all day and night in the western part of the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian medical sources said that at least 100 Palestinians from Khan Younis were injured. Among the casualties, was a Palestinian ambulance driver shot while he was trying to rescue a group of children.

Witnesses said tanks fired their cannons near the Jewish settlement of Neveh Dekalim, west of Khan Younis. Israeli tanks had also shelled houses in Rafah and also in the West Bank towns of Hebron, Bethlehem, Bethjallah and Nablus, wounding at least 10 people and causing severe damage to several houses.

Yasser Sheikh Ali, a Palestinian doctor who works at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, claimed Tuesday that Israel in the past few days has been using a gas against Palestinians that causes convulsions, spasms and breathing difficulties.

More than 80 people have been seen at the hospital with the symptoms after soldiers reportedly fired shells that exploded and released clouds of white smoke. Blood tests showed the gas included chemicals that affect the nerves and the breathing process, Ali said.

Meanwhile, the director general of Gaza airport, Brig. Salman Abu Haleeb, announced late Tuesday that Israel had shut down Gaza International Airport for security reasons until a further notice.

"The closure of the airport coincided with preparations by about 8,000 Palestinians who were supposed to fly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage season," he told the Voice of Palestine radio.

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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