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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? Was it Bibi Netanyahu or Ehud Barak who turned over more territories for "autonomous rule" to the "Palestinian Authority"?

The answers in both case are the opposite of what most people believe to be the case -- Labor and Bibi.

Meanwhile, Shimon Peres has finally unmasked, his long friendship with Ariel Sharon now coming to the fore, that with the so-called doves and Yossi Beilin crumbling.

A cartoon in an Arab newspapers shows a picture of Sharon telling Barak and Peres "Let's form a government of heroes". The caption under each of them reads: "Hero of Sabra-Shatila Massacre", "Hero of Intifada Massacre", "Hero of Qana Massacre".

All this "facts on the ground creation" has gone on of course right under the nose of Yasser Arafat and the "Palestinian Authority". Indeed it is Arafat and the PA which have provided the Israelis, since the Gulf War, with another decade of cover and confusion through which to further disenfranchise, divide, and corral the Palestinians -- all the while paying Arafat and his cronies great sums and providing them with numerous special VIP priviledges. The tragic reality is that the Palestinian people are far more oppressed, far more restricted, and far more "doubly occupied" today in 2001 then they were before the Intifada began and before the coming of Arafat to Gaza.

Whether all this treachery is all now coming to an end, whether Arafat's usefulness to the Israelis and the Americans is drawing to a close, remains to be seen. But there are signs, including the previous published articles forecasting the Authority's "collapse".

In the "autonomous" areas the checks from Arafat's authority are bouncing; and in most cases not coming at all. In Washington the PA bank account, administered by long-time corrupt Arafat crony, Hassan Rahman, is said to be approaching $100,000 in the red. And the rumor factories continue to be stoked by leaks, mostly coming from Arafat's own people for self-serving reasons not to difficult to fathom, that the PA's collapse is imminent unless large amounts of money are sent Arafat's way.

Now they won't have Arafat in Amman or Damascus, and he'd be too controlled and "supervised" in Cairo, so the rumors are that Arafat and crew are considering exile again in Baghdad, or possibly going back to Tunis.

For Arafat, Shaath, Abu Mazen and entourage, its really mostly about money and power anyway. It was to get huge amounts of money and to retain their hold on power that they sold themselves at Oslo and in Washington; and it is the same motivations that are propelling them now. In addition they are manipulating the media, using the coming to power of Sharon, in ways that will give them a badly needed excuse why the Palestinian State they have promised and promised to "declare", ad infinitum and ad naseum, has not become reality.

Like all good rumors and leaks, there is in them hidden truth twisted and disguised. First of all the Arafat crowd, and those Israelis who support them, want to try to convince the Americans, Europeans, and Arab regimes, to send more hundreds of millions quickly and save both Arafat and the "peace process" -- so the rumors serve to push that immediate goal. Everyone hesitates for their own reasons, including the awareness that the likelihood is much of this money will be siphoned off into secret bank accounts and never reach the Palestinian people, just as before. If not successful in getting enough money, (and maybe the same is true if successful), Arafat may be preparing the world stage for the excuse that Sharon was going to go after him personally so he had to flee and save the PLO. If he can successfully portray things in this new light he will then again try to collect big-time in another exile pretending to have once again escaped the plots of Sharon and the Zionist cabal against the PLO. "Sharon has tried to assassinate me 13 times" Arafat recently remarked in Gaza to Arab journalists.

More to come on this epic Arafat saga which appears to be reaching another turning point. Meanwhile, this confirmation today about more "facts on the ground" from Israel's leading newsspaper, Ha'aretz.

Additionally, the Israelis continue to get away with their apartheid and militarist policies with only wrist slaps and verbage from the U.S., the U.N., and the Arab client regimes. Not one single military person has been courtmartialed for any of the abuses, including the assassinations, the sniper killings, as well as the wounding and beatings of dozens of journalists. For killing a totally innocent 14-year old Palestinian boy simply walking to school a few weeks ago, his commanding officer sent him off to a special jail for 49 days -- such is the worth of a Palestinian life to the Israelis, even when caught in the act of murder.

By Nadav Shragai

[Ha'aretz - 27 Feb:] The government began construction of 1,943 housing units in the territories last year - the largest number in any year since 1992, according to data released yesterday by MK Mussi Raz (Meretz). The figures are based on official data from the Housing Ministry.

Nor has the building stopped since the outbreak of the Al Aqsa Intifada: In the last quarter of 2000, work was begun on 954 housing units, up from 368 in the final quarter of 1999, Raz said.

And since such public construction accounts for only about 25 percent of all building in Israel, the actual number of units built in the territories last year was probably around four times higher.

The figures also showed that only 632 units have so far been sold in the new Har Homa neighborhood of East Jerusalem, out of some 2,000 that were put up for sale.

Additionally, the Housing Ministry only recently issued a tender for development work in the Tel Zion neighborhood of Kochav Ya'akov, south of Ramallah. The plan is to build 696 apartments there for Haredi families - which would double the settlement's current population of about 600 families.


[February 27, 2001 - Palestine Monitor}:The Israeli army sniper who shot and killed 14 year-old Issa Ibrahim al-Amur on February 3, 2001 was sentenced to 49 days in jail by his commanding officer. Despite the fact that the soldier was to found to have violated the Israeli army's rules of engagement, he was not remanded to a military court nor was this case investigated by the military police.

According to various sources, the military police have investigated only 5 cases of illegal weapons use by Israeli soldiers. The Christian Peacemakers Team in Hebron report that at least 9 unarmed Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in Hebron alone, including a 14 year old boy. As of yet, not a single military investigation has been opened into these cases.

In the past 5 months Israeli forces or settlers have killed 384 Palestinians. Several international human rights organizations, including Physicians for Human Rights USA, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have investigated the general circumstances of these deaths and each have confirmed that the Israeli forces are using excessive and lethal force against Palestinian civilians, with little respect for the law. They have also stressed that there is an immediate need for an international observer force in the Occupied Palestinian Territories(OPT).

Furthermore, according the US State Department's annual human rights report, "Israeli security forces committed numerous serious human rights abuses during the year" and "sometimes exceeded their rules of engagement, which provide that live fire is only to be used when the lives of soldiers, police, or civilians are in imminent danger."

From this and other eyewitness accounts, its has become more than clear that Israeli soldiers have time and time again, violated the law, and time and time again have been let off with nothing more than a two week reprieve of duty, a month or two in jail or at the very least, nothing. This said, it is imperative that an international observer force be deployed in the OPT.

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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