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Israelis Kill and Rampage - U.S. Rhetorically Complains but in Reality Helps

Arab Regimes Cower and Repress Demonstrations

U.S. Pretends Otherwise But in Reality Backs Israel with Money, Guns, U.N. Veto

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 3/09/2002: Serious and urgent questions need to be asked: Why have not the governments of Egypt and Jordan at the very least broken political relations with Israel; and why in fact are these governments actually preventing demonstrations against what the Israelis are doing? Why has not the Arab League called an emergency meeting and demanded U.N. intervention, going to the General Assembly if the U.S. vetos? Why in fact have the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt cooperated with the U.S. by trying to trick public opinion about a "Saudi Peace Plan" and a "General Zinni Peace Mission" rather than taking credible and meaningful action against both Israel and the U.S.?

The underlying reality is that the U.S., as well as these Arab "client regimes", are themselves complicitous in what is happening and should also be held accountable. And for its own inaction complicity also now applies to the United Nations, which of course is considerably controlled by the U.S. including American removal of the past Egyptian Secretary-General whom it then replaced with the even more compliant Kofi Annan.


By Muna Hamzeh*

Saturday, March 9, 2002: I compiled this report following phone calls to Dheisheh this morning and last night.

Israeli tanks, accompanied by bulldozers have now completely surrounded Dheisheh Refugee Camp and are right now imposing a curfew on the camp - not that people were venturing outside before. As being reported from nearby Aida Refugee Camp, Israeli snipers are shooting at anything that moves, and this is why people in Dheisheh have not left their homes since Friday.

Right at this moment, Israeli troops have entered Dheisheh camp from the eastern part (They reached the old Ibdaa Cultural Center Building) and have overtaken several houses as outposts and also the Dheisheh School for Girls. Israeli snipers are on the roofs. They have also bulldozed the home of the Daraghmeh family, whose son carried out the suicide bombing in Jerusalem last weekend.

The father of a friend of mine, Amjad Abu Laban (an employee of UNRWA), passed away in Dheisheh today of natural causes. Israeli troops refused to allow the family to bury him, so the family has had to bury him in the house - the first time such a thing ever happens in the camp.

All men ages 14-40 have left the refugee camp. Reports from Tulkarem refugee camp indicate that Israeli soldiers have rounded up all men between the ages of 14-40 and have arrested 400 so far. No one within this age group in Dheisheh is taking any chances. They all left the camp yesterday.

On Friday, as Issa Farraj, the nephew of a friend of mine in Dheisheh, was leaving a friend's house with two other friends and was just about to get in his car when an Israeli tank shell struck the car. Issa, who was wanted by the Israelis, died instantly, and friends of mine who live in the neighborhood told me that Issa's two friends were so badly burnt that they are not expected to survive. "There is no flesh on their bones," one eye-witness told me. Meanwhile, residents of the neighborhood have found different parts of Issa's body in their homes. His body was scattered all over the place. Two houses in the neighborhood - only three blocks from where I used to live - were completely burned from the impact of the explosion. Numerous other homes had all their windows blown out.

I am calling Dheisheh every hour and the mood is extremely tense. People are bracing themselves for the worst and they expect a massacre to take place.

Now that the army has imposed a curfew, the soldiers are expected to start their house to house searches and rampages. And they will have a free reign - no UN personnel, no international protection, and no foreign media - no one to save the lives of innocent civilians.

To make certain that no one in Dheisheh who is injured will receive medical treatment, the soldiers and tanks surrounded al-Yamama Hospital down the street from Dheisheh yesterday (Friday). Also yesterday, the hospital's director was killed in cold blood (see report below). I interviewed the hospital director when the Israelis shelled his son's house in November 2000. The shelling of this particular house was the subject of my November 2, 2000 diary entry. The hospital director killed yesterday is the one I quote, thought I don't name, as saying that he will rebuild the shelled house.

In addition to surrounding al-Yamama Hospital, Israeli troops have also dug up the Jerusalem-Hebron Road leading from Dheisheh to Bethlehem to make sure that ambulances can't reach the camp and that no injured can be transported to hospital.

As I write this, Dheisheh is completely isolated. The Israelis just cut off the camp's water supply and they will probably cut off the electricity as they did in Tulkarem refugee camp.

As these developments take place in Dheisheh, nearly 6 bodies and tens of wounded in Tulkarem refugee camp are lying in the alleys of the camps and the Israeli army is preventing anyone from coming to their aid or removing the bodies of those who died. Meanwhile in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, friends tell me that Israeli helicopters have been pounding the camp with Apache Helicopter gunfire and doing so in a very indiscriminate way. One eye-witness told me "the helicopter is just flying around and shooting at everything, in all directions."

Anyone who has been to a camp knows that homes are clustered very closely to one another. Women, men and children -entire families are inside these homes being shelled. In Aida also, ambulances are forbidden from approaching.

"It is clear to us that they want anyone who is hit to bleed to death", my friend Hourieh in Dheisheh told me over the phone this morning.

Please keep in mind that what is happening in the refugee camps isn't innocent. Why is Israel targeting Khan Younis, Jabalyia, Jenin, Tulkarem, Balata and now Dheisheh refugee camps? What is their long-term plan for doing so?

I posed this question to my friends in Dheisheh this morning. "It is obvious to us that it has to do with the refugee problem and the right of return. The Israelis want to send us a clear message that we ought not dream about the returning to our homeland because they are going to try and make sure that none of us will remain alive to return."

We haven't seen the worst of it yet. May God protect the people of Palestine. and may we work harder at doing what we can to bring this monstrous occupation to an end.

* Muna Hamzeh is author if the highly acclaimed book "Refugees In Our Own Land" published last September and available from and For book information: http://www.MiddleEast.Org/refugeesbook.htm

UPDATE: Israeli forces assault medical personnel

[LAW - The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment - Jerusalem - 9 March 2002]: New information provided by the family of Dr. Ahmad Othman Khoudari, who was killed yesterday, and hospital sources, reveal that after ten hours of besieging the Yamama Hospital, the offices of the International Red Cross in Jerusalem and Bethlehem arranged with the Israeli District Coordination Office (DCO) to allow Dr. Ahmad Othman Khoudari, director of Yamama Hospital, to leave home and go to his hospital, so that he could supervise its work and treat the injured. The Israeli commander, Captain Joey (DCO), who had previously threatened Palestinian officials in Bethlehem to open fire at any ambulance he had not been previously informed about (registration number and destination), agreed to let Dr. Khoudari leave home, located only 50 meters away from the Yamama Hospital, wearing a white shirt, and without a jacket.

Dr. Khoudari was informed of the arrangement with the DCO and Captain Joey phoned the doctor and told him that he (Dr. Khoudari) could move and the Israeli snipers and officers would not harm him. Consequently, Dr. Khoudari drove to Al-Hussain Hospital to acquire some medical supplies of which the Yamama Hospital was short of. He was allowed to cross the first Israeli military roadblock, however, Israeli forces, positioned at the entrance of Al Dheisheh refugee camp, close to the hospital, opened fire from a tank, killing the hospital director instantly. Three 500mm bullets were fired at him directly from close range.

This is not an isolated incident. During the past week, in particular, the last few days, ambulances have been fired upon, three ambulance staff have been killed, and nine other medical personnel have been injured.

The right of the sick and wounded to receive prompt medical attention is one of the most basic principles of humanitarian law. Regardless of political circumstances, the Occupying Power is obligated to permit the wounded and sick to be "collected and cared for", and should accord them "particular protection and respect" according to Article 16, Fourth Geneva Convention. Despite such clear regulations encoded in binding international legal agreements, to which Israel is a signatory, Israeli forces have targetted, harassed, delayed and obstructed health workers and local residents attempting to collect the wounded and transport them to hospitals.

Repeated assaults, shootings and shelling by the Israeli military during the current Palestinian uprising have caused the health needs of the civilian population of the Occupied Palestinian Territories to outstrip the available medical services. Israeli soldiers and commanders have delayed ambulances transporting the injured, physically mistreated doctors and other health care professionals, raided medical facilities, and adopted measures which reduce the quality and availability of health services. These abuses illustrate a disregard for the most fundamental humanitarian norms on the part of the Israeli occupation army. Even the minimum international standards governing the treatment of wounded civilians and medical personnel have been violated by the Israeli army in their conduct towards Palestinian civilians.


By Brother Vincent Malham, FSC - President-Vice Chancellor

[PRESS RELEASE - Bethlehem University - 9 March 2002 - Brother ]: The IDF fired a wire-guided missile at newly-inaugurated Millennium Hall at about 9:00 last night (8 March). It punched a hole through the stone-clad reinforced concrete wall, blasting out windows and window frames on two floors, damaging Classrooms 302 and 402. The impact of the powerful blast spread to other parts of the building, as well as to the nearby Institute of Hotel Management and the Social and Cultural Center on campus. It is fortunate that no one was near enough to be injured or killed.

This missile attack, devastating in physical and psychological implications, is but one result of unprecedented brutal aggression on the Palestinian people in recent days. Statistics of casualties and damage continue to change, but at this writing seven deaths and over a hundred injuries have been reported in Bethlehem alone in the past two days. In addition, the entire city and surroundings has been traumatized and terrorized as never before by the ominous sounds of helicopters and drones and threats of gunship and tank attacks. Beit Jala, next to Bethlehem, is still under curfew with over 40 huge tanks surrounding the village preventing movement in and out of homes and on the streets. Deheisheh Camp, which has suffered extensive human loss and damage, is also under curfew.

As a demoralized and battered people braces itself for another night of trepidation and fear, the following questions continue to remain unanswered:

How long will illegal occupation and oppression of a people struggling for freedom and basic human rights be allowed to continue? When will the senseless sacrifice of innocent lives of both oppressed and oppressor come to an end? What can be done to mobilize the international community, whom many see as the only potential force capable of exerting legitimate influence, to assume greater moral responsibility in resolving the situation?



Rana and her Newborn Baby are the Latest Victims of Israeli Occupation

[The Palestine Monitor - March 9 2002]: The situation in the West Bank and Gaza is worsening as Sharon intensifies his attacks, and moves to instigate attacks in new areas.

Since March 1st, 120 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army, many of whom bled to death as a result of the Israeli policy of refusing medical and emergency treatment to the wounded.

The situation continues to worsen as troops have surrounded and partially entered Deheiysha refugee camp in Bethlehem, and have destroyed roads and entrances to the camp, making it impossible for ambulances and health professional to access the ill and wounded. Palestinians fear an imminent armed attack similar to those that occurred in the past few days in the refugee camps of Tulkarem, Nour Ash-Shams, Rafah, Balata, Jenin and Aida and the towns of Khaza' in Khan Younis and Nablus.

The tragic and dangerous situation is illustrated by the case of Rana Adel Hamad, 18 years old from Qur village near Tulkarem in the West Bank. The expectant mother went in to labour at 9am yesterday morning, but due to Israeli checkpoints and closure she was unable to reach hospital in Tulkarem. Instead she and her family went to a midwife in a near by town, and after a difficult labour gave birth to a baby that died. Rana's condition worsened and the family made another attempt to reach hospital. Again they were denied permission to travel for more than one hour; after eventually arriving at the hospital Rana was dead.

Rana is the 15th woman prevented from giving birth at hospital; she and her baby bring the total number of people who have died from the Israeli policy of preventing access to medical treatment to 36, and the total number of Palestinians killed in the Intifada to 1200.

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March 2002


Saudi Future Unstable; More Money to Secretly flow to Palestinians
(March 29, 2002)
What goes on in public and on CNN/Al-Jazeera is one thing. This is political theatre meant for all to see. But like the proverbial icberg the great bulk of what is going on is beneath the waves and hidden from regular view.

Arafat Surrounded - And A Letter from Bir Zeit University near Ramallah
(March 29, 2002)
"Reports are rampant, breaking news that there is a planned incursion, occupation, total destruction... who knows of Ramallah and so we have to act and act quickly."

Saudis plead, Bin Laden emals, Arafat sits, Jesse offers...US and Israel prepare
(March 28, 2002)
With the #2 summit Saudi suffering a stroke and hospitalized (how appropriately) at the American University in Beirut, the Arab League summit was even more of a circus and disaster than we had predicted.

The "Saudi Peace Plan"...of 20 Years Ago
(March 28, 2002)
In April 1981 Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia unveiled the "Saudi Plan" which then dominated the Arab League summit held in Fez, Morocco, in November.

Saudis Humiliated, Betrayed, and now "Invited"
(March 28, 2002)
Quite literally as Saudi Royal "Crown Prince" Abdullah was following his script in Beirut no matter what, the U.S. Government was announcing in Washington that he had "accepted" to visit the Bush Presidential Ranch in Texas at the end of next month.

"The summit is heading toward total chaos"
(March 27, 2002)
Today's "Arab Leaders" always seem to manage to bumble themselves from one disaster to another. Then the controlled media and commentators they either own or manipulate in one way or another mostly cover up for them, including such subsidized and sponsored English-language publications as "Middle East International" in the UK and "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs" in the U.S.

Arafat Unheard at Summit - Secret Israel Phone Calls to Cairo and Amman
(March 27, 2002)
How much is factual, how much is disinformation from Mossad, how much is twisted and spun....these are all legitimate questions needing consideration, especially these days. But there's no doubt Irish author Gordon Thomas has considerable connections in the murky world of intelligence and especially with the Israeli Mossad, and he's been on target with quite a few things in the past.

They Call This A Summit?
(March 26, 2002)
Readers of MER won't be nearly as surprised as most may be that journalists are already proclaiming the grand Arab summit in ruins and as the BBC correspondent concluded this evening, "they might as well go home now before it starts".

What a Mess the Arab World is in
(March 26, 2002)
Such a mess. "Arab Leaders" who are mostly inept and corrupt and miserably repressive. An Arab League that is impotent and crippled. Arab media that can't figure out whom to interview about what.

Huge Damascus Demo Screams About Sharon and Warns Arab Summiteers
(March 26, 2002)
History is repeating itself after 20 years, but everything is even worse today for the vast Arab world and its fast growing now over 200+ million.

"Grand Plan" For War On the Palestinians
(March 25, 2002)
As the impotent Arab League run by the corrupt and repressive Arab "client regimes" prepares to meet and do nothing real and serious as usual; the Israelis, with an American wink and much under-the-table help, are preparing even bigger assaults against the Palestinians.

Vital History - Origins of Israel's "Arab Problem"
(March 25, 2002)
In 1947, the then representative of the Zionist Organization in Washington, Nahum Goldman, urged David Ben-Gurion not to declare a "Jewish State" but rather to hold out for finding some way of accomodation with the Palestinians that could lead to a unified "bi-national state" ...

Draft Text of Arab Summit Resolution - More of the Same Sweet Nothings
(March 25, 2002)
Much too weak, fractured, and frightened to actually act in any serious and independent manner -- even in the face of such repeated Israeli and American provocations and humiliations -- the grand "Arab world", meeting in summit in Beirut later this week, is poised to essentially do nothing.

Europeans See Americans Far Better Than Americans See Themselves
(March 23, 2002)
Time magazine was wrong a few months ago, but understandably so under the circumstances and few really expect much more from the mass American media .

Cheney Admits US will attack Iraq 'for Israel's sake'
(March 22, 2002)
While the mostly co-opted and cowardly "Arab leaders" -- the Arab "client regimes" -- fly their lavish private jets into Beirut 20 years after the Israelis besieged the city, destroyed the country, and attempted at great cost to bring Lebanon under their and American domination ...

Threatening With Nukes Could Well Lead to Use of Nukes - Part 1
(March 22, 2002)
One dreadful day they will be used. That likelihood seems now to be growing, especially as irresponsible leaders in both the US and UK keep publicly threatening to do just that rather than insisting that such weapons should never ever be used ...

Marching toward an American Police State - Part II
(March 22, 2002)
The above title was used to headline an article published on Wednesday, the same day we now learn the federal government was raiding Muslim homes and organizations in the Washington DC area.

U.S. Shifting to Large once Secret Qatar Military Base for Regional Control
(March 21, 2002)
The Americans have apparently agreed to let the Saudis off the hook when it comes to Prince Sultan Airbase, the largest and most sophisticated in the region, as long as they are on the hook when it comes to controlling the Arab Summit and fronting politically with "the Saudi Plan".

A Plea to US and Europe: Don't Participate in Killing and Torture of our People
(March 21, 2002)
All of the American "client regimes" in the Middle East -- including the main ones in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan -- use censorship, intimidation, torture, and the omnipresent secret police, to control their societies and prevent popular expression against their policies and corruption.

NewsFlash: Some U.S. Forces Beginning to leave Saudi for Qatar
(March 20, 2002)
Just days after Vice-President Richard Cheney visited Saudi Arabia and other countries in the area there are reports coming from the region that U.S. military forces are beginning to move out of Prince Sultan Air Base, a facility the U.S. is said to have spent tens of billions of dollars to make the most modern command base in the region.

Marching toward an American Police State - "Washington Scene"
(March 20, 2002)
A FOX NEWS cameraman was accosted by Pentagon Police outside the building on Tuesday -- as he was shooting pictures of an arrest being carried out by Virginia State Police on a highway that runs alongside the Pentagon but outside Pentagon property!

Squeezing and Smothering Arafat To Death
(March 20, 2002)
The Israelis, and the Americans of course, have Yasser Arafat right where they want him now. He either does as he is told and paid or he's a way or another.

More Humiliation for the Arabs both in Palestine and at the upcoming Arab Summit
(March 19, 2002)
It's terribly humiliating of course, but the Israelis have now told Arafat, in public, that he can go to the Arab Summit in Beirut if he does as he's told and declares the fighting ended.

(March 18, 2002)
We already know it was a CIA operation back in the late 1980s that resulted in American-created anthrax spors being sent to Iraq and paid for by the U.S. Congress. We've just learned that a secret CIA team has recently gone to Northern Iraq to secretly meet with the Kurds and help prepare the coming war there.

Angry Demonstrators Condemn both Israel and U.S. in Arab world
(March 17, 2002)
For a second straight day, thousands of Arabs took to the streets across the Middle East on Saturday to burn Israeli and American flags and express anger over the rising Palestinian death toll.

Greater CIA Regime Being Thrust on Palestinians
(March 17, 2002)
Now the Israelis ... are proposing to try to save the "Authority" of Yasser Arafat by putting CIA "monitors" in Palestinian cities, offices, and jails; and CIA listening amd "monitoring" devices throughout the Palestinian bantustans and "occupied territories".

Has The U.S. Lost Its Way?
(March 16, 2002)
We comprise slightly less than 5 per cent of the world's population; but we imbibe 27 per cent of the world's annual oil production, create and consume nearly 30 per cent of its Gross World Product and - get this - spend a full 40 per cent of all the world's defence expenditures.

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(March 16, 2002)
If the Palestinians are unable to strike further in view of Israel's and the CIA's unprecedented war to crush them into submission Sharon will undoubtedly say his tactics are working.

Massive New Super Bomb Being Built To Kill Saddam and Threaten All
(March 15, 2002)
With its soldiers beginning to even look a bit like the Centurions in the Star Wars saga, the U.S. appears intent on enforcing the new "new world order" through brute force as well as technological marvels and overpowering firepower and information gathering capabilities.

(March 15, 2002)
Like so many words, this one "conspiracy" is overused and misused by many. That makes it all the more important to know whom to trust and rely on, whom to take seriously, whom to discount.

Manger Square has become a wild, blood-drenched place
(March 14, 2002)
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The U.N.'s latest cowardness, impotence, and duplicity
(March 13, 2002)
It should be a Saturday Night Live skit...the U.N. uttering (or is the correct word stuttering) the term "Palestinian State" after the U.S., Europe, Ariel Sharon and nearly everyone else has other than the crazy Israeli racist fundamentalists.

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(March 12, 2002)
Israeli forces killed 31 Palestinians on Tuesday in their biggest offensive in the West Bank and Gaza since Israel captured the territories in the 1967 Middle East war.

Journalists Carefully Targeted by Israelis
(March 12, 2002)
Israeli forces fired for 10 to 15 minutes from tank-mounted machine guns on a hotel where journalists were photographing armor targeting the al-Amari refugee camp early Tuesday.

"Nazi Behavior" Charges Arafat As Israelis Crush Palestinians into Submission
(March 12, 2002)
Nothing like this has happened to the Palestinians since the 1967 War. And this time the cowardly "Arab leaders" are simply watching and pretending; while those who claim to be supportive of the Palestinians in the U.S. are, disorganized, inept, impotent, demoralized, and used up.

Two Poems
(March 11, 2002)
These two unpublished poems were written by a 25 year old Israeliwoman at the time of the first Intifada.

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(March 10, 2002)
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Israelis Kill and Rampage - U.S. Rhetorically Complains but in Reality Helps
(March 9, 2002)
Serious and urgent questions need to be asked: Why have not the governments of Egypt and Jordan at the very least broken political relations with Israel; and why in fact are these governments actually preventing demonstrations against what the Israelis are doing?

The Israeli Spy CoverUp
(March 9, 2002)
In addition to the "spy coverup" there is now a "media coverup". "We stand by the story" said a FOX News spokesman on 20 December. But now "The Story No Longer Exists" and FOX News has covered up the story of what happened, and why.

American Univ in Washington - Second Rate and Third Class
(March 8, 2002)
When it comes to international affairs and matters relating to the Middle East serious and honest people should keep away from American University in Washington, DC.

Now the US Says it was the Iranians and the Palestinians not the Libyans. Right!
(March 8, 2002)
You just gotta love the Americans, no shame at all. All these years they have been repeatedly and loudly insisting it was the Libyans who bombed Pan Am 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland - more than a decade of sanctions ensued in fact.

Israeli Spying on US - Spiked Story from FOX News - Who Done It?
(March 7, 2002)
Just who pressured FOX News? Why did FOX News cave in so easily? What now months later when an expanded story is not just coming back to life in foreign publications but appears to be the greatest spy scandal ever involving the Israelis spying on the Americans?

Israeli Spying On The U.S. - Essential Background
(March 6, 2002)
The world of spying, like the world of "black ops", is full of confusion, disinformation, and false leads. Those in the media, even the biggest establishment news outlets, usually lack the means (as well as the will) to penetrate very far into this world on their own.

LeMonde on the Israeli Spy Ring in U.S.
(March 5, 2002)
Tremendous pressure was brought to bear in a coverup in which the U.S. government is now thought to have participated.

Israeli Spy Rings Rolled Up in U.S.
(March 5, 2002)
Israeli spying on the U.S. has long been going on; but it is usually covered up or glossed over by the major American news media.

Arafat in Dog Kennel, Sharon in Twilight Zone, Hosni Lost in Space
(March 5, 2002)
After some 20 years in power Hosni Mubarak, chatting with George Bush II today at the White House, has helped lead his country to nowhere, the Palestinians to disaster, and the Arab world to impotent feebleness. More on Mubarak and his shameless Egypt to come -- for he as well as Saudi Abdullah are Lost in Space.

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