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MER FLASHBACK - Four Long Years Ago
MER - Washington Scene:
THE REAL CONTEXT OF SATURDAY'S "RIGHT OF RETURN" RALLY
"Instead of anything really useful and effective,
the Arabs have a bunch of squabbling, incestuous,
incompetent, corrupt, and petty "client organizations"
that are all controlled and manipulated by the very
Arab regimes who have caused all the problems in
the first place..."
"The basic issue is finding serious and effective ways
to oppose the entire despicably misnomered 'peace process',
one in fact supported and promoted by the key Arab 'client
regimes' who support the U.S.-based 'client organizations'
who then control and manipulate the Arab activists --
no matter how sincere they might be."
MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 9/14/00:
There is no American group that has had a better cause, large numbers,
much press interest, and lots of money; but that has done a worse job
of promoting its concerns than the Palestinian and Arab communities in
the USA. It's a long and complicated story of gross failures,
incestuous self-serving "leaders", political manipulation and
prostitution, and false-flag "client organizations".
This simple yet basic reality was dramatized in a most visible way in
Washington at the time of the 50th anniversary of the 1948 War a few
years ago -- the "nakba", the "disaster" as far as the Arabs are
After half a century of time for the community to seriously organize
and build up support, the one grass-roots organization that actually
exists, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), spent
most of the year organizing for, and came up with a large list of
"co-sponsors" for, a Sunday demonstration at the U.S. Capital.
In order to get a large turn-out, it was scheduled for right after the
completion of the ADC annual convention. It order to get a large
turn-out the focus was on a large "Palestinian quilt" with panels
representing destroyed Arab villages -- nothing controversial or
critical about the ongoing "peace process", Oslo, Arafat, regimes,
Clinton, Israel lobby, etc. And as it turned out it was a bright
and sunny Sunday afternoon -- so no excuses here either!
Yet, it was so pathetic, so shameful. At this important
anniversary time of the 50th anniversary of the Palestinian defeat, and
while American Jews were throwing huge parties at Madison Square Garden
and TV spectaculars, working at their hardest and drawing on everything
and everyone they could, the Arabs managed to bring no more than 500
persons to their much promoted demonstration! Gosh -- the list of
supposed "endorsers" must have been a hundred in itself!
Moreover, not one Congressman or Senator...not even one prominent
The ADC was in fact so disorganized and incompetent that it couldn't
even arrange to get the couple of buses that were supposed to go from
the convention Hotel to the Capital to show up; and a few people who
came from out of town even complained they had been given the wrong
information and never even found the demonstration before it was over!
To juxtapose matters even more, literally at the same time the Arab
American community was disgracing itself with such a disastrous turn
out, the Free Tibet movement was gathering at Robert F. Kennedy stadium
in Washington, just a few miles away, with a crowd approaching a
The bottom line is very simple. Today in Washington the
Israeli/Jewish lobby is extraordinarily well-organized and
powerful. But the Arabs don't even have a lobby worthy of using
that term. In fact the one organization they pretended was
seriously lobbying for them for two decades, the "National Association
of Arab Americans" (NAAA), recently totally collapsed -- though the
President was rewarded (rather than being booted out for his gross
failures) by being made a V-P of the same ADC just mentioned!
Instead of anything really useful and effective, the Arabs have a bunch
of squabbling, incestuous, incompetent, corrupt, and petty "client
organizations" that are all controlled and manipulated by the very Arab
regimes who have caused all the problems in the first place and who are
actually themselves working closely with the U.S. Government and the
Israelis, albeit often under-the-table.
In recent years this collection of rag-tag and disingenuous Arab groups
has been joined by a few Muslim organizations, again all creatures of
and controlled by the Arab "client regimes" in one way or
another. The leaders of the largest of these, the American Muslim
Council (AMC), are off today paying homage to Crown Prince Abdullah in
New York, the regional country that has helped the most to bring about
the genocidal destruction of neighboring Iraq.
This then is the real overall backdrop to this weekend's "Right of
Return" demonstration, one which is itself manipulated by a group of
persons essentially ADC in origin but trying to mask that reality a bit
because of ADC's terrible reputation for being such a bunch of
self-serving and deceptive bunglers.
Bottom Line: Palestinian and Arab Americans have failed miserably
in attempting to promote Palestinian rights and protect Arab lives at a
crucial time in history when matters Middle Eastern have been higher
than ever on the U.S. national radar. They have stood by as
Lebanon was destroyed, Iran was bloodied, the Palestinians were
increasingly dispossessed, Algeria exploded, and Iraq was pulverized --
completely unable and unwilling to stand for anything principled and to
do anything serious.
And all this is why in the year 2000 the entire Arab American community
is in the confused and demoralized state it is, with few allies, and
most of its own uninterested in what the the petty organizations say or
do. It is also why some of the younger activists -- in many cases
sincere and spirited though -- are so clueless as to what is really
going on and often just plain ignorant about who is whom and what is
what so that they spend most of their time recreating the wheel.
Bottom Line: All this explains one of the important factors
making it possible that the Palestinians remaining in their once
unified homeland are being subjected to an apartheid-style
disenfranchisement process which continues to shrink their lands,
fragment their continuity, and round them up into "autonomous
population centers" now controlled by a "Palestinian Authority" itself
controlled by the Israelis and the CIA.
This whole situation also explains why the Israelis are so terribly
eager to consolidate and "legalize" today's situation with an
Arafat-signed "final peace". They realize that the current
situation gives them far more control and legitimacy that at any time
in history and offers them a chance to "end the conflict" with the
Palestinians totally on Israeli terms -- the Palestinians under their
control (and that includes Arafat's Authority of course) so confused
and demoralized they hardly even know how to explain what is happening
to them; and the Palestinians abroad, especially in the U.S., not even
able to figure out how to seriously oppose a "peace process" that is
rapidly undermining everything they claim they are so concerned about.
This then is the overall context in which this weekend's "Right of
Return" rally needs to be understood as far too little, far too late,
and far too misdirected.
The basic issue at this point in history isn't making speeches at a
park across from the White House for a few hours telling everyone what
they already know...that there are millions of Palestinian refugees
languishing in refugee camps.
The basic issue is finding serious and effective ways -- not
self-deluding and self-serving ways -- to oppose the entire despicably
misnomered "peace process", one in fact supported and promoted (for
self-serving reasons of their own) by the key Arab "client regimes" who
support the U.S.-based "client organizations" who then control and
manipulate the Arab activists -- no matter how sincere they might be.
Indeed, in many ways the likelihood is that this weekend's mini-march
actually plays into the very clever and very complicated designs being
promoted by the Israelis and their American allies, for these reasons:
1) Even if they now manage to bring out 4 or 5 thousand
demonstrators, deluding themselves about the significance of this in a
city where far larger demonstrations take place all the time, the real
message to the tough-minded politicos in Washington is this:
There's nothing to worry about from Arab Americans...working overtime
they can only mobilize quite few in numbers...they are not even
protesting against the upcoming agreement itself likely to be soon
signed across the street...they know nothing about the power of civil
disobedience...they have no powerful or even significant allies...their
leadership is naive and oftentimes foolish...and the Arab organizations
we work with can be counted on to keep them under control come what may.
2) The Israelis are already working the "Right of Return" issue
very cleverly. If Arafat can be made to sign the "end of
conflict" agreement in one form or another -- and for which he and his
cronies will get billions -- the Israelis know this is a tremendous
accomplishment for them as it will essentially banish the Palestinians
to Bantustan status and permanent Israeli control. In this
context the Israelis may let a very few percent of the refugees
"return" under concepts of "family reunification" and "humanitarian
concern", promising a few more something yet to come. Having then
gotten an agreement which they will claim has the force of
international law and which gives them more than 80 percent of historic
Palestine, with most of the good land and resources, and with
everything else still under their ultimate control -- the Israelis know
very well there isn't anywhere for any sizeable number of Palestinians
to return to. Rather, the real Israeli plot is to twist all this
"Right of Return" stuff to their own purposes in order to obtain a huge
pool of money -- not their own mind you but rather from the Europeans
and the Americans and even from the Gulf Arabs and the Japanese if they
can pull it off -- which will be used to "compensate" the refugees
whether they like it or not. Right after Camp David II, in fact,
the Americans quietly tested the waters with the Lebanese, offering
some $20 billion if the Lebanese government would resettle most of the
350,000 Palestinian refugees -- a sizeable sum for a small country
whose entire national debt is about that amount.
We will have much more about the "Washington Scene" in future MER articles.
Upcoming in the weeks ahead are exclusive reports about a number of
Washington-based groups and organizations that have contributed to this
overall deplorable state of affairs. Among them: Sharabi
and his millions, the Foundation for Middle East Peace hoax, the CNI
"Lobby" deception, "Washington Report" and the Saudis, How the Jewish
Lobby Conquered Washington, The "U.S. Institute for Peace" scandal.
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Iran and Syria now Targeted
(September 30, 2004)
Now the Americans and Israelis have Iran and Syria in their sights.
MER Warned About Jewish Neocons and Israeli Lobby Years Ago
(September 30, 2004)
Think back now to the days before the Bush/Cheney regime took power in Washington, before the term 'neocon' and the policy of 'pre-emption' were in wide use, and to before 9/11 was even imagined by all but a very few. MER was already long ago raising the warning flags, explaining what was really happening in Washington as well as in the Middle East, previewing what has since come to be; all while so many others were proclaiming the 'peace process is irreversible' and Yasser Arafat was the most frequent foreign guest at the American White House!
MER Articles - Sept 1998
(September 30, 2004)
Intifada II Enters Year Five
(September 28, 2004)
The figures for the Intifada are brutal. Adjusted for the size of the U.S. population, that is if the Israeli occupation were taking place in the U.S., over 300,000 Americans would have been killed in just the past 4 years alone, well over a million seriously injured, many millions imprisoned and tortured, plus considerable land confiscated, homes destroyed, and occupying Jewish 'settlers' taking over.
MER Articles - September 1997
(September 28, 2004)
These MER Articles were published in September 1997. The perspective they offer on events since is crucial.
Maps tell the Real Story 'on the ground' where it counts
(September 26, 2004)
The Israelis now control all Palestinian areas through hundreds of military Checkpoints, No-go zones, By-pass 'Jews only' Roads, Settlements, Outposts, and in recent years Fences, Walls, and Electronic Monitoring systems throughout the West Bank similar to what was done in the past to Gaza. In addition all Palestinians must even receive Israeli military permission to travel from one city and village. The situation is today far worse than Apartheid was in South Africa. As a result, no real, contiguous, and even minimally sovereign Palestinian State is possible any longer in the area that was Palestine in 1947.
Anglican group calls for Israel sanctions
(September 24, 2004)
A few months ago the American Presbyterians officially took the first major Church steps to sanction Israel, recalling how South Africa was treated in the days of Apartheid not that long ago. Now an influential Anglican group is pushing for a combination of boycott and divestment from Israel when their senior Church leaders next meet.
USA at MOMENT of NATIONAL CRISIS
(September 24, 2004)
"Over the last three years, practicing a philosophy of deliberate deception, fear-mongering and abuse of authority, the Bush administration has done more to undermine the republic of Lincoln and Jefferson than the cells of al-Qaida. It has willfully ignored our fundamental laws and squandered the nation's wealth in bloody, open-ended pursuits.... We have arrived
at a moment of national crisis."
Sy Hersh - Readers' Comments
(September 23, 2004)
Important articles and exclusive insights like this would not be easily available, or oftentimes available at all, but for MER. These Readers' Comments this week concern the recent MER article about Washington journalist Seymour Hersh and his recent interviews and talks about his new book Chain of Command:
ARAB AMERICANS - REALITIES NOT DECEPTIONS
(September 22, 2004)
The real message to the tough-minded politicos in Washington is this: There's nothing to worry about from Arab Americans...working overtime they can only mobilize quite few in numbers...they are not even protesting against the upcoming agreement itself likely to be soon signed across the street...they know nothing about the power of civil disobedience...they have no powerful or even significant allies...their leadership is naive and oftentimes foolish...and the Arab organizations we work with can be counted on to keep them under control come what may.
IRAN - The U.S. and Israel Prepare to Attack
(September 22, 2004)
The new massive arms sale of 'bunker busting' bombs to Israel has two major purposes at this point in addition to furthering the Bush/Cheney election campaign -- to prepare for real war with Iran sooner rather than later, while at the same time attempting to further intimidate one more time those in Tehran to 'comply, resistance is futile'.
About MER - Please Read and Contribute Today
(September 21, 2004)
Reorganizing and overcoming all the obstacles has come at a considerable price in time, effort, and funds. We have to appeal now for your substantial financial support; for a truly independent and hard-hitting organization must have truly independent funding or it cannot continue and have impact. Please contribute today to make MER possible and of growing impact. Thank you!
Sy Hersh - Israeli Disinformation and Cover-Up?
(September 21, 2004)
In fact, the more one thinks about this, the more one reaches the possible conclusion that while Hersh is on target (though incomplete) when it comes to the torture scandal, when it comes to the geostrategic, especially when it comes to matters relating to Israel, Hersh may well be being used for disinformation and continually engages in a kind of self-censorship and cover-up.
Journalists and Professors With Chilling Warnings
(September 20, 2004)
"Every generation has its test of principle in which people of good faith can no longer remain silent in the face of authoritarian ambition. If we cannot join together to fight the abomination of American camps, we have already lost what we are defending."
The 'Fucking' Crazy and Stupid Washington Neocons
(September 19, 2004)
Of course they only talk this way when they've really had it and when they think the befuddled largely ignorant general public won't hear. But the reality is these two top American Generals who have been saluting to power their whole lives, and who themselves are very much a part of the terrible corrupted system, are known to feel the senior neocons empowered by Bush and Cheney are out of control and sometimes a little fucking out of their minds!
Feith of Israel
(September 18, 2004)
MER 'Washington Scene'EXCLUSIVE:
Click to Listen to Douglas Feith at an Israeli lobby White House rally while Bill Clinton was still President, Feith was not yet back in government, and more than a year before 9/11 was to happen. For some time in Washington Feith has been a prominent member of the extended Israeli-Jewish lobby speaking at times as harshly and unrelentingly as any Israeli propagandist. Persons in the media should contact MER for more extensive information and additional audio and video clips of Feith - 202 362-5266 and press@MiddleEast.Org
Crude Politics: How Bush's Oil Cronies Hijacked the War on Terrorism
(September 17, 2004)
But, when writing about the situation in Washington and the linkages between persons and groups that brought about the Iraqi invasion/occupation, Sperry makes significant contributions in his book Crude Policies that need to be understood.
Washington's Pathetic Arabist Hustlers - National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
(September 16, 2004)
But the most tragic reality of all is that in the process of what they have done for themselves this pathetically incestuous Washington cabal of 'Arabists' has squandered crucial decades, all together more than a hundred million dollars, and even now with the Middle East on fire and Washington gripped by policy warfare very very few even want to bother to come and get their free lunch with them.
Iraqi Debacle, Iraqi Disaster
(September 16, 2004)
Most senior US military officers now believe
the war on Iraq has turned into a disaster
on an unprecedented scale
EYEWITNESS TO SLAUGHTER IN BAGHDAD
(September 15, 2004)
On Sunday as the details of this murderous U.S. attack on a Baghdad crowd were first being reported, MER asked an officer on Commanding U.S. General Abizaid's staff how could the U.S. be using attack helicopters to fire on crowds in Baghdad and still think Iraqis wouldn't hate the Americans. He suggested it must have been to protect troops still in the damaged vehicle. A few hours later when told that was not the case, that the troops had already been rescued, he suggested maybe there was a need to destroy the vehicle for 'intelligence' reasons. When told the vehicle was already destroyed and on fire he could only shrug... How telling... This unusually gripping first-hand report from the exploding streets of Baghdad:
Bin Laden More Popular Than Bush in Egypt
(September 14, 2004)
With Iraq exploding, the Americans attacking street crowds in Baghdad with bombs and missiles, and the U.S. military already stretched to the breaking point both in terms of manpower and credibility, Washington's propaganda machine is in overdrive both at home and abroad. Even so, even in long-time American ally Egypt, Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda are considerably more popular than George W. Bush and the U.S.
Iraq Exploding in Rebellion and Death
(September 12, 2004)
At least 37 people were killed in Baghdad alone. Many of them died when a U.S. helicopter fired on a disabled U.S. Bradley fighting vehicle as Iraqis swarmed around it, cheering, throwing stones and waving the black and yellow sunburst banner of Iraq's most-feared terror organization.
'Fucking Crazies' Powell Explodes - Withdraw from Iraq Financial Times Editorializes
(September 12, 2004)
The U.S. policy in the Middle East is already a disaster of historical proportions. In a new book being published in a few days no less an authority than U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell himself is quoted describing the top neo-conservatives in the Bush administration as 'fucking crazies' during the build-up to war in Iraq.
9/11 - 'War of the Worlds'
(September 11, 2004)
Immediately when 9/11 occurred the publisher of MER was asked to quickly write about it's meaning and ramifications for the about-to-be-published October issue of a European Edition of Playboy Magazine.
9/11 began a long time ago and for very real reasons
(September 11, 2004)
Those who were reading MER six years ago were giving a prescient foretaste of what has since come, and why. This MER article was originally published on 25 August 1998. Read it now keeping in mind that what has been happening since was being caused and was foreseeable then; just as what is being done now is creating the still bleaker future now ahead if today's course in Washington is not significantly altered...and soon.
Chechnya - Crucible for Hatred and Terrorism
(September 10, 2004)
It is a genocidal war Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for more than any other. But then neither the U.S. nor the European powers nor the U.N. for that matter have had the vision, the determination, and the courage to step in. And thus the fingers of responsibility and blame should be pointing in many simultaneous directions at this time.
Israeli Spying in USA Fox Series Spiked and Covered-Up
(September 10, 2004)
AIPAC and Israel's many official and unofficial lobbyists are now mounting a major campaign to bring the FBI investigation to an end with only minor charges involving 'mishandling' of classified documents. The pressures on everyone in Washington are no doubt intense; especially in this election year. And so what happened in November 2002 should be especially instructive; and in view of the most recent charges and investigations should be resurrected:
Chechnya - Crucible for Hatred and Terrorism
(September 8, 2004)
This look back on the terribly brutal Russian war in Chechnya to prevent Chechnyan independence must be understood to be the crucible in which the horrifying events of recent days were brewed. It is a genocidal war Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for more than any other; but then neither the U.S. nor the European powers nor the U.N. for that matter have had the vision, the determination, and the courage to step in. And thus the fingers of responsibility and blame should be pointing in many simultaneous directions.
Aljazeera Caves Again
(September 8, 2004)
Coerced self-censorship and forcing the media to constantly be wary of offending the powers that be is a long-time hallmark not only in the Middle East, Russia, and China, but also in the West and the United States. The techniques and methods are different, especially when it comes to the American scene, but in many cases the results are similar.
Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir - Occupations All
(September 7, 2004)
Brutal occupations all -- Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq, Kashmir. All examples of when overwhelming military force is used by a major power to put down popular resistance to historical subjugation and injustice.
(September 6, 2004)
Major efforts are now underway in Washington to head off, cover up, derail, what we earlier today for the first time called ISRAELGATE.
IsraelGate is potentially the most significant scandal to rock relations between the U.S. and Israel ever -- since the Lavon Affair and 1956 war when President Eisenhower faced down the Israelis, then 1967 with the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, and then the Pollard spy affair nearly twenty years ago now.
But now the stakes are much much higher than ever for the following three reasons:
(September 5, 2004)
Now that the new Israeli spy scandal has broken into public view, the top-level connections between the Jewish neocons at the Pentagon and the National Security Council -- among them Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Elliott Abrams -- the following and associated stories first published earlier this year deserve much more than a second look. They should in fact be the basis for a full-fledged journalistic investigation into what could yet be called ISRAELGATE.
Israel, Neocons, Lobby, and Spying
(September 4, 2004)
For there are those in Washington and in the media who know very well that it was the Israelis and the Jewish neocons, working in tandem, who worked relentlessly to push the U.S. into the invasion and occupation of Iraq. And there are those who are well aware that the Israelis and the Jewish neocons are now working in tandem to push and cajole the U.S. to take on Iran, Syria, and all who stand in the way of their plans for the U.S. and Israel in partnership to control the Middle East strategically, politically, and economically.
Revered Muslim Cleric Calls On Muslims To Fight The U.S.Occupier
(September 3, 2004)
"Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures
who in August called on Muslims around the world to
support resistance against US forces in Iraq and its
apppointed interim Iraqi government."
Bush Speaks, Eocons (Christian Evangelicals + Jewish Neocons) Rule
(September 2, 2004)
As George W. Bush prepares to outline his 'vision' and 'agenda' to the American nation tonight from besieged New York City he today published the following appeal to American Jews in The Forward newspaper. Ironically, in the same issue of The Forward, the latest Israeli and Jewish Lobby spy scandal gets much play including the additional article below: