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yesterday's exclusive MER article the following:
RASHID KHALIDI BACKS OUT AT LAST MINUTE
Israeli/American Jewish Front-Group --
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom --
removes photos and cancels event with Khalidi
"due to unforeseen circumstances".
Abrams with American Zionist leaders
Rashid Khalidi cancels
Pictures removed from Jewish/Israeli Organization
MER - Washington - 17
These are sensitive times
indeed. And it's a demonstration of a kind of positive
cleansing effect that candid, hard-hitting, expert, timely information
and analysis can have. Exposure can be a significant corrective and
disinfectant. In fact this small episode can serve as a good
what kinds of impact would be possible on a regular basis if a major
step could be taken through MER to create a vibrant
international think-tank -- one with Washington HQ but also with
associates and representatives in other key locations -- with it's own
regular policy reports, analysis and commentary articles, newspaper op eds, radio and
TV appearances, and online timely and regular TV programs.
As best we can tell here's what seems to have happened as a result of
MER's exclusive article about Professor Rashid
Khalidi and his involvement with the American Jewish front-organization known in hebrew as Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
As a result of the MER article and contacts with him it appears Professor Khalidi abruptly changed his mind and backed
out at the last minute from the conference call he
had previously agreed to be the featured speaker on last
evening for the Zionist propaganda organization.
The organization it seems then quickly changed the homepage of it's
elaborate website, removing the main lead picture at the top which showed members of the organization posing with senior
National Security Council neocon Elliot Abrams. Also removed
quickly was the picture of Khalidi just below that of Abrams among a
line up of a few Palestinians of which he was the most
Additionally all information about the phone conference which was
advertised to feature Khalidi at 8pm Thursday evening simply
disappeared; all mention
of something that had previously been prominently promoted simply
vanished without explanation or comment as if it never was to be.
exclusive MER article as published 16 December 2004:
Israeli and American Jewish Zionist Propoganda Groups
MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 16
December: Not only in
the occupied territories have the Israelis now put in place the kind of
occupation Palestinian 'Vichy-style
they have worked so hard
and so long
to bring about. Various organizations and academics from
the Palestinian camp are also on the growing 'to be used' list of the
-- some for the Likud and Sharon, more for Labor and
Now that Likud and Labor are formally uniting once again, with
friends Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres teaming up more openly in the
Good Cop-Bad Cop roles, a big push is on to enlist and use as many
willing or co-optable Arabs, especially Palestinians, as can be found.
The overall goal is to create the political and public relations
environment to push ahead with a kind of disguised Palestinian
twist the controlled Palestinian regime to sign away as many
and U.N. resolutions as possible, and then if possible co-opt it into
signing an agreement for a false, permanently crippled if not
still-born, Palestinian mini-Statelet with 'provisional borders.
If accomplished...still a very big "if"...then it will be said that
anyone who opposes or keeps fighting, regardless of previous historic
or legal considerations, is a "terrorist" as for good or bad "the
Palestinians" have themselves accepted and "legalized" their own
dispossession on top of the apartheid realities that now
exist. In that context then the occupation
will essentially be continued in new even more convoluted forms for the
foreseeable future. That is indeed why Sharon has
all-but-said he desires now that a few thousand settlers be removed
from fenced-in Gaza -- actually a long-discussed and desired option for
many in the Zionist movement -- in order to be able to keep and expand
the important cities and major settlements throughout the Jerusalem
area and in the West Bank.
Whatever one's view of these developments, this is the brazen reality
of the overall historical context in which finding willing or
co-optable Palestinians of all kinds is the order of the
Not long ago it was
Sari Nusseiba working closely with a former head of the Israeli Shinbet
put on international tour to promote the 'peace process'.
Yasser Abed-Rabbo has been the
chosen interlocutor for long-time Peres protege Yossi Beilin and the
'Peace Now' crowd. More recently, also sponsored by
the ever-deceptive Israeli-manipulated 'Americans For Peace Now'
organization, Ziad Ziad, a long-time quisling
'Palestinian Authority Minister', went on tour for them in the U.S.
with a former
Mossad official, Yossi Alper, who in October declared the 'two-state
solution' all but dead.
The newest little twist for establishment American Jews working closely
with the Israelis is to get
academics like Professor Rashid Khalidi on board and indirectly serving
as fund-raisers and legitimizers for their own duplicitously crafty
efforts. It was just a few years ago now that the Israeli
and American Jewish establishments set up a new umbrella organization
in the U.S. -- Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, fittingly and ever-so-deceptively
named "Justice and Peace" in Hebrew.
Said always prevented himself from being used by these kinds of masked
Zionist propaganda front-organizations, though sadly in his case he
allowed himself all too often to be badly used in other ways by the
regimes' and their
own 'client organizations', all of whom are now nearly totally
exhausted, moribund, discredited, dead or dying.
Much worse however, now Khalidi, who took over at Columbia University
Said's death, is succumbing to the pressures...and rewards...and
allowing himself and the name of Said whose chair he now holds to be
used by the 'liberal' Zionist front-groups. (Note: Khalidi has
nowhere near the stature and credibility of Said, but another tragic
reality for the Palestinians is that there is hardly anything left of
the various Palestinian and Arab-American organizations to put forward
alternatives or to protest misguided actions; especially in today's
increasingly fearful situation at American
universities and in fact throughout the organizational community).
Believe it or not, without protest by him Khalidi's picture now appears
on the home page of this latest American Jewish
propaganda group just below a picture
of the notoriously anti-Palestinian neocon Elliot Abrams -- friend and
ally of Ariel Sharon, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and the most
long associated with AIPAC, JINSA, and the Israeli-Jewish lobby crowd
Washington. Pardoned by the previous President Bush for
lying to Congress Abrams was brought back to government by Condi Rice
to be the Middle East National Security
Council director in the current Bush White House.
know Khalidi for some time are aware that he has played an increasingly
demeaning game for many years now in the U.S., always very careful to
play ball with the
powers that be and to always be politically correct and shift gears
when to his benefit. But Khalidi hasn't gone so far before
as to actually help the American Jewish Zionist organizations in tandem
with the worst of the Washington Jewish neocons; which may be both
another sign of the times as well as a sign of the pressures he faces
fearing that the more hard-line Zionist organizations will target him
even though he has been so 'accomodating'.
Indeed though he was given a chance to explain his views prior to
publication of this MER article, all he had to say was that sometimes
he is "careless" and doesn't "know what he is getting in to" -- and how
right he may be about that!
Khalidi may view his now closer-than-ever association with the
'liberal' Israelis and their American Jewish Zionist
front-organizations as a way to protect and insolate himself under the
difficult conditions in the USA. But to many Palestinians
and observers of the Middle East scene Khalidi
is primarily a careful, admittedly articulate, sell-out far more
interested in himself and the benefits
and rewards he can bring his way -- something another Arab
intellectual academic, Fouad Ajami, along with Washington
operative, James Zogby, are so well known for -- than in standing up
forcefully in a consistently principled way for his own
courageous Israeli academics like Tanya Reinhart at Tel Aviv
University, long time Israeli writers like Uri Avneri, and brilliant
journalists like Robert Fisk are in fact speaking up loudly warning
about what Sharon and Peres and their armies of propaganda agents and
client organizations are up to; tragically Palestinian academics like
Rashid Khalidi are cowering more than ever even to the extent of
allowing themselves to be more blatantly used by the Zionist
organizations than ever before.
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MER Article Causes Conf Cancellation as Palestinian Speaker Abruptly Backs Out
(December 17, 2004)
The organization it seems then quickly changed the homepage of it's elaborate website, removing the main lead picture at the top which showed members of the organization posing with senior National Security Council neocon Elliot Abrams. Also removed quickly was the picture of Khalidi.
Additionally all information about the phone conference which was advertised to feature Khalidi at 8pm Thursday evening simply disappeared; all mention of something that had previously been prominently promoted simply vanished without explanation or comment as if it never was to be.
Prof Rashid Khalidi helps Israeli and American Jewish Zionist groups
(December 16, 2004)
While courageous Israeli academics like Tanya Reinhart at Tel Aviv University, long time Israeli writers like Uri Avneri, and brilliant journalists like Robert Fisk are in fact speaking up loudly warning about what Sharon and Peres and their armies of propaganda agents and client organizations are up to; tragically Palestinian academics like Rashid Khalidi are cowering more than ever even to the extent of allowing themselves to be more blatantly used by the Zionist organizations than ever before.
Egypt pushed and bribed to Economic 'Intercourse' with Israel
(December 15, 2004)
Since the first Camp David Middle East summit estimates are that overall, including economic, military, CIA, and AID American monies, Egypt has received in one way or another approaching $100 billion for agreeing to the American-pushed 'peace agreement'... The once proud though poor greatest of the Arab countries, Egypt, constantly feels the stain of historic political prostitution.
ABBAS/ALA/SHAATH Regime Running Fast - Half Palestinian People Not Allowed to Vote
(December 14, 2004)
In a few weeks the U.S. and Israeli approved and financed 'election' will take place. The most credible and respected Palestinian leaders are gone. The widely supported Hamas organization is boycotting. 'Israeli Palestinians' are not allowed to vote. 'Jerusalem Palestinians' will have to vote absentee. And forgotten most of all are the majority of Palestinians -- most of them still living in refugee camps throughout the region from Jordan to Syria to Lebanon -- who will have no vote at all thanks to the policies of Israel, the United States, and the 'new Palestinian leadership'.
Latest Washington Israeli Spy Scandal Escalating
(December 13, 2004)
There are some in Washington who think that the current spy investigations, possibly now expanding further, can be used to put a little pressure on the Israelis when it comes to the political deal making that may lie ahead both in the region and with the Palestinians. But there are others who think the Israelis are far better at this game than the Americans and that their list of Washington skunks and scandals involving many senior government officials now and past is considerably more extensive than what the Americans can pin on them should it ever come to that.
MER Track Record and the Assassination/Coverup of Yasser Arafat
(December 13, 2004)
Looking ahead, the historical stakes have become much higher, the costs in bloodshed and treasure already far greater, and the new 'peace process' already considerably more convoluted with even greater ominous implications for all in the international community of nations.
AMERICA the TITANIC
(December 11, 2004)
From the heart of the Washington Republican 'National Security' establishment, Harlan Ullman warns that the U.S. has sailed into very dangerous times and appears like the TITANIC headed for disaster. The dangers Ullman warns are in many ways as much from within as from without. The TITANIC metaphor is a powerful one, and Ullman repeats it a number of times for emphasis.
Palestinian Push - Over and Under
(December 10, 2004)
The big U.S. and Israeli Palestinian push is on. Put in place a new 'moderate' under control Palestinian regime, pump in some money for bribes and payoffs, train more regime 'security police', declare an end to the uprising against occupation (the Intifada), hard repress any and all opposition, kill and arrest those who continue to fight, and presto maybe you have a new police-state client-regime dutifully labled 'moderate' and 'democracy' however quisling in reality.
CHENEY Did It! Smoking Gun Court Case About WMD Scandal
(December 9, 2004)
In this eye-opening story today about a very unusual court case brought by a former senior CIA analysis which could serve as the smoking gun that the Bush/Cheney administration purposefully cooked the WMD books there's not a single mention of the unprecedented 9 or more once secret visits to the CIA of VP Cheney or the real potential significance of this legal political bombshell.
Ghosts of Vietnam and the 'Evil Empire'
(December 8, 2004)
More and more even in Washington circles these days one hears...but in spoken whispers certainly not in the corporate print or TV media..."police state", "fascism", "Good Germans". As for Capitol Hill, it looks more like a "no-go-zone" these days -- beyond being 'Occupied Israeli territory' -- than the Congress of a free and brave democracy.
Iraq and Palestine - Gloomy Predictions
(December 7, 2004)
Whether the further explosions and greater yet bloodshed and civil war will erupt in weeks, or months, or years, the course is now far more clear than the corporate media usually deals with. But today the New York Times is used for major leaks from the under-purge under-blame CIA about what to really expect in occupied Iraq, and recently the brilliant British journalist Robert Fisk wrote in The Independent about what to really expect in occupied Palestine.
America's Mubarak Regime
(December 6, 2004)
Moreover Mubarak is cooperating with the Israeli-American plan to now bring in Egyptian military forces to guard Gaza's southern border and help police the Palestinians into submission. If allowed to proceed by the Palestinians they can expect European and/or U.N. forces to be forced on them in the future in the deceptive guise of an expanded 'roadmap peace plan' to control the West Bank if the new Palestinian regime isn't up to the job.
(December 4, 2004)
Now what's going on with the Presbyterians is not at all "anti-semitism" as that term has been known over the years. It is anti-Israel, and many of the American Jewish Zionist organizations will insist it is anti-Jewish -- which in a sense is true if the positions these Jewish organizations take are fair game for protest, which indeed they are.
Ziad Asali - Latest Washington Palestinian Quisling
(December 3, 2004)
One of the many reasons the Palestinian people are in the terrible predicament they find themselves has been the extraordinarily co-opted quisling persons that so tragically have been allowed to represent them in Washington and to the American media for so many years. For those wondering about this choice of words, the definition of 'quisling', admittedly very pointed and harsh, does not give the full explanation of what has happened in Washington but it will have to do for now. During the German ooccupation of Norway in World War II the head of the Nazi-installed regime was Vidkun Quisling. His very name has since come to mean: A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.
9/11 was foreseeable one way or another
(December 3, 2004)
What has happened in recent years, indeed what happened on 9/11 and then it's aftermath, were in general quite foreseeable, no matter how much official Washington keeps pretending otherwise. The aggressive, imperialistic, self-righteous, deceptive, and oh-so-arrogant policies of the United States and Israel were at work for decades provoking and creating a kind of historical blowback that the whole world is now forced to live with. The following MER Editorial was published on Thanksgiving day in November 1997.
To Book Publishers and Literary Agents
(December 3, 2004)
MER is now looking for a literary agent and a publishing house. With events in the Middle East now gripping the headlines, with another round in the Israeli-Palestinian 'Peace Process' now at hand, and with the crusading 'neocons' firmly empowered in Washington, serious book publication on these subjects is more timely and more needed than ever. We have a unique compendium of exclusive MER articles, plus program and speech transcriptions, in addition to a number of highly qualified individual expert authors, which we are now interested in publishing.
FBI and Israeli-Jewish Lobby Square Off
(December 2, 2004)
You'd think that when the Capitol Hill offices of the most important foreign policy/Middle East 'lobby' are invaded by the FBI, computers and files seized and subpoenas served against top officials, this would be important news in Washington.
War Crimes Escalating - From Guernica to Fallujah
(December 2, 2004)
The new American-Israeli crusade, masquerading as the bringing of 'democracy and freedom' to the Muslim and Arab peoples, is marching on with new targets now in sight: Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, Hamas, N. Korea, Pakistan (if, or is it when, Musharraf falls)...and who knows who else as all are being coerced or forced to march into the bleak unknown. Fallujah is not meant to be an end for the coalition of fundamentalist and Zionist Neocons who now have Washington firmly in their grip; it is rather another new escalating beginning.
NewsFlash - Barghouti IN! After All
(December 1, 2004)
Now with Barghouti's entrance into the Palestinian election race and with Hamas in part threatening to 'boycot' if their own interests are not met -- and with Iraq exploding in greater hatred and violence against the Americans -- the entire U.S.-Israeli strategy for January 'elections' in both occupied Palestine and Iraq is very much in doubt.
Sharon - Past and Future - MER FLASHBACK
(December 1, 2004)
"Sharon was a killer obsessed with hatred of Palestinians. I had promised Arafat that his people would not get any harm. Sharon, however, ignored this commitment entirely. Sharon's word is worth nil." -Ambassador Philip Habib, Ronald Reagan's Special Middle East Envoy*
(December 1, 2004)
Pablo Picasso's haunting painting, 'Guernica', has immortalized that Spanish city whose brutal destruction was a precursor to all the horrendous death and suffering of World War II, now a finally fading generation ago. It was on Thanksgiving Day that we published detailed foreign reports about what has been done this month by what many in the world now consider to be the imperial crusading forces of the United States and Great Britain, 'on our watch', to the Iraqi city of 'Falluja' -- Falluja in Memoriam on Thanksgiving. Now this haunting essay, "Fallujah: America's Guernica", suggests a historical twist in time and fate we all should be pondering.