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ISRAEL WINNING PROPAGANDA WAR - MASSIVELY

August 26, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 8/26: The terribly weak, confused, and co-opted Arab regimes, Arafat's included, are miserably losing the "propaganda war". Sure, the Israelis have suffered in some quarters in some ways; but nothing compared to the Palestinians. Arab and Muslim incompetence and powerlessness -- as their countries and societies are currently politically, socially, and economically organized -- has once again been grotesquely exposed, demonstrated nakedly for all to see in recent days.

The U.N. Security Council finally met again; and then did nothing, Arafat's mediocre representative doing his usually ineffectual job. Worse yet the Arab and Muslim regimes lack not the power, but rather the determination and the courage, to now take matters to the General Assembly and at least suspend Israeli membership, as was done with South Africa in the days of Apartheid.

The Arab League almost met again (Foreign Ministers ended up gathering rather than Heads of State) and did worse than nothing, "a million dollars" was given to Arafat to improve his "information" effort. Such a demonstration of impotence is an amazing example of how the Arab world nearly a century after "liberation" from the Ottoman Empire remains nearly totally shackled by Western domination and subterfuge.

In the U.S. the Israelis are setting up -- in additional to all of their already functioning institutions and connections -- a major "war room", compliments of their American Jewish patrons. Meanwhile the Arabs and their friends (including a few "liberal" and "progressive" American Jewish groups that all together amount to little more than nothing), have just a bunch of third-rate "client organizations" and hack representatives using the equivalent of occasional political rocks against political tanks and F-16s, but without the equivalent of political suicide bombers.

The new American President has now repeatedly spoken out publicly on Israel's side and met a few times already in the White House with accused war criminal Ariel Sharon, totally refusing however to even meet Yasser Arafat (as useless as that would be for the increasingly desperate Palestinian people anyway). And now George W is "threatening" to not even send American representatives to the world racism conference in Durban in a few days if the countries in attendance are "going to beat up on our close ally Israel". Expect the Arabs to whine and cave, as they always do.

Meanwhile Yasser Arafat is as usual prancing around the world pretending this and that; and de facto Prime Minister Nabil Sha'ath (the corrupt power behind the throne whom even the Palestinian Legislative Assembly demanded be removed and indicted) is in Damascus preparing for an Arafat visit there after so long. The Palestinian people remain saddled with this terribly defeated, incompetent, and corrupt "leadership" which has done so much to crush them and sell them out in the past; and which s still clinging to all the power and money to determine the tragic Palestinian future as well.

And so, yesterday in the occupied territories of Palestine:

ISRAELI WARPLANES STRIKE PALESTINIAN TARGETS
By Shahdi al-Kashif

GAZA (Reuters - 26 August) - Israeli warplanes attacked and destroyed Palestinian security headquarters in three towns on Sunday in retaliation for the killings of three Israeli soldiers and two Jewish settlers the previous day.

Three Palestinians were hurt in the strikes by U.S.-designed F-16 and F-15 fighter jets in the Gaza Strip and West Bank which left the buildings in ruins, made large craters nearby and caused loud explosions that echoed through the night.

Four Palestinians were also killed in a bloody weekend that increased doubts the two sides will go ahead with planned talks on ending the 11 months of violence.

The dead included two gunmen who infiltrated an army base early Saturday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven in one of the most daring attacks by Palestinians -- and one of the most embarrassing for Israel's army -- in 11 months of violence.

Israel said it held the Palestinian leadership responsible for the violence, which took the death toll past 700 since the Palestinians began a revolt against Israeli occupation.

Palestinian security officials called Israel's air raids ''ugly aggression'' which made the situation even more dangerous.

Israeli jets struck the main headquarters of the civilian police in Gaza City, military intelligence and police headquarters in Deir al-Balah south of the city, and a police headquarters in the West Bank village of Salfit.

All the buildings suffered heavy damage and were reduced to little more than rubble.

Israel also sent bulldozers and tanks into the town of Rafah near Gaza's border with Egypt to flatten three security buildings. The Palestinians said a member of their security forces was killed in fighting before the army pulled back.

Israel said the raids responded to the attack on the army base near Rafah early Saturday, in which two Palestinians armed with rifles and grenades killed an officer and two ordinary soldiers in a 10-minute battle.

Two settlers, a married couple, were killed as they drove home in the West Bank near the city of Ramallah Saturday evening. The wife's brother, an off-duty soldier, was critically wounded and the couple's two infant children were hurt.

``Israel will not accept attacks like this against its civilians,'' said Dore Gold, an Israeli government spokesman.

Accusing security groups close to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat of involvement, Gold said: ``Israel...holds Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority directly responsible for the violence that we are facing.''

Palestinian police commander Ghazi Jabali called the Israeli strikes ``ugly, ugly aggression'' and said Palestinians would remain defiant in their struggle to create an independent state.

Another Palestinian security official called the air strikes ``very grave aggression'' and said they would lead to a ''very dangerous situation'' in the area. The military wing of the Damascus-based Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn attack on the army camp.

The DFLP said the assault was a response to Israel's ``ugly war of aggression...against our people.''

The military wing of Palestinian Fatah faction, the al-Aqsa Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attack on the settlers.

At least 536 Palestinians, 152 Israelis and 14 Israeli Arabs have been killed in the violence which flared last September soon after peace talks stalled. The latest victim was a Palestinian whose remains were handed over by the army Sunday. Palestinian officials said he was hit by a tank shell but the circumstances were unclear.

The Israeli army was left trying to explain how the Palestinian militants managed to enter the base in south Gaza. The Palestinian gunmen fired 20 to 40 bullets and hurled up to 10 grenades in a firefight that lasted about 10 minutes.

Conceding the episode revealed military ``weaknesses,'' the army set up a committee to look into the attack, in which Major Gil Oz, 30, Staff Sergeant Nir Kobi, 21, and Sergeant Tsach Grebley, 19, died.

The two Palestinian gunmen were buried Saturday. Pumping bullets into the air, they vowed to strike more Israeli targets.

The atmosphere after the latest violence was hardly conducive to talks on ending the violence which the two sides are trying to arrange between Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres under German auspices.

Hopes of a breakthrough were already slim and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said the talks must focus on ending the bloodshed, not on political matters.

The Palestinians have been seeking more Arab support for their cause. A senior Palestinian official said Sunday Arafat would visit Syria on September 12-13, signaling a possible end to years of animosity over how to achieve Middle East peace.

ISRAEL POUNDS PALESTINIAN TOWNS AFTER DAY OF DEATHS
By Ibrahim Barzak

[Associated Press, GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, 26 August 26 2001 7:20 a.m. EDT] - Responding to the deaths of five Israelis slain by Palestinian militants, Israeli F-16 warplanes and tanks demolished police buildings in four Palestinian towns early Sunday. One Palestinian was killed and 18 injured in the raids.

One of the air strikes leveled a four-story building in the Gaza City police headquarters. The missiles set off a thundering explosion and sent plumes of black smoke into the air.

At least a half-dozen Israeli helicopters hovered near Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters in Gaza City, but eventually left without firing. Arafat has been away for several days, traveling in Asia.

The latest escalation made a resumption of truce talks an increasingly remote possibility. Last week, Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said they were ready to meet, but never set a time and place.

With five Israelis killed Saturday, it was one of the bloodiest days for Israel during 11 months of fighting with the Palestinians.

Among the victims were an Israeli couple driving on the edge of the West Bank and three soldiers killed when two Palestinian militants infiltrated an isolated army post and opened fire.

Israel usually targets Palestinian security installations in its retaliatory strikes because it holds Arafat ultimately responsible for attacks on Israelis.

Israel says Arafat's security forces do little to rein in the militants, and sometimes participate in attacks on Israelis.

"Whether attacking Israeli soldiers in Gaza or attacking Israeli civilians on roads near Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat is escalating his war of terrorism against the state of Israel," Israeli government spokesman Dore Gold said.

The Palestinian police chief in Gaza, Brig. Gen. Ghazi Jabali, said his men were "soldiers who will fight to the end in our just battle."

Viewing the rubble of a destroyed police complex in Dir al-Balah in Gaza, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior aid to Arafat, said, "The occupation may succeed in knocking down our houses and our offices, but it cannot destroy the determination of our people, and such an aggression will increase the feeling of hatred and will break the bridge of trust between the two peoples."

The events began before dawn Saturday with the assault on the isolated Marganit army base in Gaza.

The Palestinian attackers climbed over separate embankments, breaking into the isolated base. Both began shooting and throwing grenades at soldiers, the Israeli army said. Three soldiers, including a major, were killed, and seven wounded.

Soldiers shot back, killing one Palestinian at the base. The second man managed to flee, but was pursued and shot dead about four hours later while attempting to take cover at a greenhouse in a nearby Jewish settlement, the army added.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a small radical PLO faction, claimed responsibility.

Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, a retired general, said Israeli must initiate actions against Palestinian militants. "You must seek contact with the enemy all the time," he told Israel radio. "You can't fight terrorism by sitting in fortified positions."

Palestinian militants have targeted Israeli troops and Jewish settlers in Gaza throughout the current conflict. However, in most cases, the militants have fired from a distance, or attempted roadside ambushes.

On Saturday evening, Palestinian gunmen ambushed an Israeli car on a road near the West Bank, killing an Israeli couple. The woman's brother, earlier reported dead, was critically wounded with a shot to the head, and the couple's two children, ages 1 and 2, were lightly hurt.

The Al Aqsa Brigade, a group of gunmen linked to Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the deadly ambush.

The first Israeli strike came Saturday night, targeting the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli troops briefly took over several small Palestinian security outposts, and army bulldozers tore down the headquarters of Palestinian Public Security, according to residents and Rafah's Governor, Majid al-Ajha.

Israeli tanks and armored vehicles came under heavy Palestinian gunfire, and shot back with shells and machine guns, they added.

A Palestinian police sergeant, Alla Abu Bakra, was killed by machine gun fire, and seven Palestinians were lightly wounded by shrapnel, hospital doctors said. Abu Bakra was hiding in a trench at the back of the compound when he was killed, a fellow policeman said.

At mosques in Rafah, calls went out over the loudspeakers urging residents to join a "holy war" against the Israeli forces.

At around 3 a.m. Sunday, the Israeli forces withdrew from Rafah.

Early Sunday, Israeli warplanes blasted the police headquarters in Gaza City, the military intelligence offices in Deir el-Balah, south of Gaza City, and police headquarters in Salfit, in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.

Three Palestinian policemen were injured in Gaza and eight people were lightly hurt in Salfit, doctors said.

Israel fired three missiles at the Gaza compound, leveling two buildings, including a four-story structure housing the anti-crime department and offices.

Most of the files were burned and scattered. Palestinian policemen searched the rubble for belongings.

Policeman Hani Falem found his track suit in the debris. "Look, we both survived," he said, pointing to the clothing. Falem said most policemen, anticipating an air strike, had left the building.


August 2001


Magazine






IDEOLOGICAL CEASE-FIRE OR SELL-OUT AT DURBAN?
(August 31, 2001)
It's not likely this is the end of it, but indications are that the Arafat crowd -- as of the moment still in the pay of the U.S., Israel, and the despicable Arab "client regimes" -- has found a way to back away from the badly needed ideological confrontation, with the help of non other than that slimmy man for all seasons who never misses an opportunity to interject himself Jesse Jackson.

ASHRAWI SPEECH IN DURBAN
(August 31, 2001)
Hanan Ashrawi is no real hero, and she's made some terrible hard-to-forgive political mistakes in the "peace process" years in her search for the limelight and VIP status.

DURBAN AND ROBINSON AND ANNAN
(August 31, 2001)
A pamphlet distributed at the United Nations anti-racism conference in South Africa equating the Star of David with a swastika has prompted the UN human rights commissioner, Mary Robinson, to declare at an official dinner: "I am a Jew".

"GO BACK IMMEDIATLEY OR WE ARE GOING TO SHOOT" - MARY ROBINSON COMES OUT JEWISH
(August 30, 2001)
Talk about humiliation. When the U.N.'s top human rights official was in occupied Palestine last year her car was shot at by Israeli settlers -- the Israeli army doing nothing to stop them. Now we learn that the very same Mary Robinson is herself Jewish and has been using her position to head off the urgently needed world censorship of Israel for its racist and apartheid-like policies.

HABASH AND CARLOS HAVE THEIR SAY
(August 30, 2001)
Aging guerrilla leader Carlos the Jackal called from his French jail cell Wednesday for worldwide attacks on Israel and the United States in support of the Palestinian uprising.

A LAND WITHOUT HOPE
(August 29, 2001)
Gaza is the largest prison in the world. Most of its one million plus inhabitants, in a sense inmates, have never been let out. Whether the term be "ghetto" or "concentration camp" or just "prison", the historical parallels are all too damning.

THE U.S. MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE
(August 29, 2001)
What we should all be thinking when the U.S. State Department spokesman gets in front of the cameras is -- "You've Got To Be Kidding!" Instead, the American government with its super sophisticated PR apparatus dishes it out. The gullible, or should we say complicitous, corporate media then broadcasts it -- not just CNN, also the rest of the networks along with PBS followed up by the big daily newspapers and newsweeklies --all lemming-like.

TIME TO SUSPEND ISRAEL FROM U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(August 28, 2001)
The American President and Vice-President both are giving public expressions of support to the Israelis; while the American CIA, military and Congress make Israeli policies possible with a continual flow of money, guns, and information.

"INVITING HELL TO BREAK LO0SE" - PFLP LEADER ASSASSINATED TODAY
(August 27, 2001)
The Israelis are clearly planning to totally crush the Palestinians -- Minister Uzi Landau is publicly saying as much -- probably thinking they can buy themselves still more years to consolidate their grip on the occupied territories and probably scheming for the opportunity to push as many Palestinians as they can across the Jordan and into a Hashemite Kingdom that will eventually, sooner or later, implode into a Palestinian State.

A MOST COURAGEOUS AND DEDICATED ISRAELI JOURNALIST
(August 26, 2001)
If we had an award for Middle East Journalist of the year, the Israeli writer Amira Hass would be very high on that list. A few years ago, long before it became politically correct to term Israeli policies "apartheid like", especially in Jewish and American circles, Amira Hass was doing just that in her writing and speaking.

ISRAEL WINNING PROPAGANDA WAR - MASSIVELY
(August 26, 2001)
The terribly weak, confused, and co-opted Arab regimes, Arafat's included, are miserably losing the "propaganda war". Sure, the Israelis have suffered in some quarters in some ways; but nothing compared to the Palestinians.

THE LATEST FROM GAZA GHETTO
(August 25, 2001)
About 400 fanatical "settlers" have forced their way into homes in the middle of Hebron, a city of 120,000 Arabs. About 6000 fanatical "settlers" contnue to occupy about 35% of the Gaza Strip, amidst more than 1 million Palestinians.

ISRAEL'S IDEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION
(August 25, 2001)
If you want to understand what the Israelis are doing, and why, you have to understand the ideological underpinnings of what is called "Revisionist Zionism". This article was published many years ago in The Washington Post by Mark Bruzonsky, today the Publisher of MER.

JUST IMAGINE, A MILLION + INJURED IN A YEAR
(August 24, 2001)
If adjusted for differing population sizes, these would be the dead and casualties figures if a foreign military power occupied the United States and did to Americans what Israel, with U.S. money and arms, is doing to the Palestinians. And that's just in the past year or so.

WITH ARAFAT AND COMPANY IN COMMAND, THERE IS NO HOPE.
(August 24, 2001)
As usual there is no serious introspection and self-criticism here. Arab and Palestinian Americans have failed miserably over a very long period of time to even establish viable organizations and publications. Moreover they have no lobbying and professional presence even worth discussion in the crucial capital of Washington, DC, even today.

SUICIDE BOMBERS - MADE BY ISRAEL AND THE USA
(August 23, 2001)
It didn't begin this way. A few generations ago Arabs and Jews lived together in the same neighborhoods of the once Holy Land. In the 40's the famous Arab mayor of Haifa Hassan Shukri's only son married a Jewish woman.

ISRAELIS "DEBATE" BOTH "SEPARATION" AND "DEPARTURE"
(August 23, 2001)
Two rather insightful articles follow about how confused and insecure many Israelis have become, even though this often comes across to others as heightened arrogance and self-centeredness. In the first from Ha'aretz some Israelis are hedging their bets and wondering just what the future holds. There is a deep down awareness, not quite conscious for many, that what they are doing to the Palestinians could possibly in the future backfire in an orgy of hatred and recriminations far beyond today's situation.

KILLING AND DESTROYING - THE ISRAELI WAY
(August 21, 2001)
Even as the U.N. Security Council gathered to demonstrate once again how badly it has been neutered and cast aside when it comes to the Middle East, the Israelis are further unleashing their basic policy of killing, destroying, repressing. General Barak, the previous PM, is busy taking credit for having "exposed" the Palestinians and "fathered" the concept of "unilateral separation" (i.e., apartheid forever).

UN NOW AND THEN
(August 20, 2001)
Today's United Nations is pretty much an "appendage of the (U.S.) State Department". And that's not our phrase, it's one used by a senior U.N. official not that long ago in one of those quiet unpublicized off-the-record Washington discussions.

THE "PEACE PROCESS" FRAUD AND CONSPIRACY
(August 20, 2001)
Professors Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Tanya Reinhart -- Jewish American, Palestinian American, and Israeli -- all have explained this month why the "Peace Process" was a fraud, a deception, a conspiracy, from the start.

PLEADING FOR PEACE; ANALYSIS IS WAR
(August 18, 2001)
Everything stops for tea in Britain, or so they say. So when Angie Zelter and her fellow foreign protesters found their way from Palestinian-ruled Bethlehem to Jerusalem blocked by Israeli soldiers and police on Saturday, Zelter ever so politely ventured a few words of advice.

A SUICIDE BOMBER'S WORLD
(August 18, 2001)
In a sense, a very important sense, the "Suicide Bombers" now so much in the news should have stamped on them "Made in Israel, Encouraged by USA". There were few if any "Suicide Bombers" just a few years ago. The phenomena first arose out of Israel's destructive invasion of Lebanon in and before 1982, then the occupation of about 10% of that country which only ended last year.

DATELINE WASHINGTON: ONE ARAB DISASTER AFTER ANOTHER
(August 17, 2001)
Months ago now the relatively new group of Muslim "client organizations" headquartered in Washington repeatedly promised at one press conference after another a wave of civil disobedience throughout the U.S. in view of what Israel and the U.S. are doing to the Palestinians.

ANTI-US/ISRAEL DEMOS IN SOUTH AFRICA
(August 17, 2001)
The pathetically weak and terribly mislead Arab and Muslim groups in the US aren't doing any protesting worth mentioning about this or anything else; but thousands of South Africans are doing the work for everyone...and "internationals" are on the way.

WHY WE HAVE ALL BECOME SUICIDE BOMBERS, DR EYAD SARRAJ-MER FLASHBACK
(August 16, 2001)
A few weeks ago I said that the struggle of Palestinians today is how not to become a bomb and that the amazing thing is not the occurrence of the suicide bombing, rather the rarity of them.

HAVE WE A PREDICTION HERE? YASS?
(August 16, 2001)
Beneath that thick Israeli arrogance, many Israelis are really far more confused, and far more fearful, than they are going to admit. Theirs' is a complicated psychology especially as the scars of the Holocaust remain deeply buried and only occasionally visible.

DEATH IN BETHLEHELM, MADE IN AMERICA
(August 15, 2001)
While the Israeli Army surrounds Bethlehem and many of the "autonomous Palestinian population centers" created through the Apartheid-style "peace process", it is American weapons and money that make the brutal military occupation possible.

ISREALI STORM TROOPERS BEAT, SHOOT, TORTURE, KILL
(August 14, 2001)
How ironic that the Jewish Israelis are acting like modern-day storm troopers, perpetrating ongoing Crystal Nachts, their victims akin to dark images from the Warsaw Ghetto of yesteryear...and so many "Good Israelis", so sadly reminiscent of the "Good Germans" of their own terrible past when they themselves were powerless victims, are cheering with mindless hatred

USED "PEACE PLAN" FOR SALE CHEAP - CAVEATE EMPTOR!
(August 14, 2001)
Gee..isn't this interesting. With the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel -- i.e. Zionism -- about to be challenged by much of the world in Durban; and with the "peace process" itself about to be finally condemned as a "new form of apartheid" -- just as so many of the independent experts have been saying for years now -- the Israelis are embarking on a major international public relations campaign whose top dogs are none other than soft barkers Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin, chief architects and salesmen of the very same.

SALAMI ESCALATION
(August 14, 2001)
The Israelis are preparing everyone psychologically for more. Rather than everything at once, Sharon's tactics are a war version of "triangulation" which has become so famous in American political infighting. In this way he gets to be called "restrained" by many, creates the climate of confusion and anticipation that he wishes, uses Peres and Eliezer to confuse world opinion and even some of the more gullible Arab "leaders", and craftily prepares for that day when the tanks will roll in and roll over...and not just leave after a few hours of death and destruction.

NOW RUSSIANS PREDICT MID-EAST WAR SOON
(August 13, 2001)
The Israelis have been trying for years now to "reconfigure" the Middle East to their further advantage. That's really what the war for Lebanon that erupted most fiercely in 1982 was all about; and its what the various responses to the Intifada have always been about as well -- most especially the disengenous "peace process" which has now worse than collapsed.

A PEOPLE CRUSHED, DISPOSSESSED, TORTURED...
(August 13, 2001)
"His was not an act of 'mindless terror', the words Israeli spokesmen use. He was the logical product of a people who have been crushed, dispossessed, tortured and killed in terrible numbers." Fisk on the 'Suicide Bomber'

ON TO DURBAN...WITHOUT THEM - PART II
(August 12, 2001)
Well we weren't expecting United Nations officials to heed our advice about Durban and get on with things, with or without the constantly threatening and vetoing Americans (see Part 1 published yesterday). In recent years some of their colleagues at the very highest levels of today's U.N. have in fact resigned in moral disgust -- and even said so in public.

EGYPT MIGHT MOVE ARMY INTO SINAI?
(August 12, 2001)
It's not likely to happen -- Egypt's Third Army moving into Sinai for the first time since 1973 -- but it could. And in the Middle East there are historical precedents that this is sometimes the way big wars start with an initial bombardment of threats, bluffs, feints, and then the confusion takes on a life of its own.

SYMBOL OF PALESTINE CAPTURED AND RAPED
(August 11, 2001)
"Israeli riot police on horseback yesterday charged into protesters sitting outside Orient House, the barricaded mansion that serves as an unofficial Palestinian capital, reopening the battle for Jerusalem. The occupation of Orient House, headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in Jerusalem, by the Israeli army is one of the biggest acts of aggrandisement since the intifada began 11 months ago."

ON TO DURBAN...WITHOUT THEM
(August 10, 2001)
Conclusion first: Let the Americans and the Israelis stay home. So be it. There's been enough blackmail and bribery and vetoing for such a very long time now. The Americans and the Israelis have been two against the whole world so many times when it comes to the international community of nations. It was just a few years ago that the U.S. single-handedly black-balled Boutros Ghali and sent him packing.

SHARON OF ISRAEL - DANGEROUSLY CUNNING
(August 10, 2001)
Ariel Sharon has a terrible history of brutality and murder, and indeed by the usual definitions these days he is at the very least indictable as a war criminal. Even so, especially now in his new role as Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon is an extraordinarily crafty and sophisticated strategist as well as tactician.

ISRAEL FLAG FLIES OVER ORIENT HOUSE
(August 10, 2001)
They never ever let Yasser Arafat come to Jerusalem. And Arafat missed his moment on the day of Feisal Husseini's burial earlier this summer when he could have, and should have, called their bluff. Now the Israelis, commanded by General Sharon, have done what they have been planning to do for some time, using the excuse of yesterday's terror bombing on Jaffa Road -- they have closed Orient House, the very symbol of things Palestinian in East Jerusalem, as well as many other organizations associated with the PA.

ORIENT HOUSE CLOSED - STRATEGIC BLOW AGAINST PALESTINIANS LIKELY
(August 9, 2001)
NEWSFLASH -- 8/09/2001, 9:30pm -- For first time Israel has closed down Orient House in Jerusalem along with nine other offices associated with the Palestinian Authority

USS LIBERTY - ABANDONED AT SEA AND AT HOME BECAUSE?
(August 9, 2001)
Tonight at 8pm (ET) on the History Channel part of the story about the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty on 8 June 1967 is going to be told. But from preliminary indications, just part, and not necessarily the most important historical parts which really involve top secret intrigue at the highest levels of the CIA, NSA, and White House complete with super secrets of state the Americans continue to want to keep out of sight out of mind.

THE REAL USS LIBERTY STORY
(August 9, 2001)
The real questions -- and answers -- have been avoided for a very long time by the American Government, and in this case also by the "free and independent" American media. And from the preliminary indications, tonight's History Channel documentary about the USS Liberty doesn't actually answer the key questions (as it could) nor even deal with the key subject of the crucial role of the CIA (as it should).

THE CRUCIAL ISRAELI-TURKISH-US MILITARY ALLIANCE,THE ARABS ARE SURROUNDED
(September 9, 2001)
It was just a few years ago that in all likelihood the Mossad and CIA helped the Turk's capture Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan after first pushing him out of exile in Syria, the Moscow, then Greece, and then grabbing him in Nairobi. It was three years ago last month that MER first published an article about the great importance of the new military alliance that has developed between Israel and Turkey -- "New U.S./Turkey/Israel Alliance Circumvents and Bottles Up The Arabs." And it was two years ago that the prolific and courageous British journalist, Robert Fisk, first gave us some of the details behind the new strategic military relation Turkey actually courted with Israel.

WITH THE HELP OF U.S. ARMS MANUFACTURERS, THE CIA, CONGRESS, AND THE PENTAGON
(August 8, 2001)
The Israelis are controlling, repressing, dispossessing, and assassinating the Palestinians not on their own. They are doing so with the constant and considerable help of American arms manufacturers, the CIA, and of course the U.S. Congress (which of course is supposed to represent the will of the American people) which constantly appropriates billions yearly for Israel and sanctions (or the threat thereof) against Israel's foes

HIZBULLAH ON A ROLL
(August 7, 2001)
Israeli security forces have completely shut down access in and out of five large Palestinian towns following the killing of a pregnant Jewish settler, Israeli public radio said Monday, quoting security officials. The army sealed off the West Banks towns of Nablus, Tulkarem, Jericho, Ramallah and Qalqilya, the radio said, adding that it had partially closed the towns of Hebron, Bethlehem and Jenin.

WILL THE REAL YOSSI BEILIN PLEASE STAND UP
(August 4, 2001)
Like in the movie LION OF THE DESERT, those who profess sympathy and understanding can often cause the most harm. The well-meaning Lieutenant Colonel who befriends Omar Muhktar, lures him into deceptive "peace negotiations" in the desert, and then salutes him as his own involvement leads to Muhktar's being hanged from the gallows, is an illustrative symbol from the past.

SHARONS PUBLIC RELATIONS WAR
(August 7, 2001)
One thing about countries that have democratic features and most especially a professional and independent press -- sometimes insightful even amazing little tidbits result either from leaks or investigations. Like today's story about how Ariel Sharon himself is also the Commanding General in Israel's public relations war, shaking up and countermanding his troops in this arena as well.

ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE PROJECTS WAR IN 2002
(August 6, 2001)
Israeli sources said military intelligence has drafted a report that warns of the increasing likelihood of regional war in 2002. The report said the war could be sparked by either an Israeli offensive against the Palestinian Authority or an escalation in tension along Israel's border with Lebanon

TARGET EVERYONE EVERYWHERE
(August 5, 2001)
It has not happened yet, but it is now the direction things are heading. Soon the Palestinians may start responding to Israel's increasingly brutal military occupation, unprecedented anywhere else in the world of our day, by targeting Israeli political leaders and maybe Zionist leaders outside of Israel.

EGYPT IN THE ERA OF THIEVES
(August 5, 2001)
The Egypt of Hosni Mubarak and associates has terribly betrayed itself. It is a regime of sadistic torture and omnipresent corruption. It is a country of gross repression and escalating fear. And to a certain extent all this is at least in part the legacy of the Camp David agreement Egypt was tricked and bribed into signing two decades ago, and for which Anwar Sadat was assassinated by his own soldiers on military parade.

IRAEL ENFLAMES PALESTINIANS- HATRED WILL LAST LONG INTO THE FUTURE
(August 5, 2001)
In the past week the Israelis have substantially escalated the conflict with the Palestinians and risked enflaming not only the Palestinians but Arabs and Muslims around the world. Now senior Palestinian political leaders are being targeted.

ASSASSINATION POLICY EXPANDED- EXPECT A NEW LEVEL OF CLANDESTINE WARFARE
(August 4, 2001)
In a sense it would be like the going after the associates of Jerry Adams and his Sein Fein colleagues in Northern Ireland. It was a policy followed to a lesser extent by the White South African government when it tortured and murdered persons associated with the ANC, almost in fact secretly poisoning Nelson Mandela in his prison cell

"SECRET PLAN" TO SEND OBSERVERS TO ISRAEL
(August 3, 2001)
The very idea that the Americans and the Brits, after their long history of treachery and deception in the Middle East, are now going to do something other than continue on in that tradition is rather ludicrous. All the current talk at the moment -- especially from the Europeans and the usually gullible "peace" and "human rights" NGOs -- about helping the Palestinians by sending them "observers" is indeed a fitting CIA response to the predicament the American government finds itself in at the moment.

ISRAEL THREAT TO INVADE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES IS REAL
(August 3, 2001)
The Palestinians and their allies and supporters are extremely ill-prepared for what is happening. Israeli military might remains overwhelming, and political support remains amazingly strong, especially in view of today's situation with Ariel Sharon Prime Minister, the "peace process" undergoing slow and tortuous cremation, and Israel attacking Palestinians in the occupied territories with tanks and gunships heretofore reserved for real warfare between armies.

11 YEARS, 1.5+ MILLION DEAD, SEETHING HATRED EVERYWHERE
(August 2, 2001)
Eleven long bloody years. In the years just before the Gulf War there was the destruction of Lebanon, the terrible bloodletting of the U.S.-instigated Iran-Iraq orgy, the Kissinger-legacy of the Kurdish sell-out.




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