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From: George Rishmawi <abusaliba@y...> Date: Thu Jun 6, 2002 3:25 pm Subject: Re: [worldandmiddleeastforum] Re: [MEDF] Lies, Damn lies, and Israeli propaganda Dear Lino, You are mistaken my friend. I am sorry to tell you this but you are. Well, When did the suicide bombing start? When did the occupation of the west Bank and Gaza started? When did the aggression agaisnt the Palestinian started? You need to know the source of the conflict and the source of the suffering that bushes people to kill themselves and others. I do not want to see anybody killed but we need to say that taking people's rights and freedom is the source of the problem and when this stops there should be not need for anymore killing. This is what we should advocate for it right now. I can not advocate animals rights at this level when I see lots of humam rights being taken and supported by the whole world. I can not cause I am being killed everyday in my life. I am being tortured by Israel and the US everyday. I do no expect people who suffer to care more for animals rather than caring for survival. I am trying to make you understand that you need to advocate for justice for humanity. Thanks a lot, George --- Lino Guedes <linpires@i...> wrote: > Dear Abu and Halima, > > this piece of the main text bellow "Sharon, rather > than seeking peace of any kind, has deliberately > provoked the > Palestinian movement in order to justify all-out war > in the Occupied Territories. Whenever there has > been a lull in the conflict, Israel has upped the > ante by carrying out an assassination of a respected > Palestinian militant, expecting reprisals, which > could then be used as an excuse to "retaliate." > Alexander Cockburn, citing a November 25 article in > the > right-of-center Israeli paper Yediot Ahronot, made > this observation: > > explain clearly what I have been saying that we must > consider another strategy to deal with Sharon. > Yesterday I saw at the tv an Iraeli bus destroyied > by a suicide attack of palestinians. This is exactly > what Sharon wants, what he needs and these guys are > simply giving him power! Unless palestinians change > the way they are dealing with this terrible reality > more and more sufferings will come. This is the > reason I am talking to respect sheeps, children, > women and neighbors. I am pushing you to develop a > new mentality. Now, this is the greatest chance you > have. Change your minds to be wise instead of > violent and the victory will last long. > > You are all intelligent enough to feel not offended. > > Only by erradicating greed, hatred and ignorance of > the society there will be freedom. Is it so > difficult for you to stop and think about a new way, > a better and more eficient way to deal with Israelis > aggression rather than sending suicide attacks? > > I repeat, what is the opinion of the palestine women > about the way their men are conducting the > resolution of these injustices? > > Very kindly > Lino > Lino Guedes Pires > Rio de Janeiro RJ > www.jornalexpress.com.br/folhaverde > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Abu Thar > To: MEDF > Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2002 12:12 PM > Subject: [MEDF] Lies, Damn lies, and Israeli > propaganda > > > > Lies, Damn lies, and Israeli propaganda > > > by Paul D'Amato and Anthony Arnove > IS Review > May 27, 2002 > > > > MIDEAST > > > "This is a battle for survival of the Jewish > people, for survival of the > state of Israel" -Ariel Sharon, April 9 20021 > > Israel's current war in the Occupied Territories > is one of conquest, not > defense. The West Bank and Gaza Strip, along with > the eastern, Arab half of > Jerusalem, were seized by Israel in the June 1967 > war. It considers these > lands to be part of "Eretz Israel" (Greater > Israel). Since then, Israel has > engaged in a policy of colonization, demolishing > Palestinian olive groves, > homes and towns and setting up strategic Jewish > colonies. Israel then > justifies its extension of its military control > over the region, as well as > its seizure of key water sources, as necessary > security measures to defend > its settlements. As one historian explains, Israel > is the region's most > powerful state-not a besieged victim, but a > colonial aggressor: > > The postwar tactics of the Israeli government in > the occupied territories > are characterized, in the contemporary euphemism, > by the continuous > "creation of facts." Among these facts are the > expropriation of Arab land, > the expulsion of the Arab population and the > establishment of Jewish > colonies. The overall strategy, again in the > popular phrase, is "creeping > annexation" of the occupied lands. This strategy > is pursued by the dominant > military and unique nuclear power in the region; > it has been adopted neither > from any overpowering force of circumstances nor > from a compelling need for > greater security. This much has been publicy > conceded in Israel by ranking > members of the military establishment who claim > that at no time before, > during or since the June war has Israel been in > any danger of defeat.2 > > Today, Israel's massive military power makes its > position even more > unassailable. Palestinian resistance against the > occupation has prompted > massive Israeli violence to suppress it, the > latest being Sharon's invasion > of the West Bank with tanks, F-16s, bulldozers and > Apache helicopters-all > paid for by the United States. > > The Israeli state, in fact, was founded in 1948 on > the forced expulsion of > 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland. Hundreds > of emptied Arab villages > were renamed and repopulated with Jews. Israeli > defense forces and militias > committed a number of massacres in order to > terrorize Palestinians into > fleeing their homes, the most well-known being > that of Deir Yassin in April, > 1948, where Jewish paramilitary forces-the Stern > Gang, the Haganah, and the > Irgun-slaughtered 250 men, women, and children. > But there were many others, > including the massacre of October 29, 1948, in > which Israeli soldiers > murdered 80-100 men, women, and children from the > village Dawayma in the > Haifa subdistrict. The Jenin refugee camp that was > so brutally devastated in > early April was first created for Palestinians who > were forcibly removed > from the coastal region of Haifa in 1948. Now > thousands of them are refugees > yet again. > > The Oslo Accords of 1993 and subsequent "peace" > agreements did not slow the > process of "creeping annexation." Since Oslo, the > number of Jewish colonists > in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza have > almost doubled to over > 400,000. Thirty-four new settlements have been > approved since Ariel Sharon > took office. > > Some try to describe the current conflict as a > "cycle of violence." But as > Haim Bresheeth, writing in the May 2-8 Al Ahram > Weekly notes, this assumes > "there is a symmetry between the occupier and the > occupied-as if the > violence of a mighty army destroying all before it > is equal to the despair, > hopelessness and anger that forces people to kill > others by committing > suicide." > > "Ariel Sharon is a man of peace." -President > George Bush, April 18, 20023 > > ARIEL SHARON nicknamed the "bulldozer," is a war > criminal, responsible for > numerous atrocities against Palestinians. He > oversaw the Sabra and Shatila > massacre, in which Lebanese fascist militia > slaughtered hundreds of > Palestinians while Israeli troops surrounded the > camps. He has overseen the > expansion of Israeli settlements, the brutal > Israeli invasion and occupation > of southern Lebanon in 1982, and years of > repression in the Occupied > Territories. Despite his talk of being willing to > "make painful > compromises," Sharon is committed to a vision of > Eretz Israel, in which > Israel would take all of the land of historic > Palestine for an expanded > Jewish state. As he wrote, "We must say very > clearly that our concern for > our own survival does not permit the establishment > of a second Palestinian > state on the West Bank" (Jordan being, in Sharon's > mind, a Palestinian > state).4 > > Sharon recently said he would not withdraw from a > single Israeli settlement. > "The fate of Neztarim is the fate of Tel Aviv," > Sharon told a committee of > the Knesset (parliament) in mid-April 2002, > indicating that the illegal > colonial outpost of Netzarim in the Gaza Strip (an > area that the > Palestinians supposedly control) is as much a part > of Israel as its second > major city.5 Sharon has repeatedly said that he > will not allow a withdrawal > of Israel to the borders it has established before > the June 1967, invasion > of its neighbors. According to Sharon, "Israel > cannot return to the '67 > borders," which he referred to as "Auschwitz > borders."6 > > According to Ephraim Sneh, the Israeli transport > minister, Sharon is > planning to annex half the West Bank to Israel.7 > And one of Israel's leading > historians, Martin van Creveld predicts that > Sharon is planning to use the > cover of a U.S. war against Iraq to ethnically > cleanse Palestinians from the > West Bank.8 > > Sharon, rather than seeking peace of any kind, has > deliberately provoked the > Palestinian movement in order to justify all-out > war in the Occupied > Territories. Whenever there has been a lull in the > conflict, Israel has > upped the ante by carrying out an assassination of > a respected Palestinian > militant, expecting reprisals, which could then be > used as an excuse to > "retaliate." Alexander Cockburn, citing a November > 25 article in the > right-of-center Israeli paper Yediot Ahronot, made > this observation: > > Alex Fishman is the main commentator on security > matters for Israel's > largest mass circulation paper, Yediot Ahronot, a > publication with > right-of-center politics. Fishman is known for his > excellent contacts in the > military. On Sunday, November 25, Fishman issued a > prediction based on the > recent assassination on November 23 by Israel's > security services of the > Hamas leader, Mahmud Abu Hunud.. > > "Whoever gave a green light to this act of > liquidation knew full well that > he is thereby shattering in one blow the > gentleman's agreement between Hamas > and the Palestinian Authority; under that > agreement, Hamas was to avoid in > the near future suicide bombings inside the Green > Line, of the kind > perpetrated at the Dolphinarium [discotheque in > Tel-Aviv]." > > Fishman stated flatly that such an agreement did > exist, even if neither the > Palestinian Authority nor Hamas would admit to it > in public. "It is a fact," > he continued, "that, while the security services > did accumulate repeated > warnings of planned Hamas terrorist attacks within > the Green Line, these did > not materialize. That cannot be attributed solely > to the Shabak's impressive > success in intercepting the suicide bombers and > their controllers. Rather, > the respective leaderships of the Palestinian > Authority and Hamas came to > the understanding that it would be better not to > play into Israel's hands by > mass attacks on its population centers." > > In other words Arafat had managed to convince > Hamas to curb its suicide > bombers. This understanding was shattered by the > assassination of Abu Hunud. > "Whoever decided upon the liquidation of Abu > Hunud," Fishman continued, > "knew in advance that that would be the price. The > subject was extensively > discussed both by Israel's military echelon and > its political one, before it > was decided to carry out the liquidation. Now, the > security bodies assume > that Hamas will embark on a concerted effort to > carry out suicide bombings, > and preparations are made accordingly." 9 > > Sharon has consistently refused to negotiate with > Yasser Arafat, who, > despite his compromises with Israel, is > universally regarded as the main > representative of the Palestinian people. In > Sharon's words, "with Arafat, > no one will be able to make peace."10 When Bush > described Sharon as a man of > peace, Israel was in the midst of its most violent > and sweeping campaign > against the Palestinians since 1967. > > Israel's brutal invasion imprisoned Arafat, > destroyed the infrastructure not > only of Palestinian Authority rule, but of > Palestinian life. Israel wants > peace, certainly: a peace built upon the homes of > expelled Palestinians. > They want a solution to the Palestinian problem in > which the Palestinians > peacefully acquiesce to the dispossession of their > land, their homes, and > are left, at best, with tiny, isolated, walled > enclaves (prisons, really) of > poverty and destitution. > > "[W]e are a humane army.'" -Brigadier-General Eyal > Shlein, the man in charge > of the assault on Jenin, explaining how "the > Israeli army showed > restraint."11 > > Journalist Chris Hedges, in his "Gaza Diary," > published in Harper's > describes one incident that reveals the attitude > Israeli soldiers have > toward killing Palestinian children: > > It is still. The camp waits, as if holding its > breath. And then, out of the > dry furnace air, a disembodied voice crackles over > a loudspeaker. "Come on, > dogs," the voice booms in Arabic. "Where are all > the dogs of Khan Younis? > Come! Come!" > > I stand up. I walk outside the hut. The invective > continues to spew: "Son of > a bitch!" "Son of a whore!" "Your mother's cunt!" > > The boys dart in small packs up the sloping dunes > to the electric fence that > separates the camp from the Jewish settlement. > They lob rocks toward two > armored jeeps parked on top of the dune and > mounted with loudspeakers. Three > ambulances line the road below the dunes in > anticipation of what is to come. > > A percussion grenade explodes. The boys, most no > more than ten or eleven > years old, scatter, running clumsily across the > heavy sand. They descend out > of sight behind a sandbank in front of me. There > are no sounds of gunfire. > The soldiers shoot with silencers. The bullets > from the M-16 rifles tumble > end over end through the children's slight bodies. > Later, in the hospital, I > will see the destruction: the stomachs ripped out, > the gaping holes in limbs > and torsos. > > Yesterday at this spot the Israelis shot eight > young men, six of whom were > under the age of eighteen. One was twelve. This > afternoon they kill an > eleven-year-old boy, Ali Murad, and seriously > wound four more, three of whom > are under eighteen. Children have been shot in > other conflicts I have > covered-death squads gunned them down in El > Salvador and Guatemala, mothers > with infants were lined up and massacred in > Algeria, and Serb snipers put > children in their sights and watched them crumple > onto the pavement in > Sarajevo-but I have never before watched soldiers > entice children like mice > into a trap and murder them for sport.12 > > The current Israeli offensive has involved > indiscriminate killing of men, > women and children; the systematic destruction of > property; the cutting off > of water supply; and the prevention of travel even > for ambulances. It is a > full-scale war against the entire population. Like > the war in Vietnam, > Israeli soldiers make war on the whole people, > because the vast majority of > the Palestinian people oppose Israel's occupation. > Thousands of Palestinian > men have been rounded up, stripped, blindfolded, > detained, and many tortured > and beaten. Palestinians have routinely been used > by Israeli soldiers as > human shields to conduct house-to-house searches. > > In its attacks on Palestinian refugee camps and > towns from March 1 to April > 28, 2002, the Israeli military reportedly killed > 345 Palestinians (35 of > them under the age of 18) and wounded 1,346. (At > least eight more were > killed when Israel entered Hebron on April 29.13) > "The mismatch in force of > arms was stark," the New York Times was forced to > admit: > > The Israeli Army used Vulcan antiaircraft guns, > able to shoot 3,000 rounds a > minute, inside the camp. It used Cobra helicopters > with thermal detection > capability to fire TOW missiles - intended for use > against tanks on open > battlefields - through the walls of houses, some > with noncombatants inside. > It deployed scores of Merkava tanks and armored > vehicles equipped with > machine guns. It used bulldozers to raze civilian > homes, crushing more and > more of them - but with less and less warning, > Palestinians said.14 > > Sharon launched a major offensive into Ramallah > and ordered the army to > target Arafat's own headquarters, "smashing > through walls and battling room > to room," cutting off electricity to the building, > and firing on his office, > leaving him sitting at his desk by candlelight.15 > As the army went house to > house and rounded up all men in Ramallah aged 15 > to 45, Israel ordered out > foreign reporters and also solidarity activists > trying to disrupt the army's > operation. Reporters were shot at and tear gassed > as they tried to report on > Israel's operations in the West Bank. > "[J]ournalists are banned, and > [Israeli] government officials have warned that > those caught [in Ramallah] > could have their press cards revoked. A new list > today of closed military > zones includes every city and town the army has > entered."16 Conditions were > so grim that even the World Bank protested that > "the [Israeli] army had > destroyed water and electricity facilities, homes, > schools and public > buildings" in the towns it had occupied.17 > > Palestinians are routinely denied necessary health > care, as this report from > B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, > reported on this incident > in Nablus: > > On April 29, 2002, at around 7:00 PM, 28-year-old > Amal 'Afaneh who was seven > months pregnant, began feeling extreme abdominal > pain. 'Afaneh's relatives > considered taking her to the hospital in Nablus by > car, a distance of only 5 > to 6 kilometers from their village of Azmut. They > decided against it, as > they feared being shot by Israeli soldiers who are > positioned at the > entrance to the village and along the road between > Azmut and Nablus. The > family called the Red Crescent and the Red Cross > to request that they send > an ambulance. The family was told that this could > only be done following > coordination with the Israeli military. > > While the Red Crescent and the Red Cross worked on > obtaining the required > Israeli approval, the family called a nurse who > lives in the village. The > nurse gave 'Afaneh preliminary treatment, and > herself called the Red > Crescent to urge them to hurry, as 'Afaneh needed > treatment that she could > not provide. > > At 9:00 PM, the family was told that approval had > been received and an > ambulance was on its way. In fact, the Red > Crescent ambulance had already > arrived at the entrance to 'Azmut, but was > detained for thirty minutes by an > Israeli tank crew. The soldiers ordered the > ambulance driver, Samir Abu > Seir, and the paramedic, Jamal Abu Hamdeh, to open > the doors of the > ambulance, and take off all their clothes. The > soldiers then took away their > identification papers, turned off their > walkie-talkies, and made them sit on > the ground. After searching the ambulance, the > soldiers ordered the two men > to return to Nablus. The ambulance was forced to > leave without 'Afaneh. > > When 'Afaneh's relatives heard that an ambulance > had been seen leaving > 'Azmut, they called the Red Crescent again, and > were told that the IDF > denied the ambulance entry into the village, and > nothing more could be done. > > At 9:30 PM, Amal 'Afaneh gave birth. Her baby did > not survive. She remains > at home, still unable to reach the hospital for > follow-up treatment.18 > > The Red Cross protested Israel's attacks on its > ambulances, and facilities, > which limited its ability to "feed and provide > medical care to Palestinian > civilians," while the Israeli human rights group > B'Tselem petitioned > Israel's High Court "after receiving reports of > torture at the Ofer > detention center near Ramallah."19 > > Israeli troops moved into Bethlehem, Hebron, > Jenin, Salfit, Beit Jala, > Nablus, and Tulkarm, and Qalqilya, conducting > house-to-house searches. "In > each city," the New York Times reported, "the > [Israeli] army was proving > more intense, ruthless and thorough than in any > prior incursion, including > the raids last month."20 Israeli army Major > General Yitzhak Eitan announced, > "This operation will last as long as necessary, > without a time limit," as > Israel called up 20,000 reservists for duty.21 > > Israel's destruction of the Jenin refugee camp in > early April was the most > horrific. Terje Roed-Larsen, the United Nation's > special envoy to the Middle > East, said the conditions in the Jenin refugee > camp after Israel's massive > onslaught there were "horrific and shocking beyond > belief. . . . No > objective can justify producing such suffering for > the population."22 > > "The devastation is worse than I expected," said > one aid worker who emerged > from the camp this afternoon. "I couldn't have > imagined anything worse than > this." The aid workers see the camp as the > equivalent of an earthquake zone, > where hundreds of homes have been flattened and > thousands are in need of > immediate food and housing. An estimated 3,000 > people remain in the camp and > 10,000 are believed to be scattered across the > area.23 The Guardian's > Suzanne Goldenberg said Jenin "look[ed] more like > the scene of an earthquake > than a combat zone after it was flattened by > Israeli army bulldozers."24 > > One eyewitness description of the Jenin > "incursion" gives a sense of the > horror experienced by Jenin's citizens: > > Khadra Samara, 33, the wife of the hospital cook > [at Razi Hospital], said > she was inside her home on Rawabi Street in the > [Jenin] refugee camp about > 11:30 Sunday night when an Israeli bulldozer > approached and tore through the > front gate and began slamming into the house. > > "We started screaming and lighting lamps and > candles so they'd know someone > was inside," she said. "We were 15 women and > children. . . . But as we > screamed, a missile was fired at the house, > destroying the second and third > floors. The whole house shook, there was a flash > of light, and all the > windows were blown out." > > In a panic, Samara called her husband at the > hospital and pleaded for help. > Inexplicably, the bulldozer backed off. But before > dawn Monday it smashed > into the house again, shaking the cinder-block > walls of the bedroom where > the children were sleeping. > > "The top of the wall started to give, and I > started grabbing the kids and > hauling them away from there," she said. "They > destroyed the house with > everything in it. We didn't even take one T-shirt > for one child." > > Samara tried to get out the front door, but found > it was blocked by rubble. > She handed the children through a side window into > a neighbor's house. > > "I was so furious I wanted to make a suicide bomb > and use it on them," she > said. "I picked up a cylinder of cooking gas to > carry with me so I could > blow it up. I was so scared I was screaming. I > thought I was going to die. > > "When I picked up the cylinder my daughter said, > 'Mom, don't do it! For > God's sake don't do it!'" > > The second house provided little respite. An hour > after they took refuge > there, the bulldozer came again. They fled to a > third house; it came under > attack from missiles fired by helicopter gunships. > > "From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. we ran from bedroom to > bathroom to kitchen, wherever > we thought was safest to go. The children became > sick from fear and started > vomiting," Samara said. > > They finally emerged waving white scarves. By that > time, with residents of > the two other houses having joined the group, they > counted nearly 30 women > and children. The soldiers held them for three > hours, then let them go, > Samara said.25 > > An untold number of people were buried by tanks > and bulldozers under the > rubble of their own homes in Jenin. Reporters and > human rights workers > reported seeing piles of rubble under which wafted > the stench of rotting > corpses. Given Israel's closing off of Jenin after > its assault and its > rebuff, with U.S. acquiescence, of a UN inspection > team, we will likely > never know the full extent of Israel's war crimes > in Jenin. > > "Without delay' means without delay. It means > now." -National Security > Adviser Condoleezza Rice, April 7, 2002.26 > > Defenders of George W. Bush like to talk about how > "plain spoken," "honest," > and "direct" he is. But apparently the terms > "without delay," "now," and > "immediately" have eluded the president and his > good friend Ariel Sharon. > But even when Colin Powell and George Bush were > finally pressured on April 4 > into calling for an end to Sharon's brutal > assault, "Israel's West Bank > offensive continued unabated . . . as the > government of Ariel Sharon sought > to beat what was seen as a warning," the Financial > Times reported. "I'm not > sure that we have to be concerned," one Israeli > official said of the Bush > call for Israel to pull back.27 Indeed, Israel > escalated its attacks and > entered new Palestinian population centers after > Bush's statement. When Bush > sent Powell to meet with the Israeli government, > Powell communicated the > urgency of his visit by flying to Morocco, Egypt, > Spain and Jordan, before > eventually making his way to Israel on April 11.28 > Israel moved into the > largest town in the West Bank, Hebron, on April > 29. As of this writing-early > May-Israel has not fully withdrawn to its > pre-March 2002 positions. > > The truth is that the Bush Administration has > given the green light to > Israel's assault, calling it "self defense." The > Boston Globe quoted a > defense department official saying that Powell > delayed his arrival to Israel > for several days in order to allow Israel to > complete its offensive.29 > > "The Palestinians are so blinded by their > narcissistic rage that they have > lost sight of the basic truth civilization is > built on: the sacredness of > every human life, starting with your own." > > -Thomas Friedman, New York Times, March 31, 2002. > > Friedman, a supporter of Israel and its current > war, has no problem with the > taking of a few thousand Palestinian lives by > Israeli soldiers-in fact he > calls for Israel to "deliver a military blow" to > crush the Palestinian > resistance. Friedman is attempting to paint the > Palestinian people as less > than fully human. Ran HaCohen dissects Freidman's > logic: > > Friedman's focus on suicide bombers is intended to > dehumanize the > Palestinians. By blaming Palestinians of > carelessness towards "the > sacredness of every human life, starting with your > own", Friedman is > claiming that they do not care about their own > life. He is then > patronizingly pretending that he does care about > their life (more than they > do!), and now, having assumed responsibility for > the Palestinians, Friedman > has a suggestion: "First, Israel needs to deliver > a military blow". Bravo. > Look how easily the great moralist Friedman is > translating "the sacredness > of every human life" into "a military blow". All > in the name of "the basic > truth civilization is built on" - what else? > > The Palestinian struggle is morally justified, > even though some of its > manifestations are unjustifiable. Reducing this > struggle to the issue of > suicide bombing is just another way of > dehumanizing and thus legitimizing > the killing of Palestinians, instead of removing > the reasons for their > horrifying desperation (remember Epictetus). > Dehumanizing an entire people > in the name of the "sacredness of every human > life", as Thomas Friedman has > done, is an especially repulsive example of > demagoguery.30 > > One need not support the tactic of suicide bombing > aimed at killing Israeli > citizens-though it isn't clear why it is more > reprehensible than blowing up > Palestinians with U.S.-made bombs and missiles-in > order to make the > important distinction between the violence of the > oppressor (Israel) and the > violence of the oppressed (Palestinians). In fact, > Sharon, as argued above, > has deliberately provoked the suicide bombings > because he sees them as a > good cover for Israel's brutal invasion. But it is > the purest hypocrisy to > attack the Palestinians for using violent means to > seek their freedom. If > Israel uses tanks and bombs to invade Palestinian > land and homes, bulldozing > people alive, bombing and strafing their homes, do > not Palestinians have a > right to use violence in their defense? > > "To make it clear that Washington is an honest > broker, [Bill] Clinton added, > 'the Arabs should know that we care just as much > about Palestinian kids as > Israeli kids.'" -Reuters, April 13, 2002.31 > > Washington is anything but an "honest broker." > Palestinian children's lives > have never meant anything beside Israeli ones. > Regardless of who has been in > power in Washington, Israel has been given a blank > check by the U.S. > government for decades. Every year, the U.S. sends > billions of dollars to > Israel in the form of grants, low-cost loans, and > subsidies. No other > country in the world has received as much aid or > support. And U.S. > manufacturers are always ready to supply Israel > with more weapons. When > Israel bought nine of Boeing's deadly AH-64D > Apache Longbow attack > helicopters in February 2001, the Jerusalem Post > noted that Israel "will be > paying for the $500 million deal with U.S. > military grant money."32 As the > St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in May 1999, > "Israel has acquired 260 of > Lockheed's F-16s over the years, consisting of 210 > new planes and 50 used > ones from the U.S. armed forces. That's the > largest fleet of F-16s anywhere > in the world outside the U.S. Air Force."33 The > Post-Dispatch's calculation > appeared two months before Israel purchased > another 50 F-16s - in a $2.5 > billion deal paid for with U.S. funds. > > The United States has long committed itself to > Israel as a strategic asset > in the oil-rich and geostrategically crucial > Middle East. It gives more than > $3 billion a year to Israel, and provides it with > invaluable military, > economic, and political backing. (In its fiscal > year 2001 budget, the State > Department explained "The United States has a > significant interest in a > stable, democratic, and economically and > militarily strong Israel" and is > committed to "Maintaining the qualitative edge of > the Israeli Defense Forces > in the regional balance of power."34) As Noam > Chomsky has rightly pointed > out, "It is highly misleading to use the phrase > 'Israel-Palestine > conflict'... [I]t should be termed the > 'U.S./Israel-Palestine' conflict."35 > That description is not only a more accurate way > of understanding the roots > of the problem, but it points to the urgency that > activists in the United > States must have to organize a movement to cut off > all support the United > States gives to Israel. > > > > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > NOTES > > 1 "Sharon: Israel offensive to continue," > Washington Post, April 9, 2002. > > 2 David Waines, A Sentence of Exile: The > Palestine/Israel Conflict 1897-1977 > (Wimette, Illinois: The Medina Press, 1977), p. > 145. > > 3 Peter Slevin and Mike Allen, "Bush: Sharon a > 'man of peace'; Israel > 'responded' to call for pullout," Washington Post, > April 19, 2002. > > 4 James Benet, "What does he want? The enigma that > is Sharon," New York > Times, March 17, 2002. > > 5 James Benet, "Despite violence, settlers survive > and spread," New York > Times, April 28, 2002. > > 6 William Safire, "A talk with Sharon," New York > Times, April 1, 2002. > > 7 Inigo Gilmore, "Sharon plans to annex half the > West Bank, say coalition > ally," (London) Daily Telegraph, April 21, 2002. > > 8 Martin van Creveld, "Sharon's plan is to drive > Palestinians across the > Jordan," (London) Sunday Telegraph, April 28, > 2002. > > 9 Alexander Cockburn, "Sharon or Arafat: Which is > the sponsore of terror?" > Counterpunch, December 6, 2001, at > www.counterpunch.org. > > 10 James Benet, "Sharon suggests Arafat could go > to the Gaza Strip," New > York Times, April 25, 2002. > > 11 Peter Beaumont, "Ten-day ordeal in crucible of > Jenin," Observer (London), > April 14, 2002. > > 12 Chris Hedges, "Gaza diary," Harper's Magazine, > October 2001, at > www.harpers.org/online/gaza_diary. > > 13 David Rohde, "Israeli army raids the largest > city in the West Bank," New > York Times, April 30, 2002. > > 14 James Benet and David Rohde, "In rubble of a > refugee camp, bitter lessons > for two enemies," New York Times, April 21, 2002. > > 15 James Bennet, "Israelis besiege a defiant > Arafat in his office," New York > Times, March 30, 2002; John Kifner and James > Bennet, "Israelis increase West > Bank forces as Arabs protest," New York Times, > April 2, 2002. > > 16 John Kifner, "Under siege, without power or > water," New York Times, April > 5, 2002; Mark Jurkowitz, "News outlets decry > Israel's coverage limit," > Boston Globe, April 3, 2002. > > 17 Harvey Morris, "Israeli invasion 'Threat to > Arab aid scheme,'" Financial > Times, April 5, 2002. > > 18 "Death of a newborn-Azmut, Nablus District," > Updates from the field, May > 1, 2002, at www.btselem.org. > > 19 Elizabeth Becker, "Red Cross criticizes attacks > on its facilities." New > York Times, April 6, 2002; Harvey Morris, "Israeli > push continues as U.S. > envoy meets Arafat," Financial Times, April 6-7, > 2002. > > 20 Serge Schmemann, "Israeli armor units continue > sweeping through West > Bank," New York Times, April 4, 2002. > > 21 John Kifner, "In Israel, press kits roll out > with tanks," New York Times, > March 30, 200; Kifner and Bennet, "Israelis > increase West Bank forces." > > 22 Edward Alden and Roula Khalaf, "UN envoy calls > Jenin destruction > 'horrific,'" Financial Times, April 19, 2002. > > 23 David Rohde, "Aid groups criticize Israel over > rescue effort in Jenin," > New York Times, April 17, 2002. > > 24 Suzanne Goldenberg, "Disaster zone hides final > death toll," Guardian > (London), April 17, 2002. > > 25 Lee Hockstader, "Trails of destruction, tales > of loss," Washington Post, > April 12, 2002. > > 26 Wolf Blitzer, interview with Condoleezza Rice, > "Late Edition," CNN, April > 7, 2002. > > 27 Morris, "Israeli push continues"; Edward Alden, > Carola Hoyos, and Harvey > Morris, "Bush urges Israel to halt offensive in > West Bank," Financial Times, > April 5, 2002. > > 28 Todd S. Purdum, "In Morocco, Powell pleads for > Arab help in Mideast," New > York Times, April 9, 2001; Alan Sipress and Keith > B. Richburg, "Israel > unbowed as Powell arrives; Military extends > offensive into two more towns," > Washington Post, April 12, 2002. > > 29 Cited in "Merip primer on the Palestinian > uprising," April 14, 2002, at > www.zmag.org. > > 30 Ran HaCohen, "Letter from Israel: Suidical > truths," April 5, 2002, at > www.Antiwar.com. > > 31 Reuters, "Clinton says leaders' obstinacy is > harming Mideast's children," > New York Times, April 13, 2002. > > 32 Arieh O'Sullivan, "US to sell Israel nine > Apache Longbow attack > helicopters for $500m," Jerusalem Post, February > 21, 2001. > > 33 Philip Dine and Kyung M. Song, "Boeing looks to > Israel for much-needed > F-15 orders," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 12, > 1999; Bloomberg News, > "Lockheed lands Israeli deal worth $2.5 billion," > Los Angeles Times, July > 19, 1999. > > 34 Statement by Assistant Secretary Edward S. > Walker, Jr., Congressional > Budget Justification for Foreign Operations, > Fiscal Year 2001, Office of the > Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern > Affairs, "Resources, Plans and > Policy U.S. Department of State," March 15, 2000. > > 35 Noam Chomsky, introduction to The New Intifada: > Resisting Israel's > Apartheid, ed. Roane Carey (New York and London: > Verso, 2001), p. 6.