INDEX

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Allegra Pacheco on Palestinian rules of Engagement

from Jews sans frontieres by Gabriel

Judge Goldstone Retracts Part of His Report on Israeli Assault on Gaza, Leaves Rest Intact

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

Israel calls for UN to retract Goldstone report

from World War 4 Report blogs by Jurist

Responding to Goldstone

Goldstone enlisted to participate in Israeli terrorist propaganda

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)

Goldstone

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)

Goldstone offered Israel a licences to perpetrate more war crimes in the future

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)

B’Tselem Announces Formation of Public Council

Juliano Mer-Khamis, in his own words

from The Only Democracy? by Assaf Oron

Leading Palestinian Peace Activist & Theater Director, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Killed in Jenin

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

How Arabs should fight Israel and Israelis: the guidelines

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)

Israel Files Charges Against Abusisi, Accuses Him of Being Hamas Weapons Maker, Channel 10 TV Interview

BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT SANCTIONS (BDS)

Zionism, bath, and beyond

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
ZIONISM = RACISM

OCCUPATION

Headlines for April 5, 2011


The Wikileaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, Day 129

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell
HUMAN RIGHTS

Allegra Pacheco on Palestinian rules of Engagement

from Jews sans frontieres by Gabriel

…Indeed, all the Palestinian people I have spoken with here in the West Bank who heard of the murders [in Itamar] shake their heads and say how terrible they were ‏(and none saw the pictures‏). And in the next breath they add, “and I’m sure it wasn’t a Palestinian who did this.” The murders were condemned by Palestinian militant groups, the political leadership and civil society.

And yet the Israeli government has had a field day, accusing the Palestinian collective of incitement to murder and using the incident as a pretext to expand settlements – and to hold hostage the entire village of Awarta ‏(over 5,000 people‏), adjacent to Itamar, which has been under total lockdown for days. A close Palestinian colleague remarks: “After 45 years of occupying us, and 60-plus years of fighting us, the Israelis still don’t know us – it’s amazing.”

In denying involvement, the military wing of the Fatah party, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, said they “oppose the targeting of civilians and killing of children no matter what the pretext may be.” A leaflet from the Imad Mughniyeh Group, loosely affiliated with Hezbollah and Fatah, added that in the past, it had “abandoned many attacks” due to the presence of children. More than one Palestinian reminds me of the No. 300 bus hijacking in 1984, which was “botched” because the Palestinian hijackers let a pregnant Israeli woman off the bus.

The information she then gave to the Israeli security services enabled them to locate the bus and ultimately kill all the militants.

“We don’t deliberately target women and children,” several Palestinians who served time in Israeli prisons for activities against the occupation tell me unhesitatingly. Is this Palestinian cultural patriarchy at work or is it respect for international law that guides these accused militants? “But you put bombs inside civilian buses years ago. What’s the difference?” I ask.

I am struck by the answer: “This was a stabbing of children inside their homes – that’s not resistance. No bomber boarded a bus to kill children.”

International humanitarian law does not recognize the distinctions that these militants make: Indiscriminate attacks that are likely to kill civilians are plainly illegal. But, by the logic I was hearing, the distinction boils down to a matter of intent. Like the different degrees of murder recognized by the American criminal system.

“You know,” continues one of the former prisoners, “it took years for the resistance to agree to include Israeli settlers as targets. Only when [Rabbi Moshe] Levinger and his bandits grew in numbers and began driving through our streets and shooting at us, did we reach agreement on this.”( Haaretz, April 1, 2011)

The investigation, by the way, is under a gag order. We wouldn’t want published facts to interfere with the statewide racist incitement that can be milked from this story in Israel, would we?



Judge Goldstone Retracts Part of His Report on Israeli Assault on Gaza, Leaves Rest Intact

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

Goldstone_guestsThe lead author of The Goldstone Report on the 2008-2009 Israeli assault on Gaza has backtracked on one of his key findings. In an editorial run Friday by the Washington Post, Judge Richard Goldstone said, “Civilians were not intentionally targeted [by Israel] as a matter of policy.” Now Israel has called on the United Nations to retract the report on the devastating war that led to the death of about 1,400 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, and 13 Israelis. To discuss the implications of Judge Goldstone’s position, we are joined by Adam Horowitz and Lizzy Ratner. They are co-editors of an abridged version of the U.N. investigation, titled The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict. “Judge Goldstone actually only comments on one small part of the report,” Horowitz says, “which I take as an implication that the rest of the report stays intact and that he is still in support of that.” [includes rush transcript]


Israel calls for UN to retract Goldstone report

from World War 4 Report blogs by Jurist

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 3 called on the UN to retract the Goldstone Report following statements made by Richard Goldstone in a Washington Post op-ed. Netanyahu said the Goldstone Report, which found that Israel committed war crimes in Operation Cast Lead after a fact finding mission, is called into question by Goldstone’s April 1 article, where he wrote: “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.” According to Goldstone, new evidence has shown that Israel never targeted civilians in the conflict as originally alleged.

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Responding to Goldstone

B’Tselem responds to an op-ed published by Richard Goldstone regarding the Goldstone Report into Operation Cast Lead. While Goldstone retracts the allegation that Israel intentionally targeted civilians, grave questions remain regarding others aspects of…..


Goldstone enlisted to participate in Israeli terrorist propaganda

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“Gen. Avi Benayahu, the Israeli military’s chief spokesman, said on Israel Radio that he would like to invite Mr. Goldstone to Israel, show him around and enlist him in the state’s future public relations needs.

Goldstone

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
The headline about Goldstone should be this: An Apartheid Era Judge Endorses Israeli Apartheid’s war crimes.

Goldstone offered Israel a licences to perpetrate more war crimes in the future

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
““The one point of light regards future actions,” Gabriela Shalev, a law professor and most recently Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, said on Israel Radio. “If we have to defend ourselves against terror organizations again, we will be able to say there is no way to deal with this terror other than the same way we did in Cast Lead.””


B’Tselem Announces Formation of Public Council

B’Tselem announced the inauguration of the organization’s firstpublic council today (27 March). The council is comprised of 34 leading Israeli academic, cultural and social figures, spanning a wide spectrum of opinions and fields. At this especially important juncture, these persons have chosen to openly declare their support for human rights, in general, and for B’Tselem’s work to advance protection of human rights in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in particular.


Juliano Mer-Khamis, in his own words

from The Only Democracy? by Assaf Oron

From filmmaker and activist Jen Marlowe:

Dear friends,

Many of you may have already heard about the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis. The co-founder and director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, he was gunned down (five bullets to the head) this afternoon outside the theatre by an unknown assailant.

I first met Juliano in 2006, when I began working with a group of activists in New York to support the Freedom Theatre. I have visited the Freedom Theatre multiple times over the years, watching Juliano teach and direct young acting students. Most recently, I watched Juliano as he coached acting students three months ago, preparing for the much-acclaimed production of “Alice in Wonderland.”

I have no words at this moment to describe Juliano, the work of the Freedom Theatre and the scope and scale of this horrific event, both for his family (Juliano leaves behind two children, one still a baby, and a pregnant wife), for the theatre, for the community in Jenin Refugee Camp and for Palestine as a whole.

I can only offer this video, which I made in collaboration with my colleagues in ‘Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre’.
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Please take a moment to watch Juliano, in his own words, as he talks about his vision for Palestine and how the Freedom Theatre is an integral part of that vision.

And please take a moment to share this video, to post it, to spread it.

Juliano was killed. But he has not been silenced.

With deep sadness,

Jen Marlowe


Leading Palestinian Peace Activist & Theater Director, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Killed in Jenin

Play_khamisPalestinians, artists and peace activists worldwide are mourning the loss of a leading figure in Palestinian creative nonviolent resistance. Juliano Mer-Khamis, the founder of a theater for Palestinian children, was killed Monday by masked assailants in the West Bank town of Jenin. He had received a number of death threats from extremist Palestinians for his work with the Jenin Freedom Theatre. The theater has helped Palestinian youths deal with the hardships of life under Israeli occupation by expressing themselves through the arts—film, photography, art and theater. We are joined in Jenin by Nabeel Raee, director of the Acting School at the Jenin Freedom Theatre, where he worked closely with Mer-Khamis for many years, and by Constancia “Dinky” Romilly, founder and president of the board of the New York City-based Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, who also worked closely with the program in Jenin. [includes rush transcript]

How Arabs should fight Israel and Israelis: the guidelines

So American Zionists and other supporters of Israel worldwide believe that Israel fought well against Gaza in the 2008 assault, and that the Zionist usurping entity did not violate the laws of war in the act of aggression, and that it did not commit war crimes.  Did I get that position right? So according to them, Palestinians and other Arabs would be within their right if they fought against Israel from now on using the guidelines of the Israeli attack on Gaza, and killing the same percentage of Israeli civilians as Israel did against Palestinians?  Did I get that one right? OK.

Israel Files Charges Against Abusisi, Accuses Him of Being Hamas Weapons Maker, Channel 10 TV Interview

Earlier today, the Israeli State prosecutor released its charges (full Hebrew version, this is a partial English translation prepared by Dena Shunra) against Dirar Abusisi.  And to read it, you’d think he was the Werner von Braun of Hamas, it’s chief rocket designer and the brains behind the movement’s most advanced weapons systems.  How a simple man, father of six, and electrical engineer helping run the enclave’s sole power plant becomes such an eminent figure is a bit hard to fathom.

But let Shabak and Mossad lay it out for you.  First, he enrolled in a Ukrainian PhD program in electrical engineering, where his PhD advisor was Constantine Petrovich, a supposed expert in the development of SCUD rocketry.  Prof. Petrovich was apparently in on th e plan to turn Abusisi into the mastermind of Hamas’ weapons development program.  As part of his devious, conniving plan:

[He intended] to take part in lessons and academic activity relating to ballistic weaponry and of having obtained extensive knowledge in the field of developing missiles and mechanisms for the control, propulsion, and stabilization of them.

When he returned to Gaza, he allegedly began his life as a covert Hamas operative, recruited by Hamas senior leader, Nizar Rayan, conveniently assassinated by Israel during Cast Lead and not available to contradict the “evidence” offered.  The charges also note the involvement of another Hamas military figure, Salah Shehadeh in Abusisi’s military career.  Shehadeh too was murdered by Israel.

One factor I find astonishing is that the charge sheet practically lays out the entire military leadership of Hamas that was involved in weapons development.  I’ve never know Shabak or Aman to give away such information for free and make is so easily accessible.  In fact, the charge sheet is a treasure trove of data over which Hamas intelligence operatives will feast their eyes.  I’m guessing the reason it was willing to be so explicit is either it’s killed all of these individuals and no longer cares about revealing what it knows about the them, or it’s speaking a load of rubbish (or both).

In fact, if Abusisi was so instrumental in this weapons program why wasn’ tthere a single attempt made on his life.  Many or most of the other figures mentioned as being his mentors were either killed or targeted, but not Abusisi?  Why?

Interestingly, the charges claim he joined the organization while working for the Gaza electrical utility and that such affiliation was “prohibited.”  Prohibited by whom?  By Hamas?  Why would Hamas prohibit an electrical worker from being a member?  And if they’re claiming this occurred when the PA ran Gaza, and there was such a prohibition, how is a violation of the rules in Gaza subject to criminal charges within Israel?

Besides, just yesterday I linked to an Israeli press report that interviewed two fellow power plant workers who emphatically denied he was a Hamas member.  Either this guy is a super-spy able to conceal his activities from fellow workers who visited his home numerous times; or the Shabak has gone completely off the rails with these charges.

The charge sheet continues breathlessly linking Abusisi to a leader of the Hamas military wing:

The Accused did this [ran the Gaza power plant] within the framework of his membership of a committee headed by senior Hamas activists Muhammad Dief, which dealt in the development and improvement of various types of missiles and mortars, including the Qassem, Yassine, Albattar, Abu Rassine, and Albana.

Then follows a litany of various weapons Abusisi is given sole credit for developing including the Qassam (22 km range), Yassine anti-tank missile, missiles capable of damaging Israeli armored personnel carriers, fins which stabilize the Al Battar missile.   Finally, he is accused of transferring Russian rocketry research and development to Hamas (specifically the Igla missile).

The icing on the cake is this charge that Abusisi planned to found the equivalent of Hamas’ West Point, a military academy that would train its fighters in advanced weapons manufacture:

[He developed] the idea of establishing a military academy that would train the officers and commanding ranks in the Hamas for their functionality under warfare and took upon himself the task of establishing and managing the military academy…

According to Israeli intelligence, creation of the program came as part of a study by Hamas of its failures during Cast Lead.  It’s of course entirely self-serving for the Shabak to claim Hamas admitted operational failure during the Gaza war.

If any of these charges are true (which I doubt) Abusisi has to be one of the worst rocket designers in the history of the field.  Hamas does not have missiles capable of disabling Israeli tanks or armor.  Its rockets are still notoriously unstable and ineffective.  What has this engineer’s vaunted skills actually done to harm Israel?

To show how shabby and contrived these charges are, in one passage it says the charges against him involve his participation in Hamas weapons making from 2002-2008.  And in another section it claims he developed the concept for the military academy around the time of Operation Cast Lead, which was in 2009.

The charge sheet makes no claims whatsover about Gilad Shalit, which proves that interviews in which Bibi Netanyahu made such a claim were patently false and misleading.

Here’s what I think may be Israel’s motives.  It has not been able to stop rockets landing in southern Israel and it has not been able to free Gilad Shalit.  In Abusisi, they’ve got a twofer: they can reassure Israelis from the south that they’ve nabbed one of their worst nemeses and they can score points among the nationalist right by claiming they’ve nabbed someone who has specific knowledge about Shalit which could lead to his freedom.  As I’ve already written, this is an incredibly cynical ploy desgined to manipulate the fears of the Israeli public.

The charge sheet mentions nothing about his activity in Ukraine and does not question his claim that he was actually planning to become a Ukrainian citizen and leave Gaza for good.  So Mossad nabbed him after he’d ended his affiliation with Hamas and after he left the field of battle.  It’s like shooting someone in the back as they run away from you.

Channel 10′s Tzinor Layla program offered me my first interview on Israeli TV. The interviewer did a relatively good job. But there were two smart aleck program hosts, London and Kirschenbaum, who insisted on adding their brand of cynicism and levity to the proceedings. One asked how I supported myself and the blog (presumably searching for those Saudi petrodollars) and the other geezer suggested (only half in jest) that Ukraine or China might want to kidnap me, bring me to Israel, where I too could be tried right alongside Abusisi. I thought it was hilarious too. Just like you.

Related posts:

  1. Abusisi’s Co-Workers: Shocked at Israeli Kidnapping, Say He Criticized Hamas Walla publishes a persuasive article interviewing two of Dirar Abusisi’s long-time…
  2. Alan Dershowitz Accuses Rabbis Supporting Goldstone of Being ‘Anti-Israel,’ Pro-Hamas, Guilty of ‘Blood Libel’ Everyone knows all the jokes about the lying scumbag lawyers…
  3. Bibi: Abusisi is Hamas and He’s Spilling His Guts Bibi Netanyahu took the unprecedented step, one which I don’t…


BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT SANCTIONS (BDS)

Zionism, bath, and beyond

Boycott Bed, Bath, and Beyond for carrying Israeli settlements products. (thanks Farah)
ZIONISM = RACISM








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