MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH
April 21, 2003
AmerIsrael Series #1: Big and Small Brothers in Cahoot
In this new series I intend to document the long-standing parallels, links and growing interconnections between the U.S. and Israeli governments in the hope that exposing the largely hidden agendas of the Jewish intelligentsia having such a disproportionate influence on the world affairs will help bring back some balance and foster the emergence of solutions to this blatantly unfair situation and the perils it is creating for the entire planet.
This is NOT a vindicative charge against anyone but merely a much needed reassessment of what is going on in the Light of the growing sense of Oneness and universal compassion that is gradually becoming the leading force behind and within all our choices in this and future lifetimes.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/AmerIsrael.htm
P.S. I mistakenly sent you the first part of my latest Media Compilation #131: Murky Future for the Middle East" last Saturday. The rest is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MediaCompilation131.htm
"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home & our being, drive a spear into the land, & say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government & corporations, "thus far & no farther."
- Edward Abbey
1. America Faces Israel Scenario
2. Israel is Developing 'Ethnic Bomb' for Growing Biological Weapons Arsenal
3. Escalating Israeli attacks on activists in Palestine linked to transfer scenario?
4. More Blood in Rafah
5. Israeli army sniper leaves British peace activist brain-dead
6. Scientists wary of Bush bioweapons plan
7. Bush joke
8. Israel seeks pipeline for Iraqi oil
Pictures of Iraq war
Suggested by "Hans Karow" <email@example.com> who wrote: "How about one of your messages with only this?"
War Child - Hope
This is a CD produced by top artists. All monies made going to Iraqi kids - Released 21st April and available from Amazon.com - See also http://www.warchild.org.uk
Unnatural disaster (March 6)
Malnourishment in the occupied Palestinian territories is getting worse, and it is an entirely man-made problem.
Addameer Special Report on the Occasion of Palestinian Prisoners Day (April 17)
As we mark Palestinian Prisoners Day this Thursday, 17 April, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are being subjected to harsh and repressive conditions within central prisons, detention centers and military camps run by both the Israeli Prisons Authority and the Israeli military, while Palestinians outside prisons continue to suffer from repeated violations of their basic human rights by Israeli occupying forces. Over the years, the Palestinian prisoners movement has achieved much in its struggle to ensure minimum standards of detention, many times at the cost of their lives. However, these accomplishments have all but disappeared since the beginning of the current Intifada in September 2000, as conditions of detention have reached unparalleled levels of deterioration, as prisoners are forced to live in inhuman conditions, are offered inadequate food, prevented from having family visits, prevented from recreational activities and subject to severe restrictions on leaving their cells for fresh air, insufficient medical attention, amongst many other problems.
Shut-Down of Israeli Consulate by Jews for a Free Palestine (April 16)
Today, with Passover beginning at sundown, over 50 protestors led by Jews for A Free Palestine and supporters marched to the Israeli Consulate. Today at around 10 am over 50 protestors led by Jews for A Free Palestine and supporters marched to the Israeli Consulate. They took over the lobby and interrupted business as usual demanding: 1) an end to the genocidal war on the Palestinian people, 2) an end to the occupation and all settlements, 3) the upholding of the international human rights of all Palestinians, including the right of refugees to return home.
Palestine: the world looks away
While international attention is on Iraq, Israel is taking the chance to expand army operations in the West Bank and Gaza, demolishing their structure and infrastructure, totally unconcerned about the deaths it causes.
Jewish mini-state to give Washington instructions for Middle East, Israel to U.S.: Now deal with Syria and Iran (April 14)
JERUSALEMTwo of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior aides will go to Washington for separate talks this week. National Security Advisor Efraim Halevy will discuss the regional implications of the Iraq war and the fall of the Ba'ath regime, and the prime minister's bureau chief Dov Weisglass will bring the White House Israel's comments on the "road map" plan for a peace settlement. Israel will suggest that the United States also take care of Iran and Syria because of their support for terror and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. Israel will point out the support of Syria and Iran for Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers an important target in the war against international terrorism. American officials recently said in closed conversations that the U.S. will act against Syria and Iran, but not by military means. The American administration is very angry with Syria for its support of Iraq during the war and its willingness to take in defectors from Saddam Hussein's regime. As for Iran, the administration suggests working with the UN and Atomic Energy Commission to halt the Iranian nuclear program.
Background / Shock and Assad - Israel's wish list (April 15)
(...) Israel gave signs of what it would like to see Washington do to bring Damascus to heel, and what the Jewish state could gain from the effort.
Israel high court gives dart-filled bombs the green light
The country will be asked to outlaw tear gas next, says judge, as lobby group loses battle over use of flechette munitions JERUSALEM - The Supreme Court in Israel has upheld the Israeli army's use of artillery rounds which, when they explode, spray thousands of darts at high velocity over hundreds of metres, ripping apart any person in range. Physicians for Israeli lobby group Human Rights said the use of shells packed with darts - known as flechettes - was in contravention of the Geneva Convention covering the rules of warfare and should be banned. Flechette shells caused unnecessary human suffering and were indiscriminate weapons, they argued. The shells had killed 10 innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in September 2000.
Israel simply has no right to exist
Peace might have a real chance without Israelis' biblical claims. (...) This then is the potted history of the iniquities surrounding its own birth that Israel must acknowledge in order for peace to have a chance. After years of war, peace comes from forgiving, not forgetting; people never forget but they have an extraordinary capacity to forgive. Just look at South Africa, which showed the world that a cathartic truth must precede reconciliation. Far from being a force for liberation and safety after decades of suffering, the idea that Israel is some kind of religious birthright has only imprisoned Jews in a never-ending cycle of conflict. The "promise" breeds an arrogance which institutionalises the inferiority of other peoples and generates atrocities against them with alarming regularity. It allows soldiers to defy their consciences and blast unarmed schoolchildren. (...) However, take away the biblical right and suddenly mutual coexistence, even a one-state solution, doesn't seem that far-fetched. What name that coexistence will take is less important than the fact that peoples have forgiven and that some measure of justice has been restored. Jews will continue to live in the Holy Land - as per the promise - as equals alongside its other rightful inhabitants. If that kind of self-reproach is forthcoming, Israel can expect the Palestinians to be forgiving and magnanimous in return. The alternative is perpetual war.
The Lie Of Liberation, Cheering Iraqis are just a diversion, folks. BushCo's real goal is only just beginning (April 11)
(...) And it's a nation we will be involved in for years, if not decades, to come. Think all our troops are coming home anytime soon? Think again. Wonder if all our new and hate-filled enemies in surrounding countries will now roll over and beg for our mercy? Think again. Remember, Iraq's overthrow is only Phase 1 of the premeditated, long-standing Rummy/Cheney/Wolfie plan to aggressively bludgeon the Middle East into compliance with U.S. corporate and political interests. Did you miss that one? About the Project for the New American Century? Yep, been mapped out for years. CLIP
Date: 18 Apr 2003
Subject: Fwd: America Faces Israel Scenario
No matter where you stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this article explains clearly and fairly (imho) how America is heading in the same direction as Israel has. Like Israel, it is NOT to the benefit of the citizens that this be so, and I am sure many of us can see that. If only we can learn from Israel how NOT to make this a carbon copy. There are too many people that have already been pushed far to the right in reaction to the fear-mongering tactics of a government gone amuck. Fear, I'm afraid to say, seems to bring out the WORST in people, which is why it's such a useful tool of control... Break the cycle of fear (no matter what is happening to foster it) and you break that control. How to do that? Seek within yourself, and follow where your heart leads. It knows. ~~ goldi
Or from: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2809.htm
America Faces Israel Scenario
By Mark Ames ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
A reporter for the Israeli daily Haaretz, traveling with the US forces as they pushed up from Kuwait towards Baghdad, compared the American soldiers shocked and bewildered reaction to unexpected Iraqi resistance to the opening phase of the war in Lebanon, where seemingly invincible IDF troops met unexpectedly fierce resistance in 1982.
The comparison is significant for a lot of reasons. Israeli eventually lost that war and was driven out of Lebanon. The goal to drive out Yasser Arafat and his PLO from Lebanon also failed; within fifteen years, Arafat had taken over parts of the occupied territories. Lebanon was not only a military defeat, it shattered Israel's brief Golden Age, its paradigm of moral righteousness and military invincibility. Specifically, it brought terror to Israel in a way never dreamed of before the invasion. It brought the suicide bomber, courtesy of the Shiite Hezbollah.
The Lebanon war, although battle-by-battle a victory for Israel, was a PR disaster. The Israelis bombed Beirut, killing thousands of civilians in their drive to oust Arafat. Whereas before much of the world admired Israel for its Holocaust beginnings and its idealistic struggle to create a lasting social- democracy in a sea of brutal autocracies, now the world saw Israel as brutal, militaristic and the inverse of the ideals that had once won it so much sympathy.
Israel became increasingly isolated from the world, including the West. At the same time, its military vulnerability inspired the once-docile Palestinians living under occupation to rebel like never before. Today, Israelis are easily the most isolated citizens of a democratic government in the world. They have problems traveling to most countries in the world. They are not safe wherever they travel. They are not safe on their own streets, in their buses or cafes. Most of the world's public opinion is strongly against Israel's policies towards the Palestinians. The more Israel has become isolated, the more it has swung to the right, voting for policies that further isolate it, which in turn further fuel support for the far-right. At the same time, small chinks in Israel's military armor exposed in the Lebanon war, however slight, were an inspiration to terrorists on a scale Israel had never had to deal with before. The result: Palestinian suicide terror, which led an increasingly isolated and right-leaning Israeli public to lurch even farther to the right. The farther right, the harder the crackdown. The harder the crackdown, the more sense of injustice, which fuels more terror, and at the same time, more public scorn from the international community.
This vicious cycle of increasing isolation and militarism, the Israel Scenario, is exactly where America is headed. Military superiority exhibited in Afghanistan and in the generally successful war against Al Qaeda, along with world sympathy following 9/11, gave the Bush Administration hawks far too much confidence in their invincibility (mirroring the position Israel was in on the regional and world stage before Lebanon). The Bush Administration has since managed to make America the most loathed, isolated democracy in the worldafter Israel. Americans in all parts of the world are reporting increasing harassment, while in entire regions it is too dangerous to even travel.
Now the military part of the equation is unfolding: sucked into a quagmire that was supposed to be easy, the US has already faced its first suicide bomber and thousands more are promised. TV images of the victims of American bombing are beamed around the world, further increasing anti- American rage. Even though the war is technically being won so far by the US, the first chinks in its armor were revealed after more than a decade of awesome invincibility. The Arabs are overcoming their fear and disunity. In response, Donald Rumsfeld has already announced that Syria may be targeted next. Syria: which controls Lebanon and the Hezbollah, who introduced the art of suicide bombing to the Arabs, including the Iraqi officer who blew up four American soldiers on Sunday.
The enemies of both America and Israel use terror to instill fear in the hope that they will either force their enemies to change their policies, or destroy them. As a rule, terrorists work to radicalize both the aggrieved population and the perceived oppressor. The oppressor is forced into becoming ever more brutal, and through its brutality, the local population (in this case the Iraqis) becomes further radicalized until the situation becomes unbearable for the occupier. This is what drove out the Israelis from Lebanon.
But it is the broader effect in the home country that is more frightening. I remember the first time I went to Israel how surprised I was by the lack of enthusiasm most of the young Israelis I met had for Israel. They were tired of war, tired of isolation. They wanted to lead normal lives, not to be pariahs of the world. That was in 1991, during the first Intifadah. The salad days by comparison. When I returned to Israel last May, the deterioration was incredible. Now the Israelis barely venture outside of their homes. They live in a constant state of siege. Moreover, they have lost all moral legitimacy in the eyes of basically every country on earth except for America. Most of the world views them as something between an apartheid regime and the Gestapo, the very inverse of everything Israel was supposed to stand for. Israelis and their supporters defensively label their critics anti-Semites; the isolation is furthered, the positions even more hardened.
Wherever you stand on the issue, if there's one thing America does not and should not want to become it's Israel. Isolated, loathed, fearful, under siege...
Or does America want that? Put it this way: why does the Bush Administration seem to have such an unusually cozy, warm relationship with Sharon? As Israeli prime ministers go, he certainly stands least for the liberal values that America was founded on. Sharon was always considered an anathema to mainstream American politicians.
The far-right always prospers from the fear promoted by terror and the war against terror. Without terror, fear, a state of siege and isolation, Sharon and his coalition of racist freaks could not count on staying in power. On the other hand, without Sharon and his ethnic cleansing ministers, the terrorists would have a hard time growing their own power base. The two complement each other. Even economic decline under Sharon hasn't dampened his support, in the same way that America's economic decline hasn't hurt Bush, so long as fear keeps his support strong.
Bin Laden creates the fear that heats the Bush Administration's popularity. The Bush people have become addicted to that fear, and addicted to feeding it to its citizens. When America grossly mishandled the diplomacy leading up to the Iraq War and wound up isolated, Americans, like Israelis, lashed out at former allies, accusing them of being "anti-American." Boycotts started. The more isolation, the more the population finds itself in bed with the Bush Administration.
It's no coincidence that the Bush Administration is leading America into the Israel scenario. The strategy was designed, literally, by Americans working for the Israeli right.
The leading architects of the new war in Iraq - Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wurmser - were hired in 1996 by Sharon's Likud government (then headed by Benjamin Netanyahu) to devise policy papers under the auspices of the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies. The policy paper the three helped pen, titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," recommended exactly the current administration's policy: "Israel can shape its strategic environment...by weakening, containing and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq... Iraq's future could affect the strategic balance in the Middle East profoundly." The paper went on to advocate breaking off peace talks with Arafat, launching "hot pursuit" strikes into Palestinian territory and "reestablishing the principle of preemption." It was too much for Netanyahu; he rejected it.
Today, Richard Perle, until recently the chairman of the Pentagon's highly- influential Defense Policy Board, is widely acknowledged as the prime architect of the war on Iraq. Feith is undersecretary of defense for policy and Wurmser is a State Department special assistant.
What they couldn't sell to Netanyahu, they pushed on Bush, who bought it hook, line and sinker. Under Sharon, parts of the plan have been implemented; the big jobs - the conquests of Iraq and Syria - have been left to America.
The Israel Scenario is already here for Americans. As anyone who has traveled to Israel and witnessed its dark slide into increasing isolation and siege will recognize, America's descent has just begun. It can get a hell of a lot worse. And it will. Which isn't so bad, so long as you're part of the American Right.
Date: 9 Apr 2003
From: "LESLEY WHITING" <email@example.com>
Subject: Escalating Israeli attacks on activists in Palestine linked to" transfer" scenario?
Here is a piece I wrote about a very disturbing trend occurring presently in Palestine while the media is riveted on Iraq. Hope you find it useful.
Escalating Israeli attacks on Internationals in Palestine linked to transfer scenario?
by Lesley Whiting
The shooting, on April the 5th of Brian Avery is the latest in a series of brutal attacks on international peace activists by the Israeli army, Another American peace activist of the International Solidarity Movement, Brian Avery, aged 24, became a victim of Israeli military brutality when he was shot in the face by a burst of machine gunfire in Jenin.
Brian and another activist, staying in the ISM heaquarters in Jenin heard the sound of gunfire and went outside to investigate. Two armoured personell carriers advanced toward them slowly. There were no Palestinians in the street. Both activists stood still and raised their hands above their head to indicate that they were unarmed. Suddenly there was a burst of machine gunfire which ricoched and sprayed bullets, shrapnel and rock at them. As the APC's drove away, leaving Brian face downwards in a pool of blood. As his friend gently turned him, he discovered that half of his lower face on one side had been blown away. (On the same day, in a separate incident in Jenin, Lars Smith, 35, from Denmark was also seriously injured by shrapnel from tank fire, and remains hospitalised in Haifa).
When Brian was shot, he had been wearing a red flourescent jacket with a reflective white cross on front and back, indicating that he was a civilian observer. Under the Israeli Army's own rules of engagement soldiers are not permitted to fire warning shots with mounted weapons. They may fire warning shots with light hand-held weapons aimed away from the people they are warning.
The incident follows closely on the heels of the brutal death of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer as the was non-violently protecting the home of Palestinian physician and his family from demolition on March 16th. Followed shortly after by the shooting of Eric - with rubber tipped steel bullets. The fact that these incidents all happened within in the last month, since the worlds attention has been occupied by the Iraq War, seems rather ominous, and raises certain important questions.
The International Solidarity movement has been working in the West Bank and Gaza since the onset of the second intifada, generally without injury, except for mild shrapnel wounds, and the shooting of Irish activist Caoimhe Butterly, on the same day that UN worker Ian Hook was killed by Israeli soldiers.
The first and most obvious question is "why now?" It could not be argued that in any of these cases, there was any conceivable danger posed to the Israeli soldiers involved. The ISM is committed to non-violent resistance, and in none of these incidents were the soldiers provoked. One is left to wonder then, whether these incidents represent a shift in Israeli policy, to intimidate internationals and deter them from entering the occupied territories, and thus remove both important means of monitoring Israeli violations of international law and ongoing brutality and humiliation of the Palestinian people.
These incidents occur at a time when both Palestinians and many Israeli academics and intellectuals are seriously concerned about the possibility that Sharon's government would enact illegal policies of transfer and ethnic cleansing, while the worlds attention is riveted on the horrors unfolding in Iraq.
In a gross act of violation of international law and the fourth Geneva convention, on April 2nd, the Israeli army carried out a massive harrassment of a civilian population. On April 2nd, in the early hours of the morning, large forces of the Israeli army invaded Tulkarem refugee camp, and rounded up all males between 15 and 55 . After hours of extensive interrogation, no less than 1,500 - 2000 Palestinian men were transported in groups on trucks to Nur El Shams refugee camp and scattered villages outside Tulkarem. The army warned them not to attempt to return to the camp for the next few days. They did not arrange shelter, food, or any kind of provisions for these men for their period of enforced exile. Meanwhile the Tulkarem camp, with the women and children was sealed and declared a closed military zone. The Israeli Colonel responsible declared it to be a "good and successful operation with satisfactory results." The obvious concern to be drawn from such an operation that it appeared to be a kind of practice run, or "rehearsal" for large scale transfers of the population.
The attitude of the US government toward the murder of Rachel and the injury of Brian is telling. Of Rachels death they simply dismissed it as "tragic", without as yet, demanding a full US inquiry. Until now, US activists in the occupied territories requesting assistance of the US consulate under extreme danger, are usually ignored, dismissed or sometimes treated with hostility by the US consulate. This attitude suspiciously gives the impression that they are giving the nod to Sharon in his efforts to rid himself of an embarrassing source of information to the outside world.
We would do well to pay attention to the current trend. While the media is riveted on the unfolding horror of the invasion of Iraq, the activists of the International Solidarity Movement remains a continuous foreign monitoring entity in Palestine able to witness, broadcast and hopefully protect, to a certain degree, any attempts at forcible transfer.
HOW CAN ANYONE BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT BUSH'S ROAD MAP WILL ACTUALLY LEAD TO ANY VIABLE PALESTINIAN STATE WHEN ONE CONSIDERS WHAT THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES AND TO THE PALESTINIANS THEMSELVES - See below. SHOULD THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS HAVE REFRAINED FROM EMBARKING UPON A PATH OF VIOLENCE AGAINST EACH OTHER, THINGS WOULD PROBABLY HAVE NEVER GOTTEN TO THIS POINT. AN EYE FOR AN EYE REALLY MADE EVERYONE BLIND TO EACH OTHER'S PLIGHT... RIGHT NOW, ONLY THE COURAGEOUS ACTIONS TAKEN BY PEACE ACTIVISTS DENOUNCING THIS INSANELY CRUEL AND DESPOTIC OPPRESSION OF AN ENTIRE PEOPLE HAS ANY CHANCE OF STIRRING THE WORLD'S CONSCIENCE ENOUGH TO REALIZE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO HELP BRING PEACE AND STABILITY TO ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS ALIKE AND FOR THEM TO FORGIVE - YET NOT FORGET - STOP THE BLAMING GAME AND WORK TOGETHER FOR A PEACEFUL, REASONABLY JUST AND DEMOCRATIC MIDDLE EAST.
Date: 12 Apr 2003
From: Starhawk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
More Blood in Rafah
In Rafah another activist from the International Solidarity Movement was shot. Tom Hundall was shot in the head by a sniper from an Israeli guard tower on the Egyptian border of the Gaza strip. The guard towers surround Gaza, which has become a kind of open-air prison overlaid on an idyllic land of sun and sea and orange groves. Here and there a few olive groves remain, or a flock of sheep and goats graze an empty lot. Farmers bring produce to market in donkey carts, and old women bake bread in clay ovens. An ancient order survives under an overlay of concrete, dust and rubble, menaced by bulldozers, sniper towers, tanks that shoot at night, acres of razor wire and no-mans land now being further extended to border a thirty-foot high concrete wall which marches across the landscape, cutting Rafah irrevocably off from Egypt.
The wall is presumably for securityto prevent suicide bombers and weapons from entering Israel. But in reality, the wall is the next move in the Israeli policy of confiscation and control.
In the West Bank, the route of the wall strolls out from the Green Line that marks the pre-1967 boundary, rambles all over the countryside and steals more than half of the remaining land from the Palestinians. Cities such as Nablus and Jenin will be encircled and enclosed in isolated Bantustans.. In the Qualquilya area, the first phase of wall construction took fifty per cent of the villagers farmland and nineteen wells that provided a third of the areas water. MasHa stands to lose over ninety per cent of its farmland. A nation of gardeners and farmers will become a nation of prisonersthe wall the visible, irrevocable finalization of a policy that already restricts movement with hundreds of checkpoints, splits families, makes daily life an almost impossible gauntlet of delays and humiliations.
The wall will put an end to any hope of a two-state solution. Once it is complete, no viable Palestinian state can exist. Palestinians and their supporters have feared that the Israelis will forceably remove or transfer the Palestinians out of the West Bank. Instead, the policy now seems to be to surround, isolate and enclose the Palestinian population into a giant prison colony of a greater Israel..
In the Gaza strip, this policy is already well advanced. Sniper towers and guard stations are everywhere. Tanks patrol the border areas at night, and soldiers shoot, sometimes randomly and sometimes deliberately, down city streets, into houses, at crowds of children.
To build the wall, in both Gaza and the West Bank, the Israelis bulldoze olive trees and homes that stand in the way. Three weeks ago, twenty-three year old Rachel Corrie was deliberately run over by a bulldozer while trying to prevent home demolitions. The Israelis have not seriously investigated her death, nor held the soldiers responsible accountable. As far as we know, they have not been disciplined or punished in any way. Instead, deliberate murder of internationals seems to have become policy.
I am well aware that thousands, most likely hundreds of thousands of young men and some women the age of Brian and Rachel and Tom have died in the last week. That hundreds of Palestinians have died, unnoticed by the worlds media. In numbers, the dead become faceless. Its heard to fathom the weight of this pain multiplied hundreds of thousands of times.
Tom and Rachel have faces to me, because they were part of our group, doing the same work here of using nonviolent tactics to open some space for change. Tom and Rachel have faces.
I spent Thursday visiting Brian Avery, who a week ago was shot in the face by the heavy mounted gun from an Israeli Armored Personnel Carrier. Brian and I had done checkpoint watch together in Nablus. He is a gardener, an organic farmer, a musician, presently facing a year of major operations to restore a shattered nose and jaw and cheeks and a split tongue. Brians face is currently a grotesque and painful mask, but he has one. He is the lucky one, he will survive, brain intact, eyes and senses functional. He will even be able to speak.
Tom was twenty three years old, from Manchester, England. He was shot trying to protect children, to snatch them out of the range of sniper fire coming from an Israeli guard tower, where soldiers stand hidden and safe, taking aim at Palestinians for sport. The soldiers were shooting at a group of children gathering at a road block. Tom had grabbed a young boy out of the zone of fire and brought him to safety. He went back to try and rescue two young girls who were afraid to move. The Israeli soldiers shot him in the head.
Tom had gone to Iraq, as a nonviolent peace witness to do humanitarian aid, but he and his friends had been forced to leave and had headed across Jordan to Palestine to join the International Solidarity Movement. Now he lies on a ventilator, unconscious and unlikely ever to recover.
Tom was in the training I helped to give last week, and all of us are feeling the weight of responsibility. Did we teach them the right things, the right way to assess danger and make choices? Did we give them the information they need to survive?
And yet I cant quite imagine what else we might or might not have said to Tom, or to the activists who were with him, who were also with Rachel when she died and have not given up or gone home or abandoned Rafah. Could I say to a young man courageous enough to brave gunfire to rescue children that he should have stood aside and let them be shot? That he should have saved his life over theirs?
"Why?" the Palestinians ask me over and over again, when I admit to being an American. They never say, "I hate America," just, "Why? Why bomb Iraq? Why kill children?"
Im left in the same blank state of incomprehension. Why kill children? Why spill more blood in Rafah? Why order soldiers to shoot unarmed peace activists in the head?
Call your local Israeli embassy, and ask them these questions.
If you are British, ask your embassy to pressure for an investigation into Toms shooting.
If you are an American citizen, ask your congressional representatives to pressure the Israelis to investigate Rachels death and Brians shooting.
Contact your Member of Congress at http://www.house.gov/writerep/ and ask for support of H. Con. Res. 111 to express sympathy for the death of Rachel Corrie and demand an investigation into her death.
Or contact Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton and ask for her support.
Starhawk is an activist, organizer, and author of Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising and eight other books on feminism, politics and earth-based spirituality. She works with the RANT trainers collective, http://www.rantcollective.org that offers training and support for mobilizations around global justice and peace issues.
"Not again": Eyewitness Joe Smith writes about the killing of Tom Hurndall
(...) He was going to help them escape when the Israeli soldier in the tower took his aim, and fired a large calibre sniper bullet directly into Tab's head. He was in full view of the tower, and like Laura was wearing the high visibility gear. Our embassies had been informed of our presence in the area, and they had informed the Israeli military. They knew who he was, they knew what he was, and they knew what he was doing. They knew that he was no threat to their physical safety, but they likely understood the international attention his presence was attracting, and knew how our human shield work had prevented them from adequately terrorizing the Palestinian civilians and demolishing their homes. In this way, he was a "threat" to them, a threat to the image of Israel it portrays to the world. He was a threat to the validity of the occupation, and a threat to their unquestioned notion of these people as nothing but inhuman terrorists. The sniper couldn't tolerate this kind of challenge, and took lethal measures to end it . We'll only have to see how such an act will backfire. CLIP
NOTE: I WROTE TO STARHAWK ABOUT ALL THIS SENDING HERE SOME RELATED MATERIAL AND
A COPY OF MY NOTE ABOVE AND SHE REPLIED:
Date: 15 Apr 2003
Subject: Re: More blood in Rafah
From: Starhawk <email@example.com>
Thanks, Jean. We're doing a march in Rafah on Saturday to respond and I'll write a report on that after.
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Israeli army sniper leaves British peace activist brain-dead
By Justin Huggler in Jerusalem
12 April 2003
A British peace activist was pronounced brain-dead yesterday after being shot in the head by an Israeli army sniper.
Tom Hurndall, 21, from London, was shot while trying to rescue Palestinian children from a street where they were pinned down by Israeli gunfire. He is the third peace activist to be killed or seriously injured in the occupied territories in the past month.
His fellow activists were beginning to wonder aloud last night if they are a target of the Israeli army. Mr Hurndall was declared brain-dead on arrival at a Palestinian hospital in Rafah but there were some reports last night that his condition might be improving.
Mr Hurndall came to the occupied territories after leaving Baghdad, where he had travelled as a human shield before the start of the war in Iraq. His group of activists was in a refugee camp in Rafah near the Egyptian border, where Israeli soldiers often demolish Palestinian homes because they say militants use them as cover from which to fire.
The civilian occupants of the houses are left homeless.
Mr Hurndall's group intended to stay the night in a tent in a street where an Israeli tank frequently fires into civilian houses, according to Raphael Cohen, another British activist who was there when Mr Hurndall was shot. The Independent has witnessed Israeli tanks firing on civilian houses in Rafah when there were no militants in the area.
When the activists reached the street, Mr Cohen said, they found it already under fire and too dangerous to enter.
The gunfire was coming from one of the Israeli army watchtowers on the Egyptian border, which surround much of Rafah. A group of about 20 Palestinian children the oldest was about 10, according to Mr Cohen, the rest younger were trapped by gunfire in the street. Mr Hurndall decided to go into the street with two other activists to bring the children out of the line of fire, believing they were less likely to be fired on because they were foreigners.
"Tom went and brought one boy back with him," said Mr Cohen by telephone from Rafah. "But he saw two girls were still stuck there. He went back out for them and immediately he was hit in the head." Like other peace campaigners, Mr Hurndall was wearing brightly coloured overalls so that he could be easily identified as an activist.
"The Israeli army was very aware of our presence in the area,'' said Mr Cohen. He said the activists, who have been sleeping in Palestinian houses that have been coming under fire, had hung banners around the area saying they were there. Mr Cohen said Israeli soldiers had "shot the banners to shreds". The International Solidarity Movement (ISM), of which Mr Hurndall was a member, has been heavily criticised in Israel as one-sided.
It is pro-Palestinian but the members are unarmed non-combatants.
The shooting of Mr Hurndall comes after Rachel Corrie, an American, became the first ISM activist to be killed when she was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Rafah last month. The Israeli army claimed that it was an accident and said that the driver of the bulldozer did not see her.
Brian Avery, another American activist, was seriously wounded last week when he was hit in the face by machine-gun fire from an Israeli armoured personnel carrier in the West Bank city of Jenin.
The Israeli army claimed its soldiers were firing at militants the activists who were with Mr Avery said there were no militants in the area and that the soldiers did not see Mr Avery.
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Israel is Developing 'Ethnic Bomb' for Growing Biological Weapons Arsenal
Israel is working on an "ethnically targeted" biological weapon that would kill or harm Arabs but not Jews, according to Israeli military and western intelligence sources cited in a front-page report in the London Sunday Times, November 15, 1998 ("Israel Planning 'Ethnic' Bomb as Saddam Caves In," by Uzi Mahnaimi and Marie Colvin).
In developing this "ethno-bomb," the British paper went on, Israeli scientists are trying to exploit medical advances by identifying distinctive genes carried by some Arabs, and then create a genetically modified bacterium or virus. The goal is to use the ability of viruses and certain bacteria to alter the DNA inside the host's living cells. The scientists are trying to engineer deadly microorganisms that attack only those bearing the distinctive genes.
The secret Israel program is based at the Institute for Biological Research in Nes Tsiona, a small town southeast of Tel Aviv, the main research facility for Israel's clandestine arsenal of chemical and biological weapons.
A scientist there said the task is very complicated because both Arabs and Jews are of Semitic origin. But he added: "They have, however, succeeded in pinpointing a particular characteristic in the genetic profile of certain Arab communities, particularly the Iraqi people." Diseases could be spread by spraying organisms into the air or putting them in water supplies.
Some experts have commented that while an ethnically targeted weapon is theoretically feasible, the practical aspects of creating one are enormous. All the same, a confidential Pentagon report warned last year that biological agents could be genetically engineered to produce new lethal weapons.
US Defense Secretary William Cohen revealed that he had received reports of countries working to create "certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic-specific." A senior western intelligence source confirmed that Israel is one of the countries Cohen had in mind, the Sunday Times report added.
The Sunday Times report is all the more credible given the prestigious paper's past record of reliable reporting. In a detailed front-page report published on June 19, 1977, the Sunday Times first revealed to the world that Israeli authorities had been torturing Palestinian prisoners, that this torture was "widespread and systematic," and that it "appears to be sanctioned at some level as deliberate policy." At the time Israeli officials and Jewish-Zionist leaders in the United States protested the Sunday Times revelations, and denied the charge. Later, though, Israeli torture of prisoners was independently verified by Amnesty International, and others.
Another recent Sunday Times article revealed that Israeli jets have been equipped to carry chemical and biological weapons. "There is hardly a single known or unknown form of chemical or biological weapons ... which is not manufactured at the [Nes Tsiona] Institute," a biologist who is a former Israeli intelligence official told the newspaper. And the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, citing a foreign report, has told readers that hundreds of bottles of deadly anthrax toxin are stored at the Institute.
The "ethnic bomb" claims have been given further credence in Foreign Report, an authoritative Jane's publication that closely monitors security and military matters. It cites unnamed South African sources as saying that Israeli scientists, in trying to develop an "ethnic bullet" against Arabs, have made use of similar biological studies conducted by South African scientists during the Apartheid era (and later revealed in testimony before that country's "Truth and Reconciliation Commission"). Foreign Report also says that Israelis have gained insights into the Arab genetic make-up by conducting research on "Jews of Arab origin, especially Iraqis."
The British Medical Association has become so concerned about the lethal potential of genetically-based biological weapons that it has opened an investigation. Dr. Vivienne Nathanson, who organized the research, said: "With an ethnically targeted weapon, you could even hit groups within a population. The history of warfare, in which many conflicts have an ethnic factor, shows how dangerous this could be."
A spokesman for Britain's biological defense establishment confirms that such weapons are theoretically possible. "We have reached a point now where there is an obvious need for an international convention to control biological weapons," he said.
The Anti-Defamation League lost no time denouncing the Sunday Times "ethnic bomb" report. Abraham Foxman, national director of the influential Jewish-Zionist organization, called it "irresponsible and dangerous." The ADL official went on: "This sensational story is reminiscent of the age-old anti-Semitic blood libel myth of Jews deviously targeting non-Jews with poison." Question: How does Foxman know that this report is not true? Do high-level Israeli officials routinely inform the ADL of the Zionist government's top-secret military programs?
A senior Israeli government official similarly rejected the Sunday Times report, saying "this is the kind of story that does not deserve denial." Such Israeli declarations are virtually worthless, however, considering that the Zionist state refuses officially to acknowledge that it has nuclear weapons, a fact that even authoritative American sources have confirmed.
'Human Guinea Pigs'
Victor Ostrovsky, a former case officer of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, recalled in his book The Other Side of Deception how he first learned of the Zionist state's secret weapons center:
It was Uri who enlightened me regarding the Nes Zionna [Tsiona] facility. It was, he said, an ABC warfare laboratory -- ABC standing for atomic, biological and chemical. It was where our top epidemiological scientists were developing various doomsday machines. Because we were so vulnerable and would not have a second chance should there be an all-out war in which this type of weapon would be needed, there was no room for error. The [captured] Palestinian infiltrators came in handy in this regard. As human guinea pigs, they could make sure the weapons the scientists were developing worked properly and could verify how fast they worked and make them even more efficient.
As most of the world recognizes, United States policy toward countries that develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons is sanctimonious and brazenly hypocritical.
Recently, for example, the US government sharply condemned India and Pakistan for testing nuclear weapons. Of course, the only country ever to have actually used nuclear weapons is the United States. In August 1945, American forces instantly killed tens of thousands of Japanese civilians with atomic bombs, first in Hiroshima and then in Nagasaki -- even though America's most competent military leaders held that there was no military need to use the horrific weapon. (See: "Was Hiroshima Necessary," in the May-June 1997 Journal, pp. 4-12).
To prevent the government of Iraq from developing "weapons of mass destruction" (to use the currently fashionable phrase), the United States regularly bombs the hapless Arab country, and enforces an economic embargo that (according to authoritative estimates) has already claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Iraqi children.
For decades, though, America's political and intellectual leaders -- reflecting their obsequious subservience to Jewish-Zionist interests -- condone Israel's growing arsenal of sophisticated nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
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The Nando Times:
Scientists wary of Bush bioweapons plan
By PAUL ELIAS, AP Biotechnology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (March 28, 2003) - A Bush administration program to add at least three bioweapons labs is troubling many scientists and arms control experts, who say it can't be good to train more microbiologists in the black art of bioterror.
The field is suddenly awash with billions of dollars to combat bioterrorism and much more is promised under President Bush's Project BioShield plan. The money will fund a building boom of at least three new airtight laboratories where scientists in space suits handle the world's deadliest diseases.
At least six universities and the New York State Department of Health are competing for contracts to build one or two labs, where scientists can infect research monkeys and other animals with such lethal agents as the Ebola, Marburg and Lassa viruses. Those African hemorrhagic diseases are often fatal and always painful, marked by severe bleeding.
They'll also likely create new classes of toxins - including genetically engineered ones - as part of the process of constructing weapons they want to defeat. Developing antidotes or vaccines for those toxins might take years.
"It's perversely increasing the risk of exposure," said Richard Ebright, a Rutgers University chemistry professor and bioweapons expert who believes one additional lab is all that is needed.
Ebright and others believe labs managed by universities could prove less secure than government facilities, which have had their own security lapses.
Many believe the anthrax attacks that killed five people and briefly paralyzed Capitol Hill in 2001 were launched by a scientist with access to one of the government's high-security facilities - called Biosafety Level 4 labs, or BSL-4 for short.
Federal investigators searched a former apartment of one such microbiologist, Steven Hatfill, but never stated publicly that he was a suspect. Hatfill has denied involvement.
In his state of the union speech in January, President Bush called for nearly $6 billion to make vaccines and treatments against potential bioterror pathogens. The National Institutes of Health bioterrorism budget, meanwhile, has increased 500 percent this year to $1.3 billion - a large part of which will be used to build at least three labs.
Government officials and leaders of universities vying for the bioterrorism largesse are unapologetic.
NIH officials say that only two of the five U.S. facilities equipped do such work are effectively in use today, and they're overburdened. One is at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta - the only place in the United States that handles live smallpox.
The other full-scale lab is the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Maryland's Fort Detrick. The government is already going ahead with additional labs at Fort Detrick and in Hamilton, Mont.
"What we have is not adequate to meet the current biodefense efforts," said Rona Hirschberg of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
Officials said they don't know how many scientists work in the biosafety labs, but that the number is tiny and many more trained researchers are needed.
One of the byproducts of such endeavors will be the study of emerging diseases like the West Nile virus, which has infected 4,000 people and killed 274.
"The emerging diseases that we have to deal with are intense," said Virginia Hinshaw, provost of the University of California-Davis, which hopes to build one of the new labs. "The public health need is very large."
But mistrust runs deep, especially in the California college town of Davis. Lobbied intensely by vocal residents, the city council voted to oppose the school's application to build a lab.
The Davis protests reached a crescendo in February with the escape of a lab monkey, which is still missing. Davis officials said it was disease-free and probably now dead. Still, the school's $200 million bid for a BSL-4 lab has been jeopardized.
Government officials insist that the labs will be secure and serve only defensive purposes. But the U.S. military has a history of dabbling in biological agent programs that push up against a 30-year-old international treaty banning them.
Most recently, it was revealed that researchers at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah have been developing anthrax for use in testing biological defense systems.
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An airplane was about to crash; there were 5 passengers on board but only 4 parachutes. The 1st passenger said, "I am Kobe Bryant, the best NBA basketball player, the Lakers need me, I can't afford to die." So he took the 1st pack and left the plane. The 2nd passenger, Hillary Clinton, said, "I am the wife of the former US President, a NY State Senator and a potential future president." So she took the 2nd pack and jumped out of the plane. The 3rd passenger, George W. Bush, said, "I'm the president of the United States of America. I have great responsibility being the leader of a superpower nation. And I am the cleverest president in American history, so America's people won't let me die." So he grabbed the pack next to him and jumped out of the plane. The 4th passenger, the Pope, said to t he 5th passenger, a 10 year old schoolgirl, "I am old and frail and don't have many years left, and as a Catholic I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute." The girl said, "It's okay, there is a parachute left for you. America's cleverest president just took my schoolbag."
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Israel seeks pipeline for Iraqi oil
US discusses plan to pump fuel to its regional ally and solve energy headache at a stroke
Ed Vuillamy in Washington
April 20, 2003
Plans to build a pipeline to siphon oil from newly conquered Iraq to Israel are being discussed between Washington, Tel Aviv and potential future government figures in Baghdad.
The plan envisages the reconstruction of an old pipeline, inactive since the end of the British mandate in Palestine in 1948, when the flow from Iraq's northern oilfields to Palestine was re-directed to Syria.
Now, its resurrection would transform economic power in the region, bringing revenue to the new US-dominated Iraq, cutting out Syria and solving Israel's energy crisis at a stroke.
It would also create an end less and easily accessible source of cheap Iraqi oil for the US guaranteed by reliable allies other than Saudi Arabia - a keystone of US foreign policy for decades and especially since 11 September 2001.
Until 1948, the pipeline ran from the Kurdish-controlled city of Mosul to the Israeli port of Haifa, on its northern Mediterranean coast.
The revival of the pipeline was first discussed openly by the Israeli Minister for National Infrastructures, Joseph Paritzky, according to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz .
The paper quotes Paritzky as saying that the pipeline would cut Israel's energy bill drastically - probably by more than 25 per cent - since the country is currently largely dependent on expensive imports from Russia.
US intelligence sources confirmed to The Observer that the project has been discussed. One former senior CIA official said: 'It has long been a dream of a powerful section of the people now driving this administration [of President George W. Bush] and the war in Iraq to safeguard Israel's energy supply as well as that of the United States.
'The Haifa pipeline was something that existed, was resurrected as a dream and is now a viable project - albeit with a lot of building to do.'
The editor-in-chief of the Middle East Economic Review , Walid Khadduri, says in the current issue of Jane's Foreign Report that 'there's not a metre of it left, at least in Arab territory'.
To resurrect the pipeline would need the backing of whatever government the US is to put in place in Iraq, and has been discussed - according to Western diplomatic sources - with the US-sponsored Iraqi National Congress and its leader Ahmed Chalabi, the former banker favoured by the Pentagon for a powerful role in the war's aftermath.
Sources at the State Department said that concluding a peace treaty with Israel is to be 'top of the agenda' for a new Iraqi government, and Chalabi is known to have discussed Iraq's recognition of the state of Israel.
The pipeline would also require permission from Jordan. Paritzky's Ministry is believed to have approached officials in Amman on 9 April this year. Sources told Ha'aretz that the talks left Israel 'optimistic'.
James Akins, a former US ambassador to the region and one of America's leading Arabists, said: 'There would be a fee for transit rights through Jordan, just as there would be fees for Israel from those using what would be the Haifa terminal.
'After all, this is a new world order now. This is what things look like particularly if we wipe out Syria. It just goes to show that it is all about oil, for the United States and its ally.'
Akins was ambassador to Saudi Arabia before he was fired after a series of conflicts with then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, father of the vision to pipe oil west from Iraq. In 1975, Kissinger signed what forms the basis for the Haifa project: a Memorandum of Understanding whereby the US would guarantee Israel's oil reserves and energy supply in times of crisis.
Kissinger was also master of the American plan in the mid-Eighties - when Saddam Hussein was a key US ally - to run an oil pipeline from Iraq to Aqaba in Jordan, opposite the Israeli port of Eilat.
The plan was promoted by the now Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and the pipeline was to be built by the Bechtel company, which the Bush administration last week awarded a multi-billion dollar contract for the reconstruction of Iraq.
The memorandum has been quietly renewed every five years, with special legislation attached whereby the US stocks a strategic oil reserve for Israel even if it entailed domestic shortages - at a cost of $3 billion (£1.9bn) in 2002 to US taxpayers.
This bill would be slashed by a new pipeline, which would have the added advantage of giving the US reliable access to Gulf oil other than from Saudi Arabia.
Schools Not Teaching Pro-Israel Views To Lose Funding (April 21)
Congress To Pass 'Ideological Diversity' Legislation - Republican members of the Senate are planning to introduce police-state-style "thought control" legislation designed to prohibit criticism of Israel on American college campuses. The third-ranking Republican member of
the U.S. Senate, conservative Rick Santorum (Pa.), plans to introduce so-called "ideological diversity" legislation that would cut federal funding for thousands of American colleges and universities if those institutions are found to be permitting professors, students and student organizations to openly criticize Israel, which Santorum considers to be an act of "anti-Semitism."
What Else Hasn't Israel Told America? (April 21)
(...) It’s humbling to see a ‘great democracy’ like America drawing lessons from a ‘tiny democracy’ like Israel. But the tiny democracy should have been truly honest in teaching the United States the other half of lesson. Sure, Israeli bulldozers destroyed most of Jenin, but the camp is still fighting. True, Israel occupied Lebanon to advance its strategic interests, but it experienced a bitter defeat twenty years later. ‘Total war’ is an electrifying concept that might raise the adrenaline of the flag-waving, “nuke the Arabs” segment of the American population. But “total war”, while it can never achieve ‘total victory’, can still generate ‘total defeat’, a lesson that took Israel twenty years to learn in Lebanon, and is destined to learn in Palestine. Will America wait that long before realizing thedisastrous path on which it is embarking?
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