- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' duplicitous treachery
exposes him as an enemy, not ally, of his people. An earlier article on
him quoted Jeffrey Blankfort calling him a "double agent (serving)
his Israeli and US masters in plain sight." In June 2003, Edward Said
called him "Israel's sheriff," saying he's "colorless, moderately
corrupt, and without any clear ideas of his own, except that he wants to
please the white man," his Washington and bosses. Access the article
through the following link:
- Israeli Terror Throughout the Territories
- Daily throughout Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem,
Palestinians face Israeli (and complicit PA) terror, the Palestinian Centre
for Human Rights (PCHR) documenting it, clear crimes against humanity ongoing
- In its October 7 - 13 report, it headlined "Israel
Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian
Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT),"
- -- two West Bank Palestinian resistance activists killed,
nine others wounded;
- -- two Palestinian activists murdered "in a wide-scale
military operation" against a Hebron neighborhood, including shelling
residential homes lawlessly; in addition, dozens of Palestinians harassed,
three apartments destroyed, four homes damaged, a store demolished, two
others damaged, a car destroyed, and 12 Palestinians arrested;
- -- a Silwan village Palestinian child wounded "when
IOF fired at children" demonstrating peacefully against the detention
of four others;
- -- several nonviolent West Bank demonstrations against
settlement and Separation Wall construction targeted, wounding one child
and affecting dozens of civilians and human rights activists from tear
gas inhalation or "sustained bruises;" in addition, three Palestinians
and four human rights workers arrested;
- -- four Gazans, including two children, wounded in a
failed assassination attempt;
- -- Israeli gunboats fired on Palestinian fisherman in
two separate incidents;
- -- 27 West Bank incursions (lawless by any standard)
resulted in 33 Palestinian civilian arrests, including nine children and
an old man - guilty only of being Palestinians on land Israel wants to
- -- Gaza remains lawlessly besieged and isolated, causing
a calamitous humanitarian crisis little helped by recent modest easing.
- In addition, for over 40 months, Israel has denied visitation
rights to families of over 700 Gazan detainees, hardening their incarceration
for them and their loved ones.
- In the West Bank, complicit PA forces aid Israeli lawlessness,
serving as an occupation enforcer. For weeks, its security forces have
suppressed public dissent, dispersed peaceful protests, and arrested hundreds
of West Bank Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters, including public figures,
subjecting them to torture and other abuse, ill treatment, and humiliation.
Others were publicly beaten, including civil leaders, academics, doctors,
other professionals, and ordinary people struggling for their rights.
- PCHR condemned what it calls PA "campaigns of arbitrary
arrests," in violation of international and Palestinian law. Besides
hundreds made earlier, dozens more were carried out and many others have
been summoned. For many, it means arrest on sight.
- Information gotten from Palestinian Legislative Council
(PLC) Hamas-affiliated members shows at least 230 Hebron residents detained,
130 by the Preventive Security Service (PSS), the others by the General
Intelligence Service (GIS).
- In Bethlehem, PSS detained 25 Palestinians, GIS 15 others.
In Nablus, 77 more in Jnaid Prison. In Ramallah and al-Bireh, 45. Detainees
include "released prisoners from Israeli jails and relatives of PLC
members." In addition, dozens of Palestinians were arrested just days
after being released. In detention, most were denied family visits and
access to legal counsel.
- Worse still are reports of torture and abusive treatment,
released detainees saying they were "held under inappropriate, and
even severe and inhuman, detention conditions," those with chronic
illnesses or injuries most affected. In addition, many were tortured and
subjected to other forms of abuse, at least several requiring hospitalization.
- One released detainee said he "hear(d) voices of
detainees crying in pain as a result of being beaten and tortured."
During interrogation, he was forced to listen to get him to cooperate.
He also saw prisoners beaten and subjected to prolonged shabeh, the painful
position abuse with hands and legs bound tightly to a small chair, compounded
by sleep deprivation.
- Detainee families said arrests and homes searched were
carried out provocatively, in at least one case with no one there, but
on return, a father and four sons were arrested. Others in their family
are also being held.
- A released detainee said he and many others were taken
to a Taffouh village police station and held under inhuman conditions.
In addition, dozens of Islamic Jihad members and supporters were summoned,
forced to supply detailed information, then sign an oath "not to violate
the Palestinian law, not to oppose the PNA's public policy, and not to
engage in any activity of Islamic Jihad." Others were summarily arrested,
detained and tortured.
- Outraged, on October 6, Hamas responded, saying it will
retaliate if arrests and abuse continue. At a Gaza news conference, spokesman
Abu Ubaida said:
- "We say today that our silence will not last long.
If (PA security forces) pursue their aggression, we will end the silence"
- Hamas was angered that one of its members, Alaa Abu Dhiyab,
was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and that PA forces arrested hundreds
of its supporters, and keep seizing more. Its leaders also oppose direct
peace talks, saying holding them abandons "the national rights of
the Palestinian people" because Israel demands unconditional capitulation,
not justice, equity, real peace, and a viable Palestinian state. In addition,
they accuse Abbas of selling out, serving Israel, not his own people.
- Earlier on September 29, Islamic Jihad leader Khader
Adnan Mousa was detained, his wife, Randa, saying a GIS force raided his
workplace in Qabatya village near Jenin and arrested him. On October 2,
she learned that he was accused of joining illegal militias, and he went
on hunger strike after arrest. He was also subjected to shabeh, other abuse,
and had his eyeglasses taken.
- On October 3, the Al Dameer Association for Human Rights
called for his immediate release, saying his arrest and others were arbitrary
and political. It asked the PA to "take real and effective measures
in order to stop such illegal acts and completely end political arrests"
- "Al Dameer stresses that arrests are regulated by
the Palestinian law and fall under the jurisdiction of the law enforcement
officers, including the civil police, who are directly supervised by the
- By law, arrests of Hamas and Islamic Jihad members and
supporters, including Mousa, are illegal acts, constituting political persecution.
On October 5, PCHR joined in, calling for "the immediate release of
all (PA) political detainees, including Mousa, expressing "condemnation"
for them all.
- According to Hamas, 1,008 party members were arrested
in September alone. On October 14, a party spokesman said:
- "It's clear that the arrest campaign being waged
by the Palestinian Authority did not exclude anyone and did take into consideration
the circumstances and titles of the people being arrested, whether they
were former detainees from Israeli jails, university professors, teachers,
or members of city councils and other categories."
- Arab League Summit Smoke without Fire
- At the October Arab League summit in Sirte, Libya, Hamas
and other Palestinian factions urged further supportive action, including
opposition to direct peace talks with Israel, knowing their futility. However,
according to Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, not enough was done "to
support the Palestinian position in confronting the occupation. The Arabs
must adopt a unified strategy that backs the armed Palestinian resistance
and backs the Palestinians' steadfastness of their land."
- Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haneya, added more, saying,
"Israeli aggressions, blockade, and the Judaization of Jerusalem require
clear and crucial decisions." PFLP representatives said decisions
so far taken are "not enough and (go) on in a vicious circle. The
Arabs' weak position would encourage Israel to keep carrying out practices
against our people and lands." Islamic Jihad leader, Khaled al-Batch,
made similar comments, saying Arab states abandoned the Palestinian cause.
- Concluding their meeting on October 12, the Extraordinary
Arab Summit made four policy decisions for joint Arab actions, none focusing
on Palestine, showing the above comments are accurate.
- Vilifying Arabs for Their Faith and Ethnicity
- Haaretz writer Gideon Levy's October 15 article reflects
a larger issue. Titled "Time to stick it again to the Arabs,"
- "Underneath everything is hatred - hatred and contempt
for Arabs....This is what is behind the right wing's nationalist laws and
its so-called (no-peace) 'peace.' " It reflects "dark and dangerous
instincts," throughout Israel's leadership and Knesset members. "(A)ll
of them are Arab haters, whether openly or not." Most never "met
an Arab, but they know everything about them. Not one of them has even
begun to think of Arabs as being equal to Jews," let alone as human
beings deserving basic rights and freedoms.
- Repressive force only is their language - no agenda,
no vision, only "pathological....amoral" violence begetting more,
reflecting hard line revisionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky's belief that
peaceful coexistence was unattainable, so Jews had to build "an iron
wall of (superior) Jewish military force."
- Since Ben-Gurion, Israeli leaders espoused it, choosing
violence over conciliation; confrontation, not diplomacy; collective punishment,
not coexistence; and racial hatred over core Judaic dogma - Talmudic/Torah
teachings much different from radical Zionism, what many Jews call heresy
for being racist and advocating separation, military power, and brute force.
Also for claiming Jewish supremacy, specialness, and uniqueness, while
being extremist, undemocratic, and hateful, ideas harmful to Jews and non-Jews
- Levy understands, concluding his article saying "The
damage the right wing is inflicting upon us will linger for many years
after it leaves office." Overall, longstanding hatred is too deeply
rooted. What passes for Israeli leadership leads nowhere, and "the
garbage it is spreading in the meantime is piling up higher and higher."
Sooner or later it'll topple, perhaps taking Israel and its PA allies with
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