Marokkaanse verkoper die zichzelf in brand stak overleden

Een rondtrekkende verkoper, die zichzelf zondag in het Marokkaanse Berkane in brand gestoken had, is gisteravond aan zijn verwondingen overleden. De 27-jarige Marokkaan Hamid El Kanouni had zichzelf overgoten met benzine uit protest tegen de politie omdat die zijn verkoopstandje in beslag genomen had. Daarnaast zouden volgens een getuige agenten hem ook geslagen en vernederd hebben.Met ernstige derdegraadswonden werd El Kanouni naar het ziekenhuis gebracht. Vandaar werd hij nog getransporteerd naar Casablanca, maar tevergeefs.

Het was een bakker die de politie gebeld had. Die kon er immers niet mee lachen dat El Kanouni vlakbij zijn winkel hetzelfde product verkocht. De agenten die langskwamen, namen daarop al zijn materiaal in beslag.

Jasmijnrevolutie

Zichzelf in brand steken lijkt wel een nieuwe trend, nadat Mohamed Bouazizi er de Tunesische Jasmijnrevolutie mee ontketende. Als gevolg daarvan moest dictator Ben Ali zijn biezen pakken.

Leden van de 20 februari-beweging -een organisatie die sinds begin dit jaar meer democratie eist in Marokko- hielden intussen een optocht. Hun doel: een onderzoek naar de feiten vragen. De procureur zou inmiddels op dat verzoek ingegaan zijn.

(www.demorgen.be / 13.08.2011)

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Israeli Regime Plants Land mines along Border with Syria

Israel’s army places new land mines along occupied lands-Syria borders,
preventing protesters from rushing into the Golan Heights.

An Israeli army magazine says the military is planting new land mines along the border with Syria, claiming Israel worries about Syrian protesters’ rush into the Golan. “The activities are intended to thicken landed mines and strengthen obstacles,” said engineer Maj. Ariel Iluz. “Combined with our military forces and snipers, these are supposed to delay or even prevent a lot of people from crossing the border,” Iluz added.

International community heavily criticized Israel earlier after its  soldiers opened fire on Syrians and Palestinians who broke through the fenced border into the Golan Heights during rallies. Around 35 protesters were killed, the Associated Press reported.

According to the Huffington Post, Palestinian sprotested Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights, condemning the death of hundreds of thousands of Arabs during the war in 1948.

While waves of revolutionary movements are crossing the Middle East region, Israel disappointedly abuses conditions to justify its mischief towards the residents.

 (europeanphoenix.com / 13.08.2011)

شاب من غزة يرفع العلم الفلسطيني فوق أعلى قمم جبال الألب

أطلس سبورت_ محمود فرج

في بادرة ملفته منه قام احد الشاب الفلسطينيين برفع علم بلاده فوق إحدى
أعلى القمم الجبلية ضمن سلسة جبال الألب على الحدود السويسرية الايطالية موجهاً
بذلك رسالة إلى العالم ليلتفتوا لقضية شعبه المظلوم.

الشاب ‘بسام المصري’ 25 عاما من قطاع غزة أصر على رفع علم فلسطين فوق
جبل weissmies مستغلا علاقته المميزة بأحد
أعضاء نادي المتسلقين السويسريين عندما قرر تسلق الجبل الذي يرتفع عن سطح البحر
4023م.

يقول المصري في حديث مع شبكة أطلس سبورت عبر الانترنت انه يعلم جيدا كم
تحتاج هذه الرياضة للقوة واللياقة البدنية العالية لكنه عقد العزم وتحمل الصعاب
والبرد الشديد من اجل أن يقوم بهذه المهمة و يرفع العلم الذي يعشقه وينتمي إليه فوق
العالم.

ويعتبر المصري أول عربي يتسلق قمة جبل weissmies احد أعلى قمم سلسلة جبال الألب على الحدود
الايطالية السويسرية ويقوم فريق نادي المتسلقين السويسريين بتسلقه مرتين في العام
فقط.

وأكد المصري أن الرحلة استغرقت يومين كاملين و كانت في غاية الصعوبة
وخاصة المرحلة الأخيرة التي استمرت سبع ساعات متواصلة و بدأت منذ الساعة الخامسة
فجر يوم الأربعاء الماضي الموافق 10/8/2011 ليسجل اسمه في التاريخ كأول متسلق عربي
يرفع علم بلاده فوق قمة هذا الجبل.

الجدير بالذكر أن الشاب المصري عضو فريق ‘الدرج تيم’ لغناء ‘الهب هوب’
العربي وهو فريق فلسطيني من غزة.

وأعرب المصري عن سعادته البالغة كونه يقوم بعمل فريد منوعيه في العالم
العربي لعله يستطيع أن يلفت الأنظار للقضية الفلسطينية وتمنى أن يستطيع القيام
بأعمال أخري يساهم من خلالها بفك الحصار عن قطاع غزة.

ويضيف المصري المتواجد في سويسرا منذ شهرين انه دائما يرتدي ملابس مرسوم
عليها خارطة وطنه و عبارات تنادي بفك الحصار عن قطاع غزة ويتجول فيها في الكثير من
الدول الأوربية لافتا الى أن فريق ‘الدرج تيم’الغنائي يقيم العديد من الحفلات في
بعض الدول الأوربية وجميع أغنيهم وطنية بالدرجة الأولى وتتحدث عن معانات الشعب
الفلسطيني.

يشار إلى أن ‘سوزان الهوبي’ المتسلقة الفلسطينية المقيمة في دبي، هى أول
امرأة عربية تتسلق قمة ‘كلمنجارو’، أعلى الجبال في أفريقيا، ‘ألبروس’؛ أعلى الجبال
في أوروبا،’مون بلان’، أعلى جبل في جبال الألب في أوروبا الغربية، ‘اكونكاجوا’؛
أعلى الجبال في أمريكا الجنوبية بالإضافة إلى ‘توبقال’ أعلى الجبال في سلسلة جبال
الأطلس في شمال أفريقيا.

Syrië valt havenstad binnen met tanks; Obama: geweld moet onmiddelijk stoppen

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Protesterende Syriërs in Latakia gisteren.

De Amerikaanse president Barack Obama en de Saudische koning Abdullah zijn het er over eens dat het geweld in Syrië onmiddellijk moet stoppen.

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Dat heeft het Witte Huis bekendgemaakt. Obama sprak met Abdullah over wat zij beiden de ‘brute campagne van geweld’ noemden. Volgens het Witte Huis houden de Verenigde Staten en Saudi-Arabië ook de komende tijd contact over de situatie in Syrië.

Inwoners van de Syrische havenstad Latakia zijn vandaag massaal op de vlucht geslagen voor een nieuw offensief van de  veiligheidsdiensten van het dictatoriale regime van president Bashar al-Assad.

Het Syrische leger zette onder meer tanks in bij een aanval op Latakia, dat aan de boorden van de Middellandse Zee ligt en waar ongeveer een half miljoen mensen wonen. Zeker twee personen zouden om het leven zijn gekomen door toedoen van het leger. Daarnaast zouden 15 mensen gewond zijn geraakt.

In andere steden, waaronder Deir al -Zor in het oosten en Homs in het westen van Syrië, trad het leger vandaag ook met grof geweld op tegen burgers. In Homs zouden zeker drie mensen om het leven zijn gekomen. Tijdens razzia’s zouden tientallen vermeende tegenstanders van het bewind zijn gearresteerd.

Syriërs betogen al sinds februari tegen Assad. Volgens mensenrechtenactivisten vielen er al zeker 2150 doden bij de onderdrukking van de protesten. Het zou gaan om 1744 burgers en 406 leden van de veiligheidsdiensten in Syrië.

(www.parool.nl / 13.08.2011)

Palestijnen vragen volgende maand om erkenning bij VN

Palestijnse activisten.

De Palestijnse Autoriteiten gaan op 20 september hun verzoek om erkenning indienen bij de Verenigde Naties. Dat meldde de Palestijnse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Riyad al-Malki. De openingssessie van het nieuwe VN-vergaderseizoen heeft plaats op 20 september.

De VN-Veiligheidsraad wordt in het nieuwe jaar voorgezeten door Libanon, dat voorstander is van erkenning van de Palestijnen. ‘Dit zal ons helpen, omdat de voorzitter van de raad een aantal speciale privileges heeft, wat cruciaal is’, aldus Malki.

‘De Palestijnse president Mahmoud Abbas zal het verzoek persoonlijk presenteren aan secretaris-generaal Ban Ki-moon’, aldus Malki. Abbas ‘zal aandringen op dit historische initiatief en Ban Ki-moon zal het voorstel presenteren aan de Veiligheidsraad.’

Sinds de ineenstorting van de vredesonderhandelingen tussen Israël en de Palestijnen in september zijn de Palestijnen het diplomatieke pad ingeslagen. Ze lobbyen om steun te vergaren om door de VN als staat erkend te worden. Het voorstel houdt de grenzen uit 1967 aan.

Israël is fel tegen een mogelijke erkenning van de Palestijnse staat. Ook Nederland heeft laten weten niet in te zullen stemmen met een resolutie die de erkenning van een Palestijnse staat regelt.

(www.parool.nl / 13.08.2011) (Nederlandse media heeft het ook eindelijk door (Red.))

The Chutzpah of Israeli Tent Protests

Mohammad Al Kurd is dead. An old paralyzed man in a wheelchair, his wife Fawzia, Um Kamel, and their five children and their families, casted out of their home in Sheikh Jarrah in the East of Jerusalem. Went live in a tent and Mohammed died….That is what happens to one in Palestine who puts up a tent.

The hypocrisy of Israeli tent protests is going beyond every imagination.

While Israeli’s left is protesting the high rents, the rightists come and demolish their tents, and both hit the headlines! While the world, completely ignorant (kept by propaganda or just because thinking of yourself seems to make some tired) forgets a very important issue: both the right or left Israeli manifestors, don’t care a damn about all the Palestinians WITHOUT a home nor is no one complaining about the FREE HOMES  “Israel” took in the process of ethnic cleansing Palestine of it’s original inhabitants.  Not even mentioning with not one word, this process of hostile, violent and sometimes deadly take-overs of Palestinian houses goes on even today… Not even minding the atrocities and violations of human rights by rightists as well as leftist choosen government of “Israel” transgressing (international) laws and human, moral and common sense or values  every day on it’s neighbours.

Maybe both right and left, should reconsider the reason for the so called high rents, for it is the State’s need of security against “imaginary” threats, the by zion created “Islamophobia”, the from childhood funneled up paranoia which seems to be the reason and need of  Occupying Israel to invest billions in so called “security”. Apparently even until it’s own people cannot afford rent anymore and some (as we believe media) even live underground in garages.

Below a story about a home eviction of the Al-Kurd Family to put all these protests of Israel in the right perspective. For you should be informed what happens if a Palestinian puts up a tent. Not out of protest, not out of “civil disobedience”, but simple because a zionist entity took over his home for free to live in and whole families are thrown on the street for the sake of the Lebensraum of Israel:

Are Israeli not thinking about the costs, the “State of Israel” is wasting on imaginary threats of Palestine.?

Are Israeli not thinking about the costs, of an Operation Cast lead, which cost over 1400 people’s lives, demolished thousands of homes in Gaza, while for this “budget” or of the daily military machine which has to be deployed against imaginary and funneld up imaginary threats, thousands of homes could have been build, without no deaths at all.

Are Israeli never worried, about what living under this Apartheid and military regime does with their own minds, children or health? Shouting for healthcare and equality, while Palestinians are structurally denied access to healthcare, prevented, or even die in the effort getting to an hospital?

Are Israeli never worried, the chemical weapons they use are not discriminating? The depleted uranium knows no borders. In the end, all these weapons will sicken them and their offspring too.

How long does it take, before Israeli recognize, building walls, shelters, bunkers and machines of war, bombing daily and sustaining the ongoing warfare and genocide cost not only money but lives on all sides, a way, which will lead to no justice for no one at all. Only ongoing empoverishing, untill the day it is visible at the teeth of an Israeli if he owns money or not, able to pay a dentist or not

Do Israeli think about: “We bombed the hell out of Gaza’s sleeping children every night, we fought for our rights but not for theirs, we paid tax for demolishing their homes and we end up without homes of ourselves?”

 

Mister Mohammad al Kurd can’t think no more. Not even about this.

Mr al Kurd is dead.

Just 55 years old – younger than both of my parents – he died in hospital last night, just two weeks after Israeli police evacuated his family from their house in East Jerusalem.  His health had been poor for a long time, but he lived in his home, shuffling about in his pyjamas, sitting out in the sunny courtyard for much of the day.  But when 50 Israeli police came to their home at 2am on Sunday 9th November, first arresting the 8 internationals who were staying there, ready to lock-on in such an event, and then forcing him and his wife, Fawzieh, from their beds, dragging them out of the house without letting them even take a change of clothes, rendering them – in one fell swoop – homeless, he had to be hospitalised immediately.

Fawzieh has since been living in a tent on a nearby football pitch.  It’s a protest tent, designed to garner media attention, and as such Israeli authorities have been bulldozing it every other day.  Luckily, as it’s a tent, it’s easy to put back up again.  A small moment of comedic relief came a few days ago, when they also bulldozed the surrounding fence, which was erected not by the Al-Kurd family, but by Jerusalem city council.

Fawzieh is a strong, strong woman.  She has been a major force behind this whole campaign – a campaign not only to save her house, but to save all the other 28 houses in the Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood that face the same fate as hers.  For many months now she has opened up her house to the general public, letting it become the site of a media circus.  Night after night she has explained her story to countless delegations and solidarity groups.  Day after day she showed journalists around the area, with grace and alacrity.  She developed great media savvy, imploring cameras “Wayn al democrati, habibi?  Wayn al democrati?” (Where is the democracy, darling?  Where is the democracy?).  All this while caring for a sick husband and cooking two meals a day for the internationals who were camped out in her courtyard for months.

Right now, even in her grief she has set up a public mourning site at her tent.  For the next few hours she will receive visits from the hundreds of people who will undoubtedly come to pay their respects, despite the rawness of her loss.

How the state killed Mr Al Kurd 

Mohammad Al Kurd moved into his house in East Jerusalem with his family when he was 3 years old, in 1956.  Theirs and 27 other houses were built as part of a joint project between United Nations Refugee and Welfare Association (UNRWA) and the Jordanian government, for refugees who had fled the Nakba (1948 war that created 700 000 Palestinian refugees).  The families were granted ownership of the houses in exchange for giving up their food rations.

After the 1967 war, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem, two Israeli settler groups, the Oriental Jews Association and The Knesseth Yisrael Association, made a claim that they had owned the land prior to 1948, and, in 1972, got the land registered in their names with the Israeli Land Registrar.  Then in 1982, the lawyer hired to represent all of the refugee families in the Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood, Tosya Cohen, unbeknownst to the families, made an agreement with the settler associations to recognise the settlers’ ownership of the land in return for status for the families as “protected residents”.  It’s unknown why he did this, whether he was just stupid, or was paid off, or was ideologically on the wrong side to begin with.  At any rate, the families fired him as soon as they found out what he had done, and denounced his agreement, but it was, in many senses, too late.

Despite the fact that in 2006 the Israeli High Court found the settler associations’ ownership papers to be falsified, and compelled the removal of their names from the Lands Registrar, the Israeli Land Registration department then refused to rezone the land so as to register the land in the true owners’ names.  Further, the Israeli courts refused to allow any of this evidence into the separate case concerning the Al Kurds’ eviction, and so on 16th July 2008 the Israeli Supreme Court issued an eviction notice for the Al Kurds, for not paying rent to the settlers associations.

In the meantime, while the family was in Jordan in 2001, getting medical treatment for Mr Al Kurd, the Jerusalem municipality gave the keys to the apartment they had built as an extension to their home to settlers – under the pretext that it had been built illegally.  Ironically, the usual excuse for housing demolitions is that, being built without planning permission, they are unsafe to inhabit.  The residents are being protected from themselves.  In this case the annex was unsafe for the Al Kurd family, but safe for the rotation of settler families who passed through there.

As such, for the past seven years, the Al Kurd family had been living with settlers in their home – in the annex they built for their son and his family.  This brought with it all sorts of abuse, even from the small children; as well as harassment from Israeli police and security guards employed by the settlers associations to patrol the property.

The settlers occupying the annex have also received an eviction notice to evacuate the property – but Israeli police have chosen not to carry-out the order.  In fact, the same day the Al Kurds were evicted, instead of evicting the settlers as well, more settlers just moved in to occupy the entire house.

All of this has not been the result of a series of accidents and miscalculations.  This is part a deliberate strategy to create the “facts on the ground” necessary to preclude the possibility of a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.  This collusion between settlers and the Israeli state is the basis of the well-publicised plan to “Judaise” East Jerusalem.  Since 2004, more than 1200 Palestinians have been made homeless in East Jerusalem alone through home demolitions.  There are currently more than 80 Palestinian houses slated for demolition.   If the remaining 27 Palestinian houses in the Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood are evicted, those buildings too will be demolished to make way for a 200 unit settler apartment complex.  This will complete the ring of settler apartment buildings needed to effectively annex the old city in East Jerusalem forever.  The Al Kurds are just one family victimised by a series of policies whose ultimate aim is the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem.

And now Mr Al Kurds is dead.  A severe heart-attack.  He might not have been taken out with a bullet, or a bomb, but he was killed by the Israeli injustice system all the same.

Source

In another Palestinian Tent event on August 8 2009 at noon, about 40 ultra-orthodox jewish squatters, the Israeli terrorists generally known as “Siknaj”, attacked the tent of the Al-Ghawi family and beat and wounded four members of these families, who were forcibly expelled from their own house on last 2 August 2009. The criminal settlers, or “Siknaj”, were wearing black talars and hats, and used stones, sticks, and chairs in their criminal attack. The victims were three children aged between 10 – 13 and a woman. One of them was left bleeding in critical condition.

Naser Al-Gawi, one of those robbed of his house by the israeli government, said that a large detachment of Israeli police came to the place of the assault, and that rather than preventing the criminal attacks of the Siknaj, they protected them and arrested Khaled Al- Gawi, aged 40, another victim of the israeli theft. Al-Gawi denied that his family had provoked the Siknaj settlers. He said that the settlers wanted to remove their tents, which they set up near their houses, which are now occupied by the siknaj. He confirmed that he will not leave the area until he is able to return to his house.

On August 2 2009, the Israeli criminal forces forcibly terrorized and expelled two Palestinian families, Al-Gawi and Hannoun from their houses in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem after they demolished the gates of the houses (11 houses, eight houses belong to Aberd Al-Fattah Hannoun and his sons, and three houses belong to Maher Hannoun and his brothers), and forced the families to get out under the threat of murdering them. The criminal armed Israeli police pointed their guns at the civilians and denied them the right to take the necessary things for their children, or to remove from their furniture and other belongings.

Few hours after the Palestinian family’s expulsion, a truck of ultra orthodox jews, Siknaj, came to live in the Palestinian houses. The Siknaj and the criminal forces of Israel threw the furniture of the two families out of their homes and moved their belonging of the Siknaj to the Palestinian houses, while the Israeli police stood to guard to protect them from any attempt from the Palestinian families to recover their property. Before that, on November 2008, the Israeli military border police forcibly expelled Mahmoud Al-Kurd, an old paralyzed man on a wheelchair, his wife Fawzia, Um Kamel, and their five children and their families, from their home in Sheikh Jarrah in the East of Jerusalem.

Mahmoud Al-Kurd Funeral

Mohammed Al-Kurd had lived in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood from 1956 until the morning of November 9, 2008 when the Israeli police enforced a court order that evicted them. Few days after this expulsion, Mahmoud Al-Kurd died of heart attack in his protest tent in the neighborhood of his house. The criminal Israeli Zionist organization police has since then destroyed the tent of the Al-Kurd family several times.

Luisa MorgantiniiThe Vice President of the European Parliament, Luisa Morgantini, had sent a letter for Al-Kurd family after their expulsion from their house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The same text of the letter was sent to all MEs of the European Parliament. Morgantini wrote:

Dear all,

You may remember that last Thursday during the plenary session we passed a urgency resolution on the expulsion of the Al Kurd family from the house they bought and lived in since 1956 in East Jerusalem. A group of extremist settlers claimed ownership to that house and 26 other houses in the same neighbourhood, on the basis of an Ottoman title deed dating from 1880, the authenticity of which is doubtful and which is also disputed by United States. The project of the Jewish associations is to build 200 hundreds colonial units that will replace the Palestinian homes.

Mohammed Kamal Al Kurd

Mohammed Kamal Al Kurd, the husband of Umm Kamal, did not survive, yes he was already ill, but the expulsion from the house, and the destruction by the Israeli police of the tents where they were staying after being expelled from their home , has been unbearable to him. He died in the Hospital.
Best regards,

Luisa Morgantini
Vice President of the European Parliament

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Currently, a total of around 28 Palestinian families of East Jerusalem face Israeli expulsion from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The Palestinian families had lived in their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood since the days when east Jerusalem was under Jordanian control. The United Nations, upon contract with Jordan allotted them the land after they became refugees when they were expelled from their homes in west Jerusalem by Zionists during the 1948 war.

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Despite the UN and the Palestinian denials, and despite the fact that the lawyer of the Sheikh Jarrah families found that there is no evidence in the Turkish archives that the Siknaj are the owners of the land and the houses, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the expulsion of the Palestinian families following an appeal by the Zionists Nahalat Shimon settler group, which claimed that the Siknaj lived in, or bought plots in these areas before the establishment of Israel itself and by the partition resolution of 1948.

Two third of the houses in the West of Jerusalem belong to Palestinian families whose owners are denied the right to retake them. Some of these owners have appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court to regain their property, but always this court has always rejected their appeals, thus in fact creating injustice and supporting crimes.

Hannoun (8)

What the Israeli Supreme Court and the Zionists organization “State of Israel” must remember and never forget is that we, all the Palestinians will NEVER give up and never forget, and that FOR EVER there are tens of thousands, millions of us who have their land and the homes in occupied Palestine, since 1948 and prior to that, and that we have the documents which prove our ownership.

Hannoun (12)

Over 750.000 of us Palestinians were forcibly expelled in 1948 by the Israeli Zionists, turning us into refugees in Arab countries and in the Diaspora, and that also millions of us live in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. We all have the right to return and to demand our property back. The Siknaj will be institutionalized or worse, and the whole criminal enterprise called “Israel” will go, and after that ALL jews of the world will be forever held in contempt everywhere, even in countries where today they are highly respected. Not we, but your crimes against us will destroy you. [Kawther]

There are many houses and land belonging to Palestinians, which since 1948 – Hannoun (16)and until now, have been stolen and occupied by these European and American jews, which today are occupied by Israeli ministers. One of these thieves is the current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who lives in a house stolen from a Palestinian family in the Al-Talibia Arab district in the west of Jerusalem.


Hannoun (7)

The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem was built by the UN and Jordanian government in 1956 to house Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war. In 1967 Israel captured and illegally annexed Jerusalem during the six day war. We Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and so it will be with or without the consent of the Siknaj, who better start packing.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 13.08.2011)

MORE QUOTES…

“We must expel Arabs and take their places.”
— David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

“There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”
— Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp.
121-122.

“Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”
— Moshe Dayan, April 1969, Ha’aretz; quoted in Edward Said, ‘Zionism from the Standpoint of Its Victims’, Social Text, Volume 1, 1979, 7-58.

“Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.”
— David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky’s Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan’s “Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.

“If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, and only half by transferring them to
the Land of Israel, I would choose the latter, for before us lies not only the
numbers of these children but the historical reckoning of the people of
Israel.”

— David Ben-Gurion (Quoted on pp 855-56 in Shabtai Teveth’s Ben-Gurion in a slightly different translation).


 
“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”
— Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969.

“How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them
to.”

— Golda Meir, March 8, 1969.

“Any one who speaks in favor of bringing the Arab refugees back must also say how he expects to take the responsibility for it, if he is interested in the state of Israel. It is better that things are stated clearly and plainly: We shall not let this happen.”
— Golda Meir, 1961, in a speech to the Knesset, reported in Ner, October 1961

“This country exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy.”

— Golda Meir, Le Monde, 15 October 1971

“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!”
— Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

“[Israel will] create in the course of the next 10 or 20 years conditions which would attract natural and voluntary migration of the refugees from the Gaza Strip and the west Bank to  Jordan. To achieve this we have to come to agreement with King Hussein and not with Yasser Arafat.”
— Yitzhak Rabin (a “Prince of Peace” by Clinton’s standards), explaining his method of ethnically cleansing the occupied land without stirring a world outcry. (Quoted in David Shipler in the New York Times, 04/04/1983 citing Meir Cohen’s remarks to the Knesset’s foreign affairs and defense committee on March 16.)

“[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs.”
— Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the ‘Beasts,”‘ New Statesman, June 25, 1982.

“The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized …. Jerusalem was and will for ever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for Ever.”
— Menachem Begin, the day after the U.N. vote to partition Palestine.

“The past leaders of our movement left us a clear message to keep Eretz Israel from the Sea to the River Jordan for future generations, for the mass aliya (=Jewish immigration), and for the Jewish people, all of whom will be gathered into this country.”
— Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declares at a Tel Aviv memorial service for former Likud leaders, November 1990. Jerusalem Domestic Radio Service.

“The settlement of the Land of Israel is the essence of Zionism. Without settlement, we will not fulfill Zionism. It’s that simple.”
— Yitzhak Shamir, Maariv, 02/21/1997.

“(The Palestinians) would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls.”
— Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) Yitzhak Shamir in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988

“Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to  carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.”
— Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.

“The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more”….
— Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time – August 28, 2000. Reported in the
Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000


“If we thought that instead of 200 Palestinian fatalities, 2,000 dead would put an end to the fighting at a stroke, we would use much more force….”
— Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, quoted in Associated Press, November 16, 2000.

“I would have joined a terrorist organization.”
— Ehud Barak’s response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha’aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian.

“It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.”
— Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.

“Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab will go to them.”
— Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.

“Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.”
— Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online

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The Spirit of Rachel Corrie Mission to Gaza: Breaking the Illegal Siege

Global Research Editor’s
Note

The following text recounts how the Gaza siege was almost
broken by a lone humanitarian ship.

What the Spirit of Rachel Corrie
achieved, its crew and passengers, constitutes an outstanding act of courage and
determination, taking the Israeli Navy totally by surprise.

Global
Research’s Julie Lévesque participated in this mission to Gaza organized by the
Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF). This is her vivid account of the Spirit
of Rachel Corrie mission, pertaining to the day by day life on the ship,
recounting in detail the actions of those who, acting in solidarity with
Palestine, put their life in danger with a view to breaking the illegal Israeli
siege of Gaza.

On May 16, 2011, when the Spirit of Rachel Corrie entered
Palestinian waters undetected and was attacked by patrol boats of the Israeli
Navy, the Western media in chorus decided not to cover this pathbreaking
event…

Michel Chossudovsky, August 7,
2011


 

“The Navy has prevented and
will continue to prevent the arrival of the ‘hate flotilla’ whose only
goals are to clash with IDF soldiers
, create media provocation and to
delegitimize the State of Israel,” –
Israel Navy commander Adm.
Eliezer Marom warning to the Gaza flotilla organizers (Anshel Pfeffer, Israel Navy commander: ‘Hate flotilla’ to Gaza must be
stopped
, Haaretz.com June 19, 2011)

The Simon Wiesenthal
Centre has published a list of people who are classified as anti-Semitic
in 2010. I am listed among the top 10. I suppose what I had said in 2010 is
regarded by the Jewish [Wiesenthal] Centre as slurs but I was merely exercising
my right to free speech to speak up against what I considered as injustice. I condemned Israel for breaking
international laws
, carrying out an illegal siege of Gaza, attacking
and seizing the Mavi Marmara and the Rachel Corrie in international
waters
, killing nine Turkish aid workers, and continuing to
deprive the suffering people of Gaza of medical supplies, construction
material and food
.” (Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, The Anti-Semitic, Former
Prime minister of Malaysia, December 24, 2010)

Click here for the first part of this article: The Blockade Runners Part I

The idea of sending flotillas
to Gaza originally came from former Malaysian Prime Minister and Perdana Global
Peace Foundation’s (PGPF) founder Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. For decades now he
has been a very outspoken advocate of the rights of the Palestinians. Like most
people who take a firm a stand against the illegal actions of the state of
Israel, he was labelled “anti-Semitic”. This type of ad hominem attack is the
only stratagem left for those who wish to defend an illegal and immoral
occupation.

PGPF’s goal is to make war a crime. “We can not allow people
to kill and glorify killing. We need to change the mindset and reject war as a
means of settling  disputes. This is the beginning of a very long saga which
will take many years,” explained Tun Mahathir.


Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s keynote
address at the War Crimes
Conference and Exhibition in October
2009

In 2010, PGPF joined the Freedom Flotilla with the “Rachel
Corrie”. This year it decided to act alone and send its ship, the “Spirit of
Rachel Corrie” (SRC), ahead of the Freedom Flotilla II. The mission’s ultimate
goal was to “bring liberty in Gaza” and “prove to the world that Israel has no
right to impose this illegal siege”, Mahathir told the participants of the
mission about to set sail on the SRC.

In the light of the recent failed
attempt of the Freedom Flottilla II, the SRC mission can be considered a
success: it is the only ship this year to have entered Palestinan waters. Its
modus operandi should serve as an example for future attempts to break the
illegal siege of Gaza.

Humanitarian “False Flag
Operation”

May 11, 2011, a ship registered as the MV Finch flying the
Moldovan flag left the Greek port of Piraeus unnoticed. It was the Spirit of
Rachel Corrie Mission (SRC). On board were 12 crew members and passengers: 7
Malaysians, 2 Indians, 2 Irish and 1 Canadian.

Fearing that they would
be prevented to sail to their destination, the organizers of the mission opted
for a low profile rather than a big media campaign. They neither disclosed where
they were leaving  from, nor where they were going to.

It turned out to be a good idea. Unlike the
Freedom Flotilla II which was supposed to sail to Gaza, they were able to leave
the Greek port of Piraeus without any form of encroachment and sail towards
Palestine.

It should be noted that in December 2010, the
Jerusalem Post reported that a “[m]ulti-million deal [was] in the works to
sell weapons system for Hellenic Air Force
’s F-16 fleet”, and that given
Greece’s poor economy, “officials said they were seeking creative ways for
Greece to pay for the systems
”. (Yaakov Katz, Israeli defense industries in talks with Greek army,
The Jerusalem Post, December 12, 2010. Emphasis added)

The report further stated that the ties between
Greece and Israel have improved “since May’s navy raid on a Turkish flotilla”
following which, “Turkey cut off all military and political ties with Israel”.
(Ibid.)

Had the Greek authorities known of the Spirit of
Rachel Corrie’s (SRC) ultimate destination, they would have prevented it from
leaving Greek waters, as they did with this year’s “Freedom Flotilla”.

May 16, 6am. Sailing out of Egyptian waters five
days later, the SRC entered Palestinian waters undetected, to the great surprise
of Palestinian fishermen, dazed at the view of foreign passengers on a ship
waving and smiling at them.

Boats try to break the siege regularly. Not
ships.

“Palestine! Palestine!”, they yelled with
astonishment pointing at the water, probably thinking the captain was lost.

“We’re going to Gaza!” one of the passengers
yelled back. Gaza? And they started pointing in that direction, nodding, smiling
and yelling “Gaza! Gaza!”

They could not believe it.

Since everyone was soon expecting an encounter
with the Israeli Navy, that moment lightened the atmosphere on the ship. But not
for long. The ship continued its course until the passengers and crew saw two
speed boats from the Israeli Navy coming towards the ship.

“They’re coming”, said Jenny Graham, the Irish
activist. She started making a call with a satellite phone when the first
machine gun shots were fired.

Half of the passengers ran for cover in an
enclosed area on the deck. Other passengers and crew members went inside on the
bridge.

The Israeli navy contacted the captain, Abd Jalil
bin Mansor, who explained the ship was delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza and
that there were no weapons on board. He was asked to turn around. He refused.

“I’ve been instructed to go to Gaza.”

Captain Jalil Mansor explaining the route chosen to penetrate Palestinian
waters.

Meanwhile, three rounds of shots were fired.
“Welcome to my world”, said Jenny, stoic, to the people lying down beside her on
the deck.

From there, no one could see where the “warning
shots” were going or where they were coming from. Every once in a while we could
get a glimpse of the boats circling the ship.

One of the passengers was praying, the other one
had his hands up to show he had no weapons, although we were the only ones who
could see him.

Derek Graham had been through this before. He was
outside smoking a cigarette, looking straight at the man behind the machine gun
with his arms wide open, inviting him to shoot.

Seeing him, Alang Bendahara, reporter for the News
Straits Time stood up on the deck to get some footage of the boats shooting.

Then we heard the Israeli navy screaming to
the captain, “Turn around! Turn around now or we’ll shoot you!”

The captain obeyed. The ship changed its course.

Another round of shots was fired even though the
captain had followed the navy’s orders.

Then the Egyptian navy, which never noticed the
ship entering and leaving their waters, responded to repeated calls from the
Israeli navy and asked them to stop shooting. They did.

As the ship was escorted back in Egyptian waters,
the Israelis thanked the Egyptians for their cooperation on the siege and went
on firing at the tiny and vulnerable fishing boats.

As they usually do, as Jenny explained outraged.
“Our ship being shot at is going to make the news. Not the shooting of the
little fishermen boats. The sad thing is, this is their daily life!”

The SRC was kept in the waiting area of El-Arish
Port in Egypt for seven weeks. The ship tried to head back to Gaza through
Egyptian waters a week after its first attempt. As it was escorted out of
Egyptian waters by the Egyptian Navy, which had ordered the captain to head to
international waters, the ship experienced technical difficulties and was
escorted back in the waiting area in El-Arish.

During the first few days in the waiting area at the port of El-Arish,
Egyptian fishermen were
prohibited from approaching the ship. Since the
food  was running low, Derek and Satya, one
of the Indian crew
members, launched the zodiac to go buy some fish but came back empty

handed.

A few days later, fishermen were allowed to come near the MV Finch and
sell fresh fish.

Apart from the two Irish activists and Matthias
Chang, no one else on the ship had engaged in such an adventure before. Chief
engineer Zainuddin Mohamed’s reason for accepting to go on this mission was
simple: “I wanted to see for my own eyes what is going on there.” Captain Jalil
Mansor aknowledged: “I have come to a point in my career where I needed a
challenge.” Since he had military training in the past, the captain was not
intimidated by the Israeli navy’s gunfire and rather “enjoyed” his confrontation
with them.

“Honestly, I wish we had been taken by the Israelis”,
admitted one of the Malaysians who whished to remain anonymous. “Malaysia has no
diplomatic relations with Israel so it is the only way I can enter the country,
if they arrest me and take me there. I’m a little disappointed.”

Malaysian journalists Alang Bendahara from the News Straits Time and Mohd Faizal Hassan
from
Bernama.

Although they were not taken to jail, people on board the Finch
were, in a sense, imprisoned on the ship. They were not told why they were being
prevented from leaving the ship and were promised countless times that they
would be allowed to dock the next day. The Canadian embassy in Egypt confirmed
that the matter was in the hands of military intelligence and that the
Egyptian Ministery of Foreign Affairs was not the one handling the
issue.

The people on board showed tremendous solidarity for several days
by refusing to leave in small groups: it was all or nothing.

From the first day in El-Arish, the Egyptian port authorities
promised
that the ship would be allowed to dock and that the passengers
would
be allowed to disembark the next day. Leader Matthias Chang and

Chief engineer Zainuddin Mohamed after one of many broken
promises,
almost two weeks after entering Palestinian waters.

Since the ship was not allowed to dock in El-Arish, the only way to get
fresh water was to
have it delivered by tug boat in the wating area.
The heavy containers had to be carried
and emptied one by one by the people
on board. All the seafarers on board said they
had never experienced that
before.

The
original crew members and passengers were finally all allowed to leave the ship
on June 3, 18 days after they entered Palsetinian waters. Three of the
Malaysians had decided to leave on May 31. The new crew was kept in Egyptian
waters for another month. On July 6, the cargo was unloaded and delivered to
Gaza shortly after, on July 12. The cargo, however, was not delivered to Gaza
through the Rafah crossing. The cargo was brought through Karem Shalom, into
Israel.

Egyptian Promises

Since May 28, the Rafah
crossing was supposed to have been opened for people and humanitarian aid,
according to statements of the Egyptian government.

This did not happen.
The Egyptian authorities refused to let the PGPF’s humanitarian cargo go
through Rafah, even though it was humanitarian aid: UPVC pipes to restore the
sewage system in Gaza, where a water crisis is raging and which affects not only
Gazans, but neighbouring countries including Israel and Egypt.

The
destruction of the sewage system in Gaza by the Israeli army has led to 50 to 80
million liters of raw sewage being released in the
Mediterranean daily.

The SRC cargo was instead delivered through Karem
Shalom, in Israel. The cargo was considered as reconstruction material, which
Israel requires to be delivered through its illegal checkpoints. While they were
on the ship, the original 12 passengers and crew members were given that option
and had refused categorically that the cargo be transferred through Karem
Shalom, or any other Israeli checkpoint.

All crew members and passengers with a makeshift banner rejecting any
compromise to their
goal: breaking the siege. From left to right: Alang
Bendahara, Satya Prakash, Chandan Sharma,
Faizal Hassan, Jenny Graham,
Matthias Chang, Julie Lévesque, Jafri Arifin, Zainuddin Mohamed,
Jalil
Mansor, Derek Graham, Radzillah Abdulla.

The refusal of the Egyptian authorities to
allow for the shipment of the humanitarian cargo through Rafah suggests that the
interim military government is taking its orders from Tel Aviv and Washington.
While the SRC was stranded in Egyptian waters, the crew and passengers on board
were told that the ship would not allowed to dock for “security reasons”. The
matter was in the hands of Military Intelligence.

Military Intelligence is attached to the Ministry
of Defense headed by Mohamed Hussein Tantawi Soliman who is the
commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces and de facto head of State.

In turn, Hussein Tantawi is a permanent liaison
with his counterpart in Tel Aviv, Ehud Barak, as well as with Defense Secretary
Robert Gates in Washington. (Michel Chossudovsky, BREAKING NEWS: Humanitarian Ship to Gaza is a Floating Prison:
Cairo is Obeying Orders from Tel Aviv
, May 5, 2011)

In March 2011, shortly after Mubarak was ousted
from office, a political analyst for the Egyptian Al-Ahram Center for Political
and Strategic Studies stated:

“Egypt will […] take a stronger stance against
Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and will play a more positive role
supporting the Palestinian cause”. (Heba Fahmy, No drastic, immediate change in Egypt’s foreign relations, say
analysts
, Daily News Egypt, March 29, 2011

The outcome of the SRC mission indicates that the
post-Mubarak Egyptian government, rather than taking a “strong stance against
Israel”, is still working hand in glove with Israel and the US. The Egyptian
people however, from navy personnel to fishermen, have demonstrated strong
support for the Malaysian mission to Gaza.

In recent developments, however, Egypt allowed a
British aid convoy called Miles of Smiles 4 reach Gaza through the Rafah crossing in late
July. Meanwhile, the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in
the Occupied Territories was allowed to enter Gaza for the first time in July,
43 years after its creation. (IPS, End blockade now, says UN group in rare Gaza visit, August 1,
2011)

The committee
condemned “the
horrible living conditions in the West Bank and Gaza and the devastating impact
of the Israeli economic blockade”, as well as the “continuing disregard of its
obligations under international law”. “The economic, educational, psychological,
health and social conditions are affected by the blockade,” stated the Sri
Lankan ambassador to the UN, adding that “Israel’s continuing blockade of Gaza
contravened the human rights of the people of Gaza and international
humanitarian law and standards”. (Ibid)

Once again, a UN committee denounces Israel’s
illegal actions. Over the years though, these accusations have proven to be
useless because only the Security Council can impose sanctions on Israel and it
never has. In fact quite the opposite: Israel’s illegal actions have been
protected on numerous occasions by a US veto on UN Security Council Resolutions
critical of Israel.

Even though they are labelled by Western governments
and the UN as “useless”, humanitarian aid convoys, flotillas and lone attempts
to break the siege have had a tangible impact on the lives of Gazans.

The sewage pipes brought by the Spirit of Rachel Corrie are now in Gaza,
which is facing a major water crisis.

Physicians for Human Rights Israel issued a report
in 2010 entitled: “Humanitarian
Minimum: Israel’s Role in Creating Food and Water Insecurity in
Gaza
”. It addresses the impact of the Israeli blockade on public
health in the Gaza Strip.

It states that “watery diarrhea and acute bloody
diarrhea […] are the major causes of morbidity among the population”, and that
those disease, “according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are caused by
an unsafe water supply, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene” (Physicians for
Human Rights Israel, Humanitarian Minimum: Israel’s Role in Creating Food and Water
Insecurity in Gaza
, December 2010, p.69)

PGPF employees Farlina Said and Maizatul Akmar Mohd Naim in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Radzillah Abdulla from FELDA (Federal Land Development
Authority), a Malaysian governmental
organization, and Jenny Graham shortly
after leaving Greece.

Lessons from a “Humanitarian False Flag
Operation”

So far this year, the lone ship Spirit of Rachel Corrie
was the only ship to enter Palestinian waters and “put a hole” in the blockade.
Although it did not break the siege, it should be considered as a small victory
against the illegal occupant, and its strategy should be taken into account by
those who wish to break the siege in the future.

1- Favor a
media blackout
: To avoid being foiled, any attempt to break the siege should
be concealed. The media should be alerted only when the goal has been reached or
when the vessel has been prevented from reaching it. Big media campaigns may
have the advantage of shedding the light on the illegal siege, they also reveal
information which hampers the endeavor and serves the illegal occupant. The
ultimate goal of such undertakings should remain to break the siege, not
publicize it.

2- Conceal the departure location: The country of
departure should be disclosed only to those who need to know for logistic
purposes.

3- Conceal the destination: The authorities of the
country of departure should be given an alternative destination.

4-
Use deception
: The Malaysian SRC mission, or MV Finch, was flying the
Moldovan flag. The Israelis must have been aware that PGPF was sending a ship to
Gaza since it was announced by the Malaysian organization a few weeks before the
mission was launched. Only the dates were kept secret. The Israelis were
probably expecting a vessel flying the Malaysian flag.

5- Get
a fast boat or ship
: The MV Finch could not go faster than 6 nautical miles
an hour. Had it been faster, it could have reached the port
of Gaza.

Satya Prakash and Chandan Sharma, the two Indian crew members.

June 3,
2011 The last “ship prisoners” are released and join the land
team in El-Arish.

External links:

Perdana Global Peace
Foundation

Derek and Jenny Graham’s blog: Irish in Gaza
Rachel Corrie Foundation
for Peace and Justice

Julie Lévesque is a
researcher and journalist at the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). She
can be reached at
crgjulie@yahoo.ca

(www.globalresearch.ca / 12.08.2011)