It's still the OCCUPATION, stupid!
By Eileen Fleming
Award winning journalist David Rose, reporting in April's Vanity Fair, dropped "the Gaza Bombshell: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President George W. Bush's secret Palestinian intervention backfired in a big way. After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating
"There is no one more hated among Hamas members than Muhammad Dahlan, long Fatah’s resident strongman in
"Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the
On March 5th, this civilian journalist received an email from Jerusalem issued from Ramallah, Palestine on 3 March 2008: "In response to the Vanity Fair article (appearing in the April 2008 edition) authored by David Rose, Palestinian Legislative Council Member and former National Security Advisor Mohammed Dahlan states the following:
"1. During my tenure as the National Security Advisor, the US Administration failed to provide any support to the Palestinian Authority. Despite the claims of support, the
"2. Neither Fatah nor the PA received money from the
"3. The only “plan” to which the
Every right thinking person comprehends that the PA is just another layer of The OCCUPATION and that every government lies and all politicians are FOXES, meaning they only care about gaining and keeping power and control.
Dr. Mustafa Bargouthi, wrote, "Ninety percent of security violations in
Reported by If Americans Knew by March 2008:
119 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 982 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since
1,031 Israelis and at least 4,528 Palestinians have been killed since
6,845 Israelis and 31,815 Palestinians have been injured since
During Fiscal Year 2007, the
1 Israeli is being held prisoner by Palestinians, while 10,756 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by
0 Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians and 18,147 Palestinian homes have been demolished by
The Israeli unemployment rate is 9%, while the Palestinian unemployment is estimated at 40%.
When Hamas fighters routed Fatah in a violent takeover of the Gaza Strip that preceding week, the split prompted Abbas to dissolve the power-sharing government with his rivals in Hamasand set up a Fatah-led administration to govern the
Empires throughout history have always used the very same tactic.
Carter also observed the 2006 election in which Hamas won 42 percent of the popular vote and a majority of parliamentary seats and affirmed that the election was "orderly and fair" and that Hamas triumphed, because it was "shrewd in selecting candidates," whereas Fatah was divided and corrupt and ran multiple candidates for single seats.
Carter also said the US and Israel, with European Union acquiescence, sought to subvert the outcome by shunning Hamas in order to assist Abbas in keeping the reins of political and military power and, "That action was criminal. The
Carter also said, that the
On June 20, 2007, Omar Barghouti wrote: "When I saw some of the images coming out of the infighting in Gaza last week, I suppressed my anguish and steaming anger, recalling the wise, almost prophetic, words of the great Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, who wrote, 'The central problem is this: How can the oppressed, as divided, unauthentic beings, participate in developing the pedagogy of their liberation?...The pedagogy of the oppressed is an instrument for their critical discovery that both they and their oppressors are manifestations of dehumanization.'
"There is no doubt that a faction within Fatah -- overtly funded, trained and steered by the US and Israel -- is the primary suspect behind the flare-up of this bloody internecine strife, which many observers view as a thinly veiled attempt to destabilize Hamas's democratically-elected government, coercing it into accepting Israeli dictates that it had so far balked from.
"While the corruption, lawlessness, profiteering and even betrayal of sections of Fatah have been known and well documented for some time now, the brutal, reckless and in some cases criminal tactics used by armed groups within Hamas were fresh reminders to neutral bystanders who were willing to give the group the benefit of the doubt that it, too, contains a strong, power-hungry faction that is eager to sacrifice principles and human rights to reach its political objectives. Hamas cannot be exonerated from the accusation that, by participating in the legislative and municipal elections according to laws and parameters set by the Oslo agreements, it has already contributed to legitimizing the products of those agreements and forsaken its claim to being a resistance movement that is primarily dedicated to realizing the main tenets of the Palestinian national program of liberation and self-determination...
"In the short term, the political vacuum that will inevitably result from the growing rift between Ramallah and
Whether Rose is guilty of any "bad bad journalism" [Bill O'Reilly] and Dahlan is just trying to cover his ass, Carter's and Barghouti's voice were not the only ones raised before the leaked "End of Mission Report" by UN Middle East envoy, Alvaro de Soto came out.
After 25 years at the UN, Alvaro
"The Quartet of Middle East negotiators - the UN, the
He blamed overwhelming influence exerted by the
"At almost every juncture a premium is put on good relations with the
De Soto wrote, "We were told that the US was against any 'blurring' of the line dividing Hamas from those Palestinian political forces committed to the two-state solution…There is a seeming reflex, in any given situation where the UN is to take a position, to ask first how Israel or Washington will react rather than what is the right position to take."[IBID]
De Soto opposed the international boycott placed on the Palestinian government after Hamas was democratically elected and argued that it was wrong to use pressure and isolation alone, and proposed an open dialogue with Hamas as equals in the process towards peace which requires justice; equal human rights for all and that all states and nations would uphold international law.
But, what he came up against was a "heavy barrage" from US officials.
The boycott of Hamas and the siege and blockade of
Clear thinking people condemn all violence as they also comprehend that
ONLY by seeing the other as a human being who desires what every human being has a RIGHT to; for it is self evident to right thinking people "That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that, among these, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it." -
This civilian journalist wonders what's it going to take to wake up the international community to the facts on the ground that the corruption in the PA government and hot tempers from those under occupation are a powder keg that’s getting ready to blow up.
This civilian journalist wonders what it is going to take to wake the world up to the fact that most of our problems with radical Islamist fundamentalist militants lead us back to the conflict in
All roads do indeed lead to Jerusalem and as a woman of hope [-but not in my USA elected officials-] I contend that the International Community [-if only they get their act together!] and insist in unity to the upholding of the gold standard of international law as the rule of law all we the people of the world honor and uphold; will we ever change the world as we now know it; into a world of sister and brotherhood.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Law [and the Sermon on the Mount!] are the way to lead our dysfunctional world to the reconciliation of all nations and states.
This civilian journalist hopes and prays that the misery inflicted upon our sisters and brothers in Israel and Palestine- the so called Holy Land- the cradle of civilization will indeed begat the birth pangs of a new Middle East; a new America, and a new world, and Common Sense tells us that "the world is [our] country, all mankind are [our] brethren, and to do good [should be our] religion."-Tom Paine
Blind allegiance to the Israeli government has allowed America's 'best friend' in the world to become a big bully and if we truly love our friend we will rise up and tell our friend they have crossed the line of common sense and the time is now to WAKE UP and reconcile with the 'enemy' for only then do we 'have it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine
This civilian journalist reiterates and persists to contends in a slight paraphrase of Mahatma Gandhi, what difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, the refugees, the homeless, the voiceless the occupied and oppressed whether the mad violent destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism, Islam, Zionism, Christianity or the holy name of security and democracy?
2. Palestinian National initiative Report of
5. http://image.guardian.co.uk/sysfiles/Guardian/documents/2007/06/12/DeSotoReport.pdf “disengagement,” and the facts on the ground and bottom line was that more illegal Jewish settlers, more apartheid walls, and more corruption in the PA ensued. peace process, which actually collapsed long ago under the weight of