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American Politics, Terrorism and Islam: Part 3 American Politics, Terrorism and Islam: Part 3
by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
2008-06-17 07:57:25
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Allegations of Israeli Terrorism 

Israel plays an important role in American politics. So strong is the power and influence of the pro-Israeli Lobby that no politician can afford to appear anti-Israel by questioning Israel's state terrorism.

The first recorded episode of terrorism can probably be traced back to Samson in the Torah. His is the classic case of what can be called suicide terrorism, now much practiced in vast territories from Asia to Latin America by those who believe that they have been wronged.

Probably the first victim of Jewish terrorism in the post-WWI period was Jacob Israel de Haan, the Dutch Jewish novelist, poet, lawyer, and legal scholar, who wanted a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Arabs for the recognition of a Jewish state and the establishment of an official Palestinian state in Jordan within a federation. This alarmed the secular Zionist leadership and De Haan was assassinated on July 1, 1924 by the Haganah, a Zionist paramilitary force.

It is worth mentioning here that for much of its existence (1920-1948), the Haganah, the precursor to today's Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), enjoyed cooperation and assistance from the British Mandate government in Palestine. It also acquired foreign arms and began to develop weapon factories to create hand grenades and military equipment, transforming from an irregular militia force to a capable underground army. In 1936 the Haganah had 10,000 regulars along with 40,000 reservists. During the 1936-1939 Arab revolt in Palestine, it participated actively to protect British interests and to suppress Arab rebellion.

In 1931, the most militant elements of the Haganah splintered off and formed the Irgun Tsva'i-Leumi (National Military Organization), better known as the "Irgun," under Avraham Tehomi. In 1940, the Irgun also split over the issue of whether or not to attack the British during WW II and their off-shoot became known as the "Lehi", more commonly known as the "Stern Gang" after its leader, Avraham Stern. The Stern Gang members were ardent students of violence, great admirers of Mussolini who steeped themselves in the terrorist traditions of the pre-1917 Russian Socialist-Revolutionary Party, the Macedonian IMRO, and the Italian "Black Shirts". They sought a Greater Israel as defined in Genesis 15:18, plus building of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

These three terrorist gangs, as noted by Scott Bidstrup, "operated with little restraint, targeting Arab civilians, often setting up snipers to shoot at innocent Arab civilians waiting at bus stops, shopping in the markets and in doing business in other public places. The deaths of innocent Palestinian Arabs began to mount."

Before we go any further, some basic information on the past history of some leaders of the Jewish state is useful here. Yitzhak Rabin joined Haganah in 1941. Ariel Sharon joined the Gadna, a paramilitary youth battalion, in 1942 at the age of 14. Later he joined the Haganah.

Menachem Begin became a close disciple of Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of the militant, racist, Revisionist Zionism movement, and its youth wing – Betar, in the mid-1930s. Upon arrival in Palestine in August of 1942, he received a proposal to take over a position in the Irgun (which was also inspired by Jabotinsky's views), as Betar's Commissioner. In 1944 Begin assumed the organization's leadership, determined to expel the British government from Palestine. Begin issued a call to arms and from 1944 to 1948 the Irgun launched an all-out armed rebellion, perpetrating hundreds of attacks against British installations and posts. Begin financed these operations by extorting money from Zionist businessmen, and running bogus robbery scams in the local diamond industry, which enabled the victims to get back their losses from insurance companies. The British government considered Begin a terrorist and its Security Service MI5 placed a 'dead-or-alive' bounty of 10,000 pounds on his head after the Irgun threatened to kill Sir John Shaw, Britain's Chief Secretary in Palestine.

Yitzhak Shamir, like Begin, joined Betar in his youth. After immigrating to Palestine in 1935, he joined the Irgun. Later he joined the Lehi, which proposed to intervene in the WW II on the side of Nazi Germany. Lehi offered assistance in "evacuating" the Jews of Europe, in return for Germany's help in expelling Britain from Palestine.

As noted by Arie Perliger and Leonard Weinberg, during the Arab Revolt (1936-1939) the Irgun carried out sixty attacks against the Palestinian Arabs resulting in the death of at least 250 Arabs, reflecting its world view that "political violence and terrorism" were "legitimate tools in the Jewish national struggle for the Land of Israel".

The Irgun and Lehi targeted British policemen and soldiers, United Nations-personnel, Jews suspected of collaborating with the British, and Arab civilians. Both the Irgun and the Lehi were described as terrorist groups by the British government.

On 25 November 1940, the Haganah, sunk the ship Patria by planting a bomb that killed over 200 Jews and some Britons and Arabs, and injured 172 people.

Other notable terrorist acts by the founding fathers of the State of Israel include: the assassination of Lord Moyne (November 6, 1944) by two Stern Gang terrorists, masterminded by Yitzhak Shamir; the bombing of the King David Hotel (July 2, 1946), masterminded by Menachem Begin of the Irgun, resulting in 91 dead (including 41 Arabs); the bombing of the British Embassy in Rome by the Irgun on October 31, 1946; the bombing of the central police station in Haifa, Palestine, killing four and injuring 140, by the Stern Gang members who drove a truckload of explosives on January 12, 1947. Three months later (April 1947) the Stern Gang repeated the tactic in Tel Aviv, blowing up the Sarona police barracks with a stolen postal truck filled with dynamite, resulting in five casualties. On July 25, 1947, the Irgun murdered two British sergeants, who had been taken as prisoners, in response to the British execution of two Irgun members in Akko prison.

Unhappy about the UN Partition Plan because of its failure to deliver Eretz Israel to the settler Jews, the Stern Gang decided to hit hard Palestinian positions. On January 4, 1948, dressed as Arabs, two Stern Gang members drove a truck ostensibly loaded with oranges into the center of Jaffa and parked it next to the New Seray Building, which housed the Palestinian municipal government as well as a soup-kitchen for poor children. Twenty six Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured; most were civilians, including many children eating at the charity kitchen. The bomb missed the local Palestinian leadership who had moved to another building, but the atrocity was highly successful in terrifying residents and setting the stage for their eventual flight.

The Stern Gang members planted mines on Cairo-Haifa rail track several times that killed 28 soldiers and wounding 35, north of Rehovot on February 29, 1948, and killed 40 and injured 60 civilians, all Arabs, near Binyamina on March 1, 1948.

During April 9-11, 1948, Irgun and Stern Gang massacred some 260 Arab civilians in Deir Yassin, as part of Operation Nachshon. As has been noted by many historians, the massacre in Deir Yassin set the final stage for the flight of some 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.

On July 13, 1948, Jewish terrorist gangs, backed up by Israeli troops, entered the all-Palestinian towns of Lydda and Ramleh, in the Palestinian Partition, just east of Jaffa. The Arab death toll in Lydda alone was 250. Prime Minister Ben-Gurion himself issued the order for the expulsion of Arabs that was countersigned by Lt. Col. Yitzhak Rabin, then the operations chief in charge of the attack. As Scott Bidstrup has noted "the Israeli troops forcibly evicted approximately 70,000 Palestinians from their homes, allowing them no time at all for preparation, and simply drove them out into the hot July sun, most fleeing across open fields in the 100-degree temperatures. Hundreds died of thirst and exposure."

Nearly 900 Arabs were massacred by Israelis during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, after the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948. After the War of Independence, Israel's terrorism did not stop. It had only begun to continue to this very day. Here below is a short list:

On September 17, 1948, Yitzhak Shamir’s Stern Gang assassinated Swedish peace mediator, Count Folke Bernadotte.

On October 29, 1948, between 80 and 100 Palestinian men, women and children were killed in Dawayma. The children were killed by simply clubbing them to death with heavy sticks.
On October 14-15, 1953, Ariel Sharon commanded attack on the Palestinian village Qibya, destroying 42 homes and killing 70 civilians, most of them women and children."

In 1954, the Israeli government launched a secret operation of terror, called "Operation Suzannah" (also the "Lavon Affair") led by Israeli Army intelligence “Unit 131”, against the United States. It plotted to murder Americans and blow up American installations in Egypt. Their plan was to leave false evidence that the Egyptians had done those terrorist acts, so as to make America go to war against Egypt on the side of Israel. Israeli agents succeeded in blowing up some post offices in Alexandria and American libraries in Cairo. On the way to blow up an American movie house, the MGM Theater, an Israeli's agent's bomb went off prematurely, thus exposing the plot.

On October 29, 1956 Israeli border guards cold-bloodedly murders 47 Arabs in Kafr Qasim. In 1966, the village of Sammu was attacked killing 18 and wounding 100 Arabs.

In 1967, during the Six Day War, Israel again committed a serious terrorist act by attacking a U.S. Navy ship - the USS Liberty on June 8, killing 34 American servicemen and injuring 172.

Lebanon has been a veritable theater of Israeli assassination. The Israeli secret service Mossad employed car bombs in Beirut to assassinate Palestinian novelist Ghassan Kanafani in July 1972. The same year, Yehud Barak led an Israeli commando death squad into Beirut, Lebanon where he personally murdered Palestinian writer Kamal Edwan. Between 1975 and 1980 the Mossad carried out numerous assassination attempts on Palestinian intellectuals and other dignitaries.

As Mike Davis has shown car bombs began to regularly terrorize Muslim West Beirut in the fall of 1981, apparently as part of an Israeli strategy to evict the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from Lebanon. The Mossad was sponsoring the carnage.

In the summer of 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. So massive were the bombing raids on Beirut in August of 1982, on the orders of Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, that some 20,000 civilians were killed.

On the night of September 16, 1982, Sharon sent the Maronite Christian Phalangist murder squads into two Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Chatila. Some 1500 to 2500 Palestinian men, women and children were butchered. Uncounted numbers of women and girls were also raped before they were slaughtered.

In October of 1982, Israeli terrorist squads bombed houses, cars, and offices of three elected mayors of the West Bank cities - Nablus, Ramallah, and Al Beireh.

In February of 1994 a Kach Party member - Baruch Goldstein - used an assault rifle to murder 29 Palestinians worshipping in the Hebron mosque. Nearly 200 were injured. This terrorist act was praised by many rabbis.

On April 11, 1996 Israel launched her Operation Grapes of Wrath by attacking southern Lebanon, killing nearly 170 civilians. So massive were the bombing raids that nearly half a million residents fled the area. The IDF bombed the UN shelter for refugees at Qana, Lebanon, killing some 106 civilians. According to Human Rights Watch, 2018 houses and buildings in South Lebanon were either completely destroyed or severely bombarded. Lebanon's total economic damage was estimated at half a billion dollars.

Following election wins of G.W. Bush and Ariel Sharon in 2001, Israel unveiled her worst of crimes, with full sanction of the White House, against the Palestinian people. Targeted killing of Palestinian activists and leaders became too common, which in turn brought the suicide attacks as reprisals by Palestinian resistance forces.

Taking advantage of the post-9/11 atmosphere, between September and December of 2001, some 200 Palestinian children were killed and 400 injured by the Israeli forces. Sixty Palestinian homes in Gaza were destroyed as part of a collective punishment for the death of 4 Israeli soldiers.

On March 6-16, 2002, some 200 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered in Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces.

During the Battle of Jenin, West Bank (April 3-11, 2002), the Israeli forces massacred at least 52 Palestinian civilians. So brutal was the Israeli action that the HRW castigated Israel to have "committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, some amounting prima facie to war crimes."

During the July-August 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Israeli Air Force bombed Lebanon for 34 days, killing some 1,300 civilians. So sadistic was the bombing campaign, Lebanon was dubbed to have been "bombed into the stone age.” Lebanon’s infrastructure was destroyed. The 2007 Amnesty International Report stated that "Israeli forces committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes.”

As if this litany of state terrorism is not enough, Palestinians suspected of actively opposing Israel's occupation of the West Bank or Gaza, have had their homes and families attacked by Israeli tanks, mortars, missiles and bombs. And after their suspect is killed or imprisoned, the Israeli army bulldozes or dynamites their family's home.

Police brutality against Arab Israelis is common and well documented. Illegal detention, beatings, personal property confiscations and torture of Arab citizens of Israel are a fact of life. During the first Intifada (1987-1994), Israel arrested some 175,000 Palestinians. According to the B’tselem, some 85% of Palestinian detainees have been tortured during interrogation.

As has been demonstrated above, many of the leaders of the State of Israel – Begin, Rabin, Shamir, Barak and Sharon – were terrorists and that, irrespective of who runs the government there, the State of Israel continues to practice terrorism against her dispossessed Palestinians and neighbors. Audaciously, she has also practiced terrorism against the USA, the country which has been her greatest benefactor.

Recently, Israel's latest 11-month blockade of Gaza has been dubbed as "abominable" by Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Laureate for Peace. He denounced the international community by stating that "our silence and complicity, especially on the situation in Gaza, shames us all. It is almost like the behavior of the military junta in Burma."

Sadly, many lawmakers in the West who cry out foul about human rights violations in places like Burma and China, are the most vocal supporters of state terrorism of Israel. Why this double standard? Will these western leaders ever have the moral courage to condemn Israel for her monumental records of state terrorism?


    
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Emanuel Paparella2008-06-17 09:39:47
Where is the other side of the coin, Dr. Siddiqui? To speak of “Jewish Terrorism” in a vacuum without placing it within the context of its memesis, Palestinian terrorism, is as intellectually dishonest as to speak of the establishment of the State of Israel by the UN in 1948 without bothering to mention the Holocaust. Here is the other side of the coin (or should we say, the other side of the monster?): the opening paragraph of an article on Palestinian Terrorism:

Title: The Unique Cowardice Of Palestinian Terrorism
by Louis Rene Beres - November 22, 2002

“As of November 20, 2002, there had been a total of 15,298 Palestinian terror attacks against Israel since the start of the "intifada" in September 2000. The number increased by one a day later, on November 21, when a Palestinian bomber blew up a bus filled with elderly women and young children in Jerusalem. Not surprisingly, the world has likely taken more angry notice of Israel's defensive actions to prevent further terror than of the grotesque cowardice of Palestinian terrorism. Murdered Jews, after all, are an old story.”

To read the entire article open to the following link: http://christianactionforisrael.org/isreport/nov02/cowards.html


Akli Hadid2008-06-17 11:36:35
Political terrorism exists everywhere and in every country in the world, even the most democratic ones, there have been political assassinations.
BUT that can't be compared with putting bombs here and there, killing double figures.
If the State of Israel is a terrorist country, every country in the world is a terrorist country. How many Native Americans were killed in the US to set up the country? How many were killed during the French revolution? Every country has gangs, terrorists or a political mafia that is ready to kill anyone, anytime. If not, NAME ME ONE. We know which countries support the real terrorism, the one that kills several innocent people at at time. And Israel is definitely not one of them.


Akli Hadid2008-06-17 11:48:30
And we have heard enough people accusing the state of Israel of being the cause of all the world's ills. A small country located in a desert still fighting for its existence has nothing to do with the world's problems. I don't see how Israel can be an interesting country. It has no natural resources, a small population which happens to be the most persecuted population in the world.
I guess that has to do with people cynicism that makes them have to designate a criminal to justify their country's problems.
I am surprised by how much coverage the conflict in Israel attracts. And how many misunderstandings result from that.
Being in East Asia, in a country where people don't give a damn about Israel and think that Jews don't eat pork because they're Muslims, I have come to realize that all the debates surrounding Israel were ridiculous and that the Israeli-Arab war has absolutely nothing to do with most of the world's conflicts, unlike most people think.


Emanuel Paparella2008-06-17 16:01:42
Indeed, Plato’s myth of the cave applies well to today’s biased skewed ideologically driven vision of political realities. It’s high time to muster the moral courage to cut the chains, go outside the shadowy cave of “political correctness,” and contemplate things as they really are by the light of the sun (objective truth), rather than by the secondary light of fire projecting ephemeral shadows on the cave’s wall.


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