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The Israeli Factor in the Failed Middle East Diplomacy - Part 2 The Israeli Factor in the Failed Middle East Diplomacy - Part 2
by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
2010-02-19 08:32:45
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Fourteen years ago in May of 1996, a month after the Qana massacre, journalist Ari Shavit of Ha’aretz wrote, “We killed 170 people in Lebanon, most of whom were refugees, during the month of April, 1996. Many of them were women, old people and children… We killed them because the increasingly wider gap between the sacrosanct character that we attribute to our own lives and the more limited character we give to theirs, allowed us to kill. We believe, in the most absolute manner, with the White House, the Senate, the Pentagon, and the New York Times on our side, that their lives do not have the same weight as ours.”

An impartial analysis leads one to conclude that Israeli influence and her disproportionate use of violence against unarmed Palestinian and Lebanese civilians has not ebbed. Israel continues to act as a pariah state that is above the law, and is untouchable by punitive sanctions and condemnations. She can commit the most gruesome war crimes and yet with a sycophant media behind her side that sees no crime, she has craftily managed to portray her victims of aggression as terrorists.

Just between September 29, 2000 and February 23, 2009 some 6,348 Palestinians were killed of which children were 1,487. During the same period 1,072 Israelis were killed of which 123 were children. In this period the number of Palestinians injured was 39,019 compared to 8,864 on the Israeli side.

Since Israeli occupation of 1967, some twenty thousand Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel. Peter Hansen, Commissioner General of UNRWA, once said, “Any humanitarian looking at the sheer number of innocent civilians who have lost their homes can only condemn Israel’s house demolition policy as a hugely disproportionate military response by an occupation army... It is a policy that creates only hardship and bitterness, and in the end can only undermine hope for future reconciliation and peace.”

The UNRWA is not alone in condemning Israeli violence. In his book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, President Jimmy Carter cites the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem to state that “on average twelve innocent families lost their homes for every person accused of participation in attacks against Israelis, with almost half of the demolished homes never occupied by anyone suspected of involvement in any violent act against Israel, even throwing stones.” In such demolitions, in fewer than 3% of the cases, advance warning was given by the IDF. B’Tselem concluded, “Israel’s policy of punitive demolitions constitutes a grave breach of international humanitarian law, and therefore a war crime.”

Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, over 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel. This is equivalent to one-fifth the total Palestinian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Currently, there are some eleven thousand Palestinian political prisoners in Israel compared to just one Israeli held by the Hamas government.

On 15 May, 2009 the NRG website published testimonies of IDF Col. Itai Virob, commander of Kfir Brigade, and of Lt. Col. Shimon, commander of Shimshon Battalion before a military court. These clearly indicate that their orders included permission for extensive use of violence and injurious, even lethal means, against Palestinians, and harassment. The two explained that sweeping permission was given to forces under their command to use direct physical violence “to extract information,” and as part of what is referred to as “interrogation.” Col. Virob said, “Of all the means of pressure that we use, the vast majority are against persons who are not involved.” Complaints regarding military conduct of this kind have been filed in the past, but are usually denied by the military establishment.

As to Israel’s settlement policies, the least said the better. In a New York Times Op/Ed Roger Cohen recently wrote, "The U.S. objective is a two-state peace. But day by day, square meter by square meter, the physical space for the second state, Palestine, is disappearing. Can the Gaza sardine can and fractured labyrinth of the West Bank now be seen as anything but a grotesque caricature of a putative state? America has allowed this self-defeating process to advance to near irreversibility." The USA government and its friends cannot evade the responsibility behind bankrolling billions to help those settlements and bring Israel to a status where it is self-defeating its much publicized 'opposition' to the settlement activities inside the Occupied Palestine. In so doing, the USA is losing its credibility as an honest broker. Do these people realize that if two state formula is not honored today there will be one state between the river and the sea and very soon there will be more Palestinian Arabs in it than Jews? Then the Zionists would have to answer to their own folks: "What then will become of the Zionist dream?" It’s time for President Obama to ask such tough questions in public and demand of Israel that it work in practice to share the land rather than divide and rule it.

It is a foregone conclusion today that no foreign country and no minority flex as much influence on the USA as the state of Israel and the Jewish population. To understand this influence, just ponder on the fact that the single biggest donor to American politicians is Israeli billionaire and media mogul Haim Saban. In January 2007 it was revealed that he had donated approximately $13 billion to various US political candidates. The New York Times has noted Saban’s ardent devotion to the Jewish state: “He has since emerged as perhaps the most politically connected mogul in Hollywood, throwing his weight and money around Washington, and increasingly, the world, trying to influence all things Israeli. 'I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel,' he said.”

In an interview in 1983, Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “I've never seen a President -- I don't care who he is -- stand up to them [the Israelis]. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. I got to the point where I wasn't writing any¬thing down. If the American people understood what a grip those people have got on our government, they would rise up in arms. Our citizens certainly don't have any idea what goes on.”

It is obvious that the situation has not improved an iota in the last 27 years. In a 2002 article in the Guardian, Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, candidly stated: “But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the US], and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed anti-Semitic … People are scared in this country, to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful -- very powerful.” In their studies, professors Mearsheimer and Walt once again confirmed such assertions. These powerful Israel lobbies have simply made the elected representatives in the Capitol Hill to behave like parrots of the state of Israel. With the Supreme Court vote lately in favor of corporate election money, there is no doubt that the true spirit of democracy and people’s representation has been nailed a deathblow from which it may never recover.

With so much control over the elected representatives in the USA, it is not difficult to understand how Israel can afford to behave like a rogue nation ignoring world opinion against her. On April 8, 2002, a frustrated Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, was heard saying in Madrid, “The whole world is demanding that Israel withdraw [from occupied Palestinian territories]. I don’t think the whole world... can be wrong.”

A recent report showed that six companies, owned by pro-Israel Jews, control 96% of world media. By permitting Zionists to control the world media, especially in the USA and the western countries, our generation has given them decisive influence on our political system and virtual control of our government. And not only that we have also given them control over our minds and souls. It’s a sad time for any socially conscious human being to live in this new century and see what’s happening to their lives! Israel and her friends in high place must be confronted from making our world a living hell. The sooner the better!

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About the author: Dr Siddiqui has authored nine books. His book: “Democracy, Politics and Terrorism - America's Quest for Security in the Age of Insecurity” is available at Amazon.com.


     
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Emanuel Paparella2010-02-19 21:32:58
"An impartial analysis leads one to conclude..."
Dr. Siddiqui

An impartial analysis of this impartial analysis leads one to conlude that while impartiality is attainable to some degree, one cannot expect it from Dr. Siddiqui. To attain a modicum of impartiality one has to have the ability of looking at both sides of an issue, while not necessarily sitting on the fence or agreeing with both. Dr. Siddiqui seems unable to do that. His are the knee jerk reactions of the activist who defends sword in hand everything Islamic and denigrates anything Christian or Jewish for the mere fact that they are such. It borders on fanaticism, antisemitism and the bashing of Christianity per se rather than its abuses.

I am still wondering what Dr. Siddiqui is a doctor of; or are we to take the fact that he has a doctorate and has written some books to be evidence of his impartial scholarship? In the West since Plato and Aristotle the authority of reason is respected above and beyond unilateral and biased positions.


Jack2010-02-20 17:31:45

The article states that "A recent report showed that six companies, owned by pro-Israel Jews, control 96% of world media." I would like to know more of this "report" since there is no citation, no reference, and we are expected to accept the author's word that "a recent report" is a valid, scientific report with margins of errors, we can only guess about. Are to assume this report is in one of Dr. Siddiqui's books? I would like to see the source of this "96%". Who took the poll, what is the size of the sample, how is it extrapolated, what were the questions in this poll (most important of all for the questions can be highly biased)? Which "six companies"? Could you be more specific please so we could validate such an inference. Even Harris, Barna and Gallup give citations and scientific data.


Satya Priya2010-03-06 22:43:49
Jack, why not see the article - The power of lies, deceptions and disinformation as Americans pay the price of collective stupidity.
March 16, 2009 in the website: http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/media/mainstream_media/news.php?q=1237318655 ?


Satya Priya2010-03-06 22:50:04
Actually, another older article: Bestriding The World
by Granville Williams of Britain's Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom;
Prepared for New Internationalist magazine -- also confirms the info shared above on media control: http://www.mediachannel.org/ownership/granville.shtml


Satya Priya2010-03-06 23:04:43
For an older media report, see, e.g., Bestriding The World by Granville Williams of Britain's Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom; Prepared for New Internationalist magazine. http://www.mediachannel.org/ownership/granville.shtml


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