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1 29th June 08:51
amigo cabal
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An in-depth survey of American public opinion on US foreign policy issued
by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations in early October 2004 shows a
huge gap between public opinion and current US policy in the Middle East. On
the question, "Should the US not take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict?", 77% of the American public surveyed agreed that the US should be
evenhanded in its approach to the issues relating to the conflict. Clearly,
the Bush administration's policy of total and unqualified support for Ariel
Sharon's relentless war in the illegally occupied territories of Palestine
is not what the majority of Americans think is right. Even as worrisome to
Israel and its diehard supporters is a secret report from the Israeli
foreign ministry that warned that "Israel's world image could fall as low as
South Africa's during the apartheid era." The main finding was that Israel
could end up being regarded as a pariah state. The report clearly shows
Israel's "sensitivity" to its international image and how it feels the
world - aside from the US - has increasingly "turned against it." (BBC News,
October 14, 2004). In August 2004, South African law professor John Dugard,
the special rapporteur for the United Nations on human rights in Palestine,

August 24, 2004). Dugard called for a general arms embargo against Israel
similar to the arms embargo imposed on South Africa in 1977 that helped in
the dismantling of apartheid. There have been numerous calls by Palestinian
support groups for a general boycott of Israel including Israeli goods and
cultural/academic ties. Their justification is Israel's brutal colonization
of Palestinian land, expropriation of its resources for exclusive use by
Jews, and the deliberate impoverishment, confiscation and destruction of
Palestinian people, property and farms.

The report clearly demonstrates that the Sharon government is finding it
even harder to justify its widespread acts of devastation and humiliation in
occupied Palestine as part of its contribution to the US "war on terrorism".
This also explains the indiscriminate charges of "anti-Semitism" (that, of
course, are narrowly constructed to be just against Jews, because Arabs are
also Semitic and routinely harassed, pilloried and caricatured in the
American media and culture) leveled against Palestinians and their
supporters by pro-Israeli groups in the West. The "anti-Semitism charge is
meant to silence any attempt to even question Israel's oppressive occupation
of Palestinian land and its brutal treatment of the long-suffering native
people. Many Israeli rabbis, leaders, settlers and even academics have
openly called for the removal of all Palestinians from their own homes and
land (called ethnic cleansing when it pertains to other people, like the
Albanians persecuted in Kosovo) and the killing of Palestinians not to be a
crime. They state without any sense of irony, shame or guilt that the wanton
killing of Palestinians- even innocent women and children- is an act of
"self-defense" to protect Israeli and Jewish lives and interests which are,
of course, paramount. Such acts are justified and morally sanctioned by the
government and the rabbis notwithstanding their clear violation of the
Geneva Conventions, international law and universally acknowledged human

There is little public and no official outrage in the US at such openly
expressed racist opinions and relentless violence directed at Palestinians,
certainly nothing comparably close to what one hears, sees and reads in the
media when Israelis are killed in Palestinian attacks against Israeli
occupation and oppression. Palestinian lives are demonized and therefore do
not matter. They are regarded as "sub-human" and thus "expendable". The US
supplies Israel with billions of dollars in arms and aid annually and
connives at and colludes with the latter's daily assault against desperately
poor Palestinians. The only self-proclaimed "democracy" in the region
behaves like a bandit and a thug and President Bush describes its leader as
"a man of peace". The most recent, deadliest yet, Israeli attack against the
residents of Gaza was claimed to be against Palestinian "militants" firing
makeshift rockets into Israel. It was called Operation "Days of Penitence",
in grotesque reference to the Jewish holy days. The collective punishment
and indiscriminate carnage inflicted on a crowded Palestinian refugee camp
which had no organized defense was exceptional for its sheer ferocity and
terror. Here are the mind-numbing statistics of Israel's reprisals against
Palestinians fighting for freedom over the past four years. Nearly 4000
Palestinians killed, 50,000 injured, 30,000 arrested, 60,000 homes/buildings
demolished, a million olive trees uprooted, not to mention thousands of
acres of land and 90% of water resources taken away. In three weeks of
Israel's latest attack, its forces killed 32 Palestinian children, including
one 13-year-old **********, Iman al-Hams, by an Israeli commander who fired
twenty bullets into her dead body. Israel deliberately destroyed the lives
of nearly 4000 Palestinian families in this short duration.

Israeli helicopters routinely fire US supplied "Hellfire" missiles into
Palestinian homes, cars and apartments. It's "valiant" military drops US
provided 1-ton bombs from F-16 fighters lurking in the safety of the skies
onto crowded Palestinian buildings and market places. These lethal gifts
from American taxpayers are supposed to be under the condition that they are
not used against civilians. This requirement has never troubled Israel, nor
restrained it in its savage belligerence. Neither has it been enforced by
the US government. The former Republican National Security Adviser to
President Bush Sr., Brent Scowcroft, gave an interview to the London paper,
Financial Times, on October 17, saying that the current President Bush was
"mesmerized" by Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He continued, "Sharon
just has him wrapped around his little finger" even though the Israeli Prime
Minister (notorious for his war crimes against Palestinians over several
decades) "has been nothing but trouble".
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