Middle East

Israel's Kafkaesque "Matrix of Control"

Submitted by Stephen Lendman on Fri, 02/02/2007 - 09:43

- by Stephen Lendman

Finding an equitable solution to the intractable, festering decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the Gordian Knot that must be cut to achieve peace overall in the Middle East. Today, no solution is in sight nor are any serious efforts planned to find one despite occasional rhetoric to the contrary like what's now being heard from Washington with similar disingenuous echos inside Israel.

Palestinians know otherwise from long experience. They've heard this siren song before. It's the same old tired refrain going nowhere and not intending to. The so-called "road map" goes nowhere, and the "peace process" guarantees only more conflict because Israel wants it that way to justify its harshness and refuses to discuss the most fundamental Palestinian concerns. Unless they're resolved there can never be peace. They include a sovereign integral independent Palestinian state, the Right of Return, status of Jerusalem Palestinians want as their capital, settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) that must be removed, and established borders. They also include ending what Palestinian-American scholar and activist Edward Said once called Israel's agenda of "refined viciousness" against the Palestinian people. Since Hamas' Palestinian Authority (PA) January, 2006 legislative electoral victory, there's been nothing "refined" about it.

-by Anti-imperialist Camp

1) Civil war in Iraq: we continue to support the resistance
2) Mideast Peace Resistance conference convened for March 24/25
3) Good news from Somalia: occupations force under attack
4) Lebanon: two governments soon?
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1) Civil war in Iraq: we continue to support the resistance

We speak plain language: the Sunni-Shiite conflict in Iraq has grown in the course of the last six months into a sort of civil war.

It helps little, to simply argue against this position by pointing out that all this has been caused by the machinations of the USA and of Zionism - as many of our friends in the resistance like to do. Surely the USA contributed substantially to this split, without however carrying this on their banner from the outset. For the civil war does not indicate by any means the success of Washington, but its total fiasco, its complete loss of control of the situation.

Tell Bush and Congress: Hands Off Iran!

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 29/12/2006 - 17:11

Stop the war on Iran
We must act now to stop another war.

As the war in Iraq drags on into a fourth brutal year, the same politicians who led the U.S. to war in 2003 are preparing for a new war --this time against the people of Iran.

Once again using the pretext of "weapons of mass destruction," the U.S. is moving the forces into place in preparation for a possible attack. The USS Eisenhower strike force, with some 800 Tomahawk cruise missiles and a fleet of bombers, has moved into the Persian Gulf. A second carrier group, led by the USS Stennis, is now steaming toward the region. The London Telegraph reported this spring that "a major American attack on Iran's nuclear sites would kill up to 10,000 people and lead to war in the Middle East."

- by Stephen Lendman

Noam Chomsky needs no introduction. He's MIT Institute Professor Emeritus of linguistics and a leading anti-war critic and voice for over 40 years for social equity and justice. He's also one of the world's most influential and widely cited intellectuals on the Left. Gilbert Achcar is a Lebanese-French academic, author, social activist, Middle East expert and professor of politics and international relations at the University of Paris. Their new book, Perilous Power, is based on 14 hours of dialogue between them over three days in January, 2006 and updated six months later in July in a separate Epilogue at the end. It covers US foreign policy in the most volatile and turbulent region in the world, the Middle East, and discusses the wars in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan as well as such key issues as terrorism, fundamentalism, oil, democracy, possible war against Iran and much more. Chomsky and Achcar collaborated with Stephen Shalom, Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University acting as moderator to pose questions and keep the discussion on track.

- by Stephen Lendman

September 28 marked the sixth anniversary of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's provocative visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem (the Noble Sanctuary for Muslims and Temple Mount for Jews and Christians) that caused the eruption of the al-Aqsa Intifada still raging today with Palestinians on the painful receiving end of most of it. From that time till now, the Israeli Defenses Forces (IDF) committed unending and egregious war crimes and breaches of international law against defenseless Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the West Bank. Instead of abating, the assaults have intensified over the past year. They especially escalated dramatically after the June 25 incident at an Israeli military post near Kerem Shalom crossing, southeast of Rafah, resulting in the killing of two IDF soldiers, injuring several others and capturing a third still held. The clash followed a series of bloody June Israeli attacks on Gaza including the widely reported beach shelling that killed eight Palestinians and injured 32 others including 13 children.

Haaretz
Tuesday September 12 2006
By Meron Rappaport

"What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.

Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.

In addition, soldiers in IDF artillery units testified that the army used phosphorous shells during the war, widely forbidden by international law. According to their claims, the vast majority of said explosive ordinance was fired in the final 10 days of the war.

Foreign troops out of Lebanon!

Submitted by Webmaster on Tue, 19/09/2006 - 11:47

The Europeans just try to implement Zionist aims by other means

The recent round of the Middle East conflict clearly goes to the Lebanese popular resistance and especially its spearhead Hizbollah. Israel could not reach its proclaimed aim to defeat Hizbollah on the battlefield and had to withdraw disgracefully. Nobody can seriously deny this very fact which is strongly confirmed by the public opinion in Israel herself.

Letter from within

Editor's note: Many forces within the remnants of the deceased anti-war movement use to refer to the Israeli peace movement or left wing organisations. The Anti-imperialist Camp has always refused to do so as we believe that Israel is a colonial society where not only the regime but the overwhelming majority of its population share the aim to expel from their homeland. The question between left and right, between warmongers and peace advocates is always revolving on how to best secure Israel. Nobody asks how to return the Palestinians their right to self-determination which is actually the main question to get to a just peace. In a society split by an antagonist conflict between regime and people a defeat like the one in Lebanon would have strengthened the popular forces. In Israel the exact contrary is the case. The entire society is unified more than ever behind the Zionist premises i.e. an exclusive Jewish state negating the rights of the native population. We strongly believe that first the US empire including Israel must suffer a scattering defeat inflicted upon them by popular anti-imperialist movements and only then a significant anti-Zionist force can emerge from within the Israeli society putting in questions its very fundaments. Following we reproduce a letter from Haifa proving our assumption:

After July 12, Israel launched several large-scale troop `incursions'
into Lebanon, leading to fierce fighting with well-entrenched Hezbollah
guerrillas in the area. Israel's aim was to use its ground forces and
the brutal bombing campaign of its air force to terrorise the
Lebanese nation into turning against Hezbollah. This has backfired.

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