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Palestine Times (monthly
Internet publication), London, England, June 2001
In the mid-1970s, the Palestinian scholar and historian
Walid al-Khalidi labeled the United States the tormentor of
the Palestinian people, a true description reflecting flagrant
American backing of the apartheid Zionist regime. Unfortunately,
this characterization is much truer today than it was then. The
United States remains the main guarantor and sustainer of Israeli
state-sponsored terrorism against the defenseless Palestinian people
whose sole crime is their enduring yearning for freedom
from an incomparably evil military occupation. The United States
continues to be the financier of Israeli military aggrandizement
and defender of Zionist aggression against Arab countries at the
U.N. Security Council and around the world. This brazenly shameless
attitude makes the United States the main obstacle impeding the
implementation of U.N. resolutions in the Middle East [and] the
main obstacle to reaching an equitable and lasting peace in the
It is ludicrous and preposterous to continue to treat the United
States as the honest broker. Viewing the United States,
or expecting it to be honest, fair, and impartial in the efforts
to find a peaceful settlement for the Israeli-Palestinian strife,
reflects an astounding degree of ignorance of the way the United
States conducts its policy toward Israel and the Palestinians. How
can a thief, who is also a murderer, be trusted to make justice
In 1982, the United States promised Yasser Arafat and Lebanons
then-Prime Minister Shafik al-Wazzan that Sharons invading
forces wouldnt attack the defenseless Palestinian refugees
following the evacuation of PLO forces from Beirut. The result,
as we all know too well, was the genocidal massacre at the Sabra
and Shatilla refugee camps.
The Reagan administration was so brazen then that it didnt
even apologize to the Palestinian people for its criminal connivance
with the Zionist entity, a connivance that was more or less responsible
for the mass annihilation of thousands of men, women, and children
who were counting in vain on the worlds leading democracy
to save them from [Menachem] Begin and [Ariel] Sharon, the Hitlers
and Himmlers of the post-Second World War. Now there is a new tragic
joke in town; it is the so-called Mitchell Commission reporta
miserable document exuding profound ignorance, bias, and unfair
judgment on the part of its authors. Equating the aggressor with
the aggressed-upon, the hapless report calls on Palestinian Authority
leader Arafat to take every conceivable effort to combat violence
and terror and to tell the Palestinians in unmistakable terms that
terror is unacceptable.
So Palestinian resistance is referred to as terror while
the murderous Zionist rampage against unprotected Palestinian towns,
villages, and hamlets, along with the use of tanks, helicopter gunships,
and F-16 fighter bombers, is legitimate self-defense!
This brazen incrimination of the Palestinian struggle for freedom
and liberation should raise a million questions about the wisdom
of counting on the U.S. administration, which officially espoused
the report, to restart the so-called peace process.
But Arafat is always his own false god. He nearly jumped out of
his skin to embrace the American role to the point of repugnance
and impropriety, and on many occasions he did not hesitate to make
vacuous remarks such as saying, We have a friend at the White
House, the same friend that hectored Arafat to forget the
paramount Right of Return and much of Al-Quds al-Sharif [Jerusalem].
Now, Arafat and company are advised, indeed warned, not to repeat
the same mistakes. The Palestinian people must not allow them to
do so, because the blood of the 500 martyrs and of the estimated
25,000 Palestinians injured so far must not be allowed to be the
subject of cheap bargaining with the conspiring Americans.
A government made up of the likes of Sharon, [National Infrastructure
Minister Avigdor] Lieberman, [Tourism Minister Rehavam] Zeevi,
[National Religious Party leader Yitzhak] Levi, and other fascist
and racist murderers will not agree to halt settlement building;
the Bush administration will not dare put up a fight with the Zionist-dominated
Congress and the terrorizing Jewish lobby, and will likely opt to
remain on the safe side.
The Palestinian Authority must not allow itself to be beguiled,
once again, into sacrificing the Intifadaprobably the Palestinians
last remaining hope for freedom from Jewish apartheid and occupationin
return for some vague and disingenuous promises from a White House
that sees the world through Zionist glasses.