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Posted in Israel on January 1, 2011 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Al-Dhari: Israeli firms operate in Iraq’

Press TV (Iran); December 25, 2010

The head of an Iraqi clerical association, Harith al-Dhari, says companies affiliated with the Israeli spy agency Mossad are freely operating all over Iraq. Al-Dhari, the head of the Association of Muslim Scholars, says Israeli companies are particularly concentrated in the northern Kurdistan region.

“The companies are directly working with Zionist spy agencies,” said al-Dhari, Iraq’s most influential Sunni cleric and a prominent anti-American figure. “Israeli companies infiltrating Iraq work under Arabic, English and Turkish names,” he further explained.

Reports say at least 70 Israeli firms operate in war-ravaged Iraq, using proxy Arab or European companies.

Earlier this year, Syrian customs officials seized several trucks loaded with Israeli goods heading to Iraq.

In 2008, Iraq’s Yaqen News Agency unveiled that more than 55 Israeli companies were working in the country under assumed names.

The agency also added that the Zionist firms operate in a variety of fields, including infrastructure and marketing.

It also said that Israel exports more than $300 million in goods to Iraq annually.

The companies, the report said, won contracts for construction projects in Iraq, thanks to help from “the US Agency for International Development that oversees the allocation of building contracts in Iraq.”

The above article can be found here:

Press TV interviews Israel Lobby critic James Morris:

December 25, 2010

Press TV: It was reported as early as 2003, that Mossad had a presence in northern Iraq. Could there be a link then made to the fact that that is the one region that has seen a lot less violence?

James Morris: Well, first of all, thank you for having me back on Press TV, and I’d like to wish all your Christian viewers around the world a very Merry Christmas or a happy Christmas as they say in England.

Yes, we know that the Mossad has actually been working with the Kurds or at least Israelis–and we can assume that those Israelis are Mossad operatives–in Kurdistan going back to Seymour Hersh’s article, titled ‘Plan B’ for the New Yorker.

[NOTE: Seymour Hersh is a professional liar for the Zionist establishment, whose bestselling books and widely-read articles contain copious lies. While he is touted as a hardnosed investigative reporter, a close reading of his work will reveal his complicity in the whitewash of both the JFK assassination and 9/11. For evidence of these assertions, see ‘Seymour Hersh: Professional liar’ here: — 800]

And we’ve seen the BBC story that aired [see below], as well, where you had Israeli Mossad operatives training the Kurds and developing an air strip according to the BBC report for potential attack on Iran in terms of any Israeli jets that attack Iran — to enable them to refuel on their way back.

What I really think is going on here — and you can go to my blog — the former (head of) Israeli Mossad, Danny Yatom, had actually met with Mustafa Barzani of the Kurdish Democratic Party, and this is all about destabilizing Iran.

This Mossad chief, Danny Yatom, had actually said that our plan is to cause ethnic strife in Iran and bring down the regime. And of course if you read my friend’s, Doctor Stephen Sniegoski’s, ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book — that fits with Israeli Likudnik (ideology) — Yotom’s plan of destabilizing Israel’s enemies in the Middle East. And that’s what the Iraq war is based on — possibly another Israeli invasion in Lebanon and Iran along with Syria

It’s very, very concerning and we really have to address this and stop another war from Israel before it gets more Americans killed, more Brits and Iranians, Syrians and Lebanese, too.

Press TV: In 2003, it was reported a Mossad office in Kirkuk was attacked, but that US troops sealed off the area and implemented a news blackout. Did the US attack Iraq solely for Israel?

James Morris: Well of course, like I said, you can read James Bamford’s ‘Pretext for War’ book based on the clean break agenda.

You can go to — you have these neoconservatives with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and the Project for the New American Century, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wermser, who used to work in Dick Cheney’s office.

Dick Cheney was associated with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). You had Colin Powell that had said that the JINSA crowd was in control of the Pentagon.

Even David Wurmser had wanted Israel to attack Iran to draw Iranian retaliation against American troops in Iraq so we would go to war with Iran.

[For more information on how this den of neoconservative (i.e., Jewish-Zionist) vipers led the US into an immoral, illegal war on Iraq, see ‘BBC reveals Zionist War Party behind Iraq invasion’ here: –800]

Fortunately, my friend Steve Clemons at The Washington Note found out about that and wrote about it and David Wurmser was removed from Cheney’s office. But he was the co-author of this Clean Break document.

So what I’m trying to say also is the war in Iraq, any war with Syria that can bring in Iran as Syria’s ally, it’s all for Israel. You’ve got these Likudnik neoconservatives in America who follow this Israeli Likudnik (ideology)…

Fortunately Israel Shahak is translated from Hebrew and lets us know about this, but the problem is the pro-Israel biased media in America is not reporting this and we have to get this as far as possible.

[For more on writer/historian Israel Shahak, see ‘Israel Shahak: blowing the lid off the Talmud and Jewish Fundamentalism’ here: — 800]

I really appreciate Press TV doing that before the Middle East blows up as a result of another war for Israel. Again, go to and, as well.

Press TV: It was hypothesized once that Israeli agents were killing US soldiers in Iraq in order to enrage US troops enough that the occupation persists. Is that theory sounding more like reality now?

James Morris: Well, we know from my experience with the head of prisons in Iraq, General Janis Karpinski — she had initially told me that she had met an Israeli working with US Delta Force interrogators near the Baghdad airport.

So we know that Israelis have been working with our US interrogators so that’s obvious, that’s why we see the Israeli torture tactics, such as hooding and the sexual humiliation like we saw in Abu Ghraib — those are tactics that came down right from Israel through the neoconservatives who have friends in Israel that incorporate these kind of tactics via former Shin-Bet operatives. And we never saw a mention of this in the American media.

[For more on the presence of Israeli torturers/interrogators in Iraq, see ‘Israeli soldier gets thrills posing with bound captives; BBC: Israeli interrogators in Iraq (2004)’ here: — 800]

I tried to get CBS news to cover it. They refused; I tried to get BBC to cover it.

Google it! We know Mossad are really interrogators in Iraq. Israelis are operating there, we know, that are trying to use Kurdistan as a beachhead against Iran to carry out attacks by Kurdish separatists in Iran as well as MEK [Mujahideen-e-khalq,] perhaps.

It’s part of the plan that the former Mossad head had talked about, this Danny Yatom. He said we want to use ethnic strife and violence to bring down the Iranian regime and the main reason is in Stephen Sniegoski’s ‘Transparent Cabal’ book, because the Iranian regime provides resistance to Israel with Hezbollah and Hamas, and Israel wants to take down the Iranian regime because of it, bottom line.

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‘Israel Wants Iraq for Greater Israel’PakAlert (Pakistan); January 31, 2009

By Wayne Madsen

Israeli expansionists, their intentions to take full control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and permanently keep the Golan Heights of Syria and expand into southern Lebanon already well known, also have their eyes on parts of Iraq considered part of a biblical “Greater Israel.”

Israel reportedly has plans to relocate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel, including expatriates from Kurdish Iran, to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh under the guise of religious pilgrimages to ancient Jewish religious shrines. According to Kurdish sources, the Israelis are secretly working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to carry out the integration of Kurdish and other Jews into areas of Iraq under control of the KRG.

Kurdish, Iraqi Sunni Muslims, and Turkmen have noted that Kurdish Israelis began to buy land in Iraqi Kurdistan after the US invasion in 2003, which is considered historical Jewish “property.”

The Israelis are particularly interested in the shrine of the Jewish prophet Nahum in al Qush, the prophet Jonah in Mosul, and the tomb of the prophet Daniel in Kirkuk. Israelis are also trying to claim Jewish “properties” outside of the Kurdish region, including the shrine of Ezekiel in the village of al-Kifl in Babel Province near Najaf and the tomb of Ezra in al-Uzayr in Misan Province, near Basra, both in southern Iraq’s Shi’a-dominated territory. Israeli expansionists consider these shrines and tombs as much a part of “Greater Israel” as Jerusalem and the West Bank, which they call “Judea and Samaria.”

Kurdish and Iraqi sources report that Israel’s Mossad is working hand-in-hand with Israeli companies and “tourists” to stake a claim to the Jewish “properties” of Israel in Iraq. The Mossad has already been heavily involved in training the Kurdish Peshamerga military forces.

Reportedly assisting the Israelis are foreign mercenaries paid for by US Christian evangelical circles that support the concept of “Christian Zionism.”

Iraqi nationalists charge that the Israeli expansion into Iraq is supported by both major Kurdish factions, including the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan headed by Iraq’s nominal President Jalal Talabani. Talabani’s son, Qubad Talabani, serves as the KRG’s representative in Washington, where he lives with his wife Sherri Kraham, who is Jewish.

Also supporting the Israeli land acquisition activities is the Kurdistan Democratic Party, headed by Massoud Barzani, the president of the KRG. One of Barzani’s five sons, Binjirfan Barzani, is reportedly heavily involved with the Israelis.

The Israelis and their Christian Zionist supporters enter Iraq not through Baghdad but through Turkey. In order to depopulate residents of lands the Israelis claim, Mossad operatives and Christian Zionist mercenaries are staging terrorist attacks against Chaldean Christians, particularly in Nineveh, Irbil, al-Hamdaniya, Bartalah, Talasqaf, Batnayah, Bashiqah, Elkosheven, Uqrah, and Mosul.

These attacks by the Israelis and their allies are usually reported as being the responsibility of “Al Qaeda” and other Islamic “jihadists.”

The ultimate aim of the Israelis is to depopulate the Christian population in and around Mosul and claim the land as biblical Jewish land that is part of “Greater Israel.” The Israeli/Christian Zionist operation is a replay of the depopulation of the Palestinians in the British mandate of Palestine after World War II.

In June 2003, a delegation of Israelis visited Mosul and said that it was Israel’s intention, with the assistance of Barzani, to establish Israeli control of the shrine of Jonah in Mosul and the shrine of Nahum in the Mosul plains. The Israelis said Israeli and Iranian Jewish pilgrims would travel via Turkey to the area of Mosul and take over lands where Iraqi Christians lived.

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‘Saddam: Kurds dividing Iraq for Israeli benefit’The Associated Press; October 17, 2006

Saddam Hussein on Tuesday attacked prosecution witnesses in his trial for genocide against the Kurds, accusing them of sowing division among Iraqis for the benefit of Israel.

The deposed leader addressed the court after two Kurds testified that during a military offensive in northern Iraq in 1988, they were detained in a camp where conditions were so bad that hundreds of prisoners died of malnutrition.

“This will only serve the separation,” Saddam said, referring to the deepening division among Iraqis as shown by the rising death toll in the insurgency and sectarian fighting.

“The Zionists are the only ones who will benefit from the differences among Iraqis,” Saddam added.

Earlier, another defendant testified that his lawyer wanted to break ranks with the three-week legal boycott of the trial, but when the judge summoned the attorney, he failed to appear.

And the chief defense lawyer for Saddam denied in an interview that any of the defense attorneys would end their boycott.

The back-and-forth was a continuation of the procedural difficulties that have plagued the trial in which Saddam and six members of his regime are charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity during a military offensive against Iraq’s Kurdish population in 1987-88. Saddam and one other defendant are also charged with genocide.

The above article can be found here:,7340,L-3316173,00.html



‘Kurdish soldiers trained by Israelis’

BBC Newsnight; September 20, 2006

Newsnight has obtained the first pictures of Kurdish soldiers being trained by Israelis in Northern Iraq, as well as an interview with one of the former commandos who carried out the work.

When the former Israeli Special Forces soldiers were sent to Iraq in 2004 they were told they would be disowned if they were discovered.

Their role there was to train two groups of Kurdish troops.

One would act as a security force for the new Hawler International Airport (near Erbil) and the other, of more than 100 peshmerga or Kurdish fighters, would be trained for “special assignments”, according to one of Newsnight’s interviewees.


An Israeli security consulting form called Interop acted as the main contractor for the Hawler airport project and set up two subsidiaries (Kudo and Colosium) to carry out work in Iraq.

Kudo and Colosium described themselves as Swiss-registered companies.

In addition to the training, Kudo provided quad bikes, communications equipment and security fencing.

One of the founders of Interop, and its Chairman until 2003, was Danny Yatom, a former Head of Mossad — the Israeli foreign intelligence service and now an MP.

He told Newsnight today: “I was not aware of what was done in 2004 and 2005 because I cut all contacts with the company when I entered the Israeli parliament in 2003.”

During 2004-5, Interop and Kudo were run by Shlomi Michaels, a former head of Israel’s counter-terrorist unit. Contacted by Newsnight, Mr. Michaels declined to comment.

Special assignments

Newsnight was told by the Israeli interviewee involved in the training that senior Kurdish officials were aware of their nationality, but not the troops being trained.

The sensitivities for the Kurdish authorities are serious, since their political enemies have long accused them of being in cahoots with Israel.

The Kurdish authorities have previously denied allowing any Israelis into northern Iraq.

The Israeli trainer says: “You know, day by day it’s a bit tense because you know where you are and you know who you are. And there’s always a chance that you’ll get revealed.

“My part of the contract was to train the Kurdish security people for a big airport project and for training, as well as the Peshmerga, and the actual soldiers, the army.

“We were training them in all kinds of anti-terror lessons, anti-terror, security airport, training them with long rifles, pistols; telling them, teaching them tactics like shooting behind doors, behind barricades, shooting from the left, shooting from the right, shooting from windows, how to shoot first, how to identify a terrorist in a crowd.

“That’s clearly special assignments. That’s only training that special units get for special assignments.

We crossed the border from Turkey and one of the intelligence officers passed us by, through the border, without stamping our passports.

“So you reckon that if two guys from the intelligence service knew we were Israelis and they saw our passports as well, the leadership knew as well — I mean their bosses, that’s natural.”

‘The second Israel’

Khaled Salih, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, says: “These are not new allegations for us. Back in the sixties and seventies we were called ‘the second Israel’ in the region and we were supposed to be eliminated by Islamist nationalist and now Islamist groups.

“They look for internal enemies and we are the easiest to target. These kinds of speculations have been around in the region for more than 30 years.”

The Kurdistan region sits at a strategic crossroads. To the east is Iran, to the north-west Turkey. Both countries have significant Kurd minorities and are worried about a Kurdish state emerging in northern Iraq.

The authorities there have accepted that for now and that they must remain part of a federal Iraq.

As they develop their region, the Kurds have opened an international airport at Irbil (Hawler in Kurdish).

It now boasts dozens of international flights each week and it is at Hawler International that the Israelis began their work.

Strategic options

With Iran becoming Israel’s principal enemy, there have been reports of Israelis using Kurdish areas of Iraq to increase its strategic options.

One constraint facing the Israelis, should they ever want to hit Iran, is distance. Most Israeli jets are short range and they have few in-flight tankers. Some studies have suggested that Israel could make refueling stops at a modern airfield in Kurdistan.

If the Israelis ever planned to use Hawler airport as an emergency refueling stop, it has now been compromised by Israeli press reports.

After finishing their training, Kurds sang their national anthem while marching behind one of the Israelis.

Israeli Government spokesman, Mark Regev, told Newsnight that the Investigations Division of the Israeli Ministry of Defense had passed the details of this case to the Israeli police to see if there had been any violation of export laws.

He added: “We have not authorized anyone to do any defense work in Iraq… If information is brought and there’s clear evidence that people broke our law, of course I expect them to be prosecuted.”

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‘Israel helping train US forces to combat Iraqi insurgents’

Israel Insider; December 10, 2003

Israeli advisers are helping train US Special Forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, The Guardian reported yesterday [see below]. A former US intelligence agent told the paper that the IDF sent urban warfare specialists to Fort Bragg in North Carolina to help set up “assassination teams” that would target guerrilla leaders.

Officials at Fort Bragg, however, denied that Israeli advisers had come to the base to train Special Forces soldiers in counter-insurgency tactics including assassination, the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported today. “This command is not conducting any combined US or Israeli training at Fort Bragg,” said Lt. Col. Hans Bush, a spokesman for US Army Special Operations.

But according to American and Israeli military and intelligence officials, Israeli commandos and intelligence units have been working closely with their American counterparts at Fort Bragg and in Israel to help them prepare for operations in Iraq, the New Yorker and other media sources reported.

“The Americans now realize their forces are in Iraq for the long haul, and are reorganizing accordingly,” a senior Israeli security source told Reuters. “Israel has been providing advice on how to shift from a reliance on heavy, armored occupation troops to mobile forces that are more effective in quelling urban resistance and cause less friction with the general populace,” he said.

US forces already have adopted IDF tactics

According to media reports, American forces in Iraq have already begun to use tactics that echo Israeli operations in the Palestinian territories, including the sealing off centers of resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where attacks have been launched against US troops.

Reuters reported that the American forces plan to adopt the IDF’s tactic of a “swarm assault,” such as was used by the Israeli army during its operations in Nablus in April 2002. The “swarm assault,” according to Reuters, constituted the “unleashing” of “roving covert infantry squads whose movements were coordinated using air surveillance.”

“The Americans are used to fighting either in force or with isolated commando teams, while the swarm tactic is a combination of both,” an Israeli military source said, quoted by Reuters. “It is ideal for hitting terrorists concentrated in civilian populations.”

US officials noted the similarity of their tactics in Iraq with those employed by the IDF, but denied that they are modeled on them, Reuters reported.

Israelis go to Iraq, US officers come to Israel

The Guardian reported that Israeli security officials went to Iraq to advise American troops there. “Some Israelis went to Iraq as well, not to do training, but for providing consultations,” an American intelligence source told the newspaper.

Brigadier-General Michael Vane, deputy chief of staff at the US Army’s training and doctrine command, mentioned the cooperation with Israel in a letter to Army magazine in July. “We recently traveled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their counter-terrorist operations in urban areas,” he wrote.

Yediot Aharonot reported that the American military officials were in Israel for a few days and visited the IDF command center, focusing on ways to deal with Iraqi insurgency.

“They were interested in things in which we have a lot of experience,” a senior Israeli security official told Yediot Aharonot. “They learned about explosive charges, and how to neutralize them, … intelligence gathering, the use of dogs to locate charges. They were completely unfamiliar with the use of dogs, and this greatly interested them,” the official said.

According to Reuters, the US Special Forces have so far been slow in adopting one IDF tactic — having commandos dressed as civilians swoop in to capture or kill fugitive insurgents. “In consultations, the Americans have made it clear that they see the need for undercover work to flush out wanted terrorists. But they lack personnel qualified in Arabic and the basic cultural knowledge needed to blend in,” an Israeli military source said.

The Guardian reported that Israeli “consultants” were helping train US Special Forces in ways to “neutralize” guerrilla leaders. “This is basically an assassination program. That is what is being conceptualized here. This is a hunter-killer team,” a former senior US intelligence official told the newspaper.

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‘Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq’The Guardian (UK); December 9, 2003

Israeli advisers are helping train US Special Forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military sources said yesterday.

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has sent urban warfare specialists to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the home of US Special Forces, and according to two sources, Israeli military “consultants” have also visited Iraq.

US forces in Iraq’s Sunni triangle have already begun to use tactics that echo Israeli operations in the occupied territories, sealing off centers of resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where attacks have been launched against US troops.

But the secret war in Iraq is about to get much tougher, in the hope of suppressing the Ba’athist-led insurgency ahead of next November’s presidential elections.

US Special Forces teams are already behind the lines inside Syria attempting to kill foreign jihadists before they cross the border, and a group focused on the “neutralization” of guerrilla leaders is being set up, according to sources familiar with the operations.

“This is basically an assassination program. That is what is being conceptualized here. This is a hunter-killer team,” said a former senior US intelligence official, who added that he feared the new tactics and enhanced cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation in the Middle East.

It is bonkers, insane. Here we are — we’re already being compared to Sharon in the Arab world, and we’ve just confirmed it by bringing in the Israelis and setting up assassination teams.”

“They are being trained by Israelis in Fort Bragg,” a well-informed intelligence source in Washington said.

“Some Israelis went to Iraq as well, not to do training, but for providing consultations.”

The consultants’ visit to Iraq was confirmed by another US source who was in contact with American officials there.

The Pentagon did not return calls seeking comment, but a military planner, Brigadier General Michael Vane, mentioned the cooperation with Israel in a letter to Army magazine in July about the Iraq counter-insurgency campaign.

“We recently traveled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their counterterrorist operations in urban areas,” wrote General Vane, deputy chief of staff at the army’s training and doctrine command.

An Israeli official said the IDF regularly shared its experience in the West Bank and Gaza with the US armed forces, but said he could not comment about cooperation in Iraq.

“When we do activities, the US military attaches in Tel Aviv are interested. I assume it’s the same as the British. That’s the way allies work. The special forces come to our people and say, do debrief on an operation we have done,” the official said.

“Does it affect Iraq? It’s not in our interest or the American interest or in anyone’s interest to go into that. It would just fit in with jihadist prejudices.”

Colonel Ralph Peters, a former army intelligence officer and a critic of Pentagon policy in Iraq, said yesterday there was nothing wrong with learning lessons wherever possible.

“When we turn to anyone for insights, it doesn’t mean we blindly accept it,” Col Peters said. “But I think what you’re seeing is a new realism. The American tendency is to try to win all the hearts and minds. In Iraq, there are just some hearts and minds you can’t win. Within the bounds of human rights, if you do make an example of certain villages it gets the attention of the others, and attacks have gone down in the area.”

The new counter-insurgency unit made up of elite troops being put together in the Pentagon is called Task Force 121, New Yorker magazine reported in yesterday’s edition.

One of the planners behind the offensive is a highly controversial figure, whose role is likely to inflame Muslim opinion: Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin.

In October, there were calls for his resignation after he told a church congregation in Oregon that the US was at war with Satan, who “wants to destroy us as a Christian army”.

“He’s been promoted a rank above his abilities,” he said. “Some generals are pretty good on battlefield but are disastrous nearer the source of power.”

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Also see ‘The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK): A Zionist proxy?’ here:

Also see ‘Arabic-language press: Former Zionist intel chief boasts of Israeli infiltration of Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Iran’ here:

Also see ‘Israel benefited from 2005 Hariri assassination, ex-intel chief admits; Saad Hariri absolves Syria of blame for father’s murder’ here: see ‘Israel takes control of Lebanon’ here:

Also see ‘Yemen Islamists linked to Israeli intelligence’ here:

Also see ‘Is Israel running the Taliban?’ here:

And for an even more exhaustive list of articles on Israel’s covert activities inside Iraq, see:



ZIONIST CRIME LOG: Book by ex-soldiers presents further testimony to Israeli barbarity

Posted in Israel on December 17, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Our lives became something we’d never dreamt’: The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abusesThe Independent (UK); December 12, 2010

For anyone who has covered Israel, the West Bank and Gaza over the past few years, reading Occupation of the Territories, the new book from the Israeli ex-soldiers organization Breaking the Silence, can be an eerily evocative experience.

A conscript from the Givati Brigade, for example, describes how troops in the company operating next to his inside Gaza during 2008 had talked about an event earlier in the day. After knocking on the door of a Palestinian house and receiving no immediate answer, they had placed a “fox” — military slang for explosives used to break through doors and walls — outside the front door.

At that very moment, the woman of the house had reached the door to open it. “Her limbs were smeared on the wall and it wasn’t on purpose,” the soldier recalls. “And then her kids came and saw her. I heard it during dinner after the operation, someone said it was funny, and they cracked up from the situation that the kids saw their mother smeared on the wall…”

[Note: Just because some former soldiers have chosen to testify against army abuses does not make them “good Israeli Jews,” because “good Israeli Jews” do not exist. If an Israeli Jew would like to be “good,” i.e., do “the right thing” as it were, he/she should relinquish his/her Israeli citizenship and, as Helen Thomas put it, “get the hell out of Palestine” to make room for the land’s rightful owners — at which point he/she would no longer be Israeli. Ergo, there is no such thing as a “good Israeli Jew” — 800]

A second-hand story, of course; one without names, dates or supporting detail. Except that it stirred a memory I had of reporting the death of a Palestinian UN schoolteacher east of Khan Younis. Wafer Shaker al-Daghma was killed when the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) commandeered her house during an incursion in May 2008. Her husband had been out at the time.

When we came to the house five days later, another incursion was under way and we could hear, uncomfortably close, the gunfire from Israeli armored military vehicles while Majdi al-Daghma described his wife’s death at the age of 34. When she realized troops were nearby, she’d ordered ‘ the children, Samira, 13, Roba, four, and Qusay, two, into the bedroom, put on a headscarf and prepared to open the door. “Samira heard a loud explosion and there was a lot of smoke,” he explained. “She looked for her mother but couldn’t see her.”

It was surely the same incident. You have to assume that the laughter alluded to by the conscript was a nervous reaction, a manifestation of delayed shock from the soldiers. They had, after all, had the presence of mind to cover Mrs. al-Daghma’s mutilated body with a carpet, and to keep the children confined to the bedroom for the five hours they had remained in the house.

[Why the writer feels the need to make excuses for the soldiers’ barbaric behavior is a mystery. Examples of Israeli soldiers laughing while abusing innocent Palestinians, or even smiling for photos with dead children or bound captives, are manifold — 800]

Samira said she had asked one of them, “Where is my mother?” but had not understood his reply in Hebrew. She explained how, when the soldiers finally left after nightfall, “There were still tanks outside our house… I tried to call my father on my mother’s Jawwal [mobile phone] but there was no line. I lifted the carpet and saw a bit of my mother’s clothes. She was not moving. I did not see her head.”

The point of this is not just that the soldier’s story is shocking, but that it is so apparently corroborated. Especially given that the conscript’s short account — unlike many others in the book, some every bit as disquieting — is based on hearsay, it is powerfully suggestive of the testimonies’ authenticity as a portrait of a 43-year-old occupation. These testimonies, checked and cross-checked, of young Israeli men and women struggling to come to terms, sometimes years after the event, with their military service in the West Bank and Gaza, add up to an unprecedented inside account, as the book’s introduction puts it, of “the principles and consequences of Israeli policy in the [Palestinian] territories”.

Breaking the Silence is a unique organization. No other country — including those with recent and problematic military histories, such as the US and Britain — has anything comparable. [Is the writer suggesting here that Israel should be admired for maintaining an occupation so brutal that soldiers themselves are moved to condemn it? — 800]

Since it began in 2004, it has collected 700 testimonies from conscripts and reservists, spanning the decade since the beginning of the second intifada. In July last year, it made its greatest impact by publishing accounts from around 30 combat soldiers involved in the onslaught on Hamas-controlled Gaza only six months earlier, challenging the military’s assertion that it had done “the utmost to avoid harming uninvolved civilians”.

Breaking the Silence has since taken two more decisive steps. The Israeli military has long complained about the anonymity of its witnesses. In July, the IDF even questioned whether all the testimonies were genuine. Anonymity was understandable; the soldiers risked alienation and heavy criticism from their own communities as well as from the state itself, not to mention the possibility of proceedings brought by the military. Now, for the first time, 27 of those who had testified have allowed the Jerusalem-based photographer Quique Kierszenbaum to take their portraits, and use their names, along with summaries of why and what they testified.

The second step change, having in the past let the testimonies speak for themselves, is that Breaking the Silence has been emboldened by the sheer number of them to offer a broader analysis of what it believes they expose: in part that, while Israeli forces have indeed had to deal with “concrete threats in the past decade, including terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens”, their operations, especially in the West Bank, extend beyond the solely defensive and “systematically” lead to the “de facto annexation” of occupied territory “through the dispossession of Palestinian residents”.

In arguing that Israel exercises a measure of control over Palestinians that extends beyond its own security needs, the book (published in Hebrew on 21 December, with an English version to follow in the new year), takes four technical terms in frequent use by the Israeli military and tries to show in its introductions to the testimonies what Breaking the Silence sees as their real, as opposed to ostensible, meaning.

The first of these terms is “Prevention” [sikkul in Hebrew] which, it argues, has become a “code word” that allows almost every form of military action, offensive as well as defensive, to be classified as “prevention of terrorist activity”. It says the principle, first enunciated by the former IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon of “searing it into the consciousness” of Palestinians that violence does not pay, translates into “intimidation… and indiscriminate punishment of the Palestinian population”.

The examples given include: sending a military truck into the village of Tubas at 3am in 2003 “with stun grenades and just throwing them in the street, for no reason, waking people up [to say] ‘We are here. The IDF is here.'”; shooting ‘ a visibly unarmed man walking on a roof in Nablus in 2002 (“The company commander declared him a lookout, meaning that he understood there was no threat from the guy, and he gave the order to kill him”); and halting stone-throwing in Tekoa by using a “moving human shield” — a Palestinian man tied to the front of a vehicle — before driving round the village.

The second term is “Separation” [hafradah], meaning the separation of Palestinians not only from Israelis but from other Palestinians (within the West Bank and between Gaza and the West Bank) and their own land by using checkpoints, separation barriers, Israeli-only roads used by West Bank settlers, and a strict permit regime enforcing “isolation” of many communities. While much of this “separation” — including loss of land — is permanent, in the past two years, post-intifada, some obstacles have eased. But Breaking the Silence insists the “paradigm” is unchanged. “It’s obvious Israel relaxes its grip when things are easier,” says the organization’s Mikhael Manekin. “But it always has the grip. It can relax or tighten it as it chooses.”

There was the “separation” of Nablus in 2003 from the surrounding villages: “You have to understand the proportionality. A person between the ages of 16 and 35, who lives in Nablus has not left Nablus in the past four years, even to go to a village next to Nablus.” Another example was the Qalqilya area in 2002: “Someone whose fig grove they uprooted came in tears, and he said to me: ‘I worked for 30 years to buy the land, I worked this grove for 10 years, I waited 10 years for it to bear fruit, I enjoyed it for one year and they [the IDF] are uprooting it.'”

Next is “Fabric of life” [mirkam hayyim], the term used by the IDF to underline that it does its best to ensure as normal a life as possible for Palestinians — a proposition strongly contested in the book. It claims that Israel controls the passage of civilians and goods into Israel and within the West Bank, the opening of private businesses, transport of school-children, university students and medical cases. “[Property] can all be taken at the discretion of a regional commander or a soldier in the field… troops will burst into the house in the dead of night and arrest one of the inhabitants, only to release him later — all in order to practice arrest procedures.”

Among the examples is the story of a Palestinian truck driver trying to bring milk containers into Hebron from Yatta during a curfew in 2002, who was detained, handcuffed and blindfolded on a hot summer morning. He had some 2,000 liters of milk — all of which spoiled as he sat all day, restrained. “When I look at it [now],” says a former soldier, “I feel embarrassed… Did it contribute to the security of the state? No.”

Another example concerns illegal workers and their families trying to get into the Wadi Ara of northern Israel from the West Bank. One former soldier recalls “Pouring out the kids’ bags and playing with their toys… They cried and were afraid.” The adults cried, too? “Of course. One of the goals was always: I got him to cry in front of his kids, I got him to crap in his pants… from being beaten for the most part.”

Finally, in examining the term “Law enforcement” [akhifat hak], the book highlights the dual legal regime in the West Bank, whereby Palestinians are subject to military rule and courts while Israeli settlers are answerable to civilian courts. At the same time, it argues, Israeli settlers are effectively allies of the military — and they have a common enemy.

The book’s stark — and inevitably highly political — conclusion is contrary to the view that “Israel is withdrawing from the Palestinian Territories slowly and with the appropriate caution and security”. The IDF soldiers quoted “describe an indefatigable attempt to tighten Israel’s hold on the territories, as well as on the Palestinian population“.

Not surprisingly perhaps, Manekin acknowledges that those who have — as he deliberately puts it — “come out of the closet”, by allowing themselves to be named and photographed, are among the more activist of the 500 individuals who have testified to the organization. It is no coincidence that this parallel project has happened at a time when Breaking the Silence has decided to promote its own analysis of the past decade of occupation. Manekin says it wasn’t easy to be photographed. “We didn’t do this to be heroes,” he says. “Really, the political significance is the only reason for doing it.”

The above article can be found here:



Also see ‘ZIONIST CRIME LOG: Olive trees uprooted; children targeted; airspace violated’ here:

Also see ‘ZIONIST CRIME LOG: Mosques torched; cemeteries desecrated; Qurans burnt; murderers praised’ here:

Also see ‘OTHER PEOPLE’S LAND: Zionist state to build another 1300 Jewish-only housing units in occupied W. Bank’ here:

Also see ‘GAZA’S BLOOD IS ON OUR HANDS (for ignoring the truth of 9/11)’ here:

Also see ‘THIS IS A WAR’ here:


Israeli rabbis line up to endorse ban on renting/selling property to non-Jews

Posted in Israel on December 12, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Support grows for Israeli rabbis’ ‘racist letter’

Agence France Presse (AFP); December 10, 2010

JERUSALEM — Scores more Israeli rabbis have added their names to a document calling on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, despite an outpouring of criticism, media reported on Thursday.

Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported that some 300 religious figures had signed the public statement, which warns that “it is forbidden in the Torah [read ‘Talmud’ — 800] to sell a house or a field in the land of Israel to a foreigner.”

The document first emerged on Tuesday, and was swiftly condemned by figures across Israeli society, from rabbinical groups and rights organizations to politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The statement calls for those who rent or sell property to non-Jews to be ostracized by the larger community.

“After someone sells or rents just one flat, the value of all the neighboring flats drops … He who sells or rents (to non-Jews) causes his neighbors a big loss and his sin is great,” it says.

“Anyone who sells (property to a non-Jew) must be cut off!!”

The manifesto quotes extensively from Jewish writings, including from the Bible. It cites Exodus 23:33 [entirely out of context, of course — 800], which reads: “Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.”

The document initially garnered the signatures of some 50 rabbis, most of them employed by the state and minister to Jewish communities across Israel.

By Thursday, that number had reportedly grown to more than 300, prompting widespread condemnation and calls for Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to take action against the signatories on grounds of incitement to racism.

Weinstein’s office promised to look into the allegations.

“The attorney general has instructed the relevant bodies in our office to examine whether there exist criminal or disciplinary aspects to the document attributed to the rabbis,” Weinstein’s assistant wrote in reply to an opposition MP, in a letter made public by the justice ministry.

[And, of course, no mainstream media report touching on the issue of racism would be complete without the following dose of Jewish suffering and obligatory comparison with the ‘Holocaust’ — 800]

Noah Flug, head of the International Association of Holocaust Survivors, told Ynet he was shocked by the content of the letter, saying it reminded him of when the Nazis banned Jews from living near them.

“I remember the German Nazis throwing Jews out of their apartments and city centers in order to create ghettos,” he told the news website.

“I remember how they wrote on benches that no Jews were allowed, and of course it was prohibited to sell or rent to Jews. We thought that in our country this wouldn’t happen.”

The [oxymoronically named] Association for Civil Rights in Israel has called on Netanyahu to discipline state-employed rabbis who signed the letter, and Arab-Israeli lawmaker Mohammed Barakeh called for a legal investigation.

On Wednesday, around 150 demonstrators gathered to condemn the letter in a protest outside Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue.

Speaking to Haaretz newspaper, parliamentary speaker Reuven Rivlin described the public statement “as an embarrassment to the Jewish people, and another nail in the coffin of Israeli democracy.”

Despite the condemnation, Menachem Friedman, a specialist on the Jewish world at Bar Ilan University, said there was widespread support for the views in the letter.

“They are expressing the fears of the whole population, particularly those in the poorest sectors of society,” he told AFP.

“The threats that Israel faces comes from Islamism, and the hostile positions the state takes towards the Arab minority contributes to fear and creates a ghetto mentality among the Jews, even though they are the majority in Israel.”

Historian Ilan Greilsammer agreed, saying the sentiments expressed in the letter were merely a reflection of what people were actually thinking.

“The rabbis are saying above what the people are thinking below. What’s new is that they are expressing it publicly.”

Israel has 1.3 million Arab citizens — Palestinians who remained in the country following the [illegitimate] creation of the Jewish state in 1948 and their descendants.

The above article can be found here:


‘Don’t rent to non-Jews, Israeli rabbis warn’

Agence France Presse (AFP); December 7, 2010

JERUSALEM — Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be “ostracized,” a copy of the letter showed on Tuesday.

“In answer to the many questions, we say that it is forbidden in the Torah [Talmud] to sell a house or a field in the land of Israel to a foreigner,” says the letter, [ostensibly] referring to the Pentateuch — the first five books of the Bible.

The letter, which was signed mostly by state-employed rabbis, warns that “he who sells or rents them a flat in an area where Jews live causes great harm to his neighbors.”

“After someone sells or rents just one flat, the value of all the neighboring flats drops… He who sells or rents (to non-Jews) causes his neighbors a big loss and his sin is great,” the letter said, in what was largely understood to refer to Israel’s Arab minority.

“Anyone who sells (property to a non-Jew) must be cut off!!”

According to the Israeli news website Ynet, the letter is to be published in religious newspapers and distributed in synagogues across the country later this week.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel slammed the letter as “racist” and called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn “the incitement expressed by the rabbis.”

“Rabbis who are civil servants have an obligation to the entire public, including Israel’s Arab citizens. It is unthinkable that they would use their public status to promote racism and incitement,” the group said in a statement.

The organization called on Netanyahu to take disciplinary action against state-employed rabbis who signed the document.

Mohammed Barakeh, an Arab-Israeli member of parliament, called the letter “supremely racist.”

“It seems that the signatories realize that the Israeli establishment is complicit in the crimes of incitement to racial hatred, so they are acting without fear,” he said in a statement.

“We call on the government’s legal adviser to undertake an inquiry into this gang and bring them to justice.”

The letter appeared as tensions grow between religious Jewish and Arab-Israeli residents of the northern town of Safed, where local rabbi Shmuel Eliahu has called on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to Arabs.

Safed’s college attracts Arab-Israeli students from the surrounding area, many of whom seek accommodation in the town while studying.

In October, a group of Jewish youths attacked several Arab-Israeli students at the college, shouting “death to Arabs” in an incident police had to break up.

A November poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 46 percent of Jewish Israelis preferred not to live next door to Arabs, while two-thirds — or 67 percent — of Arabs preferred not to live next to ultra-Orthodox Jews.

It also found that 53 percent of Jewish Israelis backed government incentives for Arabs to emigrate.

Israel has 1.3 million Arab citizens — Palestinians who remained in the country after the creation of the Jewish state in 1948 and their descendants.

Arab citizens, who make up 20 percent of the population, have long complained of systematic discrimination in resources and opportunities.

The above article can be found here:


Also see ‘Leading Israeli rabbi: Gentiles exist to serve Jews’ here:

Also see ‘Israeli rabbi says Palestinians should perish from this earth’ here:

Also see ‘Israelis told to fight holy war in Gaza’ here:

Also see ‘Israel’s war effort gains religious imperative’ here:

Also see ‘Book about killing gentile children becomes bestseller in Israel’ here:

Israeli economy continues to surge amid worsening global depression

Posted in Israel on December 12, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Israel turns in 6th straight quarter of growth’

YNetNews (Israel); November 20, 2010

Israel’s economy grew for a sixth straight quarter in the July-September period, but falling exports stemming from weak US and European economies slowed the rate and are expected to dampen growth into 2011.

Gross domestic product grew an annualized 3.8% in the third quarter, the Central Bureau of Statistics said in an initial estimate on Tuesday. A Reuters survey of nine analysts had forecast a 3.2% increase.

Growth slowed from a 4.5% pace in the second quarter but the economy has expanded at least 3.6% in every three-month period since the third quarter of 2009, as Israel rebounds from a brief recession in the wake of the global financial crisis.

The Bank of Israel forecasts 4% growth in 2010, easing to 3.8% in 2011. The economy grew 0.8% to NIS 768 billion (about $210 billion) in 2009.

“The economy is very robust. We are seeing a rapid growth rate and other drivers are making up for the drop in exports, so the total economy is in pretty good shape,” said HSBC economist Jonathan Katz. “Because of the soft global environment, growth may come down a notch to 3.4%.”

Some analysts believe the data support another short-term interest rate increase later this month. Strong growth and high inflation expectations have already led to six quarter-point rate increases to 2% since August 2009.


Israel’s two main growth drivers — exports and consumer spending — were weak in the third quarter and resulted in a slowdown from the previous quarter. However, a jump in government spending and in investments softened the blow.

“The composition of growth was disappointing. Private consumption was very weak, exports and imports declined sharply and most of the contribution to growth came from public consumption, from investment in residential construction and from the activity of start-up companies,” said Michael Sarel, head of economic research at Harel Finance.

Consumer spending slowed to a growth rate of 1.3%, mainly due to a large decline in spending on durable goods, while exports fell 9.6%.

Exports — which comprise more than 40% of Israel’s economic activity — grew sharply in the prior four quarters but slipped in the third quarter due to weak US and European economies, which account for some 70% of Israeli exports.

Imports dipped 4.6% for the first decline since the first quarter of 2009.

Government spending rose 10.2% after marginal gains in the prior two quarters and investment in fixed assets increased 9.7% to continue strong gains this year following a weak 2009.

“The composition of the data shows the start of a process moving to growth based on domestic demand compared with early stages of exiting the recession that was based on higher exports,” said Rafi Gozlan, an economist at Leader Capital Markets.

Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer believes the country needs to base its economy more on domestic activity than exports. He has urged exporters to expand sales to faster growing markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Excluding state spending, Israel‘s economy grew 3.9% in the third quarter, slower than a 5.1% pace in the second quarter.

Second-quarter GDP growth was unrevised at 4.5%.

The above article can be found here:,7340,L-3986968,00.html

Also see ‘Israel depositors won’t be harmed by crisis’ here:

Analyst: Iran nuclear weapons allegations fabricated by Israel

Posted in Israel on December 6, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Evidence of Iran nuclear weapons program may be fraudulent’

Truthout; November 18, 2010

By Garth Porter

Since 2007, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — with the support of the United States, Israel and European allies UK, France and Germany — has been demanding that Iran explain a set of purported internal documents portraying a covert Iranian military program of research and development of nuclear weapons.

The “laptop documents,” supposedly obtained from a stolen Iranian computer by an unknown source and given to US intelligence in 2004, include a series of drawings of a missile re-entry vehicle that appears to be an effort to accommodate a nuclear weapon, as well as reports on high explosives testing for what appeared to be a detonator for a nuclear weapon.

In one report after another, the IAEA has suggested that Iran has failed to cooperate with its inquiry into that alleged research, and that the agency, therefore, cannot verify that it has not diverted nuclear material to military purposes.

That issue remains central to US policy toward Iran. The Obama administration says there can be no diplomatic negotiations with Iran unless Iran satisfies the IAEA fully in regard to the allegations derived from the documents that it had a covert nuclear weapons program.

That position is based on the premise that the intelligence documents that Iran has been asked to explain are genuine. The evidence now available, however, indicates that they are [Israeli] fabrications.

The drawings of the Iranian missile warhead that were said by the IAEA to show an intent to accommodate a nuclear weapon actually depict a missile design that Iran is now known to have already abandoned in favor of an improved model by the time the technical drawings were allegedly made. And one of the major components of the purported Iranian military research program allegedly included a project labeled with a number that turns out to have been assigned by Iran’s civilian nuclear authority years before the covert program is said to have been initiated.

The former head of the agency’s safeguards department, Olli Heinonen, who shaped its approach to the issue of the intelligence documents from 2005 and 2010, has offered no real explanation for these anomalies in recent interviews with Truthout.

These telltale indicators of fraud bring into question the central pillar of the case against Iran and raise more fundamental questions about the handling of the Iranian nuclear issue by the IAEA, the United States and its key European allies.

Drawings of the wrong missile warhead

In mid-July 2005, in an effort to get the IAEA fully behind the Bush administration’s effort to refer the Iranian nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council, Robert Joseph, US undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, made a formal presentation on the purported Iranian nuclear weapons program documents to the agency’s leading officials in Vienna. Joseph flashed excerpts from the documents on the screen, giving special attention to the series of technical drawings or “schematics” showing 18 different ways of fitting an unidentified payload into the re-entry vehicle or “warhead” of Iran’s medium-range ballistic missile, the Shahab-3.

When IAEA analysts were allowed to study the documents, however, they discovered that those schematics were based on a re-entry vehicle that the analysts knew had already been abandoned by the Iranian military in favor of a new, improved design. The warhead shown in the schematics had the familiar “dunce cap” shape of the original North Korean No Dong missile, which Iran had acquired in the mid-1990s, as former IAEA Safeguards Department Chief Olli Heinonen confirmed to this writer in an interview on November 5. But when Iran had flight tested a new missile in mid-2004, it did not have that dunce cap warhead, but a new “triconic” or “baby bottle” shape, which was more aerodynamic than the one on the original Iranian missile.

The laptop documents had depicted the wrong re-entry vehicle being redesigned.

When I asked Heinonen, now a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, why Iran’s purported secret nuclear weapons research program would redesign the warhead of a missile that the Iranian military had already decided to replace with an improved model, he suggested that the group that had done the schematics had no relationship with the Iranian missile program. “It looks from that information that this group was working with this individual,” said Heinonen, referring to Dr. Mohsen Fakrizadeh, the man named in the documents as heading the research program. “It was not working with the missile program.”

Heinonen’s claim that the covert nuclear weapon program had no link to the regular missile program is not supported by the intelligence documents themselves. The IAEA describes what is purported to be a one-page letter from Fakrizadeh to the Shahid Hemat Industrial Group dated March 3, 2003, “seeking assistance with the prompt transfer of data” for the work on redesigning the re-entry vehicle.

Shahid Hemat, which is part of the Iranian military’s Defense Industries Organization, was involved in testing the engine for the Shahab-3 and, in particular, in working on aerodynamic properties and control systems for Iranian missiles, all of which were reported in the US news media. “Project 11” was the code name given to the purported re-entry vehicle project.

Heinonen also suggested that the program’s engineers could have been ordered to redesign the older Shahab-3 model before the decision was made by the missile program to switch to a newer model and that it couldn’t change its work plan once it was decided.

However, according to Mike Elleman, lead author of the most authoritative study of the Iranian missile program thus far, published by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) last May, Iran introduced the major innovations in the design of the medium-range missile, including a longer, lighter airframe and the new warhead shape, over a period of two to five years. Elleman, told me in an interview that the redesign of the re-entry vehicle must have begun in 2002 at the latest.

The schematics on the laptop documents’ redesigned warhead were dated March-April 2003, according to the IAEA report of May 2008.

Heinonen’s explanation assumes that the Iranian military ordered an engineer to organize a project to redesign the warhead on its intermediate-range ballistic missile to accommodate a nuclear payload, but kept the project in the dark about its plans to replace the Shahab-3 with a completely new and improved model.

That assumption appears wholly implausible, because the reason for the shift to the new missile, according to the IISS study, was that the Shahab-3, purchased from North Korea in the early to mid-1990s, had a range of only 800 to 1,000 km, depending on the weight of the payload. Thus, it was incapable of reaching Israel. The new missile, later named the Ghadr-1, could carry a payload of conventional high-explosives 1,500 to 1,600 kilometers, bringing Israel within the reach of an Iranian missile for the first time.

The missile warhead anomaly is a particularly telling sign of fraud, because someone intending to fabricate such technical drawings of a re-entry vehicle could not have known that Iran had abandoned the Shahab-3 in favor of the more advanced Ghadr-1 until after mid-August 2004. As the IISS study points out, the August 11, 2004, test launch was the first indication to the outside world that a new missile with a triconic warhead had been developed. Before that test, Elleman told me, “No information was available that they were modifying the warhead.”

After that test, however, it would have been too late to redo the re-entry vehicle studies, which would have the biggest impact on news media coverage and political opinion.

Iranian statements about the Shahab-3 missile would have been misleading for anyone attempting to fabricate these schematics. The IISS study recalls that Iran had said in early 2001 that the Shahab-3 had entered “serial production” and declared in July 2003 that it was “operational.” The IISS study observes, however, that the announcement came only after the US invasion of Iraq, when Iran felt an urgent need to claim an operational missile capability. The study says it is “very dubious” that the missile was ever produced in significant numbers.

Skepticism and resistance at the IAEA

A second inconsistency between the laptop documents and the established facts emerged only in 2008. At a briefing for IAEA member states in February 2008, Heinonen displayed an organization chart of the purported research program, showing a “Project 5” with two sub-projects: “Project 5/13” for uranium conversion and “Project 5/15” for uranium ore processing. Kimia Maadan, a private Iranian firm, is shown to be running “Project 5.”

One of the key documents in the collection, a one-page flow sheet for a uranium-conversion process, dated May 2003, with Kimia Maadan’s name on it, is marked “Project 5/13.”

Bush administration hardliners and the IAEA safeguard department had been convinced in the 2004-2005 period that Kimia Maadan was a front for the Iranian military. In a 2005 report, the IAEA questioned how that company, with such “limited experience in ore processing,” could have established an ore processing plant at Gchine in such a short time from 2000 to mid-2001 on its own.

But in January 2008, Iran provided documents to the IAEA showing that Kimia Maadan had actually been created by the civilian Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) in 2000 solely to carry out a contract to design, build and put into operation an ore-processing facility. The documents also established that the firm’s core staff consisted entirely of experts who had previously worked for AEOI’s Ore Processing Center and that the conceptual design and other technical information had been provided to Kimia Maadan by AEOI.

But the most explosive new evidence provided by Iran showed that the code number of “Project 5/15” on ore processing, supposedly assigned by the Iranian military’s secret nuclear weapon research program, had actually been assigned by the AEOI more than two years before the purported nuclear weapons program had been started. In the context of the documents on Kimia Maadan’s relationship with AEOI, the IAEA report of February 2008 acknowledged, “A decision to construct a UOC [uranium ore concentration] plant at Gchine, known as ‘project 5/15,’ was made August 25, 1999.”

An unpublished paper by the IAEA safeguards department, leaked to the media and the Washington, DC-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in 2009, identified early 2002 as the formal beginning of what it called the Iranian military’s “warhead development program.”

Asked about this contradiction, Heinonen told me he couldn’t answer the question, because he did not recall the specific dates involved.

After the IAEA had acquired that new evidence of fraud in January 2008, an IAEA official familiar with the internal debate inside the agency told me that some IAEA officials had demanded that the agency distance itself publicly from the intelligence documents. But IAEA reports made no concession to those demands. Instead, beginning with the May 2008 report, the agency began to use language implying that the documents were considered reliable.

Behind the scenes, a conflict was about to boil over between Heinonen and then IAEA Director General Mohammed ElBaradei, who was skeptical about the authenticity of the laptop documents and refused to give them any official IAEA endorsement. In late 2008, Heinonen began pushing ElBaradei to approve publication of his department’s favorable assessment of the intelligence documents, which concluded that Iran had done research and development on nuclear weapons components and speculated that it was continuing to do so.

But ElBaradei refused to do so, and in August 2009, diplomats from the UK, France and Germany, who were supporting Heinonen’s view of the documents, leaked to Reuters and The Associated Press that, for nearly a year, ElBaradei had been suppressing “credible” evidence of Iran’s covert work on nuclear weapons.

ElBaradei responded to those political pressures to publish the safeguards department speculative study in an interview with The Hindu on October 1, 2009, in which he declared, “The IAEA is not making any judgment at all whether Iran even had weaponisation studies before because there is a major question of authenticity of the documents.”

Evidence of Israel’s role

The origin of the laptop documents may never be proven conclusively, but the accumulated evidence points to Israel as the source. As early as 1995, the head of the Israel Defense Forces’ military intelligence research and assessment division, Yaakov Amidror, tried unsuccessfully to persuade his American counterparts that Iran was planning to “go nuclear.” By 2003-2004, Mossad’s reporting on the Iranian nuclear program was viewed by high-ranking CIA officials as an effort to pressure the Bush administration into considering military action against Iran’s nuclear sites, according to Israeli sources cited by a pro-Israeli news service.

In the summer of 2003, Israel’s international intelligence agency, Mossad, had established an aggressive program aimed at exerting influence on the Iran nuclear issue by leaking alleged intelligence to governments and the news media, as Israeli officials acknowledged to journalists Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins. According to the book, “The Nuclear Jihadist,” as part of the program, Mossad sometimes passed on purported Iranian documents supposedly obtained by Israeli spies inside Iran.

German sources have suggested that the intelligence documents were conveyed to the US government, directly or indirectly, by a group that had been collaborating closely with Mossad. Soon after Secretary of State Colin Powell made the existence of the laptop documents public in November 2004, Karsten Voight, the coordinator of German-American cooperation in the German Foreign Ministry, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal as saying that they had been transferred by an Iranian “dissident group.” A second German source familiar with the case was even more explicit. “I can assure you,” the source told me in 2007, “that the documents came from the Iranian resistance organization.” That was a reference to the Mujahideen-E-Khalq (MEK), also known as the People’s Mujahideen of Iran, the armed Iranian exile group designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department.

The National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), the political arm of the MEK, was generally credited by the news media with having revealed the existence of the Iranian nuclear facilities at Natanz and Arak in an August 2002 press conference in Washington, DC. Later, however, IAEA, Israeli and Iranian dissident sources all said that the NCRI had gotten the intelligence on the sites from Mossad.

An IAEA official told Seymour Hersh that the Israelis were behind the revelation of the sites and two journalists from Der Spiegel reported the same thing. So did an adviser to an Iranian monarchist group, speaking to a writer for The New Yorker. That episode was not isolated, but was part of a broader pattern of Israeli cooperation with the MEK in providing intelligence intended to influence the CIA and the IAEA. Israeli authors Melman and Javadanfar, who claimed to have good sources in Mossad, wrote in their 2007 book that Israeli intelligence had “laundered” intelligence to the IAEA by providing it to Iranian opposition groups, especially the NCRI.

[Despite his news reports purporting to expose Israeli covert activities, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh is not to be trusted. See ‘Seymour Hersh, professional liar’ here: — 800]

Israeli officials also went to extraordinary lengths to publicize the story of covert Iranian experiments on a key component of a nuclear weapon, which was one of the messages the intelligence documents conveyed. As a result of satellite intelligence brought to the attention of the IAEA in 2004 by Undersecretary of State John Bolton, the IAEA requested two separate investigations at the main Iran military research center at Parchin. The investigations, in January 2005 and November 2005, were aimed at examining the charge that Iran was using facilities at Parchin to test high explosives used in the detonation of a nuclear weapon. In each investigation, the IAEA investigators were allowed complete freedom to search and take environmental samples at any five buildings in the complex and their surroundings. But they failed to find any evidence of any Iranian nuclear weapons-related experiments.

At that point, Israeli intelligence came up with a new story. Hersh reported that, earlier in 2006, Mossad had given the CIA an intelligence report — purportedly from one of its agents inside Iran — claiming that the Iranian military had been “testing trigger mechanisms” for a nuclear weapon. The experiment supposedly involved simulating a nuclear explosion without using any nuclear material, so that it could not be detected by the IAEA. But there were no specifics on which to base an IAEA investigation — no test site specified and no diagrams — and CIA officials told Hersh they could not learn anything more about the identity of the alleged Israeli agent.

The CIA evidently did not regard the Israeli claim as credible, because the intelligence community issued a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in late 2007, which said that Iran had ended all work on nuclear weapons in 2003 and had not restarted it. Israel expressed dismay at the US intelligence estimate, but Israeli officials admitted that the official position that Iran was still working actively on a nuclear weapon was based on an assumption rather than any hard evidence.

Israel encountered yet another problem in its effort to promote the covert Iranian nuclear weapon narrative. The IAEA analysts doubted that Iran would be able to develop a nuclear weapon small enough to fit into the missile it had tested in 2004 without foreign assistance, as David Albright, former IAEA contract officer and director of the Institute for Science and International Security, wrote in a letter to The New York Times in November 2005.

Sometime between February and May, however, yet another purported Iranian document conveniently materialized that addressed the problem of the US NIE and the “small bomb” issue noted by Albright. The document was a long, Farsi-language report purporting to be about the testing of a system to detonate high explosives in hemispherical arrangement. Based on the new document, the IAEA safeguard department concluded that the “implosion system” on which it assumed Iran was working “could be contained within a payload container believed to be small enough to fit into the re-entry body chamber of the Shahab-3 missile.”

The document was given to the IAEA by a “Member State,” which was not identified in the leaked excerpts from an unpublished IAEA report describing it. But Albright, who knows Heinonen well, told me in a September 2008 interview, that the state in question was “probably Israel.”

The day before the Reuters and Associated Press stories attacking ElBaradei over his refusal to publish the report appeared in August 2009, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Israel “has been striving to pressure the IAEA through friendly nations and have it release the censored annex.” The operation was being handled by the director general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission and the Foreign Ministry, according to the report. The Israeli objective, Haaretz reported, was to “prove that the Iranian effort to develop nuclear weapons is continuing, contrary to the claims that Tehran stopped its nuclear program in 2003.”

Rethinking the case against Iran

Once the intelligence documents that have been used to indict Iran as plotting to build nuclear weapons are discounted as fabrications likely perpetrated by a self-interested party, there is no solid basis for the US policy of trying to coerce Iran into ending all uranium enrichment. And there is no reason for insisting that Iran must explain the allegations in those documents to the IAEA as a condition for any future US-Iran negotiations.

News coverage of the purported intelligence documents over the past few years has created yet another false narrative that distorts public discourse on the subject. Almost entirely ignored is the possibility that the real aim of Iran’s nuclear program is to maintain a bargaining chip with the United States, and to have a breakout capability to serve as a deterrent to a US or Israeli attack on Iran.

The evidence that documents at the center of the case for a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program are fraudulent suggests the need for a strategic reset on Iran policy. It raises both the possibility and the need for serious exploration of a diplomatic solution for the full range of issues dividing the two countries, which is the only sensible strategy for ensuring that Iran stays a non-nuclear state.

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ZIONIST CRIME LOG: Olive trees uprooted; children targeted; airspace violated

Posted in Israel on November 17, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Israeli settlers’ terror’

Sabbah Report; November 3, 2010

By Dr. Elias Akleh

Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank face waves after waves of Israeli terror campaigns throughout the year. These terror waves are committed by Israeli extremist settlers (colonizers) as well as the Israeli army.

The most common attacks include violent trespassing on Palestinian properties during the night; stone throwing at civilians and their homes; physical assaults on farmers, children and women; destruction of all types of properties; burning civilian structures, crops and trees; shooting livestock; poisoning wells; theft of crops; and the cutting down of fruit trees.

The worst of these Israeli terror attacks are committed during harvest season, especially during olive season.

Olive trees are very important part of the Palestinian agricultural economy. They have been a major source of livelihood for Palestinians for thousands of years. Olive groves are spread all over the country and every Palestinian house has a couple of olive trees in its front or backyards. Many olive trees are thousands of years old.

As one of their key sources of income, the olive harvest season is a time of critical importance for Palestinians. Harvesting olives is a Palestinian communal activity that involves all classes of population. All family members; children as well as seniors, can be seen working in the fields. School students also volunteer to help farmers during the season.

Olive mills and pressers open for business during this season to produce oil, to can pickled olives, and to export the products to other countries. The whole country becomes as busy as a bee hive. Over the last decades olive harvesting has become increasingly difficult due to Israeli settlers (colonizers) and army attacks.

Israeli governments as well as extremist settlers (colonizers) understand that Palestinians get more attached to their country during harvest season, especially during olive harvest. In order for the Zionist Israeli transfer/eviction plan of Palestinians to succeed, this Palestinian sacred attachment to the land must be broken. Thus the Palestinian economy and especially farm land is targeted by the Israeli government as well as the terrorist settlers (colonizers).

To destroy Palestinian farm land the Israeli government designates fields as closed military areas, surround it with barbed wires, and prevent entry to Palestinian farmers. The Israeli apartheid/separation wall had also isolated Palestinian farmers from their land.

Although Palestinians resort to Israeli High Court requesting permissions to access their land during harvest seasons, yet no access has ever been granted. Neglected and unattended the fields and the trees become spoiled. After a few years the Israeli government claims custodianship of the fields according to the Israeli law of “Absentees’ Property”. Israeli contractors, then, uproot all fruit trees and build colonies.

Israeli armed extremist terrorist settlers (colonizers) build their colonies on usurped Palestinian land and start terrorizing the adjacent Palestinian villages. Understanding the value and importance of the olive groves to the Palestinian farmers, those extremist Israeli terrorists target this major economic source in an attempt to drive Palestinians away.

They invade olive groves with their tractors and bulldozers to harvest the olives for themselves, to uproot trees, to cut branches, to poison water wells, to set fire to crops, and to attack all Palestinians, who attempt to protect their fields. Many times, at the beginning of harvest season, they spray the fruit trees with chemicals to spoil the harvest and to kill the trees.

The terror attacks of settlers (colonizers) during harvest time has been gradually increasing every year until lately it had become a widespread phenomenon. The Israeli Haaretz noted that Israeli police reports have shown that settlers’ attacks against Palestinians during olive harvest season this year is the highest for the last ten years.

I have counted in the media at least 35 terrorist attacks throughout the West Bank specifically related to olive harvest since the beginning of month of October. Many other attacks have not been reported due isolation and to media obstruction. Such number is a clear indication of a widespread systematic plan of targeting Palestinian farmers during their olive harvest.

Other terrorist attacks, such as setting fire to schools and mosques, shooting Palestinian civilians, intentional vehicular hit-and-run of Palestinian children, violent night raids against Palestinian homes, and eviction of Palestinian families and forceful occupation of their homes are still rampant although not counted in this article.

The majority of settlers’ terrorist attacks (90 percent) took place in areas where the Israeli army has security jurisdiction under the Oslo Accord. The increasing frequencies of the attacks indicate at least an intentional failure of the Israeli security forces to protect Palestinians.

Under international law an occupying power (Israel in this case) is responsible for the safety of the people under occupation (the Palestinians). The attacks keep on happening in the same areas over and over again. If willing, the Israeli government could send security forces to these areas to prevent clashes. In its complicity the Israeli government encourages terrorist settlers (colonizers) to continue their attacks.

These terrorist settlers (colonizers) are not restricted to one certain segment of Israelis, rather they come from the whole social spectrum of Israelis: religious, orthodox, secular and mixed colonizers. Their terrorism reflects the true genocidal nature of the Zionist ethnic cleansing philosophy and plan for establishing Greater Israel in an Arab-free Middle East.

Pictures and videos all over the internet show the presence of Israeli soldiers watching settlers attacking Palestinians and don’t break up the clashes except to defend settlers, and to harass, beat, arrest Palestinians who dare to defend their groves, and to confiscate the whole harvested crops claiming it as evidence. In cases were arson is involved the Israeli soldiers usually obstruct access of Palestinian firefighters at nearby roadblocks.

Many Palestinian farmers had resorted to the Israeli police reporting the attacks and requesting protection. Since the job of the Israeli police is to protect settlers (colonizers) rather than Palestinians, they ignore such reports. The Israeli Yesh-Din organization (Volunteers for Human Rights) released a study showing that over 90 percent of police alleged investigations into settlers’ attacks against Palestinians fail to produce any indictment and were closed on the grounds of “unknown perpetrators” or insufficient evidence.

The phenomenon of terrorist attacks by Israeli settlers (colonizers) against Palestinian farmers have been noticed by international human rights organizations such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who have arranged to send international volunteers to help and to protect Palestinian farmers while harvesting olives.

The presence of such international volunteers, with their cameras, had in some areas deterred and prevented violent settlers (colonizers) and Israeli soldiers from attacking Palestinian farmers. In other areas, ISM volunteers themselves were specifically targeted by extremist settlers (colonizers) and had sustained injuries even during the presence of Israeli soldiers, who just stood there watching the attacks.

Since attacking ISM volunteers have been captured on cameras and broadcasted throughout European countries, the Israeli government has adopted strict and harsh measures to deny international volunteers entry at the airport. The Israeli army has also issued orders to Palestinian villages warning them that housing international activists is illegal and would result in arrests.

It was also reported through Palestinian radio that large fines of 6000 NIS have been sentenced against farmers who had invited international activists to accompany them during the olive harvest.

After the harvest, Palestinian farmers either sell their olives as is, or press them and sell them as olive oil. Another Israeli method of destroying Palestinian olive harvests is by imposing high fees and taxations against the export of Palestinian olive products. Since the Israeli army controls all border terminals, the Israeli government hinders and delays the export of olives.

On many occasions the products would be stored in warehouses until they got spoiled while waiting for export permits. Meanwhile, Palestinians are charged high fees and taxes for storing and exporting their olives. Farmers end up selling their products locally for very cheap prices. Israeli companies would also buy the products from the farmers then turn around and sell them abroad as Israeli products making a lot of profits.

The Israeli government always puts the responsibility on the Hamas government [in Gaza] or the Lebanese government for any violent border incident against Israeli settlers. Yet it does not take any responsibility for their terrorist settlers attacking Palestinian farmers, stealing their crops, and burning their trees. On the contrary, Palestinian farmers are taken to Israeli courts, charged with attacking settlers, and forced to pay large amounts of fines. Such actions send a clear encouraging message to settlers to continue their terrorist crimes.

Settlers’ (colonizers) attacks have become as guaranteed a phenomenon as the harvest season itself. Those terrorist settlers (colonizers) are funded by large segments of the American Jewish community and by American tax-exempted Jewish organizations with the knowledge and protection of both the Justice Department and Department of Home Land Security. Such funding encourages more terrorism and counter-terrorism rather than the peace the Obama administration claims to pursue in the Middle East.

Dr. Elias Akleh is an Arab writer of Palestinian descent born in the town of Beit Jala. His family was first evicted from Haifa after the “Nakba” of 1948, then from Beit Jala after the “Nakseh” of 1967. He now lives in the US and publishes his articles on the web in both English and Arabic.

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‘Settlers up assaults on Palestinian kids

Press TV (Iran); November 1, 2010

A new study has revealed that Israeli settlers have intensified acts of violence against Palestinian children over the past two years.

The study conducted by Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI) said on Monday that it has investigated 38 cases of settler violence against minors.

The attacks caused the deaths of three children and left 42 others injured, the rights group said.

The study also found the attacks are usually carried out in groups and include verbal harassment, intimidation, physical assault and the destruction of property.

Physical assault and intimidation was reported in at least 15 cases, and stone throwing in another nine incidents. In 13 of the cases, settlers opened fire, killing three children and injuring another 10.

Verbal abuse was documented in almost every case, according to the report.

Continued settlement expansion and a growing settler population in the occupied territory have severely impacted the security of the Palestinian population, particularly children, whose lives are increasingly threatened by willful attacks perpetrated by extremist settlers,” the report said.

In eight cases, soldiers colluded with the assailants either by joining in, turning a blind eye to or punishing the victims rather than the perpetrators.

Israel‘s failure to enforce the law and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions has “created an atmosphere in which settlers enjoy impunity and Palestinians live in fear,” the DCI study concluded.

The above article can be found here:


‘Children new target in Silwan ethnic-cleansing campaign’

Palestine Monitor; October 25, 2010

Since the murder of Samer Sahan by a settler guard on September 22, Jerusalem police and security forces have filled the streets of Silwan. Every day, the neighborhood teems with police patrolling the streets on foot and in cars. This past week alone, the police conducted a massive arrest campaign, detaining at least 23 residents.

“They call them the rangers of the settlers. It’s really making life so much more difficult.” Mustapha Siyam, a resident of Silwan, said.

Particularly startling, however, is the arrests this week have included at least six children between the ages of eight and 12. The charge against the children is always the same — throwing rocks — and they are usually released after a day. Imran was detained and interrogated for four hours before being fined 2,000 NIS and sentenced to two weeks house arrest.

Muna Hasan, who works for the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, explained, “The charge for arresting minors is always throwing stones. But for the past few days, the children were not throwing stones, there was nothing. They just picked them from the streets for nothing.

On Wednesday October 18, three minors were arrested in Silwan, including one boy who was recovering from a recent surgery.

A few days earlier on Monday, October 16, three children between the ages of 10 and 12 were detained. One of them, Muslim Auda, aged 10, returned to his family with his legs heavily bruised from beatings he had received from the undercover police who arrested him.

“Investigators beat them, shout at them, and they also try to make them a collaborator. They use methods that are not even appropriate for adults. They make children tell them who the children throwing stones are.” Hasan said.

Imran reported to his parents that when he was being interrogated, the police asked who else throws rocks.

Hasan is not surprised by the escalation of harassment. “It’s not new, of course. You know Silwan has the highest percentage of arrested people in East Jerusalem, in minors especially… We think all the Israeli practices, including the arrests, including letting settlers do what they are doing, all of this is coming under the same fact that they want to put more and more pressure on the Palestinians.”

Silwan is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The families and residents lack many basic services, including schools, community centers, and resources for their children. Due to Israeli zoning, a very small proportion of land in East Jerusalem has been allocated for building. Furthermore, obtaining a building permit costs up to USD $25,000-30,000. The impossibility of building has made living quarters intolerably overcrowded.

“The parents don’t have the capacity to involve their children in community centers or playgrounds outside of Silwan. Also the pressures that are on the parents from Israeli laws, taxes, and demolition orders, all of these pressures make the situation worse”, Hasan told us.

Despite the pressures, the resilient local community has found ingenuity to cope. In 2007, Palestinian residents in Silwan founded the Madaa Creative Center in order to create a safe place for children to develop their creativity through music and art, and maintain their Palestinian identity.

“Residents themselves took the initiative to start this on their own; they don’t wait for any authorities to build a place for their children.” Hasan said.

In 2008, in response to Mayor Nir Barkat’s demolition order of 88 houses in Silwan to make room for the expansion of the City of David archaeological park, the Palestinian residents erected a large tent. In the tent the locals organize prayer, meetings, children’s activities, and other community events. On October 21, former US president Jimmy Carter visited Silwan and met with local community leaders in the tent.

The latest addition to locally formed organizations is the Wadi Hilwah Information Center, formed by a group of residents in 2009. The aim of the center is to tell the Palestinian history of this village as a means to counter the increasingly dominant Jewish narrative that has been promulgated by the archaeological site, the City of David.

According to Hasan, visitors and tourists who come to the City of David are instructed about the origins of the neighborhood exclusively by the settler organization, Elad. Elad’s brief presents the area as primarily the archaeological site of the ancient Judean King David. This narrow view obscures and denies the history and current reality of the Palestinian residents of the area.

“Wadi Hilweh aims to emphasize the Palestinian identity of this village, and also tell all the violations against the Palestinians from the settlers and from the Israeli authorities,” he said. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center also issues daily reports on clashes, arrests, and beatings that occur in Silwan.

So in spite of the escalated intimidation tactics of arrests, interrogations, and threats, the community of Silwan remains unbowed and determined to survive.

“With this tent and the centers, the Palestinians are meeting together, building trust within each other, and thinking how to resist and bring our voice to the outsiders.”

They do so in the knowledge that the Israeli authorities are determined to force them out and will countenance any method to succeed.

The above article can be found here:


‘Israelis detain boy hit by settler’s car’

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain); October 18, 2010

JERUSALEM — Israeli police have detained a stone-throwing boy who was struck by a car driven by a settler in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood earlier this month, police said yesterday.

The news came as Israelis killed two Palestinians in an air strike north of Gaza City and their prime minister said the government had resumed talks with Hamas on swapping hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for a captive soldier held for more than four years.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Imran Mansur, 12, had been brought in on Saturday for questioning about the stone-throwing, adding that he was accompanied by his father at all times and would likely be released “soon.”

Mansur, 12, and Iyad Gheit, 10, were wearing masks and throwing stones in the Silwan neighborhood on October 8 when the car driven by David Beeri, a local leader of the hardline Elad settler organization, rounded a corner and struck them.

Mansur was thrown into the air and bounced off the car’s windscreen before crashing to the ground in the incident captured by several photographers.

The car stopped briefly before driving off.

Mansur suffered a broken leg, while Gheit was taken to the hospital to have glass removed from his arm.

Jerusalem police identified the driver as Beeri and said they questioned him and released him on the day of the incident.

Palestinian medics in Gaza said that two Palestinians were killed and a third wounded in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike north of Gaza City.

Adham Abu Selmiya, an official in the Hamas-run health ministry, said one of the men was killed immediately while the other succumbed to his wounds after being brought to a hospital. Both were in their early 20s.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier said the German mediator who has been working to broker a deal to bring home the captive soldier for about a year has returned to the region.

The announcement was the latest twist in a saga that has gripped the country’s attention since Hamas-linked militants captured Sergeant Gilad Schalit in a June 2006 raid across the Gaza-Israeli border.

Secret negotiations over a swap, mediated by Egypt and more recently by Germany, have repeatedly broken down, and talks have been stalled for months.

Deals proposed in the past would have entailed Israel swapping about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Schalit.

The Arab League urged countries to boycott an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tourism conference to be hosted by Israel in the disputed city of Jerusalem this week.

“The Arab League views with extreme concern the holding of the OECD tourism conference in Jerusalem,” a senior official said in Cairo.

[The so-called ‘Arab League’ has been thoroughly compromised since its inception. The league’s calls to boycott meetings hosted by Israel are purely intended for domestic consumption — 800]

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‘CNN report: IDF sexually abused Palestinian children’

Ynet News (Israel); September 9, 2010

Damning CNN report cites uncorroborated sexual abuse charges of Palestinian children detained by IDF; army says detention of minors undertaken in line with international law, cannot respond to abuse charges as no details provided

Explosive accusations on CNN: A CNN investigative report aired Thursday slammed the treatment of Palestinian children by IDF soldiers.

The report included uncorroborated charges of sexual abuse against Palestinian youngsters while in IDF custody.

The CNN report featured an unidentified Palestinian boy claiming that IDF forces attempted to insert an object into his rectum after he was arrested. The unidentified youngster said a dozen officers were standing around and laughing while he was being interrogated, stopping only when their commander stepped into the room.

The IDF could not offer a response to the charge because the youngster’s name was not provided. The army did say that a complaint should be filed if such cases ever happened.

“Any claim regarding improper conduct by soldiers or police officers will be thoroughly examined by the relevant officials,” the army said. “We cannot address general claims on the subject in the absence of a specific complaint.”

According to human rights group Defense of Children International, cited in the CNN report, five Palestinian children said they were sexually abused by the Israeli army. No evidence or further information was provided.

‘Palestinian children exploited’

According to the report, which did not seem to include any hard evidence of IDF wrongdoing, Palestinian youngsters detained over such offences as stone-throwing are being held in contravention of the law. It cited charges that some boys underwent torture at the hands of Israeli forces.

“The detention of minors is being undertaken in line with international law,” the IDF said in response to the claims. The army further added that children under the age of 12 are not held accountable for their actions, and are released immediately after their age can be verified.

The IDF’s Avital Leibovich also dismissed the report in an interview with CNN, adding that the real tragedy in her view was the exploitation of Palestinian children, who are sent to confront Israeli troops.

The above article can be found here:,7340,L-3952077,00.html


‘Israeli drone buzzes over Lebanon skies’

Press TV (Iran); November 17, 2010

An Israeli reconnaissance aircraft has penetrated Lebanese airspace again and flown over parts of the country in violation of a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

The Israeli aircraft crossed into Lebanese airspace at 17:45 p.m. local time (1445 GMT) on Tuesday and conducted several flights over Baalbek and eastern Lebanon, a statement released by the Lebanese military said.

Baalbek is located 86 km (53 miles) northeast of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Several hours later, the Israeli aircraft left Lebanese airspace, flying over the southern sector of the country before crossing the border.

Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.

Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly objected to the flights as a clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

The UNSC Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war Israel launched against Lebanon, has called on Tel Aviv to respect Beirut’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In 2009, Lebanon complained to the United Nations about Israeli aircraft violating the airspace over the south of the country.

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‘Israel violates Lebanon airspace… again’

Turkish Weekly; October 28, 2010

An Israeli reconnaissance aircraft has entered Lebanon’s airspace, violating the country’s sovereignty, a Lebanese military statement says.

According to the statement, the Israeli drone entered Lebanon’s territory from the southern border city of Naqoura on Tuesday morning and hovered over the southern and eastern parts of the country for about 20 hours, a Press TV correspondent in Beirut reported on Wednesday.

The military has also reported an Israeli helicopter dropping a star shell inside Lebanese territory.

The latest airspace violation comes only a few days after an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft patrolled the skies above West Bekaa — located 73 kilometers (45 miles) from the capital Beirut — and the town of Riak, close to the Syrian border.

Last week, twelve Israeli fighter jets entered Lebanon’s airspace and flew over several areas in southern Lebanon, including the city of Sidon.

Lebanon‘s military often reports airspace violations by Israeli aircraft but does not usually open fire on them.

The airspace violations, which are reported on an almost daily basis, contravene the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.

Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly called on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and stop its air surveillance flights over the country.

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‘A light unto the nations?’

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); October 7, 2010

Israelis, often thoroughly absorbed in their collective sanctimony and self-righteousness, seem never to stop repeating the eternal mantra that the Jews are a “light unto the nations” and Israel is “the only democracy in the Middle East”. This week, several events occurring in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories highlighted the stark gap between what Israelis think about themselves and the reality.

On Sunday, five Jewish settlers from the Gush Itzion settlement south of Bethlehem slipped into the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Fajjar under cover of darkness in order to torch the Masjid Al-Anbiyaa (Mosque of the Prophets). The blaze gutted much of the interior of the mosque, including the carpet, and consumed as many as 15 copies of the Quran.

Before leaving the mosque, the attackers scrawled the words “revenge” and “price tag mosque”, on the building in an act that was the fourth time in as many months that Israeli settlers had set Muslim places of worship on fire.

The settlers’ reasoning for carrying out these mindless acts is mind-boggling. Settler leaders call these criminal attacks “a price- tag policy”, in which Palestinian targets, for example mosques, are attacked every time the Israeli government decides to dismantle a settlement outpost or prevent settlers from seizing Palestinian property.

In other words, the Palestinians are made to pay for decisions and policies made by the Israeli government and deemed unacceptable by the settlers.

While the Israeli government did condemn the attack in Beit Fajjar, with Defense Minister Ehud Barak calling the perpetrators “terrorists”, denouncing the culprits is one thing and catching and prosecuting them is quite another.

So far, not a single Israeli settler has been arrested in connection with the three previous mosque arsons committed by settlers. Even the Israeli media agree that there is “foul play” going on somewhere.

For their part, many Palestinians are convinced that the Israeli army and intelligence know the identity of the perpetrators. As one Palestinian Waqf official commented, “the snake doesn’t bite its own tail.” In a comment made to Al-Ahram Weekly, an official from Beit Fajjar’s municipal council said that the Israeli government and the Jewish settlers were “two sides of the same coin”.

“What do you expect this government to do? This is a settler government par excellence. Settlers torch the mosques, settlers carry out the investigation, and a settler judge eventually acquits the perpetrators of any wrongdoing. This is what is happening.”

Such cover-ups and lies have long been the Israeli authorities’ modus operandi where Palestinians are concerned. Also last week, an Israeli policeman shot and killed a Palestinian laborer in cold blood, when 39- year-old Saleh Kawazbeh, a father of five from the town of Sair north of Hebron, was looking for work in Jerusalem.

Initially, the policeman claimed that his gun had misfired, before claiming that he had thought his life was at risk. Eventually, however, he admitted that he “just hated Arabs”. Kawazbeh’s name has thus been added to the long list of Palestinian workers shot and killed because they tried to “enter Israel illegally”.

In such cases the killers usually receive little more than a slap on the wrist from Israel’s inherently racist justice system, which accords little respect to the lives of non- Jews. The murderer of Kawazbeh has been put under “house-arrest” for five days, for example, “pending investigations”.

When things calm down, he will return to work, awaiting another opportunity to murder another Palestinian victim.

Just 24 hours after Kawazbeh was murdered in Jerusalem, another Palestinian worker died of a heart attack as a group of Palestinian laborers was being chased by Israel’s paramilitary border guards, the Mishmar Gvul.

This worker’s death captured the tragic situation facing tens of thousands of Palestinian workers, desperately trying to make ends meet even by throwing themselves in the path of death and destruction.

Yet casual killings are only one element of the Israeli treatment of Palestinians. Humiliation comes next. This week, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz put a YouTube video on its Internet site showing an Israeli soldier dancing and making explicit sexual signs near a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian woman.

A few weeks ago, an Israeli female soldier did something similar, this time with two handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees. The soldier, a Jew of Moroccan origin, described the experience as “sexy”. “In war, nothing is outlawed and nothing is illegal,” she said.

[See ‘Echoes of Abu Ghraib: Israeli soldier gets thrills posing with bound captives; BBC: Israeli interrogators in Iraq (2004)’ here:]

Ordinarily, the Israeli army only gives the slightest rebuke to soldiers engaging in such activities, thereby encouraging others to indulge in similar behavior.

The prevailing culture in Israel, where anti-Arab racism has reached the highest levels imaginable, is permissive when it comes to violating the rights, dignity and lives of Palestinians. In the words of one Jewish human rights activist, these things are “taken for granted” by the vast majority of Israeli Jews.

Then there is the story of Rabbi Ari Shvat who has ruled that illicit sex for the sake of national security, as reported by the Israeli Tzomet Institute, is perfectly legal. The Rabbi said that Israeli women, married or unmarried, may sleep with enemy men if this helps Israeli security.

The ruling, appearing as part of a study on “Illicit Sex for the Sake of National Security,” claimed that so-called “honey-pot missions” were rooted in the Bible.

“If it is necessary to use a married woman, it would be best [for] her husband to divorce her. After the sex act, he would be entitled to bring her back,” the Rabbi wrote.

According to the Rabbi, male agents of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad apparently have no limitations on sleeping with the female enemy. The Rabbi did not explain the Talmudic reasoning behind male exceptionalism in this regard.

However, some prominent Jewish authorities consider that sexual intercourse between a Jewish male and a gentile female constitutes the “sin of bestiality” since non-Jews are not viewed as bona fide human beings.

Lastly, the Israeli high court also decided this week to expel Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire on the grounds that she had entered Israel illegally.

In response, Maguire challenged the Israeli court to treat Palestinians as Jews would want non-Jews to treat them. She called Israel “a clear-cut case of apartheid”, infuriating the court and leading to her expulsion.

Maguire said she would continue to defend the human rights of the Palestinian people, adding that Israel had no right whatsoever to torment and besiege more than 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by invoking a mantra called Hamas.

The above article can be found here:


Also see ‘ZIONIST CRIME LOG: Mosques torched; cemeteries desecrated; Qurans burnt; murderers praised’ here:

Also see ‘OTHER PEOPLE’S LAND: Zionist state to build another 1300 Jewish-only housing units in occupied W. Bank’ here:

Also see ‘Jewish zealots prime suspects in Jerusalem church burning’ here:

OTHER PEOPLE’S LAND: Zionist state to build another 1300 Jewish-only housing units in occupied W. Bank

Posted in Israel on November 13, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Netanyahu: Champion of settlers’

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); November 11, 2010

No sooner had Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States this week than the Israeli government announced plans to build as many as 1,300 additional settler units in the occupied West Bank.

The new plan — added to numerous other plans to implant thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of additional settler units — will further decapitate whatever hopes remain for a peace agreement between Israel and a disaffected and helpless Palestinian Authority (PA).
Most of the planned settler units will be built in the Har Homa settlement in the Bethlehem-Beit Sahur region, as well as in other Jewish-only colonies inside or adjacent to East Jerusalem. The settlement of Har Homa, known in Arabic as Jabal Ab Ghuneim, was created — despite a vociferous international outcry nearly 20 years ago — with the purpose of isolating Palestinians in the southern West Bank from East Jerusalem.

East Jerusalem itself has been dotted with dozens of settlements that make prospects of statehood for the Palestinians even more somber. Last week, it was revealed that the Israeli government had been colluding with settler groups to build 238 other apartments in East Jerusalem. The revelation coincided with another made by peace activists showing that the government, in coordination with the settlers, falsified land rights and other documents in order to seize more Arab property in the occupied city.

The disclosure of the new settlement expansion plan underscores the utter disregard and contempt with which the Israeli government views the peace process. It also illustrates Israeli defiance to desperate efforts by the Obama administration to patch up the already precarious process in the hope that “something” can be achieved before the expiration of Obama’s term in office.

The Obama administration, still reeling from its election defeat at the hands of the Republicans last week, criticized the new settlement plan, saying it was “deeply disappointed” by the Israeli announcement. “[The announcement] is counterproductive to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties,” said State Department Spokesman Phillip J Cowley. “We have long urged both parties to avoid actions that could undermine trust, including in Jerusalem, and will continue to work to resume direct negotiations to address this and other final status issues.”

However, the reaction seemed more geared for diplomatic consumption and to appease the Palestinians and less an indication that the Obama administration was about to take a proactive stance against Israel’s unrelenting settlement activities. In fact, the Obama administration has given Netanyahu every kind of assurance that Washington doesn’t mean what it says when distancing itself from Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, and that the Israeli premier has nothing to worry about.

For example, Vice-President Joe Biden has told Netanyahu that whatever differences there may be between Israel and the US over the settlements issue are tactical in nature and don’t undermine or even impact the unshakable relations between the two allies. Biden was quoted as telling Netanyahu that US-Israeli relations would remain iron clad “despite” differences over settlements. “Our relations remain literally unbreakable.”

Ironically, the only criticisms Netanyahu has received for his clear anti-peace policy in the West Bank came from members of the American Jewish community who seem to have lost some of their patience with Israel’s longstanding policy of using American Jewry and its clout on domestic American politics to promote racism, fascism and settlement expansion in occupied Palestine at the expense of peace efforts. While giving a speech at the Jewish Federation General Assembly in New Orleans on Monday, Netanyahu was repeatedly heckled from members of the audience.

According to the Israeli press, the first heckler interrupted Netanyahu barely moments after he began his 30-minute speech, shouting, “The loyalty oath de-legitimizes Israel!” Subsequent interruptions protested the enduring Israeli occupation of Palestinian land as well as settler savagery and vandalism in the West Bank. Meanwhile, Netanyahu resorted to prevarication and verbal juggling, saying that he hoped that “unconditional talks” with the Palestinians would lead to a peace agreement within a year.

The Israeli premier ignored the tens of thousands of Israeli settler units built illegally, according to international law, in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jewish citizens that successive Israeli governments have transferred to the West Bank to live on land that belongs to other people.

In fact, instead of addressing the real problems stemming from the crippling impact of settlement expansion on an already moribund peace process, Netanyahu found an easy and comfortable red herring in the Iranian issue, urging the US to resort to the threat of force to make the Iranians rethink their alleged nuclear program.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East that is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons.

Finally, PA officials continued to reiterate familiar platitudes about the impediments to peace posed by Israel‘s settlement policy. The latest statement coming from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is that he will speak up when the time is right.

When that will be is anyone’s guess. But assuredly, Abbas and his colleagues are now feeling increasingly cheated by the Obama administration for failing to get Israel to freeze settlement activities in the West Bank. Abbas’s popularity — along with that of the peace process — has dwindled considerably of late.

The above article can be found here:


‘Israel plans 1,300 settlements in [occupied] East Jerusalem’

Vatican Radio; November 9, 2010

The Israeli government has announced that it is pushing ahead with plans to build 1,300 new apartments for Jewish families in Arab East Jerusalem, despite fierce opposition from Palestinians.

The announcement came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to speak to leaders about reviving Middle East peace talks that stalled in September, when Israel ended a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank.

Speaking to Vatican Radio, director of the Israeli-Palestinian Centre for Research and Information, Gershon Baskin, says that the Israelis and Palestinians view these settlements differently [that’s a bit of an understatement — 800].

“These are considered by Israel not to be settlements but neighborhoods of Jerusalem in the areas of east Jerusalem that we annexed by Israel in 1967 by international law, and of course, as the Palestinians see it, there is no difference between these settlements and any other settlement anywhere in the West bank.”

“The Israelis are saying that it won’t make any difference to the permanent status agreement if Israel builds these additional houses in these two neighborhoods in Jerusalem because from Israel’s point of view, these houses will remain under Israel’s sovereignty.”

The above article can be found here:


Also see: ‘While Washington plays peacemaker, US Treasury supports illegal Israeli settlement drive’ here:

Also see: ‘The Judaization of Arab East Jerusalem: A fait accompli?’ here: