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June 26, 2006
Arabic Media Internet Network

Israel is The Mother of Terrorism in The Middle East

By: Dr. Elias Akleh*

Israel must renounce its state terrorism, recognize Palestinian rights to exist freely and independently in their own state, must abide by all previous political agreements it struck with the Palestinian Authority (PA), must adopt all UN resolutions, and must obey all international laws.

The state of Israel was established by Zionist terror organizations such as Irgun (or Etzel), Hagana, and Stern, who used to plant bombs in crowded Palestinian markets, cafes, shops, and buses. What was called Israeli military intelligence then had carried out a bombing campaign in Egypt in 1954, and had hijacked a Syrian civilian airliner in the same year in order to obtain hostages to trade for captured Zionist spies.

Even before the establishment of the Zionist Israeli state, all of its leaders up to the present had committed savage massacres and war crimes against innocent unarmed Palestinian civilians; starting with the massacre of Dir Yasin, Kufr Qasim, Tantura, Sabra and Shatila, Quana, Jenin, and up to the present genocidal financial and economical siege and blockade of the whole Palestinian people. The Geneva Convention defines genocide, among others, as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, including deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”.

Israeli prime ministers are the most notorious terrorists. The first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion had established the Israeli state on the total destruction and obliteration of at least 500 Palestinian towns and villages.   Menachem Begin, commanded the terrorist organization Irgun, praised the massacre of Dir Yasin calling it a “miracle”. Begin’s Irgun had committed many terrorist attacks against Palestinian and British civilians, that led Ben Gurion to refer to the Irgun as “Jewish Nazis” and compared Begin to Hitler.  Yitzhak Shamir masterminded the murder of hundreds of Palestinian and British civilians, and was responsible for the bombing of King David Hotel in Jerusalem. His Lehi terrorist gang was responsible for the assassination of the British minister in the Middle East, Lord Moyne, in Cairo in November 1944, and the assassination of UN mediator Count Folke Bernadotte in September 1948.

Yitzhak Rabin carried the massacres in Palestinian towns of Lud and Ramleh and ordered his soldiers to break the bones of Palestinian youngsters’ bones during the Intifada. Ehud Barak orchestrated the assassination of three Palestinian leaders in Lebanon in 1970. Ariel Sharon, hailed by Israelis as “king of Israel”, was the most notorious butcher of them all. His whole career was filled with massacres of Palestinian, Egyptian, and Lebanese civilians. All the Israeli Prime Ministers had committed racial and religious cleansing on a very large scale and this cleansing is still going on until today.

After the establishment of the Israeli state on the usurped Palestinian land all the Zionist terror organizations had united together in one organization to become the Israeli army. This Israeli army became a terrorist organization for hire. This was clear when Israel joined Britain and France in their war against Egypt in 1956 after Egyptian President Naser had nationalized the Suez Canal. Among the payments Israel received was Dimona nuclear reactor built by France, and heavy water for nuclear material from Britain.

Terrorism is embodied in the Israeli army, who had invaded all the neighboring Arab states; Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The army committed many massacres and war crimes murdering unarmed innocent civilians, demolishing civilian homes, razing agricultural lands, and indiscriminately bombing and destroying whole Arab cities.

Within Palestine itself the Israeli soldiers routinely shoot Palestinian civilians at point blank. Israeli soldiers deliberately target Palestinian children. During the Intifada Israeli snipers had murdered many Palestinian children by shooting them in the head and in upper torso. Israeli soldiers had systematically targeted medical ambulances killing the sick, the wounded and even doctors. They routinely raid Palestinian hospitals and kidnap wounded Palestinians from the operating tables. Israeli checkpoints had prevented the sick and pregnant women from traveling to hospitals in the main cities. At least 20 newborn infants had died at the checkpoints during birth during the last three years. Israeli air raids bomb Palestinian neighborhoods murdering civilians the majority of them children. The latest air raid Tuesday 6/20 had claimed three children and seven wounded. 

Israeli soldiers, snipers, and tower guards made it a game to shoot Palestinian civilians especially children. They shoot at everything that moves. This has become a normative behavior; we just need to look at the number of Palestinian children who had been shot in the head and chest. The incident of an Israeli commander emptying his machine gun in the dead body of 13-year-old girl “Iman Alhems”, who was shot while on her way to school, shows how much Palestinian children had been dehumanized by the Israeli army. Many Palestinian children had been murdered while in streets, in their own houses, playing in front of their homes, and even in their class rooms.

Contrary to the Zionist propaganda, Israeli soldiers behave like savage barbarians and common thieves. During their raids on, and while bulldozing, Palestinian homes Israeli soldiers treat Palestinian civilians, including children, with avenging savagery and extreme terror to traumatize the new generation and to instill the feelings of helpless and worthless in their heart. They savagely kick the people out of their homes without giving a chance to collect their belongings. They start smashing furniture, stealing electrical and electronic equipments, steal any money and jewelry they find before demolishing the home while Palestinian families watch with broken hearts. Armed Israeli soldiers had broken into Palestinians banks and loaded all Palestinian money on their military truck and drove away in bright daylight like common thieves.

Even Israeli civilians carry this terrorist spirit. Many Israeli colonies had formed what they termed “underground” movements (terrorist organizations) to allegedly protect the colonies from the “dangerous” Palestinian farmers. Members of these “underground” terrorist organizations had committed massacres against Palestinians. The most famous happened on February 1994 when Barukh Goldstein from Kahane terrorist organization gunned down 29 praying Muslims in the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron. Israelis of “Kiryat Arba” colony, built on confiscated Palestinian land, had erected a memorial shrine for Goldstein calling him “the saint”.

The Israeli terrorist “Dennis Ruhan” bombed Al-Aqsa mosque in August 1969 and burnt part of it, while another terrorist “Allan Goodman” sneaked into the same mosque with his machine gun in April 1982 and murdered two praying Palestinians and wounded nine others. “David Bin Shimoul” fired a missile at a Palestinian bus in October 1984 in Jerusalem killing one civilian and wounding ten others. In May 1990 “’Ami Pauper” sprayed with his machine gun Palestinian laborer waiting at a bus stop killing seven and wounding eleven. “Naom Friedman” opened fire at market goers in Hebron in February 1997 murdering two and wounding seven. Israeli armed civilians routinely fire at Palestinians in Hebron, fire-bomb their homes and shops, and harass children and students. “’Idan Zadeh” got on a Palestinian bus in the Arab town of “Shefa-‘Amr” in August 2005 to empty his machine gun murdering four Palestinians and wounding thirty.

This hatred and terror is not restricted only in members of Israeli terror organizations, the rest of the Israeli settlers are also participating in a campaign of terror against the neighboring Palestinian villages. Amnesty International had reported that Israeli security forces and settlers are being allowed to perpetrate abuses (and crimes) against Palestinians without any fear of being brought to justice. Under the protection of Israeli soldiers settlers routinely attack Palestinian farmers, rob or burn their crops and cut their trees.  They poison their livestock, shoot their animals, and demolish their farm shacks. They dump their sewage water at Palestinian cities in a germ warfare to spread diseases. They release wild animals such as wild bores and wolfs in Palestinian farm land to terrorize farmers and to destroy their crops. None of these criminal settlers was ever brought to justice, while when a Palestinian is merely suspected of standing up against these settlers to protect his life, the lives of his family members, and his land he would be arrested and brought to Israeli courts to be harshly and unjustly sentenced. 

Israeli citizens are raised, since childhood, in a culture of hatred against every thing Palestinian. Israeli government had adopted a campaign of hatred against Muslims and Arabs. This campaign starts in their elementary schools fostering racism, arrogance and hatred. The Israeli literature is full with demeaning descriptions of Arabs as robbers, traitors, and sex-craving animals. Zionist Israeli religious leaders routinely describe Palestinians as insects and cockroaches to be crushed under the foot. This hatred is manifested in the aggression of settlers and soldiers, who proudly show off their hatred with “born to kill” bandanas on their helmets.  Polls had shown that the majority of Israelis and of Zionist Jews around the world are in favor of expulsion of the Palestinians from Palestine to “cleanse” their own promised land from heathens (Muslims and Christians alike). 

Israeli state terror tactics against Palestinians constitute a premeditative genocide. Since 1948 Zionists had robbed more than half of Palestine and established their own god’s promised state of Israel, and in their 1967 aggression war they occupied the rest of Palestine. Zionist Israelis are the aggressors and the occupiers, who had, and still are, terrorizing defenseless armless Palestinian civilian communities. Palestinians have been living under the brutal terrorizing Israeli occupation for the last 58 years; the longest military occupation in history.

Israel is driven by a terrorist, racist, and fake fundamental religious ideology of “god’s chosen people in god’s Promised Land”. Even before establishing the state of Israel all Israeli leaders, without exception, had been calling for the preservation of the pure Jewish blood in a Jewish only state, a twin ideology of the Nazi’s pure superior Arian blood.

Although the PLO had recognized the State of Israel in 1992 Oslo Peace Accord and was content to establish Palestinian state on only 22% of historical Palestine, Israel had never recognized Palestinians as a people, but as a minority represented by the PA. Israel had never recognized Palestinians’ rights to live as a free nation in their own independent state, nor recognized the right of expelled Palestinian refugees to return to their own land as mandated by UN Resolution 194. Israel had violated tens of UN resolutions and had broken many international laws.

Israel is not really interested in any peaceful agreement with its neighboring Arabs. Contrary to the Israeli claims peace and security are not Israel’s goals. Its only goal is Zionist expansion and conquest of the Arab World to build its “Greatest Israel” from Nile to Euphrates. This is apparent in Israel’s rejection of all peaceful solutions offered by UN resolutions, Palestinian agreements, Arab peaceful initiatives, and many Western intermediary proposals. In contrast Israel had never offered any peace initiative but unilateral redeployments, threatening promises, and more colonial expansions.

Israel’s state terrorism has the advantage of being condoned by US & EU governments and ignored and distorted by all mainstream media, while Palestinian self-defense, resistance to Israel’s illegal occupation, and any retaliation to Israeli terror attacks are exaggerated and condemned as “terrorism”.  All Israeli crimes, including assassinations, targeting children, razing farm land, robbing Palestinian land to build their own colonies, house demolitions, and indiscriminate air bombing of civilian communities with American made F16 and bombs are described as self-defense and war against terror, while Palestinians are portrayed as cold blooded suicide bomber, baby killers, ruthless terrorists. With all its military might Israel is portrayed as the victims of the rudimentary Palestinian rockets that, so far, had killed nobody. Palestinian victims, the majority of which are children and women, are described as armed terrorists who are determined to wipe Israelis off the face of earth.

The big myth about the Zionist Israeli state is that it is a democracy. The truth of the matter is that Israel is a theocratic terroracracy driven by dangerous apocalyptic religious beliefs of “god’s chosen people in god’s promised land”.  Its government is influenced by arrogant, racist, and militaristic religious parties, who pose a real threat to international peace and security. Israel is destabilizing the Middle East by its policies of aggression on Arab neighbors and its “cleansing” of indigenous Palestinians in an attempt to “preserve pure Jewishness of Israel” much like the Nazi’s “super Arian blood”. Countries, which support Israel financially, militarily, politically and economically, are harboring international state terror and should be condemned internationally.

* Dr. Elias Akleh is an Arab writer from a Palestinian descent, born in the town of Beit-Jala and lives in the US.

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