NPK-info 20-05-2004- Nederlands Palestina Komitee /

Zionism in Quotes: http://www.miftah.org/Quotes.cfm

Al ruim 56 jaar wordt Palestina verwoest.



- Op het Plein te Den Haag [tegenover de Tweede Kamer] betoogden woensdagavond 19 mei ruim een tiental personen tegen Israel´s oorlogsmisdaden in de Gazastrook, met name die in Rafah. De actie trok veel aandacht bij het ruim aanwezige [terras]publiek w.o. parlementariërs [Dittrich,...].

- "22-5 International Day of Action for Rafah", dus zaterdag a.s. opnieuw op het Plein [12 tot 13 uur] te Den Haag.

  Roep Kamerleden op tot actie richting regering; adressen zie www.parlement.nl

- Amnesty-NL begon 18 mei een actie omtrent Israels huisvernielingen, zie www.amnesty.nl.

- ICCO startte 17 mei een consumentencampagne "made in Israel" vanwege de EU-steun voor Israëls nederzettingenbeleid.
  En http://www.made-in-israel.nl/ met petitie aan onze Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Ben Bot en "de EU".
- De BoycotIsrael-campagne van het NPK loopt gewoon door [meer plaatselijke acties altijd welkom].


Israel´s oorlogsmisdaden in de Gazastrook, zie

- EI http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article2694.shtml?url

- http://www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?DocId=3796&CategoryId=14
- Al Haq http://www.alhaq.org

- PCHR http://www.pchrgaza.org/

- Al-Mezan http://www.mezan.org/


Al-Nakba - Uprooted, Dispossessed, and Displaced
May 14, 2004, MIFTAH


  "May 15th marks the 56th anniversary of al-Nakba (the catastrophe), the most disastrous episode in Palestinian history. 56 years ago, the Israeli state was established by systematically destroying 531 Palestinian villages and forcibly uprooting, dispossessing and displacing 737,166 Palestinian refugees.

Today, more than five million Palestinian, scattered all around the world, are still waiting for Israel to abide by UN resolution 194, which guaranteed their right to return to their original homes in historical Palestine (Israel)."


Zie ook

- Ex-Diplomats Protest Bush's Anti-Palestinian Policies,

  Jim Lobe, May 13, 2004


- WAC / European Labor delegation in Palestine/Israel
NPK/WL, 20-5-2004
Al-Nakba - Uprooted, Dispossessed, and Displaced
May 14, 2004, MIFTAH
May 15th marks the 56th anniversary of al-Nakba (the catastrophe), the most disastrous episode in Palestinian history. 56 years ago, the Israeli state was established by systematically destroying 531 Palestinian villages and forcibly uprooting, dispossessing and displacing 737,166 Palestinian refugees.

Today, more than five million Palestinian, scattered all around the world, are still waiting for Israel to abide by UN resolution 194, which guaranteed their right to return to their original homes in historical Palestine (Israel).

Between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s “unilateral disengagement” plan and the U.S. government’s unfulfilled promises to establish peace in the Middle East, over 3,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the outbreak of violence on September 2000. In the last four days alone, 37 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and over 215 injured, the vast majority of which were unarmed civilians.

Israel’s brutal occupation continues unabated as Israeli tanks roll through Palestinian villages, towns, and refugee camps; as Palestinian hospitals, ambulances and medical staff are attacked; as Apache gunships shell homes and assassinate their human targets; as Palestinian land is stolen and Israeli settlements are expanding; and as Israeli prisons swell with Palestinians.

The worst is yet to come, as Israel turns all Palestinian areas into prisons and isolation cells with the construction of the Apartheid Wall, which consists of eight meter high cement blocks constructed on the east of 1967 borders, aiming to annex more Palestinian lands, severely restrict freedom of movement, and deny Palestinians access to hospitals and schools and adequate water resources.

The imposition of such a barrier on Palestinian land is a gross violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, international law and Oslo agreements, presenting yet another form of illegal collective punishment that has been practiced against Palestinian civilians by Israel for so long.

The international community has failed to restrict such atrocious acts and has tacitly allowed Israel to remain above the law in blatant defiance of UN Resolutions 242, 181, 338, and most prominently 194.

The Palestinians rights should not be folded in the pages of history and forgotten, or compromised in agreements forced by an American administration that has become complicit in the Israeli occupation’s lawlessness and violations of international law. Neither Israel nor the U.S. can negotiate on behalf of the Palestinians or compromise and relinquish their inalienable rights.

Ben-Gurion University professor Lev Greenberg wrote, in a recently published article in the Belgian daily 'La Libre Belgique,' “The government of Israel is asymmetrically liquidating and destroying the Palestinian people. Israel has invented bureaucratic jargon to camouflage its criminal acts: murder becomes targeted killing; occupation and repression are called the peace process. The Palestinians have offered endless ceasefires. But Sharon responds by assassinating the democratic leadership of the Palestinian people. The government of Israel is leading the Middle East to Jihad. The world must stop Sharon immediately."

The urgency of his words resonates loudly on the anniversary of this tragic day.


Ex-Diplomats Protest Bush's Anti-Palestinian Policies

By Jim Lobe | May 13, 2004

Editor: John Gershman, Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC)




Foreign Policy In Focus
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President George W. Bush’s policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not only damaging the United States’ credibility worldwide, but are putting U.S. diplomats, civilian contractors and the military at heightened risk.

That’s the message that at least 60 former U.S. diplomats and other government officials who have served overseas will deliver to the President later this month.

The open critique of Bush’s policies still gathering signatures was inspired by a similar protest signed by 52 former British ambassadors and senior government officials sent to Prime Minister Tony Blair two weeks ago. That letter warned that Blair’s strong support for Bush’s policies in both Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were “doomed to failure.”

The U.S. diplomats’ letter, do be sent on May 28, focuses far more on the Israel-Palestinian issue, noting in particular Bush’s Apr. 14 endorsement of Sharon’s plan to unilaterally withdraw Israeli settlers from the Gaza strip while consolidating five large settlement blocs on the West Bank.

“Your unqualified support of Sharon’s extra-judicial assassinations, Israel’s Berlin Wall-like barrier, its harsh military measures in occupied territories, and now your endorsement of Sharon’s unilateral plan are costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends,” the letter says. “Nor is this endorsement even in the best interests of the State of Israel.”

So far, the response to the letter has been “amazing,” organizers say. To date it has been signed by at least 16 former ambassadors, most of whom, like Edward Peck, James Akins, Talcott Seelye and Chas Freeman, Jr., represented the United States in various Arab capitals. Several dozen former deputy chiefs of mission, consul generals and chiefs and deputy chiefs of Central Intelligence Agency stations have also signed on, including Ray Close, a well-known CIA officer who served part of his career in Jeddah.

Former U.S. Information Agency officers and U.S. Agency for International Development employees were also well represented among the signers, who were organized by former ambassador to Qatar, Andrew Killgore, and a former USIA chief inspector, Richard Curtiss.

But despite the prominence of some of the signers, the letter’s impact may be somewhat muted, particularly compared to the controversy provoked by the letter to Blair.

While Blair’s Middle East policies have come under strong attack both within his Labor Party and by the two major opposition parties, Bush’s alignment with Sharon has not provoked much criticism from other major political figures, including his Democratic challenger in the upcoming November elections, Senator John Kerry.

Shortly after Bush’s April 14 embrace of the Sharon plan, Kerry declared not only that he supports it as well, but that he also backed Israel’s assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi. That killing provoked widespread outrage by U.S. allies in Europe and the Arab world—the same countries that Kerry says the Bush administration has ignored to its detriment.

Kerry’s declarations have been interpreted as an attempt to keep U.S. Jews, long a reliable source of support for Democrats, from deserting the party in what most analysts believe will be an extremely close presidential race.

Thus, Kerry has backed away from his earlier proposal to appoint former President Jimmy Carter or former Secretary of State James Baker to oversee renewed peace negotiations, because of “the Jewish community’s perception that they are overly sympathetic to Arab positions,” as the Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently put it.

The Bush campaign for the November vote is making a major bid for Jewish support, based almost exclusively on his strong backing for Sharon, despite the fact that most U.S. Jews do not favor the positions of the Israeli leader’s Likud Party against substantial territorial compromise with the Palestinians.

Despite Kerry’s unwillingness to take on Bush’s unprecedented support for Sharon, however, public concern over Washington’s general position in the Middle East appears to be on the rise. Concerns seem greatest over the recent setbacks in Iraq and the growing sense that U.S. actions, most recently the abuse and humiliation by U.S. troops of Iraqi prisoners, is intensifying anti-U.S. hatred and anger in the region.

The former diplomats and other regional specialists say the Bush Administration does not appear to appreciate how the U.S. occupation in Iraq and its support for Israel’s actions in the occupied territories are seen increasingly in both Europe and the Arab world as part of the same picture. By tying Washington to Sharon, Bush is making it far more difficult to gain or keep much-needed allies in its global “war on terror” and in Iraq, they say.

That Likud members rejected Sharon’s withdrawal proposal despite Bush’s support further undercuts U.S. credibility, according to Shibley Telhami, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution who has long warned that U.S. support for Israel is the main “prism” through which Arabs gauge U.S. intentions.

“Now, if it looks like this Gaza withdrawal isn’t going to take place,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “It will be very difficult for the administration to deal with [moderate Arab governments].”

The immediate issue for the administration, Telhami said, is how to handle the King of Jordan, who cancelled a previous visit to protest Bush’s endorsement of the Sharon plan, when he makes good on plans to visit Bush in Washington.

The diplomats made a similar point in their letter, urging Bush to return Washington to the position of a “truly honest broker” between Israel and the Palestinians. “A return to the time-honored American tradition of fairness will reverse the present tide of ill will in Europe and the Middle East—even in Iraq,” they wrote, adding that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “at the core of the problems in the Middle East.”

The letter echoed the views of U.S. allies, as well as Palestinians themselves, by noting that Bush’s backing for the Sharon plan flouts a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions dating back to 1948, and undermines the Road Map for peace drawn up by the so-called “Quartet”—the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia. Quartet representatives met Tuesday at the United Nations.

Moreover, the administration acted after a series of negotiating sessions between Israeli and U.S. diplomats but “left out Palestinians,” the letter continues. “In fact, you and Prime Minister Sharon consistently have excluded Palestinians from peace negotiations… You have placed U.S. diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position.”

(Jim Lobe is a political analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus (online at www.fpif.org). He also writes regularly for Inter Press Service.)  ______________________________________________________________________



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