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Chronologie van een aangekondigde ramp - PART I (3)

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In Vienna, I was told of an exceedingly testy meeting earlier this year between Mohamed ElBaradei, the I.A.E.A.’s director-general, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, and Robert Joseph, the Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control. Joseph’s message was blunt, one diplomat recalled: “We cannot have a single centrifuge spinning in Iran. Iran is a direct threat to the national security of the United States and our allies, and we will not tolerate it. We want you to give us an understanding that you will not say anything publicly that will undermine us. ”

Joseph’s heavy-handedness was unnecessary, the diplomat said, since the I.A.E.A. already had been inclined to take a hard stand against Iran. “All of the inspectors are angry at being misled by the Iranians, and some think the Iranian leadership are nutcases—one hundred per cent totally certified nuts,” the diplomat said. He added that ElBaradei’s overriding concern is that the Iranian leaders “want confrontation, just like the neocons on the other side”—in Washington. “At the end of the day, it will work only if the United States agrees to talk to the Iranians.”

The central question—whether Iran will be able to proceed with its plans to enrich uranium—is now before the United Nations, with the Russians and the Chinese reluctant to impose sanctions on Tehran. A discouraged former I.A.E.A. official told me in late March that, at this point, “there’s nothing the Iranians could do that would result in a positive outcome. American diplomacy does not allow for it. Even if they announce a stoppage of enrichment, nobody will believe them. It’s a dead end.”

Another diplomat in Vienna asked me, “Why would the West take the risk of going to war against that kind of target without giving it to the I.A.E.A. to verify? We’re low-cost, and we can create a program that will force Iran to put its cards on the table.” A Western Ambassador in Vienna expressed similar distress at the White House’s dismissal of the I.A.E.A. He said, “If you don’t believe that the I.A.E.A. can establish an inspection system—if you don’t trust them—you can only bomb.”

There is little sympathy for the I.A.E.A. in the Bush Administration or among its European allies. “We’re quite frustrated with the director-general,” the European diplomat told me. “His basic approach has been to describe this as a dispute between two sides with equal weight. It’s not. We’re the good guys! ElBaradei has been pushing the idea of letting Iran have a small nuclear-enrichment program, which is ludicrous. It’s not his job to push ideas that pose a serious proliferation risk.”

The Europeans are rattled, however, by their growing perception that President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney believe a bombing campaign will be needed, and that their real goal is regime change. “Everyone is on the same page about the Iranian bomb, but the United States wants regime change,” a European diplomatic adviser told me. He added, “The Europeans have a role to play as long as they don’t have to choose between going along with the Russians and the Chinese or going along with Washington on something they don’t want. Their policy is to keep the Americans engaged in something the Europeans can live with. It may be untenable.”

“The Brits think this is a very bad idea,” Flynt Leverett, a former National Security Council staff member who is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center, told me, “but they’re really worried we’re going to do it.” The European diplomatic adviser acknowledged that the British Foreign Office was aware of war planning in Washington but that, “short of a smoking gun, it’s going to be very difficult to line up the Europeans on Iran.” He said that the British “are jumpy about the Americans going full bore on the Iranians, with no compromise.”

The European diplomat said that he was skeptical that Iran, given its record, had admitted to everything it was doing, but “to the best of our knowledge the Iranian capability is not at the point where they could successfully run centrifuges” to enrich uranium in quantity. One reason for pursuing diplomacy was, he said, Iran’s essential pragmatism. “The regime acts in its best interests,” he said. Iran’s leaders “take a hard-line approach on the nuclear issue and they want to call the American bluff,” believing that “the tougher they are the more likely the West will fold.” But, he said, “From what we’ve seen with Iran, they will appear superconfident until the moment they back off.”

The diplomat went on, “You never reward bad behavior, and this is not the time to offer concessions. We need to find ways to impose sufficient costs to bring the regime to its senses. It’s going to be a close call, but I think if there is unity in opposition and the price imposed”—in sanctions—“is sufficient, they may back down. It’s too early to give up on the U.N. route.” He added, “If the diplomatic process doesn’t work, there is no military ‘solution.’ There may be a military option, but the impact could be catastrophic.”

Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, was George Bush’s most dependable ally in the year leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But he and his party have been racked by a series of financial scandals, and his popularity is at a low point. Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, said last year that military action against Iran was “inconceivable.” Blair has been more circumspect, saying publicly that one should never take options off the table.

Other European officials expressed similar skepticism about the value of an American bombing campaign. “The Iranian economy is in bad shape, and Ahmadinejad is in bad shape politically,” the European intelligence official told me. “He will benefit politically from American bombing. You can do it, but the results will be worse.” An American attack, he said, would alienate ordinary Iranians, including those who might be sympathetic to the U.S. “Iran is no longer living in the Stone Age, and the young people there have access to U.S. movies and books, and they love it,” he said. “If there was a charm offensive with Iran, the mullahs would be in trouble in the long run.”

Another European official told me that he was aware that many in Washington wanted action. “It’s always the same guys,” he said, with a resigned shrug. “There is a belief that diplomacy is doomed to fail. The timetable is short.”

A key ally with an important voice in the debate is Israel, whose leadership has warned for years that it viewed any attempt by Iran to begin enriching uranium as a point of no return. I was told by several officials that the White House’s interest in preventing an Israeli attack on a Muslim country, which would provoke a backlash across the region, was a factor in its decision to begin the current operational planning. In a speech in Cleveland on March 20th, President Bush depicted Ahmadinejad’s hostility toward Israel as a “serious threat. It’s a threat to world peace.” He added, “I made it clear, I’ll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel.”

Any American bombing attack, Richard Armitage told me, would have to consider the following questions: “What will happen in the other Islamic countries? What ability does Iran have to reach us and touch us globally—that is, terrorism? Will Syria and Lebanon up the pressure on Israel? What does the attack do to our already diminished international standing? And what does this mean for Russia, China, and the U.N. Security Council?”

Iran, which now produces nearly four million barrels of oil a day, would not have to cut off production to disrupt the world’s oil markets. It could blockade or mine the Strait of Hormuz, the thirty-four-mile-wide passage through which Middle Eastern oil reaches the Indian Ocean. Nonetheless, the recently retired defense official dismissed the strategic consequences of such actions. He told me that the U.S. Navy could keep shipping open by conducting salvage missions and putting mine- sweepers to work. “It’s impossible to block passage,” he said. The government consultant with ties to the Pentagon also said he believed that the oil problem could be managed, pointing out that the U.S. has enough in its strategic reserves to keep America running for sixty days. However, those in the oil business I spoke to were less optimistic; one industry expert estimated that the price per barrel would immediately spike, to anywhere from ninety to a hundred dollars per barrel, and could go higher, depending on the duration and scope of the conflict.

Michel Samaha, a veteran Lebanese Christian politician and former cabinet minister in Beirut, told me that the Iranian retaliation might be focussed on exposed oil and gas fields in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. “They would be at risk,” he said, “and this could begin the real jihad of Iran versus the West. You will have a messy world.”

Iran could also initiate a wave of terror attacks in Iraq and elsewhere, with the help of Hezbollah. On April 2nd, the Washington Post reported that the planning to counter such attacks “is consuming a lot of time” at U.S. intelligence agencies. “The best terror network in the world has remained neutral in the terror war for the past several years,” the Pentagon adviser on the war on terror said of Hezbollah. “This will mobilize them and put us up against the group that drove Israel out of southern Lebanon. If we move against Iran, Hezbollah will not sit on the sidelines. Unless the Israelis take them out, they will mobilize against us.” (When I asked the government consultant about that possibility, he said that, if Hezbollah fired rockets into northern Israel, “Israel and the new Lebanese government will finish them off.”)

The adviser went on, “If we go, the southern half of Iraq will light up like a candle.” The American, British, and other coalition forces in Iraq would be at greater risk of attack from Iranian troops or from Shiite militias operating on instructions from Iran. (Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, has close ties to the leading Shiite parties in Iraq.) A retired four-star general told me that, despite the eight thousand British troops in the region, “the Iranians could take Basra with ten mullahs and one sound truck.”

“If you attack,” the high-ranking diplomat told me in Vienna, “Ahmadinejad will be the new Saddam Hussein of the Arab world, but with more credibility and more power. You must bite the bullet and sit down with the Iranians.”

The diplomat went on, “There are people in Washington who would be unhappy if we found a solution. They are still banking on isolation and regime change. This is wishful thinking.” He added, “The window of opportunity is now.”







'The President Has Accepted Ethnic Cleansing'

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has consistently led the way in telling the story of what's really going on in Iraq and Iran. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to him about America's Hitler, Bush's Vietnam, and how the US press failed the First Amendment.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was just in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Once again, he said that he is only interested in civilian nuclear power instead of atomic weapons. How much does the West really know about the nuclear program in Iran?

Seymour Hersh: A lot. And it's been underestimated how much the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) knows. If you follow what (IAEA head Mohamed) ElBaradei and the various reports have been saying, the Iranians have claimed to be enriching uranium to higher than a 4 percent purity, which is the amount you need to run a peaceful nuclear reactor. But the IAEA's best guess is that they are at 3.67 percent or something. The Iranians are not even doing what they claim to be doing. The IAEA has been saying all along that they've been making progress but basically, Iran is nowhere. Of course the US and Israel are going to say you have to look at the worst case scenario, but there isn't enough evidence to justify a bombing raid.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is this just another case of exaggerating the danger in preparation for an invasion like we saw in 2002 and 2003 prior to the Iraq War?

Hersh: We have this wonderful capacity in America to Hitlerize people. We had Hitler, and since Hitler we've had about 20 of them. Khrushchev and Mao and of course Stalin, and for a little while Gadhafi was our Hitler. And now we have this guy Ahmadinejad. The reality is, he's not nearly as powerful inside the country as we like to think he is. The Revolutionary Guards have direct control over the missile program and if there is a weapons program, they would be the ones running it. Not Ahmadinejad.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Where does this feeling of urgency that the US has with Iran come from?

Hersh: Pressure from the White House. That's just their game.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: What interest does the White House have in moving us to the brink with Tehran?

Hersh: You have to ask yourself what interest we had 40 years ago for going to war in Vietnam. You'd think that in this country with so many smart people, that we can't possibly do the same dumb thing again. I have this theory in life that there is no learning. There is no learning curve. Everything is tabula rasa. Everybody has to discover things for themselves.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Even after Iraq? Aren't there strategic reasons for getting so deeply involved in the Middle East?

Hersh: Oh no. We're going to build democracy. The real thing in the mind of this president is he wants to reshape the Middle East and make it a model. He absolutely believes it. I always thought Henry Kissinger was a disaster because he lies like most people breathe and you can't have that in public life. But if it were Kissinger this time around, I'd actually be relieved because I'd know that the madness would be tied to some oil deal. But in this case, what you see is what you get. This guy believes he's doing God's work.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: So what are the options in Iraq?

Hersh: There are two very clear options: Option A) Get everybody out by midnight tonight. Option B) Get everybody out by midnight tomorrow. The fuel that keeps the war going is us.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: A lot of people have been saying that the US presence there is a big part of the problem. Is anyone in the White House listening?

Hersh: No. The president is still talking about the "Surge" (eds. The "Surge" refers to President Bush's commitment of 20,000 additional troops to Iraq in the spring of 2007 in an attempt to improve security in the country.) as if it's going to unite the country. But the Surge was a con game of putting additional troops in there. We've basically Balkanized the place, building walls and walling off Sunnis from Shiites. And in Anbar Province, where there has been success, all of the Shiites are gone. They've simply split.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is that why there has been a drop in violence there?

Hersh: I think that's a much better reason than the fact that there are a couple more soldiers on the ground.

SPIEGEL ONLINE:So what are the lessons of the Surge?

Hersh: The Surge means basically that, in some way, the president has accepted ethnic cleansing, whether he's talking about it or not. When he first announced the Surge in January, he described it as a way to bring the parties together. He's not saying that any more. I think he now understands that ethnic cleansing is what is going to happen. You're going to have a Kurdistan. You're going to have a Sunni area that we're going to have to support forever. And you're going to have the Shiites in the South.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: So the US is over four years into a war that is likely going to end in a disaster. How valid are the comparisons with Vietnam?

Hersh: The validity is that the US is fighting a guerrilla war and doesn't know the culture. But the difference is that at a certain point, because of Congressional and public opposition, the Vietnam War was no longer tenable. But these guys now don’t care. They see it but they don’t care.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: If the Iraq war does end up as a defeat for the US, will it leave as deep a wound as the Vietnam War did?

Hersh: Much worse. Vietnam was a tactical mistake. This is strategic. How do you repair damages with whole cultures? On the home front, though, we'll rationalize it away. Don’t worry about that. Again, there's no learning curve. No learning curve at all. We'll be ready to fight another stupid war in another two decades.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Of course, preventing that is partially the job of the media. Have reporters been doing a better job recently than they did in the run-up to the Iraq War?

Hersh: Oh yeah. They've done a better job since. But back then, they blew it. When you have a guy like Bush who's going to move the infamous Doomsday Clock forward, and he's going to put everybody in jeopardy and he's secretive and he doesn't tell Congress anything and he's inured to what we write. In such a case, we (journalists) become more important. The First Amendment failed and the American press failed the Constitution. We were jingoistic. And that was a terrible failing. I'm asked the question all the time: What happened to my old paper, the New York Times? And I now say, they stink. They missed it. They missed the biggest story of the time and they're going to have to live with it.

Interview conducted by Charles Hawley and David Gordon Smith

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We onthouden hierbij vooral het volgende...

Hersh : "We have this wonderful capacity in America to Hitlerize people. We had Hitler, and since Hitler we've had about 20 of them. Khrushchev and Mao and of course Stalin, and for a little while Gadhafi was our Hitler. And now we have this guy Ahmadinejad. The reality is, he's not nearly as powerful inside the country as we like to think he is. The Revolutionary Guards have direct control over the missile program and if there is a weapons program, they would be the ones running it. Not Ahmadinejad."

Het is dus tegenwoordig blijkbaar nogal bon ton om met Hitler vergeleken te worden, zo'n beetje zoals aankomende wielrennertjes gauw nogal eens vergeleken worden met Eddy Merckx of voetballertjes met Maradona of Cruyff.

De hele heisa draait natuurlijk ook om de zogenaamde quote van de Iraanse President Ahmadinejad die had gezegd of zou hebben gezegd dat Iran weldra van de kaart zou worden geveegd.

Maar... klopt dit verhaal wel? Heeft Ahmadinejad dat werkelijk gezegd, en als ie 't zei, hoe bedoelde hij 't dan? Laten we voor de zekerheid die fameuze quote toch ook maar eens bekijken.

Volgens de International Herald Tribune...


Published: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2005

Wipe Israel 'off the map' Iranian says

New leader revives an old rhetorical tack

By Nazila Fathi

TEHRAN: Iran's conservative new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Wednesdaythat Israel must be "wiped off the map" and that attacks by Palestinians would destroy it, the ISNA press agency reported.

Ahmadinejad was speaking to an audience of about 4,000 students at a program called "The World Without Zionism," in preparation for an annual anti-Israel demonstration on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

His tone was reminiscent of that of the early days of Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979. Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies since then, and anti-Israel slogans have been common at rallies.

Senior officials had avoided provocative language over the past decade, butAhmadinejad appears to be taking a more confrontational tone than Iranian leaders have in recent years.

Ahmadinejad said in his remarks Wednesday that the issue of a Palestinian state would be resolved only when Palestinians took control of all their lands.

"The establishment of Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world," he said, according to the press agency. "The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of the war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land."

Referring to comments by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic revolution, Admadinejad said, "As the imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map." Ahmadinejad's predecessor, Mohammad Khatami, in contrast, proposed a dialogue among civilizations and pursued a policy of détente.

In response to Ahmadinejad's remarks on Wednesday, Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said that, "Unfortunately, this is not the first time we've seen such extreme statements from senior Iranian leaders."

He added that, "We see today that there is a growing understanding in the international community that the extremist regime in Tehran is not just Israel's problem, but rather an issue that the entire international community must grapple with."

Israel contends that Iran finances a number of Palestinian armed factions that carry out attacks against Israel, including Islamic Jihad, the group that claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least five people Wednesday in the Israeli coastal town of Hadera.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad also called Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip a trick, and said Gaza was part of Palestinian territories.

"Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury," he said. Any Islamic leader "who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world."

Greg Myre contributed reporting from Jerusalem.

White House concerns

The White House said Wednesday that Ahmadinejad's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map" underlined U.S. concerns about Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Agence France-Presse reported from Washington.

"It reconfirms what we've been saying about the regime in Iran," said the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan. "It underscores the concerns we have about Iran's nuclear intentions."

Washington has accused Tehran of using a civilian nuclear program as cover for efforts to develop atomic weapons. Iran has denied the allegation.

In Paris,Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said that France would summon Iran's ambassador to Paris to question him about Ahmadinejad's comments."I condemn them very forcefully," Douste-Blazy said.



...& de BBC :


Thursday, 27 October 2005, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK

Iran leader's comments attacked

The European Union and Russia have joined condemnation of the Iranian president's public call for Israel to be "wiped off the map".

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remark has already been condemned by individual EU states and Canada who all summoned Iranian diplomats for an explanation.

A top Israeli minister called for Iran to be expelled from the United Nations.

The White House said the comment showed the US was right to be concerned about Iran's nuclear programme.

Western governments are bound to see the remark as further proof that Iran's hardline president is disinclined to curb his country's controversial nuclear programme, says the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Bridget Kendall.

They may hope that a co-ordinated diplomatic protest will help step up the pressure, she adds.

'Criminal call'

"Those who insist on transferring the Iranian nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council have received an additional argument for doing so," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a trip to Jordan.

"What I saw on television was unacceptable," added the minister, whose country has been supplying civilian nuclear know-how to Iran, and he promised Moscow would bring its concern to Iran's attention.

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report last month said questions about Iran's nuclear programme remained unanswered despite an intensive investigation.

The UK, France, Germany and the US are pressing Iran to provide more access to its nuclear plans.

EU leaders meeting in London issued a joint condemnation "in the strongest terms" following statements of concern from individual members of the 25-state body.

"Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community," the statement said.

Israeli Vice-Prime Minister Shimon Peres said the remark contravened the UN's charter and was "tantamount to a crime against humanity".

'World without Zionism'

Mr Ahmadinejad told some 3,000 students in Tehran that Israel's establishment had been a move by the West against the Islamic world.

He was addressing a conference entitled The World without Zionism and his comments were reported by the Iranian state news agency Irna.

"As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map," he said, referring to Iran's late revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

In 2001, former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani speculated that a Muslim state that developed a nuclear weapon might use it to destroy Israel.

His comments were part of a critique of what hew called American imperialism in the region.

Such calls are regular slogans at anti-Israeli or anti-US rallies in Iran.

Mr Ahmadinejad warned leaders of Muslim nations who recognised the state of Israel that they faced "the wrath of their own people".

Mr Ahmadinejad came to power earlier this year, replacing Mohammad Khatami who had sought better relations with the West.



...heeft Ahmadinejad dat dus blijkbaar wel zo geponeerd, en als dat waar was, was 't inderdaad niet erg netjes van 'm.

Maar zelfs indien Ahmadinejad of Iran erin zouden slagen om één, nu ja, pietluttig atoombommetje in elkaar te knutselen moeten ze toch wel beseffen dat ze er van de USA en Israel een goeie 3 à 400 terug mogen verwachten?

Echter, verschillende àndere bronnen beweren dat de vertaling van de woorden van Ahmadinejad vanuit het Perzisch op zijn minst om het zo te zeggen nogal met de haren getrokken was.

Wie trouwens ondergaande tekst mét tekstlinken & voetnoten wilt lezen, die verwijzen we graag per direct naar Wikipedia waar we het desbetreffende ~toch wel zeer uitvoerige~ artikel vonden. Met méér dan 100 voetnoten & al evenveel of meer tekstlinken.


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israel

During his presidency, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speeches and statements have contributed to increased tensions between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and several Western nations.

2005 "World Without Zionism" speech

On October 26, 2005, IRIB News, an English-language subsidiary of the state-controlled Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, filed a story on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent speech to the "World Without Zionism" conference in Asia. The story was entitled: Ahmadinejad: Israel must be wiped off the map. The story was picked up by Western news agencies and quickly made headlines around the world. On October 30, The New York Times published a full transcript of the speech in which Ahmadinejad was quoted in part as follows:

Our dear Imam (referring to Ayatollah Khomeini) said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world.

Ahmadinejad also claimed in the speech that the issue with Palestine would be over "the day that all refugees return to their homes [and] a democratic government elected by the people comes to power", and denounced attempts to normalise relations with Israel, condemning all Muslim leaders who accept the existence of Israel as "acknowledging a surrender and defeat of the Islamic world."

The speech also indicated that the Iranian President considered Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip to be a trick, designed to gain acknowledgement from Islamic states. In a rally held two days later, Ahmadinejad declared that his words reflected the views of the Iranian people, adding that Westerners are free to comment, but their reactions are invalid.

"Wiped off the map" or "Vanish from the pages of time" translation

Many news sources repeated the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) statement that Ahmadinejad had demanded that "Israel must be wiped off the map", an English idiom which means to "cause a place to stop existing", or to "obliterate totally", or "destroy completely".

Ahmadinejad's phrase was " بايد از صفحه روزگار محو شود " according to the text published on the President's Office's website.

According to Juan Cole, a University of Michigan Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History, Ahmadinejad's statement should be translated as:

The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem (een rezhim-e eshghalgar-e qods) must [vanish from] the page of time (bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad).

According to Cole, "Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to 'wipe Israel off the map' because no such idiom exists in Persian". Instead, "He did say he hoped its regime, i.e., a Jewish-Zionist state occupying Jerusalem, would collapse."

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translates the phrase similarly. On June 2, 2006 The Guardian columnist and foreign correspondent Jonathan Steele published an article based on this reasoning.

Sources within the Iranian government have also denied that Ahmadinejad issued any sort of threat. On 20 February 2006, Iran's foreign minister denied that Tehran wanted to see Israel "wiped off the map," saying Ahmadinejad had been misunderstood. "Nobody can remove a country from the map. This is a misunderstanding in Europe of what our president mentioned," Manouchehr Mottaki told a news conference, speaking in English, after addressing the European Parliament. "How is it possible to remove a country from the map? He is talking about the regime. We do not recognize legally this regime," he said.

In a June 11, 2006 analysis of the translation controversy, New York Times deputy foreign editor and Israeli resident Ethan Bronner argued that Ahmadinejad had called for Israel to be wiped off the map. After noting the objections of critics such as Cole and Steele, Bronner stated: "But translators in Tehran who work for the president's office and the foreign ministry disagree with them. All official translations of Mr. Ahmadinejad's statement, including a description of it on his website, refer to wiping Israel away." Bronner continued: " is hard to argue that, from Israel's point of view, Mr. Ahmadinejad poses no threat. Still, it is true that he has never specifically threatened war against Israel. So did Iran's president call for Israel to be 'wiped off the map'? It certainly seems so. Did that amount to a call for war? That remains an open question." This elicited a further response from Jonathan Steele.

Shiraz Dossa, a professor of Political Science at St. Francis University in Nova Scotia, Canada who presented a paper at the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust conference in Iran, believes the text is a mistranslation.

Ahmadinejad was quoting the Ayatollah Khomeini in the specific speech under discussion: what he said was that "the occupation regime over Jerusalem should vanish from the page of time." No state action is envisaged in this lament; it denotes a spiritual wish, whereas the erroneous translation—"wipe Israel off the map"—suggests a military threat. There is a huge chasm between the correct and the incorrect translations. The notion that Iran can "wipe out" U.S.-backed, nuclear-armed Israel is ludicrous.

Clarifying comments by Ahmadinejad

President Ahmadinejad has been asked to explain his comments at subsequent press conferences. At a later news conference on January 14, 2006, Ahmadinejad stated his speech had been exaggerated and misinterpreted. "There is no new policy, they created a lot of hue and cry over that. It is clear what we say: Let the Palestinians participate in free elections and they will say what they want."

Speaking at a D-8 summit meeting in July 2008, when asked to comment on whether he has called for the destruction of Israel he denied that his country would ever instigate military action, there being "no need for any measures by the Iranian people". Instead he claimed that "the Zionist regime" in Israel would eventually collapse on its own. "I assure you... there won't be any war in the future," both the BBC and AP quoted him as saying.

And asked if he objected to the government of Israel or Jewish people, he said that "creating an objection against the Zionists doesn't mean that there are objections against the Jewish". He added that Jews lived in Iran and were represented in the country's parliament.

In a September 2008 interview with Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman on the radio and television program Democracy Now!, Ahmadinejad was asked: "If the Palestinian leaders agree to a two-state solution, could Iran live with an Israeli state?" and replied

If they [the Palestinians] want to keep the Zionists, they can stay ... Whatever the people decide, we will respect it. I mean, it's very much in correspondence with our proposal to allow Palestinian people to decide through free referendums.

Interviewer Juan Gonzalez called the reply "a tiny opening". Another observer however dubbed it an "astonishing" admission "that Iran might agree to the existence of the state of Israel," and a "softening" of Ahmadinejad's "long-standing, point-blank anti-Israeli stance". Australian-born British human rights activist Peter Tatchell also asked whether the statement reflected opportunism on Ahmadinejad's part, or an openness by Iran "to options more moderate than his reported remarks about wiping the Israeli state off the map

Interpretation of speech as call for genocide

The speech was interpreted by some as a call for genocide. For example, Canada's then Prime Minister Paul Martin said, "this threat to Israel's existence, this call for genocide coupled with Iran's obvious nuclear ambitions is a matter that the world cannot ignore."

In 2007, more than one hundred members of the United States House of Representatives co-sponsored a bill, "Calling on the United Nations Security Council to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the United Nations Charter because of his calls for the destruction of the State of Israel."

Cole interprets the speech as a call for the end of Jewish rule of Israel, but not necessarily for the removal of Jewish people:

His statements were morally outrageous and historically ignorant, but he did not actually call for mass murder (Ariel Sharon made the "occupation regime" in Gaza "vanish" last summer [sic]) or for the expulsion of the Israeli Jews to Europe.

However, the Iranian government IRIB News in English published a story reporting on the Ahmadinejad speech on 'Qods Day' on Oct 5 2007, stating that the president 'repeated an earlier suggestion to Europe on settlement of the Zionists in Europe or big lands such as Canada and Alaska so they would be able to own their own land.'

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Gawdat Bahgat, Director of Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, commenting on this saying of Ahmadinejad and Iran's nuclear program states: "The fiery calls to destroy Israel are meant to mobilize domestic and regional constituencies. Iran has no plan to attack Israel with its nuclear arsenal and powerful conventional military capabilities. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni summed up his country’s stand on the Arab-Israeli conflict by stressing, '[The] Palestine issue is not Iran’s jihad.'" In fact, Bahgat says that according to most analysts a military confrontation between Iran and Israel is unlikely.

In the speech, Ahmadinejad gave the examples of Iran under the Shah, the Soviet Union and Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq as examples of apparently invincible regimes that ceased to exist. Ahmadinejad used these examples to justify his belief that the United States and the State of Israel can also be defeated claiming, "they say it is not possible to have a world without the United States and Zionism. But you know that this is a possible goal and slogan."

In April 2006, Iran's ambassador was asked directly about Ahmadinejad's position towards Israel by CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer:

BLITZER: But should there be a state of Israel?

SOLTANIEH: I think I've already answered to you. If Israel is a synonym and will give the indication of Zionism mentality, no. But if you are going to conclude that we have said the people there have to be removed or they have to be massacred or so, this is fabricated, unfortunate selective approach to what the mentality and policy of Islamic Republic of Iran is. I have to correct, and I did so....

Interpretation of speech as call for referendum

Iran's stated policy on Israel is to urge a one-state solution through a countrywide referendum. Juan Cole and others interpret Ahmadinejad's statements to be an endorsement of the one-state solution, in which a government would be elected that all Palestinians and all Israelis would jointly vote for; which would normally be an end to the "Zionist state".

In November 2005 Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, rejecting any attack on Israel, called for a referendum in Palestine:

We hold a fair and logical stance on the issue of Palestine. Several decades ago, Egyptian statesman Gamal Abdel Nasser, who was the most popular Arab personality, stated in his slogans that the Egyptians would throw the Jewish usurpers of Palestine into the sea. Some years later, Saddam Hussein, the most hated Arab figure, said that he would put half of the Palestinian land on fire. But we would not approve of either of these two remarks. We believe, according to our Islamic principles, that neither throwing the Jews into the sea nor putting the Palestinian land on fire is logical and reasonable. Our position is that the Palestinian people should regain their rights. Palestine belongs to Palestinians, and the fate of Palestine should also be determined by the Palestinian people. The issue of Palestine is a criterion for judging how truthful those claiming to support democracy and human rights are in their claims. The Islamic Republic of Iran has presented a fair and logical solution to this issue. We have suggested that all native Palestinians, whether they are Muslims, Christians or Jews, should be allowed to take part in a general referendum before the eyes of the world and decide on a Palestinian government. Any government that is the result of this referendum will be a legitimate government.

Ahmadinejad himself has also repeatedly called for such solution. Most recently in an interview with Time magazine:

TIME: You have been quoted as saying Israel should be wiped off the map. Was that merely rhetoric, or do you mean it?

Ahmadinejad: [...] Our suggestion is that the 5 million Palestinian refugees come back to their homes, and then the entire people on those lands hold a referendum and choose their own system of government. This is a democratic and popular way.

Israeli responses to the speech

The day immediately following Ahmadinejad's statements, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called for Iran to be expelled from the United Nations and Israel's Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. In that meeting, all fifteen members condemned Ahmadinejad's remarks.

On May 8 2006, Israel's Second Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres said in an interview with Reuters that "the president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map," Army Radio reported. In 1981, Israeli fighter jets bombed Osirak, Iraq’s nuclear reactor, severely damaging that country's nuclear weapons program. Today, however, experts state that a similar attack on Iran's nuclear facilities is unlikely, given that Iran's nuclear program is spread out across numerous locations, including some sites that are buried deep enough underground that they are thought to be safe from aerial strikes. According to ABC News, "Israel is within range of Iran's ballistic missiles but Israel is believed to possess the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East." Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, drew unusually stiff criticism from an analyst on Israel's state television, Yoav Limor, for talking of destroying another country. "There is a broad consensus that it would have been better if Peres had not said this, especially now," Limor said. "I'm quite sure Israel does not want to find itself in the same insane asylum as (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad."

Ahmadinejad's remark found support among Anti-Zionism Jewish groups. A spokesperson for one such organisation argued a distinction, saying Iran's leader had not called for the elimination of Jews but rather the illegal and illegitimate Zionist movement.

Palestinian responses to the speech

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, stated: "Palestinians recognise the right of the state of Israel to exist and I reject his comments. What we need to be talking about is adding the state of Palestine to the map, and not wiping Israel from the map."

Khaled Meshaal, the Damascus-based political leader of ruling Hamas party, has supported Ahmadinejad's stance towards Israel calling Ahmadinejad's remarks "courageous". He has said that "Just as Islamic Iran defends the rights of the Palestinians, we defend the rights of Islamic Iran. We are part of a united front against the enemies of Islam."

International reaction to the speech

The White House stated that Ahmadinejad's rhetoric showed that it was correct in trying to halt Iran's nuclear program. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was dismayed by the comments, and reiterated Iran's obligations and Israel's right of existence under the UN Charter.

EU leaders issued a strong condemnation of the Iranian President's remarks, stating that "[c]alls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community." On November 17, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning Ahmadinejad's remarks and called on him to retract his bellicose comments in their entirety and to recognise the state of Israel and its right to live in peace and safety. Then Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin also condemned the comments on several occasions.

On June 20, 2007, the United States House of Representatives passed Resolution 21, a resolution that pressures the United Nations Security Council to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on Genocide and the United Nations Charter because of his alleged call for Israel to be "wiped off the map". Congressman Dennis Kucinich attempted to include in the Congressional record independent translations of the speech from The New York Times and the Middle East Media Research Institute that translated the phrase as "the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time" saying "The resolution passed by the House today sets a dangerous precedent in foreign affairs. A mistranslation could become a cause of war. The United States House may unwittingly be setting the stage for a war with Iran". Members of the House objected and inclusion of the independent translations were blocked.

In July 2008 the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, repeated the controversial remarks to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. "To those who believe that threatening statements fall upon indifferent ears we say in one voice - it is totally abhorrent for the president of Iran to call for Israel to be wiped from the map of the world."

Iranian responses to the speech controversy

The Iranian Ambassador to the European Union, Ali Ahani, called the tough political reactions in Europe against Ahmadinejad "unrealistic and premature," complaining about the discriminatory treatment of the international community, which Iran feels has continued to ignore the threats of Israel and its "organized campaign to provoke others into attacking Iran's facilities and infrastructure". Referring to Israel's support of an American attack on Iran. Hassan Hanizadeh, an editorialist for the Tehran Times, claimed that the criticism of Ahmadinejad's statement by the United States and other Western countries is an attempt to divert attention from "the ever-increasing crimes the Zionists are committing against the innocent Palestinians."

Former president Khatami stated "those words have created hundreds of political and economic problems for us in the world." Khatami has also recently accused Ahmadinejad and his supporters of being an Iranian "Taliban" and giving the enemies of Iran "... the best excuse to attack Islam and Iran." Others in Iran have said that there is nothing new about his statements and that the West has overreacted in order to try to smear Iran's international image.

In 2005 Khamenei responded to President Ahmadinejad's alleged remark that Israel should be "wiped of the map" by saying that "the Islamic Republic has never threatened and will never threaten any country." Moreover Khamenei's main advisor in foreign policy, Ali Akbar Velayati, refused to take part in Holocaust conference. In contrast to Ahmadinejad's remarks, Velayati said that Holocaust was a genocide and a historical reality.

Statement during 2005 Muslim Summit

On December 8, 2005, Ahmadinejad gave an interview with Iran's Arabic channel 'Al-Alam' during a summit of Muslim nations in Islam's holy city of Mecca. The interview contained remarks that were widely condemned as Holocaust denial:

Some European countries insist on saying that during World War II, Hitler burned millions of Jews and put them in concentration camps... Any historian, commentator or scientist who doubts that is taken to prison or gets condemned. Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, if the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe — like in Germany, Austria or other countries — to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it.

The remarks were condemned by Israeli, European and American politicians, Kofi Annan "was shocked," and Saudi, Turkish, and Iranian officials sharply criticized his speech because it "marred a Mecca summit dedicated to showing Islam's moderate face."

Shortly after these remarks were made, Iran's Interior Minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, claimed Ahmadinejad's remarks had been misunderstood:

Actually the case has been misunderstood. (Ahmadinejad) did not mean to raise this matter. [He] wanted to say that if others harmed the Jewish community and created problems for the Jewish community, they have to pay the price themselves. People like the Palestinian people or other nations should not pay the price (for it).

Statements on Israel's 60th Birthday

On December 8, 2005, Ahmadinejad gave an interview with Iran's Arabic channel 'Al-Alam' during a summit of Muslim nations in Islam's holy city of Mecca. The interview contained remarks that were widely condemned as Holocaust denial:

Some European countries insist on saying that during World War II, Hitler burned millions of Jews and put them in concentration camps... Any historian, commentator or scientist who doubts that is taken to prison or gets condemned. Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, if the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe — like in Germany, Austria or other countries — to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it.

The remarks were condemned by Israeli, European and American politicians, Kofi Annan "was shocked," and Saudi, Turkish, and Iranian officials sharply criticized his speech because it "marred a Mecca summit dedicated to showing Islam's moderate face."

Shortly after these remarks were made, Iran's Interior Minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, claimed Ahmadinejad's remarks had been misunderstood:

Actually the case has been misunderstood. (Ahmadinejad) did not mean to raise this matter. [He] wanted to say that if others harmed the Jewish community and created problems for the Jewish community, they have to pay the price themselves. People like the Palestinian people or other nations should not pay the price (for it).

Statement on Israel on the Anniversary of Death of Ayatollah Khomeini

While speaking at a gathering of foreign guests marking this week's 19th anniversary of the death of Iran's late revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as stating that

"You should know that the criminal and terrorist Zionist regime which has 60 years of plundering, aggression and crimes in its file has reached the end of its work and will soon disappear off the geographical scene."

Statement on Israel during UN Summit on Global Food Security

While visiting Rome, Italy for the United Nations summit on global food security, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, in June 2008, Ahmadinejad stated, through a translator, that

"People like my comments, because people will save themselves from the imposition of the Zionists. European peoples have suffered the greatest damage from Zionists and today the costs of this false regime, be they political or economic costs, are on Europe's shoulders."

Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, complained to the United Nations and the Italian government about Ahmadinejad's presence at the conference, stating that "It is deplorable that a leader like him, who is failing both his own people and the international community, is allowed to hijack the agenda of this important FAO conference."

Statement on Israel and Zionism during 2008 UN General Assembly

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2008, Ahmadinejad stated that Zionists are criminals and murderers, are "acquisitive" and “deceitful,” and dominate global finance despite their “minuscule” number. He further stated that “It is deeply disastrous to witness that some presidential nominees have to visit these people [Zionists], take part in their gatherings and swear their allegiance and commitment to their interests in order to win financial or media support. These nations are spending their dignity and resources on the crimes and threats of the Zionist network against their will.”Ahmadinejad stated the “Zionist regime” was on the path to collapse and that the "underhanded actions of the Zionists" as among the causes of the recent unrest in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. In a subsequent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Ahmadinejad stated that "The [Zionist] regime resembles an airplane that has lost its engine and is kind of going down. And no one can help it," he said. “This will benefit everyone.”

Statement that "Smaller Israel" is dead

In a speech broadcast on IRINN, the Iranian News Channel, on September 18 and 23, 2008, Ahmadinejad stated, in regard to the acceptance by Israeli leaders that the idea of Greater Israel is dead, that:

I would like to declare that the idea of "smaller Israel" is also dead. The very notion of Israel is dead, but they are lagging behind the times. Just like the idea of Greater Israel died 30 years ago, and they did not realize this, and have continued to perpetrate crimes for 30 years... Today, I say to them: The idea of smaller Israel is dead.

Other Statements on Israel

In a public address, which aired on the Iranian News Channel IRINN TV on June 2, 2008, Ahmadinejad stated:

The Zionist regime has lost its raison d'être. Today, the Palestinians identify with your name [Khomeini], your memory, and in your path. They are walking in your illuminated path and the Zionist regime has reached a total dead end. Thanks to God, your wish will soon be realized, and this germ of corruption will be wiped off.

Statement that Zionsts have taken control of the Power centers of the world

In a speech broadcast on IRINN, the Iranian News Channel, on September 18 and 23, 2008, Ahmadinejad stated:

The Zionists are crooks. A small handful of Zionists, with a very intricate organization, have taken over the power centers of the world. According to our estimates, the main cadre of the Zionists consists of 2,000 individuals at most, and they have another 8,000 activists. In addition, they have several informants, who spy and provide them with intelligence information. But because of their control of power centers in the U.S. and Europe, and their control of the financial centers and the news and propaganda agencies, they spread propaganda as if they were the entire world, as if all the peoples supported them, and as if they were the majority ruling the world.

Denying the Holocaust?

On 14 December 2005, in Zahedan in Iran, Ahmadinejad in a speech said he wanted to explain his recent remarks on a summit in Saudi Arabia – supposedly the 8 December meeting in Mecca. The 14 December speech then runs, in short outline, like this: ‘People in Palestine are getting killed every day by the new rulers of Palestine. As a consequence of the Holocaust, the Europeans took land from the Palestinians for a Jewish state. I don’t care whether the Holocaust took place or not, but it is illogical to give a piece of Palestine for compensation. Some people make an awful fuss about that Holocaust, make a myth of it. (…) Countries that themselves have nuclear, chemical and biological weapons should not raise an outcry when Iran wants access to peaceful nuclear technology.’

Of this new speech, three reports exist, a long one from IRNA and two small ones from BBC and CNN. IRNA is the Iranian state news agency. CNN declares to base its story on IRIB, another Iranian agency. The sentence in which ‘Holocaust’ and ‘myth’ are connected to each other is translated differently in these three versions. The translation given by the BBC has been labeled by the BBC itself as ‘Holocaust denial’. Israel, the U.S., the European Commission and several individual European countries have reacted shocked and indignant on some supposed statements from Ahmadinejad. Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev said, the Iranian regime holds a “perverse vision of the world”. Germany’s foreign minister called Ahmadinejad’s remarks “shocking and unacceptable”. The White House spokesman said, the comments underline the need to “keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons”. A European Commission spokeswoman called the comments “completely unacceptable”.

The head of Iran's Jewish community, Haroun Yashayaei, sent a letter to Ahmadinejad in early 2006 that read, in part, "How is it possible to ignore all of the undeniable evidence existing for the exile and massacre of the Jews in Europe during World War Two? Challenging one of the most obvious and saddening events of 20th-century humanity has created astonishment among the people of the world and spread fear and anxiety among the small Jewish community of Iran."

In February 2006, Former President Mohammad Khatami clearly rejected Ahmadinejad's remarks by calling the Holocaust a "historic fact".

In August 2006, the ‘Deutsche Welle’ citing AFP citing the German news agency Mehr, and ‘Mail & Guardian Online’ citing Mehr reported that Ahmadinejad had written a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he suggested, the victorious Allied powers in World War II may have invented the Holocaust to embarrass Germany. "Is it not a reasonable possibility that some countries that had won the war made up this excuse to constantly embarrass the defeated people ... to bar their progress," Ahmadinejad reportedly wrote in the letter. Merkel indicated that she would not formally respond to the letter, saying it contained "totally unacceptable" criticism of Israel and "constantly put in question" the Jewish state's right to exist.

In a September 2006 with NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams, Ahmadinejad clarified his remarks, saying that when he called the Holocaust a myth he was merely trying to communicate that it was not just Jews that died, but millions of people and he wants to know why it is the Palestinian people that have to pay for the Nazis' slaughter of the Jewish people.

In the second World War, over 60 million people lost their lives. They were all human beings. Why is it that only a select group of those who were killed have become so prominent and important? Do you think that the 60 million who lost their lives were all at the result of warfare alone? There were two million that were part of the military at the time, perhaps altogether, 50 million civilians with no roles in the war — Christians, Muslims. They were all killed. The second and more important question that I raised was, if this event happened, and if it is a historical event, then we should allow everyone to research it and study it. The more research and studies are done, the more we can become aware of the realities that happened. We still leave open to further studies absolute knowledge of science or math. Historical events are always subject to revisions, and reviews and studies. We're still revising our thoughts about what happened over thousands of years ago. Why is it that those who ask questions are persecuted? Why is every word so sensitivity or such prohibition on further studies on the subject? Where as we can openly question God, the prophet, concepts such as freedom and democracy? And the third question that I raised in this regard: if this happened, where did it happen? Did the Palestinian people have anything to do with it? Why should the Palestinians pay for it now? Five million displaced Palestinian people is what I'm talking about. Over 60 years of living under threat. Losing the lives of thousands of dear ones. And homes that are destroyed on a daily basis over people's heads. You might argue that the Jews have the right to have a government. We're not against that. But where? At a place where their people were — several people will vote for them, and where they can govern.

On December 11, 2006 the "International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust" opened, to widespread condemnation. The conference, called for by and held at the behest of Ahmadinejad, was widely described as a "Holocaust denial conference" or a "meeting of Holocaust deniers", though Iran insisted it was not a Holocaust denial conference.

Within Iran, Ahmadinejad's statements on the Holocaust have also been criticized by cleric and presidential hopeful Mahdi Karroubi.

Accusations of anti-semitism

Criticism of Ahmadinejad's comments denying the Holocaust and calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map" has come from the U.S. Senate, which passed a unanimous resolution condemning his "harmful, destructive, and anti-semitic statements." Identification of Ahmadinejad with anti-semitism has come from a variety of sources.

The Iranian government has responded that "the Western media empire is trying to portray Iran as an anti-semitic country" and alternate translations have been cited to contradict the accusations.[citation needed] Currently, 40,000 Jews live in Iran and have representation in the Iranian parliament in the form of a Jewish MP, Maurice Mohtamed. Their treatment is a matter of great debate, some stating that the Jews are treated better than other religious minorities in Iran.

In addition Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated that "Jews are respected by everyone, by all human beings ... some people think if they accuse me of being anti-Jew they can solve the problem. No, I am not anti-Jew ... I respect them very much ... We love everyone in the world — Jews, Christians, Muslims, non-Muslims, non-Jews, non-Christians".

Ahmadinejad's September 2008 speech to the UN General Assembly, in which he dwelled on what he described as Zionist control of international finance, was denounced as "blatant anti-Semitism" by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Defense of Ahmadinejad

Regarding Ahmadinejad's statements on Israel and the Holocaust, Shiraz Dossa, a tenured professor at St. Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia, Canada, wrote in June 2007 that "Ahmadinejad has not denied the Holocaust or proposed Israel’s liquidation; he has never done so in any of his speeches on the subject (all delivered in Farsi/Persian). As an Iran specialist, I can attest that both accusations are false... What Ahmadinejad has questioned is the mythologizing, the sacralization, of the Holocaust and the “Zionist regime’s” continued killing of Palestinians and Muslims. He has even raised doubts about the scale of the Holocaust. His rhetoric has been excessive and provocative. And he does not really care what we in the West think about Iran or Muslims; he does not kowtow to western or Israeli diktat."

Reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke

On January 4, 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive haemorrhagic stroke and was widely reported to be dead or near death. The next day President Ahmadinejad spoke to Shi'a clerics in the city of Qom. Speaking of Sharon he said:

Hopefully, the news that the criminal of Sabra and Shatila has joined his ancestors is final.

The United States quickly condemned Ahmadinejad's comment as "hateful and disgusting" and U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called Ahmadinejad's remarks "part of a continuing stream of hateful invective that has come from this president."

Reaction to 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict

On July 15 2006, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compared the actions of Israel in launching an offensive against Lebanon to that of Nazi Germany. "Hitler sought pretexts to attack other nations," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the ISNA students news agency at the inauguration of a Tehran road tunnel. "The Zionist regime is seeking baseless pretexts to invade Islamic countries and right now it is justifying its attacks with groundless excuses," he added.

On Aug 3rd, 2006, in a speech during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders, Ahmadinejad called for "the elimination of the Zionist regime". While some media outlets immediately interpreted his words as another threat to "destroy Israel", such interpretations have again been challenged. In the speech, Ahmadinejad said, "although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented". He stated that the Middle East would be better off "without the existence of the Zionist regime". He called Israel an "illegitimate regime" with "no legal basis for its existence" and accused the United States of using Israel as a proxy to control the region and its oil resources; "The Zionist regime is used to reach this objective. The sole existence of this regime is for invasion and attack."

July 2008 speech by Rahim Mashaei

Esfandyar Rahim Mashaei, Vice President and Head of Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, proclaimed Iran a friend to the people in Israel in his speech at a tourism convention in Tehran. This sentiment is similar to the "one state" solution [Israel should not be an state of only Jews and it should be for all the people whether Jewish, Muslim, or Christian who live in the area]. He also added that Iran "wants no war with any country," and insisted that Iran's actions during its war with Iraq were purely defensive.

Hard-liners close to the government pounced on Mashaei's remarks. But Ahmadinejad appeared to back up Mashaei, voicing sympathy for the Israeli people, even as he predicted Israel's demise." he said at a news conference

"The Iranian nation never recognized Israel and will never ever recognize it ... But we feel pity for those who have been deceived or smuggled into Israel to be oppressed citizens in Israel."

The issue prompted Iran's top political and military figure, Supreme Leader Khamenei, to "to spell an end to any debates" about Iran's position on the people of Israeli, during a Friday sermon in Tehran, saying

"It is incorrect, irrational, pointless and nonsense to say that we are friends of Israeli people ... Who are Israelis?" ... They are responsible for usurping houses, territory, farmlands and businesses. ... A Muslim nation cannot remain indifferent vis-a-vis such people who are stooges at the service of the arch-foes of the Muslim world."





Jonathan Steele -, Wednesday 14 June 2006 12.49 BST

Lost in translation

Experts confirm that Iran's president did not call for Israel to be 'wiped off the map'. Reports that he did serve to strengthen western hawks.

My recent comment piece explaining how Iran's president was badly misquoted when he allegedly called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" has caused a welcome little storm. The phrase has been seized on by western and Israeli hawks to re-double suspicions of the Iranian government's intentions, so it is important to get the truth of what he really said.

I took my translation - "the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time" - from the indefatigable Professor Juan Cole's website where it has been for several weeks.

But it seems to be mainly thanks to the Guardian giving it prominence that the New York Times, which was one of the first papers to misquote Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, came out on Sunday with a defensive piece attempting to justify its reporter's original "wiped off the map" translation. (By the way, for Farsi speakers the original version is available here.)

Joining the "off the map" crowd is David Aaronovitch, a columnist on the Times (of London), who attacked my analysis yesterday. I won't waste time on him since his knowledge of Farsi is as minimal as that of his Latin. The poor man thinks the plural of casus belli is casi belli, unaware that casus is fourth declension with the plural casus (long u).

The New York Times's Ethan Bronner and Nazila Fathi, one of the paper's Tehran staff, make a more serious case. They consulted several sources in Tehran. "Sohrab Mahdavi, one of Iran's most prominent translators, and Siamak Namazi, managing director of a Tehran consulting firm, who is bilingual, both say 'wipe off' or 'wipe away' is more accurate than 'vanish' because the Persian verb is active and transitive," Bronner writes.

The New York Times goes on: "The second translation issue concerns the word 'map'. Khomeini's words were abstract: 'Sahneh roozgar.' Sahneh means scene or stage, and roozgar means time. The phrase was widely interpreted as 'map', and for years, no one objected. In October, when Mr Ahmadinejad quoted Khomeini, he actually misquoted him, saying not 'Sahneh roozgar' but 'Safheh roozgar', meaning pages of time or history. No one noticed the change, and news agencies used the word 'map' again."

This, in my view, is the crucial point and I'm glad the NYT accepts that the word "map" was not used by Ahmadinejad. (By the way, the Wikipedia entry on the controversy gets the NYT wrong, claiming falsely that Ethan Bronner "concluded that Ahmadinejad had in fact said that Israel was to be wiped off the map".)

If the Iranian president made a mistake and used "safheh" rather than "sahneh", that is of little moment. A native English speaker could equally confuse "stage of history" with "page of history". The significant issue is that both phrases refer to time rather than place. As I wrote in my original post, the Iranian president was expressing a vague wish for the future. He was not threatening an Iranian-initiated war to remove Israeli control over Jerusalem.

Two other well-established translation sources confirm that Ahmadinejad was referring to time, not place. The version of the October 26 2005 speech put out by the Middle East Media Research Institute, based on the Farsi text released by the official Iranian Students News Agency, says: "This regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history." (NB: not "wiped". I accept that "eliminated" is almost the same, indeed some might argue it is more sinister than "wiped", though it is a bit more of a mouthful if you are trying to find four catchy and easily memorable words with which to incite anger against Iran.)

MEMRI (its text of the speech is available here) is headed by a former Isareli military intelligence officer and has sometimes been attacked for alleged distortion of Farsi and Arabic quotations for the benefit of Israeli foreign policy. On this occasion they supported the doveish view of what Ahmadinejad said.

Finally we come to the BBC monitoring service which every day puts out hundreds of highly respected English translations of broadcasts from all round the globe to their subscribers - mainly governments, intelligence services, thinktanks and other specialists. I approached them this week about the controversy and a spokesperson for the monitoring service's marketing unit, who did not want his name used, told me their original version of the Ahmadinejad quote was "eliminated from the map of the world".

As a result of my inquiry and the controversy generated, they had gone back to the native Farsi-speakers who had translated the speech from a voice recording made available by Iranian TV on October 29 2005. Here is what the spokesman told me about the "off the map" section: "The monitor has checked again. It's a difficult expression to translate. They're under time pressure to produce a translation quickly and they were searching for the right phrase. With more time to reflect they would say the translation should be "eliminated from the page of history".

Would the BBC put out a correction, given that the issue had become so controversial, I asked. "It would be a long time after the original version", came the reply. I interpret that as "probably not", but let's see.

Finally, I approached Iradj Bagherzade, the Iranian-born founder and chairman of the renowned publishing house, IB Tauris. He thought hard about the word "roozgar". "History" was not the right word, he said, but he could not decide between several better alternatives "this day and age", "these times", "our times", "time".

So there we have it. Starting with Juan Cole, and going via the New York Times' experts through MEMRI to the BBC's monitors, the consensus is that Ahmadinejad did not talk about any maps. He was, as I insisted in my original piece, offering a vague wish for the future.

A very last point. The fact that he compared his desired option - the elimination of "the regime occupying Jerusalem" - with the fall of the Shah's regime in Iran makes it crystal clear that he is talking about regime change, not the end of Israel. As a schoolboy opponent of the Shah in the 1970's he surely did not favour Iran's removal from the page of time. He just wanted the Shah out.

The same with regard to Israel. The Iranian president is undeniably an opponent of Zionism or, if you prefer the phrase, the Zionist regime. But so are substantial numbers of Israeli citizens, Jews as well as Arabs. The anti-Zionist and non-Zionist traditions in Israel are not insignificant. So we should not demonise Ahmadinejad on those grounds alone.

Does this quibbling over phrases matter? Yes, of course. Within days of the Ahmadinejad speech the then Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, was calling for Iran to be expelled from the United Nations. Other foreign leaders have quoted the map phrase. The United States is piling pressure on its allies to be tough with Iran.

Let me give the last word to Juan Cole, with whom I began. "I am entirely aware that Ahmadinejad is hostile to Israel. The question is whether his intentions and capabilities would lead to a military attack, and whether therefore pre-emptive warfare is prescribed. I am saying no, and the boring philology is part of the reason for the no."



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Jonathan Steele geeft een duidelijk overzicht van enkele kanttekeningen die worden geplaatst bij de toch wel slordige vertaling van de woorden van Ahmadinejad. Maar ook het volgende artikel stelt een aantal flinke vragen bij de wijze waarop de bevolkingen van de zogenaamde "Vrije Westersche Wereld" nog maar eens worden geïnformeerd over de toestand in het Midden Oosten.


Does Iran's President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map - Does He Deny The Holocaust?

An analysis of media rhetoric on its way to war against Iran - Commenting on the alleged statements of Iran's President Ahmadinejad .

By Anneliese Fikentscher and Andreas Neumann Translation to English: Erik Appleby

04/19/06 "Kein Krieg!" -- -- - "But now that I'm on Iran, the threat to Iran, of course -- (applause) -- the threat from Iran is, of course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel. That's a threat, a serious threat. It's a threat to world peace; it's a threat, in essence, to a strong alliance. I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally, Israel, and -- (applause.)" George W. Bush, US-President, 2006-03-20 in Cleveland (Ohio) in an off-the-cuff speech (source: But why does Bush speak of Iran's objective to destroy Israel?

Does Iran's President wants Israel wiped off the map?

To raze Israel to the ground, to batter down, to destroy, to annihilate, to liquidate, to erase Israel, to wipe it off the map - this is what Iran's President demanded - at least this is what we read about or heard of at the end of October 2005. Spreading the news was very effective. This is a declaration of war they said. Obviously government and media were at one with their indignation. It goes around the world.

But let's take a closer look at what Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said. It is a merit of the 'New York Times' that they placed the complete speech at our disposal. Here's an excerpt from the publication dated 2005-10-30:

"They say it is not possible to have a world without the United States and Zionism. But you know that this is a possible goal and slogan. Let's take a step back. [[[We had a hostile regime in this country which was undemocratic, armed to the teeth and, with SAVAK, its security apparatus of SAVAK [the intelligence bureau of the Shah of Iran's government] watched everyone. An environment of terror existed.]]] When our dear Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian revolution] said that the regime must be removed, many of those who claimed to be politically well-informed said it was not possible. All the corrupt governments were in support of the regime when Imam Khomeini started his movement. [[[All the Western and Eastern countries supported the regime even after the massacre of September 7 [1978] ]]] and said the removal of the regime was not possible. But our people resisted and it is 27 years now that we have survived without a regime dependent on the United States. The tyranny of the East and the West over the world should have to end, but weak people who can see only what lies in front of them cannot believe this. Who would believe that one day we could witness the collapse of the Eastern Empire? But we could watch its fall in our lifetime. And it collapsed in a way that we have to refer to libraries because no trace of it is left. Imam [Khomeini] said Saddam must go and he said he would grow weaker than anyone could imagine. Now you see the man who spoke with such arrogance ten years ago that one would have thought he was immortal, is being tried in his own country in handcuffs and shackles [[[by those who he believed supported him and with whose backing he committed his crimes]]]. Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine. Is it possible to create a new front in the heart of an old front. This would be a defeat and whoever accepts the legitimacy of this regime [Israel] has in fact, signed the defeat of the Islamic world. Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world."

(source:, based on a publication of 'Iranian Students News Agency' (ISNA) -- insertions by the New York Times in squared brackets -- passages in triple squared brackets will be left blank in the MEMRI version printed below)

It's becoming clear. The statements of the Iranian President have been reflected by the media in a manipulated way. Iran's President betokens the removal of the regimes, that are in power in Israel and in the USA, to be possible aim for the future. This is correct. But he never demands the elimination or annihilation of Israel. He reveals that changes are potential. The Shah-Regime being supported by the USA in its own country has been vanquished. The eastern governance of the Soviet Union collapsed. Saddam Hussein's dominion drew to a close. Referring to this he voices his aspiration that changes will also be feasible in Israel respectively in Palestine. He adduces Ayatollah Khomeini referring to the Shah-Regime who in this context said that the regime (meaning the Shah-Regime) should be removed.

Certainly, Ahmadinejad translates this quotation about a change of regime into the occupied Palestine. This has to be legitimate. To long for modified political conditions in a country is a world-wide day-to-day business by all means. But to commute a demand for removal of a 'regime' into a demand for removal of a state is serious deception and dangerous demagogy.

This is one chapter of the war against Iran that has already begun with the words of Georg Meggle, professor of philosophy at the university of Leipzig - namely with the probably most important phase, the phase of propaganda.

Marginally we want to mention that it was the former US Vice-Minister of Defence and current President of the World Bank, Paul D. Wolfowitz, who in Sept. 2001 talked about ending states in public and without any kind of awe. And it was the father of George W. Bush who started the discussion about a winnable nuclear war if only the survival of an elite is assured.

Let's pick an example: the German online-news-magazine writes the following about Iran's president on 2005-10-27: "There is no doubt: the new wave of assaults in Palestine will erase the stigma in countenance of the Islamic world." Instead of using the original word 'wave' they write 'wave of assaults'. This replacement of the original text is what we call disinformation. E.g. it would be correct to say: "The new movement in Palestine will erase the stain of disgrace from the Islamic world." Additionally this statement refers to the occupation regime mentioned in the previous sentence.

As a precaution we will examine a different translation of the speech - a version prepared by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), located in Washington:

"They [ask]: 'Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?' But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved. [[[...]]] "'When the dear Imam [Khomeini] said that [the Shah's] regime must go, and that we demand a world without dependent governments, many people who claimed to have political and other knowledge [asked], 'Is it possible [that the Shah's regime can be toppled]?' That day, when Imam [Khomeini] began his movement, all the powers supported [the Shah's] corrupt regime [[[...]]] and said it was not possible. However, our nation stood firm, and by now we have, for 27 years, been living without a government dependent on America. Imam [Khomeni] said: 'The rule of the East [U.S.S.R.] and of the West [U.S.] should be ended.' But the weak people who saw only the tiny world near them did not believe it. Nobody believed that we would one day witness the collapse of the Eastern Imperialism [i.e. the U.S.S.R], and said it was an iron regime. But in our short lifetime we have witnessed how this regime collapsed in such a way that we must look for it in libraries, and we can find no literature about it. Imam [Khomeini] said that Saddam [Hussein] must go, and that he would be humiliated in a way that was unprecedented. And what do you see today? A man who, 10 years ago, spoke as proudly as if he would live for eternity is today chained by the feet, and is now being tried in his own country [[[...]]] Imam [Khomeini] said: 'This regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history.' This sentence is very wise. The issue of Palestine is not an issue on which we can compromise. Is it possible that an [Islamic] front allows another front [i.e. country] to arise in its [own] heart? This means defeat, and he who accepts the existence of this regime [i.e. Israel] in fact signs the defeat of the Islamic world. In his battle against the World of Arrogance, our dear Imam [Khomeini] set the regime occupying Qods [Jerusalem] as the target of his fight. I do not doubt that the new wave which has begun in our dear Palestine and which today we are also witnessing in the Islamic world is a wave of morality which has spread all over the Islamic world. Very soon, this stain of disgrace [i.e. Israel] will vanish from the center of the Islamic world - and this is attainable."

(source:, based on the publication of 'Iranian Students News Agency' (ISNA) -- insertions by MEMRI in squared brackets -- missing passages compared to the 'New York Times' in triple squared brackets)

The term 'map' to which the media refer at length does not even appear. Whereas the 'New York Times' said: "Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map" the version by MEMRI is: "Imam [Khomeini] said: This regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history."

MEMRI added the following prefixed formulation to their translation as a kind of title: "Very Soon, This Stain of Disgrace [i.e. Israel] Will Be Purged From the Center of the Islamic World - and This is Attainable". Thereby they take it out of context by using the insertion 'i.e. Israel' they distort the meaning on purpose. The temporal tapering 'very soon' does not appear in the NY-Times-translation either. Besides it is striking that MEMRI deleted all passages in their translation which characterize the US-supported Shah-Regime as a regime of terror and at the same time show the true character of US-American policy.

An independent translation of the original (like the version published by ISNA) yields that Ahmadinejad does not use the term 'map'. He quotes Ayatollah Khomeini's assertion that the occupation regime must vanish from this world - literally translated: from the arena of times. Correspondingly: there is no space for an occupation regime in this world respectively in this time. The formulation 'wipe off the map' used by the 'New York Times' is a very free and aggravating interpretation which is equivalent to 'razing something to the ground' or 'annihilating something'. The downwelling translation, first into English ('wipe off the map'), then from English to German - and all literally ('von der Landkarte löschen') - makes us stride away from the original more and more. The perfidious thing about this translation is that the expression 'map' can only be used in one (intentional) way: a state can be removed from a map but not a regime, about which Ahmadinejad is actually speaking.

Again following the independent translation: "I have no doubt that the new movement taking place in our dear Palestine is a spiritual movement which is spanning the entire Islamic world and which will soon remove this stain of disgrace from the Islamic world".

It must be allowed to ask how it is possible that 'spirtual movement' resp. 'wave of morality' (as translated by MEMRI) and 'wave of assaults' can be equated and translated (like e.g published it).

Does Iran's President deny the Holocaust?

"The German government condemned the repetitive offending anti-Israel statements by Ahmadinejad to be shocking. Such behaviour is not tolerable, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated. [...] Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed Ahmadinejad's statements to be 'inconceivable'" (published by 2005-12-14.

But not only the German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and the Federal Chancellor Merkel allege this, but the Bild-Zeitung,, parts of the peace movement, US-President George W. Bush, the 'Papers for German and international politics', CNN, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, almost the entire world does so, too: Iran's President Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust.

What is this assertion based on? In substance it is based on dispatches of 2 days - 2005-12-14 and 2006-02-11.

"The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stepped up his verbal attacks against Israel and the Western states and has denied the Holocaust. Instead of making Israel's attacks against Palestine a subject of discussion 'the Western states devote their energy to the fairy-tale of the massacre against the Jews', Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday in a speech at Zahedan in the south-east of Iran which was broadcasted directly by the news-channel Khabar. That day he stated that if the Western states really believe in the assassination of six million Jews in W.W. II they should put a piece of land in Europe, in the USA, Canada or Alaska at Israel's disposal." - dispatch of the German press agency DPA, 2005-12-14.

The German TV-station n24 spreads the following on 2006-12-14 using the title 'Iran's President calls the Holocaust a myth': "The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stepped up his verbal attacks against Israel and called the Holocaust a 'myth' used as a pretext by the Europeans to found a Jewish state in the center of the Islamic world . 'In the name of the Holocaust they have created a myth and regard it to be worthier than God, religion and the prophets' the Iranian head of state said."

The Iranian press agency IRNA renders Ahmadinejad on 2005-12-14 as follows: "'If the Europeans are telling the truth in their claim that they have killed six million Jews in the Holocaust during the World War II - which seems they are right in their claim because they insist on it and arrest and imprison those who oppose it, why the Palestinian nation should pay for the crime. Why have they come to the very heart of the Islamic world and are committing crimes against the dear Palestine using their bombs, rockets, missiles and sanctions.' [...] 'If you have committed the crimes so give a piece of your land somewhere in Europe or America and Canada or Alaska to them to set up their own state there.' [...] Ahmadinejad said some have created a myth on holocaust and hold it even higher than the very belief in religion and prophets [...] The president further said, 'If your civilization consists of aggression, displacing the oppressed nations, suppressing justice-seeking voices and spreading injustice and poverty for the majority of people on the earth, then we say it out loud that we despise your hollow civilization.'"

There again we find the quotation already rendered by n24: "In the name of the Holocaust they created a myth." We can see that this is completely different from what is published by e.g. the DPA - the massacre against the Jews is a fairy-tale. What Ahmadinejad does is not denying the Holocaust. No! It is dealing out criticism against the mendacity of the imperialistic powers who use the Holocaust to muzzle critical voices and to achieve advantages concerning the legitimization of a planned war. This is criticism against the exploitation of the Holocaust.

CNN (2005-12-15) renders as follows: "If you have burned the Jews why don't you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel. Our question is, if you have committed this huge crime, why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this crime?"

The Washingtonian ''Middle East Media Research Institute' (MEMRI) renders Ahmadinejad's statements from 2005-12-14 as follows: "...we ask you: if you indeed committed this great crime, why should the oppressed people of Palestine be punished for it? * [...] If you committed a crime, you yourselves should pay for it. Our offer was and remains as follows: If you committed a crime, it is only appropriate that you place a piece of your land at their disposal - a piece of Europe, of America, of Canada, or of Alaska - so they can establish their own state. Rest assured that if you do so, the Iranian people will voice no objection."

The MEMRI-rendering uses the relieving translation 'great crime' and misappropriates the following sentence at the * marked passage: "Why have they come to the very heart of the Islamic world and are committing crimes against the dear Palestine using their bombs, rockets, missiles and sanctions." This sentence has obviously been left out deliberately because it would intimate why the Israeli state could have forfeited the right to establish itself in Palestine - videlicet because of its aggressive expansionist policy against the people of Palestine, ignoring any law of nations and disobeying all UN-resolutions.

In spite of the variability referring to the rendering of the statements of Iran's President we should nevertheless note down: the reproach of denying the Holocaust cannot be sustained if Ahmadinejad speaks of a great and huge crime that has been done to the Jews.

In another IRNA-dispatch (2005-12-14) the Arabian author Ghazi Abu Daqa writes about Ahmadinejad: "The Iranian president has nothing against the followers of Judaism [...] Ahmadinejad is against Zionism as well as its expansionist and occupying policy. That is why he managed to declare to the world with courage that there is no place for the Zionist regime in the world civilized community."

It's no wonder that such opinions do not go down particularly well with the ideas of the centers of power in the Western world. But for this reason they are not wrong right away. Dealing out criticism against the aggressive policy of the Western world, to which Israel belongs as well, is not yet anti-Semitism. We should at least to give audience to this kind of criticism - even if it is a problematic field for us.

2006-02-11 Ahmadinejad said according to IRNA: "[...] the real holocaust should be sought in Palestine, where the blood of the oppressed nation is shed every day and Iraq, where the defenceless Muslim people are killed daily. [...] 'Some western governments, in particular the US, approve of the sacrilege on the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), while denial of the "Myth of Holocaust", based on which the Zionists have been exerting pressure upon other countries for the past 60 years and kill the innocent Palestinians, is considered as a crime' [...]"

The assertion that Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust thus is wrong in more than one aspect. He does not deny the Holocaust, but speaks of denial itself. And he does not speak of denial of the Holocaust, but of denial of the Myth of Holocaust. This is something totally different. All in all he speaks of the exploitation of the Holocaust. The Myth of Holocaust, like it is made a subject of discussion by Ahmadinejad, is a myth that has been built up in conjunction with the Holocaust to - as he says - put pressure onto somebody. We might follow this train of thoughts or we might not. But we cannot equalize his thoughts with denial of the Holocaust.

If Ahmadinejad according to this 2006-02-11 condemns the fact that it is forbidden and treated as a crime to do research into the Myth of Holocaust, as we find it quoted in the MEMRI translation, this acquires a meaning much different from the common and wide-spread one. If the myth related to the Holocaust is commuted to a 'Fairy Tale of the Massacre' - like the DPA did - this can only be understood as a malicious misinterpretation.

By the use of misrepresentation and adulteration it apparently succeeded to constitute the statements of the Iranian President to be part and parcel of the currently fought propaganda battle. It is our responsibility to counter this.


A dispatch by Reuters confirms 2006-02-21: "The Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has [...] repudiated that his state would want the Jewish state Israel 'wiped off the map'. [...] Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been misunderstood. 'Nobody can erase a country from the map.' Ahmadinejad was not thinking of the state of Israel but of their regime [...]. 'We do not accredit this regime to be legitimate.' [...] Mottaki also accepted that the Holocaust really took place in a way that six million Jews were murdered during the era of National Socialism."

The next step is to connect the Iranian President with Hitler. 2006-02-20 the Chairman of the Counsil of Jews in France (Crif) says in Paris: "The Iranian President's assertions do not rank behind Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'". Paul Spiegel, President of the Central Counsil of Jews in Germany, 2005-12-10 in the 'Welt' qualifies the statements of Ahmadinejad to be "the worst comment on this subject that he has ever heard of a statesman since A. Hitler". At the White House the Iranian President is even named Hitler. And the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel as well moves over Iran's President towards Hitler and National Socialism by saying 2006-02-04 in Munich: "Already in the early 1930's many people said that it is only rhetoric. One could have prevented a lot in time if one had acted... Germany is in the debt to resist the incipiencies and to do anything to make clear where the limit of tolerance is. Iran remains in control of the situation, it is still in their hands."

All this indicates war. Slobodan Milosevic became Hitler. The result was the war of the Nato against Yugoslavia. Saddam Hussein became Hitler. What followed was the war the USA and their coalition of compliant partners waged against Iraq. Now the Iranian President becomes Hitler.

And someone who is Hitler-like can assure a hundred times that he only wants to use nuclear energy in a peaceful way. Nobody will believe him. Somebody like Hitler can act within the scope of all contracts. Acting contrary to contract will nevertheless be imputed to him. "Virtually none of the Western states recognize that uranium enrichment is absolutely legal. There is no restriction by contract or by the law of nations. Quite the contrary: Actually the Western countries would have the duty to assist Iran with these activities, according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. As long as a state renounces the bomb it is eligible for technical support by the nuclear powers." (Jörg Pfuhl, ARD radio studio Istanbul 2006-01-11) But - all this does not count if the Head of a state is stigmatized as Hitler.



Ook onze eigen Minister van Buitenlandse zaken (als er intussen al weer geen andere is) Karel De Gucht blijft in interviews herhalden dat Iran Israel "van de kaart wil vegen", terwijl hij toch wel beter geïnformeerd zou mogen zijn? Of doet hij 't met opzet zodat België binnenkort makkelijker mee kan opstappen in de Amerikaanse oorlogsretoriek ?!...


De Gucht veroordeelt uitspraken Iraanse president

Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Karel De Gucht veroordeelt met klem de uitspraken van de Iraanse president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad die stelt dat "Israël van de kaart moet geveegd worden".

Deze uitspraken zijn volstrekt onaanvaardbaar, zegt Karel De Gucht. "België zal dit soort haatdragend taalgebruik nooit tolereren en ik zal me ook persoonlijk steeds blijven inzetten om dit te bekampen."

De Gucht herinnert tevens aan het bestaansrecht van Israël, dat door menige resoluties van de Verenigde Naties bevestigd wordt. Minister De Gucht heeft beslist om de Iraanse ambassadeur te laten ontbieden op Buitenlandse Zaken om uitleg te verschaffen over de uitlatingen van de president van zijn land. "Dit voorval berokkent ernstige schade aan de internationale positie van Iran", besluit De Gucht. In andere Europese landen worden eveneens de Iraanse ambassadeurs ontboden om tekst en uitleg te verschaffen over de uitlatingen van hun president.

Ook VLD-volksvertegenwoordiger en Claude Marinower is verontwaardigd en geschokt door de uitspraken van de Iraanse president. "Dergelijke onaanvaardbare fundamentalistische uitspraken kunnen niet getolereerd worden", aldus de volksvertegenwoordiger.






Wereld geschokt over nieuwe dreigementen van Iraanse president

Israël laat zich niet straffeloos intimideren

De Iraanse president Ahmadinejad wordt bedolven onder de kritiek voor zijn nieuwe bedreiging aan het adres van Israël. ,,Een gevaarlijk man'', reageren de Israëli's. Maar de joodse staat wacht niet af, en bereidt zich volop voor om de dreiging van het Iraanse atoomprogramma te pareren. In oktober zei Ahmadinejad al dat Israël van de kaart moest worden geveegd. Eergisteren zei hij in Mekka dat Duitsland, Oostenrijk of een ander Europees land maar een paar provincies moesten vrijmaken voor een joodse staat.

Retoriek of gemeend? Feit is dat Israël niet lijdzaam afwacht. Het land heeft al ongeveer de helft van de 102 F-16I's ontvangen die het bestelde in de VS. Met hun extra grote brandstoftanks kunnen deze oorlogsvliegtuigen Iran bereiken. In Duitsland heeft Israël voorts twee onderzeeërs besteld die atoomwapens op Iran zouden kunnen afvuren.

Vorige week heeft Israël met succes zijn Arrow-raketdefensie getest tegen een raket die veel gelijkt op de Iraanse Shahab-3, die kan worden uitgerust met een kernkop om Israël te raken of Amerikaanse doelen in het Midden-Oosten.

Militaire oplossing?

Vooraanstaande Israëlische politici bespreken openlijk de mogelijkheid voor een ,,militaire optie'', ofwel alleen, ofwel samen met andere landen. Deze week zei premier Sharon dat Israël ,,natuurlijk'' de capaciteit heeft om het Iraanse atoomprogramma uit te schakelen. Zijn rivaal Netanyahu zei zelfs dat hij akkoord kon gaan met een ,,preventieve aanval''. Legerchef Dan Halutz vond dat diplomatie druk ontoereikend is om te voorkomen dat Teheran een atoombom maakt, en dat een militaire oplossing wellicht noodzakelijk zou zijn.

Eenvoudig zal dat niet zijn. In 1981 kon de Israëlische luchtmacht nog vernietigend uithalen naar een Iraakse kernreactor in aanbouw. De Iraniërs hebben die les goed geleerd. Ze hebben hun atoomfaciliteiten verspreid over het (uitgestrekte) land en sommige bevinden zich ondergronds of in de bergen. Het Iraanse afweergeschut wordt bovendien steeds moderner.

Of rekent Israël op de VS? President George Bush heeft Europa de tijd gegeven om via diplomatie Teheran op betere gedachten te brengen, maar hij heet ook gezegd dat hij niet zal toestaan dat Iran over kernwapens zal beschikken.

"Onverzettelijke vijand"

Zoals kon worden verwacht lokte de nieuwe aanval van president Ahmadinejad felle reacties uit. Zeker in Duitsland, waar het ontkennen van de Holocaust een misdaad is. Duitsland zal de Iraanse ambassadeur op het matje roepen. Ook Oostenrijk besloot tot deze maatregel.

Israël veroordeelde Ahmadinejdads opmerkingen als ,,ongehoord en zelfs racistisch''. de VS bestempelde ze als ,,ontstellend en laakbaar''.

In de ogen van onze minister van Buitenlandse Zaken De Gucht bevestigt Ahmadinejad ,,dat hij een onverzettelijke vijand is van de staat Israël'', en brengt hij met zijn nieuwe uitlating ,,de positie van zijn land ernstig schade toe''.






Persbericht van 27 oktober 2005

Reactie Minister De Gucht op de uitspraken over Israël van de Iraanse President

Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Karel De Gucht veroordeelt met klem de uitspraken van de Iraanse President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad die stelt dat "Israel van de kaart moet geveegd worden". Deze zijn "volstrekt onaanvaardbaar", aldus de Minister.

Helsinki 27.10.2005.

Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Karel De Gucht veroordeelt met klem de uitspraken van de Iraanse President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad die stelt dat "Israel van de kaart moet geveegd worden". Deze zijn "volstrekt onaanvaardbaar", aldus de Minister.

Minister De Gucht: "België zal dit soort van haatdragend taalgebruik nooit tolereren en ik zal me ook persoonlijk steeds blijven inzetten om dit te bekampen". Hij herinnert tevens aan het bestaansrecht van Israël, dat door menige resoluties van de Verenigde Naties bevestigd wordt.

De Minister heeft beslist om de Iraanse Ambassadeur vandaag nog te laten ontbieden op Buitenlandse Zaken om uitleg te verschaffen over de uitlatingen van de President van zijn land.

"Dit voorval berokkent ernstige schade aan de internationale positie van Iran." aldus tot slot Minister De Gucht



Dit is eigenlijk allemaal niet eens zo erg belangrijk, alleszins niet op dit moment. ...& Voor de mensen in Israël & de Bezette Gebieden zelf maakt 't op dit moment ook geen bàl uit.

Overigens.. euhh.. nu we eraan terugdenken... in onze tweede paragraaf hebben wij zelf ook eigenlijk melding gemaakt dat we staten en naties het liefst van al zouden zien verdwijnen, en teneinde te vermijden dat er vanaf heden elke dag een R4'ke voor onze deur postvat met daarin twee mannen met lange pardessus willen we graag even verduidelijken dat we dus helemaal niet bedoelden dat Staten of Naties van de kaart dienen te worden geveegd, maar wél dat wij geloven dat het voor de mensen een goede zaak zou kunnen zijn indien staatsgrenzen zouden kunnen verdampen, niét door nucleaire inslagen, maar wel door de overtolligheid ervan, zoals bijvoorbeeld de Belgische Senaat, die hier eigenlijk toch ook alleen maar overbodig is geworden (hoewel ze er nog steeds staat).

Om nu terug te keren naar het Midden Oosten conflict zelf, er zijn een aantal scenario's die op tafel liggen, en waarschijnlijk zal het nog het meest van Israël zélf afhangen of er ooit vrede kan komen en of Israël ooit zal blijven bestaan of dat het Israëlische staatsmodel zal verdampen of van de kaart zal worden geveegd, 't is maar hoe u 't wil lezen.

1) Israël kan op militair gebied gemakkelijk elke militaire confrontatie aan. Het is na de VS zowat het best uitgeruste militaire apparaat ter wereld, ontvangt vanwege de USA jaarlijks voor een goeie 4 miljard euro aan militaire middelen en materiaal, besteedt zelf een goeie 20 - 25 % van z'n totale BNP aan defensie, zo tussen de 8 à 10 miljard euro per jaar, waarmee ze wereldwijd zo ongeveer de 17e positie innemen. Niet slecht voor een landje met een goeie 7.1 miljoen inwoners (waarvan een goeie 20 % "Israelische Arabieren")

Noot: Iran heeft een militair budget van +/- 4 miljard euro / jaar, ofte ongeveer 2.5% van het BNP op een bevolking van 72 miljoen mensen. Peanuts dus, in vergelijking met wat andere staten aan hun militaire apparaat besteden.

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Another record year for defense spending in 2008

By Zvi Zrahiya, Haaretz Correspondent

The defense budget for 2008 will be NIS 51.3 billion, thereby setting yet another new record for defense spending.

This figure represents over 16% of the entire NIS 314 billion state budget for next year, which the Knesset approved yesterday after passing the accompanying Economic Arrangements Law the day before. It also represents about 7% of gross domestic product.

Of this sum, NIS 4.3 billion will go for pensions for those who have retired from the military, up from NIS 3.9 billion in 2007. Another NIS 1.2 billion is earmarked for the separation fence, and NIS 1.2 billion for bereaved families, widows and memorials for the fallen.

In total, 40.7% of the defense budget goes for personnel, 23.5% for equipment and 35.8% for operations and miscellaneous costs.

But compared to other militaries around the world, Israel's spending on manpower is low. The Italians spend 85.1% of their defense budget on personnel, Germany 58.5%, France 56.3% and Britain 42.1%.

The base defense budget for 2008 is only NIS 49.35 billion, as recommended by the Brodet Committee on defense spending. However, in the last quarter of 2008, the Defense Ministry will also be able to use $150 million of the U.S. military aid for 2009.




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World Military Spending

by Anup Shah - This Page Last Updated Saturday, March 01, 2008

"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

James Madison,
Political Observations, 1795

World Military Spending

Global military expenditure and arms trade form the largest spending in the world at over one trillion dollars in annual expenditure and has been rising in recent years.

(1991 figures are unavailable.)

Summarizing some key details from chapter 8 of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s 2007 Year Book on Armaments, Disarmament and International Security for 2005:

# World military expenditure in 2006 is estimated to have reached $1204 billion in current dollars;

# This represents a 3.5 per cent increase in real terms since 2005 and a 37 per cent increase over the 10-year period since 1997;

# The USA, responsible for about 80 per cent of the increase in 2005, is the principal determinant of the current world trend, and its military expenditure now accounts for almost half of the world total;

SIPRI also comments on the increasing concentration of military expenditure, i.e. that a small number of countries spend the largest sums:

# The 15 countries with the highest spending account for 83 per cent of the total;

# The USA is responsible for 46 per cent of the world total, distantly followed by the UK, France, Japan and China with 4-5 per cent each.

Using SIPRI data:

High and rising world market prices of minerals and fossil fuels has also been a contributing factor in the upward trend in military expenditure, said SIPRI in their earlier 2006 report. For example, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Russia and Saudi Arabia have been able to increase spending because of increased oil and gas revenues, while Chile and Peru’s increases are resource-driven, “because their military spending is linked by law to profits from the exploitation of key natural resources.”

Also, “China and India, the world’s two emerging economic powers, are demonstrating a sustained increase in their military expenditure and contribute to the growth in world military spending. In absolute terms their current spending is only a fraction of the USA’s. Their increases are largely commensurate with their economic growth.”

SIPRI’s 2005 data also shows that while in raw dollar amounts some nations are increasing spending at large amounts, their percentage increases may vary:

US spending has increased the most in dollars, while China’s has increased the most in percentage terms

In a similar report from 2004, the authors also noted that, “There is a large gap between what countries are prepared to allocate for military means to provide security and maintain their global and regional power status, on the one hand, and to alleviate poverty and promote economic development, on the other.”

Indeed, compare the military spending with the entire budget of the United Nations :

"The United Nations and all its agencies and funds spend about $20 billion each year, or about $3 for each of the world's inhabitants. This is a very small sum compared to most government budgets and it is just a tiny fraction of the world’s military spending. Yet for nearly two decades, the UN has faced a financial difficulties and it has been forced to cut back on important programs in all areas. Many member states have not paid their full dues and have cut their donations to the UN’s voluntary funds. As of November 30, 2007, members’ arrears to the Regular Budget topped $735 million, of which the United States alone owed $688 million (94% of the regular budget arrears)."

UN Financial Crisis, Global Policy Forum (accessed February 29, 2008)

The UN was created after World War II with leading efforts by the United States and key allies.

# The UN was set up to be committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security.

# Yet, the UN’s entire budget is just a tiny fraction of the world’s military expenditure, approximately 2%

# While the UN is not perfect and has many internal issues that need addressing, it is revealing that the world can spend so much on their military but contribute so little to the goals of global security, international cooperation and peace.

At the current level of spending (for 2006), it would take just a handful of years for the world’s donor countries to cover their entire aid shortfall, of some 2 trillion dollars in promised official aid since 1970, more than 35 years ago.

US Military Spending

The United States has unquestionably been the most formidable military power in recent years. Its spending levels, as noted earlier, is the principle determinant of world military spending and is therefore worth looking at further.

Generally, US military spending has been on the rise. Recent increases are attributed to the so-called War on Terror and the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, but it had also been rising before that.

For example, Christopher Hellman, an expert on military budget analysis notes in The Runaway Military Budget: An Analysis PDF formatted document, (Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 2006, no. 705, p. 3) that military spending had been rising since at least 1998, if not earlier.

Another expert on this topic, Travis Sharp, provides spending figures from 2001 to the requested figures for 2009 shown here:

As a chart

Raw data and sources (N.V.D.R. : Hiervoor verwijzen wij u graag door naar de desbetreffende pagina zelf.)

Compared to the rest of the world, these numbers have been described as “staggering.”

In Context: US Military Spending Versus Rest of the World

When the US Fiscal Year 2009 budget request for military spending came out in early 2008, Travis Sharp and Christopher Hellman (mentioned earlier) projected the spending of other nations planned for 2008 thus allowing comparison between US military spending and the rest of the world:

Pie chart :

Comparing US with others

# US military spending accounts for 48 percent, or almost half, of the world’s total military spending

# US military spending is more than the next 46 highest spending countries in the world combined

# US military spending is 5.8 times more than China, 10.2 times more than Russia, and 98.6 times more than Iran.

# US military spending is almost 55 times the spending on the six “rogue” states (Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria) whose spending amounts to around $13 billion, maximum. (Tabulated data does not include four of the six, as the data only lists nations that have spent over 1 billion in the year, so their budget is assumed to be $1 billion each)

# US spending is more than the combined spending of the next 45 countries.

# The United States and its strongest allies (the NATO countries, Japan, South Korea and Australia) spend $1.1 trillion on their militaries combined, representing 72 percent of the world’s total.

# The six potential “enemies,” Russia, and China together account for about $205 billion or 29% of the US military budget.

Top spenders ranked (and sources) (N.V.D.R. : Hiervoor verwijzen wij u graag door naar de desbetreffende pagina zelf.)

Why does the US number seem so high when the budget announced $517.9 for the Department of Defense?

Unfortunately, the budget numbers can be a bit confusing. For example, the Fiscal Year budget requests for US military spending do not include combat figures (which are supplemental requests that Congress approves separately). The budget for nuclear weapons falls under the Department of Energy, and for the 2009 request, was about $29 billion.

The cost of war (Iraq and Afghanistan) is estimated to be about $170 billion for the 2009 spending alone. Christopher Hellman and Travis Sharp also discuss the US fiscal year 2009 Pentagon spending request and note that “Congress has already approved nearly $700 billion in supplemental funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and an additional $126 billion in FY'08 war funding is still pending before the House and Senate.”

Furthermore, other costs such as care for vetarans, healthcare, military training/aid, secret operations, may fall under other departments or be counted separately.

The frustration of confusing numbers seemed to hit a raw nerve for the Center for Defense Information, concluding

"The articles that newspapers all over the country publish today will be filled with [military spending] numbers to the first decimal point; they will seem precise. Few of them will be accurate; many will be incomplete, some will be both. Worse, few of us will be able to tell what numbers are too high, which are too low, and which are so riddled with gimmicks to make them lose real meaning."

Winslow T. Wheeler, What Do the Pentagon’s Numbers Really Mean? The Chaos in America’s Vast Security Budget, Center for Defense Information,
February 4, 2008

Commenting on the earlier data, Chris Hellman, noted that when adjusted for inflation the request for 2007 together with that needed for nuclear weapons the 2007 spending request exceeds the average amount spent by the Pentagon during the Cold War, for a military that is one-third smaller than it was just over a decade ago. document

Generally, compared to Cold War levels, the amount of military spending and expenditure in most nations has been reduced. For example, global military spending declined from $1.2 trillion in 1985 to $809 billion in 1998, though in 2005 has risen to almost one trillion. The United States’ spending, up to 2009 requests may have be reduced compared to the Cold War era but is still close to Cold War levels.

Supporters of America’s high military expenditure often argue that using raw dollars is not a fair measure, but that instead it should be per capita or as percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and even then the spending numbers miss out the fact that US provides global stability with its high spending and allows other nations to avoid such high spending. However, as researcher Chris Hellman notes,

Linking military spending to the GDP is an argument frequently made by supporters of higher military budgets. Comparing military spending (or any other spending for that matter) to the GDP tells you how large a burden such spending puts on the US economy, but it tells you nothing about the burden a $440 billion military budget puts on U.S. taxpayers. Our economy may be able to bear higher military spending, but the question today is whether current military spending levels are necessary and whether these funds are going towards the proper priorities. Further, such comparisons are only made when the economy is healthy. It is unlikely that those arguing that military spending should be a certain portion of GDP would continue to make this case if the economy suddenly weakened, thus requiring dramatic cuts in the military.

Chris Hellman, The Runaway Military Budget: An Analysis, Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 2006, no. 705, p. 3

In regards to the high spending allowing other nations to spend less, that is often part of a supportive theory of the global hegemon being good for the world. Granted, other nations in such a position would likely want to be able to dominate as much of the world as possible, as past empires have throughout history.

However, whether this global hegemony and stability actually means positive stability, peace and prosperity for the entire world (or most of it) is subjective. That is, certainly the hegemony at the time, and its allies would benefit from the stability, relative peace and prosperity for themselves, but often ignored in this is whether the policies pursued for their advantages breeds contempt elsewhere (in the modern era that may equate to “anti-Americanism”, resorting to terrorism and other forms of hatred.)

As noted in other parts of this site, unfortunately more powerful countries have also pursued policies that have contributed to more poverty, and at times even overthrown fledgling democracies in favor of dictatorships or more malleable democracies. (Osama Bin Laden, for example, was part of an enormous Islamic militancy encouraged and trained by the US to help fight the Soviet Union. Of course, these extremists are all too happy to take credit for fighting off the Soviets in Afghanistan, never acknowledging how it could not have been done without their so-called “great satan” friend-turned-enemy!)

So the global good hegemon theory may help justify high spending and even stability for a number of other countries, but it does not necessarily apply to the whole world. To be fair, this criticism can also be a bit simplistic especially if an empire finds itself against a competitor with similar ambitions, that risks polarizing the world, and answers are likely difficult to find.

But even for the large US economy, the high military spending may not be sustainable in the long term. Noting trends in military spending, SIPRI added that the massive increase in US military spending has been one of the factors contributing to the deterioration of the US economy since 2001. SIPRI continues that, “In addition to its direct impact of high military expenditure, there are also indirect and more long-term effects. According to one study taking these factors into account, the overall past and future costs until year 2016 to the USA for the war in Iraq have been estimated to $2267 billion.”

In Context: US military budget vs. other US priorities

The peace lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, calculates for Fiscal Year 2007 that the majority of US tax payer’s money goes towards war:

As a pie chart

Raw data and sources (N.V.D.R. : Hiervoor verwijzen wij u graag door naar de desbetreffende pagina zelf.)

Furthermore, “national defense” category of federal spending is typically just over half of the United States discretionary budget (the money the President/Administration and Congress have direct control over, and must decide and act to spend each year. This is different to mandatory spending, the money that is spent in compliance with existing laws, such as social secuity benefits, medicare, paying the interest on the national debt and so on). For recent years here is how military, education and health budgets (the top 3) have fared:

Discretionary budgets in $ (billions) and percentages (N.V.D.R. : Hiervoor verwijzen wij u graag door naar de desbetreffende pagina zelf.)

For those hoping the world can decrease its military spending, SIPRI warns that “while the invasion [of Iraq] may have served as warning to other states with weapons of mass destruction, it could have the reverse effect in that some states may see an increase in arsenals as the only way to prevent a forced regime change

In this new era, traditional military threats to the USA are fairly remote. All of their enemies, former enemies and even allies do not pose a military threat to the United States. For a while now, critics of large military spending have pointed out that most likely forms of threat to the United States would be through terrorist actions, rather than conventional warfare, and that the spending is still geared towards Cold War-type scenarios and other such conventional confrontations.

"[T]he lion’s share of this money is not spent by the Pentagon on protecting American citizens. It goes to supporting U.S. military activities, including interventions, throughout the world. Were this budget and the organization it finances called the “Military Department,” then attitudes might be quite different. Americans are willing to pay for defense, but they would probably be much less willing to spend billions of dollars if the money were labeled “Foreign Military Operations."

The Billions For “Defense” Jeopardize Our Safety,
Center For Defense Information,
March 9, 2000

And, of course, this will come from American tax payer money. Many studies and polls show that military spending is one of the last things on the minds of American people.

But it is not just the U.S. military spending. In fact, as Jan Oberg argues, western militarism often overlaps with civilian functions affecting attitudes to militarism in general. As a result, when revelations come out that some Western militaries may have trained dictators and human rights violators, the justification given may be surprising, which we look at in the next page.

Where next?

Related articles

# The Arms Trade is Big Business

# World Military Spending

# Training Human Rights Violators

# Military Propaganda for Arms Sales

# Small Arms—they cause 90% of civilian casualties

# A Code of Conduct for Arms Sales

# Landmines

# Arms Trade Links for more information

# The US Nuclear Superpower

# North Korea and Nuclear Weapons





Israel Has 17th Largest Defense Budget

“Defense News” ranked Israel 17th in a list of the world’s top 25 defense spenders based on absolute numbers, not as a percentage of GDP. The list is based on updated information from the CIA’s “World Fact Book” and from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Most of the figures in the list, including those for Israel, refer to the 2005 fiscal year. The numbers are mostly consistent with official data from the relevant countries. Only one Arab country, Saudi Arabia, made the list, although Iran, with $4.3 billion in military spending in 2005, just lost the 25th place to Argentina.

World's Top Defense Spenders
United States
$518.1 billion
$81.47 billion
$45 billion
$44.31 billion
United Kingdom
$42.84 billion
$35.06 billion
$28.18 billion
South Korea
$21.05 billion
$21 billion
$19.04 billion
Saudi Arabia
$18 billion
$9.44 billion





Last update - 04:08 21/12/2008

ANALYSIS / Budget will decide whether Israel attacks Iran

By Aluf Benn

The most important decision the next government of Israel will have to make is how to distribute resources intended for use against the Iranian nuclear threat, senior defense officials involved in decision-making have told Haaretz. The new government will have to decide whether to invest in developing measures to attack Iran's nuclear facilities or developing means of defense and deterrance if Iran does attain nuclear power.

The budget will decide whether Israel will seriously consider a military option against Iran. A decision focusing on defense and deterrance will mean that Israel has given up on attacking Iran. The dilemma becomes more serious in the context of economic recession, which limits the government's ability to expand the defense budget.

Those who support deterrance believe there is no substitute for the military option, and costly resources should not be wasted on a plan that will never be implemented. They also say that, at most, Israel could bring about a delay of a few years in the Iranian nuclear project, which does not justify the risk of complications in the action or a wider regional conflict. They prefer investing in a number of long-term projects that will increase Israel's ability to defend itself against the nuclear threat. Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert objected to this approach. His position was that if Israel can thwart the Iranian threat, its present deterrent capability and resources should not be wasted on redundant deterrent capabilities. As far as is known, Olmert has yet to approve the continued development of a number of projects.

Those who are for the "attack option" say there is great value in delaying the development of Iranian nuclear capabilities by two to four years by means of an Israeli attack. Optimally, they say such an action could also undermine the regime in Tehran, or at least lead to international support against Iranian nuclearization.

"In choosing a strategy vis a vis a non-conventional Iranian threat, we must consider the limited resources at our disposal, which requires sophisticated risk-management," the chairman of the National Economic Council, Professor Manuel Trachtenberg, told the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies last Thursday.

There is no consensus in the defense community about this approach. Experts say the price of the attack option is lower than its detractors say. They also say the IDF needs about NIS 1 billion a year to strengthen its "long arm," with funding going mainly for intelligence, refueling planes and the munitions-carrying capacity of Israel Air Force planes, and of course for training, and that the budget can bear the expense.

Military Intelligence says that over the past year Iran has crossed the "technological threshold" and now has the ability to enrich uranium. Attaining nuclear weapons is now a matter only of a decision by the Iranian leadership, time and circumstances. But intelligence experts say Iran prefers stockpiling a large amount of fissionable material before moving on to military nuclear technology, which presents a window of opportunity for a final diplomatic effort to stop development of an Iranian bomb.

Related articles:

# U.S. congressman: Give talks with Iran no more than 3 months

# Russia in talks with Iran over sale of anti-aircraft missiles, despite Israeli objections

# Executive arrested in N.Y. over Iranian nuclear funding scheme



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Bovendien beschikt Israël naar verluidt over 200 kernkoppen... & heeft al herhaaldelijk gedreigd dat ze deze ook zullen gebruiken. Het is ook in dit licht dat de uitspraken dienen te worden gezien vanwege Matan Vilnai, Israël's vice-minister van Defensie, dat de Palestijnen een nieuwe "Shoah" over zichzelf zullen afroepen als de toestand blijft escaleren.

Noot : over dit soort uitspraken valt blijkbaar geen mens, althans toch niet in West Europa. Stel u voor dat 't van Ahmadinejad was gekomen ?!...

..., Friday 29 February 2008 13.33 GMT

Israeli minister warns of Palestinian 'holocaust'

A Sderot chicken factory damaged by a Hamas rocket. Photograph: AP/Almog Sugavker

An Israeli minister today warned of increasingly bitter conflict in the Gaza Strip, saying the Palestinians could bring on themselves what he called a "holocaust".

"The more Qassam [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Matan Vilnai, Israel's deputy defence minister, told army radio.

Shoah is the Hebrew word normally reserved to refer to the Jewish Holocaust. It is rarely used in Israel outside discussions of the Nazi extermination of Jews during the second world war, and many Israelis are loath to countenance its use to describe other events.

The minister's statement came after two days of tit-for-tat missile raids between Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army. At least 32 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed since the surge in violence on Wednesday.

Today Israel activated a rocket warning system to protect Ashkelon, a city of 120,000 people, from Palestinian attacks.

Ashkelon was hit by several Grad rockets fired from Gaza yesterday. One hit an apartment building, slicing through the roof and three floors below, and another landed near a school, wounding a 17-year-old girl.

Located 11 miles from Gaza, Ashkelon has been sporadically targeted before but not suffered direct hits or significant damage.

"It will be sad, and difficult, but we have no other choice," Vilnai said, referring to the large-scale military operation he said Israel was preparing to bring a halt to the rocket fire.

"We're getting close to using our full strength. Until now, we've used a small percentage of the army's power because of the nature of the territory."

Israel would not launch a ground offensive in the next week or two, partly because the military would prefer to wait for better weather, defence sources said. But the army had completed its preparations and was awaiting the government's order to move, officials said.

Until now, the Palestinian rocket squads have largely targeted Sderot, a small town near Gaza. Ashkelon, a big population centre only 25 miles from Tel Aviv, was caught unprepared, its mayor said on Friday.

"It's a city of 120,000 people, with large facilities – a huge soccer stadium, a basketball stadium and a beach. No one is ready for this," Roni Mehatzri told Israel Radio.

Dozens of soldiers in orange berets from the Israeli military's home front command arrived in Ashkelon and hung posters around the city telling residents what to do in case of rocket attack.

The barrage of Iranian-made Grads directed at Ashkelon yesterday came after an escalation of violence in Gaza. Israel killed five Hamas militants on Wednesday morning, apparently including two planners of the rocket attacks, in an air strike on a minivan.

Later in the day, a Palestinian rocket killed an Israeli civilian, a 47-year-old father of four, in Sderot.

Hamas, an Islamist group with close ties to Iran, has ruled Gaza since its violent takeover there in June 2006.

Since Wednesday, 32 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli missile strikes, including 14 civilians, among them eight children, according to Palestinian officials. The youngest was a six-month-old boy, Mohammed al-Borai, whose funeral was held yesterday.

There were further indications that Israel was preparing for an offensive by sending confidential messages to world leaders, including the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, who plans to visit the region next week.

"Israel is not keen on, and rushing for, an offensive, but Hamas is leaving us no choice," the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, told the senior figures, according to Israel's mass circulation daily, Yedioth Ahronoth.

Security sources were quoted by both Israel Radio and army radio as saying a big operation was being prepared but was not imminent.



Toch lijkt dit vrij onwaarschijnlijk omdat Israël zich dit niet kan permitteren vanuit PR oogpunt. De etnische zuivering op korte termijn is dus eigenlijk geen optie meer, & een "trage" zuivering zit er voorlopig althans ook niet meer aan te komen, tenzij het de bedoeling is om het leven van de Palestijnen nog miserabeler te maken dan het nù al is, zodat ze uiteindelijk "uit eigen beweging" vertrekken.

2) De Tweestatenoplossing.

Deze wordt nu reeds geruime tijd verdedigd door een groot gedeelte Israëli's én Palestijnen... & sinds enige tijd zijn ook de Amerikanen & Europeanen een voorstander van dit scenario. Echter, de politiek van Israël om steeds meer land (...& dan vooral water & vruchtbare gronden) van Palestijnen af te pakken, evenals de aanhoudende uitbreiding van zowel bestaande als nieuwe nederzettingen op Palestijns gebied vormen een serieuze hinderpaal.

De belangrijkste kritiek op de Tweestatenoplossing is dat de Palestijnse Staat in feite een soort Apartheidsstaat zal zijn, bestaande uit een aantal bantoestans, enclaves of eilandjes, die volkomen omringd of omsingeld zullen zijn door Israël, zoals dit ook al tot uiting kwam in de eerder getoonde presentatie vanwege Gush Shalom. (punt 1 - Iran's generous offer). Met andere woorden, indien Israël de koloniseringspolitiek blijft verderzetten zal het deze oplossing zélf ondergraven & komen we automatisch terecht bij de derde oplossing, de One State Solution.

3) De One State solution - één Staat voor twéé volkeren.

Kijk - kijk... dit zou nog eens een interessant experiment kunnen zijn. Dit lijkt op het éérste gezicht een waanzinnig idee, maar in Israël zelf zijn er nu al een aantal voorstanders van of bewegingen die dit idee voorstaan. Eén staat.. seculier, voor álle mensen met gelijke rechten voor iederéén. Wie kan dáár nu tegen zijn? Wel, om te beginnen de Israëli's, want die wilden een exclusief Joodse Staat waarin ze dan wel doen alsof de "Arabische Israëli's" gelijke rechten hebben wat natuurlijk niet zo is.

Op dit ogenblik zijn er ongeveer 20% "Israëlische Arabieren", dus Palestijnen die Israëlisch staatsburgerschap hebben, en inderdaad zelfs een -minimale- vertegenwoordiging in de Israëlische Knesset. Nochtans is het zo dat het geboortecijfer bij de Arabische Israëli's véél hoger ligt dan bij de Joodse Israëli's, en Israël is dus dringend op zoek naar nieuwe immigranten (uiteraard van joodse "afkomst") teneinde het Joodse karakter van Israël in stand te kunnen houden. Demografie is dan ook een zéér grote bezorgdheid van de Israëli's, want hoe verdedigbaar zou het zijn, internationaal maar ook in eigen land, indien een minderheid van Israëli's de plak zou zwaaien over een meerderheid langs Arabische - Palestijnse zijde ?!...

Maar U voelt 'm al komen, de kans bestaat natuurlijk ook dat de Palestijnen zich niet aan de regels zullen houden & dat Israël op die manier alsnog "zal verdwijnen van het aanschijn van de geschiedenis", precies zoals voorspeld door Ahmadinejad.

De kaarten zijn dan ook volledig in de handen van Israël zelf. Zij kunnen ze schudden, delen, geven & nemen, zij kunnen het spel sturen zoals zij dat willen, maar de uitkomst van het spel zal waarschijnlijk niet de uitkomst zijn die ze zelf willen.

Voor de Palestijnen ziet het er op dit ogenblik nog niet erg goed uit, maar hoe langer het kaartspel nog zal duren, des te beter zullen de kaarten voor hun gaan vallen.

Ook de Amerikanen spelen hierin een belangrijke rol. Jaarlijks geeft Amerika meer dan 2 miljard dollar aan Egypte, of beter, aan het regime van Moebarak, & bijna evenveel aan Saudi-Arabië. Zonder deze "steun" die we gerust omkoopgeld kunnen noemen zou het, zeker voor Moebarak, een pak moeilijker zijn om de bevolking onder de knoet te blijven houden. Het logische gevolg van échte democratie in bijvoorbeeld Egypte zou dan ook zijn dat de mensen massaal zouden kiezen (stemmen dus) voor islamitisch getinte partijen zoals de moslimbroederschap in Egypte, die nu buiten de wet is gesteld door het regime van Moebarak.

Enerzijds verwijt men de moslimlanden graag dat ze niet democratisch zijn, maar anderzijds ~& laat ons daar geen doekjes om winden~ steekt de Westerse Wereld maar al te graag een handje toe om te beletten dat die landen democratisch worden of blijven (bijv. Algerije, Tunesië of Iran).

Echter, zodra de Amerikaanse steun voor Egypte, Saudi Arabië (...& ook Israël) om één of andere reden zal opdrogen, wat voorlopig zeker nog niet het geval zal zijn, zullen deze regimes (...& waarschijnlijk ook Israël) zodanig verzwakken dat zij uiteindelijk vanzelf zullen verschrompelen & verdwijnen.

Maar voorlopig ziet het er nog niet naar uit dat er van échte vrede in het Midden Oosten in de nabije toekomst sprake zal zijn.

...& Binnenkort : Gaza 2009 - "Are we all antisemites now ?!..." - Chronologie van een aangekondigde ramp - PART II

12-01-2009 om 19:31 geschreven door Vorser-Raadgever  

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De Oorlogscensuur van Israël... (1)

Vooraleer we hier uitgemaakt gaan worden voor rabiate antisemieten... wat we voor de duidelijkheid dus NIET zijn... & laat dit dan ook bij deze bij iedere lezer in z'n grijze hersenmassa doordringen (!!), wij hebben dus wel degelijk een ~onderbouwde~ mening !!

...& Al beseffen we zeer goed dat we naar aanleiding van sommige van onze boute uitspraken & stellingen hiervoor wel eens versleten zouden kunnen voor worden, houdt dit ons niet tegen om hier onze onvrede ~noem 't maar regelrechte verontwaardiging~ te ventileren over wat er zich op dit moment in Gaza afspeelt...

Wat niet wegneemt dat we dus wel degelijk tégen de huidige politiek van de Israëlische machthebbers zijn, die ~onder andere omwille van wat we in onze voorgaande beschouwing gepubliceerd hebben over de gasvelden in Gaza & voor de kust van Gaza~ hun eigen bevolking zo gek krijgen dat ze hun buren ~die weliswaar inderdaad niet altijd de braafste jongens zijn~ gewoon willen uitroeien... & sorry, maar een ander woord hebben we ~& zeker gezien de gebruikte middelen & methodes~ daar niet echt voor gevonden...

Hoe men het ook draait of keert, het is op dit eigenste moment dus ook nog eens een regelrechte oorlog tegen de Palestijnse kinderen aan het worden... Je moet zo maar eventjes het aantal slachtoffers bekijken & het aandeel dat kinderen hierin uitmaken.

We hebben het hier al al een aantal malen gezegd & we zullen dat ook blijven herhalen : het is ontoelaatbaar op zulke schaal lucht- & artilleriebombardementen uit te voeren in zulk een dichtbevolkt gebied, waarbij dan nog eens de onmenselijke, zeg maar pure smeerlapperij van witte fosfor wordt gebruikt !! ...& het gebied is daar niet alleen dicht bevolkt, maar bovendien bestaat het overgrote deel van die bevolking daar uit meer dan 50% kinderen...

Zo eventjes terzijde...


January 10, 2009

Q & A on Israel’s Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza

Since the beginning of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza on January 3, 2009, there have been numerous media reports about the possible use by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of white phosphorus (WP), a chemical substance used in military ordnance that has several tactical uses. The IDF has told Human Rights Watch and reporters that it is not using WP in Gaza. On January 7, an IDF spokesman told CNN, “I can tell you with certainty that white phosphorus is absolutely not being used.”

Human Rights Watch believes the IDF is using WP in Gaza. On January 9, Human Rights Watch researchers on a ridge overlooking Gaza from the northwest observed multiple air-bursts of artillery-fired WP that appeared to be over the Gaza City/Jabaliya area. In addition, Human Rights Watch has analyzed photographs taken by the media on the Israel-Gaza border showing Israeli artillery units handling fused WP artillery shells, as well as video of air bursts over Gaza followed by tendrils of smoke and flame that are highly indicative of WP use.

Israel appears to be using WP as an “obscurant” (a chemical used to hide military operations), a permissible use in principle under international humanitarian law (the laws of war). However, WP also has a significant, incidental, incendiary effect that can severely burn people and set structures, fields, and other civilian objects in the vicinity on fire. The potential for harm to civilians is magnified by Gaza’s high population density, among the highest in the world.

Human Rights Watch believes that the use of WP in densely populated areas of Gaza violates the requirement under international humanitarian law to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian injury and loss of life. This concern is amplified given the technique evidenced in media photographs and viewed by Human Rights Watch researchers on January 9 of air-bursting WP projectiles, which spreads the burning wafers over a wider area, thereby increasing the likelihood of civilian casualties and damage to civilian objects.

What is White Phosphorous?

White phosphorous (WP) is a chemical substance dispersed in artillery shells, bombs, and rockets, used primarily to obscure military operations on the ground. It is not considered a chemical weapon and is not banned per se. WP ignites and burns on contact with oxygen and creates a smokescreen at night or during the day to mask the visual movement of troops. It also interferes with infra-red optics and weapon-tracking systems, thus protecting military forces from guided weapons such as anti-tank missiles. When WP comes into contact with people or objects, though, it creates an intense and persistent burn. It can also be used as a weapon against military targets (see below).

How is WP used?

WP can be air-burst or ground-burst. It emits a distinct “garlic” smell. When air-burst, it covers a larger area than ground-burst and is useful to mask large troop movements. However, this spreads the incendiary effect over a wider area and in densely populated areas, as in much of Gaza, increases the exposure of civilians. When the weapon is ground-burst, the endangered area is more concentrated and the smokescreen remains for longer. The cloud from WP is dependent on atmospheric conditions, so it is impossible to generalize how long it will remain in the air.

WP can also be used as a weapon. US forces used WP during the second battle of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004 to “smoke out” concealed combatants, who were then attacked.

Why is WP controversial?

WP burns anything it touches. When air-burst as an obscurant, it can fall over an area about the size of a football field, about the same area affected by a cluster bomb. Those below may receive horrific skin burns, and it can set structures, fields, and other objects on fire. Using WP against military targets in densely populated areas would also raise concerns where the weapon could not be directed at a specific military target and thus would be indiscriminate in its impact, in violation of the laws of war. Humanitarian law also places restrictions on the use of incendiary weapons like WP against military personnel when other weapons are available.

What is the status of WP under international law?

WP used as weapons are considered incendiaries. Incendiary weapons are not prohibited under the laws of war. However, the use of WP against military targets is regulated under Protocol III of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW). Although Israel is not party to this treaty, customary laws of war prohibit the anti-personnel use of incendiary weapons so long as weapons less likely to cause unnecessary suffering are available.

A 1998 Israeli military manual states: “Incendiary arms are not banned. Nevertheless, because of their wide range of cover, this protocol of the CCW is meant to protect civilians and forbids making a population center a target for an incendiary weapon attack. Furthermore, it is forbidden to attack a military objective situated within a population center employing incendiary weapons. The protocol does not ban the use of these arms during combat (for instance, in flushing out bunkers).”

Is Israel’s use of WP compliant with international law?

WP is not an illegal obscurant or weapon. However, Israel’s use of WP as an obscurant in densely populated areas of Gaza violates the obligation to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to the civilian population during military operations. Human Rights Watch urges Israel immediately to stop using WP in densely populated areas. Human Rights Watch will seek to investigate this matter further.





January 10, 2009

Israel: Stop Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza

Chemical ‘Obscurant’ Poses Serious Risk to Civilians

“White phosphorous can burn down houses and cause horrific burns when it touches the skin. Israel should not use it in Gaza’s densely populated areas.”

Marc Garlasco,
senior military analyst

(Jerusalem) – Israel should stop using white phosphorus in military operations in densely populated areas of Gaza, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 9 and 10, 2009, Human Rights Watch researchers in Israel observed multiple air-bursts of artillery-fired white phosphorus over what appeared to be the Gaza City/Jabaliya area.

Israel appeared to be using white phosphorus as an “obscurant” (a chemical used to hide military operations), a permissible use in principle under international humanitarian law (the laws of war). However, white phosphorus has a significant, incidental, incendiary effect that can severely burn people and set structures, fields, and other civilian objects in the vicinity on fire. The potential for harm to civilians is magnified by Gaza’s high population density, among the highest in the world.

“White phosphorous can burn down houses and cause horrific burns when it touches the skin,” said Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch. “Israel should not use it in Gaza’s densely populated areas.”

Human Rights Watch believes that the use of white phosphorus in densely populated areas of Gaza violates the requirement under international humanitarian law to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian injury and loss of life. This concern is amplified given the technique evidenced in media photographs of air-bursting white phosphorus projectiles. Air bursting of white phosphorus artillery spreads 116 burning wafers over an area between 125 and 250 meters in diameter, depending on the altitude of the burst, thereby exposing more civilians and civilian infrastructure to potential harm than a localized ground burst.

Since the beginning of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza on January 3, 2009, there have been numerous media reports about the possible use of white phosphorous by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF told both Human Rights Watch and news reporters that it is not using white phosphorus in Gaza. On January 7, an IDF spokesman told CNN, “I can tell you with certainty that white phosphorus is absolutely not being used.”




Wat ons ook zwaar ergert is het feit dat er géén journalisten worden toegelaten & dit nog eens tegen een uitspraak van hun eigen Israêlisch hooggerechtshof in !! ...& Het is zelfs nog erger, want de journalisten die ter plaatse waren werden vermoord of gebombardeerd ondanks het doorgeven van de coördinaten aan het Israëlisch leger van het gebouw waarin ze werkten... (net zoals gebeurde bij de VN-school trouwens).

De Israëlische regering waarschuwt tegen de Palestijnse "burgerjournalisten" en bloggers omdat ze geen objectief verslag zouden geven van de gebeurtenissen. Tja, het zal ook erg moeilijk zijn in dergelijke omstandigheden om iets of wat objectiviteit aan de dag te leggen nietwaar ?!...

Trouwens Israël moet dan maar journalisten binnenlaten zoals overal gebeurde bij gewapende conflicten. We zouden hier dus heel gemakkelijk een aantal Palestijnse bloggers aan het woord kunnen laten over de drama's die zich daar aan het afspelen zijn onder het weliswaar blinde oog van de wereld, maar dat doen we dus niet. Dàt moeten jullie maar zelf opzoeken... Er zijn er genoeg & blijkbaar zijn ze allemaal even subjectief, want ze vertellen quasi allemaal de zelfde horrorverhalen... & eerlijk gezegd, wij geloven dat die niet zo erg ver naast de toch wel héél lugubere realiteit zitten.

We hebben hier trouwens ook reeds eerder onze visie over burgerjounalisten gegeven & we blijven die hier dus ook tot in den treure herhalen. Er zijn alleen de erkende journalisten - PUNT. Burgerjournalisten is een fenomeen dat wij nooit zullen erkennen. Zulke personen zijn getuigen & kunnen zéér waardevolle dingen zeggen... Verder zijn er bloggers & ook dat kan interessant zijn, anders zouden wij ~KITOKOJUNGLE~ hier trouwens niet zijn... Maar journalisten zijn we tot nader order dus niet !!

Maar ook in Gaza werken erkende jounalisten die erkend zijn door het IFJ (International Federation of Jounalists). Wij laten daarom het IFJ zelf aan het woord over de gebeurtenissen in Gaza. Het wordt nu eens hoog tijd dat Israël & haar vurige supporters eens een zinnig antwoord geeft op de verschillende oproepen van het IFJ !! ...Intussen rangschikken we de staat Israël bij de echte schurkenstaten zoals Myanmar, Noord-Korea enz...

...& We beginnen met :


January 05, 2009

Media Ban in Gaza a Recipe for Censorship, Ignorance and Fear, Says IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) says the Israeli ban on foreign journalists from entering Gaza to cover the conflict is a dangerous violation of press freedom that adds to "ignorance, uncertainty and fear" in the region.

The IFJ says that the presence of independent reporters on the ground is needed to ensure that there are no flagrant abuses of human rights by combatants.

The IFJ's protest comes as the global humanitarian agency Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for rights monitors as well as journalists to be allowed into Gaza, a move that could help save lives.

"The Israeli ban on foreign news media from Gaza since December 27 raises concerns that there is a systematic attempt to prevent scrutiny of actions by the Israeli military," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "The eyes of the world are on Gaza, but Israel is trying to censor the news by keeping the media at bay."

The IFJ says that Israeli claims the ban was imposed because it cannot guarantee the safety of journalists is untenable.

"Few news people take this seriously given that Israel has already shown its contempt for international law by its targeted military strike on an unarmed television station at the outset of the conflict," said White.

For the past two months, when the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas broke down, Israel has restricted access to Gaza for foreign journalists. None has been allowed entry since the current military campaign began. The world's media are largely dependent upon coverage provided by local Palestinian freelance staff, many of whom are denied formal press accreditation by Israel and have no freedom to move in the region. Israeli journalists themselves are denied access to Gaza, say human rights groups, because of the government's policy of prohibiting citizens from entering Gaza.

The IFJ is concerned that restriction of access and movement may contribute to unbalanced reporting as journalists are unable to report from all conflict-hit areas.

The IFJ is supporting efforts by the Jerusalem-based Foreign Correspondents Association to get journalists access to Gaza, but is insisting that there should be no controlled access organised and supervised by the Israeli authorities.

"It is not for one side to dictate who goes into the area and in what circumstances," said White. "Journalists should be allowed to travel and work freely without monitoring by the military."

For more information
contact the IFJ at +32 2 235 2207

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide



...& We vervolgen met :


January 07, 2009

IFJ Condemns Killings of Journalists and Backs Media Protests over Israeli Actions

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the killing of a cameraman in Gaza as a result of an air strike carried out by Israeli forces in Gaza.

Basel Faraj, who worked as a cameraman for the Algerian TV network ENTV and the Palestine Broadcast Production Company, was wounded as a result of an Israeli air strike on 27 December. He died yesterday evening. He was filming in Gaza with reporters Mohamed Madi and Mohamed Al Tanany and Morocco Channel 2 cameraman, Khaled Abu Shammala all of whom were injured in the attack.

Basel is the second journalist to die from injuries in the recent Gaza conflict. Hamza Shahin, a photographer with Shehab News Agency, died on 26 December from wounds sustained in an earlier Israeli air attack on 7 December.

Journalists have been in the firing line since the beginning of the Israeli military operation. The Palestine Journalists Syndicate (PJS) says that Israeli forces have targeted vehicles and journalists who were clearly identified as such, with "Press" or "TV" markings.

The PJS has organised demonstrations in the West Bank town of Ramallah today to protest over the attacks on media and to show solidarity with journalists and media inside Gaza.

The IFJ has protested at the destruction of the offices of Al Aqsa Television on December 28 by Israeli fighter planes and called for Israel to open up Gaza to foreign correspondents in line with an order from Israeli judges.

"We strongly support our colleagues in Palestine as they speak out against Israeli attacks on journalists and media outlets,' said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "Israel is making a mockery of its status as a democratic country by violating international law, ignoring its own Supreme Court and showing contempt for the United Nations by defying its obligations under Resolution 1738 to protect journalists in conflict zones."



...& We gaan verder met :


January 09, 2009

Another Gaza Journalist Killed, IFJ Calls for Global Protest Over Media Blockade

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the world of journalism to raise its voice in protest over Israeli government pressure on media trying to cover the Gaza conflict. The Government has imposed a blockade on the world's media trying to report on the crisis inside Gaza.

The IFJ call comes as another Palestinian journalist was reported killed - the fourth victim of recent Israeli military action in Gaza. Eyhab Al Wahidi , who worked as a cameraman for the Palestinian Broadcast Corporation in Gaza, was killed with his wife and mother in law yesterday when Israeli troops shelled their home in Gaza city. The family children were injured.

"The media crisis in Gaza has become intolerable," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "The systematic manipulation and control of media trying to report on Gaza and the casualties being sustained inside the territory require a concerted response from the world's media."

Despite an Israeli Supreme Court ruling ordering the government to allow a limited pool of journalists to enter Gaza, the army continues to block entry. Yesterday, two Israeli channels and the BBC were permitted to briefly accompany Israeli ground forces, but there is no hint that the government will permit journalists unfettered access to Gaza.

According to media reports, journalists for most television networks are broadcasting from a hill outside Sderot, and relying on Gazan journalists to serve as their eyes and ears. Meanwhile, Israel's sophisticated communications operation provides beleagured media staff with contacts, fact books full of charts and statistics, tours of the south of Israel and interviews with the Israeli victims of rocket attacks from Gaza.

"There is a cynical attempt to ensure that media tell the story from the Israeli side only," said White. "The truth cannot be told unless journalists are free to move, to talk with everyone involved and to see with their own eyes what is happening on the ground."

The IFJ says that legitimate security concerns are being raised, particularly related to the safety of media staff. "But this should not be used as an excuse to keep journalists from doing their work," said White. "Media must be free to judge the risks for themselves and not be constrained. When one side takes control of the message, truth-telling becomes overwhelmed by propaganda."



...Om voorlopig hier te eindigen met :


January 10, 2009

New Call to Protect Journalists in Gaza

IFJ Demands End to Targeting as Israelis Strike Media Tower

The International Federation of Journalists has called for the protection of media and journalists to be guaranteed in any talks taking place to end the violence in the Gaza Strip following the bombing on Friday of a building housing news organisations.

The Al-Johara Tower, an eight-storey building in Al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City, was hit twice by Israeli aircraft, even though the building was clearly marked as housing media staff. Up to 20 news organisations work inside the building including Iran's English-language Press TV and Arabic-language network of al-Alam. Satellite transmission equipment on the roof of the building was destroyed and at least one journalist was reported injured.

The IFJ is particularly concerned because the coordinates for the building were provided to the Israeli military and lighting on the roof clearly identifies the building.

“This latest attack confirms the fear that media inside Gaza are becoming the targets of Israeli forces,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “It is time for the international community to condemn this targeting and to ensure that any agreement to end hostilities will also take media and journalists out of the firing line.”

The IFJ is supporting its local affiliate the Palestine Journalists Syndicate, which has also protested over this attack, which came at the end of a week when another Palestinian journalist was reported killed - the fourth media victim of recent Israeli military action in Gaza.

Despite an Israeli Supreme Court ruling ordering the government to allow a limited pool of journalists to enter Gaza, the army continues to block entry of foreign reporters. The IFJ says this is an attempt to manipulate media reporting of the conflict.

“The media have become part of the battleground and journalists are ever more at risk,” said White. “The targeting of journalists is a scandalous violation of human rights and must be stopped.”



...& In onze eigenste Belgische pers vinden we hierover :


10/01/09 07u31


Ondanks een zogoed als unanieme resolutie van de VN-Veiligheidsraad met een oproep voor een onmiddellijk staakt-het-vuren en het aanvatten van besprekingen gaat op het terrein zelf de oorlog onverminderd voort. Israël denkt zelfs aan een uitbreiding van het grondoffensief, terwijl Hamas ook al geen enkele noodzaak ziet om het offensief te laten stoppen en probeert de raketaanvallen op het zuiden van Israël voort te zetten. De Israëlische luchtaanvallen rond Gaza-stad gaan ook onverminderd door. Het grondoffensief zou eerstdaags naar de meer dichtbevolkte wijken uitgebreid worden.

"Het leger zal voortgaan Israëlische burgers te beschermen en zijn opdrachten uit te voeren", zei premier Ehud Olmert. Niemand betwist het recht op zelfverdediging van Israël, maar of dat recht ingevuld moet worden met het overproportionele geweld van de afgelopen week, waar bijzonder veel burgers, vrouwen en vooral kinderen het slachtoffer van werden, is zeer de vraag. Het beschieten van ambulances, van VN-hulpkonvooien, het gebruik van cluster- en brandbommen zijn methodes die niets meer met die wettige zelfverdediging te maken hebben, maar duiden op een bruut offensief dat zonder enige maat een vijand probeert te vernietigen.

Daarbij worden iedere dag nieuwe gruwelverhalen de wereld ingestuurd: volgens een VN-organisatie heeft het Israëlische leger 110 Palestijnen bevel gegeven zich te verzamelen in een gebouw in het oosten van Gaza-stad. Nog geen dag later werd dat in puin geschoten. Daarbij vielen tientallen doden en wie het bloedbad overleefde, moest twee kilometer lopen voor ze naar het ziekenhuis konden worden gebracht. Bij aankomst daar stierven nog eens drie kinderen.

Net om dit soort gruwel niet aan de wereldpers kenbaar te maken, wordt die zorgvuldig de toegang tot het slagveld ontzegd. "Uit veiligheidsredenen", heet het. Misschien is het meer uit schaamte voor wat men aan het aanrichten is.

Twee partijen die zich koppig vastklampen aan de logica van de haat en de destructie, die al zo lang iedere oplossing voor het conflict in de weg staat, en integendeel de kiemen legt voor een nieuwe escalatie in de toekomst. Zodra de overlevende kinderen groot genoeg zullen zijn om hun haat te vertalen in nieuw terrorisme.

Yves Desmet
Politiek commentator



...& De Standaard laat zich in deze ook niet onbetuigd...




Over Gaza-stad rezen rookwolken vandaag - ondanks een nieuw bestand dat voortaan drie uur per dag zou moeten duren. De rookwolken waren duidelijk zichtbaar, en de verschrikkelijke bumbum-geluiden van artillerie- en andere beschietingen klonken angstaanjagend dichtbij. Explosies wennen nooit echt.

Maar Gaza en zijn geluiden waren voor buitenlandse journalisten alleen zichtbaar vanop heuvels rondom Gaza. Nauwelijks enkele kilometers verwijderd van de stad, maar de echte tragedie van de oorlog mocht niet dichtbij zijn. Op bevel van de Israëlische overheid. Met als argument dat de situatie "niet veilig" is. De verantwoordelijkheid voor de veiligheid van buitenlandse journalisten valt nochtans niet onder de bevoegdheid van de Israëlische overheid - volgens het internationale recht valt daaronder wel de veiligheid van burgers in gebieden die de Israëlische overheid bezet.

En dus bleven we kijken, vanop afstand. Dichterbij werden we telkens gestopt door jonge rekruten en politieagenten met flashy zonnebrillen en nonchalante M-16's.

Niet getreurd, in de stad Sderot - die in de voorbije jaren zwaar geteisterd door de domme raketten van Hamas - liep een leger van olijfkleurige militaire perswoordvoerders, die alles vertellen wat een journalist wilde weten. In elke taal die maar gewenst is: wie wil een Franstalige woordvoerder? Russisch? Bez problem. Als er een journalist uit Congo was geweest, was er ongetwijfeld een Swahili- of Kikongo-talige Israëlische militaire woordvoerder opgedoken.

Enig probleem: ze vertellen allemaal hetzelfde, in welke taal ook. Iedereen die wordt gedood is een terrorist, en anders liep hij of zij wel te dicht bij een terrorist. Eigen schuld. De Franstalige militaire woordvoerder, tot zijn twintigste opgegroeid in Frankrijk, werd agressief toen hem werd gevraagd waarom een op de zes doden in Gaza, in een doelgerichte operatie die totnogtoe slechts twaalf dagen heeft geduurd, nog kind was. En altijd zal blijven. De kolonel werd boos. Hoe kan een journalist nu niet begrijpen dat Israël terroristen aan het uitschakelen is? L' enfer, c'est l'autre. Een journalist uit Quebec probeerde de Belgische vraagtekens te verzachten door te verklaren dat de man geen echte Israëli is, maar een Fransman, "en die zijn nu eenmaal zo".

Als het Israëlische leger effectief zo efficiënt optreedt in de chaos van Gaza, zullen we daar nochtans graag over schrijven. Maar niet op basis van een leger van perswoordvoerders dat iedereen behandelt als een idioot van het zevende knoopsgat. Geen van die woordvoerders heeft overigens zelf ooit de huidige situatie in Gaza van binnenuit gezien.

En dus laat de enige democratie van het Midden-Oosten al die instrumenten van de democratie - een leger van journalisten, met al onze rampzalige beperkingen die we graag toegeven - alleen toezien vanop een heuvel vanop vijf kilometer afstand, te midden van lieflijke groene velden, naast Israëlische ramptoeristen die met een sterrenkijker komen kijken hoe Gaza brandt.

Een moedige Franse journaliste, Anne Nivat, schreef over haar ervaringen in de Tweede Tsjetsjeense oorlog het kille boek "La guerre qui n'aurait pas eu lieu", de oorlog die nooit zal hebben plaatsgevonden - omdat Poetins Rusland zorgvuldig alle pottenkijkers buitenhield, of koudbloedig liet afmaken.

Als een staat die zich een democratie noemt, zich begint te gedragen als Poetins Rusland, heeft de democratie in kwestie een probleem. Als die staat denkt dat zonnegebrilde militaire woordvoerders op hun woord worden geloofd, houdt die staat zichzelf voor de gek. Als die staat denkt dat de aanwezigheid van journalisten in Gaza onvermijdelijk sympathiebetuigingen voor Hamas zou opleveren, heeft ze geen idee van de ballorigheid van de vrije pers, wat haar eigen geloofwaardigheid als veronderstelde democratie aan het wankelen brengt. Het gevolg is dat de vrije pers in Gaza op dit moment wordt overgelaten aan moedige lokale, journalistieke Palestijnen, en aan zenders als Al-Jazeera - bij ons zo gedemoniseerd. Blijkt dat we zelf daar niets beter tegenover mogen stellen.

Israël heeft zelf enkele uitstekende media, een hele hoop hoogopgeleide en uitermate intelligente mensen, en een uitermate gesofisticeerd legerkorps. En geen journalistieke hond die al die woordvoerders op dit moment nog gelooft. Het Midden-Oosten is uitermate complex, alleen wil niemand van de betrokkenen dat echt toegeven. Het gevoelen hier is dat op dit moment de vijand moet worden ontmenselijkt, zodat hij of zij (of het kind) zonder veel gewetensproblemen uit de annalen van de geschiedenis kan worden geschrapt.

Alleen: het werkt niet. Wie zo hardnekkig iets probeert te verbergen, maakt zichzelf verdacht. Daar helpt geen zonnebril aan, zelfs niet van een duur merk.



...& Nog eentje van dezelfde hand...




Hoe zat nu eigenlijk met de Israëlische beschieting van het VN-schooltje vorige dinsdag, waarbij een veertigtal doden vielen - vluchtelingen volgens de VN? Volgens VN-bronnen heeft het Israëlische leger intussen toegegeven dat er hoegenaamd geen twee Hamas-terroristen in het schooltje zaten, laat staan dat ze van daaruit het Israëlische leger onder vuur zouden hebben genomen. Heel erg openlijk wil Israël in zijn bekentenis niet maken, volgens die VN-bronnen, want het verhaal is nogal, euh, pijnlijk.

Dit soort van verhalen geeft altijd een nare smaak in de mond. Toen ik woensdag in Sderot was, zowat het dichtsbijzijnde Israëlische stadje bij de Gaza-strook en als dusdanig doelwit van Qassam-raketten van Hamas, wist iedereen daar wel zeker dat Hamas in het schooltje zat en de vluchtelingen daar als 'menselijk schild' gebruikten. "We hebben bewijzen", zei Izik, een jonge twintiger. "Video's."

"Wil je de namen van de twee Hamas-terroristen?" vroeg luitenant-kolonel Olivier Rafowicz, de bullebak met de zonnebril uit een vorige blog. Hij gaf ze meteen, en ook hij verwees naar videobewijs. Kunnen we dat dan even zien, vroegen we. "Nee, dat is voorlopig 'classified'", zei de kolonel met de zonnebril. Maar hij wist wel heel erg zeker dat de video's bestonden, en de kolonel met de zonnebril is een officiële woordvoerder van het Israëlische leger.

Iedereen maakt fouten, en een vorige inwoner van deze regio heeft ooit iets gezegd over het werpen van de eerste steen. Niet de verspreiding van de foute versie van de feiten op zich is daarom zo verontrustend - al is ze waarschijnlijk niet per ongeluk gebeurd. Wel de gretigheid waarmee zowat iedereen die we hier ontmoeten, de propaganda van het leger napraat - letterlijk, zin voor zin. Allemaal weten ze over video's - die ze zelf nooit hebben gezien - en iedereen spreekt over "burgers die worden gebruikt als menselijke schilden" - op basis van wat? Als twijfel het begin is van wijsheid, scoort de Israëlische samenleving op dit moment niet erg hoog op de wijsheidsindex.

Hetzelfde geldt misschien voor de tegenpartij. Bij ons bezoek naar Hebron vonden we geen enkele Palestijn die veel kritiek wou uiten op Hamas. Een politicoloog gaf alleen toe "dat er in de Palestijnse samenleving wel een debat was geweest over de wijsheid van het lanceren van raketten op Israël". De dame in Gaza die we aan de telefoon kregen, zei dat heel Gaza voor honderd procent achter Hamas stond. Er zijn nochtans geruchten dat er ook burgers in Gaza zijn die het hele gedoe beu zijn, en er zijn enkele Palestijnse stemmen die zich afvragen waarom Hamas de confrontatiekoers opging. Maar hoe de stemming in Gaza precies is, weten we niet.

Boven het hele conflict hangt de "fog of war", de oorlogsmist. De enige manier om die mist tenminste een beetje op te lichten, is door onafhankelijke waarnemers en journalisten toe te laten. Wat de Israëlische regering, zoals de lezers van deze blog intussen weten, blijft weigeren. Tear down that wall, Mr. Olmert.



Redacteur Jorn De Cock blogt vanuit de buurt van Gaza

...& Een filmpje dat de zaken enigszins verduidelijkt...

"Video Israel Doesn't Want You to See"
duur : 2:57 minuten


Einde deel (1) ...wordt vervolgd...!!

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De Oorlogscensuur van Israël... (2)

Begin deel (2) ...Het vervolg...!!

...Met verder wat tekst & uitleg over het gehanteerde censuurbeleid van Israël...

We vonden onderstaande tekst in de alomgekende wikipedia, evenwel met de volgende mededelingen, die we om misverstanden te vermijden hier onmiddellijk bij plaatsen...

# This article or section has been nominated to be checked for its neutrality. Discussion of this nomination can be found on the talk page. (February 2008)

# This article's factual accuracy is disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page. (March 2008)

# This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. WikiProject Israel or the Israel Portal may be able to help recruit one. (November 2008)


Censorship in Israel

Israel has media censorship laws based on British emergency regulations from 1945 that apply to domestic media, foreign newspapers and wire service transmissions from or through Israel.

The Israeli Film Ratings board rates, limits or bans films deemed obscene, racist, or containing incitement to violence(1). Only a handful of films or plays have been banned outright (plays are no longer censored as of 1989). News censorship is the responsibility of the Israeli Military Censor. Regulations do not require all articles to be submitted for censorship prior to publication, but only those on a known list of sensitive subjects, such as nuclear weapons in Israel (for example, articles on the subjects of politics or economics may be published un-submitted). Failing to do so may cause the reporter to be cut off(2) or, in the case of foreign reporters, be barred from the country.(3)

The list of sensitive subjects, articles on which have to be submitted to censorship prior to publication, is determined within the framework of a censorship agreement between Israeli authorities and the 'Editor's Committee', which is a body of representatives from the Israeli media. "There will be no censorship on political issues, on expressions of opinion or assessments, unless they hint on classified information." (4)

Reporters Without Borders 2007 report on Israel states: "The country's journalists enjoy a freedom not found elsewhere in the region, but though 2006 was one of the safest years for them since the start of the second Intifada in 2000, many problems remain", mainly referring to the physical risks endured by reporters covering the conflict areas between Israel, the Palestinians and the Hizbullah in Lebanon.(5)

The Israeli Military Censor has the power to prevent publication of certain news items. The censorship rules largely concern military issues such as not reporting if a missile hit or missed its target, troop movements, etc. but it is also empowered to control information about the oil industry and water supply.(6)(7) Journalists who bypass the military censor or publish items that were censored may be subject to criminal prosecution and jail time; the censor also has the authority to close newspapers. However, these extreme measures have been rarely used.(8) One notable instance where a newspaper was closed temporarily was in the case of the Kav 300 affair where it was eventually discovered that the censor was used by the Shin Bet to cover up internal wrongdoings in the agency and led to one of the biggest public scandals in Israel during the 1980s and to a reassesment of the role and application of censorship in Israel.

Israeli laws also outlaw hate speech and "expressing support for illegal or terrorist organizations".(7)

Mordechai Vanunu who served 18 years in prison for treason and espionage was released in 2004, but is still under restrictions on speech and movement.(7) A BBC reporter was barred from the country after publishing an interview with him without handing it over to the censors first.(3)

Every journalist working within Israel is required to be accredited by the Israeli Government Press Office. Most applications are just formal, but the office is allowed to deny applications based on political or security considerations.(7)

One very commonly used way for Israeli media to circumvent censorship rules is to quote foreign news sources, which by virtue of being located outside of Israel are not subject to Israeli censorship.

(1) Israeli Theater Gets A Censor-Free Run

(2) New York Times: Censorship by Israel: How It's Carried Out

(3) The Guardian: BBC says sorry to Israel

(4) The Censorship Agreement

(5) Reporters Without Borders - Middle East Section

(6) Global Research: Israel's military censorship and war reporting in Lebanon

(7) [US Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2006]

(8) Editor & Publisher: AP Reveals Israeli Censorship, Says It Will Abide By Rules



...& we gaan verder met :


Israeli Military Censor

The Israeli Military Censor is a unit in the IDF Directorate of Military Intelligence which watches over the publication of information regarding the military network, and generally, the security of Israel. The Military Censor, as part of its duty, has authority to suppress information it deems compromising from being made public in the media. In practice however, the ability of the censor to suppress publication of news stories in the Israeli media is rather limited as Israeli news outlets often circumvent the censor by reporting stories "as quoted from foreign news sources," which, since they were originally published outside of Israel, are not subject to the restrictions of the Israeli military censor.

The Censorship Agreement

In 1966, the Censorship Agreement was signed between media representatives and the IDF. The media agreed to abide by the orders of the Military Censor, while the IDF agreed not to misuse its role. Three main points of the arrangement are:

# The purpose of the censorship is to prevent the publication of security information which could benefit the enemy or harm the State.

# There will be no censorship on political issues, on expressions of opinion or assessments, unless they hint on classified information.

# The Military Censor will inform the media which issues demand its approval. The list is subject to change, but always includes two overarching issues: the security of the State, and the immigration of Jews from nations hostile to Israel. (1)

Parliamentary and judicial oversight

During the 1990s, the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee appointed a subcommittee, chaired by Yossi Sarid, to examine the existence and role of the Military Censor. The subcommittee recommended to keep the Censorship Agreement in place, but amend it by:

# Extending the terms of the Agreement to all media outlets in Israel, not only media outlets with representatives in the Editorial Committee.

# A simple appeal of a decision rendered by the "Censorship Committee" will not be heard by the Chief of Staff but by a Supreme Court Judge, or retired Judge with an Arbitrator status in the Arbitration Law.

# The terms of the Censorship Agreement will also be extended to foreign journalists working in Israel

# A newspapers will be allowed to cite anything published in another newspaper, unless the Military Censor decides the material poses "imminent and immediate danger" in the spirit of the terms established by the Supreme Court.

# The Military Censor or the Interior Minister are to be prohibited from shutting down a newspaper that is not part of the Agreement without giving it the opportunity to appeal the decision in the courts. (2)

The former president of the Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, ruled that, when in direct conflict, the right to live supersedes the right to expression:

"Precisely because of the existential nature of the security issues, it is important that the public be aware of the host of problems, in a manner where it is able to arrive at wise decisions on the fundamental problems which trouble it. Precisely because the repercussions that decisions of a security nature have on the life of nation, it is suitable to open the door to openly exchanging of views on security issues." (3)

In March 2005, it became public that the Ministry of Defense-appointed Winograd Commission for reviewing the authority of the Military Censor (chaired by former judge, Eliyahu Winograd), whose members were selected by the then-Chief Censor Colonel Miri Regev, would recommend expanding the authority of the Military Censor, by proposing legislation to repeal the 1989 Supreme Court ruling which limited the scope its authority on legitimate news reporting. But since then, opposition for the move (initiated by commission member, professor Asa Kasher) was expressed by professor Gabriela Shalev, another commission member. (4) The Winograd Probe has yet to publish its report.

The Chief Censor

The unit is commanded by the Chief Censor, an officer directly appointed by the Defense Minister. It is an entirely independent position in the IDF, which is neither subordinate to the Defense Minister, nor the Chief of Staff, Aman Director, or any one else on the chain of command or from the political echelon, and is only subject to parliamentary and judicial oversight. As of August 2005, the Chief Censor is Colonel Sima Vaknin. (5)

(1) Arye Wahal, et al., "Censorship types: the Censorship Agreement The Center for Educational Technology, 1996 (Hebrew)

(2) Moshe Negvi, "The Military Censor: Abstract Amalnet, 1994 (Hebrew)

(3) Moshe Negvi, "The Military Censor: Open press and security, two sides of the same coin" Amalnet, 1994 (Hebrew)

(4) Anat Baling, "Asa Kasher wants a wider censor, but in the Winograd Commission not everyone agrees", Haaretz, March 6, 2005 (Hebrew)

(5) Associated Press, "New chief military censor takes office", Jerusalem Post, August 23, 2005




...& Diegenen die ondanks dit alles tóch blijven beweren dat Israël de enige "èchte" democratie in dat gebied is, moet dat hier toch maar eens proberen komen uit teleggen... want wij hebben daar toch behoorlijk zware twijfels over ...A.U.B. !! Hier niet komen lullen over oorlog die bepaalde vrijheden opschort. Het recht op vrije informatie & onafhankelijke nieuwsgaring kan niet, zegge & schrijve NIET worden opgeschort !! PUNT.

Trouwens, een staat die dit tolereert is een totalitaire staat !! PUNT !!


...& ja, last but not the least wat cijfertjes... Cijfertjes die we ~voor de duidelijkheid~ gaan halen zijn bij "Israeli human rights groups"...


Update for 11 January '09, morning (GMT+2)

Gaza :
at least 870 killed, of them at least 230 children and 93 women. More than half those killed since the ground incursion began (400) are women and children. Over 3,600 injured, of them over 400 severely so.

Israel :
10 killed, of them 1 woman and 7 soldiers. Over 78 civilians injured, of them 4 severely injured, not including those treated for shock , and 60 soldiers injured, of them one in critical condition


(N.V.D.R. :
...waaronder 4 journalisten
1. Ala'a Murtaja working for a local radio station.
2. Sameer Khaleefeh reporter at the national Palestinian TV and Sudanese TV .
3. Hamzeh Shaheen journalist photographer working for Shihab News Agency.
4. Ehab Alwahedi Cameraman at Palestine TV.

And 12 medics


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How to cast lead into gold ?!...
ofte "De Gaaaz van Gaza !!" - Deel 1

Laat ons eventjes wat puntjes op wat i's zetten... Want dat mag zo stilaan ook eens gebeuren...

Gaza... de terroristen van Hamas & de disproportionele reactie van Israël... Wij begrepen niet zo meteen de juiste reden van de gebeurtenissen van de laatste dagen & dus gingen wij daar maar achter op zoek... Sommige flipo's hier op onze eigenste bloggensites begonnen al te raaskallen over "Heilige Oorlogen". Maar als er nu iets is waarvan onze haren gaan recht staan, is het wel de term/het begrip "Heilige Oorlog"...

Laat ons daarbij duidelijk zijn & dus onomwonden stellen waar 't 'm om gaat : oorlogen draaiden ~& dat gold zowel in het verleden als nù~ nog A-L-T-IJ-D om geld - PUNT !!

...& In dat opzicht vroegen wij ons dus af waarover dit conflict nu juist ook weer over ging. Die zandbak vol vluchtelingen leek ons niet meteen een èchte vetpot. Dat gelul van die qassamraketten hebben we ook al uitgelegd Kortom is dus iets loos met dit conflict nakende Israëlische verkiezingen misschien ?!... Neen !! Er moet nog iets anders zijn & kijk... leest u eventjes met grote oogjes met ons mee & let u daarbij vooral op de data van de publicaties die dateren van lang voor de aanval... Het gaat hier dus wel degelijk om het alchemistische principe van lood in goud te veranderen... In dit geval via gas & olie !! ...Het is misschien daarom juist dat deze ganse militaire operatie van Israël de codenaam "cast lead" meekreeg ?!...


Published October 2007

Vol. 7, No. 17 - 19 October 2007

Does the Prospective Purchase of British Gas from Gaza's Coastal Waters Threaten Israel's National Security?

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon(*)

(*) Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Yaalon is a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center's Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies. Capping a distinguished career as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), he served as Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2005, during which time he led the army's successful effort to quell the Palestinian terror war launched in September 2000.

# British Gas is supposed to be the crown jewel of the Palestinian economy, and provide part of the solution to Israel's pressing energy needs. The British energy giant, now called the "BG Group," and its local partners - the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas and the private, Palestinian-owned Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) - are currently involved in advanced negotiations to sell to Israel massive amounts of natural gas - reserves of nearly 1.4 trillion cubic feet - that BG first discovered in 2000 off the Gaza coast. The market value of the gas has been estimated at $4 billion. Therefore, sale of the gas to Israel would mean a billion-dollar windfall for the PA and, potentially, for the Palestinian people.

# Unfortunately, British assessments, including those of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, that Gaza gas can be a key driver of an economically more viable Palestinian state, are misguided. Proceeds of a Palestinian gas sale to Israel would likely not trickle down to help an impoverished Palestinian public. Rather, based on Israel's past experience, the proceeds will likely serve to fund further terror attacks against Israel. No less threatening is the fact that terror organizations associated with the global Jihad, like al-Qaeda, will be highly motivated to attack any British Gas installation off Gaza's shores that provided fuel to Israel.

# For Israel, the need for BG's gas may have already taken a toll. It is possible that the prospect of an Israeli gas purchase may have played a role in influencing the Olmert cabinet to avoid ordering a major IDF ground operation in Gaza, despite at least 1,000 rocket and mortar attacks against southern Israel since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007.

# Clearly, Israel needs additional natural gas sources, while the Palestinian people sorely need new sources of revenue. However, with Gaza currently a radical Islamic stronghold, and the West Bank in danger of becoming the next one, Israel's funneling a billion dollars into local or international bank accounts on behalf of the Palestinian Authority would be tantamount to Israel's bankrolling terror against itself. Therefore, an urgent review is required of the far-reaching security implications of an Israeli decision to purchase Gaza gas.

Selling British Gas to Israel: A Key British Foreign Policy Goal Since 2000

The British government seems to have pinned much of its Middle East policy on the successful outcome of British Gas negotiations with Israel. A September 18, 2007, report in the Arabic al-Quds newspaper noted that the British government views Gaza's natural gas reserves as central to 10 Downing Street's "economic road map" for the Middle East region."(1) Tony Blair's position, first as prime minister and now as the very active Quartet Envoy for Palestinian Economic Development, has been that the Palestinian Authority's share of the gas sale proceeds, which could reach well over a billion dollars, could serve as the economic fuel to jump-start the Palestinian economy and advance the peace process.

The Blair government's admirable goal of helping the Palestinian economy wean itself from about a billion dollars a year in international handouts may have driven BG in November 1999 to make former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his tightly-controlled Palestinian Authority a local partner in the gas project, together with the Athens-based Palestinian concern, the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC). Arafat clearly understood the financial potential of a billion dollars in royalties. Soon after the gas discovery, BG and its local Palestinian licensees approached the State of Israel to buy the gas. Then Prime Minister Tony Blair personally urged former Prime Ministers Barak and Sharon to finalize a deal.

Despite Blair's enthusiasm for the deal, Mossad Chief Meir Dagan opposed the transaction on security grounds, that the proceeds would fund terror.(2) Israeli fears were justified. Arafat and Fatah leaders stole billions from the public till to finance terror against Israel, as documents recovered by the Israel Defense Forces from Arafat's compound revealed.(3) Israel also faced virtually non-stop Palestinian terror attacks from 2000 to 2005, resulting in more than 1,000 Israelis killed.(4)

There had been no comprehensive interagency security assessment between 2002 and 2005 regarding a potential BG deal with Israel. However, Dagan's opposition to it (as noted by Member of Knesset Gilad Erdan in a 2006 speech to the Knesset Plenum) was also shared by former Prime Minister Sharon. Today, Prime Minister Olmert has revived the relationship with BG and has exerted much energy to reach a definitive agreement for the purchase of the offshore natural gas.

(1) The Economic Road Map for the Middle East," Al Quds, September 18, 2007.

(2) Member of Knesset Gilad Erdan, Address to the Knesset on "The Intention of Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Purchase Gas from the Palestinians When Payment Will Serve Hamas," March 1, 2

(3) Dan Diker and Khaled Abu Toameh, "What Happened to Reform of the Palestinian Authority?" Jerusalem Issue Brief, vol. 3, no. 20, March 3, 2004, See also Lesley Stahl, "Arafat's Billions,", November 9, 2003.

(4) Between 2000 and 2005, 26,159 terrorist attacks were carried out against Israeli targets, leaving 1,060 Israelis dead and 6,089 wounded, .htm .

Today's Prohibitive Strategic Security Environment

Since Sharon's opposition to the BG deal, and its subsequent collapse in 2005, strategic security threats to Israel have worsened considerably. Iran has fully penetrated Palestinian areas, particularly Gaza, from which its proxies Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired some 2,000 rockets at Israel since its 2005 withdrawal. Iran is today the major funder, trainer and provider of advanced weaponry to its various Shiite and Sunni proxies including Hizbullah in southern Lebanon, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and the Fatah-associated Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank. Iran funneled more than $250 million to Hamas in 2006 alone. Other Sunni Jihadi groups associated with al-Qaeda and the global Jihad also operate in Gaza. Iran is also interested in controlling energy assets in the region and would likely target off-shore gas reserves either as a "carrot" to induce Hamas cooperation or as a "stick" against Hamas in the event of diverging interests with Teheran.

Hamas' "Partnership" in the BG Transaction

British officials have expressed confidence that the gas proceeds can bypass Hamas and benefit the Palestinian public by being deposited and monitored in international bank accounts.(5) Israel has also proposed paying for the gas in goods and services.(6) However, these assessments are mistaken. A gas transaction with the Palestinian Authority will, by definition, involve Hamas. Hamas will either benefit from the royalties or it will sabotage the project and launch attacks against Fatah, the gas installations, Israel - or all three. Soon after Hamas' takeover of Gaza in June 2007, Hamas' economic minister in the PA government, Ziad Zaza, blasted BG as "an embarrassment to the Palestinian people," while labeling the transaction an "act of theft" against Palestinian lands.(7) However, Hamas soon reversed its position and now insists on renegotiating the agreed percentages in the deal to reflect its participation.(8) Dr. Mohammed Mustafa, head of the PA's Palestinian Investment Fund, a local BG partner, has indicated on more than one occasion that at least 10 percent of the gas proceeds will be directed to Gaza and that arrangements could be made to satisfy "the organizations" - meaning Hamas - in negotiations.(9) This means, in simple terms, that the current terms of the deal are still unsatisfactory to Hamas, although it stands to receive a minimum direct payout of $100 million, while the PA's Fatah leadership will likely pocket close to $900 million. Hamas, in anticipation of its participation in BG negotiations, has confirmed its capability to bomb Israel's strategic gas and electricity installations in Ashkelon.(10) This type of threat is a pressure tactic against Israel that will most likely increase if the BG deal moves closer to completion. It is clear that without an overall military operation to uproot Hamas control of Gaza, no drilling work can take place without the consent of the radical Islamic movement.

(5) Mathew Krieger, "British Gas, Israel to Freeze Hamas Out of $4B Gas Deal," Jerusalem Post, July 5, 2007. Senior British diplomats also indicated in July 2007 that gas proceeds would be placed in international bank accounts.

(6) Uri Yablonka, "Israel Close to BG Deal," Ha'aretz, July 2007.

(7) Sonia Verma and Steve Hawkes, "Hamas Says BG Plan to Pump Gas to Israel an Act of Theft," Times (UK), May 24, 2007.

(8) Interview in Arabic with Hamas official Mahmoud Al Zahar by a senior foreign journalist based in Israel, July 2007.

(9) Pazit Ravina, "One Hundred Million Dollars for the Hamas Command," Makor Rishon, August, 18, 2007 (Hebrew).

(10) Wa'ri Suleiman, "Was Gaza Gas One Reason for the Coup?" AMIN website, June 23, 2007, Wa'ri claimed that Hamas timed the coup in Gaza according to the reports of progress in negotiations on the BG deal in order to be party to it. He also noted that if Hamas' participation was rejected, Hamas would launch a "rocket intifada" covering all the areas in reach around

Israel's Past Experience: Money Flowing into PA Also Funds Fatah Terror Groups

Israel's experience during the Oslo years indicates Palestinian gas profits would likely end up funding terrorism against Israel. The threat is not limited to Hamas. Since the establishment of the PA in 1993, monies that flowed into the Palestinian Authority from international donations, tax revenues, or profits from business with Israelis and other international investors - such as the Jericho Casino and other transactions - have ended up funding terror groups such as the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah Tanzim, and others. Simply put, once the funds reached the PA in the past, they could not be controlled by any outside authority.

For example, in the Oslo era, it has already been disclosed that monies that flowed through the PA's PCSC - a division of the PA's Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF), one of the partners in the current British Gas negotiations - ended up funding terror actions against Israel by the Fatah-associated Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.(11) Another good example is the money raised by Hamas charities in the United States that U.S. government prosecutors now charge is funding Hamas terror activities in Gaza.(12) True, part of these monies raised by charity ended up funding the Hamas' "Dawa" social programs in Gaza. However, a good portion of these financial resources also ended up funding terror against Israel. While senior British officials have continued to call Hamas "a problem that can be solved," their confidence is misplaced if they believe that they can find international financial mechanisms to bypass Hamas and other terror groups. Simply put, Israel's longstanding experience shows empirically that it is impossible to prevent at least some of the gas proceeds from reaching Palestinian terror groups.

(11) Uzrad Lev, In the Pocket of the Chairman (Tel Aviv, 2005), pp. 162-63, 239 (Hebrew).

(12) Associated Press, "HLF Found Guilty of Funding Hamas," Jerusalem Post, September 18, 2007.

BG Gas Deal Frees Hamas from Isolation

BG's negotiations with Israel, that have the full backing of the British government, have already helped unshackle Hamas from political and diplomatic isolation. While British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's official position is that Britain will not talk to Hamas as long as its goal is to destroy Israel, a number of prominent voices in Britain including the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee are calling for reengaging with "moderate" Hamas elements.(13)

Former MI6 official Alistair Crooke, who was also a former advisor to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, has "opened up unofficial channels of communications between Hamas and Western governments."(14) Quartet envoy Tony Blair has also advocated speaking to Hamas to replicate the Northern Ireland model.(15) Crooke's formal plan, entitled "Politicizing Hamas," was backed by Blair during his tenure as prime minister. Crooke's ideas today are clearly illustrated in the recent Labor conference speech by Foreign Minister David Miliband, who praised Hamas for the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston and called for "listening" to Islamists.(16) Senior Hamas official Ahmad Yusuf has indicated that many behind-the-scenes meetings between Hamas and European officials have been keys to a Hamas reengagement in the diplomatic process.(17)

Furthermore, current British Gas negotiations have already helped fuel Fatah and Hamas discussions of a possible reengagement. Hamas' Yusuf has also indicated that despite U.S. and Israeli isolation of Hamas, Fatah and Hamas have been conducting back-channel negotiations to resolve their differences and reenergize a national unity government.(18) Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayad has also continued to pay the salaries of the Hamas Executive Force in Gaza.

(13) Melanie Phillips, "Engaged to Hamas," Jerusalem Post, September 15, 2007.

(14) Ibid.

(15) Ibid.

(16) David Stringer , "UK's Diplomacy Chief Vows New Approach," Associated Press, September 25, 2007,,102/uk-s-diplomacy-chief-vows-new-approach,182175.html .

(17) Ahmad Yusuf, "Hamas Is the Key," Ha'aertz, September 21, 2007.

(18) "Ahmad Yusuf Reveals: Secret Draft Negotiations between Hamas and Fatah," Maan Palestinian News Agency September 20, 2007 (Arabic), and Khaled Abu Toameh, "Hamas Ready to Settle Tough Issues," Jerusalem Post, September 21, 2007.

A Prospective Gaza Off-Shore Gas Installation: A Magnet for Global Jihad

The Israeli government reportedly intends to deploy IDF naval combat vessels to protect a future British-Palestinian gas installation about 800 feet below sea level. According to this strategy, the BG installation would be guarded against above sea terror attacks while diver terrorists would not be able to execute attacks so far below sea level.(19)

However, even with IDF protection, the sea-based British gas installation will be a very attractive target for both local and international terror groups. Al-Qaeda's deadly "rubber dingy" attack in 2000 against the USS Cole is just one illustration. Hamas has announced the formation of a 150-man light naval force that will be deployed to protect "Palestinian interests" in Gaza's territorial waters.(20) Hamas has also smuggled high-quality weaponry into Gaza via underground tunnels from Egyptian Sinai, including medium-range Katyusha rockets, much of it supplied and financed by Iran. Some of the weaponry captured on the Karine A weapons ship in 2002 by the IDF included 22-km.-range Katyusha rockets and amphibious equipment that could be effective in attacks against an off-shore gas installation. Moreover, the tens of tons of heavy weaponry that have been smuggled into Gaza since 2006 alone via the Rafah tunnels include Katyusha rockets.

Al-Qaeda would also clearly be interested in sabotaging gas flow to Israel. Global Jihad groups, particularly al-Qaeda, would also be interested in attacking British targets, as was illustrated in the London attacks of July 7, 2005, and the ongoing al-Qaeda operations against British forces in Iraq. Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, and other local terror groups will be highly motivated to attack BG gas drilling installations, particularly to sabotage a multi-billion dollar deal that excludes them.

(19) Yablonka "Israel Close to BG Deal."

(20) Ali Waked, "Hamas Establishes Naval Force," Ynet News, August 9, 2007 (Hebrew).

BG and Israeli Security Decisions Regarding Gaza

Israel must consider whether it can afford to be dependant on the Palestinians for such a critical energy asset as natural gas. If Israel becomes the Palestinians' main gas customer in a multi-year agreement, the PA or Palestinian terror groups could use the continued supply of gas as a lever to pressure Israel to make additional concessions and "gestures" as part of political negotiations. More significantly, the Palestinians could threaten to cut off the natural gas supply to Israel to prevent the IDF from responding to terror attacks and other threats emanating from Gaza or the West Bank.

It is possible that the prospect of a major natural gas transaction with the Palestinians has been a factor in the Israeli cabinet's refusal to launch a Defensive Shield II operation in Gaza. This concern is a result of the high price Israel has already paid for its relatively muted responses to Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza. The September 11, 2007, rocket attack by the Iranian-commanded and financed Palestinian Islamic Jihad, that wounded 61 IDF soldiers asleep in their Negev base, is a recent example. Despite hundreds of rockets and mortars, and various terrorist infiltration attempts against Israel from Gaza, there still has been no comprehensive military response by Israel.21

(21) .

(22) Yablonka, "Israel Close to BG Deal."

Have British Gas Negotiations Prejudiced Israel from Exploring Other Supply Options?

Another national security issue that must be considered is whether Israel's preference to advance the British Gas purchase has prevented or delayed government consideration of other natural gas options. For example, BG's original license was for drilling and exploration of natural gas off of Haifa Bay with the Israeli-owned drilling company Yam Thetis. While the license was granted in 1998, the nearly single focus on pursuing the Gaza gas option resulted in major delays in exploration and drilling off the coast of Haifa. It is possible that Yam Thetis will eventually be able to provide sufficient amounts of natural gas found in Israel's coastal waters, thus obviating the need to take unnecessary risks at this juncture in the Palestinian transaction. In fact, Yam Thetis is currently arguing this case in a petition to Israel's Supreme Court.

Conduct a Thorough Security Assessment Before Approving the British Gas Deal

The multiple dangers lurking behind Israel's potential natural gas purchase from BG have not deterred another attempt at finalizing a deal, due in large part to the redoubled efforts of Quartet envoy Tony Blair. The latest indications are that the BG Group, with the full backing of the British government, intends to finalize a multi-year agreement with Israel before the end of 2007.22

The dangers inherent in Israel's potential purchase of British Gas from the marine reserves off Gaza require an immediate, comprehensive, interagency security assessment by the IDF, Israeli Security Agency, Mossad, and other organs. This type of interagency assessment did not take place when I was IDF Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2005. Since then, to the best of my understanding, no comprehensive security assessment has occurred, despite the intention of the parties to sign an agreement in the coming weeks.

Regional and local security conditions have worsened since 2005, and Israel must be prepared to face a possible two-front war against Hamas in Gaza, and Syria and Hizbullah in the north. Therefore, Israel will pay a painful price in its security if the British Gas transaction were to take place in the foreseeable future.

Israel needs additional sources of energy, including natural gas, and the Palestinians clearly need to create a peaceful civil society and a self-sustaining economy. However, with Gaza currently a radical Islamic stronghold, and the West Bank in danger of becoming the next one, Israel's funneling a billion dollars into local or international bank accounts on behalf of the Palestinian Authority would be tantamount to Israel's bankrolling terror against itself. Therefore, an urgent review is required of the far-reaching security implications of an Israeli decision to purchase Gaza gas by the State Comptroller's office or another external review panel.



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How to cast lead into gold ?!...
ofte "De Gaaaz van Gaza !!" - Deel 2

Begin deel (2) ...Het vervolg...!!

Gesnopen beste ?!... Wij zijn dus héél erg gerust gesteld want blijkbaar is dit dus weer eens bekend terrein... Namelijk één van die terreinen waarop een menselijk leven niks waard is & géén enkel ander principe standhoudt dan dat van pùùr economisch eigenbelang... lees dus : big money !!...

We vonden een zeer degelijke samenvatting van de situatie waarvan we jullie natuurlijk laten meegenieten...


Global Research, January 8, 2009

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields

by Michel Chossudovsky

The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.

This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.

British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon's Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.

The rights to the offshore gas field are respectively British Gas (60 percent); Consolidated Contractors (CCC) (30 percent); and the Investment Fund of the Palestinian Authority (10 percent). (Haaretz, October 21, 2007).

The PA-BG-CCC agreement includes field development and the construction of a gas pipeline.(Middle East Economic Digest, Jan 5, 2001).

The BG licence covers the entire Gazan offshore marine area, which is contiguous to several Israeli offshore gas facilities. (See Map below). It should be noted that 60 percent of the gas reserves along the Gaza-Israel coastline belong to Palestine.

The BG Group drilled two wells in 2000: Gaza Marine-1 and Gaza Marine-2. Reserves are estimated by British Gas to be of the order of 1.4 trillion cubic feet, valued at approximately 4 billion dollars. These are the figures made public by British Gas. The size of Palestine's gas reserves could be much larger.

map 1

map 2

Who Owns the Gas Fields

The issue of sovereignty over Gaza's gas fields is crucial. From a legal standpoint, the gas reserves belong to Palestine.

The death of Yasser Arafat, the election of the Hamas government and the ruin of the Palestinian Authority have enabled Israel to establish de facto control over Gaza's offshore gas reserves.

British Gas (BG Group) has been dealing with the Tel Aviv government. In turn, the Hamas government has been bypassed in regards to exploration and development rights over the gas fields.

The election of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001 was a major turning point. Palestine's sovereignty over the offshore gas fields was challenged in the Israeli Supreme Court. Sharon stated unequivocally that "Israel would never buy gas from Palestine" intimating that Gaza's offshore gas reserves belong to Israel.

In 2003, Ariel Sharon, vetoed an initial deal, which would allow British Gas to supply Israel with natural gas from Gaza's offshore wells. (The Independent, August 19, 2003)

The election victory of Hamas in 2006 was conducive to the demise of the Palestinian Authority, which became confined to the West Bank, under the proxy regime of Mahmoud Abbas.

In 2006, British Gas "was close to signing a deal to pump the gas to Egypt." (Times, May, 23, 2007). According to reports, British Prime Minister Tony Blair intervened on behalf of Israel with a view to shunting the agreement with Egypt.

The following year, in May 2007, the Israeli Cabinet approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "to buy gas from the Palestinian Authority." The proposed contract was for $4 billion, with profits of the order of $2 billion of which one billion was to go the Palestinians.

Tel Aviv, however, had no intention on sharing the revenues with Palestine. An Israeli team of negotiators was set up by the Israeli Cabinet to thrash out a deal with the BG Group, bypassing both the Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority:

"Israeli defence authorities want the Palestinians to be paid in goods and services and insist that no money go to the Hamas-controlled Government." (Ibid, emphasis added)

The objective was essentially to nullify the contract signed in 1999 between the BG Group and the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat.

Under the proposed 2007 agreement with BG, Palestinian gas from Gaza's offshore wells was to be channeled by an undersea pipeline to the Israeli seaport of Ashkelon, thereby transferring control over the sale of the natural gas to Israel.

The deal fell through. The negotiations were suspended:

"Mossad Chief Meir Dagan opposed the transaction on security grounds, that the proceeds would fund terror". (Member of Knesset Gilad Erdan, Address to the Knesset on "The Intention of Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Purchase Gas from the Palestinians When Payment Will Serve Hamas," March 1, 2006, quoted in Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon, Does the Prospective Purchase of British Gas from Gaza's Coastal Waters Threaten Israel's National Security? Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 2007)

Israel's intent was to foreclose the possibility that royalties be paid to the Palestinians. In December 2007, The BG Group withdrew from the negotiations with Israel and in January 2008 they closed their office in Israel.BG website().

Invasion Plan on The Drawing Board

The invasion plan of the Gaza Strip under "Operation Cast Lead" was set in motion in June 2008, according to Israeli military sources:

"Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago [June or before June] , even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas."(Barak Ravid, Operation "Cast Lead": Israeli Air Force strike followed months of planning, Haaretz, December 27, 2008)

That very same month, the Israeli authorities contacted British Gas, with a view to resuming crucial negotiations pertaining to the purchase of Gaza's natural gas:

"Both Ministry of Finance director general Yarom Ariav and Ministry of National Infrastructures director general Hezi Kugler agreed to inform BG of Israel's wish to renew the talks.

The sources added that BG has not yet officially responded to Israel's request, but that company executives would probably come to Israel in a few weeks to hold talks with government officials." (Globes online- Israel's Business Arena, June 23, 2008)

The decision to speed up negotiations with British Gas (BG Group) coincided, chronologically, with the planning of the invasion of Gaza initiated in June. It would appear that Israel was anxious to reach an agreement with the BG Group prior to the invasion, which was already in an advanced planning stage.

Moreover, these negotiations with British Gas were conducted by the Ehud Olmert government with the knowledge that a military invasion was on the drawing board. In all likelihood, a new "post war" political-territorial arrangement for the Gaza strip was also being contemplated by the Israeli government.

In fact, negotiations between British Gas and Israeli officials were ongoing in October 2008, 2-3 months prior to the commencement of the bombings on December 27th.

In November 2008, the Israeli Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of National Infrastructures instructed Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) to enter into negotiations with British Gas, on the purchase of natural gas from the BG's offshore concession in Gaza. (Globes, November 13, 2008)

"Ministry of Finance director general Yarom Ariav and Ministry of National Infrastructures director general Hezi Kugler wrote to IEC CEO Amos Lasker recently, informing him of the government's decision to allow negotiations to go forward, in line with the framework proposal it approved earlier this year.

The IEC board, headed by chairman Moti Friedman, approved the principles of the framework proposal a few weeks ago. The talks with BG Group will begin once the board approves the exemption from a tender." (Globes Nov. 13, 2008)

Gaza and Energy Geopolitics

The military occupation of Gaza is intent upon transferring the sovereignty of the gas fields to Israel in violation of international law.

What can we expect in the wake of the invasion?

What is the intent of Israel with regard to Palestine's Natural Gas reserves?

A new territorial arrangement, with the stationing of Israeli and/or "peacekeeping" troops?

The militarization of the entire Gaza coastline, which is strategic for Israel?

The outright confiscation of Palestinian gas fields and the unilateral declaration of Israeli sovereignty over Gaza's maritime areas?

If this were to occur, the Gaza gas fields would be integrated into Israel's offshore installations, which are contiguous to those of the Gaza Strip. (See Map 1 above).

These various offshore installations are also linked up to Israel's energy transport corridor, extending from the port of Eilat, which is an oil pipeline terminal, on the Red Sea to the seaport - pipeline terminal at Ashkelon, and northwards to Haifa, and eventually linking up through a proposed Israeli-Turkish pipeline with the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

Ceyhan is the terminal of the Baku, Tblisi Ceyhan Trans Caspian pipeline. "What is envisaged is to link the BTC pipeline to the Trans-Israel Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, also known as Israel's Tipline." (See Michel Chossudovsky, The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil, Global Research, July 23, 2006)



...& Voor de laatste twijfelaars zetten we nog dit laatste artikel erbij, zodat het zelfs voor een totaal gelobotomisserde chimpansee moet beginnen duidelijk te worden dat er nooit voldoende doden zullen kunnen vallen langs Palestijnse kant. Het is een heruitgave van het verhaal van de Noord en Zuid- Amerikaanse indianen die telkens weer op een verkeerde plaats een reservaat gekregen hadden... maar dus deze keer wonen de indianen in kwestie... in Gaza !!


From The Times - May 23, 2007

BG Group at centre of $4bn deal to supply Gaza gas to Israel

The British energy firm is set to agree terms of a $4bn, 15-year deal over gas discovered off the Gaza coast

Steve Hawkes and Sonia Verma in Jerusalem

BG Group is poised to agree the terms of an historic $4 billion (£2 billion) deal to supply Palestinian gas to Israel from a discovery off the Gaza coastline, The Times has learnt.

Representatives from the British energy company are scheduled next week to meet a team of negotiators chosen by the Israeli Cabinet to thrash out a 15-year contract. Despite the violence in Gaza, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has insisted that it wants to conclude a deal “as soon as possible”.

It would enable BG Group, the former owner of British Gas, to begin to develop an offshore field that is the Palestine Authority’s only natural resource. The move would mark an unprecedented milestone in Middle East relations. There would be enough gas to provide 10 per cent of Israel’s annual energy requirement, and the Palestinians would receive total royalties of $1 billion. Sources in the Middle East note that the sensitive talks could be derailed at any time by the acute political tension that surrounds the deal.

However, Nigel Shaw, the BG Group vice-president in the region, said: “We are making progress. There are commercial issues to be completed and we also require bilateral agreement between the two governments to get this project across the line. But this is a chance for greater economic prosperity in Palestine and that is only good for peace.”

The signing of heads of terms would mark an amazing turnaround, given the political and legal disputes that have dogged the project since BG Group discovered the Gaza Marine field in 2000. It holds one trillion cubic feet of gas, the equivalent of 150 million barrels of oil, equivalent to a large North Sea field.

Six years ago Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister at the time, vowed that Israel would never buy gas from its neighbour. The project also was held up by a legal challenge in the Israeli Supreme Court to establish whether the Palestinians had any right to the discovery. Last year BG Group was close to signing a deal to pump the gas to Egypt before Tony Blair intervened and asked the company to give Israel a second chance. Three weeks ago the Israeli Cabinet approved a proposal by Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, to buy gas from the Palestinian Authority. The Cabinet recognised the need for new energy sources to feed Israel’s rapidly growing economy.

Under BG Group’s plans, gas from the field would be transported by an undersea pipeline to the seaport of Ashkelon. Although Israeli insiders are confident of a deal,significant questions remain, not least how payments to the Palestinian Authority will be made. Israeli defence authorities want the Palestinians to be paid in goods and services and insist that no money go to the Hamas-controlled Government.



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De zoveelste doodgewone oorlog of een nieuwe genocide ?!...

Is dit de zoveelste doodgewone oorlog of wordt dit dan toch de zoveelste genocide... Iets wat we van Israël zo 'n beetje mogen verwachten na al het vorige wat Israël al in haar ~"burger"~ (-)Oorlogen heeft uitgestoken... 't Is zo precies weer één van die oorlogen waar we met z'n allen lijdzaam gaan op toezien, zonder ook maar even een protesterende stem te laten horen of een concrete poot naar uit te steken ?!... Het wordt dus waarschijnlijk de zoveelste beschamende vuile oorlog waarbij we ons ~zoals de zoveel andere keren~ schokschouderend omdraaien & er ons weer eens weinig of niets van gaan aantrekken, want het is toch maar de zoveelste "ver-van-onze-bed-show" ?!... Kortom, wordt dit dan toch de zoveelste schandvlek op gebied van politieke moed ~& dan zeggen we zowel op nationaal als internationaal gebied~ omdat er teveel "andere grote belangen" op het spel staan ?!...

Wij vreesden er al voor & deze vrees wordt precies ook alleen maar bewaarheidt als we zo wat het nieuws volgen...

Als de internationaal erkende pers al niet ter plekke wordt toegelaten, dan zijn daar meestal ook goede redenen voor... Bijvoorbeeld omdat er zaken gebeuren, die maar beter het licht niet zien... lees : de wereldpers niet halen...

Laten we dus zo eens hier & daar ons oor te luisteren leggen & u konde doen van hoe 't er ginder ter plaatse in Gaza aan toe gaat...


donderdag 08 januari 2009

'Inwoners Gaza zijn kapot'

JERUZALEM - INTERVIEW EVELYN LERNOUT, HULPVERLEENSTER OXFAM Het Israëlische leger heeft gisteren drie uur lang een grenspost van Gaza opengesteld voor een hulpkonvooi. 'Natuurlijk verwelkomen we elke vooruitgang, maar in de praktijk is het resultaat beperkt', zegt Evelyn Lernout van Oxfam, in Jeruzalem. 'Er vallen nog altijd doden en gewonden, de hulp bereikt alleen mensen dichtbij de grensovergang, en de hele situatie in Gaza blijft een catastrofe. De mensen zijn kapot.'

Van onze redacteur in Israel

foto hiernaast : Palestijnen in het vluchtelingenkamp van Jabaliya bidden voor enkele van de 43 doden die dinsdagavond vielen bij de Israëlische beschieting van een VN-school. epa


In het kantoor van de hulporganisatie Oxfam, in een buitenwijk van Jeruzalem, heerst frustratie na twaalf dagen oorlog in Gaza en achttien maanden van Israëlische blokkade die het offensief van vorige week voorafgingen. 'De situatie in Gaza was voordien al verschrikkelijk en nu is het breekpunt voor de bevolking ver gepasseerd', zegt Evelyn Lernout (30).

'De mensen zijn kapot. Er mogen nauwelijks hulpgoederen binnen, de inwoners hebben geen gas om te koken, geen zuiver water, en door de bombardementen vaak geen dak boven het hoofd. Geen enkele van onze drie lokale medewerkers woont nog in zijn eigen huis. En als er gewonden vallen, worden vaak ook de ambulances beschoten.'

Dinsdagavond bestookten Israëlische mortieren een school onder bestuur van de Verenigde Naties - volgens Israël waren er twee Hamasstrijders in de buurt, die samen met een veertigtal burgers werden gedood. Na de internationale verontwaardiging bleek de Israëlische regering bereid tot het instellen van een 'humanitaire corridor': drie uur per dag, van 13 tot 16 uur lokale tijd, moeten de wapens zwijgen en mogen hulpgoederen het omsingelde Gaza weer binnen.

'Natuurlijk verwelkomt Oxfam elke poging om de toegang van humanitaire hulp tot Gaza te verbeteren', zegt Lernout. 'Maar een bestand van drie uur per dag is onvoldoende. Wij vragen een onmiddellijk en volledig staakt-het-vuren, waarbij de Israëlische regering de toegang voor hulpgoederen moet faciliteren, niet beperken of controleren. De reële impact van zulke kortstondige maatregelen is beperkt, omdat het onveilig blijft om de burgers in Gaza echt te bevoorraden.'

'Gaza is bovendien doormidden gesneden door het Israëlische leger. Alleen zij die in de directe omgeving van de doorvoer- en distributiepunten wonen, geraken aan goederen. De meerderheid van de bevolking heeft geen directe toegang tot voedsel, medicijnen en andere essentiële goederen. Zij worden aan hun lot overgelaten. Er zitten mensen vast in het puin van hun huis, zonder enige hulp. Zolang de grensovergangen niet onmiddellijk en volledig worden geopend voor humanitaire hulp én hulpverleners, neemt de humanitaire crisis alleen verder toe.'

De noden van Gaza zijn volgens Lernout immens, en het feit dat de internationale hulporganisaties - net zoals buitenlandse journalisten - worden buiten gehouden door het Israëlische leger, bemoeilijkt de zaken verder. 'Wij werken met lokale medewerkers en partnerorganisaties, terwijl we zelf een uurtje verder in Jeruzalem zitten', zegt Lernout. 'Met onze lokale medewerkers hebben we alleen nog telefonisch contact. Het enige wat je kan vragen, is telkens weer: is iedereen OK? Is je familie veilig? En intussen hoor je op de achtergrond de schoten en de explosies.'

Voor de bombardementen bijna twee weken geleden begonnen, werden de noden van de bevolking van Gaza geschat op een aanvoer van 400 trucks met hulpgoederen per dag. 'Eergisteren heeft het Israëlische leger er veertig van de Verenigde Naties doorgelaten', zegt Lernout. 'In de maanden tevoren zelden meer dan honderd per dag.'

'Zelfs de trucks die worden binnengelaten, geraken nauwelijks verder dan de grensposten. De enige grenspost waar hulp door mag, is Kerem Shalom, helemaal in het zuiden. De aanvoerband voor graan via de grenspost Karni is gesloten, en de pijpleiding voor brandstof via Natal Oz is ook afgesloten. Stel dat de ziekenhuizen zonder elektriciteit en brandstof voor hun generatoren vallen, wat gebeurt er dan met couveuses en beademingstoestellen voor patiënten in intensive care? Intussen houden de gevechten niet op en blijven de gewonden toestromen. Zonder een onmiddellijk staakt-het-vuren en een complete toegang voor humanitaire hulp zijn de gevolgen niet te overzien.'

Jorn De Cock



...& De al evenmin te verdenken Gazet van Antwerpen die sympathieën zou hebben voor...



Druk op Israël verhoogt nu dodentol snel groeit

Ondanks de korte periodes van staakt-het-vuren heeft Israël ook donderdag delen van de Gazastrook zwaar onder vuur genomen. Daardoor liep de dodentol al op boven 750. Ondertussen lijkt het er ook op dat Libanon zich in het conflict wil mengen. Enkele organisaties willen Israël aanklagen voor het plegen van oorlogsmisdaden. Ook het Rode Kruis uit zware kritiek op Israël.

De stad Rafah, vlak bij de Egyptische grens, werd het slachtoffer van tientallen luchtaanvallen. Het was vooral Israëls bedoeling om de lokale smokkeltunnels te vernietigen, die dienen om Hamas te bevoorraden.

Zuiden zwaar onder vuur

Aan de grensovergang Kisufim, richting de stad Khan Younis, zijn verschillende Israëlische tanks het zuiden van de Gazastrook binnengetrokken.

Volgens de laatste cijfers zouden bij de heropflakkering van het geweld nu al 763 Palestijnen en 11 Israeli's om het leven gekomen zijn. Meer dan 3000 mensen raakten gewond.

Rode Kruis kwaad

Opnieuw stierven tientallen burgers, waaronder vrouwen en kinderen. Volgens de hulpverleners wordt hun werk enorm bemoeilijkt door het optreden van de grondtroepen in het gebied. Onder meer het Internationale Rode Kruis schreeuwt moord en brand en wil ook dat de hulpverlening vlot kan verlopen los van de drie uur waarop er een staakt-het-vuren is.

Ook de VN voelt zich bedreigd door de Israëlische aanvallen nadat een VN-hulpkonvooi werd aangevallen. Daarbij kwamen twee mensen om het leven. Daarop besliste de VN om alle transporten van hulpgoederen voorlopig op te schorten.


Ondertussen wordt Israël opnieuw zelf bestookt. Donderdagochtend zouden verschillende raketten afgevuurd zijn. Daarbij zouden geen doden gevallen zijn. Het radicale Hezbollah ontkent elke betrokkenheid. De wereld houdt nu zijn hart vast dat de oorlog zal uitbreiden naar Libanon. De Libanese regering heeft de beschieting vanop haar grondgebied alvast veroordeeld.


Volgens Raji Sourani, hoofd van het Palestijnse Centrum voor Mensenrechten (PCHR) in Gaza, heeft Israël oorlogsmisdaden gepleegd en zou het voor een internationaal rechtshof moeten vervolgd worden.

"De herhaalde bombardementen op duidelijk gemarkeerde civiele doelwitten waar burgers schuilden, overtreedt verschillende regels van het internationale recht", zegt Sourani. De gezant van de Palestijnse Autoriteit (PA) in Groot-Brittannië, Manuel Hassassian, heeft al laten weten dat de PA gerechtelijke stappen wil ondernemen tegen de Israëlische leiders die volgens haar verantwoordelijk zijn voor de oorlogsmisdaden in Gaza.

Hassassian had het met name over het Israëlische bombardement op een school van de Verenigde Naties in het vluchtelingenkamp Jabaliya, waarbij veertig Palestijnse burgers het leven lieten. De voorbije dagen werden nog verschillende andere scholen van de VN geraakt. Bij bombardementen woensdagmorgen vielen vier slachtoffers op een speelplaats nabij een moskee in Gaza-stad.

BRON :{25A11DE7-70F3-403F-A118-E52E0FF246A7}


...& Ook de buitenlandse pers laat hetzelfde alarmbelletje horen... We beginnen bij de Washington Post...


At Gaza Hospital, Chaos and Desperation

Israel's Strategy Of Dividing the Strip Hinders Relief Efforts

By Sudarsan Raghavan and Reyham Abdel Kareem Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, January 6, 2009

foto hiernaast :A Palestinian girl injured in the Israeli assault is carried to Shifa Hospital, which as been overwhelmed by the number of dead and injured. (By Abid Katib -- Getty Images)

JERUSALEM, Jan. 5 -- Mohammed Alwan applied pressure to the wounds of the young man in a corridor of Gaza City's Shifa Hospital on Monday. Blood flowing from his body turned the surgeon's gloved hands crimson.

"Khalas," a voice said, Arabic for "It's over."

The doctor refused to give up. He pumped the man's chest, hoping to resuscitate him. A few minutes later, the man died.

"What can I say?" he said in a fatigued voice. "I have seen this scene many times. I've been here four days straight and I've yet to go home."

As Israeli tanks and infantry push deeper into Gaza, an already dire humanitarian situation has worsened. The Israeli government has imposed what Palestinians call a siege on the coastal strip -- restricting deliveries of food, medicine and other staples -- since Hamas took Gaza by force from the rival Fatah party in June 2007. On Monday, Israel's military strategy of dividing the strip in two further hampered Gazans ability to reach hospitals and relief efforts.

The air assaults and ground clashes have paralyzed much of what makes the strip of 1.5 million people work -- hospitals, water and power systems, markets and roads.

About 550 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,500 have been reported wounded in the 10-day offensive; Palestinian health officials estimate that many of them -- between 24 and 30 percent -- are women and children. Most are at Shifa, Gaza's largest hospital.

Doctors there are working day and night on floors soaked with blood to help the rapidly mounting numbers of wounded. In the halls and corridors, screams and uncontrolled sobbing, along with the sounds of bombs and mortars, punctuate conversations.

"The numbers of killed and wounded are rising. Every minute we have a bombardment," said Hassan Khalaf, the director of Shifa Hospital. "The number of cases is overwhelming us. No hospital in the world can handle this."

It's become too dangerous for his staff to retrieve victims. Eleven members of his medical staff have been killed since the offensive began. "They were in ambulances," Khalaf said.

For the past three days, there has been no electricity. The hospital's emergency generators have been working around the clock. Even before then, when electricity was sporadic, the generators were working 16-hour-days. The hospital, he said, has only two days of fuel left.

"Electricity and communications are down over much of the strip both on account of lack of fuel and damage to critical infrastructure," said Maxwell Gaylard, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories. "Over a million people are currently without power, and over a quarter million without running water, some for up to six days."

Khalaf said there are also shortages of medicines, medical tools, nitrogen for anesthesia, monitors -- nearly every item imaginable. Many essential staff members, especially nurses, have been unable to come to work, cut off by the fighting, Israeli tank positions and fear.

"Those in the middle of Gaza Strip could not come to work because the Israeli tanks have cut the strip into two pieces," Khalaf said.

Fawzi Nabulsia, the head of the hospital's intensive care unit, said he hasn't worked since the ground invasion began Saturday. He lives south of Gaza City near the former Israeli settlement of Nitzarim. Israeli forces are now in the area, blocking the road between his house and Gaza City, Nabulsia said.

"Maybe you can speak with the Israelis and ask them to allow me to go to hospital," he said over the telephone, his voice tinged with desperation. "We are in crisis."

Khalaf said hospital staffers who live north of the city, where some of the heaviest fighting and attacks have unfolded, are too fearful to leave their homes. "Moving along Gaza's streets is dangerous," he said.

Inside Shifa Hospital on Monday, its doctors struggled to cope. Imad Majdalawi had handled 20 operations in 24 hours. In virtually every case, he had to fix broken bones, treat burns and cuts, and stop bleeding. "The worse thing I saw was the burns," he said.

In one case, he wanted to send a patient who lost one of his eyes in an Israeli bombing to an eye hospital. But his request was turned down: the generator for the surgical theater in the hospital was needed to fuel the emergency room.

On Monday, he was treating Ghadeer, a 14-year-old girl whose hands were covered in gauze. Blood seeped through it. She was crying and shaking. Her mother and four brothers had been killed an airstrike. She didn't know this.

"I am cold. I can't move," Ghadeer moaned.

Majdalawi soothed her. "Don't worry Ghadeer. Everything will be fine."

But there was no anesthesia or even the appropriate scissors and thread to help Ghadeer. "We are leaving patients in pain," Majdalawi said.

A neurosurgeon, Rami al-Sousi, was engaged in a delicate operation to pull shrapnel from 5-year-old Salim al-Ar's head. The boy would survive. Sousi has two small children but he hasn't seen much of them in the past three days. Ninety percent of the patients he treated were civilians, he said.

"Yes, I'm tired. But I forget everything when I save lives," Sousi said.

Abdel Kareem reported from Gaza City.




...De Engelse Guardian...


Paramedic killed as shell hits ambulance in Gaza, Sunday 4 January 2009 22.08 GMT

A paramedic working for an Oxfam-funded organisation was killed today after an ambulance was hit by an Israeli-fired shell, the charity said.

The Palestinian, working for the Union of Health Work Committees, was killed in Gaza.

Another paramedic lost his foot and the ambulance driver was injured in the same incident.

The paramedic was trying to help evacuate an injured person in the Beit Lahiya area, when the shell struck the ambulance, Oxfam said.

The UN estimates over 100 civilians have been killed in Gaza over the past week although some other organisations believe the civilian death toll is significantly higher.

John Prideaux-Brune, Oxfam's Country Director for Israel and Palestine, speaking from Jerusalem said: "The incident shows yet again that trying to fight a military campaign in the densely populated streets and alleys of the Gaza Strip will inevitably lead to civilian casualties.

"There are no safe areas and Gazans who want to flee the fighting have been prevented from leaving the Strip."

The charity said that the Israeli ground offensive into Gaza is preventing urgently needed supplies of medicine, food, water, and fuel from reaching one and a half million Palestinian women, men and children.

Prideaux-Brune added: "Hospitals in Gaza are overflowing with dead and wounded while facing severe shortages of essential medical supplies and spare parts.

"Oxfam and local partners have had to suspend all our work, apart from emergency medical aid. Many of our colleagues in Gaza are trapped in their homes, and in fear of their and their families' lives. Others, such as the paramedic have lost their lives trying to save others.

"The trickle of humanitarian aid that Israel has sometimes allowed in through one border crossing at Kerem Shalom has been completely inadequate to meet the needs of 1.5 million people - 80% of whom are reliant on this aid.

"Since the start of the Israeli ground offensive, even that trickle has dried up. An immediate ceasefire is urgently needed to allow essential aid to reach those families who need it."



...Beelden van het alomgekende Reuter...

"Anger grows over Gaza school attack"
duur : 1:46 minuten


...& Terug naar onze Belgische Standaard :


donderdag 08 januari 2009

Bestand Gaza is schaamlapje

BRUSSEL - De humanitaire corridor die Israël drie uur heeft geopend, is voorlopig niet meer dan een pr-operatie. Dat zeggen hulpverleners in Gaza.

foto hiernaast : Het vluchtelingenkamp van Rafah in het zuiden van de Gazastrook gisteren, na een Israëlische luchtaanval. ap

'Een tijdelijk bestand? Wij van Artsen Zonder Grenzen hebben er weinig van gemerkt. Voor ons maakte het geen verschil uit', zegt Jessica Pourraz aan de telefoon vanuit Gaza. Het Israëlische leger had aangekondigd dat het om de twee dagen gedurende enkele uren de wapens zou doen zwijgen om de humanitaire organisaties de kans te geven hun werk te doen. Gisteren om dertien uur (twaalf uur Belgische tijd) stopten de Israëli's met schieten en borgen ook de Palestijnse strijders even hun wapens op.

Volgens Jessica Pourraz van de internationale hulporganisatie Artsen Zonder Grenzen werd alleen in Gaza-Stad niet geschoten. 'Onder meer in het noorden zijn de Israëli's blijven bombarderen. De meeste gewonden die medische hulp nodig hebben, bevinden zich in de periferie. En uitgerekend daar werd nog geschoten.' Artsen Zonder Grenzen is er dan ook niet in geslaagd om de gewonden te bezoeken, laat staan hen naar het ziekenhuis in Gaza-Stad te brengen. 'Een bestand van drie uur heeft geen zin', zegt Pourraz. 'Het is veel belangrijker dat dokters de garantie krijgen dat ze gewonden kunnen bezoeken.'

Artsen Zonder Grenzen kon geen extra materiaal in Gaza krijgen. 'Er staan honderden vrachtwagens met hulpgoederen aan de grensovergangen te wachten. Maar de weg die in Gaza naar de grensovergangen leidt, werd gebombardeerd. Wij geraakten gewoonweg niet tot bij de vrachtwagens. Het was te gevaarlijk.'

De VN-organisatie die de Palestijnse vluchtelingen helpt (UNWRA), heeft 36 vrachtwagens over de grens gekregen. 'Ruim onvoldoende', zegt woordvoerder Chris Gunness aan de telefoon. Normaal passeren dagelijks 475 VN-trucks met hulpgoederen. 'Dit heeft geen zin. Israël bombardeert de mensen 21 uren per dag en dan laat het gedurende drie uur enkele hulpgoederen binnen.'

Een hooggeplaatste bron in Gaza is van mening dat het bestand niet meer is dan een manier om het gedeukte imago van Israël op te krikken. Israël kreeg veel kritiek nadat zijn leger dinsdag minstens dertig burgers had gedood bij een aanval op een school van de VN.

De inwoners van Gaza-Stad hebben tijdens het bestand hun gewonden in de ziekenhuizen bezocht en geprobeerd levensmiddelen in te slaan.

De woordvoerder van het Israëlische leger zei gisteren dat de 'humanitaire corridor' misschien wel elke dag open kan gaan. 'Alles hangt af van de veiligheid.'

Corry Hancké



...& Wat vinden we bij Artsen Zonder Grenzen hierover terug ?!...



Tijdelijk staakt-het-vuren ontoereikend om hulp te bieden

Het militaire offensief in de Gazastrook treft burgers zonder onderscheid en medische teams blijven ernstige hinder ondervinden bij hun hulpverlening, zegt Artsen Zonder Grenzen. De organisatie stuurt een extra chirurgisch team.

foto hiernaast : © Mustafa Hossana

De internationale gemeenschap mag niet tevreden zijn met een beperkt staakt-het-vuren, dat volgens Artsen Zonder Grenzen absoluut ontoereikend is om levensreddende hulp te bieden. Het Israëlische militaire offensief gaat door en het aantal slachtoffers – naar schatting 600 doden en 2.950 gewonden in slechts 11 dagen – neemt alarmerende proporties aan. Het toont aan hoe het extreme geweld burgers raakt.

“Vandaag zijn anderhalf miljoen Palestijnen in de Gazastrook, waarvan de helft kinderen zijn, het slachtoffer van onophoudelijke beschietingen en bombardementen,” zei Franck Joncret, landenverantwoordelijke van Artsen Zonder Grenzen. “Hoe kan je nu geloven dat zo’n allesverpletterende aanval burgers zou sparen, die verhinderd worden te vluchten en die in zo’n dichtbevolkt gebied leven?”

Het militaire offensief heeft terreur gezaaid bij de bevolking. Bewoners durven hun huizen niet meer uit om zich te laten verzorgen. Ook hulporganisaties lijden onder de onveiligheid. Palestijnse hulpverleners werden gedood en ziekenhuizen en ambulances zijn gebombardeerd.

De spoedafdelingen worden overrompeld door gewonde patiënten. De laatste tien dagen voerde het personeel van het Al Shifa ziekenhuis meer dan 300 operaties uit. “De zes operatiekwartieren werken op volle capaciteit, met twee operaties tegelijk in elk kwartier,” zegt dr. Cécile Barbou, medisch coördinator van Artsen Zonder Grenzen in Gaza. “De Palestijnse chirurgen en het personeel zijn uitgeput. Ze kunnen het aantal patiënten amper aan.” De meeste noodgevallen zijn patiënten met ernstige wonden en meerdere trauma’s, meestal aan de borstkas, de buik en het gezicht.

De teams van Artsen Zonder Grenzen in Gaza bestaan uit drie internationale en bijna 70 Palestijnse medewerkers. Zij proberen al sinds het begin van het offensief de Palestijnse medische structuren te ondersteunen en de gewonden te behandelen. Ze verdeelden medische noodvoorraden en medicijnen in verschillende ziekenhuizen die zonder materiaal dreigden te vallen. Momenteel behandelen 20 medewerkers van Artsen Zonder Grenzen mensen thuis en bezoeken ze dagelijks 40 mensen.

“De onveiligheid is zo groot, dat onze bewegingsvrijheid en de mogelijkheid om medische hulp te bieden, extreem beperkt is,” zegt Jessica Pourraz, terreinverantwoordelijke voor Artsen Zonder Grenzen in Gaza. “We hebben onbeperkte toegang nodig om de gewonden de klok rond te verzorgen, en de burgerbevolking moet de ziekenhuizen kunnen bereiken.”

Op vraag van artsen in het Al Shifa Ziekenhuis stuurt Artsen Zonder Grenzen een chirurgisch team (een chirurg, een anesthesist en een verpleegster), en een mobiel ziekenhuis met een operatiekwartier en een unit voor intensieve zorgen. Dat zal de capaciteit van het ziekenhuis vergroten. Artsen Zonder Grenzen hoopt de nodige toelatingen te verkrijgen om het team en het materiaal in de Gazastrook binnen te laten.

Het tijdelijke staakt-het-vuren zou misschien de toegang van gewonde patiënten tot de gezondheidsstructuren kunnen verbeteren, hulpverleners de kans geven zich te verplaatsen en transport van levensreddende voorraden toelaten (benzine, voedsel, medische voorraden en medicatie). “Maar deze halve maatregelen zijn bedoeld om de internationale gemeenschap te sussen, en hebben geen impact op het geweld dat de bevolking ervaart,” zegt dr. Marie-Pierre Allié, voorzitter van de Franse sectie van Artsen Zonder Grenzen.



...& Wat zegt het Rode Kruis ?!...


3 januari 2009

Humanitaire ramp dreigt in Gaza

Zaterdagavond zette het Israëlische leger in de Gazastrook een grondoffensief in dat tot vandaag in alle hevigheid doorgaat. De reeds uiterst kwetsbare burgerbevolking in de Gazastrook wordt hierbij het zwaarst getroffen. Zij kregen vorige week hevige luchtaanvallen te verduren waarbij reeds enkele honderden doden en gewonden vielen, waaronder ook vrouwen en kinderen. Tezelfdertijd blijven raketten vanuit Gaza ook de Israëlische burgerbevolking treffen in het zuiden van Israël.

Aanwezigheid van het Rode Kruis

Een chirurgenteam van het Internationale Comité van het Rode Kruis (ICRC) heeft groen licht gekregen van de Israëlische autoriteiten om de Gazastrook binnen te komen en zal de chirurgische staf van het Shifa hospitaal ondersteunen bij het behandelen van gecompliceerde kwetsuren. Tevens zijn Rode Kruis- en Rode Halve Maanvrijwilligers aan beide kanten van de grens dag en nacht in de weer met het evacueren van burgers, het opvangen van gewonden en het transporteren van de doden. Door de gevechten duurt het soms echter uren vooraleer de ziekenwagens van de PRHM de gewonden kunnen bereiken. “Sommige gewonden sterven door het lange wachten op de ziekenwagens” zegt Antoine Grand, hoofd van het ICRC in Gaza, “dit is vanzelfsprekend ontoelaatbaar, de ziekenwagens moeten de gewonden onder alle omstandigheden snel kunnen bereiken”.

Dankzij de voorafgaandelijke aanleg van noodstocks door het ICRC konden de meeste ziekenhuizen ook voorzien worden van generatoren, zuiver water, essentiële geneesmiddelen en medisch materiaal, maar de ziekenhuizen liggen overvol en de medische staf is uitgeput.

Watervoorziening in gevaar

Intussen komt ook de watervoorziening in het noorden van de Gazastrook in gevaar : door onderbreking van de stroomvoorziening vallen meerdere waterbevoorradingspunten in Gaza stad uit, en dreigt de bevolking van een half miljoen mensen op korte termijn van zuiver water verstoken te blijven indien de stroomvoorziening niet snel hersteld kan worden.

Bescherming van burgers

Het ICRC wijst alle betrokken partijen bij het conflict in Gaza op de regels vastgelegd in het internationaal humanitair recht die bescherming van burgers in een gewapend conflict voorschrijven. Ook blijft het ICRC de strijdende partijen aansporen om de hulpdiensten te ontzien en humanitaire hulp toegang te verlenen tot de getroffen gebieden.



...& Als extra ~om u toch enigszins inzicht te geven in de toestand van voor, tijdens & na...~ nog een korte reportage, gemaakt omstreeks de jaarwisseling over de humanitaire hulp aan Gaza die volgens Israël toch zo "probleemloos" verliep...

"Gaza Humanitarian Crisis That Israel Denies is Happening"
duur : 7:21 minuten


Kortom... we mogen zo stilaan daarbij duidelijk spreken van "ONAANVAARDBARE RISICO'S VOOR BURGERS"... Weerloze vrouwen & kinderen waar Israël als 't er op aankomt weinig of géén rekening mee houdt...

"Rudi Vranckx in Sderot"
duur : 3:05 minuten


...& Een getuigenverslag door Dr Mads Gilbert vanuit Gaza...

"Inside Gaza's al-Shifa hospital
5. jan 09 interview Norwegian doctor"

duur : 3:29 minuten



...& We vertalen hier eventjes een klein fragment voor onze Oost-Indische Doven & onze Selectieve Leesblinden !!

45 procent van de slachtoffers zijn volgens de arts uit Noorwegen vrouwen en kinderen. Veel mensen hebben zware brandwonden. Mensen gaan dood door gebrek aan medische faciliteiten !!

Volgens Mads Gilbert mogen er geen buitenlandse medische teams Gaza binnen omdat Israël deze tragedie ontkent !!

...& Een interview eerder met Dr Mads Gilbert vanuit Gaza...

"The Reality In Gaza"
duur : 4:33 minuten


Hoe lang nog ?!... & Hoeveel onschuldige slachtoffers zijn er nog nodig ?!...

Wij maken er anders wel geen punt van, om het allemaal bij deze nog eens uitdrukkelijk te herhalen !!




08-01-2009 om 22:43 geschreven door Vorser-Raadgever  

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Klik hier om een link te hebben waarmee u dit artikel later terug kunt lezen.Gaza 2009
De "Digital Wargames" van Israël op YouTube...

Wij hadden zo intussen reeds enige tijd het donkerbruine vermoeden dat er nogal behoorlijk wat gemanipuleerd werd & wordt op het grote world wide internet... & jammer genoeg ook, eens temeer wat betreft Gaza. ...& Bij dit alles in het bijzonder spreken we dan hier over het u welbekende youtube !!

Israël is... & niet meer dan terecht, woedend dat Hamas tuigen afvuurt op de burgerbevolking, maar dat wil niet zeggen dat wat er nu ginds gebeurt, dit ook allemaal zo verantwoord. Wij noemen het "tuigen" omdat we die ~toch wel zeer primitieve~ dingen moeilijk kunnen beschouwen als raketten voor zover het gaat over die fameuse "qassamrockets". Dit neemt natuurlijk niet weg dat ook die knutseltuigen moordwapens zijn. In onze eerdere bijdrage(s) hebben we al uitgelegd hoe die dingen werken, maar sinds enige tijd wordt er ook beweerd dat Hamas Gradraketten zou afvuren. Wij durven natuurlijk niet twijfelen aan wat er door al die ernstige lieden wordt verteld... al willen we toch jullie een aantal dingen laten zien zodat jullie een eigen mening kunnen vormen... & aan dat laatste, daar houden wij nogal sterk aan.

Eerst & vooral.. wat is nu het verschil tussen een qassam & een grad ?!... De qassam moeten we niet meer uitleggen dachten we zo... & de gradraket is niet meer dan professioneel spul dat eigenlijk hier beter bekend staat onder de naam "stalinorgel". Het gaat natuurlijk over één zulke raket als we over een gradraket spreken. Hieronder kunnen jullie die in al hun glorie bewonderen:

"Macedonian Missile Defense - BM-21 Grad"
duur : 1:33 minuten


Het hoeft dus geen al te grote &/of omslachtige uitleg, maar na de zoveelste "bewering" vroegen wij ons dus quasi onmiddellijk af hoe Hamas aan dit soort spul zou zijn geraakt... met lanceercamion &/of lanceerplatvorm, kortom tutti quanti ?!... Onmogelijk natuurlijk... Maar na wat speurwerk kwamen we er achter dat er toch een mogelijkheid bestaat om dat spul op een veel eenvoudiger manier af te vuren. Het gaat dan over een iets gewijzigde versie van dat stalinorgeltype.


Weapons: The 9K132 “Grad-P” Rocket


This latest conflict in Israel has highlighted an interesting weapon. Enter the 122 mm Grad Missile, or the 9K132 Grad-P rocket. Why is this different from the Kassam rockets and other homemade stuff? The range and lethality. It can go 20 plus kilometers and it is a factory made rocket. That means more Israeli deaths, and someone outside of the country is getting these things in. It could be Hezbollah, Syria, Iran (their Arash rocket-see article below), Egypt, Russia… Who knows? But they have them, and they are using them. The most recent attacks were Grad rockets, and these longer range rockets were probably the tipping point(as well as just launching a massive amount of homemade missiles) for the recent activity. Just check out how many attacks have increased over the years.-Matt

Edit : According to news sources, these are Chinese made Grad rockets.

9K132 “Grad-P”(Wikipedia)

Single-round man-portable launcher, which can be reloaded and used again. The rocket itself is a 122mm fin-stabilized rocket, armed with any of the warheads used on BM-21 rockets. The weapon is not often used by the Russian military, but is popular with paramilitary and guerrilla force.


The Egyptians domestically manufacture the rockets “Sakr-36″ and “Sakr-18″ with a respective range of 36 and 18 km. Rather than a standard HE-Frag round, the Egyptian military prefers a 23 kilogram cluster munition, which can be extremely effective against lightly armored equipment and troop concentrations. Both rockets, as well as the original Soviet models of course, are fired by locally manufactured rocket launchers like the RL-21 (copy of BM-11) and RC-21 (copy of BM-21, similar to the Hadid HM20). The Helwan Machine Tools Company also produces portable systems with one, three, four and eight launch tubes.


The discovery of BM-21 components indicates that the Palestinians can now buy, or build, more accurate, and longer ranged, rockets. The 150 pound, 122mm Russian designed BM-21 rocket is nine feet long and has a range of 20 kilometers and a 45 pound warhead. Developed in the late 1930s, the 122mm rocket is normally fired in large numbers from many launchers at spread-out targets.That’s because the rockets are unguided. Aim lots of them at a target and you’ll hit something. Aim a few of them at something, and you usually won’t, But the rockets are made by many countries, are relatively easy to get, and favored by terrorists for attacks that terrorize, rather than actually do any damage.

Well that’s a matter of conjecture that ” rather than actually do any damage.” If you believe that shit you haven’t been pounded by them.

An Egyptian company manufactures the BM-21, including a longer range version of the 122mm rocket. This one has a range of 45 kilometers. The additional range is achieved by reducing the size of the warhead. Another terrorist favorite is the is the 42 pound, 107mm, 33 inch long, Russian BM-12. This rocket has a range of about six kilometers and three pounds of explosives in its warhead. Normally fired, from a launcher, in salvoes of dozens at a time, when used individually, they can only be aimed at a large target, like a large village, or small town, with any expectation of hitting anything.

Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian terrorist group that is firing the rockets, says the BM-21s are Russian made, and of the 30 kilometer range variety.

Link Here


9K132 Grad-P missile. Has a range of about 25 kilometers, payload of about 30 kilograms and the accuracy of /- a few kilometers. Pretty useless against modern military formations, but can kill a whole lot of random civilians if fired at, say, Tiberias. Or any of the kibbutzim, moshavim, villages and small towns around the Kinneret.

The timer-operated 9K132 Grad-P can be easily hidden in a loft, a garden, or just some bushes. It can be set to fire an hour or a month after it has been activated. The Syrian military has been stocking up on these lately (Russians were happy to provide them, even canceling Syria’s tremendous debt to do so. Iran has their own variant, basically a mountless Arash missile with a modified launching mechanism) and training their slave-soldiers to operate these.

From the comments section of the Good Neighbor’s Blog


Global Security’s Description of the Rocket

Wikipedia’s Description of the Rocket


Last updated: 20/07/02

Authors: Kirill, Oleg Granovsky

Translated by Noam Primak

Weapons Found on ‘Karine-A’ and ‘Santorini’

* ‘Santorini’

* ‘Karine A’

* Armaments, Type and Quantity

o Rockets

o RPGs

o Small Arms

o Mortars

o Mines

o Explosives

Notre: The article was originally written shortly after the capture of the ship Karin-A, however it is still very relevant, since it provides considerable information about the weapons the Palestinian terrorists could have accumulated in the Gaza strip.

On 6 May 2001 an IAF aircraft on routine patrol over the Mediterranean, spotted a suspicious vessel, named ‘Santorini’. Two ‘Dabur’ patrol craft were sent to intercept the small (length 25 m, displacement 40 tonnes) ship, followed by two missile boats.

The missile boats intercepted the vessel in international waters, some tens of miles from the Israeli coast. Their crews noticed on the ‘Santorini’s deck a large number of plastic barrels of different sizes. A marine commando contingent of the IDF Navy’s Flotilla-13 (’Shayetet-13′, Israel’s naval special forces unit) proceeded to board the vessel. The four crewmen aboard the ‘Santorini’ did not attempt to resist the takeover. Upon inspection, the boarding party found the barrels filled with weaponry. The vessel was escorted to port at Haifa.

The investigation that followed revealed that the shipment had been purchased by Ahmed Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC). Its value, including the price of the contraband delivery, was estimated at $10 million. The smugglers, who departed with the cargo from Tripoli, Lybia, were tasked with unloading the barrels-carefully sealed and waterproofed along with their contents-at a prearranged location off the Gaza coast, where they would be picked up by Palestinian Authority (PA) representatives.

The next day, 7 May 01, at 8:00 pm local time, a press conference was held on the matter in Haifa, with the participation of the Minister of Defense, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and commander-in-chief of the IDF Navy, Maj-Gen.Yedidia Yaari. The latter denied any knowledge of recent attempts at smuggling contraband by sea. By the next day, however, the interrogation of the suspects revealed that they had made three such attempts in the past, two of which were successful.

Eight months later, on the morning of 2 Jan 02 a squadron of ‘Dvora’ patrol craft (and possibly ‘Dabur’ boats) and fast attack boats of Flotilla-13 departed Eilat. This time the operation-code-named ‘Noah’s Ark’-was planned well in advance. The task was the takeover of the weapons-laden ‘Karine A’. The actual interception was preceded by months of intelligence activity, code-named Operation Milk and Honey (’khalav u-dvash’).

The patrol vessels are too small to carry the commando boats on board, so the latter traveled the entire distance covered in the operation on their own power, refueling several times from the patrol craft. The takeover of the ‘Karine-A’, which Flotilla-13 personnel executed in 8 minutes without firing a shot, occurred on the night of 3-4 Jan in international waters on the Red Sea, between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, about 500 km from Eilat. Part of the contingent was fast-roped onto the vessel from helicopters, while the rest boarded from the speedboats. The takeover and escort of the ‘Karine-A’ back to Eilat was supported by IAF attack helicopters. The operation was 0commanded from an aerial platform by Brig-Gen (’tat-aluf’) Eli Merom, chief of naval operations (’mispen yam’), with IDF chief-of-staff Lt-Gen (’rav-aluf’) Shaul Mofaz also on board. ‘Karine-A’ arrived in Eilat the evening of 4 Jan 02, the entire operation completed in less than 60 hours.

The same day, at 14:00, the IDF held a press conference (Shaul Mofaz, Yedidia Yaari, IAF commander-in-chief Maj-Gen (Aluf) Dan Halutz, and IDF spokesman Brig-Gen (Tat-Aluf) Ron Kitrey participating) making public the Karine-A’s takeover. The first photos (taken while the ship was still at sea) of the deadly cargo were released. Two days later, on 6 Jan 02 at 17:00, another press conference, this time with the Prime Minister and Defence Minister attending, was held at Eilat naval base. The captured armaments were made available for the inspection of foreign military attaches, diplomatic officials and reporters.

This time the “catch” was more substantial: over 50 tonnes (up to 70-80 T) of arms and ammunition. It was to have been delivered by ‘Karine-A’ (length 97.4m, disp.4000 T, constructed 1979) through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean off the Egyptian port of Alexandria, where it would be picked up and reloaded onto smaller craft. These were to deliver the payload, packed in 80 (83 according to certain sources) watertight containers, to the Gaza coast. A typical fishing vessel is capable of towing several such containers, with the added advantage that the containers in the rear would remain underwater. If the fishing boat were spotted by an Israeli patrol, the containers could be released and relocated later (with floating markers). The weaponry was hidden under a layer of civilian cargo (clothing, mattresses, suitcases, electronics, etc.)

The captain of the Karine-A was Omar Ashawi, a FATAH activist since 1976, Lt-Col in the PA’s “Naval Police”, and its adviser on maritime affairs. Several other members of the Karine-A’s crew were “Naval Police” officers; the rest were Egyptian sailors, who may or may not have not known of the contraband aboard. Ashawi’s interrogation revealed that the vessel had been purchased by Adal Mugrabi, a representative of the PA. According to Ashawi, the deputy commander of the “Naval Police”, Fatkhi Gazem, and the PA’s finance Fuad Shubaki, also participated in the operation, the latter charged with making payment for the cargo. The ship’s last run took it from the Jordanian port of Aqaba (neighboring Eilat) on 24 Sep 01, to an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf, where its cargo was loaded.

Further investigation revealed that the arms were purchased through Iran’s so-called “Export Committee of the Islamic Revolution” for $15 million. Payment was delivered via Lebanon through Hizballah middlemen. The civilian cargo used to smuggle the contraband was worth about $3 million, the ship itself about $400,000.

It has been reported that the IDF will make use of part of the confiscated materials (including sniper weapons and explosives) and destroy the rest. The vessel may be used by the IDF Navy for training purposes (but its mechanical condition was deemed questionable).

Armaments and Ammunition :


Additional notes on Karine-A cargo:

* The shipment was so large that various items, such as RPG-7 rocket motors and AK magazines were not counted.

* A large part of the weaponry (mortars, anti-tank rockets, RPG-7 and motors) is of Iranian manufacture

* In addition to the Zodiac boats, a substantial quantity of diving equipment was present (diving suits, aqualungs, underwater illuminators).

* All mortar rounds and unguided rockets have impact fuse*

* All mortars and unguided rocket launchers were complete with aiming sights.

* In addition to the fuses in the mines, grenades, and rockets, the cargo included a large quantity of electric and mechanical fuse mechanisms of various types.


“Arash”. Analog to BM-21 ‘Grad’, Iranian manufacture.

Caliber: 122mm

Range: 20.75 km

Weight of rocket: 66.4kg

Warhead (WH): 19.18kg, high-explosive (HE)/fragmentation. Includes 6.4kg HE

Copy of ‘Grad’ MLRS produced in China, Egypt, Rumania, South Africa, Iraq and Iran (’?rash’). Iranian variant is truck-mounted, with up to 30 launch tubes depending on model. Hizballah makes use of lighter trucks with 10 launch tubes, and of single launch tubes analogous to the Soviet 9K132 ‘Grad-P’ (’Partisan’) system. Launchers intended for delivery to the PA were of the latter type.

Range depends on variant and warhead; data above is for BM-21OF (most common variant). Rocket is stabilized in flight by rotation and stabilizer fins, which open after launch.

Link Here


Total rocket attacks:

Since the first rocket fell on Israel on 16 April 2001: 3,706

Since the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in August 2005: 3,123

Since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in mid-June 2007: 1,685

This year:

From 1 Jan through 30 Nov 2008: 1,212

Mortar bomb hits since April 2001: 3,948

Please see this link to get the most up to date amount of attacks.




Dit modelleke grad kan dus inderdaad afgevuurd worden op een eenvoudige manier & waarschijnlijk ook door 1 of 2 personen... Màààrrr... bekijk dat type dus eens heel goed & onthou ongeveer de grootte van de eigenlijke raket...

We gaan dan snel eventjes over naar de andere kant, namelijk naar het Israëlische leger die ons zéér boeiende beelden bezorgt van de slechterikken die Gradraketten aan het laden zijn. Jullie hebben dat ding nog steeds in jullie geheugen ?!...

Kijk maar :

"Israeli Air Force Strikes Rockets in Transit 28 Dec. 2008"
duur : 2:42 minuten


...& kijk... Goed als we zijn gunden we ze hier nog het voordeel van enige twijfel... Tót we het volgende filmpje onder ogen kregen... 't Is maar dat u enig idee heeft hoe deze oorlog in werkelijkheid uitgevochten wordt...

"B'Tselem questions Israeli account of attack - 1 Jan 09"
duur : 2:37 minuten


...& Al even veel last hebben we met het volgende filmpje ...

"Israel Air Force Pinpoint Strike on Grad Missile Launchers 30 Dec. 2008"
duur : 0:40 minuten


Volgens onze bescheiden mening gaat het hier toch wel duidelijk over veel grotere types raketten & wij hebben daarbij niet meteen het gevoel dat je zulke dingen door een onderaardse tunnel vanuit Egypte in Gaza kunt naar binnen wurmen... zeg nu zelf...

...& Nog het meest tot de verbeelding sprekende voorbeeld vonden we hier & we vragen daarbij uitdrukkelijk om beide fimpjes goed te bekijken. Wees gerust. Het is dus niet het spel van de 7 fouten. Alleeen de titeltjes & de commentaren werden "aangepast"

"Direct hit of qassam in Ashkelon"
duur : 0:17 minuten


"Grad rocket hitting Ashkelon"
duur : 0:17 minuten


Op het eerste zicht lijken zulke dingen natuurlijk erg banaal. Ach, het is tenslotte een raket. Maar in werkelijkheid is het verschil tussen de in mekaar geknutselde qassamraketten & de pofessionele grad hemelsbreed, laat staan het resultaat van de impact van die dingen... & als je daarbij beseft dat Israël dit als excuus heeft gebruikt om te doen wat ze nu doen ?!...


Tot slot & toch ook een beetje van kwestie van jullie enigszins met de neus op de feiten te drukken, over waar dit artikel over ging...

Ga zo ook maar eens een kijkje gaan nemen op "IDF Spokesperson's Unit", Israëls eigenste propagandakanaal op YouTube, of zeggen we misschien intussen op cynische wijze : MyTube ?!...


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Sta ons toe dat we daar zo onze vragen bij hebben...

...& Nog zo'n voorbeeld hiervan. We zijn trouwens ook niet de enigen die dat zeggen &/of beweren...

"Oorlogsbloggers op het internet"
duur : 1:52 minuten


Zo vonden we ook bij De Standaard ONLINE het vrij verhelderende filmpje : ‘Digitale media zijn de nieuwste wapens’ met volgende comment, dat daar misschien enig antwoord op kan geven...

05/01/2009 Israëli’s en Palestijnen bestoken elkaar niet alleen met bommen. Ze gebruiken ook steeds meer het internet en telefonie om elkaar te treffen. ‘De digitale media zijn de nieuwste wapens met het internet als ultieme oorlogsfront’, zegt KU Leuven-professor communicatietechnologie Dirk De Grooff.

Wij blijven ons zo de vraag stellen of het geweld dat er op dit moment ginder gebruikt wordt, verhoudingsgewijs staat tot waar het in dit geval allemaal over begon ?!...


...& Wat denken jullie nu zèlf hiervan ?!... In plaats van zonder enige twijfel aan te nemen, van wat men her en der in de kranten zoal vertelt ?!...

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White Phosphorus - 's mens grootste smeerlapperij !!

Heeft u enig idee hoe een slachtoffer van witte fosfor ~White Phosphorus~ er uit ziet ?!...


A Vietnam War Remnants Museum photo of a victim of a white phosphorus bomb

Volgens ons behoeft deze foto géén enkele commentaar... buiten misschien "verbijsterend barbaars" !! Wat u hier net kwam te zien was een slachtoffer van de Vietnam-Oorlog die in de jaren 60-tig & 70-tig werden uitgevochten... Intussen enkele decenia verder & 'n ietsje verder "gespecialiseerd" ziet het er niet veel anders uit...

...een eerste toelichting...


White Posphorus used in Operation Silence

Posted by Teeth Maestro July 14, 2007

On 12th July, AAJ Tv boradcasted a program of Live with Talat in which Talat Hussain visited Jamia Hafsa. While touring the bullet ridden compound a number of military personal hovered around, at a certain point Talat Hussain asked an accompanying Army personal about all the evidence of smoke around the area asking, “Why is there so much smoke?”, the solider replied “WP”, Talat put another question “Please explain WP?”, the solider answered “White Phosphorus.”

White Phosphorus is a flare / smoke producing incendiary weapon which is also used as an offensive Anti-Personnel flame compound capable of causing serious burns or death. White phosphorus weapons are controversial today because of its potential use against humans, for whom one-tenth of a gram is a deadly dose and according to the Geneva Convention which was later amended by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons signed into effect in 1997, expressively prohibits the use against civilians. White Phosphorus weapons have been used in the recent past by Israel in Lebanon and US and UK in Iraq, but probably the first time ever by a an army against its own people

Article 1 of Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

defines an incendiary weapon as ‘any weapon or munition which is primarily designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injury to persons through the action of flame, heat, or combination thereof, produced by a chemical reaction of a substance delivered on the target’. The same protocol also prohibits the use of incendiary weapons against civilians or in civilian areas. However, the use against military targets outside civilian areas is not explicitly banned by any treaty.

There continues to be a strong debate on how Musharraf should have handled this situation, but what surprises me is the inhumanity of this attack, dexterity of the assault should have meant targeted exchange of fire maybe an occasional rubber bullet to pacify the milder militants, but the indiscriminate use of chemical weapons, by the National Army against its own people. Is jaw dropping serious, its akin to the mass murder which happened in Karachi on May 12th when the Army headed off to the barracks leaving the city at the hands of ruthless killers for six hours..

To understand the gravity of the situation one has only to look at these two images of burnt bodies the sight is excruciatingly painful, when the Americans used White Phosphorous on the victims in Fallujah back in April 2004.

If you look at the top most image which appeared in Dawn on 13th July (link) one sees the classic signs of a high intensity flame, which reached astounding temperatures to melt the steel framework of ceiling fans, one must also noted that the public was not shown the remains of numerous people killed in the disaster and quickly buried them in concealed wooden coffins the next day.

I am shocked and stunned at what has just happened, it should be enough for the world to wake up and ask for an unconditional removal of the dictator



Voelt u zich nog goed bij dit alles ?!... Wij dus niet !!...

Als we onze eigenste Belgistaanse pers mogen geloven, gebruikt Israël op dit eigenste moment fosformunitie & clusterbommen in Gaza tegen Hamas... & het staat dachten we daarbij buiten kijf dat de complete civiele bevolking van Gaza daar ook slachtoffer van is... Mannen, vrouwen... kinderen... ongeacht !!

"Nachtelijke beschietingen in Gaza"
duur : 0:30 minuten


De feeërieke vuurregen die u zonet in het korte beeldfragment uit de lucht zag vallen is géén kerst- of nieuwjaarsvuurwerk... maar is wel degelijk witte fosfor !!

"White Phosphorus 0001"
duur : 0:49 minuten


Owwww... u betwijfelt dit alles ?!...

Test van een fosforbom tot ontploffing gebracht boven de USS Alabama BB-8, September 1921.

An alleged White phosphorous shell fired by the Israeli military explodes in the northern Gaza Strip
- Saturday 3 January 2009 -

...& wat het goedje veroorzaakt :


'Special Weapons' Have a Fallout on Babies in Fallujah

17 june,2008

The new cases, and the number of deaths among children, have risen after "special weaponry" was used in the two massive bombing campaigns in Fallujah in 2004.

After denying it at first, the Pentagon admitted in November 2005 that white phosphorous, a restricted incendiary weapon, was used a year earlier in Fallujah.

In addition, depleted uranium (DU) munitions, which contain low-level radioactive waste, were used heavily in Fallujah. The Pentagon admits to having used 1,200 tons of DU in Iraq thus far.

Many doctors believe DU to be the cause of a severe increase in the incidence of cancer in Iraq, as well as among US veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War and through the current occupation.

"We saw all the colors of the rainbow coming out of the exploding American shells and missiles," Ali Sarhan, a 50-year-old teacher who lived through the two US sieges of 2004 told IPS. "I saw bodies that turned into bones and coal right after they were exposed to bombs that we learned later to be phosphorus.

"The most worrying is that many of our women have suffered loss of their babies, and some had babies born with deformations."

"I had two children who had brain damage from birth," 28-year-old Hayfa` Shukur told IPS. "My husband has been detained by the Americans since November 2004 and so I had to take the children around by myself to hospitals and private clinics. They died. I spent all our savings and borrowed a considerable amount of money."

Shukur said doctors told her that it was use of the restricted weapons that caused her children`s brain damage and subsequent deaths, "but none of them had the courage to give me a written report."

"Many babies were born with major congenital malformations," a pediatric doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS. "These infants include many with heart defects, cleft lip or palate, Down`s syndrome, and limb defects."

The doctor added, "I can say all kinds of problems related to toxic pollution took place in Fallujah after the November 2004 massacre."

Many doctors speak of similar cases and a similar pattern. The indications remain anecdotal, in the absence of either a study, or any available official records.

The Fallujah General Hospital administration was unwilling to give any statistics on deformed babies, but one doctor volunteered to speak on condition of anonymity -- for fear of reprisals if seen to be critical of the administration.

"Maternal exposure to toxins and radioactive material can lead to miscarriage and frequent abortions, still birth, and congenital malformation," the doctor told IPS. There have been many such cases, and the government "did not move to contain the damage, or present any assistance to the hospital whatsoever.

"These cases need intensive international efforts that provide the highest and most recent technologies that we will not have here in a hundred years," he added.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed concern Mar. 31 about the lack of medical supplies in hospitals in Baghdad and Basra.

"Hospitals have used up stocks of vital medical items, and require further supplies to cope with the influx of wounded patients. Access to water remains a matter of concern in certain areas," the ICRC said in a statement.

A senior Iraqi health ministry official was quoted as saying Feb. 26 that the health sector is under "great pressure", with scores of doctors killed, an exodus of medical personnel, poor medical infrastructure, and shortage of medicines.

"We are experiencing a big shortage of everything," said the official, "We don`t have enough specialist doctors and medicines, and most of the medical equipment is outdated.

"We used to get many spinal and head injures, but were unable to do anything as we didn`t have enough specialists and medicines," he added. "Intravenous fluid, which is a simple thing, is not available all the time." He said no new hospitals had been built since 1986.

Iraqi Health Minister Salih al-Hassnawi highlighted the shortage of medicines at a press conference in Arbil in the Kurdistan region in the north Feb. 22. "The Iraqi Health Ministry is suffering from an acute shortage of medicines...We have decided to import medicines immediately to meet the needs."

He said the 2008 health budget meant that total expenditure on medicines, medical equipment and ambulances would amount to an average of 22 dollars per citizen.

But this is too late for the unknown number of babies and their families who bore the consequences of the earlier devastation. And it is too little to cover the special needs of babies who survived with deformations.

(Inter Press Service)



...& Als u dacht het allemaal gezien te hebben, als u nog twijfelt over wat de effecten van deze onmenselijke smeerlapperij zijn, dan kunnen we u alsnog aanraden om naar volgende documentaire te kijken. Daar krijgt u het naaldje voor draadje uitgelegd... & voor eenmaal vinden wij het ontzettend jammer dat we u de geur ervan niet kunnen bijleveren, kwestie dat het even in uw geheugen zou doorbranden zodat u zulks nooit vergeet !!

The hidden massacre
by Sigfrido Ranucci

Produced by Italian state broadcaster RAI TV, the documentary charges U.S. warplanes illegally dropped white phosphorus incendiary bombs on civilian populations, burning the skin off Iraqi victims. One U.S. soldier charges this amounts to the U.S. using chemical weapons against the Iraqi people.

"The hidden massacre..."
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"ongehoorde meningen" - Wim Van Rooy versus Etienne Vermeersch

Onderstaand delen wij met u nog een stukje dat we hebben "ontleend" van het programma "ongehoorde meningen" op radio 1, waarin Lieven De Maeyer het zal hebben over de gebeurtenissen in de Gaza strook met twee gasten.

De éne is de minder bekende Wim van Rooy, Directeur van de Vrije Israëlitische School Yavne & ook hoofdredacteur van Tijdingen, het blad van de P.E.N. club)

De andere is Etienne Vermeersch, u allen welbekend als ~mits enige overdrijving van onzentwege~ het morele geweten van onze Belgische natie...

Het desbetreffende interview

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De Heer Vermeersch mept hier spijkers met koppen, zodat wij hier dus zelf niet veel meer aan toe te voegen hebben, behalve misschien het volgende :

De Heer Van Rooy vindt het in zijn argumentatie geoorloofd om de Palestijnen uit Gaza plat te bombarderen...

In het kort stelt hij dus dat de vrede gefaald heeft door de schuld van de islamo-fascistische ideologie & dat alleen de taal van de wapens troost kan brengen (noot: de Palestijnen hébben géén wapens.. enkel stenen, slingers & enkele zelf ineen geflanste fusees !!) & hij vindt dat Israël voor eens & voor altijd moet afrekenen met Hamas, "hoeveel slachtoffers dat ook zal vergen" (sic).

Door & door slecht zoals we steeds zijn, rijst in ons verdorven geweten natuurlijk meteen de vraag op : "Aan hoeveel slachtoffers had Meneer Van Rooy dan zo gedacht ?!..."

De teller staat intussen al bijna op 500... & Gaza begint dus nu al stilletjes aan de proporties van Deir Yassin, My Lai, Sabra & Chatila of Lidice aan te nemen... & de tanks zijn nog altijd maar aan 't warm draaien daar in 't grensgebied, als ze tenminste op dit eigenste moment niet de boel aan 't platwalsen zijn... Is 5000 aanvaardbaar voor dhr. Van Rooy ?!... Of 50 000 ?!... Of 500 000 misschien ?!...

...& Is een Arabier z'n leven dan evenveel of minder waard als dat van iemand anders voor de Heer Van Rooy ?!... Zou de Meneer Van Rooy zulke cijfers even aanvaardbaar vinden moesten er 500 Vlamingen, Zweden of Canadezen worden afgeslacht ?!...

Als in een reflex haalt Mijnheer Van Rooy er natuurlijk ook meteen Hitler weer bij & hij verwijst ook naar het "islamo-fascisme". Wij gaan daar nu niet verder op in, maar we hopen dat zeer binnenkort eens wat grondiger aan te pakken...

Wanneer hij in zijn betoog, om het zo te parafraseren, beweert dat de vrede gefaald heeft & dat de Palestijnen enkel de taal van de wapens begrijpen, vergeet hij echter één ding... & nu komen wij tot de kern van ons argument... & dat is dat er gewoon nog nooit een vredevolle oplossing op tafel is gekomen !!

Het is namelijk zo dat het Palestijnse Volk nù al meer dan 60 jaar door Israël onder de knoet gehouden wordt.

Heeft Meneer Van Rooy misschien zichzelf al eens de vraag gesteld hoe ie 't zou vinden om z'n ganse leven lang ~want Meneer Van Rooy is er nog géén 60~ in zo'n onderdrukt oorlogsgebied te leven ?!... Gebied dat in dàt geval dan van zijn voorouders is ontstolen & dat te pas & te onpas om welke futiele reden dan ook "uitgezuiverd" wordt, waarbij vrienden & familie voor 't minste zomaar door de onderdrukker gevangen gezet worden bvb...

Wie in een plas modder op de grond ligt met een legerbottin in zijn nek gedrukt kan in de meeste van die gevallen nogal moeilijk de hand reiken aan de eigenaar van die bottin... als dat al niet als vijandelijk wordt beschouwd tenminste... want in tijden van oorlog weet men immers nooit... & daarom is dit argument van de Heer Van Rooy voor ons dus waardeloos.

De vredelievende oplossing kón gewoon niet falen, omdat ze er nog nooit gewéést is !! ...& misschien is het eens een keer de moeite waard om eens te proberen om Vrede te bereiken door de Bezetting te beëindigen ?!...

"Vrede" houdt echter wel in dat beide partijen pijnlijke toegevingen zullen moeten doen... & we kunnen bezwaarlijk gaan ontkennen dat de Palestijnen de laatste 60 jaar nog geen pijnlijke toegevingen hebben gedaan.

Deze bezetting van de Palestijnen door Israël was er overigens reeds vóór Hamas (1987) er was.

Dezélfde bezetting was er ook al vóór Arafat er was... & nu Arafat verdwenen is, is die bezetting er nog steeds. De énige constante in het conflict is dus niét de aanwezigheid van Hamas, of die van Arafat, maar wél die ellendige 6 decennia durende bezetting van de Palestijnse gebieden door Israël !!

Er is dus geen sprake van een "fascistische (Islam)ideologie", maar wel van een 60-jarige bezetting... & de Heer Van Rooy verwart dus duidelijk het begrip "Vrede" met een soort status-quo of "gezellige rust", terwijl de Palestijnen verder verdreven & weggepest worden...

Het verleden zou ons één ding moeten geleerd hebben... & dat is dat, waar er bezetting is, er nooit vrede kan heersen. Waar er bezetting is zal er dus automatisch ook verzet zijn, zoals dat in "Den Oorlog" ook al het geval was met "Den Weerstand"...

Zodra de bezetting van onze streken door den Duits ophield had ook de Weerstand hier geen reden van bestaan meer & is deze korte tijd nadien dus ook gewoon opgedroogd.

Dus, Mijnheer Van Rooy... we gaan het nog één keer zeggen teneinde dat u het goed in uw oren zou kunnen knopen !!

Het is de bezetting die de oorzaak is van alle ellende... & dat geldt zowel voor de Israëli's als voor de Palestijnen !!

...& al de rest is daar slechts het logische gevolg van !! Niet meer & niet minder !!

Capiche ?!...

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Beste lezertjes, vermits een nieuw jaar begint met goede voornemens zullen ook wij ons best doen om deze voornemens te verwezenlijken. Wij willen namelijk iets dat zeer gemakkelijk te verwezenlijken valt. En dat is?.........wel doodgewoon dat -en laten we voor één keer erg regionalistisch egoïstisch zijn- er niempand meer honger moet lijden in ons eigenste vaderland Belgistan. Ok, we dromen weer. In elk geval durven wij nog dromen wat waarschijnlijk van velen onder jullie niet meer kan gezegd worden. Onrealistisch? Absoluut niet. Want we publiceren hieronder graag een artikel dat dateert van bij het begin van de financiële crisis en dat werd gepubliceerd in "Le Nouvel Observateur". Als dat allemaal kan in onze wereld wat daar zonder enige schroom wordt verteld, dan kan men veel makkelijker onze bescheiden doelstelling verwezenlijken. Lijkt ons veel minder surrealistisch....Neem dus eventjes jullie Frans-Nederlandse woordenboek bij de hand en laat ons samen de wonderlijke wereld der financiën betreden. Zet de kotsemmer toch niet te ver uit de buurt...jullie zijn verwittigd! Het geeft een mooi contrast met onze voorgaande bijdrage. Kwestie van evenwichten te bewaren natuurlijk. Het laat ons ook een mooi beeld zien van de beperkte invloed die nationale staten via wet- en regelgeving nog kunnen uitoefenen op het financieel systeem dat zich al lang geen bal meer aantrekt van grenzen. Behalve dan om er misbruik van te kunnen maken. Jan met de pet en Piet met de snot betalen de gebroken potten wel....en Jan en Piet dat zijn wij dus....

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SEMAINE DU JEUDI 30 Octobre 2008

Enquête chez les seigneurs de la finance
Les naufrageurs
Ni remords ni excuses. Banquiers, gérants de fonds d'investissement, spéculateurs, ils portent une responsabilité écrasante dans la crise qui balaie l'économie mondiale. Certains y ont laissé des plumes. D'autres, à la faveur du krach, continuent de s'enrichir de plus belle. Tant pis pour le petit épargnant. Tant pis pour le contribuable qui devra boucher les trous. A Wall Street, Londres ou Genève, nos reporters ont rencontré ceux qui n'ont d'autre credo que celui du profit. Et ne sont pas près d'abjurer

Au désespoir ! A la ruine ! A ces marchés stupides qui me permettent de m'enrichir ! Simon Cawkwell nous reçoit dans son grand appartement dans le quartier chic de South Kensington, à Londres, et, en hôte attentionné, insiste pour sabrer le champagne et lever un toast en l'honneur du krach. Ce n'est pas tous les jours qu'on trinque avec le diable ! Avec ses 150 kilos débordant de sa chaise, ses chaussettes rouge vif, ses quatre écrans d'ordinateur où défilent non-stop les cours de la Bourse, le personnage rayonne d'une aura falstaffienne. D'ailleurs, son surnom à la city, c'est «Evil Knievil», alias «le chevalier du mal» ou quelque chose d'approchant. «Les krachs, j'adore, il n'y a pas de périodes plus excitantes. J'ai connu celui de 1987, mais j'étais moins riche à l'époque, je ne pouvais pas miser de grosses sommes. Cette crise-là est bonne, très bonne, pour mes affaires. Evidemment, il va y avoir beaucoup de chômage, des années de récession. Mais moi, je vais gagner beaucoup d'argent.» Cawkwell fait partie du club sulfureux des short sellers, ces spé-culateurs qui ont joué à la baisse les valeurs bancaires. Lui, il s'est attaqué à la banque anglaise Northern Rock. Et se rappelle encore avec délice ce jour d'août où il a entendu que la Banque d'Angleterre allait la renflouer. «J'ai compris que cela sentait mauvais et qu'il y aurait beaucoup à se faire.» Northern Rock a ensuite plongé, n'échappant à la faillite que par une nationalisation in extremis. Se sent-il coupable ? «Mais pourquoi, ma chère ? Je serais bien stupide de ne pas en profiter.» Au total, Evil Knievil pense que la crise lui rapportera 4,5 millions d'euros. «Une broutille... Si vous saviez combien certains ont raflé !» C'est peut-être le refrain le plus entonné dans le monde de la finance. Il y a toujours un plus coupable que vous. Les patrons des grandes banques comme Dick Fuld, de feu Lehman Brothers, ou John Mack, de Morgan Stanley ? Ils accusent les short sel- lers, type David Einhorn ou Philip Falcone (épinglé en une par le tabloïd «Daily Mirror» sous l'étiquette «porc milliardaire cupide»), d'avoir conspiré leur chute. Lesquels spéculateurs prétendent eux avoir fait oeuvre d'utilité publique en alertant l'opinion sur les dérives des banques. «On apprend aux enfants à dire pardon. Mais visiblement, dans le secteur financier, personne n'a appris les vertus du mot magique», ironisait une éditorialiste de «l'Evening Standard».

David Freud, petit-fils de Sigmund et exbanquier d'affaires, a l'explication de ce déni collectif : «Il n'y a pas de sens de la responsabilité. C'est un secteur très individualiste, perverti par la culture du bonus. Et le bonus, c'est gagnant-gagnant. Quand vous êtes performant, vous gagnez. Quand vous perdez, vous gagnez toujours, mais moins...» David Freud a lui aussi joué au jeu des bonus, ces mégaprimes qui font passer les salaires des footballeurs pour de vulgaires pourboires : «Si les gens savaient ce qu'on gagne, on rétablirait la guillotine et des têtes valseraient sur des piques.» 1, 2, 15, 20 millions... Pour le commun des mortels, les sommes ne veulent plus dire grand-chose. Pensez ! En plein krach des subprimes, Goldman Sachs, la star du milieu (voir article p. 22), versait 18 milliards de dollars de bonus, soit 600 000 dollars par employé en moyenne... Mais ces dernières années, les mercenaires de la City savaient pouvoir trouver encore mieux ailleurs. Les banques plus «pépères», traditionnellement peu enclines à jouer les acrobates sur les marchés, ont voulu, elles aussi, monter en Ligue 1, celle des Goldman Sachs et autres. Et, pour s'acheter les bons joueurs, ont aligné toujours plus de cash. Et tant pis si les patrons en question furent bien vite dépassés par les tours de passe-passe de leurs nouvelles stars. C'est exactement ce qui s'est passé dans nos Caisses d'Epargne. Ou chez Citigroup, où le PDG, Chuck Prince, ancien avocat, débarqué l'an dernier pour avoir plombé sa banque de subprimes, confessait ingénument son manque total de compréhension des mécanismes financiers en vigueur dans sa boutique : «Aussi longtemps qu'il y a de la musique, vous devez vous lever et danser. Nous dansons toujours.» Les banquiers ont dansé. Les milliards ont valsé. Les chiffres donnent le vertige : les fameux Credit

Default Swaps, ces instruments techniques pour se couvrir contre le risque de faillite d'une entreprise, qui sont en train de faire tomber les banques, ont été inventés fin 1997 : ils représentent désormais 55 trilliards de dollars, soit plus que le PNB de la Terre... «Personne n'avait intérêt à tuer la poule aux oeufs d'or, soupire David Freud. Ni les politiques, ni les banques centrales, ni surtout les banquiers, qui s'enrichissaient tellement. Alors on s'est tous allongé et on a écouté la musique.» Et la musique, qui la dictait ? Tout en haut de la pyramide, voilà les demi-dieux de la finance. La caste mystérieuse des hedge funds, ces fonds spéculatifs qui font désormais la pluie et le beau temps. L'écrivain Tom Wolfe explique ainsi que ces «maîtres de l'univers» qu'il a immortalisés dans «le Bûcher des Vanités» ne sont plus à Wall Street, mais à Greenwich, petite ville près de New York où s'agglutinent les hedgies ou à Londres. Là où l'unité était la dizaine de millions de dollars, les hedgies brassaient des milliards, et comme ils se servaient à la source, ils ont fait exploser les bonus. «Ils n'avaient aucune régulation, et gagnaient tellement plus d'argent. Le rêve de tout trader, c'était évidemment de devenir un hedgie», dit un trader. Et de déménager, à Londres, des bureaux impersonnels de Canary Wharf ou de la City vers l'antre des superriches, le quartier de Mayfair, ses immeubles victoriens, ses milliardaires russes, ses restaurants huppés comme le Gavroche et ses repas à 1 500 euros... Même les conférences busi ness étaient moins ennuyeuses : au rassemblement Hedge Stock, en 2006, sorte de Woodstock de la finance, les rendez-vous se faisaient sous des tentes à fleurs, le tout bercé d'un concert des Who. Autre événement incontournable, le gala de charité annuel du financier Arpad Busson, fiancé d'Uma Thurman, où l'on pouvait l'an dernier enchérir pour gagner une séance de yoga avec Sting, ou une leçon de guitare avec le chanteur de Coldplay suivi d'un dîner avec sa femme, Gwineth Paltrow... Cette année, en juin, il n'y avait «que» Tony Blair, désormais conseiller à mi-temps à la banque JPMorgan, et un concert de Stevie Wonder. 30 millions d'euros furent néammoins levés, malgré les subprimes...
Aujourd'hui, à Mayfair, les hedge funds commencent à fermer : on estime que plus de la moitié risquent de passer à la trappe. Les panneaux «Bureaux à vendre» fleurissent. Peter Wetherell, agent immobilier dans le très haut de gamme, constate un ralentissement de 40% des transactions. «Après la fête, la gueule de bois... Mais pas pour tout le monde. La semaine dernière, il y avait un petit raout chez George, le club privé de Mayfair le plus coté. Il y avait ceux qui pleuraient. Et ceux qui riaient. Personnellement, je ne suis pas inquiet pour mon business. Les riches ont perdu un peu de leur patri moine, mais ils restent toujours riches...» Pauvres riches ? «C'est le paradoxe de la City. Vous êtes riche, mais vous n'en avez jamais assez. Car il y a toujours un plus riche que vous.» Geraint Anderson, un analyste réputé, a décidé de larguer les amarres après avoir amassé «seulement» 3 millions d'euros. Trop de cocaïne, trop de stress, trop de cupidité. «Je devenais un vrai connard. Et puis, au fond de moi, je savais bien que je ne valais pas mon superbonus annuel» Dans la City, le sujet de conversation préféré est le fuck-off money, le montant avec lequel vous pouvez tout plaquer. «On avait fait un pacte il y a trois ans avec des copains en se fixant un seuil de 3 millions d'euros. Eux, ils n'ont pas décroché. Ils doivent être entre 5 et 10 maintenant.» Geraint dit que personne ne décroche dans la City : «C'est comme dans ces films avec ces braqueurs qui disent «encore un dernier hold-up» et c'est fini. En général, ça se termine dans un bain de sang.»
Aujourd'hui, alors que 3 000 milliards seront injectés dans les banques, on pourrait penser que le système fou des bonus a vécu. Pauvres naïfs ! Selon les estimations du «Guardian», les 10 plus gros établissements financiers de Wall Street projettent de distribuer 70 milliards de dollars en primes cette année, soit 10% du plan Paulson ! Ironie du sort, certains des ex-Lehman, la banque qui a largement participé au cataclysme, pourraient même en profiter : Nomura, qui a repris une partie des équipes, a promis de ?
maintenir les bonus que s'était engagé à distribuer leur ancien employeur. «Je ne vois pas pourquoi je paierais les pots cassés ! Si je n'ai pas mon bonus cette année, j'irais voir ailleurs, se justifie un trader. Les banques sont obligées de continuer le jeu pour ne pas perdre ceux qui leur rapportent encore de l'argent. C'est la loi du marché.»
Impunité totale, donc ? Philippe, un des hedge funders les plus connus de la place, nous reçoit à Genève. Off. «Nous, les hedgies, nous sommes les boucs émissaires idéaux. Même l'archevêque de Canterbury nous tape dessus ! Nous sommes comme les joueurs de foot et les chanteurs de rock : les personnes qu'on aime haïr.» Pourquoi Genève ? L'homme qui pèse aujourd'hui 200 millions d'euros a été en bisbille avec la Financial Services Authority, le gendarme de la City. Et a donc quitté Londres pour la cité de Calvin. «On me croyait fini, et puis me revoilà. J'ai survécu à bien des choses, et ce krach-là n'est pas le pire que j'ai connu.» En deux ans, il a créé son propre fonds et levé 5 milliards de dollars.
Une partie de ses fonds sont domiciliés aux îles Caïmans, l'une des destinations favorites des hedge funds. Alors évidemment, la régulation, ça le fait rire. «Ils sont mignons... Si Brown ou les autres veulent se mêler de la politique des bonus et durcir la politique fiscale, pas de problème ! Tout le monde fera comme moi et on ira tous en Suisse.» Et si la Suisse se fait taper sur les doigts ? «Il y aura toujours un autre endroit...»
Doan Bui
Le Nouvel Observateur

02-01-2009 om 23:06 geschreven door Vorser-Raadgever  

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Lezers tippen lezers : Naar Nieverance, de zelfkant waar de zwarte sneeuw valt...

"Vuurwerk 2009"
duur : 8:30 minuten


1 januari - 14.13 - Onze keuze om de kerst- & nieuwjaarstijd van 2008 tot in 2009 door te brengen had eigenlijk weinig of niets om het lijf... Net als de zovele roemloze & naamloze onbekende anderen, hadden wij weinig of géén andere keuze dan... of deze kersttijd op een zinnige manier trachten door te brengen in Nieverance... Het u aller welbekende gat aan de uitkant van de wereld, "In 't Hol van Pluto"... Of ten onder te gaan aan een zekere existentiele eenzaamheid & de daarbij horende quasi ondraaglijke dofheid van dit aardse bestaan... Wij kozen alvast voor het eerste & kregen er het tweede "GRATIS" & voor 't zelfde geld bij...

Ons algehele budget voor deze toch wel obligatoir te noemen schoolreis bij de aanvang van de schoolse kerstvakantie beperkte zich tot op de centiem na, tot het geweldige & te vermorsen bedrag van zegge & schrijven drieëntwintig €uro & achtenzeventig €urocent... & dat was dan voor àlle te maken kosten & alle uitspattingen die men zich daarmee kan veroorloven van het ganse aan ons toegewezen pretpakket... Het verblijf in onze kartonnen doos was al betaald, in dit geval was dit dus ook "GRATIS" te noemen... Onze 23,78€ kon dus losbandig worden opgesoupeerd aan vreten & zuipen voor onze 10-daagse ~zeg maar~ "nood-gedwongen" retraite aan de zelfkant van de maatschappij... Een maatschappij waar wij tot nader order tenslotte ook nog deel van dachten uit te maken, al had deze maatschappij dan misschien wel liever van niet...

Màààrrr dit àlles had ook zo zijn goede kanten, want daar waar anderen bijna overstresst de stad in moesten om nu eenmaal naar goede gewoonte te voldoen aan hun financiële eindejaarsverplichtingen, werden wij van deze waanzin bespaard... Wij konden & mochten dit alles overschouwen van op ons door ons telkenmale zorgvuldig uitgekozen centraal gelegen stadsbankje... Meestal een exemplaar waar we net niet aan vast vrozen, maar waar de koude wel ondergeschikt was aan 't plezier van het u aller bekende mensjes kijken... Ook al zijn wij reeds sedert geruime tijd uitgesloten van deelname aan zulke sociale spektakels wegens een chronisch financieel tekort aan harde cash, toch kunnen we nog wel iet of wat geamuseerd kijken naar dit op zich toch wel jaarlijks herhaald waanzinnige circus met alle sociale verplichtingen vandien die er blijkbaar nog eens aan vast hangen. ook.. Daarbij hoort meestal ook nog eens de telkenmale daar aan verbonden terugkerende schier onoverzichtelijke massa van wurmendende & veel te haastige mensen... een menselijk kluwen dat meestal bepakt & gezakt is, soms zelfs als sjokkende muilezels beladen, waarbij dan de één al wat meer dan de andere mee sjouwt aan vooral dan duur & gegeerd materialisme, in vele gevallen meestal ook nog eens onpersoonlijke consumenten-troep waarvan na nieuwjaar het één al nuttelozer zou blijken te zijn als het andere...

De als nijvere mieren wriemelende menselijke stroom, bijna allemaal zich quasi onophoudelijk haastig spoedend, sommigen een droeve blik op oneindig gericht met in het zog van hun naarstig geloop, anderen die het alfabeest dan maar gedwee of juist heel nors volgden om de meestal volgepropte kerstboodschappenlijst toch maar op tijd afgestreept te krijgen... De hoeveelheid beschamende taferelen die wij van dichtbij of veraf ~als toeschouwer wel te verstaan~ mochten aanschouwen, vooral dan van ruzie makende ~zo gezegde~ geliefden, "vol-van-goede-wil" over de te geven kado's waren soms zo grotesk dat wij ze u omwille van enige beschaafdheid bij deze zullen besparen... In de meeste der gevallen ging het dan ook aan ons voorbij als ware het slechte film met een slecht geschreven scenario, met nog niet te na gesproken meestal ook nog eens de verkeerd gecaste vertolkers van een vooral leeg & oppervlakkig geleefd leven... De menselijke nachtmerrie volgens Sartre... l'enfer c'est les autres...

De walmen van verse wafels vermengd met de weeë geur van veel te lang gebakken hamburgers & slechte gluhwijn hing overal in de lucht wat er voor zorgde dat er her & der enkele fanatieke entoesiastelingen waren die zich hieraan reeds al lang aan te buiten waren gegaan &/of dat duidelijk van plan waren te gaan doen... Groepjes debiele volwassenen met al dan niet flikkerende kerstmutsen of rendiergeweien op het hoofd... Horden van brallende zatte kerstmannen gevolgd door een troep van luidgibberende kerstmanwijfjes, losgeslagen door de kunstmatig opgepepte euforie van feeëriek verlichte kerstmarkten... Ons liet het ons slechts af & toe het water in de bek krijgen van de honger & voor de rest zorgde het alleen maar voor spontane krampen van onze opspelende lege maag, meestal dan nog eens gevolgd door een opvallend leeg gerommel van opspelende spasmisme darmen...

Af & toe herkenden we een lotgenoot, waarvan dan de ene al wat meer getekend was dan de andere door de aftakeling van de armoede... Want zulks wordt na een tijdje zichtbaar & voor wie hier bedreven in kijken & zien is... is één blik al dikwijls voldoende om de onderhuids tragiek te zien die zich bij de andere innerlijk afspeelt...

De zwarte sneeuw van Nieverance wordt dan ook vooral gekenmerkt door zij die deze winter-lente-zomer-&-herfststormen kennen & die ook reeds ettelijke malen hebben ~moeten~ doorstaan als waren zij dan geharde & ervaren poolreizigers & zij die er hebben horen over praten, als was het een zeldzaam fenomeen in Belgistan dat quasi ook onbestaande is & zeker als je het niet wilt zien of wilt weten... Niets is immers zou koud & kil als menselijke koudheid & menselijke onverschilligheid, niets is in zulke gevallen ook beschamender als onbegrip of domheid & blindheid voor elk ander menselijk lijden dan dat van henzelf...

Terwijl 8 miljoen Belgen zich nog quasi te goed konden doen aan ~dure~ kerstfestijnen met enigzins exubertante kerstmenu's & de bijhorende dure kado's, waren 2 miljoen anderen verplicht het met aanzienlijk veel minder te doen of gewoon zelfs met niks... Het feestmaal van ondergetekende beperkte zich tot 2 gebakken zwarte pensen met confituur & een broodje... & wij menen dat we het in vergelijking met sommige anderen dan nog goed hadden, want er zijn anderen die het bij ons weten met nog veel minder moesten doen...

Maar in tegenstelling tot ons, ligt u daar waarschijnlijk ook niet echt wakker van... Zo hebben wij toch mogen merken...


01-01-2009 om 21:54 geschreven door Vorser-Raadgever  

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...& Wàt met 2009 ?!...

31-12-2008 om 00:00 geschreven door Vorser-Raadgever  

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Klik op de afbeelding om de link te volgen Kijk, we willen een kleine technische toelichting, vanuit onverdachte bron, geven over het geweldige gevaar van de qassamraketten die Hamas op Israël afvuurt. Voor ons zijn het inderdaad terreurwapens omdat ze totaal ongeleid zijn en neerstorten als de brandstof opgebruikt is. Maar deze krengen zijn niet te vergelijken met wat Hezbollah ooit afvuurde vanuit Libanon. We plaatsen deze bijkomende info eenvoudigweg om jullie te laten nadenken over een bepaald soort berichtgeving dat F16-bombardementen op het dichtstbevolkte gebied in de wereld een "gepaste represaille" vindt voor de dagelijkse "raketaanvallen" vanuit Gaza. En nogmaals wij zijn geen bewonderaars van zulke knutseltuigen...

bron :


by Marshall Brain

If you've been watching the news, you know that Israel is under attack once again. This time, the weapon of choice comes from the skies. It is called the Kassam (or Qassam) rocket, and dozens of them have been landing in Israel.

In America we have a certain mental image that appears whenever we hear the word "rocket." We tend to think of something big, complex and expensive. We get that impression because we are used to seeing huge moon rockets or billion-dollar space shuttles flying precisely into orbit under the control of thousands of technicians.

The Palestinian Kassam rocket is just the opposite. It is small, simple and cheap. The idea is to create an easily manufactured, inexpensive terror weapon that one or two people can launch from almost anywhere.

How can Palestinians manufacture rockets in their basements? The key is to think small and to use everyday items wherever possible. Therefore, a Kassam rocket starts with a simple iron tube. In other words, you start with a piece of pipe. In a Kassam rocket, the pipe is usually about 6 feet long and 6 or 7 inches in diameter. At one end of the piece of pipe you weld on four simple fins made of sheet metal. The sheet metal can come from anywhere - an old car fender will do.

A Kassam rocket lands in a Sderot, Israel synagogue

Since this is a rocket, it needs some kind of rocket fuel inside the pipe. Palestinians use the simplest fuel possible. It is made of sugar and potassium nitrate, also known as saltpeter. The obvious question most people have is, "Sugar?" It turns out that sugar contains quite a lot of energy. You can see that energy when you are roasting marshmallows and one of them catches on fire. The problem is that sugar does not burn fast enough to use it as a rocket fuel. The potassium nitrate solves that problem by providing an oxidizer that accelerates the reaction. In the United States, there is a whole category of model rocketry called "Candy Rockets." American hobbyists hold competitions to see who can create the highest-flying sugar-powered rockets. The Palestinians have simply taken the hobby to an extreme.

Once you have filled your pipe with its sugar fuel, you need a nozzle for your rocket engine. In a Kassam rocket the designers use a round metal plate with seven holes drilled in it. Each hole is about an inch in diameter, because that is about as big as a standard drill bit can get. This round plate then screws onto the bottom of the rocket.

At the other end of the rocket is a small bomb. A Kassam rocket has a payload of 10 to 20 pounds and the bomb is very simple. It is made of a metal casing filled with an explosive like TNT. The TNT is probably the hardest material for the Palestinians to obtain, so they smuggle it in or harvest it from old military hardware. The shell of a rifle bullet acts as a blasting cap to initiate the TNT explosion.

When you put this all together, what you have is a rocket that can lob a 10 to 20 pound bomb through the air for a distance of five or six miles. It is very much like an artillery shell, with the advantage that you do not need a massive artillery piece to launch it. Instead, you need a couple of simple guide rails to act as a launch pad. You set up the rails, lean the rocket against them, light the fuse and stand back. 30 seconds later a 20-pound bomb explodes five miles away. By the time Israelis can react, the people who ignited the rocket can be long gone from the launch site.

Because they have no guidance system of any kind, Kassam rockets do have their limits. There is no way to know precisely where the rocket will land. However, as a tool of terror, that randomness can make the rocket very effective. The Germans employed the same tactic with the V-1 and V-2 rockets that they sent toward London during World War II.

[Editor's Note: Steven Plaut has suggested that Israel could stop the manufacture of rockets in Gaza by the simple expedient of blocking the importing of sugar into the Gaza Strip. Read his essay here.]

Marshall Brain has a degree in computer science. He is founder of the "How Stuff Works" website (, where he explains how things work -- from spud guns to hybrid cars. He lives in Raleigh NC and can be contacted at Visit his website at

This article appeared in Jewish World Review

en een iets "gekleurdere" opinie

Posted by Steven Plaut, June 6, 2007.

1. Sugar Daddies

Want to know WHY al-Kassam rockets are falling on Sderot every day? I mean -- besides the obvious cause, namely, the mega-stupidity of the Israeli government ordering the eviction of all the Jews from the Gaza Strip and turning it over to the genocidal terrorists of the Hamas.

Want to know the OTHER reason why the rockets keep falling?

It is because Israel's government does not have the courage to prevent sugar from being imported into the Gaza Strip.

Huh? -- you say?

Yes, the root problem is sugar. Why sugar? Well, Kassam rockets are primitive little devices thrown together in the basements and underground tunnels of the Gaza Strip. They use a primitive fuel that is mainly a mix of sugar and fertilizer. If you think I am kidding, take a look at
or These are NOT the Katyusha rockets of the Hizbollah, although a few katyushas have also been fired out of Gaza by the savages.

This has been known for years. If Israel had simply announced that no sugar at all (better yet -- no fertilizer either) can be brought into the Gaza Strip, the residents of Sderot would be strolling about in tranquility, enjoying the evening Negev breezes and listening to the birds. Instead, Ehud Olmert and Amir Peretz prefer to be the Sugar Daddies for the Gaza Strip.

The problem is that the same state of Israel that clobbered the Arab aggressors in six days in 1967 and then rescued the Entebbe hostages in 1976 is today too afraid of its own shadow to stop the imports into Gaza of sugar and fertilizer.

Sure, the academic moonbats in Israel would have a fit if the sugar shipments were stopped and Gaza were placed under a sugar embargo. They of course would oppose anything short of unconditional surrender by Israel to stop the rocket barrages on Sderot. Their anti-Semitic friends abroad would also chime in their outrage.

So to keep a lid on things, I hereby propose that Israel announce a new dental health program of preventive dental medicine for Gaza. To help prospective suicide bombers and rocket shooters from developing painful problems of tooth decay, Israel will do the humanitarian thing and stop all sugar imports! Any leftist protesting this would be seen as an anti-dentite.

And then to offset any damages to Gaza from a halt in imports of fertilizer, Israel can also shut off the water supply to Gaza and let the locals fertilize their fields with human organic substances that cannot be used to produce Kassam rockets.

30-12-2008 om 23:27 geschreven door Vorser-Raadgever  

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We kunnen niet blind blijven voor het drama dat zich voor onze ogen afspeelt in Gaza. We lazen vandaag minstens 100 verschillende meningen over het bloedbad dat de staat Israël daar heeft aangericht. En we gebruiken zeer bewust de term "staat Israël" en niks anders. We hebben hier op dit blog steeds het onrecht aangeklaagd dat het Joodse volk werd aangedaan tijdens de naziterreur en we zullen dit blijven doen voor elk volk daar waar nodig. Racisme, genocide, zijn woorden die niet in ons woordenboek passen. We zijn ook geen bewonderaars van Hamas en zijn zeker niet blind voor bepaalde fascistoïde en vreselijk anti-joodse tendensen binnen het radicale Islamisme. Dat zullen we hier eveneens ongenadig aanklagen. Eén gekke grootmoefti was genoeg. Er moeten best geen opvolgers opstaan. Toch moet het gezegd worden en we beweren hier ook weer geen kenners te zijn van het aartsmoeilijke Palestijns-Israëlische conflict, wat er daar nu gebeurt is ontoelaatbaar. Je kan, als zinnige mens, moeilijk verdedigen dat zogenaamde precisiebombardementen slechts slachtoffers maken onder de Hamasmilities. Het gaat hiet begot over één van de dichtst bevolkte gebieden ter wereld met een meerderheid van bijna uitgehongerde bewoners tegenover één der best bewapende luchtmachten ter wereld. Een bom is, ondanks alle filmpjes en idiote beweringen, nooit zo slim dat ze eens ze ontploft, een onderscheid zal maken tussen een gewapende man en een kind. Punt uit. Je voert geen luchtbombardementen uit in dichtbevolkte gebieden. Het excuus dat de raketlanceerinstallaties van Hamas opgesteld staan tussen de burgerbevolking snijdt gewoon geen hout. Hun vernuftig in elkaar geknutselde Quassamraketten zijn inderdaad geniepige moordwapens maar hebben geen lanceerinstallatie nodig. Dat is net het specifieke van die tuigen je ze hieronder kan zien en je hebt er kleinere en grotere een drietal types in totaal maar die telkens zonder uitgebouwde vaste installatie kunnen worden afgevuurd.
Bovendien is Israël gestart met het uithongeren van Gaza en het in elkaar laten stuiken van de plaatselijke economie begin november. De bombardementen maken dus deel uit van een totaal plan Hieronder publiceren we een uitstekend gedocumenteerd artikel dat we vonden op :

If Gaza falls . . .

Sara Roy

Israel’s siege of Gaza began on 5 November, the day after an Israeli attack inside the strip, no doubt designed finally to undermine the truce between Israel and Hamas established last June. Although both sides had violated the agreement before, this incursion was on a different scale. Hamas responded by firing rockets into Israel and the violence has not abated since then. Israel’s siege has two fundamental goals. One is to ensure that the Palestinians there are seen merely as a humanitarian problem, beggars who have no political identity and therefore can have no political claims. The second is to foist Gaza onto Egypt. That is why the Israelis tolerate the hundreds of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt around which an informal but increasingly regulated commercial sector has begun to form. The overwhelming majority of Gazans are impoverished and officially 49.1 per cent are unemployed. In fact the prospect of steady employment is rapidly disappearing for the majority of the population.

On 5 November the Israeli government sealed all the ways into and out of Gaza. Food, medicine, fuel, parts for water and sanitation systems, fertiliser, plastic sheeting, phones, paper, glue, shoes and even teacups are no longer getting through in sufficient quantities or at all. According to Oxfam only 137 trucks of food were allowed into Gaza in November. This means that an average of 4.6 trucks per day entered the strip compared to an average of 123 in October this year and 564 in December 2005. The two main food providers in Gaza are the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the World Food Programme (WFP). UNRWA alone feeds approximately 750,000 people in Gaza, and requires 15 trucks of food daily to do so. Between 5 November and 30 November, only 23 trucks arrived, around 6 per cent of the total needed; during the week of 30 November it received 12 trucks, or 11 per cent of what was required. There were three days in November when UNRWA ran out of food, with the result that on each of these days 20,000 people were unable to receive their scheduled supply. According to John Ging, the director of UNRWA in Gaza, most of the people who get food aid are entirely dependent on it. On 18 December UNRWA suspended all food distribution for both emergency and regular programmes because of the blockade.

The WFP has had similar problems, sending only 35 trucks out of the 190 it had scheduled to cover Gazans’ needs until the start of February (six more were allowed in between 30 November and 6 December). Not only that: the WFP has to pay to store food that isn’t being sent to Gaza. This cost $215,000 in November alone. If the siege continues, the WFP will have to pay an extra $150,000 for storage in December, money that will be used not to support Palestinians but to benefit Israeli business.

The majority of commercial bakeries in Gaza – 30 out of 47 – have had to close because they have run out of cooking gas. People are using any fuel they can find to cook with. As the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has made clear, cooking-gas canisters are necessary for generating the warmth to incubate broiler chicks. Shortages of gas and animal feed have forced commercial producers to smother hundreds of thousands of chicks. By April, according to the FAO, there will be no poultry there at all: 70 per cent of Gazans rely on chicken as a major source of protein.

Banks, suffering from Israeli restrictions on the transfer of banknotes into the territory were forced to close on 4 December. A sign on the door of one read: ‘Due to the decision of the Palestinian Finance Authority, the bank will be closed today Thursday, 4.12.2008, because of the unavailability of cash money, and the bank will be reopened once the cash money is available.’

The World Bank has warned that Gaza’s banking system could collapse if these restrictions continue. All cash for work programmes has been stopped and on 19 November UNRWA suspended its cash assistance programme to the most needy. It also ceased production of textbooks because there is no paper, ink or glue in Gaza. This will affect 200,000 students returning to school in the new year. On 11 December, the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, sent $25 million following an appeal from the Palestinian prime minister, Salaam Fayad, the first infusion of its kind since October. It won’t even cover a month’s salary for Gaza’s 77,000 civil servants.

On 13 November production at Gaza’s only power station was suspended and the turbines shut down because it had run out of industrial diesel. This in turn caused the two turbine batteries to run down, and they failed to start up again when fuel was received some ten days later. About a hundred spare parts ordered for the turbines have been sitting in the port of Ashdod in Israel for the last eight months, waiting for the Israeli authorities to let them through customs. Now Israel has started to auction these parts because they have been in customs for more than 45 days. The proceeds are being held in Israeli accounts.

During the week of 30 November, 394,000 litres of industrial diesel were allowed in for the power plant: approximately 18 per cent of the weekly minimum that Israel is legally obliged to allow in. It was enough for one turbine to run for two days before the plant was shut down again. The Gaza Electricity Distribution Company said that most of the Gaza Strip will be without electricity for between four and 12 hours a day. At any given time during these outages, over 65,000 people have no electricity.

No other diesel fuel (for standby generators and transport) was delivered during that week, no petrol (which has been kept out since early November) or cooking gas. Gaza’s hospitals are apparently relying on diesel and gas smuggled from Egypt via the tunnels; these supplies are said to be administered and taxed by Hamas. Even so, two of Gaza’s hospitals have been out of cooking gas since the week of 23 November.

Adding to the problems caused by the siege are those created by the political divisions between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas Authority in Gaza. For example, Gaza’s Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU), which is not controlled by Hamas, is supposed to receive funds from the World Bank via the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) in Ramallah to pay for fuel to run the pumps for Gaza’s sewage system. Since June, the PWA has refused to hand over those funds, perhaps because it feels that a functioning sewage system would benefit Hamas. I don’t know whether the World Bank has attempted to intervene, but meanwhile UNRWA is providing the fuel, although they have no budget for it. The CMWU has also asked Israel’s permission to import 200 tons of chlorine, but by the end of November it had received only 18 tons – enough for one week of chlorinated water. By mid-December Gaza City and the north of Gaza had access to water only six hours every three days.

According to the World Health Organisation, the political divisions between Gaza and the West Bank are also having a serious impact on drug stocks in Gaza. The West Bank Ministry of Health (MOH) is responsible for procuring and delivering most of the pharmaceuticals and medical disposables used in Gaza. But stocks are at dangerously low levels. Throughout November the MOH West Bank was turning shipments away because it had no warehouse space, yet it wasn’t sending supplies on to Gaza in adequate quantities. During the week of 30 November, one truck carrying drugs and medical supplies from the MOH in Ramallah entered Gaza, the first delivery since early September.

The breakdown of an entire society is happening in front of us, but there is little international response beyond UN warnings which are ignored. The European Union announced recently that it wanted to strengthen its relationship with Israel while the Israeli leadership openly calls for a large-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip and continues its economic stranglehold over the territory with, it appears, the not-so-tacit support of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah – which has been co-operating with Israel on a number of measures. On 19 December Hamas officially ended its truce with Israel, which Israel said it wanted to renew, because of Israel’s failure to ease the blockade.

How can keeping food and medicine from the people of Gaza protect the people of Israel? How can the impoverishment and suffering of Gaza’s children – more than 50 per cent of the population – benefit anyone? International law as well as human decency demands their protection. If Gaza falls, the West Bank will be next.

Sara Roy teaches at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and is the author of Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.

We willen dus zonder problemen uitgemaakt worden door pro-Israël-journalisten als Hans Knoop inde Standaard van vandaag, voor linkse nitwits. Wij beschouwen dat eerder als een soort misplaatste blogtaal ipv gedegen journalistiek en we zullen hem hier in ons blogje dus vanaf nu bedenken met de titel "journalist van mijn kl....". Zo staan we quitte.
En wij zullen hier niet vervallen in een blinde idolatrie voor de Palestijnse zaak maar -en we vallen in herhaling- wat Israêl daar nu uitricht is pure massamoord. Basta. We willen hier eindigen met een artikel dat vandaag door David Grossman in de Israëlische krant Haaretz werd geschreven (ook linkse nitwits meneer Knoop?) en dat ons toch wel heel wat intelligenter lijkt dan het hatelijke zionistische standpunt van meneer Knoop dat fel aanleunt bij (en dat zal Knoop niet graag horen waarschijnlijk) de excuses die door de nazi's ooit werden ingeroepen om de aanval op Polen te rechtvaardigen....propaganda dus meneer Knoop

Last update-14:56 30/12/2008
David Grossman / Is Israel too imprisoned in the familiar ceremony of war?
By David Grossman
Tags: ISrael, Israel News, Hamas

After its severe strike on Gaza, Israel would do well to stop, turn to Hamas' leaders and say: Until Saturday Israel held its fire in the face of thousands of Qassams from the Gaza Strip. Now you know how harsh its response can be. So as not to add to the death and destruction we will now hold our fire unilaterally and completely for the next 48 hours. Even if you fire at Israel, we will not respond with renewed fighting. We will grit our teeth, as we did all through the recent period, and we will not be dragged into replying with force.

Moreover, we invite interested countries, neighbors near and far, to mediate between us and you to bring back the cease-fire. If you hold your fire, we will not renew ours. If you continue firing while we are practicing restraint, we will respond at the end of this 48 hours, but even then we will keep the door open to negotiations to renew the cease-fire, and even on a general and expanded agreement.

That is what Israel should do now. Is it possible, or are we too imprisoned in the familiar ceremony of war?

Until Saturday, Israel under Ehud Barak's military leadership showed remarkable cool. It should not lose its cool in the heat of battle. We should not forget even for a moment that the people of the Gaza Strip will remain our close neighbors and that sooner or later we will want to achieve good neighborly relations with them.

We should in no way strike them so violently, even if Hamas, for years, has made life intolerably miserable for the people of southern Israel, and even if their leaders have refused every Israeli and Egyptian attempt to reach a compromise to prevent this lastest flare-up.

The line of self-control and the awareness of the obligation to protect the lives of the innocent in Gaza must be toed even now, precisely because Israel's strength is almost limitless. Israel must constantly check to see when its force has crossed the line of legitimate and effective response, whose goal is deterrence and a restoration of the cease-fire, and from what point it is once again trapped in the usual spiral of violence.

Israel's leaders know well that given the situation in the Gaza Strip, it will be very hard to reach a total and unequivocal military solution. The lack of a solution might result in an ongoing ambiguous situation where we have already been: Israel will strike Hamas, it will strike and be struck, strike and be struck, and will become unwillingly enmeshed in every trap a situation like this entails, and will not attain its true and essential goals. It might very quickly discover that it is swept up - a strong military power, but helpless to get itself out of the entanglement - into a maelstrom of violence and destruction.

Therefore, stop. Hold your fire. Try for once to act against the usual response, in contrast to the lethal logic of belligerence. There will always be a chance to start firing again. War, as Barak said about two weeks ago, will not run away. International support for Israel will not be damaged, and will even grow, if we show calculated restraint and invite the international and Arab community to intervene and mediate.

It is true that Hamas will thus receive a respite with which to reorganize, but it has had long years to do so, and two more days will not really make a difference. And such a calculated lull might change the way Hamas responds to the situation. The response could even give it an honorable way out of the trap it has set for itself.

And one more, unavoidable thought: Had we adopted this attitude in July 2006, after Hezbollah abducted the soldiers, had we had stopped then, after our first response, and declared we were holding our fire for a day or two to mediate and calm things down, the reality today might be entirely different.

This is also a lesson the government should learn from that war. In fact, it might be the most important lesson.

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Klik hier om een link te hebben waarmee u dit artikel later terug kunt lezen."clandestiene" poëzie : dood in Venetië
Klik op de afbeelding om de link te volgen Omdat het eindejaar wat poëtischer mag zijn en dat we graag even stilstaan bij één van de meest macabere actuele thema's namelijk de "kinderen zonder papieren" vonden we voor jullie op de Italiaanse site ilmanifesto volgend artikel dat, gelukkig voor ons, in het Frans werd vertaald door de mensen van de uitstekende alternatieve site :

mercredi 24 décembre 2008

Journal d'un "clandestin"

Zaher Rezaï, rêves et espoirs en forme de poésie.

GRISOT Francesca

Zaher Rezaï, 13 ans, soudeur, né à Mazar-el Sharif (Afghanistan), mort à
Venise samedi, écrasé par le camion sous lequel il s'était accroché pour
entrer en Italie.

Fragments de son carnet de voyage :

"J'ai tant navigué, nuit et jour, sur la barque de ton amour..."

Zaher Rezai, fils de Mahmud, était un Hazara de Mazar-el Sharif, la ville
qui, en 1998, fût le théâtre d'un des nombreux massacre de civils Hazaras
que nous rappelle l'Afghanistan. Zaher était tout petit et l'un de ceux
qui avaient eu la chance de survivre. Quelques années plus tard, encore
enfant, Zaher était en Iran. Il travaillait comme soudeur, en notant
soigneusement esquisses et mesures sur son carnet. Le profil qui émerge de
la lecture et traduction de son carnet de « clandestin » est le suivant :
un garçon fuyant la persécution, obligé de travailler très jeune comme
soudeur, qui se jette à contre coeur dans un voyage d'espoir dont il sait
bien qu'il est plein d'embûches.

L'histoire de Zaher peut être reprise comme icône du migrant afghan, le
plus souvent mineur, si ce n'est à l'arrivée, au départ sûrement. En tout
cas potentiel demandeur d'asile. Le cas des migrants afghans, très jeunes
le plus souvent, est l'histoire d'une diaspora silencieuse. Etant donné
son nombre réduit, elle n'a pas d'écho dans les journaux, mais révèle un
malaise social lié non seulement à la guerre ou à l'occupation du pays,
mais aussi à un féroce conflit ethnique et religieux dont on ne parle pas
en Occident. Et s'y ajoute la condition prolongée de diaspora et d'exil,
qui en est désormais à la troisième génération, et, des décennies durant,
a contraint des familles entières à migrer sans répit à travers des pays
frontaliers peu hospitaliers (Pakistan et Iran) et dans des zones
intérieures de l'Afghanistan.

A cette diaspora silencieuse Zaher va finalement donner une voix : une
voix très douce. Dans les vers de ses poésies, il cherche le courage de
continuer, au-delà des mers, là où il croit que son droit d'exister est
garanti. Le carnet qu'on a trouvé dans sa poche contenait en quelques
pages la résumé de sa vie : quelques esquisses talentueuses, rapportées
avec des mesures détaillées, du travail de soudeur qu'il faisait en Iran ;
une note sur les économies grappillées et quelques poésies, inscrites ou
apprises peut-être le long du trajet. La calligraphie du garçon indique un
degré d'instruction très bas et nous confirme que, comme nombre de ses
concitoyens, Zaher n'a pas eu la possibilité de fréquenter l'école. Et
pourtant, difficile à croire pour nous Italiens, il connaissait par coeur
et récitait en lui-même un certain nombre de vers en rimes. Poésies
classiques, poésies très souvent anciennes, de plusieurs siècles, qui
parlent d'amour et de nostalgie ; où l'aimé est Dieu et l'amour mystique
le désir de le retrouver dans la splendeur et la pureté de la prééternité.

Tu portes le parfum des gemmes qui éclosent,
Tu es comme une fleur du printemps...
Et douce ton affection
J'aime parler avec toi...
Tu es un ami enchanteur
Tu es soif de passion et beauté

J'aime souligner cela parce que l'amour de la poésie de ces jeunes
migrants afghans est le premier indice de la sensibilité, de la dignité et
du respect dans lesquels ils sont éduqués dès leur plus jeune âge. Quand
on parle avec eux, trop souvent émergent la souffrance de la
discrimination, la détermination avec laquelle ils luttent pour voir
reconnaître leur droit d'exister tout simplement en tant que « personnes
humaines ». Leur rêve européen est l' « Europe des droits de l'homme ».
Rêve auquel ils n'ont pas l'intention de renoncer. Inutile de les renvoyer
; ils essaieront à nouveau, jusqu'à la mort s'il le faut.

J'ai tant navigué, nuit et jour, sur la barque de ton amour
Qu'à la fin ou à t'aimer j'arriverai ou noyé je mourrai.

Continuer. A tout prix : « En Iran, on ne peut pas rester, en Afghanistan
on ne peut pas retourner », répètent de façon obsessive les jeunes
interviewés. La poésie continue. Elle raconte la peur du rejet ; d'être
traité comme un migrant quelconque ou, pire, comme un voleur ou un

Jardinier, ouvre la porte du jardin,
Je ne suis pas un voleur de fleurs,
Je me suis fait rose moi-même,
Car j'ai besoin d'une autre fleur

La peur du voyage. Le bras de mer qui le sépare encore du droit d'asile.

Ce corps si assoiffé et fatigué
Peut-être n'arrivera jusqu'à l'eau de la mer.
Je ne sais encore quel rêve le destin me réservera,
Mais promets-moi, Dieu,
Que tu ne laisseras point que finisse le printemps.

On est au seuil de l'hiver. Dans les limbes de Patras, Zaher s'embarque
sur un navire qui part pour l'Italie. La mer, la dernière traversée.

Oh mon Dieu, que de douleur réserve l'instant de l'attente,
Mais promets moi, Dieu,
Que tu ne laisseras point que finisse le printemps.

Dans mon expérience de médiatrice, c'est chose banale que les jeunes
afghans, mêmes analphabètes, gardent en mémoire des vers de poésie et les
répètent souvent pour se donner du courage pendant leur voyage et
l'expérience de la diaspora. Ce que j'ai le plus souvent entendu parle de
la douleur de la mort en exil. Je voudrais le dédier pour conclure à
Zaher, en rappelant que malheureusement c'est cette obsession qu'on lit
dans les yeux des migrants afghans avec qui je vis et travaille.

Si un jour d'exil la mort décide de reprendre mon corps
Qui s'occupera de ma sépulture, qui pourra coudre mon suaire ?
Que mon cercueil soit déposé sur une hauteur
Pour que le vent rende à ma Patrie mon parfum


« J'ai tant navigué... »

Recueillis par Hamed Mohamad Karim et Francesca Grisot.

Merci à Domenico Ingenito pour son aide à la traduction

Feuillet 9

Tu portes le parfum des gemmes qui éclosent
Tu es comme une fleur de printemps
Je me fais pour toi ivre et heureux
Quand tu viens me chercher...
Ton affection est douce
J'aime parler avec toi

Feuillet 8

Et même quand tu m'ôtes la parole
Ton repentir est beau
Tu es un ami enchanteur
Tu es soif de passion et beauté
Voyons à présent jusques à quand
Tu t'accorderas à mon coeur

Feuillet 11

Ce corps si assoiffé et fatigué
Peut-être n'arrivera jusqu'à l'eau de la mer.
Je ne sais encore quel rêve le destin me réservera,
Mais promets-moi, Dieu,
Que tu ne laisseras point que finisse le printemps.
Oh mon Dieu, que de douleur réserve l'instant de l'attente,
Mais promets moi, Dieu,
Que tu ne laisseras point que finisse le printemps.

Feuillet 13

J'ai tant navigué, nuit et jour,
Sur la barque de ton amour,
Qu'à la fin ou à t'aimer j'arriverai
Ou noyé je mourrai.
Jardinier, ouvre la porte du jardin,
Je ne suis pas un voleur de fleurs,
Je me suis fait rose moi-même,
Je ne vais pas en quête d'une fleur quelconque

Edition de dimanche 21 décembre 2008 de il manifesto


Traduit de l'italien par Marie-Ange Patrizio

29-12-2008 om 22:40 geschreven door Vorser-Raadgever  

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Klik hier om een link te hebben waarmee u dit artikel later terug kunt lezen.Wel hoe zit het met 2009 en volgende jaren....een overzichtje
Klik op de afbeelding om de link te volgen Beste lezertjes, het is het eindejaar. dat betekent niet alleen dat je je strontlazarus moet zuipen en met een gek hoedje op vuurwerk moet afsteken tot je geen enkele vinger meer aan je handjes zitten hebt. dit betekent dat we een beetje in de toekomst trachten te kijken. Goede voornemens maken enzovoort enzoverder. Wel we beginnen er dan maar lmeteen aan en we gaan naar volgende bron :

IMF Chief Warns Of Riots In Response To Economic Crisis

Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that advanced nations will be hit by violent civil unrest if the elite continue to restructure the economy around their own interests while looting the taxpayer.

During a speech in Madrid, Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that “social unrest may happen in many countries - including advanced economies” if governments failed to adequately respond to the financial crisis.

“He added that violent protests could break out in countries worldwide if the financial system was not restructured to benefit everyone rather than a small elite,” reports the Guardian.

Strauss-Kahn’s comments echo those of others who have cautioned that civil unrest could arise, specifically in the U.S., as a result of the wholesale looting of the taxpayer and the devaluation of the dollar.

Widely respected trends forecaster Gerald Celente recently told Fox News that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

Back in October, Senator Chris Dodd said that revolution would unfold if banks refused to lend money.

“If it turns out that they are hoarding, you’ll have a revolution on your hands. People will be so livid and furious that their tax money is going to line their pockets instead of doing the right thing. There will be hell to pay,” Dodd told the New York Times.

Last month, leading economist Nouriel Roubini said that food riots would be the ultimate consequence of the Federal Reserve and the Treasury’s current policies.

Riots and demonstrations have gripped normally sedate Iceland following a financial catastrophe that has wiped out half of the krona’s value and put one third of the population at risk of losing their homes and life savings.

Expectations of violent civil unrest have not gone unnoticed by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Institute, who recently issued a report warning that the United States may experience massive civil unrest in the wake of a series of crises which it terms “strategic shock.”

The consequence? The necessity to use “military force against hostile groups inside the United States,” according to the report.

Tens of thousands of active duty military personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are set to conduct “homeland patrols” inside the U.S. and their duties will include tackling “civil unrest and crowd control,” according to a Northcom announcement earlier this year.

Wat verder vonden we via de uitstekende Belgische site:

volgende interessante tekst op:

Thousands of Troops Are Deployed on U.S. Streets Ready to Carry Out "Crowd Control"

By Naomi Wolf, AlterNet. Posted October 8, 2008.

Members of Congress were told they could face martial law if they didn't pass the bailout bill. This will not be the last time.

Background: the First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has been deployed in the United States as of October 1. Their stated mission is the form of crowd control they practiced in Iraq, subduing "unruly individuals," and the management of a national emergency. I am in Seattle and heard from the brother of one of the soldiers that they are engaged in exercises now. Amy Goodman reported that an Army spokesperson confirmed that they will have access to lethal and non lethal crowd control technologies and tanks.

George Bush struck down Posse Comitatus, thus making it legal for military to patrol the U.S. He has also legally established that in the "War on Terror," the U.S. is at war around the globe and thus the whole world is a battlefield. Thus the U.S. is also a battlefield.

He also led change to the 1807 Insurrection Act to give him far broader powers in the event of a loosely defined "insurrection" or many other "conditions" he has the power to identify. The Constitution allows the suspension of habeas corpus -- habeas corpus prevents us from being seized by the state and held without trial -- in the event of an "insurrection." With his own army force now, his power to call a group of protesters or angry voters "insurgents" staging an "insurrection" is strengthened.

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman of California said to Congress, captured on C-Span and viewable on YouTube, that individual members of the House were threatened with martial law within a week if they did not pass the bailout bill:

"The only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. … Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day and a couple of thousand on the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no."

If this is true and Rep. Sherman is not delusional, I ask you to consider that if they are willing to threaten martial law now, it is foolish to assume they will never use that threat again. It is also foolish to trust in an orderly election process to resolve this threat. And why deploy the First Brigade? One thing the deployment accomplishes is to put teeth into such a threat.

I interviewed Vietnam veteran, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and patriot David Antoon for clarification:

"If the President directed the First Brigade to arrest Congress, what could stop him?"

"Nothing. Their only recourse is to cut off funding. The Congress would be at the mercy of military leaders to go to them and ask them not to obey illegal orders."

"But these orders are now legal?'"


"If the President directs the First Brigade to arrest a bunch of voters, what would stop him?"

"Nothing. It would end up in courts but the action would have been taken."

"If the President directs the First Brigade to kill civilians, what would stop him?"


"What would prevent him from sending the First Brigade to arrest the editor of the Washington Post?"

"Nothing. He could do what he did in Iraq -- send a tank down a street in Washington and fire a shell into the Washington Post as they did into Al Jazeera, and claim they were firing at something else."

"What happens to members of the First Brigade who refuse to take up arms against U.S. citizens?"

"They'd probably be treated as deserters as in Iraq: arrested, detained and facing five years in prison. In Iraq a study by Ann Wright shows that deserters -- reservists who refused to go back to Iraq -- got longer sentences than war criminals."

"Does Congress have any military of their own?"

"No. Congress has no direct control of any military units. The Governors have the National Guard but they report to the President in an emergency that he declares."

"Who can arrest the President?"

"The Attorney General can arrest the President after he leaves or after impeachment."

[Note: Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has asserted it is possible for District Attorneys around the country to charge President Bush with murder if they represent districts where one or more military members who have been killed in Iraq formerly resided.]

"Given the danger do you advocate impeachment?"

"Yes. President Bush struck down Posse Comitatus -- which has prevented, with a penalty of two years in prison, U.S. leaders since after the Civil War from sending military forces into our streets -- with a 'signing statement.' He should be impeached immediately in a bipartisan process to prevent the use of military forces and mercenary forces against U.S. citizens"

"Should Americans call on senior leaders in the Military to break publicly with this action and call on their own men and women to disobey these orders?"

"Every senior military officer's loyalty should ultimately be to the Constitution. Every officer should publicly break with any illegal order, even from the President."

"But if these are now legal. If they say, 'Don't obey the Commander in Chief,' what happens to the military?"

"Perhaps they would be arrested and prosecuted as those who refuse to participate in the current illegal war. That's what would be considered a coup."

"But it's a coup already."


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Naomi Wolf is the author of Give Me Liberty (Simon and Schuster, 2008), the sequel to the New York Times best-seller The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot (Chelsea Green, 2007).

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