Man Who Had Five Heads
former Prime Minister Barak and his present successor Sharon made
extra-judicial killing euphemised at first as "targeted assassination",
later as "targeted prevention" a key element in Israel's "defence"
policy. Gideon Levy of Ha'aretz (14.9.2003) wonders:
week, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) announced that soldiers
from the undercover unit Duvdevan had liquidated Ahmed Bader,
describing him as 'the head of the Hamas military wing in Hebron.'
Seven weeks earlier, on June 22, we were informed that a force
of the Border Police and the Shin Bet security service had eliminated
'the head of the military wing of Hamas in Hebron.' On that occasion
the part was played by Abdullah Qawasmeh. Three months before
that, on March 18, it was reported that the IDF had terminated
Ali Alan, who was also 'the head of the military wing of Hamas
in Hebron.' Seven months prior to that, on August 28, 2002, it
was announced that the IDF had arrested "the head of the military
wing of Hamas in Hebron," Abdel Halek Natshe. Less than a year
before that, in November 2001, the IDF reported that a helicopter-launched
missile killed Jail Jadallah 'the head of the military wing
of Hamas in Hebron.'
Yes, within less than two years Israel liquidated and arrested
five people all of whom were described as 'the head of the military
wing of Hamas in Hebron.'"
10 Dead Killed 180 Living
Misgav of the Tel-Aviv weekly Ha'Ir (25.9.2003) conducted
a survey into 10 cases of "targeted assassination" and Palestinian
attacks launched in retaliation for them. All these assassinations
followed periods of relative quiet. Synopsis:
2 Hamas activists assassinated in Nablus.
damage": 4 Palestinian adults and 2 children killed.
9.8.2001: 18 Israelis killed in four terror attacks.
Popular Front leader assassinated in Ramallah.
9.9.2001: 7 Israelis killed in four terror attacks.
Popular Front combatants assassinate an Israeli cabinet minister.
Hamas activist assassinated north of Nablus.
damage": 2 Palestinian adults killed.
2.12.2001: 35 Israelis killed in eight terror attacks.
Islamic Jihad activist assassinated in Hebron.
damage": 2 Palestinian children killed.
10 Israelis killed in revenge in Immanuel.
Tanzim commander assassinated in Tul Karm.
22.1.2002: 11 Israelis killed in five retaliation attacks.
Hamas senior killed by a one-ton-bomb on his house in Gaza.
damage": 5 Palestinian adults and 9 children killed.
4.8.2002: 27 Israelis killed in seven counter-attacks.
Islamic Jihad activist killed in Jenin.
14 Israelis killed in revenge in Hebron.
Hamas political leader Rantissi slightly injured in Gaza.
damage": 4 Palestinian adults and a child killed.
17 Israelis killed in retaliation in Jerusalem.
15.8.2003: 3 Hamas combatants killed in Nablus and Hebron.
Israeli soldier was killed in action.
20.8.2003: 25 Israelis killed in two revenge attacks.
Israel bombs a meeting of the leadership of Hamas in Gaza, but
15 Israelis killed in two counter-attacks.
total: 10 wanted Palestinians assassinated; 30 innocent Palestinian
killed; 180 innocent Israelis killed in retaliation directly following
the Israeli Chief-of-Staff so often boasts, "the 'targeted prevention'
policy is working perfectly."
Home Is My Castle
Wall the so-called "security fence" presently being erected
deep in occupied Palestinian land has already left about 12.000
Palestinian villagers outside it, trapped between the Wall and
the Green Line. All this territory, between the Apartheid Wall
and Israel proper, has been termed "the seam zone." The Israeli
Army recently issued clear and detailed orders concerning this
zone, as reported by Amira Hass of Ha'aretz (14.10.2003):
individual will not enter the seam zone and will not stay there;
An individual found in the seam zone will have to leave it immediately."
about a Palestinian who lives in the seam zone? -Well, he "will
be permitted to enter the seam zone and stay there, so long as
he bears a permit in writing" issued by the Israeli Army.
if you happened to have your house in the seam zone, and you are
aged 12 or older, you have to persuade the Israeli Army to give
you a permit to stay at home, or to go home. If you expect a visit,
first make sure your guest fills one of the 12 relevant application
forms for an owner of a business in the seam zone; a merchant;
an employee; a farmer; a teacher; a student; an employee of the
Palestinian Authority; a visitor; an employee of an international
organization; an employee of a local authority or infrastructure
company; a member of a medical team; or for 'all other objectives'
the Israeli Army thinks of everything. Once your guest
has filled out the form, and has been lucky enough to obtain the
permit, he is most welcome to visit you.
the Israeli Army may or may not issue the permit. The Army may
limit its validity, withdraw it, or suspend it at will. It may
take you several days to get a permit, it may take months. But
it may also depend on the applicant: he may be politely asked
in a discrete conversation with an anonymous agent in dark sun-glasses
to keep an open eye on his neighbours or family if he wants
to get a permit, or to grant the Israeli intelligence some other
service: No free lunch.
these draconic measures are not really applied to everybody. Some
people do not need a permit. These are:
A citizen of Israel;
A resident of Israel;
Anyone entitled to immigrate to Israel according to the Law of
if your mother happened to be Jewish, and you live in Montreal,
in Mexico City or in Johannesburg, you need no permit at all to
go to the small West Bank village of Salim. But if you are a Palestinian,
even if you and your family have been living in Salim for centuries,
you cannot stay there without a written permit from Major General
Moshe Kaplinski "or someone acting on his behalf", as the
General Moshe Kaplinski has not been summoned to the International
Criminal Court in the Hague yet for this racist order. I doubt
whether he ever will be.
if you ever wondered what the world would have looked like if
Hitler had won the War, I think this could give you a pretty good
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