Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
How Come There Is No International Alliance
Against Nazi Israel?
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 29, 2014
I am not particularly infatuated with the IS group. However, the
pretension that its enemies represent virtue, civility and justice is beyond
True, the IS may have adopted some despicable tactics
against its foes.
But the United States, which assumes the role of
world leader, is definitely a million times more savage, more barbaric and
more nefarious in comparison to the IS.
The same thing can also be
said about Shiite thugs in Iraq and Syria, who have committed every imagined
crime against innocent people, especially Sunni Muslims.
world have any doubt about the diabolical nature of Bashar al-Assad? Doesn't
the murder of 200,000 Syrian civilians at the hands of this thug carry any
weight or influence on the decision-making process in America and Europe? It
seems it doesn't.
"Civilized barbarianism" vs. "uncivilized
We are told that unlike al-Qaeda and IS, the U.S. and
its spoiled child, Israel, murder people in a "civilized manner," e.g. by
raining death on crowded neighborhoods and apartment buildings packed
with civilians, using deadly missiles and laser-guided bombs, fired
from high altitudes, or by using drones to kill people on the ground. But
hundreds –if not thousands of innocent civilians- have been killed in such
raids in Gaza, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq.
But does this make
America and its allies, especially Nazi Israel, any less barbarian than
their thoroughly demonized foes?
Indeed, it is probably the ultimate
oxymoron to call mass murder civilized or honorable.
We must be
honest. The ongoing American-led campaign of bombing in Syria and Iraq is
not about right and wrong or virtue and vice.
Under the rubric of
fighting terror, the most terrorist state on earth, namely the United States
of America, has killed millions of people from Hanoi to Gaza.
dropped on Vietnam more than 20 million bombs, more than were dropped during
the two world wars combined. The United States dropped nuclear bombs on
Japan killing countless men, women and children. The US invaded and
destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan, killing millions, leaving millions of
orphans and refugees.
The US enabled Judeo-Nazi Israel to play the
Nazi game rather relentlessly against the Palestinian people, whose only
crime is their adamant refusal to succumb to Talmudic Nazism and ethnic
Hence, the US is absolutely in no position to lecture the
world, especially its victims, on what is right and what is wrong. In the
final analysis, it is morally impossible to use the words "United States"
and "moral rightness" in the same line or even the same page.
"effect", not "cause"
I am absolutely convinced that the ongoing war
against IS (It is actually against Islamic revivalism) will fail. Yes, many
people will get killed, many will be maimed, and there will be a lot of
havoc and destruction. But at the end of the day, IS and similar groups will
emerge stronger and more popular.
The reason for that lies in the
malicious American policy of imposing on the Muslim peoples of the region
tyrannical vicious regimes that deny the masses the most elementary human
rights and civil liberties.
Yes, it is oppression, tyranny,
state-terror, rulers’ decadence and corruption that helped create IS and
will help make it more popular amongst the people.
some public opinion surveys, sympathy with IS reaches 80% in some Arab
If true, this should make Washington rethink its entire
approach to the region. Ultimately, IS is an effect rather than a cause, and
it is impossible to eliminate the effect without eradicating the cause
But I don't think Washington will ever change its approach.
Washington has always been and continues to be overwhelmed with hypocrisy
and evil as far as the way it relates to Muslims, especially in the Middle
East. America doesn't really think correctly in this regard. It lets a small
group of self-worshipping Jews to do the job on its behalf.
sad and lamentable that America's criminal hypocrisy is actually the enabler
and sustainer of criminal tyranny and terrorist states in much of the world.
Indeed, were it not for America's greed, rapacity and imperialistic
ambitions, the Hitler of Damascus wouldn't have continued to murder his own
people en masse in order to stay in power a few more years.
can be said about the Sissi junta in Cairo, which murdered more innocent
people in two hours than IS and like-minded groups have done ever since
With a bluntly Machiavellian America reverting to
its pre-Arab Spring modus operandi, there will be a prolonged internecine
struggle throughout the Arab world for freedom and justice.
America and its contemptuous puppets won't raise the white flags, but
neither will the IS.
But then, America will have incurred the wrath
of hundreds of millions of people, who will be thoroughly convinced of
America's evil role in depriving hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims
of their right to human rights and liberties by way of backing bloody
tyrants and military dictators.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist based in occupied Palestine
Palestinians need a holocaust memorial museum of
PIC, [ 19/09/2014 - 08:59 AM ]
By Khalid Amayreh
in Occupied Palestine
It is never a hyperbole to call the latest
genocidal onslaught by Israel on the Gaza Strip a holocaust. The level of
death and destruction inflicted by the Judeo-Nazi state, aka Israel, is more
than shocking, to say the very least. It simply defies linguistic
Just imagine how Jewish and Zionist circles would have
reacted if the equation was reversed and Israel, not Gaza, had suffered this
huge magnitude of death and devastation.
I imagine the
shipyard dogs of Zionism, from Sydney to California and from Occupied
Palestine to London, would have deafened our ears with a never-abating
crescendo of noise about the new Arab holocaust!!!…and claims that the Arabs
are trying to complete the mission that the Nazis started.
are not claiming that six million Palestinians were murdered in the latest
But then who says that atrocities can't be described as
a holocaust unless the number of victims reaches the six-million figure?
Besides, Israel and Judeo-Nazi circles around the world are absolutely
unfit to lecture their victims on the most appropriate epithets they should
employ to describe Israel's genocidal barbarianism.
A holocaust or
genocide is more than just murdering innocent civilians in large numbers and
utterly destroying entire towns.
It is also about a nefarious
mindset, an evil ideology and a diabolical value system, characteristics
that are quite prominent in Israeli behavior over the years.
am not accusing the Judeo-Nazi state of sending millions of Palestinians to
Auschwitz. But I do accuse Nazi Israel of bringing Auschwitz to every
Palestinian home, every Palestinian neighborhood and every Palestinian
street. I am not of course talking about things that happened on a different
plant. Everything is crystal clear and only malicious hair-splitters would
deny the obvious.
A holocaust museum
In light, Palestinians
must seriously study the idea of establishing a museum that would record and
document Israeli atrocities and genocidal episodes against our people in
Palestine and the Diaspora.
Initially, this contemplated museum can
be established temporarily in the Diaspora for obvious reasons. Later,
however, it would be relocated to Palestine, e.g. in Jerusalem.
board of trustees comprising historians and people of knowledge and
expertise would be entrusted to oversee the museum, which would contain
every conceivable piece of information pertaining to the slow-motion
holocaust, which began even before the evil birth of the Nazi state known as
The museum's central mission will be educational, namely
conveying what Israel has been doing to our people to future Palestinian,
Arab and Muslim generations. That is why; every Palestinian schoolboy and
girl must be made to visit the museum. No college student, in all
disciplines, would graduate from college without having passed a compulsory
three-credit-hours-course on the Palestinian holocaust.
every important visitor to Palestine will be asked to visit the Palestinian
holocaust museum just as the Judeo-Nazi authorities ask visitors to visit
the so-called "Yad Va-Shem" museum in occupied Jerusalem.
establishment of a Palestinian holocaust museum won't be an act of
incitement against the Judeo-Nazis. The ultimate aim of the museum is not to
malign or demonize anyone, but rather to preserve outstanding historical
facts from evaporation into oblivion.
Israel has transformed its
holocaust-related mythology into a virtual reality, especially in the minds
of gullible and guilt-ridden westerners.
The Palestinian holocaust
is not a mythology. Palestinians don't have to lie about anything, as Israel
has been doing. Israel's genocidal crimes against our people, even prior to
Dir Yasin, are well-documented. Indeed, most of these crimes are preserved
in video and audio formats. Again, only malicious hair-splitters would try
to deny the undeniable.
The Judeo-Nazi state will try to do the
impossible to thwart this Palestinian project as it would take the light
away from the Zionist holocaust mantra which the Judeo-Nazi state uses to
justify every crime under the sun.
But we the people of Palestine
would have to reject any Zionist obstruction with utter contempt.
owe it to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian victims of Jewish Zionist
barbarianism, including thousands of innocent children, to do something
worthwhile to keep their memories alive.
The lives of Jews who died
or may have died in the course of WWII are not more precious than the lives
of the countless Palestinians who were mercilessly murdered at the hands of
the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the holocaust. I am
not trying to downplay any people's pain and suffering. But we won't allow
others to belittle our pain and suffering.
Finally, this is not a
partisan or factional Palestinian issue. It transcends all Palestinian
factions, political and ideological orientations, which should facilitate
and expedite the implementation of this idea.
Khalid Amayreh is
a veteran Palestinian journalist based in occupied Palestine
US Guilty of War Crimes in Palestine
[ 21/09/2014 - 10:01 AM ]
By Sam Bahour
The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict;
it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by
Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and
destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality
that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well
be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the
Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of
accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court
of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous,
stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by
superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong—deadly wrong.
While Israeli bombs were hammering Gaza, Alice Lynd with the assistance
of Staughton Lynd, drafted a 32-page pamphlet which was published by the
Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (HAW) titled,
Violations by Israel and the Problem of Enforcement (August 2014). The
policy paper places the U.S. in front of its own mirror and meticulously
documents how one hand of the U.S. government systematically documents
Israeli violations of U.S. law and international law, while the other hand
unconditionally dishes out financial, military, and diplomatic support to
The study notes that “United States law states that no military
assistance will be provided to a government that engages in a consistent
pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. Yet
the United States gives more military assistance to Israel than to any other
country, currently in excess of $3.1 billion per year. The U.S. participates
in joint military exercises, military research, and weapons development.”
This contradiction of its own policy would seem incriminating enough, but
if all the other means of U.S. support to Israel are added—especially the
U.S.’s unwavering role in the UN Security Council as a proxy for Israel’s
interests by vetoing and thereby blocking international steps for
justice—the evidence that the U.S. is an active player in Israel’s onslaught
and continued military occupation becomes overwhelming.
It stands to reason that the U.S. very rightly fears that any step to
hold Israel accountable for crimes against humanity would ultimately
incriminate the U.S. as Israel’s funder, diplomatic cover, political
handler, and arms supplier for decades.
While this new document was being researched, the Historians Against the
War circulated a letter to President Obama and members of Congress that
begins: “We deplore the ongoing attacks against civilians in Gaza and in
Israel. We also recognize the disproportionate harm that the Israeli
military, which the United States has armed and supported for decades, is
inflicting on the population of Gaza.” (July 31, 2014). The pamphlet’s
contents strike this point home with incriminating details.
The pamphlet quotes historian Robin D. G. Kelley who recently said about
the ongoing conflict, “Determining next steps requires that we go back many
steps—before the siege, before the election of Hamas, before the withdrawal
of Jewish settlements in Gaza, before the Oslo Accords, even before the
strip came under Israeli occupation in 1967.” (“When the smoke clears in
Gaza,” Aug. 8, 2014, Black Educator).
I had the honor of working with both authors of this pamphlet following
the First Gulf War (1990-1991) when they suggested we co-edit an oral
history of Palestine as a tool to understand the centrality of Palestine to
the entire destabilization of the Middle East, a reality that is even more
true today. Following several field visits to the West Bank, Gaza Strip,
Israel, and the Golan Heights, that effort resulted in the publishing of
Homeland: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians (1993). Their new
effort revisits many familiar topics that we addressed in our book, with
chapter headings such as International Agreements and U.S. Law,
International Agreements on Human Rights, U.S. Law on Foreign Assistance,
Violations of Internationally Recognized Human Rights, Torture and Other
Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Arbitrary Arrest or
Detention, Collective Punishment, among many more.
Perhaps the most important chapter in this brief pamphlet is “The Problem
of Enforcement.” One need not be a historian or political scientist to
understand that as long as global enforcement mechanisms of accountability
are denied to Palestinians due to the political whims of a superpower,
Israel has the green light to attack Gaza and the West Bank at any time with
Israel’s senseless military attack this summer (deceptively coined
“Operation Protective Edge” in English, and more accurately “Solid Cliff” in
Hebrew) left 2,168 Palestinians dead, more than 500 of them children. The
Institute for Middle East Understanding compared the proportionate impact of
these deaths to the population in the U.S. Gaza’s devastating human loss
would be equivalent to 376,680 Americans killed in 51 days if such events
were undertaken in the U.S. To put this in perspective, this number is
slightly fewer than the 407,000 U.S. soldiers killed in World War II. It is
not hyperbole to say that everyone in Gaza knows at least one person who
died or was injured in this atrocity, with each person left wondering if he
or she would be next.
If humanity is to be served, citizens who believe in equal access to
international tools of justice must speak up and denounce the continued U.S.
hegemony over Palestine. If you support nonviolent means for addressing
crimes against humanity—especially if you are American or Israeli—act now by
contacting your elected representative to demand a change in policy so that
marginalized populations are not shut out of systems of justice when they
are the victims of crimes against humanity. Holding individuals responsible
for their crimes is a core American value; it’s a value we should not
compromise for any country, especially our own.
- Bahour is a Palestinian-American business consultant in Ramallah and
serves as a policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He
contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.
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