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Briefe 2003 (5)
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, "Camp against the thievery of land. Another tent goes up to block the wall." (July 8, 03)
Elias A. Rashmawi: Call to Action: Building the Platform for a Pan-Arab Consensus (July 8, 03)
The European Social Forum (ESF) on the question of Palestine + Opportunity of a general meeting. (July 7, 03)
Hans Lebrecht: Israels Boykott gegenüber BBC (06.07.03)
ISM Patrick Connors denied entry to Israel / trial (July 6, 2003)


[ARRABONY, Jenin Region] Four international volunteers with the International Solidarity Movement were arrested today while maintaining a presence at the peace camp set up by Arrabony villagers and the ISM to protest the confiscation of Palestinian land for the Apartheid Wall. The four arrested are:

Tobias Karlsson from Sweden
Tariq Loubani from Canada
Bill Capowski from USA
Fredrick Lind from Denmark

Full details are not yet known and none of the peace activists are answering their phones, however we just received the following text message: "at Salem abused and beaten". This seems to indicate that the four are being held at the Salem Military Base, north of Jenin.

Since the peace camp was set up on Monday, July 7, 2003, activists have faced threats and harassment from the Israeli Military, from heavily armed security guards working for the Israeli company building that section of the Wall, and from Israeli settlers. Activists have been threatened with violence, removal, and arrest. The response of international activists was that they were there at the request of the people of the village, and didn't recognize Israeli military authority over the area. On Monday, soldiers came to the area of the camp to photograph international activists and local villagers and yesterday armed guards threatened to destroy the camp.

Despite the harassment there has been steady and enthusiastic support from the people of the village of Arrabony. Men, women, and children have been a twenty-four-hour presence at the camp, and are coming every day in greater numbers. Activities at the camp have included games and sports, music, and more.

For the past year the Israeli government has been building a massive wall that it claims is for purposes of "security". The wall, however, is being built inside of the West Bank, destroying and confiscating from Palestinians their most fertile agricultural grounds and de facto annexing into Israeli illegal settlements and valuable underground water aquifers. Tens of thousands of Palestinian fruit and olive trees have already been destroyed and farmers are being prevented from working on land that they've lived off of for decades. The Palestinian people have been marching and protesting this land confiscation and destruction of livelihood but have been met with violence from the Israeli authorities and silence from the international community. The Arrabony peace camp is one of 4 similar protest camps in the West Bank.

For more information, please call:
ISM Office: 02-277-4602
Huwaida: 067-473-308
Jordan: 066-312-547

The INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, July 8, 2003, For immediate release, "Camp against the thievery of land. Another tent goes up to block the wall."

Monday July 7, 2003, another solidarity camp went up in the West Bank in protest over the thievery of land and in an attempt to stop the apartheid wall being built by the government of Israel. Citizens from the USA, Sweden, France, the UK joined Palestinian villagers as they set up a peace camp in the village Arrabony in the north of the West Bank.

Arrabony is a village by the northern border of the occupied West Bank, 8 km northeast of Jenin, with around 900 inhabitants. This small village is another one of dozens of Palestinian villages, towns and cities that will be affected with lands stolen and the livelihood of inhabitants devastated, by Israel's Apartheid Wall. With the wall complete 800 dunums of land will be confiscated from the people of Arrabony, leaving approximately 2000 dunums in the hands of the villagers.

International volunteers from the USA, the UK, France, and Sweden together with the village's inhabitants set up a peace camp in Arrabony, in the path of the wall's construction, in protest, and will follow with non-violent direct actions targeting the construction-work in the whole northern Jenin-area.

Similar protest tents have been set up and are maintained in Deir Ghosoon (Tulkarem region), Mas'ha (Salfit region) and Jayyous (Qalqilya region), where farmers are camping out on their land, which has already been isolated from them.

We invite all people to join us in one of these areas against the confiscation of land and the creation of Palestinian ghettos, and we invite journalists not to ignore the voices of the people and the devastating facts that Israel continues to create on the ground, despite talks about peace and a "roadmap".

For more information contact:
Huwaida - +972 (0)67-473-308
Jenin: Tobias - +972 (0)57-836527 or +972 (0)67-437690
Tulkarem: Flo - +972 (0)64-309-753
Jayyous: Sharif Omar - +972 (0)369-771 or John - +972(0)066-351-890
Mas'ha: Yousef - +972 (0)55-972-547 or +972 (0)52-448-134
For more information on the Freedom Summer Campaign, contact:
Huwaida: 067-473-308
Ghassan: 052-595-319
ISM Office: 02-277-4602

----- Original Message -----
From: "Elias A. Rashmawi"
Following the first release of the Pan-Arab Call for Unity, activists and community members responded with massive support and contributions. Addressing an urgent need, the Call was issued with the intent of building a consensus platform and associated programs on matters of fundamental importance to us as a people.

As we issue this second Call, we urge all to join in supporting this historic effort. Core representative activists reflecting a wide spectrum of community and student organizations, programs, and backgrounds are on board with support and endorsements that have spanned North America from coast to coast.

We propose this Call as the working document for the upcoming Pan-Arab founding conference to be held in Washington, D.C. in September 2003. Organizing efforts are well underway, and will be announced to representative activists and community members indicating direct interest.

To become part of this historic project, please write to: panarabplatform@yahoo.com.

Call to Action:
Building the Platform for a Pan-Arab Consensus

This is a call for Pan-Arab unity. In light of the critical challenges facing our people, we seek to build a Pan-Arab Consensus Platform among Arab organizations and individuals living in the United States, and to initiate mechanisms and programs that will implement our vision.

Why Now?
As the US administration and Israel further expand their hold on the Arab World, an increasingly dangerous future looms ahead. In their model, expressed today in various forms such as the “Road Map” and the “democratization” of the Arab World, the US administration and Israel are introducing a modern colonial version of the Sykes-Picot agreement that aims to further balkanize our region.

They are scurrying to replace Palestinian liberation with a truncated and disjointed semi-Palestinian polity. This Palestinian Bantustan, the ultimate political ceiling in the US-Israeli political model, would be effectively demilitarized and subject to the alleged “security needs” of Israel. Explicitly removed from any ongoing or upcoming “negotiations” are all the core issues that constitute the totality of the Palestinian movement for liberation, particularly the right of return and Jerusalem.

Under the threat of significant “sanctions,” Syria is “required” to surrender its political discourse and to halt any support for Palestinian liberation and resistance in Lebanon.

Colonized Iraq is “required” to “normalize relations” with Israel, extend an oil pipeline to the port of Haifa, fundamentally alter its written Arab history and educational curriculum, and extract itself from the popular Pan-Arab consensus for unity and liberation.

The responsibilities of Jordan and Egypt to the rest of the Arab World are effectively removed. Rather than belonging to and representing their Arab citizens, Jordan and Egypt are transformed into aid-dependent neo-colonial polities. Their task is to establish regional security in collaboration with Israel, and to open Arab gates to the advances of globalization – none of whose benefits accrue to the people.

The Arabian Peninsula has been transformed into a military base for U.S. troops. Transnational corporations and direct U.S. and European-related interests dominate the economies and national sovereignty of North and East African Arab states. Borders, forms of government, and national infrastructure are being reconfigured largely to meet the dictates of the U.S. administration and U.S. lending institutions.

The ultimate goal of Israel and the U.S. administration is to effectively de-Arabize the Arab World.

Simultaneously as the U.S. administration embarks on redrawing the political map of a region thousands of miles away, it imposes yet another war within. It positions Arabs and Muslims as conspirators and fifth columnists, gradually yanking away their constitutional rights through a multitude of regulations and laws under the guise of “Homeland Security.” The foreign-domestic duality of the U.S. administration’s quest for empire has no borders.

Mechanisms of Control
In order to gain acceptance for this project, the joint pact between Israel and the U.S. government employs not only clear colonialist tactics of military takeovers and brute force, but also less confrontational (although equally dangerous) and low intensity methods of normalizing defeatist notions. To that effect, the United States and Israel have succeeded in securing a long line of applicants for the job of propagating a defeatist mentality from within.

In an attempt to place the Arab people in perpetual servitude, those insisting on full independence and the legitimate and inalienable Palestinian national and individual rights are positioned as extremists deserving the wrath of “the international community.” Alternatively, those who accept prescribed duties and partial semi-rights are hailed as brave heroes, heavily rewarded, and are incorporated as obedient functionaries into the system of dominance. The more drastic the departure from Arab and Palestinian national rights, the more appealing the reward, and the more generous is the praise.

Arab regimes have been fulfilling their dictated role for a long while. Historically and at present, prisons run by these regimes have been filled with activists, intellectuals, unionists, and young students who challenge the injustice of the status quo. But this dangerous course has also expanded and has taken hold on other levels. Increasingly, various voices and organizational entities have joined the pact, and are unabashedly implementing the U.S.-Israeli vision as they compete for favor from D.C. and Tel Aviv. They are executing prescribed duties while masking their real political intent through ambiguous “diplomatic” language. Many of these voices have gone so far as to leverage the apparatus and resources of existing organizations (or create their own) to market their narrow political agenda.

The Role of the New Functionaries
This course found its natural extension and ultimate purpose in Iraq, where the U.S. administration is engaged today in imposing obedient functionaries who for years have advanced the U.S. vision on various levels. But this is not limited to Iraq; the pact between Israel and the U.S. administration extends to all areas where potential strategic benefits lie – the consequences to Arab life and liberty be damned.

Examples of entities serving the U.S. administration’s vision have sprung up everywhere, with significant financial backing, consistent political cover, and major media platforms. Almost uniformly, these entities attempt illogically to equate the violence of colonization on one hand, with the people’s natural and legitimate resistance against colonial rule on the other. Some have begun using catch phrases such as “clashists, to rhyme with fascists,” joining the chorus that demonizes resistance and relegates the anti-colonial movement to the margin.

The Palestinian right of return is a primary target of this tendency, simply because it is the core of all issues. Self-appointed “task force” leaders have begun to use cryptic diplomatic language about giving refugees “options” (i.e., “repatriation” to Western Europe, Canada, and the U.S.) in order to mask their intent of removing the right of return as a central Palestinian Arab demand – a demand that challenges Zionism on its face and strips it naked of its neo-liberal cover. To pave the way for implementing U.S.-Israeli “pragmatism,” these Palestinian yes-men and yes-women are willing to abrogate the right of return with the morally reprehensible goal of preserving the “Jewish-only” demographic make up of Israel.

The trend of installing individuals who claim “centrist” positions, but who in reality speak the political language of the U.S. administration and Israel, is neither new nor limited to Palestine, Iraq, or the wider Arab World. Afghanistan is a dramatic example, where the U.S. government, to implement programs prescribed within its hegemonic model, handpicked the head of the state, formulated a government, and created a façade of democracy. All the while, the spin-doctors hailed the “return” of a “pluralistic and representative” government – never mind its arrival on a U.S. tank.

Rather than focusing on material realities and the gross power differentials that produce these realities, the self-styled “centrists” cloak their invitations – to war criminals, to proud Zionists, and to representatives of the U.S. police state’s apparatus – in a liberal garb that supposedly and magnanimously reflects an “acceptance of all views.”

For a Constitutional Citizenship Anchored in the Principles of Justice
In the United States, the people’s membership in a constitutional society under the protection of laws and democratic representation is being purposely confused with a false allegiance to the designs of a hawkish U.S. administration. Increasingly, swearing one’s political allegiance to the dominant empire is becoming a prerequisite to “good” citizenship. Rather than assume our natural role with various other communities and social forces in our joint struggle for a better and more just society, Arabs in the U.S. are being tricked and strong-armed by the many trumpeters of the administration to accept increasingly more subservient roles. The intentional obfuscation between legitimate constitutional belonging on the one hand, and roles of servitude to the current reigning ideology on the other, is being played out in full. In this context, the right to dissent (the anchor of any real participatory democracy) is vilified, while acts of blind obedience are hailed as appropriately within the orbit of civic duties and obligations.

With this call for a Pan-Arab Consensus Platform, we present an alternative vision. We envision a world that is anchored in justice and that is based on equity between peoples and nations. We seek a grassroots empowerment that protects everyone and marginalizes no one. We seek a consensus that does not leave anyone behind.

The Call to Join Us
In this context, we call on the Arab-American and Palestinian communities to resist all attempts to strip away our rights. We reject the strategic attempts to replace the unyielding demands of the Palestinian people in exile with a confused and opportunistic “state-building” model. We proclaim our resistance to political servitude and defeatist tendencies. We are certain that the collective Arab history of anti-colonialism, resistance, and struggle for liberation, will surmount this challenge.

We call on everyone to join together in formulating a Pan-Arab consensus on issues from Palestinian liberation and ending the colonial occupation of Iraq, to combating the war at home.

In formulating this consensus, we have taken notice of the shortcomings of previous projects for Pan-Arab unity, drawn from the successes of our collective experience, and projected a vision for a future based on the combined new realities of our people and the world.

In a time when regional and international alliances are emerging on the economic and political scene, Pan-Arab unity continues to be an existential imperative and a historic yearning that must become reality.

We initiate the discussion by proposing the following draft consensus platform:

1. We reject colonial occupations in all forms anywhere, including Iraq, the Golan Heights, all remaining portions of Southern Lebanon, and Palestine.
2. We hold that colonial rule is the anti-thesis of a participatory people’s government, and hereby fully reject the notion that military conquest can in any way produce democracy.
3. We recognize that the Arab people, like all peoples, have the right and the duty to resist colonization, and to struggle for social and economic justice.
4. We consider Palestine to be indivisible from the rest of the Arab World’s heritage and culture, despite the passage of time.
5. We insist that while ending the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is a right due to the Palestinian people, it is far from being a substitute for the goal of liberating the Arab people from Zionist settler-colonialism. Terminating the occupation is not an upper ceiling that either displaces or mitigates all of our other inalienable rights.
6. We reject any compromise on the individual and collective Palestinian right to return, and declare that no single person or entity has the authority to dispense or negotiate this fundamental national right.
7. We maintain that the Palestinian Arab people within the 1948 borders of Palestine are part and parcel of the totality of the Palestinian people, deserving along with all displaced refugees, national, civil, and human rights.
8. We reaffirm our rejection of Zionism as a form of racism, and emphasize our active refusal to normalize either with Zionists or with their institutions.
9. We uphold the individual and collective rights of all indigenous people in the Arab World regardless of background.
10. We regard the constitutional rights of Arab-Americans in the United States as inviolable, despite the unabashed agenda of the hawkish U.S. administration, and we reject any abrogation or minimization in part or in total of such rights. We seek to safeguard our position, as individuals and as members of a collective, to struggle within constitutional means along with all others for a just nation that is at peace with itself and the world.

For decades the Arab people and all those fighting for liberation have recognized that the Palestinian struggle cannot be reduced to a mini-state, that it is Arab in character, and that it represents a historic stand against colonial dominance in all of its manifestations. It is within the context of decolonization that we affirm the inextricable link between the liberation of Iraq and Palestine, and the international movement against war and hegemony.

The assault on our people and community is massive, and is employing the most dangerous of all tactics: destroying a people from within. We cannot but rise to the challenge, and prevent the fall of the Arab consensus.

Safeguarding our collective Pan-Arab consensus has become priority one, and we accept this responsibility.

To join the call for unity and consensus and to participate in formulating future steps, please write to: panarabplatform@yahoo.com

By alphabetical order:
A.Rahman Al Noaimi; Abbas Ali; Abbas Hamideh; Abdel Basset Al Hubaishy; Adel Samara; Amber Kasim; Ban Al-Wardi; Basel Bahour; Bassam Bahour; Bishop Samir Kafity; Dalell Mohmed; Dalia Sadiq; Dhia Al-Wardi; Eid Mustafa; Elias Rashmawi; Eyad Kishawi; Eyad Latif; Eyas Alhomouz; Fadhil Al-Kazily; Fadi Kiblawi; Fadia Rafeedie; Fadwa El Guindi; Faith Zeadey; Fouzi Slisli; Free Arab Voice Editorial Board; Fouad Alhaje; Gale Courey Toensing; Hadeil Salha; Haitham Aranki; Haitham Bisharat; Hanna Hanania; Hatem Bazian; Hisham Bustani; Husam Abu-Sneineh; Hussain Agrama; Ibrahim Alloush; Ibrahim Mikkawi; Ibrahim Ebeid; Ihab Darwish; Issam Rafeedie; Jafar Jafari; Jamal Kanj; Jamal Saleh; Jamil Ibrahim; Jamil Wakeem; Jess Ghannam; Johnny Batarseh; Khairy Abuljebain; Khaled Barakat; Lara Kiswani; Layla Kaiksow; Mahmud Ahmed; Manal El-Hrisse; Marwan Abderrazzaq; Mary Harb; Masad Arbid; Mazin Sadiq; Mazin Yehya; Mey Akashah; Michael Shahin; Michel Shehadeh; Mohammad Chehab; Mohammed Maragha; Monadel Herzallah; Mughir Al-Hindi; Muna Coobti; Musa Al-Hindi; Nabil Migalli; Nader Abuljebain; Nadine Naber; Nasri Zakharia; Nancy Salim ; Nidal Rafeedie; Nina Shoman; Nizar Sakhnini; Noura Erakat; Omar Chaikhouni; Omar Kamhieh; Osama Abuljebain; Osama Doumani; Osama Qasem; Raja Bisharat; Rami Kishek; Ramiz Rafeedie; Rama Kased; Randa Jamal; Reem Abu-Sbaih; Reem Alnuweiri; Reem Awad-Rashmawi; Rima Anebtawi; Ryan Elamine; Safa Shaneb; Salman Abu Sitta; Samah Idriss; Sameh Gabarin; Sami Kitmitto; Sami Wassef; Samiha Saleh; Samer Elatrash, Samir Miari; Samira Sood; Senan Khairie; Shakir Shatnawi; Suad Joseph; Susan Abdallah; Suzanne Adely; Yasmin Ahmed; Yousef Abudayyeh; Zahi Damuni; Zeina Zaatari

Involvement in The European Social Forum (ESF) on the question of Palestine + Opportunity of a general meeting. July 7, 03

Dear everyone,

The European Social Forum (ESF) will take place in Paris/St Denis the 12th until the 15th of November. Every European organisation and NGOs working on Palestine will be at the same place, at the same time. Indeed, isn't it the right time to meet and to take part in the ESF as a group?

Actually, the French NGOs Platform for Palestine, through some of its active NGOs (France Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS) and the Human Rights League - the French representant of the FIDH), is involved in the process of the ESF, concerning the place and the means that are given to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. (Just to remind you the decision-making process taken as a whole is under the control of the European assembly that will gather in Genoa from the 19th to the 20th of July.)

Until now, what has been discussed and acted?

1. The plenary session

- There will be one plenary session on the issue: " For the national rights of the palestinian people, for a just peace based on international law. The responsibilities of the European union ". During the ESF, around 55 plenary sessions will be organised, within 2 days and ½.

- A plenary session must be organised by 3 European organisations (from 3 different countries), with the participation of 5 or 6 speakers (Israelis and Palestinians), 1 coordinator and 1 leader (both Europeans). 500 to 1000 people would attempt this meeting.

- Some names are already discussed by the French organisations, with the cooperation of the French Platform.

- During the European assembly meeting in Genoa, the 19th and 20th of July, all European organisations and networks will discuss on criteria for the nominations of the speakers, the coordinator and the leader (their way of nomination, their number).

2. The seminars

- There will be 3 seminars. Each one must focus on one issue, in relation with the general theme of the plenary session. During the ESF, there will be between 120 and 250 seminars, within 2 days and ½.

- Each seminar must be conducted by 3 European organisations (from 3 different countries), with the participation of 4 speakers, 1 coordinator and 1 leader (both Europeans). 250 to 500 people might attend one seminar.v - The issues are:

* the legal means at the European union's disposal /the globalisation of the solidarity movement towards Palestine;
* the Israeli and Palestinian civil societies in the conflict ;
* the international protection task force.

- During the European assembly in Genoa, next 19th and 20th of July, all European organisations and networks will there take decisions on the detailed title and a brief description (10 lines) of each seminar and the European networks that would be involved in each one. They will also decide the concrete organisation of the seminars (how many speakers, how many hours - between 3 and 6 hours-).

- If you want to propose a seminar and to organise it for the ESF, you have to register on the website and to post your proposition on it www.fse-esf.org ). Be careful we have to be coordinated and to defend together some propositions in Genoa, otherwise we would have not enough weight to make the European assembly accepting those 3 seminars.

What are your will concerning the ESF?

ECCP and the French Platform propose themselves to provide you informations, forward you different propositions to take a concrete part in decisions, organisation and coordination.

In this sense, the French platform is ready, through ECCP, to: - inform you as soon as possible about the propositions made by AFPS, LDH and CCIPPP for the plenary sessions and the seminars.
- hand the propositions of speakers, contents and issues of the plenary session.
- forward your opinion and will of involvement to the platform's members concerned.

Before the ESF, what about a general meeting?

Also, we think the gathering in Saint Denis will be good opportunity to meet face-to-face and brainstorm. Useful ideas and initiatives will come out of that.

That's why we propose you to meet the 12th of November in the morning before the opening of the ESF (the opening session will begin on the evening). For instance, two or three people of different organisations could represent each European country.

The first step would be that the NGOs meet in their country in September, in order to define some of their basic concerns and to prepare a short position paper that would be circulated among the others before the ESF.

The second step would be to meet on the 12th, starting from the position papers that would have been spread among the network. We are thinking of a morning session, organised in workshops (with representatives from each country, in order to be in small group and to ease the discussion), in which we'll talk about our concerns: the association agreement, the road map, the problem of refugees. In this session, Palestinians and an Israeli invited might give brief opening remarks, set the tone and direction of the meeting. Then, we can gather all ideas, opinions and projects, in order to speak about our future activities and to come out with a European strategy and an international campaign to end occupation.

We'll be glad to hear from you and about your participation in the ESF and this forthcoming meeting. Do not hesitate to contact us to have any further information.

Best regards,

Coordinator and lawyer at ECCP.

Executive secretary for the French NGOs Platform for Palestine.

Association Belgo-Palestinienne
9 quai du Commerce
1000 Bruxelles
tel: +32 (0)2 223 07 56
fax:+32 (0)2 250 12 63
e-mail: abp.eccp@skynet.be

Israel reagiert mit Boykott gegenüber BBC Korrespondenten

Von Hans Lebrecht, Kibbutz Beit-Oren, 6 Juli 2003
Phone: (972-4) 8307 237 / FAX: (972-4) 823 25 24
E-Mail: hlebr@trendline.co.il

In einer aufsehenden 50-Minuten Dokumentations Reportage prangerte am Samstag (28. Juni) das BBC Welt Fernsehnetz die schon 50 Jahre währende massive Aufrüstung Israels mit nuklearen, chemischen und biologischen Massenvernictungswaffen an. Insbesondere wurde dabei der Rolle des schon seit 17 Jahren hinter Gittern schmachtenden Mordechai Vanunu gedacht, der 1986 die Produktion von Kernwaffen in den geheimen unterirdischen Etagen des als Forschungsreaktor getarnten Atompeilers in der Wüste bei Dimona im Süden Israels in einem sechs Seiten umfassenden Bericht in der Londoner Sunday Times der Welt als Warnung vor Auge führte.

Was war die Reaktion der ach so demokratischen israelischen Regierung? Schon vor einigen Monaten versuchte das von Premier Sharon direkt geleitete Regierungs Presse Amt das BBC World Fernsehen aus den Kabelnetzen zu entfernen, was aber nach einem Einspruch beim Obersten Gericht nicht gelang. Jetzt, nach der mehrmaligen Übertragung der genannten Dokumentations Reportage, ordnete der Chef des Presseamtes, Daniel Seaman, an, dass kein offizieller Regierungsminister oder Regierungs- und Armee Sprecher mehr vor Kameras des BBC Fernsehen mehr auftreten dürfe und alle in Israel akkreditierten BBC Korrespondenten von offiziellen Presse Konferenzen ausgeschlossen seien. Seaman begründete dies damit, dass die Enthüllungen der genannten Reportage den israelischen Staat demonisiert hätte und damit einen antisemitischen Eindruck hinterlassen habe. Dies könne ein demokratischer Staat wie Israeli nicht dulden, meinte er.

Die Union der in Israel tätigen Auslandskorrespondenten (FPA) protestierte gegen diese Boykott Anordnung gegen die BBC Korrespondenten. Israels erwünschtes Ansehen als ein demokratischer Staat gerate damit auf einen schlüpfrigen Abgrund, heißt es in dieser Protestnote der FPA.

Da schon Tage vor der Sendung der einprogrammierten BBC Reportage die israelischen Regierungsstellen und von rechts gerichteten Parteibüros manipulierten Presse und elektronischen Medien die Übertragung für das israelischen Fernseh Publikum zu sperren versuchten und die Angelegenheit sogar in der Knesset erhoben wurde, war, Presseberichten zufolge, die Einschaltquote für dieses Progrmm besonders hoch.

Dass Israel schon seit mindestens 45 Jahre nukleare, biologische und chemische (ABC) Waffen herstellt und stapelt ist schon längst kein Geheimnis mehr, obwohl die offizielle israelische Darstellung alles unter dem Siegel der Verschwiegenheit hält und lediglich von >>Abschreckungsmitteln<< gegenüber den >>Vernichtungsbestrebungen<< arabischer Regimes redet.

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Was schreckte denn die israelischen Regierungssprecher dazu auf, so feindlich und repressive gegenüber der genannten BBC Sendung betitelt >>Israel's Geheimwaffen<< zu reagieren? Die Sendung im Rahmen ihrer >>Korrespondent<< Serienfolge, durch den US-Britischen Krieg gegen Irak inspiriert, und moderiert von Olenka Frenklien, began mit den vier Fragen: 1) Welches Land im Nahen Osten besitzt nicht-deklarierte Kernwaffen?; 2) Welches Land im Nahen Osten hat nicht-deklarierte biologische und chemische Fähigkeiten?; 3) Welches Land im Nahen Osten verweigert internationale Inspektion?; 4) Welches Land im Nahen Osten hält seinen Whistle Blower (Warner vor Gefahren) schon seit nahezu 18 Jahren gefangen?.

Die von der Moderatorin befragten Zeugen waren in erster Linie die amerikanischen Pflegeeltern von Mordechai Vanunu, Mary und Nick Eoloff, Veteranen des Widerstands gegen den Vietnam Krieg und nun aktiv gegen den Irak Krieg. (Die richtigen Eltern hatten ihren Sohn für tot erklärt, nachdem dieser in einem Geheimverfahren wegen Hochverrat und Spionage verurteilt wurde). Weitere wichtige Zeugen waren der australische Freelance Journalist Peter Hanoun, welcher 1986 die ihm von Vanunu, einem ehemaligen Angestellten in dem Atompeiler von Dimona, übergebenen Berichte, Fotos und Skizzen der Kernwaffen Produktionslinie in der London Sunday Times veröffentlicht hatte. Vanunus Verteidiger, Anwalt Avigdor Feldmann von der Liga für Menschen- und Bürgerrechte in Israel, erklärte, sein Mandant sei, nachdem er von dem israelischen Geheimdienst Mossad in Rom dingfest gemacht und nach Israel verschleppt worden war und zu 18 Jahren schwerer Haft, elf Jahre davon in strenger Isolationshaft, nicht etwa verurteilt wurde, weil er im Prinzip damals schon bekannte Tatsachen zur Veröffentlichung brachte, sondern eher, weil er ein israelischen Stillschweige Tabu gebrochen hatte.

Von Olenka Frenklien befragt, antwortete der bekannte Friedensnobel Preisträger und mehrmalige ehemalige Ministerpräsident Schimon Peres, der Vater der schon nahezu ein halbes Jahrhundert alten israelischen Aufrüstung mit Kern-, biologischen und chemischen Massenvernichtungswaffen nur nichtssagend und ausweichend. Das von Feinden umgebene Israel müsse sich mit Abschreckunsmittelm versehen, um für einem eventuellen Vernichtungskrieg gerüstet zu sein, war die schon bekannte und seit althers wiederholte Ausrede aller bisherigen Regierungen die Peres wieder einmal auftischte. Als die Moderatorin fragte, wie es denn möglich sei, dass die USA und ihre Verbündeten einen Vernichtungskrieg gegen den Irak unter der wagen Ausrede, Saddam Hussein gefährde die Welt (und Israel) mit Massenvernichtungswaffen, Israels gewaltige Aufrüstung mit solchen verschwiegen werde, antwortete Peres wütend: >>Wie können Sie das Regime des Massenkillers Saddam Hussein mit dem demokratischen Israel vergleichen!?<< Gezielt folgten dieser Aussage in der Sendung dokumentierte Schreckensszenen von der 1982 von dem gegenwärtigen Ministerpräsidenten und damaligem Verteidungunsminister Ariel Scharon gelenkten Libanon Invasion, einschließlich Bilder des Massakers in dem Sabra und Shatilah Flüchtlingslager in Beirut.

Weitere Zeugen waren in der BBC Dokumentation die führenden Aktivisten des israelischen Komitees zur Freilassung von M. Vanunu und für Vernichtung der Kernwaffen und anderer Massenvernichtungswaffen, Rayna Moss und Gideon Spira.

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Weiter wies die Reporterin darauf hin, dass die Knesset, das israelische Parlament niemals offiziell von der Aufrüstung mit Massenvernichtungswaffen informiert wurde, oder dies jemals auf der Tagesordung gestanden hatte, bis vor drei Jahren der arabische Abgeordnete Issam Mahoul der HADASH Front dies zur Debatte gestellt hatte. Vanunu sei nicht so sehr das Problem, das er zur Debatte stelle, sondern das Problem sei die Politik der Kernwaffen, der biologischen und chemischen Aufrüstung Israels, welche von allen bisherigen Regierungen betrieben wurde, betonte Mahoul. Man hätte das im Weltmaßstab gemessene kleine Territorium des Landes in einen überaus gefährlichen Abfalleimer für nuklearen, biologischen und chemischen Müll verwandelt. Israel weigere sich, diese äußerst gefährlichen Produktionsstätten der von Völkerrecht geforderten internationalen Inspektion unterziehen zu lassen. Seither allerdings wurde dieses Aufsehen erregende Thema nicht wieder in der Knesset aufgenommen, betonte die Moderatorin. In einer weiteren Szene der BBC Dokumentation erklärte Mahoul bei einer öffentlichen Versammlung, dass, sollte jemals eine solche Inspektion stattfinden, sollte man auch ihn befragen. Er könne die Inspektoren nicht nur in die Produktionsstätten von Dimona und Nes-Ziona führen, sondern auch zu den Lagerungsstätten in der Haifa Bucht, in Elabun, Sachnin im Norden Israels und außer Dimona auch in Jotfata im Süden des Landes. Die Rüstung mit Massenvernichtungswaffen gefährde nicht nur das Leben der arabischen Nachbarvölker, sondern auch das der israelischen Bürger, betonte Mahoul warnend.

Jedenfalls, die eindrucksvolle BBC Dokumentation gab ausführliche Antworten auf die vier eingangs erwähnten Fragen, welche die unheimliche und erschrecklich wirkenden Tatsachen über die Rüstung Israels mit den schlimmsten Massenvernichtungswaffen, welche in der Lage sind nicht nur das Leben in der Nahost Region, sondern auf der ganzen Welt auszulöschen, vor aller Welt als Warnung blos stellte. Nicht zu vergessen, der große Phyrrhus Sieger im Irak, George Doubleju Bush, nannte Israels Abschreckungsmittel und die Terror Besatzerpolitik eine Politik der Verteidigung der Sicherheit Israels und der weltweiten Demokratie! Kein Wunder also, dass die israelische Regierung und die von ihr manipulierten Massenmedien so wütend auf diese Tatsachen enthüllende Dokumantation des weltweit empfangenden BBC Fernsehens regierten.

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ISM Patrick Connors denied entry to Israel / trial

Hi Everyone, My attorney Shamai Liebowitz just phoned me. He said the hearing about my denial of entry to Israel is tomorrow, Monday, at 2:30 in Tel Aviv District Court. I realize that the location is not very convenient for many people connected with ISM to attend and this is little advance warning, but still wanted to let everyone know. Shamai says it would be valuable to have supporters attend the hearing. I suspect the hearing could be important as a precedent for other people who were denied entry to the country.

The hearing will be held Monday at 2:30 at: Tel Aviv District Court,1 Weizman Street, The Judge is Sara Dotan. For more information, Shamai's cellphone number is: 064-414-505.

The affidavit I submitted to the court says that I was with ISM from October - January, 2003, working in partnership with Palestinian and Israeli organizations supporting non-violent activities and advocacy. We are testing the "openness" approach. If its helpful to forward a biography for anyone who might consider attending but doesn't know me, below is a more detailed version of what I've been using for talks I've been giving in the US (It's a little funny to write about myself in the 3rd person, but...).

Patrick Connors grew up in Connecticut in the United States. After teaching in Morocco from 1985-87, he has been working with and managing humanitarian aid programs in health and education since 1989, in Morocco (1989-90), Egypt (1993-94), the Gaza Strip (1995-98) and Mali (2000-02), and from the United States. Most of this work has been in the employment of Save the Children US and funded by donors including: The US, British, Irish and Dutch governments, UNICEF, The Gates Foundation and private donors. He has masters degrees from Yale and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is an advanced Arabic and fluent French speaker.

He spent October - January, 2003 supporting Palestinian farmers in the olive harvest and in community mobilization and advocacy around the Wall being built by Israel in the West Bank. In returning to Israel and the West Bank from the US on March 4, 2003 he was denied entry to Israel at Ben Gurion airport, and has since been labeled a "security threat" by the Israeli Ministry of Interior.

I'd be happy to provide additional information on any of this for anyone who might be interested. If I'm lucky enough to win the case, I would expect to head back over there in about 2 weeks as I now have commitments to finish some things here.

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