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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Ethnic cleansing in a Zionist fairyland
Vacy Vlazna, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/16/2012
      Official Israeli archaeology is legitimating the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem in defiance of basic precepts of international law.
     "De-Arabising the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1,500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialised, evidence of its existence is being destroyed, and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilization and today's Israel. The most glaring example of this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents. Israel is expelling families from Silwan and destroying their homes because it claims that king David built a city there some 3,000 years ago."
     "Thousands of families will be made homeless so that Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived 3,000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove king David ever lived, yet Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly along with their schools and mosques, churches and ancient cemeteries and any evidence of their existence must be destroyed and then denied so that Zionist claims to exclusive rights to the land may be substantiated." -- Miko Peled, Israeli dissident.
     Indeed, Israeli archaeology has become a state apparatus for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the Zionist fairyland, aka the "City of David Archaeological Park" located in the Palestinian village of Silwan in East Jerusalem.
     East Jerusalem is the capital of the proposed Palestine state. It was illegally annexed by Israel in the 1967 War. Prohibiting the annexation of territories gained by military conquest is one of the major principles of international law. The international community does not recognise Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem, but nevertheless over 50,000 illegal premises have been built for 250,000 illegal Israeli colonists in the city.
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Yet another reconciliation bid
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/16/2012
      Many but not all greet the Doha Declaration on Palestinian reconciliation, while time will tell whether it will ever be implemented in full.
     Reporters tried in vain to get Salah Al-Bardawil, member of the politburo and media spokesman for Hamas, to comment on the Doha Declaration signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal. The deal mainly focussed on forming a technocrat government headed by Abbas.
     Al-Bardawil's refusal to answer calls from reporters was especially noteworthy because he has a mandate to express the group's position, and refraining from comment reflected a state of uncertainty and division within the group about the Doha Declaration. It also revealed distinct and obvious disputes among the leadership of the group abroad, in the West Bank, and the majority of Hamas leaders in Gaza on the one hand, and a handful of its leaders in Gaza on the other. This made it difficult for Al-Bardawil to explain these contradictions.
     Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in Gaza, leading Hamas figures in the West Bank, abroad and in Gaza welcomed the declaration. But Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, a member of the group's politburo, and Ismail Al-Ashqar, chairman of the Security Committee in parliament, snubbed the Doha Declaration. Haniyeh stated that the leaders of the group support the declaration and went as far as thanking and praising Qatari mediation between Fatah and Hamas to reach the deal. He continued that his government was ready to implement the deal, adding that there is no reason for him to object to the agreement.
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Israel tests international patience on Jerusalem
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/16/2012
      The results of the Likud leadership elections and continuing provocation at the Haram Al-Sharif signal growing extremism in Israel.
     Moshe Feiglin is not a typical Likudnik in the style of other past and present Likud leaders, such as Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu.
     Those who know him say he is an incarnation of Meir Kahana, the racist-minded American rabbi who in the early 1970s founded the Kach organisation calling for the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel-Palestine, as well as the application of draconian Talmudic laws to replace Israel's quasi-secular system.
     A few years ago, Feiglin decided to join the ranks of Likud, calculating that only by taking over a central and powerful party from within could he hope to transform Israel from a semi-secular state into a Jewish theocracy ruled by Halacha or the so-called Talmudic religious law.
     So far, he has achieved only limited success, with less than 25 per cent of Likud registered members voting for him in the recent party leadership elections, in which the overwhelming majority voted for incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
     However, the fact that Feiglin has been able to secure one fourth of Likud behind him does not bode well for either Israel's democracy or the future of Likud itself.
     Ideologically, Feiglin is at the extreme right of the Israeli political map, believing that Israel should annex the West Bank, reoccupy the Gaza Strip, deport all Palestinians and demolish Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem.
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