Bad Faith Toward Palestinian Cause
Palestine Times (monthly Internet publication),
London, England, June 2001
World Press Review, August 2001
In the mid-1970s, the Palestinian scholar and historian Walid
al-Khalidi labeled the United States "the tormentor of the
Palestinian people," a true description reflecting flagrant
American backing of the apartheid Zionist regime. Unfortunately,
this characterization is much truer today than it was then. The
United States remains the main guarantor and sustainer of Israeli
state-sponsored terrorism against the defenseless Palestinian
people whose sole "crime" is their enduring yearning
for freedom from an incomparably evil military occupation. The
United States continues to be the financier of Israeli military
aggrandizement and defender of Zionist aggression against Arab
countries at the U.N. Security Council and around the world. This
brazenly shameless attitude makes the United States the main obstacle
impeding the implementation of U.N. resolutions in the Middle
East [and] the main obstacle to reaching an equitable and lasting
peace in the region.
It is ludicrous and preposterous to continue to treat the
United States as "the honest broker." Viewing the United
States, or expecting it to be honest, fair, and impartial in the
efforts to find a peaceful settlement for the Israeli-Palestinian
strife, reflects an astounding degree of ignorance of the way
the United States conducts its policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.
How can a thief, who is also a murderer, be trusted to make justice
In 1982, the United States promised Yasser Arafat and Lebanon's
then-Prime Minister Shafik al-Wazzan that Sharon's invading forces
wouldn't attack the defenseless Palestinian refugees following
the evacuation of PLO forces from Beirut. The result, as we all
know too well, was the genocidal massacre at the Sabra and Shatilla
The Reagan administration was so brazen then that it didn't
even apologize to the Palestinian people for its criminal connivance
with the Zionist entity, a connivance that was more or less responsible
for the mass annihilation of thousands of men, women, and children
who were counting in vain on "the world's leading democracy"
to save them from [Menachem] Begin and [Ariel] Sharon, the Hitlers
and Himmlers of the post-Second World War. Now there is a new
tragic joke in town; it is the so-called Mitchell Commission report-a
miserable document exuding profound ignorance, bias, and unfair
judgment on the part of its authors. Equating the aggressor with
the aggressed-upon, the hapless report calls on Palestinian Authority
leader Arafat to "take every conceivable effort to combat
violence and terror and to tell the Palestinians in unmistakable
terms that terror is unacceptable."
So Palestinian resistance is referred to as "terror"
while the murderous Zionist rampage against unprotected Palestinian
towns, villages, and hamlets, along with the use of tanks, helicopter
gunships, and F-16 fighter bombers, is legitimate self-defense!
This brazen incrimination of the Palestinian struggle for
freedom and liberation should raise a million questions about
the wisdom of counting on the U.S. administration, which officially
espoused the report, to restart the so-called "peace process."
But Arafat is always his own false god. He nearly jumped out
of his skin to embrace the American role to the point of repugnance
and impropriety, and on many occasions he did not hesitate to
make vacuous remarks such as saying, "We have a friend at
the White House," the same friend that hectored Arafat to
forget the paramount Right of Return and much of Al-Quds al-Sharif
[Jerusalem]. Now, Arafat and company are advised, indeed warned,
not to repeat the same mistakes. The Palestinian people must not
allow them to do so, because the blood of the 500 martyrs and
of the estimated 25,000 Palestinians injured so far must not be
allowed to be the subject of cheap bargaining with the conspiring
A government made up of the likes of Sharon, [National Infrastructure
Minister Avigdor] Lieberman, [Tourism Minister Rehavam] Ze'evi,
[National Religious Party leader Yitzhak] Levi, and other fascist
and racist murderers will not agree to halt settlement building;
the Bush administration will not dare put up a fight with the
Zionist-dominated Congress and the terrorizing Jewish lobby, and
will likely opt to remain on the safe side.
The Palestinian Authority must not allow itself to be beguiled,
once again, into sacrificing the Intifada-probably the Palestinians'
last remaining hope for freedom from Jewish apartheid and occupation-in
return for some vague and disingenuous promises from a White House
that sees the world through Zionist glasses.