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  • [SW Column] (Dr. Ali A.Barkhadle) Jenin, What Happened? :Posted on [05/19/07 04:15 ]

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Jenin, What Happened?
By Ali Abdullahi, In Nairobi,  May 4, 2002



In the last few weeks the world of diplomacy has changed radically for the
worse, where our TV screens were filled with blood, despair, and
destruction. First, the Israel Military incursions into the west bank
causing mayhem, death and doom. Secondly, the silence of the so-called
democratic states of the west on the massacre of innocent civilians by Ariel
Sharon and Company.

The UN was once again “owned” and manipulated by men like Pendergrast, John
Negroponte and others. Thirdly, even the oil rich Arab despots could not
tell their master the US that things are not that good, and the common man
might wake up in the streets though we saw an oil Sheik alighting from an
airplane in Texas nothing of substance was discussed there and business was
as usual.

We have also seen the media wars of the ultra rich orthodox Jews in major
newspapers and TV’s and even at this time Richard Roth with a diplomatic
license (a Rothchild look alike) was on their side. The Arab world anchoring
on Al-Jazeera was beaming up its version of things with a lot of graphics
that could not “doctored”. While on the other side CNN images were severely
massaged and manipulated but the BBC stuck to its own media ethics and
showed the massacres as they happened this is what has angered the Jewish
lobbyists on Downing Street.

Are Arabs to blame themselves for what is happening to them? I think so.
They have even tried to gather together under the Arab league but we are
still waiting for any constructive outcome of this unholy alliance. They
only know how to destabilize themselves as is happening in Somalia were the
Arab League is pouring arms into Somalia. The House of “Saud” to shore up
the relationship between Washington and Riyadh is also spending millions in
a massive public relations exercise in the US.

The siege is still going on without a solution. The US has once again taken
sides and stuck to Israel’s position. Muslim moderates, Christians and even
other peace loving citizens of the world is asking themselves if it can
happen in Jenin then it can be done any where.

The massacre of innocent civilians by a massively armed state military is a
question that will remain in our minds for many years to come. The massacre
of Jenin is a clear violation of human rights. The UN has also come under
heavy fire from both the Israelis and the
Palestinians but the jury is still out on an outcome. The fact-finding
mission to Jenin is in tatters and it seems the Israelis have something to
hide from the world. I think it is the first time that the Public relations
battle was lost by both the US and the Jewish State. Thanks to Information
Technology, Satellite communications and the Internet, we might be fooled
once but not always.

The church of the Nativity is still surrounded by Israeli soldiers and the
Catholic Church is mired in a sexual scandal that its mouth is shut and
congregations are not contributing much. Their minds sandwiched between a
recession and a sexually active clergy. While on the other side Sharon is
still calling the shots to keep that siege. We all know the dark history of
Ariel Sharon and the massacres he committed in the early 1980’s against the
same innocent civilians. He should face the full arm of law and his case in
Belgium on charges of genocide is still on. The Jews talks of the holocaust
in the early 1940’s don’t they think that they are doing just that to the
innocent children and women in the West Bank. The real issue is the
occupation of Palestine by the Jewish State and not Terrorism by a desperate
and uncontrollable person on the streets.  The western countries should stop
tax credits to companies registered in Israel for the sole purpose of
settling Jewish settlers on a land that is not theirs. Arabs should also
recognize Israel as a State if peace and progress is to be achieved.

If State Terrorism is not vetted and stopped in Jenin and the West Bank. It
might set a precedence that it is all right to exercise it in South Central,
Los Angeles, Birmingham, Belfast, and even in hot, dry Alice Springs.

The Writer Dr. Ali Abdullahi M Barkadle is a Management Consultant with
Amsas Consulting and can be contacted on amsali@hotmail.com or
ceo@amsasconsulting.com or visit us at http://www.amsasconsulting.com


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