Aggression Under False Pretenses
By Ismail Haniyeh
Tuesday, July 11, 2006; Page A17
GAZA, Palestine -- As Americans commemorated their annual celebration of independence from colonial occupation, rejoicing in their democratic institutions, we Palestinians were yet again besieged by our occupiers, who destroy our roads and buildings, our power stations and water plants, and who attack our very means of civil administration. Our homes and government offices are shelled, our parliamentarians taken prisoner and threatened with prosecution.
The current Gaza invasion is only the latest effort to destroy the results of fair and free elections held early this year. It is the explosive follow-up to a five-month campaign of economic and diplomatic warfare directed by the United States and Israel. The stated intention of that strategy was to force the average Palestinian to "reconsider" her vote when faced with deepening hardship; its failure was predictable, and the new overt military aggression and collective punishment are its logical fulfillment. The "kidnapped" Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit is only a pretext for a job scheduled months ago.
Read his full article here.
The scale of the double standard is beyond stupefying. As a first step, the aggressive state of Israel must be forced to withdraw to the pre-1967 boundaries immediately. Her rampant military thugs must be demobilized and the process of nuclear disarmament must begin in earnest. All Palestians refugees must be allowed to return to their lands right now and be provided with compensation and restitution.
Nothing less should be acceptable to the International Community. It is clear, that after more than 50 years, the Israeli-Zionist project has failed and should be consigned to the trash can of history.